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Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication that occurs in a broad spectrum of clinical settings. Cardiac surgery-associated AKI continues to be a well-recognized complication of cardiac surgery with high morbidity and mortality. The lack of early biomarkers has for long prevented timely interventions to mitigate the effects of AKI. Serum creatinine(More)
On the basis of the observation of one case of delayed presentation of traumatic diaphragmatic rupture of the left side with a late diaphragmatic hernia, the authors examine the evolution of the occurrence of this pathology during the last 20 years. The clinical signs and the modality of presentation of the lesions of delayed diagnosis appear absolutely non(More)
Bronchial asthma remains one of the most common chronic diseases in the world; approximately 10% of patients shows exacerbations severe enough to be judged life-threatening, whereas around 2-20% of patients are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Acute severe asthma is a dangerous condition where the deterioration of the asthmatic exacerbation(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic insertion of a stent is an important option in the palliative management of esophageal obstruction and esophagorespiratory fistula. Plastic stents have been available for over 20 years. A new class of self-expanding metal stents for palliation of esophageal and cardial cancer is now available. METHODS Between September 1992 and(More)
Cavernous hemangioma is the most common benign tumor of the liver. Most patients are asymptomatic and the tumor is discovered incidentally during diagnostics procedures, at laparotomy or at autopsy. Only 10% of hepatic hemangiomas reach dimensions that need surgical treatment. The role of surgical excision in their treatment has not been well defined. We(More)
Results concerning 14 cirrhotic patients who underwent LeVeen peritoneo-venous shunt for refractory or complicated ascites are discussed. The most relevant early complications regard coagulation disorders (35.7%) with a 14.3% postoperative mortality. The functional result appears largely satisfactory, also in terms of long-term efficiency. Utility of a wide(More)
Transient Global Amnesia (TGA) is a clinical syndrome characterized by temporary inability to form new memories described as anterograde amnesia. It is associated with retrograde amnesia and repetitive questioning. During the attack patients remain conscious and communicative and personal identity is preserved. Focal neurological symptoms and epileptic(More)
Cardiac events are the most dangerous postoperative complications since they may be easily followed by the death of the patient. The related risk factors were prospectively evaluated in a study of 1182 patients. Stepwise regression logistic model was employed for statistical analysis. Preoperative cardiac and respiratory failure, ventricular arrhytmias,(More)
Nutrition has been widely recognized to influence the risk of kidney stone formation. Therefore the aim of our study was to assess: a) whether usual diet of women with idiopathic calcium nephrolithiasis (ICN) living in Parma (Northern-Italy) is different compared to healthy controls, b) how their diet differs from Italian National guidelines and c) whether(More)
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