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This study characterizes by serological and molecular methods the HLA class I and class II alleles in a group of celiac disease children, their parents and a control group of Sardinian descent. We found the DR3-DQw2 haplotype in all patients which was, in almost all cases (84%), associated with the HLA-A30, B18, DR3, DRw52, DQw2 extended haplotype named(More)
This study was carried out to assess the effects on gastric acidity of placebo twice daily (bid), nizatidine 150 mg bid, nizatidine 300 mg bid, and ranitidine 300 mg bid by means of continuous 24-hour intragastric pH monitoring. Twelve patients with duodenal ulcer in remission were randomized to receive in single-blind fashion the above medications on four(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to evaluate the efficacy of phrenic nerve infiltration with ropivacaine 0.2% on the incidence and severity of ipsilateral shoulder pain after thoracotomy in patients receiving continuous thoracic epidural analgesia. METHODS Fifty ASA physical status II-III(More)
A longitudinal study was conducted to assess the value of quantitative ultrasound (QUS) measurement in predicting the risk of fracture and to evaluate how QUS parameters change with ageing and the climacteric. A group of 211 female subjects underwent assessment by QUS at the distal metaphysis of the first phalanx of the last four fingers of the hand on two(More)
BACKGROUND The abuse of antimicrobical drugs has increased the resistance of microorganisms to treatments, thus to make urinary tract infections (UTIs) more difficult to eradicate. Among natural substances used to prevent UTI, literature has provided preliminary data of the beneficial effects of D-mannose, N-acetylcysteine, and Morinda citrifolia fruit(More)
OBJECTIVE Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication rates in northern Sardinia using standard 1-wk triple therapies (i.e., a proton pump inhibitor and two antibiotics) are typically <60%, primarily because of antibiotic resistance. The aim of this study was to test b.i.d. quadruple therapy as primary and as salvage therapy in this population. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS C-kit expression is a sensitive marker for a specific group of mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, the histogenesis and prognosis of which are uncertain. METHODOLOGY We have investigated the expression of c-kit by immunohistochemical analysis (APAAP method) in 12 out of 13 cases of mesenchymal(More)
The survival of 354 claimants for compensation for pulmonary asbestosis among former workers of the Wittenoom crocidolite mine and mill in Western Australia has been examined. There were 118 deaths up to December 1982. The median time between start of work and claim for compensation was 17 years. The standardised mortality ratio (SMR) for deaths from all(More)
Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is an inflammatory disease of the liver capsule that occurs as a complication of pelvic inflammatory disease in approximately 25% of cases. The most common etiological agents are Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Classically, it manifests as acute right upper quadrant pain, which can sometimes be confused with(More)
The goal of this study was to evaluate the complication rate of reoperative thyroid surgery and to find out the way to minimize the morbidity associated with it. We reviewed our experience in 622 patients, who underwent thyroid operation from January 2000 to September 2007. Among these ones, 76 were the patients who underwent reoperative thyroid surgery.(More)