Luca Barutta

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this multicenter randomized trial was to assess the efficacy and safety of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy compared with axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). BACKGROUND All studies on SLN biopsy in breast cancer report a variable false negative rate, whose prognostic consequences are still unclear. METHODS From May 1999 to(More)
AIMS To compare physical morbidity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in breast cancer patients who received standard axillary dissection (ALND) or sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB), followed by axillary dissection only in the case of sentinel-node positivity, within a randomised clinical trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with early breast(More)
AIMS To determine the axillary recurrence rate in breast cancer patients with negative sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) who did not undergo further axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), and to establish whether this conservative axillary approach leads to an increased recourse to diagnostic axillary biopsy during the follow-up period because of the clinical(More)
Aim of the work is to define the present role of surgery in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis and the criteria of choice of procedures. The authors examined retrospectively 133 patients. They analyze the clinical, laboratory and instrumental features on which has been formulated the surgical indications. Patients treated surgically were those who have(More)
559 Background: The SNB in BC has been proposed as a valid tool to stage the axilla but its therapeutic role is still unknown. In 2000, GIVOM started a RCT to evaluate whether a selective lymphadenectomy is clinically equivalent to ALND, in terms of disease free survival while contributing less morbidity. We report the interim analysis on the role of SNB as(More)
Substernal goiter is a rare pathology and its definition varied from author to author. We considered substernal the goiter that has the larger diameter below the thoracic inlet, in accord to definition of Valdoni (1957). The authors examined retrospectively 40 cases of endothoracic goiter, that represent 6.1% of patients operated on thyroid. Surgical access(More)
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