Transfusion and outcome in heart surgery. [Editorial]

The Editorial by Bruce Spiess enthusiastically supports the work of Engoren et al. on the effects of blood transfusions on long-term survival after coronary artery bypass surgery while recognizing that databased research suffers several limitations. The author mentions that other databased studies, including ours, have examined outcomes and lowest hematocrit, found bad outcomes associated with […]

Percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation of liver tumors.

Chagnon and colleagues provide with detailed description of treatment approaches to liver cancer. They focus on the use of radiofrequency ablation of lesions coupled with ultrasonographic imaging as a guide to success. Their excellent discussion of options, inclusion and exclusion criteria and outcomes is well worth reading. Every general surgeon must be aware of the […]