Publications by authors named "Peter Murchan"

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation as Conservative Management for a Large Abdominal Wound Following Incarcerated Parastomal Hernia Repair.

Cureus 2018 Dec 13;10(12):e3728. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

General Surgery, South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, IRL.

Parastomal herniation is a common complication following stoma creation, necessitating surgical repair in up to one-quarter of cases, including emergency cases of incarceration or strangulation. Following hernia repair with or without mesh placement, surgical sites are at risk of infection post-operatively and this is typically resolved by removing the mesh, which can be technically challenging. Few studies have assessed conservative management options for these types of cases. Here, we present a case where negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with instillation was utilized for secondary intention healing of a large abdominal wound (20 cm x 23 cm x 5 cm) following mesh infection post-parastomal hernia repair. The patient's wound was completely healed after eight weeks and she had no long-term complications at the one-year follow-up. NPWT with instillation is an option for the conservative management of large abdominal wounds, which can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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December 2018

The value of hyperbilirubinaemia in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis.

Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2011 Apr;93(3):213-7

Department of Surgery, St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, Ireland.

Introduction: No reliably specific marker for acute appendicitis has been identified. Although recent studies have shown hyperbilirubinaemia to be a useful predictor of appendiceal perforation, they did not focus on the value of bilirubin as a marker for acute appendicitis. The aim of this study was to determine the value of hyperbilirubinaemia as a marker for acute appendicitis.

Materials And Methods: A retrospective analysis of appendicectomies performed in two hospitals (n=472). Data collected included laboratory and histological results. Patients were grouped according to histology findings and comparisons were made between the groups.

Results: The mean bilirubin levels were higher for patients with simple appendicitis compared to those with a non-inflamed appendix (p<0.001). More patients with simple appendicitis had hyperbilirubinaemia on admission (30% vs 12%) and the odds of these patients having appendicitis were over three times higher (odds ratio: 3.25, p<0.001). Hyperbilirubinaemia had a specificity of 88% and a positive predictive value of 91% for acute appendicitis. Patients with appendicitis who had a perforated or gangrenous appendix had higher mean bilirubin levels (p=0.01) and were more likely to have hyperbilirubinaemia (p<0.001). The specificity of hyperbilirubinaemia for perforation or gangrene was 70%. The specificities of white cell count and C-reactive protein were less than hyperbilirubinaemia for simple appendicitis (60% and 72%) and perforated or gangrenous appendicitis (19% and 36%).

Conclusions: Hyperbilirubinaemia is a valuable marker for acute appendicitis. Patients with hyperbilirubinaemia are also more likely to have appendiceal perforation or gangrene. Bilirubin should be included in the assessment of patients with suspected appendicitis.
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April 2011