Bianca Maria Piraccini

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BACKGROUND Nail invasion by nondermatophytic molds (NDM) is considered uncommon with prevalence rates ranging from 1.45% to 17. 6%. OBJECTIVE We report the clinical features and response to treatment of onychomycosis caused by these molds. METHODS From 1995 through 1998 we performed a mycologic study on 1548 patients affected by nail disorders, and we(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the epidemiology, responsible agents, clinical features, and outcome of white superficial onychomycosis (WSO). DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING University hospital. PATIENTS A total of 79 patients with WSO seen at the Department of Dermatology of Bologna University from 1994 to 2002. Responsible agents included Trichophyton(More)
BACKGROUND The degree of androgenetic alopecia is generally evaluated either by global clinical scales or time-consuming methods like phototrichogram or histological studies. We describe a new clinical and reliable scoring method based on hair diameter diversity. OBSERVATIONS (1) The clinical macroscopic scoring we propose for hair density was(More)
OBJECTIVE To report clinical features, response to treatment, and long-term follow-up of nail lichen planus in children. DESIGN Retrospective study involving 15 children with nail lichen planus. SETTING Outpatient consultation for nail disorders at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. PATIENTS OR OTHER(More)
This double-blind randomized study was designed to compare the efficacy and safety of calcipotriol ointment (50 microg/g) with betamethasone dipropionate (64 mg/g) and salicylic acid (0.03 g/g) ointment in the treatment of nail bed psoriasis. Fifty-eight patients applied the given drug to the affected nails twice a day for 3-5 months, depending on clinical(More)
Nondermatophyte mold (NDM) onychomycosis is difficult to diagnose given that NDMs are common contaminants of the nails and of the mycology laboratory. Diagnostic criteria and definition of cure are inconsistent between studies, which may affect the quality of published data. We identified 6 major criteria used in the literature: identification of the NDM in(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The pathogenesis and the therapy of the yellow nail syndrome (YNS) are poorly defined. Our aim was to assess the clinical features, associated diseases and response to treatment of patients with YNS, to help clinicians to better diagnose and treat YNS patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We studied the medical records of all patients(More)
BACKGROUND Syphilitic alopecia (SA) is mainly described in single case reports, and there are only a few epidemiological studies. OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical and dermoscopic features of SA in patients with secondary syphilis and to record its actual prevalence. METHODS All patients with a diagnosis of secondary syphilis were clinically and(More)
This statement, focused on melanonychia and nail plate dermoscopy, is intended to guide medical professionals working with melanonychia and to assist choosing appropriate management for melanonychia patients. The International Study Group on Melanonychia was founded in 2007 and currently has 30 members, including nail experts and dermatopathologists with(More)