Giuseppe Urso

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We report on a retrospective study of 155 patients amputated for nonmetastatic osteosarcoma of the long bones. Among the various prognostic variables considered, a significant correlation was found only between survival and transfusions. In this report, the authors consider some hypotheses reported by others for tumors of a different nature and site and(More)
AIM In most cases, hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection causes a self-limiting benign acute hepatitis which confers permanent acquired immunity. However, in patients with pre-existing chronic hepatitis, HAV superinfection can cause acute hepatitis with severe progression leading to a fulminant form or linked to the risk of a rapid deterioration of hepatic(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of obesity in a non selected cohort of adult subjects living in eastern Sicily. METHODS Out of 2 296 examined subjects, 834 (36.3%) were affected by obesity. Of these, only 160 (19.1%) were affected by obesity alone while 674 (80.9%) showed other associated pathologies. RESULTS The prevalence(More)
AIM Portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG) defines a pathological endoscopic picture characterized by the presence of alterations of the gastric mucosa found in patients with hepatopathy associated to an initial or evident portal hypertension. Gastropathy appears with two forms of different seriousness: the mild form, characterized by diffused congestion,(More)
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways. It is suggested by characteristic history of recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and/or cough especially at night or in early morning. In asthmatic patients spirometry or pulmonary function tests demonstrate airflow obstruction that improves significantly, defined as both a 12%(More)
AIM In course of liver cirrhosis, esophageal varices develop with an incidence of 8-15% a year, and they constitute a sign of seriousness of portal hypertension. The risk of bleeding is estimated around 10-15% a year. The varices hemorrhage causes a high rate of mortality (around 30-35% for every hemorrhagic event). It follows that it is necessary to plan(More)
Some urinary enzymes (NAG, AAP, lysozyme) considered to be sufficiently sensitive and reliable markers of renal damage were controlled in 20 patients with cirrhosis of the liver and in 20 healthy control subjects. The results, stated as mean +/- SD, showed a statistically very significant increase (p < 0.01) of NAG and lysozyme in cirrhotics. Furthermore,(More)
INTRODUCTION Several studies have lately been made to explain the pathophysiologic role of endothelin, a vasoconstrictive peptide, in some clinical syndromes. Within a larger plan of the probable role of this molecule in development of diabetic vasculopathy, we have preliminarily investigated the plasma endothelin-1 level in type II diabetic patients. (More)