A Versaci

Università degli Studi di Messina, Messina, Sicily, Italy

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Publications (44)22.99 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The authors want to present five cases (from May 1999 to May 2009) of acute abdomen from perforation of the foreign body introduced with food. They highlight how the accidental ingestion is very common but the perforation is rare. The preoperative diagnosis, in these cases, is always very difficult and the radiological examinations are not always able to resolve the diagnostic doubt with other acute intestinal diseases that are responsible of perforation. Then, the surgery procedure is, necessarily, the only possible diagnostic and therapeutic means. The mortality and the morbidity remain still high first of all for the delay in the diagnosis and the advanced age of patients.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 01/2010; 31(8-9):379-82.
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    ABSTRACT: The authors describe the case of a patient who developed during 31 months, five malignant tumours, three synchronous and two metachronous. The primitive origin and the long interval of time between the occurrence of each tumour, allow to set them in the group of Multiple Primitive Malignant Neoplasm. The authors, reviewing the classifications and the pathogenesis of these tumours, underline the importance of the follow-up in oncology patients and emphasize the role of nosographic setting in order to plan the most suitable therapeutic approach.
    Acta chirurgica Belgica 01/2010; 110(1):95-7. · 0.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Authors describe a case of multiple lipomatosis of the mesocolon and, after a careful review of the literature, they examine particular findings and discuss diagnostic difficulties, anatomopathological features and treatment. Intraabdominal lipoma is very rare and presents difficulties in diagnosis, both for aspecific symptoms and for the unusual site which does not allow early identification. As it is a tumor which arises from primitive and totipotent mesenchymal cells, radical surgery is the only therapeutic option. The correct diagnosis depends on histological testing which can differentiate the lesion from other mesenchymal tumors.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 11/2006; 27(10):356-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The Authors, on the basis of their experience on the use of self-expanding prostheses in abdominal surgery, report on the use of these prostheses in two patients who, having undergone a gastrectomy for cancer, developed a fistula of the esophago-jejunal anastomosis. Given recent data from literature, using a prosthesis for an anastomotic fistula may be a valid alternative to a second operation, which, apart from obvious difficulties, has a high mortality rate in patients in weakened general health conditions. In these cases, after the application of a stent, excellent results can be obtained and, after some days, the patients can begin a semi-liquid diet, then proceeding to a semi-solid diet, improving quality of life; in addition, within a reasonable time span, after the healing of the fistula, the prosthesis can easily be removed by endoscopy.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 06/2006; 27(5):223-7.
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    ABSTRACT: The treatment of acute cholecystitis in the elderly is still a subject of debate, particularly with reference to the timing of surgery and the role of laparoscopy. From January 1994 to June 2002 we observed 27 patients aged over 70 years with acute calcolous cholecystitis. The patients were submitted to ultrasonographic percutaneous cholecystostomy within 12 h of the acute attack. For two patients (7.4%) at high operative risk, we chose a conservative treatment. Twenty-five patients (92.6%) were submitted, in 15 cases (60%) within 5 days and in 10 patients (40%) within 8 days, to a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Statistical significance was accepted when the value of p was less than 0.05. Ultrasonographic percutaneous cholecystostomy was performed successfully in all patients, without major morbidity or mortality, and complete resolution of clinical symptoms was obtained within 48 h. The conversion rate of laparoscopy was 20% (13.3% in patients submitted to surgery within 5 days and 30% in the group submitted within 8 days--p > 0.05). The postoperative morbidity rate was 24%; it was higher (40% versus 15%) in patients converted to laparotomy (p > 0.05); mortality was 4%. The period of hospitalization was 11 days in patients operated laparoscopically and 21 days in those converted to open cholecystectomy (p < 0.001). The more rational treatment of acute calcolous cholecystitis in elderly patients is represented by ultrasonographic percutaneous cholecystostomy followed, within 5 days, by laparoscopic cholecystectomy using an abdominal insufflation maximum to 12 mmHg and a limited 10-15 degrees head-up tilt.
    Surgical Endoscopy 02/2006; 20(1):88-91. · 3.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the efforts made, a serum marker reliable for the screening and follow-up of patients with gastric cancer has not yet been identified. The aim of this preliminary study was to test the role of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin 1beta, interleukin 8 and tumour necrosis factor alpha in patients with gastric cancer and in control groups. The statistical analysis of cytokines serum levels in the group with gastric cancer versus control groups has shown considerable differences (p < 0.001) in their mean rates. The results indicate that the cytokines interleukin 1beta, interleukin 8 and tumour necrosis factor alpha might perhaps act as diagnostic markers in patients with gastric cancer. Therefore, it is hypothesized that after more extended trials, their use in the screening and prognostic assessment of these patients could be a possibility.
    Biomarkers 01/2006; 11(2):184-93. · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Author's report the case of the simple form of Caroli's disease, a rare malformation, and review literature pointing out the difficulty of an early diagnosis, because disease can be silent for a long time too and it is identified for complication. Today, imaging, endoscopy and interventionist radiology are the most valid tools for a correct diagnosis and treatment, above all in a case of emergency, when other therapeutic solutions are not possible.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 06/2005; 26(5):195-200.
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    ABSTRACT: Cystic tumours of the pancreas include a pathologically heterogeneous and rare group of tumours, which however have many common clinical features. They represent about 10% of pancreatic cystic lesions and 1% of all forms of neoplasms, thus having a certain relevance in organ surgery. So far two distinct categories of cystic tumours have been identified, the basically benign serous form and the potentially malign mucinous form, which may sometimes show malignant features as early as the diagnostic stage. As neoplasms are very difficult to interpret before operation, it is essential that diagnosis is as accurate as possible in order to streamline surgery, which will have to be carried out after histological tests have been performed on an adequate number of tumour sections. Basing on these two cases of cystic tumours of the pancreas and on current literature, the Authors discuss the effectiveness of imaging techniques, such as contrast echography, dosage of specific tumour markers and histological tests backed up by immunohistochemistry in identifying these neoplasms, in order to study this rare but interesting pathology more accurately.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 04/2005; 26(3):83-8.
  • International Journal of Colorectal Disease 06/2004; 19(3):292-3. · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Special attention is paid today to the advisability of carrying out routine antibiotic prophylaxis in laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) and to the dosage protocol to be adopted in order to reduce the incidence of infections at the site of the surgical operation which, albeit with lower incidence than in "open" surgery, 5.3% vs 14%, can vanify the advantages of the mini-invasive approach. The demonstrated validity of administering the antibiotic beyond 24 hours after the operation led the authors to verify the clinical effectiveness and tolerance of "switch prophylaxis one a day" (SPOD) with levofloxacin in the prevention of septic complications after LC. The experience reported relates to 185 patients suffering from symptomatic and/or complicated lithiasis of the gall-bladder subjected from January 1999 to April 2001 to LC and to antibiotic prophylaxis in accordance with the following dosage protocol: levofloxacin 500 mg i.v. 30 min before operation and 500 mg per os in the 3 days subsequent. The postsurgical evaluation documented the onset of 2 superficial infections in patients in whom LC had been of necessity converted and of a subhepatic abscess in an ASA III patient with acute cholecystitis. Prevention of infections at the surgical site totalled 98.4%. Nausea and slight diarrhoea and an increase in transaminasaemia were observed respectively in 3% and 4% of patients. The results obtained led the authors to standardise the use of SPOD with levofloxacin in LC operations which, in their opinion represents a rational alternative to the antibiotic prophylaxis regimes most commonly used up to the present (STP and USTP).
    Minerva chirurgica 07/2003; 58(3):335-40. · 0.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The installation of synthetic prosthesis in the repair of the hernial defects of the inguinal region, though it is part of cleaned surgical operations, it needs of an antibacterial prophylaxis for the prevention of the septic complications of the surgical wound and these, compared with complications following hernioplasty by straight suture, have a meaningful morbidity that can outweigh social and economic advantages of the hernioplasties. The Authors' experience is relative to 112 patients submitted to prosthetic hernioplasty by anterior approach (94 cases) and by transabdominal preperitoneal laparoscopy (TAPP) (18 cases) and underwent to "switch prophylaxis" with Levofloxacin using this posologic scheme: 500 mg ev 30 m' before the surgical operation and 500 mg os in seven days following. The evaluation of the surgical wound has never evidenced septic and suppurative complications; only 11 of the 122 surgical wounds (9%) have documented light phlogosis never advanced to evident suppuration. No patients have showed signs of pharmacologic local intolerance; about collateral general effects as sick and diarrhoea are appeared in 5% of patients, but these have been of light entity; an increase of the transaminase, quickly reverted to the suspension of the therapy, has interested 4% of cases. On the basis of these satisfactory results about clinical efficacy on the prophylaxis of the phlogistic complications of the surgical wound, with reduction of the incidence and gravity and in relation to large and complete antibacterial spectrum included Staphylococcus aureus and epidermidis, and about excellent tolerability without collateral effects, the Authors consider to be important the standardized use of this prophylaxis in the prosthetic hernial surgery of the inguinal region. This choice is correlated to the typical pharmacologic characteristics of the Levofloxacin and particularly to the total bioequivalence between endovenous and oral formulation and besides in relation to perseverance, not inferior to 24 hours, of the plasmatic and tissutal concentrations above bactericide IMC on the most part of organic districts, included skin and soft tissue. The assurance of Levofloxacin's employment in the "switch prophylaxis" also is correlated to patient's elevated compliance, above all if he is operated on regimen of "one day surgery", and to a favorable relationship between costs and benefits.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 01/2001; 22(8-9):299-302.
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    ABSTRACT: Myogenic gastric tumours are a rare pathology and present difficulties in terms of nosographic classification, which in most cases can be overcome thanks to improvements in imaging and immunohistochemical techniques. Over the period 1995-1999 we observed 5 patients with aspecific dyspeptic symptoms and occasional epigastric pain, suffering from non-epithelial gastric tumours, associated, in one case, with a carcinoma of the stomach. Histological examination of endoscopic biopsies was inconclusive for a definite histopathological diagnosis, while intraoperative biopsies showed the myogenic origin and the absence of morphostructural abnormalities. In the light of these data, we performed three wedge resections, one distal gastric resection and, in the patient with advanced gastric cancer, a D3 total gastrectomy. Histological examination, immunohistochemistry and cytofluorometry enabled us to diagnose stromal tumours with a low risk of malignancy in all cases. At follow-up after 9-54 months all patients are still alive and free of disease. Though the preoperative diagnosis of stromal tumours is possible with endosonography and CT, only histology, immunohistochemistry and cytofluorometry enable us to define the condition nosographically and establish a prognosis with sufficient accuracy to allow correct surgical treatment. A prolonged follow-up is always necessary to identify eventual relapses and/or metastases, which are particularly frequent in the borderline group or in cases with a high risk of malignancy.
    Chirurgia italiana 01/2001; 53(1):81-8.
  • Clinical Nuclear Medicine 05/2000; 25(4):312-4. · 2.86 Impact Factor
  • International Journal of Surgical Pathology 01/2000; 7:43-45. · 0.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Authors report a case of rupture of the diaphragm in blunt trauma of the abdomen, to examine the more significant features of this condition whose incidence proves to be increasing, after a review of the literature data, parallel to the increase of accidents on the road and at work. They examine the most important pathogenic problems and these related to the mechanism leading to diaphragmatic lesion and they highlight the deeper pathophysiological changes suffered from the patient with such a condition. They draw attention to what they consider to be the most important aspect, and therefore the diagnosis. In fact, in accordance with the various series of cases reported in the literature, it is crucial in the diagnostic problem is when the possible cause of the rupture is suspected and necessary diagnostic cascade (Rx, echotomography, TC) is activated so to highlight the lesion. Therefore a quick diagnostic fitting is necessary for the survival of the acute patient with hernia of the thorax cavity, as well as quick surgical correction of the lesion that, as in the case described, serves to achieve the best possible anatomic-functional results.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 01/2000; 21(8-9):343-7.
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    ABSTRACT: The Authors report an unusual case of appendiceal mucocele associated with a large bowel carcinoma occasionally observed in the course of examinations for the first pathology. Due to the rareness of the association of the two affections, the clinical problems and pathogenetic theories are reviewed, also analysing the histological differences of the various mucoceles which need a different surgical approach. They conclude stating that the preoperative diagnosis of appendiceal mucocele, is easier today than in the past, thanks to the routine use of ultrasonography and tomography through which it is possible to reveal concomitant pathologies often clinically silent.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 11/1999; 20(10):397-401.
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    ABSTRACT: After a review of the Literature, the Authors report a case of intestinal obstruction caused by trans-omentum hernia. This unusual disease is due to a defect of the greater omentum with herniation and secondary strangulation of small bowel. The clinical presentation was that of an intestinal obstruction with rare possibility of preoperative diagnosis. Therefore, a correct knowledge of this pathology and immediate surgery are necessary for the prognosis.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 01/1999; 20(11-12):487-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) represent the more common forms of idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease. They have a peculiar course, which is characterized by exacerbation and submissions, and a symptomatology that changes in relation to severity and extension of the lesions. The aim of this study is to establish the diagnostic usefulness of 99m Tc human policlonal immunoglobulin (HIG) imaging in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). During the period between September 1995 and September 1997 we submitted a group of 32 patients affected by UC (n = 22) and CD (n = 10), to Human Immunoglobulin labeled with Technetium 99m (99m Tc-HIG) scintigraphy. The diagnosis of IBD was obtained in all cases by endoscopy with biopsy. Scintigraphic examination with labeled HIG showed an abnormal intestinal fixation (ileal or colic) of the marked immunoglobulins in 17 patients (77.2%) affected by UC and in 8 patients (80%) affected by CD. In 5 (22.7%) and 2 (20%) patients, respectively, the scintigraphic examination revealed a normal distribution of the immunoglobulins without appreciable focal accumulation. Among the patients with a negative scintigraphic examination, only one presented an endoscopic and histologic report that documented UC in an active stage. The histologic and endoscopic findings observed in all cases of CD were similar to that of HIG scintigraphy in 7 of the 8 scintigraphic-positive cases and in 1 of the 2 scintigraphic-negative patients. The authors, on the basis of their results, suggest that this diagnostic strategy may have a significant role in the diagnostic protocol and in the follow-up of chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
    Hepato-gastroenterology 01/1999; 46(28):2260-4. · 0.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The authors, after examination of pharmacologic profile of Iloprost, prostacyclin synthetic analogue, report their clinical experience from January 1992 to June 1997 on 105 patients with severe ischaemia of inferior limbs. They utilize two protocols: 0.5-2 ng/kg/min x 6 hs once a day x 28 days and 1-1.5 ng/kg/min x 6 hs twice a day x 12 days. The first protocol were practise along the first 2 years; the second on following period as long as today. The results, evaluated on clinical criteria, are referred entity and time of pain remission and decrease of analgesic use, performance status improvement, increase of gear autonomy and, if present, wound healing. The incidence of amputation was 4.76% (5 pts). The authors issue that Iloprost is a conservative treatment, often alternative with amputation, giving sometimes to patients a longtime functional "restitutio ad integrum".
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 11/1998; 19(10):399-403.
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    ABSTRACT: The Authors report a case of spontaneous spleen rupture in a woman with breast cancer treated with chemotherapy and growth factors for stem cell mobilization. After a wide review of the literature, they suppose this therapy, causing a considerable increase of immature cells, that promote the stasis of the splenic microcirculation, can sometime elicit a spontaneous rupture of the organ.
    Il Giornale di chirurgia 06/1998; 19(5):204-6.