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BACKGROUND Numerous studies examining the relationship between Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) immunoexpression and clinical outcome in osteosarcoma patients have yielded inconclusive results. METHODS We accordingly conducted a meta-analysis of 9 studies (442 patients) that evaluated the correlation between COX-2 immunoexpression and clinical prognosis (death).(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was to simultaneously examine the transcript levels of a large number of interleukins (ILs; IL-9, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, IL-16, IL-17, IL-18, IL-26, and IL-27) and investigate their correlation with the clinicopathological profiles of patients with tuberculous intervertebral discs. METHODS Clinical data were(More)
BACKGROUND In China, the field of orthopedics has experienced significant growth over the past 12 years. However, the recent status of research on orthopedics among individuals in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan is unknown. In this study, we investigated characteristics and trends of orthopedics publications from these three regions. METHODS Between(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies found that the facet joint of the C1 vertebra were removed (C1 facetectomy) before extirpation from the extramedullary tumor in craniocervical junction, leading to postoperative upper cervical instability or deformity. Occipito-cervical fusion (OCF) is a demanding and morbid surgical procedure, which can be used in such patients.(More)
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