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The present study evaluated the prevalence of Porphyromonas gingivalis and the correlation between the bacterial culture method and the detection of immunoglobulin A (IgA) specific to the P. gingivalis fimbrial antigen in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF). P. gingivalis was isolated from 78.3% of subgingival plaque samples obtained from active sites and 34.7%(More)
Whether diabetic patients may benefit, compared with non-diabetic patients, from beta-blocker therapy following acute myocardial infarction was examined in a large multicentre cohort of 2024 patients, including 340 diabetics, 281 of whom survived hospitalization. One-year mortality following discharge was 17% for diabetics compared with 10% for(More)
The aim of study was to analyse ventilation and perfusion (V/Q) lung scan findings in a series of Italian patients with Takayasu's arteritis. Eighteen consecutive patients underwent V/Q lung planar scintigraphy and single-photon emission tomography (SPET). Before perfusion scan acquisition was started, a first-pass study with (99m)Tc-macroaggregates of(More)
BACKGROUND Several trials showed that early laparoscopic cholecystectomy is superior to delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy for the treatment of acute cholecystitis. However actual practice does not conform to current evidence. The aim of this study is to compare outcomes and total hospital costs between early and delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy for(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has become the standard treatment for symptomatic gallstones. However, a conversion to open surgery is sometimes still required to complete the procedure safely. The aim of this study is to identify the predictive factors of conversion from laparoscopic to open cholecystectomy in both elective and emergency cases. (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate pulmonary involvement in Italian patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TA). METHODS A prospective analysis of 15 Italian patients with TA was carried out, including evaluation by perfusion and ventilation lung scintigraphy (planar and tomographic), standard chest X-ray, spirography and color-doppler echocardiography. All the patients(More)
The contention that mortality after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is increased in women compared with men has been controversial, with findings in a recent multicenter study suggesting that gender plays an important prognostic role. To assess whether or not early and late mortality after AMI is greater in women, 2,089 patients (1,551 men, 538 women)(More)
The first pathogenic mechanism of Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is mainly responsible for adult periodontal diseases, is the attachment of fimbriae appendages to oral epithelial cells. The ability of a subinhibitory concentration of azithromycin to inhibit the expression of fimbriae in various strains of P. gingivalis isolated was investigated. A(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate changes of microbiota in ten patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. For each patient clinical examination of gingival index (GI) and plaque index (PI) were performed at the first molars at: baseline (T1), 2 (T2), 4 (T3) and 12 weeks (T4). At the same time subgingival plaque and tongue samples were taken for the(More)
It is a case report of a patient who had an acute anterior myocardial infarction during the 22th week of pregnancy, probably due to coronary embolization from a large left atrial myxoma. The patient had a previous operation for a right adrenal adenoma causing a Cushing Syndrome. It is hypotized an association between adrenal adenoma and atrial myxoma, like(More)