Paola Molteni

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BACKGROUND AND AIM Ten years ago we published a study describing the 6-month outcome of 33 outpatients with typical gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptoms and pH-metry proven excess gastro-oesophageal reflux but without endoscopical evidence of oesophagitis, currently referred to as patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease without oesophagitis.(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to assess bone metabolism in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients and to evaluate potential differences between Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) with respect to the mechanisms underlying bone loss in this group of diseases. DESIGN AND SETTING This was a cross-sectional study which started in(More)
BACKGROUND Although a reduced prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection has been observed in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, the clinical significance of H. pylori infection in this setting remains unknown. The aim of this study was, therefore, to evaluate the prevalence of H. pylori infection in a large series of IBD patients and the frequency(More)
In a double-blind, single-center, 1-year prospective trial, we compared a pH-dependent Eudragit L-coated formulation of oral 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) (Claversal), 0.5 g b.i.d., and sulfasalazine (SASP), 1 g b.i.d., in the prophylactic treatment of quiescent ulcerative colitis. Forty-four patients received 5-ASA and 44 received SASP. Clinical,(More)
We evaluated, retrospectively, the outcome of 56 patients (39 male, 17 female; mean age, 34 years; age range, 14-65 years) who received azathioprine for either steroid-resistant (group A, n = 10) or steroid-dependent (group B, n = 46) ulcerative colitis. The patients were followed for a mean of 29 +/- 17 months (median, 27 months). Twenty-four had(More)
GOALS Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are associated with pathologic findings in the liver and biliary tract. Ultrasonography (US) represents a noninvasive means to study hepatobiliary abnormalities. This study evaluated the prevalence of US hepatobiliary changes and their relationship to clinical variables in a large IBD patient population followed in a(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare a low dosage (1 g/day) rectal preparation of 5-aminosalicylic acid in slightly acidic, buffered suspension (Pentasa) with a hydrocortisone 100 mg/day enema (Cortenema). METHODS Fifty-two patients with mild to moderate distal ulcerative colitis were randomized under double-blind conditions to receive a rectal preparation of either(More)