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The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of risedronate on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover markers in HIV-infected osteoporotic males, according to their gonadal status. HIV patients were followed up for 24 months and divided into two groups: patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia with fractures (group A, n = 20) and those without(More)
Although the association between inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal infections has been suggested, the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease (CD) are still undetermined. We report the case of a man, who presented with mesenteric adenitis initially due to a Yersinia pseudotubercolosis infection, who was later diagnosed with(More)
OBJECTIVE Osteoporosis and hypogonadism are common in men with HIV infection. Ageing Male Symptoms (AMS) scale measures symptoms related to hypogonadism. FRAX provides 10-year probability of major fractures. We investigated the role of AMS scale combined with FRAX without bone mineral density (BMD), in identifying HIV men with bone fragility. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the performance of serial QuantiFeron-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) tests in patients with rheumatic diseases during longterm systemic treatment with biologic therapy, evaluating conversions and reversions in relation to the clinical outcome. METHODS We conducted a prospective study on patients awaiting biologic agents. At baseline, they(More)
Screening for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) prior to the prescribing of anti-TNF agents and monitoring for infection during treatment are recommended. The feasibility of novel screening tools, including QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT), remains unclear in the setting of immunosuppression. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of(More)
OBJECTIVE The differential diagnosis between rheumatic diseases and infectious conditions is a great challenge in clinical practice. Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic inflammatory syndrome that shares several clinical and laboratory variables with sepsis. Interleukin (IL)-18 is overexpressed in AOSD, suggesting a possible role as a(More)
BACKGROUND Recent clinical studies have shown that the presence of CC genotype in the rs12979860 region of IL28B gene is associated with an increase in the probability of spontaneous clearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Moreover, IL28B polymorphism seems to influence the probability of developing liver steatosis in chronic HCV patients. AIMS The aims of(More)
BACKGROUND Spontaneous Spinal Infections SSI represent a rare and serious pathological entity. We've tried to study a correlation between type of treatment, timing of treatment and clinical outcome through a multivariate analysis of an observational cohort study with the aim to define what is the optimal clinico-therapeutic management. METHODS We perform(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is a commensal bacterium representing one of the most important components of the skin microbiome, mostly isolated in the anterior nares. A higher rate of SA nasal colonization in patients affected by Wegener's granulomatosis and rheumatoid arthritis compared with healthy subjects (HS) has been described. No studies(More)