Amedea Tirelli

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BACKGROUND Recent studies have proposed the measurement of CA 19-9 and IL-6 as an alternative to CA 125 as markers for endometriosis. This study was performed in order to verify the clinical value of serum CA 125, CA 19-9 and IL-6 levels, either by themselves or combined, in the detection of the disease. METHODS In a prospective cohort study, serum(More)
Obstructive uropathy causes tubular resistance to aldosterone and severe metabolic imbalance may be precipitated by an episode of pyelonephritis. In the last 3 years we investigated 52 episodes of pyelonephritis (positive urine culture, elevated C reactive protein, fever, elevated neutrophil count) in 50 children between 15 days and 15 months of age.(More)
CYP3A enzyme plays a pivotal role in TAC metabolism. The aim of this study was to analyze retrospectively the influence of CYP3A5 gene polymorphism on TAC pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in 30 teenage kidney transplant recipients. TAC dose, trough blood levels, apparent volume of distribution, as well as blood pressure and antihypertensive therapy(More)
The main genes involved in the pharmacokinetics of immunosuppressive drugs are those encoding cytochrome P450 (CYP) family enzymes and multidrug resistance 1 (ABCB1). In this study, 87 Italian teenagers with transplanted kidneys (mean age 11.6 ± 4.8 years) receiving calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) were genotyped for the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)(More)
The effect of saline extracellular volume expansion (4 ml/min/10 kg b.w. X 60 min) on renal function has been studied in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and in normal age-matched controls. Basal values for glomerular filtration rate (GFR), renal plasma flow (RPF), tubular sodium and chloride (Na, Cl) handling were similar in both groups. Saline expansion(More)
Low plasma concentrations of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are reported in unsupplemented cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Forty-one CF patients aged from 6 to 12 years were randomized to receive high-dose DHA (100 mg/kg/day in the first month and 1g per day thereafter through a 12-month supplementation) or placebo (germ oil). Primary outcome was percentage(More)
INTRODUCTION The correlation between ovarian reserve and infertility remains unclear. Albeit poorly predictive of pregnancy success in in vitro fertilization cycles, serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) has been acknowledged as a surrogate measure of ovarian reserve and is commonly evaluated in women seeking pregnancy. Disentangling whether low serum AMH(More)
Low levels of vitamin D are related to muscle weakness, poor balance, and higher risk of falls, and can therefore have a major impact on performance and safety at work. Little knowledge exists on the association between work environment and vitamin D status. This study evaluates vitamin D status in shift workers. In this cross-sectional study, led during(More)
Twenty patients with epithelian ovarian cancer treated with DDP (cis-diammine-dichloroplatinum II) 50 mg/m2 were followed for 24 weeks in order to assess the nephrotoxicity of the drug. Ten patients received the total dose in one day with heavy osmotic hydration (Group A), and for the other 10 the dose was subdivided over 3 consecutive days (Group B). The(More)
OBJECTIVES Performance evaluation of Elecsys sFlt-1 and PlGF assays. DESIGN AND METHODS Within-, between-run, total imprecision, functional sensitivity, inter-laboratory comparison, method comparison and lot-to-lot reproducibility were evaluated. RESULTS Within- and between-run CVs were below 4% for sFlt-1 >60 and PlGF > 20 pg/mL. Total imprecision CVs(More)