Tamara Ursini

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BACKGROUND Data on the potential efficacy of acupuncture (AC) in controlling intense or very intense pain in patients with Herpes Zoster (HZ) has not been so far adequately assessed in comparison with standard pharmacological treatment (ST) by a controlled trial design. METHODS Within the VZV Pescara study, pain was assessed in HZ patients on a Visual(More)
OBJECTIVES Maraviroc has been shown to be effective in patients harbouring CCR5-tropic HIV-1. While this CCR5 antagonist has initially been used in salvage therapy, its excellent safety profile makes it ideal for antiretroviral treatment simplification strategies in patients with suppressed plasma viraemia. The aim of this study was to compare HIV-1 tropism(More)
BACKGROUND Psychological factors are known predictors of cardiovascular disease in many clinical settings, but data are lacking for HIV infection. We carried out a prospective cohort study to evaluate potential psychological predictors of preclinical and clinical vascular disease in HIV patients. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS HIV patients were(More)
BACKGROUND As HIV infection turned into a chronic treatable disease, now ranking as one of the most costly in medicine, long-term sustainability of highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) expenses became a major issue, especially in countries with universal access to care. Identification of determinants of higher HAART costs may therefore help in(More)
Results Out of 626 patients consecutively assisted since 1991, 57 cases of malignancy (9.1%) were observed. Of these, 45 (79.0%) occurred in males; mean age was 43.699.3 years; 49 (86.0%) patients were diagnosed with AIDS. Tumors observed were: NHL, 17 (29.8%); SK, 13 (22.8%); HCC, 5 (8.8%); CPL, 6 (10.5%); Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 4 (7.0%); solid tumors, 12(More)
The prevalence and the clinical relevance of dermatophytoses in HIV-infected patients are poorly documented, particularly for those caused by tinea incognito. Here, we report a case of widespread facial tinea incognito occurring in an Italian patient with advanced HIV infection, showing both skin and brain lesions. Second-line treatment with liposomal(More)
OBJECTIVES It is still debated if pre-existing minority drug-resistant HIV-1 variants (MVs) affect the virological outcomes of first-line NNRTI-containing ART. METHODS This Europe-wide case-control study included ART-naive subjects infected with drug-susceptible HIV-1 as revealed by population sequencing, who achieved virological suppression on first-line(More)
PURPOSE Available estimates of the prevalence of chronic HCV infection in Italy are quite conflicting, varying from 1.5 to 22.5%, with an apparent north to south gradient. As Direct Acting Antivirals are expensive, both National and local governmental Agencies are in urgent need of detailed and reliable estimates of HCV patients to be treated, nationwide(More)
Giant warts are infrequent dermatological viral infections caused by Papillomavirus (HPV) in immune-compromised patients. Treatment may often be difficult and unsatisfactory, either by surgery or cytotoxic agents, because of poor immune control of viral activity in such hosts. Here we report on the case of a patient with advanced and persistent immune(More)
Strongyloides stercoralis is a ubiquitous intestinal nematode, endemic in tropical and subtropical areas, with an unusual life cycle in which autoinfection can take place. In the immunosuppressed host, autoinfection is accelerated and larvae can spread in all organs, leading to hyperinfection syndrome or to disseminated disease. Strongyloidiasis is(More)