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BACKGROUND Clinical manifestations of hereditary spherocytosis can be controlled by splenectomy. The use of this procedure has been restricted due to concerns regarding exposure of patients to a lifelong risk of overwhelming infections. Subtotal splenectomy, which removes 85-90% of the enlarged spleen, is a logical alternative. In the first cases performed(More)
BACKGROUND Robotic surgery was developed in response to the limitations and drawbacks of laparoscopic surgery. Since 1997 when the first robotic procedure was performed various papers pointed the advantages of robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, this technique is now a reality and it will probably become the surgery of the future. The aim of this paper(More)
BACKGROUND This study aims to evaluate the immediate outcomes of robotic and open gastrectomy for patients with locally advanced gastric adenocarcinomas. METHODS A retrospective analysis was performed on patients undergoing curative intent gastrectomies between 2004 and 2013 in our department. Operative and postoperative outcomes as well as long-term(More)
Distal pancreatectomy (DP) is the removal of the pancreatic tissue at the left side of the superior mesenteric vein and it is traditionally approached by an open or laparoscopic exposure. Preservation of the spleen is optional but appears to have a better immunological outcome. We present the case of a 53-year old patient with a 2.4/2.2 tumor located in the(More)
BACKGROUND The treatment of gastric cancer is currently based on open gastric resection and regional lymph node dissection. Although the minimally invasive approach is currently being adopted for ever more complex procedures in order to improve post-operative outcomes, the laparoscopic radical D2 gastrectomy has not yet gained a wide acceptance, it being(More)
INTRODUCTION Robotic surgery overcomes some limitations of laparoscopic surgery for prostate, rectal and uterine cancer. In this study we analyze the feasibility of robotic radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy in gynecological cancers in a developping program of robotic surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS This prospective study started the 1st of(More)
Between 2002-2009, 25 cases of non-parasytic splenic cysts were treated in the Center of General Surgery and Liver Transplantation of Fundeni Clinical Institute. Among these cases, 11 patients were approached classically (8 total splenectomie and 3 partial cystectomies) and 14 patients were operated in a minimally invasive fashion (there were 3 total(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Surgery remains a mainstay of current approaches for the treatment of gastric cancer. Since the introduction of the first mechanical stapling devices, a debate started about whether mechanical staplers or manual suture produce better results. METHODS 88 patients operated by a single team between January 2004 and November 2011 were included(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) is a progressive disease with a poor prognosis that ultimately leads to right ventricular failure and death. The pathogenesis of severe PH seems to be related to inflammatory responses and coagulation disturbances. Many diseases can develop PH in their course, thus aggravating their outcome. The objective was(More)
We made an immunoconjugate (IC) using the anti-CD5 monoclonal antibody T101 and the chemotherapeutic drug methotrexate. Methotrexate was conjugated to T101 using an active ester intermediate, yielding a drug: antibody molar ratio of 12.4. Although T101 immunoreactivity was not significantly altered by conjugation, the IC did not demonstrate antigen-specific(More)