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  1. Craniosynostosis incision: scalpel or cautery? (United States)

    Wood, Jeyhan S; Kittinger, Benjamin J; Perry, Victor L; Adenola, Adeyemi; van Aalst, John A


    There is an ongoing debate regarding the optimal instrument for scalp incisions: the scalpel or electrocautery. The argument generally focuses on improved healing after an incision made with a knife and decreased bleeding when using electrocautery. This study compares the use of scalpel and electrocautery in making coronal incisions for patients undergoing surgical correction of craniosynostosis. The outcome metric used is wound healing within 6 months after surgery. All patients presenting to the University of North Carolina Children's Hospital with craniosynostosis between July 1, 2007 and January 1, 2010 requiring a coronal incision for surgical correction were prospectively enrolled. In all of these patients, half of the coronal incision was made with knife; the other half, with needle tip cautery. Side of the incision was specified at the time of surgery in the operative report. Patients were excluded from the study if the instrument for incision was not specified or if only 1 modality was used for the entire incision. Sixty-eight patients underwent cranial vault reconstruction, of which 58 met inclusion criteria. Of the 58 matched pairs, 55 were analyzed statistically. The 3 excluded cases were those who had midline complications. There were 17 wound complications (15%): 8 in the knife group, 6 in the cautery group, and 3 at midline (with indeterminate side for the problem). We found no statistically significant difference in wound healing between incisions made with a knife or with electrocautery.

  2. Thermal orbital injuries from disposable cauteries. (United States)

    Liu, D; Stasior, O G


    Forty rabbits divided in six groups and three brands of hot wire cautery with temperature ranging from 190 degrees C to 1035 degrees C were used in this experiment. A surgical procedure resembling a cosmetic blepharoplasty was performed on a total of 60 lower eyelids of the rabbits. The remaining eyelids were either shams or normal controls. Cautery application to orbital fat was carefully controlled, i.e., 10 or 20 seconds in single or double applications. Gross observation and microscopic examination of the biopsied specimens taken at 3 hours, 2 days, and 2 weeks after the procedures were performed. Evidence of thermal injury to the lacrimal gland and extraocular muscle damage was found. Although no evidence of thermal injury to the optic nerve was found, it was conceivable that either by a direct transfer of heat or by an indirect inflammatory and compressive effect the health of the optic nerve might be threatened. It is strongly recommended that hot wire cautery be used with extreme caution when working with orbital tissues.


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    Madhura M


    Full Text Available Fistula in ano is common condition in perineal region. Anorectal fistulas are divided into four distinct types according to the Parks’ classification: intersphincteric, transsphincteric, suprasphincteric, and extrasphincteric.1 The ultimate goal of fistula surgery is to eradicate it without disturbing or disturbing minimally the anal sphincter mechanism. The radiofrequency scalpel is an innovative instrument, which allows cutting and coagulating tissues in an atraumatic manner and which facilitates in accelerating and improving the surgical procedure conversely to the electric scalpel.2 This prospective study which will be conducted in a single centre and in this study we are comparing use of monopolar cautery and radiofrequency cautery units for the patients with fistula in ano operated during the period of February 2012 to February 2015. All fistulas will be treated by fistulectomy using coring technique. Results will be analyzed on following points like intraoperative bleeding, clearance of visual field, intra- and post-operative odema, and time required for every procedure, recurrence. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY 1. To compare intraoperative bleeding during surgery using both the units (cautery/RF cautery during surgery. 2. To assess clearance of field of vision intraoperatively. 3. To see for intraoperative and post-operative edema. 4. To assess time required for the procedure. 5. Final results in terms of recurrence. CONCLUSION Radiofrequency ablation is better method for fistulectomy compared to monopolar cautery in terms of intraoperative blood loss, post-operative pain, oedema, and healing period. But if procedure is better taken care of recurrence is avoidable. Operative time required for monopolar cautery exceeds radiofrequency cautery.

  4. Comparison of neural histomorphology in tail tips from pigs docked using clippers or cautery iron. (United States)

    Kells, N J; Beausoleil, N J; Johnson, C B; Sutherland, M A; Morrison, R S; Roe, W


    Tail docking of pigs is commonly performed to reduce the incidence of unwanted tail-biting behaviour. Two docking methods are commonly used: blunt trauma cutting (i.e. using side clippers), or cutting and concurrent cauterisation using a hot cautery iron. A potential consequence of tail amputation is the development of neuromas at the docking site. Neuromas have been linked to neuropathic pain, which can influence the longer-term welfare of affected individuals. To determine whether method of tail docking influences the extent of neuroma formation, 75 pigs were allocated to one of three treatments at birth: tail docked using clippers; tail docked using cautery iron; tail left intact. Tail docking was performed at 2 days of age and pigs were kept under conventional conditions until slaughter at 21 weeks of age. Tails were removed following slaughter and subjected to histological examination. Nerve histomorphology was scored according to the following scale: 1=discrete well-organised nerve bundles; 2=moderate neural proliferation and disorganisation affecting more than half of the circumference of the tail; 3=marked neural proliferation to form almost continuous disorganised bundles or non-continuous enlarged bundles compressing the surrounding connective tissue. Scores of 2 or 3 indicated neuroma formation. Scores were higher in docked pigs than undocked pigs (Pclippers and those docked using cautery (P=0.23). The results indicate that tail docking using either clippers or cautery results in neuroma formation, thus having the potential to affect long-term pig welfare.

  5. Irrigation-coupled bipolar cautery unit: A practical, economical, and simple version

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    Sharma Shekhar


    Full Text Available Hemostasis is a fundamental principle of surgery for which electrocoagulation is universally used. Bipolar electrocautery has an advantage over monopolar electrocautery in terms of the precision of the extent of tissue coagulation and the lateral extent of thermal tissue injury. However, secondary to the thermal changes induced in the tissue due to electric current passage, there is charring of tissue, which adheres to the cautery tip. This, not only decreases its effectiveness, but also, by getting avulsed while removing the cautery tip from the surgical field, causes rebleeding and more trauma to the tissue. Irrigation of the surgical field during application of cautery reduces the charring effect, thereby improving the efficiency and efficacy. Irrigation-coupled electrocautery devices are available but are costly to acquire and maintain. We describe a simple and reliable version of an irrigation-coupled cautery device, which is of immense functional utility in our experience. It decreases the amount of charring of the tissue and its adherence to the bipolar forceps tips, thereby decreasing the frustrating loss of effectiveness and also increases the life of the bipolar forceps as cleaning needs to be less frequent. By virtue of its simplicity and cost-effectiveness, it can be used in almost all hospitals and situations.

  6. Medical cautery units as a permanent and non-invasive method of marking lizards

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    Anna Ekner


    Full Text Available The identification of previously captured individuals is essential for a wide variety of ecological and behavioural studies. A lot of different methods are used for marking lizards, however they have many drawbacks. In presented study we used heat-branding method, using pen-like medical cautery units, previously employed to successfully mark other lizard species and snakes. The technique is permanent, readable and harmless for lizards, as well quick and easy. In 2009 we marked 111 individuals of sand lizard, Lacerta agilis. Next year we caught 88 lizards, 17 of them were re-captured. Among these re-captured lizards, five were caught after 26.8 (± 16.3 days (means in the same year and 12 after 308.8 (± 64.3 days (means in the next year. Recaptured individuals were still unambiguously recognisable.

  7. Completely laparoscopic nonanatomic hepatic resection using saline-cooled cautery and hydrodissection. (United States)

    Nissen, Nicholas N; Grewal, Navanjun; Lee, Joseph; Nawabi, Atta; Korman, Jeremy


    The technical aspects of laparoscopic hepatic resection have evolved rapidly. The key to any approach is establishing a reliable method to prevent or control hemorrhage during parenchymal transection. Although combining a hand-assist technique with laparoscopy allows improved control of bleeding risk, this requires the addition of a hand-port incision. The development of novel devices that can be used to safely divide liver parenchyma laparoscopically may lessen the need for hand-assist. Here, we report a series of laparoscopic hepatic resections that were attempted without the use of hand-assistance (completely laparoscopic). Resections were performed using saline-cooled cautery (Tissue-Link Endohook) and/or hydrodissection (Erbe Helix Hydrojet). Fifteen laparoscopic hepatic resections were attempted by a single surgeon from 2002 to 2006. In each case, a nonanatomic, completely laparoscopic approach was attempted. Patients with lesions at the hepatic dome or those requiring lobectomy or hilar dissection were excluded. Fourteen of 15 cases (93%) were accomplished completely laparoscopically, while one patient required placement of a hand port. Resected tumors averaged 3.9 cm diameter. There were no bile leaks and no patient required transfusion. Average length of stay was 4.1 days (range 1-5). Complications included ileus (1) and atrial fibrillation (1). In six patients with malignancies, margins were negative and there have been no local or port recurrences. This report demonstrates the feasibility of completely laparoscopic hepatic resection using novel devices for parenchymal transaction. Hand-assist techniques remain useful as a salvage strategy or for larger resections.

  8. The effect of timing of oral meloxicam administration on physiological responses in calves after cautery dehorning with local anesthesia. (United States)

    Allen, K A; Coetzee, J F; Edwards-Callaway, L N; Glynn, H; Dockweiler, J; KuKanich, B; Lin, H; Wang, C; Fraccaro, E; Jones, M; Bergamasco, L


    Dehorning is a painful husbandry procedure that is commonly performed in dairy calves. Parenteral meloxicam combined with local anesthesia mitigates the physiological and behavioral effects of dehorning in calves. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of timing of oral meloxicam administration on physiological responses in calves after dehorning. Thirty Holstein bull calves, 8 to 10 wk of age (28-70 kg), were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: placebo-treated control group (n=10), calves receiving meloxicam administered orally (1 mg/kg) in powdered milk replacer 12h before cautery dehorning (MEL-PRE; n=10), and calves receiving meloxicam administered as an oral bolus (1 mg/kg) at the time of dehorning (MEL-POST; n=10). Following cautery dehorning, blood samples were collected to measure cortisol, substance P (SP), haptoglobin, ex vivo prostaglandin E2 (PgE2) production after lipopolysaccharide stimulation and meloxicam concentrations. Maximum ocular temperature and mechanical nociceptive threshold (MNT) were also assessed. Data were analyzed using noncompartmental pharmacokinetic analysis and repeated measures ANOVA models. Mean peak meloxicam concentrations were 3.61±0 0.21 and 3.27±0.14 μg/mL with average elimination half-lives of 38.62±5.87 and 35.81±6.26 h for MEL-PRE and MEL-POST, respectively. Serum cortisol concentrations were lower in meloxicam-treated calves compared with control calves at 4 h postdehorning. Substance P concentrations were significantly higher in control calves compared with meloxicam-treated calves at 120 h after dehorning. Prostaglandin E2 concentrations were lower in meloxicam-treated calves compared with control calves. Mechanical nociceptive threshold was higher in control calves at 1h after dehorning, but meloxicam-treated calves tended to have a higher MNT at 6h after dehorning. No effect of timing of meloxicam administration on serum cortisol concentrations, SP concentrations, haptoglobin

  9. No thermal tool using methods in endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy: no cautery, no drill, no illuminator, no more tears. (United States)

    Kim, Sun-Young; Paik, Ji-Sun; Jung, Su-Kyung; Cho, Won-Kyung; Yang, Suk-Woo


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical outcome of the endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) without thermal tools such as cautery, drill and illuminator. The study is a retrospective analysis of patients in a tertiary care unit for oculoplastic surgery. The participants enrolled into the study are a retrospective series of 127 consecutive endonasal DCRs performed between January 2008 and March 2011. The surgical procedure in this conventional endoscopic transnasal DCR involved a manual osteotomy of the frontal process of the maxilla and removal of the lacrimal bone by punch without illuminator, cauterization and drill. We evaluated the result of the manual Endo-DCR technique without cauterization or drilling-assisted technique. Data of 127 eyes were reviewed. Full success was achieved in 90.5 % (115/127) of manual Endo-DCR technique with an average follow-up period of 6 months. Our study appears to show favorable results compared to other previously published outcomes including Endo-DCR surgery with thermal equipments. No thermal tool methods in endonasal DCR can achieve a good surgical success rate. Therefore, the newest tools, cauterization, drilling or illumination, are generally not necessary for endoscopic dacrycystorhinostomy.

  10. 鼠角膜碱烧伤后血管内皮细胞生长因子在其角膜中的表达及意义%Expression and significance of vascular endothelial growth factor in rat cornea after cautery with alkali

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    邱培瑾; 姚克; 朱丽君; 周彩云; 程坚


    目的探讨角膜碱烧伤后血管内皮细胞生长因子(vascular endothelial growth factor, VEGF)在鼠角膜中的表达及意义.方法采用1 mol/L 氢氧化钠溶液烧伤Sprayue-Dawley(SD)大鼠角膜,建立炎症性角膜新生血管动物模型;用免疫印迹分析SD大鼠角膜烧伤后不同时间段VEGF蛋白在角膜中的表达量;免疫组织化学染色方法检测SD大鼠角膜烧伤后VEGF蛋白在角膜各层中的分布.结果正常SD大鼠角膜中未检出VEGF蛋白;伤后6 h,鼠角膜中可检测出VEGF蛋白;伤后96 h时,角膜中VEGF蛋白达高峰;伤后168 h VEGF蛋白表达量下降;伤后SD大鼠角膜基质层,尤其是毗邻于烧灼区的浅基质层中有大量炎性细胞浸润,浸润的炎性细胞和新生血管内皮细胞均有VEGF蛋白表达.结论炎性细胞分泌的VEGF蛋白参与了炎症性角膜新生血管增殖的调控,对新生血管的生长有诱导和维持作用.

  11. 大鼠角膜碱烧伤后碱性成纤维细胞生长因子在角膜中的表达及意义%Expression and significance of basic fibroblast growth factor in rat cornea after cautery with alkali

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    邱培瑾; 姚克; 朱丽君; 周彩云; 裘世杰



  12. In vivo experiments of a surgical robot with vision field control for Single Port Endoscopic Surgery. (United States)

    Sekiguchi, Yuta; Kobayashi, Yo; Watanabe, Hiroki; Tomono, Yu; Noguchi, Takehiko; Takahashi, Yu; Toyoda, Kazutaka; Uemura, Munenori; Ieiri, Satoshi; Ohdaira, Takeshi; Tomikawa, Morimasa; Hashizume, Makoto; Fujie, Masakatsu G


    Recently, robotics systems are focused to assist in Single Port Endoscopic Surgery (SPS). However, the existing system required a manual operation of vision and viewpoint, hindering the surgical task. We proposed a surgical endoscopic robot for SPS with dynamic vision control, the endoscopic view being manipulated by a master controller. The prototype robot consists of a manipulator for vision control, and dual tool tissue manipulators (gripping: 5DOFs, cautery: 3DOFs) can be attached at the tip of sheath manipulator. In particular, this paper focuses on an in vivo experiment. We showed that vision control in the stomach and a cautery task by a cautery tool could be effectively achieved.

  13. Toenail Avulsion


    Thornington, Martyn J.


    Ingrown toenails are commonly seen in family practice, and are treated conservatively. If this does not resolve the condition, lateral wedge resection and permanent, partial nail bed ablation are necessary. Recurrence can be prevented by chemical cautery with 10% sodium hydroxide. Betadine packing reduces infection.

  14. Ambroise Paré (1510-1590)--Traek af kirurgfagets historie og dets medi- kamentelle aspekter

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    Norn, Svend; Permin, Henrik; Kruse, Poul R


    the painful practise of cautery to stop bleeding and used ligatures and dressings instead. A multitude of subjects were included in his writings such as military surgery, aneurysm, hernia, obstetrics and plague, and through his techniques he guided the development of the gentle art of surgery. Paré became...

  15. A Triservice Comparison of Dental Scaling Devices: Sonic and Ultrasonic (United States)


    literature and contains a short history of the development of power scalers. It also contains a discus- sion of the relationship between dental scalers and...phenomenon caused by ultrasound. High intensity, alternating pressure waves passing through water at the tip of the scaler force air bub- bles in the...devices such as microwave ovens, electric shavers, electro- cautery, diathermy , vitalometers, and even electric toothbrushes have the potential to

  16. Extraperitoneal Pelvic laparoscopic disconnection of accessory urethra from normal urethra in a case of urethral duplication. (United States)

    Pant, Nitin; Aggarwal, Satish Kumar


    We report an extraperitoneal pelvic laparoscopic approach to disconnect accessory urethra from normal urethra in complete urethral duplication. First stage consisted of chordee correction, partial excision of the accessory urethra and glansplasty. In the second stage the remaining accessory urethra was disconnected from the normal urethra through a pre-peritoneal minimal access approach to the retropubic space. The remaining distal mucosa was ablated using monopolar cautery.

  17. Extraperitoneal Pelvic laparoscopic disconnection of accessory urethra from normal urethra in a case of urethral duplication

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    Nitin Pant


    Full Text Available We report an extraperitoneal pelvic laparoscopic approach to disconnect accessory urethra from normal urethra in complete urethral duplication. First stage consisted of chordee correction, partial excision of the accessory urethra and glansplasty. In the second stage the remaining accessory urethra was disconnected from the normal urethra through a pre-peritoneal minimal access approach to the retropubic space. The remaining distal mucosa was ablated using monopolar cautery.

  18. Subcutaneous intralesional Ksharodaka injection: A novel treatment for the management of Warts: A case series



    Warts are generally managed using cryosurgery, keratolytic ointments, curettage and electrodessication. Warts, vis-a-vis Charmakila, in Ayurvedic classical texts are classified into different types depending on the dominance of dosha. Ayurveda prescribes oral medications, topical use of Kshara (alkaline ash of herbs), Agni (thermal cautery) and Shastrakarma (surgery) for removal of Charmakila. Use of topical Kshara in the form of powder, aqueous solution i.e. Ksharodaka and Ksharasutra (threa...

  19. [History of the therapeutic uses of the tinder polypore, Fomes fomentarius (L. : Fr]. (United States)

    Roussel, Bertrand; Rapior, Sylvie; Charlot, Colette; Masson, Christian-Louis; Boutié, Paul


    This paper presents the major therapeutic uses of Fomes fomentarius (L. : Fr.) Fr., tinder polypore. The context of this fungus is a wooly and soft material so called amadou (tinder). During the XVIII and XIXth centuries, the fungal material was used as haemostatic dressing and bandage to keep the temperature and compress parts of the body. It was also used as cautery for moxibustion and was reported in several traditional pharmacopoeias (Hungarian, Chinese, Indian).

  20. Do we need to establish guidelines for patients with neuromodulation implantable devices, including spinal cord stimulators undergoing nonspinal surgeries?

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    Ramsis F Ghaly


    Full Text Available Background: Spinal cord stimulation is currently approved to treat chronic intractable pain of the trunk and limbs. However, such implantable electronic devices are vulnerable to external electrical currents and magnetic fields. Within the hospitals and modern operating rooms (ORs, there is an abundance of electrical devices and other types of equipment that could interfere with such devices. Despite the increasing number of patients with neuromodulation implantable devices, there are no written guidelines available or consensus of cautions for such patients undergoing unrelated surgery. Case Descriptions: A 60-year-old female with a permanent St. Jude′s spinal cord stimulator (SCS presented for open total abdominal hysterectomy. Both the anesthesia and gynecology staffs were aware of the device presence, but were unaware of any precautions regarding intraoperative management. The device was found to be nonmagnetic resonance imaging compatible, and bipolar cautery was used instead of monopolar cautery. A 59-year-old female with a 9-year-old permanent Medtronic SCS, presented for right total hip arthroplasty. The device was switched off prior to entering the OR, bipolar cautery was used, and grounding pads were placed away from her battery site. In each case, the manufacturer′s representative was contacted preoperative. Both surgeries proceeded uneventfully. Conclusions: The Food and Drug Administration safety information manual warns about the use of diathermy, concomitant implanted stimulation devices, lithotripsy, external defibrillation, radiation therapy, ultrasonic scanning, and high-output ultrasound, all of which can lead to permanent implant damage if not turned off prior to undertaking procedures. Lack of uniform guidelines makes intraoperative management, as well as remote anesthesia care of patients with previously implanted SCSs unsafe.

  1. Minimally invasive surgery for pyriform sinus fistula by transoral videolaryngoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Kamide, Daisuke; Tomifuji, Masayuki; Maeda, Mayuka; Utsunomiya, Kazuho; Yamashita, Taku; Araki, Koji; Shiotani, Akihiro


    Pyriform sinus fistula is a rare branchial anomaly that manifests as recurrent cervical infection resulting from contamination of the fistula internal orifice in the pyriform sinus. Although open neck surgery to resect the fistula has been recommended as a definitive treatment, identifying the fistula within the scar is difficult and occasionally results in recurrence. Here, we describe a novel transoral surgical technique for pyriform sinus fistula using transoral videolaryngoscopic surgery (TOVS) as a definitive treatment to resect and close the fistula without skin incision. Needle cautery enables fine excision and delicate dissection of the fistula tract. TOVS is a safe, easy, and reliable treatment and is a suitable first line treatment.

  2. The evolving breast reconstruction

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Gunnarsson, Gudjon Leifur


    The aim of this editorial is to give an update on the use of the propeller thoracodorsal artery perforator flap (TAP/TDAP-flap) within the field of breast reconstruction. The TAP-flap can be dissected by a combined use of a monopolar cautery and a scalpel. Microsurgical instruments are generally...... not needed. The propeller TAP-flap can be designed in different ways, three of these have been published: (I) an oblique upwards design; (II) a horizontal design; (III) an oblique downward design. The latissimus dorsi-flap is a good and reliable option for breast reconstruction, but has been criticized...

  3. Endoscopic resection of large colonic lipomas assisted by a prototype single-use endoloop device

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    Ahmad Khosravi Khorashad


    Full Text Available Colonic lipomas are benign adipose tumors that do not usually cause symptoms. Giant colonic lipoma (GCL is an uncommon finding at endoscopy which may lead to iron deficiency anemia (IDA with or without macroscopic ulceration. The choice of therapeutic procedure to treat symptomatic GCLs has been controversial. A case of GCL presented with occult bleeding and IDA is reported in this article. IDA resolved following the successful removal of the GCL by a combination of endoloop ligation and snare cautery technique.

  4. Hemi-hepatectomy in pediatric patients using two-surgeon technique and a liver hanging maneuver

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    Kyoko Mochizuki; Susumu Eguchi; Ryuichiro Hirose; Taiichiro Kosaka; Mitsuhisa Takatsuki; Takashi Kanematsu


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of the two-surgeon technique with the liver hanging maneuver (LHM) for hepatectomies in pediatric patients with hepatoblastoma. METHODS: Three pediatric patients with hepatoblastoma were enrolled in this study. Two underwent right hemi-hepatectomies and one underwent a left hemihepatectomy using the two-surgeon technique by means of saline-linked electric cautery (SLC) and the Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator (CUSA; Valleylab, Boulder, CO) and the LHM. RESULTS: The mean operative time during the parenchymal transections was 50 min and the mean blood loss was 235 g. There was no bile leakage from the cut surface after surgery. No macroscopic or microscopic-positive margins were observed in the hepatic transections. CONCLUSION: The two-surgeon technique using SLC and CUSA with the LHM is applicable to even pediatric patients with hepatoblastoma.

  5. Use of an infrared camera to improve the outcome of facial nerve monitoring. (United States)

    Murphy, Emily K


    Intraoperative cranial nerve neuromonitoring (IONM) has significantly reduced morbidity historically associated with skull-base procedures. It provides the surgeon with immediate feedback to preserve both anatomic and physiologic function of monitored nerves. However, when the surgeon cauterizes tissue near the nerve, the monitoring equipment is saturated by the cautery signal, eliminating IONM information at a critical time. The use of an infrared camera under the drapes to observe the face for movement due to nerve stimulation is an invaluable adjunct to traditional IONM. Monitoring may also be improved by contralateral electrode placement to help identify artifact from nerve stimulation, using the microscope's video output to compare the surgeon's hand movements to recorded activity, and learning basic anatomy of the inner ear and skull base in order to know when heightened attention is important.

  6. Principles of physics in surgery: the laws of mechanics and vectors physics for surgeons-part 2. (United States)

    Srivastava, Anurag; Sood, Akshay; Joy, Parijat S; Mandal, Shubhyan; Panwar, Rajesh; Ravichandran, Suresh; Sarangi, Sasmit; Woodcock, John


    In this sequel, to an earlier article, we discuss the laws of Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Vectors as they apply to soft and bony tissues. These include the Laplace's Law as applied to colonic perforation, compression therapy, parturition, variceal rupture, disc herniations etc. The Pascal's Law finds use in hernia repair and the Heimlich maneuver. Trigonometrically derived components of forces, acting after suturing, show ways to reduce cut-through; the thickness and the bite of suture determines the extent of tissue reaction. The heating effect of current explains the optimum gap between the prongs of a bipolar cautery and the use of law of transfer of heat in determining relation between healthy wound healing and ambient temperature.

  7. Rare complication after totally extraperitoneal endoscopic inguinal hernia repair: Small bowel perforation without peritoneal disruption. (United States)

    Kojima, Shigehiro; Sakamoto, Tsuguo; Honda, Masayuki; Nishiguchi, Ryohei; Ogawa, Fumihiro


    We report a rare case of visceral injury after totally extraperitoneal endoscopic inguinal hernia repair. A 48-year-old man underwent needlescopic totally extraperitoneal repair of a direct inguinal hernia. Bleeding from a branch of the inferior epigastric vessels occurred at the beginning of the extraperitoneal dissection with a monopolar electrosurgical device. Hemostasis was prolonged. However, herniorrhaphy and mesh repair were successfully performed, and no peritoneal disruption or pneumoperitoneum was visible. The patient was discharged home on the next day. However, 30 h after this operation, he underwent diagnostic and operative laparoscopy because of acute abdominal pain. Ileal perforation was found and repaired, and pathological examination indicated cautery artifact. Thus, thermal damage to the ileum during the initial operation may have caused the bowel perforation. To the best of our knowledge, no other cases of bowel perforation after totally extraperitoneal repair without peritoneal disruption have been reported.

  8. Rapid Treatment of Rhinophyma with Powered Microdebrider

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    C. Faris


    Full Text Available We describe here our experience in using sinus microdebrider to rapidly debulk and sculpt the tissues in cases of rhinophyma correction. We utilized the use of the 4 mm M4 Rotatable Cutting Straight Sinus Blade on a straight Straightshot M4 Microdebrider by Medtronic at 800 rpm oscillation which is normally utilised in our sinus surgery practice. The microdebrider is straightforward to use and is already stocked in most ENT departments. It requires no additional training or cost outlay for departments that perform endoscopic sinus surgery with microdebrider. In our experience it affords the surgeon the ability to rapidly and accurately sculpt the nose to an excellent aesthetic result. We feel it is a more precise tool than cold steel or Bovie cautery, quicker than CO2 laser techniques, and avoids the aerosol of dermabrasion. No complications occurred in our series, and all patients rated their cosmetic outcome as good to excellent.

  9. Subcutaneous intralesional Ksharodaka injection: A novel treatment for the management of Warts: A case series. (United States)

    Gundeti, Manohar S; Reddy, R Govind; Muralidhar, Jangle Vidya


    Warts are generally managed using cryosurgery, keratolytic ointments, curettage and electrodessication. Warts, vis-a-vis Charmakila, in Ayurvedic classical texts are classified into different types depending on the dominance of dosha. Ayurveda prescribes oral medications, topical use of Kshara (alkaline ash of herbs), Agni (thermal cautery) and Shastrakarma (surgery) for removal of Charmakila. Use of topical Kshara in the form of powder, aqueous solution i.e. Ksharodaka and Ksharasutra (thread smeared with Kshara) for warts has been reported. However, these methods necessitate multiple sittings and takea longer duration for removal of the warts. Herewith, we report a case series of different types of warts treated with intralesional infiltration of Apamarga Ksharodaka (AK), i.e. aqueous solution of Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera) Kshara. We observed that all these warts took a minimum of 2-6 days to shed off, leaving minor scars. There were no adverse reactions reported in any of these cases.

  10. Subcutaneous intralesional Ksharodaka injection: A novel treatment for the management of Warts: A case series (United States)

    Gundeti, Manohar S.; Reddy, R. Govind; Muralidhar, Jangle Vidya


    Warts are generally managed using cryosurgery, keratolytic ointments, curettage and electrodessication. Warts, vis-a-vis Charmakila, in Ayurvedic classical texts are classified into different types depending on the dominance of dosha. Ayurveda prescribes oral medications, topical use of Kshara (alkaline ash of herbs), Agni (thermal cautery) and Shastrakarma (surgery) for removal of Charmakila. Use of topical Kshara in the form of powder, aqueous solution i.e. Ksharodaka and Ksharasutra (thread smeared with Kshara) for warts has been reported. However, these methods necessitate multiple sittings and takea longer duration for removal of the warts. Herewith, we report a case series of different types of warts treated with intralesional infiltration of Apamarga Ksharodaka (AK), i.e. aqueous solution of Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera) Kshara. We observed that all these warts took a minimum of 2-6 days to shed off, leaving minor scars. There were no adverse reactions reported in any of these cases. PMID:25624698

  11. Anesthetic management of a patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy with dual-chamber pacemaker undergoing transurethral resection of the prostate

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    Jain Amit


    Full Text Available We describe the anesthetic management of a patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy with dual-chamber pacemaker undergoing transurethral resection of the prostate. Anesthetic challenges included prevention and management of perioperative arrhythmias, maintenance of adequate preload, afterload and heart rate to relieve left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and considerations related to the presence of dual-chamber pacemaker and TURP. We recommend preoperative reprogramming of the DDD pacemaker, avoidance of magnet application during the procedure, application of electrosurgical unit current returning pad to the anterior aspect of the thigh, especially if monopolar cautery is used, use of central venous pressure line for estimation of preload and careful titration of anesthetic drugs to maintain stable hemodynamics.

  12. Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy in rats Nefrectomia parcial laparoscópica em ratos

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    Fernando Meyer


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To establish an experimental model of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN in rats and to analyze morphological alterations in the renal parenchyma utilizing an electric cautery and harmonic scalpel. METHODS: Forty Wistar rats were used, divided in 2 experiments with 20 rats each: experiment I, LPN was performed with an electric cautery and the rats were subdivided into groups A and B; experiment II, LPN was performed with a harmonic scalpel and they were subdivided into groups C and D. The animals in groups A and C were sacrificed shortly after surgery and the remnant kidney was removed to study the following variables: necroses and degeneration. In groups B and D a laparatomy was performed for retrieval of the remnant kidney on the 14th day after surgery to analyze fibrous scarring. RESULTS: For the variables necroses and fibrous scarring, the electric cautery creates, on average, greater width than that produced by the harmonic scalpel (p=0.0002 and p=0.0068 respectively. Regarding the variable of degeneration, we found no significant difference between the two types of scalpels (p=0.1267. CONCLUSIONS: LPN in rats is an adequate and feasible experimental model. The electric cautery caused greater damage to remnant renal tissue when compared to harmonic scalpel.OBJETIVO: Estabelecer um modelo experimental de nefrectomia parcial laparoscópica (NPL em ratos e analisar as alterações morfológicas no parênquima renal utilizando-se bisturi elétrico e harmônico. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 40 ratos Wistar, distribuídos em dois experimentos com 20 ratos cada: experimento I, NPL utilizando-se de bisturi elétrico e subdividindo-se os ratos em grupos A e B; experimento II, NPL realizada com bisturi harmônico e subdividindo-se os ratos em grupos C e D. Os animais dos grupos A e C foram sacrificados após a cirurgia para a remoção do rim operado e estudo das seguintes variáveis: necrose e degeneração. Nos grupos B e D a laparotomia

  13. Design of a surgical robot with dynamic vision field control for Single Port Endoscopic Surgery. (United States)

    Kobayashi, Yo; Sekiguchi, Yuta; Tomono, Yu; Watanabe, Hiroki; Toyoda, Kazutaka; Konishi, Kozo; Tomikawa, Morimasa; Ieiri, Satoshi; Tanoue, Kazuo; Hashizume, Makoto; Fujie, Masaktsu G


    Recently, a robotic system was developed to assist Single Port Endoscopic Surgery (SPS). However, the existing system required a manual change of vision field, hindering the surgical task and increasing the degrees of freedom (DOFs) of the manipulator. We proposed a surgical robot for SPS with dynamic vision field control, the endoscope view being manipulated by a master controller. The prototype robot consisted of a positioning and sheath manipulator (6 DOF) for vision field control, and dual tool tissue manipulators (gripping: 5DOF, cautery: 3DOF). Feasibility of the robot was demonstrated in vitro. The "cut and vision field control" (using tool manipulators) is suitable for precise cutting tasks in risky areas while a "cut by vision field control" (using a vision field control manipulator) is effective for rapid macro cutting of tissues. A resection task was accomplished using a combination of both methods.

  14. Subcutaneous intralesional Ksharodaka injection: A novel treatment for the management of Warts: A case series

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    Manohar S Gundeti


    Full Text Available Warts are generally managed using cryosurgery, keratolytic ointments, curettage and electrodessication. Warts, vis-a-vis Charmakila, in Ayurvedic classical texts are classified into different types depending on the dominance of dosha. Ayurveda prescribes oral medications, topical use of Kshara (alkaline ash of herbs, Agni (thermal cautery and Shastrakarma (surgery for removal of Charmakila. Use of topical Kshara in the form of powder, aqueous solution i.e. Ksharodaka and Ksharasutra (thread smeared with Kshara for warts has been reported. However, these methods necessitate multiple sittings and takea longer duration for removal of the warts. Herewith, we report a case series of different types of warts treated with intralesional infiltration of Apamarga Ksharodaka (AK, i.e. aqueous solution of Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera Kshara. We observed that all these warts took a minimum of 2-6 days to shed off, leaving minor scars. There were no adverse reactions reported in any of these cases.

  15. Endoscopic management of diverticular bleeding. (United States)

    Rustagi, Tarun; McCarty, Thomas R


    Diverticular hemorrhage is the most common reason for lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) with substantial cost of hospitalization and a median length of hospital stay of 3 days. Bleeding usually is self-limited in 70-80% of cases but early rebleeding is not an uncommon problem that can be reduced with proper endoscopic therapies. Colonoscopy is recommended as first-line diagnostic and therapeutic approach. In the vast majority of patients diverticular hemorrhage can be readily managed by interventional endotherapy including injection, heat cautery, clip placement, and ligation to achieve endoscopic hemostasis. This review will serve to highlight the various interventions available to endoscopists with specific emphasis on superior modalities in the endoscopic management of diverticular bleeding.

  16. Endoscopic Management of Diverticular Bleeding

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    Tarun Rustagi


    Full Text Available Diverticular hemorrhage is the most common reason for lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB with substantial cost of hospitalization and a median length of hospital stay of 3 days. Bleeding usually is self-limited in 70–80% of cases but early rebleeding is not an uncommon problem that can be reduced with proper endoscopic therapies. Colonoscopy is recommended as first-line diagnostic and therapeutic approach. In the vast majority of patients diverticular hemorrhage can be readily managed by interventional endotherapy including injection, heat cautery, clip placement, and ligation to achieve endoscopic hemostasis. This review will serve to highlight the various interventions available to endoscopists with specific emphasis on superior modalities in the endoscopic management of diverticular bleeding.

  17. Effects of administration of a local anaesthetic and/or an NSAID and of docking length on the behaviour of piglets during 5 h after tail docking

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    Herskin, Mette S.; Di Giminiani, Pierpaolo; Thodberg, Karen


    In many countries, piglets are tail docked to prevent tail biting. The aim of this study was 1) to evaluate the efficacy of a local anaesthetic and/or NSAID to reduce pain caused by tail docking; and 2) to examine interactions with docking length. This was examined in 295 piglets docked by hot iron...... cautery 2–4 days after birth and based on behaviour during docking as well as the following 5 h. The study involved three main factors: local anaesthetic (Lidocain), NSAID (Meloxicam) and docking length. Either 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% of the tails were left on the body of the piglets. Irrespective...... of the tail length, tail docking led to signs of procedural pain, which could be reduced by administration of Lidocain. Preemptive use of Meloxicam did not affect the signs of procedural pain. The results show that tail docking led to behavioural changes throughout the 5 h observation period indicating...

  18. Complications of female sterilization: immediate and delayed. (United States)

    Huggins, G R; Sondheimer, S J


    Surgical sterilization in women has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. The development of laparoscopy and minilaparotomy have made the procedure readily available even in developing countries. In the United States, changing social values and changes in hospital regulations have done as much as technology to account for the tremendous increases in the number of women undergoing sterilization. Improved sterilization procedures have resulted in lower costs for sterilization and lowered morbidity and mortality rates. Hysterectomy for sterilization alone carries unacceptable morbidity and mortality rates. Originally, laparoscopic techniques utilized unipolar cautery. However, bowel burns, a rare but serious complication, were reported, and this led to newer techniques. These techniques, using bands, clips, and bipolar cautery, have gained increasing popularity and have eliminated many of the serious complications of female sterilization. Historically, there has been concern that tubal sterilization by any method produces, in significant numbers of patients, the subsequent gynecologic and psychologic problems called "post-tubal ligation syndrome." A review of earlier literature indicates that many of these studies have serious methodologic problems, including recall bias, inappropriate control groups, failure to elicit prior history of gynecologic or psychologic problems, and failure to account for the use of oral contraceptives or IUDs. More recent large prospective epidemiologic studies that have controlled for prior gynecologic problems and contraceptive usage have failed to show increased incidence of gynecologic sequelae in large numbers of women. However, there are some data to support the concept that in certain individuals, sterilization may result in disruption of ovarian blood or nerve supply, producing gynecologic sequelae. Additional data from these ongoing large-scale studies and others should help to elucidate this problem in the future. Pregnancy

  19. Ovário-histerectomia laparoscópica em felinos hígidos: estudo comparativo de três métodos de hemostasia Laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy in healthy felines: comparative study of three hemostatic methods

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    F. Schiochet


    Full Text Available Foram avaliadas 24 gatas, hígidas, sem raça definida, distribuídas em três grupos de oito animais. Descreveu-se o acesso laparoscópico para ovariossalpingo-histerectomia (OSH e comparou-se o uso do eletrocautério bipolar (grupo I, do clipe de titânio (grupo II e da ligadura com fio de sutura (grupo III para a oclusão dos vasos ovarianos e uterinos. Hemorragia e enfisema subcutâneo foram as principais complicações observadas no transoperatório e hematoma subcutâneo e deiscência de sutura, as do pós-operatório. O procedimento cirúrgico e a técnica operatória mostraram-se viáveis nos três grupos. O uso do eletrocautério bipolar apresentou vantagens na comparação com os outros métodos de hemostasia.Twenty-four healthy female mongrel cats were submitted to ovaryhisterectomy and distributed into three groups of eight animals each: (I bipolar electrical cautery, (II titanium clips, and (III suture ligature for the occlusion of ovarian and uterine vessels, which were compared. The surgical procedure and the operation technique were viable in all three groups. Hemorrhagia and subcutaneous emphysema were the main intraoperative complications, and hematoma and suture dehiscence in the postoperative. The bipolar electrical cautery procedure is shown to be comparatively successful regarding the other studied methods for hemostasia.


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    Ridipta Sekha


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has been extensively accepted since Mouret first successfully introduced the procedure in 1987. During this procedure the cystic artery can be controlled using surgical clips, harmonic scalpel and ligature or monopolar cautery. The extensive use of surgical clips in laparoscopic surgery has led to a variety of complications. Monopolar electrocoagulation can be used to control the cystic artery as it is cheap and universally available. Hence in this study, we compared monopolar electrocautery with clip application for securing haemostasis and to identify the safest and least complicated way for haemostasis of the cystic artery in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 201 patients were done who were planned for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Among them 3 were converted to open cholecystectomy due to intraoperative bleeding. The rest 198 patients underwent successful laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In 42 patients the cystic artery was ligated using Ligaclip 300, while in 156 patients the artery was coagulated using monopolar cautery with hook. The patients were observed for any incidences of post-operative haemorrhage and bile leak, difference in length of hospital stay and post-operative complications. RESULTS The mean age was 40.26 years with M:F ratio 1:4. About 86% (135 and 88% (37 patients, respectively in electrocautery and Ligaclip group were discharged on the first post-operative day itself. Only 3 (1.5% patients, 2 in electrocautery and 1 in Ligaclip group developed post-operative port site infection. These differences were not statistically significant. CONCLUSION We conclude that monopolar electrocautery can be used as a safer alternative to surgical clips in control of cystic artery, especially in developing countries.

  1. Establishment of Chronic Renal Failure Model in Beagle Dogs by Integrative Operation%综合手术方法制作犬慢性肾功能衰竭模型

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    林若勤; 傅晓晴; 杨朝阳; 朱龙; 李慧勇


    Objective To study the surgical method for establishing chronic renal failure model at azotaemic stage in beagle dogs. Methods The integrative operation was preformed by electric cautery of renal cortex and renal artery ligation in left kidney. Right kidney was removed one week later. Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine were detected 3 days after surgery and every week after surgery. Results The urea nitrogen was 7.21±0.72 mmol/L and the creatinine was 82.40±9.42 μmol/L before surgery, 30 days after surgery was 11.22±5.69 mmol/L and 125.55±68.50 umol/L respectively. Both of their P- value were less than 0.05. Conclusions Ideal chronic renal failure model at azotaemic stage in beagle dogs can be obtained by the combination of electric cautery of left renal cortex and left renal artery ligation.%目的 研究慢性肾功能衰竭氮质血症期中医脾肾虚型比格犬模型的手术造模方法.方法 采用左肾皮质电灼法与肾动脉狭窄结扎法相结合,1周后切除右肾.术后3d及每周检测血尿素氮、肌酐.结果 造模前尿素氮为7.21±0.72 mmol/L,肌酐为82.40±9.42 μtmol/L,造模术后30 d尿素氮为11.22±5.69 mmol/L,肌酐为125.55±68.50 μmol/L(P值均<0.05).临床表现为脾肾虚证候.结论 采用左肾皮质电灼法与肾动脉狭窄结扎法相结合,可以造成理想的慢性肾功能衰竭氮质血症期脾肾虚型比格犬模型.

  2. Evaluation of pharmacological activities and assessment of intraocular penetration of an ayurvedic polyherbal eye drop (Itone™ in experimental models

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    Velpandian Thirumurthy


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The polyherbal eye drop (Itone™ is a mixture of aqueous distillates of nineteen traditionally used ingredients that sum up to impart potency to the formulation and make it a useful adjunct in various ocular pathologies. However, as there have been no controlled experimental studies accounting to the above claim, therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate the polyherbal formulation (PHF for antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anticataract, antioxidant and cytotoxicity in addition to the evaluation of intraocular penetration of PHF in rabbit eyes using LC-MS/MS. Materials and methods Antiangiogenic activity of the PHF was evaluated using in ovo chick chorio-allantoic membrane (CAM assay and in vivo cautery induced corneal neovascularization assay in rats. Anticataract potential was evaluated using steroid induced cataract in developing chick embryos, sodium selenite induced cataract in rat pups and galactose induced cataract in rats. The antioxidant activity was evaluated using di-phenyl picryl hydrazyl (DPPH radical scavenging assay. Anti-inflammatory activity was evaluated in vitro using inhibition of LTB4 formation in human WBCs and in vivo using carrageenan induced paw edema assay in rats. The cytotoxicity was evaluated against HeLa cancer cell lines using (3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT assay. Furthermore evaluation of the intraocular penetration of the PHF was carried out in rabbit eyes via aqueous humor paracentesis and further analysis using LC-MS/MS. Results PHF significantly inhibited VEGF induced proliferation of new blood vessels in CAM assay and inhibited the cautery induced corneal neovascularization in rats. Additionally, PHF showed noticeable delay in the progression of cataract in the selenite and galactose induced cataract models whereby the PHF treated lenses were graded for stages II and III respectively. However, the PHF did not show any anticataract activity in

  3. The effects of different bill-trimming methods on the well-being of Pekin ducks. (United States)

    Gustafson, L A; Cheng, H-W; Garner, J P; Pajor, E A; Mench, J A


    Pekin ducks are often bill-trimmed to prevent feather pecking and cannibalism, but this practice has been criticized because of the resulting potential for acute and chronic pain. The goal of this experiment was to compare 2 different bill-trimming methods, hot blade trimming with cautery (TRIM) and cautery only (tip-searing; SEAR), on the behavior, bill morphology, and weight gain of Pekin ducks. Ducklings (n = 192, 96 per sex) were trimmed at the hatchery and assigned to 12 floor pens (3.66 x0.91 m) by treatment. Behavior was evaluated by scan sampling, and plumage condition was scored using a 0 to 3 scoring system. Thirty-six ducks were randomly euthanized at 3 and 6 wk of age, and their bills were collected for examination. Following fixation and decalcification, the bills were embedded in paraffin wax and sectioned longitudinally. Alternate sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and Masson's trichrome for the connective tissues, and with Bielschowsky's silver impregnation, Bodian's staining, and Holmes' staining for the nerve fibers. Trimmed ducks engaged in fewer bill-related behaviors and rested more than untrimmed ducks (NOTRIM) during the first 2 wk posttrim. Ducks in the SEAR and NOTRIM groups showed similar patterns of weight gain, but those in the TRIM group had a lower rate of gain than ducks in the SEAR group during the first week posttrim and had a lower rate of gain than those in the NOTRIM group for 2 wk posttrim. Feather scores of ducks in the NOTRIM group were significantly worse than those in the TRIM or SEAR group by 18 d, and scores continued to deteriorate at a greater rate than those of trimmed ducks throughout the study. Both trimming methods caused connective tissue proliferation in the bill stumps, but the TRIM method caused thicker scar tissue than the SEAR method. No neuromas were found with either trimming method, but there were more nerve fibers in bill stumps of the SEAR ducks than the TRIM ducks. These results suggest that

  4. Management of Epistaxis – A Single Centre Experience and Economic Considerations

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    Keane, E


    Epistaxis represents the most common ENT emergency and its management has been a focus of audit recently, with consideration given to the associated economic burden. The aim of our study is to evaluate the management of epistaxis in terms of treatments used, duration of stay, recurrence and cost. A retrospective review of hospital inpatient enquiry (HIPE) data from a single secondary referral centre was undertaken during a four year period. Four hundrefd and thirty-four patients were identified. The majority (n= 262, 60.3%) were male and the average age was 64.2 years. The vast majority (n=362, 83.4%) were managed non-operatively. Only 15 patients (3.4%) were managed surgically. The average length of stay was 2.5 days and did not vary greatly between the treatment groups. The recurrence rate was 8.2% (n=36). Approximate costs of packing vs EUA and cautery suggest that packing alone is more economical but more data is needed to fully compare the options.

  5. Evaluation of percutaneous radiologic placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters: technical aspects, results, and complications

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    Hong, Hyun Pyo; Oh, Joo Hyeong; Yoon, Yub; Lee, Tae Won; Ihm, Chun Gyoo [Kyunghee University Hospital, seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the technical aspects, results and complications of the percutaneous radiologic placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters. Between December 1999 and April 2001, 26 peritoneal dialysis catheters were placed percutaneously in 26 consecutive patients by interventional radiologists. The patient group consisted of 16 men and ten women with a mean age of 55 (range, 30-77) years. The results and complications arising were reviewed, and the expected patency of the catheters was determined by means of Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. The technical success rate for catheter placement was 100% (26/26 patients). Severe local bleeding occurred in one patient due to by inferior epigastric artery puncture, and was treated by compression and electronic cautery. The duration of catheter implantation ranged from 1 to 510 days and the patency rate was 416{+-}45 days. Catheter malfunction occurred in four patients. In two, this was restored by manipulation in the intervention room, and in one, through the use of urokinase. In three patients, peritonitis occurred. Catheters were removed from four patients due to malfunction (n=2), peritonitis (n=1), and death (n=1). Percutaneous radiologic placement of a peritoneal dialysis catheter is a relatively simple procedure that reduces the complication rate and improves catheter patency.

  6. The outcome of laparoscopic cholecystectomy by ultrasonic dissection.

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    Sasi, Walid


    Electrocautery remains the main energy form used for dissection in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However, due to its many risks the search continues for safer and more efficient forms of energy. This chapter assesses the outcomes of dissection using ultrasonic energy as compared to monopolar electrocautery during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Studies included are trials of prospectively randomized adult patients with symptomatic gallstone disease subject either ultrasonic or monopolar electrocautery dissection during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Seven trials were included in this review, with a total patient number of 695 randomized to two dissection methods: 340 in the electrocautery group and 355 in the ultrasonic group. Ultrasonic dissection is shown to be superior to monopolar electrocautery in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Disadvantages include a difficult maneuvering technique and overall cost. Appropriate training programs may be implemented to overcome the first disadvantage, and it might be argued that given the combined cost of factors associated with standard clip and cautery technique, cost issues may be outweighed by the benefits of ultrasonic dissection. However, this necessitates further cost-benefit analysis.

  7. Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum in an adolescent with a history of a median sternotomy as an infant

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    Lauren Huckaby


    Full Text Available The report by Nuss et al., in 1998 of their 10-year experience with minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum introduced the possibility of a less invasive approach for the correction of chest wall abnormalities. This procedure is now well-accepted around the world, although serious complications such as intraoperative cardiac perforation and postoperative bar displacement have been reported. The Nuss procedure has been performed concurrently with sternotomy for cardiac operations. However, there have been no reports of minimally invasive pectus excavatum correction in a child with a remote history of a median sternotomy. With IRB approval (Protocol #1308002283 we report the successful completion of a Nuss procedure in an adolescent with a history of a median sternotomy in infancy. During the procedure, thoracoscopy on the right side revealed significant adhesions of the lung and pericardium to the posterior sternum. Additional trocars were placed bilaterally to facilitate visualization and to allow for lysis of the adhesions with bipolar cautery. Passage of the bar was accomplished uneventfully and the patient has an excellent cosmetic outcome 28 months following the operation. We believe that a previous median sternotomy should not be viewed as a contraindication to the minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum.

  8. Intraoperative multi-exposure speckle imaging of cerebral blood flow. (United States)

    Richards, Lisa M; Kazmi, Sm Shams; Olin, Katherine E; Waldron, James S; Fox, Douglas J; Dunn, Andrew K


    Multiple studies have demonstrated that laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) has high potential to be a valuable cerebral blood flow monitoring technique during neurosurgery. However, the quantitative accuracy and sensitivity of LSCI is limited, and highly dependent on the exposure time. An extension to LSCI called multi-exposure speckle imaging (MESI) overcomes these limitations, and was evaluated intraoperatively in patients undergoing brain tumor resection. This clinical study ( n = 8) recorded multiple exposure times from the same cortical tissue area spanning 0.5-20 ms, and evaluated images individually as single-exposure LSCI and jointly using the MESI model. This study demonstrated that the MESI estimates provided the broadest flow sensitivity for sampling the flow magnitude in the human brain, closely followed by the shorter exposure times. Conservation of flow analysis on vascular bifurcations was used to validate physiological accuracy, with highly conserved flow estimates (blood flow changes after tissue cautery. Results from this study demonstrate that intraoperative MESI can be performed with high quantitative accuracy and sensitivity for cerebral blood flow monitoring.

  9. [Clause Pouteau (1725-1775), surgeon at the l'Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon: his "asepsis" using water, fire and ligne propre]. (United States)

    Fischer, L; Touil, K


    Claude Pouteau, Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon's surgeon (1725-1775), did not improve surgical teaching, as Mareschal or Lapeyronie did with their reforming law. But he is reminiscent of an extremely skilful surgeon, always having a remarkable high rate of recoveries. For instance when it came to operate on bladder with a perineal approach (vesical cut), only three patients died out of one hundred and twenty operations. One century before Semmelweiss and more earlier than Pasteur, Pouteau thought that hospital-gangrene was not only caused by air miasma but also by direct contact, which could be indebted dirty instruments or hands, or hospital-made bandages. So he advised impeccably cleanliness for surgical students. According to his mind, soap was inadequate for cleaning hospital linen. Those must be pull out of neat material fitted by clean hands out of hospitals. It shall be supplied every day and never gathered inside. In order to keep clear of gangrene, the patient will not wait too long inside hospital. In case of bleeding, cautery must preferable to ligature for Pouteau "We can do without the bitter sadness of seeing a lighter wound become a lethal or incurable one ..." (Posthumous works, vol. III, p. 237-238).

  10. Portable semiconductor laser system to stop internal bleeding (United States)

    Rediker, Robert H.; Durville, Frederic M.; Cho, George; Boll, James H.


    One significant cause of death during a sever trauma (gun wound or stab wound) is internal bleeding. A semiconductor diode laser system has been used in in vitro studies of cauterizing veins and arteries to stop bleeding. The conditions of laparoscopic surgery, including bleeding conditions (blood flow and pressure), are simulated. Results have been obtained both with and without using a hemostat (e.g., forceps) to temporarily stop the bleeding prior to the cautery. With the hemostat and a fiber-coupled 810-nm laser, blood vessels of up to 5 mm diameter were cauterized with an 8 W output from the fiber. Great cautions must be used in extrapolating from these in vitro results, since the exact conditions of bleeding in a living being are impossible to exactly reproduce in a laboratory in-vitro experiment. In a living being, when blood flow stops the cessation of nourishment to the vessels results in irreversible physiological changes. Also, the blood itself is different from blood in a living being because an anti-clotting agent (heparin) was added in order to inhibit the blood's natural tendency to coagulate.

  11. Topical application of Mitomycin C in the treatment of granulation tissue after Canal Wall Down mastoidectomy

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    Alireza Karimi-Yazdi


    Full Text Available Introduction: Otorrhea and granulation tissue in Canal Wall Down mastoidectomy (CWD is the common problem in cholesteatoma removal and leads to many discomfort for both the patient and the physician. The main objective in CWD is creating the dry cavity, so the topical antibiotic and acetic acid in variable saturations are used for this purpose. In this study we evaluate the effectiveness of topical MMC and chemical cautery by acetic acid.   Materials and Methods: Study population consists of 50 patients with cholesteatoma whom underwent CWD. All patient allocated randomly in two study groups, MMC and acetic acid. After 3 weeks, the first visit is planned, extension of granulation tissue and dryness of cavity are evaluated and topical drugs are used in blind fashion. MMC in 4% and acetic acid in 12.5% saturation are applied. Other visits are completed at next month and 3 months later.   Results: Both methods are effective in treatment of granulation tissue. In each group both treatment were effective too but MMC was more effective than acid acetic in the treatment of granulation tissue after 4 weeks.   Conclusion: Based on our findings, it is clear that topical MMC is very effective in the treatment of granulation tissue and in CWD. It results in dry cavity much better than acetic acid without any complication. 

  12. Postoperative Adhesion Formation in a Rabbit Model: Monopolar Electrosurgery Versus Ultrasonic Scalpel (United States)

    Lazarou, George; Apostol, Radu; Khullar, Poonam; Okonkwo, Linda; Nezhat, Farr


    Background and Objectives: To determine if surgery using ultrasonic energy for dissection results in less adhesion formation than monopolar electrosurgical energy in the late (8 weeks) postoperative period. Methods: Injuries were induced in rabbits by using ultrasonic energy on one uterine horn and the adjacent pelvic sidewall and using monopolar energy on the opposite side. Eight weeks postoperatively, the rabbits underwent autopsy and clinical and pathologic scoring of adhesions was performed by blinded investigators. Results: There was no significant difference in clinical adhesion scores between the two modalities. The mean clinical score for monopolar cautery was 1.00 versus 0.88 for the Harmonic device (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, Ohio) (P = .71). Furthermore, there was no significant difference found in the pathologic adhesion scores between the ultrasonic scalpel and monopolar energy. The mean pathologic score for monopolar electrosurgery was 4.35 versus 3.65 for the Harmonic scalpel (P = .30). Conclusion: Neither monopolar electrosurgery nor ultrasonic dissection is superior in the prevention of adhesion formation in the late postoperative period. PMID:26005316

  13. A study on the type of lesions achieved by three electrosurgical methods and their way of healing. (United States)

    Mühlfay, Gheorghe; Horváth, Karin Ursula; Mocan, Simona Liliana; Budu, Vlad Andrei; Ilyés, Izabella Ágota; Doroş, Caius Ion; Boeriu, Alina Mioara; Mózes, Huba; Dorobanţu, Dorin Constantin; Nasrallah, Salah; Neagoe, Radu Mircea


    The technical progress in the medical sector in the past decades has continuously driven the development of electrosurgical techniques. The controversies surrounding the superiority of a certain technique relative to another - electrocautery, laser and radiofrequency - have determined us to carry out a histopathological design with the aim of comparing the healing sort of the shallow wounds generated by the three types of electrosurgical devices. The experimental study has investigated the healing process inflicted by the electrosurgical devices mentioned beforehand on 12 Wistar albino rats. The wounds were inflicted under intravenous general anesthesia with Xylazine and Ketamine and were performed lateral to the spine region, using laser, radiofrequency and electric cautery. The histological samples harvested at one, three, five, and seven days were sent to pathological examination. We followed by comparison the evolution of the first two phases of the wound healing produced by the three electrosurgical methods analyzed. We described the histopathological changes occurred in the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis and also the subcutaneous soft tissues in all of the three types of lesions. Electrocautery remains the most frequently used electrosurgical device, even if it has unquestionable disadvantages as compared to other modern instruments. Laser-assisted surgery and radiofrequency are refine energy-based instrumentation, being utilized at a multidisciplinary surgical level.

  14. Anterior Interhemispheric Approach for Olfactory Groove Meningioma

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    Imam Hidayat


    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the surgical technique with bifrontal interhemispheric approach for total removal of tumor in olfactory groove meningioma (OGM. Methods: This study described a case of a 38-year-old woman with bilateral blindness, anosmia, and behaviour changes. Imaging studies show a tumor mass in midfrontal base. Surgery using a bifrontal interhemispheric approach was performed and total removal was achieved and postoperative computed tomography (CT scan was performed to confirm the result. Histopathological findings established a diagnosis of meningioma. Results: A coronal skin incision behind the hairline was utilized. The scalp was elevated, taking care to reserve the vascularized pericranium medial to the linea temporalis of each side, and preserving the 2 supraorbital nerves. Eight burr holes were used, with the two initial holes made on each side of the orbitotemporal region, and the other four holes at the midline. A bifrontal craniotomy was performed. The tumor was first detached from its attachment with bipolar cautery and debulked. During this step, the main tumor feeder arteries from the anterior and posterior ethmoidal artery were interrupted, and the tumor devascularized. Total tumor removal through surgical intervention was achieved and confirmed by head CT-scan postoperatively. Conclusions: This case report supports the suitability of the bifrontal interhemispheric approach for OGM resection with additional radiation therapy.

  15. The diagnostic utility of the minimal carcinoma triple stain in breast carcinomas. (United States)

    Ross, Dara S; Liu, Yi-Fang; Pipa, Jennifer; Shin, Sandra J


    Pathologists are expected to accurately diagnose increasingly smaller breast carcinomas. Correct classification (ie, lobular vs ductal or in situ vs invasive) directly affects subsequent management, especially when the focus is near a surgical margin or present in a needle core biopsy and is further challenging if the lesion is morphologically ambiguous. We assessed the diagnostic utility of a multiplex, trichromogen immunostain of 3 commonly employed antibodies (CK7, p63, and E-cadherin) developed in our laboratory to evaluate these small lesions. Of the 147 specimens containing minimal (defined as ≤3 mm in size) invasive carcinoma, 81 also contained in situ carcinoma. In each case, the Minimal Carcinoma Triple Stain was prepared with a parallel H&E-stained slide. Observations of staining characteristics in the focus of interest were recorded. The Minimal Carcinoma Triple Stain was diagnostically useful in all but 1 case. In a case of invasive lobular carcinoma in an excisional biopsy, the Minimal Carcinoma Triple Stain stained only the surrounding breast tissue (appropriately) and not the focus of interest. Also, a subset of 29 of 81 excisional biopsies had minimal invasive carcinoma located 2 mm or less from the inked surgical margin, in which in all cases the Minimal Carcinoma Triple Stain was fully interpretable despite morphologic distortion due to concomitant cautery artifact and tissue disruption in some cases. The Minimal Carcinoma Triple Stain offers an accurate and tissue-conserving method to diagnose small, morphologically problematic foci of breast carcinoma while ideally leaving more tissue for additional adjunctive studies.

  16. Laparoscopy hepatic biopsy through cauterization Biópsia hepática laparoscopica por cauterização

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    Alexandra Pinheiro Fantinatti


    Full Text Available Hepatic biopsy was realized through laparoscopy with simultaneous cauterization in the present study, whose principal aim was to evaluate the efficacy of the applied method and to study its effects in the liver of healthy dogs. Furthermore, we tried to verify the main hematological and chemistry profile alterations related to the hepatic function, and to investigate the viability of the fragments collected by histopathology. To attain this objective, 21 clinically healthy dogs, weighing between 10 and 15kg were submitted to hepatic biopsy with forceps connected to the cautery. Cautery was performed by applying radiofrequency energy at 45 watts. Forty-two hepatic biopsies through laparoscopy were conducted in the animals. At group I one hepatic fragment per animal was collected, at group II two hepatic fragments per animal were collected, and at group III three fragments were collected. Hematocrit and alanine-aminotransferase measurements were employed to evaluate the animals at the pre-operative period, at four and six hour post-operative, and at day 30 post-operative. The results revealed that the procedure was safe and effective for hepatic biopsy in dogs. There were no clinical alterations related to the technique. The fragments collected were viable for histopathology. Hepatic biopsy through laparoscopy with simultaneous cauterization is an effective and usefull method in dogs.Este estudo visou avaliar a eficácia do método de biópsia hepática laparoscópica por cauterização e estudar os seus efeitos no fígado de cães sadios. Além disso, procurou-se verificar as principais alterações hematológicas e bioquímicas-séricas relacionadas às funções hepáticas e averiguar a viabilidade dos fragmentos colhidos por exame de histopatologia. Para tanto, 21 cães clinicamente sadios pesando entre 10 e 15kg, foram separados em três grupos de sete animais cada grupo. As amostras foram retiradas da borda no lobo lateral esquerdo

  17. Mechanisms of reduction of tumor recurrence with carbon dioxide laser in experimental mammary tumors. (United States)

    Lanzafame, R J; McCormack, C J; Rogers, D W; Naim, J O; Herrera, H R; Hinshaw, J R


    This study compares local tumor recurrence after low energy CO2 laser wound sterilization with recurrence after scalpel, laser or electrocautery excision. Wound histologic changes were studied to understand the mechanism of the interaction between the laser and wound. Single implants of R3230AC mammary tumor were grown to an average diameter of 24 millimeters in the mammary ridge of 80 female fisher 344 rats. Rats were anesthesized with pentobarbital and randomized into groups, each with similar tumor size: scalpel (S), laser (L), laser with wound sterilization (LV), scalpel with sterilization (SV) and electrocautery (E). All surgical procedures were performed by the same surgeon with the same technique, with the exception of the instruments used. Tow rats from each group were sacrificed immediately and the wounds examined histologically. The Sharplan 1100 CO2 laser was used with a 125 millimeter hand piece in focus and in continuous wave for groups L and LV. Sterilization in groups LV and SV was performed with 5 millimeter spot size by heating the site gently without causing blanching of tissue. Excision in group E was performed with coagulating current from a monopolar cautery (Valley Lab). Rats were examined periodically for 30 days and those dying during this period were excluded from analysis. The incidence of wound recurrence was eight of 12 in group S; five of eight, L; four of 13, E; three of 12, LV, and two of nine, SV (p less than 0 .05). Histologic changes in the wound demonstrated viable tumor in all groups, with fewer areas present in groups E, SV and LV. Local thermal effects and the noncontact nature of the CO2 laser make it an effective adjunct in reducing local tumor recurrence by enhancing the cytoreductive capability of surgical procedures.

  18. Pros and cons of colonoscopy in management of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding

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    Dekey Y Lhewa; Lisa L Strate


    Acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) is a frequent gastrointestinal cause of hospitalization,particularly in the elderly,and its incidence appears to be on the rise.Endoscopic and radiographic measures are available for the evaluation and treatment of LGIB including flexible sigmoidoscopy,colonoscopy,angiography,radionuclide scintigraphy and multi-detector row computed tomography.Although no modality has emerged as the gold standard in the management of LGIB,colonoscopy is the current preferred initial test for the majority of the patients presenting with hematochezia felt to be from a colon source.Colonoscopy has the ability to diagnose all sources of bleeding from the colon and,unlike the radiologic modalities,does not require active bleeding at the time of the examination.In addition,therapeutic interventions such as cautery and endoclips can be applied to achieve hemostasis and prevent recurrent bleeding.Studies suggest that colonoscopy,particularly when performed early in the hospitalization,can decrease hospital length of stay,rebleeding and the need for surgery.However,results from available small trials are conflicting and larger,multicenter studies are needed.Compared to other management options,colonoscopy is a safe procedure with complications reported in less than 2% of patients,including those undergoing urgent examinations.The requirement of bowel preparation (typically 4 or more liters of polyethylene glycol),the logistical complexity of coordinating after-hours colonoscopy,and the low prevalence of stigmata of hemorrhage complicate the use of colonoscopy for LGIB,particularly in urgent situations.This review discusses the above advantages and disadvantages of colonoscopy in the management of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding in further detail.

  19. Overview of plasma technology used in medicine (United States)

    Ryan, Thomas P.; Stalder, Kenneth R.; Woloszko, Jean


    Plasma Medicine is a growing field that is having an impact in several important areas in therapeutic patient care, combining plasma physics, biology, and clinical medicine. Historically, plasmas in medicine were used in electrosurgery for cautery and non-contact hemostasis. Presently, non-thermal plasmas have attained widespread use in medicine due to their effectiveness and compatibility with biological systems. The paper will give a general overview of how low temperature, non-equilibrium, gas plasmas operate, both from physics and biology perspectives. Plasma is commonly described as the fourth state of matter and is typically comprised of charged species, active molecules and atoms, as well as a source of UV and photons. The most active areas of plasma technology applications are in wound treatment; tissue regeneration; inactivation of pathogens, including biofilms; treating skin diseases; and sterilization. There are several means of generating plasmas for use in medical applications, including plasma jets, dielectric barrier discharges, capacitively or inductively coupled discharges, or microplasmas. These systems overcome the former constraints of high vacuum, high power requirements and bulky systems, into systems that use room air and other gases and liquids at low temperature, low power, and hand-held operation at atmospheric pressure. Systems will be discussed using a variety of energy sources: pulsed DC, AC, microwave and radiofrequency, as well as the range of frequency, pulse duration, and gas combinations in an air environment. The ionic clouds and reactive species will be covered in terms of effects on biological systems. Lastly, several commercial products will be overviewed in light of the technology utilized, health care problems being solved, and clinical trial results.

  20. Orchiectomy as a result of ischemic orchitis after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair: case report of a rare complication

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    Moore John B


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ischemic orchitis is an established complication after open inguinal hernia repair, but ischemic orchitis resulting in orchiectomy after the laparoscopic approach has not been reported. Case presentation The patient was a thirty-three year-old man who presented with bilateral direct inguinal hernias, right larger than left. He was a thin, muscular male with a narrow pelvis who underwent bilateral extraperitoneal mesh laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. The case was complicated by pneumoperitoneum which limited the visibility of the pelvic anatomy; however, the mesh was successfully deployed bilaterally. Cautery was used to resect the direct sac on the right. The patient was discharged the same day and doing well with minimal pain and swelling until the fourth day after surgery. That night he presented with sudden-onset pain and swelling of his right testicle and denied both trauma to the area and any sexual activity. Ultrasound of the testicle revealed no blood flow to the testicle which required exploration and subsequent orchiectomy. Conclusion Ischemic orchitis typically presents 2–3 days after inguinal hernia surgery and can progress to infarction. This ischemic injury is likely due to thrombosis of the venous plexus, rather than iatrogenic arterial injury or inappropriate closure of the inguinal canal. Ultrasound/duplex scanning of the postoperative acute scrotum can help differentiate ischemic orchitis from infarction. Unfortunately, testicular torsion cannot be ruled out and scrotal exploration may be necessary. Although ischemic orchitis, atrophy, and orhiectomy are uncommon complications, all patients should be warned of these potential complications and operative consent should include these risks irrespective of the type of hernia or the surgical approach.

  1. Harmonic scalpel versus flexible CO2 laser for tongue resection: A histopathological analysis of thermal damage in human cadavers

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    Wolf Tamir


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Monopolar cautery is the most commonly used surgical cutting and hemostatic tool for head and neck surgery. There are newer technologies that are being utilized with the goal of precise cutting, decreasing blood loss, reducing thermal damage, and allowing faster wound healing. Our study compares thermal damage caused by Harmonic scalpel and CO2 laser to cadaveric tongue. Methods Two fresh human cadaver heads were enrolled for the study. Oral tongue was exposed and incisions were made in the tongue akin to a tongue tumor resection using the harmonic scalpel and flexible C02 laser fiber at various settings recommended for surgery. The margins of resection were sampled, labeled, and sent for pathological analysis to assess depth of thermal damage calculated in millimeters. The pathologist was blinded to the surgical tool used. Control tongue tissue was also sent for comparison as a baseline for comparison. Results Three tongue samples were studied to assess depth of thermal damage by harmonic scalpel. The mean depth of thermal damage was 0.69 (range, 0.51 - 0.82. Five tongue samples were studied to assess depth of thermal damage by CO2 laser. The mean depth of thermal damage was 0.3 (range, 0.22 to 0.43. As expected, control samples showed 0 mm of thermal damage. There was a statistically significant difference between the depth of thermal injury to tongue resection margins by harmonic scalpel as compared to CO2 laser, (p = 0.003. Conclusion In a cadaveric model, flexible CO2 laser fiber causes less depth of thermal damage when compared with harmonic scalpel at settings utilized in our study. However, the relevance of this information in terms of wound healing, hemostasis, safety, cost-effectiveness, and surgical outcomes needs to be further studied in clinical settings.

  2. Nasal packing in sphenopalatine artery bleeding: therapeutic or harmful? (United States)

    Sireci, F; Speciale, R; Sorrentino, R; Turri-Zanoni, M; Nicolotti, M; Canevari, F R


    The aim of this study is to present our management protocol of sphenopalatine artery bleeding, demonstrating that nasoendoscopic cautery (NC) was a more effective method than the nasal packing, in terms of shorter inpatient stay and reduced complications rate. We present ten posterior epistaxis not resolved by nasal packing. Tabotamp(®) was placed in the area of sphenopalatine foramen and/or in those parts of the posterior nasal cavity, where it was suspected that bleeding origins. In two cases, the bleeding was resolved in this way, instead eight cases needed of subperiosteal cauterization of sphenopalatine artery by Dessi bipolar forceps (MicroFrance(®)). 4 of these 8 patients evidenced a remarkable bleeding removing nasal packing (Hb before-nasal packing = 15 ± 0.69 versus Hb after-nasal packing = 13.3 ± 0.81; t student = 2.94; p value = 0.025). These four patients showed a deviation of the nasal septum ipsilateral to epistaxis, and according our experience, a traumatism of sphenopalatine area can be caused by Merocel(®) nasal packing in this condition. During follow-up, no recurrences of nasal bleeding have been observed in such patients. Nasal packing must be considered if posterior epistaxis is severe, but always taking into account the specific anatomy of patient and in particular septal spurs that can further compromise sphenopalatine artery. In our experience, the endoscopic endonasal cauterization of the sphenopalatine branches represented a safe and effective procedure.

  3. The role of intraoperative ultrasound in small renal mass robotic enucleation

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    Roberta Gunelli


    Full Text Available Introduction: As a result of the growing evidence on tumor radical resection in literature, simple enucleation has become one of the best techniques associated to robotic surgery in the treatment of renal neoplasia, as it guarantees minimal invasiveness and the maximum sparing of renal tissue, facilitating the use of reduced or zero ischemia techniques during resection. The use of a robotic ultrasound probe represents a useful tool to detect and define tumor location, especially in poorly exophytic small renal mass. Materials and methods: A total of 22 robotic enucleations were performed on < 3 cm renal neoplasias (PADUA score 18 Pz 6/7 e 4 Pz 8 using a 12-5 MHz robotic ultrasound probe (BK Drop-In 8826. Results: Once kidney had been isolated from the adipose capsule at the site of the neoplasia (2, the exact position of the lesion could be easily identified in all cases (22/22, even for mostly endophytic lesions, thanks to the insertion of the ultrasound probe through the assistant port. Images were produced and visualized by the surgeon using the TilePro feature of the DaVinci surgical system for producing a picture-in-picture image on the console screen. The margins of resection were then marked with cautery, thus allowing for speedy anatomical dissection. This reduced the time of ischemia to 8 min (6-13 and facilitated the enucleation technique when performed without clamping the renal peduncle (6/22. No complications due to the use of the ultrasound probe were observed. Conclusions: The use of an intraoperative robotic ultrasound probe has allowed for easier identification of small, mostly endophytic neoplasias, better anatomical approach, shorter ischemic time, reduced risk of pseudocapsule rupture during dissection, and easier enucleation in cases performed without clamping. It is noteworthy that the use of intraoperative ultrasound probe allows mental reconstruction of the tumor through an accurate 3D vision of the hidden field during

  4. Optimizing multimodality treatment for head and neck cancer in rural India

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    N P Trivedi


    Full Text Available Background: Multimodality treatment of head and neck cancer in rural India is not always feasible due to lack of infrastructure and logistics. Aim: To demonstrate the feasibility of multimodality treatment for head and neck cancer in a community setting in rural India. Setting and Design: Community cancer center, retrospective review. Materials and Methods: This article focuses on practice environment in a cancer clinic in rural India. We evaluated patient profile, treatment protocols, infrastructure availability, factors impacting treatment decisions, cost estimations, completion of treatment, and major treatment-related complications for the patient population treated in our clinic for a 2-year period. Results: A total of 230 head and neck cancer patients were treated with curative intent. Infrastructure support included basic operating room facility (cautery machine, suction, drill system, microscope, and anesthesia machine without ventilator support, blood bank, histopathology laboratory, and computerized tomography machine. Radiation therapy (RT facility was available in a nearby city, about 75 km away. One hundred and fifty-four (67% patients presented at an advanced stage, with 138 (60% receiving multimodality treatment. One hundred and eighty-four (80% patients underwent primary surgery and 167 (73% received radiotherapy. Two hundred and twelve (92% patients completed the treatment, 60 (26% were lost to follow-up at 18-month median follow-up (range 12-26 months, with 112 patients (66% being alive, disease free. Totally 142 were major head neck surgeries with 25 free flap reconstructions and 41 regional flaps. There were 15 (6% major post-op complications and two perioperative mortalities. Average cost of treatment for single modality treatment was approximately 40,000 INR and for multimodality treatment was 80,000 INR. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that it is feasible to provide basic multimodality treatment to head and neck

  5. Effect of the Mode of Application of Cryopreserved Human Amniotic Membrane on Adhesion Formation after Abdomino-Pelvic Surgery in a Mouse Model. (United States)

    Nassif, Joseph; Abbasi, Sehrish A; Kechli, Mohamad Karim; Boutary, Suzan S; Ghulmiyyah, Labib; Khalifeh, Ibrahim; Abou Ghaddara, Hussein; Nassar, Anwar H


    Adhesions after abdomino-pelvic surgery are a cause of morbidity and reoperations. The use of human amniotic membrane (HAM) for adhesion prevention has given controversial results. The mode of administration of the amniotic membrane has not been well studied. This study assessed the efficacy of two modes of application of cryopreserved HAM, patch or fragmented in Lactated Ringer (LR) solution, for the prevention of pelvic adhesion formation postabdomino-pelvic surgery in a mice model. After a midline laparotomy incision, a small cautery lesion was done on each side of the abdominal wall peritoneum in mice. In Group A (control; n = 42), the abdomen was closed directly, Group B (n = 42) received 2.5 ml of LR prior to closure. In Groups C (n = 42) and D (n = 42), a 2 cm × 2 cm patch of HAM and another one fragmented and dispersed in 2.5 ml of LR were applied prior to closure, respectively. Two weeks later, a laparotomy was performed, and gross and pathological evaluation of adhesions, fibrosis, angiogenesis, and inflammation were conducted. Group D exhibited a significantly lower rate of gross adhesion formation. Fibrosis was significantly lowest in Group C as compared to the control. Group B had the lowest vascular formation in the adhesions. The use of HAM fragmented in LR solution is associated with a significantly lower incidence of postoperative adhesions in mice when compared to LR alone, HAM patch, or control. The mechanism of action of this reduction needs to be elucidated by future studies.

  6. Screening of antiangiogenic potential of twenty two marine invertebrate extracts of phylum Mollusca from South East Coast of India

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    Pankaj Gupta; Muthuvel Arumugam; Raj Vardhan Azad; Rohit Saxena; Supriyo Ghose; Nihar Ranjan Biswas; Thirumurthy Velpandian


    Objective: To evaluate the antiangiogenic potential of twenty two marine invertebrate species of Phylum Mollusca from south east coast of India.Methods:Live specimens of molluscan species were collected and their methanolic extracts were evaluated for preliminary antiangiogenic activity using the in ovo chick chorio-allantoic membrane assay. The extracts were further evaluated for in vivo antiangiogenic activity using chemical cautery induced corneal neovascularization assay in rats and oxygen induced retinopathy assay in rat pups.Results:In the chick chorio-allantoic membrane assay, four methanolic extracts of marine molluscan species viz. Meretrix meretrix, Meretrix casta, Telescopium telescopium and Bursacrumena methanolic extracts exhibited noticeable antiangiogenic activity at the tested concentration of 200 µg whereby they significantly inhibited the VEGF induced proliferation of new blood vessels. Among these four extracts, the methanolic extract of Meretrix casta exhibited relatively higher degree of antiangiogenic activity with an inhibitiory percentage (64.63%) of the VEGF induced neovascularization followed by the methanolic extracts of Telescopium telescopium (62.02%), Bursa crumena (60.48%) and Meretrix meretrix (47.01%). These four methanolic extracts were further evaluated for in vivo antiangiogenic activity whereby the methanolic extract of Telescopium telescopium exhibited most noticeable inhibition (42.58%) of the corneal neovascularization in rats in comparison to the sham treated group, and also exhibited most noticeable inhibition (31.31%) of the oxygen induced retinal neovascularization in rat pups in comparison to the hyperoxia group that was observed for considerable retinal neovascularization.Conclusions:The significant antiangiogenic activity evinced by the extract of Telescopium telescopium merits further investigation for ocular neovascular diseases.

  7. Galectin-3 Inhibition by a Small-Molecule Inhibitor Reduces Both Pathological Corneal Neovascularization and Fibrosis (United States)

    Chen*, Wei-Sheng; Cao, Zhiyi; Leffler, Hakon; Nilsson, Ulf J.; Panjwani, Noorjahan


    Purpose Corneal neovascularization and scarring commonly lead to significant vision loss. This study was designed to determine whether a small-molecule inhibitor of galectin-3 can inhibit both corneal angiogenesis and fibrosis in experimental mouse models. Methods Animal models of silver nitrate cautery and alkaline burn were used to induce mouse corneal angiogenesis and fibrosis, respectively. Corneas were treated with the galectin-3 inhibitor, 33DFTG, or vehicle alone and were processed for whole-mount immunofluorescence staining and Western blot analysis to quantify the density of blood vessels and markers of fibrosis. In addition, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and primary human corneal fibroblasts were used to analyze the role of galectin-3 in the process of angiogenesis and fibrosis in vitro. Results Robust angiogenesis was observed in silver nitrate–cauterized corneas on day 5 post injury, and markedly increased corneal opacification was demonstrated in alkaline burn–injured corneas on days 7 and 14 post injury. Treatment with the inhibitor substantially reduced corneal angiogenesis and opacification with a concomitant decrease in α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) expression and distribution. In vitro studies revealed that 33DFTG inhibited VEGF-A–induced HUVEC migration and sprouting without cytotoxic effects. The addition of exogenous galectin-3 to corneal fibroblasts in culture induced the expression of fibrosis-related proteins, including α-SMA and connective tissue growth factor. Conclusions Our data provide proof of concept that targeting galectin-3 by the novel, small-molecule inhibitor, 33DFTG, ameliorates pathological corneal angiogenesis as well as fibrosis. These findings suggest a potential new therapeutic strategy for treating ocular disorders related to pathological angiogenesis and fibrosis. PMID:28055102

  8. Risk factors, microbiological findings, and clinical outcomes in cases of microbial keratitis admitted to a tertiary referral center in ireland.

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    Saeed, Ayman


    AIM: To identify the risk factors for, and to report the microbiological findings and clinical outcomes of, severe microbial keratitis (MK). METHODS: This was a retrospective study of all cases of presumed MK admitted to a tertiary referral center over a 2-year period (September 2001 to August 2003). Data recorded included demographic data, details relating to possible risk factors, results of microbiological studies, clinical findings at presentation, and clinical and visual outcomes. RESULTS: Ninety patients were admitted with a diagnosis of presumed MK during the study period. The mean age of patients was 45 +\\/- 32 years, and the male to female ratio was 47:43 (52.2%:47.7%). Predisposing risk factors for MK included contact lens wear (37; 41.1%), anterior segment disease (19; 21.1%), ocular trauma (13; 14.4%), systemic disease (5; 5.6%), and previous ocular surgery (1; 1.1%). Cultured organisms included gram-negative bacteria (17; 51.5%), gram-positive bacteria (11, 33.3%), acanthamoeba (2; 6.1%), and fungi (1; 3%). Visual acuity improved significantly after treatment [mean best-corrected visual acuity (+\\/-standard deviation) at presentation: 0.76 (+\\/-0.11); mean best-corrected visual acuity at last follow-up: 0.24 (+\\/-0.07); P < 0.001]. Secondary surgical procedures were required in 18 (20%) cases, and these included punctal cautery (1; 1.1%), tissue glue repair of corneal perforation (2; 2.2%), tarsorrhaphy (9; 9.9%), Botulinum toxin-induced ptosis (1; 1.1%), penetrating keratoplasty (3; 3.3%), and evisceration (2; 2.2%). CONCLUSIONS: Contact lens wear remains a significant risk factor for severe MK. MK remains a threat to vision and to the eye, but the majority of cases respond to prompt and appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

  9. Measurement of electromagnetic tracking error in a navigated breast surgery setup (United States)

    Harish, Vinyas; Baksh, Aidan; Ungi, Tamas; Lasso, Andras; Baum, Zachary; Gauvin, Gabrielle; Engel, Jay; Rudan, John; Fichtinger, Gabor


    PURPOSE: The measurement of tracking error is crucial to ensure the safety and feasibility of electromagnetically tracked, image-guided procedures. Measurement should occur in a clinical environment because electromagnetic field distortion depends on positioning relative to the field generator and metal objects. However, we could not find an accessible and open-source system for calibration, error measurement, and visualization. We developed such a system and tested it in a navigated breast surgery setup. METHODS: A pointer tool was designed for concurrent electromagnetic and optical tracking. Software modules were developed for automatic calibration of the measurement system, real-time error visualization, and analysis. The system was taken to an operating room to test for field distortion in a navigated breast surgery setup. Positional and rotational electromagnetic tracking errors were then calculated using optical tracking as a ground truth. RESULTS: Our system is quick to set up and can be rapidly deployed. The process from calibration to visualization also only takes a few minutes. Field distortion was measured in the presence of various surgical equipment. Positional and rotational error in a clean field was approximately 0.90 mm and 0.31°. The presence of a surgical table, an electrosurgical cautery, and anesthesia machine increased the error by up to a few tenths of a millimeter and tenth of a degree. CONCLUSION: In a navigated breast surgery setup, measurement and visualization of tracking error defines a safe working area in the presence of surgical equipment. Our system is available as an extension for the open-source 3D Slicer platform.

  10. Comparative evaluation of healing after gingivectomy with electrocautery and laser (United States)

    Kumar, Praveen; Rattan, Vidya; Rai, Sachin


    Purpose of the study To evaluate whether laser has got any advantage over electrocautery in performing gingivectomy procedure. Method This was randomized split mouth prospective study where 17 patients having symmetrical gingival hyperplasia were treated with electrocautery and laser on each side. Intra- and postoperative parameters assessed were duration of surgery, bleeding, tissue sticking, postoperative pain and healing. The results were statistically analyzed and compared. Result There were 7 Females and 10 Males with a mean age of 28.2 ± 11.6 years. The mean time taken on the laser and electrocautery was 16 (±8.05) and 16.7 min (±9.86) respectively and the difference was not significant. On laser side, there was no bleeding in 3 (17.6%) and self limiting in 14 patients (82.4%) whereas electrocautery side, there was no bleeding in 2 (11.8%) and self limiting in 15 patients (88.2%). Both electrocautery and laser were comparable regarding ease of use during gingivectomy procedure. Charring was observed on both sides although there was more charring on the laser side. Fibrinous slough was present on both sides at 24 h. Difference in healing was not significant at various time intervals. There were no significant difference in postoperative pain experienced by the patients among the laser and cautery group at different time intervals. Conclusion Both techniques with proper adhesion to safeguards, can be used to remove gingival overgrowth with equal efficiency and wound healing capacity. There is no advantage of diode laser over electrocautery in performing gingivectomy. PMID:26258017

  11. Cervical cancer screening in women referred to healthcare centres in Tabriz, Iran

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    Azizeh Farshbaf-Khalili


    Full Text Available Background: Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among Iranian women and among the few cancers that could be easily diagnosed in the pre-malignant stage. We aimed to assess the status of cervical cancer screening in women referred to health care centres in Tabriz, northwest Iran. Materials and Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was done on 441 women referred to health care centres of Tabriz, northwest Iran. The centres were selected using the multi-stage cluster sampling method. The participants were selected from the active records of those centres. A questionnaire regarding the socio-demographic characteristics and cervical cancer screening and reasons for referring or not referring for screening was completed by the participants A P < 0.05 was considered as significant. Results: Out of the participants 49.4% of women had done the Pap smear test while 50.6% had never done this test. The main reason why women had not performed cervical cancer screening was being unaware of the importance of it (46.1%. Logistic regression analysis with adjustment showed a significant relationship between screening and awareness scores (OR = 1.17, CI = 95%:1.12-1.23, when the effect of other confounding factors [total awareness scores, risk factors (marriage or having sexual intercourse at a young age, history of obvious cervical infection, cautery, cryotherapy or repeated curettage, age and type of family planning] in screening was controlled. Conclusion: Suitable and continuous educational programmes especially for high risk women should be implemented through the health care services. Preparing educational brochures and pamphlets and providing adequate training on the necessity of early referral and marriage counseling could also be effective in improving woman′s awareness and performance.

  12. Cleft lip: The historical perspective

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    Bhattacharya S


    Full Text Available The earliest documented history of cleft lip is based on a combination of religion, superstition, invention and charlatanism. While Greeks ignored their existence, Spartans and Romans would kill these children as they were considered to harbour evil spirits. When saner senses prevailed Fabricius ab Aquapendente (1537-1619 was the first to suggest the embryological basis of these clefts. The knowledge of cleft lip and the surgical correction received a big boost during the period between the Renaissance and the 19th century with the publication of Pierre Franco′s Petit Traite and Traite des Hernies in which he described the condition as "lievre fendu de nativite" (cleft lip present from birth. The first documented Cleft lip surgery is from China in 390 BC in an 18 year old would be soldier, Wey Young-Chi. Albucasis of Arabia and his fellow surgeons used the cautery instead of the scalpel and Yperman in 1854 recommended scarifying the margins with a scalpel before suturing them with a triangular needle dipped in wax. The repair was reinforced by passing a long needle through the two sides of the lip and fixing the shaft of the needle with a figure-of-eight thread over the lip. Germanicus Mirault can be credited to be the originator of the triangular flap which was later modified by C.W. Tennison in 1952 and Peter Randall in 1959. In the late 50s, Ralph Millard gave us his legendary ′cut as you go′ technique. The protruding premaxilla of a bilateral cleft lip too has seen many changes throughout the ages - from being discarded totally to being pushed back by wedge resection of vomer to finally being left to the orthodontists.

  13. Evaluation of antiangiogenic and antiproliferative potential of the organic extract of green algae chlorella pyrenoidosa

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    Mahender Kyadari


    Full Text Available Objective: algae isolates obtained from fresh and marine resources could be one of the richest sources of novel bioactive secondary metabolites expected to have pharmaceutical significance for new drug development. This study was conducted to evaluate the antiangiogenic and antiproliferative activity of Chlorella pyrenoidosa in experimental models of angiogenesis and by MTT assay. Materials and Methods: lyophilized extract of C. pyrenoidosa was extracted using dichloromethane/methanol (2:1, concentrated and vacuum evaporated to obtain the dried extract. The crude extract was evaluated in the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-induced angiogenesis in in ovo chick chorioallantoic membrane assay (CAM at various concentrations (n = 8 using thalidomide and normal saline as positive and untreated control groups, respectively. The crude extract was also subjected to the antiangiogenic activity in the silver nitrate/potassium nitrate cautery model of corneal neovascularization (CN in rats where topical bevacizumab was used as a positive control. The vasculature was photographed and blood vessel density was quantified using Aphelion imaging software. The extract was also evaluated for its anti proliferative activity by microculture tetrazolium test (MTT assay using HeLa cancer cell line (ATCC. Results: VEGF increased the blood vessel density by 220% as compared to normal and thalidomide treatment decreased it to 67.2% in in ovo assay. In the in-vivo CN model, the mean neovascular density in the control group, the C. pyrenoidosa extract and bevacizumab group were found to be 100%, 59.02%, and 32.20%, respectively. The Chlorella pyrenoidosa extract negatively affected the viability of HeLa cells. An IC 50 value of the extract was 570 μg/ml, respectively. Conclusion: a significant antiangiogenic activity was observed against VEGF-induced neovascularization and antiproliferative activity by MTT assay. In this study, it could be attributed that the


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    Vikramjit Singh


    Full Text Available Cauterisation of 144 ear perforations ( R ight and L eft with 20 percent TCA ( T richloracetic acid was tried in patients having 2 to 6mm perforations . Per forations were dry for 3 weeks - 3 months or more. 30 patients were having traumatic perforations such as slap on face, blast injuries or associated with head injuries. Most of the patients were having perforations due to inflammation. Few of them had recent attack of otitis media which were effectively treated by suitable antibiotics, anti - histamines and subs equently taken for cauterization of perforation. Site of perforation was mostly on the anteroinferior quadrant, next the inferior quadrants. Still less number in the entire four quadrant, least no. in P. S. quadrant. Traumatic perforations were irr egular i n shape varying from 2 - 6 mm in size and were elliptical in shape. Hearing loss ranged from 15dB - 45dB ( D epending upon size and site of perforation. Main presenting symptoms in inflammation cases were intermittent discharge as well as deafness. In traumatic case history of pain and deafness was the main symptom. We did wait for 1 month in traumatic cases to achieve spontaneous closure. In inflammatory cases cautery was considered first line of treatment. It has to be done several times at 10 days interval. Mo st of the times closure of perforation was achieved with 3 attempts, inflammatory cases 5 th or 6 th attempt. In one case as many as 23 attempts. In 6 cases of perforation after partial take of graft in myringoplasty occurred after 3 months cauterization was attempted and we got closure in 5 of them. In one case re myringoplasty had to be done.

  15. Noninvasive quantification of postocclusive reactive hyperemia in mouse thigh muscle by near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy. (United States)

    Cheng, Ran; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Daugherty, Alan; Shin, Hainsworth; Yu, Guoqiang


    Many vasculature-related diseases affecting skeletal muscle function have been studied in mouse models. Noninvasive quantification of muscle blood flow responses during postocclusive reactive hyperemia (PORH) is often used to evaluate vascular function in human skeletal muscles. However, blood flow measurements during PORH in small skeletal muscles of mice are rare due to the lack of appropriate technologies coupled with the challenge of measurement setup resulting from the lack of large enough test sites. In this study, we explored adapting diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) for noninvasive measurement of the relative changes of blood flow (rBF) in mouse thigh muscles during PORH. A small fiber-optic probe was designed and glued on the mouse thigh to reduce the motion artifact induced by the occlusion procedure. Arterial occlusion was created by tying a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tube around the mouse thigh while the muscle rBF was continuously monitored by DCS to ensure the success of the occlusion. After 5 min, the occlusion was rapidly released by severing the PVC tube using a cautery pen. Typical rBF responses during PORH were observed in all mice (n=7), which are consistent with those observed by arterial-spin-labeled magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI) as reported in the literature. On average, rBF values from DCS during occlusion were lower than 10% (3.1±2.2%) of the baseline values (assigning 100%), indicating the success of arterial occlusion in all mice. Peak values of rBF during PORH measured by the DCS (357.6±36.3%) and ASL-MRI (387.5±150.0%) were also similar whereas the values of time-to-peak (the time duration from the end of occlusion to the peak rBF) were quite different (112.6±35.0  s versus 48.0±27.0  s). Simultaneous measurements by these two techniques are needed to identify the factors that may cause such discrepancy. This study highlights the utility of DCS technology to quantitatively evaluate tissue blood flow responses

  16. Phase I Trial of Pelvic Nodal Dose Escalation With Hypofractionated IMRT for High-Risk Prostate Cancer

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    Adkison, Jarrod B.; McHaffie, Derek R.; Bentzen, Soren M.; Patel, Rakesh R.; Khuntia, Deepak [Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI (United States); Petereit, Daniel G. [Department of Radiation Oncology, John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, SD (United States); Hong, Theodore S.; Tome, Wolfgang [Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI (United States); Ritter, Mark A., E-mail: [Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI (United States)


    Purpose: Toxicity concerns have limited pelvic nodal prescriptions to doses that may be suboptimal for controlling microscopic disease. In a prospective trial, we tested whether image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can safely deliver escalated nodal doses while treating the prostate with hypofractionated radiotherapy in 5 Vulgar-Fraction-One-Half weeks. Methods and Materials: Pelvic nodal and prostatic image-guided IMRT was delivered to 53 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) high-risk patients to a nodal dose of 56 Gy in 2-Gy fractions with concomitant treatment of the prostate to 70 Gy in 28 fractions of 2.5 Gy, and 50 of 53 patients received androgen deprivation for a median duration of 12 months. Results: The median follow-up time was 25.4 months (range, 4.2-57.2). No early Grade 3 Radiation Therapy Oncology Group or Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events v.3.0 genitourinary (GU) or gastrointestinal (GI) toxicities were seen. The cumulative actuarial incidence of Grade 2 early GU toxicity (primarily alpha blocker initiation) was 38%. The rate was 32% for Grade 2 early GI toxicity. None of the dose-volume descriptors correlated with GU toxicity, and only the volume of bowel receiving {>=}30 Gy correlated with early GI toxicity (p = 0.029). Maximum late Grades 1, 2, and 3 GU toxicities were seen in 30%, 25%, and 2% of patients, respectively. Maximum late Grades 1 and 2 GI toxicities were seen in 30% and 8% (rectal bleeding requiring cautery) of patients, respectively. The estimated 3-year biochemical control (nadir + 2) was 81.2 {+-} 6.6%. No patient manifested pelvic nodal failure, whereas 2 experienced paraaortic nodal failure outside the field. The six other clinical failures were distant only. Conclusions: Pelvic IMRT nodal dose escalation to 56 Gy was delivered concurrently with 70 Gy of hypofractionated prostate radiotherapy in a convenient, resource-efficient, and well-tolerated 28-fraction schedule. Pelvic nodal dose

  17. Diseases of the pinna. (United States)

    Angarano, D W


    Many diseases can affect the pinna of the dog and cat. These diseases represent most categories of cutaneous disease, from infectious to neoplastic. Although some diseases affect primarily the pinna, most pinnal dermatoses occur in conjunction with other integumentary disorders. One should approach the diagnostic work-up of pinnal disease in an organized manner, obtaining first a thorough history and physical examination. A systematic approach is required in the diagnostic evaluation in order to arrive at a tentative or definitive diagnosis. Skin scrapings, cytologic examination, and culture for dermatophytes provide the minimum database. A variety of diagnostic tests, including hematology, serum biochemical profiles, urinalysis, serology, intradermal skin testing, hypoallergenic diet trials, histopathology, and direct immunofluorescence, may be necessary in some cases before a definitive diagnosis is reached. The ears are somewhat difficult to biopsy, although in many instances histopathologic examination is essential to the diagnosis. In this author's opinion, it is preferable to use a no. 15 scalpel blade rather than a punch biopsy when obtaining a pinnal biopsy. This allows the veterinarian to obtain an elliptical or wedge biopsy, which can frequently be sutured. In some instances, biopsies are required from the ear margin and a full ear thickness biopsy is obtained. Sutures may not hold in this situation, and cautery may be necessary for hemostasis. As in other situations in which the ear is bleeding (aural hematomas, vasculitis, fly bite dermatitis, and so on), bandaging and immobilization of the ear may be necessary to prevent further trauma. Although symptomatic therapy is sometimes helpful when treating pinnal diseases, a definitive diagnosis is preferred. This is especially important following the second or third presentation of an animal for ear disease. Although ear diseases are frequently viewed as a nuisance rather than a serious condition, anyone who

  18. Retroperitoneal laparoscopic nephron-sparing surgery for renal tumor : report of 15 cases%后腹腔镜保留肾单位肾脏肿瘤切除术(附15例报告)

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    梁平; 吴刚; 叶锦; 王鹏; 江军; 靳风烁


    目的 探讨后腹腔镜行保留肾单位肾脏肿瘤切除术的手术可行性及疗效.方法 2007年3月至2008年8月,15例肾脏局限性肿瘤患者采用后腹腔镜保留肾单位肾脏肿瘤切除术.术中用bulldog血管钳阻断肾脏血流,用超声刀在距离肿瘤边缘2~10 mm处进行切除,肿瘤床随机切取三处组织送冰冻病理检查.结果 15例手术均顺利完成,无一例中转开放.平均手术时间110 min,术中平均阻断肾血流时间26 min,术中平均出血量200 ml,平均术后住院时间9 d.术中切缘组织病理切片均为阴性.术后随访2~14个月肿瘤无复发.结论 后腹腔镜保留肾单位肾脏肿瘤切除术治疗肾脏肿瘤技术可行,安全有效,其远期疗效尚有待长期随访.%Objective To valuate the clinical effect of retroperitoneal laparoscopic nephron-sparing surgery. Methods From March 2007 to May 2008, 15 patients with local renal tumors underwent retroperitoneal laparoscopic partial nephrectomy by a single surgeon. Hilar control was achieved with bulldog clamps. Hook-cautery is used to circumscribe the tumor for resection by scoring the renal capsule circumferentially with a 2-10 mm margin around the tumor. Specimens are randomly extracted through tumor edges and immediately given to pathological frozen sections. The operative time, blood loss, postoperative stay, complications and the time of complete convalescence were recorded. Results Mean operative time was 110 minutes and mean time of hilar control was 26 minutes. Mean blood loss was 200ml. Mean postoperative stay was 9 days. Final pathological evaluation revealed negative positive margins in these cases. During 2-14 months follow-up there was no local recurrence. Conclusions Retroperitoneal laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for small renal tumors can be performed safely and effectively. Extended follow-up period is required to determine its long-term functional and oncological outcomes.

  19. The role of extensionists in Santa Catarina, Brazil, in the adoption and rejection of providing pain relief to calves for dehorning. (United States)

    Hötzel, M J; Sneddon, J N


    The majority of dairy calves around the world are dehorned with methods that cause them pain and distress. In some dairy production systems, extensionists may influence dehorning practices used on farm through their advisory and knowledge-transfer role. The aims of this study were to investigate Brazilian extensionists' knowledge, beliefs, and behavior regarding dehorning dairy calves. As little research has addressed this question, a qualitative, theory-building approach was used and the theory of planned behavior was used as a conceptual framework to guide data collection and analysis. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 15 extensionists working in Santa Catarina, Brazil, to examine their role in the adoption and rejection of pain-mitigation strategies at dehorning. The interview transcripts were free coded, identifying 9 major themes within and across interviews. Transcribed interview responses were then coded to constructs in the theory of planned behavior. The themes and constructs that emerged through analysis of the interview responses were combined to develop a conceptual model of extensionists' beliefs, attitudes, and behavior toward recommending protocols for dehorning aimed at minimizing pain. The extensionists interviewed believed that it was necessary to dehorn all dairy replacement heifers. Despite being aware of methods to minimize pain during and after dehorning, all of the interviewees recommended or used the hot cautery method, with no pain control. This method was described as the most effective, cheapest, safest, and fastest method of dehorning. The majority (12) of interviewees rejected the caustic paste method, citing negative past experiences or unfamiliarity with the method and the belief that the method is less practical and riskier for farmers. More than half of the interviewees did not recognize dehorning as painful or expressed the belief that the pain associated with the procedure did not justify the use of pain

  20. Quality audit of colonoscopy reports amongst patients screened or surveilled for colorectal neoplasia

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    Daphnée Beaulieu; Alan Barkun; Myriam Martel


    AIM:To complete a quality audit using recently published criteria from the Quality Assurance Task Group of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.METHtODS:Consecutive colonoscopy reports of patients at average/high risk screening,or with a prior colorectal neoplasia (CRN) by endoscopists who perform 11 000 procedures yearly,using a commercial computerized endoscopic report generator.A separate institutional database providing pathological results.Required documentation included patient demographics,history,procedure indications,technical descriptions,colonoscopy findings,interventions,unplanned events,follow-up plans,and pathology results.Reports abstraction employed a standardized glossary with 10% independent data validation.Sample size calculations determined the number of reports needed.RESULTS:Two hundreds and fifty patients (63.2 ±10.5 years,female:42.8%,average risk:38.5%,personal/family history of CRN:43.3%/20.2%) were scoped in June 2009 by 8 gastroenterologists and 3 surgeons (mean practice:17.1 ± 8.5 years).Procedural indication and informed consent were always documented.14% provided a previous colonoscopy date (past polypremoval information in 25%,but insufficient in most to determine surveillance intervals appropriateness).Most procedural indicators were recorded (exam date:98.4%,medications:99.2%,difficulty level:98.8%,prep quality:99.6%).All reports noted extent of visualization (cecum:94.4%,with landmarks noted in 78.8%-photodocumentation:67.2%).No procedural times were recorded.One hundred and eleven had polyps (44.4%) with anatomic location noted in 99.1%,size in 65.8%,morphology in 62.2%; removal was by cold biopsy in 25.2% (cold snare:18%,snare cautery:31.5%,unrecorded:20.7%),84.7% were retrieved.Adenomas were noted in 24.8%(advanced adenomas:7.6%,cancer:0.4%) in this population with varying previous colonic investigations.CONCLUSION:This audit reveals lacking reported items

  1. Laparoscopic-assisted Anorectoplasty for Imperforate Anus in Children%腹腔镜技术在小儿肛门闭锁中的应用

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    王寿青; 李炳; 陈卫兵; 刘树立; 李龙


    目的 探讨腹腔镜辅助下先天性高位、中位肛门闭锁患儿手术的可行性. 方法 6例先天性高位、中位肛门闭锁患儿,均在腹腔镜监视下游离出直肠盲端及痿管,切断瘘管,腹腔镜下修补尿瘘或阴道瘘.电刺激找到盆底肌肉中心点,做成一隧道,将直肠盲端从此隧道内拖出,与肛穴缘皮肤吻合. 结果 6例均在腹腔镜辅助下完成直肠肛门成形术.腹腔镜手术操作时间35 ~74 min(平均46.5 min),术中出血量<15 ml,住院时间10 ~18 d(平均14.5 d).无并发症发生.术后随访6~12个月,无肛门失禁、直肠后间隙感染等并发症,均能够正常排便.肛门功能评分优4例,良2例. 结论 腹腔镜辅助下直肠肛门成形术是一种安全、有效的方法,处理瘘管方便,辨认盆底肌中心准确,手术后可获得良好的排便功能,具有创伤小、恢复快、疗效优等特点.%Objective To study the feasibility of laparoscopic-assisted anorectal pull through for high or middle imperforate anus. Methods This study included 6 infants (4 male and 2 female, aged between 7 days and 6 months) with high or middle imperforate anus. Laparoscopic sharp dissection and cautery were used to expose the rectal pouch down to the urethral or vaginal fistula, which was ligated distally and cut off. The pelvic floor musculature was then assessed and the center of the levator muscle was identified. Externally, a 10-mm skin incision was made at the center of the anal dimple, guided by laparoscopy. The rectum was grasped using the perineal trocar and exteriorized to the perineum afterwards, and anorectal anastomosis was performed with absorbable interrupted suture. Results Laparoscopic-assisted anorectoplasty was successfuluy performed on the six cases. The mean operation time was 46. 5 min (35-74 min) , and the intraopeative blood loss was less than 15 ml. The patients were discharged from hospital in 10-18 days ( mean ,14.5 d) after operation. No

  2. Vagus nerve stimulation: Surgical technique of implantation and revision and related morbidity. (United States)

    Giordano, Flavio; Zicca, Anna; Barba, Carmen; Guerrini, Renzo; Genitori, Lorenzo


    is often partial and rare (1-2.7%), and usually transitory, and may be caused by previous surgical trauma (i.e., damage of nerve fibers and/or of their blood supply) or to a supposed chronic denervation during stimulation. Surgery for complete removal or revision and replacement of the device is to be considered in cases of device malfunction (4-16.8%), failure of VNS therapy, intolerable side effects, or because of patient's specific request. As described in the literature, the surgical techniques of lead revision and replacement are two: sharp and blunt dissection of helical electrodes and replacement; and blunt dissection combined with ultrasharp low-voltage cautery dissection. The incidence of left vocal cord palsy after vagus nerve stimulator replacement/revision is slightly higher than that of first implantation (4.9% vs. 3.8%). A de novo implantation in a naive segment of the left or right vagus nerve may be considered in specific cases; the use of the right vagus nerve is a rare exception that may be chosen with an acceptable result.

  3. Laparoscopic repair for vesicouterine fistulae

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    Rafael A. Maioli


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: The purpose of this video is to present the laparoscopic repair of a VUF in a 42-year-old woman, with gross hematuria, in the immediate postoperative phase following a cesarean delivery. The obstetric team implemented conservative management, including Foley catheter insertion, for 2 weeks. She subsequently developed intermittent hematuria and cystitis. The urology team was consulted 15 days after cesarean delivery. Cystoscopy indicated an ulcerated lesion in the bladder dome of approximately 1.0cm in size. Hysterosalpingography and a pelvic computed tomography scan indicated a fistula. Materials and Methods: Laparoscopic repair was performed 30 days after the cesarean delivery. The patient was placed in the lithotomy position while also in an extreme Trendelenburg position. Pneumoperitoneum was established using a Veress needle in the midline infra-umbilical region, and a primary 11-mm port was inserted. Another 11-mm port was inserted exactly between the left superior iliac spine and the umbilicus. Two other 5-mm ports were established under laparoscopic guidance in the iliac fossa on both sides. The omental adhesions in the pelvis were carefully released and the peritoneum between the bladder and uterus was incised via cautery. Limited cystotomy was performed, and the specific sites of the fistula and the ureteral meatus were identified; thereafter, the posterior bladder wall was adequately mobilized away from the uterus. The uterine rent was then closed using single 3/0Vicryl sutures and two-layer watertight closure of the urinary bladder was achieved by using 3/0Vicryl sutures. An omental flap was mobilized and inserted between the uterus and the urinary bladder, and was fixed using two 3/0Vicryl sutures, followed by tube drain insertion. Results: The operative time was 140 min, whereas the blood loss was 100ml. The patient was discharged 3 days after surgery, and the catheter was removed 12 days after surgery

  4. Retinal detachment surgery with silicone oil injection in transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy Cirurgia de descolamento de retina com injeção de óleo de silicone no sistema de vitrectomia transconjuntival sem sutura de 23-gauge

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    Rubens Camargo Siqueira


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To report a surgical technique for retinal detachment surgery using transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy with silicone oil injection. METHODS: Thirty-one patients with retinal detachment underwent vitreoretinal surgery using a transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy system. At the end of the procedure silicone oil was injected into all eyes through a microcannula. After removing the microcannula, a bipolar cautery was used in the conjunctiva over the wound to prevent silicone oil reflux. RESULTS: In all patients retinal reattachment and injection of silicone oil through transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy system was possible. Retinal re-detachment occurred in 8 patients (25.80% who were submitted to a new vitreoretinal surgery by the technique described above, however, more extensive retinotomy was necessary in all cases, specially inferiorly. Three patients (9.67% presented silicone oil leakage in subconjuntival compartment. Another surgical procedure was necessary to remove the subconjuntival silicone oil. CONCLUSIONS: The retinal detachment surgery with silicone oil injection in transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy is a safe and efficient technique to repair retinal detachment and it has the advantage of being minimally invasive.OBJETIVOS: Relatar técnica cirúrgica para descolamento de retina utilizando sistema de 23-gauge com injeção de óleo de silicone. MÉTODOS: Trinta e um pacientes com descolamento da retina foram submetidos a cirurgia vitreorretiniana usando o sistema 23-gauge de vitrectomia transconjuntival sem sutura. Ao final do procedimento o óleo de silicone foi injetado em todos os olhos através de uma microcânula. Após a retirada da microcânula, foi utilizado cautério bipolar na incisão conjuntival para prevenir o vazamento do óleo de silicone. RESULTADOS: Em todos os pacientes foi possível reaplicar a retina e injetar o óleo de silicone através do sistema 23

  5. 额颞开颅颞前叶切除术中颞肌处理的技术问题%Management of temporal muscle in anterior temporal lobectomy during fronto-temporal craniotomy

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    苏崇德; 常鹏飞


    Objective Anterior temporal lobectomy and fronto-temporal craniotomy are the traditional surgical method for temporal lobe epilespy, in which management of temporal muscle is crucial. Any improper management of temporal muscle may result in the atrophy of post-operative temporal muscle. The study aims to put forward the surgical principles and techniques for the management of temporal muscle in fronto-temporal craniotomy according to our experiences and the anatomic study. Methods On the basis of anatomic study of fronto-temporal region and the literature review, the following surgical principles were put forward: firstly, during the incision and elevation of fronto-temporal scalp flap, the superficial temporal artery and the branches of facial nerves should be well preserved; secondly, preservation of temporal fascia attachment on the superior temporal line was helpful for the anatomic restoration of the temporal muscle; thirdly, retrograde dissection of the temporal muscle together with the temporal fascia was important; fourthly, wider stem of temporal muscle flap should be preserved and the transection of the muscle should be avoided; lastly, monopolar cautery was not suggested in the dissection of temporal muscle. Results Sixty-eight patients underwent the craniotomy according to the above-mentioned principles. Only 3 patients suffered the postoperative chewing ache in temporal region. No case of temporal muscle atrophy was found in 43 cases during 6 months to 2 years' follow-up. Conclusion Proper management of the temporal muscle and innervated nerves and arteries is helpful for the exposure and important for the prevention of complication, such as atrophy of temporal muscle.%目的 额颞开颅、颞前叶切除术是外科治疗颞叶癫痫的基本术式,开颅术中颞肌的处理是一个关键环节,如果手术操作不当会产生颞肌萎缩等并发症.本文总结了我们手术的经验,根据额颞区的解剖特点,提出额颞开颅术中颞

  6. Inhibition of corneal neovascularization by tissue factor pathway inhibitor 2 gene transfection in situ%原位转染组织因子途径抑制物2基因抑制兔角膜新生血管形成

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    俞建雄; 袁静


    组织因子途径抑制物2及基质金属蛋白酶表达:Ⅲ组实验兔角膜组织组织因子途径抑制物2基因表达高于Ⅰ,Ⅱ组(P<0.01);Ⅲ组角膜组织MMP-1,2,3表达较Ⅰ,Ⅱ组降低,以MMP-1,3下降显著.结论:质粒pBos-Cite-neo/组织因子途径抑制物2含有组织因子途径抑制物2基因,局部转染后角膜组织表达组织因子途径抑制物2升高,通过抑制基质金属蛋白酶的活性而抑制角膜新生血管生长.%BACKGROUND: Some studies have demonstrated that the degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM), which matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) participates in, plays a key step in the corneal neovascularization (CNV). Tissue factor pathway inhibitor 2 (TFPI-2), a new type serine proteinase inhibitor found recently, can effectively inhibit the activity of MMPs. Whether TFPI-2 gene transfection can influence CNV is unclear.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of TFPI-2 gene transfection on CNV.DESIGN: Randomized controlled experiment.SETTING: Laboratory for Department of Surgery, Wuhan Union Hospital; Central Laboratory, the Affiliated Third Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University.MATERIALS: This study was carried out in the laboratory for Department of Surgery of Wuhan Union Hospital and State Central Laboratory of the Third Hospital Affiliated to Sun Yat-sen University between June 2004 and March 2006. Sixty healthy purebred adult New Zealand rabbits of either gender, weighing 2.5 to 3.0 kg, were involved. Preoperatively, no obvious anterior segment ocular lesion was found by slit-lamp examination. pBos-Cite-neo/TFPl-2 was kindly gifted by Dr. Zhong Ren (Department of Hematology, Union Hospital). Peroxydase blocking agent, nonimmune goat serum,mouse anti-human MMP-1, 2 and 3 monoclonal antibodies, biotin labeled goat-anti-mouse IgG second antibody (Santa cruz Company) were used in this study.METHODS: Experimental intervention: Experimental rabbit models of CNV were created in each group by silver nitrate cautery. Then, the rabbit models were

  7. 腔镜辅助下McKeown术式切除食管癌507例临床体会%McKeown minimally invasive esophagectomy for the treatment of esophageal cancer: a report of 507 cases

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    陈保富; 孔敏; 朱成楚; 张波; 叶中瑞; 王春国; 马德华; 叶敏华


    after McKeown minimally invasive esophagectomy(MMIE) for the treatment of esophageal cancer.Methods From August 1997 to December 2012,MMIE was performed in 507 patients.Esophageal tumors located in the upper in 39(7.69%),middle in 312(61.54%),lower in 156(30.77%).Preoperative neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy was used in 21 cases (4.14 %).Resection was performed for squamous cancer (463 cases,91.32 %),adenocarcinoma and other histologic types (44 cases,8.68%) in patients with stages 0 (55,10.85%),Ⅰ (167,32.94%),Ⅱ (203,40.04%),Ⅲ (69,13.61%),and Ⅳ (13,2.56%) disease.Surgery were completed by thoracoscopic and laparotomy(281 cases,55.42%),total thoracoscopic/laparoscopic approach(179 cases,35.31%),thoracotomy and laparoscopic (32 cases,6.31%),conversion to thoracotomy/laparotomy (15 cases,2.96%).Results MMIE was successfully completed in 492(97.04%) patients.The operative time of thoracoscopic the esophagus free and pleural lymph node dissection was(81.5 ±34.7)min(60-180 min),laparoscopic stomach free and abdominal area lymphadenectomy was 60.3 ± 17.5)min(40-105 min).The blood loss of thoracoscopic surgery was(105.2 ±73.1) m1(55-1080 ml),laparoscopic surgery (43.5 ±21.4)m1(30-350ml).The total number of lymph node dissection was 5-48[(23.7 ± 11.5)/case],the number of thoracic lymph node dissection was 3-32 [(14.6 ± 7.7)/case],abdominal lymph node dissection 2-29 [(8.7 ±5.2)/case)],and neck lymph node dissection 0-7 [(1.3 ± 1.1)/case].198 cases of esophageal reconstruction after esophageal bed,309 cases through the sternum approach.The whole group were no deaths,intraoperative bleeding in 3 cases due to the azygos vein/spleen injury,the hook cautery/ultrasound surgery the knife accidentally injure trachea 3 cases,the non-focal cause 13 cases of thoracic duct injury,9 cases of atrial fibrillation,esophageal resection margin-positive R1 resection in 3 cases.Major complications in the early postoperative period,lung infection rate was