Vincenzo Giorgio Mirante

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Aims of this retrospective study were to analyze the efficacy and safety of percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in cirrhotic patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) submitted to orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). We studied 40 patients undergoing OLT in whom 46 HCC nodules had been treated with PEI (13 nodules),(More)
BACKGROUND Impedance-pH monitoring allows assessment of retrograde and antegrade intra-esophageal movement of fluids and gas. Reflux is followed by volume clearance and chemical clearance, elicited by secondary and swallow-induced peristalsis, respectively. We aimed to assess whether chemical clearance is impaired in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).(More)
Gastrointestinal perforations and post-surgical fistulas are dreaded complications that dramatically increase morbidity and mortality. A new endoscopic over-the-scope clip (OTSC) system may be potentially useful for sealing visceral perforations in several clinical settings. We evaluated the advantages and clinical impact of the placement of OTSCs on the(More)
BACKGROUND In short-segment Barrett's oesophagus (SSBO) heartburn may be absent and oesophageal acid exposure time (OAET) assessed with pH-only monitoring may be normal. By detecting reflux episodes independently of their acidity, multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH (MII-pH) monitoring allows a comprehensive characterization of reflux events, either off(More)
A retrospective data analysis on liver transplantation for Wilson's disease (WD) was performed among Italian Liver Transplant Centers. Thirty-seven cases were identified. The main indication for liver transplantation was chronic advanced liver disease in 78% of patients. Mixed hepatic and neuropsychiatric symptoms were recorded in 32.3%. Eight patients(More)
BACKGROUND By analysis of symptom-reflux association, endoscopy-negative refractory heartburn can be related to acid/non-acid refluxes with impedance-pH monitoring. Unfortunately, patients frequently do not report symptoms during the test. We aimed to assess the contribution of quantitative analysis of impedance-pH parameters added to symptom-reflux(More)
BACKGROUND Liver transplantation is the standard treatment for patients with end-stage liver disease no longer responsive to conventional medical treatment AIMS To report the long-term experience of liver transplantation in Italy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Data were obtained retrospectively by means of a multiple-item form collected from 15 Italian liver(More)
Some patients with benign colorectal obstruction do not respond to endoscopic balloon dilation. Fully covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMSs) have several potential advantages over non-covered stents, including a higher likelihood of retrieval owing to limited local tissue reaction. However, the efficacy and safety of FCSEMSs in benign colorectal(More)
BACKGROUND On-therapy impedance-pH monitoring in proton pump inhibitor (PPI)-refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) yielded conflicting results. We aimed to assess the diagnostic value of postreflux swallow-induced peristaltic wave (PSPW) index and mean nocturnal baseline impedance (MNBI) in PPI-refractory heartburn. METHODS On-therapy(More)
AIM Quality of bowel cleansing significantly increases the shorter the time between bowel solution intake and endoscopic examination. We tested the efficacy and patient tolerability following a modified polyethylene glycol electrolyte (PEG) splitting regimen. METHODS This was a prospective, single-blind, randomized, study. Patients were assigned to(More)