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AIM The introduction of multimodal or fast track (FT) rehabilitation and laparoscopy in colorectal surgery has improved patient recovery and shortened hospital stay (HS). This study aimed to determine the influence of laparoscopic or open surgery on the postoperative recovery of colorectal cancer patients having a conventional care (CC) or FT protocol in(More)
Serum zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and the Cu/Zn ratio were evaluated in 84 patients with pulmonary lesions before surgery and in 100 healthy normal controls. There were 20 patients with benign and 64 with malignant lung tumors. Only the mean (+/- SD) Cu/Zn ratio was significantly higher in malignant tumors (2.24 +/- 0.78) than in benign tissue (1.63 +/- 0.33)(More)
Copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron were measured in serum and lung tissue - tumor mass and histologically nonneoplastic tissue - from lung cancer patients and compared with serum concentrations in healthy subjects and control lung tissue obtained from patients with nonmalignant lung disease. Lung cancer patients showed a significant increase in serum(More)
A new procedure for the determination of clenbuterol is proposed using flow-injection and fluorimetric detection. The method is based on the derivatization reaction of the primary amine group with o-phthalaldehyde in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol. The calibration graph based on peak area was linear in the range 0.2-5 mug ml(-1) and the detection limit(More)
We have studied 61 resected colorectal adenocarcinomas in order to investigate p53 mutations as a prognostic factor for this pathology. Mutations in exons 5-9 of the p53 gene were analyzed by the polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) technique followed by sequencing. Our data indicate that p53 exon 7 mutations were(More)
BACKGROUND As the enzyme telomerase extends the life of the cell through its ability to lengthen telomeres, its activity in different types of tumor has been evaluated as a possible factor involved in tumorigenesis. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic significance of telomerase activity in patients with colorectal carcinoma. PATIENTS AND(More)
The prognostic information provided by preoperative serum CEA and CA 19.9 antigen assay on the postoperative outcome of 150 patients with colorectal cancer was analysed. The influence of both markers was studied by Cox's proportional-hazard regression analysis. In the univariate analysis, patients whose initial CA 19.9 level was higher than 37 U/ml had a(More)
Serum CA 125 levels were evaluated in 130 healthy subjects and 133 patients with untreated pulmonary lesions. These were 33 patients with benign pulmonary conditions and 100 with lung cancer. The mean concentration of CA 125 was higher in patients with lung cancer (37 +/- 81 U/ml) than in those with nonmalignant disease (4.2 +/- 5.7 U/ml) (P less than(More)
Our purpose was to investigate different genetic abnormalities, such as K-ras mutations, p53 alterations, and c-myc RNA overexpression, as well as microsatellite instability in 63 colorectal tumors obtained from patients that had undergone surgery. K-ras point mutations were analyzed by PCR-RFLP technique, followed by sequencing; p53 protein accumulation by(More)
Resting anal canal pressure was measured in 15 patients with anal fissure before and after lateral internal sphincterotomy. This pressure was found to be significantly higher in these subjects (mean 95 +/- 23.08 mm HG) than in the control group (mean 66.10 +/- 14.28 mm Hg) before surgery (P less than 0.005). After surgery, a normal anal canal pressure was(More)