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Original Investigation | November 25, 2015 ONLINE FIRST
Postoperative Clostridium difficile Infection
This cohort study describes postoperative Clostridium difficile infection rates, risk factors for infection, and associations with postoperative outcomes in surgery programs of the Veterans Health Administration.
JAMA Surgery Clinical Challenge | November 25, 2015 ONLINE FIRST
A Large Liver Mass With Acute Hemorrhage
A man in his 60s presents to the emergency department after collapsing with sudden-onset back and abdominal pain; computed tomography shows a large right hepatic mass with intrahepatic and intraperitoneal hemorrhage. What is your diagnosis?
Original Investigation | November 18, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST
Antibiotic Duration After Laparoscopic Appendectomy
This observational cohort study reports that lengthening of postoperative antibiotic treatment to 5 days was not associated with a reduction in infectious complications after laparoscopic appendectomy for acute complicated appendicitis.
Nomogram for Preoperative Risk Estimation of Microvascular Invasion in Liver Cancer
This cohort study uses data on patients who underwent liver resection for hepatitis B virus–related hepatocellular carcinoma to develop a nomogram for preoperative estimation of microvascular invasion.
Original Investigation | November 18, 2015 ONLINE FIRST
Disparities in Surgical Resection for Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer
This cohort study investigates the associations between socioeconomic variables and surgical resection in patients with early-stage pancreatic cancer.
Interview with Shimul Shah, MD, author of Effect of Hospital Safety-Net Burden on Cost and Outcomes After Surgery
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Gastric Metastasis of Merkel Cell Carcinoma
Transgastric laparoscopic resection of a gastric metastasis of Merkel cell carcinoma.
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An Underappreciated Cause of Postprandial Abdominal Pain
A 52-year-old woman with a history of diabetes mellitus and cigarette smoking who had a prior laparoscopic cholecystectomy was referred to our institution for severe postprandial epigastric abdominal pain that had been ongoing for several months and unintentional weight loss.
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