Luca Dellavedova

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The onset of skeletal metastases is typical of advanced-stage prostate cancer and requires a multidisciplinary approach to alleviate bone pain and try to delay disease progression. The current therapeutic armamentarium includes conventional analgesics, chemotherapeutic agents, immunotherapy, androgen-deprivation therapy, osteoclast inhibitors(More)
PURPOSE We assessed the prognostic value of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake in the bone marrow of patients with multiple myeloma (MM) in comparison with Tc-99m methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (MIBI). METHODS The extent and intensity of FDG and MIBI uptake in the bone marrow of 18 patients with a recent diagnosis of MM were assessed by visual score and by(More)
We report evidence for an interaction between serotonergic and enkephalinergic neurons in rat striatum and hypothalamus. The administration of drugs such as p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA), 5,6-dihydroxytryptamine (5,6-DHT) and fenfluramine that lower the striatal and hypothalamic serotonin (5-HT) content caused an increase in Met-enkephalin-like(More)
BACKGROUND The role of adrenal scintigraphy (AS) in the diagnosis of subclinical hypercortisolism (SH) in adrenal incidentaloma (AI) is debated. AIM To evaluate the possible role of AS in identifying SH in AI patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS In the retrospective phase (2000-2004), 102 AI patients [71 females (F)/31 males (M)] referred to our center were(More)
UNLABELLED Over the last decade, the effects of stem cell therapy on cardiac repair after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have been investigated with different imaging techniques. We evaluated a new imaging approach using (13)N-ammonia and (18)F-FDG PET for a combined analysis of cardiac perfusion, metabolism, and function in patients treated with(More)
Repeated administration of fenfluramine leads to a rapid and progressive loss of its effectiveness in reducing food intake. The animals tolerant to the anorectic effect of fenfluramine had markedly low basal hypothalamic serotonin (5-HT) levels. In this brain area the levels of [Met5]enkephalin-like immunoreactive material were, on the contrary,(More)
Dear Sir, We agree with Fischer and Biersack about the questionability of comparing results of studies performed in different time periods. In particular, about the evaluation of the effectiveness of different radiopharmaceuticals in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer, we have underlined that a clear change in the primary endpoints of trials(More)
The American Society of Clinical Oncology guidelines recommend sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for all patients with melanoma tumors of intermediate thickness (between 1 and 4 mm). In case of patients with thick melanoma tumors (>4 mm), SLNB may be recommended as well, for staging purposes and to facilitate regional disease control. We report a case of an(More)
The usefulness of I-ioflupane imaging for detecting loss of functional dopaminergic neuron terminals in the striatum of patients with clinically uncertain parkinsonian syndromes is well known, especially to differentiate essential tremor from parkinsonisms. Here we present a case of a patient suspected of essential tremor but not responding to standard(More)
The prevalence of bone metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC) is quite low and the presence of isolated osseous metastases at the time of diagnosis or the onset of bone metastases without other organ involvement during follow-up is even lower. Here, we present an interesting case of diffuse skeletal metastases from CRC in which both the atypical(More)