Anna Testa

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BACKGROUND The diagnosis of small bowel Crohn's disease (CD) is performed by ileocolonoscopy, whereas the assessment of its extension can be achieved by radiologic studies or, noninvasively, by magnetic resonance (MR) enterography and bowel sonography (BS). However, few comparative studies exist directly comparing the diagnostic accuracy of BS and MRI. The(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Postsurgical recurrence (PSR) is common in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) who have undergone surgery. Endoscopy is crucial for the diagnosis of PSR, showing also high prognostic value. Bowel sonography (BS) is accurate for CD diagnosis, but its role in PSR detection and grading has been poorly investigated. The aim of this study was(More)
INTRODUCTION The incidence of endoscopic recurrence (ER) in Crohn's disease following curative resection is up to 75% at 1 year. Endoscopy is the most sensitive method to detect the earliest mucosal changes and the severe ER at 1 year seems to predict a clinical relapse. METHODS The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the incidence of early ER 6(More)
BACKGROUND Postsurgical recurrence (PSR) is very common in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and previous surgery. Endoscopy is crucial for the diagnosis of PSR, also showing high prognostic value. Bowel sonography (BS) with or without oral contrast enhancement (OCBS) is accurate for CD diagnosis but its role in PSR detection and grading is poorly(More)
BACKGROUND Both thiopurines and anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α agents are effective for treating Crohn's disease (CD) as they can induce clinical remission (CR) and mucosal healing (MH) in most patients. Nevertheless, data on transmural healing (TH) induced by thiopurines and anti-TNF-α agents are still lacking. This study aimed to explore the rate of(More)
We report on a 13 1/2-year-old patient with Kabuki make-up syndrome and complete idiopathic precocious puberty manifested at 7 1/2 years. In addition to the other specific clinical signs, she showed hypodontia and lower lip pits, as typically seen in the Van der Woude syndrome. The significance of lower lip pits in the Kabuki make-up syndrome is discussed.
We report on 2 sibs with manifestations of the Kenny-Caffey syndrome born to normal, consanguineous parents. Clinical manifestations included dwarfism, internal cortical thickening and medullary stenosis of tubular bones, poorly ossified skull bones, and hypocalcemia. The younger of the two died during a tonic convulsion. The older had neonatal(More)
Eleven consecutive patients underwent a total of 34 esophageal variceal sclerotherapy (EVS) sessions for bleeding esophageal varices. Blood cultures were drawn pre-, intra-, and post-EVS. All pre- and post-EVS blood cultures were negative. Five of the initial nine patients studied were found to have positive blood cultures, drawn after a mean of six(More)
We report on a girl with Tel Hashomer camptodactyly syndrome (THCS) born to first-cousin parents. In addition to the usual findings, the patient had bilateral inguinal hernia and atrial septal defect, not previously described as component manifestations of the syndrome. The present description expands the phenotypic spectrum of the syndrome and gives new(More)
We describe the case of an 18-year-old immunocompetent male patient with severe hepatitis during primary Epstein-Barr virus infection, treated with oral valganciclovir. During the initial therapy with corticosteroids, the patient's clinical condition and liver function worsened, so we decided to add oral valganciclovir for its good bio-availability and(More)