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  • 51. Bhangu, A
    et al.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University Hospital.
    Andersson, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University Hospital.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University Hospital.
    Escobar, EG
    Mortality of emergency abdominal surgery in high-, middle- and low-income countries2016In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 103, no 8, p. 971-988Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Surgical mortality data are collected routinely in high-income countries, yet virtually no low- or middle-income countries have outcome surveillance in place. The aim was prospectively to collect worldwide mortality data following emergency abdominal surgery, comparing findings across countries with a low, middle or high Human Development Index (HDI).

    METHODS: This was a prospective, multicentre, cohort study. Self-selected hospitals performing emergency surgery submitted prespecified data for consecutive patients from at least one 2-week interval during July to December 2014. Postoperative mortality was analysed by hierarchical multivariable logistic regression.

    RESULTS: Data were obtained for 10 745 patients from 357 centres in 58 countries; 6538 were from high-, 2889 from middle- and 1318 from low-HDI settings. The overall mortality rate was 1·6 per cent at 24 h (high 1·1 per cent, middle 1·9 per cent, low 3·4 per cent; P < 0·001), increasing to 5·4 per cent by 30 days (high 4·5 per cent, middle 6·0 per cent, low 8·6 per cent; P < 0·001). Of the 578 patients who died, 404 (69·9 per cent) did so between 24 h and 30 days following surgery (high 74·2 per cent, middle 68·8 per cent, low 60·5 per cent). After adjustment, 30-day mortality remained higher in middle-income (odds ratio (OR) 2·78, 95 per cent c.i. 1·84 to 4·20) and low-income (OR 2·97, 1·84 to 4·81) countries. Surgical safety checklist use was less frequent in low- and middle-income countries, but when used was associated with reduced mortality at 30 days.

    CONCLUSION: Mortality is three times higher in low- compared with high-HDI countries even when adjusted for prognostic factors. Patient safety factors may have an important role.

  • 52. Bhoo-Pathy, Nirmala
    et al.
    Uiterwaal, Cuno S. P. M.
    Dik, Vincent K.
    Jeurnink, Suzanne M.
    Bech, Bodil H.
    Overvad, Kim
    Halkjær, Jytte
    Tjønneland, Anne
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Fagherazzi, Guy
    Racine, Antoine
    Katzke, Verena A.
    Li, Kuanrong
    Boeing, Heiner
    Floegel, Anna
    Androulidaki, Anna
    Bamia, Christina
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Masala, Giovanna
    Panico, Salvatore
    Crosignani, Paolo
    Tumino, Rosario
    Vineis, Paolo
    Peeters, Petra H. M.
    Gavrilyuk, Oxana
    Skeie, Guri
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Duell, Eric J.
    Arguelles, Marcial
    Molina-Montes, Esther
    Navarro, Carmen
    Ardanaz, Eva
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Lindkvist, Björn
    Wallström, Peter
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Ye, Weimin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research. Karolinska institutet.
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Wareham, Nick
    Key, Timothy J.
    Travis, Ruth C.
    Duarte-Salles, Talita
    Freisling, Heinz
    Licaj, Idlir
    Gallo, Valentina
    Michaud, Dominique S.
    Riboli, Elio
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. Bas
    Intake of Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, or Tea Does Not Affect Risk for Pancreatic Cancer: Results From the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer Study2013In: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, ISSN 1542-3565, E-ISSN 1542-7714, Vol. 11, no 11, p. 1486-1492Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND & AIMS: Few modifiable risk factors have been implicated in the etiology of pancreatic cancer. There is little evidence for the effects of caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or tea intake on risk of pancreatic cancer. We investigated the association of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea consumption with risk of pancreatic cancer.

    METHODS: This study was conducted within the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer cohort, comprising male and female participants from 10 European countries. Between 1992 and 2000, there were 477,312 participants without cancer who completed a dietary questionnaire, and were followed up to determine pancreatic cancer incidence. Coffee and tea intake was calibrated with a 24-hour dietary recall. Adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) were computed using multivariable Cox regression.

    RESULTS: During a mean follow-up period of 11.6 y, 865 first incidences of pancreatic cancers were reported. When divided into fourths, neither total intake of coffee (HR, 1.03; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.83-1.27; high vs low intake), decaffeinated coffee (HR, 1.12; 95% CI, 0.76-1.63; high vs low intake), nor tea were associated with risk of pancreatic cancer (HR, 1.22, 95% CI, 0.95-1.56; high vs low intake). Moderately low intake of caffeinated coffee was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer (HR, 1.33; 95% CI, 1.02-1.74), compared with low intake. However, no graded dose response was observed, and the association attenuated after restriction to histologically confirmed pancreatic cancers.

    CONCLUSIONS: Based on an analysis of data from the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer cohort, total coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea consumption are not related to the risk of pancreatic cancer.

  • 53.
    Bidgoli, Hassan Haghparast
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Div Global Hlth, SE-17177 Stockholm, Sweden; Isfahan Univ Med Sci, Hlth Management & Econ Res Ctr, Esfahan, Iran.
    Bogg, Lennart
    Hasselberg, Marie
    Pre-hospital trauma care resources for road traffic injuries in a middle-income country: a province based study on need and access in Iran2011In: Injury, ISSN 0020-1383, E-ISSN 1879-0267, Vol. 42, no 9, p. 879-884Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Access to pre-hospital trauma care can help minimize many of traffic related mortality and morbidity in low-and middle-income countries with high rate of traffic deaths such as Iran. The aim of this study was to assess if the distribution of pre-hospital trauma care facilities reflect the burden of road traffic injury and mortality in different provinces in Iran.

    Methods: This national cross-sectional study is based on ecological data on road traffic mortality (RTM), road traffic injuries (RTIs) and pre-hospital trauma facilities for all 30 provinces in Iran in 2006. Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients were used to describe the distributions of RTM/RTIs and pre-hospital trauma care facilities across provinces. Spearman rank-order correlation was performed to assess the relationship between RTM/RTI and pre-hospital trauma care facilities.

    Results: RTM and RTIs as well as pre-hospital trauma care facilities were distributed unequally between different provinces. There was no significant association between the rate of RTM and RTIs and the number of pre-hospital trauma care facilities across the country.

    Conclusions: The distribution of pre-hospital trauma care facilities does not reflect the needs in terms of RTM and RTIs for different provinces. These results suggest that traffic related mortality and morbidity could be reduced if the needs in terms of RTM and RTIs were taken into consideration when distributing pre-hospital trauma care facilities between the provinces. 

  • 54.
    Birgisson, H
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Glimelius, B
    Departments of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Late gastrointestinal disorders after rectal cancer surgery with and without preoperative radiation therapy.2008In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 95, no 2, p. 206-13Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to analyse late gastrointestinal disorders necessitating hospital admission following rectal cancer surgery and to determine their relationship to preoperative radiation therapy.

    METHODS: Curatively treated patients participating in the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial during 1987-1990, randomized to preoperative irradiation (454 patients) or surgery alone (454), were matched against the Swedish Hospital Discharge Registry. Hospital records for patients admitted with gastrointestinal diagnoses were reviewed.

    RESULTS: Irradiated patients had an increased relative risk (RR) of late small bowel obstruction (RR 2.49 (95 per cent confidence interval (c.i.) 1.48 to 4.19)) and abdominal pain (RR 2.09 (95 per cent c.i. 1.03 to 4.24)) compared with patients treated by surgery alone. The risk of late small bowel obstruction requiring surgery was greatly increased (RR 7.42 (95 per cent c.i. 2.23 to 24.66)). Irradiated patients with postoperative anastomotic leakage were at increased risk for late small bowel obstruction (RR 2.99 (95 per cent c.i. 1.07 to 8.31)). The risk of small bowel obstruction was also related to the radiation technique and energy used.

    CONCLUSION: Small bowel obstruction is more common in patients with rectal cancer treated with preoperative radiation therapy.

  • 55.
    Birgisson, H
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, S-75185 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Talbäck, M
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, S-75185 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Påhlman, L
    Glimelius, B
    Improved survival in cancer of the colon and rectum in Sweden.2005In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology, ISSN 0748-7983, E-ISSN 1532-2157, Vol. 31, no 8, p. 845-53Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIMS: To analyse time-trends in survival of patients with colon and rectal cancer in Sweden.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data including all patients diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum between 1960 and 1999, from the Swedish Cancer Registry, were analysed. The observed and relative survival rates were calculated according to the Hakulinen cohort method.

    RESULTS: Five-year relative survival rate for cancer of the colon improved significantly from 39.6% in 1960--1964 to 57.2% in 1995--1999 and for rectal cancer from 36.1 to 57.6%, respectively. Corresponding observed survival improved from 31.2 to 44.3% for colon cancer and from 28.4 to 45.4% for rectal cancer. The largest improvement of survival were seen during the later part of the period observed.

    CONCLUSION: The survival of patients with colon and rectal cancer in Sweden continues to improve, especially in rectal cancer, which now has a 5-year observed and relative survival rate comparable to that for colon cancer. The survival improvement in rectal cancer is probably a result of the implementation of total mesorectal excision and pre-operative radiotherapy.

  • 56.
    Birgisson, Helgi
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för kirurgiska vetenskaper.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, Oncology, Radiology, and Clinical Immunology, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Adverse effects of preoperative radiation therapy for rectal cancer: long-term follow-up of the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial.2005In: Journal of Clinical Oncology, ISSN 0732-183X, E-ISSN 1527-7755, Vol. 23, no 34, p. 8697-8705Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To analyze the occurrence of subacute and late adverse effects in patients treated with preoperative irradiation for rectal cancer.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study population included 1,147 patients randomly assigned to preoperative radiation therapy or surgery alone in the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial conducted 1987 through 1990. Patient data were matched against the Swedish Hospital Discharge Register to identify patients admitted to hospital after the primary treatment of the rectal cancer. Patients with known residual disease were excluded, and patients with a recurrence were censored 3 months before the date of recurrence. Relative risks (RR) with 95% CIs were calculated.

    RESULTS: Irradiated patients were at increased risk of admissions during the first 6 months from the primary treatment (RR = 1.64; 95% CI, 1.21 to 2.22); these were mainly for gastrointestinal diagnoses. Overall, the two groups showed no difference in the risk of admissions more than 6 months from the primary treatment (RR = 0.95; 95% CI, 0.80 to 1.12). Regarding specific diagnoses, however, RRs were increased for admissions later than 6 months from the primary treatment in irradiated patients for unspecified infections, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, and nausea.

    CONCLUSION: Gastrointestinal disorders, resulting in hospital admissions, seem to be the most common adverse effect of short-course preoperative radiation therapy in patients with rectal cancer. Bowel obstruction was the diagnosis of potentially greatest importance, which was more frequent in irradiated than in nonirradiated patients.

  • 57.
    Birgisson, Helgi
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för kirurgiska vetenskaper, Gastrointestinal Surgery.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery and Oncology, Radiology, and Clinical Immunology, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Occurrence of second cancers in patients treated with radiotherapy for rectal cancer.2005In: Journal of Clinical Oncology, ISSN 0732-183X, E-ISSN 1527-7755, Vol. 23, no 25, p. 6126-6131Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To analyze the occurrence of second cancers in patients with rectal cancer treated with external radiotherapy (RT) in addition to surgery.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: The analyses were based on the Uppsala Trial (completed in 1985), with patients randomly assigned to preoperative RT to all stages or postoperative RT for stage II and III cancers, and the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial (completed in 1990), with patients randomly assigned to preoperative RT or surgery alone. Patients from the trials were matched against the Swedish Cancer Registry.

    RESULTS: A total of 115 (7%) of the 1,599 patients developed 122 second cancers. More patients treated with RT developed a second cancer (relative risk [RR], 1.85; 95% CI, 1.23 to 2.78). A significant increased risk for second cancers in the RT group was seen in organs within or adjacent to the irradiated volume (RR, 2.04; 95% CI, 1.10 to 3.79) but not outside the irradiated volume (RR, 1.78; 95% CI, 0.97 to 3.27). For the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial, 20.3% of the RT patients got either a local recurrence or a second cancer, compared with 30.7% of the non-RT patients (RR, 0.55; 95% CI, 0.44 to 0.70).

    CONCLUSION: An increased risk of second cancers was found in patients treated with RT in addition to surgery for a rectal cancer, which was mainly explained by an increase in the risk of second cancers in organs within or adjacent to the irradiated volume. However, a favorable effect of radiation seemed to dominate, as shown by the reduced risk of the sum of local recurrences and second cancers.

  • 58.
    Bjur, Dennis
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Integrative Medical Biology, Anatomy.
    The human Achilles tendon: innervation and intratendinous production of nerve signal substances - of importance in understanding the processes of Achilles tendinosis2010Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Tendinopathies are painful tendon conditions of presumably multifactorial genesis. In tendinosis, as in Achilles tendinosis, there is apart from pain also morphological changes which are described as degenerative with no signs of inflammation. The exact mechanisms behind these conditions are still, to a large extent, unknown. Pain, being the foremost impairing symptom, leads us to the hypothesis that nerves are deeply involved in the symptoms and processes of Achilles tendinosis. Locally produced nerve signal substances may also be involved in the processes. Knowledge of the innervation patterns within the tendon and knowledge on a possible local nerve signal substance production are therefore of utmost importance. There is a lack of information on these aspects.

    The specific aims of this thesis were 1) to investigate the innervation patterns regarding general, sensory, cholinergic and sympathetic innervations, and 2) to examine for the possible occurrence of a production of nerve signal substances and a presence of receptors related to these in the tendon cells, the tenocytes. Painfree normal and tendinosis Achilles tendons were examined.

    Immunohistochemistry, using antibodies against the general nerve marker PGP9.5, the synthesizing enzymes for acetylcholine (choline acetyltransferase; ChAT), and catecholamines (tyrosine hydroxylase; TH), the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT), neuropeptide Y (NPY), substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide, was applied. Immunohistochemistry was also used for the delineation of muscarinic (M2R), adrenergic (α1-AR) and NPY-ergic (Y1 and Y2) receptors. To detect mRNA for TH and ChAT, in situ hybridization was used.

    In normal Achilles tendons, as well as in the tendinosis tendons, there was a very scanty innervation within the tendon tissue proper, the main general, sensory and sympathetic innervations being found in the paratendinous loose connective tissue. Interestingly, the tenocytes showed immunoreactions for ChAT, VAChT, TH, M2R, α1-AR and Y1R. The reactions were clearly more observable in tendons of tendinosis patients than in those of controls. The tenocytes of tendinosis patients also displayed mRNA reactions for ChAT and TH. Nevertheless, all tenocytes in the tendinosis specimens did not show these reactions. Immunoreactions for α1-AR, M2R and Y1R were also seen for blood vessel walls.

    The present thesis shows that there is a very limited innervation within tendon tissue proper, whilst there is a substantial innervation in the paratendinous loose connective tissue. It also gives evidence for an occurrence of production of catecholamines and acetylcholine in tenocytes, especially for tendinosis tendons. Furthermore, that ACh, catecholamines and NPY can have effects on these, as well as on blood vessels, via the receptors observed.

    The observations suggest that Achilles tendon tissue, whilst containing a very scarce innervation, exhibits autocrine/paracrine cholinergic/catecholaminergic/NPY-ergic effects that are upregulated in tendinosis. These findings are of great importance as the results of such effects may mimic processes that are known to occur in tendinosis. That includes effects related to proliferation and angiogenesis, and blood vessel and collagen regulating effects.

    In conclusion, within the Achilles tendon there is a very scarce innervation, whilst there appears to be a marked local production of nerve signal substances in Achilles tendinosis, namely in the tenocytes, the cells also harbouring receptors for these substances. The observations give a new insight into how the tendon tissue of the Achilles tendon is influenced by signal substances and may give options for new treatments of Achilles tendinosis.

  • 59.
    Bjur, Dennis
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
    Alfredson, Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
    Forsgren, Sture
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy.
    The innervation pattern of the human Achilles tendon: studies of the normal and tendinosis tendon with markers for general and sensory innervation2005In: Cell and Tissue Research, ISSN 0302-766X, E-ISSN 1432-0878, Vol. 320, no 1, p. 201-206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pain-free normal Achilles tendons and chronic painful Achilles tendons were examined by the use of antibodies against a general nerve marker (protein gene-product 9.5, PGP9.5), sensory markers (substance P, SP; calcitonin gene-related peptide, CGRP), and immunohistochemistry. In the normal tendons, immunoreactions against PGP9.5 and against SP/CGRP were encountered in the paratendinous loose connective tissue, being confined to nerve fascicles and to nerve fibers located in the vicinity of blood vessels. To some extent, these immunoreactions also occurred in the tendon tissue proper. Immunoreaction against PGP9.5 and against SP/CGRP was also observed in the tendinosis samples and included immunoreactive nerve fibers that were intimately associated with small blood vessels. In conclusion, Mechanoreceptors (sensory corpuscles) were occasionally observed, nerve-related components are present in association with blood vessels in both the normal and the tendinosis tendon.

  • 60. Blaszczyk, Izabela
    et al.
    Foumani, Nazli Poorsafar
    Ljungberg, Christina
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Questionnaire about the adverse events and side effects following botulinum toxin A treatment in patients with cerebral palsy2015In: Toxins, ISSN 2072-6651, E-ISSN 2072-6651, Vol. 7, no 11, p. 4645-4654Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) injections for treatment of spasticity in patients with cerebral palsy (CP) have been used for about two decades. The treatment is considered safe but a low frequency of adverse events (AE) has been reported. A good method to report AEs is necessary to verify the safety of the treatment. We decided to use an active surveillance of treatment-induced harm using a questionnaire we created. We studied the incidence of reported AEs and side effects in patients with CP treated with BoNT-A. We investigated the relationship between the incidence of AEs or side effects and gender, age, weight, total dose, dose per body weight, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and number of treated body parts. Seventy-four patients with CP participated in our study. In 54 (51%) of 105 BoNT-A treatments performed in 45 (61%) patients, there were 95 AEs and side effects reported, out of which 50 were generalized and/or focal distant. Severe AEs occurred in three patients (4%), and their BoNT-A treatment was discontinued. Consecutive collection of the AE and side-effect incidence using our questionnaire can increase the safety of BoNT-A treatment in patients with CP.

  • 61.
    Blaszczyk, Izabela
    et al.
    Umeå University. Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery, University Hospital of Northern Sweden, Umeå, Sweden.
    Granström, Anna Cecilia
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery, University Hospital of Northern Sweden, Umeå, Sweden.
    Denervation of the infraspinatus and release of the posterior deltoid muscles in the management of dyskinetic external shoulder rotation in cerebral palsy2015In: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, ISSN 1933-0707, E-ISSN 1933-0715, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 438-444Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECT: The dyskinetic subtype of cerebral palsy is difficult to manage, and there is no established gold standard for treatment. External rotation of the shoulder(s) is often managed nonsurgically using injections of botulinum toxin A into the external rotator muscles. This article reports a new surgical technique for managing external rotation when botulinum toxin A treatment is not sufficient or possible.

    METHODS: Six patients with dyskinetic cerebral palsy underwent denervation of the infraspinatus muscle and release of the posterior part of the deltoid muscle. Postoperative questionnaires were given to the patients/caregivers, and video recordings were made both pre- and postoperatively. Preoperative and postoperative Assisting Hand Assessment was possible in only 1 case.

    RESULTS: Five patients were very satisfied with their outcome. Four patients' video recordings showed improvement in their condition. One patient developed postoperative complications.

    CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that denervation of the infraspinatus muscle and posterior deltoid release can be an option for patients with dyskinetic cerebral palsy to manage external rotation of the shoulder when other treatment alternatives are insufficient.

  • 62.
    Blind, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Otorhinolaryngology.
    Hulterström, Antti
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Berggren, Diana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Otorhinolaryngology.
    Treatment of nasal septal perforations with a custom-made prosthesis2009In: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, ISSN 0937-4477, E-ISSN 1434-4726, Vol. 266, no 1, p. 65-69Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present the fabrication and clinical use of a custom-made nasal septal silicone button that can be inserted transnasally into a perforation of the nasal septum by the physician as an office procedure, or by the patients themselves in their home. Questionnaire and retrospective chart review were used to evaluate the efficacy of this prosthesis as treatment of disturbing symptoms from nasal septal perforation. The study included 41 patients (27 women) with a nasal septal perforation. The follow-up time ranged from 1 to 9 years. Symptoms investigated were nasal obstruction, crusting, feeling of dryness, pain, epistaxis, and whistling from the nose. The degree of experienced symptoms was estimated on a VAS-scale. The questionnaire was answered by 37 of the 41 patients. Fourteen patients were still using their button at the follow-up. Treatment with the prosthesis greatly diminished all the investigated symptoms. Also, use of the silicone button resulted in an improved quality of life. No case of infection was noted in connection with use of the silicone prosthesis.

  • 63.
    Blind, Niillas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Distance to hospital is not a risk factor for emergency colon cancer surgery.2018In: International Journal of Colorectal Disease, ISSN 0179-1958, E-ISSN 1432-1262, Vol. 33, no 9, p. 1195-1200Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to see if the distance to a hospital performing colon cancer surgery is a risk factor for emergency surgical intervention and to determine the variability between defined but demographically divergent catchment areas.

    METHODS: Data on patients living in Västerbotten County who underwent colon cancer surgery between 2007 and 2010 were extracted from the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Register (SCRCR). Of the 436 registrations matching these criteria, 380 patients were used in the analysis, and their distance to the nearest hospital providing care for colorectal cancer (CRC) was estimated using Google Maps™. The correlations between the risk for emergency surgery and the distance to a hospital, gender, age, income level and hospital catchment area were analysed in uni- and multivariate models.

    RESULTS: Distance to the nearest hospital had no significant effect on the proportion of emergency operations for colon cancer. There was significant variability in risk for emergency surgery between hospital catchment areas, where the catchment areas of the university hospital and the most rural hospital had a higher proportion than the other local hospital catchment area (OR, 2.00 (p = 0.038) and OR, 2.97 (p = 0.005)). These results were still significant when analysed with multivariate logistic regression (OR, 2.13 (p = 0.026) and OR, 3.05 (p = 0.013)).

    CONCLUSION: Distance to a hospital performing colon cancer surgery had no effect on the proportion of emergency surgeries. However, a variability between defined catchment areas was seen. Future studies will focus on possible factors behind this variability.

  • 64.
    Blind, Per Jonas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Carboxylic ester hydrolase in acute pancreatitis: a clinical and experimental study1994Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Diagnosis of acute pancreatitis (AP) is erroneous in up to one third of patients when based on clinical criteria and elevated serum amylase values. Furthermore, according to autopsy reports fatal pancreatitis remains clinically undiagnosed in 22 to 86 % of hospitalised patients. Consequently, search for better methods for the diagnosis of AP seems not only justified but urgent. The pancreas secretes an nonspecific lipase, the carboxylic ester hydrolase (CEH) with molecular properties different from other pancreatic secretory enzymes. These differences may imply that sites and rates of clearances from blood of pancreatic enzymes differ. Except for the pancreas this enzyme is secreted from the lactating mammary gland with milk.

    A sensitive and reproducible sandwich-ELISA for quantitative determination of CEH was developed. When establishing referent values it was noted that in individuals aged 20 to 65 years serum concentrations of CEH did not depend on age, gender, the time of the day or duration from food intake to blood sampling, or use of nicotine. The mammary gland did not contribute significantly to basal serum levels of CEH; enzyme levels in lactating women or women with mammary tumours were identical to those of the reference population.

    Seventy percent of patients with the diagnosis AP, based on elevated serum amylase levels and abdominal pain, had elevated CEH values. Among the patients with elevated amylase alone a probable cause of pancreatitis was lacking in the majority of patients. Contrastingly, a likely cause of AP could be identified in all patients presenting with abdominal pain and elevated CEH levels alone. These findings suggested that an elevated CEH level indicated AP more reliably than an elevated amylase level.

    In patients with AP diagnosed by contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) alone, or combined with histopathological diagnosis, serum CEH levels were elevated on admission in all but one patient, and in all within the next 24 h. Furthermore, in patients with severe pancreatitis CEH levels remained at a raised level from the second to at least the 10:th day following admission, whereas a significant decrease was noted in patients with mild pancreatitis. In contrast, serum amylase values were higher in patients with mild pancreatitis during the observation period than in those with severe pancreatitis. CEH levels were higher in patients with three or more Ranson signs than in those with less than three signs from the first day after admission. CEH levels were within referent range in 164 patients without known pancreatic disease admitted due to abdominal emergency conditions, or due to planned surgery for chronic extrapancreatic gastrointestinal diseases, and 16 patients having CECT without pathological findings in the pancreas. This suggests that AP can be excluded with very high degree of probability in presence of non-elevated CEH levels.

    A sandwich ELISA for determination of Guinea pig CEH and a model for graded pancreatitis in the same species were developed. CEH levels showed proportional to severity of inflammation, thus confirming previous clinical observations. CEH levels in bile were proportional to inflammation, while it was absent in urine. Amylase levels in urine were identical regardless of severity of inflammation, but low in bile. These results suggested differences in sites and rates of clearance between the two enzymes.

    Seemingly elevated CEH levels allowed identification of clinically significant pancreatitis following ERCP, which amylase levels did not.

    The presented studies have shown that quantitative determination in serum of CEH by the described method is a more reliable test for the diagnosis of AP than determination of amylase activity. The differences between CEH and amylase are, at least partly, due to differences in molecular properties determining rates and routes of clearances of the two enzymes from serum.

  • 65.
    Blind, Per-Jonas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Andersson, Bodil
    Tingstedt, Bobby
    Bergenfeldt, Magnus
    Andersson, Roland
    Lindell, Gert
    Sturesson, Christian
    Fast-track program for liver resection: factors prolonging length of stay2014In: Hepato-Gastroenterology, ISSN 0172-6390, Vol. 61, no 136, p. 2340-2344Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND/AIMS: Fast-track programs involving multi-modal measures to enhance recovery after surgery, reduce morbidity and decrease hospital length of stay (LOS) are used for different major surgical procedures. For liver resections, factors influencing LOS within a fast-track program have been studied only to a limited extent, which was the aim of the present study.

    METHODOLOGY: The present study comprises the first 64 patients included in a fast-track program for liver resections introduced in March 2012. Patient outcomes were compared to a historical cohort of patients (n=62) operated in 2009. Factors prolonging LOS was analyzed by uni- and multivariate analysis.

    RESULTS: Median LOS was 6 days (range 3-42 days) within the fast-track program as compared with 8 days (range 5-47 days) in the historical cohort (P=0.004). On multivariate analysis, factors increasing LOS in the fast-track group were found to be the presence of complication (P=0.018), extent of resection (major as compared to minor) (P=0.001) and inability to drink > 1250 ml on the day after surgery (P=0.002).

    CONCLUSION: Patients who can only drink limited amounts of fluid the day after liver resection represent a subset of patients that should be given special attention within a fast-track program.

  • 66. Block, T
    et al.
    Isaksson, H S
    Acosta, S
    Björck, M
    Brodin, D
    Nilsson, Torbjörn K
    Department of Laboratory Medicine, Örebro University Hospital.
    Altered mRNA expression due to acute mesenteric ischaemia in a porcine model2011In: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, ISSN 1078-5884, E-ISSN 1532-2165, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 281-287Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: Messenger RNA (mRNA) changes in the small intestine in response to acute mesenteric ischaemia (AMI) could offer novel diagnostic possibilities, but have not been described. The aim was to characterize the mRNA response to experimental AMI.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve pigs underwent catheterisation of the superior mesenteric artery with injection of polivinylalcohol embolisation particles or sodium chloride. Laparotomy and intestinal tissue sampling were performed. Microarray analysis was performed using the GeneChip(®) whole porcine genome array.

    RESULTS: Seven down-regulated cellular pathways were associated with protein, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Seventeen up-regulated pathways were associated with inflammatory and immunological activity, regulation of extracellular matrix and decreased cellular proliferation. Thrombospondin (THS), monocyte chemoattractant protein 1(MCP-1) and gap junction alpha 1(GJA-1) were consistently up-regulated in all embolised pigs. Genes encoding earlier proposed biomarkers for AMI were up-regulated, such as lactate dehydrogenase and creatine kinase, or down-regulated, such as intestinal fatty acid binding protein and glutathione S-transferase.

    CONCLUSION: This study describes the intestinal tissue response on a gene expression level to AMI. THS, MCP-1 and GJA-1 were consistently up-regulated by ischaemia, whereas earlier proposed biomarkers for AMI were not. Gene expression may not be directly linked to the use of the corresponding proteins as potential clinical biomarkers.

  • 67. Blohm, My
    et al.
    Österberg, Johanna
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Lundell, Lars
    Hedberg, Mats
    Enochsson, Lars
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Center for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
    The Sooner, the Better? The Importance of Optimal Timing of Cholecystectomy in Acute Cholecystitis: Data from the National Swedish Registry for Gallstone Surgery, GallRiks2017In: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, ISSN 1091-255X, E-ISSN 1873-4626, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 33-40Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Up-front cholecystectomy is the recommended therapy for acute cholecystitis (AC). However, the scientific basis for the definition of the optimal timing for surgery is scarce. The aim of this study was to analyze how the timing of surgery, after the admission to hospital for AC, affects the intra- and postoperative outcomes. Within the national Swedish Registry for Gallstone Surgery and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (GallRiks), all patients undergoing cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis between January 2006 and December 2014 were identified. Data regarding patient characteristics, intra- and postoperative adverse events (AEs), bile duct injuries, and 30- and 90-day mortality risk were captured, and the correlation between the surgical timing and these parameters was analyzed. In total, data on 87,108 cholecystectomies were analyzed of which 15,760 (18.1 %) were performed due to AC. Bile duct injury, 30- and 90-day mortality risk, and intra- and postoperative AEs were significantly higher if the time from admission to surgery exceeded 4 days. The time course between surgery and complication risks seemed to be optimal if surgery was done within 2 days after hospital admission. Although AC patients operated on the day of hospital admission had a slightly increased AE rate as well as 30- and 90-day mortality rates than those operated during the interval of 1-2 days after admission, the bile duct injury and conversion rates were, in fact, significantly lower. The optimal timing of cholecystectomy for patients with AC seems to be within 2 days after admission. However, the somewhat higher frequency of AE on admission day may emphasize the importance of optimizing the patient before surgery as well as ensuring that adequate surgical resources are available.

  • 68.
    Blom, J
    et al.
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden and Division of Coloproctology, Center of Surgical Gastroenterology, K53, Karolinska University Hospital, 141 86, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Nyström, P O
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Strigård, Karin
    Division of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Endoanal ultrasonography may distinguish Crohn's anal fistulae from cryptoglandular fistulae in patients with Crohn's disease: a cross-sectional study2011In: Techniques in Coloproctology, ISSN 1123-6337, E-ISSN 1128-045X, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 327-330Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was a cross-sectional investigation into the types of anal fistulae in patients with Crohn's disease using 3-dimensional endoanal ultrasonography.

    METHODS: The study population consisted of 45 patients with established Crohn's disease referred in a 2-year period for treatment of anal fistula. The fistulae were classified according to the presence of three criteria: 1. bifurcation or secondary extension; 2. cross-sectional width ≥ 3 mm; and 3. content of hyperechoic secretions.

    RESULTS: The fistulae of 24 patients (53%) satisfied two or three criteria and were classified as true Crohn's fistulae, while the fistulae of 21 patients satisfied one or none of the criteria and were the cryptoglandular type. The fistulae in the two or three criteria group had been in existence for 8.4 years on average and those in the cryptoglandular group for 4.5 years on average (P = 0.283). The corresponding numbers of previous operations for fistula were 5.7 (range 0-32) and 1.5 (range 0-6), respectively (P = 0.0211). The presence of colitis or proctitis was similar across the groups, but the perianal Crohn's disease activity index was higher with a Crohn's type of fistula (P = 0.0097). Also, a larger proportion had been treated with anti-TNF-monoclonal antibody (0.0169).

    CONCLUSIONS: Endoanal ultrasonography was capable of discerning two subgroups of fistula in Crohn's patients. These groups were clinically different indicating that the prospect of surgical cure is also different.

  • 69.
    Blomstedt, Patric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Dental surgery in ancient Egypt2013In: Journal of the history of dentistry, ISSN 1089-6287, Vol. 61, no 3, p. 129-142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many different surgical procedures have over the years been attributed to the ancient Egyptians. This is also true regarding the field of dental surgery. The existence of dentists in ancient Egypt is documented and several recipes exist concerning dental conditions. However, no indications of dental surgery are found in the medical papyri or in the visual arts. Regarding the osteological material/mummies, the possible indications of dental surgery are few and weak. There is not a single example of a clear tooth extraction, nor of a filling or of an artificial tooth. The suggested examples of evacuation of apical abscesses can be more readily explained as outflow sinuses. Regarding the suggested bridges, these are constituted of one find likely dating to the Old Kingdom, and one possibly, but perhaps more likely, dating to the Ptolemaic era. Both seem to be too weak to have served any possible practical purpose in a living patient, and the most likely explanation would be to consider them as a restoration performed during the mummification process. Thus, while a form of dentistry did certainly exist in ancient Egypt, there is today no evidence of dental surgery.

  • 70.
    Blomstedt, Patric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Transnasal surgery2012In: Journal of Neurosurgery, ISSN 0022-3085, E-ISSN 1933-0693, Vol. 117, no 2, p. 381-382Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 71.
    Blomstedt, Patric
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    When the head is too big for the frame2014In: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, ISSN 1011-6125, E-ISSN 1423-0372, Vol. 92, no 4, p. 264-264Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 72.
    Bodén, Ida
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Near infrared and skin impedance spectroscopic in vivo measurements on human skin: development of a diagnostic tool for skin cancer2011Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Every year approximately 2800 Swedes are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the form of cancer that is most rapidly increasing in incidence in the Western world. The earlier we can identify and diagnose a malignant melanoma, the better is the prognosis. In Sweden, 155 000 benign naevi, harmless skin tumours or moles, are surgically excised each year, many of them because melanoma cannot be dismissed by non-invasive methods. The excisions result in substantial medical costs and cause unrest and suffering of the individual patient. For untrained physicians, it is often difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of melanoma, thus a tool that could help to strengthen the diagnosis of suspected melanomas would be highly valuable. This thesis describes the development and assessment of a non-invasive method for early skin cancer detection. Using near infrared (NIR) and skin impedance spectroscopy, healthy and diseased skin of various subjects was examined to develop a new instrument for detecting malignant melanoma. Due to the complex nature of skin and the numerous variables involved, the spectroscopic data were analysed multivariately using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and partial leas square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA). The reproducibility of the measurements was determined by calculating Scatter Values (SVs), and the significance of separations between overlapping groups in score plots was determined by calculating intra-model distances.

    The studies indicate that combining skin impedance and NIR spectroscopy measurements adds value, therefore a new probe-head for simultaneous NIR and skin impedance measurements was introduced. Using both spectroscopic techniques it was possible to separate healthy skin at one body location from healthy skin at another location due to the differences in skin characteristics at various body locations. In addition, statistically significant differences between overlapping groups of both age and gender in score plots were detected. However, the differences in skin characteristics at different body locations had stronger effects on the measurements than both age and gender. Intake of coffee and alcohol prior to measurement did not significantly influence the outcome data. Measurements on dysplastic naevi were significantly separated in a score plot and the influence of diseased skin was stronger than that of body location. This was confirmed in a study where measurements were performed on 12 malignant melanomas, 19 dysplastic naevi and 19 benign naevi. The malignant melanomas were significantly separated from both dysplastic naevi and benign naevi.

    Overall, the presented findings show that the instrument we have developed provides fast, reproducible measurements, capable of distinguishing malignant melanoma from dysplastic naevi and benign naevi non-invasively with 83% sensitivity and 95% specificity. Thus, the results are highly promising and the instrument appears to have high potential diagnostic utility.

  • 73.
    Bodén, Ida
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics (CMTF).
    Nyström, Josefina
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Unit of Biomass Technology and Chemistry.
    Geladi, Paul
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Unit of Biomass Technology and Chemistry.
    Naredi, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Lindholm-Sethson, Britta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    NIR and skin impedance spectroscopic measurements for studying the effect of coffee and alcohol on skin, and dysplastic naevi2012In: Skin research and technology, ISSN 0909-752X, E-ISSN 1600-0846, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 486-494Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background/purpose: Near infrared (NIR) and impedance spectroscopy can be used for clinical skin measurements and need to be evaluated for possible confounding factors; (a) are skin conditions of the patient and the subsequent skin measurements influenced by alcohol and/or coffee consumption and (b) are measurements of dysplastic naevi (DN) reproducible over time and significantly different compared to reference skin.

    Methods: NIR and skin impedance spectroscopic data were analysed multivariately. In the first study, the skin characteristics of 15 healthy individuals were examined related to body location, gender, individual differences, and consumption of coffee or alcohol. The second study included five patients diagnosed with dysplastic naevi syndrome (DNS). Measurements were taken on DN and reference skin over time.

    Results: In the first study, body location and gender had a major influence on measurement scores. Inter-individual skin characteristics and coffee or alcohol effects on skin characteristics were of minor importance. In the second study, it was shown that DN can be differentiated from reference skin and the measurements are stable over time.

    Conclusions: Moderate consumption of alcohol and coffee did not influence the results of the measurements. It is possible to follow, stable or changed, characteristics of DN over time.

  • 74.
    Boivie, Patrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Cerebrovascular accidents associated with aortic manipulation during cardiac surgery2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Despite the successful development in cardiac surgery, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) remain a devastating complication. Aortic atherosclerosis has been identified as a major risk factor for CVA. The present thesis addresses this question in relation to aortic manipulation during cardiac surgery, being divided into a clinical (I-II) and an experimental part (III-V).

    Material and methods: Consecutive cardiac surgery cases (n=2641) were analyzed. Patients with CVA were extracted from a database designed to monitor clinical symptoms. Patient records were used to confirm clinical data and diagnosis. Subdivision was made into three groups: control subjects, immediate, and delayed CVA, being analyzed for neurological symptoms (I). Patients with CVA who also had been investigated with computer tomography (CT) (n=77) were further evaluated in terms of hemispheric and vascular distribution of lesions. The CT-findings were compared with CVA symptoms (II). An aortic perfusion model was developed using cadaver aorta onto which multiple cross-clamp manipulations were applied (III). Washout samples of perfusate were analyzed by computerized image processing and with subdivision into different particle spectra. The model was further developed with the introduction of intraluminal manipulation from cannula and intra-aortic filter (IV). A technique for macro-anatomic mapping of plaque distribution of cadaver thoracic aorta was developed (V). Variation in plaque density was analyzed in different anatomical segments, monitored by digital image analysis. Hazards associated with surgical manipulation were studied by superimposing cannulation and cross-clamp sites onto the aortic maps in a blinded fashion.

    Results: The incidence of immediate and delayed CVA was 3.0% and 0.9%, respectively. Aortic quality was a strongly associated with immediate but not delayed CVA. Left-sided symptoms of immediate CVA were significantly more frequent than of the contra-lateral side. Positive signs on CT were seen in 66% of the CVA patients. Right-hemispheric lesions were more frequent compared with the contra-lateral side and the middle-cerebral artery territory dominated. Aortic cross-clamping produced a substantial output of particulate matter. Manipulation by intra-aortic filter produced a significant washout of embolic particles that escaped the filter, although some particles were captured. Cannulation was an additional source of embolic material. In terms of plaque distribution was the anterior wall of the ascending part and arch of the aorta more affected than its posterior side. However, observing a plaque in the anterior wall of this aortic segment predicted to 83% a concomitant plaque in the posterior wall. Increased age correlated positively with plaque density. The theoretical chance of interfering with a plaque during cannulation and/or clamp positioning was 45.8%.

    Conclusions: Both CT scans and clinical symptoms confirmed that CVA after cardiac surgery had a right-hemispheric predominance. The perfusion model resulted in a profound output of material during cross-clamp maneuvers. The intra-aortic filter successfully collected particles but also generated embolic debris on its own. Aortic cannulation was an additional source of embolic debris. Plaques were frequently found in the cadaveric aorta, and there was a high risk of plaque interference during surgical manipulation. As expected, plaque density was age-dependent.

  • 75.
    Boivie, Patrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Hedberg, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Engström, Karl Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Size distribution of embolic material produced at aortic cross-clamp manipulation2010In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 44, no 6, p. 367-372Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The association between aortic atherosclerosis and neurological damage during cardiac surgery is well recognized. The purpose was here to analyze the size distribution of particles produced at cross-clamp manipulation of the ascending aorta.

    Design: A human cadaveric aortic perfusion model of retrograde design was applied (n 27). With this model, washout samples were collected from the pressurized ascending aorta during cross clamp manipulation. Before the experiment, the aorta was flushed to remove debris and with a baseline sample collected. The cross-clamp was opened to collect ten repeated aliquots with dislodged particles. Collected washout samples were evaluated by digital image analysis and microscopy.

    Results: Cross-clamping produced a significant output of particles, which was seen for size intervals of 1 mm and smaller (p 0.002 to p 0.022). In all size intervals the particle output correlated with the degree of overall aortic calcification(p 0.002 to p 0.025). The model generated substantially more small-size particles than large debris (p 0.010).

    Conclusions: Aortic clamping was here verified to dislodge aortic debris which correlated with the degree of observed calcification. Macroscopic particles were few. In contrast, cross-clamping produced substantial numbers of small-size particles. These findings emphasize microembolic risks associated with cross-clamping of atherosclerotic vessels.

  • 76. Boj, Sylvia F
    et al.
    Hwang, Chang-Il
    Baker, Lindsey A
    Chio, Iok In Christine
    Engle, Dannielle D
    Corbo, Vincenzo
    Jager, Myrthe
    Ponz-Sarvise, Mariano
    Tiriac, Hervé
    Spector, Mona S
    Gracanin, Ana
    Oni, Tobiloba
    Yu, Kenneth H
    van Boxtel, Ruben
    Huch, Meritxell
    Rivera, Keith D
    Wilson, John P
    Feigin, Michael E
    Öhlund, Daniel
    Handly-Santana, Abram
    Ardito-Abraham, Christine M
    Ludwig, Michael
    Elyada, Ela
    Alagesan, Brinda
    Biffi, Giulia
    Yordanov, Georgi N
    Delcuze, Bethany
    Creighton, Brianna
    Wright, Kevin
    Park, Youngkyu
    Morsink, Folkert HM
    Molenaar, I Quintus
    Borel Rinkes, Inne H
    Cuppen, Edwin
    Hao, Yuan
    Jin, Ying
    Nijman, Isaac J
    Iacobuzio-Donahue, Christine
    Leach, Steven D
    Pappin, Darryl J
    Hammell, Molly
    Klimstra, David S
    Basturk, Olca
    Hruban, Ralph H
    Offerhaus, George Johan
    Vries, Robert GJ
    Clevers, Hans
    Tuveson, David A
    Organoid models of human and mouse ductal pancreatic cancer2015In: Cell, ISSN 0092-8674, E-ISSN 1097-4172, Vol. 160, no 1-2, p. 324-338Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal malignancies due to its late diagnosis and limited response to treatment. Tractable methods to identify and interrogate pathways involved in pancreatic tumorigenesis are urgently needed. We established organoid models from normal and neoplastic murine and human pancreas tissues. Pancreatic organoids can be rapidly generated from resected tumors and biopsies, survive cryopreservation, and exhibit ductal- and disease-stage-specific characteristics. Orthotopically transplanted neoplastic organoids recapitulate the full spectrum of tumor development by forming early-grade neoplasms that progress to locally invasive and metastatic carcinomas. Due to their ability to be genetically manipulated, organoids are a platform to probe genetic cooperation. Comprehensive transcriptional and proteomic analyses of murine pancreatic organoids revealed genes and pathways altered during disease progression. The confirmation of many of these protein changes in human tissues demonstrates that organoids are a facile model system to discover characteristics of this deadly malignancy.

  • 77. Borgfeldt, Christer
    et al.
    Kalapotharakos, Grigorios
    Asciutto, Katrin C.
    Löfgren, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Högberg, Thomas
    A population-based registry study evaluating surgery in newly diagnosed uterine cancer2016In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 95, no 8, p. 901-911Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction. The aim was to evaluate surgical treatment of newly diagnosed uterine cancer in a Swedish population. Material and methods. Data in the GynOp registry from 2008 to 2014 were analyzed. Results. In total, 3443 cases were included: 430 (12%) were robotic-assisted laparoscopic, 272 (8%) laparoscopic, and 2741 (80%) abdominal operations. There was an increasing trend in minimally invasive surgery from 2008 to 2014 (41%). Women with lymph nodes removed in the robotic-assisted laparoscopic group experienced less blood loss (mean 105 vs. 377 mL), shorter length of hospital stay (2.4 vs. 4.1 days), and fewer days to normal activities of daily living (6.5 vs. 12.7 days) (all p < 0.001) compared with the abdominal group, but operating time did not differ. Similar results were found in women with no lymph node removal and in women with body mass index 35. Major complications during hospital stay, reoperations, and time to work were less in both minimally invasive groups. More lymph nodes were retrieved in the abdominal (mean 34.4) than in the robotic-assisted laparoscopic (mean 26.0) group, but the number of women with lymph node metastases did not differ, totaling 211/960 (21.9%; 95% CI 19.4-24.7%). Isolated para-aortic lymph node metastases were found in 3.9% (95% CI 2.4-5.6%) of women. Conclusions. Minimally invasive surgery in uterine cancer patients reduces days to normal activities of daily living, number of days to return to work, length of hospital stay, and blood loss in patients without and with lymph node dissection and in obese patients.

  • 78.
    Borin Jakobsson, Lisa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Antibiotic therapy in perforated pediatric appendicitis2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 79.
    Borota, Ljubisa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
    Jonasson, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
    Agolli, Armend
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Spontaneous resorption of intradural lumbar disc fragments2008In: The spine journal, ISSN 1529-9430, E-ISSN 1878-1632, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 397-403Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background context: Intradural disc herniation is relatively rare complication of the spinal degenerative process that occurs most frequently in the lumbar part of the spine. Both myelographic and magnetic resonance features of this entity have been described, and the mechanism of intradural herniation has already been proposed and generally accepted. In this article, we present a case of spontaneous resorption of an intradural, fragmented intervertebral disc. Spontaneous resorption of intradural disc fragments has not been previously reported.

    Purpose: To discuss a possible mechanism of spontaneous resorption of the subdural disc fragments.

    Study design: Case report and literature review.

    Methods: Radiological follow-up of a 46-year-old man with the intradural herniation of disc fragments.

    Conclusion: The reaction generated by the meninges might lead to the complete resorption of intrathecally localized disc fragments.

  • 80.
    Boström, Petrus
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Haapamäki, Markku M
    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.
    Matthiessen, Peter
    Rutegård, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Population‐based cohort study of the impact on postoperative mortality of anastomotic leakage after anterior resection for rectal cancer2019In: BJS Open, E-ISSN 2474-9842, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 106-111Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Anastomotic leakage following anterior resection for rectal cancer may result in death. The aim of this study was to yield an updated, population‐based estimate of postoperative mortality and evaluate possible interacting factors.

    Methods: This was a retrospective national cohort study of patients who underwent anterior resection between 2007 and 2016. Data were retrieved from a prospectively developed database. Anastomotic leakage constituted exposure, whereas outcome was defined as death within 90 days of surgery. Logistic regression analyses, using directed acyclic graphs to evaluate possible confounders, were performed, including interaction analyses.

    Results: Of 6948 patients, 693 (10·0 per cent) experienced anastomotic leakage and 294 (4·2 per cent) underwent reintervention due to leakage. The mortality rate was 1·5 per cent in patients without leakage and 3·9 per cent in those with leakage. In multivariable analysis, leakage was associated with increased mortality only when a reintervention was performed (odds ratio (OR) 5·57, 95 per cent c.i. 3·29 to 9·44). Leaks not necessitating reintervention did not result in increased mortality (OR 0·70, 0·25 to 1·96). There was evidence of interaction between leakage and age on a multiplicative scale (P = 0·007), leading to a substantial mortality increase in elderly patients with leakage.

    Conclusion: Anastomotic leakage, in particular severe leakage, led to a significant increase in 90‐day mortality, with a more pronounced risk of death in the elderly.

  • 81.
    Boström, Petrus
    et al.
    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.
    Haapamäki, Markku
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Matthiessen, Peter
    Rutegård, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Arterial ligation in anterior resection for rectal cancer: A validation study of the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Registry2014In: Acta Oncologica, ISSN 0284-186X, E-ISSN 1651-226X, Vol. 53, no 7, p. 892-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ABSTRACT Background. The level of arterial ligation has been a variable of the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Registry since 2007. The aim of this study is to evaluate the accuracy of this registry variable in relation to anterior resection for rectal cancer. Methods. The operative charts of all cardiovascularly compromised patients who underwent anterior resection during the period 2007-2010 in Sweden were retrieved and compared to the registry. We selected the study population to reflect the common assumption that these patients would be more sensitive to a compromised visceral blood flow. Levels of vascular ligation were defined, both oncologically and functionally, and their sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, level of agreement and Cohen's kappa were calculated. Results. Some 744 (94.5%) patients were eligible for analysis. Functional high tie level showed a sensitivity of 80.2% and a specificity of 90.1%. Positive and negative predictive values were 87.7 and 83.8%, respectively. Level of agreement was 85.5% and Cohen's kappa 0.70. The corresponding calculations for oncologic tie level yielded similar results. Conclusion. The suboptimal validity of the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Registry regarding the level of vascular ligation might be problematic. For analyses with rare positive outcomes, such bowel ischaemia, or with minor expected differences in outcomes, it would be beneficial to collect data directly from the operative charts of the medical records in order to increase the chance of identifying clinically relevant differences.

  • 82.
    Bourke, Gráinne
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds, UK.
    McGrath, Aleksandra M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds, UK.
    Novikov, Lev N.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB).
    Effects of early nerve repair on experimental brachial plexus injury in neonatal rats2018In: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume, ISSN 1753-1934, E-ISSN 2043-6289, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 275-281Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Obstetrical brachial plexus injury refers to injury observed at the time of delivery, which may lead to major functional impairment in the upper limb. In this study, the neuroprotective effect of early nerve repair following complete brachial plexus injury in neonatal rats was examined. Brachial plexus injury induced 90% loss of spinal motoneurons and 70% decrease in biceps muscle weight at 28 days after injury. Retrograde degeneration in spinal cord was associated with decreased density of dendritic branches and presynaptic boutons and increased density of astrocytes and macrophages/microglial cells. Early repair of the injured brachial plexus significantly delayed retrograde degeneration of spinal motoneurons and reduced the degree of macrophage/microglial reaction but had no effect on muscle atrophy. The results demonstrate that early nerve repair of neonatal brachial plexus injury could promote survival of injured motoneurons and attenuate neuroinflammation in spinal cord.

  • 83. Bradbury, Kathryn E.
    et al.
    Appleby, Paul N.
    Tipper, Sarah J.
    Travis, Ruth C.
    Allen, Naomi E
    Kvaskoff, Marina
    Overvad, Kim
    Tjønneland, Anne
    Halkjaer, Jytte
    Cervenka, Iris
    Mahamat-Saleh, Yahya
    Bonnet, Fabrice
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Fortner, Renée T.
    Boeing, Heiner
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    La Vecchia, Carlo
    Stratigos, Alexander J.
    Palli, Domenico
    Grioni, Sara
    Matullo, Giuseppe
    Panico, Salvatore
    Tumino, Rosario
    Peeters, Petra H.
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H Bas
    Ghiasvand, Reza
    Veierød, Marit B.
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Bonet, Catalina
    Molina, Elena
    Huerta, José M.
    Larrañaga, Nerea
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Merino, Susana
    Isaksson, Karolin
    Stocks, Tanja
    Ljuslinder, Ingrid
    Hemmingsson, Oskar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Wareham, Nick
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Gunter, Marc J.
    Rinaldi, Sabina
    Tsilidis, Konstantinos K.
    Aune, Dagfinn
    Riboli, Elio
    Key, Timothy J.
    Circulating insulin-like growth factor I in relation to melanoma risk in the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition2019In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 144, no 5, p. 957-966Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) regulates cell proliferation and apoptosis, and is thought to play a role in tumour development. Previous prospective studies have shown that higher circulating concentrations of IGF-I are associated with a higher risk of cancers at specific sites, including breast and prostate. No prospective study has examined the association between circulating IGF-I concentrations and melanoma risk. A nested case-control study of 1,221 melanoma cases and 1,221 controls was performed in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort, a prospective cohort of 520,000 participants recruited from 10 European countries. Conditional logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) for incident melanoma in relation to circulating IGF-I concentrations, measured by immunoassay. Analyses were conditioned on the matching factors and further adjusted for age at blood collection, education, height, BMI, smoking status, alcohol intake, marital status, physical activity and in women only, use of menopausal hormone therapy. There was no significant association between circulating IGF-I concentration and melanoma risk (OR for highest vs lowest fifth = 0.93 [95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.71 to 1.22]). There was no significant heterogeneity in the association between IGF-I concentrations and melanoma risk when subdivided by gender, age at blood collection, BMI, height, age at diagnosis, time between blood collection and diagnosis, or by anatomical site or histological subtype of the tumour (Pheterogeneity≥0.078). We found no evidence for an association between circulating concentrations of IGF-I measured in adulthood and the risk of melanoma.

  • 84. Breugom, A. J.
    et al.
    Bastiaannet, E.
    Boelens, P. G.
    Van Eycken, E.
    Iversen, L. H.
    Martling, A.
    Johansson, Robert
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Evans, T.
    Lawton, S.
    O'Brien, K. M.
    Ortiz, H.
    Janciauskiene, R.
    Dekkers, O. M.
    Rutten, H. J. T.
    Liefers, G. J.
    Lemmens, V. E. P. P.
    van de Velde, C. J. H.
    Oncologic treatment strategies and relative survival of patients with stage I-III rectal cancer - A EURECCA international comparison between the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, England, Ireland, Spain, and Lithuania2018In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology, ISSN 0748-7983, E-ISSN 1532-2157, Vol. 44, no 9, p. 1338-1343Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: The aim of this EURECCA international comparison is to compare oncologic treatment strategies and relative survival of patients with stage I-III rectal cancer between European countries.

    Material and methods: Population-based national cohort data from the Netherlands (NL), Belgium (BE), Denmark (DK), Sweden (SE), England (ENG), Ireland (IE), Spain (ES), and single-centre data from Lithuania (LT) were obtained. All operated patients with (y)pTNM stage I-III rectal cancer diagnosed between 2004 and 2009 were included. Oncologic treatment strategies and relative survival were calculated and compared between neighbouring countries.

    Results: We included 57,120 patients. Treatment strategies differed between NL and BE (p < 0.001), DK and SE (p < 0.001), and ENG and IE (p < 0.001). More preoperative radiotherapy as single treatment before surgery was administered in NL compared with BE (59.7% vs. 13.1%), in SE compared with DK (55.1% vs. 10.4%), and in ENG compared with IE (15.2% vs. 9.6%). Less postoperative chemotherapy was given in NL (9.6% vs. 39.1%), in SE (7.9% vs. 14.1%), and in IE (12.6% vs. 18.5%) compared with their neighbouring country. In ES, 55.1% of patients received preoperative chemoradiation and 62.3% post-operative chemotherapy. There were no significant differences in relative survival between neighbouring countries.

    Conclusion: Large differences in oncologic treatment strategies for patients with (y)pTNM I-III rectal cancer were observed across European countries. No clear relation between oncologic treatment strategies and relative survival was observed. Further research into selection criteria for specific treatments could eventually lead to individualised and optimal treatment for patients with non-metastasised rectal cancer. 

  • 85. Bringman, Sven
    et al.
    Dalenbäck, Jan
    Jänes, Arthur
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Feasibility of a combined percutaneous laparoscopic three-millimeter device2014In: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, ISSN 1086-8089, E-ISSN 1938-3797, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 41-45Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and Objectives: NeedlescoJ instruments induce minimal trauma and produce excellent cosmetic results. A combination of a 3-mm abdominal wall incision and a 5-mm instrument in the abdominal cavity would combine the beneficial features of these two different sizes.

    Methods: The Percutaneous Surgical System (PSS) (Ethicon EndoSurgety, Galway, Ireland) is a new instrument consisting of a 3-mm shaft that is introduced percutaneously into the abdominal cavity. Through a 5-mm trocar, a. loader with a 5-mm attachment such as a Maryland dissector is introduced. The attachment is connected to the shaft, and the loader is removed from the abdomen. The feasibility of this device was evaluated retrospectively in 3 Swedish hospitals between January and September 2012.

    Results: Twenty-eight patients were laparoscopically operated on (cholecystectomy, gastric bypass, fundoplication, incisional hernias, and totally extraperitoneal repair for inguinal hernia) by use of 1 or 2 PSSs in each operation (47 in total). It was feasible to use the PSS in all procedures except during the totally extraperitoneal repair procedure because of the limited available preperitoneal space. Especially in laparoscopic cholecystectomies, the two lateral 5-mm trocars were easily replaced by two 3-mm PSS instruments.

    Conclusions: The use of the PSS is feasible in a number of laparoscopic procedures, where it can replace 5-mm trocars. Randomized controlled trials are needed to determine the future role of the PSS versus, for example, needlescopic laparoscopy.

  • 86.
    Brundin, Peik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases.
    Zhao, Chunyan
    Dahlman-Wright, Karin
    Ahlm, Clas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases.
    Evengård, Birgitta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases.
    Gene Expression of Estrogen Receptors in Pbmc From Patients With Puumala-Virus Infection2012In: Shock, ISSN 1073-2322, E-ISSN 1540-0514, Vol. 37, no 4, p. 355-359Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of estrogen signaling on infectious diseases is not fully known. Males seem to be more susceptible to infections than females. This has also been noted for the Scandinavian form of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome caused by Puumala hantavirus (PUUV). To investigate the differences in estrogen receptors in relation to sex and clinical severity, 20 patients (10 males, 10 females) with confirmed PUUV infection were studied. Real-time polymerase chain reaction was performed for analyzing mRNA expression of estrogen receptor-alpha (ERV), ER beta, and ER beta 2 (ER beta cx) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients and healthy age-and sex-matched blood donors. Blood chemistry and peripheral blood mononuclear cells sampling were performed during the acute and convalescent phases. None or very small amounts of ER beta were detected, and ER alpha and ER beta 2 mRNA were elevated in the patient group. The samples from the males were correlated with ER beta 2; the female samples, with ER alpha. Furthermore, the female and male samples are partly separated using multivariate statistic analysis (principal component analysis), supporting findings that clinical symptoms differ depending on sex.

  • 87.
    Brändström, Helge
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Sundelin, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Hoseason, Daniela
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Sundström, Nina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Birgander, Richard
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Winsö, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Koskinen, Lars-Owe
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Haney, Michael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Risk for intracranial pressure increase related to enclosed air in post-craniotomy patients during air ambulance transport: a retrospective cohort study with simulation2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, ISSN 1757-7241, E-ISSN 1757-7241, Vol. 25, article id 50Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Post-craniotomy intracranial air can be present in patients scheduled for air ambulance transport to their home hospital. We aimed to assess risk for in-flight intracranial pressure (ICP) increases related to observed intracranial air volumes, hypothetical sea level pre-transport ICP, and different potential flight levels and cabin pressures. METHODS: A cohort of consecutive subdural hematoma evacuation patients from one University Medical Centre was assessed with post-operative intracranial air volume measurements by computed tomography. Intracranial pressure changes related to estimated intracranial air volume effects of changing atmospheric pressure (simulating flight and cabin pressure changes up to 8000 ft) were simulated using an established model for intracranial pressure and volume relations. RESULTS: Approximately one third of the cohort had post-operative intracranial air. Of these, approximately one third had intracranial air volumes less than 11 ml. The simulation estimated that the expected changes in intracranial pressure during 'flight' would not result in intracranial hypertension. For intracranial air volumes above 11 ml, the simulation suggested that it was possible that intracranial hypertension could develop 'inflight' related to cabin pressure drop. Depending on the pre-flight intracranial pressure and air volume, this could occur quite early during the assent phase in the flight profile. DISCUSSION: These findings support the idea that there should be radiographic verification of the presence or absence of intracranial air after craniotomy for patients planned for long distance air transport. CONCLUSIONS: Very small amounts of air are clinically inconsequential. Otherwise, air transport with maintained ground-level cabin pressure should be a priority for these patients.

  • 88.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    The impact of structural factors in colon and rectal cancer surgery2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis was to investigate the importance and effect of some key-structural factors on outcome of colorectal cancer surgery.

    Considerable improvements in the treatment of colorectal cancer, i.e. radiotherapy, chemotherapy and operative technique, have taken place since the beginning of the 80s. Recent years have also seen the introduction of multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings in routine care, although evidence that this has benefitted treatment selection and outcome is weak. A challenge still remaining, regarding colon cancer surgery, is to improve outcome for the large number of patients presenting as an emergency. Outcome in the emergency situation remains worse in both the short- and long-term perspective compared to elective cases. Although studied extensively, the impact of surgeon’s case-load and degree of specialisation on outcome of surgery remains unclear.

    The following specific factors were studied: the effect of surgeon’s case-load and degree of specialisation on long-term survival in a well-defined, population-based, and recent cohort; the impact of surgeon’s case-load or degree of specialisation on the number of lymph nodes harvested in routine colon cancer surgery; predictors of preoperative discussion of rectal cancer patients at a MDT conference in Sweden, and whether or not MDT assessment influences decision-making in the treatment of rectal cancer; factors associated with an increased risk for loco-regional recurrence in patients operated as an emergency for colon cancer, in a population-based cohort.

    Data from the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Register (SCRCR) and the local (Uppsala/Örebro) ROC-register were used to study the effect of surgeon’s caseload and surgeon’s degree of specialisation on long-term survival. Data from six hospitals in the Uppsala/Örebro health care region were extracted for the periods 1995-2006 for rectal cancer, and 1997-2006 for colon cancer. These data were updated with a surgeon-specific number and competence level as well as other missing data. Colon and rectal cancer were analysed separately and each cancer stage was analysed separately (Stages I and II grouped together). Data on patients who had undergone right-sided hemicolectomy were extracted from these data and used to investigate whether the surgeon’s case-load or degree of specialisation had an impact on the number of lymph nodes harvested. For the study on predictors of discussion at a preoperative MDT conference, data on all patients without known metastatic disease at diagnosis, who underwent elective surgery for rectal cancer 2007-2010 in Sweden, were extracted from the SCRCR. For the study on factors associated with preoperative radiotherapy, two groups were extracted from this cohort and analysed separately. The first group comprised patients who had undergone elective tumour resection with curative intent for pT3c, pT3d, pT4 tumours, and the second comprised patients who had undergone elective tumour resection with curative intent for lymph node-positive tumours. For the study on colon cancer patients operated as an emergency, the local colon cancer registry for the Stockholm-Gotland health care region was used to identify all colon cancer patients subjected to emergency resection with curative intent in this region 1997-2007. Patient records with missing information were updated. The impact of reason for emergency resection, time from admission to surgery, daytime versus night-time operation, ASA score, blood loss, and T- and N-stages on the risk for locoregional recurrence was assessed.

    When the highest degree of specialisation of surgeons participating in the operation was a non-colorectal surgeon, there was a slightly lower long-term survival for rectal cancer Stages I-II (HR 2.03; 95%CI 1.05-3.92). Apart from this, neither the degree of specialisation nor case-load was associated with better survival. Surgeons with colorectal accreditation were associated with a signifcantly higher proportion of patients having 12 or more lymph nodes harvested from surgical specimens after right-sided hemicolectomy in both non-adjusted and multivariate analyses, as was also university pathology department. Emergency surgery did not affect the lymph node yield. The number of rectal cancer procedures performed per year at each hospital (hospital volume) was the main predictor of MDT evaluation. Patients treated at hospitals with <29 procedures per year had an odds ratio (OR) for MDT evaluation of 0.15. Tumour stage and age also influenced the chance of MDT evaluation. MDT evaluation significantly predicted the likelihood of being treated with preoperative radiotherapy in patients with pT3c-pT4 tumours (OR 5.06) and lymph node-positive tumours (OR 3.55), even when corrected for co-morbidity and age. The only factor tested, apart from stage, influencing the risk for local recurrence after emergency colon cancer surgery was the indication for emergency surgery; perforations of the colon being a higher risk with a HR of 1.96 (95%CI 1.12-3.43).

    Case-load and degree of specialisation of the surgeon were found not to be important predictors of outcome in colorectal cancer surgery in this cohort. This suggests that there are other structural-related factors that are more important for outcome in colon and rectal cancer. The degree of specialisation of the surgeon did, however, influence the number of lymph nodes harvested from specimens obtained during routine right-sided colon cancer surgery, which might indicate that a higher degree of specialisation is associated with more extensive surgery. Patients with rectal cancer treated at high-volume hospitals were more likely to be discussed at a MDT conference. This in turn was identified as an independent predictor of treatment with adjuvant radiotherapy. MDT evaluation is thus a structural factor with a potentially greater impact on treatment and outcome than surgeon’s caseload and degree of specialisation, at least for patients with rectal cancer. Structural-related risk factors that were expected to predict outcome in emergency colon cancer surgery had no significant influence on the risk for locoregional recurrence.

  • 89.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Bjerregaard, Jon K
    Winbladh, Anders
    Nilbert, Mef
    Revhaug, Arthur
    Wagenius, Gunnar
    Mörner, Malin
    Multidisciplinary team conferences promote treatment according to guidelines in rectal cancer2015In: Acta Oncologica, ISSN 0284-186X, E-ISSN 1651-226X, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 447-453Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Multidisciplinary team (MDT) conferences have been introduced into standard cancer care, though evidence that it benefits the patient is weak. We used the national Swedish Rectal Cancer Register to evaluate predictors for case discussion at a MDT conference and its impact on treatment.

    Material and methods. Of the 6760 patients diagnosed with rectal cancer in Sweden between 2007 and 2010, 78% were evaluated at a MDT. Factors that influenced whether a patient was discussed at a preoperative MDT conference were evaluated in 4883 patients, and the impact of MDT evaluation on the implementation of preoperative radiotherapy was evaluated in 1043 patients with pT3c-pT4 M0 tumours, and in 1991 patients with pN+ M0 tumours.

    Results. Hospital volume, i.e. the number of rectal cancer surgical procedures performed per year, was the major predictor for MDT evaluation. Patients treated at hospitals with < 29 procedures per year had an odds ratio (OR) for MDT evaluation of 0.15. Age and tumour stage also influenced the chance of MDT evaluation. MDT evaluation significantly predicted the likelihood of being treated with preoperative radiotherapy in patients with pT3c-pT4 M0 tumours (OR 5.06, 95% CI 3.08–8.34), and pN+ M0 (OR 3.55, 95% CI 2.60–4.85), even when corrected for co-morbidity and age.

    Conclusion. Patients with rectal cancer treated at high-volume hospitals are more likely to be discussed at a MDT conference, and that is an independent predictor of the use of adjuvant radiotherapy. These results indirectly support the introduction into clinical practice of discussing all rectal cancer patients at MDT conferences, not least those being treated at low-volume hospitals.

  • 90.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Risk Factors for Local Recurrence after Emergency Resection for Colon Cancer: Scenario in Sweden2016In: Digestive Surgery, ISSN 0253-4886, E-ISSN 1421-9883, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 503-508Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background/Aims: Patients undergoing emergency resection for colon cancer have a worse outcome both in terms of short-and long-term survival than those having elective surgery. The aim of this population-based study was to determine factors associated with increased risk for local recurrence following emergency resection. Methods: The Stockholm-Gotland Healthcare Region Colon Cancer Register was used to identify all colon cancer patients who had undergone emergency colon resection with curative intent in that region 1997-2007. Patient records were scrutinised to obtain any missing information. The influence of the following factors was assessed: indication for emergency resection; time between admission and surgery; surgery daytime or at night; American Association of Anesthesiologists score; volume of blood lost; and T- and N-stage. Our endpoint was loco-regional recurrence. Results: Apart from stage, perforation as indication for emergency surgery was the only factor that influenced the risk for local recurrence (hazard ratio 1.96; 95% CI 1.12-3.43). Conclusion: In this study, the only factor associated with local recurrence after emergency resection for colon cancer was preoperative perforation. This implies that changes in our current management algorithm would be unlikely to lead to improvement. Efforts should therefore concentrate on reducing the proportion of patients operated on an emergency basis.

  • 91.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Risk factors for local recurrence in emergency resections for colon cancerManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 92.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Surgical Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Jestin, Pia
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, bDepartment of Surgical Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
    Matthiessen, Peter
    Department of Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Department of Surgical Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
    Degree of specialisation of the surgeon influences lymph node yield after right-sided hemicolectomy2013In: Digestive Surgery, ISSN 0253-4886, E-ISSN 1421-9883, Vol. 30, no 4-6, p. 362-367Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To investigate the degree to which specialisation or case-load of the surgeon is associated with the number of lymph nodes isolated from pathology specimens after right-sided hemicolectomy.

    Method: Data from 6 hospitals with well-defined catchment areas included in the Uppsala/Örebro Regional Oncology Centre Colon Cancer Register 1997-2006 were used to assess 821 patients undergoing right-sided hemicolectomy for stages I-III colon cancer. Factors influencing the lymph node yield were evaluated.

    Results: A surgeon with colorectal accreditation and a university pathology department were both associated with a significantly higher proportion of patients having 12 or more lymph nodes isolated from surgical specimens after right-sided hemicolectomy in both unadjusted and multivariate analyses. Emergency surgery did not affect the lymph node yield. Conclusion: The degree of specialisation of the surgeon influences the number of lymph nodes isolated from specimens obtained during routine right-sided colon cancer surgery.

    © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  • 93.
    Brännström, Fredrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala and Department of Surgical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Jestin, Pia
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and Karlstad Hospital, Karlstad.
    Matthiessen, Peter
    Department of Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Surgeon and hospital-related risk factors in colorectal cancer surgery2011In: Colorectal Disease, ISSN 1462-8910, E-ISSN 1463-1318, Vol. 13, no 12, p. 1370-1376Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIM: The aim of this study was to identify surgeon and hospital-related factors in a well-defined population-based cohort; the results of this study could possibly be used to improve outcome in colorectal cancer.

    METHOD: Data from the colonic (1997-2006) and rectal (1995-2006) cancer registers of the Uppsala/Örebro Regional Oncology Centre were used to assess 1697 patients with rectal and 2692 with colonic cancer. Putative risk factors and their impact on long-term survival were evaluated using the Cox proportional hazard model.

    RESULTS: The degree of specialization of the operating surgeon had no significant effect on long-term survival. When comparing the surgeons with the highest degree of specialization, noncolorectal surgeons demonstrated a slightly lower long-term survival for rectal cancer stage I and II (HR, 2.03; 95% CI, 1.05-3.92). Surgeons with a high case-load were not associated with better survival in any analysis model. Regional hospitals had a lower survival rate for rectal cancer stage III surgery (HR, 1.47; 95% CI, 1.08-2.00).

    CONCLUSION: Degree of specialization, surgeon case-load and hospital category could not be identified as important factors when determining outcome in colorectal cancer surgery in this study.

  • 94. Burman, Joachim
    et al.
    Iacobaeus, Ellen
    Svenningsson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Lycke, Jan
    Gunnarsson, Martin
    Nilsson, Petra
    Vrethem, Magnus
    Fredrikson, Sten
    Martin, Claes
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Uggla, Bertil
    Lenhoff, Stig
    Johansson, Jan-Erik
    Isaksson, Cecilia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Hägglund, Hans
    Carlson, Kristina
    Fagius, Jan
    Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for aggressive multiple sclerosis: the Swedish experience2014In: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, ISSN 0022-3050, E-ISSN 1468-330X, Vol. 85, no 10, p. 1116-1121Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a viable option for treatment of aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS). No randomised controlled trial has been performed, and thus, experiences from systematic and sustained follow-up of treated patients constitute important information about safety and efficacy. In this observational study, we describe the characteristics and outcome of the Swedish patients treated with HSCT for MS. METHODS: Neurologists from the major hospitals in Sweden filled out a follow-up form with prospectively collected data. Fifty-two patients were identified in total; 48 were included in the study and evaluated for safety and side effects; 41 patients had at least 1 year of follow-up and were further analysed for clinical and radiological outcome. In this cohort, 34 patients (83%) had relapsing-remitting MS, and mean follow-up time was 47 months. RESULTS: At 5 years, relapse-free survival was 87%; MRI event-free survival 85%; expanded disability status scale (EDSS) score progression-free survival 77%; and disease-free survival (no relapses, no new MRI lesions and no EDSS progression) 68%. Presence of gadolinium-enhancing lesions prior to HSCT was associated with a favourable outcome (disease-free survival 79% vs 46%, p=0.028). There was no mortality. The most common long-term side effects were herpes zoster reactivation (15%) and thyroid disease (8.4%). CONCLUSIONS: HSCT is a very effective treatment of inflammatory active MS and can be performed with a high degree of safety at experienced centres.

  • 95. Button, J.
    et al.
    Scott, J.
    Taghizadeh, R.
    Weiler-Mithoff, E.
    Hart, Andrew M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK; Department of Surgical and Perioperative Science, Section for Hand & Plastic Surgery, University Hospital, Umea, Sweden.
    Shoulder function following autologous latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction: A prospective three year observational study comparing quilting and non-quilting donor site techniques2010In: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, ISSN 1748-6815, E-ISSN 1532-1959, Vol. 63, no 9, p. 1505-1512Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Latissimus dorsi harvest and axillary surgery can affect shoulder function. The effect of autologous latissimus dorsi flap (ALD) breast reconstruction and donor site quilting have been inadequately studied. A cohort of ALD flap breast reconstruction patients were assessed pre-operatively and at eight post-operative time-points (up to 3 years after reconstruction) using the self-administered Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) outcome measure, for which validated normative data is available. Patients with incidental shoulder conditions and bilateral reconstructions were excluded. This was a prospective, observational study with blinded data interpretation: 58 patients, 22 of whom had donor site quilting, were assessed. Groups were compatible demographically, in breast care management and in pre-operative DASH score (quilted 6.5, non-quilted 6.4; P = 0.98). Scores were significantly increased at initial post-operative clinic review (mean 49, SD19; P < 0.001), 6 week (29, SD20; P < 0.001), and 3 month (19, SD19; P < 0.01), thereafter remaining at a plateau value of similar to 15 (P > 0.05). Seroma incidence was reduced in the quilted group (5% vs 70%). A strong, significant correlation was found between 3 month DASH score and long term function (r = 0.66, P < 0.0003); patients with DASH > 20 fare significantly worse in the long-term (mean 20 point increase, SD5.0, P < 0.001). Higher post-operative DASH scores correlated significantly with pre-operative DASH (r = 0.58) and BMI (r = 0.36). Adjuvant therapy had no effect on shoulder function. Axillary dissection had a weak correlation with a higher DASH score, but only at the 3-month post-operative time-point (r = 0.32, P = 0.03). ALD flap breast reconstruction generally results in a functionally insignificant increase (6.5 points) in longterm DASH score, although a small subset of patients do develop longterm impairment, and quilting does not appear to inhibit shoulder function. (C) 2009 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

  • 96. Campa, Daniele
    et al.
    Claus, Rainer
    Dostal, Lucie
    Stein, Angelika
    Chang-Claude, Jenny
    Meidtner, Karina
    Boeing, Heiner
    Olsen, Anja
    Tjønneland, Anne
    Overvad, Kim
    Rodríguez, Laudina
    Bonet, Catalina
    Sánchez, Maria-José
    Amiano, Pilar
    Huerta, José María
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Wareham, Nicholas
    Travis, Ruth C
    Allen, Naomi E
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Bamia, Christina
    Benetou, Vassiliki
    Palli, Domenico
    Agnoli, Claudia
    Panico, Salvatore
    Tumino, Rosario
    Sacerdote, Carlotta
    van Kranen, Henk
    Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, H
    Peeters, Petra H M
    van Gils, Carla H
    Lenner, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Lund, Eiliv
    Gram, Inger Torhild
    Rinaldi, Sabina
    Chajes, Veronique
    Romieu, Isabelle
    Engel, Pierre
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie Christine
    Clavel-Chapelon, Françoise
    Siddiq, Afshan
    Riboli, Elio
    Canzian, Federico
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Variation in genes coding for AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and breast cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation on Cancer (EPIC).2011In: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, ISSN 0167-6806, E-ISSN 1573-7217, Vol. 127, no 3, p. 761-767Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an energy sensing/signalling intracellular protein which is activated by an increase in the cellular AMP:ATP ratio after ATP depletion. Once activated, AMPK inhibits fatty acid synthesis and the Akt-mTOR pathway, and activates the p53-p21 axis. All these molecular mechanisms are thought to play a key role in breast carcinogenesis. We investigated the genetic variability of four genes encoding AMPK (PRKAA1, PRKAA2, PRKAB1 and PRKAB2). Using a tagging approach and selecting SNPs we covered all the common genetic variation of these genes. We tested association of tagging SNPs in our four candidate genes with breast cancer (BC) risk in a study of 1340 BC cases and 2536 controls nested into the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Given the relevance of AMPK on fatty acid synthesis and the importance of body fatness as a BC risk factor, we tested association of SNPs and body-mass index as well. We observed no statistically significant association between the SNPs in the PRKAs genes and BC risk and BMI after correction for multiple testing.

  • 97. Carlsson, Anna
    et al.
    Lundälv, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Acute Injuries Resulting from Accidents Involving Powered Mobility Devices (PMDs) – Development and Outcomes of PMD Related Accidents in Sweden2019In: Traffic Injury Prevention, ISSN 1538-9588, E-ISSN 1538-957XArticle in journal (Refereed)
  • 98.
    Carlsson, Anna
    et al.
    Chalmersa Commercial R&D, Chalmers Industrial Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Lundälv, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Acute injuries resulting from accidents involving powered mobility devices (PMDs): Development and outcomes of PMD-related accidents in Sweden2019In: Traffic Injury Prevention, ISSN 1538-9588, E-ISSN 1538-957X, Vol. 20, no 5, p. 484-491Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: Powered mobility devices (PMDs) are commonly used as aids for older people andpeople with disabilities, subgroups of vulnarable road users (VRUs) who are rarely noted in trafficsafety contexts. However, the problem of accidents involving PMD drivers has been reported inmany countries where these vehicles have become increasingly popular.The aim of this study is to extract and analyze national PMD-related accident and injury datareported to the Swedish Traffic Accident Data Acquisition (STRADA) database. The results will providevaluable insight into the risks and obstacles that PMD drivers are exposed to in the trafficenvironment and may contribute to improving the mobility of this group in the long term.

    Methods: The current study is based on data from 743 accidents and 998 persons. An analysiswas performed on a subset of data (N¼301) in order to investigate the development of accidentsover a period of 10 years. Thereafter, each accident in the whole data set was registered as eithersingle (N¼427) or collision (N¼315).

    Results: The results show that there was a 3-fold increase in the number of PMD-related accidentsreported to STRADA during the period 2007–2016.With regard to single accidents, collisions, as well as fatalities, the injury statistics were dominatedby males. Single accidents were more common than collisions (N¼427 and N¼316, respectively)and the level of injury sustained in each type of accident is on par.The vast majority of single accidents resulted in the PMD driver impacting the ground (87%), dueto either PMD turnover (71%) or the driver falling out of the PMD (16%). The reason for many ofthe single accidents was a difference in ground level (34%, typically a curb).Cars, trucks, or buses were involved in 67% of collision events; these occured predominantly atjunctions or intersections (70%).Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) 3þ injuries were dominated by hip and head injuries in both singleaccidents and collision events.

    Conclusions: The present study shows that further research on PMD accidents is required, withregard to both single accidents and collision events. To ensure that appropriate decisions aremade, future work should follow up on injury trends and further improve the quality of PDMrelatedaccident data. Improved vehicle stability and design, increased usage of safety equipment,proper training programs, effective maintenance services, and development of a supporting infrastructurewould contribute to increased safety for PMD drivers.

  • 99.
    Carlsson, Anna
    et al.
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Lundälv, Jörgen
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Elrullstolsrelaterade olyckor och skador i trafikmiljön – Analys av STRADA-data2019In: Sammanställning av refererat från Transportforum 2019 / [ed] Camilla Ekström, Fredrik Hellman, Mattias Haraldsson, VTI (Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut) , 2019Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 100.
    Carlsson, Anna
    et al.
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Stenberg, Gunilla
    Lundälv, Jörgen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    The Importance of Research Protocol for Video Analysis of Electric Wheelchair Users in Road Traffic. A Method With Challenges2017Conference paper (Other academic)
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