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 Background. The data concerning a consecutive series of 4,536 adult patients suffering from minor head injuries treated at the Department of Neurosurgery over a period of one year are reported.  Method. The patients' age, sex and the circumstances of the injury have been taken into consideration. The patients, according to the new method, were divided(More)
AIM The aim of our study was to prove that by using sequential combined spinal-epidural (CSE) anesthesia it is possible to overcome the limits connected to the use of spinal anesthesia (SA) alone for elective cesarean section. METHODS We examined 100 women submitted to cesarean section; SA was administered to 50 patients and sequential CSE technique to(More)
40 patients underwent lumbosacral microdiscectomy in a 12 months period covering the years 1988–1989 in our center. For the purpose of the present study, we considered the 30 cases who underwent CT control of the operated interspaces and of the adjacent vertebral endplates. This was routinely carried out on the 3rd postoperative day. The present study(More)
The fact that anthracyclines are cardiotoxic seriously narrows their therapeutic index in cancer therapy. The cardiotoxic risk increases with the cumulative dose and may lead to congestive heart failure (CHF) and dilated cardiomyopathy in adults and in children. The prevention of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity is particularly important in children who(More)
BACKGROUND Data on the presence of myocardial abnormalities in long-term Hodgkin disease survivors are contradictory. The purpose of this study was to determine if myocardial performance index (MPI) was capable of discovering cardiac abnormalities. PROCEDURE Echocardiographic evaluation was performed in 31 survivors of Hodgkin disease (mean age 17.0(More)
BACKGROUND Exhaled Carbon monoxide has been proposed as a non-invasive marker in several inflammatory diseases of the lung, but no data are available in patients with sarcoidosis. METHODS We evaluated the levels of exhaled CO in 78 nonsmoker patients with sarcoidosis and we compared the results with 25 healthy non smoker controls, of 25 patients with a(More)
Olfactory schwannomas, also described as subfrontal or olfactory groove schwannomas, are very rare tumors, whose pathogenesis is still largely debated. We report a case of olfactory schwannoma in a 39-year-old woman who presented with anosmia and headache. The clinical examination did not show lesions in the nose-frontal region and there was no history of(More)
BACKGROUND We previously reported on an improvement in survival and quality of life in chemotherapy-naïve patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer and low performance status (PS) treated with a combination of biotherapeutical agents and cyclophosphamide. In this study, we assessed the survival, clinical status, and toxicity of this multidrug(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of low performance status (PS) patients with advanced non-small-cell-lung cancer (NSCLC) is dismal. In these patients, we have determined the survival, clinical benefits, and toxicity of a multidrug regimen, based on cyclophosphamide and biotherapeutical agents. METHODS Patients with a diagnosis of stage IIIB or stage IV NSCLC, no(More)
Changes in endometrial leukocyte subpopulations and most of all in the percentage of uterine natural-killer cells (uNK), during the menstrual cycles, may have a pivotal role in the implantation process. An increase of activated NK cells (CD56dim CD16+ CD69+) in the peripheral blood of patients with a reduced rate of embryo implantation in IVF treatment has(More)