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Lumbar hernias, which are rare hernias of the posterolateral abdominal wall, can be divided into two groups: primary lumbar hernias, often the expression of a congenital defect, which typically arise in two areas of weakness, the superior triangle and inferior triangle and acquired (or diffuse) lumbar hernias which are usually due to previous lumbar trauma(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in cancer biology. Expression of MMP7 (matrilysin) in colorectal cancer is associated with metastatic disease even though it is expressed in most tumour states. In the present study, our purpose was to analyze MMP7 in bowel and lymph nodes of different tumour stages and to evaluate its expression(More)
The objective of the INTERACTION Eu project is to develop and validate an unobtrusive and modular system for monitoring daily life activities, physical interactions with the environment and for training upper and lower extremity motor function in stroke subjects. This paper describes the development and preliminary testing of the project sensing platform(More)
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) has been associated with high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality; its pathogenesis is not fully understood. Moreover, many metabolic abnormalities are frequently present in patients with PHPT. Several substances (such as leptin and adiponectin) are secreted from adipocytes, which may contribute to regulate energy(More)
BACKGROUND The Primary Breast Lymphomas (PBL) represent 0,38-0,70% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL), 1,7-2,2% of all extranodal NHL and only 0,04-0,5% of all breast cancer. Most frequent PBLs are the diffuse large B cell lymphomas; in any case-reports MALT lymphomas lack or are a rare occurrence. Their incidence is growing. From 1880 (first breast(More)
Modifications in serum levels of creatine phosphokinase (CPK) lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), glutamic-oxalacetic-transaminases (GOT), glutamic-pyruvic-transaminases, L-gamma-glutamyl transferases, alkaline phosphatase, glycemia, serum nitrogen, creatinine, amylase, sodium and potassium were measured in dogs during experimentally induced acute mesenteric(More)
CONTEXT Most papillary thyroid microcarcinomas (PTMCs; ≤ 1 cm diameter) are indolent low-risk tumors, but some cases behave more aggressively. Controversies have thus arisen over the optimum postoperative surveillance of PTMC patients. OBJECTIVES We tested the hypothesis that clinical criteria could be used to identify PTMC patients with very low(More)
The Authors report their experience in the management of 201 patients with multinodular toxic goiter (MTG): 122 (60.7%) underwent subtotal thyroidectomy (STT), while 79 (39.3%) underwent total thyroidectomy (TT). Through a retrospective study the patients were stratified into two groups according to the type of operation (TT or STT). Overall, neither(More)
The incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) after thyroidectomy and the association of Propofol versus Sevoflurane use for anesthesia maintenance were investigated during a randomized, prospective study. One hundred and ninety-eight patients underwent thyroidectomy receiving either Sevoflurane (0.5-1.3% end-tidal) or Propofol (50-200(More)
Adrenomedullin (ADM) is a new potent vasorelaxant peptide identified originally in extracts of pheochromocytoma, and is widely distributed within the tissue. Although histopathological studies have demonstrated the presence of ADM-immunoreactivity (ir-ADM) in some human neuroendocrine tumors (such as insulinoma, pituitary adenoma, and gastrointestinal(More)