Publications by authors named "Rebecca Varley"

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Growth and renal function dynamics of renal oncocytomas on active surveillance.

BJU Int 2021 May 28. Epub 2021 May 28.

Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London.

Objectives: To study the natural history of renal oncocytomas and address indications for intervention by determining how growth associates with renal function over time, the reasons for surgery and ablation, and disease-specific survival.

Patients And Methods: Retrospective cohort of consecutive patients with renal oncocytoma on active surveillance reviewed at the Specialist Centre for Kidney Cancer at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (2012 to 2019). Comparison between groups was tested using the Mann-Whitney U and the Chi-square tests. A mixed-effects model with a random intercept for patient was used to study the longitudinal association between tumour size and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

Results: Longitudinal data from 98 patients with 101 lesions was analysed. Most patients were male (68.3%), median age was 69 years (IQR 13). The median follow-up was 29 months (IQR 26). Most lesions were small renal masses, 24% measured over 4 cm. Over half (64.4%) grew at a median rate of 2 mm per year (IQR 4). No association was observed between tumour size and eGFR over time (p=0.871). Nine lesions (8.9%) were subsequently treated. Two deaths were reported, neither were related to the diagnosis of renal oncocytoma.

Conclusion: Natural history data from the largest active surveillance cohort of renal oncocytomas to date show that renal function does not seem to be negatively impacted by growing oncocytomas, and confirms clinical outcomes are excellent after a median follow up of over 2 years. Active surveillance should be considered the gold standard management of renal oncocytomas up to 7cm.
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May 2021

Roux-en-Y versus single loop reconstruction in pancreaticoduodenectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Int J Surg 2021 Apr 24;88:105923. Epub 2021 Mar 24.

Department of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK.

Background: Post-operative pancreatic fistula (POPF) and delayed gastric emptying (DGE) both remain problematic complications following pancreaticoduodenectomy. This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluates whether Roux-en-Y compared to a single loop reconstruction in pancreaticoduodenectomy significantly reduces rates of these complications.

Methods: A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines by screening EMBASE, MEDLINE/PubMed, CENTRAL and bibliographic reference lists for comparative studies meeting the predetermined inclusion criteria. Post-operative outcome measures included: POPF, DGE, bile leak, operating time, blood loss, need for transfusion, wound infection, intra-abdominal collection, post-pancreatectomy haemorrhage, overall morbidity, re-operation, overall mortality, hospital length of stay. Pooled odds ratios or mean differences with 95% confidence intervals were calculated using either fixed- or random-effects models.

Results: Fourteen studies were identified including four randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and 10 observational studies reporting a total of 2,031 patients. Data synthesis showed no statistically significant difference between the two groups in any of the outcome measures except operating time, which was longer in those undergoing Roux-en-Y reconstruction.

Discussion: Roux-en-Y is not superior to single loop reconstruction in pancreaticoduodenectomy but may prolong operating time. Future high-quality randomised studies with appropriate study design and sample size power calculation may be required to further validate this conclusion.
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April 2021

Kidney Transplantation From a 5-Day-Old Donor With a Single Functioning Kidney.

Exp Clin Transplant 2020 11;18(6):732-736

From the Department of Renal and Pancreas Transplantation, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Unitek Kingdom.

Kidney transplant restores renal function in eligible patients with end-stage renal failure who require renal replacement therapy. There remains a significant disparity between the demand and supply of suitable kidneys for transplant. In recent years, pediatric donors have formed an important area for expansion of the donor pool. However, neonatal donation (< 28 days) remains an underutilized resource. We describe a case of en bloc kidney transplant from a 5-day-old donor after circulatory death into an adult recipient. One kidney thrombosed almost immediately, leaving a single 4.5-cm, poorly functioning kidney. Eighteen months after transplant, the recipient has shown good function with the estimated glomerular filtration rate continuing to improve. This case demonstrates that a single neonatal kidney can grow and adapt to provide adequate renal function in an adult. This experience suggests that a single kidney from a neonate can sustain renal function in adults, and every effort should be made to maximize their use in transplant.
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November 2020

The Technophobe's Guide to the Digital Age.

Rebecca Varley

Br J Gen Pract 2015 Jul;65(636):362

5th Year Medical Student, Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster. Email:

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July 2015