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BACKGROUND Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a conservative therapy for patients with Peyronie's disease (PD). OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of ESWT in patients with PD. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS One hundred patients with a history of PD not >12 mo who had not had previous PD-related treatments were enrolled in a prospective,(More)
Hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) is synthesized by 2 enzymes, cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) and cystathionine gamma-lyase (CSE). L-Cysteine (L-Cys) acts as a natural substrate for the synthesis of H(2)S. Human penile tissue possesses both CBS and CSE, and tissue homogenates efficiently convert L-Cys to H(2)S. CBS and CSE are localized in the muscular trabeculae(More)
BACKGROUND A new edition of the TNM was recently released that includes modifications for the staging system of kidney cancers. Specifically, T2 cancers were subclassified into T2a and T2b (< or =10 cm vs >10 cm), tumors with renal vein involvement or perinephric fat involvement were classified as T3a cancers, and those with adrenal involvement were(More)
BACKGROUND Sunitinib and everolimus have been approved for first- and second-line treatment, respectively, in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). The role of sorafenib, which is approved for second-line treatment after cytokines failure, is presently to be defined. OBJECTIVE To determine whether third-line sorafenib after sequential use of sunitinib(More)
OBJECTIVES Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is considered a frequent cause of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), although the physiopathologic mechanism through which BPH causes LUTS is not clear. Several morphologic and functional modifications of the bladder detrusor have been described in patients with BPH and(More)
PURPOSE The current literature on the impact of different urinary diversions on patients' health related quality of life (HR-QoL) showed a marginally better quality of life scores of orthotopic neobladder (ONB) compared to ileal conduit (IC). The aim of this study was to update the review of all relevant published studies on the comparison between ONB and(More)
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy improves erectile function in patients with Peyronie's disease. However, erectile dysfunction still persists in many cases. We aimed to investigate the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy plus tadalafil 5 mg once daily in the management of patients with Peyronie's disease and erectile dysfunction not previously(More)
INTRODUCTION Urotensin II (U-II) is a cyclic peptide originally isolated from the teleost neurosecretory system and subsequently identified in other species, including man. U-II was identified as the natural ligand of an orphan G-protein coupled receptor (UT receptor). U-II and UT receptor are expressed in a variety of peripheral organs and especially in(More)
CONTEXT Epidemiologic data demonstrate a protective role by normal androgen levels on cardiovascular health and erectile function. Low androgen levels are associated with erectile dysfunction and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Both conditions recognize as anatomic substrate a pathologic structural remodeling. Direct androgen effects on male(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) and ureteroscopy (URS) as first-line treatments for patients with distal ureteric stones. PATIENTS AND METHODS In all, 273 patients with single, monolateral, radiopaque, distal ureteric stones of 0.5-1.5 cm were enrolled in a prospective randomized trial. Patients were randomized to undergo(More)