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BACKGROUND In this paper we describe the results of our personal technique for minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT). METHODS Sixty-seven patients were selected for MIVAT. Selection criteria were nodule size less than 30 mm, thyroid volume less than 20 mL, no thyroiditis, no previous neck surgery or irradiation. The procedure, totally(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic thyroidectomy has not yet met the favor of most endocrine surgeons. We evaluated the technical feasibility of a video-assisted approach to thyroid surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study group comprised 22 females and 5 males, all with a single thyroid nodule. The nodule was "hot" in 4 patients, microfollicular in 17 and with Hürthle(More)
Main objective of this study was to confirm that surgery alone is an effective and safe treatment for localised resectable neuroblastoma except stage 2 with amplified MYCN gene (MYCNA). Of 427 eligible stages 1-2 patients, 411 had normal MYCN and 16 had MYCNA. Of the 288 stage 1 patients with normal MYCN, 1 died of complications and 16 relapsed, 2 of whom(More)
UNLABELLED This article reports on recent advances on metastatic breast cancer. Detection, prognostic factors, predictors of response to therapy and therapy, with particular regard to targeted therapies, were examined. DETECTION Unlike current guidelines that yet do not routinely recommend intensive clinical-instrumental post-operative follow-up of breast(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the prognostic role of MYCN oncogene amplification in children with neuroblastoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Of 694 children (age, 0 to 15 years) with previously untreated neuroblastoma, 295 (42%) were evaluated at diagnosis for MYCN gene amplification. RESULTS Clinical characteristics and survival results of 295 patients studied and 399(More)
PURPOSE To review a historical cohort of childhood ganglioneuroma (GN), the benign representative of the peripheral neuroblastic tumor (PNT) family. PATIENTS AND METHODS Of 2,286 PNTs enrolled between 1979 and 2005, 146 (6.4%) were registered as GN. Histological revision was carried out on 76 tumors. Diagnosis was confirmed in 45, while 27 were(More)
AIM Adrenocortical tumors are very rare in children. The distinction between adenoma and carcinoma is complex because of their clinical/histological characteristics. The analysis of the cases registered in two consecutive Italian Studies is described, in order to provide additional insight into their nature and possibly identify benign and malignant(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scan semi-quantification and a new (18)F-DOPA positron emission tomography (PET)/CT score in patients with suspected or documented neuroblastoma (NB) relapse and to assess the association between these two parameters and progression-free survival(More)
BACKGROUND Schwannomas of the larynx are rare lesions in the pediatric age group. METHODS In this article, we report on the neuroimaging features of a schwannoma arising from the left aryepiglottic fold in an 8-year-old boy with a 6-month history of inspiratory dyspnea. RESULTS Neuroimaging showed a well-defined, avoid mass originating from the left(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the histological, immunohistochemical and molecular features of a series of children with neuroblastic tumors (NTs) and opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS). Of 1187 children (age 0-15 years) with previously untreated NTs registered between 1979 and 1995, 15 (1.3%) had OMS at presentation. The majority of patients(More)