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Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) is a rare tumour of the gastrointestinal tract which does not generally originate in the rectum. The authors describe a case of a 70-year-old man who underwent an anterior resection of the rectum for a low-risk GIST. The patient was not given adjuvant chemotherapy with imatinib and is still disease-free 30 mo after(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the correlation between hiatal hernia and gastro-oesophageal reflux and related histological abnormalities in patients without endoscopic oesophagitis. A consecutive series of 78 patients with a history of gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms and hiatal hernia, as defined by videofluorography combined with a water siphon(More)
24-hour oesophageal pH monitoring with a dual pH probe is considered to be the most sensitive test for diagnosing GORD-related otolaryngological manifestations. In this study we evaluate an initial diagnostic approach with digital videofluorography associated to the water siphon test and primary "ex juvantibus" therapy with proton pump inhibitors for(More)
Total thyroidectomy is the most popular surgical option in a wide range of indications for the treatment of benign disease of the thyroid. The preference for the procedure derives from a long period of observation and clinical experience dating as far back as the early 'seventies and confirms its safety and efficiency. Nevertheless, many doubts still exist(More)
BACKGROUND Neoplastic seeding of hepatocellular carcinoma may arise after radiofrequency ablation. AIMS In order to clarify the real risk of seeding, we observed a prospective cohort of patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation. METHODS Ninety-three (22.9%) out of 406 consecutive patients with hepatocellular carcinoma superimposed to cirrhosis(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To assess the effectiveness and the safety of radio-frequency thermal ablation (RFTA) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) < or = 5 cm in compensated cirrhosis. METHODS A cohort of 202 consecutive patients (165 Child-Pugh class A and 37 class B) was prospectively assessed. A single lesion was observed in 160/202 (79.2%), two(More)
The prevalence of hepatocellular carcinoma in Europe and the US is increasing and is currently the leading cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. Surveillance programs for patients with cirrhosis aim to detect tumors at an early stage, when the greatest therapeutic benefits can be achieved. Curative treatments for early-stage tumors include liver(More)
Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is currently the most common cause of end stage liver disease worldwide. Although the conclusions of the last National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conferences on Hepatitis C have recently been published, several important issues remain unanswered. This paper reviews the available data using an(More)
Intra- and postoperative bleeding represents an extremely serious and frequent complication of hepatic surgery. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of a radiofrequency (RF) device using heat to cause coagulative necrosis of the hepatic parenchyma to control hemostasis in minor hepatic resection. Between December 2005 and November 2007, a study was(More)