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  • 151.
    Franklin, Karl A.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Haglund, Bengt
    Axelsson, Susanna
    Holmlund, Thorbjörn
    Rehnqvist, Nina
    Rosen, Måns
    Frequency of serious complications after surgery for snoring and sleep apnea2011In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 131, no 3, p. 298-302Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conclusion: No case of death related to surgery in the form of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, uvulopalatoplasty or nasal surgery for snoring or sleep apnea has been recorded in Sweden among 4876 patients treated between 1997 and 2005. Severe complications of surgery in the peri-and postoperative period, especially in the form of bleedings and infections, were most common after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, occurring in 3.7%. Objective: To investigate the frequency of serious complications, including death, of surgery for treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Methods: All Swedish adults who were treated surgically because of snoring or sleep apnea from January 1997 to December 2005 were identified in the National Patient Register. Mortality and serious complications within 30 days from surgery were obtained from the National Cause of Death Register and the National Patient Register. Results: A total of 4876 patients were treated surgically. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty was performed in 3572 patients, uvulopalatoplasty in 929 patients, and nasal surgery in 375 patients. None of the surgically treated patients died in the peri-and postoperative period. Severe complications, mainly bleedings and infections, were recorded in 37.1 per 1000 patients treated with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, in 5.6 per 1000 patients after uvulopalatoplasty, and in 8.8 per 1000 patients after nasal surgery.

  • 152.
    Franklin, Karl A
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
    Rehnqvist, Nina
    Freyschuss, Bo
    Axelsson, Susanna
    Obesity surgery in sleep apnea? The effect should be studied in RCTs.2008In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 105, no 37, p. 2499-2500Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 153.
    Franklin, Oskar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Stromal components and micro-RNAs as biomarkers in pancreatic cancer2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients have the poorest 5-year survival rates of all cancer forms. It is difficult to diagnose at early disease stages, tumour relapse after surgery is common, and current chemotherapies are ineffective. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (Ca 19-9), the only clinically implemented PDAC biomarker, is insufficient for diagnostic and screening purposes.

    PDAC tumours are characterised by a voluminous stroma that is rich in extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules such as collagens, hyaluronan (HA) and matricellular proteins. These stromal components have been suggested to promote PDAC cell migration, proliferation, evasion of apoptosis and chemotherapy resistance. Those events are mediated via interactions with adhesion receptors, such as integrins and CD44 receptors expressed on cancer cell surfaces.

    Micro-RNAs (miRNA) post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression in health and disease. At the time of PDAC diagnosis, miRNA levels are altered both in plasma and tumour tissue. Before PDAC diagnosis, tissue miRNA levels are altered in precursor lesions, raising the possibility that plasma miRNAs might aid in early detection.

    In this thesis, it is hypothesised that stromal components and miRNAs can serve as tissue or blood based biomarkers in PDAC. The aims are: (1) to characterise the expression of stromal components and their receptors in normal and cancerous tissue; (2) to find potential stroma-associated tissue and blood-based biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis estimates; (3) to determine the cellular effects of type IV collagen (Col IV) in PDAC; (4) to determine if plasma miRNAs that are altered in manifest PDAC can be used to diagnose PDAC earlier.

    Methods The expression patterns of Col IV, Col IV-binding integrin subunits (α1, α2, β1), Endostatin, Osteopontin (OPN) and Tenascin C (TNC) were analysed in frozen PDAC and normal pancreatic tissue. A tissue microarray (TMA) was constructed using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded primary tumours and lymph node metastases. The TMA was used to study the expression levels and associations with survival of the standard CD44 receptor (CD44s), its variant isoform 6 (CD44v6), HA, OPN and Col IV. Circulating levels of HA, Col IV, Endostatin, OPN and TNC were measured in PDAC patients and healthy individuals, and compared with conventional tumour markers (Ca 19-9, CEA, Ca 125 and TPS). The functional roles of Col IV were studied in PDAC cell lines by: (1) growth on different matrices (2) blocking Col IV binding integrin subunits, (3) blocking the Col IV domains 7s, CB3 and NC1, and (4) by down regulation of PDAC cell synthesis of Col IV using siRNA transfection. Plasma miRNAs alterations were screened for in samples from patients with manifest disease, using real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR). To find early miRNA alterations, levels of those miRNAs that were altered at diagnosis were measured in prediagnostic plasma samples.

    Results High tissue expression of both the standard CD44 receptor (CD44s) and its variant isoform CD44v6 as well as low expression of stromal OPN were associated with poor survival. In addition, high CD44s and low OPN predicted poor survival independent of established prognostic factors.

    Circulating Col IV, Endostatin, OPN, TNC and HA were increased in preoperative samples from PDAC patients. Preoperatively, higher levels of serum-HA and plasma-Endostatin were associated with shorter survival. Postoperatively, higher levels of Col IV, Endostatin and OPN were associated with shorter survival. On the contrary, only one of the conventional tumour markers was associated with survival (Ca 125).

    Col IV stimulated PDAC cell proliferation and migration and inhibited apoptosis in vitro, dependent on the collagenous domain (CB3) of Col IV and the Col IV binding integrin subunit β1. Reduced endogenous Col IV synthesis inhibited these effects, suggesting that PDAC cells synthesise Col IV to stimulate tumour-promoting events via a newly discovered autocrine loop.

    15 miRNAs were altered in early stage PDAC patients and the combination of these markers outperformed Ca 19-9 in discriminating patients from healthy individuals. However, none of the miRNAs were altered in prediagnostic samples, suggesting that plasma miRNA alterations appear late in the disease course.

    Conclusions Up regulated stromal components in PDAC tumours are detectable in blood samples and are potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in PDAC. High circulating levels of Col IV, Endostatin, OPN and HA predict poor survival, as well as high expression of CD44s and CD44v6 and low expression of OPN in tumour tissue. PDAC cells synthesise Col IV, which forms BM-like structures close to cancer cells and promote tumour progression in vitro via an autocrine loop. Several plasma-miRNAs are altered in PDAC, but are not useful for early discovery. 

  • 154.
    Fransson, Filip
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Kyrk, Tobias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Skagerlind, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Stegmayr, Bernd
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Rinsing the extra corporeal circuit with a heparin and albumin solution reduces the need for systemic anticoagulant in hemodialysis2013In: International Journal of Artificial Organs, ISSN 0391-3988, E-ISSN 1724-6040, Vol. 36, no 10, p. 725-729Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Systemic anticoagulation during hemodialysis (HD) increases the risk for bleeding complications pre- or post-operatively. Based on the concept of blood-membrane interaction, we developed a heparin-albumin solution to rinse the dialysis circuit before start. The aim of this study was to investigate if this method was a valuable tool for our patients at risk for bleeding complications.

    Material and methods: This retrospective, comparative, quality assessment study included 248 HD in 68 patients; Group 1: 178 treatments were performed at patients for risk of bleeding using heparin-albumin-priming and Group 2: 70 acute HD were performed on patients without increased risk of bleeding using a bolus of heparin at start and a continuous infusion of heparin. In Group 1 additional heparin was given upon suspicion of progressive clotting. One L saline contained albumin (1 g/I) and heparin (5000 U/I) used for priming. Excess priming solution was removed by filling the circuit with blood at start of treatment.

    Results: In Group 1, a mean total dose of 2000 U of heparin was given during the HD (18% performed HD without any heparin) and Group 2 used a mean total dose of 5500 U (p<0.001). There was no increased incidence of clotting in Group 1 versus Group 2 compared to standard HD. No bleeding complications were reported during any of the HA-priming treatments.

    Conclusions: Heparin-albumin priming resulted in a reduced total dose of heparin. There was no increased clotting and no incidence of bleeding was reported in either group.

  • 155.
    Fredriksson, Katarina
    et al.
    Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Hammarqvist, Folke
    Gastrocentrum, Department of Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Strigård, Karin
    Gastrocentrum, Department of Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Hultenby, Kjell
    Clinical Research Center at Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Ljungqvist, Olle
    Center for Gastrointestinal Disease at Ersta Hospital, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Wernerman, Jan
    Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Rooyackers, Olav
    Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Derangements in mitochondrial metabolism in intercostal and leg muscle of critically ill patients with sepsis-induced multiple organ failure.2006In: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN 0193-1849, E-ISSN 1522-1555, Vol. 291, no 5, p. 1044-1050Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Critically ill patients treated for multiple organ failure often develop muscle dysfunction. Here we test the hypothesis that mitochondrial and energy metabolism are deranged in leg and intercostal muscle of critically ill patients with sepsis-induced multiple organ failure. Ten critically ill patients suffering from sepsis-induced multiple organ failure and requiring mechanical ventilation were included in the study. A group (n = 10) of metabolically healthy age- and sex-matched patients undergoing elective surgery were used as controls. Muscle biopsies were obtained from the vastus lateralis (leg) and intercostal muscle. The activities of citrate synthase and mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes I and IV and concentrations of ATP, creatine phosphate, and lactate were analyzed. Morphological evaluation of mitochondria was performed by electron microscopy. Activities of citrate synthase and complex I were 53 and 60% lower, respectively, in intercostal muscle of the patients but not in leg muscle compared with controls. The activity of complex IV was 30% lower in leg muscle but not in intercostal muscle. Concentrations of ATP and creatine phosphate were, respectively, 40 and 34% lower, and lactate concentrations were 43% higher in leg muscle but not in intercostal muscle. We conclude that both leg and intercostal muscle show a twofold decrease in mitochondrial content in intensive care unit patients with multiple organ failure, which is associated with lower concentrations of energy-rich phosphates and an increased anaerobic energy production in leg muscle but not in intercostal muscle.

  • 156.
    Frestadius, Johnny
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Long term follow-up after interposition arthroplasty of the carpometacarpale 1-joint ad modum Hulin2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 157. Fridén, Jan
    et al.
    Pontén, Eva
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Department of Orthopaedics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Lieber, Richard L
    Effect of muscle tension during tendon transfer on sarcomerogenesis in a rabbit model2000In: Journal of Hand Surgery-American Volume, ISSN 0363-5023, E-ISSN 1531-6564, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 138-143Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sarcomere number change was investigated in an animal model of tendon transfer. In 9 adult New Zealand white rabbits, the flexor digitorum longus muscle was cut distally and transferred and woven into the tibialis anterior tendon. Ankles were then immobilized for 3 weeks in 75 degrees flexion. Transferred flexor digitorum longus muscles were harvested and complete architectural analysis was performed. Sarcomere lengths were measured using laser diffraction. Serial sarcomere number in transferred flexor digitorum longus fibers was a strong function of the sarcomere length at the time of transfer. A highly significant negative correlation between these 2 parameters was approximated by a linear relationship. Based on this finding, we conclude that serial sarcomere number is significantly affected by the degree of stretch during the transfer itself. This could easily compromise the purpose of surgical tendon transfer by reducing the procedure to little more than a tenodesis.

  • 158.
    Fränneby, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Sodersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuser, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Andersson, M
    Department of Surgery, Mora District Hospital, Mora, Sweden.
    Heuman, R
    Department of Surgery, Mora District Hospital, Mora, Sweden.
    Nordin, Pär
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Nyrén, Olof
    Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Lund, Lund, Sweden.
    Validation of an Inguinal Pain Questionnaire for assessment of chronic pain after groin hernia repair.2008In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 95, no 4, p. 488-493Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Long-term pain is an important outcome after inguinal hernia repair. The aim of this study was to test the validity and reliability of a specific Inguinal Pain Questionnaire (IPQ). METHODS: The study recruited patients aged between 15 and 85 years who had undergone primary inguinal or femoral hernia repair. To test the validity of the questionnaire, 100 patients received the IPQ and the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) 1 and 4 weeks after surgery (group 1). To test reliability and internal consistency, 100 patients received the IPQ on two occasions 1 month apart, 3 years after surgery (group 2). Non-surgery-related pain was analysed in group 3 (2853 patients). RESULTS: A significant decrease in IPQ-rated pain intensity was observed in the first 4 weeks after surgery (P < 0.001). Significant correlations with corresponding BPI pain intensity items corroborated the criterion validity (P < 0.050). Logical incoherence did not exceed 5.5 per cent for any item. Values for kappa in the test-retest in group 2 were higher than 0.5 for all but three items. Cronbach's alpha was 0.83 for questions on pain intensity and 0.74 for interference with daily activities. CONCLUSION: This study found good validity and reliability for the IPQ, making it a useful instrument for assessing pain following groin hernia repair.

  • 159.
    Fränneby, Ulf
    et al.
    Dept of Surgery, Sodersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    The Department of Surgical Sciences, Akademiska sjukhuset, Colorectal Unit, Uppsala University, SE 751 85, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Wollert, S
    Sandblom, G
    Discordance between the patient's and surgeon's perception of complications following hernia surgery.2005In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9204, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 145-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The study was undertaken in order to assess the degree of concordance between the patient's and surgeon's perceptions of adverse events after groin hernia surgery.

    METHODS: 206 patients who underwent elective surgery for groin hernia at Samariterhemmet, Uppsala, Sweden in 2003 were invited to a follow-up visit after 3-6 weeks. At this visit the patient was instructed to answer a questionnaire including 12 questions concerning postoperative complications. A postoperative history was taken and a clinical examination performed by a surgeon who was not present at the operation and did not know the outcome of the questionnaire. All complications noted by the physician were recorded for corresponding questions in the questionnaire.

    RESULTS: 174 (84.5%) patients attended the follow up, 161 men and 13 women. A total of 190 complications were revealed by the questionnaire, 32 of which had caused the patient to seek help from the health-care system. There were 131 complications registered as a result of the follow-up clinical examinations and history. Kappa levels ranged from 0.11 for urinary complications to 0.56 for constipation.

    CONCLUSION: In general, the concordance was poor. These results emphasise the importance of providing detailed information about the usual postoperative course prior to the operation. Whereas the surgeon, from a professional point of view, has a better idea about what should be expected in the postoperative period and how any complications should be categorised, only the patient has a complete picture of the symptoms and adverse events. This makes it impossible to reach complete agreement between the patient's and surgeon's perceptions of complications, even under the most ideal circumstances.

  • 160.
    Fränneby, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala.
    Nordin, Pär
    Department of Surgery, östersunds Sjukhus, östersund.
    Nyrén, Olof
    Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Risk factors for long-term pain after hernia surgery2006In: Annals of Surgery, ISSN 0003-4932, E-ISSN 1528-1140, Vol. 244, no 2, p. 212-219Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of residual pain 2 to 3 years after hernia surgery, to identify factors associated with its occurrence, and to assess the consequences for the patient.

    SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Iatrogenic chronic pain is a neglected problem that may totally annul the benefits from hernia repair.

    METHODS: From the population-based Swedish Hernia Register 3000 patients aged 15 to 85 years were sampled from the 9280 patients registered as having undergone a primary groin hernia operation in the year 2000. Of these, the 2853 patients still alive in 2003 were requested to fill in a postal questionnaire.

    RESULTS: After 2 reminders, 2456 patients (86%), 2299 men and 157 women responded. In response to a question about "worst perceived pain last week," 758 patients (31%) reported pain to some extent. In 144 cases (6%), the pain interfered with daily activities. Age below median, a high level of pain before the operation, and occurrence of any postoperative complication were found to significantly and independently predict long-term pain in multivariate logistic analysis when "worst pain last week" was used as outcome variable. The same variables, along with a repair technique using anterior approach, were found to predict long-term pain with "pain right now" as outcome variable.

    CONCLUSION: Pain that is at least partly disabling appears to occur more often than recurrences. The prevalence of long-term pain can be reduced by preventing postoperative complications. The impact of repair technique on the risk of long-term pain shown in our study should be further assessed in randomized controlled trials.

  • 161.
    Fränneby, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Nyrén, Olof
    Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nordin, Pär
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Self-reported adverse events after groin hernia repair, a study based on a national register.2008In: Value in Health, ISSN 1098-3015, E-ISSN 1524-4733, Vol. 11, no 5, p. 927-932Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: In most clinics, follow-up after inguinal hernia surgery is not a routine procedure and complications may pass unnoticed, thus impairing quality assessment. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency, spectrum, and risk factors of short-term adverse events after groin hernia repair. METHODS: All patients aged 15 years or older with a primary unilateral inguinal or femoral hernia repair recorded in the Swedish Hernia Register (SHR) between November 1 and December 31, 2002 were sent a questionnaire asking about complications within the first 30 postoperative days. RESULTS: Of the 1643 recorded patients, 1448 (88.1%) responded: 1341 (92.6%) were men and 107 (7.4%) women, mean age 59 years. There were 195 (11.9%) nonresponders. Postoperative complications reported in the questionnaire were hematoma in 203 (14.0%) patients, severe pain in 168 (11.6%), testicular pain in 120 (8.3%), and infection in 105 (7.3%). Adverse events were reported in the questionnaire by 391 (23.8%) patients, whereas only 85 (5.2%) were affected according to the SHR. Risk factors for postoperative complications were age below the median (59 years) among the studied hernia patients (OR 1.36; 95% CI 1.06-1.74) and laparoscopic repair (OR 2.66; 95% CI 1.17-6.05). CONCLUSION: Questionnaires provide valuable additional information concerning postoperative complications. We recommend that they become an integrated part of routine postoperative assessment.

  • 162.
    Fröjse, Rolf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Exploring Intestinal Ischemia: An experimental study2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and aims: Unrecognized intestinal mucosal ischemia in severely ill patients may trigger development of multiple organ failure. Such ischemia can be evaluated by intraluminal tonometry reflecting mucosal PCO2 and intramucosal pH (pHi). The aims were to develop an apparatus for continuous saline tonometry (CST), to analyse circulatory control mechanisms during intestinal hypoperfusion and to evaluate the effect of dopexamine on intestinal circulation.

    Methods: A modified standard tonometry catheter was integrated in a closed system with circulating saline. By measuring saline PCO2 in a measurement unit pHi could be calculated. This novel system was tested in vitro and in vivo. In a porcine study, CST was evaluated against standard saline tonometry, tissue oxygenation (PO2 TISSUE), jejunal mucosal perfusion (laser doppler flowmetry; LDF) and mesenteric net lactate flux during graded reductions of superior mesenteric arterial pressure (PSMA). Local control mechanisms for maintenance of intestinal oxygenation were analysed. Effects of dopexamine on the intestinal vascular bed were explored. Mucosal lactate production was assessed by microdialysis.

    Results: CST measured accurate PCO2 values and changes in pHi during restricted intestinal circulation and at reperfusion. Local control mechanisms were insufficient at a PSMA of 30 mmHg, pHi was reduced to 7.10 and intestinal net lactate production was demonstrated. Absence of anaerobic intestinal metabolism was verified at PSMA ≥ 50 mmHg, pHi ≥ 7.22 and a PCO2 gap ≤ 15.8 mmHg. Dopexamine induced negative regional metabolic effects at the lowest PSMA, as expressed by decreased PO2 TISSUE and pHi, increased PCO2 gap and intestinal net lactate production.

    Conclusions: CST reflected changes in pHi, induced by intestinal hypoperfusion and at reperfusion. Levels of PSMA, pHi and PCO2 gap as indicators of aerobic conditions were defined. Dopexamine induced a decrease of PO2 TISSUE and pHi as well as an increase in lactate flux at the lowest PSMA level.

  • 163.
    Fytagoridis, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurosurgery.
    Blomstedt, Patric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurosurgery.
    Complications and side effects of deep brain stimulation in the posterior subthalamic area.2010In: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, ISSN 1011-6125, E-ISSN 1423-0372, Vol. 88, no 2, p. 88-93Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The posterior subthalamic area (PSA), including the zona incerta and prelemniscal radiation (Raprl), has recently been presented in number of publications as a promising target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of various movement disorders. In order to evaluate the safety of the procedure, we analyzed our initial 40 patients for complications and side effects. METHODS: 40 patients treated with PSA DBS for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and other forms of tremor were included. RESULTS: The most severe complication was 1 transient mild hemiparesis and 1 infection. Minor complications and side effects were relatively frequent, including mild transient dysphasia in 22.5% of the patients. CONCLUSIONS: Few serious complications were encountered, and we consider the PSA to be a safe target for DBS.

  • 164.
    Fytagoridis, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience. Neurosurgery, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland.
    Heard, Tomas
    Samuelsson, Jennifer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience. Department of Neurosurgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg.
    Zsigmond, Peter
    Jiltsova, Elena
    Skyrman, Simon
    Skoglund, Thomas
    Coyne, Terry
    Silburn, Peter
    Blomstedt, Patric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Surgical Replacement of Implantable Pulse Generator in Deep Brain Stimulation: Adverse Events and Risk Factors in a Multicenter Cohort2016In: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, ISSN 1011-6125, E-ISSN 1423-0372, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 235-239Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a growing treatment modality, and most DBS systems require replacement of the implantable pulse generator (IPG) every few years. The literature regarding the potential impact of adverse events of IPG replacement on the longevity of DBS treatments is rather scarce. Objective: To investigate the incidence of adverse events, including postoperative infections, associated with IPG replacements in a multicenter cohort. Methods: The medical records of 808 patients from one Australian and five Swedish DBS centers with a total of 1,293 IPG replacements were audited. A logistic regression model was used to ascertain the influence of possible predictors on the incidence of adverse events. Results: The overall incidence of major infections was 2.3% per procedure, 3.7% per patient and 1.7% per replaced IPG. For 28 of 30 patients this resulted in partial or complete DBS system removal. There was an increased risk of infection for males (OR 3.6, p = 0.026), and the risk of infection increased with the number of prior IPG replacements (OR 1.6, p < 0.005). Conclusions: The risk of postoperative infection with DBS IPG replacement increases with the number of previous procedures. There is a need to reduce the frequency of IPG replacements. 

  • 165.
    Fytagoridis, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Åström, Mattias
    Samuelsson, Jennifer
    Blomstedt, Patric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Deep Brain Stimulation of the Caudal Zona Incerta: Tremor Control in Relation to the Location of Stimulation Fields2016In: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, ISSN 1011-6125, E-ISSN 1423-0372, Vol. 94, no 6, p. 363-370Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The caudal zona incerta (cZi) and posterior subthalamic area (PSA) are an emerging deep brain stimulation (DBS) target for essential tremor (ET). Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of tremor control in relation to the anatomical locations of stimulation fields in 50 patients with ET and DBS of the cZi. Methods: A total of 240 contacts were evaluated separately with monopolar stimulation, and amplitudes were optimized for improvement of tremor and hand function. Stimulation fields, i.e., volumes of neural activation, were simulated for each optimized setting and assembled into probabilistic stimulation maps (PSMs). Results: There were differences in the anatomical distribution of PSMs associated with good versus poor tremor control. The location of PSMs which achieved good and excellent tremor control corresponded well with the PSM for the clinically used settings, and they were located within the superior part of the PSA. Conclusions: PSMs may serve as a useful tool for defining the most efficacious anatomical location of stimulation. The best tremor control in this series of cZi DBS was achieved with stimulation of the superior part of the PSA, which corresponds to the final part of the cerebellothalamic projections before they reach the ventral lateral thalamus.

  • 166.
    Fäldt Beding, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Characterization of the tumor stroma in breast cancer and matching lymph node: A pilot study with Col1 and Col42015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 167. Ge, Wenzhen
    et al.
    Clendenen, Tess V.
    Afanasyeva, Yelena
    Koenig, Karen L.
    Agnoli, Claudia
    Brinton, Louise A.
    Dorgan, Joanne F.
    Eliassen, A. Heather
    Falk, Roni T.
    Hallmans, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Hankinson, Susan E.
    Hoffman-Bolton, Judith
    Key, Timothy J.
    Krogh, Vittorio
    Nichols, Hazel B.
    Sandler, Dale P.
    Schoemaker, Minouk J.
    Sluss, Patrick M.
    Sund, Malin
    Department of Surgery, Umeå University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden.
    Swerdlow, Anthony J.
    Visvanathan, Kala
    Liu, Mengling
    Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Anne
    Circulating anti-Müllerian hormone and breast cancer risk: a study in ten prospective cohorts2018In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 142, no 11, p. 2215-2226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A strong positive association has been observed between circulating anti‐Müllerian hormone (AMH), a biomarker of ovarian reserve, and breast cancer risk in three prospective studies. Confirming this association is important because of the paucity of biomarkers of breast cancer risk in premenopausal women. We conducted a consortium study including ten prospective cohorts that had collected blood from premenopausal women. A nested case–control design was implemented within each cohort. A total of 2,835 invasive (80%) and in situ (20%) breast cancer cases were individually matched to controls (n = 3,122) on age at blood donation. AMH was measured using a high sensitivity enzyme‐linked immunoabsorbent assay. Conditional logistic regression was applied to the aggregated dataset. There was a statistically significant trend of increasing breast cancer risk with increasing AMH concentration (ptrend across quartiles <0.0001) after adjusting for breast cancer risk factors. The odds ratio (OR) for breast cancer in the top vs. bottom quartile of AMH was 1.60 (95% CI = 1.31–1.94). Though the test for interaction was not statistically significant (pinteraction = 0.15), the trend was statistically significant only for tumors positive for both estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR): ER+/PR+: ORQ4–Q1 = 1.96, 95% CI = 1.46–2.64, ptrend <0.0001; ER+/PR−: ORQ4–Q1 = 0.82, 95% CI = 0.40–1.68, ptrend = 0.51; ER−/PR+: ORQ4–Q1 = 3.23, 95% CI = 0.48–21.9, ptrend = 0.26; ER−/PR−: ORQ4–Q1 = 1.15, 95% CI = 0.63–2.09, ptrend = 0.60. The association was observed for both pre‐ (ORQ4–Q1= 1.35, 95% CI = 1.05–1.73) and post‐menopausal (ORQ4–Q1 = 1.61, 95% CI = 1.03–2.53) breast cancer (pinteraction = 0.34). In this large consortium study, we confirmed that AMH is associated with breast cancer risk, with a 60% increase in risk for women in the top vs. bottom quartile of AMH.

    What's new? To make informed decisions about screening and prevention, women need tools to accurately assess their breast cancer risk. Young women have few predictive biomarkers to look to; estrogen and progesterone are only weakly predictive before menopause. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), which strongly correlates with age at menopause, may also correlate with breast cancer risk, according to some previous data. Here, the authors test this correlation by conducting nested case-control studies within ten different cohorts. They found that breast cancer risk increased along with increasing AMH concentration, confirming this hormone as a possible biomarker for breast cancer.

  • 168.
    Gkekas, Ioannis
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Palmgren, Jonathan
    Näsvall, Pia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Dahlberg, Michael
    Intra-abdominal organ strangulation during intraoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography with rendezvous cannulation: case report2015In: Endoscopy, ISSN 0013-726X, E-ISSN 1438-8812, Vol. 47, p. E231-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 169. Grong, Eivind
    et al.
    Kulseng, Bård
    Arbo, Ingerid Brænne
    Nord, Christoffer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Molecular Medicine (UCMM).
    Eriksson, Maria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Molecular Medicine (UCMM).
    Ahlgren, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Molecular Medicine (UCMM).
    Mårvik, Ronald
    Sleeve gastrectomy, but not duodenojejunostomy, preserves total beta-cell mass in Goto-Kakizaki rats evaluated by three-dimensional optical projection tomography2016In: Surgical Endoscopy, ISSN 0930-2794, E-ISSN 1432-2218, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 532-542Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background In type 2 diabetes mellitus, there is a progressive loss of beta-cell mass. Bariatric surgery has in recent investigations showed promising results in terms of diabetes remission, but little is established regarding the effect of surgery on the survival or regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells. In this study, we aim to explore how bariatric surgery with its subsequent hormonal alterations affects the islets of Langerhans.

    Methods Twenty-four Goto-Kakizaki rats were operated with duodenojejunostomy (DJ), sleeve gastrectomy (SG) or sham operation. From the 38th week after surgery, body weight, fasting blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, mixed meal tolerance with repeated measures of insulin, glucagon-like peptide 1, gastrin and total ghrelin were evaluated. Forty-six weeks after surgery, the animals were euthanized and the total beta-cell mass in all animals was examined by three-dimensional volume quantification by optical projection tomography based on the signal from insulin-specific antibody staining.

    Results Body weight did not differ between groups (Pg = 0.37). SG showed lower fasting blood glucose compared to DJ and sham (Pg = 0.037); HbA1c levels in SG were lower compared to DJ only (p\0.05). GLP-1 levels were elevated for DJ compared to SG and sham (Pg = 0.001), whereas gastrin levels were higher in SG compared to the two other groups (Pg = 0.002). Beta-cell mass was significantly greater in animals operated with SG compared to both DJ and sham (p = 0.036).

    Conclusion Sleeve gastrectomy is superior to duodenojejunostomy and sham operation when comparing the preservation of beta-cell mass 46 weeks after surgery in Goto-Kakizaki rats. This could be related to both the increased gastrin levels and the long-term improvement in glycemic parameters observed after this procedure.

  • 170. Grote, V. A.
    et al.
    Rohrmann, S.
    Nieters, A.
    Dossus, L.
    Tjonneland, A.
    Halkjaer, J.
    Overvad, K.
    Fagherazzi, G.
    Boutron-Ruault, M. C.
    Morois, S.
    Teucher, B.
    Becker, S.
    Sluik, D.
    Boeing, H.
    Trichopoulou, A.
    Lagiou, P.
    Trichopoulos, D.
    Palli, D.
    Pala, V.
    Tumino, R.
    Vineis, P.
    Panico, S.
    Rodriguez, L.
    Duell, E. J.
    Molina-Montes, E.
    Dorronsoro, M.
    Huerta, J. M.
    Ardanaz, E.
    Jeurnink, S. M.
    Beulens, J. W. J.
    Peeters, P. H. M.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Ye, W.
    Lindkvist, B.
    Johansen, D.
    Khaw, K. T.
    Wareham, N.
    Allen, N.
    Crowe, F.
    Jenab, M.
    Romieu, I.
    Michaud, D. S.
    Riboli, E.
    Romaguera, D.
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B.
    Kaaks, R.
    Diabetes mellitus, glycated haemoglobin and C-peptide levels in relation to pancreatic cancer risk: a study within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort2011In: Diabetologia, ISSN 0012-186X, E-ISSN 1432-0428, Vol. 54, no 12, p. 3037-3046Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims/hypothesis: There has been long-standing debate about whether diabetes is a causal risk factor for pancreatic cancer or a consequence of tumour development. Prospective epidemiological studies have shown variable relationships between pancreatic cancer risk and blood markers of glucose and insulin metabolism, overall and as a function of lag times between marker measurements (blood donation) and date of tumour diagnosis.

    Methods: Pre-diagnostic levels of HbA(1c) and C-peptide were measured for 466 participants with pancreatic cancer and 466 individually matched controls within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Conditional logistic regression models were used to estimate ORs for pancreatic cancer.

    Results: Pancreatic cancer risk gradually increased with increasing pre-diagnostic HbA(1c) levels up to an OR of 2.42 (95% CI 1.33, 4.39 highest [>= 6.5%, 48 mmol/mol] vs lowest [<= 5.4%, 36 mmol/mol] category), even for individuals with HbA(1c) levels within the non-diabetic range. C-peptide levels showed no significant relationship with pancreatic cancer risk, irrespective of fasting status. Analyses showed no clear trends towards increasing hyperglycaemia (as marked by HbA(1c) levels) or reduced pancreatic beta cell responsiveness (as marked by C-peptide levels) with decreasing time intervals from blood donation to cancer diagnosis.

    Conclusions/interpretation: Our data on HbA(1c) show that individuals who develop exocrine pancreatic cancer tend to have moderate increases in HbA(1c) levels, relatively independently of obesity and insulin resistance-the classic and major risk factors for type 2 diabetes. While there is no strong difference by lag time, more data are needed on this in order to reach a firm conclusion.

  • 171. Grote, VA
    et al.
    Kaaks, R
    Nieters, A
    Tjonneland, A
    Halkjaer, J
    Overvad, K
    Nielsen, MR Skjelbo
    Boutron-Ruault, MC
    Clavel-Chapelon, F
    Racine, A
    Teucher, B
    Becker, S
    Pischon, T
    Boeing, H
    Trichopoulou, A
    Cassapa, C
    Stratigakou, V
    Palli, D
    Krogh, V
    Tumino, R
    Vineis, P
    Panico, S
    Rodriguez, L
    Duell, EJ
    Sanchez, M-J
    Dorronsoro, M
    Navarro, C
    Gurrea, AB
    Siersema, PD
    Peeters, PHM
    Ye, W
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Nutritional Research.
    Lindkvist, B
    Johansen, D
    Khaw, K-T
    Wareham, N
    Allen, NE
    Travis, RC
    Fedirko, V
    Jenab, M
    Michaud, DS
    Chuang, S-C
    Romaguera, D
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, HB
    Rohrmann, S
    Inflammation marker and risk of pancreatic cancer: a nested case-control study within the EPIC cohort2012In: British Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0007-0920, E-ISSN 1532-1827, Vol. 106, no 11, p. 1866-1874Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Established risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking, long-standing diabetes, high body fatness, and chronic pancreatitis, all of which can be characterised by aspects of inflammatory processes. However, prospective studies investigating the relation between inflammatory markers and pancreatic cancer risk are scarce.

    METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, measuring prediagnostic blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and soluble receptors of tumour necrosis factor-a (sTNF-R1, R2) in 455 pancreatic cancer cases and 455 matched controls. Odds ratios (ORs) were estimated using conditional logistic regression models.

    RESULTS: None of the inflammatory markers were significantly associated with risk of pancreatic cancer overall, although a borderline significant association was observed for higher circulating sTNF-R2 (crude OR = 1.52 (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.97-2.39), highest vs lowest quartile). In women, however, higher sTNF-R1 levels were significantly associated with risk of pancreatic cancer (crude OR = 1.97 (95% CI 1.02-3.79)). For sTNF-R2, risk associations seemed to be stronger for diabetic individuals and those with a higher BMI.

    CONCLUSION: Prospectively, CRP and IL-6 do not seem to have a role in our study with respect to risk of pancreatic cancer, whereas sTNF-R1 seemed to be a risk factor in women and sTNF-R2 might be a mediator in the risk relationship between overweight and diabetes with pancreatic cancer. Further large prospective studies are needed to clarify the role of proinflammatory proteins and cytokines in the pathogenesis of exocrine pancreatic cancer. British Journal of Cancer (2012) 106, 1866-1874. doi:10.1038/bjc.2012.172 www.bjcancer.com Published online 26 April 2012 (C) 2012 Cancer Research UK

  • 172. Grote, Verena A.
    et al.
    Nieters, Alexandra
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Roswall, Nina
    Overvad, Kim
    Nielsen, Michael R. Skjelbo
    Clavel-Chapelon, Francoise
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie Christine
    Racine, Antoine
    Teucher, Birgit
    Lukanova, Annekatrin
    Boeing, Heiner
    Drogan, Dagmar
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Trichopoulos, Dimitrios
    Lagiou, Pagona
    Palli, Domenico
    Sieri, Sabina
    Tumino, Rosario
    Vineis, Paolo
    Mattiello, Amalia
    Argueelles Suarez, Marcial Vicente
    Duell, Eric J.
    Sanchez, Maria-Jose
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Huerta Castano, Jose Maria
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Jeurnink, Suzanne M.
    Peeters, Petra H. M.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Ye, Weimin
    Regner, Sara
    Lindkvist, Bjorn
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Wareham, Nick
    Allen, Naomi E.
    Crowe, Francesca L.
    Fedirko, Veronika
    Jenab, Mazda
    Romaguera, Dora
    Siddiq, Afshan
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. Bas
    Rohrmann, Sabine
    The associations of advanced Glycation end products and its soluble receptor with Pancreatic Cancer risk: A Case-Control Study within the Prospective EPIC Cohort2012In: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, ISSN 1055-9965, E-ISSN 1538-7755, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 619-628Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Advanced glycation end products (AGE) and their receptors (RAGE) have been implicated in cancer development through their proinflammatory capabilities. However, prospective data on their association with cancer of specific sites, including pancreatic cancer, are limited. Methods: Prediagnostic blood levels of the AGE product Ne-(carboxymethyl) lysine (CML) and the endogenous secreted receptor for AGE (esRAGE) were measured using ELISA in 454 patients with exocrine pancreatic cancer and individually matched controls within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Pancreatic cancer risk was estimated by calculating ORs with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: Elevated CML levels tended to be associated with a reduction in pancreatic cancer risk [OR = 0.57 (95% CI, 0.32-1.01) comparing highest with lowest quintile), whereas no association was observed for esRAGE (OR = 0.98; 95% CI, 0.62-1.54). Adjustments for body mass index and smoking attenuated the inverse associations of CML with pancreatic cancer risk (OR = 0.78; 95% CI, 0.41-1.49). There was an inverse association between esRAGE and risk of pancreatic cancer for cases that were diagnosed within the first 2 years of follow-up [OR = 0.46 (95% CI, 0.22-0.96) for a doubling in concentration], whereas there was no association among those with a longer follow-up (OR = 1.11; 95% CI, 0.88-1.39; P-interaction = 0.002). Conclusions and Impact: Our results do not provide evidence for an association of higher CML or lower esRAGE levels with risk of pancreatic cancer. The role of AGE/RAGE in pancreatic cancer would benefit from further investigations. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 21(4); 619-28. (C) 2012 AACR.

  • 173.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgical Sciences, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Quality assurance in surgical oncology: Colorectal cancer as an example2003In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology, ISSN 0748-7983, E-ISSN 1532-2157, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 89-94Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Quality assurance in surgical oncology is a field of growing importance. National, regional and local systems have been built up in many countries. Often the quality assurance projects are linked to different registers. The advantage of such a link is the possibility of obtaining population-based data from unselected health care institutions. Few discussions of results from such projects have been published. Quality assurance of colorectal cancer surgery implies the development and use of systems for improvement all the way from detection of the cancer to the outcome as survival and patient satisfaction. To achieve this we must know what methods are being used and the outcome of our treatments. Designing processes for improvement necessitates careful planning, including decisions about end-points. Some crucial issues are discussed step-by-step in the present paper. In addition to auditing and providing collegial feedback, quality assurance is a tool for closing the gap between clinical practice and evidence based medicine and for creating new evidences as well as monitoring the introduction of new techniques and their effects.

  • 174.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Mora Hospital, Sweden.
    Degerman, M
    Davidsson, A
    Heuman, R
    Is elective hernia repair worthwhile in old patients?1999In: European Journal of Surgery, ISSN 1102-4151, E-ISSN 1741-9271, Vol. 165, no 4, p. 326-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To find out if elective herniorraphy in patients aged 75 and over is worthwhile.

    DESIGN: Retrospective study.

    SETTING: District hospital, Sweden.

    SUBJECTS: 146 consecutive patients aged 75 years or more, who had their hernias repaired during the period 1992-95.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patient satisfaction measured by a five-point analogue scale. Clinical and personal details, morbidity, mortality, and surgical variables were obtained from case records.

    RESULTS: Community social service was not required by 114 (78%) of the patients and 15 (22%) had no preoperative complaints. Our patients rated their satisfaction with their choice to have an operation, as well as its effect on their preoperative symptoms as 4.9. Emergency operations (p = 0.02), femoral hernias (p = 0.01) and direct inguinal hernias (direct:indirect ratio 0.81) were more common in this age group. Femoral and direct inguinal hernias tended to recur more often than usual. Emergency operation, dementia, and diabetes were associated with a reduced short-term survival.

    CONCLUSION: Elective hernia repair in an elderly population is highly appreciated by the patients, and worthwhile. If coexisting disease and domestic arrangements are controlled, the patients' need for hospital care can be minimised. Mesh is recommended in femoral and direct inguinal hernias, which were associated with an increased reoperation frequency. A more vigilant protocol of indications for hernia surgery in the aged may minimise the need for both emergency and unnecessary operations.

  • 175.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Mora Hospital, Mora, Sweden .
    Heuman, R
    Patient experience ratings in surgery for recurrent hernia1999In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9204, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 69-73Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 176.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Mora Hospital, S- 792 85 Mora, Sweden.
    Heuman, R
    Department of Surgery, Mora Hospital, S- 792 85 Mora, Sweden.
    Wendel-Hansen, V
    Department of Surgery, Mora Hospital, S- 792 85 Mora, Sweden.
    Patient evaluation of routines in ambulatory hernia surgery1996In: Ambulatory Surgery, ISSN 0966-6532, E-ISSN 1873-2097, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 11-13Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 177.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Kirurgiska kliniken, Mora lasarett.
    Heuman, Rolf
    Wendel-Hansen, Vidar
    Ljumskbråckskirurgi i öppen vård. Positiv patientupplevelse med förenklade rutiner.1997In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 94, no 14, p. 1292-1296Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 178.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Gastrocentrum K53, 141 86, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Johansson, M
    Department of Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Strigård, Karin
    Department of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Assessment of abdominal muscle function using the Biodex System-4. Validity and reliability in healthy volunteers and patients with giant ventral hernia2011In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9204, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 417-421Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The decrease in recurrence rates in ventral hernia surgery have led to a redirection of focus towards other important patient-related endpoints. One such endpoint is abdominal wall function. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the reliability and external validity of abdominal wall strength measurement using the Biodex System-4 with a back abdomen unit.

    MATERIAL AND METHOD: Ten healthy volunteers and ten patients with ventral hernias exceeding 10 cm were recruited. Test-retest reliability, both with and without girdle, was evaluated by comparison of measurements at two test occasions 1 week apart. Reliability was calculated by the interclass correlation coefficients (ICC) method. Validity was evaluated by correlation with the well-established International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and a self-assessment of abdominal wall strength.

    RESULTS: One person in the healthy group was excluded after the first test due to neck problems following minor trauma. The reliability was excellent (>0.75), with ICC values between 0.92 and 0.97 for the different modalities tested. No differences were seen between testing with and without a girdle. Validity was also excellent both when calculated as correlation to self-assessment of abdominal wall strength, and to IPAQ, giving Kendall tau values of 0.51 and 0.47, respectively, and corresponding P values of 0.002 and 0.004.

    CONCLUSION: Measurement of abdominal muscle function using the Biodex System-4 is a reliable and valid method to assess this important patient-related endpoint. Further investigations will be made to explore the potential of this technique in the evaluation of the results of ventral hernia surgery, and to compare muscle function after different abdominal wall reconstruction techniques.

  • 179.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgical Sciences, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Karlbom, U
    Docker, M
    Raab, Y
    Påhlman, L
    Proctocolectomy and pelvic pouch--is a diverting stoma dangerous for the patient?2004In: Colorectal Disease, ISSN 1462-8910, E-ISSN 1463-1318, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 23-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: A diverting loop ileostomy was previously considered mandatory for minimizing the effects of septic complications in pelvic pouch surgery. During the past decade there has been a trend towards omission of the loop ileostomy without obvious signs of increased numbers of pouch complications or impaired long-term function. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the risk of complications associated with the construction and closure of the loop ileostomy itself.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: Complications following diverting loop ileostomies in 143 patients subjected to restorative pelvic pouch surgery during the period 1983-97 were studied retrospectively by evaluation of case records.

    RESULTS: In the period between discharge after pelvic pouch surgery and closure of the loop ileostomy, 20 (14%) patients were hospitalized because of excessive stoma flow and 19 (13%) patients were treated for other surgical complications, of whom 10 (7%) required surgical intervention. In the early postoperative period (within 30 days) after closure of the loop ileostomy, 18 (13%) patients suffered complications necessitating surgery. Another 12 (8%) patients were hospitalized because of intestinal obstruction that could be treated conservatively.

    CONCLUSION: The proportion of complications associated with diverting loop ileostomies in pelvic pouch surgery was considerable. A randomised controlled multicentre study is ethically defensible and is recommended.

  • 180.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Uppsala Academic Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Lewenhaupt, Arvid
    Heuman, Rolf
    Ureteral wound caused by blunt abdominal trauma.2003In: Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, ISSN 0036-5599, E-ISSN 1651-2065, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 88-89Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A man fell on icy ground whilst walking to an outdoor toilet. An initial CT scan with intravenous contrast medium was negative. As the man experienced increasing pain a plain abdominal radiograph was performed 2 h later and revealed extravasation of contrast medium emanating from a ureteral injury. This case underlines the possibility that important injuries may not be visible on the initial CT scan that is often used in trauma diagnostics.

  • 181.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Department of Surgical Sciences, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Seligsohn, E
    Jestin, P
    Påhlman, L
    Registration and validity of surgical complications in colorectal cancer surgery.2003In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 90, no 4, p. 454-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Population-based quality registers have become an important tool in quality assessment during the past decade. For registers to be reliable, however, data must be checked carefully for validity.

    METHODS: The present study describes the validity of surgical complications registered in a national register run by the National Board of Health and Welfare (NBH), a register run by Regional Oncological Centres (ROC) and, for comparison, a local quality assurance system at Uppsala University Hospital (UUH). A specialized, independent surgeon checked 10 per cent of patient records against datasheets from the registers.

    RESULTS: The local quality assurance system at UUH showed the best validity for surgical complications. Data for complications of colonic cancer surgery were more valid than those for rectal cancer surgery. Registration of serious complications was more valid than that of wound infections. The calculated proportion of missed surgical complications was 0.69, 0.64, 0.40, 0.22 and 0.07 for rectal and colonic cancer in the NBH register, rectal and colonic cancer in the ROC register, and the UUH register respectively. Corresponding figures for reoperation were 0.45, 0.48, 0.04, 0.09 and 0.21.

    CONCLUSION: Local interest and routine use of data for quality assurance are crucial factors for valid registers. Careful monitoring of validity is necessary for use of registry data in structured systems for improvement of surgical results.

  • 182.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Stark, Birgit
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Correlation between Abdominal Rectus Diastasis Width and Abdominal Muscle Strength2015In: Digestive Surgery, ISSN 0253-4886, E-ISSN 1421-9883, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 112-116Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Surgery for Abdominal Rectus Diastasis (ARD) is a controversial topic and some argue that it is solely an aesthetic problem. Many symptoms in these patients are indefinite, and no objective criteria have been established, indicating which patients are likely to benefit from surgery. This study investigated the correlation between preoperative assessment and intraoperative measurement of ARD width, and objective measurements of muscle strength. Methods: 57 patients undergoing surgery for ARD underwent preoperative assessment of ARD width by clinical measurement and CT scan, and thereafter intraoperative measurement. Abdominal muscle strength was investigated using the Biodex System 4 including flexion, extension and isometric measurements. Correlations were calculated by the Spearman test. Results: Intraoperative ARD width between the umbilicus and the symphysis correlated strongly with Biodex measurements during flexion (p = 0.007, R = -0.35) and isometric work load (p = 0.01, R = -0.34). The following measurements showed no correlation: between muscle strength and BMI; muscle strength and waistline; or between muscle strength and ARD width above the umbilicus, assessed preoperatively at the outpatient clinic, by CT scan, or measured intraoperatively. Conclusion: There is a strong correlation between intraoperatively measured ARD width below the umbilicus and flexion and isometric abdominal muscle strength measured with the Biodex System 4.

  • 183.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    et al.
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet at the Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge, 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 at the Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    3D intrastomal ultrasonography, an instrument for detecting stoma-related fistula2012In: Techniques in Coloproctology, ISSN 1123-6337, E-ISSN 1128-045X, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 233-236Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the recently developed 3D intrastomal ultrasonography in diagnosing stoma-associated complaints and suspected complications after parastomal hernia repair such as peristomal fistula and abscesses. 3D intrastomal ultrasonography was used to image peristomal tissue in two patients with complaints after parastomal hernia repair performed with IPOM (intraperitoneal onlay mesh). One patient had ulcerative colitis and one Crohn's disease. Both patients were investigated because of pain and in one case also signs of a subcutaneous abscess. Intrastomal ultrasonography revealed fistulas connected to the intestinal segment leading to the stoma in both cases. Both cases also showed signs of a fistula descending to the abdominal cavity. In one case, a subcutaneous abscess was identified and in the other a small abscess adjacent to the fistula and the edge of the fascia. Stoma complaints after surgery for parastomal hernia with implantation of IPOM mesh can be diagnosed using 3D intrastomal ultrasonography. This new 3D technique for imaging intrastomal hernia can be used to complement traditional methods in the detection of stoma-associated abscesses and fistulas with or without foreign material such as mesh.

  • 184.
    Gurmu, A
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute at the Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute at the Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strigård, Karin
    Department of Surgery, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute at the Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Imaging of parastomal hernia using three-dimensional intrastomal ultrasonography2011In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 98, no 7, p. 1026-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Parastomal hernia is common in patients with a permanent stoma. At present there is no standard method for imaging a parastomal hernia. The aim of this study was to investigate the value of three-dimensional intrastomal ultrasonography in differentiating between a parastomal hernia and a bulge.

    METHODS: Twenty patients were divided into four groups according to ultrasonography setting and probe cover. All patients were tested using three different ultrasound probe frequencies (9, 13 and 16 MHz). The intrastomal examination was performed during provocation in both the supine and upright positions, with a protector or water-containing balloon surrounding the probe.

    RESULTS: The sharpest images were obtained using the rectal setting with a water-containing balloon surrounding the probe at 9 MHz in supine and erect positions, for evaluation of both fascia and muscle; in some instances even implanted mesh was detectable. When switched to render mode, the pictures improved in sharpness and it was easier to identify anatomical landmarks.

    CONCLUSION: Intrastomal ultrasonography using the rectal setting and a frequency of 9 MHz is a feasible method for imaging a parastomal hernia and differentiating it from an abdominal bulge. The image quality improves when render mode is used.

  • 185.
    Gurmu, Ambatchew
    et al.
    Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Surgery, Nyköping Hospital, Nyköping, Sweden and Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, K53, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, 141 86, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Matthiessen, Peter
    Department of Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Sven
    Department of Radiology, Akademiska University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Rutegård, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    The inter-observer reliability is very low at clinical examination of parastomal hernia2011In: International Journal of Colorectal Disease, ISSN 0179-1958, E-ISSN 1432-1262, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 89-95Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: Parastomal hernia in patients with a permanent colostomy is common. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of the diagnosis based on clinical examination and to compare this examination with the result of a specially designed questionnaire and computerised tomography (CT) scan.

    METHODS: Forty-one patients operated upon with an abdominoperineal resection due to rectal cancer at three hospitals between 1996 and 2002 were included. At minimum of 4 years after the operation, they underwent clinical examination by two or three independent surgeons, answered a colostomy questionnaire and were offered a CT scan of the abdominal wall.

    RESULT: At Hospital I, 17 patients were examined by three surgeons, with inter-observer kappa values between 0.35 and 0.64. At Hospital II, 13 patients were examined by three surgeons, the kappa values ranged between 0.29 and 0.43. At Hospital III, 11 patients were examined by two surgeons, with kappa value of 0.73. The kappa value between CT scan and the colostomy questionnaire was 0.45.

    CONCLUSION: The inter-observer reliability was low, indicating that parastomal hernia is difficult to diagnose by patient history and clinical examination. Some herniae may not be detected by CT scan, and the correlation to patient-reported complaints is low. A more sensitive radiological method to detect parastomal hernia is needed.

  • 186.
    Gustafsson, Carl Pontus
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Visby Hospital, Gotland, Sweden..
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Dahlstrand, Ursula
    Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet, and Centre for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindforss, Ulrik
    Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, and Centre for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden..
    Loop-ileostomy reversal: patient-related characteristics influencing time to closure2018In: International Journal of Colorectal Disease, ISSN 0179-1958, E-ISSN 1432-1262, Vol. 33, no 5, p. 593-600Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To identify factors associated with timing of stoma reversal after rectal cancer surgery in a large Swedish register-based cohort.

    METHODS: Three thousand five hundred sixty-four patients with rectal cancer who received a protective stoma during surgery in 2007-2013 were identified in the Swedish colorectal cancer register. Time to stoma reversal was evaluated over a follow-up period of one and a half years. Factors associated with timing of stoma reversal were analysed using Cox regression analysis. Reversal within 9 months (12 months if adjuvant chemotherapy) was considered latest expected time to closure.

    RESULTS: Stoma reversal was performed in 2954 (82.9%) patients during follow-up. Patients with post-secondary education had an increased chance for early stoma reversal (HR 1.13; 95% CI 1.02-1.25). Postoperative complications (0.67; 0.62-0.73), adjuvant chemotherapy (0.63; 0.57-0.69), more advanced cancer stage (stage III 0.74; 0.66-0.83 and stage IV 0.38; 0.32-0.46) and higher ASA score (0.80; 0.71-0.90 for ASA 3-4) were associated with longer time to reversal. Two thousand four hundred thirty-seven (68.4%) patients had stoma reversal within latest expected time to closure. Factors associated to decreased chance of timely reversal were more advanced cancer stage (stage III 0.64; 0.50-0.81 and stage IV 0.19; 0.13-0.27), postoperative complications (0.50; 0.42-0.59) and higher ASA score (0.77; 0.61-0.96 for ASA 3-4).

    CONCLUSIONS: Patients with a high level of education had a higher chance of timely reversal but medical factors had a stronger association to time to reversal. Patients with advanced rectal cancer are at high risk for non-reversal and should be considered for permanent stoma.

  • 187.
    Gustafsson, Moa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Tumour stroma; markers for invasiveness and metastatic potential A pilot study of small differentiated papillary thyroid carcinomas2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 188.
    Gustafsson, Patrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Crenshaw, Albert G.
    Edmundsson, David
    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.
    Crnalic, Sead
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Muscle oxygenation in Type 1 diabetic and non-diabetic patients with and without chronic compartment syndrome2017In: PLoS Medicine, ISSN 1549-1277, E-ISSN 1549-1676, Vol. 12, no 10, article id e0186790Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Type 1 diabetic patients and non-diabetic patients were referred for evaluation for chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) based on clinical examination and complaints of activity-related leg pain in the region of the tibialis anterior muscle. Previous studies using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) showed greater deoxygenation during exercise for CECS patients versus healthy controls; however, this comparison has not been done for diabetic CECS patients. Methods: We used NIRS to test for differences in oxygenation kinetics for Type 1 diabetic patients diagnosed with (CECS-diabetics, n = 9) versus diabetic patients without (CON-diabetics, n = 10) leg anterior chronic exertional compartment syndrome. Comparisons were also made between non-diabetic CECS patients (n = 11) and healthy controls (CON, n = 10). The experimental protocol consisted of thigh arterial cuff occlusion (AO, 1-minute duration), and treadmill running to reproduce symptoms. NIRS variables generated were resting StO(2)%, and oxygen recovery following AO. Also, during and following treadmill running the magnitude of deoxygenation and oxygen recovery, respectively, were determined. Results: There was no difference in resting StO2% between CECS-diabetics (78.2 +/- 12.6%) vs. CON-diabetics (69.1 +/- 20.8%), or between CECS (69.3 +/- 16.2) vs. CON (75.9 +/- 11.2%). However, oxygen recovery following AO was significantly slower for CECS (1.8 +/- 0.8%/sec) vs. CON (3.8 +/- 1.7%/sec) (P = 0.002); these data were not different between the diabetic groups. StO2% during exercise was lower (greater deoxygenation) for CECS-diabetics (6.3 +/- 8.6%) vs. CON-diabetics (40.4 +/- 22.0%), and for CECS (11.3 +/- 16.8%) vs. CON (34.1 +/- 21.2%) (P<0.05 for both). The rate of oxygen recovery post exercise was faster for CECS-diabetics (3.5 +/- 2.6%/sec) vs. CON-diabetics (1.4 +/- 0.8%/sec) (P = 0.04), and there was a tendency of difference for CECS (3.1 +/- 1.4%/sec) vs. CON (1.9 +/- 1.3%/sec) (P = 0.05). Conclusion: The greater deoxygenation during treadmill running for the CECS-diabetics group (vs. CON-diabetics) is in line with previous studies (and with the present study) that compared non-diabetic CECS patients with healthy controls. Our findings could suggest that NIRS may be useful as a diagnostic tool for assessing Type 1 diabetic patients suspected of CECS.

  • 189. Gustafsson, Pontus
    et al.
    Jestin, Pia
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Lindforss, Ulrik
    Higher Frequency of Anastomotic Leakage with Stapled Compared to Hand-Sewn Ileocolic Anastomosis in a Large Population-Based Study2015In: World Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0364-2313, E-ISSN 1432-2323, Vol. 39, no 7, p. 1834-1839Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The stapling technique was recommended in a recent Cochrane analysis based on relatively small randomized trials between 1970 and 2009. Data from a large Swedish population-based quality register were analyzed in order to compare the leakage frequency between stapled and hand-sewn ileocolic anastomoses in colon cancer surgery. Three-thousand four-hundred and twenty-eight patients with an ileocolic anastomosis were entered in a Swedish regional quality register for colon cancer, including the type of anastomosis used. The patients were analyzed by logistic regression regarding risk for leakage, and Cox proportional hazard regression for survival associated with the technique used for anastomosis. Analyses were made for gender, age, elective or emergency surgery, duration of surgery, bleeding, cancer stage, and local radicality. Most anastomoses were hand sewn (1,908 of 3,428, 55.7 %, p < 0.001), whereas stapling was more common among emergency cases (342 of 618, 55.3 %, p < 0.001). Clinically relevant leakage appeared in 58 patients (1.7 %), of whom 51 (87.9 %) were re-operated. Leakage was found to be more frequent after stapled anastomosis (2.4 vs. 1.2 %, p = 0.006), and in multivariate analysis, stapled anastomosis was the only risk factor (OR = 2.04 95 % CI 1.19-3.50). There was no difference in overall survival related to the technique. Hand-sewn anastomosis is not associated with a higher leakage rate when comparing to a stapling procedure and is recommended for routine and emergency right-sided colon cancer surgery. This recommendation is based on what appears to be a lower leakage rate, similar survival and lower material cost.

  • 190. Gustavsson, Kajsa
    et al.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, 141 85, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Jestin, Pia
    Postoperative complications after closure of a diverting ileostoma-differences according to closure technique2012In: International Journal of Colorectal Disease, ISSN 0179-1958, E-ISSN 1432-1262, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 55-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare three methods for closure of a diverting ileostoma according to development of postoperative small-bowel obstruction (SBO) and anastomotic leakage (AL).

    METHODS: Complications arising within 30 days after closure of a defunctioning loop ileostomy in 351 patients during the period 1999-2006 were studied retrospectively by evaluation of case records. The techniques employed were: hand-sewn anastomosis without bowel resection, hand-sewn anastomosis with bowel resection and stapled anastomosis.

    RESULTS: Of the 351 patients, 149 had a hand-sewn anastomosis without bowel resection (HS), 70 had a hand-sewn anastomosis with bowel resection (HSR) and 132 patients had a stapled anastomosis (S). The total number of SBOs was 44 patients (12.5%). In the two hand-sewn groups, 15.5% (34 patients) suffered postoperative SBO compared to 7.6% (10 patients) in the stapled group (p = 0.029). No difference in AL could be found between the groups, where the overall frequency was 2.8% (10 patients). Median hospital stay was 6 days in the HS group, 5 days in the HSR group and 4 days in the S group (p = 0.001).

    CONCLUSION: In the present study, stapled anastomosis was associated with a lower frequency of postoperative SBO and a shorter hospital stay compared to sutured anastomosis (either with or without a short small-bowel resection) after closure of a diverting ileostoma.

  • 191. Gutlic, Nihad
    et al.
    Rogmark, Peder
    Nordin, Pär
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Petersson, Ulf
    Montgomery, Agneta
    Impact of mesh fixation on chronic pain in total extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair (TEP): a nationwide register-based study2016In: Annals of Surgery, ISSN 0003-4932, E-ISSN 1528-1140, Vol. 263, no 6, p. 1199-1206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Mesh fixation is used to prevent recurrence at the potential risk for chronic pain in TEP. The aim was to compare the impact of permanent fixation (PF) with no fixation (NF)/nonpermanent fixation (NPF) of mesh on chronic pain after TEP repair for primary inguinal hernia.

    METHODS: Men, 30 to 75 years old, consecutively registered in the Swedish Hernia Register for a TEP primary repair in 2005 to 2009, were included in a mail survey using SF-36 and the Inguinal Pain Questionnaire (IPQ). Primary endpoint was IPQ question "Did you have pain during past week that could not be ignored." Risk factors for chronic pain and recurrent operations were analyzed.

    RESULTS: A total of 1110 patients were included (325 PF, 785 NF/NPF) with 7.7% reporting pain at median 33 months follow-up. No difference regarding primary endpoint pain (P < 0.462), IPQ and SF-36 subscales were seen. Recurrent operation was carried out in 1.4% during 7.5 years follow-up with no difference between PF- and NF-groups including subgroups of medial hernias. All SF-36 subscale-scores were equal to or better than the Swedish norm. A postoperative complication was a risk factor for chronic pain (OR 2.44, 95% CI 1.23-5.25, P < 0.023).

    CONCLUSIONS: The TEP procedure for primary inguinal hernia repair in men is associated with a low frequency of chronic pain and recurrent operations, with no difference between permanent fixation and no/nonpermanent fixation of mesh in a nationwide population-based study. TEP without fixation reduces costs and is safe for all patients.

  • 192.
    Haapamäki, Markku M
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Lindström, Monica
    Sandzén, Birger
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Low-volume bowel preparation is inferior to standard 4 l polyethylene glycol2010In: Surgical Endoscopy, ISSN 0930-2794, E-ISSN 1432-2218, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 897-901Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Four liters or more of orally taken polyethylene glycol solution (PEG) has proved to be an effective large-bowel cleansing method prior to colonoscopy. The problem has been the large volume of fluid and its taste, which is unacceptable to some examinees. We aimed to investigate the effectiveness of 2 l PEG combined with senna compared with 4 l PEG for bowel preparation.

    METHODS: The design was a single-center, prospective, randomized, investigator-blinded study with parallel assignment, in the setting of the Endoscopy Unit of Umeå University Hospital. Outpatients (n = 490) scheduled for colonoscopy were enrolled. The standard-volume arm received 4 l PEG, and the low-volume arm received 36 mg senna glycosides in tablets and 2 l PEG. The cleansing result (primary endpoint) was assessed by the endoscopist using the Ottawa score. The patients rated the subjective grade of ease of taking the bowel preparation. Analysis was on an intention-to-treat basis.

    RESULTS: There were significantly more cases with poor or inadequate bowel cleansing after the low-volume alternative with senna and 2 l PEG (22/203) compared with after 4 l PEG (8/196, p = 0.027). The low-volume alternative was better tolerated by the examinees: 119/231 rated the treatment as easy to take compared with 88/238 in the 4 l PEG arm (p = 0.001).

    CONCLUSIONS: 4 l PEG treatment is better than 36 mg senna and 2 l PEG as routine colonic cleansing before colonoscopy because of fewer failures.

  • 193.
    Haapamäki, Markku M
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Pihlgren, Victoria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Lundberg, Owe
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Sandzén, Birger
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Rutegård, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Physical performance and quality of life after extended abdominoperineal excision of rectum and reconstruction of the pelvic floor with gluteus maximus flap2011In: Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, ISSN 0012-3706, E-ISSN 1530-0358, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 101-106Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The oncological outcome of the operation was acceptable, but functional drawbacks must be considered preoperatively in counseling the patient. More research is needed to find ways to preserve better function and well-being.

  • 194.
    Haapamäki, Markku
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Nilsson, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Sandzén, Birger
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Öman, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Open cholecystectomy in the laparoscopic era:  Comment on (Br J Surg 2007; 94(11): 1382-1385)2008In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 95, no 4, p. 531-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 195.
    Haapaniemi, S
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Vrinnevi Hospital, Norrkoping, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgical Sciences, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Nordin, P
    Nilsson, E
    Reoperation after recurrent groin hernia repair.2001In: Annals of Surgery, ISSN 0003-4932, E-ISSN 1528-1140, Vol. 234, no 1, p. 122-6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To analyze reoperation rates for recurrent and primary groin hernia repair documented in the Swedish Hernia Register from 1996 to 1998, and to study variables associated with increased or decreased relative risks for reoperation after recurrent hernia.

    METHODS: Data were retrieved for all groin hernia repairs prospectively recorded in the Swedish Hernia register from 1996 to 1998. Actuarial analysis adjusted for patients' death was used for calculating the cumulative incidence of reoperation. Relative risk for reoperation was estimated using the Cox proportional hazards model.

    RESULTS: From 1996 to 1998, 17,985 groin hernia operations were recorded in the Swedish Hernia Register, 15% for recurrent hernia and 85% for primary hernia. At 24 months the risk for having had a reoperation was 4.6% after recurrent hernia repair and 1.7% after primary hernia repair. The relative risk for reoperation was significantly lower for laparoscopic methods and for anterior tension-free repair than for other techniques. Postoperative complications and direct hernia were associated with an increased relative risk for reoperation. Day-case surgery and local infiltration anesthesia were used less frequently for recurrent hernia than for primary hernia.

    CONCLUSIONS: Recurrent groin hernia still constitutes a significant quantitative problem for the surgical community. This study supports the use of mesh by laparoscopy or anterior tension-free repair for recurrent hernia operations.

  • 196.
    Hallman, Mats
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Public Health Service, Gävle, Sweden; Center for Research and Development, Uppsala University/Gävleborg County Council, Gävleborg, Sweden.
    Mordenfeld, Arne
    Strandkvist, Tomas
    Bone replacement following dental trauma prior to implant surgery: present status2009In: Dental Traumatology, ISSN 1600-4469, E-ISSN 1600-9657, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 2-11Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dento-alveolar trauma often leads to a need for reconstruction of the alveolar crest before an implant can be placed. Although autogenous bone grafts is considered the 'gold standard', this may be associated with patient morbidity and graft resorption. Consequently, the use of bone substitutes has increased. Today, a substantial number of biomaterials are available on the market, but only a few are well documented. The user should be aware that these biomaterials have different properties: resorbable or non-resorbable, time of resorption and resorption mechanism. The purpose of this review is to describe the function of various bone substitutes and indications for their use in reconstructive implant surgery and to give an overview of the current situation.

  • 197. Hallén, M
    et al.
    Sevonius, D
    Westerdahl, J
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Sandblom, G
    Risk factors for reoperation due to chronic groin postherniorrhaphy pain2015In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, E-ISSN 1248-9204, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 863-869Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chronic groin postherniorrhaphy pain (CGPP) is common and sometimes so severe that surgical treatment is necessary. The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for being reoperated due to CGPP. All 195,707 repairs registered in the Swedish Hernia Register between 1999 and 2011 were included in the study. Out of these, 28,947 repairs were excluded since they were registered as procedures on the same patient after a previous repair. Age, gender, hernia anatomy (indirect reference), method of repair (anterior sutured repair reference) and postoperative complications were included in a multivariate Cox analysis with reoperation due to CGPP as endpoint. Of the patients included in the study cohort, 218 (0.13 %) later underwent reoperation due to CGPP, including 31 (14 %) women. Median age at the primary repair was 61.5 years. Risk factors for being reoperated were age < median [hazard ratio (HR) 3.03, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 2.22-4.12], female gender (HR 2.13, CI 1.41-3.21), direct hernia (HR 1.35, CI 1.003-1.81), other hernia (HR 6.03, CI 3.08-11.79), Lichtenstein repair (HR 2.22, CI 1.16-4.25), plug repair (HR 3.93, CI 1.96-7.89), other repair (HR 2.58, CI 1.08-6.19), bilateral repair (HR 2.58, CI 1.43-4.66) and postoperative complication (HR 4.40, CI 3.25-5.96). Risk factors for being reoperated due to CGPP in this cohort included low age, female gender, a direct hernia, a previous Lichtenstein or plug repair, bilateral repair and postoperative complications. Further research on how to avoid CGPP and explore the effectiveness of surgery for CGPP is necessary.

  • 198.
    Hallén, Magnus
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Clinical Sciences, Lund University and Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    CLINTEC, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nordin, Pär
    Department of Surgery, Östersund Hospital.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    CLINTEC, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Kvist, Ulrik
    Center for Andrology and Sexual Medicine, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Westerdahl, Johan
    Department of Surgery, Clinical Sciences, Lund University and Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Male infertility after mesh hernia repair: a prospective study2011In: Surgery, ISSN 0039-6060, E-ISSN 1532-7361, Vol. 149, no 2, p. 179-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Several animal studies have raised concern about the risk for obstructive azoospermia owing to vasal fibrosis caused by the use of alloplastic mesh prosthesis in inguinal hernia repair. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of male infertility after bilateral mesh repair.

    METHODS: In a prospective study, a questionnaire inquiring about involuntary childlessness, investigation for infertility and number of children was sent by mail to a group of 376 men aged 18-55 years, who had undergone bilateral mesh repair, identified in the Swedish Hernia Register (SHR). Questionnaires were also sent to 2 control groups, 1 consisting of 186 men from the SHR who had undergone bilateral repair without mesh, and 1 consisting of 383 men identified in the general population. The control group from the SHR was matched 2:1 for age and years elapsed since operation. The control group from the general population was matched 1:1 for age and marital status.

    RESULTS: The overall response rate was 525 of 945 (56%). Method of approach (anterior or posterior), type of mesh, and testicular status at the time of the repair had no significant impact on the answers to the questions. Nor did subgroup analysis of the men </=40 years old reveal any significant differences.

    CONCLUSION: The results of this prospective study in men do not support the hypothesis that bilateral inguinal hernia repair with alloplastic mesh prosthesis causes male infertility at a significantly greater rate than those operated without mesh.

  • 199. Hallén, Magnus
    et al.
    Sevonius, Dan
    Holmberg, Henrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Low complication rate and an increasing incidence of surgical repair of primary indirect sliding inguinal hernia2016In: Langenbeck's archives of surgery (Print), ISSN 1435-2443, E-ISSN 1435-2451, Vol. 401, no 2, p. 215-222Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose The purpose of the present study was to explore the risk for complications and reoperations following open repairs for sliding groin hernias.

    Method All primary indirect inguinal hernia repairs registered in the Swedish Hernia Register 1998–2011 were identified. Repeated and bilateral procedures were excluded. The epidemiology, the incidence of per- and postoperative complications, and the reoperation rate due to recurrences were analyzed.

    Results 100 240 non-repeated unilateral repairs were registered with sliding hernias in 13 132 (13.1 %) (male 14 %, female 5 %) procedures. The methods of repair for sliding and non-sliding hernias were Lichtenstein and other open anterior mesh repairs (N = 10865, 82.7 % and N = 60790, 69.8 %), endoscopic techniques (N = 136, 1.0 % and N= 4352, 5.0 %), and other techniques (N= 2131, 16.2 % and N= 21966, 25.2 %). In multivariate analyses with adjustment for gender, acute/planned surgery, reducibility, method of repair and age, sliding hernias were associated with a low but slightly increased risk for perioperative complications (hazard ratio 1.30, 95 % confidence interval 1.04–1.62, p = 0.023) and postoperative hematoma (hazard ratio 1.13, confidence interval 1.02–1.26, p =0.019). There was no increased risk of reoperation due to recurrences.

    Conclusion Compared to older reports, the incidence of repairs due to primary indirect sliding inguinal hernias has increased over time and it is not just a male disease. The overall results are good with low and comparable complication rates, and no increased risk of reoperations due to recurrences.

  • 200.
    Hallén, Magnus
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Westerdahl, Johan
    Nordin, Pär
    Department of Surgery, Östersund Hospital.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    CLINTEC, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    CLINTEC, Division of Surgery, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Mesh hernia repair and male infertility: a retrospective register study2012In: Surgery, ISSN 0039-6060, E-ISSN 1532-7361, Vol. 151, no 1, p. 94-98Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that the use of mesh in groin hernia repair may be associated with an increased risk for male infertility as a result of inflammatory obliteration of structures in the spermatic cord. In a recent study, we could not find an increased incidence of involuntary childlessness. The aim of this study was to evaluate this issue further.

    METHODS: Men born between 1950 and 1989, with a hernia repair registered in the Swedish Hernia Register between 1992 and 2007 were cross-linked with all men in the same age group with the diagnosis of male infertility according to the Swedish National Patient Register. The cumulative and expected incidences of infertility were analyzed. Separate multivariate logistic analyses, adjusted for age and years elapsed since the first repair, were performed for men with unilateral and bilateral repair, respectively.

    RESULTS: Overall, 34,267 men were identified with a history of at least 1 inguinal hernia repair. A total of 233 (0.7%) of these had been given the diagnosis of male infertility after their first operation. We did not find any differences between expected and observed cumulative incidences of infertility in men operated with hernia repair. Men with bilateral hernia repair had a slightly increased risk for infertility when mesh was used on either side. However, the cumulative incidence was less than 1%.

    CONCLUSION: Inguinal hernia repair with mesh is not associated with an increased incidence of, or clinically important risk for, male infertility.

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