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BACKGROUND The survival benefit of combining sorafenib and transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) therapy compared with sorafenib monotherapy for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and main portal vein tumor thrombosis (MPVTT) is unclear. METHODS Between January 2009 and June 2013, 183 consecutive patients with advanced HCC (Barcelona(More)
BACKGROUND Sixty percent of paragangliomas are located unilaterally at the carotid bifurcation. These are referred to as carotid body tumors (CBTs). OBJECTIVE To present our 10-year experience in the management of patients with CBTs, and to evaluate the efficacy of angiography and preoperative embolization technique in this retrospective study. METHODS(More)
This paper introduces a new computational visual-attention model for static and dynamic saliency maps. First, we use the Earth Mover's Distance (EMD) to measure the center-surround difference in the receptive field, instead of using the Difference-of-Gaussian filter that is widely used in many previous visual-attention models. Second, we propose to take two(More)
Most osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVFs) can be treated successfully with conservative methods. In about 10% of patients, nonunion develops and warrants surgical management with minimally invasive procedures such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. Nevertheless, for patients with nonunion fractures that involve the posterior vertebral body wall,(More)
AIMS To assess the efficacy of continued administration of sorafenib for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with local regional therapy (LRT) after a complete response (CR), also, the adverse events of sorafenib after discontinuation of administration were observed. METHODS Between April 2008 and May 2012, 956 consecutive(More)
Management of late-stage hepatocellular carcinoma is difficult. A direct comparison of clinical data is needed in order to demonstrate the survival benefits of different therapies. We directly compared various therapies in a retrospective matched case-control study. A total of 79 patients with unresectable tumors greater than 10 cm in size were included in(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize the recent minimally invasive approach for cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (CSR). METHODS The recent literature at home and abroad concerning minimally invasive approach for CSR was reviewed and summarized. RESULTS There were two techniques of minimally invasive approach for CSR at present: percutaneous puncture techniques and(More)