Luciana Gravellone

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OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical features, course, outcome, and prognostic indicators in lupus membranous nephritis (LMN) and to compare data of "pure" LMN vs "mixed" forms. METHODS We retrospectively examined medical records and kidney biopsies of 103 patients with a diagnosis of LMN. RESULTS Sixty-seven patients had(More)
Vitamin D deficiency appears to be an underestimated risk factor for cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease. Evidence from both basic science and clinical studies supports the possible protective role of vitamin D beyond its effect on mineral metabolism. Toxicity of pharmacologic doses of active vitamin D metabolites, in particular(More)
Monoclonal components (MC) formed by chains/fragments of intact/truncated globulin components produced in different lymphoproliferative diseases are responsible for monoclonal immunoglobulin deposition disease (MIDD) and consequent tissue damage by organized (amyloid fibrils) or non-organized (amorphous) deposits. The kidneys are the most commonly affected(More)
In dialysis patients, both central venous catheter (CVC) insertion and CVC use during the dialysis procedure pose important legal issues, because of potentially severe, even fatal, complications. The first issue is the decision of the kind of vascular access that should be proposed to patients: an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, a graft, or a CVC. The second(More)
Strongyloides stercoralis is a nematode causing strongyloidiasis, more frequent in immigrants and in travelers coming from tropical and subtropical areas. Infection is usually asymptomatic, frequently associated with eosinophilia. Immunocompromised patients are at high risk of developing hyperinfection syndrome (HI) or dissemination (SD), life threatening(More)
Dear Editor, We read with great interest the article by Fujita and collaborators [1], recently published on the website of Osteoporosis International. This relevant work confirms that vitamin K status is important for bone health. In addition, it demonstrates that dietary vitamin K intake can be protective against loss of bone mineral density, opening the(More)
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