Maria Luisa Pacor

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of cyclic intravenous iloprost therapy in diffuse or limited scleroderma. METHODS Twenty patients, 14 women and 6 men with a mean age of 47.8 +/- 8.2 years, were given iloprost infusions for six hours a day during five consecutive days, at a rate of 0.5 to 2 ng/kg/min. The course was repeated every three(More)
OBJECTIVES Several hypotheses have been proposed regarding the role of HLA-B27 antigen in the pathogenesis of the spondylarthropathies. METHODS We studied some neutrophil functions in vivo in patients affected by ankylosing spondylitis or by reactive arthritis, with or without HLA-B27, and in healthy control subjects. In vivo neutrophil migration was(More)
BACKGROUND Corticosteroids are considered to be particularly effective in reducing nasal congestion and are therefore recommended as first-line treatment in allergic rhinitis patients with moderate to severe and/or persistent symptoms. OBJECTIVE We compared the clinical efficacy of fluticasone propionate aqueous nasal spray (FPANS) 200 microg given once(More)
BACKGROUND Allergic rhinitis (AR) and nonallergic rhinitis (NAR) may present with different clinical and laboratory characteristics. METHODS A total of 1,511 consecutive patients, aged 18-81 years, diagnosed with rhinitis, 56% females and 44% males, underwent complete allergic evaluation including skin prick test, blood eosinophil counts, nasal eosinophil(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of methotrexate treatment in patients with ankylosing spondylitis in a 3-year open trial. Seventeen patients, 14 men and three women (mean age 32.7 ± 8.9 years), suffering from ankylosing spondylitis and non-responders to treatment with sulphasalazine, were enrolled in our study. Sixteen of them were(More)
BACKGROUND Adverse reactions to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)s are frequent, and the need to identify a safe alternative drug is a common problem in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE To assess the tolerability of rofecoxib, a drug that specifically inhibits COX-2, in a group of NSAID-sensitive patients. METHODS One-hundred and four subjects(More)
BACKGROUND Nasal polyposis (NP) often coexists with asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis. Polyp histology typically shows chronic, eosinophilic inflammation. The inflammatory cell infiltrate generally includes eosinophils, lymphocytes, plasma cells and mast cells. OBJECTIVE To gain insight into the natural history of NP, we analysed mediator levels and(More)
Twenty patients with irritable bowel syndrome due to food intolerance were randomized to either oral sodium cromoglycate or placebo in a double-blind cross-over trial. The study consisted of treatment with either sodium cromoglycate or placebo for 8 weeks, followed by the cross-over treatment for 8 further weeks. Patients were allowed to eat the offending(More)
BACKGROUND To date, no predictive tests for the clinical response to allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASI) are available. Therefore an in vivo or in vitro test would be of great value. OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate pretreatment parameters used in diagnosing allergic rhinitis and determining serum specific IgE (s-IgE) levels, serum total IgE (t-IgE)(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of hyposensitization therapy with Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus vaccine in patients with moderate and severe atopic dermatitis and sensitization to house mite dust. We studied 32 patients who showed strongly positive Skin Prick Test and high levels of circulating specific IgE to Dermatophagoides(More)