Loredana Farinasso

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The aims of this study were to assess the incidence and risk factors of major central venous catheter (CVC)-related complications in a large cohort of children affected by oncological, hematological, or immunological diseases in a 7-year prospective observational study at a single center. Nine hundred fifteen CVCs were inserted in 748 children for a total(More)
We describe a new deletional form of alpha thalassaemia which encompasses the entire alpha-like globin gene cluster in a 15-year-old boy of Southern Italian descent. The deletion removes approximately 31 kb, the 5'-end point is located approximately 4 kb upstream of the xi gene, while the 3'-end point maps between the alpha 1- and theta 1-globin genes. The(More)
BACKGROUND A 4-week course of high-dose glucocorticoids may cause prolonged adrenal suppression even after a 9-day tapering phase. In this study, adrenal function and signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency were prospectively assessed in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) after induction treatment including high-dose prednisone (PDN) or(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been shown to improve the neutropenic status of patients with bone marrow failure. The side effects in prolonged treatment still need to be determined. DESIGN AND METHODS We have studied the efficacy and the long-term side effects of G-CSF in four patients with Fanconi's anemia and(More)
Different mutations of the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene leading to phenylketonuria (PKU) have been described associated with specific haplotypes in several European countries. In order to investigate the distribution of DNA haplotypes in Italy, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of the PAH gene was performed in nine Italian PKU(More)
Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) receive as part of induction therapy a 4-week course of high-dose glucocorticoid, which is either abruptly discontinued or shortly tapered. The aim of this study was to evaluate the signs and symptoms of steroid withdrawal syndrome and performance status (according to Lansky scale) during the 9-day tapering(More)
This retrospective study was conducted to determine whether the response to splenectomy is related to the response to previous treatments. We examined the records of 90 children splenectomized for chronic ITP. Platelet counts were constantly>50x10(9)/L in 68 patients (75%). An improvement in the quality of life was observed in 79 (85%). The success of(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of seizures in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) varies between 3 and 13% depending on the various studies, whereas it is 1% in the general population aged under 15 years etiopathogenesis and outcome of seizures in children during treatment for ALL. METHODS A retrospective study was carried out in 204 children with(More)