Giambattista Tantimonaco

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The role of sexual transmission in the diffusion of HCV infection, was studied through the seroprevalence of anti-HCV antibodies in the heterosexual habitual partners of 83 anti-HCV positive subjects. The index cases were represented by 10 dialysed subjects, 31 patients with chronic liver disease and 42 healthy carriers. Seroprevalence of anti-HCV(More)
Chronic active hepatitis due to HCV represents a severe progressive disorder of the liver, At present, Interferon seems to be the most efficacious treatment available, however, only 20-25% of the patients treated achieve complete remission. The efficacy has, therefore, been evaluated of Ribavirin, a nucleoside analogue active both on DNA and RNA viruses, in(More)
In chronic steatosic liver disease, alcohol or non-alcohol related or HBV, HCV, HDV associated, a reduction in hepatic glutathione and, consequently, in the detoxifying effects of hepatocytes is observed. Intravenous administration of high dose glutathione in patients with chronic steatosic liver disease has shown that glutathione significantly improves the(More)
Although the secondary transmission of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection is preventable through vaccination, it is not known whether the vaccination of household contacts is feasible. To this end, we conducted a prospective cohort study among the household contacts, 40 years of age or less, of all persons infected with primary HAV infection (index cases)(More)
Alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) represents the best therapy for HCV active chronic hepatitis, but only 25% of treated patients achieve a complete recovery. Several attempts have been made to increase this percentage. The objective of our study is to verify whether the combination ribavirin (R)+ IFN-alpha can lead to positive results in non-responders to(More)
Infection is a serious complication following pacemaker implantation. Usually it results from normal flora of the skin or from Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus spp., Enterococcus spp. We report here a case suggesting that Brucella melitensis is able to persist around pacemaker device being a cause of relapsing brucellosis.
In addition to clinical and laboratory alterations, the ultrasound picture in patients with liver steatosis may be quite clearly and closely connected to the histological aspects of this disease. Moreover, these patients have been found to have a reduced hepatocytic and plasmatic glutathione (GSH) level and consequently a reduced liver detoxicating(More)
HCV is seen as an emergent problem in Dialysis Units; in fact, the patients of these centers are at high risk for blood-transmitted infections, through coming microepidemies. For this reason and using the same method, we have studied the prevalence of anti-HCV and virus-derived hepatitis in a dialytic population of 105 patients. The prevalence of anti-HCV(More)
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