Stefano Sellari Franceschini

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Virtual endoscopy is a computer-generated simulation of fiberoptic endoscopy, and its application to the study of the middle ear has been recently proposed. The need to represent the middle ear anatomy by means of virtual endoscopy arose from the increased interest of otolarygologists in transtympanic endoscopy. In fact, this imaging method allows the(More)
CONTEXT CXC alpha-chemokine CXCL10/inducing protein-10 play an important role in the initial phases of autoimmune thyroid disorders. Human thyrocytes in primary culture produce large amounts of CXCL10 when stimulated by interferon-gamma (IFNgamma) and TNFalpha. OBJECTIVE Serum CXCL10 levels (sCXCL10) were measured in patients with active or inactive(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy and safety of low-dose intratympanic gentamicin (ITG) compared with intratympanic dexamethasone (ITD) in patients with intractable unilateral Ménière disease (MD). STUDY DESIGN Open prospective randomized controlled study. SETTING Tertiary referral center. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Sixty patients affected by definite(More)
Distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA) is characterized by a defect in urinary acidification with various degrees of metabolic acidosis; it can be inherited either as an autosomal dominant trait or as a recessive trait. The recessive form is associated in about one third of cases with progressive sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). We performed a(More)
Until now, the following are not known: (1) the mechanisms underlying the induction of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10) secretion by cytokines in thyrocytes; (2) if pioglitazone is able, like rosiglitazone, to inhibit the interferon (IFN)-γ-induced chemokine expression in Graves disease (GD) or ophthalmopathy (GO); and (3) the mechanisms(More)
This paper describes work being undertaken as part of the IERAPSI (Integrated Environment for the Rehearsal and Panning of Surgical Intervention) project. The project is focussing on surgery for the petrous bone, and brings together a consortium of European clinicians and technology providers working in this field. The paper presents the results of a(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical, audiological, radiological, and genetic features of a group of patients affected with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventeen patients affected with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome (LVAS), diagnosed by means of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging of the inner(More)
To evaluate the technical feasibility of 64-row computed tomography (CT) quantitative perfusion imaging of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Twenty-nine patients with a total of 29 pathologically proven SCC underwent a cine-mode CT perfusion acquisition covering the lesion site. The acquisition started 10 s after intravenous injection of(More)
CONTEXT CXC alpha-chemokine CXCL10/IP-10 plays an important role in the initial phases of Graves' ophthalmopathy (GO). Human thyrocytes, orbital fibroblasts, and preadipocytes are stimulated to produce CXCL10 when treated with interferon gamma (IFNgamma) and TNFalpha. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) activation plays an(More)