Alessio Franceschini

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PURPOSE Our aim is to compare new non-invasive imaging modalities in the evaluation of vascular ring (VR) and pulmonary artery sling (PAS) and to understand the role of bronchoscopy in comparison with them in assessing tracheobronchial tree. METHODS We have retrospectively analyzed the data from 41 patients with a VR or a PAS diagnosed at Bambino Gesù(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Newer parameters of cardiac mechanics provide additional insights on cardiac dysfunction in adult patients with CKD. The aim of this study was to identify prevalence of subclinical abnormalities in cardiac function through the analysis of novel indices of cardiac mechanics in a large population of children with CKD. DESIGN,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine a simplified method to identify presence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in pediatric populations because the relationship between heart growth and body growth in children has made indexing difficult for younger ages. STUDY DESIGN Healthy children (n = 400; 52% boys, 0-18 years of age) from 2 different European hospitals were(More)
Traditionally, the stomach is regarded as two functional unit regions: 1) a proximal portion mainly involved in receptive relaxation and emptying of liquids; and 2) a distal portion that grinds, mixes and empties solids. Manometric and radioisotopic studies have been employed to construct such a physiological model. More recently, ad hoc designed studies(More)
Fetal stem cells transplants depend on nuclea-ted cells from fetal blood. This study was a prospective randomized trials to compare the collection of fetal blood by gravity into a bag containing anticoagulant, before and after delivery of the placenta. The obstetric and the newborn characteristics in the two group were not significantly different. The mean(More)
AIM Childhood obesity is remarkably spreading worldwide, involving both industrialized and low-income countries. Its prevalence, outcome and socioeconomic impact call for the attention of medical community. We conducted a monocentric, open, two-arm, parallel-group study to evaluate the efficacy at reducing appetite and increasing dietary compliance of obese(More)
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