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BACKGROUND This study compares the efficacy and safety of laparoscopic surgery (LS) and open surgery (OS) for colorectal cancer. METHODS An electronic search of the literature was undertaken to identify primary studies and systematic reviews. Information on the efficacy and safety of LS versus OS was analysed. A meta-analysis was conducted to examine(More)
The effects of two 8 week programmes of reconditioning in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients were studied. Forty one subjects (mean+/-SD) 644.5) yrs; forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) 1.09+/-0.16 L; 40.6+/-6.2% predicted were randomly assigned either to supervised training on a treadmill, 4 days x week(-1) (group S; n=21) or(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS more than half of patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C (CHC) do not achieve a sustained viral response (SVR) to current antiviral therapy due to primary non-response, relapse or intolerance. Factors related to each of these unfavorable outcomes are different and the last two may be partially prevented. Our aim was to identify(More)
We report the case of a male neonate who had a prenatal diagnosis of Fallot's tetralogy. He presented with respiratory distress during the second week of life. Chest x-ray showed an enlarged right ventricle and pulmonary edema. Echocardiography demonstrated characteristic features of Fallot's tetralogy. However, cardiac catheterization disclosed that, in(More)
We report a case of a patient who presented with aortic stenosis and a borderline left ventricle during foetal life. A balloon aortic valve valvuloplasty was performed in uterus, and in the postnatal period for relief of the left ventricular outflow tract obstruction followed by a Ross-Konno procedure with fibroelastosis resection. These successful(More)
Local rectal cancer recurrences represent a great challenge, as surgical re-excisions or re-irradiation procedures are not always feasible. Moreover, scar or local recurrence is hard to elucidate with conventional diagnosis techniques. Emerging diagnostic and therapeutic procedures may be useful in this setting. A local rectal cancer recurrence(More)
Since October 1986 until January 1988 we have treated 3 patients with corrosive strictures of the esophagus, by substitution of esophagus with vascularized colon. Two females (4 and 8 years) and one male (5 years) had been treated on others hospitals by means of gastrostomy and periodically retrogradual dilatations; in two of them for more than 24 months.(More)
Neonatal intrapericardial teratoma is a rare cardiac tumor. The prognosis depends on making the diagnosis during the perinatal period. Surgery is usually resolutive with dramatic improvement of signs and symptoms of pericardial compression. We present a case of a female neonate diagnosed by prenatal echocardiography of intrapericardial teratoma at 34 weeks(More)
The first-stage palliation of newborns with single-ventricle anatomy and transposed great arteries can be very challenging when associated with systemic ventricular outflow obstruction and aortic arch obstruction. Often, the initial intervention is a stage I Norwood procedure. We present the case of a newborn with double inlet left ventricle, discordant(More)