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BACKGROUND This study compared titanium elastic nail (TEN) fixation with plate fixation in patients with uncomplicated midshaft clavicle fractures. METHODS The records of 57 patients with midshaft clavicular fractures that were operated on within 2 weeks after injury at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, were retrospectively(More)
PURPOSE Previous research indicated that engineered cartilage was soft and fragile due to less extracellular matrix than native articular cartilage. Consequently, the focus of this study was mostly confined to application in vitro function. In order to generate 3D engineered cartilage resembling native articular cartilage, we developed a recirculating(More)
OBJECTIVES Retained haemothorax and pneumothorax are the most common complications after blunt chest traumas. Lung lacerations derived from fractures of the ribs are usually found in these patients. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is usually used as a routine procedure in the treatment of retained pleural collections. The objective of this study(More)
AIM To isolate putative pancreatic stem cells (PSCs) from human adult tissues of pancreas duct using serum-free, conditioned medium. The characterization of surface phenotype of these PSCs was analyzed by flow cytometry. The potential for pancreatic lineage and the capability of beta-cell differentiation in these PSCs were evaluated as well. METHODS By(More)
Human retinal pigment epithelium (HRPE) cells are important in maintaining the normal physiology within the neurosensory retina and photoreceptors. Recently, transplantation of HRPE has become a possible therapeutic approach for retinal degeneration. By negative immunoselection (CD45 and glycophorin A), in this study, we have isolated and cultivated adult(More)
Post-traumatic large bone defects of more than 4 cm occur sometimes in open lower extremity fractures. Management of this kind trauma can be a challenge to orthopedic surgeons. We have managed this kind of bone defect by the use of free non-vascularized fibular strut bone grafts (FNVFG) harvested subperiosteally and held by screw fixation of the strut ends(More)
INTRODUCTION The minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) technique has been introduced recently. The extensive comminuted fractures of the distal radial metaphysis with diaphyseal involvement are probably good indications for MIPO technique because of less extensive dissection and soft-tissue stripping. The purpose of this retrospective study was to(More)