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BACKGROUND Experience with administration of synbiotics (prebiotics/probiotics) in patients with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) has demonstrated immunomodulatory capacity. The aim of this trial was evaluation of the feasibility and perspective of early clinical application of oral synbiotic/prebiotic supplements in patients with SAP. METHODS 90 SAP(More)
BACKGROUND The control of sepsis is the primary goal of surgical intervention in patients with infected necrosis. Simple surgical approaches that are easy to reproduce may improve outcomes when specialists in endoscopy are not available. The aim of the present study was to describe the experience with a focused open necrosectomy (FON) in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Pepsinogen levels in plasma are increased by inflammation in the gastric mucosa, including inflammation resulting from Helicobacter pylori infection. A decrease in pepsinogen II level has been suggested as a reliable marker to confirm the successful eradication of infection. The aim of our study was to evaluate the potential role of(More)
The study aimed to assess the efficacy of the laparoscopic splenectomy in hematologic patients. The retrospective study included 147 patients with various hematologic diseases and hypersplenism operated during 2002-2010 yy. 125 (85.03%) conventional and 22 (14.97%) laparoscopic operations were carried out. The statistical difference were revealed only for(More)
BACKGROUND Although the mortality for gastric cancer is decreasing in Western Europe and United States, it still remains high in Eastern Europe. This study was aimed at evaluating short- and long-term results of surgical treatment of gastric cancer performed in Latvia Oncology Center. METHODS Retrospectively collected data from 461 patients who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Transarterial embolization (TAE) is a therapeutic option for patients with a high risk of recurrent bleeding after endoscopic haemostasis. The aim of our prospective study was a preliminary assessment of the safety, efficacy, and clinical outcomes following preventive TAE in patients with non-variceal acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding(More)
OBJECTIVE We have compared the performance of two faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) in an average-risk population. MATERIALS AND METHODS Altogether, 10 000 individuals aged 50-74 were selected randomly from the population of Latvia in 2011 and assigned randomly either to OC-Sensor or to FOB Gold single-time testing. Positivity of the test, frequency of(More)
Neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF-1)--is a common genetic disease effecting the skin, subcutaneous tissue peripheral nerves and bones (tibia pseudarthrosis). Immunomodulatory viruses HHV-6 and HHV-7 are classifying as a genus of roseoloviruses of subfamily beta-herpesviruses. Reactivation of HHV-6 and HHV-7 inhibits immune system and indirectly promote to other(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS A number of recent guidelines have discouraged the use of the old anti-gliadin tests for the detection of celiac disease; tissue transglutaminase IgA (tTGA) and anti-endomysial (EMA) tests are recommended instead. Our aim was to evaluate how the current recommendations have been applied in real practice. The secondary aim was to evaluate(More)
Laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) is performed on stages of treatment of various benign and malignant hematological diseases. Retrospective investigation was done, in whom 129 patients were included, which were operated on in 2002-2010 yrs in "Linazers" clinic for benign and malignant hematological diseases. In 107 (82.94%) of them open splenectomy (OS) was(More)