Giulia Gagliano

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BACKGROUND Procalcitonin (PCT) is currently the most studied infection biomarker and its blood levels seem to mirror the severity of illness and outcome. PCT is widely used together with other biomarkers, such as white blood cells (WBC) count and C reactive protein (CRP), in order to guide antibiotic therapy. This study aimed to verify the diagnostic and(More)
BACKGROUND An altered IL-18 pathway in heart failure (HF) has recently been described and this cytokine was shown to be of clinical and prognostic utility. Cardiomyocytes are a target of this cytokine which exerts inflammatory, hypertrophic, and profibrotic activities. B-type natriuretic peptide is a cardiac hormone produced in response to cardiac filling(More)
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