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PURPOSE Our goal was to prospectively study the therapeutic efficacy of CT-guided intraarticular corticosteroid instillation of inflamed sacroiliac joints (SIJs) in patients with spondyloarthropathies and to evaluate the role of MRI as a procedure for establishing the indication and for therapeutic follow-up. METHOD A total of 103 CT-guided corticosteroid(More)
OBJECTIVE Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data of 170 consecutive patients with inflammatory back pain (IBP) and/or oligoarthritis of the lower limbs were evaluated in a retrospective study. The aim was to determine the frequency of sacroiliitis and spondyloarthropathy (SpA) in this population, and to assess the significance of HLA B27(More)
OBJECTIVE Bacteria play a crucial pathogenetic role in reactive arthritis (ReA) and other forms of spondyloarthropathy (SpA) and in Lyme arthritis. Although there is evidence of local persistence of bacterial antigens no definitive method revealing microbes in peripheral joints has been established. We detected DNA of individual bacteria in synovial(More)
BACKGROUND The synthetic vasopressin derivate desmopressin (1-desamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin) has been reported to shorten the bleeding time in patients with hemophilia A, von Willebrand's disease and several functional platelet disorders. In addition to substitution of platelets, vasopressin is therefore used to prevent bleeding complications. CASE We(More)
Every year slope instabilities cause large socioeconomic losses on life and property worldwide. Indeed, the casualties caused by mass movements are among the highest in the industrialized world. In this contest the SLAM project is aimed to the implementation of landslides mapping and monitoring service that can be integrated into the current landslide(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of gadoxetic acid disodium, or Gd-EOB-DTPA, as a tissue-specific hepatobiliary contrast agent at computed tomography (CT) in patients with liver metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifteen patients with known liver metastases underwent CT before and at 30, 80, and, in seven cases, 150 minutes after initiation of(More)
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE Carglumic acid is a structural analogue of human N-acetylglutamate, which has become an alternative therapeutic option for hyperammonaemia in organic acidaemias such as isovaleric acidaemia, methylmalonic acidaemia and propionic acidaemia, and it has been suggested in other urea cycle disorders such as ornithine transcarbamylase(More)
Among 15 patients with acute thrombotic disease of pelvic veins who had been submitted to operative thrombectomy and creation of arteriovenous fistula in the groin, 12 presented with stenotic lesions 3 months later. These stenoses were submitted to percutaneous angioplasty. If angioplasty failed, percutaneous placement of a vascular stent (wall stent) was(More)
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) of soft tissue is a rare tumor. We present a case of MFH in the bicipital muscle. Local muscle hypertrophy or lesions of the long tendon of the bicipital muscle may be a difficult differential diagnosis. This case is used for outlining advantages of ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. In(More)