Evangelista Sagnelli

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This paper reviews the complications that arose after 68 276 percutaneous liver biopsies performed from 1973 to 1983. The complications are analyzed in relation to the underlying liver disease and to the type of needle used. Death was infrequent (9/100 000); it was always due to haemoperitoneum and occurred only in patients with malignant diseases or(More)
We studied 648 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)- and/or anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive patients to evaluate the virologic and clinical characteristics of multiple hepatitis viral infection. We defined as Case B-C an HBsAg/anti-HCV positive patient and as Case b-C an anti-HCV/anti-HBc-positive, HBsAg/anti-HBs-negative patient. For each Case B-C we(More)
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) was responsible for a high proportion of cases of acute and chronic liver disease in Southern Europe during the 1970s. Some data suggest that by the 1990s HDV circulation had substantially declined. We have assessed the prevalence of HDV infection and its clinical impact in 834 Italian hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers(More)
We enrolled 44 patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) acute infection, 21 anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive for at least 1 year (case BC group), 20 anti-HCV-negative (control B group), and 3 with HBV/HCV acute concurrent infection. For each case BC, a subject with chronic HCV infection alone was selected (control C group). At the first observation, 85.7%(More)
OBJECTIVES The study investigated the effects of physical activity on preinfarction angina, a clinical equivalent of ischemic preconditioning (PC), in adult and elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Preinfarction angina seems to confer protection against in-hospital mortality in adult but not in elderly patients. However, it(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the impact of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in 115 consecutive anti-HIV-positive, hepatitis B surface antigen-negative patients, naive for antiretroviral treatment. METHODS Of these 115, 86 patients were followed for at least 6 months (range 6-36) with serial determinations of HIV RNA and HBV DNA by polymerase chain reaction(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of acute hepatitis C (AHC) is based on seroconversion to positive anti-HCV, which is usually not clinically possible. OBJECTIVE To determine if avidity of anti-HCV IgG can be used for the diagnosis of AHC infection. STUDY DESIGN We enrolled 40 consecutive patients with AHC, 16 drug addicts (IVDA) with exacerbation of chronic(More)
To evaluate whether HCV genotype and a "silent" HBV infection may be related to a more severe clinical presentation of liver disease, 205 anti-HCV/HCV-RNA positive, HBsAg/anti-HBs negative patients with chronic hepatitis (113 males and 92 females; median age 55 years, range 18-77), were studied on presentation at the Liver Unit from January 1993 to December(More)
Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in patients with chronic hepatitis C has been found associated with severe liver damage, low response to interferon treatment and increased risk of developing HCC. However, doubts remain on its clinical impact and the sensitivity and specificity of its detection. HBV-DNA was sought by PCR in plasma, peripheral blood(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To evaluate a possible variation in hepatitis D virus endemicity in Italy, the data from a multicentre study concerning HBsAg chronic carriers first observed in 31 liver units during 1992 were compared with the corresponding figures from a similar study performed in 1987. METHODS/RESULTS In both studies the methodology for the recruitment(More)