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AIM To assess the treatment and tumor-related variables associated with outcome after treatment of spontaneously ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS Patients with ruptured HCC were identified. The complications, mortality and survival were assessed. The relationship between tumor size and the severity of hemoperitoneum and between tumor size(More)
Amoebic liver abscess is the most common extra-intestinal manifestation of amebiasis with approximately 10% of the world's population infected by this parasite. Actually, incidence of this infection is also increasing in industrialized countries, as a consequence of the more frequent immigration or travelling. Only 3-10% of patients with intestinal(More)
McBurney's procedure represented the gold-standard for acute appendicitis until 1981, but nowadays the number of laparoscopic appendectomies has progressively increased since it has been demonstrated to be a safe procedure, with excellent cosmetic results and it also allows a shorter hospitalization, a quicker and less painful postoperative recovery. The(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The role of computer-assisted surgery (CAS) is still debated and not clearly defined. METHODS The authors report their initial experience with CAS, comparing 29 patients submitted to cholecystectomy, using a Zeus remote-controlled robot and an Aesop remote voice-activated endoscope robot, with 29 patients submitted to standard(More)
The Entero-Test, a device for easy sampling of gastrointestinal contents, including bile, has been used for determination of biliary lipid composition. The device consists of a weighted gelatin capsule containing 140 cm of a highly absorbent nylon line. The capsule is swallowed while one end of the string is taped to the face. After 3.5 h, when the line has(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE We evaluated the role of operative cholangiography and of conversion to decrease major bile duct injuries. METHODS We report 1074 patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy, out of a total of 1195 patients who underwent laparoscopy, over an 8-year period. The planned laparoscopic operative procedure in all the patients was the(More)
AIM This multicentric prospective study aimed to investigate how postoperative complications after surgery for colorectal cancer affect patients' quality of life and satisfaction with care. METHOD One hundred and sixteen patients operated on for colorectal cancer were enrolled in this study. Patients answered three questionnaires about generic (EORTC(More)
CONTEXT Hemosuccus pancreaticus is a rare cause of upper chronic and intermittent gastrointestinal hemorrhage which cannot be easily detected by endoscopy. It is usually due to the rupture of a visceral aneurysm into the main pancreatic duct; splenic artery pseudoaneurysm associated with chronic pancreatitis represents the leading cause of this condition.(More)
Foreign body ingestion is a rare occurrence, but quite more frequent in children; adults with mental disorders, bulimia, and dentition alterations; and prison inmates. Most foreign bodies pass spontaneously through the first digestive tract and can move along the entire alimentary canal without giving rise to any major damage. On the contrary, when foreign(More)
In view of forecasting the effect of octreotide acetate (Sandostatin) in preventing fistula formation after pancreatic surgery, 9 patients, who had pancreatoduodenectomy 8-12 days before, underwent a 2-day study. The first day, by means of a catheter located in the jejunal loop separately anastomosed to the pancreatic remnant, basal and after secretin(More)