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BACKGROUND The role of laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of gastric cancer is still controversial, particularly in terms of oncologic efficacy. The aim of this study was to compare short-term outcomes of laparoscopic and open resection for gastric cancer at a single Western institution. SUBJECTS AND METHODS This study was designed as a matched cohort(More)
OBJECTIVE Barrett's esophagus (BE) is a premalignant condition for which regular endoscopic follow-up is usually advised. We evaluated the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (AC) in patients with BE and the impact of endoscopic surveillance on mortality from AC. METHODS A cohort of newly diagnosed BE patients was studied prospectively. Endoscopic and(More)
OBJECTIVES The long-term efficacy of Helicobacter pylori eradication to reduce the rate of recurrence of peptic ulcer bleeding is still uncertain. We evaluated the rate of duodenal ulcer rebleeding for 48 months after H. pylori eradication. METHODS Thirty-two male patients with H. pylori infection and duodenal ulcer bleeding were treated with omeprazole(More)
BACKGROUND About 60-70% of Helicobacter pylori strains possess cagA (cytotoxin associated gene A) gene and express its product CagA, a highly immunogenic 128-140 kD protein. Patients infected with CagA positive strains develop serum IgG anti-CagA. A serologic response to CagA has been detected in Helicobacter pylori infected patients with peptic ulcer more(More)
BACKGROUND Some recent studies have suggested that laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer may provide a potential survival advantage when compared with open surgery. This study aimed to compare cancer-related survivals of patients who underwent laparoscopic or open resection of colon cancer in the same, high volume tertiary center. METHODS Patients(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed at evaluating the lymph node (LN) harvest after both open and laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery. METHODS In the period between 1996 and 2009, 404 patients with colorectal cancer underwent open resection, whereas 147 patients underwent laparoscopic surgery. RESULTS The overall number of harvested LNs was significantly higher(More)
Laparoscopic rectal surgery has demonstrated its superiority over the open approach, however it still has some technical limitations that lead to the development of robotic platforms. Nevertheless the literature on this topic is rapidly expanding there is still no consensus about benefits of robotic rectal cancer surgery over the laparoscopic one. For this(More)
Laparoscopic total gastrectomy (LTG) is not a commonly performed procedure due to the difficulty associated with surgical reconstruction. We present our preliminary results after intracorporeal circular stapling esophagojejunostomy using the newly developed transorally inserted anvil (OrVil™, Covidien, MA, USA). Between 2008 and June 2013, 51 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Robotic surgery has been developed with the aim of improving surgical quality and overcoming the limitations of conventional laparoscopy in the performance of complex mini-invasive procedures. The present study was designed to compare robotic and laparoscopic distal gastrectomy in the treatment of gastric cancer. METHODS Between June 2008 and(More)
PURPOSE To investigate changes in the prevalence of visual impairment in an Italian population from 1988 to 2000. METHODS Standardized ophthalmologic examinations were administered to citizens of Ponza, Italy aged 40-87 years in 1988 and 2000. Visual Acuity (VA) was measured using a standard logarithmic chart. Visual fields (VF) were tested in all(More)