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Annals of Coloproctology ; : 423-431, 2022.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-966230

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Purpose@#Most of the causes of small bowel obstruction (SBO) in patients without a history of abdominal surgery are unclear at initial assessment. This study was conducted to identify the etiology and clinical characteristics of SBO in virgin abdomens and discuss the proper management. @*Methods@#A retrospective review involving operative cases of SBO from a single institute, which had no history of abdominal surgery, was conducted between January 2010 and December 2020. Clinical information, including radiological, operative, and pathologic findings, was investigated to determine the etiology of SBO. @*Results@#A total of 55 patients were included in this study, with a median age of 57 years and male sex (63.6%) constituting the majority. The most frequently reported symptoms were abdominal pain and nausea or vomiting. Neoplasm as an underlying cause accounted for 34.5% of the cases, of which 25.5% were malignant cases. In patients aged ≥60 years (n=23), small bowel neoplasms were the underlying cause in 12 (52.2%), of whom 9 (39.1%) were malignant cases. Adhesions and Crohn disease were more frequent in patients aged <60 years. Coherence between preoperative computed tomography scans and intraoperative findings was found in 63.6% of the cases. @*Conclusion@#There were various causes of surgical cases of SBO in virgin abdomens. In older patients, hidden malignancy should be considered as a possible cause of SBO in a virgin abdomen. Patients with symptoms of recurrent bowel obstruction who have no history of prior abdominal surgery require thorough medical history and close follow-up.

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The Korean Journal of Gastroenterology ; : 245-248, 2021.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-918959

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Tuberculosis of the cystic duct lymph node is very rare. Only four cases have been reported in the literature. This paper presents the case of a young male patient with a tuberculous cystic duct lymph node and chronic cholecystitis, who was diagnosed with cystic duct stones and a gall bladder polyp preoperatively.

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Cancer Research and Treatment ; : 117-127, 2020.
Article | WPRIM | ID: wpr-831082

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Purpose@#Adenocarcinoma is an extremely rare malignancy in the pediatric population. Research regarding pediatric adenocarcinoma is very rare in Korea. This study aimed to investigate the clinical features of pediatric adenocarcinomas of various primary organ sites in Korea. @*Materials and Methods@#Pediatric patients under 18 years, diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of various sites between January 1995 and December 2016, were included. We retrospectively reviewed patient and tumor characteristics and calculated survival estimates, reported as 5-year survival rate and 95% confidence interval. @*Results@#Of 80 patients (median age, 15 years; range, 10 to 17 years), 37 (46.3%) were men, and 24 (30%) had a family history of cancer or underlying disease relevant to malignancy. The cancer locations were the colon and rectum (n=32), ovaries (n=18), stomach (n=15), lung (n=4), small bowel (n=1), and other sites (n=10). Totally, 54.8% patients (42/77) had stage 3 or 4 disease. The median follow-up period was 2.0 years (range, 0 to 20.4). The 5-year overall survival estimate for all patients, and for those with stomach, colorectal, ovarian, and other cancer sites were 57.9%±11.5%, 58.2%±25.7%, 41.5%±18.2%, 87.5%±16.2%, and 64.0%±34.4%, respectively. The 5-year survival rate differed significantly between categories of adenocarcinomas into gastrointestinal (GI) (44.7%) and non-GI adenocarcinomas (78.8%) (p=0.007). The 5-year survival rate also differed significantly according to carcinoembryonic antigen level (69.3% in 3 ng/mL; p < 0.001). @*Conclusion@#In pediatric patients, adenocarcinomas arise from various organs and are often diagnosed at advanced stages. Large, prospective studies for their accurate clinical characteristics and prognostic factors are needed.

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Annals of Coloproctology ; : 335-343, 2020.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-830411

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Purpose@#Because insertion of a foreign body (FB) into the anus is considered a taboo practice, patients with a retained rectal FB may hesitate to obtain medical care, and attending surgeons may lack experience with removing these FBs. We performed this study to evaluate the clinical characteristics of Korean patients with a retained rectal FB and propose management guideline for such cases based on our experience. @*Methods@#We retrospectively investigated 14 patients between January 2006 and December 2018. We assessed demographic features, mechanism of FB insertion, clinical course between diagnosis and management, and outcomes. @*Results@#All patients were male (mean age, 43 years) and presented with low abdominal pain (n = 2), anal bleeding (n = 2), or concern about a retained rectal FB without symptoms (n = 10). FB insertion was most commonly associated with sexual gratification or anal eroticism (n = 11, 78.6%). All patients underwent general anesthesia for anal sphincter relaxation with the exception of 2 who underwent FB removal in the emergency department. FBs were retrieved transanally using a clamp (n = 2), myoma screw (n = 1), clamp application following abdominal wall compression (n = 2), or laparotomy followed by rectosigmoid colon milking (n = 2). Colotomy and primary repair were performed in four patients, and Hartmann operation was performed in one patient with fecal peritonitis. No morbidity or mortality was reported. All patients refused postextraction anorectal functional and anatomical evaluation and psychological counseling. @*Conclusion@#Retained rectal FB is rare; however, colorectal surgeons should be aware of the various methods that can be used for FB retrieval and the therapeutic algorithm applicable in such cases.

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Vascular Specialist International ; : 83-87, 2018.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-742485

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PURPOSE: Thrombosis of the portal vein, known as pylephlebitis, is a rare and fatal complication caused by intraperitoneal infections. The disease progression of superior mesenteric venous thrombosis (SMVT) is not severe. This study aimed to determine the clinical features, etiology, and prognosis of SMVT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 41 patients with SMVT from March 2000 to February 2017. We obtained a list of 305 patients through the International Classification of Disease-9 code system and selected 41 patients with SMVT with computed tomography. Data from the medical records included patient demographics, comorbidities, review of system, laboratory results, clinical courses, and treatment modalities. RESULTS: The causes of SMVT were found to be intraperitoneal inflammation in 27 patients (65.9%), malignancy in 7 patients (17.1%), and unknown in 7 patients (17.1%). Among the patients with intraperitoneal inflammation, 14 presented with appendicitis (51.9%), 7 with diverticulitis (25.9%), and 2 with ileus (7.4%). When comparing patients with and without small bowel resection, the differences in symptom duration, bowel enhancement and blood culture were significant (P=0.010, P=0.039, and P=0.028, respectively). CONCLUSION: SMVT, caused by intraperitoneal inflammation, unlike portal vein thrombosis including pylephlebitis, shows mild prognosis. In addition, rapid symptom progression and positive blood culture can be the prognostic factors related to extensive bowel resection. Use of appropriate antibiotics and understanding of disease progression can help improve the outcomes of patients with SMVT.


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Humans , Anti-Bacterial Agents , Appendicitis , Classification , Comorbidity , Demography , Disease Progression , Diverticulitis , Ileus , Inflammation , Medical Records , Mesenteric Ischemia , Portal Vein , Prognosis , Retrospective Studies , Thrombosis , Venous Thrombosis
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Vascular Specialist International ; : 144-150, 2014.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-159760

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PURPOSE: The management of central venous catheters (CVCs) and catheter thrombosis vary among centers, and the efficacy of the methods of management of catheter thrombosis in CVCs is rarely reported. We investigated the efficacy of bedside thrombolysis with urokinase for the management of catheter thrombosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data from patients who had undergone CVC insertion by a single surgeon in a single center between April 2012 and June 2014. We used a protocol for the management of CVCs and when catheter thrombosis was confirmed, 5,000 U urokinase was infused into the catheter. RESULTS: A total of 137 CVCs were inserted in 126 patients. The most common catheter-related complication was thrombosis (12, 8.8%) followed by infection (8, 5.8%). Nine of the 12 patients (75%) with catheter thrombosis were recanalized successfully with urokinase. The rate of CVC recanalization was higher in the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) group (87.5%) than the chemoport group (50%). Reintervention for catheter-related thrombosis was needed in only 2.2% of patients when thrombolytic therapy using urokinase was applied. Age <60 years (P=0.035), PICC group (P=0.037) and location of the catheter tip above the superior vena cava (P=0.044) were confirmed as independent risk factors for catheter thrombosis. CONCLUSION: Thrombolysis therapy using urokinase could successfully manage CVC thrombosis. Reintervention was rarely needed when a protocol using urokinase was applied for the management of CVC thromboses.


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Humans , Catheters , Central Venous Catheters , Retrospective Studies , Risk Factors , Thrombolytic Therapy , Thrombosis , Upper Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis , Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator , Vena Cava, Superior
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Korean Journal of Medicine ; : 751-754, 2013.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-35123

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Extramedullary plasmacytomas are uncommon malignant neoplasms that can occur in any organ. They arise most frequently from the upper aerodigestive tract. Lymph nodes are exceedingly rare sites of extramedullary plasmacytomas. Most extramedullary plasmacytomas of the lymph node arise in the cervical lymph nodes. Here, we report a case of an extramedullary plasmacytoma of the lymph node arising from a cervical lymph node. A 43-year-old male patient was admitted to our hospital and presented with a non-tender mass on the left side of his neck, which had been growing slowly for 1 month. The mass was excised. The pathology showed diffuse infiltration of immature plasma cells that were encapsulated by a layer of lymphoid cells, indicating an extramedullary plasmacytoma. He was treated with local radiation of the left cervical area. As of March 2009, he is doing well and shows no further evidence of the disease.


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Humans , Male , Lymph Nodes , Lymphocytes , Neck , Plasma Cells , Plasmacytoma
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Journal of the Korean Society of Coloproctology ; : 114-121, 2011.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-66807

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PURPOSE: Primary epiploic appendagitis (PEA) is a rare cause of an acute abdomen. It can be clinically misdiagnosed as either diverticulitis or appendicitis on clinical examination because the clinical symptoms and signs of PEA are non-specific. The present study was performed to describe the clinical characteristics of PEA and to assess the differences between PEA and diverticulitis. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical records and radiologic findings of 31 consecutive patients with PEA and compared them with those of patients with diverticulitis without complications. RESULTS: In most cases, abdominal pain was localized to the right (13 cases, 41.9%) or left (13 cases, 41.9%) lower quadrants. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting were infrequent, and localized tenderness without peritoneal irritation was common. All patients were afebrile, and only 4 patients (12.9%) showed leukocytosis. In all cases except one, a pericolic fatty mass with a hyperattenuated ring was observed on computed tomography. Patients with left PEA were younger than those with diverticulitis (41.4 +/- 11.9 vs. 69.7 +/- 13.3, P < 0.001), and the mean body mass index was higher in patients with left PEA (26.4 +/- 2.9 vs. 22.6 +/- 3.4, P = 0.01). Whereas one patient (6.7%) with left PEA showed leukocytosis, the incidence of leukocytosis in patients with diverticulitis was 80% (8/10) (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: In patients with an acute abdomen showing localized tenderness without associated symptoms or leukocytosis, a high index of suspicion for PEA is necessary. For correct diagnosis and proper management, it would useful for surgeons to be aware of the computed tomographic findings and the natural course of the disease.


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Humans , Abdomen, Acute , Abdominal Pain , Appendicitis , Body Mass Index , Diverticulitis , Incidence , Leukocytosis , Nausea , Pisum sativum , Vomiting
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Journal of the Korean Surgical Society ; : 321-325, 2011.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-139164

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PURPOSE: Laparoscopic appendectomy has been recognized to have many advantages such as greater cosmetic results, less postoperative pain and shorter hospital stays. On the other hand, the cost of laparoscopic procedures is still more expensive than that of open procedures in Korea. The aim of this study is to compare clinical outcomes and hospital costs between open appendectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy. METHODS: Between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010, 471 patients were diagnosed with acute appendicitis. Of these, 418 patients met the inclusion criteria and were divided into two groups of open appendectomy (OA) group and laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) group. We analyzed the clinical data and hospital costs. RESULTS: The mean operation time for laparoscopic appendectomy (72.17 minutes) was significantly longer than that of open appendectomy (46.26 minutes) (P = 0.0004). The mean amounts of intravenous analgesics for OA group (2.00 times) was greater than that of LA group (1.86 times) (P < 0.0001). The complication rate was similar between the two groups (OA, 6.99% vs. LA, 10.87%; P = 0.3662). The mean length of postoperative hospital stay was shorter in LA group (OA, 4.55 days vs. LA, 3.60 days; P = 0.0002). The mean total cost covered by the National Health Insurance was more expensive in LA group (OA, 1,259,842 won [Korean monetary unit] vs. LA, 1,664,367 won; P = 0.0057). CONCLUSION: Clinical outcomes of laparoscopic appendectomy were superior to that of open appendectomy even though the cost of laparoscopic appendectomy was more expensive than that of open appendectomy. Whenever surgeons manage a patient with appendicitis, laparoscopic appendectomy should be considered as the procedure of choice.


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Humans , Analgesics , Appendectomy , Appendicitis , Cosmetics , Hand , Hospital Costs , Korea , Length of Stay , National Health Programs , Pain, Postoperative
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Journal of the Korean Surgical Society ; : 321-325, 2011.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-139161

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PURPOSE: Laparoscopic appendectomy has been recognized to have many advantages such as greater cosmetic results, less postoperative pain and shorter hospital stays. On the other hand, the cost of laparoscopic procedures is still more expensive than that of open procedures in Korea. The aim of this study is to compare clinical outcomes and hospital costs between open appendectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy. METHODS: Between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010, 471 patients were diagnosed with acute appendicitis. Of these, 418 patients met the inclusion criteria and were divided into two groups of open appendectomy (OA) group and laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) group. We analyzed the clinical data and hospital costs. RESULTS: The mean operation time for laparoscopic appendectomy (72.17 minutes) was significantly longer than that of open appendectomy (46.26 minutes) (P = 0.0004). The mean amounts of intravenous analgesics for OA group (2.00 times) was greater than that of LA group (1.86 times) (P < 0.0001). The complication rate was similar between the two groups (OA, 6.99% vs. LA, 10.87%; P = 0.3662). The mean length of postoperative hospital stay was shorter in LA group (OA, 4.55 days vs. LA, 3.60 days; P = 0.0002). The mean total cost covered by the National Health Insurance was more expensive in LA group (OA, 1,259,842 won [Korean monetary unit] vs. LA, 1,664,367 won; P = 0.0057). CONCLUSION: Clinical outcomes of laparoscopic appendectomy were superior to that of open appendectomy even though the cost of laparoscopic appendectomy was more expensive than that of open appendectomy. Whenever surgeons manage a patient with appendicitis, laparoscopic appendectomy should be considered as the procedure of choice.


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Humans , Analgesics , Appendectomy , Appendicitis , Cosmetics , Hand , Hospital Costs , Korea , Length of Stay , National Health Programs , Pain, Postoperative
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Journal of the Korean Society of Traumatology ; : 1-6, 2011.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-40286

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PURPOSE: Even though traumatic pancreatic injuries occur in only 0.2% to 4% of all abdominal injuries, the morbidity and the mortality rates associated with pancreatic injuries remain high. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of traumatic pancreatic injuries and to identify predictors of mortality and morbidity. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 26 consecutive patients with a pancreatic injury who underwent a laparotomy from January 2000 to December 2010. The data collected included demographic data, the mechanism of injury, the initial vital signs, the grade of pancreatic injury, the injury severity score (ISS), the revised trauma score (RTS), the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), the number of abbreviated injury scales (AIS), the number of associated injuries, the initial laboratory findings, the amount of blood transfusion, the type of operation, the mortality, the morbidity, and others. RESULTS: The overall mortality rate in our series was 23.0%, and the morbidity rate was 76.9%. Twenty patients (76.9%) had associated injuries to either intra-abdominal organs or extra-abdominal organs. Two patients (7.7%) underwent external drainage, and 18 patients (69.3%) underwent a distal pancreatectomy. Pancreaticoduodenectomies were performed in 6 patients (23.0%). Three patients underwent a re-laparotomy due to anastomosis leakage or postoperative bleeding, and all patients died. The univariate analysis revealed 11 factors (amount of transfusion, AAST grade, re-laparotomy, associated duodenal injury, base excess, APACHE II score, type of operation, operation time, RTS, associated colon injury, GCS) to be significantly associated with mortality (p<0.05). CONCLUSION: Whenever a surgeon manages a patient with traumatic pancreatic injury, the surgeon needs to consider the predictive risk factors. And, if possible, the patient should undergo a proper and meticulous, less invasive surgical procedure.


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Humans , Abbreviated Injury Scale , Abdominal Injuries , APACHE , Blood Transfusion , Colon , Drainage , Glasgow Coma Scale , Hemorrhage , Injury Severity Score , Laparotomy , Medical Records , Pancreatectomy , Pancreaticoduodenectomy , Retrospective Studies , Risk Factors , Vital Signs
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Journal of the Korean Surgical Society ; : 467-473, 2010.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-118653

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PURPOSE: Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is increasingly being detected in recent years with the more frequent use of computerized tomography (CT). The present study was performed to evaluate the clinico-radiologic characteristic presentation of PI and to determine the prognostic factors for mortality. METHODS: Fifteen patients who were diagnosed with PI on CT between June 2000 and May 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Age, sex, location of PI, presence of portal vein gas, time to diagnosis, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classification, Acute Physiology And Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II), acidosis, shock, and other associated findings were analyzed for their association with outcome. RESULTS: Fifteen patients (7 males and 8 females, average age, 60.3 years) were diagnosed with PI. Mortality rate was 47% (7 patients). The mortality rate in patients with septic shock, APACHE II score (18), acidosis (pH<7.36) were all 100%, 87%, 100%, respectively (P<0.05). Age, sex, location of PI, portal vein gas, time to diagnosis, ASA classification, associated findings did not show statistical difference. CONCLUSION: Shock, APACHE II score (18) and acidosis were associated with high mortality in patients with PI. So, more intensive management and interest are recommended in patients with shock, APACHE II score (18), and acidosis due to PI.


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Female , Humans , Male , Acidosis , APACHE , Portal Vein , Retrospective Studies , Shock , Shock, Septic
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Journal of the Korean Society of Coloproctology ; : 143-149, 2009.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-159569

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PURPOSE: The present study was performed to assess the outcomes in patients with colonic perforation and to determine the prognostic factors for mortality. METHODS: The cases of 42 patients who underwent surgery for colonic perforation between March 1999 and September 2008 were retrospectively reviewed. Age, sex, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classification, presence of preoperative shock, duration of symptoms, cause of perforation, location of perforation, degree of peritonitis, and the Mannheim Peritonitis Index (MPI) score were analyzed for their association with early outcome by using univariate and multivariate analyses. RESULTS: Diverticulitis (46%, 19 patients) and colorectal cancer (36%, 15 patients) were the most common causes of noniatrogenic colonic perforation, and the sigmoid colon was the most common site of perforation (60%, 25 patients). The postoperative mortality was 21.4% (9 patients). The mortality in patients with preoperative shock, with a MPI score of more than 25, and with Hinchey stage III or IV peritonitis were 70.0%, 57.1%, and 53.3%, respectively (P<0.001). No statistical difference was observed in postoperative mortality with regard to age, sex, ASA classification, duration of symptoms, cause of perforation, and location of perforation. According to the multivariate analysis, preoperative shock proved to be the only significant prognostic factor for mortality (P=0.027) (odds ratio: 19.8, 95% confidence interval: 1.4-276.9). CONCLUSION: Preoperative shock, a MPI score of more than 25, and Hinchey stage III or IV peritonitis were associated with high postoperative mortality in patients with colonic perforation. Especially, more intensive management and interest are required for patient s with preoperative shock due to colonic perforation.


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Humans , Colon , Colon, Sigmoid , Colorectal Neoplasms , Diverticulitis , Multivariate Analysis , Peritonitis , Retrospective Studies , Shock
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Journal of the Korean Surgical Society ; : 448-451, 2008.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-54104

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Anorectal trauma associated with retained rectal foreign body is an infrequent clinical problem, but presents a challenge to physicians taking care of patients with this problem. We report a case of rectal foreign body (glass cup) extracted by laparotomy. A 49-year-old male with a history of alcoholism presented to the emergency room four days after inserting a glass cup into his rectum. He complained of vague anal pain and failure to pass flatus or stool for four days. He had attempted to extract the glass cup using various methods (digital, instrumental manipulation, enema), none of which was successful. Computed tomography revealed a glass cup lodged in the rectum, without complication. The patient was brought to the operating room, administered spinal anesthesia, and placed in lithotomy position after failure of extraction in the emergency room. Although the object was palpable, it could not be extracted either manually or by the use of forceps. We decided to perform an emergent laparotomy under general anesthesia. After the abdomen was opened, an attempt was made to milk the object toward the distal rectum. However, this proved to be impossible secondary to severe rectal mucosal edema. The glass cup was eventually extracted through performing a colotomy at the rectosigmoid junction, with primary repair. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful, and he was discharged on the eighth postoperative day.


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Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Abdomen , Alcoholism , Anesthesia, General , Anesthesia, Spinal , Edema , Emergencies , Flatulence , Foreign Bodies , Glass , Laparotomy , Milk , Operating Rooms , Rectum , Surgical Instruments
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Journal of the Korean Surgical Society ; : 109-115, 2008.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-203726

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PURPOSE: This article compares the results of various methods of inguinal hernia repair in adults. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 473 patients over 20 years of age who received an inguinal hernia repair procedure between January 2000 and June 2007. We analyzed the patients' clinical factors and outcomes, dividing them into five groups according to method of repair: Bassini group, Lichtenstein group, mesh plug group, Prolene Hernia System (PHS) group, and laparoscopic group. RESULTS: The mean number of used analgesics was significantly smaller in the PHS group than in other groups (P<0.05, PHS group: 0.46, Bassini group: 1.55, Lichtenstein group: 1.20, mesh plug group: 0.82, laparoscopic group: 1.44). The mean operation time was significantly shorter in the PHS group than in the other groups (P<0.05, PHS group: 45.18 min, Bassini group: 59.85 min, Lichtenstein group: 68.20 min, mesh plug group: 66.73 min, laparoscopic group: 83.33 min). Finally, the mean postoperative hospital staywas significantly shorter in the PHS group than in the other groups (P<0.05, PHS group: 2.93 day, Bassini group: 4.96 day, Lichtenstein group: 4.17 day, mesh plug group: 4.01 day, laparoscopic group: 5.11 day). Out of five groups, there was onecase of postoperative recurrence in the Bassini group. CONCLUSION: Mesh PHS operation is a more preferred method of inguinal hernia repair in adults because it offers a lower postoperative pain, shorter operation time, shorter postoperative hospital stay.


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Adult , Humans , Analgesics , Hernia , Hernia, Inguinal , Hydrogen-Ion Concentration , Length of Stay , Medical Records , Pain, Postoperative , Polypropylenes , Recurrence , Retrospective Studies
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Journal of the Korean Society of Coloproctology ; : 214-218, 2008.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-91546

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The case of sigmoid volvulus combined with a transomental hernia is reported. A 70-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with mild abdominal pain and distension. Although no signs of peritoneal irritation were apparent, a plain abdominal X-ray showed a markedly dilated loop of the sigmoid colon, and CT revealed a whirl pattern of the sigmoid mesentery. These findings suggested sigmoid volvulus. Colonoscopic reduction was attempted as an initial nonoperative treatment, and an urgent laparotomy was performed after the reduction failed. The sigmoid loop was herniated through the great omentum, with torsion in the clockwise direction. The colon was manually untwisted in the counter-clockwise direction, and the sigmoid loop was released by dividing the great omentum. During this one-stage operation, intraoperative colonic irrigation, sigmoid resection, and primary anastomosis were performed. The postoperative course was uneventful. Although sigmoid volvulus combined with a transomental hernia is rare, urgent surgical intervention is essential on failure of endoscopic reduction.


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Aged , Humans , Abdominal Pain , Colon , Colon, Sigmoid , Hernia , Intestinal Volvulus , Laparotomy , Mesentery , Omentum
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Journal of the Korean Society of Coloproctology ; : 492-496, 2008.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-222670

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Metastases from colorectal cancer can occur by either lymphatic or hematogenous spread, and the sites most commonly involved are the liver and lung. Although skeletal muscle comprises a considerable portion of body mass and receives abundant blood supply, it is one of the most unusual sites of metastasis from any malignancies. We report a case of skeletal muscle metastasis from colorectal cancer. An 83-year-old female patient presented with a painful mass in the right posterior thigh. She had already undergone low anterior resection and right lobectomy of liver for rectal cancer with liver metastasis (T2N1M1) about 4 years ago. Although a follow-up computed tomography scan showed a metastatic solitary pulmonary nodule in the left lobe 2 years after the primary operation, she refused further aggressive treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a localized mass in the semimembranosus muscle of the right thigh, and fine-needle aspiration cytology demonstrated clusters of atypical cells compatible with adenocarcinoma. The patient underwent excision of the painful mass located in the right semimembranosus muscle. Histologically, the thigh mass proved to be adenocarcinoma identical to the primary lesion. The patient died of heart failure on the 2nd postoperative day.


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Aged, 80 and over , Female , Humans , Adenocarcinoma , Biopsy, Fine-Needle , Colorectal Neoplasms , Follow-Up Studies , Heart Failure , Liver , Lung , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Muscle, Skeletal , Muscles , Neoplasm Metastasis , Rectal Neoplasms , Solitary Pulmonary Nodule , Thigh
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Korean Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition ; : 36-43, 2007.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-160087

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PURPOSE: The ultrasonography (USG) and computed tomography (CT) are popular diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children, but there are many debates about their clinical significance. The purpose of this study is to clarify the clinical significance of USG, CT and follow-up CT performed subsequently to USG, especially in perforated acute appendicitis in children. METHODS: We have reviewed 419 cases of surgically confirmed acute appendicitis in children under the age of sixteen, who had been treated in Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital from March 2002 to February 2006. All the clinical data including the results of USG and CT were collected and analyzed. RESULTS: Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of USG were 98.7%, 96.8%, 98.1%, 97.8% in non-perforation group and 90.8%, 100%, 100%, 81.9% in perforation group. Those of CT were 96.4%, 100%, 100%, 96.5% and 86.6%, 100%, 100%, 87.5% respectively. Those of follow-up CT after USG were 100%, 100%, 100%, 100% and 87.5%, 100%, 100%, 92.0% respectively. The duration of using antibiotics in seven patients showed positive correlation with the interval between two imaging studies (r=0.0472, p=0.019). There was no statistical significance of correlation when these imaging studies performed within 30 hours together. CONCLUSION: In most of the cases, single choice between USG and CT would be enough to diagnose the acute appendicitis in children. But, it may be helpful to perform CT as early as possible subsequently to USG when there is discrepancy between initial USG and clinical impression.


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Child , Humans , Anti-Bacterial Agents , Appendicitis , Diagnosis , Follow-Up Studies , Sensitivity and Specificity , Ultrasonography
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Journal of the Korean Society of Coloproctology ; : 441-447, 2007.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-63277

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PURPOSE: As average life expectancies are prolonged, the elderly population is steadily increasing. The increasing number of elderly persons has been accompanied by cases of acute appendicitis in the elderly. In order to understand the clinical significance and to improve the treatment of elderly patients with appendicitis. we analyzed patients over 60 years of age with appendicitis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 268 patients over 60 years of age who were pathologically diagnosed with appendicitis. We analyzed the patients' clinicopathologic factors and outcomes, dividing them into 3 age groups: 60~69, 70~79, 80 and over. RESULTS: Of the 268 patients, there were 109 male and 159 female. The sex ratio was 1:1.46. The numbers of patients in each group were 169 (63.1%) in the 60-69 group, 73 (27.2%) in the 70~79 group, and 26 (9.7%) in the over 80 group. There was no difference in the leukocyte count and the time delay in surgical treatment between the groups. In the older groups, compared to the younger groups, there were more frequent paramedian and median incisions in the operation (P=0.02), a longer duration of postoperative admission (P=0.001) and starvation after the operation (P<0.001). In the pathologic findings, the gangrenous and abscess stages of appendicitis were more frequent in the older groups than in the younger groups (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Early aggressive diagnostic intervention, such as ultrasound and CT, is essential in managing appendicitis in elderly patients who complain of vague abdominal pain.


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Aged , Female , Humans , Male , Abdominal Pain , Abscess , Appendicitis , Leukocyte Count , Life Expectancy , Medical Records , Retrospective Studies , Sex Ratio , Starvation , Ultrasonography
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Korean Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery ; : 37-41, 2006.
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-102638

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PURPOSE: A spontaneous rupture is a rare but life-threatening complication in patients with a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Whether this condition has any influence on the subsequent outcome following a resection is unclear. Therefore, the long-term results of liver resection were compared in patients with and without a tumor rupture. METHOD: This retrospective study was conducted on 17 patients with a spontaneous rupture of an HCC out of 256 with an HCC who underwent hepatic resection. RESULTS: Reduced hemoglobin and albumin, as well as increased leukocytosis, a poor Child Class, large tumor and portal vein tumor thrombosis were more frequent clinical findings in patients with a ruptured HCC. The postoperative complication and extrahepatic recurrence rates were similar between the two groups. The 1- and 3- year survival rates in the 17 patients with a ruptured HCC were 41.2 and 17.7%, respectively, while these were 80.3 and 48.3%, respectively, in the 239 patients without a rupture. However, when these patients were compared exclusively with the 8 patients with a corresponding AJCC/UICC 6th ed. TNM stage IIIB disease without a rupture (50 and 0%, respectively), no significant difference was found in the overall survival rates between the groups. CONCLUSION: The surgical outcomes of stage matched patients with and without a ruptured HCC were similar.


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Child , Humans , Carcinoma, Hepatocellular , Leukocytosis , Liver , Portal Vein , Postoperative Complications , Prognosis , Recurrence , Retrospective Studies , Rupture , Rupture, Spontaneous , Survival Rate , Thrombosis
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