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Obturator hernia is an uncommon but important cause of intestinal obstruction. Retrospective study of 16 patients undergoing surgery for obturator hernia in a 20-year period. All patients were elderly women. Low body mass index and multiparity were predisposing factors. Mean time from onset of symptoms to consultation was 4.1 days. The preoperative(More)
BACKGROUND Potential regulators of adipogenesis include microRNAs (miRNAs), small non-coding RNAs that have been recently shown related to adiposity and differentially expressed in fat depots. However, to date no study is available, to our knowledge, regarding miRNAs expression profile during human adipogenesis. Thereby, the aim of this study was to(More)
OBJECTIVE The discovery of foreign bodies (FB) in the rectum is an infrequent clinical problem. Most commonly, FB are introduced through the anal passage or reach the rectum after oral ingestion. We describe our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of FB retained in the rectum. METHOD From 1997 to 2004, data were collected prospectively in 30(More)
Lactoferrin is considered an epithelial protein present in different gland secretions. Administration of exogenous lactoferrin is also known to modulate adipogenesis and insulin action in human adipocytes. Here, we aimed to investigate lactoferrin gene expression (real-time polymerase chain reaction) and protein (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) levels in(More)
INTRODUCTION Total evisceration consists of protrusion of the abdominal viscera due to dehiscence of all the planes of the abdominal wall after laparotomy. The greater the number of risk factors, the greater the probability of evisceration. PATIENTS AND METHOD We performed a retrospective study of patients with evisceration treated in the previous 9(More)
BACKGROUND Surfactant protein-D (SFTPD) is a component of the lung innate immunity that enhances clearance of pathogens and modulates inflammatory responses. An inverse association of putative, lung-derived circulating SFTPD with obesity has been reported but no information is available concerning possible SFTPD gene expression in human adipose tissue. (More)
Contradictory findings regarding the gene expression of the main lipogenic enzymes in human adipose tissue depots have been reported. In this cross-sectional study, we aimed to evaluate the mRNA expression of fatty acid synthase (FAS) and acetyl-CoA carboxilase (ACC) in omental and subcutaneous (SC) fat depots from subjects who varied widely in terms of(More)
Circulating lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) is an acute-phase reactant known to be increased in obesity. We hypothesised that LBP is produced by adipose tissue (AT) in association with obesity. LBP mRNA and LBP protein levels were analysed in AT from three cross-sectional (n = 210, n = 144 and n = 28) and three longitudinal (n = 8, n = 25, n = 20)(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the performance of the intraoperative ecography in the diagnosis of new liver metastases in the era of computerized tomography (CT) with multidetectors and its impact on the surgical operation. PATIENTS AND METHOD Between February 2005 and April 2006 patients with resectable liver metastases where studied prospectively in a(More)
Abdominal wall hernias are more prevalent in the morbidly obese. Incarceration of external hernias is a relatively common process in adults and is associated to a high rate of complications and mortality. We present the case of a morbidly super-super-obese patient (body mass index, 80 kg/m(2)) who underwent emergency surgery for an incarcerated umbilical(More)