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PURPOSE We analyze the retroperitoneal approach to laparoscopic radical nephrectomy in regard to feasibility, safety, morbidity and cancer control, and compare results and outcomes in patients who underwent retroperitoneal laparoscopic or open radical nephrectomy from 1995 to 1998. MATERIALS AND METHODS The records of 58 consecutive patients with renal(More)
PURPOSE Retroperitoneal laparoscopy, by providing direct access to the retroperitoneal cavity, is an interesting approach to urological surgery. We report our initial experience with retroperitoneal laparoscopic adrenalectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 1995 and April 1997, 23 adrenalectomies were performed by retroperitoneal laparoscopy in 10(More)
PURPOSE Retroperitoneal laparoscopy, by providing direct access to the retroperitoneal cavity, is a useful approach to urological surgery. We applied this technique to nephroureterectomy in patients with tumors of the renal pelvis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 1995 and March 1997 we performed 4 retroperitoneal laparoscopic nephroureterectomies in(More)
Despite widespread popularity of videotapes, it is little used in psychiatric treatment. Video is frequently used in training and supervision and it is in this context that I began to suggest that patients watch the tapes at home. The response was enthusiastic, but I discovered that very few clinicians use this technique, therefore, I decided to do a pilot(More)
PURPOSE To analyze the retroperitoneal approach to laparoscopic radical nephrectomy in terms of feasibility, safety, morbidity, and cancer control. PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed the records of 50 consecutive patients with renal cancer underwent radical nephrectomy via the retroperitoneal laparoscopic approach from 1995 through 1999. RESULTS The mean(More)
OBJECTIVES Retroperitoneoscopy has gained acceptance for urologic surgery. We assessed the safety and efficacy of this procedure for renal and adrenal surgery. METHODS Since December 1994, 20 patients (18 to 75 years old) have undergone laparoscopic adrenalectomy and nephrectomy, including simple nephrectomy in 8, partial nephrectomy in 1, radical(More)
We present the case of a patient with suspected genitourinary tuberculosis in whom confirmation by direct smear examination was negative. Detection of mycobacterial DNA by use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) established the diagnosis, which was confirmed by culture 4 weeks later. Given its very high sensitivity and positivity, PCR may become the(More)
Recent research at the Haeckel Haus at the University of Jena goes far to confirm Haeckel’s role as an ideological progenitor of fascist ideology. This is true not only for Germany, but also for the birth of fascist thought in Italy and France. Haeckel’s Monism is the main inspiration for the origin of French and Italian fascism as well as other vital(More)
OBJECTIVES Two surgical approaches are proposed for radical prostatectomy: the retropubic route and the perineal route. We compared the surgical, oncological and functional aspects of these two approaches and present arguments suggesting that the perineal approach is the preferred approach for radical prostatectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS 55 retropubic(More)