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CONTEXT Effects of vitamin D repletion in young people with low vitamin D status have not been investigated so far. OBJECTIVE We evaluated the effect of a single massive dose of cholecalciferol on calcium metabolism at 3, 15, and 30 d, compared to baseline. DESIGN AND SETTING We conducted a prospective intervention study in an ambulatory care setting.(More)
Cyclosporin A (CYA) has recently attracted the attention of the dermatologists with regard to its use in the treatment of severe psoriasis. We report four cases of psoriasis resistant to conventional therapy. Three patients were affected by chronic plaque psoriasis and one by erythrodermic psoriasis. The initial dosage of CYA was 5 mg/kg/day per os, and was(More)
BACKGROUND Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) represents a useful tool for staging melanoma patients. However false-negative SLNB are reported in the literature. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study is to identify predictive factors for false-negative SLNB in melanoma patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective analysis on 316 melanoma(More)
Imiquimod is an immune response modifier that stimulates the patient's own immune system to release various chemical substances, such as interferon and interleukin-12. Although, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration since 1997 as a topical treatment for genital and perianal warts, investigators have found that this product may offer an(More)
BACKGROUND Skin tumours represent about 11% of all the malignant neoplasms and their frequency is increasing annually. Skin tumours (melanoma, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, etc.) can be used for a good screening activity, but in relation to breast or cervix uteri cancer needs to be better defined. A test on a population of selected patients against(More)
BACKGROUND No studies are available in the literature on the distribution of different melanoma features and risk factors in the Italian geographical areas. OBJECTIVE To identify the differences in clinical-pathological features of melanoma, the distribution of risk factors and sun exposure in various Italian macro-areas. METHODS(More)
In the literature, there are some papers reporting on patients with metastatic melanoma from an unknown primary lesion (MUP). The pathogenesis of this phenomenon and the prognosis of these patients are still debatable. Therefore, we reviewed our casistics on MUP patients. We identified 24 MUP patients out of all patients registered into a melanoma database(More)
Brain metastases (BM) are one of the most frequent neurological complications of cancers. Melanoma is the third most common tumor to metastasize to the brain with a reported incidence of 10-40 %, and many patients have subclinical BM (>73 %). We computer-searched the clinical records of all our patients registered into a database to identify patients that(More)