Mirela Marinescu

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Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a recently identified citokine with an important role in bone remodeling, that acts as a decoy receptor for RANKL; OPG was shown to be an important inhibitor of osteoclast differentiation and activation. Leptin influences bone metabolism by acting on differentiated osteoblasts, having an anabolic effect on bone. The relationship(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Aneurysms of the basilar artery can cause hydrocephalus due to compression of the third ventricle or the sylvian aqueduct. The observation of a particular case led to discuss another possible mechanism of hydrocephalus. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND RADIOLOGICAL STUDIES An aneurysm of the basilar artery was revealed by an ischemic(More)
BACKGROUND Although many studies addressed the issue of the occurrence of acute myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with angiographically patent coronary arteries, controversies exist concerning the pathophysiology and clinical outcome in this syndrome. AIM To evaluate the clinical course of patients with MI and patent coronary arteries as well as to(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The human tricuspid valve is conventionally thought to have a fibrous annulus in the septal region. The study aim was to conduct morphological and histological analyses of the right atrioventricular junction (RAVJ), in particular to investigate the fibrous/collagenous content of this structure in the adult human heart. (More)
A 66-year-old gentleman was admitted to hospital with a history of general malaise for 5 months. His symptoms worsened 2 weeks prior to presentation. He experienced swinging pyrexia, night sweats and shortness of breath on exertion. Initial evaluation did not reveal any source of infection. Subsequent investigation revealed infection with vegetation(More)
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