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BACKGROUND This study aimed to compare the pentafecta rates between laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) and robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RALP) and to identify prognostic factors predicting the pentafecta for each technique. METHODS This prospective comparative study enrolled 248 consecutive male patients 70 years of age or younger with(More)
OBJECTIVE Long-latency somatosensory evoked potentials (LL-SEP) provide information on the function of somatosensory cortical structures. Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) is indicated in the treatment of lower urinary tract dysfunction. Aim of this study was to evaluate LL-SEP in patients with overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) treated by means(More)
The role of testosterone on sexual desire is well established. However, the effects of low testosterone levels in the pathophysiology of erectile mechanism in humans remains unclear. Recent evidence indicate that approximately 10-20% of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have hormonal abnormalities, raising up to 35% over the age of sixty. It is now clear(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy (LRN) is the actual gold-standard for the treatment of clinically localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC) (cT1-2 with no indications for nephron-sparing surgery). Limited evidence is currently available on the role of robotics in the field of radical nephrectomy. The aim of the current study was to provide a(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic nephrectomy (LN) in end-stage autosomic-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) requires a large abdominal incision for the specimen extraction. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to describe our technique of LN for end-stage ADPKD followed by morcellation (LNM) of the specimen and extraction through a minimal abdominal(More)
INTRODUCTION Premature ejaculation (PE) is a highly prevalent and complex syndrome that remains poorly defined and inadequately characterized. Pharmacotherapy represents the current basis of lifelong PE treatment. AIM The goal of this study was to assess the role of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5-Is) in the treatment of patients with PE without(More)
OBJECTIVE compare the values of the Bennett angle measured by an average value articulator with the ones measured by a 64 slices Computed Tomography (CT). METHODS we have studied a patient aged 72. Maxillary and mandibular impressions were obtained from the patient and placed on the average value articulator using wax-ups and a facial arch in order to(More)
BACKGROUND Prostate cancer is a significant public health problem in this country. Substantial data support a plausible role for androgens in the etiology of this disease. The human HSD17B3 gene encodes the testicular (or type III) 17 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase enzyme, which catalyzes testosterone biosynthesis in men. METHODS We have investigated(More)
PURPOSE To present a critical overview of the current literature on the role of laparoscopy for the surgical treatment of patients with large prostatic adenomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS A MedLine search for peer-reviewed studies on laparoscopic simple prostatectomy (LSP) was performed. The clinical studies that reported most of the following information(More)