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OBJECTIVES To evaluate some risk factors which could affect the isolation rates of various uropathogens and their in vitro susceptibility to antibiotics in ambulatory and hospitalized patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS A prospective study was conducted in a microbiological laboratory at Pisa Hospital. Nine-hundred and seventy-two consecutive patients with(More)
Two thousand one hundred and thirteen strains of enterococci isolated at Pisa General Hospital in 1998 were analysed retrospectively to determine their glycopeptide resistance. Of all the microorganisms isolated in this period, 14.7% were enterococci (1405 Enterococcus faecalis, 19 Enterococcus faecium, six Enterococcus avium and 683 Enterococcus spp.). Two(More)
Patients affected with chronic hepatitis are prone to alterations in bone metabolism, osteoporosis and osteopoenia being the most common manifestations. Bone mineral densitometry is the method of choice for assessing bone mass; nevertheless, this is a static parameter whereas biochemical markers of bone remodelling reveal the dynamics of bone resorption and(More)
BACKGROUND Currently, there is no specific pharmacological therapy with established efficacy for the treatment of cocaine dependence. The aim of this study was to determine the safety, tolerability and the effects of aripiprazole and ropinirole in patients with cocaine dependence. METHODS This randomized clinical trial of 12-week duration was carried out(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe epidemiological and clinical features of tuberculosis (tbc) cases identified recently in the Pisa area (Tuscany, Italy). MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed a retrospective study of all cases of tbc notified to the Public Health Service in Pisa during January 1996-December 1998. The diagnosis of tbc was made following the criteria of(More)
Acute hepatitis C virus infection becomes chronic in 50-80% of patients; in recent years a number of studies on acute hepatitis C have shown that interferon treatment can solve more than 80% of cases. In this study we evaluated all cases of acute hepatitis C referred to our unit from 1998 to 2005 to study the epidemiological and clinical features and the(More)
The Infectious Diseases Unit of Lucca Hospital conducted a multicentric retrospective study to evaluate the epidemiological and clinical features of adult patients affected by bacterial meningitis attending all the Infectious Diseases Units of Tuscany (Italy) from July 1999 to June 2004. A specific questionnaire was sent to all the units to collect(More)
We carried out a perspective study in order to assess the ease of insertion, the type and the incidence of perioperative complications connected with the use of the Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA). We examined 300 consecutive patients, M/F 261/39, average age 4.2 yrs. (range 0.1-16), ASA I-II, who underwent surgical operations of short or average length not(More)
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