Giovanni La Montagna

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OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency of osteoporosis in a large cohort of women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to investigate the main determinants of bone mineral density (BMD) and risk factors for vertebral fractures in this population. METHODS We recruited 925 consecutive female patients with RA at 21 Rheumatology Centers in Italy. For each patient(More)
The effects of recombinant GH doses (10 micrograms/kg.day, 3 times a week for 6 months) lower than those previously used in the treatment of GH-deficient adults (GHDA) on body composition, bone mineral content, and heart structure and function were investigated in seven (six males and one female, aged 25-27 yr) GHDA. They were studied before treatment,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical and radiologic features of foot involvement in systemic sclerosis (SSc). PATIENTS One hundred patients (91 women, 9 men; mean age, 51.9 +/- 11 years) with SSc (mean disease duration, 17.4 +/- 10.5 years) were retrospectively studied. Seventy-four subjects had limited scleroderma and 26 diffuse scleroderma. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the behavior of serum YKL-40 in a cohort of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS Forty SSc patients (35 women, 5 men) were investigated for serum YKL-40, soluble interleukin 2 receptor alpha (sIL-2Ra; by ELISA), von Willebrand factor (vWF; ELISA), and aminoterminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP;(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between insulin resistance (IR) and subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Carotid artery intima media thickness (IMT), using ultrasound evaluation, and other clinical and laboratory variables were investigated in 45 RA outpatients and in 48 controls with soft(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the Italian version of HAQ-DI (Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS 121 SSc patients, satisfying ACR criteria for the classification of this disease and consecutively admitted to a tertiary Unit, were invited to participate to the study. The Italian version of HAQ-DI, as validated(More)
An open comparative study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of piroxicam FDDF, for sublingual administration, versus naproxen in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Sixty-one patients with acute-phase osteoarthritis involving various joints are reported. They were treated with 20 mg/day piroxicam FDDF or with 1000 mg/day naproxen for a total(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the treatment duration with MTX monotherapy or in association with DMARDs or TNFalpha inhibitors and the incidence and typology of adverse events (AE) occurred in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS A retrospective large cohort study of RA outpatients, consecutively seen from January 2000 to June 2005 was performed. Study(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread pain, troubled sleep, disturbed mood, and fatigue. Several analgesic strategies have been evaluated but the results are moderate and inconsistent. Antidepressant agents are now considered the treatment of choice in most patients. It has been recently suggested that FMS may be(More)