Francesco Diciolla

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The etiopathogenesis of thoracic aortic aneurysms is currently an issue of debate. The present study investigated ultrastructural, morphometric, and immunohistochemical aspects of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in chronic aneurysm of the thoracic aorta (aneurysm group), aortic dilatation associated with valvular disease (valvular group), and dissection of the(More)
BACKGROUND Femoral arteries are the preferred site of peripheral cannulation for arterial inflow in type A aortic dissection operations. The presence of aortoiliac aneurysms, severe peripheral occlusive disease, atherosclerosis of the femoral vessels, and distal extension of the aortic dissection may preclude their utilization. Axillary artery cannulation(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha plays a role in congestive heart failure (CHF). A2A adenosine receptor (A(2A)R) activation on immune cells putatively reduces the release of cytokines contributing to CHF progression. The study is aimed at determining the role of the A(2A)R in the modulation of TNF-alpha production, and the ex vivo effect of(More)
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients produce great amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines, indicating that circulating cells are activated and could mirror changes occurring in inflammatory cells infiltrating the failing heart. Adenosine is a regulatory metabolite acting through four membrane receptors that are linked to(More)
The pacemaker current I(f)is present in ventricular myocytes from the human failing heart where it may contribute to arrhythmogenesis. The role of cardiac disease in the modulation of I(f)expression is still uncertain. We studied the functional expression and properties of I(f)in human ventricular myocytes isolated from control donor hearts or from(More)
Intramural hematoma of the aorta is a condition increasingly observed in clinical practice. Uncertainty exists whether such lesions represent a different pathology or simply the precursors of classic dissecting aneurysm. The patient was a 76-year-old woman with intramural hematoma of the ascending aorta. Clinical course, progression of the lesion to type A(More)
INTRODUCTION We sought to evaluate the behavior of C2 values and their correlation with acute rejection episodes and cyclosporine (CyA) side effects in heart transplant patients whose immunosuppressive therapy, was monitored with C0 trough levels. METHODS Sixty stable patients who had received heart transplants from 3 months to 60 months prior were(More)
Abuse of doping agents may pose a higher risk for heart disease including acute myocardial infarction. We report the case of a 50-year-old body-builder Caucasian man with a long-standing abuse of nandrolone and erythropoietin that developed a ventricular septal defect following acute myocardial infarction. This mechanical complication led to cardiogenic(More)
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) represents the preferred treatment for most upper ureteric and renal calculi. Complication rates associated with ESWL are low, justifying the enthusiasm and acceptance of this treatment modality. As the technique has become more widely available, some deleterious effects on the kidneys and the surrounding tissues(More)
Patients (n = 103) were studied before heart transplantation with regard to smoking habits by means of a clinical interview, and 81 were submitted to Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). After a mean time of 50.8 +/- 24.2 months from transplant, they were once again interviewed to ascertain their smoking habits after intervention. Nonsmokers(More)