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BACKGROUND The risk factors for recurrent appendicitis in pediatric patients are unclear. This study aimed to identify the predictive factors for recurrent appendicitis in pediatric patients who initially underwent successful non-operative management of uncomplicated appendicitis. METHODS Potential predictive factors for recurrent appendicitis in terms of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This study aimed to evaluate the significance of preoperative C-reactive protein (CRP) as a prognostic marker for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-independent stage I or II colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS Preoperative CRP was measured in 300 CRC patients to assess its relationships with clinicopathological factors and(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Increased glycolysis is among the biochemical characteristics of cancerous tissue. The glucose transporter isoform 1 (GLUT1) gene encodes a key factor for glucose transport into cancerous tissue. However, the expression and functional significance of GLUT1 in neuroblastoma have not been fully characterized. Therefore, we investigated the(More)
PURPOSE This aim of the study is to determine whether the use of Seprafilm reduces the incidence and the medical costs of adhesive bowel obstruction (ABO) in children. METHODS Pediatric patients undergoing laparotomy were prospectively assigned to the Seprafilm group, n = 441). A historical control group consisted of children without using Seprafilm (n =(More)
Superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS) is an obstruction at the third portion of the duodenum by compression between the superior mesenteric artery and the aorta. In infancy, SMAS is extremely rare; and for its diagnosis, other duodenal obstructive diseases including congenital duodenal stenosis and intestinal malrotation must be ruled out. We present(More)
Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) has recently become more common, and the challenge of managing neonatal cases is increasing. Meanwhile, there have been reported intraoperative complications or conversion to open surgery due to injury of herniated viscera and inability of organ reduction. We used the endoscopic surgical spacer(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Distant metastatic relapse occurs in approximately 20% of rectal cancer patients treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-based chemoradiotherapy (CRT) followed by surgery. This study aimed to investigate mRNA level of 5-FU metabolizing enzymes in post-treatment specimens and to evaluate their predictive value of distant recurrence after(More)
Soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) represents a circulating form of ICAM-1 that is constitutively expressed or is inducible, which localizes to the cell surfaces of different cell lines and is related to the metastatic potential of cancer cells. The aim of the present study was to determine the relationships between the preoperative serum(More)
BACKGROUND No previous studies have examined predictive factors for chronic pouchitis after ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) for ulcerative colitis (UC) with consideration of changes in pouchitis subtypes during follow-up. This study evaluated the independent predictive factors for chronic pouchitis. METHODS A total of 244 consecutive patients who(More)
CD133 has been postulated to be a colon cancer stem cell (CSCs) marker. Recent investigations suggest that CSCs might contribute to cancer recurrence and resistance to conventional therapies. This study aimed to evaluate the role of CD133 in residual cancer cells after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for rectal cancer. Forty patients with rectal cancer underwent(More)