Simone Meini

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BACKGROUND Iloprost, a prostacyclin analogue, is used in the treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease at Leriche-Fontaine stages III-IV, through intravenous infusion for at least 21 days. Recently, iloprost has been shown to be safe and effective in critical limb ischemia patients when administered per 7 days. We investigated in patients at(More)
BACKGROUND Since 1990 our group has been using extracorporeal circulation to ozonate blood by an original method, known as extracorporeal blood oxygenation and ozonation (EBOO), with the aim of amplifying the results observed with ozone autohemotherapy. OBJECTIVE To verify the hypothesis that EBOO improves the skin lesions typical of peripheral artery(More)
Iloprost, a stable prostacyclin analogue, regulates expression of genes that are involved in inflammation and in cell growth and inhibits the in vitro production of cytokines. We evaluated the effect of an in vivo weekly iloprost treatment on TNF-alpha and IL6 monocyte production (evaluated by ELISA), on monocyte apoptosis (Annexin V/uptake of propidium(More)
Prognostic stratification of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) remains a challenge in clinical practice. Simplified PESI (sPESI) score is a practical validated score aimed to stratify 30-day mortality risk in acute PE. Whether prognostic value of sPESI score differs according to sex has not been previously investigated. Therefore the aim of our study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Probiotics are widely investigated in the treatment of various bowel diseases. However, they may also have a pathogenic potential, and the role of Lactobacillus spp. as opportunistic pathogens, mostly following disruption of the intestinal mucosa, is emerging. CASE REPORT We report on a case of bacteremia caused by L. rhamnosus GG in an adult(More)
AIM Iloprost, usually administered through intravenous infusion for 6 hours per day for at least 21 days, is the main medical treatment for critical limb ischemia in patients unsuitable for surgical or endovascular approach. We evaluated the tolerance and the short-term and long-term effects of a single 1-week treatment in critical limb ischemia patients.(More)
OBJECTIVE Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the most severe manifestation of the peripheral arterial disease. To date, several prognostic factors have been identified but the data of long-term follow-up in real life setting are scarce. The aim of our study is to describe a large group of CLI patients and identify possible prognostic factors, in a long-term(More)
OBJECTIVE Critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients have poor long-term prognosis. We showed that iloprost improves outcomes (major amputation and survival) up a 5-year follow-up, but it is not known if in this length of time the survival curves, of clinical responders and non-responders, differ. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective study enrolling 102(More)
Background and aim: Prognostic stratification of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) represents the cornerstone of modern management of this potentially life-threatening disease. In the latest years, a lot of clinical prognostic models have been validated. However, these are yet underused in clinical practice, especially in real world populations. The aim of our(More)