Alessandra Cardia

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BACKGROUND Peri-operative steroids are administered routinely to patients with pituitary adenoma undergoing transsphenoidal adenomectomy (TSA). AIM To evaluate hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis before and after programmed endoscopic TSA (E-TSA) in patients with clinically non-functioning pituitary macroadenoma (NFPA). DESIGN Open prospective. (More)
The recent introduction of the 3D endoscope for endonasal surgery has been welcomed because of its promise to overcome the main limitation of endoscopy, namely the lack of stereoscopic vision. This innovation particularly regarded the most complex transnasal surgery of the skull base. We therefore discuss our early experience as ENT surgeons with the use of(More)
In the past decade, surgical treatment of skull base pathologies has greatly advanced through the advent of the endoscope and later of the high definition endoscope. Recently a new type of three dimensional (3D) scope has been introduced to permit the surgeon a real stereoscopic vision of the operating field and to overcome the limitations of the 2D(More)
AIM The aim of this paper was to assess the efficacy of a minimally invasive treatment with percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for traumatic fracture of thoracolumbar junction. Treatment of stable traumatic vertebral fractures of the thoracolumbar junction without neurological deficit is still controversy. Conservative treatment, characterized by(More)
An open, non-randomized phase II study was carried out including patients with advanced solid tumors who achieved an objective response or disease stabilization as a result of previous chemotherapy, to receive a maintenance treatment with recombinant interleukin-2 (rIL-2) plus medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) plus antioxidant agents alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)(More)
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