Implementing a systematic bundle of prevention strategies reduced the absolute rate of superficial surgical site infections after colorectal surgery by 14% at one institution.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Monitoring plasma vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) may help identify pediatric heart transplant patients who are at increased risk for poor outcomes, according to a study reported at the 2014 World Transplant Congress.
Open breast biopsy accounted for 34% of breast biopsies in 25,965 U.S. inpatients between 2008 and 2010, a retrospective study found.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The indication for liver transplant, the selection of immunosuppression therapy, and smoking status influence the long-term risk of new solid organ malignancies after liver transplantation, Dr. Sebastian Rademacher reported at the 2014 World Transplant Congress.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Use of an everolimus-containing regimen with early stopping of cyclosporine after de novo heart transplantation improves renal function and reduces cardiac allograft vasculopathy, without compromising graft outcomes, new data suggest.
Adenotonsillectomy and CPAP achieve similar improvements in apnea-hypopnea index among children with obstructive sleep apnea and Down syndrome or mucopolysaccharidoses, although the benefits from continuous positive airway pressure are more immediate, researchers said.
BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Central lymph node dissection may not be necessary in patients with small parathyroid carcinomas, results of a data review suggest.
The overall rate of cholecystectomy after weight loss surgery is low, but it is more likely to occur among patients who experience excessive weight loss following their procedure and those who undergo laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Infection with hepatitis C virus is a risk factor for poor outcomes after kidney transplantation, but infection with human immunodeficiency virus is not, finds a cohort study reported at the 2014 World Transplant Congress.