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    Myasthenia gravis appearing after thymectomy heralding recurrent thymoma.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 May 17:1-3. Epub 2018 May 17.
    a Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery , Antwerp University Hospital , Edegem , Belgium.
    Introduction: Thirty to fifty percent of thymoma patients develop myasthenia gravis (MG). In 1.5-28% of cases, MG appears many years after removal of a thymoma. Read More

    Intraoperative radiation therapy for rectal cancer and recurrent intra-abdominal sarcomas.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 May 10:1-8. Epub 2018 May 10.
    a Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent , Gent , Belgium.
    Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of high-dose-rate intraoperative radiation therapy (HDR-IORT) in a multimodality treatment on the local control (LC) and the overall survival (OS) rate in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC), locally recurrent rectal cancer (LRRC) and recurrent intra-abdominal sarcomas (RS).

    Materials And Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on 27 patients who were treated with radical resection and HDR-IORT between April 2007 and January 2017. Patient, tumor and surgical characteristics were analyzed and the perioperative (<30 days) and long-term complications (>30 days) were assessed and graded. Read More

    Impact of a prehospital discrimination between trauma patients with or without early acute coagulopathy of trauma and the need for damage control resuscitation: rationale and design of a multicenter randomized phase II trial.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 May 10:1-7. Epub 2018 May 10.
    a Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liege , Liège , Belgium.
    Background: The evidence of the Trauma Induced Coagulopathy Clinical Score (TICCS) accuracy has been evaluated in several studies but the potential effect of its use on patient outcomes needs to be evaluated. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the impact on mortality of a prehospital discrimination between trauma patients with or without a potential need for damage control resuscitation.

    Methods: The trial will be designed as randomized phase II clinical trial with comparison of the experimental protocol against the standard of care. Read More

    Pelvic lymph node dissection in prostate cancer staging: evaluation of morbidity and oncological outcomes.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 May 8:1-7. Epub 2018 May 8.
    a Department of Urology , Ghent University Hospital , Ghent , Belgium.
    Background: To evaluate the morbidity of different surgical approaches for pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND), to evaluate the influence of morbidity on radiotherapy (RT) planning and to evaluate a possible therapeutic effect of a more extensive yield of PLND.

    Methods: From 2000-2016, 228 patients received staging PLND before primary RT in a single tertiary care center. Nine patients were excluded for the evaluation of morbidity. Read More

    Para-anal lipoma as a rare consequence to perineal trauma. Case-report and review of the literature.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 May 7:1-6. Epub 2018 May 7.
    a Colorectal Surgery Unit, Department of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation , Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain , Brussels , Belgium.
    Introduction: Lipomas are the most common benign mesenchymal tumors which can be found in any part of the body. Nevertheless, their etiology and pathogenesis remain unknown. It is hypothesized that some of these lesions could result from an acute or chronic trauma. Read More

    Pancreaticopleural fistula: a rare cause of pleural empyema.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 May 2:1-4. Epub 2018 May 2.
    a Department of Hepatobiliary , Transplantation and Endocrine Surgery, University Hospital Antwerp , Antwerp , Belgium.
    Aim: Pancreaticopleural fistula (PPF) is a rare complication of acute or chronic pancreatitis. When the pancreatic duct disrupts, pancreatic fluid may leak into the retroperitoneum and fistulate into the pleural cavity. Patients usually present with thoracic complaints, making it hard to suspect an abdominal etiology. Read More

    Outcomes of laparoscopic subtotal colectomy with cecorectal anastomosis for slow-transit constipation: a single center retrospective study.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 27:1-5. Epub 2018 Apr 27.
    b Department of Gastrointestinal and Anal Surgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University , Changchun , China.
    Purpose: To study the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic subtotal colectomy (LASC) with cecorectal anastomosis for slow-transit constipation (STC).

    Methods: This study was a retrospective review of all patients undergoing LASC with cecorectal anastomosis for STC between March 2010 and May 2017. The main variables included the operative time, blood loss, length of postoperative hospital stay, complications, and long-term outcomes. Read More

    Does surgical technique influence the postoperative hemodynamic disturbances and neurological outcomes in carotid endarterectomy?
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 27:1-5. Epub 2018 Apr 27.
    a Department of Cardiovascular Surgery , School of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University , Samsun , Turkey.
    Introduction: The carotid endarterectomy is already well established in patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a difference in postoperative blood pressure changes, stroke rate and postoperative complications following eversion carotid endarterectomy (E-CEA) and conventional carotid endarterectomy (C-CEA).

    Methods: From 1 January 2010 to 31 March 2017 consecutive patients admitted to our department with symptomatic or asymptomatic ICA stenosis were included in this retrospective study. Read More

    Treatment with troxerutin protects against cisplatin-induced kidney injury in mice.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 13:1-7. Epub 2018 Apr 13.
    c Physiology-Pharmacology Research Center , Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences , Rafsanjan , Iran.
    Background: Cisplatin (CP) is a synthetic and anticancer drug, and one of the major side effects of CP is nephrotoxicity. This study was done to evaluate the renoprotective effects of troxerutin (Tro) in nephrotoxicity induced by CP in male mice.

    Methods: In this experimental study, 28 male mice were divided randomly into four groups. Read More

    Systematic review of surgical training on reperfused human cadavers.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 13:1-11. Epub 2018 Apr 13.
    a Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery , Ghent University Hospital , Ghent , Belgium.
    Background: The role of reperfused human cadavers in surgical training has not been established.

    Methods: Reports describing reperfused human cadaver models in terms of simulated surgeries, the use of tools to assess technical competency and skills transfer to patients, cadaver status and reperfusion techniques were included.

    Results: Thirty-five reports were included. Read More

    Different laparoscopic treatment modalities for splenic artery aneurysms: about 3 cases with review of the literature.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 10:1-7. Epub 2018 Apr 10.
    b Department of General and Digestive Surgery , Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) , Brussels , Belgium.
    Introduction: The first laparoscopic treatment of splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) was performed in 1993. Since then, many papers have been published mentioning different laparoscopic treatment modalities, including splenectomy, aneurysmectomy, ligation or even occlusion.

    Patients And Methods: An updated literature review of the English medical literature using the following MeSH, 'Lapaorscopic splenic artery aneurysm', 'laparoscopic aneurysectomy', 'Laparoscopic Splenic artery Aneurysm Ligation' and 'Laparoscopic Splenic artery aneurysm excision' was done. Read More

    Ellagic acid as a potential antioxidant, alleviates methotrexate-induced hepatotoxicity in male rats.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 28:1-9. Epub 2018 Mar 28.
    c Medicinal Plant Research Center , Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences , Ahvaz , Iran.
    Background: Hepatotoxicity is one of the most life-threatening side-effects of Methotrexate therapy. Former studies highlighted the significance of oxidative stress in promoting Methotrexate-induced hepatotoxicity (MIH). Hence, the current study investigated the protective effect of Ellagic acid (EA), a poly-phenolic antioxidant, against MIH. Read More

    Gastric cancer: factors affecting survival.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 21:1-7. Epub 2018 Mar 21.
    b Department of General Surgery , Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Teaching and Research Hospital, University of Medical Sciences , Bursa , Turkey.
    Background And Aim: The present multicenter, retrospective study aimed at determining the factors affecting survival in patients who were operated on due to gastric cancer (GC).

    Patients And Methods: The data of 234 patients, who underwent elective surgery due to GC were retrospectively analyzed. The demographic characteristics, tumor localization and diameter, type of resection and lymph node dissection, experience of the operating surgeon (senior or junior), tumor grade, pT stage, number of lymph nodes harvested, number of lymph nodes with and without metastasis, tumor stage and survival data were recorded. Read More

    Internal herniation through the falciform ligament of the liver: a case report.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 21:1-4. Epub 2018 Mar 21.
    a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Antwerp University , Wilrijk , Belgium.
    Background: An internal abdominal hernia is defined as the protrusion of a viscus through a mesenteric or peritoneal aperture within the peritoneal cavity. A less common type of internal herniation is a small bowel herniation through a defect in the falciform ligament of the liver. This defect can be congenital or iatrogenic after penetration of the falciform ligament with a trocar during laparoscopic surgery. Read More

    Acute pelvic inflammatory disease as a rare cause of acute small bowel obstruction.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 21:1-3. Epub 2018 Mar 21.
    a Department of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation , CHU Liege (CHU-ULg) , Liege , Belgium.
    Introduction: Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is a common presentation to emergency abdominal surgery. The most frequent causes of SBO are congenital, postoperative adhesions, abdominal wall hernia, internal hernia and malignancy.

    Patients: A 27-year-old woman was hospitalized because of acute abdominal pain, blockage of gases and stools associated with vomiting. Read More

    Unilateral adrenal hematoma with associated giant mass: a report of two cases.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 21:1-5. Epub 2018 Mar 21.
    a Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery , Shin-Koga Hospital , Fukuoka , Japan.
    Background: Adrenal hematoma is a rare yet potentially life-threatening event that occurs both in traumatic conditions and in a variety of nontraumatic conditions. In the present study, we report the two cases with idiopathic unilateral adrenal hematoma.

    Case Presentation: Case 1 involved a 72-year-old man who was complaining of upper abdominal pain. Read More

    Robotic pancreatic surgery: old concerns, new perspectives.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 8:1-8. Epub 2018 Mar 8.
    b Department of Surgical Oncology , Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology Cancer Centre , Kraków , Poland.
    Background: Described for the first time in 2003, the robotic pancreatic surgery shows interesting results. The evaluation of post-operative outcomes is necessary once we describe an innovative surgical approach.

    Methods: We have performed a retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database on robotic pancreatic surgery including malignant and benign indications for surgery. Read More

    Deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap harvest after full abdominoplasty.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 1:1-6. Epub 2018 Mar 1.
    a Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , University Hospital Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) , Brussels , Belgium.
    Abdominal scars are no longer a contra-indication for abdominal perforator flap harvesting. Few research data exists about the regeneration potential of the abdominal wall's perforator system. Therefore, previous abdominoplasty with umbilical transposition is an absolute contra-indication for a DIEaP-flap (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap). Read More

    A contemporary and a historical patient with an ectopic meningioma.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Mar 1:1-5. Epub 2018 Mar 1.
    b Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , Antwerp University Hospital , Antwerp , Belgium.
    Introduction: Ectopic meningiomas are rare tumors which can be encountered by all surgical specialties.

    Patients And Methods: We report on two different cases, a contemporary one and a historical one, highlighting the diversity of clinical presentations and prognoses of these lesions. Furthermore epidemiological aspects, clinical features, and diagnostic and therapeutic work-up in patients with an ectopic meningioma are reviewed. Read More

    The role of oral fluvastatin on postoperative peritoneal adhesion formation in an experimental rat model.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 26:1-8. Epub 2018 Feb 26.
    d First Clinical Medical College of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine , Nanjing , China.
    Background: Postoperative peritoneal adhesions are a momentousness complication after abdominal surgery. Although varied means have been used to prevent and treat adhesions, the effects have not been satisfactory. Fluvastatin, a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, exhibits a variety of pharmacological effects. Read More

    Urological approach for cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in a clinical care center.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 23:1-6. Epub 2018 Feb 23.
    a Department of Urology , Hospital Universitario Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá and Universidad de los Andes School of Medicine , Bogotá , Colombia.
    Background: Cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS-HIPEC) is associated with significant manipulation of the urinary tract (UT). We aim to describe the urological events and their management in patients who underwent CRS-HIPEC.

    Methods: Clinical records of patients who underwent treatment between 2007 and 2015 were reviewed. Read More

    Progressive subcutaneous emphysema of unknown origin: a surgical dilemma.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 23:1-3. Epub 2018 Feb 23.
    a Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery , ZNA Middelheim Hospital , Antwerp , Belgium.
    Objective: Subcutaneous emphysema can be an alarming sign of a necrotizing soft tissue infection. However, non-infectious etiologies exist that can be treated conservatively. This case report describes a subcutaneous emphysema of unknown origin and highlights the importance of distinguishing these clinical entities. Read More

    Cephalic pancreaticoduodenectomy with preservation of a right coronary artery bypass graft using the right gastro-epiploic artery: a case report.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 20:1-3. Epub 2018 Feb 20.
    c Department of General Surgery , Clinique Saint Joseph , Arlon , Belgium.
    Introduction: Pancreatic cancer is a rare disease with a high mortality rate, for which complete surgical resection, when possible, is the preferred therapeutic. Pancreaticoduodenectomy represents the surgical technique of choice. Abdominal surgeons can be faced with the challenge of patients with a history of coronary artery bypass graft in which the right gastro-epiploic artery is used. Read More

    Double superior vena cava: presentation of two cases and review of the literature.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 19:1-6. Epub 2018 Feb 19.
    a Department of Anatomy and Surgical Anatomy , Medical School, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens , Athens , Greece.
    Introduction: Various anomalies in the development of the great thoracic veins of the embryo can be incidentally discovered in the normal adult. Duplication of superior vena cava (SVC) is a rare abnormality, but the most common thoracic venous congenital anomaly. Case reports-methods: We present two cases in the intensive care unit of our hospital, of asymptomatic patients who underwent an uneventful central line placement in the left subclavian vein. Read More

    Thoracoscopic total esophagogastrectomy with supercharged colon interposition for the treatment of esophageal adenocarcinoma in situs inversus.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 13:1-4. Epub 2018 Feb 13.
    b St Andrew's Plastic and Reconstructive Centre , Broomfield Hospital, Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust , Essex , UK.
    Background: Esophagectomy in situs inversus is challenging. With long-segment supercharged reconstruction, it becomes more perplexing and multidisciplinary surgical skills are needed. Challenges met and the surgical technique used is presented in this case report. Read More

    Chest wall metastasis of endometrial cancer: case report and review of the literature.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 12:1-5. Epub 2018 Feb 12.
    b Departments of Obstetric & Gynecology , İzmir Katip Çelebi University Atatürk Education and Research Hospital , İzmir , Turkey.
    Introduction: Endometrial cancer is the fourth most common female cancer and also distant metastases to the chest wall associated with these tumors are seen less common. Surgical treatment options for metastases of endometrial cancer are limited.

    Case: A 57-year-old patient who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy + bilateral salpingo oophorectomy and received adjuvant chemotherapy for endometrioid-type adenocarcinoma of the endometrium and tuba is presented. Read More

    Variations in the vascular and biliary structures of the liver: a comprehensive anatomical study.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 12:1-18. Epub 2018 Feb 12.
    a Department of General Surgery , University of Dicle, Faculty of Medicine , Diyarbakır , Turkey.
    Purpose: Vascular structures of the liver and the bile ducts are crucial during liver transplantation or liver resection surgery. Here, we report on variations in the vascular structures and bile ducts of 200 patients.

    Materials And Methods: We reviewed magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatographic and multiple-detector computed tomographic data. Read More

    Acute abdominal pain due to internal herniation of the sigmoid colon, fallopian tube and left ovary, a rare presentation of Allen Masters syndrome.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 12:1-3. Epub 2018 Feb 12.
    a Department of Visceral Surgery , Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Ambroise Paré , Mons , Belgium.
    In 1955, Allen and Masters describe a painful syndrome which associates traumatic delivery to laceration found on the posterior leaf of the broad ligament. Herniation through this defect is a rare entity, accounted for about 4-7% of all internal hernias. Normally, it involves the small bowel. Read More

    Impact of age on postoperative outcomes in bariatric surgery.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Feb 4:1-8. Epub 2018 Feb 4.
    a 2nd Department of General Surgery , Jagiellonian University Medical College , Kraków , Poland.
    Background: Age is often related to the increase of perioperative complications and reoperation rates. The authors aimed to determine the influence of age on outcomes of most commonly performed bariatric procedures.

    Methods: The retrospective study included patients qualified for primary Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) or Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (LRYGB) in two academic hospitals. Read More

    The death of the Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos (1087-1143).
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 1;118(2):132-136. Epub 2018 Feb 1.
    a Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens , Athens , Greece.
    Introduction: The purpose of this study is to give a brief account of the life of John II Komnenos, his reign and to clarify the events and causes surrounding his death.

    Methods: A thorough search of the literature was undertaken in PubMed and Google Scholar as well as in history books through the internet and in History and Medical University libraries.

    Results: The death of the king cannot be attributed to poisoning from an injured hand by arrow poison. Read More

    Limberg flap in management of pilonidal sinus disease: systematic review and a local experience.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 1;118(2):78-84. Epub 2018 Feb 1.
    a General Surgery , Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital , Margate , UK.
    Objectives: To review published evidence of Limberg flap (LF) use in pilonidal sinus disease (PSD). We also included our local experience of LF.

    Methods: Medline and Embase database were searched for the words 'pilonidal, sinus, Limberg, flap'. Read More

    Mycotic aortic aneurysms treated by endovascular repair: initial experience in a single center.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Jan 30:1-6. Epub 2018 Jan 30.
    b CHR Val de sambre , Sambreville , Belgium.
    Introduction: Mycotic aortic aneurysm (MAA) is an uncommon cause of aneurysmal aortic disease. However, it may have an aggressive presentation and a complicated early outcome. Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of MAA is emerging as an alternative to open repair (OR) for the treatment of these aneurysms, particularly in high-risk surgical patients. Read More

    Health-related quality of life and cost-effectiveness analysis of gum chewing in patients undergoing colorectal surgery: results of a randomized controlled trial.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Jan 30:1-8. Epub 2018 Jan 30.
    a Department of Health Services Research, CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care , Maastricht University , Maastricht , The Netherlands.
    Background: Postoperative ileus (POI) and anastomotic leakage (AL) following colorectal surgery severely increase healthcare costs and decrease quality of life. This study evaluates the effects of reducing POI and AL via perioperative gum chewing compared to placebo (control) on in-hospital costs, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and assesses cost-effectiveness.

    Methods: In patients undergoing elective, open colorectal surgery, changes in HRQoL were assessed using EORTC-QLQ-C30 questionnaires and costs were estimated from a hospital perspective. Read More

    Successful operative treatment of uterine leiomyoma with extensive intravenous extension to the IVC, right heart, and pulmonary arteries.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Jan 17:1-4. Epub 2018 Jan 17.
    d Royal Sussex County Hospital , Sussex , UK.
    Introduction: Intravenous extension of benign uterine leiomyomata ('fibroids'), in the absence of discrete metastatic disease has rarely been reported. 'Fibroids' remain one of the most common premenopausal uterine pathologies.

    Methods And Results: We report the diagnosis and multidisciplinary led operative management of a 52-year-old woman with a histologically benign, but biologically aggressive, uterine leiomyoma with intravenous extension to the inferior vena cava (IVC), right heart and pulmonary arteries. Read More

    Labelling as reference Centre of GRACE (Groupe francophone de Réhabilitation Améliorée après ChirurgiE) for colorectal surgery: its impact on the implementation of enhanced recovery programme at the University Hospital of Liège.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Jan 15:1-5. Epub 2018 Jan 15.
    a Department of Anaesthesiology , CHU Liège, University of Liège , Liège , Belgium.
    Background: Enhanced recovery programme (ERP) has been used in our hospital since 2005 for selected colorectal surgeries. Since October 2015, after labelling as GRACE reference centre, we included all patients scheduled for elective colorectal surgery in this programme. We assessed the impact of our labelling on the implementation of ERP. Read More

    How to implement an enhanced recovery programme after colorectal surgery?
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Apr 15;118(2):73-77. Epub 2018 Jan 15.
    b GRACE: Groupe francophone de Réhabilitation Améliorée après ChirurgiE , Beaumont , France.
    Introduction: Although the concept of enhanced recovery after surgery was introduced more than 20 years ago, its implementation in daily practice still remains difficult.

    Results: This article addresses bottlenecks and barriers to the development of enhanced recovery programme (ERP). Barriers to the implementation are multifactorial and are raised by the different actors of these programmes: surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, patients. Read More

    Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio and mural nodule height as predictive factors for malignant intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Jan 15:1-7. Epub 2018 Jan 15.
    a Departments of Surgery , Kitakyushu Municipal Medical Center , Kitakyushu , Japan.
    Background: Accurate preoperative prediction for malignant IPMN is still challenging. The aim of this study was to investigate the validity of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and mural nodule height (MNH) for predicting malignant intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN).

    Methods: The medical records of 60 patients who underwent pancreatectomy for IPMN were retrospectively reviewed. Read More

    Conservative treatment of a posterior intercostal lung herniation: a case report.
    Acta Chir Belg 2018 Jan 3:1-3. Epub 2018 Jan 3.
    c Department of Cardiology , AZ Sint-Dimpna , Geel , Belgium.
    Introduction patients: A rare posterior intercostal lung herniation was diagnosed after a coughing spell by computed tomography and treated conservatively. Two years later, there were no specific complications or progression of the herniation. Methods, results and conclusions: There is no consensus on the indications for surgery and optimal treatment of this disorder. Read More

    A minimally invasive treatment of an asymptomatic case of mesh erosion into the caecum after total extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair.
    Acta Chir Belg 2017 Dec 28:1-6. Epub 2017 Dec 28.
    a Department of Abdominal Surgery , AZ Damiaan , Ostend , Belgium.
    Background: Mesh migration and erosion into adjacent viscera is a rare complication after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. We present a minimally invasive treatment of an asymptomatic case of mesh erosion into the caecum after total extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair, including an overview of the relevant recent literature.

    Methods: A male patient underwent a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair at the age of 42. Read More

    Evaluation of liver function by means of serum cytokeratin 18 and hepatocyte growth factor levels in patients with obstructive jaundice.
    Acta Chir Belg 2017 Dec 19:1-5. Epub 2017 Dec 19.
    a Department of Biochemistry , School of Medicine, Ataturk University , Erzurum , Turkey.
    Objective: To evaluate the serum levels of cytokeratin 18 (CK18) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in obstructive jaundice patients before and after treatment and thereby to detect the possible role of CK18 and HGF in patients with obstructive jaundice.

    Patients And Methods: Forty patients who had obstructive jaundice and 40 healthy control subjects were included in the study. Patients were treated using percutaneous, endoscopic or surgical approaches. Read More

    Long-term survival after multimodality therapy including surgery for metastatic esophageal cancer.
    Acta Chir Belg 2017 Dec 19:1-6. Epub 2017 Dec 19.
    a Department of Gastrointestinal and Hepatobilliairy Surgery , Ghent University Hospital, Ghent , Belgium.
    Background And Objectives: Esophageal cancer (EC) remains an aggressive disease with a poor survival. Management of metastatic EC is limited to palliative chemotherapy (CT). Scientific contributions regarding the role of surgery are scarce and controversial. Read More

    Changes in serum lipid levels after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in morbidly obese dyslipidemic and normolipidemic patients.
    Acta Chir Belg 2017 Dec 17:1-6. Epub 2017 Dec 17.
    a Department of General Surgery , Baskent University , Izmir , Turkey.
    Background: This study investigated the effect of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) performed for morbid obesity on serum lipid levels of dyslipidemic and normolipidemic patients.

    Methods: 141 patients who underwent LSG between September 2014 and January 2016 were included in the study.

    Results: The patients' mean body mass index was 46. Read More

    Enterogenous cyst of the small bowel mesentery: a case report and review of the literature.
    Acta Chir Belg 2017 Dec 8:1-4. Epub 2017 Dec 8.
    a Center of Abdominal Surgery , Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Clinics , Vilnius , Lithuania.
    Introduction: Enterogenous cysts are a very rare congenital abnormality that can be found anywhere within the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly in the small intestine. The incidence is approximately one in 4500-10,000 live births. Diagnosis can be suggested by ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, although histological examination confirms the definitive diagnosis. Read More

    Endoscopic ultrasound guided versus surgical transrectal drainage of pelvic abscesses.
    Acta Chir Belg 2017 Dec 5:1-7. Epub 2017 Dec 5.
    a Department of Surgery, Zuyderland Medisch Centrum , Heerlen , The Netherlands.
    Background: Pelvic abscesses are common but only small case series reporting outcome of either endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guided or surgical transrectal drainage have been reported.

    Methods: We performed a retrospective consecutive cohort study, assessing effectivity and safety of EUS guided or surgical transrectal drainage of previously untreated pelvic abscesses from all causes, diagnosed using CT scan between 09/2010 and 06/2014 in a Dutch teaching hospital.

    Results: Forty-six patients with comparable demographics, apart from stoma presence (p = . Read More

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