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Anthony L. Zietman

Cureus ◽  
2021 ◽  
Kelsey A Rankin ◽  
Adam M Lukasiewicz ◽  
Maia Ou ◽  
Theodore Zaki ◽  
David Molho ◽  

2021 ◽  
Vol 10 (19) ◽  
pp. 4614
Eisuke Booka ◽  
Hirotoshi Kikuchi ◽  
Yoshihiro Hiramatsu ◽  
Hiroya Takeuchi

Despite advances in the perioperative management of esophagectomy, it is still a highly invasive procedure for esophageal cancer and is associated with severe postoperative complications. The two major postoperative infectious complications after esophagectomy are pulmonary complications and anastomotic leakage. We previously reported that postoperative infectious complications after esophagectomy adversely affect long-term survival significantly in a single institution and meta-analysis. Additionally, we reviewed the mechanisms of proinflammatory cytokines, such as C-X-C motif ligand 8 (CXCL8) and its cognate receptor, C-X-C chemokine receptor 2 (CXCR2), in contributing to tumorigenesis and tumor progression. Moreover, we previously reported that introducing minimally invasive esophagectomy, including robot assistance, laparoscopic gastric mobilization, and multidisciplinary team management, significantly reduced postoperative infectious complications after esophagectomy. Further, this review also suggests future treatment strategies for esophageal cancer, considering the adverse effect of postoperative infectious complications after esophagectomy.

Luis Gerardo Rodríguez‐Lobato ◽  
Arturo Pereira ◽  
Carlos Fernández de Larrea ◽  
Maria Teresa Cibeira ◽  
Natalia Tovar ◽  

Nadia Bianco ◽  
Monica Milano ◽  
Eleonora Pagan ◽  
Chiara Oriecuia ◽  
Vincenzo Bagnardi ◽  

Andrew Tran ◽  
David Reiter ◽  
Philip Kin-Wai Wong ◽  
Jan Fritz ◽  
Anna R. Cruz ◽  

2021 ◽  
pp. ijgc-2021-002913
Anna Beavis ◽  
Omar Najjar ◽  
Tricia Murdock ◽  
Ashley Abing ◽  
Amanda Fader ◽  

ObjectivePlasma energy ablation vaporizes tissues similar to carbon dioxide laser ablation, but is not hindered by the unique hazards and regulation of laser technology. We aimed to evaluate the complication rate and effectiveness of plasma versus laser ablation in the treatment of vulvovaginal high-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions (HSIL).MethodsWe performed a retrospective cohort study of women treated with plasma or carbon dioxide laser ablation for histologically proven HSIL of the vulva or vagina from January 2014 to October 2019 at a single institution. Demographic factors, surgical characteristics, and complications were compared by ablation type using Fisher’s exact tests. Recurrence-free survival was evaluated by ablation type using Kaplan–Meier curves, weighted log-rank tests, and Cox proportional hazards ratio estimates.ResultsForty-two women were included; 50% underwent plasma and 50% underwent carbon dioxide laser ablation. Demographic factors were similar between the groups. 50% (n=21) were immunosuppressed, 45.2% (n=19) had prior vulvovaginal HSIL treatment, and 35.7% (n=15) were current smokers. Most women (n=25, 59.5%) were treated for vulvar HSIL, 38.1% (n=16) for vaginal HSIL. Complication rates did not differ by treatment: 9.5% (n=2) for laser ablation versus 4.8% (n=1) for plasma ablation (p=1.0). Over a median follow-up time of 29.3 months (IQR 11.0–45.0 months), recurrence rates were similar: 28.6% in the laser ablation group versus 33.3% in the plasma ablation group (weighted log rank p=0.43; 24-month HR 0.54, 95% CI 0.15 to 2.01).ConclusionPlasma energy ablation of vulvovaginal HSIL has similar complication rates and recurrence risk to carbon dioxide laser ablation. This technique could be considered as an alternative treatment modality for vulvovaginal HSIL and warrants further investigation.

2021 ◽  
pp. 197140092110490
Stavros Matsoukas ◽  
Devin Bageac ◽  
Kurt Yaeger ◽  
Alejandro Berenstein ◽  
Johanna T Fifi ◽  

Background Achieving distal access and flow control are of significant importance for the treatment of intracerebral arteriovenous shunting lesions. The Scepter Mini catheter is a low-profile, dual-lumen balloon catheter, designed to provide navigability in small-caliber, tortuous intracranial vessels. Objective To describe the initial experience of the Scepter Mini catheter in the treatment of pediatric arteriovenous malformations and fistulas. Methods A single-institution, retrospective chart review identified all consecutive uses of the Scepter Mini catheter for endovascular embolization of vascular malformations in the pediatric population. Results Three different arterial pedicles were embolized with the Scepter Mini catheter in two different patients. One patient was diagnosed with a vein of Galen malformation that had undergone multiple treatments and the other with a torcular dural arteriovenous fistula. All cases encompassed quite challenging tortuosity of small-caliber feeders which prevented the use of another microcatheter. The Scepter Mini catheter navigated into feeding arteries of diameters 0.65, 1.9, and 1.25 mm, and its balloon was inflated to achieve excellent blood flow control. Total obliteration (100%) of the shunting lesion was achieved in both cases. No reflux, pedicle rupture or other untoward effects were observed. Both patients had an uneventful recovery. Conclusion The Scepter Mini catheter afforded fast and safe distal access, flow control, and treatment of arteriovenous malformations in this initial pediatric cohort. The catheter’s low profile and easy navigability should support its use in tortuous and small arterial feeders, especially in the pediatric population.

2021 ◽  
pp. 109352662110469
Caroline T Simon ◽  
Jonathan B McHugh ◽  
Raja Rabah ◽  
Amer Heider

Secretory carcinoma (SC), previously known as mammary analogue secretory carcinoma, is a rare salivary gland neoplasm that typically presents as a slow-growing painless lesion in the head and neck. SC occurs mainly in adults but has been described in children with the youngest reported patient diagnosed at five years of age. In children the gender distribution has been reported as female to male ratio of 1:1.2. SC is generally considered a low-grade malignancy with characteristic morphological features and immunological profile. SC also harbors ETV6-NTRK3 fusion (t(12;15)(p13:q25)). Surgical resection with or without lymph node dissection is the standard treatment, with generally favorable clinical outcomes. Here we present a single institution case series of six patients (ages 9-21) with SC and a review of the previously described pediatric cases. Our small series showed male predominance in pediatric patients with predominantly low-grade and stage tumors. All cases underwent complete surgical resections and when follow up is available there was no evidence of recurrences or metastases. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only SC case series comprised exclusively of pediatric and youth patients.

Carlos Eduardo Correia ◽  
Yoshie Umemura ◽  
Jessica R Flynn ◽  
Anne S Reiner ◽  
Edward K Avila

Abstract Purpose Many low-grade gliomas (LGG) harbor isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutations. Although IDH mutation is known to be epileptogenic, the rate of refractory seizures in LGG with IDH mutation vs wild-type had not been previously compared. We therefore compared seizure pharmacoresistance in IDH-mutated and wild-type LGGs. Methods Single-institution retrospective study of patients with histologic proven LGG, known IDH mutation status, seizures, and ≥ 2 neurology clinic encounters. Seizure history was followed until histological high-grade transformation or death. Seizures requiring ≥ 2 changes in anti-epileptic drugs were considered pharmacoresistant. Incidence rates of pharmacoresistant seizures were estimated using competing risks methodology. Results Of 135 patients, 25 patients (19%) had LGGs classified as IDH wild-type. Of those with IDH mutation, 104 (94.5%) were IDH1 R132H; only six were IDH2 R172K. 120 patients (89%) had tumor resection and 14 (10%) had biopsy. Initial post-surgical management included observation (64%), concurrent chemoradiation (23%), chemotherapy alone (9%), and radiotherapy alone (4%). Seizures became pharmacoresistant in 24 IDH-mutated patients (22%) and in 3 IDH wild-type patients (12%). The 4-year cumulative incidence of intractable seizures was 17.6% (95% CI: 10.6%-25.9%) in IDH-mutated and 11% (95% CI: 1.3%-32.6%) in IDH wild-type LGG (Gray’s P-value= 0.26). Conclusions 22% of the IDH-mutated patients developed pharmacoresistant seizures, compared to 12% of the IDH wild-type tumors.The likelihood of developing pharmacoresistant seizures in patients with LGG-related epilepsy is independent to IDH mutation status, however, IDH-mutated tumors were approximately twice as likely to experience LGG-related pharmacoresistant seizures.

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