In Brief| Volume 144, ISSUE 1, PA1-A4, July 2008



        Natural orifices translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)— Who should perform it?
        Emmanouil Zacharakis, MD, PhD, Sanjay Purkayastha, BSc, MBBS, MRCS, Julian Teare, MD, FRCP, Guang-Zhong Yang, PhD, and Ara Darzi, KBE, HonFREng, FMedSci, London, UK

        Original Communications

        A 10-year analysis of venous thromboembolism on the surgical service: The effect of practice guidelines for prophylaxis
        Steven R. Shackford, MD, FACS, Frederick B. Rogers, MD, FACS, Christopher M. Terrien, MD, Patricia Bouchard, BSN, John Ratliff, JD, and Rebecca Zubis, Burlington, Vermont
        Clinimetric properties of 3 instruments measuring postoperative recovery in a gynecologic surgical population
        Kirsten B. Kluivers, MD, Jan C. M. Hendriks, PhD, Ben W. J. Mol, MD, PhD, Marlies Y. Bongers, MD, PhD, Mark E. Vierhout, MD, PhD, Hans A. M. Brölmann, MD, PhD, and Henrica C. W. de Vet, PhD, Veldhoven, Nijmegen, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands
        Biliary drainage attenuates postischemic reperfusion injury in the cholestatic rat liver
        J. J. Kloek, MD, H. A. Marsman, MD, A. K. van Vliet, PhD, D. J. Gouma, MD, and T. M. van Gulik, MD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
        Feasibility of laparoscopic liver resection for tumors located in the posterosuperior segments of the liver, with a special reference to overcoming current limitations on tumor location
        Jai Young Cho, MD, PhD, Ho-Seong Han, MD, PhD, Yoo-Seok Yoon, MD, PhD, and Sang-Hyun Shin, MD, Seoul, Korea
        Real-time intraoperative assessment of the extrahepatic bile ducts in rats and pigs using invisible near-infrared fluorescent light
        Eiichi Tanaka, MD, PhD, Hak Soo Choi, PhD, Valerie Humblet, PhD, Shunsuke Ohnishi, MD, PhD, Rita G. Laurence, BS, and John V. Frangioni, MD, PhD, Boston, Massachusetts, and Sapporo and Osaka, Japan
        A polyamine analog bismethylspermine ameliorates severe pancreatitis induced by intraductal infusion of taurodeoxycholate
        Hai-Tao Jin, MD, Teemu Lämsä, BM, Mervi T. Hyvönen, MSc, Juhani Sand, MD, PhD, Sari Räty, MD, PhD, Nikolay Grigorenko, PhD, Alex R. Khomutov, PhD, Karl-Heinz Herzig, MD, PhD, Leena Alhonen, MD, PhD, and Isto Nordback, MD, PhD, Tampere and Kuopio, Finland and Moscow, Russia
        Mononuclear cell-derived interleukin-1 beta confers chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer cells by upregulation of cyclooxygenase-2
        Eliane Angst, MD, Howard A. Reber, MD, Oscar J. Hines, MD, and Guido Eibl, MD, Los Angeles, Calif, and Berne, Switzerland
        Both tissue-type plasminogen activator and urokinase prevent intraabdominal abscess formation after surgical treatment of peritonitis in the rat
        O. R. Buyne, MD, H. van Goor, MD, PhD, R. P. Bleichrodt, MD, PhD, P. E. Verweij, MD, PhD, and T. Hendriks, PhD, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
        Factors Contributing to Negative Parathyroid Localization: An Analysis of 1000 patients
        Eren Berber, MD, Rikesh T. Parikh, MD, Naveen Ballem, MD, Carolyn N. Garner, MD, Mira Milas, MD, and Allan E. Siperstein, MD, Cleveland, Ohio
        A pathologic re-review of follicular thyroid neoplasms: The impact of changing the threshold for the diagnosis of the follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma
        Sandy Widder, MD, FRCSC, Kelly Guggisberg, MD, Moosa Khalil, MBBCh, FRCPC, and Janice L. Pasieka, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
        The role of G proteins in thromospondin-1–induced vascular smooth muscle cell migration
        Shoichi Fuse, MD, Nowokere Esemuede, MD, Miho Yamaguchi, MS, Kristopher G. Maier, PhD, Susan M. Nesselroth, MD, Bauer E. Sumpio, MD, PhD, and Vivian Gahtan, MD, New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and Syracuse, NY

        Brief Clinical Report

        Use of banked cryopreserved veins from explanted recipient livers in living donor liver transplantation
        Rahul Kakodkar, MS, DNB, Samiran Nundy, MS, FRCS, and Arvinder Singh Soin, MA, FRCS, New Delhi, India

        Invited Commentaries

        Approaching process improvement from a human factors perspective: seeking leverage from a systems approach
        Thoralf M. Sundt, MD, Sarah E. Henrickson, MA, and Robert R. Cima, MD, Rochester, Minnesota
        Changing the diagnosis with retrospective review: A consideration of ethical issues
        Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, and Ira Kodner, MD, Chicago, Ill, St Louis, Mo

        Images in Surgery

        A rapidly increasing abdominal girth in a young patient: MDCT findings of Budd-Chiari syndrome
        Sabri Yilmaz, MD, Ensar Yekeler, MD, Ayaz Agayev, MD, Binnur Pinarbasi, MD, Huseyin Bakkaloglu, MD, and Bulent Acunas, MD, Istanbul, Turkey
        Iatrogenic sigmoid perforation by aortobifemoral left graft limb
        Massimiliano M. Marrocco-Trischitta, MD, Enrico M. Marone, MD, Andrea Kahlberg, MD, Yamume Tshomba, MD, Francesco Setacci, MD, and Roberto Chiesa, MD, Milan, Italy

        Letter to the Editor

        Portal vein reconstruction using explanted recipient's native right hepatic vein
        Hirotaka Tashiro, MD, Toshiyuki Itamoto, MD, Hironobu Amano, MD, Akihiko Oshita, MD, Hideki Ohdan, MD, and Toshimasa Asahara, MD, Hiroshima, Japan


        The I.V. League (cartoon)
        Walter J. Pories, MD, Greenville, NC

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