SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women undergoing mastectomy and breast reconstruction for the treatment of breast cancer are more likely to develop perioperative complications if they opt for prophylactic mastectomy of the other breast at the same time, a study of 18,229 cases found.
Older, postmenopausal women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and abnormal baseline tests were most likely to have occult cancers at risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy, investigators reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients awaiting kidney transplantation are more likely to die from any cause and specifically from cardiovascular causes if they have greater immune sensitization as assessed from panel-reactive antibodies, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the 2014 World Transplant Congress.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The practice of preferentially using left instead of right kidneys in living donor kidney transplantation may no longer be justified in the era of contemporary laparoscopic surgery, suggests a national study reported at the 2014 World Transplant Congress.
SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The type of liver graft used in transplantation plays a large role in early development of new-onset diabetes, according to a retrospective study of 430 patients from the United Kingdom.
Sleeve gastrectomy appears to be replacing other types of bariatric surgery in Michigan, even among subgroups of patients in whom its use is controversial, according to a Research Letter to the Editor published in the Sept. 3 issue of JAMA.
The use of bilateral mastectomy has increased significantly in California, but the results from an observational cohort study show it achieves similar mortality reductions to breast-conserving surgery plus radiation, while unilateral mastectomy is associated with higher mortality.