Giulia Fiorini

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Eradication of Helicobacter pylori using empiric therapy has become difficult as a result of increasing resistance to antibiotics. We evaluated the efficacy of specific treatments, selected based on response of bacterial samples to culture with clarithromycin, levofloxacin, and metronidazole, for patients infected with resistant strains of(More)
Italy's shift to a tertiary economy has modified the working market, concentrating demand also on unqualified one, which includes most immigrants. It is also well established that low socio-economical conditions are associated with an increased prevalence of H. pylori infection. The aims of this study were to compare: (1) the efficacy of a 7 days triple(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS H. pylori eradication with standard therapies is decreasing worldwide, mainly because of increased primary antibiotic resistance rates. We aimed to assess primary resistance in H. pylori isolates towards the most used antibiotics in clinical practice. METHODS The study enrolled consecutive, dyspeptic, adult patients, never treated for(More)
Assessment of symptoms should be one of the main outcome measures in dyspepsia clinical trials. This requires a reliable, valid and responsive questionnaire that measures the frequency and severity of dyspeptic symptoms. The Short-Form Leeds Dyspepsia Questionnaire (SF-LDQ) has been proven to fulfil these criteria in its original version in the English(More)
Rapid diagnostic tools for Helicobacter pylori are important in endoscopy. To assess the accuracy of a new 5-min rapid urease test (UFT300, ABS Cernusco, sul Naviglio, Italy) compared with the 1-h Pyloritek (Serim Laboratories, Elkhart, IN) and the 24-h CLO test (Kimberly-Clark Ballard Medical Products, Roswell, GA), consecutive dyspeptic patients referred(More)
Helicobacter pylori infection remains widespread internationally, with a definite morbidity and mortality. The efficacy of standard 7-14 day triple therapies is decreasing, mainly due to increasing primary bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Currently, the most effective treatments are either the sequential regimen or the concomitant therapy. Different(More)
Primary clarithromycin resistance is the main factor affecting the efficacy of Helicobacter pylori therapy. This study aimed: (i) to assess the concordance between phenotypic (culture) and genotypic (real-time PCR) tests in resistant strains; (ii) to search, in the case of disagreement between the methods, for point mutations other than those reported as(More)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis recorded during visits to outpatient clinics. The spectrum of injury includes esophagitis, stricture, the development of columnar metaplasia in place of the normal squamous epithelium (Barrett's esophagus), and adenocarcinoma. Barrett's esophagus is a premalignant lesion detected(More)