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OBJECTIVES The prognostic role of the invasion of the urinary collecting system (UCS) by renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has not attracted a notable amount of attention. The aim of this study was to investigate incidence and prognostic value of UCS involvement in RCC. MATERIAL AND METHODS All pathological reports of radical nephrectomies performed in two(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)
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)
  • Alessandro Volpe, Michael L Blute, +7 authors R Houston Thompson
  • 2015
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)
OBJECTIVES To assess the clinical role of corticosteroids in the medical expulsive therapy of symptomatic distal ureteral stones. METHODS Between January 2004 and September 2005, 114 patients with symptomatic distal ureteral stones with a >/=5mm diameter were enrolled in this prospective study and divided into four groups based on the urologist (of four)(More)
BACKGROUND Partial nephrectomy (PN) is the reference standard of management for a cT1a renal mass. However, its role in the management of larger tumors (cT1b and cT2) is still under scrutiny. OBJECTIVE To conduct a meta-analysis assessing functional, oncologic, and perioperative outcomes of PN and radical nephrectomy (RN) in the specific case of larger(More)
CONTEXT Several randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have recently tested the early addition of docetaxel to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer (PCa). OBJECTIVE To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs evaluating the combination of docetaxel and ADT in hormone-sensitive metastatic PCa. The(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)
OBJECTIVES To critically review the current scientific evidence about open partial nephrectomy (OPN) and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN) to define the current role of these techniques in the treatment of renal tumours. METHODS PubMed and Medline were searched for reports about OPN and LPN that were published from 1990 to 2007 and the most relevant(More)