List of Contributors. Foreword. Section I: Surgical Infections. 1. In vitro antimicrobial activities of beta-lactams, aminoglycosides, quinolones, glycopeptides and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria isolated from patients with intraabdominal infections; G. Branca, et al. 2. Infected necrosis and pancreatic abscess; D. Marrano, et al. 3. Effects of IL-2 immunomodulation on infectious complications in colorectal surgery; A. Nespoli, et al. Section II: Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Surgery. 4. Evaluation of renal tubular damage in rats with biliary obstruction; A.M. Farinon, et al. 5. The evolutionary pattern of primary sclerosing cholangitis: from a benign to severe disease; S. D'Innocenzo, et al. 6. Multidisciplinary management of liver metastases from colorectal cancer; G.S. Sica, A.L. Gaspari. 7. Morbidity and survival in liver resection for colorectal metastases; G. Nuzzo, et al. 8. Hepatic metastases from non colorectal cancer: which ones should be resected? A. Benevento, et al. 9. Radiochemotherapy of liver metastases from breast cancer: review of literature and personal experience; G.A. Cefaro, et al. 10. Carcinoma of the papilla of vater: prognostic and therapeutic considerations; G. Serio, et al. 11. Splenectomy in haematological patients; R. Vecchioni, et al. Section III: Colo-Rectal Surgery. 12. Ischemic colitis: an attempt to define the spectrum of disease; A.M. Farinon, et al. 13. Advances in molecular genetics and clinical implications of sporadic colorectal cancer; G. Midiri, et al. 14. Analyses of the prognostic factors in colorectal cancer: preliminary results of a possible new prognostic factor: mesenteric and antimesenteric tumor location; R. Dionigi, et al. 15. Different role of the colonic pouch after low anterior resection or coloanal anastomosis; F. Tonelli, et al. 16. Primary anorectal reconstruction after abdominoperineal excision by coloperineal pull-through and electrically stimulated graciloplasty: efficiency and limitations of a hard-to-catch-on procedure; V. Violo, et al. 17. Local recurrence after resection of colorectal cancer; L. Sarli, et al. 18. Multimodal treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis of digestive origin; P. Pilati, et al. Section IV: Fecal Incontinence. 19. Anatomical and physiological bases of fecal continence; A.M. Farinon. 20. Electrostimulated graciloplasty for faecal incontinece treatment; M. Seccia. 21. Restoration of anal continence with the artificial bowel sphincter (abs action(TM)); V. Memeo, et al. Section V: Minimally-Invasive Surgery. 22. Mini-laparotomy: a suitable minimally invasive technique for cholecystectomy; M. Sianesi, et al. 23. Minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of function diseases of the gastroesophageal junction; G. Zaninotto, et al. 24. Laparoscopic management of pancreatic tumors; A. Pietrabissa, et al. 25. Minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of rector tumors: 10 years experience; M. Guerrieri, et al. Section VI: Transplantation. 26. Pancreas procurement from cadaveric donors of multiple grafts; U. Boggi, et al. 27. Replacement therapy
Advances in Abdominal Surgery 2002 contains papers from a group of Italian academic surgeons who contribute to a national research program entitled `Progress in Abdominal Surgery'. The research is supported by the Italian Ministry of the University. The primary objective of the group is to combine experimental and clinical approaches in the study of several surgical abdominal diseases. The authors of the individual chapters were requested to present an update in their own fields of research. This volume summarizes several important updates in abdominal surgery and pathophysiology. The contributions are grouped into six sections, namely Surgical Infection, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic and Splenic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Fecal Incontinence, Minimally-Invasive Surgery, and Transplantation.