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OBJECTIVE To identify cognitive and MRI features important for the clinical diagnosis of corticobasal degeneration (CBD) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP); these diseases share several clinical features and are often difficult to distinguish on clinical grounds. METHODS Cognitive functions and MRI characteristics were examined in 16 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Central venous access is extensively used in oncology, though practical information from randomized trials on the most convenient insertion modality and site is unavailable. METHODS Four hundred and three patients eligible for receiving i.v. chemotherapy for solid tumors were randomly assigned to implantation of a single type of port (Bard(More)
Radiochemical neutron activation analysis has been used to determine the concentration of 36 elements in neuromelanin, 22 elements in substantia nigra, and 32 elements in putamen of healthy subjects without signs of neurological disorders. Substantia nigra and putamen tissues were carefully dissected from the brain using special surgical instruments and(More)
PURPOSE In recent years, colorectal cancer surgery has benefitted from new techniques such as laparoscopy and robotic surgery. However, many treatment disparities exist among different centers for patients affected by the same kind of tumors. METHODS Forty-five (41%) open (OCO) vs. 30 (28%) laparoscopic (LCO) vs. 34 (31%) robotic-assisted (RCO)(More)
BACKGROUND The oncologic value of superior vena cava (SVC) resection for lung and mediastinal malignancies remains controversial. In this context, we have reviewed our experience in the treatment of locally advanced lung and mediastinal tumor invading the SVC system, analyzing postoperative outcome and long-term oncologic results. METHODS The clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Studies assessing psychosocial consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the community are scarce; it appears that there are no longitudinal surveys in this area. OBJECTIVES We prospectively assessed changes in self-perceived health status over 5 years in a community cohort of MS adults. METHODS The 251 people who participated in a 1999(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE  Uncertain prognosis and modest treatment efficacy make multiple sclerosis (MS) a particularly difficult disease to adjust to for both patients and their significant others (SOs). Few studies have assessed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and depressive symptoms in SOs of people with MS in the community. We assessed, and(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic value of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and F18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) for the detection of local and distant recurrence in patients operated on for rectal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Sixty-seven patients who underwent radical(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Few data are available on the health status of people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) in the community. We assessed changes in self-perceived health status and health related quality of life of a community-based cohort of PwMS over a decade, and identified predictors of such changes. METHODS In 1999 we started the POSMOS study(More)
We investigated the influence of nipple areolar complex (NAC) sparing in mastectomy, on patient satisfaction with cosmetic results, body-image, sexuality and psychological well-being. We developed a specific questionnaire and compared two groups of women who underwent radical mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction (IBR). Between 2004 and 2006, 310(More)