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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)
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)
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)
The description of a gesture requires temporal analysis of values generated by input sensors and does not fit well the observer pattern traditionally used by frameworks to handle user input. The current solution is to embed particular gesture-based interactions, such as pinch-to-zoom, into frameworks by notifying when a whole gesture is detected. This(More)
The C++ language has only a limited runtime type information system , which doesn't provide full reflection capabilities. We present a general mechanism to support reflection, exploiting template metaprogramming techniques. Two solutions are presented: a static one where metaclass information is only available at compile time to produce class specific code;(More)
By the definition 'minor voiding dysfunctions' is understood children with a history of frequency, urgency, daytime wetting, squatting, and infrequent voiding, singly or in combination. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are often present but symptoms must also be present when the children are free of infection. The upper urinary tract is generally normal or(More)
This study was designed to characterize urinary bladder function in the aged rat (27 months of age). For comparative purposes, two different control groups were included into the experimental protocol: normal 6-month old and hyperdiuretic 6-month old rats. Increased threshold volume for micturition and increased bladder mass were found in both aged and(More)
" Computers are useless: they can only give answers " – Pablo Picasso – Abstract 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,(More)