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1. Who seeks finds, who compares discovers. Usefulness of ultrasound to assess small nerve branches

Daniele Coraci, Luca Gentile, Julianne Tannous Cordenonssi, Claudia Loreti, Cristina Cuccagna, Luca Padua

Corresponding author: Daniele Coraci, MD; e-mail:

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2. Bipolar en bloc tumor resection versus standard monopolar TURBT - which is the best way to go in non-invasive bladder cancer?

Georgiana Xenia Balan, Petrisor Aurelian Geavlete, Dragos Adrian Georgescu, Cosmin Victor Ene, Catalin Andrei Bulai, Maria Alexandra Paunescu, Andrei Niculae, Ileana Peride, Ioan Lascar, Tiberiu Paul Neagu, Bogdan Florin Geavlete

The aim of the study was to observe similarities and differences regarding surgical safety and prognosis between en bloc bipolar resection and monopolar transurethral resection of bladder tumors (TURBTs) in medium size papillary non-muscle invasive bladder tumors (NMIBTs). A total of 90 patients with papillary bladder tumors presenting a diameter between 1 and 3 cm were equally divided and alternatively assigned for en bloc bipolar ablation (the study group) and conventional TURBT (the control group). During one year, every three months, the follow-up was performed and the protocol included urinary cytology and cystoscopy. Similar mean patients age and tumor diameter were determined in both groups. In the study group, it was noticed an important reduced rate of obturator nerve reflex adverse event that caused bladder wall perforation. In addition, comparing the results between the two groups, the following aspects were observed in the study arm: decreased mean operation time (13.4 versus 19.7 minutes), hemoglobin level drop (0.28 versus 0.76 g/dL), catheterization period (1.9 versus 2.8 days) and hospital stay (2.3 versus 3.1 days). A total of 41 and respectively 40 patients completed the 12 months follow-up protocol. After one year, the en bloc group presented a significantly lower recurrence rate, superior surgical safety, decreased perioperative morbidity and faster recovery. Therefore, the en bloc surgery approach presented a better oncological prognosis due to the reduced heterotopic NMIBT recurrences up to one year.

Corresponding author: Andrei Niculae, Associate Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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3. Chondrosarcoma of the pelvis - case report

Razvan Ene, Zsombor Alpar Panti, Mihai Nica, Mihnea Gabriel Popa, Monica Mihaela Cirstoiu, Octavian Munteanu, Sorin Liviu Vasilescu, George Simion, Alexandru Vasilescu, Dragos-Virgil Davitoiu, Florin Catalin Cirstoiu

Chondrosarcoma (CHS) is the third most common primary bone tumor after myeloma and osteosarcoma. Histologically, it is made of pure hyaline cartilage differentiation. The tumor itself may have myxoid modification and calcification. It occurs especially after 50 years, with an equal gender distribution. Most CHS are solitary, the etiology is still unclear and most of them are discovered accidentally. Early diagnosis is crucial for a good prognosis. In this paper, we would like to present a case of a female patient with an accidentally discovered CHS of the iliopubic and ischiopubic ramus of the pelvis. The purpose of this report is to highlight the importance of multidisciplinary management of tumor pathology, especially when the site of the tumor is surgically hardly accessible and to underline possible common genetic aspects of benign and malignant tumors.

Corresponding author: Monica Mihaela Cirstoiu, Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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4. Clinical, histological and therapeutic modern approach of Ledderhose disease

Tiberiu Paul Neagu, Mirela Tiglis, Andreea Popescu, Valentin Enache, Serban-Arghir Popescu, Ioan Lascar

Ledderhose disease or plantar fibromatosis is a rare hyperproliferative disorder of the plantar aponeurosis, clinically characterized by nodules situated especially on the medial border of the foot. It is histopathologically associated with Dupuytren s disease. This disease has some risk factors, like old age, alcohol or nicotine abuse, liver dysfunction, trauma or exposure to vibrations and autoimmune disorders, but the exact etiology is still unknown. Even though it is benign, the local manifestations can be aggressive, leading to debilitating deformities and contractures of the toes. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are used to confirm the diagnosis and to eliminate other disorders. Whenever is possible, the conservative therapies are recommended. Having a high recurrence, Ledderhose disease can be hard to treat, needing multiple surgical interventions. This paper aims to cover all the important aspects of this disease for daily medical practice, from history to clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods and histopathological features, to conservative and surgical treatment modalities.

Corresponding author: Mirela Tiglis, Assistant Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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5. Basal cell carcinoma and basosquamous carcinoma, two faces of the same condition?

Horatiu Constantin Urechescu, Nicolae Constantin Balica, Cristian Andrei Sarau, Florin Anghelina, Ioana Delia Horhat, Flavia Baderca, Emilia Manuela Jifcu, Eugen Horatiu Stefanescu, Marioara Poenaru, Marius Octavian Pricop

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common locally invasive malignant epidermal neoplasm. It is generally a tumor that runs a slow progressive course and can usually be cured by surgery. Basosquamous carcinoma is considered by some authors a rare subtype of BCC, while others describe it as independent tumor with different evolution from BCC. The aim of the study was to present a very interesting case of initially otherwise ordinary BCC that during its repeated and extensive relapses changed its histopathology in a basosquamous carcinoma, despite the free surgical margins and leading to major surgeries with loss of right eye. We present a case of 75-year-old male diagnosed in 2008 with a tumor located in the right naso-orbital region. The patient underwent surgical treatment, the histopathology being consistent with BCC. He presented recurrences of the tumor in 2009 and 2010 that were excised at approximately 9 and 16 months, respectively, from the first intervention. In 2010, the surgical procedure was radical, with removal of the tumor and the entire right superior eyelid. This approach proved to have negative side effects over the right eye in time. Therefore, after two months, a complete exenteration of the right orbit was necessary. The tumor recurred again for three times, after 20, 30 and 42 months from the first intervention and every time surgical treatment was applied. The microscopic inspection of the biopsies showed similarities between recurrences and initial tumor. In 2013, after 57 months from the first intervention, the patient was readmitted with a lesion in the same region that was excised but that time the histopathology differed from the previous, the tumor being composed of sheets of achromic epithelioid cells, with vesicular nuclei and prominent, eosinophilic nucleoli. The tumor cells were positive for pan-cytokeratin AE1/AE3 and negative for S100 protein, human melanoma black 45 (HMB45) and vimentin that sustained the diagnosis of basosquamous carcinoma. The paper presented an interesting case with different histopathological features from a recurrence to other, with important implication in diagnosis and prognosis. The transformation of BCC into basosquamous carcinoma sustain that the basosquamous carcinoma is better a rare, aggressive variant of BCC, than an individual lesion.

Corresponding author: Flavia Baderca, Associate Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail:; Marioara Poenaru, Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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6. Correlations on the protection of personal data and intellectual property rights in medical research

Iulian Gabriel Popescu, Gabriela Sechel, Florin Gabriel Leasu, Marilena Monica Tantu, Bogdan-Virgil Cotoi, Liliana Marcela Rogozea

Purpose: International regulations regarding the protection of individuals concerning the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data highlight the need for their systematization and customization, depending on the purpose for which they are collected and used. Background: Medical legislation is structured so that the constitutional right to healthcare is guaranteed and at the same time be protected by respecting the right to privacy with respect to identity, physiological state of the person and the way this, by health maneuvers, was restored. European Union (EU) legislation is more and more complex related to the patients right and also to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). After the Second World War, in all Europe the problem related to the human rights become a sensible one in all countries and become aware the importance of clear rules for protecting people, to develop and protect their rights. Content: The article presents the correlation between personal data and intellectual property right in the field of medical research, one of the most dynamic fields of scientific research both in the field of fundamental and applied research. Dissemination of medical information collected through scientific works is subject to the fact that progress in any field should be encouraged, in order to increase the quality of life while, at the same time, creating a balance between the interests of the researcher and the public interest and the interest of the academic community represented by any person in the situation of recourse to a medical service. Conclusions: In the context of the EU guidelines and implementation of GDPR starting to 2018, the medical research and the education of scientific researchers in the field has gone into a new stage of the ethical approach.

Corresponding author: Iulian Gabriel Popescu, PhD Student; e-mail:

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