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Background B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a neurohormone released from cardiomyocytes in response to volume expansion and increased ventricular wall distension. Increased plasma BNP levels are associated with mortality in critically ill patients cared for in medical intensive care units...
Background Understanding the risk factors for local and in-transit recurrences (LR/ITR) may help facilitate methods of prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Background Level III trauma centers are an effective component of a healthy trauma system. This study examined the effectiveness over time of a Level III trauma center in a predominately rural region.
Background The Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery was approved by the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners in July 2003 and became effective July 1, 2004. It requires the performance of a preprocedural verification process, marking of the...
Uncommon causes of small bowel obstruction can provide interesting surgical decision-making challenges. This report describes a patient with recurrent gallstone ileus. According to most current reviews, erring on the side of enterolithotomy alone as the treatment of choice for gallstone ileus...
Background The significance of mitotic rate (MR) in melanoma remains controversial.
Background This study compared the outcomes of appendicitis between teaching and nonteaching institutions.
Background Data regarding the practice patterns of surgeons are derived from indirect information and may not reflect practice patterns in rural surgery. The aim of this study was to analyze all procedures performed by rural surgeons in North Dakota and South Dakota in 2006.
Background We hypothesized that arterial embolization for bleeding after pelvic fracture is used relatively infrequently. We sought to identify the true need for arterial embolization and define injury patterns associated with successful therapeutic angiographic embolization.
Background Tight glucose control (TGC) may reduce mortality in critically ill trauma patients. We hypothesize that euglycemia is beneficial, and a measure considering time and degree of hyperglycemia is most associated with mortality.
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