Alberto Vannelli

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the prognostic role of distal clearance margin (DCM) in lower rectum cancer surgery. Two-hundred-three cancer patients underwent total rectal resection, possibly followed by adjuvant chemoradiotherapy. DCM was classified as positive or negative (<1, ≥1 cm) and investigated with multivariable proportional hazard(More)
PURPOSE This study aims to investigate the prevalence of the two known telomere maintenance mechanisms, telomerase activity (TA) and alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT), and to assess their prognostic relevance in diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (DMPM). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN In 44 DMPM specimens obtained from 38 patients, TA was determined(More)
AIM AND BACKGROUND Fluorescence spectroscopy of biomolecules is considered a promising method to discriminate in vivo normal tissue from malignant tissue at various sites including breast, cervix, lung, and colon. However, only few studies have been reported on the feasibility of exploiting fluorescence spectroscopy of blood to characterize pathological(More)
The treatment of tumors of the distal rectum continues to be a matter of great controversy among oncologic surgeons. There are increasingly promising indications that functionally conservative surgery may be a valid therapeutic alternative to conventional therapy in patients with tumours of the lower rectum, traditionally treated by abdomino-perineal(More)
PURPOSE The main prognostic factor of lung cancer patient outcome is clinical stage, a parameter of tumor aggressiveness. Our study was conducted to test whether germ line variations modulate individual differences in clinical stage. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We conducted a case-only genome-wide association study (GWAS) using a 620,901 single-nucleotide(More)
A perineal hernia is defined as a protrusion of peritoneal or extraperitoneal content through a pelvic floor defect. A 64-year-old woman with a bowel occlusions due to a giant postoperative perineal hernia was admitted to our hospital. We describe abdominal approach with plastic perineal reconstruction.
Postoperative infection has influence on costs, quality of life, and outcome of the disease. It is suspected that post-total laryngectomy infections have increased in frequency and seriousness, because of the failure of the preservation protocol or the previous radiotherapy, making rescue surgery necessary. The objective of this study was to develop a(More)
Isolated testicular metastasis from colorectal cancer is considered an unusual event. In this case report we describe for the first time a metastasis from an adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon to a cryptorchid testis. The patient developed a painless testicular nodule three years after the diagnosis of primary sigmoid colon cancer. Recent reports have(More)
Idiopathic segmental infarction of the greater omentum is an uncommon cause of acute abdomen. The etiology is still unclear and the symptoms mimic acute appendicitis. Its presentation simultaneously with acute appendicitis is still more infrequent. We present a case of a 47-year old woman without significant previous medical history, admitted with an acute(More)