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BACKGROUND Maternal hypothyroxinemia, due to gestational iodine deficiency, causes neurological dysfunctions in the progeny. Our aim was to determine the effects of delayed iodine supplementation (200 microg KI per day) to mildly hypothyroxinemic pregnant women at the beginning of gestation (i.e., having circulating free thyroxine [FT(4)] within the(More)
Chordoma of the mobile segments of the spine are infrequent lesions and especially rare are those located in the lower part of the cervical spine. We present the case of a cervical chordoma located in the C6 vertebral body diagnosed by means of magnetic resonance imaging and operated on by an anterior approach. The authors discuss the clinical and(More)
BACKGROUND Monochorionic monoamniotic twins (MoMo) occur in one of 10,000 pregnancies. Cord entanglement, malformations, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTS) and prematurity are responsible for their high perinatal morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE To report our experience with 36 sets of MoMo twins (1990 to 2005) and to provide updated information(More)
BACKGROUND Intraradicular or intradural disc herniation is a very rare complication of spinal degenerative processes. The aim of our study is to analyze the clinical spectrum, the mechanism, and the treatment of this acute spinal pathology. METHODS Retrospective clinical examination was performed in nine personal cases of intradural disc herniation: among(More)
BACKGROUND Recent findings have indicated the association between APC-resistance and cerebrovascular disease. These reports prompted us to investigate whether resistance to APC could be found in patients suffering from stroke. METHODS Therefore, we studied APC-resistance in 50 young adults (< or =45 yrs) with a history of ischemic stroke. Eleven out of(More)
BACKGROUND Having a low number of siblings and a low birth order has been reported to be a relevant risk factor for development of atopic diseases and skin sensitization to common inhalants. Although the inverse association of atopy with sibship size has been confirmed repeatedly, the association with birth order has provided conflicting results. This(More)
BACKGROUND Factor VII is essential for coagulation activation by the extrinsic pathway. Hemorrhages of the central nervous system in patients with congenital factor VII deficiency seem to have a higher incidence compared with other congenital coagulopathies. The purpose of this paper is to report two rare cases of subarachnoid hemorrhage and factor VII(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of a consecutive series of 16 patients affected by degenerative cervical spondylosis and operated on by anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACFD) by means of anterior bioresorbable plate and screws. Further, the authors compared the results in these patients with a series of 13 patients also(More)
Chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) is a common pathology in the elderly but very rare in young adults. When CSDH occurs in this age group, severe head injury or some promotive factors are usually present. This article reports the case of a 29-year-old female presented at our Emergency Department with a few days' history of progressive frontal headache.(More)