Francisca Pons

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The role of the radioguided occult lesion localisation (ROLL) technique in breast cancer has been increasing in recent years. One of the important drawbacks of such a technique is radiotracer spillage within the mammary gland that makes the precise lesion resection difficult, and this requires the use of a hook-wire collocation to reach the lesion. The(More)
Double-phase parathyroid MIBI (99mTc-sestamibi) was performed in 27 patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SPT). Focal areas of increased uptake were scored for intensity on a three-point scale. All patients underwent subtotal parathyroidectomy (SPTx), and a total of 78 glands were removed at operation. Blood was obtained from the jugular vein before(More)
Recently, it has been suggested that lateral (LAT) spine bone mass measurements by absorptiometry may be more sensitive for detecting bone loss than the standard anteroposterior (AP) projection. The aim of this study was to evaluate the precision of LAT spine dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) and its diagnostic sensitivity. A group of 1554 subjects(More)
Giant inguinoscrotal hernias represent a real public health problem in the Ivory Coast that can dramatically impair patients’ quality of life. Limited resources require a simplified surgical strategy including, in our experience, not using a mesh and leaving the distal hernia sac. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of this technique in terms(More)
Drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) is one of the main causes of treatment drop-out in schizophrenic patients causing a high incidence of relapse that leads patients to a bad clinical prognosis. The dopaminergic nigrostriatal pathway is involved in the movement control, so the study of the dopamine transporter (DAT) could be of great value to determine its(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of false-negative (FN) sentinel node procedures in patients with breast cancer and the subsequent clinical outcome in such patients. A total of 325 breast cancer patients underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy at our institution between June 1998 and May 2004. A 2-day protocol was used to localise the(More)
Drug induced parkinsonism (DIP) is directly related to dopamine D2 receptor blockade. However, there are many references describing parkinsonian signs (PS) in naive-patients. In our previous study, we observed lower DAT binding in a group of first-episode schizophrenic patients after short-term treatment with risperidone, compared with age-matched healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if clinical use of two different doses of botulinum exotoxin A (BTX-A) injections to the forehead area result in wrinkle reduction and modifications of eyebrow position. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Private practice, Dermatologic Laser Centre, Marseille, France. SUBJECTS Twenty-four adult patients treated with BTX-A(More)
Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is a technique indicated in patients with moderate to severe heart failure and ventricular dyssynchrony. To evaluate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and synchronisation changes after CRT with a biventricular pacing implant, we used an equilibrium radionuclide angiography (ERNA). Fifty patients were studied.(More)