Catarina Ruivo

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OBJECTIVES The objectives of this review are (1) to become acquainted with the long-term complications of surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, and (2) to appreciate the appropriate use of imaging in the assessment of long-term complications. BACKGROUND Gastrointestinal tract surgery comprises a group of procedures performed for a variety of both benign(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES To prospectively evaluate perfusion computed tomography (CT) for assessment of changes in tumor vascularity after chemoradiation therapy (CRT) in locally advanced rectal cancer and to analyze the correlation between baseline perfusion parameters and tumor response. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty patients with rectal cancer underwent(More)
We report a case of a 77-year-old female who was admitted to the emergency department complaining of diffuse abdominal pain for five days, associated with nausea, vomiting and constipation. Physical examination disclosed a large incarcerated umbilical hernia, which was readily apparent on supine abdominal plain films. These also showed a calcified(More)
Chondrosarcoma is a primary malignant neoplasm of cartilage-forming cells that rarely involves the axial skeleton, typically affecting skeletally mature patients. It may arise as a primary bone tumour or as a secondary lesion from a pre-existing benign cartilaginous neoplasm such as an osteochondroma or enchondroma. We report the case of a 68-year-old(More)
UNLABELLED Gadoxetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) is a contrast media used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the detection and characterization of hepatic lesions. It shows combined properties of extracellular and biliary excretion, with 50% of the administered dose eliminated by the hepatobiliary pathway. One of its applications, therefore, is the(More)
Paracoccidioidomycosis is a systemic mycosis which is endemic in rural areas of Latin America, an important European source of immigrants and a growing European touristic destination as well, with most cases occurring in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia. The authors report a case of a 43 year old man who previously worked in Venezuela and is living(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is recommended for patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after cardiac arrest (CA). There is still uncertainty about management, target temperature and duration of TH. In the present study we aim to describe the initial experience of a non-tertiary care center with TH after CA and to(More)
We report a clinical case of a 40-year-old male with surgically corrected congenital heart disease (CHD) 10 years earlier: closure of ostium primum, mitral annuloplasty, and aortic valve and root surgery. The patient was admitted with acute heart failure. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed a dysmorphic and severely incompetent aortic valve, a(More)