Valeria Allizond

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PURPOSE Sutures used in oral surgery should avoid or limit bacterial adhesion and proliferation to those parts exposed to oral fluids. Hence, microbial colonization on various intraoral suture materials from patients undergoing dental surgery was compared. PATIENTS AND METHODS During dentoalveolar surgery, various suture materials were used in 60(More)
BACKGROUND Among patients with defects of the phagocytic component of the immune system, chronic haemodialysis patients are highly susceptible to microbial infections characterized by high morbidity/mortality, related to an impairment of the phagocytic response. Therefore the potential influence of dialysis membrane biocompatibility on the activity of(More)
The increased prevalence of dermatomycoses along with the wide range of organisms now recognized as potential pathogens needs accurate laboratory isolation and identification of the aetiological agents. In this report three cases of foot dermatomycoses due to filamentous fungi commonly present in the environment with ubiquitous distribution are described in(More)
This split-mouth study investigated the correlation of the qualitative and quantitative bacterial composition in dental plaque around clinically healthy periodontal and peri-implant subgingival sites with the levels of selected pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and the inflammatory infiltrate in the soft tissue surrounding a healthy dental implant and(More)
Allergic rhinitis is known to be one of the most common chronic diseases in the industrialized world. According to the concept that allergic rhinitis patients generally suffer from an immune deficit, in order to stimulate specifically or aspecifically their immune system, immunomodulating agents from various sources, such as synthetic compounds, tissue(More)
BACKGROUND Atopic dermatitis (AD) patients present an high susceptibility to infections. The phagocytic activity of polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMNs) is mediated by the interactions between Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and pathogen-associated molecular patterns. OBJECTIVE To investigate functional activity and phenotype of PMNs in AD patients. METHODS(More)
The essential oils have started to be recognized for their potential antimicrobial role only in recent years. Clinical experience showed that the efficacy of antimicrobial agents depends not only on their direct effect on a given microorganism but also on the functional activity of the host immune system. Since data on the effects of essential oils on the(More)
Antimicrobial agents and polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) have the potential to interact in such a way that improve the therapy for infectious diseases. In immunocompromised patients highly susceptible to microbial infections with high morbidity and mortality, several metabolic and functional alterations in PMNs, mostly related to microbicidal activity, are(More)
The in vitro activities of fluconazole and voriconazole against 1,024 clinical isolates of Candida spp. were determined by the agar disk diffusion test using the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M44-A guidelines. The results of this investigation demonstrated the broad-spectrum in vitro activity of voriconazole, relative to that of(More)
Phagocyte-dependent cellular immunity in chronic kidney disease patients undergoing haemodialysis treatment is frequently impaired owing to the uraemic state, resulting in an intrinsic susceptibility to developing invasive fungal infections with high mortality rates. Since synergism between phagocytic cells and antifungal drugs may be crucial for successful(More)