Angelo Saracino

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We have evaluated the efficacy of high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin treatment in Graves' ophthalmopathy, and have carried out a prospective randomized clinical trial, including a single-blind evaluation, whereby 14 patients were assigned to two different treatment groups: 7 patients were treated with intravenous immunoglobulin and orbital radiotherapy(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic value of p53 and retinoblastoma protein (pRb) expression in patients with stage T1 grade 3 (T1G3) bladder cancer (BC) treated by transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) and intravesical instillations of bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG). MATERIALS AND METHODS p53 and pRb expression(More)
BACKGROUND Color Doppler ultrasonography of intrarenal arterial resistance index (RI), performed early after kidney transplant, has proven to reliably predict short-term allograft function. The aim of this study was to assess whether it could also predict long-term renal function. METHODS We retrospectively analysed 76 kidney transplant patients who(More)
Antihypertensive drugs may have an important effect on glomerular haemodynamics. In chronic nephropathy patients, we compared the effect on glomerular haemodynamics of two second-generation dihydropyridinic agents, nitrendipine and amlodipine, with a first generation dihydropyridinic agent and an ACE-inhibitor, enalapril. In all, 32 patients (pts), divided(More)
BACKGROUND The primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) is characterized by the presence of circulating antiphospholipid antibodies, clinically associated with blood hypercoagulability. Renal involvement in course of PAPS is very frequent, although the true prevalence of PAPS-correlated kidney disease is difficult to estimate. MATERIALS AND METHODS We(More)
Activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been proposed to increase renal vascular resistance (RVR) and to play a role in the development of hypertension in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship among RVR, RAS and blood pressure (BP) profile in patients without renal(More)
OBJECTIVE The evaluation of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is becoming an important measure of the outcomes of kidney transplantation. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether deterioration of renal function was associated with a worse HRQOL in kidney transplant patients (KTP) compared with patients experiencing chronic native kidney(More)
AIM The Cockcroft and Gault formula is a quick and reliable method for calculating creatinine clearance without a 24-hour urine collection (CG-cl). In obese subjects an excess of fat mass provokes a reduction in daily creatinine urine excretion per body kilo weight and is responsible for overestimated renal function when calculated by CG-cl. The aim of this(More)
Acute anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) is a disabling disease which impairs visual function. Standard treatment is unable to affect the outcome and the visual damage persists. We describe the case of a 64-year-old patient affected by AION, whose only known risk factor was hypercholesterolemia. After a first onset of involvement of the right eye(More)
Seven patients affected by Graves' ophthalmopathy and pretibial myxedema (four patients with nodular form, two with diffuse, and one with elephanthiasic form) have been treated with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulins. We have observed (a) clinical improvement of pretibial myxedema and Graves' ophthalmopathy in all patients, (b) a reduction of pretibial(More)