Enrico Selvi

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical and radiological response of chronic calcific tendinitis of the shoulder to extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in a single blind study. METHODS 70 patients showing chronic, symptomatic, calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder were examined. A single blind randomised study was performed with 35 patients undergoing a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) in calcaneal enthesophytosis. METHODS 60 patients (43 women, 17 men) were examined who had talalgia associated with heel spur. A single blind randomised study was performed in which 30 patients underwent a regular treatment (group 1) and 30 a simulated one (shocks of 0(More)
Hyperhomocysteinemia is independently associated with the development of coronary, cerebral and peripheral vascular disease and deep-vein thrombosis in the general population. The evidence that cardiovascular involvement is particularly frequent and advanced in patients affected with several autoimmune diseases (AD), in which hyperhomocysteinemia represent(More)
A previous study of electrocardiography at rest showed that anti-Ro/SSA-positive patients with connective tissue disease (CTD) frequently had corrected QT (QTc) interval prolongation. Because QTc interval prolongation is a definite risk factor for arrhythmic sudden death in the general population, a 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring study was(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the clinical presentation and course of a relatively large group of Italian adult patients screened for mutation of the homogentisate dioxygenase gene causing alkaptonuria (AKU) and ochronosis, and to review typical and atypical facets of this condition. METHODS We reviewed the medical records of 9 patients affected by ochronotic(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the Diff Quik (DQ) staining method might prove useful in identifying monosodium urate (MSU) and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals on permanent mounted stained slides. METHODS 27 synovial fluid (SF) samples obtained from the knees of 21 patients with acute CPPD disease and 6 with acute gout were studied. Wet(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate morphological abnormalities in nerve and smooth muscle structures of the anorectal wall underlying gastrointestinal dysfunction in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS We performed deep rectal biopsy in 3 patients with limited scleroderma of relatively recent onset and intestinal symptoms. RESULTS We found(More)
BACKGROUND Cannabinoids modulate fibrogenesis in scleroderma. Ajulemic acid (AjA) is a non-psychoactive synthetic analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol that can bind the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ). Recent evidence suggests a key role for PPAR-γ in fibrogenesis. OBJECTIVE To determine whether AjA can modulate fibrogenesis in murine(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether, in patients with the diffuse form of systemic sclerosis (dSSc), macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) production is dysregulated. METHODS 10 patients with dSSc and 10 healthy controls, matched for age and sex, were studied. MIF expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry on formalin fixed skin biopsies of(More)