Giovan Battista Ruffo

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AIMS [Formula: see text] multislice multiecho cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) allows quantification of the segmental distribution of myocardial iron overload (MIO). We evaluated whether a preferential pattern MIO was preserved between two CMR scans in regularly chelated thalassaemia major (TM) patients. METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated prospectively 259(More)
The age at which it is necessary to start Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) T2* screening in thalassaemia major (TM) is still uncertain. To clarify this point, we evaluated the prevalence of myocardial iron overload (MIO), function and fibrosis by CMR in TM patients younger than 10 years. We retrospectively selected 35 TM patients enrolled in the(More)
We report the long-term effects of deferasirox 10-30 mg/kg/day on cardiac iron overload in a case series of five patients with transfusion-dependent beta-thalassaemia major who underwent up to 5 years of chelation therapy. Iron overload was monitored by multislice multi-echo T2* magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Overall, T2* MRI showed a decrease from(More)
Hemoglobins (Hbs) with high oxygen affinity play a well-known role among the causes of erythrocytosis. In 1996, a new Hb called Hb Hinwil or beta38(C4)Thr-->Asn was described. In carriers, it causes an increase in the number of red blood cells, total Hb, and hematocrit. Here we report the case of a patient, aged 10 months, whom we observed because of severe(More)
Once-daily deferasirox dispersible tablets (DT) have a well-defined safety and efficacy profile and, compared with parenteral deferoxamine, provide greater patient adherence, satisfaction, and quality of life. However, barriers still exist to optimal adherence, including gastrointestinal tolerability and palatability, leading to development of a new(More)
Methods From the 2171 patients enrolled in the MIOT (Myocardial Iron Overload in Thalassemia) network, we retrospectively selected the 35 TM patients aged less than 10 years who had undergone at least one MRI scan. Myocardial iron overload (MIO) was measured by T2* multislice multiecho technique. Biventricular function parameters were quantitatively(More)
Background Sickle-thalassemia is an inherited hemoglobin disorder resulting from the combined heterozygosity for sicklecell and b-thalassemia genes. Myocardial iron overload in patients with sickle-thalassemia has been poorly studied; however, a report has shown no evidence of cardiac iron in a small group (n=10) of multitransfused Arab patients. The(More)
1 Piero Farruggia, MD, 2 Giuseppe Puccio, MD, 3 Ugo Ramenghi, MD, 4 Raffaella Colombatti, MD, 5 Paola Corti, MD, 1 Angela Trizzino, MD, 6 Angelica Barone, MD, 7 Gianluca Boscarol, MD, 1 Fabrizia Ferraro, MD, 8 Paolo Grotto, MD, 9 Laura Lo Valvo, MD, 10 Laura Luti, MD, 11 Sofia Maria Rosaria Matarese, MD, 1 Clara Mosa, MD, 4 Maria Caterina Putti, MD, 12(More)
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