Alessandro Bertaccini

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BACKGROUND Conventional imaging (CI) techniques are inadequate for lymph node (LN) staging in prostate cancer (PCa). OBJECTIVES To assess the accuracy of (11)C-Choline positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) for LN staging in intermediate-risk and high-risk PCa and to compare it with two currently used nomograms. DESIGN, SETTING,(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether tamoxifen or anastrozole prevents gynecomastia and breast pain caused by bicalutamide (150 mg) without compromising efficacy, safety, or sexual functioning. PATIENTS AND METHODS A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was performed in patients with localized, locally advanced, or biochemically recurrent prostate cancer.(More)
PURPOSE (11)C-choline positron emission tomography is an innovative imaging technique for prostate cancer. We assessed the sensitivity of positron emission tomography used together with computerized tomography for intraprostatic localization of primary prostate cancer on a nodule-by-nodule basis, and compared its performance with 12-core transrectal biopsy.(More)
The goal of this study was to find the most favorable injection interval of norethisterone enanthate (NETE) plus testosterone undecanoate (TU) in terms of gonadotropin, sperm suppression, and prostatic effects. Fifty normal men were randomly assigned to receive NETE 200 mg plus TU 1000 mg every 8 wk (n = 10), every 12 wk (n = 10), every 6 wk for 12 wk and(More)
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the accuracy of transrectal ultrasound biopsy (TRUS-biopsy) performed on regions with abnormal MRI and/or MRSI for both the transition (TZ) and the peripheral (PZ) zones in patients with suspected prostate cancer with prior negative biopsy, and to analyze the relationship between MRSI and histopathological findings.(More)
INTRODUCTION The principal goal of surgical techniques for male to female gender reassignment is to provide aesthetic and functional external female genitalia. AIM To present a new surgical technique which permits a safer and faster construction of the neoclitoris and the configuration of a natural-looking mons veneris. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES The(More)
BACKGROUND Bladder cancer is the fourth most frequently diagnosed cancer among males and the eleventh among females. At present, radical cystectomy is considered the standard therapy in patients with muscle invasive disease or in some cases of high-grade superficial cancer. TNM classification includes as independent predictors of disease-specific survival(More)
To evaluate the efficacy of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in patients with acute scrotal pain not defined at ultrasound (US) with colour Doppler . CEUS was carried out in 50 patients with acute scrotal pain or scrotal trauma showing testicular lesion of undefined nature at US. The accuracy of US and CEUS findings versus definitive diagnosis (surgery(More)
BACKGROUND Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common non-skin cancer among men in Western countries. Inflammation appears to be involved in the pathogenesis of PCa. Recent studies have shown that many inflammatory genes are associated with the risk of PCa. Alpha 1 antichymotrypsin (ACT) is an acute phase protein and it is part of the circulating prostate(More)
PURPOSE Vasoactive cocktails are widely used in diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction, especially in poor responders to prostaglandin E1 (PGE1). However, very little information as to their chemical interactions and stability is available, despite the huge amount of published work regarding their clinical efficacy. Obviously, medical and legal(More)