Stefano Alba

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Homocysteine increases in the acute phase of ischaemic stroke and from the acute to the convalescent phase, suggesting that hyper-homocysteinaemia may be a consequence rather than a causal factor. Therefore we measured homocysteine plasma levels in stroke patients in order to investigate possible correlations of homocysteine with stroke severity and(More)
OBJECTIVES New targets and approaches are under investigation for the treatment of nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). Preclinical data suggest cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) as a promising target. Celecoxib, a COX-2 selective inhibitor, inhibits tumor development and enhances survival, both in vitro and in vivo models of bladder cancer. Therefore, we(More)
To report the surgical outcomes of laparoscopic radical cystectomy (LRC) with extracorporeal orthotopic ileal neobladder (OIN) in patients with muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB). Between October 2009 and December 2011, 37 patients with muscle-invasive UCB underwent a LRC with OIN. Indications included (a) muscle-invasive UCB T2–4a,(More)
INTRODUCTION Renal transplantation (RT) represents actually the most effective therapy in patients with end-stage renal failure as it is cost effective, allows for a normal life style and reduces the risk of mortality from dialysis related complications. The purpose of the present review is to update the recent published literature regarding the technical(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) surgery and minilaparoscopy (ML) represent the evolution of laparoscopy for the treatment of urologic diseases. OBJECTIVE To describe the technique and report the surgical outcomes of minilaparoendoscopic single-site dismembered pyeloplasty (MILESS-DP), a new technique overcoming the technical limitations of(More)
CONTEXT Male patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) may develop bilateral testicular adrenal rest tumours (TARTs). These tumours, in most cases, regress with glucocorticoid therapy and their histological differentiation from Leydig-cell tumors is quite difficult. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to differentiate the histological and(More)
PURPOSE To compare the accuracy of white light cystoscopy (WLC) and blue light cystoscopy (BLC) in a cohort of patients undergoing radical cystectomy (RC) for previously resected urothelial bladder cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A cohort of patients undergoing RC received WLC and BLC prior radical surgery. To evaluate the residual tumor rate, the bladder(More)
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