Daniele Mattera

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BACKGROUND In 1998, when data of a meta-analysis on tamoxifen in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) had suggested a little advantage for this treatment, we published the results of a multicenter randomised controlled trial, that showed no survival benefit for tamoxifen vs. control. Here we report an updated analysis of the study results 4.5(More)
In this prospective, multicenter trial, 140 cirrhotic patients with no previous upper gastrointestinal bleeding and with esophageal varices endoscopically judged to be at high risk of hemorrhage were randomized to receive either sclerotherapy or conservative treatment for the prevention of first variceal bleeding. The end-points of the study were bleeding(More)
Herbal medicines are widely used in the world and are generally considered effective and safe, although many studies have demonstrated their potential toxic effects, particularly for the liver. We present a case of a woman, who developed a mixed cholestatic/hepatocellular liver injury due to herbal products. Firstly, she was admitted to Division of Surgery(More)
BACKGROUND The development of hepatocellular carcinoma in liver cirrhosis is associated with altered synthesis and secretion of several growth factors. AIM The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the potential implication of IGF-I and its major binding protein (IGFBP-3) in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
The low serum transglutaminase found in various intestinal disorders (celiac disease and IBD) suggested to us to study the serum and mucosal transglutaminase behaviour in an experimental model of small intestine resection in rats to reduce cellular mass and induce enterocyte hyperproliferation in the proximal part left in continuity. Transglutaminase(More)
The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) is a sensitive collateral branch of the lumbar plexus that innervates the anterolateral region of the thigh. Its compression at the level of the groin originates a particular syndrome called meralgia paresthetica. Treatment of this neuropathy may involve sectioning or freeing of the nerve, both of which require an(More)
Starvation causes an intestinal mucosa atrophy which is greater in jejunum than in ileum. Hypoplasia is promptly reversed by refeeding. Transglutaminase (TG) has been controversially implicated in cell proliferation and its role in intestine is not defined. We investigate, by the above described model, the behaviour of TG in proximal and distal small bowel(More)