Girolamo Di Giorgio

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BACKGROUND Hypogonadism in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is generally attributed to hypothalamic dysfunction or to primary gonadal defect, but pathophysiology is still unclear. OBJECTIVES To investigate the aetiology of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis dysfunction in PWS males. METHODS Clinical examination and blood sampling for luteinizing hormone(More)
BACKGROUND In Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) a reduced growth hormone (GH) response to several stimulators has been documented in many studies, but none have focused on very young children. We evaluated the pattern of GH secretion in very young PWS patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-seven genetically confirmed PWS children (10 females, aged 0.4-5 years,(More)
To the editor: We agree with the comment of Scheimann and colleagues [1] regarding the difficulties on treating obesity in Prader– Willi syndrome (PWS). We also agree with the concept that obesity should be primarily prevented and treated with supervised reduced-energy diets, restricted access to food, and daily exercise regimen [2]. When pharmacological,(More)
In Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) growth hormone therapy (GHT) improves height, body composition, agility and muscular strength. In such patients it is necessary to consider the potential diabetogenic effect of GHT, since they tend to develop type 2 diabetes, particularly after the pubertal age. The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of GHT on(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity in Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is progressive, severe, and resistant to dietary, pharmacological, and behavioral treatment. A body weight reduction is mandatory to reduce the risk of cardio-respiratory and metabolic complications. The aim of the study was to assess risks and benefits of BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) for treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) due to maternal uniparental disomy of the chromosome 15 (UPD15) have fewer facial features, less hypopigmentation and higher levels of psychosis compared to subjects with deletion in chromosome 15 (del15q11-q13). PWS individuals carrying the larger type I (TI) deletion suffer from greater behavioral(More)
Clinical criteria for the diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) were established by consensus in 1993 (Holm et al.). Specific molecular testing is now available and the purpose of diagnostic criteria has shifted to identify individuals to test, thus avoiding the expense of unnecessary analysis. The aim of this study was to find clinical indicators to(More)
Only five pregnant women with multiple myeloma have been reported in literature. We present the case of one woman with multiple myeloma diagnosed in early pregnancy, who decided to postpone therapy until after delivery. A cesarean section was performed at the 34th week due to the progression of the disease and a normal healthy baby was delivered.
We describe a child with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) aged 3 years and 11 months who suddenly died 7 months after the initiation of GH therapy. The child never showed respiratory problems, but suffered from severe obesity. This case raises the question about the association between sudden death in children with PWS (with or without respiratory problems) and(More)
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