Giancarlo Bizzarri

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PURPOSE To evaluate the safety, local effectiveness, and long-term results of laser thermal ablation (LTA) in the treatment of small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Ninety-two biopsies proved small HCCs (range, 0.8-4.0 cm) in 74 patients who were treated percutaneously with LTA in an outpatient clinic. A laser at a power of 5.0 W was(More)
PURPOSE To determine the potential long-term effectiveness of laser thermal ablation (LTA) followed by transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) in the percutaneous ablation of large hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty large HCCs 3.5-9.6 cm in diameter (mean diameter, 5.2 cm) and 15 small HCCs 0.8-3.0 cm (mean diameter, 1.9(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present trial on ultrasound (US)-guided laser ablation therapy (LAT) of solid thyroid nodules is to assess long-term clinical efficacy, side effects, and predictability of outcomes in different centers operating with the same procedure. PATIENTS Two hundred consecutive patients were randomly assigned to a single LAT session(More)
Twenty autonomously functioning thyroid nodules were treated with ultrasound-guided percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) and followed for 12 months. PEI was performed on symptomatic and biochemically proven thyrotoxic patients by injecting 2.0-4.0 mL sterile ethanol and was repeated 3-8 times, depending on nodule size. Serum thyroglobulin increased(More)
GOAL To establish the role of percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) treatment in benign thyroid lesions by evaluating: (1) the long-term efficacy and side effects of the treatment, (2) the factors predictive of efficacy of PEI, and (3) the cost effectiveness of the procedure. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-eight recurrent cystic nodules, 95 autonomously(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate in vivo the safety and effectiveness of percutaneous laser thermal ablation (LTA) in the debulking of thyroid lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five adult patients at poor surgical risk with cold nodules (n = 8), autonomously hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules (n = 16), or anaplastic carcinoma (n = 1) underwent LTA. One to four(More)
The aim of this work was to study the vascularization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by means of dynamic CT and to demonstrate the existence of optimal temporal windows for visualization of HCC in order to develop new protocols for helical CT of the liver. We studied, by means of dynamic CT, 42 histologically proved HCCs in 30 patients after injecting(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined the effects of L-thyroxine therapy versus placebo over a 12-month period on volume of solitary thyroid nodules. DESIGN Prospective randomized clinical trial; placebo and control groups followed for one year in three centres. PATIENTS One hundred and one euthyroid patients with single palpable colloid thyroid nodules. MEASUREMENTS(More)
Surgery is the long-established therapeutic option for benign thyroid nodules, which steadily grow and become symptomatic. The cost of thyroid surgery, the risk of temporary or permanent complications, and the effect on quality of life, however, remain relevant concerns. Therefore, various minimally invasive treatments, directed towards office-based(More)
An ultrasound-guided double pass biopsy technique using a large bore cutting needle via an anterior subcostal route (USAB) is described. The diagnostic adequacy of this biopsy procedure was evaluated in comparison with the traditional Menghini technique in 200 cases of suspected chronic liver disease randomly assigned to the two different procedures.(More)