Geoacchino Leandro

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AIMS To evaluate diagnostic accuracy of contrast echocardiography (CE) as compared with CT, for the screening of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) in hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT); to evaluate the clinical significance of semi-quantitative analysis of a shunt on CE. METHODS AND RESULTS A blinded prospective study was conducted(More)
High-fiber diet supplementation is commonly used in IBS, although it poses several management problems. Partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) has shown beneficial effects in animal and human studies, but its potential role in IBS symptom relief has not been evaluated yet. We investigated PHGG in IBS patients and compared it to a wheat bran diet. Abdominal(More)
This study was undertaken in order to compare the usefulness of three indices of tumour proliferation in detecting primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and in differentiating this neoplasm from liver cirrhosis. In 10 patients with HCC and in 63 with liver cirrhosis serum α-fetoprotein (AFP), tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) and ferritin were assayed.(More)
Little is known about ulcer outcome in the elderly. The aims of the present paper were to establish whether risk factors of slow-healing peptic ulcer can be demonstrated in the elderly and whether clinical differences exist between ulcer patients whose age of onset of the disease was before or after 65 years old. The short-term, open study, involving 1052(More)
To determine whether obesity associated with "primary empty sella" (PES) had a characteristic hormonal pattern, we evaluated the hormonal profile in 24 simple obese and 19 obese-PES women. The latter group showed a significant delta-GH and LH impaired levels as well as plasma beta-EP significantly higher. Hence, the beta-EP measurement could be used to(More)
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