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BACKGROUND Some patients with cryoglobulinemic syndrome (CS) develop frank non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), but the incidence and timing of this event are still poorly defined. METHODS A retrospective multicenter study was performed of hepatitis C virus-positive patients with CS observed in 11 Italian centers belonging to the Italian Group for the Study of(More)
We have recently described heterogeneity in renal structure in non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients (NIDDM) with microalbuminuria (MA; defined as albumin excretion rate from 20 to 200 micrograms/min). Thus, at variance with IDDM patients, "typical" diabetic glomerulopathy by light microscopy is observed only in a third of NIDDM with MA (Category II,(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of HBV-related markers in cryoglobulinemias and the possible association between hepatitis B virus (HBV) and essential mixed cryoglobulinemia (EMC). A retrospective survey of the prevalence of HBV infection in cryoglobulinemic patients was carried out in 596 cases of cryoglobulinemia. On the basis of(More)
In order to analyze the role of phagocytic cells in experimental antitubular basement membrane (TBM) antibody-mediated nephritis, Hartley guinea pigs (GP) were immunized with rabbit tubular basement membrane (TBM) in complete Freund's adjuvant and pertussis vaccine. Renal tissue was obtained 10 to 15, 15 to 25, and 25 to 35 days after the start of(More)
A metabolic study was performed in 28 patients with bilateral recurrent calcium-containing renal staghorn calculi and chronic pyelonephritis ("obstructive nephropathy"). Fourteen had normal GFR and 14 mild renal insufficiency. Ten normal subjects were used as controls. Under basal conditions, polyuria and negative sodium balance were commonly observed in(More)
Immunohistologic studies were performed on autopsy tissues of 2 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. All tissues examined--the kidney, lung, spleen, liver, intestine, peritoneum, and choroid plexus--contained immune deposits. Antinuclear antibody concentration in immunoglobulin G eluted from lung and spleen tissue was higher than in serum(More)
Urinary excretion of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, angiotensin I converting enzyme, beta-galactosidase and N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminidase was evaluated in 30 patients with idiopathic calcium oxalate urolithiasis. Higher than normal values were observed and the excretory enzyme pattern suggested tubular damage in patients with stones. A parallel study in the(More)
To determine whether bronchoalveolar lavage reflects the histologic aspects of the lung histology in patients with sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis, cells recovered from lavage fluid were compared with tissue sections from transbronchial lung biopsies in 33 patients. The evaluation of cellular types and their topographic distribution in situ was(More)
Cells from recovered BAL fluid and from infiltrates in different involved tissues (lungs, lymph nodes, conjunctiva, liver, spleen, and skin) were studied in 22 patients with active sarcoidosis in order to define the surface phenotype, functional in vitro properties, and topographic distribution of the cells in granulomatous lesions. Our data demonstrated a(More)