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The objectives of the study are to evaluate DNase I serum levels and their correlation with soluble Fas (sFas) and soluble Fas ligand (sFasL) and with cell surface Fas expression in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), thus contributing to the dysregulated apoptosis typical of the disease. The methods include the following: Serum DNase I levels(More)
Intravesical instillation of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is used with efficacy and safety in the treatment of patients with intermediate and high-risk superficial bladder carcinoma. Arthralgia and/or arthritis is one of the rare severe complications following intravesical BCG immunotherapy. We searched MEDLINE in order to analyze the frequency of this(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic idiopathic urticaria is a common skin disorder characterized by recurrent, transitory, itchy weals for more than 6 weeks. An autoimmune origin has been suggested based on the findings of auto-antibodies (Abs) directed against either the alpha subunit of the high-affinity IgE receptor or the IgE molecule in nearly half of the patients. (More)
Intravesical instillation of bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is used in the treatment of patients with intermediate and high-risk superficial bladder carcinoma with efficacy and safety. The vast majority of patients do not present any side effects and only 5% of patients have mild and short-lived clinical manifestations such as malaise, low-grade fever,(More)
PURPOSE To determine the feasibility of using synchrotron radiation (SR) in diagnostic mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS Monochromatic SR of x-ray beams of selected energies of 14-20 keV were used to obtain mammograms of surgically removed breast specimens that contained tumor nodules. For comparison, conventional mammograms of the same specimens were(More)
Schnitzler's syndrome is a rare clinical condition characterized by chronic urticaria, intermittent fever, bone pain, arthralgia or arthritis, and monoclonal immunoglobulin M (IgM) gammopathy. Here we describe the case of a 48-year-old Italian female with a long history of arthralgia, leucocytosis, spiking fever, and chronic urticaria with severe pruritus.(More)
Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. We describe the case of a 20-year-old man from India living in Italy since 2003, who presented with erythematous papules and nodules distributed on his arms, legs, and face in 2006. He also had episodes of high fever, polyarthritis, and episcleritis. Sarcoidosis was suspected on the(More)
Human intravenous immunoglobulins (hIVIgs) are used in two broad categories of diseases: immunodeficiency and autoimmunity. Among the immune-mediated diseases hIVIgs are of benefit in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and dermatomyositis. Chronic idiopathic pericarditis (CIP) is a chronic disease of unknown origin(More)
We describe the case of a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) complicated by severe pulmonary aterial hypertension (PAH); only seven cases have been reported on this association so far, and PAH seems to be related to the vascular involvement of neurofibromatosis. The histology of our patient's lung tissue showed thickening of arteries and veins by(More)
Vasculopathy, immunological abnormalities, and excessive tissue fibrosis are key elements in the pathogenesis of progressive systemic sclerosis (SSc). Extracorporeal shock waves (ESW) have anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects on different tissues. We hypothesized that ESW can reduce endothelial cell damage and skin fibrosis in patients with SSc. We(More)