Stefano Gallina

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BACKGROUND Sensitivity and specificity of the most widely employed techniques of parathyroid glands localization, namely echography and scintigraphy, are mostly obtained with short-term follow-up data and do not underline the existence of a methodological problem. As a matter of fact, both methods identify only pathological glands, with no "normal" results;(More)
This retrospective study compares recurrence and postoperative complication rates after isthmo-lobectomy and subtotal thyroidectomy (group I) vs near-total and total thyroidectomy (group II) for benign thyroid disease. Seven hundred and forty-three patients were operated on for thyroid diseases over the period from 1977 to 1998. We considered 202 patients(More)
Authors carried out a review of 40 cases of recurrent and/or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated with cisplatin-based chemotherapy at the Division of Othorhinolaryngology and the Service of Chemotherapy of the University of Palermo between July 1984 and July 1992. All patients were treated with regimens comprising high dose cisplatin (80-100(More)
OBJECTIVE Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation is a well-known complication related to immunosuppression. Clinical manifestations of HBV relapse range from self-limiting anicteric hepatitis to acute hepatic failure. Temozolomide (TMZ) is an alkylating agent used for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadliest of malignant(More)
It has been reported that patients who refuse blood transfusions, such as Jehovah's witnesses, can undergo major surgery. In a review of the literature, however, we critically examined the severity of anaemia in relation to operative mortality and morbidity rates. We report three cases of Jehovah's witnesses who underwent major surgery and presented(More)
Extragonadal endometriosis is rarely diagnosed preoperatively for the variety of its localizations. Presentations to general surgeons may be atypical and pose diagnostic difficulty, mimicking other acute diseases. We report three cases treated with surgical operation. Case 1: a 28-year-old woman admitted for bowel obstruction due to coecal endometriosis,(More)
The authors report their data on 344 cases of small-cell lung cancer treated according to indications with combined chemoradiotherapy and in selected cases with surgical intervention. In patients with limited disease, the results of pharmacologic therapy significantly improve the prognosis only in association with surgery. The role of surgery has been(More)
At least two thirds of patients with pancreatic cancer are still unsuitable for resection, because of the extent of their disease or because of their high-risk conditions. In these cases, a palliative treatment is indicated to maximize the quality of life, in spite of the poor prognosis. During the years 1959-95, two-hundred-ninety-four patients, affected(More)
The authors report the complex case of a 51 year-old man admitted to his local hospital for gallbladder and common bile duct lithiasis, 1 year before admission to our hospital. There, he was treated by cholecystectomy and transduodenal biliary sphincteroplasty. He was readmitted after 3 months because of a painful episode and was discharged with the(More)