Pier Francesco Bassi

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OBJECTIVE In 1991, laparoscopic nephroureterectomy has been introduced as a treatment option for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma. Based on the review of the current literature and personal experience we want to analyze the actual results of this technique in comparison to open surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed a MEDLINE/PubMed search and(More)
OBJECTIVES Micro-RNAs are a group of small noncoding RNAs with modulator activity of gene expression. Recently, micro-RNA genes were found abnormally expressed in several types of cancers. To study the role of the micro-RNAs in human kidney and bladder cancer, we analyzed the expression profile of 245 micro-RNAs in kidney and bladder primary tumors. (More)
Until 2009, bovine besnoitiosis had never been considered endemic in Italy and the only report on the disease in this country referred to animals imported from France shortly before. However, recently, an autochthonous outbreak of bovine besnoitiosis was reported in four herds located at the intersection of the borders between Emilia-Romagna, Toscana and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM To investigate the seasonal variations of the incidence of renal colic by a computerized analysis of cyclic climatic features. METHODS 1,163 consecutive patients with acute renal colic were studied. Eigendecomposition and signal reconstruction of district temperature and humidity were performed to establish any cyclic variation. Average(More)
FEZ1/LZTS1 is a tumor suppressor gene that maps to chromosome 8p22, a chromosomal region frequently deleted in many human malignancies, including transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder. FEZ1/LZTS1 alterations have been reported in esophageal, breast, prostate, and gastric carcinomas. Fez1 expression was studied in five TCC-derived cancer(More)
UNLABELLED Study Type - Therapy (RCT) Level of Evidence 1b. What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Peri-operative pelvic floor muscle training reduces urinary incontinence for men undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP). A preoperative biofeedback session, combined with postoperative pelvic floor muscle training, and assisted sessions on a(More)
PURPOSE Pathological predictors of outcome for patients undergoing radical cystectomy for bladder cancer are needed as few data are available in the literature. We retrospectively analyzed a homogeneous and contemporary series of patients treated with radical surgery as monotherapy for bladder cancer to identify the independent predictors of survival. (More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the BTA stat test (BTA stat), a new one-step immunochromatographic assay that can be performed in the urologist's office or in the laboratory, to voided urine cytology and bladder wash cytology (cytology) in the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer of the bladder (BC). METHODS BTA stat and cytology were performed in a double-blinded,(More)
PURPOSE The current literature on the impact of different urinary diversions on patients' health related quality of life (HR-QoL) showed a marginally better quality of life scores of orthotopic neobladder (ONB) compared to ileal conduit (IC). The aim of this study was to update the review of all relevant published studies on the comparison between ONB and(More)