Rosalia Aloe

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BACKGROUND The neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin (NGAL) has been identified as the most promising biomarker of acute kidney injury (AKI). This study was aimed to evaluate a NGAL immunoassay on Beckman Coulter AU 5822. METHODS NGAL Test™ (BioPorto Diagnostics A/S) is a particle-enhanced turbidimetric immunoassay. The within-and between-run(More)
Cardiac troponins are a mainstay in the diagnostic approach of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome. Along with other causes of cardiac injury, strenuous aerobic exercise is an important source of troponin leakage from myocardium. Due to recent immunoassays development, there is no information on variation of highly-sensitive (HS) troponin I(More)
Only a few studies have assessed the kinetics of cardiac troponins after endurance exercise by using the novel high-sensitive (HS) immunoassays. These were based on the measurement of HS-TroponinT (TnT), but not HS-Troponin I (TnI), and exclusively involved marathon or ultra-marathon contests. TnI was measured in 17 healthy trained Caucasian males(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between vitamin D deficiency (25-hydroxyvitamin D <20 ng/mL) and idiopathic calcium nephrolithiasis (ICN). METHODS A total of 884 patients with ICN (363 males, mean age of 51 ± 14) and 967 controls (162 males, mean age of 59 ± 15) from an area with no food fortification policy were considered following a(More)
The Dill and Costill equation is used to estimate the exercise-induced hemoconcentration. However, this calculation requires drawing an extra whole-blood sample, which cannot be frozen and has to be analyzed with dedicate instrumentation in a relative short time. The aim of the present study was to explore the usefulness of some serum biochemical parameters(More)
Heterophilic antibodies, comprising both "true" heterophilic antibodies and human anti-mouse antibodies (HAMA), represent an important source of interference in laboratory medicine, thus including cardiospecific troponin(s) testing. We describe the case of a 76-years-old woman with implausible and persistent elevation of cardiospecific troponin I, which was(More)
BACKGROUND The various contributors to sport-related anaemia include increased plasma volume, exercise-induced oxidative stress, increased body temperature, acidosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, acute and chronic inflammation as well as compression and damage of red blood cells (RBC) in the capillaries within the contracting muscles. The effective(More)
Several sports have been associated with a postexercise increase of cardiac, liver, and skeletal muscle biomarkers of injury. Exhaustive or acute physical exercise causes an increased generation of reactive oxygen species, resulting in cellular injury. Thus, exercise and training may trigger pathophysiological changes in serum concentrations of a variety of(More)
BACKGROUND Manual microscopy remains the gold standard for enumeration and classification of nucleated cells in peritoneal fluids, especially for diagnosing bacterial peritonitis. However, this approach carries several drawbacks, so that the use of simple and automated tests may be a viable option for initial screening of peritoneal fluids. MATERIALS AND(More)
The presence in the serum of specific autoantibodies, such as antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-double-stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA), and antiextractable nuclear antigens (anti-ENA), is one of the diagnostic criteria for autoimmune rheumatic disease, and the requests for these tests in the last few years have grown remarkably. A guideline for reducing(More)