Massimo di Gioia

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The aims of this study were to assess cognitive function in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients and to evaluate the effect of short- and long-term treatment with continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP). A battery of neuropsychological tests, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), and the Beck Inventory Scale were administered to 23 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the cognitive performance of patients with idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). METHODS The authors studied 17 consecutive patients with idiopathic RBD vs 17 age- and education-matched control subjects. Tests given to each patient and control included Mini-Mental State Examination, verbal and spatial short-term memory,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess in multiple sclerosis (MS) the effect of intense immunosuppression followed by autologous hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (AHSCT) vs mitoxantrone (MTX) on disease activity measured by MRI. METHODS We conducted a multicenter, phase II, randomized trial including patients with secondary progressive or relapsing-remitting MS,(More)
BACKGROUND Over recent years numerous patients with severe forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) refractory to conventional therapies have been treated with intense immunosuppression followed by autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT). The clinical outcome and the toxicity of AHSCT can be diverse, depending on the various types of(More)
To specify the incidence and risk factors for secondary autoimmune diseases (ADs) after HSCT for a primary AD, we retrospectively analyzed AD patients treated by HSCT reported to EBMT from 1995 to 2009 with at least 1 secondary AD (cases) and those without (controls). After autologous HSCT, 29 of 347 patients developed at least 1 secondary AD within 21.9(More)
A decline in verbal fluency is the most consistent neuropsychological sequela of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease. We assessed clinical correlates and switching and clustering subcomponents in 26 parkinsonians undergoing subthalamic DBS. Post-surgical motor improvement was accompanied by worsening at both letter and category fluency(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To summarize recent evidence and current trends in the use of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for autoimmune diseases. RECENT FINDINGS Updates of published trials and data from the registries indicate a long-lasting, immunosuppression-free condition in about 50% of the patients who underwent an HSCT for a severe,(More)
Posaconazole oral suspension (PCZ-susp) can display a variable degree of inter and intra-individual absorption. However, there is no agreement on the need of plasma-posaconazole-concentration (PPC) monitoring as a routine practice in patients receiving PCZ-susp. In this prospective, multicenter study we evaluated the variability of PPCs in hematologic(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical grade processing of harvested bone marrow is required in various clinical situations, particularly in the management of ABO mismatching in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and in regenerative medicine. MATERIAL AND METHODS We report a single-centre experience using a fully automated, clinical grade, closed(More)
OBJECTIVE To confirm CXCL10 over production in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and circulating monocytes isolated from multiple sclerosis patients (MS) and identify predate cell molecular signature; to extend this analysis after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) to test if therapy has modifying effects on MSCs and(More)