Franco Cattaneo

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We present a 56-year-old man with an episode of hypokalemic periodic paralysis. There are several interesting aspects of this rare disease, such as the suggestive history and clinical signs (sudden onset, symmetrical paralysis mainly of the lower extremities, "walking-off" phenomenon, no symptoms or signs between attacks) or the unexplained episodic(More)
The authors report the case of a 37-year-old woman who presented with amenorrhea and an increased level of serum prolactin. Magnetic resonance images of the pituitary revealed a lesion with characteristics consistent with those of a microadenoma. Transsphenoidal exploration was performed, but a prolactinoma was not found. After endocrinological review, the(More)
We report on 10 cases of macroprolactinaemia and discuss recent evidence that many patients with hyperprolactinaemia (8-26%, depending on the population studied) have in fact normal amounts of circulating prolactin but false-high values in commercial assays. This is caused by macromolecular prolactin (also named big-big prolactin or macroprolactin), a(More)
In an effort to reduce the risks of a possible iatrogenic transmission of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE) through the use of bovine-derived medicinal products, we patented in the USA in 1999 a polysaccharide from brown algae, endowed with interesting pharmacological activities: (a) concentration-dependent inhibition of thromboplastin or(More)
In a previous paper we gave evidence that chronic oral defibrotide antagonizes the noxious effect of developing atherosclerosis in the cardiovascular system. In the present paper we give evidence that defibrotide is still capable of exerting beneficial effects on cardiovascular function once atherosclerosis is established. In fact, there was statistically(More)