Giuseppe Di Maio

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INTRODUCTION Alpha1-blockers (AB) are the first-line monotherapy for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors are the first-line treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). Numerous studies have supposed a significant association between ED and LUTS, but a causal relationship cannot be established. AIM The aim was to(More)
ATP13A2 gene encodes for a protein of the group 5 P-type ATPase family. ATP13A2 mutations are responsible for Kufor-Rakeb syndrome (KRS), a rare autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism characterized by the subacute onset of extrapyramidal, pyramidal and cognitive dysfunction with secondary nonresponsiveness to levodopa. FBXO7 protein is an(More)
AIM To evaluate the effect of a multi-disciplinary standardized management model on the efficacy of pegylated (Peg)-interferon alpha-2b plus ribavirin treatment of chronic hepatitis C in drug addicts undergoing substitutive or antagonist therapy. DESIGN Observational prospective multi-centre study. SETTING Six clinical infectious disease centres in(More)
We determined whether triple therapy comprising amantadine (AMA), ribavirin (RBV) and either peginterferon (PEG-IFN) alpha-2a or conventional IFN alpha-2a would improve sustained virological response (SVR) rates over dual therapy with IFN alpha-2a and RBV in patients with chronic HCV infection. A total of 362 treatment-naïve patients were randomized to 48(More)
Expert consensus recommends liver biopsy before therapy for chronic hepatitis C. A cost effectiveness analysis suggested that the best strategy in the management of patients was to treat without biopsy. We compared therapy in patients who did, or did not undergo biopsy. Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive patients (78) who did not agree to (n = 57) or with(More)
INTRODUCTION Physical activity (PhA) has proven to be a protective factor for normal erectile function in numerous epidemiological studies. AIM The aim of this study was to establish if PhA could have a therapeutic role in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). METHODS This was a randomized, open-label study. A total of 60 patients complaining of(More)
Whether and to what extent the pancreas is involved in acute viral hepatitis is still unclear. In order to address this issue we evaluated serum and urinary amylase and isoamylase levels in 92 patients with acute viral hepatitis of different etiology and in 60 healthy volunteers. Furthermore, pancreatic structure and volume were evaluated by ultrasound(More)
In each of 23 families in which two or more cases of acute hepatitis-like jaundice (index cases) occurred, all family members were studied to evaluate HBAg clustering and the incidence of asymptomatic liver disease. There were 49 "index cases" of hepatitis-like jaundice: 38 cases of acute viral hepatitis, 5 of chronic agressive hepatitis and 6 of active(More)