Cristina Serraino

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BACKGROUND Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) is largely employed in vertebral body compression fractures (VCF). PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy of PV on pain relief and functional status, and its complications rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS A prospective observational study was conducted by the Division of Internal Medicine of St. Croce and Carle Hospital.(More)
Carcinoids are tumors derived from neuroendocrine cells and often produce functional peptide hormones. Approximately 54.5% arise in the gastrointestinal tract and frequently metastasize to the liver. Primary hepatic carcinoid tumors (PHCT) are extremely rare; only 95 cases have been reported. A 65-year-old man came to our attention due to occasional(More)
INTRODUCTION Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common vascular disease that results in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Factor V Leiden mutation (FVL) and G20210A prothrombin mutation (PTM) are associated with an increased risk of VTE. Recent studies have reported a lower prevalence of FVL in patients with isolated PE than in(More)
Pasteurellosis is a zoonosis often caused by cat or dog bites or scratches, or by direct exposure to their secretions. Pasteurella multocida is the main pathogen involved in infections through domestic animal bites; generally a local infection characterized by its particular virulence with consequent rapid onset. Serious infection has also been reported in(More)
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common disorder with a high mortality rate. To date, most of the data on the incidence of PE originate from studies performed either in United States [1]. On the other hand, only few studies have provided data on its incidence in Europe [2] and in particular, to our knowledge, no data have been published on the Italian(More)
AIM To analyze the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, treatment patterns and outcome in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. METHODS We analyzed clinical, pathological and therapeutic data from 256 consecutive patients, examined at S. Croce Hospital in Cuneo-Piedmont, with a diagnosis of HCC between 30(th) June 2000 and 1(st) July 2010. We(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of a critical pathway in the early stratification and management of patients with chest pain and suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in the Emergency Department (ED). METHODS An observational study was performed enrolling all patients with non-traumatic chest pain and suspected ACS who(More)
We present a case of hepatic abscess caused by Brucella melitensis (or hepatic brucelloma) diagnosed in a 59-year-old man 33 years after an episode of acute brucellosis that had completely resolved. Recovery from symptoms and a decrease in lesion size seen on radiological assessment were achieved through prolonged combined antibiotic therapy, without the(More)
OBJECTIVES Compressive ultrasonography (CUS) of the lower limbs is the first choice for identifying deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in patients with symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE). The aim of this study was to uncover clinical characteristics and CUS findings in patients with proven PE and their correlations with PE extent. METHODS A total of 524(More)
Hepatitis C-associated osteosclerosis (HCAO) is an uncommon condition characterized by increased bone density, skeletal pain and elevated bone formation markers. Since 1992, only 17 cases have been reported. We herein describe the case of a 61-year-old woman affected by severe pain involving the lower limbs. The laboratory data showed an elevated serum(More)