G M Stefanutti

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Urokinase is an enzyme with a fibrinolytic effect that facilitates pleural empyema drainage through a chest tube. The aim of this study was to assess the risk of pneumothorax, the need for pleural debridement surgery, the persistence of fever, and the number of days in hospital in a group of children with parapneumonic pleural empyema treated with(More)
UNLABELLED In patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), bacterial-cell-wall-derived fragments may induce the coagulation cascade. To contribute to the knowledge of underlying mechanisms, we have studied the fibrinolytic activity in children with CAP and parapneumonic effusions. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty previously healthy children admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of acute appendicitis remains a critical challenge for paediatric surgeons. White Blood Cell (WBC) count, once considered a basic exam, is still routinely performed in most institutions, despite its lack of accuracy. Aim of this study is to assess the additional value of WBC count in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. METHODS We(More)
INTRODUCTION Thoracoscopy is an important option in the treatment of many thoracic pathologies; its use in children, however, is still limited. We have retrospectively evaluated the thoracoscopic activity in our pediatric surgery department in the last six years. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy (VATS) has been routinely adopted in our(More)
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