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  • 101. Carlstedt, Anders
    et al.
    Petersson, Ulf
    Stark, Birgit
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Bringman, Sven
    Egberth, Mattias
    Emanuelsson, Peter
    Olsson, Anders
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Sjödahl, Rune
    Theodorsson, Elvar
    Abdominell rektusdiastas kan ge funktionella besvär: Indikation för behandling måste förtydligas2018In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 115, article id FCL4Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 102. Carstam, Louise
    et al.
    Smits, Anja
    Milos, Peter
    Corell, Alba
    Henriksson, Roger
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Bartek, Jiri, Jr.
    Jakola, Asgeir Store
    Neurosurgical patterns of care for diffuse low-grade gliomas in Sweden between 2005 and 20152019In: Neuro-Oncology Practice, ISSN 2054-2577, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 124-133Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In the last decade, increasing evidence has evolved for early and maximal safe resection of diffuse low-grade gliomas (LGGs) regarding survival. However, changes in clinical practice are known to occur slowly and we do not know if the scientific evidence has yet resulted in changes in neurosurgical patterns of care.

    Methods: The Swedish Brain Tumor Registry was used to identify all patients with a first-time histopathological diagnosis of LGG between 2005 and 2015. For analysis of surgical treatment patterns, we subdivided assessed time periods into 2005-2008, 2009-2012, and 2013-2015. Population-based data on patient and disease characteristics, surgical management, and outcomes were extracted.

    Results: A total of 548 patients with diffuse World Health Organization grade II gliomas were identified: 142 diagnosed during 2005-2008, 244 during 2009-2012, and 162 during 2013-2015. Resection as opposed to biopsy was performed in 64.3% during 2005-2008, 74.2% during 2009-2012, and 74.1% during 2013-2015 (P = .08). There was no difference among the 3 periods regarding overall survival (P= .11). However, post hoc analysis of data from the 4 (out of 6) centers that covered all 3 time periods demonstrated a resection rate of 64.3% during 2005-2008, 77.4% during 2009-2012, and 75.4% during 2013-2015 (P = .02) and longer survival of patients diagnosed 2009 and onward (P = .04).

    Conclusion: In this nationwide, population-based study we observed a shift over time in favor of LGG resection. Further, a positive correlation between the more active surgical strategy and longer survival is shown, although no causality can be claimed because of possible confounding factors.

  • 103. Cengiz, Yucel
    et al.
    Dalenbäck, Jan
    Edlund, Gunnar
    Israelsson, Leif A
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Jänes, Arthur
    Möller, Mats
    Thorell, Anders
    Improved outcome after laparoscopic cholecystectomy with ultrasonic dissection: a randomized multicenter trial2010In: Surgical Endoscopy, ISSN 0930-2794, E-ISSN 1432-2218, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 624-630Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy, dissection with electrocautery starts at the triangle of Calot. In a randomized single-center trial, the fundus-first method (dome down) using ultrasonic dissection was faster, involved less pain or nausea, and had a shorter postoperative sick leave. This may relate to the fundus-first method or to the ultrasonic dissection. In a multicenter trial, 243 elective patients were randomized to conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy using electrocautery (n = 85) or the fundus-first method using either electrocautery (n = 81) or ultrasonic dissection (n = 77). The fundus-first method had a shorter operating time with ultrasonic dissection (58 min) than with electrocautery (74 min; p = 0.002). The fundus-first method using ultrasonic dissection compared with electrocautery or the conventional method produced less blood loss (12 vs. 53 or 36 ml; p < 0.001) and fewer gallbladder perforations (26% vs. 46% or 49%; p = 0.005). Also, the pain and nausea scores at 4 and 6 h were lower, and the sick leave was shorter (6.1 vs. 9.4 and 9 days, respectively; p < 0.001). The fundus-first method using ultrasonic dissection is associated with less blood loss, fewer gallbladder perforations, less pain and nausea, and shorter sick leave than the conventional and fundus-first method using electrocautery. The difference seems related to the use of ultrasonic dissection.

  • 104. Chin, K. Y.
    et al.
    Hart, A. M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Temporary catheter first perfusion during hand replantation with prolonged warm ischaemia2012In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, ISSN 1748-6815, E-ISSN 1532-1959, Vol. 65, no 5, p. 675-677Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Since the first successful arm replantation reported by Malt and McKhann in 1962, developments and refinements to upper extremity replantation techniques have led to higher success rates with better functional outcomes. One of the most important determinants of a successful macroreplantation is the ischaemic time of the amputated part, as irreversible muscle necrosis begins after 6 hours of warm ischaemia. With major trauma and plastic surgery units usually covering a wide geographical area, it is often difficult to ensure patient injury to revascularization time is less than 6 hours. In 1981, Nunley et al described the temporary catheter perfusion technique in upper limb replantation surgery to reduce ischaemia time without any significant complications. When used in appropriate cases this technique can reduce complication rates in upper limb replantation surgeries. Material and methods: Temporary catheter first perfusion was used in a hand replantation after 6 hours of warm ischaemia, with preservation of the intrinsic muscles, as evidenced by return of function. The technique used is described, along with relevant literature. Results: Temporary catheter perfusion allowed early reperfusion of the amputated hand, improving the chance of intrinsic muscle preservation despite delayed presentation. It allowed better wound evaluation and debridement, and facilitated better bone stabilisation prior to vascular repair. Conclusion: Temporary catheter perfusion is well described in proximal upper limb replantation procedures. This case shows that it is also a useful adjunct for hand replantation, particularly when the patient presents with a critical duration of warm ischaemia. (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

  • 105. Chuang, Shu-Chun
    et al.
    Stolzenberg-Solomon, Rachael
    Ueland, Per Magne
    Vollset, Stein Emil
    Midttun, Oivind
    Olsen, Anja
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Overvad, Kim
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Morois, Sophie
    Clavel-Chapelon, Francoise
    Teucher, Birgit
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Weikert, Cornelia
    Boeing, Heiner
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Benetou, Vassiliki
    Naska, Androniki
    Jenab, Mazda
    Slimani, Nadia
    Romieu, Isabelle
    Michaud, Dominique S.
    Palli, Domenico
    Sieri, Sabina
    Panico, Salvatore
    Sacerdote, Carlotta
    Tumino, Rosario
    Skeie, Guri
    Duell, Eric J.
    Rodriguez, Laudina
    Molina-Montes, Esther
    Maria Huerta, Jose
    Larranaga, Nerea
    Barricarte Gurrea, Aurelio
    Johansen, Dorthe
    Manjer, Jonas
    Ye, Weimin
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Peeters, Petra H. M.
    Jeurnink, Suzanne
    Wareham, Nicholas
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Crowe, Francesca
    Riboli, Elio
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, Bas
    Vineis, Paolo
    A U-shaped relationship between plasma folate and pancreatic cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition2011In: European Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0959-8049, E-ISSN 1879-0852, Vol. 47, no 12, p. 1808-1816Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Folate intake has shown an inverse association with pancreatic cancer; nevertheless, results from plasma measurements were inconsistent. The aim of this study is to examine the association between plasma total homocysteine, methionine, folate, cobalamin, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, riboflavin, flavin mononucleotide and pancreatic cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). We conducted a nested case-control study in the EPIC cohort, which has an average of 9.6 years of follow-up (1992-2006), using 463 incident pancreatic cancer cases. Controls were matched to each case by center, sex, age (+/- 1 year), date (+/- 1 year) and time (+/- 3 h) at blood collection and fasting status. Conditional logistic regression was used to calculate the odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI), adjusting for education, smoking status, plasma cotinine concentration, alcohol drinking, body mass index and diabetes status. We observed a U-shaped association between plasma folate and pancreatic cancer risk. The ORs for plasma folate <= 5, 5-10, 10-15 (reference), 15-20, and > 20 nmol/L were 1.58 (95% CI = 0.72-3.46), 1.39 (0.93-2.08), 1.0 (reference), 0.79 (0.52-1.21), and 1.34 (0.89-2.02), respectively. Methionine was associated with an increased risk in men (per quintile increment: OR = 1.17, 95% CI = 1.00-1.38) but not in women (OR = 0.91, 95% CI = 0.78-1.07; p for heterogeneity < 0.01). Our results suggest a U-shaped association between plasma folate and pancreatic cancer risk in both men and women. The positive association that we observed between methionine and pancreatic cancer may be sex dependent and may differ by time of follow-up. However, the mechanisms behind the observed associations warrant further investigation.

  • 106. Claassen, Y. H. M.
    et al.
    Bastiaannet, E.
    van Eycken, E.
    Van Damme, N.
    Martling, A.
    Johansson, R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Iversen, L. H.
    Ingeholm, P.
    Lemmens, V. E. P. P.
    Liefers, G. J.
    Holman, F. A.
    Dekker, J. W. T.
    Portielje, J. E. A.
    Rutten, H. J.
    van de Velde, C. J. H.
    Time trends of short-term mortality for octogenarians undergoing a colorectal resection in North Europe2019In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology, ISSN 0748-7983, E-ISSN 1532-2157, Vol. 45, no 8, p. 1396-1402Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Decreased cancer specific survival in older colorectal patients is mainly due to mortality in the first year, emphasizing the importance of the first postoperative year. This study aims to gain an overview and time trends of short-term mortality in octogenarians (>= 80 years) with colorectal cancer across four North European countries. Methods: Patients of 80 years or older, operated for colorectal cancer (stage I-Ill) between 2005 and 2014, were included. Population-based cohorts from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden were collected. Separately for colon- and rectal cancer, 30-day, 90-day, one-year, and excess one-year mortality were calculated. Also, short-term mortality over three time periods (2005-2008, 2009-2011, 2012-2014) was analyzed. Results: In total, 35,158 colon cancer patients and 10,144 rectal cancer patients were included. For colon cancer, 90-day mortality rate was highest in Denmark (15%) and lowest in Sweden (8%). For rectal cancer, 90-day mortality rate was highest in Belgium (11%) and lowest in Sweden (7%). One-year excess mortality rate of colon cancer patients decreased from 2005 to 2008 to 2012-2014 for all countries (Belgium: 17%-11%, Denmark: 21%-15%, the Netherlands: 18%-10%, and Sweden: 10%-8%). For rectal cancer, from 2005 to 2008 to 2012-2014 one-year excess mortality rate decreased in the Netherlands from 16% to 7% and Sweden: 8%-2%). Conclusions: Short-term mortality rates were high in octogenarians operated for colorectal cancer. Short-term mortality rates differ across four North European countries, but decreased over time for both colon and rectal cancer patients in all countries.

  • 107.
    Claesson Lingehall, Helena
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Cardiothoracic Surgery Division, Heart Center.
    Smulter, Nina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Cardiothoracic Surgery Division, Heart Center.
    Engström, Karl Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Cardiothoracic Surgery Division, Heart Center.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
    Olofsson, Birgitta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Department of Nursing, The Strategic Research Programme in Care Sciences, Umeå University and Karolinska Institutet, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Science, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Umeå.
    Validation of the Swedish version of the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale used in patients 70 years and older undergoing cardiac surgery2013In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 22, no 19-20, p. 2858-2866Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Validation of the Swedish version of the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale as a screening tool for nurses to use to detect postoperative delirium in patients 70 years and older undergoing cardiac surgery.

    BACKGROUND: Delirium is common among old patients after cardiac surgery. Underdiagnosis and poor documentation of postoperative delirium is problematic, and nurses often misread the signs.

    DESIGN: A prospective observational study.

    METHODS: Patients (n = 142) scheduled for cardiac surgery were assessed three times daily by the nursing staff using the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale. Nursing Delirium Screening Scale was compared with the Mini Mental State Examination and the Organic Brains Syndrome Scale, evaluated day one and day four postoperatively. Delirium was diagnosed according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-IV-TR criteria.

    RESULTS: A larger proportion of patients were diagnosed with delirium according to the Mini Mental State Examination and Organic Brains Syndrome Scale compared with the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale, both on day one and day four. The Nursing Delirium Screening Scale protocol identified the majority of hyperactive and mixed delirium patients, whereas several with hypoactive delirium were unrecognised.

    CONCLUSIONS: The Swedish version of the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale was easily incorporated into clinical care and showed high sensitivity in detecting hyperactive symptoms of delirium. However, in the routine use by nurses, the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale had low sensitivity in detecting hypoactive delirium, the most prevalent form of delirium after cardiac surgery. Nursing Delirium Screening Scale probably has to be combined with cognitive testing to detect hypoactive delirium.

    RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Nurses play a key role in detecting delirium. The Nursing Delirium Screening Scale was easy incorporated instrument for clinical practice and identified the majority of hyperactive and mixed delirium, but several of the patients with hypoactive delirium were unrecognised. Training of assessment and cognitive testing seems to be necessary to detect hypoactive delirium.

  • 108.
    Clay, L
    et al.
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Franklin, Karl A
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Effect of an elastic girdle on lung function, intra-abdominal pressure, and pain after midline laparotomy: a randomized controlled trial2014In: International Journal of Colorectal Disease, ISSN 0179-1958, E-ISSN 1432-1262, Vol. 29, no 6, p. 715-721Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Girdles and abdominal binders may reduce pain and stabilize the abdominal wall after laparotomy, but a risk for increased intra-abdominal pressure and decreased lung function is also hypothesized. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of an abdominal girdle after midline laparotomy in a randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Twenty-three patients undergoing laparotomy were randomized to wear an elastic girdle postoperatively and 25 were randomized to no girdle. Pulmonary function was evaluated with; forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume during one second (FEV1), peak expiratory flow (PEF), and cough PEF. Pain was recorded using a visual analog scale (VAS). All patients completed the ventral hernia pain questionnaire (VHPQ) before surgery and at the end of the study. Intra-abdominal pressure was measured via an indwelling urinary catheter. Wound healing was assessed from photographs. RESULTS: FVC, FEV1, PEF, and cough PEF were reduced by about 30 % after surgery, but there were no differences between patients with or without a girdle (ANOVA). Intra-abdominal pressure and wound healing were the same in both groups. Pain was significantly lower on day 5 in the girdle group (p = 0.004). CONCLUSIONS: An individually fitted elastic girdle used after midline laparotomy was found to be safe, as this did not affect lung function, coughing, intra-abdominal pressure, or wound healing. The immediate decline in lung function after surgery is restrictive and due to anesthesia and the surgical procedure. Pain was significantly decreased in the girdle group. The study is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01517217.

  • 109.
    Clay, Leonard
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technique, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 171 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Franneby, Ulf
    Department of Clinical Research and Education, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Södersjukhuset, 118 83 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technique, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 171 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technique, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 171 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Validation of a questionnaire for the assessment of pain following ventral hernia repair-the VHPQ2012In: Langenbeck's archives of surgery (Print), ISSN 1435-2443, E-ISSN 1435-2451, Vol. 397, no 8, p. 1219-1224Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to create and evaluate the validity and reliability of a novel ventral hernia pain questionnaire (VHPQ) to assess pain following surgery for ventral hernia. The questionnaire was constructed using focus groups and patient interviews. Validity was tested on 51 patients who responded to the VHPQ and brief pain inventory (BPI) 1 and 4 weeks following surgery. Reliability and internal consistency was tested on 74 patients who had surgery 3 years earlier and received the VHPQ and BPI on two separate occasions. Pain not related to surgery was examined on one occasion using the VHPQ on 100 non-operated people. For pain intensity items, a significant decrease was seen from week 1 to week 4 postoperative (p < 0.05). Spearman rank correlations were significant between the pain intensity items of the VHPQ and the BPI, tested 1 week postoperative (p < 0.05). Kappa levels for test-retest of items for interference with daily activities were higher than 0.5 for all items except one. Intra-class correlation was significant for pain intensity items (p < 0.05) in the test-retest group. Three years after surgery, the operated group stated more pain in the pain intensity items (p < 0.05) and more interference with daily activities (p < 0.05) than a non-operated group from the general population. The validity and reliability of the VHPQ make it a useful tool in assessing postoperative pain and patient satisfaction.

  • 110.
    Clay, Leonard
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), H9, Karolinska Institutet, 171 64, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Stark, Birgit
    Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 171 64, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Full-thickness skin graft vs. synthetic mesh in the repair of giant incisional hernia: a randomized controlled multicenter study2018In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9204, no 2, p. 325-332Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Repair of large incisional hernias includes the implantation of a synthetic mesh, but this may lead to pain, stiffness, infection and enterocutaneous fistulae. Autologous full-thickness skin graft as on-lay reinforcement has been tested in eight high-risk patients in a proof-of-concept study, with satisfactory results. In this multicenter randomized study, the use of skin graft was compared to synthetic mesh in giant ventral hernia repair.

    METHODS: Non-smoking patients with a ventral hernia > 10 cm wide were randomized to repair using an on-lay autologous full-thickness skin graft or a synthetic mesh. The primary endpoint was surgical site complications during the first 3 months. A secondary endpoint was patient comfort. Fifty-three patients were included. Clinical evaluation was performed at a 3-month follow-up appointment.

    RESULTS: There were fewer patients in the skin graft group reporting discomfort: 3 (13%) vs. 12 (43%) (p = 0.016). Skin graft patients had less pain and a better general improvement. No difference was seen regarding seroma; 13 (54%) vs. 13 (46%), or subcutaneous wound infection; 5 (20%) vs. 7 (25%). One recurrence appeared in each group. Three patients in the skin graft group and two in the synthetic mesh group were admitted to the intensive care unit.

    CONCLUSION: No difference was seen for the primary endpoint short-term surgical complication. Full-thickness skin graft appears to be a reliable material for ventral hernia repair producing no more complications than when using synthetic mesh. Patients repaired with a skin graft have less subjective abdominal wall symptoms.

  • 111.
    Colliander, Erland B
    et al.
    Department of Orthopaedics, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Strigård, Karin
    Department of Surgery, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden .
    Westblad, Pär
    Department of Orthopaedics, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Rolf, Christer
    Department of Orthopaedics, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Nordenström, Jörgen
    Department of Surgery, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Muscle strength and endurance after surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism.1998In: European Journal of Surgery, ISSN 1102-4151, E-ISSN 1741-9271, Vol. 164, no 7, p. 489-494Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of surgery on muscular strength and endurance in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT).

    DESIGN: Prospective open study.

    SETTING: University hospital, Sweden.

    SUBJECTS: Nine patients undergoing HPT surgery and nine matched patients undergoing thyroid resection who acted as controls.

    INTERVENTIONS: Concentric and eccentric endurance was evaluated with a test comprising 100 repeatedly executed muscle action at 90 degrees.s-1. Blood samples obtained before and after operation were analysed for calcium, phosphate, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), and parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Peak torque during maximum voluntary concentric and eccentric muscle actions at 90 degrees.s-1 before, three months and one year after operation.

    RESULTS: There were no differences in concentric and eccentric peak torque before and after operation either within or between groups. Concentric and eccentric endurance were similar in the HPT group and controls before as well as after operation. The return of calcium and PTH concentrations to their reference ranges after parathyroidectomy did not correlate with changes in concentric and eccentric peak torque.

    CONCLUSIONS: The subjective improvement in muscle endurance which is often encountered in patients with HPT after operation is not associated with an objective increase in muscle strength or endurance as measured by isokinetic muscle performance.

  • 112. Collin, A.
    et al.
    Jung, B.
    Nilsson, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Pahlman, L.
    Folkesson, J.
    Impact of mechanical bowel preparation on survival after colonic cancer resection2014In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 101, no 12, p. 1594-+Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: A randomized study in 1999-2005 of mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) preceding colonic resection found no decrease in postoperative complications. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the long-term effect of MBP regarding cancer recurrence and survival after colonic resections. Methods: The cohort of patients with colonic cancer in the MBP study was followed up for 10 years. Data were collected from registers run by the National Board of Health and Welfare. Register data were validated against information in patient charts. Cox proportional hazards model was used for multivariable analysis of factors predictive of cancer-specific survival. Results: Register analysis showed significantly fewer recurrences, and better cancer-specific and overall survival in the MBP group. After validation, 839 of 1343 patients remained for analysis (448 MBP, 391 no MBP). Eighty (17.9 per cent) of 448 patients in the MBP group and 88 (22.5 per cent) of 391 in the no-MBP group developed a cancer recurrence (P = 0.093). The 10-year cancer-specific survival rate was 84.1 per cent in the MBP group and 78.0 per cent in the no-MBP group (P = 0.019). Overall survival rates were 58.8 and 56.0 per cent respectively (P = 0.186). Conclusion: Patients receiving MBP before elective colonic cancer surgery had significantly better cancer-specific survival after 10 years.

  • 113. Companioni, Osmel
    et al.
    Bonet, Catalina
    Muñoz, Xavier
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Panico, Salvatore
    Tumino, Rosario
    Palli, Domenico
    Agnoli, Claudia
    Vineis, Paolo
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Racine, Antoine
    Clavel-Chapelon, Françoise
    Travis, Ruth C
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Riboli, Elio
    Murphy, Neil
    Vergnaud, Anne-Claire
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Benetou, Vassiliki
    Trichopoulos, Dimitrios
    Lund, Eiliv
    Johansen, Dorthe
    Lindkvist, Björn
    Johansson, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO), Lyon, France.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Ardanaz, Eva
    Sánchez-Cantalejo, Emilio
    Huerta, Jose M
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Quirós, José Ramón
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Mortensen, Lotte Maxild
    Overvad, Kim
    Chang-Claude, Jenny
    Rizzato, Cosmeri
    Boeing, Heiner
    de Mesquita, H Bas Bueno
    Siersema, Peter
    Peeters, Petra Hm
    Numans, Mattijs E
    Carneiro, Fatima
    Licaj, Idlir
    Freisling, Heinz
    Sala, Núria
    González, Carlos A
    Polymorphisms of H. pylori signaling pathway genes and gastric cancer risk in the European EPIC-eurgast cohort2014In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 134, no 1, p. 92-101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Helicobacter pylori is a recognized causal factor of noncardia gastric cancer (GC). Lipopolysaccaride and peptidoglycan of this bacterium are recognized by CD14, TLR4 and NOD2 human proteins, while NFKB1 activates the transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines to elicit an immune response. SNPs in these genes have been associated with GC in different populations. We genotyped 30 SNPs of these genes, in 365 gastric adenocarcinomas and 1284 matched controls from the EPIC cohort. The association with GC and its histological and anatomical subtypes was analyzed by logistic regression and corrected for multiple comparisons. Using a log-additive model we found a significant association between SNPs in CD14, NOD2 and TLR4 with GC risk. However, after applying the multiple comparisons tests only the NOD2 region remained significant (p=0.009). Analysis according to anatomical subtypes revealed NOD2 and NFKB1 SNPs associated with noncardia GC and CD14 SNPs associated with cardia GC, while analysis according to histological subtypes showed that CD14 was associated with intestinal but not diffuse GC. The multiple comparisons tests confirmed the association of NOD2 with noncardia GC (p=0.0003) and CD14 with cardia GC (p=0.01). Haplotype analysis was in agreement with single SNP results for NOD2 and CD14 genes. From these results we conclude that genetic variation in NOD2 associates with noncardia GC while variation in CD14 is associated with cardia GC.

  • 114. Cook, Michael B.
    et al.
    Barnett, Matthew J.
    Bock, Cathryn H.
    Cross, Amanda J.
    Goodman, Phyllis J.
    Goodman, Gary E.
    Haiman, Christopher A.
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    McCullough, Marjorie L.
    Newton, Christine C.
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Lund, Eiliv
    Rutegård, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Thornquist, Mark D.
    Spriggs, Michael
    Giffen, Carol
    Freedman, Neal D.
    Kemp, Troy
    Kroenke, Candyce H.
    Le Marchand, Loïc
    Park, Jin Young
    Simon, Michael
    Wilkens, Lynne R.
    Pinto, Ligia
    Hildesheim, Allan
    Campbell, Peter T.
    Prediagnostic circulating markers of inflammation and risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma: a study within the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium2019In: Gut, ISSN 0017-5749, E-ISSN 1468-3288, Vol. 68, no 6, p. 960-968Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: Cross-sectional data indicate that systemic inflammation is important in oesophageal adenocarcinoma. We conducted a prospective study to assess whether prediagnostic circulating markers of inflammation were associated with oesophageal adenocarcinoma and to what extent they mediated associations of obesity and cigarette smoking with cancer risk.

    DESIGN: This nested case-control study included 296 oesophageal adenocarcinoma cases and 296 incidence density matched controls from seven prospective cohort studies. We quantitated 69 circulating inflammation markers using Luminex-based multiplex assays. Conditional logistic regression models estimated associations between inflammation markers and oesophageal adenocarcinoma, as well as direct and indirect effects of obesity and smoking on risk of malignancy.

    RESULTS: Soluble tumour necrosis factor receptor 2 (sTNFR2) (ORsquartile 4 vs 1=2.67, 95% CI 1.52 to 4.68) was significantly associated with oesophageal adenocarcinoma. Additional markers close to the adjusted significance threshold included C reactive protein, serum amyloid A, lipocalin-2, resistin, interleukin (IL) 3, IL17A, soluble IL-6 receptor and soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3. Adjustment for body mass index, waist circumference or smoking status slightly attenuated biomarker-cancer associations. Mediation analysis indicated that sTNFR2 may account for 33% (p=0.005) of the effect of waist circumference on oesophageal adenocarcinoma risk. Resistin, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, C reactive protein and serum amyloid A were also identified as potential mediators of obesity-oesophageal adenocarcinoma associations. For smoking status, only plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 was a nominally statistically significant (p<0.05) mediator of cancer risk.

    CONCLUSION: This prospective study provides evidence of a link between systemic inflammation and oesophageal adenocarcinoma risk. In addition, this study provides the first evidence that indirect effects of excess adiposity and cigarette smoking, via systemic inflammation, increase the risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma.

  • 115. Cotrufo, Stefano
    et al.
    Dabernig, Joerg
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Department of Surgical and Perioperative Science, Section for Hand and Plastic Surgery, University Hospital, Umea, Sweden.
    Vascular supply of the tensor fasciae latae flap revised2009In: Plastic and reconstructive surgery (1963), ISSN 0032-1052, E-ISSN 1529-4242, Vol. 123, no 4, p. 161e-162eArticle in journal (Other academic)
  • 116.
    Cotrufo, Stefano
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery. Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom; .
    Dabernig, Joerg
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom; Laboratory of Human Anatomy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    Russell, David
    Laboratory of Human Anatomy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    Payne, Anthony
    Laboratory of Human Anatomy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    Hart, Andrew
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom; .
    The Vascular Anatomy of the Rat Superficial Epigastric Flap by Vascular Corrosion Casting and Technical Refinement for the Study of Choke Vessels in Cadaveric Flap Models2010In: Annals of Plastic Surgery, ISSN 0148-7043, E-ISSN 1536-3708, Vol. 64, no 1, p. 93-97Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Accurate depiction of cutaneous vascular microanatomy is of relevance to plastic surgical flap research, and to descriptive anatomy. Yet current techniques have not permitted full visualization of the subdermal plexus, or potential angiosomal connections. Nor has endothelial visualization been facilitated. Vascular corrosion casting techniques are promising in that regard, and were applied in an extended lateral thoracoabdominal suprafascial adipocutancous flap in the rat (based on the superficial epigastric bundle). Technical refinements for application to further study of human cadaveric flap models are presented. The intraflap vascular branching pattern of the superficial epigastric artery is described, with filling of the lateral thoracic, intercostals, and iliolumbar angiosomes found when coagulation of vessels at the periphery was delayed until after clearance. The vascular casting protocol presented is an effective and promising tool for the study of macro- and microvascular anatomy.

  • 117.
    Dabernig, Jörg
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy.
    Sorensen, K
    Shaw-Dunn, J
    Hart, Andrew McKay
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    The thin circumflex scapular artery perforator flap2007In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, ISSN 1748-6815, E-ISSN 1532-1959, Vol. 60, no 10, p. 1082-1096Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of microsurgery has most recently been focused upon the evolution of perforator flaps, with the aim of minimising donor site morbidity, and avoiding the transfer of functionally unnecessary tissues. The vascular basis of perforator flaps also facilitates radical primary thinning prior to flap transfer, when appropriate. Based upon initial clinical observations, cadaveric, and radiological studies, we describe a new, thin, perforator flap based upon the circumflex scapular artery (CSA). A perforator vessel was found to arise within 1.5cm of the CSA bifurcation (arising from the main trunk, or the descending branch). The perforator arborises into the sub-dermal vascular plexus of the dorsal scapular skin, permitting the elevation and primary thinning of a skin flap. This thin flap has been employed in a series of five clinical cases to reconstruct defects of the axilla (two cases of hidradenitis suppurativa; pedicled transfers), and upper limb (one sarcoma, one brachial to radial artery flowthrough revascularisation plus antecubital fossa reconstruction, and one hand reconstruction with a chimeric flap incorporating vascularised bone, fascia, and thin skin flaps; free tissue transfers). No intramuscular perforator dissection is required; pedicle length is 8-10cm and vessel diameter 2-4mm. There was no significant peri-operative complication or flap failure, all donor sites were closed primarily, patient satisfaction was high, and initial reconstructive aims were achieved in all cases. Surgical technique, and the vascular basis of the flap are described. The thin circumflex scapular artery perforator flap requires no intramuscular dissection yet provides high quality skin (whose characteristics can be varied by orientation of the skin paddle), and multiple chimeric options. The donor site is relatively hair-free, has favourable cosmesis and no known functional morbidity. This flap represents a promising addition to the existing range of perforator flaps.

  • 118. Dahlin, Lars B.
    et al.
    Andersson, Gert
    Backman, Clas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery. Department of Hand Surgery, University Hospital of Northern Sweden, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
    Svensson, Hampus
    Bjorkman, Anders
    Rehabilitation, Using Guided Cerebral plasticity, of a Brachial plexus Injury treated with Intercostal and phrenic Nerve transfers2017In: Frontiers in Neurology, ISSN 1664-2295, E-ISSN 1664-2295, Vol. 8, article id 72Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recovery after surgical reconstruction of a brachial plexus injury using nerve grafting and nerve transfer procedures is a function of peripheral nerve regeneration and cerebral reorganization. A 15-year-old boy, with traumatic avulsion of nerve roots C5-C7 and a non-rupture of C8-T1, was operated 3 weeks after the injury with nerve transfers: ( a) terminal part of the accessory nerve to the suprascapular nerve, (b) the second and third intercostal nerves to the axillary nerve, and (c) the fourth to sixth intercostal nerves to the musculocutaneous nerve. A second operation-free contralateral gracilis muscle transfer directly innervated by the phrenic nerve-was done after 2 years due to insufficient recovery of the biceps muscle function. One year later, electromyography showed activation of the biceps muscle essentially with coughing through the intercostal nerves, and of the transferred gracilis muscle by deep breathing through the phrenic nerve. Voluntary flexion of the elbow elicited clear activity in the biceps/gracilis muscles with decreasing activity in intercostal muscles distal to the transferred intercostal nerves (i.e., corresponding to eighth intercostal), indicating cerebral plasticity, where neural control of elbow flexion is gradually separated from control of breathing. To restore voluntary elbow function after nerve transfers, the rehabilitation of patients operated with intercostal nerve transfers should concentrate on transferring coughing function, while patients with phrenic nerve transfers should focus on transferring deep breathing function.

  • 119. Dahlin, Lars B.
    et al.
    Coster, Marcus
    Björkman, Anders
    Backman, Clas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Axillary nerve injury in young adults-An overlooked diagnosis?: early results of nerve reconstruction and nerve transfers2012In: Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery, ISSN 2000-656X, E-ISSN 2000-6764, Vol. 46, no 3-4, p. 257-261Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An injury to the axillary nerve from a shoulder trauma can easily be overlooked. Spontaneous functional recovery may occur, but occasionally reconstructive surgery is required. The time frame for nerve reconstruction procedures is from a neurobiological view crucial for a good functional outcome. This study presents a group of operatively and non-operatively treated young adults with axillary nerve injuries caused by motorcycle accidents, where the diagnosis was set late. Ten young men (median age at trauma 13 years, range 9-24) with an axillary nerve injury were diagnosed by examination of shoulder function and electromyography (EMG). The patients had either a nerve reconstruction procedure or were treated conservatively and their recovery was monitored. The axillary nerve was explored and reconstructed at a median of 8 months (range 1-22 months) after trauma in 8/10 patients. Two patients were treated non-operatively. In 4/8 cases, a reconstruction with sural nerve graft was performed and in 1/8 case only exploration of the nerve was made (minor neuroma). In 3/8 cases a radial nerve branch transfer to the axillary nerve was chosen as the procedure. The shoulder was mobilised after 3 weeks with physiotherapy and the patients were monitored regularly. Functional recovery was observed in 9/10 cases (median follow up 11 months, range 7-64) with EMG signs of reinnervation in seven patients. Axillary nerve function should not be overlooked in young patients with a minor shoulder trauma. Nerve reconstruction can successfully recreate function.

  • 120. Dahlin, Lars B.
    et al.
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). 2 Department of Surgical and Perioperative Science, University Hospital, Umeå.
    Nerve injuries of the upper extremity and hand2017In: EFORT OPEN REVIEWS, ISSN 2058-5241, Vol. 2, no 5, p. 158-170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A nerve injury has a profound impact on the patient's daily life due to the impaired sensory and motor function, impaired dexterity, sensitivity to cold as well as eventual pain problems. To perform an appropriate treatment of nerve injuries, a correct diagnosis must be made, where the injury is properly classified, leading to an optimal surgical approach and technique, where timing of surgery is also important for the outcome. Knowledge about the nerve regeneration process, where delicate processes occur in neurons, non-neuronal cells (i. e. Schwann cells) and other cells in the peripheral as well as the central nervous systems, is crucial for the treating surgeon. The surgical decision to perform nerve repair and/or reconstruction depends on the type of injury, the condition of the wound as well as the vascularity of the wound. To reconnect injured nerve ends, various techniques can be used, which include both epineurial and fascicular nerve repair, and if a nerve defect is caused by the injury, a nerve reconstruction procedure has to be performed, including bridging the defect using nerve-grafts or nerve transfer techniques. The patients must be evaluated properly and regularly after the surgical procedure and appropriate rehabilitation programmes are useful to improve the final outcome.

  • 121.
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    et al.
    CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Surgical Gastroenterology K53, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ljungdahl, Mikael
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Wollert, Staffan
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden .
    TEP under general anesthesia is superior to Lichtenstein under local anesthesia in terms of pain 6 weeks after surgery: results from a randomized clinical trial2013In: Surgical Endoscopy, ISSN 0930-2794, E-ISSN 1432-2218, Vol. 27, no 10, p. 3632-3638Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Persistent pain is common after inguinal hernia repair. The methods of surgery and anesthesia influence the risk. Local anesthesia and laparoscopic procedures reduce the risk for postoperative pain in different time perspectives. The aim of this study was to compare open Lichtenstein repair under local anesthesia (LLA) with laparoscopic total extraperitoneal repair (TEP) with respect to postoperative pain.

    METHODS: Between 2006 and 2010, a total of 389 men with a unilateral primary groin hernia were randomized, in an open-label study, to either TEP (n = 194) or LLA (n = 195). One patient in the TEP group and four in the LLA group were excluded due to protocol violation. Details about the procedure and patient and hernia characteristics were registered. Patients completed the Inguinal Pain Questionnaire (IPQ) 6 weeks after surgery. [The study is registered in ClinicalTrials.gov (No. NCT01020058)].

    RESULTS: A total of 378 (98.4 %) patients completed the IPQ. One hundred forty-eight patients (39.1 %) reported some degree of pain, 22 of whom had pain that affected concentration during daily activities. Men in the TEP group had less risk for pain affecting daily activities (6/191 vs. 16/187; odds ratio [OR] 0.35; 95 % CI 0.13-0.91; p = 0.025). Pain prevented participation in sporting activities less frequently after TEP (4.2 vs. 15.5 %; OR 0.24; 95 % CI 0.09-0.56; p < 0.001). Twenty-nine patients (7.7 %) reported sick leave exceeding 1 week due to groin pain, with no difference between the treatment groups.

    CONCLUSIONS: Patients who underwent the laparoscopic TEP procedure suffered less pain 6 weeks after inguinal hernia repair than those who underwent LLA. Groin pain affected the LLA patients' ability to perform strenuous activities such as sports more than TEP patients.

  • 122. Dahlstrand, Ursula
    et al.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Nordin, Pär
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Wollert, Staffan
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and Gastro Center Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Chronic pain after femoral hernia repair: a cross-sectional study2011In: Annals of Surgery, ISSN 0003-4932, E-ISSN 1528-1140, Vol. 254, no 6, p. 1017-1021Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To explore the prevalence of and to identify possible risk factors for chronic pain after surgery for femoral hernia.

    Background: Chronic pain has become a very important outcome in quality assessment of inguinal hernia surgery. There are no studies on the risk for chronic pain after femoral hernia surgery. Methods: The Inguinal Pain Questionnaire was sent to 1967 patients who had had a repair for primary unilateral femoral hernia between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2006. A follow-up period of at least 18 months was chosen. Answers from 1461 patients were matched with data recorded in the Swedish Hernia Register and analyzed.

    Results: Some degree of pain during the previous week was reported by 24.2% (354) of patients. Pain interfered with daily activities in 5.5% (81) of patients. Emergency surgery (OR = 0.54; 95% CI = 0.40-0.74) and longer time since surgery (OR = 0.93; 95% CI = 0.89-0.98 for each year added) were associated with lower risk for chronic postoperative pain, whereas a high level of preoperative pain was associated with a higher risk for chronic pain (OR = 1.17; 95% CI = 1.10-1.25). Surgical technique was not found to influence the risk for chronic pain in multivariate logistic regression analysis.

    Conclusions: Chronic postoperative pain is as important a complication after femoral hernia surgery as it is after inguinal hernia surgery. In contrast to inguinal hernia surgery, no risk factor related to surgical technique was found. Further investigations into the role of preoperative pain are necessary.

  • 123.
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    et al.
    Department of Surgical Science, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden ; CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden ; Center for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden ; Center for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Wollert, Staffan
    Department of Surgical Science, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden ; Center for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Limited potential for prevention of emergency surgery for femoral hernia2014In: World Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0364-2313, E-ISSN 1432-2323, Vol. 38, no 8, p. 1931-1936Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Femoral hernias are frequently operated on as an emergency. Emergency procedures for femoral hernia are associated with an almost tenfold increase in postoperative mortality, while no increase is seen for elective procedures, compared with a background population.

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare whether symptoms from femoral hernias and healthcare contacts prior to surgery differ between patients who have elective and patients who have emergency surgery.

    METHODS: A total of 1,967 individuals operated on for a femoral hernia over 1997-2006 were sent a questionnaire on symptoms experienced and contact with the healthcare system prior to surgery for their hernia. Answers were matched with data from the Swedish Hernia Register.

    RESULTS: A total of 1,441 (73.3%) patients responded. Awareness of their hernia prior to surgery was denied by 53.3% (231/433) of those who underwent an emergency procedure. Of the emergency operated patients, 31.3% (135/432) negated symptoms in the affected groin prior to surgery and 22.2% (96/432) had neither groin nor other symptoms. Elective patients had a considerably higher contact frequency with their general practitioner, as well as the surgical outpatient department, prior to surgery compared with patients undergoing emergency surgery (p < 0.001).

    CONCLUSIONS: Patients who have elective and patients who have emergency femoral hernia surgery differ in previous symptoms and healthcare contacts. Patients who need emergency surgery are often unaware of their hernia and frequently completely asymptomatic prior to incarceration. Early diagnosis and expedient surgery is warranted, but the lack of symptoms hinders earlier detection and intervention in most cases.

  • 124.
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Uppsala University, Uppsala University Hospital, 75185 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Wollert, Staffan
    Department of Surgery, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Nordin, Pär
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Division of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Division of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Emergency femoral hernia repair: a study based on a national register.2009In: Annals of Surgery, ISSN 0003-4932, E-ISSN 1528-1140, Vol. 249, no 4, p. 672-676Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of femoral hernias and outcome of femoral repairs, with special emphasis on emergency operations. BACKGROUND: Femoral hernias account for 2% to 4% of all groin hernias. However, the lack of large-scale studies has made it impossible to draw conclusions regarding the best management of these hernias. METHODS: The study is based on patients 15 years or older who underwent groin hernia repair 1992 to 2006 at units participating in the Swedish Hernia Register. RESULTS: Three thousand nine hundred eighty femoral hernia repairs were registered, 1490 on men and 2490 on women: 1430 (35.9%) patients underwent emergency surgery compared with 4.9% of the 138,309 patients with inguinal hernias. Bowel resection was performed in 22.7% (325) of emergent femoral repairs and 5.4% (363) of emergent inguinal repairs. Women had a substantial over risk for undergoing emergency femoral surgery compared with men (40.6% vs. 28.1%). An emergency femoral hernia operation was associated with a 10-fold increased mortality risk, whereas the risk for an elective repair did not exceed that of the general population. In elective femoral hernias, laparoscopic (hazard ratio, 0.31; 95% confidence interval, 0.15-0.67) and open preperitoneal mesh (hazard ratio, 0.28; confidence interval, 0.12-0.65) techniques resulted in fewer re-operations than suture repairs. CONCLUSIONS: Femoral hernias are more common in women and lead to a substantial over risk for an emergency operation, and consequently, a higher rate of bowel resection and mortality. Femoral hernias should be operated with high priority to avoid incarceration and be repaired with a mesh.

  • 125. Demirtas, Nihat
    et al.
    Barut, Oya
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Ozcan, Ilknur
    Bayer, Suzan
    Kazancioglu, Hakki Oguz
    Recurrent cherubism in an adult patient2015In: The Journal of craniofacial surgery (Print), ISSN 1049-2275, E-ISSN 1536-3732, Vol. 26, no 3, p. E225-E227Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cherubism is an uncommon, nonneoplastic, fibro-osseous disorder of the jaws in childhood and adolescence. It affects the jaw bones by deforming the cortical shell. Clinical features include progressive painless and mostly bilateral expansion of the mandible and/or maxilla. Because fibrous connective tissue replaces osseous tissue, radiographic features generally include expansile osteolytic lesions and a ground-glass appearance. Several treatment protocols for cherubism have been recommended in the literature; however, despite surgical curettage treatment, recurrences may occur. Our aim was to emphasize the high recurrence rate of cherubic lesions. In this article, we present cherubism in a young girl that relapsed after 5 surgical operations before her appearance to our clinic.

  • 126.
    di Summa, Pietro G
    et al.
    Chirurgie Plastique et Reconstructive CHUV, Université de Lausanne, Rue de Bugnon 46, 1005 Lausanne, CH, Switzerland.
    Kingham, Paul J
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Raffoul, W
    Chirurgie Plastique et Reconstructive CHUV, Université de Lausanne, Rue de Bugnon 46, 1005 Lausanne, CH, Switzerland.
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Terenghi, Giorgio
    Blond McIndoe Research Laboratories. The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
    Kalbermatten, Daniel F
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Adipose-derived stem cells enhance peripheral nerve regeneration2010In: Journal of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, ISSN 1878-0539, Vol. 63, no 9, p. 1544-1552Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Traumatic injuries resulting in peripheral nerve lesions often require a graft to bridge the gap. Although autologous nerve auto-graft is still the first-choice strategy in reconstructions, it has the severe disadvantage of the sacrifice of a functional nerve. Cell transplantation in a bioartificial conduit is an alternative strategy to create a favourable environment for nerve regeneration. We decided to test new fibrin nerve conduits seeded with various cell types (primary Schwann cells and adult stem cells differentiated to a Schwann cell-like phenotype) for repair of sciatic nerve injury. Two weeks after implantation, the conduits were removed and examined by immunohistochemistry for axonal regeneration (evaluated by PGP 9.5 expression) and Schwann cell presence (detected by S100 expression). The results show a significant increase in axonal regeneration in the group of fibrin seeded with Schwann cells compared with the empty fibrin conduit. Differentiated adipose-derived stem cells also enhanced regeneration distance in a similar manner to differentiated bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. These observations suggest that adipose-derived stem cells may provide an effective cell population, without the limitations of the donor-site morbidity associated with isolation of Schwann cells, and could be a clinically translatable route towards new methods to enhance peripheral nerve repair.

  • 127. di Summa, Pietro G
    et al.
    Raffoul, Wassim
    Kalbermatten, Daniel F
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Plastic Surgery, CHUV, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Paper clip microretractor2009In: Journal of reconstructive microsurgery, ISSN 0743-684X, E-ISSN 1098-8947, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 273-273Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 128.
    Djuvfelt, Elin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Long-term surgical complications following caesarean section2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 129.
    Dominguez, Cecilia A
    et al.
    Neuroimmunology Unit, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Kalliomäki, Maija
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology/Pain research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Tammerfors, Tampere, Finland.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (Surgery), Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Moen, Aurora
    National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway; Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (Surgery), Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Kockum, Ingrid
    Neuroimmunology Unit, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lavant, Ewa
    Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University/Labmedicine Skåne, Clinical Chemistry, Malmö, Sweden.
    Olsson, Tomas
    Nyberg, Fred
    Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Rygh, Lars Jørgen
    Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.
    Røe, Cecilie
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevaal, Norway.
    Gjerstad, Johannes
    National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway; Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway.
    Gordh, Torsten
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology/Pain research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Piehl, Fredrik
    Neuroimmunology Unit, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    The DQB1*03:02 HLA haplotype is associated with increased risk of chronic pain after inguinal hernia surgery and lumbar disc herniation2013In: Pain, ISSN 0304-3959, E-ISSN 1872-6623, Vol. 154, no 3, p. 427-433Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Neuropathic pain conditions are common after nerve injuries and are suggested to be regulated in part by genetic factors. We have previously demonstrated a strong genetic influence of the rat major histocompatibility complex on development of neuropathic pain behavior after peripheral nerve injury. In order to study if the corresponding human leukocyte antigen complex (HLA) also influences susceptibility to pain, we performed an association study in patients that had undergone surgery for inguinal hernia (n=189). One group had developed a chronic pain state following the surgical procedure, while the control group had undergone the same type of operation, without any persistent pain. HLA DRB1genotyping revealed a significantly increased proportion of patients in the pain group carrying DRB1*04 compared to patients in the pain-free group. Additional typing of the DQB1 gene further strengthened the association; carriers of the DQB1*03:02 allele together with DRB1*04 displayed an increased risk of postsurgery pain with an odds risk of 3.16 (1.61-6.22) compared to noncarriers. This finding was subsequently replicated in the clinical material of patients with lumbar disc herniation (n=258), where carriers of the DQB1*03:02 allele displayed a slower recovery and increased pain. In conclusion, we here for the first time demonstrate that there is an HLA-dependent risk of developing pain after surgery or lumbar disc herniation; mediated by the DRB1*04 - DQB1*03:02 haplotype. Further experimental and clinical studies are needed to fine-map the HLA effect and to address underlying mechanisms.

  • 130. D'souza, Melroy A.
    et al.
    Isaksson, Bengt
    Löhr, Matthias
    Enochsson, Lars
    Department of Clinical Science, Intervention, and Technology (CLINTEC), Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Swahn, Fredrik
    Lundell, Lars
    Arnelo, Urban
    The clinicopathological spectrum and management of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the bile duct (IPMN-B)2013In: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, ISSN 0036-5521, E-ISSN 1502-7708, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 473-479Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the bile duct (IPMN-B) is a rare but increasingly diagnosed clinical entity. Typical cholangioscopic findings usually include intraductal protruding papillary tumors that secrete mucus.

    METHODS: Clinical, radiological and histopathological data of seven consecutive patients who were found to have IPMN-B were analyzed.

    RESULTS: Six of the seven patients presented with obstructive jaundice/cholangitis as the presenting complaint. ERCP and other imaging were equivocal in five of these patients and peroral cholangioscopy (POCS, single-operator cholangioscopy system) was performed. This revealed mucin-producing intraductal tumors with numerous frond-like papillary projections; a macroscopic appearance consistent with IPMN-B. Preoperative biopsy revealed adenoma, with low-grade dysplasia in two patients and high-grade dysplasia in three. Three patients underwent Whipple resection; one underwent total pancreatectomy with left hepatectomy, one patient a pancreas preserving duodenectomy with common bile duct reimplantation and one patient an extended right hepatectomy. These patients were found to have IPMN-B with adenomatous changes with varying grades of dysplasia and even cholangiocarcinoma on final histopathology. One patient first underwent endoscopic papillectomy and on follow-up was found to have cholangiocarcinoma with metastases to the liver.

    CONCLUSION: POCS can be a key diagnostic investigation in the evaluation of patients with papillary tumors of the bile duct. IPMN-B has a heterogenous pathology and varying grades of dysplasia and even carcinoma may exist in the same patient. Surgical management should be radical and based on tumor extent.

  • 131. Duarte-Salles, Talita
    et al.
    Misra, Sandeep
    Stepien, Magdalena
    Plymoth, Amelie
    Muller, David
    Overvad, Kim
    Olsen, Anja
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Baglietto, Laura
    Severi, Gianluca
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Turzanski-Fortner, Renee
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Boeing, Heiner
    Aleksandrova, Krasimira
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Lagiou, Pagona
    Bamia, Christina
    Pala, Valeria
    Palli, Domenico
    Mattiello, Amalia
    Tumino, Rosario
    Naccarati, Alessio
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B(as).
    Peeters, Petra H.
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Quiros, J. Ramon
    Agudo, Antonio
    Sanchez-Cantalejo, Emilio
    Ardanaz, Eva
    Gavrila, Diana
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Werner, Mårten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Hemmingsson, Oskar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Ohlsson, Bodil
    Sjoberg, Klas
    Wareham, Nicholas J.
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Bradbury, Kathryn E.
    Gunter, Marc J.
    Cross, Amanda J.
    Riboli, Elio
    Jenab, Mazda
    Hainaut, Pierre
    Beretta, Laura
    Circulating Osteopontin and Prediction of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Development in a Large European Population2016In: Cancer Prevention Research, ISSN 1940-6207, E-ISSN 1940-6215, Vol. 9, no 9, p. 758-765Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We previously identified osteopontin (OPN) as a promising marker for the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we investigated the association between prediagnostic circulating OPN levels and HCC incidence in a large population-based cohort. A nested case-control study was conducted within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. During a mean follow-up of 4.8 years, 100 HCC cases were identified. Each case was matched to two controls and OPN levels were measured in baseline plasma samples. Viral hepatitis, liver function, and a-fetoprotein (AFP) tests were also conducted. Conditional logistic regression models were used to calculate multivariable odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) for OPN levels in relation to HCC. Receiver operating characteristics curves were constructed to determine the discriminatory accuracy of OPN alone or in combination with other liver biomarkers in the prediction of HCC. OPN levels were positively associated with HCC risk (per 10% increment, ORmultivariable = 1.30; 95% CI, 1.14-1.48). The association was stronger among cases diagnosed within 2 years of follow-up. Adding liver function tests to OPN improved the discriminatory performance for subjects who developed HCC (AUC = 0.86). For cases diagnosed within 2 years, the combination of OPN and AFP was best able to predict HCC risk (AUC = 0.88). The best predictive model for HCC in this low-risk population is OPN in combination with liver function tests. Within 2 years of diagnosis, the combination of OPN and AFP best predicted HCC development, suggesting that measuring OPN and AFP could identify high-risk groups independently of a liver disease diagnosis.

  • 132. Duell, Eric J.
    et al.
    Travier, Noemie
    Lujan-Barroso, Leila
    Dossus, Laure
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Clavel-Chapelon, Francoise
    Tumino, Rosario
    Masala, Giovanna
    Krogh, Vittorio
    Panico, Salvatore
    Ricceri, Fulvio
    Luisa Redondo, Maria
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Molina-Montes, Esther
    Huerta, Jose M.
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Wareham, Nick J.
    Allen, Naomi E.
    Travis, Ruth
    Siersema, Peter D.
    Peeters, Petra H. M.
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Fragogeorgi, Eirini
    Oikonomou, Eleni
    Boeing, Heiner
    Schuetze, Madlen
    Canzian, Federico
    Lukanova, Annekatrin
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Roswall, Nina
    Overvad, Kim
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Gram, Inger Torhild
    Lund, Eiliv
    Lindkvist, Bjorn
    Johansen, Dorthe
    Ye, Weimin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Fedirko, Veronika
    Jenab, Mazda
    Michaud, Dominique S.
    Riboli, Elio
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. Bas
    Menstrual and reproductive factors in women, genetic variation in CYP17A1, and pancreatic cancer risk in the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition (EPIC) cohort2013In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 132, no 9, p. 2164-2175Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Menstrual and reproductive factors and exogenous hormone use have been investigated as pancreatic cancer risk factors in case-control and cohort studies, but results have been inconsistent. We conducted a prospective examination of menstrual and reproductive factors, exogenous hormone use and pancreatic cancer risk (based on 304 cases) in 328,610 women from the EPIC cohort. Then, in a case-control study nested within the EPIC cohort, we examined 12 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CYP17A1 (an essential gene in sex steroid metabolism) for association with pancreatic cancer in women and men (324 cases and 353 controls). Of all factors analyzed, only younger age at menarche (<12 vs. 13 years) was moderately associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in the full cohort; however, this result was marginally significant (HR = 1.44; 95% CI = 0.992.10). CYP17A1 rs619824 was associated with HRT use (p value = 0.037) in control women; however, none of the SNPs alone, in combination, or as haplotypes were associated with pancreatic cancer risk. In conclusion, with the possible exception of an early age of menarche, none of the menstrual and reproductive factors, and none of the 12 common genetic variants we evaluated at the CYP17A1 locus makes a substantial contribution to pancreatic cancer susceptibility in the EPIC cohort.

  • 133. Edfeldt, Lennart
    et al.
    Stromback, Karin
    Grendin, Joakim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine. ENT Clinic.
    Bunne, Marie
    Harder, Henrik
    Peebo, Markus
    Eeg-Olofsson, Mans
    Petersson, Carl-Magnus
    Konradsson, Konrad
    Evaluation of cost-utility in middle ear implantation in the 'Nordic School': a multicenter study in Sweden and Norway2014In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 134, no 1, p. 19-25Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conclusion: Hearing restoration using an active middle ear implant (AMEI) is a highly cost-effective treatment for a selected group of patients with no other possibilities for auditory rehabilitation. Objectives: To evaluate the cost-utility of using an AMEI for hearing rehabilitation. Methods: This was a prospective, multicenter, single-subject repeated study in six tertiary referral centers. Twenty-four patients with sensorineural (SNHL), conductive (CHL), and mixed hearing loss (MHL) were implanted with the AMEI Vibrant Soundbridge (R) (VSB) for medical reasons. All patients were previously rehabilitated with conventional hearing aids. Multiple validated quality of life patient questionnaires, Health Utilities Index (HUI 2 and 3), and Glasgow Hearing Aid Benefit Profile (GHABP) were used to determine the utility gain and quality adjusted life years (QALY). Directly related treatment costs for the implantation were calculated and related to utility gain and QALY. Results: The cost/QALY for patients with SNHL was estimated at (sic)7260/QALY, and for patients with C/MHL at (sic)12 503/QALY.

  • 134.
    Edmundsson, David
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Chronic compartment syndrome also affects nonathletic subjects: a prospective study of 63 cases with exercise-induced lower leg pain2007In: Acta Orthopaedica, ISSN 1745-3674, E-ISSN 1745-3682, Vol. 78, no 1, p. 136-142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Chronic exertional compartment syndrome is most often reported in young and physically active people.

    Patients and methods We studied 73 consecutive patients (mean age 39 (16–77) years, 45 women) with a history of exercise-induced pain and suspicion of chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) of the lower leg—clinically, radiographically and with intramuscular pressure measurements.

    Results Intramuscular pressure increased with reproduction of symptoms and fulfilled the criteria for diagnosis of CECS in 36 patients (mean age 36 (16–65) years, 22 women), with engagement of 66 anterior, 2 lateral and 7 posterior muscle compartments in 72 legs. The patients with CECS of the lower leg were divided into 4 etiological groups: 18 with overuse, 10 with earlier trauma, 4 insulin-treated diabetics, and 4 others. Two-thirds of the patients had pain during walking. The outcome after fasciotomy was excellent or good in 41/57 of the legs.

    Interpretation CECS of the lower leg probably has a multifactorial etiology and is more common in sedentary individuals than has been recognized previously. Fasciotomy appears to be beneficial in these cases also.

  • 135.
    Edmundsson, David
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Chronic exertional compartment syndrome of the lower leg: a novel diagnosis in diabetes mellitus: a clinical and morphological study of diabetic and non-diabetic patients2010Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) of the lower leg, defined as a condition with exercise-induced pain due to increased intramuscular pressure (IMP), has previously mainly been described in running athletes, and etiologic factors are poorly described. CECS has not been reported to occur together with other diseases and information about consequences on muscles morphology after treatment with fasciotomy is largely unknown. We investigated etiologic and pathophysiologic aspects to CECS in a consecutive series of 63 patients with exercise-related leg pain and in 17 diabetic patients with symptoms of intermittent claudication but no circulatory insufficiency. Clinical examination, radiography, scintigraphy and IMP measurements at rest and after reproduction of symptoms were done. Patients with CECS were recommended treatment with fasciotomy. Biopsies were taken from the tibialis anterior muscle at time of fasciotomy and at follow-up 1 year later. For comparison muscle samples were taken from normal controls. Enzyme- and immunohistochemical and morphometric methods were used for analysis of muscle fiber morphology/pathology, fiber phenotype composition, mitochondrial oxidative capacity and capillary supply.

    Thirty-six of the 63 patients fulfilled the criteria for diagnosis of CECS in the anterior tibial compartment. The CECS patients could be divided into different etiologic groups: 18 healthy, 10 with history of trauma against the lower leg, 4 diabetic patients and 4 others. Only 5 of 36 CECS patients were athletes. The results after fasciotomy were good or excellent in 41 of 57 treated legs.  Sixteen of the 17 diabetic patients were diagnosed with CECS, 11 with diabetes type 1 and 5 with type 2. The diabetic patients differed from the other groups with longer symptom-duration, shorter pain-free walking distance, firm and tender lower leg muscles and higher IMP. The postoperative outcome was good or excellent in 15 of 18 treated legs. The muscle biopsies taken at fasciotomy showed frequent histopathological changes including small and large sized fibers, fiber atrophy, internal myonuclei, split fibers, fibrosis, disorganization of mitochondria in contrast to healthy CECS subjects having low muscle capillarization as the main finding. Muscular abnormalities were generally more complex, severe and widespread in diabetic patients. After 1 year, the majority of CECS patients could return to unrestricted physical activity and the histopathological muscle changes were clearly reduced. The muscle fiber size was larger and the muscles contained signs of regeneration and repair. Remaining muscle abnormalities were present mainly in diabetic patients.

    CECS is a new differential-diagnosis in diabetic patients with symptoms of claudication without signs of vascular disease. A low ability for physical activity, reflected by the signs of both myopathy and neuropathy, indicates that high IMP and circulatory impairment has deleterious effects for the involved muscles. Increased physical activity and normalization of muscle morphology 1 year after treatment shows the benefit of fasciotomy. The more severe clinical and morphological findings in diabetic compared to healthy subjects with CECS indicate differences in the pathogenesis. The unrestricted physical ability after treatment is very important for diabetic patients, since physical activity is an essential part of the therapy of the disease.

  • 136.
    Edmundsson, David S.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Toolanen, Goran L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Stål, Per S.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB).
    Muscle changes in patients with diabetes and chronic exertional compartment syndrome before and after treatment with fasciotomy2018In: Muscle and Nerve, ISSN 0148-639X, E-ISSN 1097-4598, Vol. 57, no 2, p. 229-239Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Muscle changes in patients with diabetes and lower leg pain due to chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) were investigated before and after fasciotomy. Methods: The tibialis anterior muscle was analyzed with histochemical and morphological techniques in 7 patients with diabetes and CECS before fasciotomy and in 5 of them 1 year after fasciotomy. Nondiabetic patients with CECS and healthy participants served as references. Results: Before treatment, walking distance until occurrence of pain was limited (<0.2 km). Intramuscular pressure was significantly higher than in reference participants. Muscle analysis showed changes pathognomonic for neuropathy and myopathy and a restricted capillary network, with significantly more severe changes in the muscles of patients with diabetes than in the muscles of nondiabetic patients. Treatment with fasciotomy improved clinical signs, increased walking ability, and reduced muscle abnormalities, but muscle capillarization remained low. Discussion: Patients with diabetes and CECS have distinct pathological changes in affected muscles. Pressure-relieving fasciotomy triggers a regenerative response in the muscle tissue but not in the capillary bed.

  • 137.
    Edmundsson, David
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Svensson, Olle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Toolanen, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Intermittent claudication in diabetes mellitus due to chronic exertinal compartment syndrome of the leg: an observation study of 17 patients2008In: Acta Orthopaedica, ISSN 1745-3674, E-ISSN 1745-3682, Vol. 79, no 4, p. 534-539Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and purpose: Intermittent claudication in diabetes mellitus is commonly associated with arterial disease but may occur without obvious signs of peripheral circulatory impairment. We investigated whether this could be due to chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS).

    Patients and methods: We report on 17 patients (3 men), mean age 39 (18–72) years, with diabetes mellitus—12 of which were type 1—and leg pain during walking (which was relieved at rest), without clinical signs of peripheral arterial disease. The duration of diabetes was 22 (1–41) years and 12 patients had peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, or nephropathy. The leg muscles were tender and firm on palpation. Radiography, scintigraphy, and intramuscular pressure measurements were done during exercises to reproduce their symptoms.

    Results: 16 of the 17 patients were diagnosed as having CECS. The intramuscular pressures in leg compartments were statistically significantly higher in diabetics than in physically active non‐diabetics with CECS (p < 0.05). 15 of the 16 diabetics with CECS were treated with fasciotomy. At surgery, the fascia was whitish, thickened, and had a rubber‐like consistency. After 1 year, 9 patients rated themselves as excellent or good in 15 of the 18 treated compartments. The walking time until stop due to leg pain increased after surgery from less than 10 min to unlimited time in 8 of 9 patients who were followed up.

    Interpretation: Intermittent claudication in diabetics may be caused by CECS of the leg. The intramuscular pressures were considerably elevated in diabetics. One pathomechanism may be fascial thickening. The results after fasciotomy are good, and the increased pain‐free walking time is especially beneficial for diabetics.

  • 138.
    Edmundsson, David
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Toolanen, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Thornell, Lars-Eric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy.
    Stål, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy.
    Evidence for low muscle capillary supply as a pathogenic factor in chronic compartment syndrome2010In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 20, no 6, p. 805-813Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is a paucity of data regarding the pathogenesis of chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), its consequences for the muscles and the effects of treatment with fasciotomy. We analyzed biopsies from the tibialis anterior muscle, from nine patients, obtained during a decompressing fasciotomy and during follow-up 1 year later. Control biopsies were obtained from nine normal subjects. Muscle capillarity, fiber-type composition and fiber area were analyzed with enzyme- and immunohistochemistry and morphometry. At baseline, CECS patients had lower capillary density (273 vs 378 capillaries/mm(2), P=0.008), lower number of capillaries around muscle fibers (4.5 vs 5.7, P=0.004) and lower number of capillaries in relation to the muscle fiber area (1.1 vs 1.5, P=0.01) compared with normal controls. The fiber-type composition and fiber area did not differ, but focal signs of neuromuscular damage were observed in the CECS samples. At 1-year follow-up after fasciotomy, the fiber area and the number of fibers containing developmental myosin heavy chains were increased, but no enhancement of the capillary network was detected. Thus, morphologically, patients with CECS seemed to have reduced microcirculation capacity. Fasciotomy appeared to trigger a regenerative response in the muscle, however, without any increase in the capillary bed.

  • 139. Egenvall, Monika
    et al.
    Mörner, Malin
    Martling, Anna
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Prediction of outcome after curative surgery for colorectal cancer: preoperative haemoglobin, C-reactive protein and albumin2018In: Colorectal Disease, ISSN 1462-8910, E-ISSN 1463-1318, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 26-34Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIM: The aim was to evaluate a scoring system using the values of preoperative haemoglobin, C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum albumin to predict colorectal cancer recurrence and survival.

    METHOD: Data on all curative resections for Stages I-III colorectal cancer performed at a tertiary referral hospital 2007-2010 have been recorded ion the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Registry and were matched to the local databases for laboratory results and blood transfusion. Patients who died within 30 days or during primary hospital admission were excluded. Preoperative haemoglobin, CRP and albumin levels were recorded for 417 patients. A score (0-3) was derived on presence of anaemia (Hb <120 g/l for women and <130 g/l for men), raised CRP (>10 mg/ml) and low albumin (<35g/dl). The risks for recurrence and impaired overall survival were assessed using Cox regression analyses.

    RESULTS: Impaired overall survival was found when one, two or three of the criteria, anaemia, elevated CRP and low albumin, were present prior to surgery (HR 3.61, 1.66-7.85; HR 3.91, 1.75-8.74; HR 4.85, 2.15-10.93, respectively). The risk for recurrence, however, was not related to the presence of these criteria.

    CONCLUSION: Overall survival after curative surgery for Stages I-III colorectal cancer is impaired when anaemia, elevated CRP or low albumin exist prior to surgery. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  • 140. Egenvall, Monika
    et al.
    Mörner, Malin
    Påhlman, Lars
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Surg Gastroenterol, K53,Huddinge 141, S-14186 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Degree of blood loss during surgery for rectal cancer: a population-based epidemiologic study of surgical complications and survival2014In: Colorectal Disease, ISSN 1462-8910, E-ISSN 1463-1318, Vol. 16, no 9, p. 696-702Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIM: the hypothesis tested in this study was that major blood loss during surgery for rectal cancer increases the risk for surgical complications and for small bowel obstruction (SBO) due to adhesions or tumour recurrence and reduces overall survival.

    METHOD: data were retrieved from the Uppsala/Örebro Regional Rectal Cancer Registry for all patients undergoing radical resection for rectal cancer 1997-2003 (n=1,843) and matched against the Swedish National Patient Registry regarding surgery and admission for SBO. These patient records were scrutinized to determine the etiology of surgery for SBO. The registry was scrutinized for blood loss and other surgical complications associated with surgery. Uni- and multivariate Cox analysis and logistic regression were used.

    RESULTS: 94 (5.1%) patients underwent surgery for SBO >30 days after the index operation. Of these 82 were caused by adhesions and 12 by tumour recurrence. The volume of blood lost did not influence the risk of surgery for SBO due to adhesions, but blood loss above the median (>800 ml) increased the risk for surgery for SBO caused by tumour recurrence (HR 10.52; 95% CI 1.36-81.51). Increased blood loss increased the risk of surgical complications (OR 2,09; 95% CI 1.60-2.75 with blood loss of 450 ml or more) but did not reduce overall survival. Irradiation before surgery increased blood loss, complications and admission for SBO.

    CONCLUSION: major blood loss during surgery for rectal cancer increases the risk of later surgery for SBO caused by tumour recurrence and surgical complications, but overall survival is not affected. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  • 141.
    Ekbrand, Hans
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Ekman, Robert
    University of Örebro, Sweden.
    Thodelius, Charlotta
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Lundälv, Jörgen
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Andersson, Björn
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Malmqvist, Inga
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Injury events in residential areas – risk groups and etiological factors for falling, cutting and poisoning2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Injury events in homes constitute a major social problem. Falling, cutting and poisoning make up 85 per cent of all injury events in residential areas.

    This study is based on a unique data set that includes several million cases of falling, cutting and poisoning in Sweden during the period 1990-2013 which lead to either to death, hospitalisation or to a visit to a health care provider, and a control group randomly selected from the population.

    Three riskgroups are given special attention in the analysis: (1) old people, (2) children, (3) persons with disabilities and or long term illnesses.

    Methods: Multilevel regression analysis and geographical information systems, GIS.

    Results: The results show the probability for each riskgroup to be exposed to each type of injury event, and how this probability varies with place (GIS), previous exposure, type of household, socioeconomic status and type of housing.

    Conclusions: The project is ongoing. Our cross-sectorial group has demonstrated the importance of injury epidemiology as a guiding principle in architectural design, particularly for high-risk groups.

  • 142.
    Ekdahl, Tove
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Löfgren, Jenny
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Wladis, Andreas
    Nordin, Pär
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Myggnät vid ljumskbråckskirurgi ett alternativ i låginkomstländer: interimsanalys av kontrollerad randomiserad studie visar goda resultat2014In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 111, no 34-35, p. 1358-1361Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Behovet av förbättrade kirurgiska insatser i låginkomstländer är stort. 

    Ljumskbråck är en vanlig kirurgisk åkomma och opereras i höginkomstländer nästan uteslutande med nätteknik. I låginkomstmiljöer är kommersiella nät för dyra. 

    En randomiserad studie i Uganda undersöker om myggnät med liknande material som de kommersiella näten är jämförbara med kommersiella nät vid ljumskbråckskirurgi. 

    En interimsstudie har utförts för att tidigt påvisa om det föreligger allvarliga komplikationer i någon av behandlingsarmarna. Patienterna följdes upp 14 dagar och 1 år postoperativt.

    Interimsanalysen påvisade inga skillnader mellan behandlingsarmarna eller allvarliga komplikationer som skulle föranleda avbrott av studien.

  • 143.
    Eklöf, Vincy
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Wikberg, Maria L.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Edin, Sofia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Dahlin, Anna M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Jonsson, Björn-Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Öberg, Å.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Rutegård, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Palmqvist, Richard
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    The prognostic role of KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA and PTEN in colorectal cancer2013In: British Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0007-0920, E-ISSN 1532-1827, Vol. 108, no 10, p. 2153-2163Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Mutations in KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA and PTEN expression have been in focus to predict the effect of epidermal growth factor receptor-blocking therapy in colorectal cancer (CRC). Here, information on these four aberrations was collected and combined to a Quadruple index and used to evaluate the prognostic role of these factors in CRC. Patients We analysed the mutation status in KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA and PTEN expression in two separate CRC cohorts, Northern Sweden Health Disease Study (NSHDS; n = 197) and Colorectal Cancer in Umea Study (CRUMS; n = 414). A Quadruple index was created, where Quadruple index positivity specifies cases with any aberration in KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA or PTEN expression. Results Quadruple index positive tumours had a worse prognosis, significant in the NSHDS but not in the CRUMS cohort (NSHDS; P = 0.003 and CRUMS; P = 0.230) in univariate analyses but significance was lost in multivariate analyses. When analysing each gene separately, only BRAF was of prognostic significance in the NSHDS cohort (multivariate HR 2.00, 95% CI: 1.16-3.43) and KRAS was of prognostic significance in the CRUMS cohort (multivariate HR 1.48, 95% CI: 1.02-2.16). Aberrations in PIK3CA and PTEN did not add significant prognostic information. Conclusions Our results suggest that establishment of molecular subgroups based on KRAS and BRAF mutation status is important and should be considered in future prognostic studies in CRC.

  • 144.
    Elmqvist, Lars-Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Medicine.
    Chronic anterior cruciate ligament tear: knee function and knee extensor muscle size, morphology and function before and after surgical reconstruction1988Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Knee function was evaluated by knee score, activity level, clinical findings and performance tests, muscle size by computerized tomography (CT), morphology by light (LM) and electron microscopy (EM), muscle function by electromyography (EMG) and isokinetic performance in 29 patients with chronic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. Preoperatively CT disclosed a significant mean atrophy of the quadriceps and nonsignificant changes of the other muscle areas of the injured leg. Morphology of m vastus lateralis of the injured leg was normal in more than half of the biopsies preoperatively, the rest showed signs of nonoptimal activation. Significant decreases in all isokinetic parameters were noticed together with significantly decreased EMG of the quadriceps muscle of the injured leg.

    Âfter surgical reconstruction the knees were immobilized in a cast for 6 weeks at either 30° or 70° of knee flexion. After cast removal CT showed significant decreases of all areas which also remained after training. The 30° group showed larger fibres (intracellular oedema) and more frequent morphological abnormalities than the 70° group. Fourteen weeks postoperatively the patients were allocated to either a combination of isometric and progressive resistance training or isokinetic training for 6 weeks. CT showed slightly larger areas at 20 weeks postoperatively than at 6 weeks. Morphological abnormalities were still prominent at 20 weeks postoperatively. Maximum isokinetic knee extensor mechanical output and endurance were markedly decreased at 14 weeks postoperatively but both improved progressively during the one year rehabilitation, mostly during the intensive 6 week training period but irrespective of training programme used. Fatiguability/endurance level improved over the preoperative level. Muscular work/integrated EMG was stable while EMG/t increased indicating neuromuscular relearning.

    The clinical result at 28 months foliowup was excellent or good in 93% of the patients and clinical stability improved in 66%. Independent upon primary knee immobilization angle or training programmes no differences could be demonstrated with respect to stability, range of motion, function or isokinetic mechanical output. Isokinetic performance was still significantly lower in the injured compared to the noninjured leg and not significantly different from the preoperative values. Morphology, only 6 cases, showed abnormalities similar to preoperative findings.

    In conclusion, the reason for the decreased maximum and total knee extensor performance in these patients with ACL tears is suggested to be nonoptimal activation of normal functioning muscle fibres depending on changes in knee joint receptor afferent inflow. No differences concerning the markedly improved postoperative clinical result could be seen between the different treatment modalities used. A nonoptimal muscular activation might explain the still decreased isokinetic performance present at followup.

  • 145.
    Emanuelsson, Peter
    et al.
    Department for Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, 117 76, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strömsten, U.
    Department of Clinical Sciences Danderyds Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm.
    Stark, Birgit
    Department for Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Analysis of the abdominal musculo-aponeurotic anatomy in rectus diastasis: comparison of CT scanning and preoperative clinical assessment with direct measurement intraoperatively2014In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9204, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 465-471Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To evaluate and compare the consistency of agreement of two methods for measuring abdominal rectus diastasis (ARD), preoperative computed tomography (CT) scanning and preoperative clinical assessment were compared with direct measurement intraoperatively.

    METHODS: Fifty-five consecutive patients were retrieved from an ongoing prospective randomised trial comparing two operative techniques for the repair of ARD. All patients underwent a preoperative clinical assessment and CT scan, and the results were compared with intraoperative measurement of the ARD width. Agreement between methods was described with Bland-Altman plots (BA plots) and calculated using Lin's Concordance Correlation Coefficient (CCC).

    RESULTS: The median width of the diastasis was 4.0 cm in the upper midline and 3.0 cm in the lower midline for the intraoperative measurement. BA plots showed that measurements on CT and intraoperatively are not in agreement in the lower midline, whereas the agreement was stronger between the clinical and the intraoperative method. The CCC was higher for clinical vs. intraoperative measurement (0.479) than for CT vs. intraoperative measurement (-0.002) in the lower midline, although the agreement was over all low. CT scanning underestimated the width of the ARD when compared to 87 % of preoperative clinical assessments, and 83 % of intraoperative measurements. Preoperative clinical assessment overestimated ARD in 35 % when compared with intraoperative measurements.

    CONCLUSION: Clinical assessment prior to surgery provides more accurate information than CT scanning in the assessment of ARD width. CT scanning underestimates ARD width when compared with intraoperative measurement.

  • 146. Emanuelsson, Peter
    et al.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Stark, Birgit
    Operative correction of abdominal rectus diastasis (ARD) reduces pain and improves abdominal wall muscle strength: a randomized, prospective trial comparing retromuscular mesh repair to double-row, self-retaining sutures2016In: Surgery, ISSN 0039-6060, E-ISSN 1532-7361, Vol. 160, no 5, p. 1367-1375Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The primary aim of this prospective, randomized, clinical, 2-armed trial was to evaluate the risk for recurrence using 2 different operative techniques for repair of abdominal rectus diastasis. Secondary aims were comparison of pain, abdominal muscle strength, and quality of life and to compare those outcomes to a control group receiving physical training only.

    METHODS: Eighty-six patients were enrolled. Twenty-nine patients were allocated to retromuscular polypropylene mesh and 27 to double-row plication with Quill technology. Thirty-two patients participated in a 3-month training program. Diastasis was evaluated with computed tomography scan and clinically. Pain was assessed using the ventral hernia pain questionnaire, a quality-of-life survey, SF-36, and abdominal muscle strength using the Biodex System-4.

    RESULTS: One early recurrence occurred in the Quill group, 2 encapsulated seromas in the mesh group, and 3 in the suture group. Significant improvements in perceived pain, the ventral hernia pain questionnaire, and quality of life appeared at the 1-year follow-up with no difference between the 2 operative groups. Significant muscular improvement was obtained in all groups (Biodex System-4). Patient perceived gain in muscle strength assessed with a visual analog scale improved similarly in both operative groups. This improvement was significantly greater than that seen in the training group. Patients in the training group still experienced bodily pain at follow-up.

    CONCLUSION: There was no difference between the Quill technique and retromuscular mesh in the effect on abdominal wall stability, with a similar complication rate 1 year after operation. An operation improves functional ability and quality of life. Training strengthens the abdominal muscles, but patients still experience discomfort and pain.

  • 147.
    Emanuelsson, Peter
    et al.
    Department for Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Stark, Birgit
    Department for Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Early complications, pain, and quality of life after reconstructive surgery for abdominal rectus muscle diastasis: a 3-month follow-up2014In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, ISSN 1748-6815, E-ISSN 1532-1959, Vol. 67, no 8, p. 1082-1088Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate early complications following retromuscular mesh repair with those after dual layer suture of the anterior rectus sheath in a randomised controlled clinical trial for abdominal rectus muscle diastasis (ARD).

    METHODS: Patients with an ARD wider than 3 cm and clinical symptoms related to the ARD were included in a prospective randomised study. They were assigned to either retromuscular inset of a lightweight polypropylene mesh or to dual closure of the anterior rectus fascia using Quill self-locking technology. All patients completed a validated questionnaire for pain assessment (Ventral Hernia Pain Questionnaire, VHPQ) and for quality of life (SF36) prior to and 3 months after surgery.

    RESULTS: The most frequently seen adverse event was minor wound infection. Of the patients, 14/57 had a superficial wound infection; five related to Quill and nine to mesh repair. No deep wound infections were reported. Patient rating for subjective muscular improvement postoperatively was better in the mesh technique group with a mean of 6.9 (range 0-10) compared to a mean of 4.8 (range 0-10) in the Quill group (p=0.01). The pre- and post-operative SF36 scores improved in both groups.

    CONCLUSIONS: There was no significant difference between the two surgical techniques in terms of early complications and perceived pain at the 3-month follow-up. Both techniques may be considered equally reliable for ARD repair in terms of adverse outcomes during the early postoperative phase, even though patients operated with a mesh experienced better improvement in muscular strength.

  • 148.
    Engely, Geir
    et al.
    Oslo Universitetssykehus.
    Ankersten, Kim
    Oslo Universitetssykehus.
    Aure, Jostein
    Oslo Universitetssykehus.
    Wik, Lars
    Oslo Universitetssykehus.
    Lundälv, Jörgen
    Ambulansesikkerhet i Norge. Hvem krasjer og hvorfor?2016In: Ambulanseforum, ISSN 0800-6423, E-ISSN 1532-5865, no 3, p. 30-31Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 149. Englund, Liselotte
    et al.
    Forsberg, Rebecca
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Saveman, Britt-Inger
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Survivors' experiences of media coverage after traumatic injury events2014In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 25-30Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Survivors' experiences of media at traumatic events, is still a limited research area. The aim of this study is to explore survivors' experiences of interacting with journalists and media coverage, including their experiences of being portrayed in the media, following two Swedish train crashes. Qualitative interviews were conducted with passengers from two train crashes in Sweden. A qualitative content analysis generated meaning units, subcategories, and categories. Survivors experienced interacting with journalists mainly in three ways: harmful, inconsequential, and helpful. Media content and personal media exposure was experienced in a similar way: uncomfortable, insignificant, and useful. Journalists and media coverage have a large impact on survivors' experiences following a traumatic event. It is important that emergency responders, such as ambulance nurses, are aware of how victims are affected by journalists' presence and the media coverage that follows so that negative outcomes can be reduced and the positive can be enhanced. The present study also shows that media coverage in the long term can become important pieces of information for the victim in order to understand and process the traumatic event. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 150.
    Enochsson, Lars
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences. Sunderby Research Unit, Luleå.
    Blohm, My
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Jonas, Eduard
    Hallerbäck, Bengt
    Lundell, Lars
    Österberg, Johanna
    Inversed relationship between completeness of follow-up and coverage of postoperative complications in gallstone surgery and ERCP: a potential source of bias in patient registers2018In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 8, no 1, article id e019551Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To analyse the completeness in GallRiks of the follow-up frequency in relation to the intraoperative and postoperative outcome.

    Design: Population-based register study.

    Setting: Data from the national Swedish Registry for Gallstone Surgery and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), GallRiks.

    Population: All cholecystectomies and ERCPs recorded in GallRiks between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2014.

    Main outcome measures: Outcomes for intraprocedural as well as postprocedural adverse events between units with either a 30-day follow-up of AO% compared with those with a less frequent follow-up (<90%).

    Results: Between 2006 and 2014, 162 212 cholecystectomies and ERCP procedures were registered in GallRiks. After the exclusion of non-index procedures and those with incomplete data 152 827 procedures remained for final analyses. In patients having a cholecystectomy, there were no differences regarding the adverse event rates, irrespective of the follow-up frequency. However, in the more complicated endoscopic ERCP procedures, the postoperative adverse event rates were significantly higher in those with a more frequent and complete 30-day follow-up (OR 1.92; 95% Cl 1.76 to 2.11).

    Conclusions: Differences in the follow-up frequency in registries affect the reported outcomes as exemplified by the complicated endoscopic ERCP procedures. A high and complete follow-up rate shall serve as an additional quality indicator for surgical registries.

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