Dr. Antonio Martínez

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The preoperative diagnosis of inguinal hernias is one of the surgeon's most commonplace duties yet one of the least valued aspects in the treatment of this pathology. The introduction of the laparoscopic technique for inguinal hernia repair may stimulate an interest in this problem. The aim of the study is to analyse the diagnostic accuracy of clinical(More)
Between 1976 and 1989 an antireflux operation (193 Nissen; 5 Thal) was performed in 198 children with profound neurological impairment (NI). Etiology of the NI was a syndrome in 24%, congenital in 30%, and acquired in 46%. The most frequent symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), vomiting and pneumonia, were significantly reduced (P less than .05) after(More)
Multiple symptoms suggestive of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) developed in 181 of 240 children (75%) with profound neurological impairment (NI) following operative management of GER. Diagnostic testing was performed in 102 children, 56% of patients with symptoms. Recurrent GER was evident on one or more diagnostic studies in 46% of children evaluated.(More)
Incisional hernia is a common problem seen by the general surgeon, with one alternative for repair being the use of a prosthetic material. This study analyzes the results obtained with an expanded polytetrafluoroethylene patch (e-PTFE) in the management of 53 moderate and large incisional hernias, using a predesigned operating approach. A specific technique(More)
Ultrasonograms of 45 patients with 51 surgically proved benign cystic teratomas (dermoid cysts) of the ovary were reviewed to evaluate the ultrasonographic appearance of this entity. Contrary to several recent reports stressing a "typical" appearance for ovarian dermoid cysts, ie, an echogenic focus with acoustic shadowing situated within a predominantly(More)
Technetium 99m-sestamibi, a radiopharmaceutical used for the diagnostic imaging of abnormal parathyroid tissue, and the Neoprobe 1000, a hand-held, gamma-detecting probe, were used concurrently, during surgical exploration, in three children with hyperparathyroidism. This novel combination assisted with the identification of an ectopic mediastinal(More)
Tumor cell expression of specific high-affinity somatostatin receptors has been associated with a favorable prognosis in children with neuroblastoma. The purpose of this study was (1) to document intraoperatively the in vivo binding of the somatostatin analogue 125I-tyr3-octreotide to high-affinity somatostatin receptors expressed on human neuroblastoma,(More)
BACKGROUND After curative resection for pancreatic cancer, only 10% of patients survive disease for 5 years. These dismal results suggest the presence of occult tumor at the time of initial operation. This phase I/II study was conducted to compare traditional exploratory laparotomy with radioimmunoguided surgery (RIGS) in the assessment of disseminated(More)
BACKGROUND The overall survival of children with neuroblastoma remains less than 30% due to disease dissemination at the time of diagnosis. An animal model of neuroblastoma, with characteristics similar to those observed clinically in children, would be beneficial to investigations into the diverse biology of this tumor. The purpose of this study was (1) to(More)
Current recommendations for treatment of children with IV-S neuroblastoma (NB) indicate that "supportive care is the cornerstone of therapy" and resection of the primary tumor is not mandated. The presentation and clinical management of 37 IV-S NB patients from three pediatric oncology centers were retrospectively reviewed. The 22 boys and 15 girls(More)