Claudia Fonnesu

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Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease of unknown origin, with pulmonary findings in more than 90% of patients. Extrapulmonary involvement is common and all organs can be involved (especially lymph nodes, eyes, joints, central nervous system) but it is rare to find an isolated extrapulmonary disease (less than 10% of patients). Granulomatous inflammation of(More)
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is a hereditary autosomal recessive, autoinflammatory disorder characterized by recurrent, self-limiting episodes of short duration (mean 24-72 h) of fever and serositis. FMF is the most frequent periodic febrile syndrome among the autoinflammatory syndromes (AS), a heterogeneous group of recently identified diseases(More)
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) are inflammatory rheumatic diseases common in people over the age of 50 years. Herein, we report 10 cases of previously healthy subjects who developed GCA/PMR within 3 months of influenza vaccination (Inf-V). A Medline search uncovered additional 11 isolated cases of GCA/PMR occurring after Inf-V.(More)
Behçet’s disease is a systemic inflammatory disorder without a specific treatment that is chosen on the basis of the type and severity of manifestation in the organ involved. More recently, biological agents like etanercept have emerged as possible therapeutic alternatives in patients resistant to conventional therapy. We describe the successful treatment(More)
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is the most frequent periodic febrile syndrome among the autoinflammatory syndromes (AS), nowadays considered as innate immunity disorders, characterized by absence of autoantibodies and autoreactive T lymphocytes. FMF is a hereditary autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by recurrent, self-limiting episodes of short(More)
Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) is a unique clinicopathological disease characterized by necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis of the respiratory tract, pauci-immune necrotizing glomerulonephritis and small-vessel vasculitis. Owing to its wide range of clinical manifestations, WG has a broad spectrum of severity that includes the potential for alveolar(More)
Sirs, Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal-recessive inherited disease characterised by recurrent episodes of fever, abdominal pain and serositis. Colchicine is effective in preventing attacks that can be stimulated by various stimuli such as stress, cold exposure or infections. In the literature there are many evidences about FMF and female(More)
BACKGROUND Carotid intima-media thickness (c-IMT), arterial stiffness (AS) and vascular calcification (VC) are now considered important new markers of atherosclerosis and have been associated with increased prevalence of cardiovascular events. An accurate, reproducible and easy detection of these parameters could increase the prognostic value of the(More)
INTRODUCTION In autoimmune disorders (ADs), if Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is present, immunosuppressive treatment could increase virus replication. Cyclosporine A (CsA), in standard therapeutic doses, has been proven able to inhibit HCV cyclophilin in vitro. Therefore CsA could improve the therapy of HCV patients with ADs. AIM In these patients, we started(More)
Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is a disease characterized by inflammatory fibrotic processes affecting the retroperitoneal structures. Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by fever and attacks of sterile serositis. Colchicine is the only suitable drug for prevention of acute episodes. We describe a case of(More)