Maria Laura Cappuccilli

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BACKGROUND Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor neurological disorder characterized by paraesthesia, dysaesthesia and the irresistible urge to move the legs especially at night. Its prevalence is much higher among dialysis patients at 12 to 62% compared to 3 to 9% in the general population. Here, we investigated the association between RLS and(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine clinical and laboratory predictors of restless legs syndrome (RLS) in patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) undergoing long-term hemodialysis (HD). MATERIALS AND METHODS One hundred and sixty-two consecutive patients were assessed. History of sleep disturbances, neurological examination, clinical, and laboratory data were(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) represents the main cause of morbidity and mortality after renal transplantation. In view of the modern paradigm of atherosclerosis as an inflammatory disease, this study investigated the impact of inflammatory cytokine polymorphisms on posttransplant CVD. METHODS The association between cytokine polymorphisms and(More)
INTRODUCTION Delayed graft function (DGF) is a common complication in kidney transplantation. We sought to evaluate possible correlates for DGF including intraoperative parameters, focusing on fluid replacement and central venous pressure (CVP) values among patients undergoing kidney transplantation at our center. METHODS One hundred fifty-five cadaveric(More)
The aim of the study was to assess the factors potentially involved in coronary artery calcifications (CAC) in end-stage renal disease patients. 253 hemodialysis (HD) patients (92 females, 161 males), aged 62.5 +/- 13.5, who had been on HD treatment for at least 6 months, were enrolled in a cross-sectional study. Calcium-phosphate product (Ca x P), body(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Vitamin D deficiency is associated with endothelial dysfunction in uremic patients, possibly by the impairment in the number and function of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). In 89 hemodialysis patients, we investigated the factors associated with the number of circulating EPCs (CD34+/CD133+/KDR+ and CD34+/CD133-/KDR+ cells), the presence(More)
BACKGROUND This randomized crossover study investigated the effects of unfractioned heparin (UFH) and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) on intra- and post-dialytic blood levels of osteoprotegerin (OPG), receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL) and inflammatory cytokines. METHODS Forty patients on haemodialysis for at least 12 months(More)
Kidney transplantations combined with other solid organs are progressively increasing in number. There are no guidelines regarding the nephrologic indications for combined transplantations, namely liver-kidney (LKT), or heart-kidney (HKT), in preemptive patients with chronic kidney failure who are not on regular dialysis therapy. The objective of this study(More)
PURPOSE Acute liver failure (ALF) and acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) still show a poor prognosis. MARS was used in 22 patients with ALF or ACLF to prolong patient survival for liver function recovery or as a bridge to transplantation. DESIGN Evaluation of depurative efficiency, biocompatibility, hemodynamics, encephalopathy (HE) and clinical(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The shortage in organ supply has required the use of expanded criteria donors (ECD) for kidney transplantation. Current pre-transplant evaluations of ECD organs are based on histological, clinical or mixed criteria. This monocentric study investigates the predictivity of Karpinski's histological score on 3-year graft function in renal(More)