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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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