Vincenzo Di Benedetto

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OBJECTIVE To immunolocate c-kit-positive interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs, known to be responsible for pacemaker activity in human ureters, coordinating ureteric motility) in the intramural ureter of patients with different grades of vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR), to assess the ureteric histology and correlate these findings with manometric patterns. (More)
Assessment of clinical evolution and histological findings in a group of animals experimentally operated on to substitute the thoracic oesophagus with a gastric tube. Six piglets underwent oesophageal replacement with a gastric tube, constructed from the greater curvature of stomach and pedicled on the gastroepiploic vessels, which was interposed between(More)
PURPOSE Ureteropelvic junction obstruction is one of the most common causes of hydronephrosis in children. A malfunction of smooth muscle cells is believed to be the underlying mechanism causing obstruction. We investigated the expression of some integrins, talin and β-dystroglycan, considered the main compound of smooth muscle cell cytoskeleton, and active(More)
PURPOSE Dextranomer/hyaluronic acid implantation is associated with a granulomatous inflammatory reaction, replaced by fibrosis. Appearance of myofibroblasts is considered a crucial event in fibrosis, and CD68 positive cells and other factors are implied in their activation. Mast cells are a source of these factors and tryptase can induce fibroblast to(More)
In rat experimental varicocele, polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) induces vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production, thereby enhancing testicular function. This may point to a new therapeutic approach in human varicocele.
Urethral duplication is a rare congenital anomaly, affecting mainly boys. Clinical presentation varies because of the different anatomical patterns of this abnormality. We report our experience in ten males affected by urethral duplication. We retrospectively reviewed the records of ten males affected by urethral duplication. Mild cases of distal type I(More)
PURPOSE Functional and structural lesions of ureteral endings seem to alter the active valve mechanism of the ureterovesical junction, causing vesicoureteral reflux. The interaction of the dystroglycan complex with components of the extracellular matrix may have an important role in force transmission and sarcolemma protection, and the sarcoglycan complex(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The standard method of surgical correction of pyloric atresia "solid segment" type is a gastroduodenostomy that can in the long term cause bilious duodenogastric reflux. The authors report 2 cases of pyloric atresia in which the pyloric sphincter was reconstructed by a new technique of gastroduodenal mucosal advancement anastomosis. (More)
INTRODUCTION Anterior urethral valves (AUVs) are uncommon congenital anomalies causing urethral obstruction in boys. PATIENTS AND METHODS Medical records of 13 children were reviewed retrospectively. Each patient (pt) was evaluated with voiding cysto-urethrogram (VCUG) and renal ultrasonography. Pts older than 5 years performed an uroflowmetry. Serum(More)
Hirschsprung's disease (HD) is a development disorder of the enteric nervous system in which the altered innervation explains the inability of the aganglionic segment to relax. Impairment of cytoskeleton in SMC of aganglionic bowel has been shown. Sarcoglycan subcomplex (SG) may support the development and maintenance of muscle cells. We examined the SG(More)