Laura Corazza

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety in the long term of a retreatment regimen with Rituximab (RTX) alone administered at clinical relapse in cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CV). METHODS Thirty patients with severe HCV-related CV, previously enrolled in the multicentre Italian trial on RTX in the treatment of CV, were retrospectively evaluated after(More)
BACKGROUND To develop preliminary classification criteria for the cryoglobulinaemic syndrome or cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis (CV). METHODS Study part I developed a questionnaire for CV to be included in the formal, second part (study part II). Positivity of serum cryoglobulins was defined by experts as an essential condition for CV classification. In(More)
OBJECTIVES Belimumab, a monoclonal anti-B lymphocyte Stimulator (BLyS) antibody, appeared effective in Sjögren's syndrome (SS) in the phase II open-label 52-week BELISS study. Herein, the follow-up after the end of the BELISS study and suspension of the drug was reported in order to further verify the efficacy of belimumab in SS. METHODS 13 SS patients(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to compare clinical and laboratory features of patients who, while satisfying the American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria for primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS), do not present the positivity for anti-Ro/SSA and/or anti-La/SSB, with patients that meet the AECG criteria and are positive for anti-Ro/SSA and/or anti-La/SSB. (More)
OBJECTIVE The relationship of cryoglobulinaemia with lymphoproliferation of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) as risk factors for lymphoma evolution in SS remains to be clarified. The different biologic background of SS-related cryoglobulinaemia as compared with cryoglobulinaemia linked to HCV infection was clarified by different clinical and(More)
BACKGROUND Cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis (CV) is often related to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but it can develop in other diseases (e.g. other infections, connective tissue diseases, malignancies) in the absence of HCV infection. A comparison of the performance of the recently published classification criteria for the CV was made between HCV-positive(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the fulfilment of classification criteria for cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis (CV) at diagnosis in a large cohort of patients with primary SS and their correlation with poor outcomes. METHODS We included 515 consecutive patients tested for serum cryoglobulins who fulfilled the 2002 classification criteria for primary SS. CV(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to validate the classification criteria for cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis (CV). METHODS Twenty-three centres were involved. New patients with CV (group A) and controls, i.e. subjects with serum cryoglobulins but lacking CV based on the gold standard of clinical judgment (group B) and subjects without cryoglobulins but(More)
In today’s knowledge society, better identified as a learning society, the opportunities for self-instruction and lifelong learning are playing an increasing role due to Information Communication Technologies. Old and new communication technologies offer possibilities for learning, as long as the worker is capable of learning in autonomy. Training has a(More)