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UNLABELLED This study examined the characteristics of 147 PDB cases from Italy. Our data showed a reduced clinical severity of PDB with respect to other populations and provided further support of the importance of environmental factors (rural area of residence and animal contact) in the pathogenesis of PDB. Familial aggregation was observed in 15% of(More)
The aim of our study was to evaluate the reproducibility and the diagnostic accuracy of a new device for the assessment of bone mineral density (BMD) of the heel, called dual X-ray and laser (DXL Calscan). This technique associates X-ray absorptiometry to the measure of heel thickness with a laser beam. The calcaneus BMD, calcaneus quantitative sonography(More)
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