Maria Marsella

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Objective of this study was to provide data on hospitalizations for rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE) in Ferrara, Italy. The study was conducted analyzing the hospital discharge forms of all children admitted to the Pediatric Department of the University of Ferrara, Arcispedale Sant'Anna, from January 2001 through December 2005. The database was searched for(More)
Classical Poland Syndrome (PS) is characterized by unilateral, partial or complete absence of the sternocostal head of the major pectoral muscle and brachysyndactyly of fingers on the same side. We report the case of a newborn infant with dextrocardia and PS located on the left side. This association is very rare: to date only 19 cases have been described(More)
Iron overload is an inevitable consequence of blood transfusions and is often accompanied by increased iron absorption from the gut. Chelation therapy is necessary to prevent the consequences of hemosiderosis. Three chelators, deferoxamine, deferiprone, and deferasirox, are presently available and a fourth is undergoing clinical trials. The efficacy of all(More)
The primary cause of cardiac dysfunction in thalassemia is believed to be myocardial iron overload. Besides iron, other factors may play a role in the impairment of myocardial contractility, including prolonged heart tissue hypoxia, pericardial involvement, arrhythmias, endocrine complications and vitamin D deficiency. We present the case of a 7 year-old(More)
The severity of thyroid dysfunction in patients with beta-thalassaemia major is variable in different series. An exaggerated thyrotropin response to thyrotropin-releasing-hormone (TRH) has been found in 1 out of 5 beta-thalassaemia major patients. Because it is not well known how many of these patients will develop overt or subclinical hypothyroidism, we(More)
The aim of this study was to collect data on hospitalizations due to gastrointestinal diseases, in particular Rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE), in the Region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. The national hospital discharge database was used to evaluate the epidemiology of RV infections in the 2000-2003 period, analyzing only the principal diagnosis. The available(More)
BACKGROUND It has been repeatedly reported that female patients with thalassemia major survive longer than males and that the difference is due to a lower rate of cardiac disease in females. DESIGN AND METHODS We compared the cardiac iron load as measured by T2* magnetic resonance imaging in 776 patients (370 males) examined at the National Research(More)
Patients with thalassemia major suffer from many complications, but in the last two decades their lives have improved both in length and quality. We report herein the most common complications and the recent advances that have changed the course of this disease. Also, we report in detail some of the new therapeutic strategies already introduced in practice(More)
Female patients with thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies enjoy a longer survival when compared to males. We report data from the literature and from our own studies on gender differences in survival of thalassemia patients, and also examine this phenomenon in animals and in the general population. Some of the more widely accepted hypotheses that try to(More)
Hospital discharge forms with specific codes for rotavirus gastroenteritis in children 0 to 14 years of age were reviewed in the period 2003–2005 in the province of Ferrara. A total of 4,238 children were admitted to the pediatric departments; 151 patients were diagnosed with rotavirus gastroenteritis. The average annual rate of hospitalization for(More)