Maria Concetta Failla

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This report describes a case of acute pancreatitis in a 2-year-old boy following rotavirus gastroenteritis. Its characteristics are analyzed and discussed in the light of another 4 cases of pancreatitis associated with rotavirus infection found through a systematic review of the international literature. None of the five children underwent surgery or was(More)
Relatively common in adults, intestinal tuberculosis is considered rare in children and adolescents. The protean manifestations of intestinal tuberculosis mean that the diagnosis is often delayed (sometimes even for years), thus leading to increased mortality and unnecessary surgery. The main diagnostic dilemma is to differentiate intestinal tuberculosis(More)
Brucellosis, a common disease in some areas of the world, beside its typical signs and symptoms, as fever, arthropathy, hepatomegaly and splenomegaly, sometimes can complicate into thrombocytopenia, even in severe forms. The pathogenesis of thrombocytopenia in course of brucellosis is variable, and a main role is played by immunological reactions. Authors(More)
The incidence of symptomatic Urinary Tract Infection (U.T.I.) in 2980 children aged under 2 years was valued. The study was performed in the Pediatric Clinic of Palermo between January 1988 and December 1989 involving a number of out paediatricians. The U.T.I. incidence was found to be 3.38%, with a higher frequency in males (4.7%) than in females (2.03%).(More)
We describe the case of a previously healthy six-year-old boy with a right renal abscess due to a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which necessitated a radical nephrectomy. Although renal ultrasonography is often the initial tool to identify fluid collection, in our case the diagnosis was obtained only after performing an abdominal CT with(More)
Intestinal intussusception is the invagination of an intestinal segment into another. Childhood intussusception is usually idiopathic, whereas adult intussusception is usually due to a definable intraluminal lesion or to a systemic disease. Although the aetiology of idiopathic forms often remains unclear, there is appreciable evidence to support an indirect(More)
B1 Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenopathy syndrome (PFAPA) in a 17 years old girl – case report Erato Atsali, Dimitra Kassara, Pelagia Katsimbri, Sorina Boiu, Dimitrios T. Boumpas, Vana Papaevangelou Pediatric Rheumatology Unit,3RD Department of Pediatrics, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Medical School, Athens,(More)
We have retrospectively studied 101 patients with an age below 24 months consecutively hospitalized, for symptomatic urinary tract infections, in the "Ospedale dei Bambini" of Palermo and subjected to radiological studies (urography and voiding cystouretrography). We have considered if the symptoms and the clinical objectivity could have given useful(More)
Bacteria counts in fresh, unstained, uncentrifuged urine specimens, using a phase-contrast microscope, magnification X 400, and a hemocytometer chamber, proved to be a very useful method not only of excluding (specificity 0.92) but also identifying urinary tract infection (sensitivity 0.90) in children. The presence of greater than 5/0.1 ml bacteria in the(More)