Simona Giancristoforo

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Inherited epidermolysis bullosa (EB) refers to a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of rare disorders characterized by fragility of the skin and mucous membranes. Despite the preclinical development of different molecular and cell-based treatment strategies, no cure is still available for EB. Therefore it is important to establish the management(More)
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cutaneous malignant tumor, accounting for up to 80% of non melanoma skin cancers. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy have been for long time the main options for its treatment. Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a novel local treatment successfully used in primary skin tumors. We report a case of a man affected by(More)
Psoriasis is a common chronic relapsing inflammatory cutaneous disease; the main role in the inflammation of this condition is played by lymphocyte Th1, Th17 and their cytokines. The activity of these cells is modulated by a particular kind of T cells recently described: the T regulatory cells (Treg). These are able to inhibit the immunological response and(More)
Anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF-alpha) are a group of new drugs able to inhibit the action of this cytokine. Although systemic side effects have been well described, cutaneous adverse reactions have not yet been clearly elucidated. The authors report a case of a 29-year-old man affected by Crohn disease and ankylosing spondylitis who developed(More)
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with several comorbidities. Osteoporosis is defined as a reduction in bone mineral density with impaired bone microarchitecture. Several mechanisms may be implicated as a possible cause for the association between psoriasis and osteoporosis, such as systemic inflammation, anti-psoriatic drug intake and(More)
Erythrodermic psoriasis is a severe and disabling variant of psoriasis. The authors present the case of a 48-year-old man with psoriasis and hemophilia presented with a history of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection treated with pegylated interferon alpha-2a and ribavirin therapy. At the end of antiviral therapy, skin manifestation progressively worsened,(More)
FPH is characterized by hyperpigmented patches, present from birth and increasing in size and number with age. Ultimately, most of the skin and mucus membrane surfaces show increased pigmentation [1]. Its pathogenesis is not yet understood. It is likely to be a heterogenous disease, given that Zhang et al. [3] mapped the gene responsible for FPH to(More)
INTRODUCTION Psoriasis of the hands and feet is highly debilitating and difficult to treat. Lesions are very painfull, disabilitating and impair quality of life of patients. Most treatment options have limited efficacy, short duration of response and several adverse events. OBJECTIVE To investigate the safety and efficacy of Adalimumab in the management(More)
BACKGROUND Regulatory T-cells (T-reg) play a central role in the immunopathogenesis of psoriasis. T-reg cells are both functionally and numerically impaired in psoriasis and they are up-regulated by drug therapy. OBJECTIVE To analyse the circulating CD4+CD25 bright FOXP3+ subset in 14 patients with vulgaris/arthropathic psoriasis treated with biological(More)