Michela Rinaldi

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The possibility of converting an easily fatiguable muscle like the gracilis muscle into a fatigue-resistant one using chronic electrostimulation has renewed interest in Pickrell's procedure. Between July 1991 and June 1996, 9 patients (2 M; 7 F) mean age=45 y (range 14–72) underwent dynamic graciloplasty using Medtronic electrostimulators. Five patients had(More)
The aim of the study was to compare the degree of healing and air tightness of hand-sewn colonic anastomoses provided by different biological glues. Thirty colonic anastomoses were fashioned in ten rabbits, at 5, 10, 15 cm from the ileocecal valve, with 4/0 PDS running sutures. Each suture was randomized to treatment with fibrin sealant (Tissucol®), a(More)
The aim of our study was to further investigatethe pathophysiological mechanism underlying idiopathicchronic constipation (ICC), a disorder of colonicmotility. A possible alteration of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission and also the roleof inhibitory neurotransmitters such as nitric oxide(NO), 5′-adenosine triphosphate (ATP), andvasoactive(More)
To evaluate the efficacy of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, the prognostic factors, and the side effects, 72 patients undergoing 170 chemoembolizations with lipiodol-mediated injection of adriamycin were investigated. The 1-, 2-, and 3-year survivals are 83, 61, and 56%, respectively. Significant(More)
Traumatic cloaca is a disabling condition characterized by disruption of the perineal body, anterior sphincter tears and loss of the distal rectovaginal septum. Anterior overlapping sphincteroplasty is the method of choice to treat faecal incontinence caused by obstetric injury. However, reconstruction of large perineal body defects may be a challenging(More)
We describe the case of a patient affected by the Chilaiditi's syndrome, the interposition of the small or large bowel between the inferior face of the diaphragm and the liver, a rare anomaly, often asymptomatic. A 50-year-old man came to our outpatients clinic because of persistent pain in the right abdominal region. Two attempts to perform colonoscopy(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The high volume and poor palatability of 4 L of polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based bowel cleansing preparation required before a colonoscopy represent a major obstacle for patients. The aim of this study was to compare two low volume PEG-based preparations with standard 4 L PEG in individuals with a positive fecal immunochemical test(More)
Patients suffering from severe fecal incontinence (FI) in whom surgical treatment has either failed or is inappropriate due to high operative risks and those who refuse to undergo surgery are condemned to living with their embarrassing symptoms, often responsible for progressive social isolation. ProTect is a new, relatively simple, medical device intended(More)
A 35 years old woman developed obstructed defecation due to a large (6 cm) non-emptying rectocele one year after successful electrostimulated gracilis neosphincter operation for correction of fecal incontinence after surgery for imperforate anus. Surgical correction of the rectocele was performed by a trans-vaginal approach due to the poor elasticity of the(More)
1General Surgery and Liver Transplantation Units, Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari, Italy; 2Second Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, Department of Surgical and Specialistic Sciences, University of Bari, Italy; 3Plastic Surgery Unit, Department of Innovative Technologies-Applications in Surgery, University of Bari,(More)
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