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JUNE 20, 2005

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[Digital cross-sectional imaging techniques, especially computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play an important role in the diagnosis of pathologic conditions affecting the head and neck. MRI, because of its superb soft tissue contrast resolution and multiplanar imaging ability gives the most information regarding the origin and the extent of a laesion, intracranial extension, perineural-, as well as bone marrow involvement and play key role in the management of different diseases. Careful observation of the characteristic radiological features usually leads to correct diagnosis, however, some of the lesions are not typical, looking very similar and can be difficult to differentiate from each other. The purpose of the present article is to provide an overview of the most common pathologic conditions examined with MRI.]



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ALTORJAY Áron, VARGA István, SÁRKÁNY Ágnes, TÓTH Sándor, MUCS Mihály, HAMVAS Balázs, PAÁL Balázs, THAN Zoltán

[INTRODUCTION - The leading role of laparoscopy in the surgical treatment of functional diseases of the gastro-esophageal junction has become indisputable. But has the time of the “classic”, open surgical interventions really gone for good? PATIENTS AND METHODS - Between January 1., 2000 and December 31., 2004 we performed hiatal reconstruction and antireflux plastics for 186 patients. 83.3% (155/186) of the operations was performed laparoscopically, while 16.7% (31/186) with the traditional approach. The average age of patients was 46.9 years, 7% of the operations was performed on children. In case of recurrent paraoesophageal hernias the surgical plan was drawn up based on the result of the barium swallow X-ray performed after endoscopic clipping of the Z-line. In case of a brachy-esophagus, we formed the neo-esophagus by performing the Collis-Nissen operation modified by us (Neodinium magnet + plastic sliding scale) from the traditional abdominal exposure. RESULTS - The indication for hiatal reconstruction and antireflux operation was sliding hernia in 68.2%, paraesophageal hernia in 17.8% and reflux disease in 14%. We observed signs of panmural esophagitis in 22%, while latent or true brachy-esophagus in 10.7%. Antireflux procedures were grouped as Nissen type operation in 82.7%, Toupet type in 9.67%, Narbona in 2.1%, Belsey-Mark IV in 1.61%, and resection type operation in 3.76%. To narrow the diaphragmatic openings, two sutures were needed in most cases (57.1%). Conversion to laparotomy was necessary in 3.2%. We observed recurrences in 3.3% after laparoscopic interventions. In case of open operations we experienced no recurrences in the studied period. The barium swallow X-ray examination performed after endoscopic clipping of the Z-line could reveal brachy-esophagus before the operation. CONCLUSION - Open surgical interventions can not fall into oblivion even in the age of laparoscopic hiatal reconstructions and antireflux plastics. Open surgical procedures are justified even in the new milennium in cases when the patient's medical history contains upper abdominal operations - due to an increased risk of injury because of adhesions -,in cases of primarily recurrent paraesophageal hernias after an unsuccessful open and/or laparoscopic reconstruction, as well as in cases of reflux with complications.]

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