Ettore Minutilli

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BACKGROUND Biological therapies are a new breakthrough in the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Among these, tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antagonists such as infliximab and etanercept are the most promising as TNF is considered to be essential in driving cytokine cascade at sites of cutaneous and synovial inflammation in this(More)
Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp (EPDS) is a rare entity characterized by pustular, erosive and crusted lesions of the scalp with progressive scarring alopecia. The aetiology is unknown, but predisposing factors have been reported such as trauma, skin grafting, prolonged exposure to UV light of a bald scalp as well as co-existence of auto-immune(More)
This study aims to correlate the most important prognostic factors of primary melanoma with sentinel node (SN) positive for metastases. We have enrolled 84 patients subjected to sentinel node biopsies for cutaneous melanomas of Breslow's thickness > or = 0.75 mm by using an intra-operative gamma probe after lymphoscintigraphy, without blue dye support. SN(More)
High-dose interferon-alpha remains the first-line treatment in the adjuvant therapy of metastatic melanoma. More recently, high-dose pegylated interferon-alpha-2b has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Actually, an adjuvant therapy alternative to high-dose interferon-alpha is represented by ipilimumab. Moreover, combination therapy of(More)
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer of elderly patients. Generally, it originates from Merkel cells of the basal layer of the epidermis characterized by typical neuroendocrine granules (neuron-specific enolase; NSE+) and keratin filament (cytokeratin-20; CK20). Its incidence has been increasing in the last two(More)