Stefania Sella

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OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN The prevalence and the effects of hypercalciuria on bone in patients with primary osteoporosis are poorly defined. We therefore retrospectively analyzed the data of 241 otherwise healthy women. They were 45-88 years of age and had been referred for their first visit to our Unit for Metabolic Bone Diseases over a 2-year period because of(More)
Bone histomorphometry or quantitative histology consists of counting or measuring tissue components: cells, extracellular constituents and microarchitecture. Bone histomorphometry is the only method that allows the measurement of mineralization rate and the study of bone formation at three levels: cell, remodeling unit and tissue levels. It is a useful tool(More)
Bone morbidity remains a major problem even after successful renal transplantation. We investigated the role of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) polymorphisms and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels on the persistence of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) and their relationships with vertebral fractures (VFx) in 125 renal allograft recipients transplanted 44 +/- 23(More)
Primary Hypercalciuria (PH) is very often accompanied with some degrees of bone demineralization. The most frequent clinical condition in which this association has been observed is calcium nephrolithiasis. In patients affected by this disorder bone density is very frequently low and increased susceptibility to fragility fractures is reported. The very poor(More)
Matrix Gla protein (MGP) and bone Gla protein (BGP) are two vitamin K-dependent proteins (VKDPs) involved in the regulation of vascular calcification (VC). We carried out a secondary analysis of the VIKI study to evaluate associations between drug consumption and VKDP levels in 387 hemodialyzed patients. The VIKI study assessed the prevalence of vitamin K(More)
BACKGROUND Bone disease is one of the major complications of solid organ transplantation, causes considerable morbidity, and most patients are treated with immunosuppressant drugs after graft. The majority of studies reported rapid bone loss and an increased incidence of fractures after transplantation. The aim of our study was to evaluate osteoporosis and(More)
UNLABELLED Osteoporosis is a severe complication of glucocorticoid treatment. Bisphosphonates are a powerful therapeutic option to prevent osteoporotic fractures. The aims of this study were: a) to determine bone alterations induced by therapy with glucocorticoids (GC); b) to establish the efficacy of risedronate (Ris) in the prevention of these effects. We(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Vitamin K acts as a coenzyme in the γ-carboxylation of vitamin K-dependent proteins, including coagulation factors, osteocalcin, matrix Gla protein (MGP), and the growth arrest-specific 6 (GAS6) protein. Osteocalcin is a key factor for bone matrix formation. MGP is a local inhibitor of soft tissue calcification. GAS6 activity prevents the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to explore hip fracture (HFx) incidence in the Veneto Region of Italy, looking at potential differences with the national data. METHODS We analyzed HFx incidence for people aged 65years or over, in years 2000-2011, using data from the Regional Hospitalization Database. Patients were stratified by sex, calendar year and(More)
BACKGROUND The Spine Deformity Index (SDI) is a measure of vertebral fractures (VFs), providing information on both their number and severity. METHODS We evaluated the relationships between SDI and clinical, biochemical and arterial calcification parameters in 387 hemodialysis (HD) patients. VFs, assessed by quantitative vertebral morphometry, and(More)