Federica Confalonieri

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Autonomic neuropathy has been reported in human immunodeficiency virus positive (HIV+) patients. Since alterations in cardiac innervation may determine QT interval prolongation, this interval was studied in a group of HIV+ subjects to evaluate if it is prolonged and to compare this measurement with other diagnostic tests for autonomic neuropathy.(More)
This study describes a case of pulmonary aspergilloma in a neutropenic patient affected with myelodysplastic syndrome. It reports the therapeutic efficacy of itraconazole, emphasizing in particular the possible interaction with quinidine, with QT prolongation--at ECG--disappeared after quinidine withdrawal.
The effects of regular intensive exercise training on immune system homeostasis and the potential value of treatment with an immunostimulating agent were assessed in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study. A total of 60 athletes were studied over a 3-month period of regular intensive physical activity. After 1 and 3 months(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the presence of autonomic nervous system (ANS) involvement in HIV-positive drug users. DESIGN We investigated 37 HIV-positive (and 18 HIV-negative controls) intravenous heroin users who were without symptoms and signs of autonomic or peripheral neuropathy. METHODS The patients were clinically and immunologically assessed and(More)
We describe a patient with acute B-lymphocyte lymphoblastic leukemia who developed laboratory changes (not detectable free thyroxine, TSH 66 microIU/ml) suggesting severe primary hypothyroidism. Histological examination at autopsy showed massive leukemic infiltration of the thyroid gland: the progressive reduction of thyroid hormone levels with concomitant(More)
A case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) in a 40-year-old bisexual man unaware of being HIV positive is reported. The hematologic syndrome represented the first clinical manifestation of this viral infection. The clinical picture, characterized by severe hemolytic microangiopathic anemia, thrombocytopenia, fluctuating neurologic abnormalities and(More)