Angela Dardano

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BACKGROUND Although fine-needle aspiration cytology remains the mainstay of the preoperative workup of thyroid nodules, those with follicular proliferation still represent a diagnostic challenge. Real-time elastography (RTE) estimates the stiffness/elasticity of lesions and is regarded as a promising technique for the presurgical selection of thyroid(More)
Subclinical hypothyroidism (sHT) is associated with dyslipidemia and enhanced cardiovascular risk. We assessed carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT, high-resolution ultrasonography) and lipoprotein profile in 45 sHT patients (aged 37 +/- 11 yr) at baseline and after 6 months of randomized, placebo-controlled L-T(4) replacement. In comparison with 32(More)
Type I interferons are currently used for the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis, multiple sclerosis and several hematological and solid tumors. Side effects are not uncommon, and include multiple alterations in thyroid function, some of which are unrelated to autoimmunity. Review of the literature revealed an overall mean prevalence of incident thyroid(More)
Nucleotides are increasingly recognized as nonredundant extracellular signals for chemotaxis, cell growth, and cytokine release. Effects of extracellular nucleotides are mediated by P2 receptors, among which the P2X(7) subtype is attracting increasing attention for its involvement in apoptosis, cell growth, and cytokine release. Recent studies showed that(More)
BACKGROUND Neuromuscular symptoms and impaired muscle energy metabolism have been described in subclinical hypothyroidism (sHT). AIM The aim of the study was to evaluate the energy and substrate response to exercise in sHT patients using a standardized protocol and to test the effect of L-T(4) replacement in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled(More)
Subclinical hypothyroidism (sHT) is associated with enhanced cardiovascular risk. To test the hypothesis that patients with sHT are characterized by endothelial dysfunction and impaired nitric oxide (NO) availability, in 14 patients [serum cholesterol, 218 +/- 41 mg/dl (5.6 +/- 0.9 mM)] and 28 euthyroid subjects, subdivided into groups A and B [serum(More)
In our previous study, we observed that the presence of autoimmune thyroid disease worsens fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms. The aims of this study are to evaluate whether there is a predisposition for the development of FM in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) with or without subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) and in patients with SCH alone and what is the(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess whether low-grade systemic inflammation might contribute to the pathogenesis of endothelial dysfunction in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism (sHT) and autoimmune thyroiditis. BACKGROUND sHT patients are characterized by peripheral endothelial dysfunction and low-grade inflammation. METHODS In 53(More)
In a retrospective, observational, cross-sectional, single-centre study, we assessed the prevalence and correlates of different CKD phenotypes (with and without albuminuria) in a large cohort of patients of white ethnicity with type 1 diabetes. From 2001 to 2009, 408 men and 369 women with type 1 diabetes (age 40.2 ± 11.7 years, diabetes duration 19.4 ±(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate if the use of an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) during cardioplegic arrest improves body perfusion. METHODS 158 coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients were randomized to linear cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) (n=71, Group A) or automatic 80 bpm intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) induced pulsatile CPB (n=87, Group B). We evaluated(More)