Pasquale Vitagliano

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To clarify if complete eradication of varices from the lower esophagus by endoscopic sclerotherapy is really essential to prevent rebleeding, or if reduction of varices below a certain size can be considered a sufficient result, we compared the fate of 72 patients in whom sclerotherapy was stopped after one of the following endoscopic endpoints was reached:(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Data about small bowel capsule endoscopy (SBCE) come from studies involving small and highly selected populations. The study aim was to describe extent of use, indications, results, complications, and practical issues of SBCE in clinical practice in a Northern Italian Region (Lombardia). MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-three out of 29(More)
Controlled trials of sclerotherapy for the prevention of the first variceal hemorrhage in cirrhotics have given conflicting results. In the present study, 106 cirrhotics were randomized to sclerotherapy (55 patients) or control group (51 patients). Admission criteria were no history of previous variceal bleeding and the presence of high-risk varices, i.e.,(More)
We compared the utility of screening red blood cell (RBC) microcytosis for thalassemia minor using backpropagation neural networks, linear and quadratic discriminant functions, and previously reported discriminant functions based on RBC indices. Screening classification of cases representing possible thalassemia minor (n = 60) and non-thalassemic(More)
BACKGROUND Data about strategies for improving the diagnostic ability of capsule endoscopy readers are lacking. AIM (1) To evaluate the detection rate and the interobserver agreement among readers with different experience; (2) to verify the impact of a specific training (hands-on training plus expert tutorial) on these parameters. METHODS 17 readers(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The first small-bowel video-capsule endoscopy (VCE) with 360° panoramic view has been developed recently. This new capsule has wire-free technology, 4 high-frame-rate cameras, and a long-lasting battery life. The aim of the present study was to assess the performance and safety profile of the 360° panoramic-view capsule in a large series(More)
To investigate the occurrence and extent of activation of coagulation after endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy (EVS), we performed serial measurements of conventional coagulation tests [prothrombin time (PT), partial thromboplastin time (PTT), platelets, and fibrinogen], and of plasma fibrinopeptide A (FPA) in 39 cirrhotic patients undergoing 55 sessions of(More)
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