Federica Confalonieri

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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)
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.
An assessment of T-lymphocyte populations was performed in two groups of drug addicts by the technique of monoclonal antibodies. Group I was composed of 11 asymptomatic heroin addicts, group II being in heroin withdrawal program from at least six months. Homosexual subjects, partners of patients with AIDS and patients with liver abnormalities or with recent(More)
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)
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)
The synchronous performance of aortic graft with a second surgical procedure should be avoided because of the risk of subsequent graft infection. The Authors reported the experience of 21 patients who underwent synchronous aortic graft with second surgical procedure. No graft infection occurred and it is concluded that such combined operation may be safer(More)