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BACKGROUND Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy is feasible, but requires adaptations to established surgical techniques. The improved dexterity offered by robotic assistance provides the opportunity to see whether laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy can be performed safely when faithfully reproducing the open operation. METHODS Patients were selected(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of this study was to ascertain the therapeutic efficacy of percutaneous cholecystostomy in a selected group of high-risk patients who were physiologically unable to tolerate an open procedure. METHODOLOGY We reviewed the hospital records of 11 critically ill patients who underwent percutaneous cholecystostomy for acute(More)
BACKGROUND A prospective, randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted in 33 Italian surgical departments with the aim of evaluating the efficacy of octreotide in the prevention of pancreatic fistula after elective pancreatic resections. METHODS Between July 1990 and May 1992, 278 patients were enrolled in the study. Fifty-four dropped out because(More)
OBJECTIVE The study was conducted to determine whether the performance of an extended lymphadenectomy and retroperitoneal soft-tissue clearance in association with a pancreatoduodenal resection improves the long-term survival of patients with a potentially curable adenocarcinoma of the head of the pancreas. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The usefulness of(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic low anterior resection for rectal cancer has never gained wide acceptance among general surgeons, mainly due to the technical difficulties encountered during pelvic dissection. It has therefore been stated that these patients should undergo open rather than laparoscopic surgery. Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) is a new(More)
The rarity of bullet emboli leads to frequent delays in diagnosis and inadequate early management. Our recent experience with this entity is described, and 153 cases reported in the English-language literature are reviewed and summarized. The majority of cases occurs as a consequence of civilian violence among men in their 20s and 30s. Most bullet emboli(More)
To assess the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) when evaluating biliary complications in the follow-up of liver transplant patients. One hundred and thirteen patients prospectively underwent MR imaging and MR cholangiography at 1.5-T unit after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). After the acquisition of axial T1- and(More)
BACKGROUND This study compared long-term survival in pancreatic or periampullary cancer treated with Whipple pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) and pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy (PPPD). METHODS Two hundred twenty-one patients with pancreatic head or periampullary cancer were treated. Prognostic variables included age, gender, type and period of(More)
The natural history and appropriate treatment of giant liver haemangioma remain poorly defined. The diagnostic strategy and the results of a longitudinal study of 78 such lesions are described. Sixteen resected patients and 62 with asymptomatic giant haemangiomas were entered into a follow-up programme consisting of clinical assessment and abdominal(More)