Baruch Shpitz

Tel Aviv University, Tell Afif, Tel Aviv, Israel

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    ABSTRACT: Clinical data and animal models support an association between postoperative inflammatory response and the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence. Our aim was to evaluate postoperative peritoneal inflammation and its impact on cultured colon cancer cells’ migration capacity. Methods. 23 patients undergoing elective colorectal resection with uneventful recovery were prospectively enrolled. Patients were operated on for both malignant and benign etiologies. Peritoneal fluids collected at surgery initiation and after surgery were evaluated for their effect on migration potential of human colon cancer cells using an in vitro scratch assay and on TNF- α , IL-1 β , IL-6, and IL-10 levels using bead-based fluorokine-linked multianalyte profiling. Results. Postoperative peritoneal fluid from all patients increased the migration capacity of colon cancer cells compared to preoperative levels. This effect was significant during the first two postoperative days and decreased thereafter. The increase in colon cancer cell migration capacity correlated with increased levels of peritoneal TNF- α and IL-10. Conclusion. In this pilot study, we have demonstrated that the intraperitoneal environment following colorectal resection significantly enhances colon cancer cells migration capacity. This effect is associated with postoperative intra-abdominal cytokines level. A larger scale study in colorectal cancer patients is needed in order to correlate these findings with perioperative parameters and clinical outcome.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2016 · Gastroenterology Research and Practice
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    No preview · Article · Dec 2015
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    ABSTRACT: Epiphrenic diverticulum of the esophagus is an uncommon finding. Small diverticula are usually asymptomatic in nature. Large diverticula may present with dysphagia, chest or upper abdominal discomfort, vomiting, irritating cough or halitosis. There are a few different surgical approaches to epiphrenic diverticulum resection. It can be performed with an abdominal or a thoracic approach and in an open or a laparoscopic manner. In this case report we present a 70 years old male patient with a giant epiphrenic diverticulum and dysphagia. The patient was operated upon via a laparoscopic abdominal approach with intra-operative endoscopic assistance and underwent a diverticulum resection. We present a review of the different kinds of esophageal diverticula, the mechanism of their formation, and the surgical considerations associated with choosing the appropriate surgical approach.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Harefuah

  • No preview · Article · May 2015 · The Israel Medical Association journal: IMAJ
  • R Ghinea · I White · B Benjamin · D Kidron · B Shpitz · S Avital
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction Extralevator abdominoperineal resection (ELAPR) for low rectal cancers has shown superior oncological results compared with conventional abdominoperineal resection (APR) with less circumferential margin (CRM) involvement, less intraoperative bowel perforation and a lower local recurrence rate [1].There is currently no standardized technique for ELAPR. Different related aspects such as the use of laparoscopy, the extent of pelvic dissection, the method of pelvic floor reconstruction or the application of a parastomal prophylactic mesh may be considered.Laparoscopic dissection may consist of limited pelvic dissection [2] or more extensive dissection including laparoscopic transabdominal levator transection [3].Closure of the large perineal defect is challenging and may be approached by several methods [4], and the high risk of a future parastomal hernia may justify the use of a prophylactic parastomal mesh [5].We present here our laparoscopic-assisted ELAPR approach. Our fin ...
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Techniques in Coloproctology
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Peritoneal carcinoembryonic antigen (pCEA) levels in the early postoperative period following a curative resection of colorectal cancer (CRC) have not been previously studied. Methods: Postoperative peritoneal fluids of 36 CRC patients followed by 24 benign colonic disease patients were evaluated for CEA levels and tumor cell presence. Serum CEA levels were also evaluated prior and after surgery. Results: Although high postoperative pCEA levels were observed in some benign patients, more CRC patients exhibited significant elevation of postoperative pCEA (>5 ng/ml) compared to benign patients (50% vs. 23%, P = 0.039). Postoperative median pCEA levels of CRC patients were significantly higher compared to benign patients (5.4 vs. 2 ng/ml, P = 0.011). Specifically, pCEA levels in CRC patients were significantly elevated when measured during the first 24 hr after surgery. Postoperative pCEA levels were associated with colon tumor location compared to rectal location. However, no correlation was found with known risk factors for cancer recurrence or with serum CEA levels. Conclusions: Postoperative pCEA levels may be significantly elevated following a curative resection for CRC. Its significance within patient's prognostic evaluation remains to be studied. Inclusion of patient's follow-up data may reveal the significance of elevated pCEA levels following CRC resection.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Journal of Surgical Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is one of the established methods for the management of patients with end-stage renal failure. Laparoscopy has been used to assist in the insertion of new catheters as well as for the salvage of malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheters (PDC). The purpose of this retrospective study was to review our experience in the utilization of laparoscopy for the management of PDC. We reviewed the charts of all consecutive patients who had undergone either a ap-assisted insertion of a PDC utilizing a modified peritoneoscopic Y-TEC [Medigroup, Inc, Oswego, Ill) technique (YT) under direct laparoscopic vision or laparoscopic-assisted procedures for the salvage of a malfunctioning PD catheter. Twenty nine patients had undergone 43 procedures that included the insertion of a new PD catheter using the modified YT technique, YT with simultaneous adhesiolysis and omentectomy; YT with repair of an epigastric hernia, omentectomy, adhesiolysis and repositioning of PDC; and ravage and repositioning of the obstructed PD catheter in all patients who needed repositioning of the catheter, the PDC was fixed with an intraperitoneal suture to the lower anterior abdominal wall. Postoperatively, malfunction of the catheter was found in one patient due to reclotting of PDC caused by oozing as a result of extensive adhesiolysis. One patient needed emergent laparotomy due to small bowel perforation that was missed during a difficult laparoscopic adhesiolysis. Laparoscopic surgery may be helpfuL for the diagnosis and the management of a malfunctioning PDC. A modified YT technique is safe and may be one of the alternative methods for the placement of a PDC.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2011 · Harefuah
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Coltect is a novel dietary supplement containing curcumin, green tea and selenomethionine. Previous reports have suggested that these agents can prevent colorectal cancer (CRC). The present study examined the chemopreventive effect of Coltect alone or combined with 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) using the 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) model in rats.Methods: The effect of Coltect was examined on HT-29 CRC cells by growth inhibition assay. Apoptosis was determined by annexin V-FITC/PI staining. Male rats were injected with DMH in vivo and treated with Coltect 150 mg/kg, 5-ASA 50 mg/kg or their combination, by oral gavage. Aberrant crypt foci (ACF) were identified by methylene blue staining.Results: HT-29 cells exhibited a dose-dependent response to Coltect. Part of the growth inhibition can be explained by the induction of mild-moderate apoptosis in cancer cells (28%) compared with the untreated cells (10%). In the in vivo model, the average number of ACF was divided into small (1-3 crypts) or large (≥4 crypts). The Coltect compound reduced the number of small and large ACF similarly to 5-ASA (40% reduction). This reduction was amplified by combining the two agents (70% reduction).Conclusion: Coltect inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells, induces apoptosis and inhibits ACF development. Furthermore, it augments the growth inhibitory effect of 5-ASA in vivo. This may be clinically important since this safe dietary supplement-drug combination can be administered as a chemopreventive regimen for the treatment of CRC.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2010 · Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
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    ABSTRACT: The use of sulindac sulfone (SFN) for colorectal cancer (CRC) therapy is limited due to its toxicity. The present study was carried out to examine whether curcumin, a novel chemopreventive agent, can potentiate the effects of low dosages of SFN in CRC treatment. HT-29 CRC cells were exposed to SFN (200 - 400 microM), curcumin (5 - 10 microM) or their combination. The cytotoxic effects of the drugs were evaluated using growth inhibition assays. Annexin V/PI and cell cycle analysis were employed to study the mechanism of action of the drugs. The therapeutic efficacy of the drugs in vivo was examined using the aberrant crypt foci (ACF) model. The treatment groups included eight rats/group. Treatment of cells with curcumin and SFN resulted in a synergistic inhibitory effect of 50 - 90% (p < 0.005) on cell growth. Growth inhibition was associated with inhibition of proliferation, G2/M arrest and induction of apoptosis. Administration of curcumin (0.6%) and SFN (0.06%) to 1, 2-dimethylhydrazine treated rats significantly reduced (by 75%, p < 0.01) the number of ACF. Curcumin augments the therapeutic effects of SFN. This may be clinically important since the addition of curcumin to low dosages of SFN may encourage a safer and potent combinatorial treatment regimen for CRC.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2010 · Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
  • D Neufeld · B Shpitz · N Bugaev · M Grankin · J Bernheim · E Klein · Y Ziv
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    ABSTRACT: The study was conducted to investigate the differences in clinical-pathological, ethnic, and demographic presentations and the expression of mismatch repair proteins in a cohort of young-onset (</=50 years) versus late-onset Israeli patients (>50 years) with colorectal cancer. Clinical, demographic, and histopathological data of patients with colorectal cancer were collected retrospectively from medical records and pathology reports. Ninety patients, 50 years of age or younger with a mean age of 42 years were compared with a group of 190 patients above 50 years of 50 (see Table 1). Sixty percent of the young-onset patients were females, compared to 40% in the older age group (P = 0.02). Twenty-one percent of the young-onset patients were Arabs as compared to 2% of older-onset patients (P = 0.001). Younger patients displayed a higher percentage of mucinous cancers and a higher percentage of diagnosis at an advanced stage of disease; 40% of young-onset versus 31% of older-onset patients presented Duke's stages C and D (P = 0.02). Younger age of onset colorectal cancer in our cohort of Israeli patients is associated with higher percentage of Arab patients, mucinous cancers, female gender, and advanced stage at diagnosis.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2009 · Techniques in Coloproctology

  • No preview · Article · May 2009 · Gastroenterology
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    ABSTRACT: Benign colonic polyps not amenable to colonoscopic resection or those containing carcinoma require surgical excision. Traditionally, formal colectomy with clearance of the lymphatic basin has been performed. The aim of this study was to review our experience with the laparoscopic approach for retrieval of colonic polyps with specific emphasis on safety, feasibility, and tumor localization. Retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy for colonic polyps was performed. Initial colonoscopic biopsies were compared with the postoperative pathology report of the resected specimen. Forty-nine patients (22 males, 27 males, mean age 66 years) underwent laparoscopic colectomy for colonic polyps. Indications for surgery were presumably benign polyps in 38 patients, and superficial carcinoma in a polyp, diagnosed by colonoscopy, in 11; twenty-three patients underwent preoperative localization procedures. In 19% of patients who did not have preoperative localization, difficulties locating the polyp were encountered during surgery, requiring intraoperative endoscopy or conversion to laparotomy. In 7 of the 38 patients with presumably benign lesion, colon cancer was diagnosed in the colectomy specimen. None of the 18 patients who had cancerous lesions had any positive lymph nodes. Laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of colonic polyps seems to be feasible and safe, with a low complication rate. Tumor localization is crucial for adequate resection. Although one-fifth of presumably benign polyps harbored cancer, none of these patients had positive lymph nodes. These preliminary results may question the need for radical lymph node clearance in these patients.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2009 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to determine whether there is a correlation between the length of the sigmoid colon removed and the number of harvested lymph nodes (LNs). Pathology charts of 137 sigmoid resections that were done over a 5-year period were reviewed. The length of removed sigmoid specimen reported in the pathology reports was correlated with the number of LNs retrieved from the specimen. The mean and median numbers of retrieved LNs were 9 and 10, respectively. There was an increase in the number of retrieved LNs with increasing length of resected sigmoid colon. For Dukes' B patients, the average length of the resected specimen was 15.1 cm for those with < 12 LNs and 20.3 cm for those with > 12 LNs (P = 0.01). Our data suggest that the surgeon may play an important role in determining the extent of LN harvesting during large bowel resection for cancer.
    No preview · Article · May 2007 · International surgery
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    ABSTRACT: Multiple studies have indicated that specific COX-2 inhibitors may prevent CRC. However, the long-term use of COX-2 inhibitors is not toxicity-free and may be limited due to its cardiovascular side effects. The present study was carried out to examine the chemopreventive effects of celecoxib and curcumin alone and in combination using the 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) rat model. Male rats were injected with DMH and randomly divided into four groups that consumed one of the following diets: (a) AIN-076 control diet; (b) AIN-076/curcumin (0.6%); (c) AIN-076/celecoxib (0.16%), or (d) AIN-076/celecoxib (0.16%) and curcumin (0.6%). Aberrant crypt foci (ACF) were identified by intensive staining with methylene blue in comparison to the surrounding normal crypts. The average number of ACF per rat colon was 64.2 +/- 3 in the control group, 39 +/- 5 and 47 +/- 10 for the curcumin- and celecoxib-treated group, respectively, and 24.5 +/- 6 in the group that had received both agents. In vivo, curcumin augments the growth inhibitory effect of celecoxib. This may be clinically important as this dose of celecoxib can be achieved in human serum following standard anti-inflammatory dosing of 100 mg.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2006 · Digestion
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    ABSTRACT: Colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence in the Israeli population is higher in the Jewish population than among Arabs. To determine the differences in demographic, clinical, histopathological and molecular characteristics of CRC between these two ethnic groups, 125 Arab patients treated at 3 community hospitals over a 20-year period were compared to a group of 208 consecutive Jewish patients. The mutator (replication error-positive [RER]) phenotype was detected by immunohistochemical evaluation of hMLH1 and hMSH2 protein expression in tumor tissue. The Arab patients were younger than the Jewish patients with a higher percentage of poorly-differentiated and mucinous cancers and a higher percentage of advanced stage cancers (Dukes' C+D) at presentation. The mutator phenotype was detected at similar rates in both ethnic groups. Our study demonstrated that CRC patients from two major ethnic populations in Israel, Arabs and Jews, differed in terms of the prevalence of the disease, pathological features and age at presentation, but not in frequency of mismatch-repair-positive cancers.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2006 · Anticancer research
  • Baruch Shpitz · Petachia Reissman · Michael Rabau · Yehiel Ziv
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    ABSTRACT: The approach to perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis, bowel preparation, and postoperative routines in elective colorectal resections has changed over the last two decades. The aim of this national survey was to document the current methods of perioperative management of those patients scheduled for elective colorectal resections in surgical departments in Israel. A mail and telephone survey of surgical departments was conducted in 2001 in order to evaluate the routines of perioperative management of elective colorectal resections. Re-evaluation was performed in 2004. In 2001, all but one of the responders used low-residue diet preoperatively and combined oral and parenteral antibiotic prophylaxis. Polyethylene glycol or sodium phosphate bowel preparation was used by 69% of the responders. The most common oral regimens were a combination of neomycin plus metronidazole (43.5%) or neomycin plus erythromycin (47.8%). The most common parenteral regimens used were gentamicin plus metronidazole or gentamicin plus metronidazole plus ampicillin (56.5% and 17% of the responders, respectively). Cephalosporins alone or in combination were used in three departments. In 17 departments (74%), parenteral prophylactic antibiotics were continued for 24 h or longer (up to 72 h). All but one of the departments left a nasogastric tube for 1-5 days after surgery. There were substantial changes over the last three years-that is, less use of preoperative restriction diets, shorter duration of perioperative antibiotic coverage, more common use of cephalosporins, switch to sodium dihydrogen and sodium hydrogen phosphate bowel preparation, shorter use of postoperative nasogastric drainage, and faster resumption of peroral fluids. In 2001, the majority of surgical departments in Israel used a conservative approach to perioperative management of patients undergoing elective colorectal resections. Significant changes occurred during the last three years. The perioperative routines used today in most general surgery departments in Israel comply with current recommendations.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2005 · Surgical Infections
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    ABSTRACT: Minimally invasive laparoscopic total extraperitoneal (LTEP) repair of bilateral and/or recurrent groin hernias has been popularized as one of the procedures of choice in the past decade. The early postoperative course is uneventful in most cases. A few patients, however, will develop temporary postoperative groin swelling. The aim of our study was to evaluate clinical and sonographic findings in the groin during the early postoperative period following LTEP. One hundred and five consecutive patients with primary bilateral (n = 90), recurrent unilateral (n = 12), and primary unilateral (n =3) groin hernias operated on during an 18-month period underwent clinical and sonographic examination two to three weeks after LTEP. On clinical examination, a localized groin swelling was found in 21 patients (20%). The most frequent sonographic findings were localized groin collections compatible with seroma or hematoma, found in 35 patients (33%). Hypoechoic diffuse tissue swelling around the mesh, lipomas, and residual hernias was found in four patients each (4%). None of the patients with hypoecoic mass had any clinical manifestations postoperatively. Extraperitoneal close suction drains were left for 8-12 hours in 46 patients. The average volume of fluid drained was 62 mL (range, 30-200 mL). There was no correlation between the use of suction drains and the frequency of fluid collections detected on sonography. Cord lipoma was detected postoperatively in four patients and was excised in one using an open anterior approach. Residual or recurrent hernia was detected postoperatively on sonography in four patients, but only one developed a symptomatic and clinically detectable hernia during eight months of follow-up. Overall, postoperative ultrasonographic findings following LTEP repair were found in 37% of patients. Clinical and sonographic findings such as localized fluid collections compatible with seroma or hematoma are common following LTEP. Postoperative suction drains did not reduce the frequency of sonographically detected collections. The clinical relevance of suspected postoperative hernia detected on sonography without clinical manifestations remains uncertain, and has to be determined on long-term follow-up.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2005 · Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques
  • B Shpitz · L Lansberg · N Bugayev · V Tiomkin · E Klein
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    ABSTRACT: Peritoneal tears (PTs) are not uncommon during the course of laparoscopic total extraperitoneal (LTEP) repair of groin hernias. Most endoscopic surgeons advocate routine closure of these tears. Our approach is not to perform routine closure of PTs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible effect of our approach on the intra- and postoperative course of patients in whom PTs were left opened. Prospective data were collected for LTEP repairs of 298 hernias performed in 166 consecutive patients. There were 134 primary and 34 recurrent hernias. In 23% of patients, unilateral or bilateral PTs were observed during the course of operation. Of these, the prevalence of tears was 21.8% for primary repair and 41% for recurrent repair. In 40 patients with PTs, the procedure was accomplished successfully laparoscopically. The early postoperative course was uncomplicated in all patients. Results of outpatient follow-up with a mean observation time of 16 months (range, 2-30) did not reveal any complications that could be attributed to PTs. These data demonstrate that PTs do not have to be routinely closed and the majority of cases may be safely managed without peritoneal closure. We have not observed any intra- or postoperative complications that could be attributed to peritoneal tears.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2005 · Surgical Endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: Molecular alterations in the mismatch repair system suggest that this mechanism may be important in the evolution of cutaneous melanoma. Our current study evaluated the expression of two mismatch repair proteins, hMLH1 and hMSH2, in dysplastic nevi (DN) and cutaneous melanoma (CM). Immunohistochemical staining of these proteins was performed on 55 CM and 30 DN specimens. The staining results were divided into three groups: negative, partially positive and strongly positive. Normal adjacent skin cells served as an internal control for positive immunostaining. Altered immunoreactivity of one of the proteins was found in four (13.4%) DN and seven (12.7%) CM. Lack of staining for hMLH1 was observed in two (6.7%) cases of DN and five (9.1%) cases of CM; staining for hMSH2 was absent in two (6.7%) of the DN and two (3.6%) of the CM specimens. Partially positive staining was found in 33.3% and 53.3% for hMLH1 and hMSH2, respectively, in DN, and in 54.5% and 69.1%, respectively, in CMM. Our study shows that complete or partial loss of MMR protein expression occurs in a subset of both DN and CM and may represent a distinct pathway in the development of some DN and CM.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2005 · The International journal of biological markers
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    ABSTRACT: and aims: Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Animal models have shown that aspirin is also effective in reducing the density of aberrant crypt foci (ACF). The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of chronic administration of aspirin on the distribution pattern and histological characteristics of ACF in patients with CRC. Our study compared the distribution patterns and histomorphological characteristics of ACF between a group of CRC patients treated with low dose aspirin (n=59) and a control group without aspirin (n=135). ACF were visualised on methylene blue stained macroscopically normal mucosa, microdissected, and serially cut. ACF were found in 75.8% of mucosal samples from the control group and in 36% of mucosal samples from the aspirin treated group, indicating a 47% decline in prevalence of ACF in colonic samples of patients treated with aspirin. A significant reduction from 92.5% to 40% (p<0.0001) was found in distal large bowel samples containing one or more ACF. Similarly, the aspirin treated group showed a reduction in ACF density of 64% and 82%, respectively, in both proximal and distal parts of the colon, indicating a significant reduction in ACF/cm(2) in distal colon samples (p<0.01). The aspirin treated group displayed a 52% reduction in dysplastic ACF although this difference was not statistically significant. Our study has provided evidence of the effective chemopreventive action of low dose aspirin on ACF in humans.
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  • 1983-2016
    • Tel Aviv University
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Sackler Faculty of Medicine
      Tell Afif, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1984-2015
    • Meir Medical Center
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Kafr Saba, Central District, Israel
  • 2010
    • Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
      • Integrated Cancer Prevention Center (ICPC)
      Tell Afif, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1992-1997
    • University of Toronto
      • Department of Surgery
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1993-1996
    • Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
      • Department of Surgery
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1994-1995
    • Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Università degli Studi di Brescia
      Brescia, Lombardy, Italy