• Factors influencing the successful completion of laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

      Chandio, Ashfaq; Timmons, Suzanne; Majeed, Aamir; Twomey, Aongus; Aftab, Fuad; Department of General & Laparoscopic Surgery, Mallow General Hospital, Mallow Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland. chandioashfaq@yahoo.com (2012-01-26)
      The parameters of age, acute cholecystitis and choledocholithiasis must be considered in the clinical decision making process when planning laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
    • Gigantic unruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm presenting as an incidental murmur.

      Yagoub, Hatim; Srinivas, Bhanu Prakash; McCarthy, James; Kiernan, Thomas John; Department of Cardiology, Mallow General Hospital, Mallow, Cork, Ireland. drhatimyagoub@yahoo.com (2012)
      We report a case of a 56-year-old man referred by his family physician with an asymptomatic cardiac murmur. Trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) suggested an unruptured right sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) causing extrinsic compression of the right ventricular outflow tract. This was confirmed with an ECG-gated cardiac CT showing a large right SVA measuring 35×37×42 mm in size. Coronary angiography demonstrated non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Ascending thoracic anterior in the right anterior oblique view delineated the right SVA. The patient underwent aortic valve sparing surgical repair of the aneurysm with an excellent result. Echocardiography confirmed obliteration of the aneurysm and normal aortic valve function postoperatively.
    • H1N1 infection in emergency surgery: A cautionary tale.

      Galbraith, J G; Butler, J S; Pead, M; Twomey, A; Department of Surgery, Mallow General Hospital, Cork, Ireland. (2010)
      Pandemic 2009 influenza A H1N1 has spread rapidly since its first report in Mexico in March 2009. This is the first influenza pandemic in over 40 years and it atypically affects previously healthy young adults, with higher rates of morbidity and mortality. The medical literature has been inundated with reports of H1N1 infection, the majority found in critical care and internal medicine journals with a relative paucity in the surgical literature. Despite this, it remains an important entity that can impact greatly on acute surgical emergencies. We present a case of previously healthy 31-year-old male who underwent open appendectomy. His post-operative recovery was complicated by acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to H1N1 infection. This case report highlights the impact that H1N1 virus can have on acute surgical emergencies and how it can complicate the post-operative course.