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BACKGROUND Although previous studies have shown increased mortality in patients with coeliac disease and their relatives, no data are available in relation to different patterns of clinical presentation. We assessed mortality in patients with coeliac disease and their first-degree relatives. METHODS We enrolled, in a prospective cohort study, 1072 adult(More)
There is recent evidence that upper-gut motor abnormalities may be present in coeliac disease. However, to date, the pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for the above have not been explored. The purpose of the present study was to investigate upper-gut motor activity in coeliac disease and explore the role played by the autonomic nervous system in(More)
OBJECTIVES Many afflictions have been associated with celiac disease, but chance associations may exists. The aim of this study was to establish, by means of a multicenter prospective study, the prevalence of thyroid impairment among adult patients with newly diagnosed celiac disease and to evaluate the effect of a 1-yr gluten withdrawal on thyroid(More)
BACKGROUND Diverticular disease (DD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) share a similar symptom pattern. However, comparative studies are flawed by different age at onset of symptoms. We aimed to verify whether clinical features distinguish DD from IBS. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients with DD or IBS, matched for age and gender (1/1) were consecutively(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of BXL628, a vitamin D3 analog, on prostate volume in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). METHODS We conducted a phase II, double blind, randomized, placebo controlled, clinical study. Patients eligible were aged>or=50 years, had a diagnosis of BPH and a prostate volume>or=40 ml. Eligible patients were(More)
In contrast to large GWA studies based on thousands of individuals and large meta-analyses combining GWAS results, we analyzed a small case/control sample for uric acid nephrolithiasis. Our cohort of closely related individuals is derived from a small, genetically isolated village in Sardinia, with well-characterized genealogical data linking the extant(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to reevaluate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction and thyroid autoimmunity in 47 patients with celiac disease; 91 healthy subjects were studied as controls. Both patients and controls were from Sardinia, Italy. METHODS Diagnosis of celiac disease was made on the basis of clinical history, presence of positive antigliadin IgA (AGA-A)(More)
INTRODUCTION The prone position has been considered the only position for percutaneous access to the kidney for the past 25 years, whereas the supine Valdivia position has recently started to gain acceptance, although it was originally described in the late 1980s. Even more recently, the Galdakao-modified supine Valdivia position was described. However,(More)
AIMS To evaluate whether health-related quality of life in adult coeliac disease is related to: 1) adhesion to gluten-free diet; 2) manifestation of clinical features; and 3) associated diseases. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 68 coeliac patients (54 female and 14 male) aged between 18 and 74 years, on gluten-free diet for at least two years were(More)