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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Control and division of the renal vessels is a critical step in laparoscopic nephrectomy. Although the linear cutting stapler is easy to use, a 1.7% malfunction rate has been reported, and the consequences of this failure can be serious, including often-emergency conversion to an open procedure and even death. We reviewed the purely(More)
Twenty men, aged 50 to 75 years (mean, 67 years), suffering from benign prostatic hypertrophy received 160 mg of a lyposterolic extract of Serenoa repens, twice daily for 30 days. Before and at the end of treatment, plasma levels of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone were determined. No changes in plasma hormone levels(More)
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