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We evaluated blood pressure in a sample of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), to determine whether ABPM, when compared with casual BP recordings, allowed the detection of a higher risk for hypertension. We also evaluated the correlation between BP and vascular abnormalities. We studied 69 NF1(More)
Recently, a new ELISA kit for determination of elastase 1 in faeces has become commercially available. Studies in patients with chronic pancreatitis have indicated that it is a simple and sensitive test of exocrine pancreatic function. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical value of this new test in cystic fibrosis. A total of 72 children were(More)
AIM Aim of the study was to evaluate the immunoallergic pattern and their modulating serum cytokines in children with primary manifestation of nephrotic syndrome, in order to analyse the correlation with disease activity and the outcome of childhood NS. MATERIALS AND METHODS We have evaluated 72 children: 58 steroid-sensitive and 14 steroid-resistant; 42(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between blood pressure (BP), measured with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), and the progression of renal damage in 100 (70 females, 30 males) normotensive children with reflux nephropathy (RN). The patients, mean age of 13.5±5 years and almost 5 years of follow–up, were divided according to(More)
The efficacy of lactase by Kluyveromyces lactis in hydrolyzing milk lactose and reducing milk intolerance symptoms was tested in 52 proved lactose malabsorbers. The enzyme was added to milk administered to the patients, and H2 breath excretion (as an index of carbohydrate malabsorption), was determined by gas chromatograph technique, and milk intolerance(More)
The association between breast feeding and acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) was studied in a case-control study in southern Italy. Two groups of children were studied: the first group comprised 73 infants, aged 0-6 months, whose diagnosis was pneumonia or bronchiolitis; the second group included 88 infants less than 12 months of age with a diagnosis(More)
The paper examines a series of 172 patients undergoing endoscopic intubation with plastic stent due to unoperable esophago-gastric tumoral stenoses during the period 1980-1991. An analysis of the data enabled the following conclusions to be drawn: (1) The majority of perforations occur during the treatment of distal stenoses (15%), anastomotic stenosis(More)
The authors examined a series of 231 patients suffering from unoperable neoplastic dysphagia of the esophagus and treated using prevalently palliative endoscopic methods (photocoagulation and/or intubation) during the period 1980-1991. They draw the following conclusions: a) endoscopic methods are better than surgical techniques; b) there are a greater(More)