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    ABSTRACT: Umbilical herniorrhaphy in cirrhotic patients with ascites is associated with a significant morbidity, recurrence rate, and mortality and therefore is often managed expectantly. Operative repair is indicated if an ascites leak or infection develops. Surgeons must consider the management of postoperative ascites to reduce recurrence rates and complications. We present a unique method using temporary peritoneal dialysis catheter placement (PD). Eight patients with moderate to massive ascites underwent umbilical herniorrhaphy with concomitant peritoneal dialysis placement. Patients have been followed for 8 to 30 months. All patients had successful repair of their hernia with 1 recurrence at 6 months and 1 late death (14 months). Patients were able to effectively control ascites using the PD catheter at home. There were no postoperative infections. The placement of a temporary PD catheter during umbilical herniorrhaphy provides a method for effective control of ascites in patients with cirrhosis. The technique has several advantages including outpatient management during the postoperative period and for easy removal of the catheter when no longer needed.
    The American surgeon 02/2005; 71(1):58-61. · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Interstitial pneumonia in a transplant patient can have a varied etiology. Sirolimus (Rapamycin; Rapamune) is a popularly used immunosuppressant in solid organ transplantation that has anecdotally been associated with pulmonary toxicity. Sirolimus-induced pulmonary toxicity consists of a range of syndromes that is characterized by the presence of organizing pneumonia, interstitial pneumonitis, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, focal fibrosis, or by the presence of alveolar hemorrhage. Diagnosis can be challenging and is usually made by exclusion of other etiologies. In this report we present two cases of sirolimus-associated pulmonary toxicity with a review of the literature.
    The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society 161(3):166, 168-72.