Raffaele Liuzzi

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UNLABELLED New imaging techniques have been introduced to assess the extent and severity of disease in multiple myeloma (MM) patients. The aim of our study was to compare newer imaging modalities-such as (18)F-FDG PET/CT, (99m)Tc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile ((99m)Tc-MIBI) scintigraphy, and MRI-to assess their relative contribution in the evaluation of MM(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic performance of ultrasound (US) in the quantitative assessment of steatosis by comparison with proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) as a reference standard. Three liver echo-intensity indices were derived: US hepatic mean gray level, hepatic-renal echo-intensity ratio (H/R), and(More)
PURPOSE To assess cerebral circulation times (CCTs) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and control subjects by using contrast material-enhanced ultrasonography (US) to determine whether vascular abnormalities can be detected in this disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was approved by the local ethics committee, and informed consent was(More)
BACKGROUND Anderson-Fabry disease is a multisystem X linked disorder of lipid metabolism frequently associated with cardiac symptoms, including left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy gradually impairing cardiac function. Evidence showing that enzyme-replacement therapy (ERT) can be effective in reducing LV hypertrophy and improving myocardial function in the(More)
OBJECTIVE Fabry's disease is a multisystem X-linked disorder of lysosomal metabolism frequently associated with left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy. In this study, we aimed to assess whether myocardial T2 relaxation time determined by a black blood multiecho multishot MRI sequence could be used to evaluate cardiac involvement in patients with Fabry's disease.(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the pain response and daily discomfort in patients with painful bone metastases treated by merging 89Sr-chloride and zoledronic acid. The results were compared with those of patients who received 89Sr-chloride or zoledronic acid separately. METHODS 25 patients (12 women; mean age 65+/-13 years) chronically treated with zoledronic acid(More)
BACKGROUND Primary orbital lymphoma is a rare disease that accounts for 10% of all orbital tumors. Radiotherapy on the orbital cavity is the treatment of choice for this unusual presentation of localized non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The aim of this study is to retrospectively evaluate the effectiveness and the toxicity of radiation treatment in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Loss of response to transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta ) is thought to contribute to the progression of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Recent findings of over-activation of the TGF-beta signal in FKBP12-knockout mouse prompted us to investigate whether FK506, the canonical ligand of FKBP, can activate the TGF-beta signal in chronic(More)
We assessed coronary flow reserve (CFR) by sestamibi imaging in patients with typical chest pain, positive exercise stress test and normal coronary vessels. Thirty-five patients with typical chest pain and normal angiogram and 12 control subjects with atypical chest pain underwent dipyridamole/rest 99mTc-sestamibi imaging. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) was(More)
We have investigated the photoactivating effect of hypericin on two cancer cell lines: PC-3, a prostatic adenocarcinoma non-responsive to androgen therapy and LNCaP, a lymphonodal metastasis of prostate carcinoma responsive to androgen therapy. The two cell lines are incubated for 24 h with hypericin at concentrations ranging from 0.001 to 0.3 microg/ml in(More)