Pier Carlo Sarzi Puttini

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OBJECTIVES Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a frequent extra-articular manifestation of RA associated with increased mortality. High-resolution CT (HRCT) is used for diagnosis and follow-up, but its accuracy is counterbalanced by high costs and radiological risk. In the presence of ILD, lung US (LUS) detects vertical artefacts called B-lines. The aims of(More)
Antiphospholipid-mediated endothelium perturbation plays a role in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)-associated vasculopathy. Antiphospholipid antibodies activate endothelium both in vitro and in vivo experimental models by inducing a pro-inflammatory/-coagulant phenotype; the antibodies recognize beta2 glycoprotein I (beta2GPI) on human endothelial cells(More)
A double-blind study comparing the efficacy and tolerability of dothiepin with that of placebo in the treatment of primary fibromyalgia syndrome was carried out. Dothiepin was shown to improve significantly the condition of patients with primary fibromyalgia syndrome and there was a significant difference between dothiepin and placebo in all the clinical(More)
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the efficacy and tolerability of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) was conducted in 50 patients with primary fibromyalgia syndrome. All the clinical parameters studied were significantly improved by treatment with 5-HTP and only mild and transient side-effects were reported. Further controlled studies are required to(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study was to produce an Italian version of the Revised Leeds Disability Questionnaire (LDQ) in a group of patients with ankylosing spondylitis, and to examine the psychometric properties of this version, evaluating its internal consistency, external validity and reliability. METHODS The LDQ was administered to 60(More)
Ever since it was first defined, fibromyalgia (FM) has been considered one of the most controversial diagnoses in the field of rheumatology, to the point that not everybody accepts its existence as an independent entity. The sensitivity and specificity of the proposed diagnostic criteria are still debated by various specialists (not only rheumatologists),(More)
Seventeen patients affected by fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) (16 females and one male) and 17 matched healthy subjects underwent formal polysomnography, a sleep questionnaire and lung function tests. FMS patients slept significantly less efficiently than the healthy controls (p<0.01), had a higher proportion of stage 1 sleep (mean+/-SD, 21+/-6% versus(More)
The efficacy and tolerability of 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP) were studied in an open 90-day study in 50 patients affected by primary fibromyalgia syndrome. When all the clinical variables studied throughout the trial (number of tender points, anxiety, pain intensity, quality of sleep, fatigue) were compared with baseline results, they all showed a(More)
We evaluated disease status in relation to age, sex and disease duration using some short term indices of disease activity, laboratory tests, and radiological features in 315 patients with rheumatoid arthritis of duration varying from 3 to 36 months (mean 12 months). No differences were observed among various age groups in disease duration, female/male(More)