Monthly Archives: February 2013

TACE – Good radiological response does not necessarily equate with improved overall survival

Here is my highlight from the March edition of the journal HPB The treatment options for non-resectable primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are limited. Trans arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is a therapy which has achieved considerable popularity as a means for treating … Continue reading

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Is it time to revisit elective ventilation?

Elective ventilation is in simple terms the process of keeping a person alive through artificial ventilatory support for the purpose of procuring organs. The Exeter Protocol famously used elective ventilation as a means of maintaining physiology of patients who were … Continue reading

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A small piece of transplant history

When my colleague and friend Phil Dyer recently retired as Professor of Histocompatability and Immunogenetics at Edinburgh in the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service he brought with him a small gift from his bookshelf. Phil was determined to retire without any … Continue reading

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Liver resection or liver transplantation for solitary hepatitis C virus associated hepatocellular carcinoma?

This is my february highlight from the journal HPB In the September issue of HPB we published a meta-analysis which showed that outcomes for patients with HCC from all causes were better after liver transplantation than after liver resection but that this … Continue reading

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