Rita Gervasi

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BACKGROUND Thyroid disease is common in the elderly population. The incidence of hypothyroidism and multinodular goitre gradually increases with age. In view of a growth of aging population, we performed a literature review about the feasibility of thyroid surgery in the elderly. METHODS We conducted a literature search in the PubMed database in September(More)
Background In Western society, the percentage of elderly people is continually growing. The prevalence of goiter increases with the age and it is estimated that 90% of women over 60 years old and 60% of men over 80 years old have a relief of thyroid nodules. This has great importance for these patients, because the incidence of malignant transformation is(More)
In recent years, laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) has gained greater interest and diffusion for the treatment of gallstones. This critical review aims to evaluate the feasibility and safety of LESS cholecystectomy versus the 3-port technique (TPT) through a comparative analysis of 5 parameters: mean operative time, intraoperative and(More)
INTRODUCTION Obesity is a multifactorial chronic disease caused by a combination of hereditary, metabolic, dietary, cultural, social and psychological factors. Conservative treatments, such as diet and physical exercises, revealed a lack of long-term efficacy in patients with an extremely high BMI (>60 kg/m(2)). METHODS We present a multidisciplinary(More)
AIM Reporting our experience with NIM-response 2.0 and 3.0 system in a series of 127 thyroidectomies. MATERIALS OF STUDY 127 patients were operated at the "Magna Graecia" University (Catanzaro) from 2009 September to 2010 December, using the technique of IntraOperative NeuroMonitoring (IONM). For each patient the surgeon charge filled in a "questionnaire"(More)
Colorectal cancer is locally advanced in 10-20% of cases. In these cases the surgical procedure of multivisceral resection is used in an attempt to obtain a curative result. The aim of the present study was to assess survival and biological humoral and clinical factors in patients subjected to multivisceral resection in our surgical unit. Fifteen patients(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia is the most common hematologic abnormality in older populations. Furthermore, iron deficiency anemia is common and merits investigation and treatment, as it usually results from chronic occult bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. In view of a wide use of capsule endoscopy as a diagnostic procedure for occult gastrointestinal bleeding(More)
BACKGROUND Bariatric procedures can induce a massive weight loss that lasts for >15 years after surgery; in addition, they achieve important metabolic effects including diabetes resolution in the majority of morbidly obese patients. However, some bariatric interventions may cause gastroesophageal reflux disease and other serious complications. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND Hypocalcemia, the most common complication of thyroidectomy, is a transient condition in up to 27% of patients and a permanent condition approximately 1% of patients. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate reliability of postoperative intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) assessment for predicting clinically relevant postthyroidectomy(More)