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Background: Laparoscopic antireflux surgery has replaced conventional operation despite the fact that currently no randomized trials have been published regarding its cost effectiveness. The objective of the present study was to compare costs and some shortterm outcomes of laparoscopic and open...
Background: Previous studies have demonstrated inadequate reimbursement for severely injured patients with a resultant negative economic impact for the trauma service and hospital. The purpose of this study was to assess the total cost of care for all injured patients discharged from the trauma...
Background: The success rate for bilateral exploration in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism approaches 95%. Multiglandular parathyroid hyperplasia accounts for approximately 10% to 30% of primary hyperparathyroidism. The incidence of recurrent or persistent hyperparathyroidism is highest...
Background: Laparoscopic ultrasonography (LUS) has been used increasingly over the last several years as a new imaging modality. To define the role of LUS during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, we evaluated LUS by prospectively comparing it with operative cholangiography (OC), by reviewing the...
Background: The combination of gamma-probe radiolocalization and blue-dye mapping of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) has been advocated as the most accurate method for staging the clinically negative axilla in breast cancer patients, but the technical aspects of these procedures are not fully...
Background: Peritoneal cytology is clinically useful in gastric and gynecologic malignancies. Its role in pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains less well defined. Controversy exists as to the relationship between percutaneous fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the pancreas and shedding of malignant...
Background: Selective nonoperative management of blunt liver injuries has become standard practice in most trauma centers. We evaluated the role of selective nonoperative management of gunshot wounds to the liver. Study Design: This was a retrospective review of gunshot wounds to the liver...
Background: Intestinal intussusception in the adult is a rare entity that differs greatly in etiology from its pediatric counterpart. Controversy remains regarding the optimal management of this problem in the adult patient. The purpose of this study was to determine the cause(s) of...
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