Mario Miccoli

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CONTEXT Evaluation of the degree of neoplastic infiltration beyond the thyroid capsule remains a unique parameter that can be evaluated by histopathological examination to label a papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) of 20 mm or less in size as a pT1 or pT3 tumor. OBJECTIVE We correlated the BRAF V600E mutation with both clinical-pathological features and(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional techniques for hemostasis during thyroidectomy rely on knot tying, clips, and electrocoagulation. Recently, the Harmonic FOCUS Shear (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc, Cincinnati, OH) was developed for thyroidectomy. METHODS Between December 2007 and March 2008, 62 consecutive patients (45 women, 17 men; mean age 50.9 years) undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy of operative specimens has been reported to successfully differentiate normal tissue from malignant thyroid tissue. We used a new high-resolution magnetic resonance spectroscopy technique for the differentiation of benign and malignant thyroid neoplasms. METHODS Histological specimens from 72 patients(More)
Two main approaches have been described for endoscopic adrenalectomy: the transperitoneal approach with the patient in the lateral decubitus position (LA) and the retroperitoneal approach with the patient in the prone position (ERA). The goal of the present study was to compare the results of LA and ERA for endoscopic bilateral synchronous adrenalectomy.(More)
No data are available on the learning curve in robotic distal pancreatectomy (RADP). The learning curve in RADP was assessed in 55 consecutive patients using the cumulative sum method, based on operative time. Data were extracted from a prospectively maintained database and analyzed retrospectively considering all events occurring within 90 days of surgery.(More)
No studies have compared robot-assisted transaxillary thyroidectomy (RATT) and minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) regarding cosmetic outcome and satisfaction Patients matching the inclusion criteria (benign nodule less than 4 cm and thyroid volume less than 30 mL) were randomly allotted to undergo MIVAT (group A) or RATT (group B).(More)
The first report of minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) was published in 1999, and the indications were progressively implemented: from cytologically undetermined thyroid nodules to intermediate-risk differentiated thyroid cancers. The aim of this study was to review the entire series of patients who underwent a MIVAT, critically(More)
BACKGROUND Robot-assisted transaxillary thyroidectomy (RATT) is an emerging technique with excellent cosmetic results but is supposedly more invasive and painful than conventional thyroidectomy (CT). This prospective study compared pain after RATT and CT. METHODS Inclusion criteria were a nodule <5 cm and volume <30 mL. Patients received the same(More)
Thyroid surgery during the last century was characterized by a development of Kocher's concepts: through a relentless work of surgeons from all over the world thyroidectomy reached a standard of quality in terms of overall results which was unimaginable in the first half of the XX century. The flattering data collected in the literature until the 90's were(More)
This study was prospectively aimed at having better information about the natural history of serum cytokines in cirrhotic patients undergoing liver transplant surgery and at assessing their ability to set up an appropriate dynamic relationship between pro-inflammation and anti-inflammation. The levels of six cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1, IL-2, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10)(More)