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Patients with colorectal cancer continue to present with relatively advanced tumors. Delay in diagnosis is often believed to have been a contributing factor, and the validity of this hypothesis has seldom been questioned. The aim of this study was to establish whether a delay in diagnosis is related to long-term survival and if the most frequent symptoms(More)
Acute intestinal ischemia is in most cases a lethal condition with a low survival rate. Risk factors of perioperative mortality are poorly defined. The aim of this study was to define risk factors that predict an adverse outcome of acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI). A total of 132 consecutive patients (73 men, 59 women), mean ± SD age 71.96 ± 13.64 years, who(More)
Hartmann’s operation is widely used for the surgical treatment of complicated left colonic disease. However, many patients never undergo reanastomosis. This study analyzes the factors related to the decision of restoring intestinal continuity. Between 1997 and 2004, 162 patients underwent Hartmann’s operation in our institution. Age, sex, anesthetic risk(More)
GOAL To analyse the characteristics and mortality-related factors in a series of patients hospitalized for pyogenic liver abscess (PLA). BACKGROUND Pyogenic liver abscesses are infrequent but potentially life threatening. Factors related to mortality have been less studied. STUDY The medical records of 84 patients, 56 men and 28 women, mean age of 64.4(More)
Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is a catastrophic surgical condition, especially in older patients with multiple comorbidities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of comorbidity on perioperative mortality and overall survival in patients surgically treated for AMI. A series of 186 consecutive patients (106 men and 80 women) who underwent(More)
INTRODUCTION Suspicion of intestinal necrosis in patients with mesenteric ischemia is mandatory in surgery. Many patients develop massive necrosis after open surgery. However, in some frail, elderly patients, preoperative prediction of massive intestinal necrosis could avoid an unnecessary laparotomy. The aim of this study was to assess predictive factors(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Mesenteric venous thrombosis (MVT) is a rare condition with a challenging diagnosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate its association with systemic diseases and coagulation disorders. METHODOLOGY Out of 132 patients operated on because of mesenteric ischemia between 1988 and 2002, all patients with a documented MVT were(More)
Infections caused by Candida are an emerging pathology on surgical wards. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the incidence, characteristics, and predictive factors of mortality in patients colonized and/or infected by Candida spp. in this setting. A consecutive series of 105 patients hospitalized on a general surgery ward between 2000 and 2004(More)
BACKGROUND The number of hospitalized nonagenarians is increasing. Only a few studies have evaluated long-term predictors of survival in these patients. The aim of this study was to determine the 5-year outcome of a cohort of hospitalized nonagenarians, and to identify predictors of long-term survival. METHODS In 124 consecutive medical hospitalized(More)
Inverted intraduodenal diverticulum is a rare congenital abnormality usually arising near the ampulla of Vater. We describe a case of an inverted duodenal diverticulum in a patient that presented with an upper recurrent intestinal obstruction that required surgery. Recognition of the entity and its anatomic relationships to the ampulla of Vater is essential(More)