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Soldati G.,Valle del Serchio General Hospital | Sher S.,Pediatric Intensive Care Unit | Testa A.,Policlinico Abano Terme
European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences | Year: 2011

Background: Literature concerning lung ultrasonography is largely growing and opening new diagnostic opportunities. The clinical value of the ultrasonographic interstitioalveolar syndrome, based on artifactual (lung comets or B-lines) rather than real images, in the detection of lung contusion, pneumonia and pulmonary edema, is clearly demonstrated. As clinical echographists, though, we are living the paradox of relying our experience in lung pathology on images whose biophysical and genetic nature is not fully understood. Objective and Perspectives: A detailed review of the ultimate findings with an analysis of recent and past literature regarding the formation of ultrasonographic artifacts was undertaken with the aim of clarifying what we know and where we are heading in this field. It is important for us to underline how lung ultrasonography is not morphological, as this, along with the study of artifact formation, will be the base for the development of a novel 'view' able to take us from artifact to reality in terms of 'quantification' of lung disease and damage. Conclusions: Lung ultrasonographic artifacts need to be read in a new light which will privilege biophysical knowledge and research. In this field a gap of basic knowledge clearly exists. A greater understanding of the formation of acoustic artifacts from ultrasound interference on discretely aerated tissues of variable density, would place the practice of lung "ultrasonography" in the correct technological and clinical position.


Greco E.,Center for Reproductive Medicine | Scarselli F.,Center for Reproductive Medicine | Minasi M.G.,Center for Reproductive Medicine | Casciani V.,Center for Reproductive Medicine | And 4 more authors.
Human Reproduction | Year: 2013

Study Questio: NDoes the health status of infants fathered by nonmosaic Klinefelter syndrome (KS) patients whose partners underwent ICSI with sperm obtained from testicular dissection reveal any genetic risk for the offspring?. Summary Answer: KS patients undergoing testicular sperm extraction (TESE) are capable of conceiving healthy children. What Is Known Already: Paternity has been successfully achieved in nonmosaic KS patients (47,XXY karyotype) by ICSI using either ejaculated or testicular spermatozoa. A crucial concern is the potential transmission of genetic abnormalities to the offspring. Some studies reported that 47,XXY spermatogonia are capable of completing spermatogenesis leading to the production of mature spermatozoa with increased aneuploidies. Other authors showed that where focal spermatogenesis is present in nonmosaic KS males, it originates from euploid germ cells and, therefore, produces normal mature gametes. In support of this finding, at present, the great majority of children born from nonmosaic KS patients are chromosomally normal.STUDY Design: , SIZE, DURATIONFrom April 2004 to June 2010, 38 azoospermic patients with nonmosaic KS were examined for the presence of testicular spermatozoa. Spermatozoa were retrieved from 15 patients and 26 ICSI cycles were done (16 with cryopreserved sperm). There were 15 pregnancies leading to the birth of 16 babies who were karyotyped at amniocentesis and after birth. Participants/Materials, Setting, Methods: Participants were recruited from couples attending the European Hospital, Rome, and Clinica MAR&Gen, Granada, for infertility treatment. Both the European Hospital and Clinica MAR&Gen are private clinics. Testicular tissue was extracted with TESE or micro-TESE. After retrieval, fresh sperm was used for ICSI or it was cryopreserved for future use. Main Results and the Role of Chance: Spermatozoa were retrieved from 15 patients (14 TESE and 1 micro-TESE) out of 38 (39.5%). A total of 26 ICSI cycles were performed: 10 with fresh and 16 with cryopreserved-thawed sperm. Mean ages (y) of patients with positive and negative sperm retrieval were, respectively, 34.8 ± 1.72 and 35.6 ± 4.08 (NS, nonsignificant). Comparing ICSI cycles performed with fresh sperm (n = 10) to those performed with frozen-thawed sperm (n = 16): Fertilization rates per injected oocyte were 53.0% (44 of 83) and 47.8% (32 of 67), respectively (NS). The cleavage rate per injected oocyte was 90.6% (29 of 32) versus 68.2% (30 of 44); P = 0.026. Clinical outcomes were not significantly different between the fresh and the frozen-thawed sperm group: clinical pregnancy rates were 7 of 10 (70.0%) and 8 of 16 (50.0%); implanted embryos (per transferred embryo) were 8 of 23 (34.8%) and 8 of 29 (27.6%); delivery rates were 6 of 10 (60.0%) and 5 of 16 (31.3%). Sixteen babies were born, all of them are healthy with a normal karyotype, eight from the fresh sperm group and eight from the frozen-thawed sperm group.LIMITATIONS, REASONS FOR CAUTIONSThe small numbers available for study mean that only common problems can be excluded. Wider Implications of the Findings: This study provides further reassurance that KS men can father healthy children and that pre-implantation genetic diagnosis on embryos conceived with their sperm is not strongly indicated. However, until conclusive information is available, such couples should be offered extensive genetic counseling. Study Funding/Competing Interest: (S)No external funding was obtained for the present study. None of the authors has any conflict of interest to declare. Trial Registration Number: Not applicable. © 2013 The Author.


De Santis M.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | De Luca C.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Mappa I.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Spagnuolo T.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | And 3 more authors.
Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2012

Congenital syphilis is still a cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Untreated maternal infection leads to adverse pregnancy outcomes, including early fetal loss, stillbirth, prematurity, low birth weight, neonatal and infant death, and congenital disease among newborns. Clinical manifestations of congenital syphilis are influenced by gestational age, stage of maternal syphilis, maternal treatment, and immunological response of the fetus. It has been traditionally classified in early congenital syphilis and late congenital syphilis. Diagnosis of maternal infection is based on clinical findings, serological tests, and direct identification of treponemes in clinical specimens. Adequate treatment of maternal infection is effective for preventing maternal transmission to the fetus and for treating fetal infection. Prenatal diagnosis of congenital syphilis includes noninvasive and invasive diagnosis. Serological screening during pregnancy and during preconception period should be performed to reduce the incidence of congenital syphilis. Copyright © 2012 Marco De Santis et al.


Zanardo V.,Policlinico Abano Terme | De Luca F.,University of Southampton | Trevisanuto D.,University of Padua | Simbi A.,Policlinico Abano Terme | And 2 more authors.
Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics | Year: 2013

Aim The 'two-step' head-to-body delivery method, which involves waiting for the next contraction to deliver the shoulders, causes a decrease in umbilical artery pH. The aim of this study was to assess whether foetal acidemia activates gluconeogenesis. Methods We tested umbilical artery cord blood glucose concentration and pH after 341 spontaneous and 25 vacuum extractor 'two-step' vaginal deliveries (VD) and after 85 elective and 49 emergency caesarean sections (CS). Results Cord blood glucose concentration was significantly higher (95.5 ± 21.4 mg/dL vs 75.6 ± 16.4, p < 0.001), and pH values significantly lower (7.31 ± 0.09 vs 7.33 ± 0.06, p = 0.003) in 'two-step' VD neonates than in CS delivered neonates. In addition, cord blood glucose concentration was significantly higher (101.4 ± 30.6 mg/dL, p = 0.004), and pH values were significantly lower (7.26 ± 0.10, p < 0.001) in VD by vacuum extractor than in all other groups. The cord blood glucose concentration is significantly and negatively correlated with pH in the study population (r = -0.094, p = 0.036) and strongly significantly and negatively correlated in VD by vacuum extractor (r = -0.594, p = 0.007). Conclusion Cord blood glucose concentrations are significantly higher and pH values significantly lower in 'two-step' VD neonates, indicating activated foetal gluconeogenesis. ©2013 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Ercoli A.,Policlinico Abano Terme | Dasta M.,Policlinico Abano Terme | Fagotti A.,Catholic University | Fanfani F.,Catholic University | And 4 more authors.
Human Reproduction | Year: 2012

Background Deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) is a complex disease that impairs the quality of life and the fertility of women. Since a medical approach is often insufficient, a minimally invasive approach is considered the gold standard for complete disease excision. Robotic-assisted surgery is a revolutionary approach, with several advantages compared with traditional laparoscopic surgery.Methods From March 2010 to May 2011, we performed 22 consecutive robotic-assisted complete laparoscopic excisions of DIE endometriosis with colorectal involvement. All clinical data were collected by our team and all patients were interviewed preoperatively and 3 and 6 months post-operatively and yearly thereafter regarding endometriosis-related symptoms. Dysmenorrhoea, dyschezia, dyspareunia and dysuria were evaluated with a 10-point analog rating scale. Results There were 12 patients, with a median larger endometriotic nodule of 35 mm, who underwent segmental resection, and 10 patients, with a median larger endometriotic nodule of 30 mm, who underwent complete nodule debulking by colorectal wall-shaving technique. No laparotomic conversions were performed, nor was any blood transfusion necessary. No intra-operative complications were observed and, in particular, there were no inadvertent rectal perforations in any of the cases treated by the shaving technique. None of the patients had ileostomy or colostomy. No major post-operative complications were observed, except one small bowel occlusion 14 days post-surgery that was resolved in 3 days with medical treatment. Post-operatively, a statistically significant improvement of patient symptoms was shown for all the investigated parameters. Conclusions To our knowledge, this is the first study reporting the feasibility and short-term results and complications of laparoscopic robotic-assisted treatment of DIE with colorectal involvement. We demonstrate that this approach is feasible and safe, without conversion to laparotomy. © 2012 The Author.

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