Elisa Fabbri

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BACKGROUND The burden of congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection is well recognized. However, screening for maternal infection remains controversial in view of diagnostic challenges, counseling difficulties, and absence of medical treatment. OBJECTIVE To assess the role of prenatal diagnosis and counseling in the management of pregnancy(More)
PURPOSE To assess the diagnostic and prognostic value of fetal cerebral magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in comparison with that of level II ultrasonography (US). MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval and informed consent for fetal MR imaging and data collection were obtained. Thirty-eight(More)
The risk of vertical transmission of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) was investigated in 14 women who had primary HCMV infection 2-18 weeks before their last menstrual period during 2001-2004. One (8.3%) of 12 newborns examined at birth was found to be subclinically infected. Preconceptional primary HCMV infection has a transmission rate that is significantly(More)
OBJECTIVES Several studies have sought factors predictive of early neurological deterioration during acute stroke; however, no study carried out a systematic search for factors capable of predicting early improvement. This investigation is aimed at identifying the variables associated with short-term neurological improvement in patients with ischemic stroke(More)
The Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS) is one of the most comprehensive tools used in the clinical trials to measure the perceived unmet supportive care needs of cancer patients. The original 59-item instrument was developed and validated in English using rigorous methods. A short version containing 34 items was subsequently developed by the same authors(More)
Aging is characterized by rising susceptibility to development of multiple chronic diseases and, therefore, represents the major risk factor for multimorbidity. From a gerontological perspective, the progressive accumulation of multiple diseases, which significantly accelerates at older ages, is a milestone for progressive loss of resilience and age-related(More)
BACKGROUND Small changes of bilirubin and liver enzymes are often detected during the acute phase of stroke, but their origin and significance are still poorly understood. METHODS On days 0, 3, 7, and 14 after admission, 180 patients with ischemic stroke underwent serial determinations of bilirubin, GOT, GPT, γGT, alkaline phosphatase, C-reactive protein(More)
BACKGROUND Mitochondrial dysfunction has long been considered a major contributor to aging and age-related diseases. Harman's Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging postulated that somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations that accumulate over the life span cause excessive production of reactive oxygen species that damage macromolecules and impair cell and(More)
BACKGROUND Multimorbidity increases with aging, but risk factors beyond age are unknown. OBJECTIVE To investigate the association of inflammatory and anabolic hormonal biomarkers with presence and prospective development of multimorbidity. METHODS Nine-year longitudinal study of 1018 participants aged 60 years or older (InCHIANTI Study). Multimorbidity(More)
To investigate whether invasive procedures performed in the presence of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) DNA in maternal peripheral blood (HCMV DNAemia) represent a risk for iatrogenic transmission of HCMV infection to the fetus, 194 pregnant women undergoing prenatal diagnosis because of a primary HCMV infection and their 199 fetuses were investigated.(More)