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Intraoperative ultrasonography (IOUS) is the most accurate diagnostic technique for staging hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but has low accuracy in differentiating the new nodules detected in the cirrhotic liver. The aim of this preliminary report is to evaluate whether contrast-enhanced intraoperative ultrasonography (CE-IOUS) could provide additional(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Need for abdominal drains after liver resection is debated. However, unrecognized bile leak is relatively frequent: to prevent bile collection we adopted the use of long-term drains. The aim of this study was to validate this policy checking the bilirubin concentration in the drain discharge and serum along the postoperative course. (More)
Spigelian hernia is a rare abdominal hernia. We report a case in which its diagnosis proved ultrasonography to be an effective tool, not only to diagnose an incarcerated Spigelian hernia but, moreover, to reduce it by echo-probe palpation. Ultrasound (US) is an aid for therapy of various diseases. In our experience, US-guidance prevented possible damage(More)
HYPOTHESIS Transient postoperative anemia is partially a physiologic phenomenon, and variations in blood transfusion rates after liver resection in different series in part are due to different interpretations of postoperative anemia. Based on the hypothesis that transient postoperative anemia is partially a physiologic phenomenon, we analyzed serum(More)
The authors report on their experience with color Doppler sonography in the diagnosis of solid breast masses. Twenty-two patients were examined; breast masses were studied with B-mode US first, and then with color Doppler US to evaluate eventual tumor vascularization. Color Doppler US demonstrated only one vascular pole in histologically confirmed benign(More)
Imaging-guided interventional procedures have modified the approach to hepatocellular carcinoma including the surgical one. In fact, liver resections can be carried out with no mortality even if cirrhosis is associated, combining the needs for oncological radicality and liver parenchyma sparing mainly because of the extensive use of intraoperative(More)
Fine-needle biopsy (FNB) is associated with problems, such as tumor seeding, which are not negligible. The aim of this study was to validate prospectively the accuracy of our diagnostic work-up without FNB, not just to address but also to rule out from a surgical program patients with focal liver lesions (FLLs). From September 2001 to July 2003, 89 patients(More)
The diagnosis of bowel infarction is still a challenge. In some cases, portal venous gas is an associated feature and in these patients, the prognosis is very poor. We report on our experience with two consecutive cases in which ultrasonography showed gas in the portal venous branches, and also in the hepatic veins in one of them. At laparotomy, advanced(More)