Antonio Cisternino

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PiQASso is a Question Answering system based on a combination of modern IR techniques and a series of semantic filters for selecting paragraphs containing a justifiable answer. Semantic filtering is based on several NLP tools, including a dependency-based parser, a POS tagger, a NE tagger and a lexical database. Semantic analysis of questions is performed(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of the current study was to identify independent clinical and pathologic variables that were predictive of lymph node involvement in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis in a multicenter series with the intent to select patients who were suitable to undergo immediate inguinal lymphadenectomy. METHODS Data were(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the feasibility and activity of a neoadjuvant treatment combining a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH)-analogue, estramustine and docetaxel before radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) in patients with high-risk prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS High-risk patients were defined as clinical stage > or =T3 and/or a(More)
Gestural interfaces allow complex manipulative interactions that are hardly manageable using traditional event handlers. Indeed, such kind of interaction has longer duration in time than that carried out in form-based user interfaces, and often it is important to provide users with intermediate feedback during the gesture performance. Therefore, the gesture(More)
AIM The efficacy of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1)-intracavernous injection (ICI) therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED) after non-nerve-sparing (NNS) radical pelvic surgery depends on patient compliance. The purpose of this study was to verify the utility of sexual counseling in ICI in terms of treatment efficacy, compliance, and dropout rate. METHODS In this(More)
OBJECTIVE The efficacy and safety of using alpha(1)-adrenergic blockers for treating primary bladder neck obstruction in young and middle-aged men was assessed as the first therapeutic step, before surgery, in a symptomatic non-neurogenic selected group of patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS From January 1995 to December 2001, primary bladder neck obstruction(More)
Clinical manifestations of acute appendicitis are variegated and urologic symptoms may be the first manifestation of the disease. In 1985 we reported on 2 cases of acute appendicitis who presented with irritative bladder symptoms. Here we describe 2 new cases come to our observation because of hematuria and irritative bladder symptoms. A brief review of the(More)