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BACKGROUND Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) with the Lap-Band has been our first choice operation for morbid obesity since September 1993. Results in terms of complications and weight loss are analyzed. METHODS 830 consecutive patients (F 77.9%) underwent LAGB. Initial body weight was 127.9 +/- SD 23.9 kg, and body mass index (BMI) was 46.4(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the digestive tract. These tumors span a wide clinical spectrum from benign to malignant and have long been recognized for their nearly absolute resistance to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. We reviewed the worldwide experience on GIST diagnosis, prognosis and treatment(More)
BACKGROUND The advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996 led to a decrease in the incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), but not of other cancers, among people with HIV or AIDS (PWHA). It also led to marked increases in their life expectancy. METHODS We conducted a record-linkage study between the Swiss(More)
BACKGROUND The laparoscopic application of LAP-BAND is gaining widespread acceptance as a gastric restrictive procedure. At the same time the reported morbidities (i.e., gastric perforation, stomach and/or band slippage) are cause for some concern. METHODS From September 1993 until May 1997, 260 patients underwent LAP-BAND at the Department of Surgery at(More)
Background: In view of the lack of consensus on the level and number of lymph nodes to be examined for accurate staging of patients with gastric cancer, our aim was to evaluate the prognostic significance of lymph node status in a large European monoinstitutional experience. Methods: A review was made of our prospective database from 1980 to 2000, when 314(More)
Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a pleiotropic cytokine that modulates the function of several adaptive immunity-related cells. Although generally considered an immunosuppressive molecule, IL-10 possesses immunostimulatory properties in several in vitro and in vivo models. These very different outcomes are believed to depend upon experimental conditions, the(More)
BACKGROUND The authors investigated the outcome predictors in obese patients who underwent laparoscopic adjustable banding with the Lap-Band. METHODS The 3-year excess weight loss (EWL) and rate of band-related complications (pouch dilatation and port leakage) were analyzed in 260 morbidly obese patients, according to several possible predictive(More)
PURPOSE Experimental data suggest that interleukin 6 (IL-6) plays an important role in the development and progression of metastasis from colorectal cancer (CRC), and -174 G>C polymorphism has been identified recently in the IL-6 gene promoter. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the significance of this type of polymorphism in(More)
Biallelic germline mutations in the MYH gene cause MYH-Associated Polyposis but patients with a single mutation possibly have an increased colorectal cancer (CRC) risk. Using DNA from consecutive CRC patients we carried out a case-control study, with the aim to contribute data on the Italian population. Genotyping of four MYH mutations found two biallelic(More)
BACKGROUND Oxaliplatin (OXA) significantly enhanced the antitumour activity of 5-fluorouracil (FUra) in patients with advanced colorectal cancer and displayed radiosensitising properties in preclinical studies. This study was thus performed to test the feasibility, identify the recommended doses (RDs) and explore preliminarily the clinical activity of(More)