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Systemic corticosteroids remain the mainstay of therapy for pemphigus. Their use has transformed what was almost invariably a fatal illness into one whose mortality is now below 10%. Unfortunately, the high doses and prolonged administration of corticosteroids that are often needed to control the disease result in numerous side effects, many of which are(More)
Odontogenic keratocysts are occasionally (4-5%) associated with the nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, a pleiotropic, autosomal disorder presenting a spectrum of developmental abnormalities and a predisposition for the development of different neoplasms. The aim of this study was to establish whether keratocysts showing clinically aggressive behavior(More)
Between 1986 and 1996, 263 patients, 156 females and 107 males, affected by oral lichen planus (OLP), were followed at the Division of Oral Medicine and Pathology, University of Naples 'Federico II', Italy, and at the Institute of Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Bari, Italy. During this follow-up, the possible association of OLP with oral(More)
The association of chronic inflammation with a variety of epithelial malignancies has been recognised for centuries. Well established examples include, among many others, oesophageal adenocarcinoma associated with chronic oesophagitis and bowel cancer associated with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. By now no data, other than clinical observation, have(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection induces variable dermatologic manifestations. OBJECTIVE To determine whether differences exist in the clinical features and behavior of oral lichen planus (OLP) between HCV-positive (HCV+ve) and HCV-negative (HCV-ve) patients. METHODS Two hundred and sixty three patients (156 women and 107 men), with a mean(More)
OBJECTIVES A retrospective review of a large series of oro-facial cases of tuberculosis to analyse clinical, histopathological, and radiological aspects, as well as those of chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 42 cases of tuberculosis of the oro-facial region were examined. Thirteen patients had a primary form and 29 a secondary form of the(More)
In recent years, studies on the malignant potential of oral lichen planus (OLP) provided clinical evidence that patients affected by OLP have an increased risk to develop oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC); nevertheless, controversies still exist as to whether OLP has inherent predisposition to become malignant, or not. We believe extremely careful(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection induces variable dermatologic manifestations. Our purpose was to determine whether there is an association between HCV infection and oral lichen planus (OLP). METHODS Antibodies to HCV were determined in patients with OLP (263 patients; 156 women and 107 men, with a mean age of 55.5 years) and in a control(More)
Cell-to-cell adhesion is mediated by cadherins (integral membrane proteins), which form a complex with catenins (cytoplasmatic proteins). While E-cadherin expression has been extensively studied in many human skin diseases, less is known about the expression levels of catenins in oral blistering diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role(More)
The clearance of apoptotic cells is crucial to avoid chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. Little is known about the factors that regulate it in vivo. We show that granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) administration to carcinoma patients confers to their leukocytes a significantly higher ability to phagocytose apoptotic cells than(More)