Stefano Caruso

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STUDY DESIGN The authors present the results of an anatomic study of the human occiput to delineate appropriate screw placement sites. OBJECTIVES Occipital bone morphologic characteristics were evaluated to determine whether significant variability exists and to determine the position of greatest bone thickness for safe and effective internal fixation. (More)
STUDY DESIGN A three-group design with consistent pullout strength measures. OBJECTIVES To determine pullout strength of three fixation types (unicortical screws, bicortical screws, wires) and to investigate their correlation with respect to occipital morphology. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA A secured, multidirectional occipitocervical fusion requires(More)
Phase III evidence in the shape of a series of randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses has shown that laparoscopic gastrectomy is safe and gives better short-term results with respect to the traditional open technique for early-stage gastric cancer. In fact, in the East laparoscopic gastrectomy has become routine for early-stage gastric cancer. In(More)
We report the case of a 38-year old woman affected by primary lymphoma of the right breast, with disease progression after chemotherapy and subsequent radiotherapy, successfully treated with a modified radical mastectomy. The literature of primary breast lymphomas has been reviewed and discussed in relation to our case. Our experience stresses the(More)
At times one pedicle screw cannot be used in a posterior construct because of morphometric reasons or when the pedicle is fractured intraoperatively. It is not clear from the literature whether and to what extent a construct's stability is compromised by substituting a hook claw for one pedicle screw. A synthetic vertebra model using a hook claw in lieu of(More)
Biomechanical studies have shown hooks to be superior to pedicle screws in pull-out, especially in osteoporosis. This study evaluates the possible increase in stiffness of pedicle screws provided by laminar hooks while applying non-destructive forces to a vertebrectomy model assembled with Compact Cotrel Dubousset (CCD) instrumentation. Synthetic vertebrae(More)
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