Elisa Ballardini

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IMPORTANCE Infantile colic, gastroesophageal reflux, and constipation are the most common functional gastrointestinal disorders that lead to referral to a pediatrician during the first 6 months of life and are often responsible for hospitalization, feeding changes, use of drugs, parental anxiety, and loss of parental working days with relevant social(More)
BACKGROUND Sickle cell disease is the commonest haemoglobinopathy in Africa, the Middle East and India. In recent years, its incidence has increased dramatically also in Europe and North America because of the high rate of migration of people from endemic areas. From January 2009 to January 2010 the number of foreign residents in the province of Ferrara(More)
BACKGROUND Cranial ultrasonography is a useful tool to detect intracranial lesions in premature neonates at risk. Our primary aim was to determine the number of patients with abnormal cranial ultrasonography. Secondary aims were to evaluate the usefulness of universal cranial ultrasonography screening in moderately preterm infants. METHODS All infants(More)
Optimal nutrition is one of the most important aspects in the care of pre-term infants, especially for the gestationally youngest ones. These infants should receive a supply of nutrients that can sustain growth similar to that of a third trimester normal foetus. Traditional pre-term formulas do not ensure an optimal protein supply except when fed at high(More)
DESIGN This study was designed to evaluate, in a cohort of 1039 middle-aged men, the interaction between the duration and intensity of physical activity performed either during leisure time (competitive sports, walking, cycling) or work, and principal coronary disease risk factors. METHOD A cohort of subjects aged 45-64 years were recruited in 1993.(More)
Multiple mutations of surfactant genes causing surfactant dysfunction have been described. Surfactant protein C (SP-C) deficiency is associated with variable clinical manifestations ranging from neonatal respiratory distress syndrome to lethal lung disease. We present an extremely low birth weight male infant with an unusual course of respiratory distress(More)
Spontaneous startle represents a complex motor pattern, consisting of sudden and jerky movements, which typically occurs during quiet sleep in fullterm and preterm neonates. It has been studied as an endogenous behavior by focusing on its potential contribution to an early diagnosis of central nervous system (CNS) dysfunctions. This paper aims to develop(More)
BACKGROUND Full-term neonates may have asymptomatic cranial injuries at birth and head ultrasound screening could be useful for early diagnosis. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and type of intracranial abnormalities and the usefulness of head ultrasound screening in these infants. METHODS Head ultrasound screening was performed on all(More)
BACKGROUND Brain malformations represent a major cause of refractory seizures. Standardized protocols to treat status epilepticus of newborn are not available in the literature. PATIENT We present a case report of use of ketamine administered to a late preterm with Pierre Robin sequence, lissencephaly, polymicrogyria, and severe epilepsy. RESULTS The(More)
BACKGROUND Bohring-Opitz syndrome (BOS) is a rare genetic disorder characterised by a recognisable craniofacial appearance and a typical 'BOS' posture. BOS is caused by sporadic mutations ofASXL1. However, several typical patients with BOS have no molecular diagnosis, suggesting clinical and genetic heterogeneity. OBJECTIVES To expand the phenotypical(More)