Luisa Meacci

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BACKGROUND The pulmonary artery catheter is invasive and may cause serious complications. A safe method of cardiac output (CO) measurement is needed. We have assessed the accuracy and reliability of a recently marketed self-calibrating arterial pulse contour CO monitoring system (FloTrac/Vigileo) in end-stage liver failure patients undergoing liver(More)
BACKGROUND A large animal model of total hepatectomy is suitable to test the efficacy of any system designed to support patients in hepatic coma. The models previously described in the pig entail a significant degree of surgical trauma, which might alter the evolution of the ensuring hepatic failure and compromise the reproducibility of the model. METHODS(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of postoperative pain relief using tramadol and ketorolac in continuous intravenous infusion. The 585 patients included in the study underwent major surgery according to a protocol involving the parenteral administration of 100 mg tramadol approximately 40 min before the end of surgery. This was(More)
BACKGROUND Although orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is nowadays considered standard practice at experienced centres, it can still be affected by a significant risk of massive bleeding and its related complications. Solvent/detergent plasma (S/D Plasma) has been proposed as an alternative to fresh frozen plasma (FFP) to curtail such complications.(More)
Liver transplantation with very old donors is safe, but is associated with an increased incidence of ischemic-type biliary lesions and delayed graft function. Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) is a novel technique for preservation of liver grafts and has the potential to reduce ischemia-reperfusion injury. A case is reported here of a liver(More)
Since the very beginning of liver transplantation in humans, research in animals has had close relationship with clinical practice. Results obtained in animals have been transferred to the clinics and problems borne in the clinics have been addressed again in animals for to be answered clearly. In this review the authors report their experience of(More)
BACKGROUND Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a chemoresponsive tumor but overall survival remains poor even in limited disease (LD). With the aim of eradicating chemoresistant tumor cells and reducing toxicity, we investigated in this phase II trial the feasibility and outcome of a sequential approach of induction chemotherapy (CT) followed, in responding(More)
AIM The aim of this study is to describe personal experience in the intensive management of patients with severe diabetes undergoing pancreas transplantation. METHODS Clinical records of subjects consecutively undergoing an isolated or combined pancreas transplant have been examinated. RESULTS During the considered period, 10 patients received an(More)
OBJECTIVES To report a single-center experience about the perioperative and anesthetic management of laparoscopic living kidney donation. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS Subjects undergoing laparoscopic (n = 39) (performed between April 2000 and August 2002) and traditional "open" kidney donation (n = 27) received a standard balanced anesthetic technique.(More)