Giuseppe Cerbone

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Patients with Cushing's disease (CD) mainly die because of cardiovascular accidents. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether patients with CD still have increased cardiovascular risk and suffer from premature atherosclerosis once cured. Fifteen patients cured from CD for a long term period (5 yr), 30 sex-and age-matched controls, and 30 body mass(More)
Medical treatment of acromegaly with dopamine agonists possesses 2 main advantages: the oral administration and the low costs. In this study, we reported on the results of chronic treatments with quinagolide (CV 205-502), cabergoline (CAB) and long-acting depot preparation of bromocriptine (BRC-LAR) in 34 acromegalics. Patients were divided into three(More)
The purpose of this study was to explore the potential role of power Doppler sonography in guiding percutaneous ethanol injection of autonomously functioning thyroid nodules. Thirty-two patients with pretoxic adenoma and 15 with toxic adenoma underwent percutaneous ethanol injection under power Doppler sonographic guidance. All patients with pretoxic(More)
Power Doppler (PD) is a recent color-Doppler Ultrasound (US)-technique, which allows to detect the presence of flow even in very small vessels, providing a sort of angiographic micromap. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) outcome might be improved by injecting the ethanol into the nodule under PD assistance.(More)
The effect of surgery alone or followed by radiotherapy in recovering visual abnormalities, debulking tumor mass and restoring hormone impairments was evaluated in 84 patients with clinical nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPA) subjected to 1-10 yr follow-up. All patients underwent surgery via transsphenoidal (in 69) or transcranic-pterional approach (in(More)
Several evidences indicate that GH and/or insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) are involved in the regulation of cardiovascular function. In patients with childhood and adulthood-onset GH deficiency (GHD), the impairment of cardiac performance is manifest primarily as a reduction in the left ventricular (LV) mass (LVM), inadequacy of LV ejection fraction(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of a galactose-based ultrasonographic contrast agent, Levovist (Schering AG, Berlin, Germany), in differentiating benign from malignant thyroid nodules by analysis of the time-intensity curves correlating the variation of the intensity signal value during the contrast transit time. Fifty-four(More)
The effect of somatostatin on thyroid function was studied in 12 patients with growth hormone (GH)-secreting and eight patients with clinically non-functioning adenomas (NFA) and normal pituitary/ thyroid axis; the patients were subjected to the administration of octreotide (OCT), which is a long-acting somatostatin analog. All the patients received an(More)
BACKGROUND Dopamine agonists are indicated as primary therapy for PRL-secreting pituitary adenomas, while controversial results have been reported in nonfunctioning adenomas (NFA). OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the in vivo visualization of dopamine D2 receptor expression detected by pituitary scintigraphy using 123I-methoxybenzamide (123I-IBZM) was(More)
Recently, the medical approach to patients with secreting and clinically non-functioning pituitary adenomas has received great impulse thanks to the availability of new, selective and long-lasting compounds with dopaminergic activity, such as cabergoline, and of somatostatin analogues provided in slow-release formulations, such as lanreotide and octreotide(More)