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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES To retrospectively assess the value of spectral presaturation by inversion-recovery (SPIR) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging sequence after gadolinium injection to differentiate fibrotic scar tissue and tumoral infiltration within the mesorectal fat in patients with rectal carcinoma undergoing MR restaging after neoadjuvant chemo- and(More)
This multicentric, randomized, double-blind trial compared the efficacy and safety of netilmicin, 4.5 mg/kg od and 1.5 mg/kg tid, in patients with intra-abdominal infections. Of 114 patients enrolled, 57 patients (mean age 40.3 years) in the od group and 55 (mean age 36.8 years) in the tid group were evaluated for efficacy; 58 and 56 patients in(More)
Most surgeons use metal clips in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The aim of this prospective randomized controlled study was to evaluate the efficacy of absorbable clips in elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. One hundred consecutive patients with symptomatic gallstones without complications were randomized into groups; group T had two metal clips (titan(More)
BACKGROUND Gastric bypass (GBP) is one of the most effective surgical procedures to treat morbid obesity and the related comorbidities. This study aimed at identifying preoperative predictors of successful weight loss and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remission 1 year after GBP. METHODS Prospective longitudinal study of 771 patients who underwent GBP(More)
Thirty nine patients with a symptomatic gastrooesophageal reflux (RGO), resistant to or relapsing after medical treatment, were prospectively studied and operated on with a laparoscopic approach: 8 which a ligamentum teres cardiopexy, 31 with a 360 degrees fundoplicature. Both groups were comparable concerning clinical, endoscopic, mano- and pHmetric(More)
Among the complications of endoscopic sphincterotomy whose rate is about 10% of cases, the retroduodenal papillary perforation represents about 1% of cases. The diagnosis lies on radiological examination which may show during the sphincterotomy the extravasation of the contrast fluid used for the retrograde cholangiography; it can be suggested by the(More)
A proximal diverting stoma is recommended in "high-risk" conditions after total mesorectal excision. The aim of the study is to assess whether, after checking the anastomosis by using a water-soluble contrast enema (WCE), the closure of the ileostomy is feasible and safe, even in the presence of a persistent radiological leak. From 2003 to 2010, 210(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to determine the results and the complications of the treatment of hemorrhoids with circular stapler with a follow-up of 18 months, and to review the complications in the literature. METHODS From April 1998 to August 1999, 140 patients (83 males and 57 females) with an average age of 43.8 years (range: 19-83 years) underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is an increasing health problem worldwide. The intragastric balloon as a temporary endoscopic treatment of obesity can play an important role among the aforementioned group of obese individuals. It can also be used as a preoperative test before subjecting patients to restrictive bariatric surgery. Furthermore, the intragastric device may(More)
Objective. Benign thyroid nodules are a common occurrence whose only remedy, in case of symptoms, has always been surgery until the advent of new techniques, such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This study aimed at evaluating RFA efficacy, tolerability, and costs and comparing them to hemithyroidectomy for the treatment of benign thyroid nodules. Design(More)