Mario Ferrario

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BACKGROUND Vasculobiliary injury (VBI) is a well-recognized complication of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). In patients with failed primary management of bile duct injury (BDI), an assessment of the hepatic arterial system may be important to determine the presence of VBI. This study was conducted to determine the incidence of VBI in patients with failed(More)
This prospective, comparative trial investigated the impact on mean change in height standard deviation score (SDS), acute rejection rate, and renal function of early steroid withdrawal in 96 recipients with 5 years of follow-up. Recipients under basiliximab induction and steroid withdrawal (SW: TAC/MMF; n = 55) were compared with a matched steroid control(More)
BACKGROUND Recent interest in cyst fluid analysis (CFA) for carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), and the introduction of laparoscopic surgery (LS) in the management of hepatic cysts have resulted in sporadic reports of elevated CA 19-9 and CEA levels in intrahepatic biliary cystadenoma (IBC) CFA, and the application of LS(More)
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a severe, life-threatening condition associated with a high mortality rate. The objective of this study is to present the experience of a Chilean liver transplant program with orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) for ALF. All patients with the diagnosis of ALF evaluated in our program between January 1995 and May 2003 were(More)
Steroids have been a cornerstone in renal transplant immunosuppression. New immunosuppressive drugs have led to protocols using early steroid withdrawal or complete avoidance. A prospective protocol in 23 pediatric renal transplant (ages 2-14 yr) who received decreasing steroid doses stopping at day 7 post-Tx, FK, and MMF were compared with a CsA, AZT,(More)
Liver transplantation is the only treatment for patients with terminal acute and chronic diseases. Liver transplantation was started in Chile in 1985; our pediatric program began in 1993. The aim of this paper work was to present our experience from 1993 through 2004. One hundred and thirty two orthotopic liver transplants (OLT) were performed in children(More)
Between 1989 and 2002, 178 renal transplants were performed in 168 pediatric patients in Chile. The mean age was 10.9 +/- 3.7 years (range 1 to 17.9). End-state renal disease etiologies were: congenital renal hypoplasia/dysplasia, chronic glomerulonephritis, and reflux nephropathy. Seventy received a graft from a living donor (LD), and 108 from a cadaveric(More)
Between 1989 and 2003, 100 transplants were performed in 96 patients at the pediatric nephrology unit of the Calvo Mackenna Children's Hospital. Mean age 10.9 +/- 3.9 yr (1-17.6), 30% from LD. Donors were younger than 5 yr in five patients and all recipients received an 'en bloc' graft. Original disease was hypo/dysplasia 27%, reflux nephropathy 22 and 17%(More)
To develop models to estimate nitrogen (N) losses of children on chronic peritoneal dialysis (CPD) from easily measurable indexes and laboratory tests, we measured the N content and all nitrogenous compounds in dialysate (D), urine (U), and feces over 3 days in 19 pediatric patients on CPD. Total measured N losses (TNm) were 5.56±2.26 g/day (69.9±11.1% in(More)
New immunosuppressive agents are being actively researched to avoid complications of chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN), calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) nephrotoxicity, and posttransplantation cancer. The family of mTOR inhibitors offers a unique immunosuppressive opportunity to avoid CNI toxicity and reduce the incidence of malignancy. Nevertheless,(More)