Ilaria Tarantino

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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM Benign biliary diseases include benign biliary stricture (BBS), lithiasis, and leaks. BBSs are usually treated with plastic stent placement; use of uncovered or partially covered metallic stents has been associated with failure related to mucosal hyperplasia. Some recently published series suggest the efficacy of fully covered(More)
clinically because they represent a spectrum of different lesions, ranging from benign to malignant. At times, the final diagnosis is made only at surgery. We report a final diagnosis of a pancreatic cystic lymphangioma, made using endoscopic ultrasound fine needle aspiration (EUSFNA) in a young girl, with cytological examination and measurement of the(More)
In cirrhotic patients under pharmacologic treatment for portal hypertension, a reduction in hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) of >or=20% of baseline or to <or=12 mm Hg markedly reduces the risk of variceal rebleeding. This study was aimed at evaluating whether these hemodynamic targets also prevent other complications of portal hypertension and(More)
After liver transplantation, the most common biliary complication is the anastomotic stricture, which is followed by biliary leakage. Studies have focused on the endoscopic treatment of biliary complications in transplanted patients with duct-to-duct reconstruction, showing a success rate of 70% to 80% after orthotopic liver transplantation and of 60% after(More)
AIM To investigate the rate of complications of endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) performed immediately after endoscopic ultrasound fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) in a large series of patients. METHODS Patients with the following conditions were considered candidates for EUS-FNA and ERCP: diagnosis of locally advanced or metastatic(More)
Endoscopic ultrasound-guided transmural drainage (EUS-GTD) has become the standard procedure for treating symptomatic pancreatic fluid collections. The aim of this series was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of covered self-expanding metal stent (CSEMS) placement for treating infected pancreatic fluid collections. From January 2007 to May 2010, 22(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of pancreatic cystic lesions has been reported to have a higher complication rate than that of solid lesions, but the real complication rate is unknown. Aim of the study was to identify the complication rate of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and related risk factors. (More)
Early detection of small pancreatic cancer is important because expected survival is markedly better for tumors ≤2 cm. A new endoscopic ultrasound-(EUS) guided biopsy needle with side fenestration has been recently developed to enable fine-needle biopsy (FNB) under EUS guidance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of EUS–FNB using a 22-gauge(More)
BACKGROUND Fully covered self-expanding metal stents are now being used to treat benign biliary diseases. AIMS To assess the outcomes of these stents as first-step therapy in patients with biliary leaks secondary to hepato-biliary surgery. METHODS Thirty patients (56.7% males; mean age: 60.2 ± 13 years) were retrospectively evaluated. The data collected(More)
BACKGROUND Underwater EMR (UEMR) has been reported as a new technique for the removal of large sessile colorectal polyps without need for submucosal injection. OBJECTIVE To evaluate (1) outcomes of UEMR, (2) whether UEMR can be easily performed by an endoscopist skilled in traditional EMR without specific dedicated training in UEMR, and (3) whether EUS is(More)