Luisa Álvarez

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The development of venous thromboembolism is influenced by a variety of genetic and environmental risk factors. A few studies have ascertained whether thrombophilic defects are risk factors for venous thromboembolism in Latin American populations with a variable degree of admixture, such as the Colombian population. To address this issue, we conducted a(More)
UNLABELLED A new resorption assay measuring non-isomerized collagen type I C-telopeptide fragments (alpha-alpha CTX) was evaluated in a cohort comprising 32 Pagetic patients and 48 healthy controls. alpha-alpha CTX was found to be a sensitive marker for assessing disease activity and monitoring treatment efficacy in Paget's disease of bone compared with(More)
AIMS A prospective study was carried out in 22 cirrhotic patients referred for orthotopic liver transplantation, in order to analyze serum osteoprotegerin (OPG) and RANKL levels and their relationship with metabolic bone disease. METHODS Serum levels of OPG and RANKL were measured in all patients as well as bone markers, serum parathyroid hormone and(More)
The influence of osteoprotegerin and RANKL as regulators of osteoclastogenesis and bone remodeling in liver disease and in the development of osteoporosis in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is uncertain. Therefore, 68 women with PBC and 20 healthy females were studied by assessing circulating osteoprotegerin and RANKL. Bone mineral density and markers of(More)
Alendronate is a well-established treatment for osteoporosis and suppresses bone resorption by a direct effect on osteoclasts and their precursors. The effect of alendronate on osteoclasts is produced, at least in part, by the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappaB ligand (RANKL) and the osteoprotegerin (OPG) synthesized by the osteoblasts. This study(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoporosis resulting from decreased bone formation is a common complication in patients with chronic cholestasis. Lithocholic acid (LCA) and bilirubin may play a role in osteoporosis given that both substances have detrimental effects on survival of human osteoblasts, the cells involved in bone formation. AIMS As ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA)(More)
OBJECTIVES Osteopenia increases the morbidity of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). In this study, we have compared two bisphosphonates, alendronate and cyclical etidronate, that inhibit osteoclast-mediated bone resorption and have examined their effects on bone mass in patients with this disease. METHODS A total of 32 women with PBC were randomly assigned(More)
In order to evaluate the source and course of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with established renal insufficiency, we reviewed data on 40 patients with renal failure and gastrointestinal bleeding seen over 2 yr. A randomly selected control group of 39 patients without renal failure was used for comparison. Medical records of our University Hospital(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate if there is any difference in the proportion of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphisms and the homocysteine levels in a group of women with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) and a control group. Ninety-three patients with diagnosis of three or more gestational losses and 206 healthy women(More)