Alessandra Cascavilla

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The authors sought to evaluate the potential of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) contrast material for identifying, characterising and differentiating dysplastic nodules (DN) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the cirrhotic liver by correlating the results with pathological findings on the explanted liver. MR(More)
The authors sought to evaluate the role of the different imaging techniques in the study of sacroiliac joints in patients with spondyloarthropathies (SpA) and other rheumatic conditions and to assess potential pitfalls in the radiological diagnosis. Forty-three consecutive patients with sacroiliitis as the predominant symptom of a rheumatic disorder were(More)
OBJECTIVE To retrospectively evaluate the role of the various imaging techniques in the study of the sternocostoclavicular joint, in patients with spondyloarthropathies and other rheumatic conditions and to assess potential pitfalls in the radiological diagnosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Thirty patients, 11 male and 19 female, mean age 45 years, with(More)
Amiodarone, which has been used since 1967 as an antiarrhythmic drug, gives rise to a variety of cardiac and extracardiac adverse side-effects. Among these, pulmonary toxicity is considered the most frequent and serious extracardiac side-effect, since it may occur in various atypical forms and often limits the drug's clinical use. We encountered a(More)
Background The impact on patient survival of an infectious disease (ID) team dedicated to the early management of severe sepsis/septic shock (SS/SS) in Emergency Department (ED) has yet to be assessed. Methods A quasiexperimental pre-post study was performed at the general ED of our hospital. During the pre phase (June 2013-July 2014), all consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVES Statins are lipid-lowering drugs that exhibit anti-Inflammatory and immune-modulatory properties, leading to a reduction of serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the general population. DESIGN To assess the anti-inflammatory effects of statins in HIV-infected patients, because very limited data are available today. METHODS Longitudinal,(More)
Renal disease is an increasingly recognized noninfectious comorbidity associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Our retrospective, cross-sectional study evaluated prevalence of nephropathy among HIV-infected patients followed up in our outpatient clinic during the year 2011. Renal dysfunction and chronic kidney disease (CKD) were defined(More)
INTRODUCTION Both natural history and epidemiological trend of HIV infection have been deeply modified by the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), around twenty years ago. METHODS However, despite a rapid drop of the incidence of the large majority of opportunistic infections, a slow, but continued increase of malignancies(More)
The authors report a case of choroidal osteoma in an elderly patient. The affection was bilateral and multifocal. This rare benign tumor mostly affects young females. We report the outcome of the clinical and instrumental examinations leading to the diagnosis of choroidal osteoma. The patient underwent retinal fluoroangiography, A and B-scan ocular(More)