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M M F Aubuchon, L J J Bolt, M L G Janssen-Heijnen, S T H P Verleisdonk-Bolhaar, A van Marion, C L H van Berlo
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma (MM) is the most aggressive type of skin cancer, accounting for 90% of all the skin cancer mortality. The objective of this study was providing an overview of current patient- and tumour characteristics, treatment strategies, complications and survival in patients with MM over the past ten years. Hereby, an up-to-date view of every day clinical practice is obtained. METHODS: Files of patients treated for primary cutaneous melanoma (n = 686) in the VieCuri Medical Centre in the Netherlands between January 2002 and December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
October 23, 2016: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
Touria Derkaoui, Joaira Bakkach, Mohamed Mansouri, Ali Loudiyi, Mohamed Fihri, Fatima Zahra Alaoui, Amina Barakat, Bouchra El Yemlahi, Hassan Bihri, Naima Ghailani Nourouti, Mohcine Bennani Mechita
BACKGROUND: Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is defined by a lack of estrogen and progesterone receptor gene expression and by the absence of overexpression on HER2. It is associated to a poor prognosis. We propose to analyze the clinicopathologic and prognostic characteristics of this breast cancer subtype in a Mediterranean population originated or resident in the North of Morocco. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 279 patients diagnosed with breast cancer between January 2010 and January 2015...
October 22, 2016: BMC Women's Health
Kenichiro Kakutani, Yoshitada Sakai, Koichiro Maeno, Toru Takada, Takashi Yurube, Takuto Kurakawa, Shingo Miyazaki, Yoshiki Terashima, Masaaki Ito, Hitomi Hara, Teruya Kawamoto, Yasuo Ejima, Akihiro Sakashita, Naomi Kiyota, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Ryohei Sasaki, Toshihro Akisue, Hironobu Minami, Ryosuke Kuroda, Masahiro Kurosaka, Kotaro Nishida
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort study of performance status (PS) and activities of daily living (ADL) in patients with spinal metastasis. OBJECTIVE: To identify the effect of spinal surgery on PS and ADL in patients with spinal metastasis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal metastasis causes severe neurological deficits, resulting in drastic loss of patients' PS and ADL. However, the effect of spine surgery on PS and ADL is not well known...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
O Strobel, S Brangs, U Hinz, T Pausch, F J Hüttner, M K Diener, L Schneider, T Hackert, M W Büchler
BACKGROUND: Chyle leak is a well known but poorly characterized complication after pancreatic surgery. Available data on incidence, risk factors and clinical significance of chyle leak are highly heterogeneous. METHODS: For this cohort study all patients who underwent pancreatic surgery between January 2008 and December 2012 were identified from a prospective database. Chyle leak was defined as any drainage output with triglyceride content of 110 mg/dl or more...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Hyun Seok Jang, Jae Kyun Ju, Chang Hyun Kim, Soo Young Lee, Hyeong Rok Kim, Young Jin Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of extended resection of primary tumor on survival outcome in unresectable colorectal cancer (UCRC). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted for 190 patients undergoing palliative surgery for UCRC between 1998 and 2007 at a single institution. Variables including demographics, histopathological characteristics of tumors, surgical procedures, and course of the disease were examined. RESULTS: Kaplan-Meier survival curve indicated a significant increase in survival times in patients undergoing extended resection of the primary tumor (P < 0...
October 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Eric L Vu, Craig G Rusin, Dan J Penny, Kathy K Kibler, Ronald Blaine Easley, Brendan Smith, Dean Andropoulos, Ken Brady
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated ST-segment monitoring to detect clinical decompensation in infants with single ventricle anatomy. We proposed a signal processing algorithm for ST-segment instability and hypothesized that instability is associated with cardiopulmonary arrests. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary children's hospital 21-bed cardiovascular ICU and 36-bed step-down unit. PATIENTS: Twenty single ventricle infants who received stage 1 palliation surgery between January 2013 and January 2014...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Aaron J Quyn, Michael J Solomon, Peter M Lee, Tim Badgery-Parker, Lindy M Masya, Jane M Young
BACKGROUND: Locally advanced pelvic malignancy can be associated with disabling symptoms and reduced quality of life. If resectable with clear margins, a pelvic exenteration can offer long-term survival and improved quality of life. Its role in the palliation of symptoms has been described; however, the clinical outcomes and surgical indication are poorly defined. OBJECTIVE: This study describes the clinical and quality-of-life outcomes after palliative pelvic exenteration for advanced pelvic malignancy...
November 2016: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Gustavo Dos Santos Fernandes, Luiza D Batista Bugiato Faria, Isadora de Assis Pereira, Natália C Moreira Neves, Yasmine Oliveira Vieira, Alessandro I Cavalcanti Leal
Gastric metastasis is rare but it can be the initial symptom of cancer. The second leading cause of this type of metastasis is breast cancer. A lack of clinical signs and nonspecific side effects of the treatment of primary tumors can lead to the misdiagnosis of metastatic gastric cancer. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with biopsy and immunohistochemistry should be used for diagnosis. Treatment is palliative; it includes chemo, endocrine, and radiation therapies. Four patients with breast cancer and gastric metastasis were identified...
September 5, 2016: Rare Tumors
Candice Torres de Melo Bezerra Cavalcante, Nayana Maria Gomes de Souza, Valdester Cavalcante Pinto, Klébia Magalhães Pereira Castello Branco, Ronald Guedes Pompeu, Andreia Consuelo de Oliveira Teles, Rodrigo Cardoso Cavalcante, Giselle Viana de Andrade
Introduction: Risk Adjustment for Congenital Heart Surgery 1 (RACHS-1) score is a simple model that can be easily applied and has been widely used for mortality comparison among pediatric cardiovascular services. It is based on the categorization of several surgical palliative or corrective procedures, which have similar mortality in the treatment of congenital heart disease. Objective: To analyze the in-hospital mortality in pediatric patients (<18 years) submitted to cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease based on RACHS-1 score, during a 12-year period...
May 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
María-Victoria Alvarez-Sánchez, Bertrand Napoléon
Most pancreatic cancers and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas are unresectable at the time of diagnosis, and even in case of a resectable cancer, for elderly or patients with coexistent comorbidities, surgery is not an option. Current treatment alternatives in these scenarios are very limited. Biliary stenting with self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) is the mainstay palliative treatment of biliary obstruction due to unresectable pancreatic cancer or cholangiocarcinoma. Nevertheless, more than 50% of SEMS become occluded after 6 mo due to tumour over- and ingrowth, leading to hospital readmissions and reinterventions that significantly impair quality of life...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Hiroyuki Matsuzaki, Soichiro Ishihara, Kazushige Kawai, Takeshi Nishikawa, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Keisuke Hata, Hiroaki Nozawa, Shigeru Yamada, Toshiaki Watanabe
BACKGROUND: The need for surveillance of rare late recurrence of rectal cancer has not yet been established. Local control of unresectable skeletal metastasis is important for palliation of symptoms and support for systemic chemotherapy. CASE PRESENTATION: A Japanese man underwent preoperative pelvic irradiation (50.4 Gy/28 Fr) and low anterior resection at the age of 57 years. The pathological stage was II (T3N0M0). Nine years after the surgery, his carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level showed rapid elevation, although he had no symptoms...
December 2016: Surgical Case Reports
O I Okhotnikov, M V Yakovleva, V I Pakhomov
AIM: to analyze the efficacy of interventional methods in treatment of Klatskin tumor patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Treatment of 133 patients with Klatskin tumor for the period 2000-2015 was analyzed. Bismuth I type was revealed in 28 (21.1%) cases, type II  - in 45 (33.8%) cases, type III - in 51 (38.3%) cases, type IV - in 9 (6.8%) cases. All patients underwent sonofluoroscopy-assisted percutaneous transhepatic cholangiostomy using self-fixing Pig tail 8Fr drains at the first stage followed by externointernal drainage or antegrade biliary stenting...
2016: Khirurgiia
Antonio Biondi, Marco Vacante, Immacolata Ambrosino, Erika Cristaldi, Giuseppe Pietrapertosa, Francesco Basile
The prevalence of subjects with colorectal cancer is expected to grow in the next future decades and surgery represents the most successful treatment modality for these patients. Anyway, currently elderly subjects undergo less elective surgical procedures than younger patients mainly due to the high rates of postoperative morbidity and mortality. Some authors suggest extensive surgery, including multistage procedures, as carried out in younger patients while others promote less aggressive surgery. In older patients, laparoscopic-assisted colectomy showed a number of advantages compared to conventional open surgery that include lower stress, higher rate of independency after surgery, quicker return to prior activities and a decrease in costs...
September 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Min-Seok Kim, Hong-Gook Lim, Woong Han Kim, Jeong Ryul Lee, Yong Jin Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to evaluate the long-term results after a surgical repair of Ebstein's anomaly. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Forty-eight patients with Ebstein's anomaly who underwent open heart surgery between 1982 and 2013 were included. Median age at operation was 5.6 years (1 day-42.1 years). Forty-five patients (93.7%) demonstrated tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation of less than moderate degree. When the patients were divided according to Carpentier's classification, types A, B, C, and D were 11, 21, 12, and 4 patients, respectively...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Sarah J Moore, Omid Rashidipour, Ronald B Moore
This male patient presented with a scrotal abscess and urinary obstruction. The patient's history included a perineal abscess and the development of urethrocutaneous fistulae (watering-can perineum). He underwent multiple debridement procedures without resolution. During the fifth debridement for Fournier's gangrene, a biopsy revealed invasive squamous cell carcinoma. The patient was bedridden because of the large mass, a wide en bloc resection with lymphadenectomy and reconstruction was performed revealing a large (22 cm) squamous cell carcinoma originating from the urethra...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Ching-Ming Kwok
INTRODUCTION: Sarcomatoid carcinoma (SCA) of jejunum is an extremely rare condition. To our knowledge, only 17 cases have been reported in the literature. PRESENTATION: We introduced an additional case of the sarcomatoid carcinoma of jejunum in a 62-year-old Chinese male who presented with epigastric pain for 3 weeks. Multiple tumors originated in the jejunum and metastases to mesentery lymph nodes and distal stomach were found during the laparotomy. The patient underwent palliative resection of the tumors...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Christina Caroline Plaschke, Anita Gothelf, Julie Gehl, Irene Wessel
BACKGROUND: Electrochemotherapy, the combination of electroporation and chemotherapy, is mainly used in the palliative setting for treatment of cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases; however, new applications are continuously being explored. Patients with head and neck cancer are primarily treated with surgery and/or radio-chemotherapy. In the setting of local recurrence with no further curative treatment options available, electrochemotherapy could be of value. We therefore performed a systematic search of the present literature...
October 5, 2016: Acta Oncologica
A McBrearty, K McCallion, R J Moorehead, I McAllister, K Mulholland, R Gilliland, W J Campbell
BACKGROUND: In patients with locally advanced or low rectal cancers, long-course chemoradiotherapy (LCCRT) is recommended prior to surgical management.(1) The need for restaging afterwards has been questioned as it may be difficult to interpret imaging due to local tissue effects of chemoradiotherapy. The purpose of this study was to determine if restaging affected the management of patients receiving long-course chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients with rectal cancer discussed at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Lower Gastrointestinal Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting (LGIMDT) in 2013 who had received long-course chemoradiotherapy was performed...
September 2016: Ulster Medical Journal
Sharon L Cheatham, Grace M Deyo
Hybrid stage I palliation combines cardiothoracic surgery and interventional transcatheter procedures for treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The approach is an alternative to the Norwood procedure, the traditional first stage of surgical palliation. Hybrid stage I palliation involves placing bilateral branch pulmonary artery bands and a patent ductus arteriosus stent through a median sternotomy, performed without cardiopulmonary bypass. The purpose of the bands is to control blood flow to the lungs and protect the pulmonary bed while the stent sustains systemic cardiac output...
October 2016: Critical Care Nurse
Gianluigi Perri, Sergio Filippelli, Rachele Adorisio, Roberta Iacobelli, Francesca Iodice, Giuseppina Testa, Maria Giovanna Paglietti, Domenico D'Amario, Massimo Massetti, Antonio Amodeo
OBJECTIVE: We report our experience with the use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as destination therapy (DT) for the management of patients with cardiac end-stage dystrophinopathies. METHODS: From February 2011 to February 2016, 7 patients with dystrophinopathies and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) were treated with LVADs at our institution. Median age at surgery was 16.5 years (range, 14.2-23.4 years). All patients were preoperatively evaluated by a multidisciplinary team approach...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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