Anna Giulia Rusticali

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The prevalence of gallstone disease (cholelithiasis and previous cholecystectomy for gallstones) in the population of the town of Sirmione, Italy, examined by ultrasonography, was 6.7% in men and 14.6% in women, ranging from 18 to 65 yr of age (overall prevalence = 11%). The prevalence of cholelithiasis in the same age span was 6.9% (4.5% in men and 8.9% in(More)
The relationship between personality traits and post-surgical pain was studied in 126 patients submitted to a particular set of procedures. The personality was studied by MMPI, STAI, EPI tests before surgery. After surgery, pain intensity was positively related to duration, and pain latency negatively related to both intensity and duration. According to(More)
Gastric acid hypersecretion and accelerated gastric emptying are commonly considered as possible determinants of duodenal ulcer, but the relative frequencies of these gastric dysfunctions have never been evaluated in a homogeneous group of patients. We studied basal and pentagastrin-stimulated gastric acid secretion and gastric emptying of a radiolabeled(More)
To clarify the pathogenesis of impaired glucose tolerance in patients with cirrhosis, several factors possibly affecting carbohydrate metabolism were studied in 12 cirrhotic patients with different blood glucose responses to an oral glucose tolerance test. Glucose levels, 120 min after the load, were inversely and significantly related to insulin(More)
Of 542 gastric cancer patients operated in the period between 1976 and 1982, we found early gastric cancer (EGC) in 80 cases (15.3%). Patients with EGC did not show specific symptoms if compared with patients affected by gastric or duodenal peptic ulcer, gallstones, functional disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract, or advanced gastric cancer (AGC).(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of as study was to ascertain whether the association of interferon alpha-2a and ursodeoxycholic acid (IFN+UDCA) was more efficacious in ameliorating liver parameters than interferon (IFN) alone in patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS Forty-one chronic hepatitis C patients, who had at least twice the normal value of one(More)
A color and pulsed Doppler evaluation of 140 benign and malignant lymphnodes in 85 patients has been performed: The nodes have been classified into non-vascularized (flow-), normal-vascularized (flow +), and hypervascularized (flow +2); we also considered the presence of central or peripheral flow. Resistivity index was also measured. The only parameters(More)
A reduction in serum enzymes has been already observed by administering ursodeoxycholic acid to patients with chronic active hepatitis. The aim of this study was to assess whether the liver histological activity of inflammation was modified by a 12-month treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid. Thirty-six patients with chronic active hepatitis, fulfilling the(More)
In order to better evaluate some epidemiological findings observed during previous studies on large samples of free living populations we carried out a case-control study on a randomly selected group of subjects in a health spa, Boario Terme. Seven-hundred and thirty subjects, aged 40-69 years, participated in the study. The study protocol included an(More)
23 cirrhotics with ascites and sodium retention, whose aldosteronemia had been evaluated after an equilibration period at controlled sodium intake at the occasion of previous studies, were retrospectively investigated. The dosage of spironolactone needed to induce a negative sodium balance correlated significantly with plasma aldosterone concentration: r =(More)