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Connective tissue diseases (CTDs) are chronic multisystemic inflammatory disorders whose indicative signs or symptoms have a high sensitivity but poor specificity in predicting the evolution into a given CTD. We have analysed 84 consecutive patients initially diagnosed as having an early undifferentiated CTD (early UCTD) with the aim of verifying the(More)
Previous data have indicated that organ-specific and non-organ-specific autoimmune diseases may occur in the same patient. We report here our study on the type and prevalence of endocrine autoimmune diseases in undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD). A retrospective analysis revealed five out of 75 UCTD cases (6.6%) with cytology-verified(More)
AIMS To characterize the clinical profile of patients belonging to families affected with autosomal dominant arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) due to mutations of the gene encoding for the cell-to-cell adhesion protein desmoplakin (DSP). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-eight subjects belonging to four families showing different DSP(More)
The case of a 21-year-old patient operated on as an emergency for traumatic rupture of the suprahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC) and hepatic vein (HVs) is presented. Since anatomic reconstruction of the ruptured vessels was considered unfeasible, a direct anastomosis was instituted between the right atrium and the liver capsule around the disrupted IVC and(More)