G. Ramella

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BACKGROUND/AIMS In humans, the role of liver cell dysplasia as a preneoplastic lesion is still debated. A prospective, long-term, multicenter study was performed to establish whether liver cell dysplasia in cirrhosis is associated with an increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS A cohort of 307 consecutive patients in whom liver(More)
Numerous hypothalamic peptides are involved in the control of eating behaviour. We assessed plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of SRIH, beta-endorphin (beta-EP), CRH, NPY and GHRH in a group of massively obese patients and in normal weight subjects. In the obese patients, CSF SRIH and beta-EP levels were significantly reduced and increased,(More)
OBJECTIVE The treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection remains disappointing. METHODS In 1999, we started a multicentre study comparing two regimens of recombinant interferon (IFN) alpha-2b plus ribavirin. Group A (90 patients) received ribavirin plus IFN alpha-2b 5 MU/day for 1 month (induction therapy) followed by IFN(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the efficacy, safety and tolerability of pegylated interferon plus ribavirin treatment in patients with chronic hepatitis Cvirus (HCV) infection and histologically proven fully established cirrhosis. We aimed here to evaluate the safety of this regimen in such patients and to identify baseline and on-treatment predictors of(More)
The Authors report a clinical multicentre experience with antidepressant agents (trazodone and amitriptyline) in the treatment of chronic cancer pain with deafferentation component. Forty-five patients were admitted to the study: 27 with oncological peripheral nerve lesions, 6 with post herpetic neuralgias, 10 with not oncological nerve lesions, 2 with(More)
We report a clinical multicentre experience with antidepressant agents (trazodone and amitriptyline) in the treatment of chronic pain due to deafferentation. Forty five patients were admitted to the study; most of them with oncological peripheral nerve lesions. Almost all of them were already being treated with NSAID in association with weak or strong(More)
Aseptic meningitis is a rare adverse drug reaction, reported with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) and with miscellaneous drugs such as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX). The most common clinical findings reported are fever, headache, stiffness and altered level of consciousness. We report a case of aseptic meningitis related to TMP-SMX(More)
Forty patients over 65 undergoing subarachnoid anesthesia with bupivacaine 0.50% (5 mg) and fentanyl (0.1 mg) were subdivided into two equal groups: one was premedicated with atropine and chlordesmethyldiazepam (0.03 mg/kg-1) and the other with atropine and diazepam (0.015 mg/Kg-1). A statistically significant difference was found in the group treated with(More)