Alessandra Cavallero

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PURPOSE To describe a case of Nocardia keratitis resistant to 2% amikacin, with a toxic-allergic reaction to fortified topical 5% amikacin, and recurrence of the infection with topical corticosteroids. METHODS Nocardia was diagnosed from a smear and positive culture and identified as Nocardia asteroides by gas chromatography and quantitative fatty acid(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Liver biopsy is crucial in defining natural history and therapeutic choices in chronic hepatitis C and it is usually performed with coarse (>1 mm) needles (CN). As fine needles (FN) do not require anaesthesia, are used over a wider range of coagulation values and allow multiple passes, we compared the diagnostic yield of FN vs. CN biopsies.(More)
This is the first report of a severe case of Mycobacterium chelonae keratitis; it occurred in a 26-year-old man after he had undergone excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of severe myopia, once the epithelium was already healed. The diagnosis was made by culture results and acid-fast staining of corneal scrapings. Topical(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Several diagnostic tests are available for evaluating Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection: histological examination, culture of gastric biopsy specimens, rapid urease test, urea breath test and serology. A recently marketed direct enzyme immunoassay (HpSA) detects Hp antigen in stool samples. The aim of our study was to evaluate overall(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Strategies designed to enhance cerebral cAMP have been proposed as symptomatic treatments to counteract cognitive deficits. However, pharmacological therapies aimed at reducing PDE4, the main class of cAMP catabolizing enzymes in the brain, produce severe emetic side effects. We have recently synthesized a(More)
Cranial fasciitis of childhood (CFC) [7] is considered a subset of deep nodular fasciitis [2, 7, 11, 12]. CFC has been reported to arise from the deep fascia, periosteum or from the fibrous layers that cover fontanelles and sutures [7, 9, 12]. The average age of onset is 2 years. The male/female ratio is 2/1. The lesion is usually unique, firm and painless(More)
AIM Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of an apparent acoustic stimulus. A widespread and highly debilitating disease difficult to cure. Several treatments have been advocated for tinnitus in the last years, including surgery, pharmacotherapy, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, sound therapy, but unfortunately without definitive(More)
Isochromosome 5p-i(5)(p10)-represents a rare but recurrent abnormality in myeloid disorders, especially in acute myeloid leukemia. In all published cases, the isochromosome 5p was present in single copy and accompanied by one or more additional anomalies, mostly trisomy 8. Here we report a case of refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia with two(More)