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CONTEXT Over the last decade, robot-assisted adrenalectomy has been included in the surgical armamentarium for the management of adrenal masses. OBJECTIVE To critically analyze the available evidence of studies comparing laparoscopic and robotic adrenalectomy. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION A systematic literature review was performed in August 2013 using PubMed,(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic and robotic simple prostatectomy (SP) have been introduced with the aim of reducing the morbidity of the standard open technique. OBJECTIVE To report a large multi-institutional series of minimally invasive SP (MISP). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Consecutive cases of MISP done for the treatment of bladder outlet obstruction(More)
CONTEXT Partial nephrectomy (PN) is the current gold standard treatment for small localized renal tumors.; however, the impact of duration and type of intraoperative ischemia on renal function (RF) after PN is a subject of significant debate. OBJECTIVE To review the current evidence on the relationship of intraoperative ischemia and RF after PN. (More)
To explore contrast (C) and homogeneity (H) gray-level co-occurrence matrix texture features on T2-weighted (T2w) Magnetic Resonance (MR) images and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps for predicting prostate cancer (PCa) aggressiveness, and to compare them with traditional ADC metrics for differentiating low- from intermediate/high-grade PCas. The(More)
BACKGROUND Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RF) is a complex clinical entity characterized by a fibro-inflammatory reaction around the abdominal aorta and iliac arteries extended into the retroperitoneum. No biochemical marker correlates with the disease severity and progression, and imaging data fail to discriminate between fibrotic and florid lesions. Positron(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the results of mini-laparoscopic pyeloplasty (mLP) in an adult population. The feasibility of pure mLP has been previously reported in children. MATERIAL AND METHODS From April 2009 to February 2010, 10 patients with ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) were enrolled in this prospective study and underwent pure mLP (using only(More)
BACKGROUND Several data suggest that neuroendocrine (NE) differentiation in prostate cancer is implicated in the development of resistance to androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). This study was undertaken to assess the prognostic role of tissue chromogranin A (CgA) expression in patients addressed to ADT as opposed to those who did not. METHODS Four(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the occurrence of depression, anxiety, self body image perception, sleep disturbances, and diminished quality of life in prostate cancer patients undergoing adjuvant androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) as opposed to patients in follow-up alone. METHODS AND MATERIALS Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality(More)
CONTEXT Medical expulsive therapy (MET) for urolithiasis has gained increasing attention in the last years. It has been suggested that the administration of alpha-adrenoreceptor antagonists (alpha-blockers) or calcium channel blockers augments stone expulsion rates and reduces colic events. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of MET with(More)