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Background: Skepticism is still present today about the laparoscopic treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) in children. We present the prospective experience and short-term results of eight Italian pediatric surgical units. Methods: We included all the children with complicated GER, operated after January 1998 by single surgeons from eight different(More)
Phyllodes tumor of the breast is a very rare neoplasm, particularly in adolescent girls and young women. It usually presents as unilateral palpable mass. The authors report the case of an adolescent girl who presented at the Emergency Department with bloody nipple discharge. Although the clinical signs suggested an intraductal tumor, the histologic(More)
OBJECTIVE Constipation is one of the most frequent disorders of the digestive tract in children and it can be an important problem in paediatric and surgical practice. Most of the time, the cause is psychological or because of a slowing of colonic transit, but it can be a sign of organic gastrointestinal outlet obstruction. Some patients with chronic(More)
OBJECT To retrospectively review the value of laparoscopy in the management of impalpable testis. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 1993-2006, 182 laparoscopies for impalpable testis were performed for a total of 194 testicular units. Five laparoscopic findings were considered: testicular ectopia, intra-abdominal testis, and cord structures that are blind ending,(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Laparoscopic techniques and instruments are evolving to lessen the invasiveness of this surgical approach. The authors present their experience with the videosurgical approach using only 1 trocar. METHODS Between October 1997 and January 2000 the authors performed 59 videosurgical procedures using a 1-trocar approach (mean age, 11.5(More)
PURPOSE Transumbilical laparoscopic-assisted intestinal surgery using only "one trocar" is a very minimal invasive procedure. The authors present their experience for the management of Meckel's diverticulum. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 2001 and December 2004, 9 transumbilical laparoscopic-assisted procedures were performed for Meckel's(More)
Transumbilical laparoscopic-assisted appendectomy (TULAA) is increasingly being performed worldwide. The authors report their experience in the treatment of acute uncomplicated appendicitis in children with TULAA. From January 2008 to December 2012 all types of acute appendicitis were divided, according to the clinical and ultrasonographic findings, into(More)
The effect of nifedipine on fetal-placental blood flow at 22-24 weeks in patients with pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) was evaluated. Twenty patients with PIH were submitted to the Doppler evaluation of fetal-placental perfusion at 22-24 weeks. The systo-diastolic (SID) ratio and the pulsatility index (PI) of uterine, umbilical and middle cerebral(More)
To evaluate long-term outcomes of pure esophageal atresia (EA) repair with preservation of native esophagus. Infants with pure EA treated at our institution (2000–2010) and with minimum 5-year follow-up were reviewed (REB:1000046653). Data analysed included demographics, management and outcomes and are reported as mean ± SD/median (range). Of 185 infants(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a differential diagnostic approach to Hirshchsprung's Disease (HD) on the basis of age. METHOD Data on 185 consecutive children with suspected HD were subjected to an age-related diagnostic approach. The patients were divided into two groups according to age (A < 1 year; B > 1 year). Children(More)