Francesca Bifulco

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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a well-recognized clinico-neuroradiological transient condition. Early recognition is of paramount importance for prompt control of blood pressure or removal of precipitating factors and treatment of epileptic seizures or status epilepticus. Delay in the diagnosis and treatment may in fact results in(More)
On 13th November 2008, the Supreme Court in Milan for the first time in Italy allowed stopping fluids and nutrition to a patient in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) who was still alive [1]. Eluana Englaro (born in 1972) is a 36-year-old Italian woman who entered PVS on January 18, 1992, at the age of 19 years, following a car accident. Since 1996, her(More)
Pregnancy is a recognized risk factor for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Headache is very frequent in normal pregnancy and it is a common sign shared between several intracranial diseases. We present a case series of 10 women in the third trimester of pregnancy admitted to our intensive care unit (ICU) with neurological signs and symptoms. 4 of(More)
Although we describe a clinical situation that most likely occurs in hundreds of operatory rooms in the world, we report this case as provocation. It concerns an unexpected awakening from an appropriate depth of anesthesia, although the BIS monitor showed a BIS index of less than 50 for a prolonged period before and after the event. Approximately 30 min(More)
Perioperative management of patients who are receiving anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs and require surgical or invasive procedure is a dilemma for clinicians. The discontinuation exposes the patient to an exceedingly high risk of thromboembolism while there is an exceedingly high bleeding risk if antithrombotic therapy is continued, strictly related to(More)
The increasing number of opioid users among chronic pain patients, and opioid abusers among the general population, makes perioperative pain management challenging for health care professionals. Anesthesiologists, surgeons, and nurses should be familiar with some pharmacological phenomena which are typical of opioid users and abusers, such as tolerance,(More)
It is well known that deep vein thrombosis of the upper extremities is linked to high morbidity/mortality, resulting in 12-20% of all documented pulmonary embolism; however, there are few data about thromboembolism originating from a vein and/or a branch of a superficial vein of the upper extremities. Pulmonary embolism secondary to upper limb superficial(More)
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