Daniela Rizzo

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We report an extraordinarily rare case of a 17-year-old male with an extraskeletal Ewing's sarcoma (ESS) of the kidney and a massive thrombosis involving the inferior vena cava (IVC), from the iliac axis to the right atrium. This onset resembled renal cell carcinoma (RCC), although histological examination revealed it was an extraskeletal Ewing's(More)
Clues to predict the response to intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) and the development of coronary artery abnormalities (CAA) in children with Kawasaki syndrome (KS) are still undefined. We examined retrospectively the medical charts of children hospitalized between February 1990 and April 2009 with diagnosis of KS. A total of 32 Italian patients with a(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of recurrent or progressive medulloblastoma (MB) is still poor. This study was designed to investigate the potential therapeutic benefit of combination therapy with temozolomide (TMZ) and oral etoposide (VP-16) in children with progressive or relapsed MB. Given the oral administration of both drugs the regimen was administered(More)
High-grade gliomas are the main cause of death in children with brain tumours. Despite recent advances in cancer therapy, their prognosis remains poor and the treatment is still challenging. To date, surgery followed by radiotherapy and temozolomide is the standard therapy. However, increasing knowledge of glioma biology is starting to impact drug(More)
BACKGROUND Inactivation of SMARCB1 tumor-suppressor gene was originally described as highly specific for rhabdoid tumors (RTs). Nevertheless, recent reports have illustrated that SMARCB1 alterations also characterize other tumors; in particular, some familial schwannomatosis and epithelioid malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, both from peripheral(More)
Platinum compounds are very effective drugs for the treatment of childhood malignancies, and their use has contributed to an increase in the long-term survival of children with cancer. Unfortunately, the risk of severe disabling effects such as nephrotoxicity is well known among children receiving cisplatin-based chemotherapy. The main pharmacodynamics and(More)
Epileptic seizures are a common clinical problem in children with brain tumors. The conventional antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) permit a good seizure control in most of these children. An emerging problem is the possible interactions between AEDs and chemotherapeutic drugs, because many of these drugs are metabolized by the cytochrome P450. The aim of this(More)
Temozolomide (TMZ) is an oral alkylating agent with proven antitumoral activity in preclinical and clinical studies in adults with high-grade glioma (HGG). However, only limited efficacy has been reported in children with HGG using the 5-day schedule. This study investigated the safety of administering TMZ to children and adolescents with brain tumors over(More)
Despite significant improvements in the prognosis of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the risk of anthracycline-induced cardiovascular disease remains a major concern. This study was designed to investigate the role of the myocardial performance index (MPI) and serum concentrations of biomarkers (cTnT and NT-pro-BNP) in the early detection of(More)
Parotid gland tumours account for 80% of all salivary gland neoplasms, 20% of these are malignant, but in daily clinical practice most parotid masses are operated on before obtaining the final histological diagnosis. This clinical setting further complicates the critical point of parotid surgery, which is the management of the facial nerve. In the present(More)