Antonio Pezzoli

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OBJECTIVES The aims of this long-term, prospective randomized study were to evaluate the clinical usefulness of alpha-interferon in treating chronic HBV infection and to establish whether clearance of viral replication markers and normalization of liver function tests induced by alpha-interferon were sustained. METHODS Sixty-four patients with chronic(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aims of alpha-interferon treatment for chronic viral liver infections are clearance of the virus and healing of the disease. Hepatocellular carcinoma is a complication of viral cirrhosis; but it is not yet known whether treatment of viral cirrhosis with alpha-interferon prevents this complication. METHODS The incidence and the risk(More)
BACKGROUND Most epidemiological studies on depression in primary care are conducted at single sites, and variations in reported prevalence may depend on characteristics of health care services and other local factors. OBJECTIVES Our aim was to investigate the prevalence of depression in primary care in Italy and its association with physical illness,(More)
A case of non-myelomatous monoclonal gammopathy, with the unusual presenting features of recurrent "pseudotumoral" localized amyloid deposits in intimate relation with the shoulder joints, is described. The peculiar anatomo-clinical features, which make this case quite different from the most reported ones of amyloid arthropathy and of localized(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of combined treatment with alpha-interferon (alpha-IFN) and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) on liver function tests and serum HCV-RNA in patients with chronic hepatitis C who had not responded to alpha-IFN alone. METHOD One hundred and three patients (60 men, 43 women, mean age 49 +/- 1.3(More)
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) has been recently described following therapy with non strictly neuroleptic drugs that alter dopaminergic function, such as sulpiride and metoclopramide, and might occur more easily in patients with functional or organic brain disorders. We observed an AIDS patient who suffered from NMS following treatment with(More)
In a prospective naturalistic study many of the 120 patients treated for a current major depressive episode continued to meet the criteria for a major depressive episode as defined by DSM-III during the whole follow-up period (from 1 to 4 years). The problem of compatibility between the chronicity of a full depressive syndrome and the definition of the(More)
Veralipride is a benzamide derivative effective in the treatment of menopausal syndrome. Despite its antidopaminergic action, extrapyramidal side effects seem to be very uncommon. We observed a patient with bipolar psychosis, who developed segmental dystonia after taking the drug. The disorder slowly receded in 14 months, but reappeared during neuroleptic(More)