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  1. The Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) III prognostic system has not been previously validated in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after orthotopic liver transplantation ...

    Authors: Mark T Keegan, Bhargavi Gali, James Y Findlay, Julie K Heimbach, David J Plevak and Bekele Afessa

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:11

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The splenic cysts constitute a very rare clinical entity. They may occur secondary to trauma or even being more seldom due to parasitic infestations, mainly caused by ecchinocccus granulosus. Literature lacks ...

    Authors: Gokhan Adas, Oguzhan Karatepe, Merih Altiok, Muharrem Battal, Omer Bender, Deniz Ozcan and Servet Karahan

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:9

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  3. Development of incisional hernia after open abdominal surgery remains a major cause of post-operative morbidity. The aim of this study was to determine the current practice of surgeons in terms of access to an...

    Authors: Nuh N Rahbari, Phillip Knebel, Markus K Diener, Christoph Seidlmayer, Karsten Ridwelski, Hartmut Stöltzing and Christoph M Seiler

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:8

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  4. Incisional hernia after abdominal surgery is a well-known complication. Controversy still exists with respect to the choice of hernia repair technique. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term...

    Authors: Lars Peter Holst Andersen, Mads Klein, Ismail Gögenur and Jacob Rosenberg

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:6

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  5. Piezoresistive pressure measurement technique (PRM) has previously been applied for direct IAP measurement in a porcine model using two different devices. Aim of this clinical study was to assess both devices ...

    Authors: Jens Otto, Daniel Kaemmer, Marcel Binnebösel, Marc Jansen, Rolf Dembinski, Volker Schumpelick and Alexander Schachtrupp

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:5

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  6. Recent non-randomized studies suggest that extended endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is equally effective in removing large rectal adenomas as transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). If equally effective, E...

    Authors: Frank JC van den Broek, Eelco JR de Graaf, Marcel GW Dijkgraaf, Johannes B Reitsma, Jelle Haringsma, Robin Timmer, Bas LAM Weusten, Michael F Gerhards, Esther CJ Consten, Matthijs P Schwartz, Maarten J Boom, Erik J Derksen, A Bart Bijnen, Paul HP Davids, Christiaan Hoff, Hendrik M van Dullemen…

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. The benefits of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for breast cancer patients with histologically negative axillary nodes, in whom axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is thereby avoided, are now established. ...

    Authors: Jeffrey M East, Christopher SP Valentine, Emil Kanchev and Garfield O Blake

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:2

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer related death in Western countries. Advantages in surgical techniques, radiation and chemotherapy had almost no impact on the long term survival of a...

    Authors: Andre Mihaljevic, Peter Büchler, Jan Harder, Ralf Hofheinz, Michael Gregor, Stephan Kanzler, Wolff Schmiegel, Volker Heinemann, Esther Endlicher, Günter Klöppel, Thomas Seufferlein and Michael Geissler

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2009 9:1

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. In peripheral vascular bypass surgery different synthetic materials are available for bypass grafting. It is unclear which of the two commonly used materials, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or polyester (Dacron®)...

    Authors: Stephanie Roll, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Thomas Keil, Hans Scholz, Daniela Eidt, Wolfgang Greiner and Stefan N Willich

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:22

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  10. A surgical resection is currently the preferred treatment for esophageal cancer if the tumor is considered to be resectable without evidence of distant metastases (cT1-3 N0-1 M0). A high percentage of irradica...

    Authors: M van Heijl, JJB van Lanschot, LB Koppert, MI van Berge Henegouwen, K Muller, EW Steyerberg, H van Dekken, BPL Wijnhoven, HW Tilanus, DJ Richel, ORC Busch, JF Bartelsman, CCE Koning, GJ Offerhaus and A van der Gaast

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:21

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. For many patients with aorto-occlusive disease, where stent deployment is not possible, surgery remains the only treatment option available. The aim of this study was to assess the results of aortic reconstruc...

    Authors: Gareth Morris-Stiff, Samuel Ogunbiyi, Richard K Winter, Russell Brown and Michael H Lewis

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:19

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  12. The gold standard for assessment of intraabdominal pressure (IAP) is via intravesicular pressure measurement (IVP). This accepted technique has some inherent problems, e.g. indirectness. Aim of this clinical s...

    Authors: Jens Otto, Daniel Kaemmer, Andreas Biermann, Marc Jansen, Rolf Dembinski, Volker Schumpelick and Alexander Schachtrupp

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:18

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  13. Endoscopic resectional techniques for colon cancer are undermined by their inability to determine lymph node status. This limits their application to only those lesions at the most minimal risk of lymphatic di...

    Authors: Ronan A Cahill, Joel Leroy and Jacques Marescaux

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:17

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  14. A standard of care for the treatment of small renal masses is partial nephrectomy. The open and laparoscopic approaches have been well described in the literature. Robotic assistance may augment partial nephre...

    Authors: Sam B Bhayani and Nitin Das

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:16

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  15. With the availability of infliximab, nowadays recurrent Crohn's disease, defined as disease refractory to immunomodulatory agents that has been treated with steroids, is generally treated with infliximab. Infl...

    Authors: Emma J Eshuis, Willem A Bemelman, Ad A van Bodegraven, Mirjam AG Sprangers, Patrick MM Bossuyt, AW Marc van Milligen de Wit, Rogier MPH Crolla, Djuna L Cahen, Liekele E Oostenbrug, Meindert N Sosef, Annet MCJ Voorburg, Paul HP Davids, C Janneke van der Woude, Johan Lange, Rosalie C Mallant, Maarten J Boom…

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:15

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  16. Waiting time and costs from referral to day case outpatient surgery are at an unacceptably high level. The waiting time in Norway averages 240 days for common surgical conditions. Furthermore, in North Norway ...

    Authors: Knut Magne Augestad, Arthur Revhaug, Barthold Vonen, Roar Johnsen and Rolv-Ole Lindsetmo

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. Several randomized controlled trials have compared different suture materials and techniques for abdominal wall closure with respect to the incidence of incisional hernias after midline laparotomy and shown th...

    Authors: Lars Fischer, Petra Baumann, Johannes Hüsing, Christoph Seidlmayer, Markus Albertsmeier, Annette Franck, Steffen Luntz, Christoph M Seiler and Hanns-Peter Knaebel

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:12

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Low transsphincteric fistulas less than 1/3 of the sphincter complex are easy to treat by fistulotomy with a high success rate. High transsphincteric fistulas remain a surgical challenge. Various surgical proc...

    Authors: Paul J van Koperen, Willem A Bemelman, Patrick MM Bossuyt, Michael F Gerhards, Quirijn AJ Eijsbouts, Willem F van Tets, Lucas WM Janssen, F Robert Dijkstra, Annette D van Dalsen and J Frederik M Slors

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:11

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. With the increasing number of non palpable breast carcinomas, the need of a good and reliable localization method increases. Currently the wire guided localization (WGL) is the standard of care in most countri...

    Authors: Stijn van Esser, Monique GG Hobbelink, Petra HM Peeters, Erik Buskens, Iris M van der Ploeg, Willem PTHM Mali, Inne H M Borel Rinkes and Richard van Hillegersberg

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:9

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  20. Standard methods for assessment of organ viability during surgery are typically limited to visual cues and tactile feedback in open surgery. However, during laparoscopic surgery, these processes are impaired. ...

    Authors: Nicole J Crane, Peter A Pinto, Douglas Hale, Frederick A Gage, Doug Tadaki, Allan D Kirk, Ira W Levin and Eric A Elster

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:8

    Content type: Technical advance

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  21. Laparoscopic mesh-reinforcement of the hiatal region in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and paraesophageal hernia (PEH) reduces the risk of recurrence. However, there are still controve...

    Authors: Jens Otto, Daniel Kämmer, Petra Lynen Jansen, Michael Anurov, Svetlana Titkova, Alexander Öttinger, Raphael Rosch, Volker Schumpelick and Marc Jansen

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:7

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Surgical hepatic resection remains the treatment of choice for patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer despite the use of alternative therapeutic strategies. Although this procedure provides long...

    Authors: T Schmidt, M Koch, D Antolovic, C Reissfelder, FH Schmitz-Winnenthal, NN Rahbari, J Schmidt, CM Seiler, MW Büchler and J Weitz

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:6

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Wound infection is a common complication in diabetic patients. The progressive spread of infections and development of drug-resistant strains underline the need for further insights into bacterial behavior in ...

    Authors: Tobias Hirsch, Malte Spielmann, Baraa Zuhaili, Till Koehler, Magdalena Fossum, Hans-Ulrich Steinau, Feng Yao, Lars Steinstraesser, Andrew B Onderdonk and Elof Eriksson

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:5

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  24. Two unfortunate outcomes for patients treated surgically for rectal cancer are placement of a permanent colostomy and local tumor recurrence. Total mesorectal excision is a new technique for rectal cancer surg...

    Authors: Marko Simunovic, Charles Goldsmith, Lehana Thabane, Robin McLeod, Franco DeNardi, Timothy J Whelan and Mark N Levine

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  25. Oesophagectomy for cancers is a major operation with significant blood loss and usage. Concerns exist about the side effects of blood transfusion, cost and availability of donated blood. We are not aware of an...

    Authors: Abraham A Ayantunde, Ming Y Ng, Saurov Pal, Neil T Welch and Simon L Parsons

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:3

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Major surgical procedures facilitate systemic endotoxinemia and formation of free radicals with subsequent inflammatory changes that can influence the postoperative course. Experimental data suggest that preop...

    Authors: Peter Schemmer, Arash Nickkholgh, Heinz Schneider, Michael Sobirey, Markus Weigand, Moritz Koch, Jürgen Weitz and Markus W Büchler

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:2

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. Preoperative radiotherapy of the pelvic abdomen presents with complications mostly affecting the small bowel. The aim of this study was to define the features of early radiation-induced injury on small bowel.

    Authors: Andrea Polistena, Louis Banka Johnson, Salomé Ohiami-Masseron, Lena Wittgren, Sven Bäck, Charlotte Thornberg, Virgil Gadaleanu, Diya Adawi and Bengt Jeppsson

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2008 8:1

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Examining the quality of life (QOL) of patients before ICU admission will allow outcome variables to be compared and analyzed in relation to it. The objective of this study was to analyze QOL of patients befor...

    Authors: Fernando J Abelha, Cristina C Santos and Henrique Barros

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:23

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most frequently performed procedures in Switzerland (15'000/year). The most common complication postoperatively is development of chronic pain in up to 30% of all patients ...

    Authors: Philipp Honigmann, Henning Fischer, Anita Kurmann, Laurent Audigé, Guido Schüpfer and Jürg Metzger

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:22

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  30. Dissection of the lymphatic structures in the neck is an integral part of the management of many head and neck cancers.

    Authors: Tahwinder Upile, Waseem Jerjes, Seyed Ahmad Reza Nouraei, Sandeep Singh, Peter Clarke, Peter Rhys-Evans, Colin Hopper, David Howard, Anthony Wright, Holger Sudhoff, Cyril Fisher and Ann Sandison

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:21

    Content type: Technical advance

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  31. Nasal bleeding remains one of the most common Head & Neck Surgical (Ear Nose and Throat [ENT]/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery [OMFS]) emergencies resulting in hospital admission. In the majority of cases, no othe...

    Authors: Tahwinder Upile, Waseem Jerjes, Fabian Sipaul, Mohammed El Maaytah, Seyed Ahmad Reza Nouraei, Sandeep Singh, Colin Hopper and Anthony Wright

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:19

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Liver transplantation in presence of diffuse portal vein thrombosis is possible by using caval blood as portal inflow, through cavo-portal transposition. However, clinical results are heterogeneous and experim...

    Authors: Stefano Di Domenico, Giulio Bovio, Maximiliano Gelli, Ferruccio Ravazzoni, Enzo Andorno, Damiano Cottalasso and Umberto Valente

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:18

    Content type: Technical advance

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  33. Diverticulosis is a common disease in the western society with an incidence of 33–66%. 10–25% of these patients will develop diverticulitis. In order to prevent a high-risk acute operation it is advised to per...

    Authors: Bastiaan R Klarenbeek, Alexander AFA Veenhof, Elly SM de Lange, Willem A Bemelman, Roberto Bergamaschi, Piet Heres, Antonio M Lacy, Wim T van den Broek, Donald L van der Peet and Miguel A Cuesta

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:16

    Content type: Study protocol

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  34. Intraoperative testing of colonic anastomoses is routine in assuring anastamotic integrity. We sought to determine the efficacy of the methylene blue enema (MBE) as an intraoperative test for anastomotic leaks.

    Authors: Stanton Smith, William McGeehin, Robert A Kozol and David Giles

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:15

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The formation of adhesions following abdominal surgery is a well known problem. In previous studies we demonstrated the efficacy and safety of intraperitoneally applied phospholipids in order to prevent adhesi...

    Authors: Nick Butz, Stefan A Müller, Karl-Heinz Treutner, Michail Anurov, Svetlana Titkova, Alexander P Oettinger and Volker Schumpelick

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:14

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Acute left-sided colonic obstruction is most often caused by malignancy and the surgical treatment is associated with a high mortality and morbidity rate. Moreover, these operated patients end up with a tempor...

    Authors: Jeanin E van Hooft, Willem A Bemelman, Ronald Breumelhof, Peter D Siersema, Philip M Kruyt, Klaas van der Linde, Roeland A Veenendaal, Marie-Louise Verhulst, Andreas W Marinelli, Josephus JGM Gerritsen, Anne-Marie van Berkel, Robin Timmer, Marina JAL Grubben, Pieter Scholten, Alfons AM Geraedts, Bas Oldenburg…

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:12

    Content type: Study protocol

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  37. Epiploic appendagitis (EA) is a rare cause of focal abdominal pain in otherwise healthy patients with mild or absent secondary signs of abdominal pathology. It can mimick diverticulitis or appendicitis on clin...

    Authors: Michael Sand, Marcos Gelos, Falk G Bechara, Daniel Sand, Till H Wiese, Lars Steinstraesser and Benno Mann

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:11

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Isolated hepatobiliary or pancreatic tuberculosis (TB) is rare and preoperative diagnosis is difficult. We reviewed our experience over a period two decades with this rare site of abdominal tuberculosis.

    Authors: Sundeep S Saluja, Sukanta Ray, Sujoy Pal, Manu Kukeraja, Deep N Srivastava, Peush Sahni and Tushar K Chattopadhyay

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:10

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  39. Several modifications have been introduced to laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). The three-port technique has been practiced on a limited scale. Our aim was to compare the three-port and four-port LC in acute ...

    Authors: Dhafir Al-Azawi, Nariman Houssein, Abu Bakir Rayis, Donal McMahon and Dermot J Hehir

    Citation: BMC Surgery 2007 7:8

    Content type: Research article

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