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Background/Aims/Objectives: In patients elected to the first prostate biopsy set, the risk of prostate cancer (PCA) may be predicted by clinical factors. The aim of this study was to investigate on prostate volume index (PVI), defined as the ratio of volume of the transitional zone to the volume of the peripheral zone, and PCA risk. METHODS The study(More)
Hearing loss greater than 30 dB over three contiguous pure-tone frequencies occurring within a three day period is defined as sudden hearing loss. It is usually sensorineural (SSNHL), unilateral and appears as an otologic emergency. SSNHL has many possibile etiologies such as: labyrinthine viral infection, ischemic or hemorrhagic illness, trauma,(More)
To evaluate the relationship between plasma concentration of amino-terminal fragment of pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), functional capacity, and right ventricular overload in survivors of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair, we prospectively studied 70 operated TOF patients (44 males, 21 +/- 1 years old; mean +/- SEM) who underwent, during the same(More)
BACKGROUND There is a lack of good data in the literature evaluating the Health-Related Quality of Life (HR- QoL) in patients with urinary diversions. The aim of this study was to examine the changes in expectation and needs in terms of human adaptation and behavioural profiles in patients with ileal conduit (IC) after radical cystectomy (RC) for bladder(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) parameters in patients who received radical cystectomy (RC) with ileal orthotopic neobladder (IONB) reconstruction and to identify clinic-pathologic predictors of HRQoL. PATIENTS AND METHODS From January 2010 to December 2013, a multicenter, retrospective on 174 RC-IONB patients was carried out.(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate clinical factors associated with tumour upgrading (UPG) in low-intermediate risk patients who progressed while under active surveillance (AS) and underwent delayed radical prostatectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS The evaluated factors included prostate specific antigen (PSA), prostate volume, PSA density and number of biopsy positive(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate prostate volume index (PVI), defined as the ratio of volume of the transitional zone on that of the peripheral zone, as a factor stratifying prostate cancer (PCA) risk in patients elected to a first random biopsy set. METHODS The study evaluated 596 patients who were elected to a first random biopsy set because of suspected PCA in(More)
OBJECTIVE Different fast track programs for patients undergoing radical cystectomy (RC) can be found in the current literature. The aim of this work was to develop a new enhanced recovery protocol (ERP). PATIENTS AND METHODS The ERP was designed after a structured literature review focusing on reduced bowel preparation, standardized feeding, postoperative(More)
A training model is usually needed to teach robotic surgical technique successfully. In this way, an ideal training model should mimic as much as possible the "in vivo" procedure and allow several consecutive surgical simulations. The goal of this study was to create a "wet lab" model suitable for RARP training programs, providing the simulation of the(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate associations of preoperative total prostate specific antigen (PSA) to free testosterone (FT), the PSA/FT index ratio, with features of pathology prostate cancer (PCA) and to investigate its prognostic potential in clustering the PCA population. PATIENTS AND METHODS After excluding criteria, the records of 220 patients who underwent(More)