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E Hain, L Maggiori, G Manceau, C Mongin, J Prost À la Denise, Y Panis
BACKGROUND: The effect of anastomotic leakage on oncological outcomes after total mesorectal excision (TME) is controversial. This study aimed to assess the influence of symptomatic and asymptomatic anastomotic leakage on oncological outcomes after laparoscopic TME. METHODS: All patients who underwent restorative laparoscopic TME for rectal adenocarcinoma with curative intent from 2005 to 2014 were identified from an institutional database. Asymptomatic anastomotic leakage was defined by CT performed systematically 4-8 weeks after rectal surgery, with no relevant clinical symptoms or laboratory examination findings during the postoperative course...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of 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
Paul H Sugarbaker
BACKGROUND: Mucinous appendiceal neoplasms (MAN) with peritoneal dissemination is treated as a standard of care using cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic perioperative chemotherapy. The extent of the resection of peritoneal surfaces and visceral structures is generally well defined. Exception to this consensus regarding structures to be removed are the right colon and adjacent ileocolic lymph nodes. METHODS: From a prospectively maintained database, all patients with a histologic diagnosis of peritoneal mucinous carcinoma (PMCA) who underwent complete cytoreductive surgery were assessed for the presence versus absence of adenocarcinoma in lymph nodes within the appendiceal mesentery and/or in the lymph nodes of the ileocolic group...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Michael Medinger, Claudia Lengerke, Jakob Passweg
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a biologically complex and molecularly and clinically heterogeneous disease, and its incidence is increasing as the population ages. Cytogenetic anomalies and mutation testing remain important prognostic tools for tailoring treatment after induction therapy. Despite major advances in understanding the genetic landscape of AML and its impact on the pathophysiology and biology of the disease, as well as the rapid development of new drugs, standard treatment options have not experienced major changes during the past three decades...
2016: Leukemia Research Reports
Chih-Cheng Luo, Kuang-Fu Cheng, Chen-Sheng Huang, Hung-Chieh Lo, Sheng-Mao Wu, Hung-Chang Huang, Wen-Kuei Chien, Ray-Jade Chen
BACKGROUND: In this study, we studied the therapeutic effectiveness of percutaneous drainage with antibiotics and the need for an interval appendectomy for treating appendiceal abscess in children with a research-oriented dataset released by the Bureau of National Health Insurance in Taiwan through the Collaboration Center for Health Information Application (CCHIA). METHODS: We identified 1225 patients under 18 years of age who had non-surgical treatment for an appendiceal abscess between 2007 and 2012 in a Taiwan CCHIA dataset...
October 18, 2016: BMC Surgery
Steven M Strasberg, L Michael Brunt
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October 14, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Julian C Harnoss, Isabelle Zelienka, Pascal Probst, Kathrin Grummich, Catharina Müller-Lantzsch, Jonathan M Harnoss, Alexis Ulrich, Markus W Büchler, Markus K Diener
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate available evidence regarding effectiveness and safety of surgical versus conservative treatment of acute appendicitis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There is ongoing debate on the merits of surgical and conservative treatment for acute appendicitis. METHODS: A systematic literature search (Cochrane Library, Medline, Embase) and hand search of retrieved reference lists up to January 2016 was conducted to identify randomized and nonrandomized studies...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Olubode A Olufajo, Gally Reznor, Stuart R Lipsitz, Zara R Cooper, Adil H Haider, Ali Salim, Erika L Rangel
BACKGROUND: The risk of mortality after emergency general surgery (EGS) in elderly patients is prolonged beyond initial hospitalization. Our objective was to develop a preoperative scoring tool to quantify risk of 1-year mortality. METHODS: Three hundred ninety EGS patients aged 70 years or more were analyzed. Risk factors for 1-year mortality were identified using stepwise-forward logistic multivariate regression and weights assigned using natural logarithm of odds ratios...
September 3, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Dominique Farge, Henri Bounameaux, Benjamin Brenner, Francis Cajfinger, Philippe Debourdeau, Alok A Khorana, Ingrid Pabinger, Susan Solymoss, James Douketis, Ajay Kakkar
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the second leading cause of death in patients with cancer. These patients are at an increased risk of developing VTE and are more likely to have a recurrence of VTE and bleeding while taking anticoagulants. Management of VTE in patients with cancer is a major therapeutic challenge and remains suboptimal worldwide. In 2013, the International Initiative on Thrombosis and Cancer (ITAC-CME), established to reduce the global burden of VTE in patients with cancer, published international guidelines for the treatment and prophylaxis of VTE and central venous catheter-associated thrombosis...
October 2016: Lancet Oncology
Matthew T McMillan, Brett L Ecker, Stephen W Behrman, Mark P Callery, John D Christein, Jeffrey A Drebin, Douglas L Fraker, Tara S Kent, Major K Lee, Robert E Roses, Michael H Sprys, Charles M Vollmer
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests externalized trans-anastomotic stents may be beneficial as a fistula mitigation strategy for pancreatoduodenectomy (PD); however, previous studies have not been rigorously risk-adjusted. METHODS: From 2001 to 2015, PDs were performed at three institutions, with externalized stents placed at the surgeon's discretion. The Fistula Risk Score (FRS) and the Modified Accordion Severity Grading System were used to analyze occurrence and severity of clinically relevant postoperative pancreatic fistula (CR-POPF) across various risk scenarios...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Kerstin Wimmer, Christoph Schwarz, Carmen Szabo, Martin Bodingbauer, Dietmar Tamandl, Martina Mittlböck, Klaus Kaczirek
BACKGROUND: Several clinical risk scores for patients with colorectal liver metastases (CLM) were established in cohorts of patients undergoing liver resection (LR) without neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). The purpose of the study was to evaluate the predictive values of four common risk scores in the setting of NAC and the impact of score changes during NAC. METHODS: Risk scores (Fong, Nordlinger, Nagashima, and Konopke) were retrospectively calculated for 336 patients undergoing LR for CLM, including 109 patients without and 227 patients with NAC...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Perenlei Enkhbaatar, Basil A Pruitt, Oscar Suman, Ronald Mlcak, Steven E Wolf, Hiroyuki Sakurai, David N Herndon
Smoke inhalation injury is a serious medical problem that increases morbidity and mortality after severe burns. However, relatively little attention has been paid to this devastating condition, and the bulk of research is limited to preclinical basic science studies. Moreover, no worldwide consensus criteria exist for its diagnosis, severity grading, and prognosis. Therapeutic approaches are highly variable depending on the country and burn centre or hospital. In this Series paper, we discuss understanding of the pathophysiology of smoke inhalation injury, the best evidence-based treatments, and challenges and future directions in diagnostics and management...
October 1, 2016: Lancet
Audrey E Ertel, Koffi Wima, Richard S Hoehn, Alex L Chang, Samuel F Hohmann, Syed A Ahmad, Jeffrey J Sussman, Shimul A Shah, Daniel E Abbott
BACKGROUND: We aimed to quantify and predict variability that exists in resource utilization after pancreaticoduodenectomy and determine how such variability impacts postoperative outcomes. METHODS: The University HealthSystems Consortium database was queried for all pancreaticoduodenectomies performed between 2011-2013 (n = 9,737). A composite resource utilization score was created using z-scores of 8 clinically significant postoperative care delivery variables including number of laboratory tests, imaging tests, computed tomographic scans, days on antibiotics, anticoagulation, antiemetics, promotility agents, and total number of blood products transfused per patient...
October 3, 2016: Surgery
Sergio A Acuna, Maryam Elmi, Prakesh S Shah, Natalie G Coburn, Fayez A Quereshy
BACKGROUND: Preoperative colorectal tumor localization is crucial for appropriate resection and treatment planning. As the localization accuracy of conventional colonoscopy is considered to be low, several localization techniques have been developed. We systematically reviewed the tumor localization error rates of several preoperative endoscopic techniques and synthesized information on risk factors for localization errors and procedure-related adverse events. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and the grey literature were searched...
October 3, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Lindsay Lief, John Arbo, David A Berlin
In 2001, Rivers and colleagues published a randomized controlled trial of early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) for the treatment of sepsis. More than a decade later, it remains a landmark achievement. The study proved the benefits of early aggressive treatment of sepsis. However, many questions remain about specific aspects of the complex EGDT algorithm. Recently, 3 large trials attempted to replicate these results. None of the studies demonstrated a benefit of an EGDT protocol for sepsis. This review explores the physiologic basis of goal-directed therapy, including the hemodynamic targets and the therapeutic interventions...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Ian Solsky, Alex Edelstein, Michael Brodman, Ronald Kaleya, Meg Rosenblatt, Calie Santana, David L Feldman, Patricia Kischak, Donna Somerville, Santosh Mudiraj, I Michael Leitman, Peter Shamamian
BACKGROUND: Morbid obesity can complicate perioperative management. Best practice guidelines have been published but are typically followed only in bariatric patients. Little is known regarding physician awareness of and compliance with these clinical recommendations for nonbariatric operations. Our study evaluated if an educational intervention could improve physician recognition of and compliance with established best practices for all morbidly obese operatively treated patients. METHODS: A care map outlining best practices for morbidly obese patients was distributed to all surgeons and anesthesiologists at 4 teaching hospitals in 2013...
September 9, 2016: Surgery
Sara L Zettervall, Klaas H J Ultee, Peter A Soden, Sarah E Deery, Katie E Shean, Alexander B Pothof, Mark Wyers, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: Renal complications after repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) have been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, limited data have assessed risk factors for renal complications in the endovascular era. This study aimed to identify predictors of renal complications after endovascular AAA repair (EVAR) and open repair. METHODS: Patients who underwent EVAR or open repair of a nonruptured infrarenal AAA between 2011 and 2013 were identified in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Targeted Vascular module...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Jay N Nathwani, Rebekah M Fiers, Rebecca D Ray, Anna K Witt, Katherine E Law, ShannonM DiMarco, Carla M Pugh
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to coevaluate resident technical errors and decision-making capabilities during placement of a subclavian central venous catheter (CVC). We hypothesize that there would be significant correlations between scenario-based decision-making skills and technical proficiency in central line insertion. We also predict residents would face problems in anticipating common difficulties and generating solutions associated with line placement. DESIGN: Participants were asked to insert a subclavian central line on a simulator...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
L Daniels, Ç Ünlü, N de Korte, S van Dieren, H B Stockmann, B C Vrouenraets, E C Consten, J A van der Hoeven, Q A Eijsbouts, I F Faneyte, W A Bemelman, M G Dijkgraaf, M A Boermeester
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are advised in most guidelines on acute diverticulitis, despite a lack of evidence to support their routine use. This trial compared the effectiveness of a strategy with or without antibiotics for a first episode of uncomplicated acute diverticulitis. METHODS: Patients with CT-proven, primary, left-sided, uncomplicated, acute diverticulitis were included at 22 clinical sites in the Netherlands, and assigned randomly to an observational or antibiotic treatment strategy...
September 30, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Robert P Jones, Graeme J Poston
About 25% of patients with colorectal cancer develop liver metastases after resection of the primary tumor, and surgical resection of the metastases offers the only opportunity for long-term survival. However, only 20% of patients present with resectable disease. Deciding which patients should be offered surgery, and which should receive additional treatment in the form of perioperative chemotherapy, is complex. For the majority of patients who present with technically irresectable liver-limited disease, systemic downsizing chemotherapy offers the only opportunity to reach surgery and potential cure...
September 28, 2016: Annual Review of Medicine
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