Franco Ceriati

The Catholic University of America, Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

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Publications (2)0.77 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted in order to investigate the advantages and limitations of four analgesic modalities: a) epidural morphine; b) intravenous morphine; c) patient controlled intravenous morphine (patient-controlled analgesia); and d) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Eighty patients undergoing major abdominal surgical procedures were prospectively and randomly treated with one of the above-mentioned analgesic methods. Evaluation of pain perception was done using the visual analogue pain score and the simple descriptive scale 4 hours after the procedure, in the early morning on postoperative day 1 and in the afternoon on postoperative days 1, 2 and 3. The need for supplementary analgesia and the onset of complications, if any, were also evaluated for each patient. Patient-controlled intravenous morphine yielded the best analgesic effect over the entire period. Epidural morphine was more effective in the very early postoperative period compared to modalities (b) and (d). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, on the other hand, were more effective on the later postoperative days. None of the patients in group C needed supplementary analgesia, as against 20% in group A, 55% in group B and 40% in group D. Patients with hypochondriasis scores > 70 or depression scores > 70 required supplementation of analgesia more often. Morphine proved to be the drug of choice. Drug titration may be modulated in relation to the psychological characteristics of the patient. The best drug titration modality, in fact, is patient-controlled analgesia.
    Chirurgia italiana 01/2003; 55(4):481-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The surgical treatment of left colon and rectal cancer emergencies is still controversial. In our opinion the choice is to be based on the general health status of each patient. We retrospectively analyzed our series of 57 patients who underwent immediate resection and anastomosis. Factors significantly related to short-term results were chronic renal failure, heart disease, low albumin serum levels and colonic perforation. The presence of a diverting colostomy did not result in being a protective factor toward anastomotic dehiscence. We constructed a Colorectal Tumors Emergencies Score made of the identified four factors in which the score of each factor is the approximated odds ratio (chronic renal failure 7 points, low albumin serum levels 6 points, heart disease 5 points, colon perforation 4 points). Each patient was classified as Low Risk (CTES < 4), Moderate Risk (CTES 4-12) and High Risk (CTES > 12), mortality and morbidity being 4.3% and 21.7%, 24.0% and 60.0%, 88.9% and 88.9%, respectively. High-risk patients may undergo a staged procedure. Moderate risk patient may be treated by immediate resection of the tumor, without anastomosis. Immediate resection and anastomosis may be reserved to low-risk patients.
    Hepato-gastroenterology 01/2002; 49(46):961-6. · 0.77 Impact Factor