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Musella M.,University of Naples Federico II | Susa A.,A. Susa General Surgery | Greco F.,General Surgery | De Luca M.,S Bortolo General Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques | Year: 2014

Background Due to the failure of the "old Mason loop," the mini-gastric bypass (MGB) has been viewed with skepticism. During the past 12 years, a growing number of authors from around the world have continued to report excellent short- and long-term results with MGB. Methods One university center, three regional hospitals, and two private hospitals participated in this study. From July 2006 to December 2012, 475 men (48.8 %) and 499 women (51.2 %) underwent 974 laparoscopic MGBs. The mean age of these patients was 39.4, and their preoperative body mass index was 48 ± 4.58 kg/m2. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) affected 224 (22.9 %) of the 974 patients, whereas 291 of the 974 patients (29.8 %) presented with hypertension. The preoperative gastrointestinal statuswas explored in all the patients through esophagogastroduodenoscopia. The major end points of the study were definitions of both MGB safety and efficacy in the long termaswell as the endoscopic changes in symptomatic patients eventually produced by surgery. Results The rate of conversion to open surgery was 1.2 % (12/974), and the mortality rate was 0.2 % (2/974). The perioperative morbidity rate was 5.5 % (54/974), with 20 (2 %) of the 974 patients requiring an early surgical revision. The mean hospital length of stay was 4.0 ± 1.7 days. At this writing, 818 patients are being followed up. Late complications have affected 74 (9 %) of the 818 patients. The majority of these complications (66/74, 89.1 %) have occurred within 1 year after surgery. Bile reflux gastritis was symptomatic, with endoscopic findings reported for 8 (0.9 %) and acid peptic ulcers for 14 (1.7 %) of the 818 patients. A late revision surgery was required for 7 (0.8 %) of the 818 patients. No patient required revision surgery due to biliary gastritis. At 60 months, the percentage of excess weight loss was 77 ± 5.1 %, the T2DM remission was 84.4 %, and the resolution of hypertension was 87.5 %. Conclusions Despite initial skepticism, this study, together with many other large-scale, long-term similar studies from around the world (e.g., Taiwan, United States, France, Spain, India, Lebanon) demonstrated theMGBto be a short, simple, low-risk, effective, and durable bariatric procedure. © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013.


Ferrara G.,Gaetano Rummo General Hospital | Misciali C.,University of Bologna | Brenn T.,University of Edinburgh | Cerroni L.,Medical University of Graz | And 8 more authors.
International Journal of Surgical Pathology | Year: 2013

Thirteen melanocytic skin neoplasms with a consultation diagnosis by A. Bernard Ackerman were submitted to immunohistochemistry for HMB-45, Ki67, cyclin D1, e-cadherin, and p16; 9/13 cases underwent fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) test targeting 6p25 (RREB1), 6q23 (MYB), centromere 6 (Cep6), and 11q13 (CCND1), as well as the centromere 7 (Cep7). A "consensus diagnosis" among 3 experts was also advocated both before and after morphomolecular information. Three neoplasms with a consultation diagnosis of Spitz nevus showed at least 3 abnormal immunohistochemical patterns; 2 of these cases were also FISH-positive for CCND1 gain, but none of them had a final consensus diagnosis of melanoma. Two neoplasms with a consultation diagnosis of congenital nevus received a consensus diagnosis of melanoma. Molecular morphology techniques can highlight the atypical features of melanocytic neoplasms and support existence of a morphobiologic "spectrum": This should be mirrored in the final report by abandoning the dichotomic (benign vs malignant) diagnostic approach. © The Author(s) 2013.

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