Alessia Benetti

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Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid derivative commonly used in the treatment of heroin addiction. Life-threatening complications have been described following overdoses while few cases of hepatotoxicity due to drug use at therapeutic doses have been recently described in hepatitis C virus carriers. In these cases, however, histological assessment was(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic bone disease associated with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is inadequately characterized. Renal tubular acidosis (RTA) may lead to bone loss through chronic mobilization of skeletal calcium salts to buffer increased acid load. AIM To evaluate the prevalence of RTA in PBC and establish the relationships among bone mineral density(More)
Bariatric surgery developed in the late 1970 to treat severe hyperlipidemias in overweight individuals, not necessarily obese. Several techniques have been developed, and the concept has come first of a surgery for morbid obesity, then of a cure for diabetes in morbid obesity. There are other aspects of bariatric surgery that deserve attention, beyond BMI(More)
PURPOSE Partial nephrectomy is an effective method of treatment for renal cell carcinoma. The aim of this study is to compare our experience with international literature data METHODS Between January 1997 and December 2000 a total of 50 renal units in 30 males and 18 women, 27 to 77 years old (mean age 60.6) with renal solid lesion of < 4 cm diameter were(More)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with increased risk of severe comorbidities and mortality; its prevalence is increasing worldwide, linked with the increasing prevalence of obesity. Weight loss prevents the development of T2DM in obese subjects, and can reverse T2DM in morbid obesity. This paper reviews bariatric surgery as a means for(More)
The BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) is an endoscopic device used to treat morbidly-obese patients who fail to achieve an adequate weight loss with diet and pharmacotherapy [1]. A 42-year-old man (BMI 42.7 kg/m), and a 55-year-old woman (BMI 39.7 kg/m) underwent insertion of BIB. The male patient was discharged with a therapy that included protonic(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY To shorten the time to recovery of full urinary continence after radical retropubic prostatectomy and to increase the postoperative continence rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS One hundred and five consecutive patients were submitted to radical retropubic prostatectomy for prostate cancer, with curative intent, focusing our attention on three(More)
Endocardial fibroelastosis is a rare disease that only sporadically has been diagnosed prenatally. The cases reported so far were found after the second trimester of pregnancy. We report a case of endocardial fibroelastosis found in a 20-week fetus, in whom the diagnosis was performed by echocardiography and, after voluntary interruption of pregnancy, was(More)
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