Antonella Afeltra

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OBJECTIVE To quantitatively evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of antibodies to ribosomal P proteins (anti-P) for neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE) in general, for psychosis, mood disorder, or both, and for other diffuse manifestations. METHODS This international meta-analysis combined standardized data from 1,537 lupus patients(More)
The authors assessed the prevalence of neuropsychiatric manifestations occurring in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE), according to the American College of Rheumatology standardized definitions for NPSLE, and evaluated the relationship between NPSLE and antiphospholipid antibodies. Sixty-one consecutive SLE patients were studied.(More)
OBJECTIVE To study concentrations of adipokines in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the relationship among adipokines, the metabolic syndrome (MeS), and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. METHODS We enrolled 50 SLE patients and 26 controls, all women. Leptin, resistin, visfatin, and adiponectin were measured by commercial ELISA(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of cardiac alterations by trans thoracic echocardiography (TTE) and the possible role of aPLs in determining heart damage in SLE patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We investigated 34 consecutive Caucasian SLE patients and 34 age and sex- matched controls. All patients underwent TTE. Lupus anticoagulant (LA) was assayed.(More)
Cirrhotic cardiomyopathy is a clinical syndrome in patients with liver cirrhosis characterized by an abnormal and blunted response to physiologic, pathologic, or pharmacologic stress but normal to increased cardiac output and contractility at rest. As many as 50% of cirrhotic patients undergoing liver transplantation show signs of cardiac dysfunction, and(More)
This study aimed to determine the detection rate and clinical relevance of portosystemic collaterals. We studied 326 cirrhotics. Portosystemic collaterals, portal vein diameter, and splenic area were evaluated by color Doppler sonography; esophageal varices were detected by endoscopy. Of the cirrhotics, 130 had portosystemic collaterals (39.9% total, left(More)
Lactoferrin (LF) is a multifunctional iron-binding protein present in several mucosal secretions as well as in secondary granules of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN). Anti-LF antibodies, which belong to antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA), have been described in several immunomediated diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), with(More)
Seven patients with type II idiopathic mixed cryoglobulinemia were treated with recombinant human leukocyte interferon (alpha interferon). In all of them, a conspicuous reduction of circulating cryoglobulins was noted, together with a definite, remarkable improvement of the clinical pattern. The immunologic parameters (natural killer cell activity and(More)
The purpose of the present study was to determine levels of adipokines and their relationship with stiffness parameters and disease activity index in SLE patients in comparison with healthy controls. Sixty SLE patients and 29 control subjects were enrolled in the study. Serum leptin and adiponectin levels were determined by commercial sandwich ELISA kits.(More)
OBJECTIVE Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are present in several vasculitides and in other immunomediated diseases. The reported prevalence of ANCA in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is variable. In addition, the presence of such autoantibodies has been poorly investigated in synovial fluid (SF). The objectives of this study were (1) to investigate(More)