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AIM To identify risk factors related to pancreatic fistula in patients undergoing distal pancreatectomy (DP) and to determine the effectiveness of using a stapled and a sutured closed of pancreatic stump. METHODS Sixty-four patients underwent DP during a 10-year period. Information regarding diagnosis, operative details, and perioperative morbidity or(More)
Evaluation of prognostic factors of adenocarcinoma of Vater's ampulla is still a matter of debate. The aim of this study was to evaluate retrospectively factors that influence early and long-term outcomes in a 20-year single-institution experience on ampullary carcinoma. A total of 94 consecutive patients with ampullary carcinoma or adenoma with severe(More)
BACKGROUND An intensified multidrug chemotherapy regimen (raltitrexed plus oxaliplatin, Tom-Ox) plus concomitant boost radiotherapy, in the neoadjuvant treatment of locally advanced rectal cancer patients, was shown feasible in our previous study. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy in terms of pathologic complete response to pre-operative(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the various surgical treatment reserved for ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, and genital branch of the genitofemoral nerves, during open hernia mesh repair, is effective in reducing chronic postoperative pain. BACKGROUND Interest in chronic groin pain following herniorrhaphy has escalated, in recent years, due both to treatment(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the impact of preoperative chemoradiation with raltitrexed (Tomudex(1)) on tumor response, sphincter preservation, and toxicity in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS Between 1998 and 2002, 54 consecutive patients with Stage T3 or T2N+ resectable rectal carcinoma were treated with preoperative(More)
In the context of focal drug-resistant epilepsies, the surgical resection of the epileptogenic zone (EZ), the cortical region responsible for the onset, early seizures organization, and propagation, may be the only therapeutic option for reducing or suppressing seizures. The rather high rate of failure in epilepsy surgery of extra-temporal epilepsies(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Schwannomas are a rare group of soft-tissue tumors that are derived from the peripheral nerve sheath and rarely develop in the retroperitoneum. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN We reviewed the clinicopathological features of 4 patients referred to our unit between October 1999 and March 2004 who on radiological examination were diagnosed with(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to verify the value of multiple neurophysiological tests in classifying disorders of consciousness (DOCs) in patients in a chronic vegetative or minimal consciousness state categorised on the basis of the Coma Recovery Scale (CRS). METHODS The study included 142 patients, all of whom underwent long (18h) EEG-polygraphic(More)
Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a noninflammatory disorder due to reduced C1-inhibitor level and/or function and characterized by recurrent, circumscribed, and self-limiting episodes of cutaneous and mucous membrane swellings involving different organs. A heterogeneous group of mutations in the C1-inhibitor gene have been found. HAE might present with(More)
Small-bowel lymphoma is not a common disease, accounting for 15-20% of primary extranodal gastrointestinal lymphomas. Peritoneal lymphomatosis is considered a rare and aggressive presentation. We describe the case of a 55 years-old man affected by T-cell intestinal lymphoma, presenting with diffuse abdominal involvement, bowel dysfunction, severe ascites(More)