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AIM Considerable controversy surrounds mortality from non-neoplastic diseases during the postoperative follow-up of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study investigated the incidence of mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory (CVR) causes in patients with COPD submitted to follow-up(More)
BACKGROUND It was recently shown that antiendomysial antibodies (EMAs), which are highly sensitive and specific for celiac disease, are produced by intestinal mucosa. Furthermore, EMAs were detected previously in supernatant fluid from cultured duodenal mucosa specimens collected from untreated celiac disease patients and in culture media of biopsy(More)
BACKGROUND An attempt has been made to establish whether near-infrared stool analysis is more suitable for quantifying malabsorption than the traditional stool fat analysis. A group of celiac disease (CD) patients was used as index population. METHODS Stool fat, nitrogen, and water were measured with near-infrared analysis of 1- and 3-day stool(More)
BACKGROUND Wheat gliadin is the culprit antigen of coeliac disease (CD). Two short sequences of NH2-terminal portion of gliadin seem to be responsible for CD. Antiendomysial antibodies (EMA), highly sensitive and specific for CD, are detectable in the culture media from treated CD patients, after in vitro challenge with peptic-tryptic (PT) digest of(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to increase the sensitivity of the antiendomysial antibody (EMA) test by evaluating also EMAs of IgG1 isotype. DESIGN AND SUBJECTS Over the last 2 years, serum EMAs IgA and IgG1 were determined in 1399 patients, referred to our gastrointestinal unit due to clinical suspicion of malabsorption. Serum anti-tissue(More)
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