Raffaella Rinaldi

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We assessed the sensitivity and the positive predictive value (PPV) of the ICD-9 codes in identifying ischemic strokes. The study involved the cross-sectional comparison between patients with an ischemic stroke diagnosis made by neurologists and patients with the 434 or 436 discharge codes. Sensitivity of the codes (all diagnostic levels and first level(More)
We evaluated long-term magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of Knee Osteochondral Autologous Transplantation (OAT)-Mosaicplasty and correlated MRI findings and clinical outcome. Twenty-four patients (mean age 29.9±8.7, 70.8% male) undergoing arthroscopic OAT between 1997 and 2000 were prospectively enrolled. The International Cartilage Repair Society(More)
Epidemiological surveys on status epilepticus (SE) in adults in two Italian areas (Bologna and Lugo di Romagna) disclosed a major difference in 30-day case fatality (33% versus 7 %). Since suboptimal management was hypothesised in the first site, we compared the quality of treatment in the two cohorts and examined its contribution to prognosis. The Bologna(More)
In this paper we propose <i>Instance Filtering</i> as preprocessing step for supervised classification-based learning systems for entity recognition. The goal of Instance Filtering is to reduce both the skewed class distribution and the data set size by eliminating negative instances, while preserving positive ones as much as possible. This process is(More)
In this paper we present a novel instance pruning technique for Information Extraction (IE). In particular, our technique filters out uninformative words from texts on the basis of the assumption that very frequent words in the language do not provide any specific information about the text in which they appear, therefore their expectation of being (part(More)
Percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation of osteoid osteoma has high technical and clinical success rates. However, there are limited data on its use in the treatment of osteoid osteoma in children. To assess the safety and efficacy of CT-guided percutaneous RF ablation of osteoid osteoma in children and compare the outcomes with published data on its use(More)
Congenital muscular dystrophies due to defects in genes encoding proteins involved in α-dystroglycan (α-DG) glycosylation are a heterogeneous group of muscle disorders variably associated with central nervous system and eye abnormalities. One of the more severe is muscle-eye-brain disease (MEB). Mutations in genes coding for proven or putative(More)
Steroid 5alpha-reductase (5alphaR) deficiency (OMIM number #264600) is a rare 46,XY disorder of sex differentiation caused by mutations in the 5alphaR type 2 gene (SRD5A2) resulting in dihydrotestosterone deficiency during fetal development. We report on the analysis of the SRD5A2 gene in 6 unrelated 46,XY Italian patients with external genitalia morphology(More)
A multicentre cross-sectional survey was performed to provide an accurate picture of patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) cared for by Italian Infectious Diseases Centers (IDCs). This analysis describes factors associated with access to the treatment of CHB in a country where barriers to treatment are not expected to exist because of comprehensive(More)