Publications by authors named "Franco L De Cicco"

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Development of a New Therapy-Oriented Classification of Intervertebral Vacuum Phenomenon With Evaluation of Intra- and Interobserver Reliabilities.

Global Spine J 2021 May 13;11(4):480-487. Epub 2020 Mar 13.

Institute of Orthopedics "Carlos E. Ottolenghi" 37533Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Study Design: Diagnostic study, level of evidence III.

Objectives: Low back pain is a common cause of disability among elderly patients. Percutaneous discoplasty has been developed as a tool to treat degenerative disease when conservative management is not successful. Indications for this procedure include low back pain and the presence of vacuum phenomenon. The objective of this study was to describe a new classification of vacuum phenomenon based on computed tomography scan in order to improve the indications for percutaneous discoplasty.

Methods: We developed a classification of vacuum phenomenon based on computed tomography scan images. We describe 3 types of vacuum based on the relationship between vacuum and the superior/inferior endplates and 2 subtypes based on the presence of significant subchondral sclerosis. A validation study was conducted selecting 10 orthopedic residents with spine surgery training to analyze 25 vacuum scenarios. Inter- and intraobserver reliabilities were assessed through the Fleiss's and Cohen's kappa statistics, respectively.

Results: The overall Fleiss's κ value for interobserver reliability was 0.85 (95% CI 0.82-0.86) in the first reading and 0.93 (95% CI 0.92-0.95) in the second reading. Cohen's κ for intraobserver reliability was 0.88 (95% CI 0.77-0.99).

Conclusion: The new classification has shown almost perfect inter- and intraobserver reliabilities for grading the vacuum phenomenon and could be an important tool to improve the indications for percutaneous cement discoplasty.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2192568220913006DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8119922PMC
May 2021

Refractory actinomycosis of the humerus.

SAGE Open Med Case Rep 2018 9;6:2050313X17752852. Epub 2018 Jan 9.

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Actinomycosis is a chronic, opportunistic infection caused by species, such as . Actinomycosis in long bones is very rare. To the best of our knowledge, isolated primary actinomycosis of the humerus is rarely reported in literature. We present a rare case of a refractory primary actinomycosis of the humerus. A 66-year-old man with no history of concomitant conditions was admitted to our hospital with a history of a tumour on the distal third of the left arm as a result of a closed trauma without fracture 20 years before. Pathological anatomy samples showed the presence of . Cultures were subjected to a prolonged incubation of 21 days under aerobic and anaerobic conditions and were always negative. He underwent several surgical procedures and received long-term antibiotic therapy with poor outcome. Primary actinomycosis in long bones is uncommon. Diagnosis may be challenging: considering the small number of case studies reported in the literature, symptoms are not specific, and the organism is difficult to isolate. Antibiotic treatment may not be sufficient to improve the clinical condition, and surgical alternatives should be considered.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5768246PMC
January 2018