Francesco Del Giudice

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BACKGROUND Cerebellar dysfunction is common in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, neuropsychological studies of this clinical feature are lacking. OBJECTIVE We investigate the neuropsychological features in relapsing-remitting MS (RR-MS) patients with and without cerebellar dysfunction. METHODS Twenty-one RR-MS patients with cerebellar(More)
OBJECTIVE To perform a population-based study that evaluates contemporary racial disparities in the morbidity profile of patients undergoing radical nephrectomy in the United States. METHODS Using the Premier hospital database (Premier Inc, Charlotte, NC), which collects data from over 600 nonfederal hospitals throughout the United States, we identified(More)
Caspase-9 is a primary effector CASP that executes programmed cell death, which plays an important role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Polymorphisms in the CASP-9 gene may influence its activity, thereby modulating the susceptibility to MS. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated a SNP in the CASP-9 gene in a set of Italian patients from(More)
Erectile dysfunction (ED), the second most common male sexual disorder, has an important impact on man sexuality and quality of life affecting also female partner's sexual life. ED is usually related to cardiovascular disease or is an iatrogenic cause of pelvic surgery. Many non-surgical treatments have been developed with results that are controversial,(More)
Rest tremor associated with essential tremor (ET) is a condition that poses challenges in diagnosing Parkinson's disease (PD). We investigated tremor parameters in PD and ET patients with rest tremor. Fifteen patients with PD and 15 patients with ET underwent electrophysiological examination to evaluate characteristics of muscle bursting in rest postures.(More)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is inability to achieve and maintain an erection to permit satisfactory sexual activity. Homocysteine (Hcys) is a sulfur-containing amino acid synthesized from the essential amino acid methionine. Experimental models have elucidated the role of hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcys) as a strong and independent predictor for atherosclerosis(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate if short-term treatment with dutasteride (8 weeks) before bipolar transurethral resection of the prostate (B-TURP) can reduce intraoperative bleeding, as dutasteride a dual 5α-reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) blocks the conversion of testosterone into its active form dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and reduces prostate volume and(More)
INTRODUCTION Urological surgeries have contributed to the increasing prevalence of minimally invasive robotic procedures. Although factors influencing the adoption of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy have previously been identified, the explanation for the rapid rise in robotic partial nephrectomies remains unknown. Using a retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Unidentified distal crossovers, delayed distal crossovers, and impending lateral extrusion are complications of penile prosthesis implant insertion but are not as common as prosthesis infection or mechanical failure. AIM To evaluate results of a surgical technique, the distal corporal anchoring stitch, that addresses fixation of the penile(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial prostatitis (BP) is a common condition accounting responsible for about 5-10% of all prostatitis cases; chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) classified as type II, are less common but is a condition that significantly hampers the quality of life, (QoL) because not only is it a physical condition but also a psychological distress.(More)