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Introduction The gut may prime inflammatory responses following shock/trauma insults. Ethanol (EtOH) use is common in trauma patients and may impair intestinal barrier function. We compared varying concentrations of EtOH on proinflammatory cytokine production of Caco2 cell monolayers and the...
Background Circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) is frequently used to study surgical injury and inflammation. Measurement properties of serum IL-6 were examined following lumbar decompression surgery (LDS), including time course, sensitivity, and validity for detecting muscle trauma in comparison to...
Background Little is known on hepatic function in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Metabolic changes were explored in HCC patients before/after nonsurgical therapy.
Background Obesity promotes the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The most effective weight loss treatment is bariatric surgery, but results greatly vary depending on the procedure. Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) has recently emerged as a reduced risk weight loss procedure for super...
Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of Harmonic energy technology to transect and seal the pancreatic duct compared with the standard monopolar electrosurgery transection and oversew technique in a porcine distal pancreatectomy survival model. Harmonic energy...
Background Recent studies have shown that neutrophils play an important role in the pathogenesis of reperfusion injury. Using an inferior epigastric artery skin flap as a flap ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury model, we investigated whether the administration of montelukast sodium, a selective...
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