Maria Antonella Costantino

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We report a case of a 13-year-old girl with a 5.4 Mb de novo deletion, encompassing bands 2q23.3q24.1, identified by array-comparative genomic hybridization. She presented with minor facial and digital anomalies, mild developmental delay during infancy, and behavioral disorders. Few of the reported cases overlap this deletion and all only partially. We(More)
Ribosomal gene activity and levels of DNA methylation were investigated by cytochemical and immunological methods in the nucleolar organizer regions (NORs) of individually recognised acrocentric chromosomes. Mendelian inheritance of ribosomal gene activity in a three generation family was demonstrated, together with consistent behaviour of individual gene(More)
In order to estimate the burden of mental disorders in a representative Italian pediatric population, an epidemiological study was performed using three administrative databases: a drug prescription, a hospital discharge form, and an outpatient ambulatory visit database. The population target was 1,616,268 children and adolescents under 18 years living in(More)
BACKGROUND Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is used for treating children with severe disorders of speech-language production and/or comprehension. Various strategies are used, but research and debate on their efficacy have remained limited to a specific area and have rarely reached the general medical community. OBJECTIVE To(More)
Although ADHD comorbidity has been widely studied, some issues remain unsolved. This multicenter observational study aims to examine comorbid psychiatric disorders in a clinical sample of newly diagnosed, treatment naïve children and adolescents with and without ADHD and, to compare treatment efficacy based on the type of comorbidity. We performed an(More)
OBJECTIVE Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RSTS) is a rare congenital disorder (1:125.000) characterized by growth retardation, psychomotor developmental delay, microcephaly and dysmorphic features. In 25% of patients seizures have been described, and in about 66% a wide range of EEG abnormalities, but studies on neurological features are scant and dated. The aim(More)
The main aim of this study was to estimate the costs associated with diagnostic assessment and 1-year therapy in children and adolescents enrolled in 18 ADHD reference centres. Data concerning 1887 children and adolescents from the mandatory ADHD registry database during the 2012-2014 period were analysed. The overall diagnostic and treatment costs per(More)
There are between 5,000 and 8,000 distinct rare diseases (RDs) affecting 6-8% of the population, most of which are caused by genetic defects. Many are highly complex, childhood-onset, multi-system disorders that are often associated with developmental disability, and require lifelong, highly specialized care and support. As larger numbers of children with(More)
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