Marcello Zamparelli

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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the results and complications of laparoscopic varicocelectomy in children. METHODS Over a 36-month period, 211 children underwent laparoscopic treatment of varicocele. Their ages ranged between 6 and 17 years; the varicocele was located on the left side in 209 cases (99.1%) and was bilateral in 2 (0.9%). In(More)
Phyllodes tumor of the breast is a very rare neoplasm, particularly in adolescent girls and young women. It usually presents as unilateral palpable mass. The authors report the case of an adolescent girl who presented at the Emergency Department with bloody nipple discharge. Although the clinical signs suggested an intraductal tumor, the histologic(More)
A longitudinal retrospective study of height Z score (HZ score) and weight-for-height index (WHI) was performed on 94 pre-pubertal children with vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR) and normal creatinine clearance followed for 1 – 6.8 years (mean 3.1 years). Thirty patients had bilateral VUR with scintigraphic signs of renal scarring (B+), 17 had bilateral VUR(More)
BACKGROUND Many authors have shown the role of uroflowmetry in the follow-up of patients operated on for hypospadias. This technique has also been used to assess the validity of the operative technique. METHODS Sixty patients have been selected among those operated on for hypospadias from January 1990 till January 1996 at the Pediatric Surgery Department(More)
Focal nodular hyperplasia of the liver is a benign disorder usually affecting young women. Its treatment in children is traditionally conservative. Because of its rarity in childhood, its differential diagnosis with other hepatic tumors in children and infants is challenging. We present the case of a 7-month-old infant with large focal nodular hyperplasia(More)
OBJECTIVE Little is known about fat use during sepsis during the neonatal period. Intramitochondrial O(2) consumption is inhibited in isolated hepatocytes from suckling septic rats and this impairment is reversed by glutamine. We investigated the effect of neonatal sepsis on fat oxidation and whether glutamine can directly affect fatty acid oxidation. (More)
Fatty acid (FA) composition of breast milk, an important factor in newborn nutrition, may change in relation to maternal diet and individual metabolic characteristics. This study was carried out on a group of 40 puerperae who lived in Southern Italy, delivered at term and feeded with common mediterranean diet. End-milk samples were collected between the(More)
OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive surgery is an alternative to open surgery in the treatment of ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) in selected pediatric patients. Anomalous crossing vessels represent a contraindication to endopyelotomy and may also interfere with the videosurgical pyeloplasty. We investigated the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Laparoscopic techniques and instruments are evolving to lessen the invasiveness of this surgical approach. The authors present their experience with the videosurgical approach using only 1 trocar. METHODS Between October 1997 and January 2000 the authors performed 59 videosurgical procedures using a 1-trocar approach (mean age, 11.5(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Hypothermia is common after major surgery in newborns and can be triggered by intraoperative fentanyl analgesia. Recent studies have found that fentanyl inhibits hepatocyte mitochondrial oxidative metabolism, which is proportional to thermogenesis. In adults it has been shown that amino acids have a thermogenic effect, although the(More)