G. L. Milandri

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic ligation (EVL) and endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy (EVS) are known to be equally effective in eradicating bleeding esophageal varices in patients with hepatic cirrhosis, but the long-term safety and efficacy of the two techniques have not been clearly established. The aim of this study was to determine the relative(More)
A case of benign regressing histiocytosis of the liver is reported. The patient, an adult male, presented with fever and diarrhoea and on abdominal echography multiple nodules were present in the liver. Histologically and immunohistochemically the lesions had features of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis. The nodules regressed within four months, without(More)
OBJECTIVES Efficacy of symbiotics in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains unknown. METHODS Patients were randomized to a prebiotic (n=135), or a symbiotic formulation containing Lactobacillus paracasei B21060 (Flortec, n=132). Primary efficacy was the responder rate for pain and global relief of symptoms in the overall population and in(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Acute hepatitis caused by recurrent or de novo hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection after liver transplantation frequently induces aggressive disease leading to liver failure. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of lamivudine treatment in post-transplant acute hepatitis B. METHOD Twelve patients with acute hepatitis(More)
BACKGROUND A variety of molecular markers have been evaluated for the development of a non-invasive approach to the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. We aimed to validate the diagnostic accuracy, using the same threshold as in the previous pilot study, of fluorescent long DNA test as a relatively simple and inexpensive tool for colorectal cancer detection. (More)
We present the design and implementation of HERMES (HEpathology Rule-based Medical Expert System), an expert system for the prognosis of chronic liver diseases developed over the last three years at the Gastroenterology Unit of Bellaria Hospital in Bologna. It is a rule based system running on KEE and linked to an Oracle data base system for the management(More)
Liver cirrhosis with hypersplenism is often associated with HCC. In many such cases, chemoembolization (TACE) may be very difficult because of the high incidence of hemorrhagic complications due to treatment and/or following portal hypertension, as well as for poor hematologic tolerance to antiblastic drugs in cirrhotic patients. Six patients with nodular(More)
Two hundred and eight cirrhotic patients with HCC underwent TACE with a standardized technique. Kaplan-Meier survival rates and 12, 24 at 36 months were 62%, 44% and 25%, respectively. Compared with 407 untreated patients, our series had a longer life expectancy, i.e., from 15 months after treatment on. Life experience was statistically different with the(More)