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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the results of conventional open haemorrhoidectomy as currently practised in Italy (group 1) with stapled haemorrhoidectomy using a 33-mm circular stapling device (group 2). METHODS One hundred patients with symptomatic third- and fourth-degree haemorrhoids were enrolled by five hospitals. Patients were(More)
INTRODUCTION Stapled haemorrhoidopexy is less painful than Milligan-Morgan haemorrhoidectomy, allowing an earlier return to working activities, but its long-term efficacy is not fully established. This study reports the long-term follow-up of a randomized clinical trial comparing the two techniques in 100 patients affected by third- and fourth-degree(More)
PURPOSE In 1993, prolapse reduction using the circular stapler for the treatment of hemorrhoidal disease was proposed. The procedure is characterized by minimal postoperative pain. In this study we evaluated the above technique using regional anesthesia to identify the advantages and feasibility of stapled hemorrhoidectomy, with special focus on the(More)
In rectal cancer, the depth of tumor infiltration and metastatic involvement of lymph nodes are important prognostic factors. Endosonography of the rectum, combining the advantages of both endoscopy and sonography, provides information not available from other imaging diagnostic techniques. From January 1989 to December 1997, 85 patients affected by rectal(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of stapled trans-anal rectal resection (STARR) in the treatment of obstructed defecation syndrome ODS by the analysis of the data collected in the STARR Italian Registry (SIR) with a special emphasis on the analysis of symptoms and quality of life. METHODS Collected data included,(More)
Antiendomysial antibodies (EMA) are today considered the most sensitive and specific serological marker of celiac disease (CD). The aim of the present study was to assess the occurrence of EMA of IgG isotype in EMA IgA negative children with clinical suspicion of malabsorption and their relationship with CD. Serum EMA IgG1 determination was performed on 30(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Leiomyoma is the most common type of benign esophageal tumor, whereas extramucosal cysts of the esophagus are congenital anomalies frequently asymptomatic in the adult and in most cases detected incidentally on chest x-ray. It is worthwhile considering these conditions together, because they present similar diagnostic and surgical problems.(More)
The problem of recurrent inguinal hernia is still open. The authors after an analysis of the main causes of recurrences, show the fact that the reoperations employing the traditional techniques can present a risk of further recurrence much higher then the first operation. The use of properitoneal prosthesis through a median approach, can considerably lower(More)
BACKGROUND It was recently shown that antiendomysial antibodies (EMAs), which are highly sensitive and specific for celiac disease, are produced by intestinal mucosa. Furthermore, EMAs were detected previously in supernatant fluid from cultured duodenal mucosa specimens collected from untreated celiac disease patients and in culture media of biopsy(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the advantages and feasibility of hemorrhoidectomy using regional anesthesia (posterior perineal block). METHODS From March 1994 to December 1998 we performed 400 hemorrhoidectomies with regional anesthesia in an overnight-stay regimen in our department (Colo-Rectal Unit). Posterior perineal block involves(More)