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BACKGROUND & AIMS Small-intestine contrast ultrasonography (SICUS) is a radiation-free technique that can detect intestinal damage in patients with Crohn's disease (CD). We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of SICUS in determining the site, extent, and complications of CD, compared with computed tomography (CT) enteroclysis as the standard. METHODS We(More)
Joint injection is a useful tool in the diagnosis of intra-articular pathology that may improve diagnostic performance of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Historically, conventional arthrography under fluoroscopy was the first method to be used to image indirectly the intra-articular soft tissues, but with the advent of CT, CT(More)
The Purpose of our study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty, in the treatment of pain deriving from neoplastic vertebral compression fractures (VCF). We treated with these new techniques oncologic patients with unremitting pain over spine, refractory to the conventional medical therapy (analgesics,(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND The purpose of our research was to assess the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous kyphoplasty, the new method of treatment for pain deriving from vertebral compression fractures due to myeloma. METHODS We treated 3 patients with pain refractory to conventional medical therapy (analgesics, bed-rest, bracing with orthopedic devices(More)
BACKGROUND The place of virtual colonoscopy (VC) in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) requiring endoscopic follow-up after surgery is unknown. The authors compared findings from VC versus conventional colonoscopy (CC) for assessing the postoperative recurrence of CD. METHODS Sixteen patients with ileocolonic anastomosis for CD were prospectively enrolled(More)
BACKGROUND This study compared the role and timing of bone scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), before treatment with vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. To our knowledge, no prior articles have described, in osteoporotic and pathological vertebral fractures, the role of MRI and bone(More)
It has been recognized that celiac disease (CD) may be associated with osteoporosis. However, few data exist regarding bone disorders in adult patients with subclinical CD (SCD) and the best densitometric technique for assessing bone mineral density (BMD). We compared dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and quantitative computed tomography (QCT) in measuring(More)
PURPOSE The spine is an important source of pain and disability, affecting two thirds of adults at some time in their lives. Treatment in these patients is mainly conservative medical management, based on medication, physical therapy, behavioral management, and psychotherapy, surgery being limited to elective cases with neurologic deficits. This study was(More)
The purpose of this retrospective study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty, in the treatment of pain deriving from neoplastic vertebral compression fractures (VCF). We treated 33 oncologic patients with these new techniques (2 pts with aggressive haemangiomas, 8 pts with myelomas and 23 pts with(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the short-term, mid-term and long-term follow-up of 285 patients who had undergone percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (VCF) in our department from 2003 to 2006, and, particularly, to analyse our data on the safety and the usefulness of PVP for durable pain reduction, mobility improvement(More)