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BACKGROUND Many factors influence survival in colorectal cancer patients, one of them is the mucinous component of the tumour. Mucinous adenocarcinoma is characterized by the extracellular mucin of more than 50% of the tumour volume. METHODS From 1970 to 1999, 1160 patients were admitted to our clinic for colorectal cancer. They were divided into four(More)
A 52-year-old woman with a 7-year history of hyperten-sion presented to the emergency department of a regional 2nd-grade community hospital complaining of dyspnea, chest pain, headache, and palpitations for the past 6 h. She also reported blood pressure (BP) levels measured at home of 220/110 mm Hg for 2 h before admission, which were not reduced after(More)
Tumors of the papilla and ampulla of Vater are rare neoplasms which are usually detected at an early stage due to their symptoms. The accurate preoperative histological diagnosis and staging of ampullary tumors is often difficult and inconclusive, leading to controversy over the adequate treatment of these lesions. Three procedures are currently being used(More)
OBJECTIVE To clarify whether middle segmental pancreatic resection can be performed with comparable morbidity and mortality to classic pancreatic resections for lesions in the mid-portion of the pancreas. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Pancreaticoduodenectomies or distal pancreatectomy, traditionally used to treat lesions of the pancreatic body, sacrifice a(More)
We present a case of a 76-year-old patient with intestinal malrotation, with incomplete rotation of the small intestine and abnormal positioning of the duodenum and superior mesenteric vessels over the transverse colon. Furthermore, the patient suffered of a concomitant cancer of the ascending colon.
INTRODUCTION Splenic vein thrombosis results in localized portal hypertension called sinistral portal hypertension, which may also lead to massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Symptomatic sinistral portal hypertension is usually best treated by splenectomy, but interventional radiological techniques are safe and effective alternatives in the management(More)
The granulomatous inflammation of tuberculosis usually involves the lungs and the hilar lymph nodes. Musculoskeletal tuberculosis (TB) occurs in 1-3% of patients with TB, while TB of the chest wall constitutes 1% to 5% of all cases of musculoskeletal TB. Furthermore, nowadays it is rarer to find extrapulmonary TB in immunocompetent rather that(More)
BACKGROUND The present study is aiming at elucidating the effect of intraoperative lavage with short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) on colonic anastomosis in rats. METHODS Forty male Wistar rats were randomized into four groups (10 rats each). After resection of a segment of transverse colon, an end-to-end anastomosis was performed. In the 1st group, no(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pancreatitis leads to abdominal hypertension and compartment syndrome. Weeks after the episodes pancreatic fluids sometimes organize to pseudocysts, fluid collections by or in the gland. Aims of the present study were to evaluate the intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) induced by large pancreatic pseudocysts and to examine the effect of their(More)
BACKGROUND Synchronous and metachronous colorectal carcinoma have an incidence of 2-10%. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics, the accuracy of diagnostic examinations and the survival of these patients. METHODS From 1970 to 1999, 1160 patients with colorectal cancer were admitted to our Department. During follow-up(More)