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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)
BACKGROUND The ileal orthotopic neobladder (IONB) is often used in patients undergoing radical cystectomy. The IONB allows to void avoiding the disadvantages of the external urinary diversion.In IONB patients the quality of life (QoL) appears compromised by the need to urinate voluntarily. The patients need to wake up at night interrupting the sleep-wake(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)
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)
INTRODUCTION From the most recent systematic revision of the literature, an orthotopic neobladder would seem to show marginally better health related quality of life (HR-QoL) scores compared with an ileal conduit. The aim of this study was to review all relevant published studies about the comparison between ileal orthotopic neobladder (IONB) and ileal(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)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the associations, if any, between preoperative plasma levels of total testosterone (TT) and pathology Gleason score (pGS) in a contemporary cohort of prostate cancer (PCa) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between November 2014 and June 2015, plasma levels of TT were measured in 142 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy.(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)