Francesco Equitani

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The term secondary leukemia is usually employed to indicate both forms of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) evolving from previous myelodysplasia and forms of acute leukemia developing after exposure to environmental or therapeutic toxins or radiation (therapy related). Secondary leukemias account for 10-30% of all AML. The majority of(More)
Blood samples were drawn daily from 72 patients who had hematological malignancies, neutropenia, and fever and who had failed to respond to broad-spectrum antibiotics. Each sample was used for conventional fungal blood cultures and for detection and identification of Candida DNA by a PCR method with subsequent restriction enzyme analysis (REA) recently(More)
A retrospective study of 76 episodes of candidemia in 73 patients with underlying hematological malignancy, from 1988 until 1997, has been conducted to evaluate the clinical characteristics and to ascertain the variables related to the onset and the outcome of candidemia. The most frequent malignancy was acute myeloid leukemia (29 episodes). Candidemia(More)
In this study, we compared the long-term effects of different iron chelation regimens (deferoxamine, deferiprone, deferoxamine + deferiprone, and deferasirox) in preventing or reversing endocrinopathy (diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, or hypogonadism) and bone disease (measured through DEXA) in 165 adults with β-thalassemia major (TM) (mean age 39.9 ± 8.3(More)
We present a 70-year-old woman with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia in whom serial imaging studies showed the development of multiple vertebral collapse, and communicating superior and inferior Schmorl’s nodes creating a longitudinal channel (”tunneling” Schmorl’s nodes) through the anterior aspect of T12 to L3 vertebral bodies of her osteoporotic(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To evaluate the characteristics of patients affected by hematologic malignancies who developed a chronic disseminated candidiasis (CDC), and to ascertain the factors that influenced the outcome, in a retrospective study conducted between January 1990 and December 2000, in 4 Hematology Divisions. DESIGN AND METHODS CDC was(More)
CONTEXT Obesity may be regarded as a low-grade inflammatory state. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in pro-inflammatory adipocytokines and the innate immune system, cardiovascular risk, and insulin sensitivity after massive weight loss. DESIGN This was a longitudinal study. SETTING The study was conducted at Catholic University,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate in a multicenter retrospective study, the clinical and laboratory characteristics and the outcome of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (sAML) previously diagnosed with breast cancer (BC) among an adult acute leukemia population. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between June 1992 and July 1996, 3934 new cases of adults with acute leukemia were(More)
BACKGROUND Liver synthesizes hepcidin in response to iron overload, leading to down-regulation of duodenal iron absorption. The pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes is associated with increased iron stores. We aimed to study circulating prohepcidin in association with insulin sensitivity and parameters of glucose and iron metabolism. METHODS Serum(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The liver is a crucial organ at the crossroads of iron and glucose metabolism. The aim of the study was to assess intra-hepatic iron in young patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its association with insulin resistance and severity of liver damage. METHODS Intrahepatic iron content was assessed (Pearl's stain(More)