Carolina Castelli

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The specificity and immunoglobulin isotype distribution of antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies have been evaluated in 68 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by ELISA which employed a panel of 7 different PL antigens. A total of 49 patients (72%) were positive for aPL antibodies of different isotypes and directed to one or more PL epitopes.(More)
The surgical management of tetralogy of Fallot (TF) may be complicated by anomalies in the course and distribution of coronary arteries. Selective coronary angiography was performed in 119 cases of TF in order to prevent injury of aberrant vessels. In 11 patients, anomalies in the origin of coronary branches were revealed (five patients with a single(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) are associated with thrombotic phenomena including cerebral ischemia in young adults. Although aCL are directed to a neoepitope formed by phospholipid and beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2-GPI), immunoassays based on cardiolipin as target antigen are widely used. We previously demonstrated that 47% of(More)
Several reports of postural problems among video display unit workers are available, most frequently involving the back, neck and shoulder. The case described is an example of tenosynovitis of the right wrist at the point where the wrist rests on the work surface while operating the mouse in a computer workstation (2-3 hours/day 6 days/week). The alteration(More)
The antitussive compound Levodropropizine (LD) is active in animal bronchoconstriction induced by histamine and capsaicin and in man protects from bronchoconstriction induced by capsaicin. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the mechanism of action of LD given at 60 mg t.i.d. as oral drops, for 8 days by means of specific bronchial(More)
This study aimed at evaluating parameters and results of ovarian stimulation for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) female patients undergoing preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and to assess an eventual association between genotype and ovarian reserve. A retrospective study involved all 17 DM1 patients treated in the study centre's PGD programme. The(More)
BACKGROUND Ovarian response in female translocation carriers is not well understood. We aimed to evaluate the impact of chromosomal autosomal balanced translocations on the ovarian response to controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in female carriers undergoing IVF and PGD. METHODS In a retrospective study, we included all female translocation carriers who(More)
Experimental studies suggest that plasma fibronectin may be involved in the cryoprecipitation of cryoglobulins in essential mixed cryoglobulinaemia; reduced plasma concentrations of the glycoprotein have been shown in the disease. The present work was undertaken in order to verify this latter finding and to detect a possible structural alteration of plasma(More)
We evaluated coagulation and fibrinolytic parameters in both plasma and ascitic fluid of 39 patients with ascites secondary to liver cirrhosis and in 14 cirrhotic patients without ascites, in order to verify if the peritoneal compartment could be involved in the pathogenesis of the hyperfibrinolytic state of the disease. An activation of fibrinolysis, as(More)