Simona Laurino

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OBJECTIVE Rituximab is effective induction therapy in refractory or relapsing antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV). However, further relapse is common, and maintenance strategies are required. The aim of this study was to reduce relapse rates using a fixed-interval rituximab re-treatment protocol. METHODS Retrospective,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Intrapatient variability of hemoglobin (Hb) is a newly proposed determinant of adverse outcome in chronic kidney disease (CKD). We evaluated whether intensity of epoetin therapy affects Hb variability and renal survival in nondialysis CKD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS We calculated the individual therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) is implicated in the pathogenesis of ANCA-associated systemic vasculitis (AASV). There is a need for more effective and safer induction therapies for AASV. Uncontrolled studies have pointed to the efficacy of TNFα blockade with infliximab in the induction of remission in systemic vasculitides. We have(More)
BACKGROUND Nondipping status is associated with greater cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and faster progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). We examined whether shifting 1 antihypertensive drug from morning to evening restores the circadian rhythm of blood pressure in nondipper patients with CKD. STUDY DESIGN 8-week clinical trial without a(More)
BACKGROUND We compared two groups of high-risk patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm to assess the safety and efficacy of endovascular repair vs. open surgery. METHODS From January 1998 to July 2003, sixty-two high-risk patients were divided into two groups: group A consisted of 28 (46 %) open surgery patients and group B consisted of 34 (54 %) patients(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the balance of the standing position and the motor responses by means of dynamic posturography (DP) in patients affected by hip osteoarthritis and treated by total hip replacement (THR). METHODS Data obtained from THR patients were compared with those of control adult groups ofage-matched subjects with normal(More)
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