Giuseppe Pasquale

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This paper reviews the complications that arose after 68 276 percutaneous liver biopsies performed from 1973 to 1983. The complications are analyzed in relation to the underlying liver disease and to the type of needle used. Death was infrequent (9/100 000); it was always due to haemoperitoneum and occurred only in patients with malignant diseases or(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess any time-related variations in the distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes in the metropolitan area of Naples, Italy. METHODS HCV genotypes were analysed in 255 HCV RNA-positive patients with chronic HCV infection, observed from 2009 to 2011, and compared with data pertaining to a sample of 176 HCV RNA-positive patients(More)
Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in patients with chronic hepatitis C has been found associated with severe liver damage, low response to interferon treatment and increased risk of developing HCC. However, doubts remain on its clinical impact and the sensitivity and specificity of its detection. HBV-DNA was sought by PCR in plasma, peripheral blood(More)
BACKGROUND Few data are available on histological features of chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) virus coinfection. PATIENTS AND METHODS We enrolled 142 consecutive patients with viral chronic hepatitis on their first liver biopsy: 27 HBsAg and anti-HCV positive (case BC group), 57 HBsAg positive and anti-HCV negative (control B group) and 58 anti-HCV(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate clinical and virological differences in HBV reactivation between patients with overt and occult HBV infection. Twenty-three consecutive patients with symptomatic HBV reactivation occurring during or after immunosuppressive therapy were enrolled in a retrospective study: 10 with reactivation of overt HBV infection (overt(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The slow asymptomatic progression of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) can be interrupted by an acute exacerbation, characterized by increased serum levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and bilirubin and other symptoms of acute hepatitis. We aimed to provide more information about the clinical presentation of acute exacerbation of CHC. (More)
OBJECTIVES To define differences in liver histology between HIV/HCV coinfection and HCV monoinfection, and to investigate possible causative factors. METHODS Liver biopsies (LBs) from 440 consecutive HIV/HCV-coinfected patients (Group HIV/HCV) and 374 consecutive HCV-monoinfected patients (Group HCV) were evaluated for necroinflammation and fibrosis(More)
Nonorgan-specific autoantibodies (NOSA) are common in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. It is unclear whether serological markers of autoimmunity segregate in a cohort of cases with more severe liver damage. We assessed the relationship between NOSA and demographic, biochemical and histological features in 502 subjects with anti-HCV(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between HCV genotype and histological liver injury. DESIGN Prospective study on a cohort of patients with biopsy proven chronic hepatitis C. SETTING University medical centre. PARTICIPANTS Enrolled were 324 consecutive patients (male 197, median age 52 years, range 19-68; chronic(More)