Leonardo Ferrara

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Recent reports have suggested an association between Helicobacter pylori infection and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The prevalence of H pylori infection and the effect of its eradication in a series of 30 ITP patients were investigated. H pylori infection has been documented in 13 patients (43.33%) by 13C urea breath test and confirmed by(More)
In the last few years a lot of reports dealt with pharmacokinetic interactions leading to elevated cyclosporine (CsA) blood concentrations. These interactions involve various drugs and food constituents, including antibiotics, antifungal agents, calcium antagonists, dietary lipids, and grapefruit juice.1,2 Grapefruit juice has been shown to significantly(More)
A 77-year-old female with polycythemia vera (PV) showed a sudden, typical chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), 8 yr after the initial diagnosis, and an intermittent treatment with hydroxyurea (0.5-1 g/d) and phlebotomies. At PV diagnosis, the Ph chromosome was negative and no bcr-abl rearrangement was observed; they were both revealed positive at CML onset.(More)
Germ cell tumours are the most common malignancy among young men; cryptorchidism is a possible risk factor for the development of testicular cancer. Psycho-oncology studies indicate that diagnostic delay can often be explained by different social conditions and that symptoms worsened under lack of appropriate treatment can lead to an urgent admission to the(More)
The paper reports the results of a study of respiratory distress syndrome in premature birth, one of the most common and important forms of respiratory disorders affecting neonates during the first days of life. One hundred and fifty-six premature births from 1 January 1986 to 30 June 1988 were included in the study. From an analysis of results it emerges(More)