Francesc Porta

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UNLABELLED Salivary gland dysfunction has been described in patients undergoing radioiodine therapy but associated lacrimal gland dysfunction (sicca syndrome) has never been reported. We conducted a prospective cohort study with follow-up for up to 3 y in a tertiary care university center to determine the prevalence of sicca syndrome in patients after(More)
BACKGROUND Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been shown to be efficacious to prevent pancreatitis after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). However, the target patients, the type of NSAID, the route of administration and the time of drug delivery remain unclear, as well as the potential efficacy in reducing the severity(More)
INTRODUCTION Current clinical guidelines recommend biannual screening for hepatocarcinoma in cirrhotic patients; however, the cost of this preventive activity is unknown. OBJECTIVE To determine the cost of ultrasound screening for hepatocarcinoma in patients with cirrhosis. PATIENTS AND METHOD Data on patients diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in a(More)
OBJECTIVE A new surgical approach to foraminal disc herniation is proposed. METHODS The procedure was performed in 28 patients during a span of 3 years. The herniation was purely foraminal in 18 patients and mainly foraminal with a definite extraforaminal component in the other 10 patients. Surgical treatment was offered only after 6 weeks of therapy with(More)
We report a case of a gastric carcinoid tumor in an anemic woman with chronic atrophic gastritis and hypergastrinemia. An antrectomy with excision of a carcinoid tumor was performed; afterwards, gastrinemia was normal. Gastric carcinoids were considered uncommon gastric cancers; however, in recent years they have been studied with increasing interest(More)