Guido Croce

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To determine whether a higher dosage of interferon (IFN) associated with ribavirin and/or prolonged time of administration may improve therapeutic efficacy, we conducted a 4-arm randomized trial on patients with chronic hepatitis C not responding to one or more previous treatment courses with IFN monotherapy. Group 1 (n = 139) received 3 million units (MU)(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether in chronic hepatitis C-positive patients who failed to respond to interferon (IFN) monotherapy a sustained response obtained with retreatment using the combination therapy of IFN + ribavirin can be safely considered to reflect eradication of the infection. METHODS Prospective follow-up of a cohort of 97 patients who(More)
The type III procollagen aminopeptide (sPIIIP) serum levels were measured in 197 patients with liver disease and were correlated with morphological and serological alterations and with alcohol drinking habits. The sPIIIP levels resulted significantly increased in 51% of 43 patients with untreated chronic active hepatitis (CAH), in 61% of 36 patients with(More)
To determine whether a higher dosage of interferon (IFN) and/or a prolonged time of administration may improve the efficacy of combination therapy, we conducted a 4-arm randomized trial on patients with chronic hepatitis C relapsing after 1 or more previous treatment courses with IFN monotherapy. Group A (n = 70) received 3 MU IFN alfa-2b 3 times per week(More)
Tuberculosis is heavily worldwide spreading in the last years. More and more signalations seem to indicate that the incidence of drug-resistant Mycobacteria is increasing in almost all industrialized countries. The authors have carried on a study on the percentage of drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MT) among isolates from patients(More)
HIV-positive patients receiving antiretroviral therapy with HIV-1 protease-inhibitors (PI) frequently show insulin-resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, hypertriglyceridaemia and lipodystrophy (LD). LD has often been reported only after the beginning of PI therapy. Some authors link LD to HIV chronic infection, some others suggest that PIs increase(More)
OBJECTIVE The treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection remains disappointing. METHODS In 1999, we started a multicentre study comparing two regimens of recombinant interferon (IFN) alpha-2b plus ribavirin. Group A (90 patients) received ribavirin plus IFN alpha-2b 5 MU/day for 1 month (induction therapy) followed by IFN(More)
The authors report their experience on the use of oral suspension of Clarithromycin in respiratory infections in the pediatric age. Thirty-three patients affected by various infectious pathologies of the respiratory tract, treated with oral Clarithromycin at the dosage of 15 mg/kg/day, were studied. The therapeutic outcome was very encouraging, the drug(More)
To The Editor: The response of Dr. Graham to the editorial concerning controlled trials in gastroesophageal reflux disease includes several points that deserve further comment. The iceberg concept proposed by Dr. Graham pertains to all clinical disease. However, the issue that Dr. Graham raises about the spectrum of gastroesophageal reflux is not relevant(More)