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Del Prete F.,ASL10 | Nizegorodcew T.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | Regazzoni P.,University of Basel
Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology | Year: 2012

Background Fixation of pertrochanteric fracture is undoubtedly an additional trauma after the fracture itself. In elderly patients, it might have an important impact on the whole organism. In the literature we find various techniques to perform this type of surgery. Up to now, there are no parameters validated for quantification of the invasiveness of a surgical procedure; it is therefore still not demonstrated that any method is less invasive than any other. In an effort to find a way to quantify the invasiveness of a surgical procedure, inflammatory markers were collected in patients undergoing fixation of trochanteric fracture with gliding hip screw [dynamic hip screw (DHS)] using either a conventional (DHS conv) or minimally invasive (DHS MIO) technique. Method Two groups of patients were investigated prospectively; 36 of them were treated with conventional DHS technique and 32 with minimally invasive technique. Mean age was 84.7 ± 7.20 and 82.78 ± 7.71 years, respectively. Fracture type was classified according to the AO classification. Interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, IL-8, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a were measured 1 h before and 1 h after surgery. Student's t test, chi-square test, and multivariate logistic regression were used for statistical analysis. Results Preoperative levels of interleukins showed no significant differences between the two groups. In contrast, the postoperative blood level of IL-6 in patients operated with DHS conv technique (78.41 ± 67.04 pg/ml) was on average higher than in patients operated by DHS MIO technique (39.02 ± 37.36 pg/ml), the mean difference being 39.39 pg/ml [95 % confidence interval (CI) 12.65- 66.13 pg/ml; p = 0.0045]. Multivariate logistic regression (backward method with limit of significance 0.05) confirmed that patients operated by conventional technique were significantly more likely to have increased IL-6 after surgery than those operated by MIO technique. IL-8 was measured in only 36 patients (20 for DHS conv, 16 for DHS MIO). No significant differences were found between the two groups; however, there was a drastic decrease postoperatively (p<0.0001) regardless of the type of surgery performed. IL-10 and TNF-a were tested in all subjects, but did not show significant differences between the two groups. Average length of incision was significantly different (4.61 cm, 95 % CI 3.50-5.71 cm; p<0.001) between the two groups, being 11.65 ± 2.64 cm for DHS conv and 7.05 ± 1.77 cm for DHS MIO. Similarly, average units of red blood cells (RBCs) transfused [performed for hemoglobin (Hb)<9 g/dl and/or hematocrit (HCT)<27 %] was higher (2.22 ± 0.99) in the DHS conv group compared with the DHS MIO group (1.09 ± 1.20), with average difference of 1.13 (95 % CI 0.59-1.66; p<0.001). Conclusions This attempt to quantify the invasiveness of internal fixation for trochanteric fracture comparing two techniques (DHS conv versus DHS MIO) based on inflammatory markers (IL-6) has given encouraging results. Measurement of systemic inflammatory response to local tissue damage caused by osteosynthesis using IL-6 as marker seems to confirm the lower invasiveness of MIO techniques. These results for trauma cases seem in line with those published for hip prosthesis. Ongoing further studies analyzing the effect of nailing will confirm or invalidate these preliminary results. © The Author(s) 2012.


Magalini S.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli
European review for medical and pharmacological sciences | Year: 2012

The advent of laparoscopic surgery has created a set of peculiar morbidities. As the laparoscopic devices, also the type of retained foreign bodies has changed. We present a case of unusual, apparently isolated and recurrent lung abscess, pleural effusion and poorly evident subphrenic abscess after laparoscopic gastric bypass, due to a retained Endo-Catch bag. A 27-year-old obese female underwent an uneventful laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. After surgery she developed a left basal lung abscess, that resolved in two weeks with heavy antibiotic therapy, while radiological abdominal imaging was apparently normal. Patient was discharged on p.o. day 30. After two months, she presented with fever and dyspnoea and no gastrointestinal complaints. Chest and abdominal computer tomography showed a left recurrent abscess with effusion but this time a 3 cm subphrenic mass with metallic clips inside was demonstrated on CT scan. Patient was treated with an explorative laparoscopy that identified an Endo-Catch bag with the jejunal blind loop inside. Postoperative left lung abscess can be a warning of a suphrenic surgical complication. Laparoscopic surgery requires even more attention to retained foreign bodies due to the reduced visibility of the surgical field. The recommendation to enforce recording of laparoscopic maneuvers is mandatory.


Montuschi P.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | Malerba M.,University of Brescia | Santini G.,University of Brescia | Miravitlles M.,CIBER ISCIII
Drug Discovery Today | Year: 2014

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by large phenotype variability, reflected by a highly variable response to pharmacological treatment. Nevertheless, current guidelines suggest that patients with COPD of similar severity should be treated in the same way. The phenotype-based pharmacotherapeutic approach proposes bronchodilators alone in the nonfrequent exacerbator phenotype and a combination of bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids in patients with asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) and moderate-to-severe exacerbator phenotype. The clinical importance of phenotypes is changing the paradigm of COPD management from evidence-based to personalized medicine. However, the personalized pharmacological strategy of COPD has to be validated in future clinical studies. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Ianiro G.,Istituto Superiore di Sanita | Delogu R.,Istituto Superiore di Sanita | Graffeo R.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | Sanguinetti M.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | And 2 more authors.
Emerging Infectious Diseases | Year: 2014

Infection with a rare G3P[19] rotavirus A strain was identified in an immunosuppressed patient in Italy. The strain showed a P[19] viral protein 4 gene and a complete AU-1–like genomic constellation. Phylogenetic analyses showed high nucleotide identity between this strain and G3P[19] rotavirus A strains from Asia, indicating possible reassortment events. © 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved.


Brisinda G.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | Sivestrini N.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | Bianco G.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli | Maria G.,University Hospital Agostino Gemelli
Toxins | Year: 2015

Botulinum toxin A inhibits neuromuscular transmission. It has become a drug with many indications. The range of clinical applications has grown to encompass several neurological and non-neurological conditions. One of the most recent achievements in the field is the observation that botulinum toxin A provides benefit in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Although toxin blocks cholinergic nerve endings in the autonomic nervous system, it has also been shown that it does not block non-adrenergic non-cholinergic responses mediated by nitric oxide. This has promoted further interest in using botulinum toxin A as a treatment for overactive smooth muscles and sphincters. The introduction of this therapy has made the treatment of several clinical conditions easier, in the outpatient setting, at a lower cost and without permanent complications. This review presents current data on the use of botulinum toxin A in the treatment of pathological conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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