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BACKGROUND Few studies have compared survival and recurrence rates between laparoscopic and open liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with cirrhosis. METHODS A retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database of 179 liver resections performed for HCC in cirrhotic liver between 2000 and 2007 was performed. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracotomy represents the traditional surgical approach for the treatment of epiphrenic diverticula. A mini-invasive procedure has been reported in only few series. This article describes the authors experience with the laparoscopic approach for performing diverticulectomy, myotomy and Nissen-Rossetti fundoplication. METHODS From 1994 to 2002,(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies comparing open distal pancreatectomy (ODP) and laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) have found advantages related to minimal-access surgery. Few studies have compared direct and associated costs after LDP versus ODP. The purpose of the current study was to compare perioperative outcomes of patients undergoing LDP and ODP and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the role and efficacy of a total 360 degrees wrap, Nissen-Rossetti fundoplication, after esophagogastromyotomy in the treatment of esophageal achalasia. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Surgery actually achieves the best results in the treatment of esophageal achalasia; the options vary from a short extramucosal(More)
INTRODUCTION Single port access laparoscopic redo liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma on cirrhosis through a single transumbilical skin incision has not been reported in the literature so far. METHODS A wedge resection of segment III lesion with a laparoendoscopic single site surgical incision is described in detail analyzing the technical(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective, randomized, observer-blinded study compared ultrasound-guided supraclavicular (SCB), infraclavicular (ICB), and axillary (AXB) brachial plexus blocks for upper extremity surgery of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. METHODS One hundred twenty patients were randomly allocated to receive an ultrasound-guided SCB (n = 40), ICB(More)
BACKGROUND Recurrence of cancer and the need for several surgical treatments are the Achilles' heel of the treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in cases of cirrhosis. The difficulty of reintervention is increased by the formation of adhesions after the previous hepatectomy that can make a new surgical procedure more difficult and less safe. With a(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This prospective, randomized, observer-blinded study compared single- and double-injection, ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block for upper extremity surgery. METHODS Ninety-two patients were randomly allocated to receive a single-injection (n = 46) or double-injection (n = 46), ultrasound-guided supraclavicular(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic technique for lesions located in the left liver is well described in the literature. On the contrary, the best laparoscopic approach for lesions located in the right liver, such as in segment VI, is still debated. AIM In this article, we provide a detailed description of a laparoscopic segment VI liver resection using a left(More)
Haplogroup E, defined by mutation M40, is the most common human Y chromosome clade within Africa. To increase the level of resolution of haplogroup E, we disclosed the phylogenetic relationships among 729 mutations found in 33 haplogroup DE Y-chromosomes sequenced at high coverage in previous studies. Additionally, we dissected the E-M35 subclade by(More)