Giuseppe Zampogna

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A growing body of evidence suggests the involvement of the brain in FM. The purpose of this proton MRS study was to test the hypothesis that there are metabolic alterations in some brain regions processing pain (VLPFC and thalamus) in patients with FM compared with HC. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twelve patients with FM (30-54 years of(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the MRI features of gout tophi in the soft-tissues or joints of the limbs by low-field extremity-dedicated MRI. METHODS Nine consecutive patients, 8M/1W, affected by chronic tophaceous gout were studied. Mean patients' age was 71.3±11.5 years, mean disease duration 98.1±44.9 months, and mean serum uric acid concentration 9.2±2.8(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the clinical characteristics of gout and its diagnostic approach in a group of Italian patients. METHODS In a retrospective analysis, we evaluated 72 consecutive gouty patients examined in the years 2000-2007. We recorded demographic data, family history, comorbidities and disease characteristics (seasonality of the attacks, joints(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the risk factors associated with dactylitis in gout. METHODS The questionnaires of 73 consecutive gouty patients, diagnosed according to the ACR criteria, were reviewed. They were consecutively screened for the presence of dactylitis. RESULTS Seven out of 73 (9.6%) patients showed dactylitis. They had (1) longer disease(More)
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