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We studied infectious and mechanical complications occurring with 55 central venous catheters (CVCs) managed in hospital and at home, in 53 children with hematological malignancies who underwent bone marrow transplantation (BMT). The total catheter life span was 6906 days (median 111), 2359 days (median 40) in hospital and 4547 days (median 78.5) at home.(More)
In a 61-month period, 135 single-lumen central venous catheters (CVCs) were positioned in 125 children with mainly hematological malignancies. We retrospectively investigated the different role of home and hospital CVC management in development of CVC-related infections (CI) during different hematological conditions (presence or absence of neutropenia).(More)
An important gut hemorrhage in a breast fed child is not a usual event. If, in addition, the etiology represents a real rarity, even the most sophisticated diagnostic trials can't give any aid and this constitutes a hard diagnostic and therapeutic problem. In this report, the authors describe how, after a long sequence of analysis and exams, no certain(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical results of colic anastomosis using biofragmentable anastomosis ring (BAR-Valtrac) are presented. Such a method showed to be a real alternative technique to the usual ones. METHODS Eighty-six colic anastomosis using BAR are collected, 76 of which performed as elective surgery and 10 in emergency. The patients were 47 males and 39(More)
Hereditary spherocytosis is the most common red blood cell membrane disorder and often is associated with hemolytic crisis and premature cholelithiasis. Splenectomy is the only effective therapy for this disorder and often it is performed in combination with cholecystectomy. Conventional surgery requires a wide upper abdominal incision for correct exposure(More)
Laparoscopic splenectomy has gained increasing acceptance in the surgical management of a variety of splenic disorders, in particular hematological diseases. In this series, we report our experience with 20 patients (male:female ratio of 4:16 with median age of 16 years, range 5-49 years) who underwent this procedure because of ITP in 9 cases, spherocytosis(More)
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