Maria Frontini

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Blue rubber bleb nevus (BRBN) syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by distinctive cutaneous and gastrointestinal vascular malformations. The latter may lead to bleeding complications. We followed four affected children for at least 5 years. The evolution of their disease and the value of pharmacologic agents (steroids, interferon) in the management of(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between access to health care and undiagnosed diabetes among the high-risk, vulnerable population in the border region between the United States of America and Mexico. METHODS Using survey and fasting plasma glucose data from Phase I of the U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project (February 2001 to(More)
Aplasia cutis congenita is a rare disorder characterized by localized absence of skin at birth. Type V in Frieden's classification, which is associated with fetus papyraceous or placental infarcts, occurs as a large cutaneous defect on the trunk and extremities. The patient we report had a lesion affecting the trunk and extremities symmetrically, with no(More)
We describe a girl with motor and mental retardation, macrocephaly, a "coarse" face, choanal atresia, postnatal feeding difficulty, redundant skin with deep palmar and plantar creases, and histopathological evidence of altered elastic fibers, who died at the age of 11 months. We believe this represents another case of Costello syndrome. Lacking papillomata,(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that female gender has higher odds of developing HIV drug resistance mutations. We aimed to evaluate the gender differences in HIV drug resistance mutation patterns and outcomes in a cohort of an HIV-infected population who underwent genotype resistance testing (GRT). METHODS We conducted a retrospective study from(More)
The coexistence of linear porokeratosis (LP) and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) in a 3-year-old girl with a family history of DSAP is presented. Happle proposed loss of heterozygosity (LOH) to explain the origin of this unusual phenomenon. Homozygosity would explain why lesions in LP are far more pronounced than those of the(More)
BACKGROUND Darier's disease or keratosis follicularis is an autosomal dominant acantholytic disorder that frequently arises as a result of spontaneous mutation. It is either a generalized or localized condition due to a mutation in the SERCA2 12q23-q24,1 resulting in a faulty organization of the tonofilaments. We present two siblings affected with the(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and its progression are associated with multiple risk factors. CKD is prevalent in nursing homes residents, but factors related to CKD in this setting have not been defined. METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted (n=103). Data was abstracted using standardized forms and analyzed (SAS 9.2). Chi square and(More)
The HIV-infected population in the United States is aging. A retrospective study of 132 patients (26 women, 106 men) ≥59 years of age was undertaken to evaluate the effect of race and sex on selected outcomes. With the exception of women being more likely to have diagnosis of depression compared with men, sex had little influence on risk for other(More)