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Background: Although most central venous lines in children are positioned using fluoroscopy, electrocardiography (ECG) has been shown to be accurate, and avoids unnecessary radiation exposure. We studied whether ECG may also have cost advantages. Study Design: All ports and Hickman/Broviac...
Background: Desmoid tumors are neoplasms characterized by proliferation of fibroblasts without cytologic features of malignancy. Although desmoid tumors are not uncommon, pelvic desmoid tumors are rare and therapeutically challenging. We describe the surgical management of seven patients with...
Background: Polypropylene mesh (PPM) is an effective material for the repair of abdominal wall defects, but has a tendency to induce dense adhesions when in contact with viscera. Seprafilm (Genzyme Corp, Cambridge, MA), a bioresorbable membrane, has been shown to reduce adhesion formation after...
Background: Hospital cost containment, cost reduction, and alternative care delivery systems continue to preoccupy health care providers, payers, employers, and policy makers throughout the United States. The universal metric for gauging the success of these efforts is hospital length of stay...
Background: An approach to surgical management of the patient with groin pain is described based on our experience with 54 patients, six of whom had bilateral symptoms. History and physical examination are sufficient to relate the pain to one or more of the lateral femoral cutaneous (LFC),...
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