Giovanni Riccio

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BACKGROUND Adequate bowel cleansing is essential for a high-quality, effective, and safe colonoscopy. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the degree of colon cleansing comparing split-dosage versus non-split-dosage intake of two different polyethylene glycol (PEG) volumes (low-volume PEG + ascorbic acid vs standard-volume PEG-electrolyte solution) and to identify(More)
We report the clinical, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laboratory findings in 5 patients with clinical spinal cord involvement with an acute or subacute course; in two of the patients the myelitic episode preceded, in one it was concomitant to, and in two it followed the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The marked clinical and MRI(More)
BACKGROUND Thyroid hormones greatly affect the cardiovascular system. Although the effects of overt hyperthyroidism on the cardiovascular system have been diffusely studied, only in the last years the effects of subclinical hyperthyroidism on the heart have been investigated. Subclinical hyperthyroidism is a symptomatic or asymptomatic condition with an(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY to evaluate the episodes of non-tubercular spondylodiskitis diagnosed between 1998 and 2002 at the Ospedale S. Corona, Pietra Ligure (SV). METHODS perspective evaluation of vertebral osteomyelitis classified as spontaneous or iatrogenic if associated with procedures on the spinal cord, with detection of associated risk factors,(More)
INTRODUCTION Tubercular infection of prosthetic joint arthroplasty is sporadically described, but its incidence is rising. Misdiagnosis is common because of disparate clinical presentation. PRESENTATION OF CASE We describe 1 hand, 2 hip and 2 knee prosthetic-joint infections due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis in patients without a previous history of(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS It is difficult to measure the prevalence of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) in geographical areas that do not have tumor registers, as is the case in the present study, and it was therefore decided to assess the prevalence in Italy using different methods. PATIENTS AND METHODS The pedigree was established for(More)
Many studies have shown that acromegaly has relevant effects on cardiovascular system, but few data are available regarding the effects of short-term acromegaly on heart morphology and function. These data would help to clarify the natural history of acromegalic disease and could provide new insight into the mechanisms of GH action on the human heart.(More)
BACKGROUND Smoking is known to be a primary cause of chronic harmful effects on the vascular system. It also induces some acute effects on the coronary circulation and on the ophthalmic artery. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to assess the effect of smoking a single cigarette on cutaneous blood flow in habitual smokers as well as in nonsmokers. (More)
It is now generally agreed that solar exposure is a major external factor in the causation of cutaneous melanoma in light skinned populations with red hair and a marked susceptibility to the acute effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In the present study, we investigated the existence of a possible relationship between hair melanin composition and minimal(More)