Giuseppe Mele

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BACKGROUND The diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is based mainly on the patient's medical history and physical examination. However, in severe cases a further evaluation including chest X-ray (CXR) may be necessary. At present, lung ultrasound (LUS) is not included in the diagnostic work-up of pneumonia. AIM To describe the ultrasonographic(More)
BACKGROUND Intracranial involvement in multiple myeloma is extremely rare. The effect of new drugs (eg, thalidomide, bortezomib, lenalidomide) with respect to old drugs (eg, alkylators, steroids) has not been reported. METHODS We collected clinical and biological data of patients presenting with an osteo-dural or primary dural multiple myeloma (OD-DMM) or(More)
Prescription of generic medicines represents an efficacious healthcare cost containment strategy. In some European countries and in the US, generic medicines are largely prescribed. In Italy, generic drugs prescription rate is lower. General Practitioners and Family Pediatricians may be less confident in prescribing generic equivalents instead of "branded"(More)
BACKGROUND Data from the literature have suggested that bortezomib is the only effective agent in the treatment of plasma cell leukemia (PCL), a type of plasma cell dyscrasia characterized by poor prognosis despite conventional chemotherapy including autologous and allogeneic transplantation. OBJECTIVE This case series examined the antineoplastic activity(More)
There is a high incidence of congenital anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract (CAKUT). Early diagnosis of these defects may allow the best medical and/or surgical treatment to be implemented as rapidly as possible, preventing or at least slowing down an evolution toward chronic kidney disease. Ultrasound mass screening for kidney and urinary tract(More)
 Twenty-six patients affected by acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who relapsed after autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) were treated with the FLAG regimen (fludarabine, cytarabine, and G-CSF). Their median age was 39 years (range 14–59). The median interval from achievement of CR to ASCT was 4 months (2–8). The conditioning regimen was BAVC (BCNU,(More)
 Vincristine (1.4 mg/m2 on day 1, followed by 1 mg on days 4 and 7) was given to eight patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) who were refractory to plasma exchange (n=4) or plasma infusion (n=4). Seven of eight patients (87%) achieved a complete response; one was refractory to treatment and died within a few weeks. After a median follow-up(More)
Pneumonia is still a complication leading to high morbidity and mortality rates in acute leukemia (AL) patients. To evaluate the incidence, risk factors and outcome of pneumonia in a single institution we retrospectively studied 288 patients observed between 1994 and 2000, affected by AL (218 acute myeloblastic leukemia and 70 acute lymphoblastic leukemia(More)
Renal impairment (RI) is a severe complication throughout the course of multiple myeloma (MM). Bortezomib has been shown to be highly active in MM patients with RI. We designed this retrospective analysis to investigate the safety and efficacy of bortezomib-based therapy in 117 MM patients with RI, 14 cases required dialysis. A total of 603 cycles of(More)
The clinical course of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura has dramatically improved after the introduction of plasma-based therapy, including plasma exchange and plasma infusion. However, a considerable number of patients still experience relapse after initial successful treatment. In this study, vincristine (VCR) was given as salvage treatment in 12(More)