The New Paradigm for the Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis
Rainer W.G. Gruessner
Article Type: Opinion | First Published: March 10, 2015
Effective treatment of chronic pancreatitis remains one of the greatest surgical challenges to date. Th incidence of chronic pancreatitis ranges from 3 to 10 cases per 100,000 populations per year worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 50,000 hospitalizations per year are caused by this disease. Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammatory process, progressive and irreversible in nature that eventually leads to complete destruction of pancreatic parenchyma and ductal structures....
QOL of the Patients with Lymph Edema: Evaluation of Japanese Patients using SF-36
Makoto Hikosaka, Fumio Onishi, Masayoshi Takayama, Eri Konno and Kazuo Kishi
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 27, 2015
Purpose: This cross-sectional study aimed at evaluating the health related quality of life (QOL) of Japanese patients with lymphedema. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted. Twenty-seven patients with lymphedema of the upper or lower limb(s) who presented the two institutions between January and December 2010 completed the Short Form 36 (SF-36: a generic health-related QOL measure)....
Why Does Diverticulitis Perforate?
Wolfgang B. Gaertner
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: February 04, 2015
Diverticular disease is a common entity in the western world with an increasing incidence globally. This probably reflects both an increase in detection and an ageing population. The pathophysiology of diverticular disease is likely multifactorial involving dietary habits, changes in colonic pressures and motility, and colon wall structural changes. Not only has the understanding of the natural history of the disease become more complex than previously believed but the treatment algorithms have ...