Luca Massarenti

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The case of a 50-year-old woman with an occasional diagnosis of cardiac tumor of the tricuspid valve is reported. At surgery, a single 2 cm x 2 cm polypoid gelatinous neoplasm infiltrating the anterior leaflet of the valve was resected and a tricuspid valve reconstruction along with annuloplasty was accomplished. The postoperative period was uneventful. A(More)
The aim of the present work was to test the ability to predict the instant at which a grasping hand touches an object. Our hypothesis was that, because of the activation of the mirror-neuron system, the same predictive process necessary for action execution should be active during observation. Experimental evidence indicates, however, that not only observed(More)
False aneurysm occurring after replacement of ascending aorta by a vascular prosthesis is a rare, but life-threatening complication. In spite of advances in endovascular techniques, surgery remains the treatment of choice in the majority of cases. We report the case of a huge pseudoaneurysm caused by late dehiscence of the right coronary ostium-aortic(More)
In addition to the occurrence of pain, the evidence of a diminished capacity to feel pleasure is one of the most common cancer-related symptoms. Recent advances in psychoneuroendocrinological knowledge has shown that the perception of pleasure is mainly mediated by the dopaminergic pathways in the brain. Moreover, it has also been demonstrated that the(More)
We describe the case of a 74-year-old man with Rendu Osler Weber syndrome affected by permanent atrial fibrillation, who underwent percutaneous placement of a 24-mm Watchman left atrial appendage system. After anticoagulation therapy dismissal, he had a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Therefore he underwent surgical removal of the device, ablation of(More)
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