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Radiofrequency tumor ablation (RFA) is a therapeutic modality for liver cancer patients inducing localized tumor necrosis with maximal preservation of normal liver parenchyma. We investigated the immunomodulatory effects exerted by RFA treatment in liver cancer patients with metastatic liver lesions (13 patients) or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (4(More)
PURPOSE To investigate pain and other complications following inguinal hernioplasty performed by the Lichtenstein technique with mesh fixation by fibrin glue or sutures. METHODS Five hundred and twenty patients were enrolled in this 12-month observational multicenter study and received either sutures or fibrin glue (Tissucol(®)/Tisseel(®)) based on the(More)
The work was designed to assess the suitability of both measured endogenous creatinine clearance (CCR) and predicted creatinine clearance (P-CCR) to evaluate GFR in chronic renal disease (CRD) by utilizing the renal clearance of inulin (CIN) as gold standard. A total of 124 subjects were studied (62 healthy, 62 with CRF). CCR significantly overestimated GFR(More)
OBJECTIVE Trocar-site incisional hernias and their complications are reported in 1% to 6% of patients. Such hernias are attributed to the difficulty of applying standard suturing techniques to wound closure. We report our experience with a simple device, the Deschamps ligature needle. METHODS The Deschamps needle has a handle and a tip (sharp or blunt),(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of parathyroid hormone 1-hour assay for the early prediction of hypoparathyroidism after thyroidectomy. Candidates for total, subtotal, completion thyroidectomy or lobectomy were entered into the study. Pre- and postoperative calcium and parathyroid hormone (1 hour and postoperative day 1 after(More)
Tubular function was measured by lithium clearance (CLi) and by its derived formulae before and after the transient increase (lasting 90 min) in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) following a meat meal (2g protein/kg body weight) in 12 normal children. Three baseline and 4 clearances after the meal were obtained, each lasting 30 min. The mean baseline CLi was(More)
PURPOSE Our purpose was to assess the potential of ultrasonography (US) in the detection of in-transit or satellite metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS Following a review of the relevant literature, we present the results of a retrospective study based on 2,000 malignant melanoma patients with complete case records. Of these, we selected 600 patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Minilaparoscopic appendectomy for appendicitis is not a well-established procedure. This approach provides less abdominal wall trauma, fewer complications, and excellent cosmetic results. Our aim was to show the feasibility and safety of the minilaparoscopic approach. METHODS Minilaparoscopic appendectomy was performed in 37 patients. Two(More)
This experimental study aimed at evaluating the efficiency of robots in the learning of surgical techniques. We recruited 40 surgeons, divided them into 2 groups of 20, each of which used the robotic system. The first group consisted of experienced physicians, and the second group comprised physicians in training. Each surgeon was allowed to use the da(More)