Alessandro Volpe

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate in a large group of scleroderma patients, the association of nailfold videocapillaroscopic patterns with both demographic and clinical features. METHODS One hundred and three Italian patients (91 women and 12 men, mean age 54.3 years, median disease duration 7 yrs, 68 with limited and 35 with diffuse subset of disease), consecutively(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disorder of the connective tissue characterized by widespread vascular lesions and fibrosis. Little is known so far on the activation of the hemostatic and fibrinolytic systems in SSc, and most preliminary evidences are discordant. METHODS To verify whether SSc patients might display a prothrombotic(More)
Brain stem lesions are known to cause facial pain. But, trigeminal neuralgia (TN) due to ischemic lesion of the pons are very rare. We report a case with a pontine infarct at the root entry zone (REZ) of the right trigeminal nerve resulting with a classical trigeminal neural-gia. C.M.A. is an old woman (75 years) that suddenly presented an acute(More)
OBJECTIVE Oxidative stress may be one of the important complex pathogenetic mechanisms that lead to damage in scleroderma; free radicals may provoke endothelial injury, fibroblast proliferation and fragmentation of autoantigens favouring induction of autoantibodies. The present study investigates the oxidant status in scleroderma patients by measuring the(More)
Endocrine features in 22 women affected by idhyopatic hyperprolactinemia and in ten women affected by prolactin secreting adenoma have been assessed basic levels of FSH, LH, E2, T3, T4, and PRL were evaluated and dynamic tests by GnRH, TRH and bromocryptine were performed prolactin basal value and TRH dynamic test show some value in differentiating(More)
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