Antonio La Greca

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The distribution and the potential gene-gene and gene-environment interaction of selected metabolic genetic polymorphisms was investigated in relation to gastric cancer risk in an Italian population. One hundred and seven cases and 254 hospital controls, matched by age and gender, were genotyped for CYP1A1, CYP2E1, mEH, GSTM1, GSTT1, NAT2 and SULT1A1(More)
BACKGROUND The occurrence of early surgical complications after gastrectomy as a treatment for gastric cancer has been reported to have a negative impact on longterm survival. The aim of this study was to identify treatment-related factors that can predict morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing operations for gastric cancer. STUDY DESIGN The(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this multicenter study was to assess the feasibility, safety, and accuracy of the intracavitary ECG method for real-time positioning of the tip of different types of central venous catheters. METHODS A total of 1444 catheter insertions in adult patients were studied in eight Italian centers (539 ports, 245 PICCs, 325 tunneled CVCs, 335(More)
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a central role in the metabolism of folate, which provides a methyl donor for DNA methylation and deoxynucleoside synthesis. We performed a case-control study to explore the relationship between two common MTHFR polymorphisms (C677T and A1298C), their combination and interaction with environmental exposures,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Surgical resection offers the only potential cure for pancreatic carcinoma. Several recent series have reported an encouraging increase in 5-year survival rate exceeding 20% and have emphasized the importance of patient selection based on reproducible prognostic factors. The impact on survival of demographic, intraoperative, and(More)
PURPOSE Placement of central venous catheters by the infraclavicular route can be achieved by ultrasound-guided puncture of the axillary vein. However, in some cases, the axillary vein may be difficult to puncture because it is too deep or too small or because it is collapsing significantly during breathing. The objective of this observational study was to(More)
Tip position of a central venous access is of paramount importance and should be verified before starting infusion. Intra-procedural methods for verifying the location of the tip are to be preferred, since they avoid the risks, delays and costs of repositioning the tip. Among the intra-procedural methods, the electrocardiography (EKG) method has many(More)
Training and learning in the field of access for dialysis, including peritoneal and hemodialysis and access for oncologic patients, is well suited for the use of simulators, simulated case learning, and root cause analysis of adverse outcomes and team training. Simulators range over a wide spectrum from simple suture learning devices, inexpensive systems(More)