Raffaele Brustia

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Endometriosis is a common disorder in females of reproductive age. Surgical scar endometrioma after cesarean section develops in 1–2 % of patients, and usually presents as a tender and painful abdominal wall mass. The diagnosis is suggested by pre or perimenstrual pelvic pain and is often established only by histology. In this retrospective observational(More)
The AA have carried out an epidemiological investigation on the incidence of intestinal parasitosis in groups of populations belonging to the pygmoid tribes Batwa and Hutu living in the Northern and Southern regions of Rwanda (East Africa). Positivity for intestinal parasites (protozoa and/or helminths) reached 100% in the 309 subjects examined, no(More)
Laparoscopic major hepatectomy (LMH) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is currently perceived a complex and challenging laparoscopic procedure and is limited to a few expert teams. This study analyzed the short- and long-term outcomes of LMH for HCC compared with open hepatectomy. From January 2006 to May 2014, 38 patients underwent LMH for HCC (10 left(More)
Associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) got wide success among hepatic surgeons as an efficient way to shorten to 7 days from the 4 weeks interval of classic 2-staged hepatectomy. The main disadvantage of ALPPS is the onset of inflammatory adhesions, particularly on the hepatic pedicle region, previously(More)
Figure 1. Intraoperative view at the end of the first step of the associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) procedure. (A) Color-coded vessel loops: yellow for Associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) has recently been proposed as the further evolution of the 2-stage(More)
We performed an epidemiological survey of 17 thermal baths and the same number of mud-basins. This study aimed to ascertain the presence and incidence of small free-living amoebae, particularly species and/or strains of Naegleria and Acanthamoeba spp., occasional etiological agents of fatal meningoencephalitis and/or ocular infections in man. Over 51(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic hepatectomy continues to be a challenging operation associated with a steep learning curve. This study aimed to evaluate the learning process during 15 years of experience with laparoscopic hepatectomy and to identify approaches to standardization of this procedure. STUDY DESIGN Prospectively collected data of 317 consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a new conceptual technique of laparoscopic right hepatectomy. BACKGROUND Despite significant improvements in surgical care in the last decades, morbidity is still high after major hepatectomy. Blood loss and transfusions are known to significantly increase the risk of postoperative complications and cancer recurrence after liver(More)
To assess the role of alpha-tumor necrosis factor in the pathogenesis of central nervous system involvement during human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection, we recorded clinical data and measured alpha-tumor necrosis factor levels in serum and cerebrospinal fluid samples from 45 patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1, classified as(More)