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Metastases to cervical lymph nodes (LNs) are an important independent adverse indicator in the prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). An accurate evaluation of molecular patterns favoring the metastatic process can be helpful in predicting cases of OSCC with elevated probability of early or late metastases and, moreover, in planning the proper(More)
The impact of peritonitis on CAPD results was evaluated in 1990 pts (mean age +/- SD:58.4 +/- 14.8 yrs, 55.9% males), treated in 30 centres participating in Italian PD Study Group, during 1980-89, with an overall observation period of 3953 years (mean +/- SD 24.1 +/- 22.3 months). The incidence of peritonitis decreases from 1.21 (1980-84) to 0.48 (1985-89)(More)
Orofacial granulomatosis (OFG) is an uncommon disease characterized by persistent or recurrent soft tissue enlargement, oral ulceration and a variety of other orofacial features. It could be an oral manifestation of a systemic disease. For a correct differential diagnosis, local and systemic conditions characterized by granulomatous inflammation should be(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of baseline characteristics of patients, chronic renal failure and its treatment on quality of life. METHODS To investigate the health status we used a questionnaire, the SF-36, during individual interviews. The study involved i) a cross-sectional observational stage, lasting from 1 Sept. 1997(More)
BACKGROUND The tenet that peritoneal dialysis is capable of either normalizing or improving blood pressure control in uraemic patients is based on outdated or monocentric experiences. Therefore, we assessed the prevalence of hypertension and the efficacy of antihypertensive therapy in a large, multicentric cohort of patients on peritoneal dialysis. (More)
Over a 10-year period, 1,990 end-stage renal disease patients in 30 centers were treated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis by the Italian Cooperative Peritoneal Dialysis Study Group. At the start of treatment, patients had an average age of 58.4 years, with a 66% prevalence of one or more clinical risk factors for premature death. Patient(More)
BACKGROUND Histological and clinical criteria are generally used to differentiate second primary tumors (SPTs) from local recurrences. The purpose of the present study was to apply mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop analysis to differentiate SPTs from local recurrences and to validate the clinical classification. METHODS The study population consisted of 20(More)
We studied 1,622 patients who started regular dialysis treatment between 1985 and 1989 in 19 centers from the Italian CAPD Study Group. There were 962 pts (59%) and on HD; 660 pts (41%) on CAPD. CAPD pts were older and had more risk factors at the start than HD pts (p < 0.0001). Overall patient survival was not statistically different between CAPD and HD at(More)
BACKGROUND This article sought to investigate the existence of parameters useful for predicting lymph node metastases in cases of surgically resected oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs). METHODS Fifty-eight cases were studied for E-cadherin and the truncated dominant-negative isoform of p63 (Delta Np63) with immunohistochemistry. In addition, the p63(More)