Fabio M. Conti

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents a serious complication of HCV-related cirrhosis. New direct-acting antivirals (DAA) cure HCV infection in over 90% of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the early occurrence and recurrence of HCC in cirrhotic patients treated with DAA. METHODS We analysed 344 consecutive cirrhotic(More)
Kinetic parameters of metformin (N,N-dimethylbiguanide), an anti-diabetic reported to be associated with a lower number of episodes of lactic acidosis than phenformin, were determined in volunteers with normal renal function and in patients with different degrees of renal impairment. Drug in body fluids was measured by a highly specific and sensitive mass(More)
The time to onset of action of amiodarone is often long in patients treated for arrhythmias; one reason might be a slow entry of the drug into the target organ, the heart. Amiodarone and desethylamiodarone, its active metabolite, were measured in the plasma, atrial tissue and pericardial fat of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Two groups were studied:(More)
PURPOSE To assess the activity and toxicity of gemcitabine in locally advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma patients (pts). PATIENTS AND METHODS Gemcitabine was administered on days 1, 8, 15 every 4 weeks at a dose of 1.000/1.250 mg/m2, respectively, in pretreated or not pretreated pts. RESULTS Eighteen pts entered this phase II trial; sixteen had(More)
Based on preclinical data showing a synergistic activity of simultaneous administration of vinorelbine and paclitaxel, we carried out a phase II trial in previously untreated advanced breast cancer patients. Treatment consisted of vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) and paclitaxel 150 mg/m(2), both drugs given by intravenous infusion over 3 h on day 1, with cycles(More)
The treatment of refractory metastatic breast cancer is primarily palliative, without a significant impact on overall survival. Among the innovative combinations in this unfavourable setting, paclitaxel and gemcitabine showed a possible synergistic action and an encouraging activity in some clinical trials. This phase II study was carried out to evaluate(More)
INTRODUCTION Central venous catheters (CVC) related thrombosis (CRT) represents a well known complication in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) receiving intensive chemotherapy but the efficacy of antithrombotic prophylaxis still remains controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS We analyzed 71 consecutive AML patients whose CVC was inserted before each(More)
From 1980 through 1993 ten patients underwent concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting and lung resection via median sternotomy. In eight patients a lung malignancy was resected, of which one was a small cell lung cancer. The lung resection was carried out before cardiopulmonary bypass in eight patients and during cardiopulmonary bypass in two. Coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is recommended in patients with cirrhosis. As α-fetoprotein (AFP) is considered a poor surveillance test, we tested the performance of its changes over time. METHODS Eighty patients were diagnosed with HCC (cases) during semiannual surveillance with ultrasonography and AFP measurement were(More)
Venous thromboembolism is common in subjects with chronic myeloproliferative disorders and is a recognized presenting feature of occult myeloproliferation. We report the case of a young woman who presented with acute thrombosis in the right jugular vein and pulmonary embolism. Splenomegaly and myeloid proliferation with bone marrow fibrosis, in the absence(More)