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To evaluate the Toxocara spp. eggs environmental contamination of the soil of the urban or suburban area Ancona (Italy), 22 public playgrounds were selected and several cores of soil were taken from any selected areas. To study the Toxocara seroprevalence in the inhabitants of Ancona, blood samples were collected from selected groups of individuals. One(More)
AIM To describe the chickenpox complications in children in Italy. METHODS Hospital discharge data from 1 January 2002 to 15 June 2006 were queried for patients less than 18 years of age in three Italian paediatric university hospitals. RESULTS During the study period, 349 children (189 males, 160 females) were admitted. Thirteen out of 349 (3.7%) of(More)
This report describes the successful management of a documented necrotizing pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae in a child with pandemic influenza A (H1N1). The importance of early recognition of bacterial superinfection in patients with influenza and the immunologic interactive mechanisms between viruses and bacteria in determining respiratory(More)
A newborn girl is described with an association of spondylo-acrodysplasia, mild short limbed dwarfism without significant metaphyseal changes, joint dislocations, and severe immune system dysfunction. This association is distinct from other known immuno-osseous dysplasias, including Schimke dysplasia, ADA deficiency with osseous changes, and Omenn phenotype(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on cancer incidence in HIV-infected children throughout a 20-year period. PATIENTS AND METHODS An observational population study was conducted on 1,190 perinatally HIV-infected children enrolled onto the Italian Register for HIV Infection in Children from 1985 to 2004 and never(More)
Serum concentrations of brain natriuretic peptide and its amino-terminal cleavage pro-fragment, NT-proBNP, have never been reported in refractory Kawasaki disease. Changes in NT-proBNP levels after infliximab treatment in an infant with severe cardiovascular complications are reported here. The regular evaluation of this cardiac biomarker after infliximab(More)
Hepatosplenic involvement is a rare manifestation of abdominal tuberculosis in children. We describe the case of a 7-year-old girl with persistent fever, cough, and hepatosplenomegaly. Typical lesions were shown in the liver and spleen by ultrasound and computed tomography. Colonoscopy showed a nodular, ulcerated mass that partially obstructed the cecum.(More)