Francesca Greco

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has been recognized since 1992 as the gold standard procedure for gallbladder surgery. The authors propose a single-incision laparoscopic (SILS) cholecystectomy as a step toward less invasive surgical procedures. A single intraumbilical 12-mm incision is made, and the umbilicus is pulled out, exposing the fascia.(More)
To define numerically the clinical severity of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), we developed a protocol that quantifies muscle weakness by combining the functional evaluation of six muscle groups affected in this disease. To validate reproducibility of the protocol, 69 patients were recruited. Each patient was evaluated by at least five(More)
BACKGROUND In-hospital polysomnography (PSG) often is performed to monitor neuromuscular patients under noninvasive ventilation (NIV), but success of home PSG has not been established for that purpose. Reliability of sleep diaries in neuromuscular patients is unknown. The aims of our study were to evaluate feasibility, quality, and acceptability of(More)
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a common hereditary myopathy causally linked to reduced numbers (≤8) of 3.3 kilobase D4Z4 tandem repeats at 4q35. However, because individuals carrying D4Z4-reduced alleles and no FSHD and patients with FSHD and no short allele have been observed, additional markers have been proposed to support an FSHD(More)
Point mutations in mtDNA-encoded tRNA genes frequently cause isolated myopathies but rarely cause the facioscapulohumeral phenotype. We report on a patient affected with chronic progressive weakness of facioscapulohumeral/peroneal muscles whose muscle biopsy showed a mitochondrial myopathy. mtDNA direct sequencing and RFLP analysis revealed a heteroplasmic(More)
INTRODUCTION The breath-hold is one of the techniques to obtain the dose escalation for lung tumors. However, the change of the patient's breath pattern can influence the stability of the inhaled air volume, IAV, used in this work as a surrogate parameter to assure the tumor position reproducibility during dose delivery. MATERIALS AND METHOD In this(More)
Background Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is considered an autosomal dominant disease with a prevalence of 1 in 20 000. Almost all patients with FSHD carry deletions of integral copies of tandem 3.3 kb repeats (D4Z4) located on chromosome 4q35. However, FSHD families have been reported in which individuals carrying a D4Z4-reduced allele(More)
BACKGROUND Local recurrence is one of the most important problems related to resection of rectal cancer in locally advanced cases (T3-T4). Total mesorectal excision (TME) is the mainstay of surgical therapy, although many articles have been published about the availability of intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) for the control of locally advanced rectal(More)
An amorphous silicon (a-Si) electronic portal imaging device (EPID) was implemented to perform transit in vivo dosimetry for dynamic conformal arc therapy (DCAT). A set of images was acquired for each arc irradiation using the EPID cine acquisition mode, that supplies a frame acquisition rate of one image every 1.66 s, with a monitor unit rate equal to 100(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS To assess the effects of bariatric surgery (BS) on peripheral endothelial function and on coronary microvascular dilator function. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 50 morbidly obese patients (age 38 ± 9, 13 M) who underwent BS and 20 comparable obese controls (age 41 ± 11, 6 M) without any evidence of cardiovascular disease. Peripheral(More)