Giorgio Marenco

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AIMS To evaluate the prevalence, incidence and clinical relevance of bacterial infection in predominantly non-alcoholic cirrhotic patients hospitalised for decompensation. PATIENTS/METHODS A total of 405 consecutive admissions in 361 patients (249 males and 112 females; 66 Child-Pugh class B and 295 class C) were analysed. Blood, urine, ascitic and(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS It still is debated whether post-endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) pancreatitis can be prevented by administering either somatostatin or gabexate mesylate. The aim of the study is to assess the efficacy of a 6.5-hour infusion of somatostatin or gabexate mesylate in preventing ERCP-related complications. METHODS In a(More)
Severe constipation often follows spinal cord injury. The aim of this study was to evaluate transit of contents through the large bowel in patients with paraplegia after a complete transverse lesion of the spinal cord. Transit through the right colon, left colon, and rectum was evaluated in 11 patients (eight males, 3 females; 17 to 63 years old) and data(More)
BACKGROUND There is yet no established treatment for chronic hepatitis C patients non-responder to standard interferon and ribavirin. AIM To evaluate efficacy and safety of pegylated-interferon-alpha2a plus ribavirin with or without amantadine in such patients. METHODS 161 non-responders to standard interferon and ribavirin were randomized into two(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the usefulness of intraoperative radiofrequency thermoablation of liver tumours in association or not with hepatic resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS 21 patients were treated between January 1998 and December 2001, there were 4 hepatocellular carcinoma and 17 metastasis. In 13 cases radiofrequency was associated to hepatectomy, in 3(More)
AIMS/METHODS The present study aimed to examine whether the galactose elimination capacity can be used to predict the survival of patients with advanced liver disease. We studied 194 patients with cirrhosis, belonging to Child class B and C, for 2 years each. RESULTS The overall probability of survival was 79% at 6 months, 72% at 1 year and 62% at 2(More)
The role of the RAA system in the genesis of ascites in liver cirrhosis patients is not yet perfectly clear. The present study was conducted on 176 cirrhosis patients in order to investigate RAA system function, to assess the changes taking place in the various stages of the disease and to correlate such changes with the various kidney function parameters.(More)
237 out-patients suffering from chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD) were selected from 7 Italian clinical centers. They were randomly allocated to either placebo or bromhexine 30 mg b.i.d. p.o., in a double-blind fashion. Sputum volume and quality, facility of expectoration, cough, dyspnea, auscultatory thoracic symptoms, forced expiratory volume, peak(More)
From February 1983 to January 1985, 497 patients with advanced breast cancer were randomly allocated to receive either epirubicin or doxorubicin in the following combination chemotherapy regimen: fluorouracil (5-FU) 500 mg/m2 intravenous (IV) on days 1 and 8; epirubicin or doxorubicin 50 mg/m2 IV on day 1; cyclophosphamide 500 mg/m2 IV on day 1 (FEC or(More)