Luca Balestreri

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INTRODUCTION The increased bone degradation in osteolytic metastases depends on stimulation of mature osteoclasts and on continuous differentiation of new pre-osteoclasts. Metalloproteinases (MMP)-13 is expressed in a broad range of primary malignant tumours and it is emerging as a novel biomarker. Recent data suggest a direct role of MMP-13 in dissolving(More)
In our study, we evaluated the feasibility of a new sampling method for splenic stiffness (SS) measurement by Quantitative Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Elastography (Virtual Touch Tissue Quantification (VTTQ)).We measured SS in 54 patients with HCV-related cirrhosis of whom 28 with esophageal varices (EV), 27 with Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC) F1-F3, and 63(More)
Patients with locally advanced transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the bladder are at high risk for systemic relapse, with liver, bone and lung being the commonest sites of metastases. We report the case of a 52-year-old woman with a solitary meningeal relapse, a rare site of recurrence, after 8 months of complete remission obtained with M-VEC for locally(More)
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