Fulvio Mozzi

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BACKGROUND Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activity, the variable most commonly measured to assess hepatic disease, fails to identify many patients with hepatic injury. Current standards for "normal" ALT level were defined by using populations that included persons with subclinical liver disease. OBJECTIVE To update definitions of healthy ranges for(More)
To assess the incidence and source of community-acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among subjects at low risk for blood-borne diseases, we prospectively studied a cohort of 16,515 repeat blood donors over a mean follow-up time of 36 months. Second- and third-generation methods were used for hepatitis C virus antibody (anti-HCV) testing. HCV RNA was(More)
A Quality System for Placental Blood Banking aimed at the transplantation of haematopoietic stem cells to related and unrelated allogeneic recipients is described. It includes the organizational structure, procedures, processes and resources needed to implement quality management. The Quality System described in this article is based on ISO 9002, a model(More)
BACKGROUND Sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) can occur, albeit inefficiently, and this represents a possible cause of community-acquired infections. This study describes a case of asymptomatic HCV infection acquired by a repeat blood donor from her sexual partner. CASE REPORT A female repeat blood donor showed anti-HCV seroconversion and a(More)
BACKGROUND The risk of transmitting a hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection from donor kidneys with a past HBV serological profile may be negligible. Data on HBV transmission to kidney transplant recipients from donor organs that were anti-HBc/HBsAg in Italy has not been previously reported. Anti-HBc testing in cadaver organ donors has been mandatory in Italy(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The association of liver disease with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes mainly refers to patients with serious liver damage; little information is available on symptomless carriers. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation of genotypes with clinical course, risk factors for infection, and antibody to HCV reactivity in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of antibodies to HIV-1/2 and HTLV-I/II in 1305 transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemics treated in 36 centres in Italy. DESIGN Patient serum samples were collected during 1990 and tested in Milan. METHODS Sera were screened using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) containing viral lysate antigens from HIV-1(More)
To evaluate the risk of transmitting blood-borne GB virus C/hepatitis G virus (GBV-C/HGV) and to define the natural course of infection, we performed a prospective study in a cohort of multitransfused beta-thalassemics during a 6-year follow-up period. We analyzed serum samples of 150 patients collected at 3-year intervals from 1990 to 1996. GBV-C/HGV RNA(More)