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OBJECTIVES To describe a single-center experience in the emergency ureteroscopic management of ureteral stones. METHODS We retrospectively considered the data from 144 patients (mean age 49.6 years, range 23 to 82) who had had obstructive ureteral stones and had undergone emergency ureteroscopy with stone retrieval. Intracorporeal pneumatic lithotripsy(More)
INTRODUCTION Bladder leiomyomas (BL) are rare. Most publications regarding these tumours are reports of isolated cases; therefore they don't allow an evaluation of diagnostic and treatment procedures. MATERIAL & METHODS We preformed a pooled analysis of 90 cases of BL reported in the literature. RESULTS Mean age was 45.3 (19 to 85 years), 68 (75.6%)(More)
Transvesical port refers to the method of accessing the abdominal cavity through a natural orifice (i.e., urethra) under endoscopic visualization. Since its introduction in 2006, various reports have been published describing different surgical interventions using a rigid ureteroscope in a porcine model. The aim of this study was to test the access and(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate gene expression profile by microarray technology and validation by real-time PCR in paired samples of testicular biopsies (pre-surgery and post-surgery) in two patients with varicocele. The microarray analysis showed increased expression levels after surgery in 215 and 52 genes in patient 1 and 2, respectively,(More)
Purpose. Bladder cancer is a frequent cause of haematuria in elderly patients, and bladder ultrasound (US) is a valuable tool in diagnosing these malignancies. We examined the accuracy of 3D bladder US in diagnosing bladder tumors in patients with haematuria. Patients and Methods. Twenty-one patients observed in the emergency department for haematuria(More)
BJECTIVES To describe a single-center experience in the emergency ureteroscopic management of ureteral stones. ETHODS We retrospectively considered the data from 144 patients (mean age 49.6 years, range 23 to 82) who had had obstructive ureteral stones and had undergone emergency ureteroscopy with stone retrieval. Intracorporeal pneumatic lithotripsy was(More)
OBJECTIVES Since the first published report in 1992, laparoscopic adrenalectomy has been widespread and it is now accepted as the standard treatment option in most of benign diseases of the adrenal gland. Aim of the present study is to describe our initial experience with laparoscopic adrenalectomy. METHODS Between May 2001 and December 2005, 15 patients(More)
OBJECTIVES The urachus is a vestigial obliterated structure derived from the alantois. Failure of this involution process originates patent urachal remnants. Surgery is the treatment of choice as it prevents both recurrence of symptoms and malignant transformation. The purpose of this study is to present our experience in the laparoscopic management of this(More)
OBJECTIVE To present a case of tubulovillous renal pelvis adenocarcinoma. METHODS/RESULTS An 81 year-old patient presented at Emergency Department with sepsis. CT scan showed a staghorn calculus with signs suggestive of pyonefrosis. A nephrectomy was performed and pathological exam revealed tubulovillous renal pelvis adenocarcinoma. CONCLUSIONS Renal(More)