Annarita Gabriele

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We investigated the integrity of the ascending pathways for pain sensitivity in the early stage of type 1 diabetes mellitus, by measuring the N1 component and the conventional N2/P2 vertex potentials of laser evoked potentials (LEPs). Brain responses to laser stimuli were obtained in 21 healthy volunteers and 21 type 1 diabetic patients, without either(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate changes in structural damage and joint inflammation assessed by MRI following rituximab treatment in a Phase 3 study of patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) despite methotrexate (MTX) who were naive to biological therapy. METHODS Patients were randomised to receive two infusions of placebo (n=63), rituximab 500 mg (n=62),(More)
The authors report a case of giant fibroadenoma of the breast in a girl of 11 years old. Juvenile or giant fibroadenoma is a rare pathology usually presenting in adolescence, characterized by massive and rapid enlargement of an encapsulated mass. Nowadays there are some preoperative difficulties distinguishing it from cystosarcoma phyllodes which has a(More)
OBJECTIVE The current validated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scoring method for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical trials, RA MRI Score (RAMRIS), incorporates all metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and wrist joints except MCP-1. The experience with radiographic scoring, however, was that excluding certain bones in the wrist improved the discriminative power(More)
INTRODUCTION Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been shown to be superior to radiography (XR) for assessing synovitis, osteitis, and bone erosion in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), particularly in clinical trials. However, relatively little has been reported on the ability of MRI to evaluate articular cartilage loss, or joint-space narrowing (JSN), in the(More)
BACKGROUND VEGF seems to have a protective role on cardiac microcirculation, but no data are available on its action on cardiac function and morphology in diabetic patients. We sought to test the hypothesis that circulating VEGF levels could influence the cardiac performance in type 2 diabetic hypertensive patients. METHODS We studied 30 patients with(More)
PURPOSE To propose uterine myoma embolization as an alternative to myomectomy or hysterectomy in the treatment of symptomatic myomas; to evaluate the efficacy of the procedure in terms of clinical outcome, adopting all procedural and technical precautions to ensure minimal X-ray exposure and preserve reproductive potential. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between(More)
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