Mario Alerci

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PURPOSE To compare the diagnostic accuracy of gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA)-enhanced versus gadoterate meglumine (Gd-DOTA)-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) angiography in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-six patients underwent MR angiography enhanced with either Gd-DOTA (28 patients) or Gd-BOPTA(More)
AIMS To evaluate antitumour activity, toxicity, pharmacokinetics, and the pharmacodynamic relationship with neutropenia of chronic oral etoposide (E) in patients (pts) with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) previously untreated with chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-seven (14 extensive-, 13 limited-stage) pts receiving 100 mg daily of oral E for 21(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively assess the diagnostic accuracy of nonenhanced three-dimensional (3D) steady-state free precession (SSFP) magnetic resonance (MR) angiography for detection of renal artery stenosis (RAS), with breath-hold contrast material-enhanced MR angiography performed as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was local ethics(More)
Two cycles of the combination of carboplatin (C), given every 4 weeks with weekly doses of cisplatin (P), were administered on an outpatient basis to 28 previously untreated patients. One cycle consisted of one dose of C and 4 doses of P. The toxicity of 250 mg/m2 of C, combined with escalating doses of P (20, 30, 35, 40 mg/m2) was evaluated first.(More)
Spontaneous dissection of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) is rare and has been reported only sporadically. Therapeutic options are either a surgical approach, which is the more frequently adopted, or a simple observation. We report a case of spontaneous dissection of the SMA with a review of the literature and present a new therapeutic approach.
PURPOSE To evaluate the effect of probucol and/or of endovascular brachytherapy (EVBT) on restenosis after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of femoropopliteal arteries. METHODS A total of 335 patients (206 men; mean age 72+/-9 years) with intermittent claudication were randomized according to a 2x2 factorial design to 1 of the 4 groups:(More)
A 17-year-old girl developed acute colicky periumbilical pain with haematuria. On examination a tightly elastic space-occupying lesion about 10 cm in diameter was palpable around the umbilicus. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was raised to 113 mm in the first hour. There was a microcytic anaemia (8.7 g/dl) and a positive Coombs test. Ultrasonography(More)
PURPOSE To report the results of preprocedural embolization of collateral branches arising from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) scheduled for endovascular repair. METHODS Twenty-three consecutive AAA patients (all men; mean age 73 years, range 56-82) had coil embolization of patent lumbar and inferior mesenteric arteries (IMA) in a staged procedure prior(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of severely stenotic peripheral vascular lesions is hampered by a higher restenosis rate. The effects of PTA on vascular wall as well as the effects of the antirestenotic properties of endovascular brachytherapy (EVBT) remain unclear. MRI allows in vivo noninvasive assessment of the vascular effects of(More)