Stefano Piaserico

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We studied 361 patients, to evaluate risk factors for cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) onset and severity/diffusion in heart transplantation (HT). Rejection scores (RS) on endomyocardial biopsy were calculated (first year and whole follow-up). CAV onset was defined as any lesion seen at yearly angiography. A CAV severity/diffusion index was calculated(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine risk factors for the development of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in a cohort of heart transplant (HT) recipients and, in particular, to evaluate the role of the cumulative doses of different immunosuppressive drugs. DESIGN Prospective nonconcurrent study. SETTING A dermatology clinic at a university(More)
Solid organ transplant recipients are at higher risk of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), especially basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Genetic alterations in the production of detoxifying enzymes such as glutathione S-transferase (GST) and CYP1A1 may enhance this risk. We investigated the frequency of GST genotypes (GSTM1, GSTM3,(More)
Organ transplant recipients have a higher incidence of melanoma compared to the general population but the prognosis of this potentially fatal skin cancer in this group of patients has not yet been established. To address this, we undertook a multicenter retrospective analysis to assess outcome for 100 melanomas (91 posttransplant and 9 pretransplant) in 95(More)
Patients who have received liver transplant are at increased risk of skin complications due to long-term immunosuppression regimen. The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence and risk factors of skin complications in liver transplant patients. We analyzed 161 liver transplant recipients. The mean age at transplantation was 47.4 years. Mean follow-up(More)
Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a widely approved therapy for actinic keratoses, squamous cell carcinoma in-situ, superficial and certain thin basal cell carcinomas. Recurrence rates are typically equivalent to existing therapies, although inferior to surgery for nodular basal cell carcinoma. PDT can be used both as a lesional or as a field therapy(More)
INTRODUCTION Immunogenicity of antitumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα) agents has been proven to play a significant role in the variability of clinical responses among patients with chronic inflammatory diseases. However, its clinical impact on the outcome of patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis receiving anti-TNFα treatment is not yet fully(More)
To assess whether cyclosporine A (CsA) 2-h peak (C2) is superior to trough levels (C0) for Neoral dose monitoring in heart transplantation (HT), we studied 928 C0-C2 paired determinations from 313 stable HT patients (257 male, aged 50 +/- 14 years at HT, follow-up 6.9 +/- 4 years), on a C0-based regimen. Our target C0 levels (ng/ml) were 150-400 (first 3(More)
BACKGROUND The frequency of skin cancer is increased among organ transplant recipients, but the predisposing risk factors are controversial. It is also unclear whether heart transplant patients face an increased risk compared to recipients of other organs, e.g. kidney transplants. METHODS We performed univariate and multivariate analysis of risk factors(More)
BACKGROUND Organ transplant recipients are at an increased risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Few data concern heart transplantation and populations from southern Europe. METHODS A total of 1,329 patients who received their first kidney (1,062 subjects) or heart allograft (267 subjects) were included in a partly retrospective cohort study to evaluate the(More)