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BACKGROUND/AIMS In chronic hepatitis C, interferon alfa (IFN-alpha) therapy fails to achieve a sustained response in approximately 75% of patients. Similarly, ribavirin induces only a transient response. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether ribavirin and IFN-alpha in combination could be effective in IFN-alpha-resistant chronic hepatitis C. (More)
The N-nitroso-compounds and the bacteriological contamination of gastric juice could represent a risk factor for cancer of the stomach when the mucosal barrier is altered. In the unresected stomach and gastric stump, the hypo-achlorhydria and bilopancreatic reflux permit the development of bacterial flora and the production of N-nitroso-compounds in the(More)
A standardized commercially available immunoassay is not available for detection of IgM antibodies against hepatitis C virus antigens (IgM anti-HCV). Therefore, different "in-house" enzyme immunoassays have been assessed. These assays vary greatly in sensitivity, but specificity seems satisfactory in all of them. A typical IgM antibody response to HCV(More)
BACKGROUND Electromyographic analysis of the masticatory muscles provides useful data on the behavior of these muscles during stomatognathic system functioning and allows a functional assessment of orthodontic treatments. This study was undertaken to verify if achieving an Angle Class I bite through orthodontic treatment can lead to neuromuscular balance.(More)
BACKGROUND The use of rest surface EMG of jaw elevator muscles is still debated. The low voltage recorded in anterior temporalis muscle by electromyography (EMG) in rest position could be affected by electronic noise or by activity coming from other muscles. Our goal was to evaluate the physiological behaviour of the anterior temporalis by surface EMG at(More)
Intervertebral disc disorders are one of the most common causes of low back pain. Neuromuscular dysfunction frequently is present in patients with lumbar disc herniation. When considering joint dysfunction, it is important to remember that the spine functions as a unit. Dysfunction on one level can trigger compensatory changes in other spinal levels or in(More)
The recent cloning of the genome of hepatitis C virus (HCV) has allowed the detection of antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV) in human serum. The presence of serum antibodies to HCV often indicates active infection with HCV. We have assessed the serological and histological features in a group of alcoholic patients with chronic liver disease and have evaluated the(More)
A case of primary hyperparathyroidism presenting with an acute clinical onset is reported. The diagnostic and therapeutic approach to this rare clinical entity are emphasized. Ultrasonography and CT allow a thorough morphologic and topographic preoperative definition of the lesion. Surgery should not be delayed beyond 96 hours from diagnosis and should be(More)
The Authors report two cases of digestive hemorrhage secondary to diverticulosis of the small intestine. The incidence of this pathology in an overall population of 215 digestive hemorrhages was 0.9%. A clinical identity-kit is drawn of patients affected by jejunal diverticulosis, and the most important and characteristic anamnestic manifestations are(More)