Gianpiero Castelli

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A case-control study was carried out to examine the relation of three subtypes of leukemia cells and refractory anemia with excess of blasts to selected behavioral and environmental factors. Cases aged 15 years or older were recruited in three hospitals located in Rome, Bologna, and Pavia, respectively. Outpatients who were either normal or had(More)
BACKGROUND The estimated incidence of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is approximately 6 cases per 10 million people per year with no apparent differences between sexes. The age of APL cases is younger than that of other acute myeloid leukemias (AML). Spatial and temporal clusters of APL have been reported. These observations suggest a possible selective(More)
BACKGROUND Controversy still exists over the optimal management of early-stage Hodgkin's disease (HD); presentation features may have a different prognostic impact according to initial therapy, and long-term toxicity must be fully evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS This study included 164 patients with stage IA-IIA HD treated with radiotherapy (RT) alone or(More)
BACKGROUND Very little information is presently available regarding risk factors for essential thrombocythemia (ET). METHODS A case-control study was performed to study the possible association between ET and selected behavioral, occupational, and environmental exposures. RESULTS Thirty-nine patients aged 20 years or older and 156 controls were enrolled(More)
This study reviewed the clinical and hematologic characteristics of 161 patients with polycythemia vera treated with myelosuppressive agents, with or without antiaggregating platelet therapy, in order to determine the features associated with a risk of hemorrhagic or thrombotic complications. At presentation, 7 patients (4.3%) showed hemorrhages and 36(More)
Seven patients with hypereosinophilia in association with a lymphoblastic malignancy are described. The eosinophilia preceded or was present at diagnosis in all patients. Eosinophil counts fell during complete remission but rose significantly before or during relapses in five patients. Hypogranular and sometimes Pelger-eosinophils were seen in five cases.(More)
One hundred and five consecutive primary high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or secondary acute myeloid leukaemia (sAML) evolving from MDS (performance status 0-3, ECOG) entered this study. Induction chemotherapy (CT) consisted of idarubicine 12 mg/m2 i.v. on days 1 and 2, etoposide 60 mg/m2/12h i.v. for 5d, Ara-C 120 mg/ m2/12h i.v. for 5d (one or(More)
We reviewed 251 consecutive adult patients with Hodgkin's disease treated at the Division of Hematology, Policlinico S. Matteo, Pavia, from January 1970 to December 1979, to assess the risk of development of acute leukemia. The median time of follow-up was 48 months (range 6-135). No leukemia occurred in 88 patients treated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy(More)
Plasma cell leukemia (PCL) can be considered the leukemic variant of multiple myeloma. The diagnosis is based on hematological features, including a plasmacytosis exceeding 2 x 10(9)/l and any evidence of a clonal plasma cell proliferation. There are two forms of PCL: the primary form occurring in individuals without preceding multiple myeloma, and the(More)