Giorgina Barbara Piccoli

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To assess whether chlorambucil or cyclophosphamide may have a better therapeutic index in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy, we compared two regimens based on a 6-mo treatment, alternating every other month methylprednisolone with chlorambucil or methylprednisolone with cyclophosphamide. Patients with biopsy-proven membranous nephropathy and(More)
MYH9-related disease (MYH9-RD) is a rare autosomal-dominant disorder caused by mutations in the gene for nonmuscle myosin heavy chain IIA (NMMHC-IIA). MYH9-RD is characterized by a considerable variability in clinical evolution: patients present at birth with only thrombocytopenia, but some of them subsequently develop sensorineural deafness, cataract,(More)
BACKGROUND Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RF) is a complex clinical entity characterized by a fibro-inflammatory reaction around the abdominal aorta and iliac arteries extended into the retroperitoneum. No biochemical marker correlates with the disease severity and progression, and imaging data fail to discriminate between fibrotic and florid lesions. Positron(More)
BACKGROUND Pregnancy in CKD is an increasing challenge, considering also the paucity of therapeutic tools available in pregnant women. While theoretically interesting, the experience with low protein diets in pregnancy is limited. Aim of this feasibility study is to review our experience with supplemented vegetarian low protein diets in pregnancy, as a(More)
BACKGROUND Intracystic infection, in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) and in kidneys with multiple cysts, is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, as conventional imaging techniques may not discriminate among "complicated" cysts (infection, bleeding, neoplasia), and as the clinical picture may be attenuated, in particular in early(More)
The definition of acute pyelonephritis is controversial. There are two contrasting approaches: (1) acute pyelonephritis is a severe infectious disease involving the kidney parenchyma, and specific imaging techniques are required for diagnosis; (2) acute pyelonephritis is a urinary tract infection, and diagnosis and therapy follow simplified clinical and(More)
To evaluate the role of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism in the progression of immunoglobulin A glomerulonephritis (IgA-GN), genotype distribution in 81 biopsy-proven cases of IgA-GN was studied. A logistic regression model showed that the risk for homozygous DD was not significantly elevated in patients with(More)
Twelve cases of glomerulonephritis in patients without systemic diseases, displaying organized glomerular deposits, were reported. Microfibrils (11-30 nm diameter) were found in 9 patients and microtubules (20-35 nm diameter) in the other 3. Histochemical stainings for amyloid were always negative. By light microscopy, mesangial proliferative, membranous(More)
In an uncontrolled study a gluten-free diet was given to 29 patients affected by primary IgA nephropathy (IgAGN). All of them followed the diet for 6 months, 23 patients for 1 year and 9 for 2 to 4 years. Mean levels of IgA containing circulating immune complexes (IgAIC), detected by a specific conglutinin assay and by measuring IgA content in 2.5%(More)
Background: Acute pyelonephritis is a potential cause of kidney scars. Aim: To evaluate the relationship between clinical, laboratory and imaging data and the development of kidney scars in acute pyelonephritis. Methods: All consecutive patients hospitalized for acute uncomplicated pyelonephritis in our nephrology unit from June 1996 to June 2004 were(More)