Rita Clerico

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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)
BACKGROUND The effect of a single large oral dose of vitamin D on muscle function in young people with vitamin D deficiency has not been investigated so far. AIM We evaluated the effect of a single oral dose of 600,000 IU of cholecalciferol on muscle strength. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Eighteen young women with vitamin D deficiency received a single oral(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)
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)
BACKGROUND Brain metastases are the most life-threatening among the secondary localizations of melanoma for their unresponsiveness to the surgical, radiotherapeutic and/or chemotherapeutic treatments. METHODS Accidentally, we observed a complete response (CR) in a patient undergoing chemotherapy with bleomycin, vincristine or Oncovin, CCNU or lomustine,(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)
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)