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Of the 10,730 neonates born in the period 1978-1997 and examined for cryptorchidism (C) at birth, 1387 were pre-term (gestational age <37 wk), and 9343 were full-term. At birth, a total of 737 neonates (6.9%) were cryptorchid, 487 had bilateral C and 250 unilateral C. The C rate of pre-terms was 10 times higher than that of the full-terms (30.1 and 3.4%,(More)
The Authors report a proposal of recommendations concerning Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in Paediatric Oncology. Since the exact role of MIS in Paediatric Oncology is still not completely defined, a restrict panel of Italian Paediatric Surgeons, some interested in Oncologic Surgery, others in MIS, prepared a schematic document, mainly founded on(More)
Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare cause of hyperparathyroidism (rate of occurrence of 0.5% of all parathyroid neoplasms). In this report we describe three cases of parathyroid carcinoma seen in our Institution and we analyse the clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathological findings of this disease. The three patients were 14, 22 and 45 year old(More)
The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the value of a serum tumour marker panel in selecting from among the patients with equivocal chest X-ray (CXR) or liver echography (LE) those with thoracic or liver metastases respectively. Between January 1984 and December 1999, 467 (341 non-relapsed and 126 metastatic) breast cancer patients were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the usefulness of submitting children with thyroid cancer secondary to nuclear accidents to a completion total thyroidectomy. DESIGN A case series consisting of patients living and operated on in Belarus whose parents had asked for a clinical evaluation in a western European center. SETTING A tertiary care referral center. (More)
Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) is the most common abdominal abnormality requiring surgery in infants. It occurs due to the hypertrophic and hyperplasia of the muscular layers of the pyloric. The usual age of clinical presentation is about three weeks of life. The most important symptom is non bilious emesis, intermittent or after each feeding. From(More)
BACKGROUND Standard imaging methods in evaluating chest wall deformities, such as Pectus Excavatum (PE) in paediatric and adolescent patients, include baseline 2-view chest radiography and chest CT scan. Only few studies to date investigated the value of fast MRIin the pre operative assessment of patient affected by PE. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of neck ultrasonography compared to (131)I whole-body scan (WBS) and circulating thyroglobulin (Tg) measurement after thyroid hormone withdrawal in the follow-up of children with thyroid papillary cancer, who had previously undergone total thyroidectomy for the diagnosis of neck lymph node metastases (LNM).(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) proved to be safe and effective in the treatment of both benign diseases and malignancies. We report our experience in thyroid surgery in pediatric patients. METHODS From October 1998 to December 2005, 35 patients (27 females and 8 males) underwent MIVAT for thyroid disease. The mean age(More)
INTRODUCTION Most cases of intrathoracic goiter can be managed by cervical incision alone. A thoracic approach may be needed when adhesions or an anomalous blood supply are present or carcinoma is suspected. PATIENTS AND METHODS Only 44 patients out of 5263 operated on for goiter needed a thoracic incision. A sternotomy was performed in 29 cases and a(More)