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OBJECTIVES To compare the postoperative quality of life (QOL) and reconvalescence in patients with clinical Stage I nonseminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT) after laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (L-RPLND) and the open procedure (O-RPLND). METHODS Twenty-one patients with NSGCT who underwent transperitoneal L-RPLND were matched and(More)
AIM To determine retrospectively the safety and efficacy of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in patients with Peyronie's disease. METHODS Fifty-three patients with stable Peyronie's disease underwent ESWT (group 1). Fifteen patients matched with the baseline characteristic of the patients in group 1, who received no treatment, were used as the(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the anal discomfort and pain level, during transrectal ultrasound probe insertion and before the periprostatic anesthesia in young patients (<65 years of age). METHODS This study enrolled 147 patients, who underwent prostate biopsy and were divided in two groups: 74 patients received perianal local anesthesia with(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate female sexuality in a selective population of newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS) women. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this clinic-based study, 63 newly diagnosed consecutive women affected by definite MS were admitted. Disability and depression were evaluated with the expanded disability status scale (EDSS)(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the safety and efficacy of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) in morbidly obese women with severe urodynamic stress incontinence (USI) as last option treatment. METHODS Thirty-one patients with body mass index (BMI) >40 kg/m2, who had undergone the TVT procedure for urodynamically-confirmed USI were matched with 52 patients with BMI(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the safety and efficacy of the single-knot running versus interrupted technique for urethrovesical anastomosis during endoscopic extraperitoneal radical prostatectomy. METHODS A total of 250 consecutive patients who underwent endoscopic extraperitoneal radical prostatectomy were prospectively divided into two groups of 125 patients(More)
AIM An attractive alternative for the management of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is the use of 80 W potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP). We evaluated the efficacy and safety of this procedure in patients with bladder outlet obstruction (BOO). METHODS A total of 171 patients with obstructive BPH underwent the 80 W potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of topical lidocaine gel and glyceryl trinitrate ointment (GTN) vs placebo, in reducing anal pain and discomfort as an adjunct to periprostatic anesthesia because of probe insertion, during the use of transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) prostate-guided biopsy in young patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two-hundred twenty-three men(More)
OBJECTIVES To review the literature and present new data of continuous androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) vs intermittent androgen deprivation (IAD) as therapies for prostate cancer in terms of survival and quality of life and clarify practical issues in the use of IAD. MATERIALS AND METHODS We conducted a systematic search on Medline and Embase databases(More)