Luca Belforte

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Plasma prolactin (PRL) and human placental lactogen (HPL), and urinary estriol and pregnanediol were studied during pregnancies induced with bromocriptine (Parlodel, Sandoz) in 10 cases of hyperprolactinemia. Previous selective adenomectomy or intrasellar implantation of radioactive gold (198Au) failed to induce a complete remission in 3 of these subjects.(More)
2-Bromo-alpha-ergocryptine (CB-154), AN ERGOT ALKALOID THAT STIMulates dopaminergic receptors, caused a widely varying, but significant increase in plasma GH levels in normal subject whereas a marked and protractedfall in values was observed in some patients with acromegaly. It is suggested that these effects were mediated by activation of either(More)
The people influence of body weight on the climacteric symptoms of 618 selected women in spontaneous post-menopause has been studied bases on data collected at a Geriatric Centre and subsequently incorporated into a postal questionnaire. These cases were divided into 3 groups according to the "obesity degree": (I) less than 5 kg (53.1% of the cases);(II)(More)
A case of true hermaphroditism with 46, XX/46, XY karyotype is reported. The propositus, reared as a male, showed ambiguous external genitalia with perineoscrotal hypospadias, and internal genitalia represented by bilateral ovotestes, normal uterus and tubes. Periodic menstrual bleedings appeared at puberty. The endocrinologic data demonstrated the(More)
The lack of reliable standardization tools as well as the poorly defined nature of the "Cardiolipin antigen" makes the development of the anticardiolipin antibody (ACA) assays (for anti-IgG and IgM detection) highly challenging. This article describes how several issues have been solved during the development of an automated ACA immunoassays, based on a(More)
Clinical and/or biological improvement has been observed in 7 out of 17 patients with hyperprolactinemic amenorrhea followed for 6-15 months after the successful outcome of bromocriptine (Parlodel, Sandoz)- induced pregnancy. The ovulatory cycle was resumed in 2 out of these 7 patients (with subsequent spontaneous conception in 1); in 3 others the(More)