Giovanna Vitaliti

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BACKGROUND To evaluate whether the addition of a probiotic could improve Helicobacter pylori (H.P.) eradication rates and reduce the side effects of treatment in children. METHODS Between July 2008 and July 2011 all patients with a clinical, laboratory and endoscopic diagnosis of H.P. positive gastritis referred to our Unit were included in the study.(More)
The authors report a wide and updated revision of hydranencephaly, including a literature review, and present the case of a patient affected by this condition, still alive at 36 months.Hydranencephaly is an isolated and with a severe prognosis abnormality, affecting the cerebral mantle. In this condition, the cerebral hemispheres are completely or almost(More)
In the early 1990s, attention was drawn to the migration of immune cells into the central nervous system via the blood-brain barrier. The literature showed that lymphocytes binding to the endothelium were successfully inhibited by an antibody against α4β1 integrin. These biological findings resulted in the development of a humanized antibody to α4 integrin(More)
The article published in Hepatitis Monthy on non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis with the aspartate transaminasis to platelet ratio index (APRI) in patients with chronic liver disease by Yilmaz et al. (1), is interesting and very useful to permit a diagnosis and staging of fibrosis, although this index does not seem to have a high sensitivity and(More)
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS) is a well-defined syndrome in which tics (motor and/or vocal) and/or obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) consistently exacerbate in temporal correlation to a Group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal infection. In children with PANDAS, there is speculation about whether(More)
BACKGROUND An increasing number of children with chronic disease require a complete medical examination to be able to practice physical activity. Particularly children with solitary functioning kidney (SFK) need an accurate functional evaluation to perform sports activities safely. The aim of our study was to evaluate the influence of regular physical(More)
Fibromatosis colli is an uncommon benign, congenital fibrous tumor or pseudotumor of the sternocleidomastoid muscle that manifests in infancy. In some of these patients tightening of the muscle results in torticollis. We report the case of a 3-week-old child, who presented with a neck mass localized in the left side with reduced mobility of the head. The(More)
which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Actually, in literature, it is known that HLA-DQ2 haplo-type is over-represented in celiac population and since both HBsAg protein fragments and gliadin peptides bind to HLA-DQ2 molecules; their competition may favors a defective(More)
Background: Among legumes, lentils seem to be the most common legume implicated in pediatric allergic reactions in the Mediterranean area and India, and usually they start early in life, below 4 years of age. Case report: A 22-month-old child was admitted to our Pediatric Department for anaphylaxis and urticaria. At the age of 9 months she presented a first(More)