Francesco Di Fabio

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Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) is being increasingly performed with some concerns regarding the cost of the minimally invasive approach. The purpose of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of LDP versus open distal pancreatectomy (ODP). A retrospective clinical and cost-comparison analysis was performed for patients who underwent LDP(More)
Transient hypoparathyroidism is a frequent and challenging complication following total thyroidectomy. The aim of the study was to identify patients at risk of developing thyroidectomy-related hypocalcemia and symptoms by means of the intraoperative quick parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay. Eighty-one patients undergoing total thyroidectomy were included in(More)
Expansion of laparoscopic major hepatectomy is still limited mainly due to the well-recognised technical difficulties compared to open surgery, and doubts regarding the oncological efficiency when major resections are required. Patients undergoing open right hepatectomy (ORH) were matched with patients undergoing laparoscopic right hepatectomy (LRH) and(More)
Laparoscopic hepatectomy is progressively gaining popularity. However, it is still unclear whether the laparoscopic approach offers cost advantages compared with the open approach, especially when major hepatectomies are required. Data providing useful insights into the costs of the laparoscopic approach for clinicians and hospitals are needed. The aim of(More)
The present study compares the characteristics of colorectal lymphoid aggregates in patients with carcinoma, diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis of the large bowel. A total of 77 patients (41 colorectal cancer, 27 diverticular disease, six ulcerative colitis, three Crohn's disease) undergoing colorectal resection were included.(More)
Chyle leak complicates 1.3–10.8 % of pancreatic resections. Universal use of parenteral nutrition following pancreatic resection may reduce the incidence of chyle leak. However, this denies the majority of patients who do not develop chyle leak the benefits of enteral nutrition (EN). The present study aimed to identify risk factors for chyle leak following(More)
The human mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) is a steroid receptor widely expressed in colorectal mucosa. A significant role for the MR in the reduction of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) mRNA levels has been demonstrated in vitro. To evaluate a potential contribution of MR to colorectal carcinoma progression, we analyzed the expression(More)
According to the Louisville Statement, laparoscopic major hepatectomy is a heterogeneous category that includes “traditional” trisectionectomies/hemi-hepatectomies and the technically challenging resection of segments 4a, 7, and 8. The aims of this study were to assess differences in clinical outcomes between laparoscopic “traditional” major hepatectomy and(More)
There is increasing pressure to reduce the length of stay (LOS) in hospital after colectomy. To assess the impact of unintended variations on LOS, actual discharge management was compared with the expectations expressed by general surgeons. We retrospectively examined 262 patients who underwent elective open colectomy. The effects of patient demographics,(More)
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