Benedetta Masserini

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OBJECTIVE The criteria for defining subclinical hypercortisolism (SH) are debated and a real gold standard test or combination of tests is lacking. Recently, late-night salivary cortisol (MSC) has been described as a sensitive and easy-to-perform marker for diagnosing overt hypercortisolism. No data are available on the role of MSC in the diagnosis of SH.(More)
BACKGROUND The metabolic syndrome is a common condition among liver transplanted patients and contributes to morbidity and mortality by favouring the development of cardiovascular diseases. AIMS This prospective study assessed the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the first year after orthotopic liver transplantation, the associated pre-operative and(More)
Symptomatic diabetic neuropathy has been found to be associated with hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis hyperfunction, but no data are available about HPA activity in diabetic patients with asymptomatic autonomic imbalance. To evaluate HPA axis activity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in relation to the presence or the absence of(More)
BACKGROUND BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) is a non-invasive, temporary and relatively safe procedure shown to be effective in the short-term treatment of obesity. Nowadays, BIB does not show convincing evidence of significant long-term weight loss, as compared with conventional management, and data regarding changes in metabolic and nutritional(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate adiponectin levels in an obese population with and without obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and the acute modifications in adiponectin after a whole-night control by auto continuous positive air pressure (CPAP). METHODS 46 obese subjects [22 males, 24 females, age 55.1+/-11.4 yr, body mass index (BMI) 38.9+/-6.5 kg/m2]: 11(More)
OBJECTIVE Subclinical hypercortisolism (SH) has been associated with increased prevalence of hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, central obesity, osteoporosis and vertebral fractures. We aimed to investigate the accuracy of different SH diagnostic criteria in predicting the presence of complications. DESIGN This was a retrospective(More)
CONTEXT In patients with adrenal incidentalomas and subclinical hypercortisolism (SH), the factors influencing bone and the prevalence of vertebral fractures are debated. Spinal deformity index (SDI), which reflects bone quality, has never been evaluated. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to investigate in these patients SDI and factors influencing(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS It is recognized that overt thyroid dysfunction is associated with weight changes, but the influence of a minor alteration of thyroid function remains unclear. This study aimed to further investigate the relationship between obesity and thyroid function and to examine the possible role of insulin resistance on the hypothalamic-pituitary-(More)
CONTEXT In type 2 diabetes (T2D), the vertebral fracture (VFx) prevalence and cortisol secretion are increased. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of glucocorticoid secretion and sensitivity in T2D-related osteoporosis. DESIGN AND SETTING This was a case-control study in an outpatient setting. PATIENTS The patients were(More)