Cinzia Sammartino

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We present the case of a 25-year-old woman who developed a large central liver adenoma after 8 years of continuous oral contraceptive use. The first diagnosis was made by ultrasonography, after a rise in plasmatic gamma-glutamyl-transpeptidase and alkaline phosphatase levels was noted. Withdrawal of the oral contraceptive was followed by shrinkage of the(More)
BACKGROUND Simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplantation carries a higher risk of surgical complications than kidney transplantation alone. We aimed to establish the incidence of surgical complications after SPK transplantation and determine the effect on graft and patient survival. METHODS Outcomes of all SPK transplants performed at our centre were(More)
Liver transplantation (LTx) is the best treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but should be offered only to selected patients. The usual procedure is to transplant only for small and unilobular tumors. The aim of this paper is to verify whether the actual indication criteria are still justified. The details of 121 patients with HCC who were(More)
BACKGROUND There is only limited experience in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with drugs that have developed for immunosuppression after organ transplantation, namely calcineurin inhibitors (CI). The aim of this study is to determine the effect of these drugs on disease activity after kidney transplant in patients affected by SLE. (More)
A positive pretransplant flow cytometry cross-match (FC-XM) allows precise identification of high-risk recipients vulnerable to hyperacute or accelerated rejection after transplantation. Living donor kidney transplant recipient candidates with positive cross-match have been successfully treated with a combination of plasmapheresis (therapeutic plasma(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia-reperfusion injury is one of the major problems in organ transplantation. The role of platelet-activating factor (PAF) in the pathophysiology of ischemia-reperfusion injury and the protective effect of a novel phospholipid PAF analog (TCV-309) alone and combined with prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) is investigated in an extended (20 hours) ex(More)
The evaluation of the small bowel vascular anatomy of living small bowel donors (LSBD) is usually performed with conventional angiography (CA). Recently, angio computed tomography (CT) has become a valid study of the vascular anatomy for kidney and liver living donors. We studied the applicability of angio CT with 3-D reconstruction (3-D-ACT) in the(More)
INTRODUCTION A right lobe living related liver transplantation (LRLT) was performed for the first time in Italy on March 16, 2001 at our institution. METHODS All donors underwent celiac and mesenteric axis angiography. Computed tomography scan to determinate the liver size and anatomical vascular variation, cholangio-magnetic resonance imaging,(More)