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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)
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 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 H 1 -receptor antagonists are considered to be particularly effective in reducing pruritus, and they are therefore recommended as first-line treatment in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). Recently, antileukotriene receptors have been used in patients with CIU, either administered as monotherapy or combined with H 1 -receptor(More)
Cyclosporin A seems to became more and more important in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Open, prospective study: 8 weeks of treatment and 6 months of follow-up in wash-out. 15 patients were selected (10 males and 5 females) with mean age of 35.5. The patients were suffering of atopic dermatitis non responder to preceding treatments, and free from any(More)
BACKGROUND The cause and pathogenesis of chronic urticaria are still poorly understood. IgE-independent reactions, are common in adult patients with chronic urticaria, who have daily spontaneous occurrence of weals. H(1)-receptor antagonists (antihistamines) are the major class of therapeutic agents used in the management of urticaria and angioedema.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire in psoriatic synovitis and to determine whether T lymphocytes in joint and skin lesions show the same Vbeta CDR3 region. METHODS The expression of Valpha and Vbeta families was evaluated by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. The CDR3 region of some Vbeta families was analyzed by(More)
BACKGROUND The recovery of mediator metabolites from urine has the potential to provide a rapid, safe, and easily available index of release of mediators. We aimed to determine urinary metabolites of both histamine and leukotrienes (LTs) in patients affected by chronic urticaria (CU). METHODS Twenty patients with CU were studied. They were selected on the(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)
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)