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Lorenzano S.,Policlinico Umberto i Hospital | Ahmed N.,Karolinska University Hospital | Falcou A.,Policlinico Umberto i Hospital | Mikulik R.,St Annes Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Stroke | Year: 2013

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE - Women are more likely to have a worse outcome after an acute stroke than men. Some studies have suggested that women also benefit less from intravenous thrombolysis after an acute ischemic stroke, but others found no sex differences in safety and efficacy. We aimed to evaluate differences in 3-month outcome between sexes in intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator-treated patients registered in the Safe Implementation of Treatments in Stroke-International Stroke Thrombolysis Register. METHODS - A total of 45 079 patients treated with intravenous alteplase were recorded from 2002 to 2011. Main outcome measures were symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage, functional independence (modified Rankin Scale score, 0-2), and mortality at 3 months. RESULTS - Among 25 777 (57.2%) men and 19 302 (42.8%) women, we found no difference in the rate of symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (P=0.13), a significantly higher likelihood of functional independence at 3 months in men (P<0.0001) and a higher mortality in women when compared with men (P<0.00001). After adjustment for confounding variables, we did not observe any difference between sexes in functional outcome (odds ratio, 1.03; 95% confidence interval, 0.97-1.09; P=0.39), whereas male sex was related to a higher risk of mortality (odds ratio, 1.19; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-1.29; P=0.00003) and symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (odds ratio, 1.25, 95% confidence interval, 1.04-1.51; P=0.02). CONCLUSIONS - Data from Safe Implementation of Treatments in Stroke-International Stroke Thrombolysis Register suggest that intravenous thrombolysis may modify the observed survival and recovery advantage for men expected in the natural course of an ischemic stroke, with a possible larger beneficial treatment effect in women when compared with men. © 2013 American Heart Association, Inc.


Donato V.,San Camillo Forlanini Hospital | Guarnaccia R.,Policlinico Umberto I Hospital | Dognini J.,San Camillo Forlanini Hospital | De Pascalis G.,San Camillo Forlanini Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Anticancer Research | Year: 2013

Background: Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the most frequent neoplasm occurring in patients with HIVrelated AIDS and very often exhibits multifocal distribution so that a systemic approach is needed. KS is considered a radiosensitive tumor and (RT) has always played an important role in the therapeutic strategy of its various forms. RT is a valuable means of pain relief, bleeding control and edema palliation, but it is also an effective treatment modality for local control of skin and mucosal lesions in KS. The purpose of the present article is to report the results obtained by the Radiotherapy Unit of S. Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome in the management of 38 AIDS-associated KS lesions and to assess the efficacy of RT in the treatment and local control of KS. Patients and Methods: Eighteen patients histologically-diagnosed with HIV-related KS underwent RT in the period between January 2002 and January 2012 at the Radiotherapy Unit of S. Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome. In all cases, the lesions caused pain or discomfort and a thorough careful clinical evaluation had indicated a radiation treatment. A total of 38 lesions were treated with radiotherapy. Fifteen patients received systemic chemotherapy. Eight patients with multiple cutaneous lesions on their legs and arms were treated with a radiation schedule prescribing extended cutaneous irradiation using 6 -18 MeV electron beam energy, 200 cGy per fraction and a total dose between 24-30 Gy, according to the depth of lesions. One of these patients had also a cutaneous lesion on an eyelid that was treated with a radiation schedule using 6 MeV electron beam energy and bolus of 1 cm, 200 cGy per fraction and a total dose of 30 Gy. Seven patients with single cutaneous lesions on the legs and arms were treated using a photon regimen of 6 Mv energy, 200 cGy per fraction and a total dose between 20 and 36 Gy. Two patients had oral mucosa lesions and they were treated with a radiation schedule prescribing irradiation using 6 Mev photon regimen and personal mask, 200 cGy per fraction and a total dose of 24 and 30 Gy, respectively. A patient with a single bone lesion on the spinal column was treated with irradiation using 6 Mev photon regimen, 300 cGy per fraction and a total dose of 30 Gy. Results: At the time of reporting, 14 patients were alive and four patients had died. One patient died due to complications from HIV infection. The follow-up from the end of the treatment ranged from four to 124 months (mean=51.17 months). The overall survival for the group was 88.8% at one year. The mean overall survival was 57.4 months. A complete response was achieved for 31 lesions (83.8%); a partial response with a tumor regression was observed for six lesions (16.2%). No relapses were observed during the period of follow-up, but we observed new lesions in one patient. According to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group scale we observed erythematic and dry desquamation (grade 1) in eight sites (21%); in only one patient (2.6%) did stomatitis occur (grade 1). Good cosmetic results were described for 25 (65.7%) out of 31 lesions. Effective palliative action was obtained for all lesions except for two (5.2%) located in a vertebra and hard palate. Conclusion: RT will be a mainstay of cure for this group of patients especially when of young age and the will to preserve the cosmetic appearance is a primary need.


Mazzaferro S.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Mazzaferro S.,Policlinico Umberto I Hospital | Pasquali M.,University of Rome La Sapienza
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation | Year: 2016

Cholecalciferol, the precursor of Vitamin D3, is a very old, highly conserved, molecule. Its presence is evident in non-mineralized 750 million-year-old living species, such as plankton. The more active metabolites, a receptor and a D binding protein, appear later, along with the increasing complexity of animal species living in the sea. In the sea, however, the biological function of Vitamin D is unlikely to be linked with mineral metabolism, and we can hypothesize a relationship with an immune response. It is in terrestrial animals exhibiting cellular bone that the complexity of Vitamin D increases. At this stage of evolution, we see the appearance of bone cells that are capable of producing hormones that regulate and are regulated by Vitamin D. This interaction starts a sophisticated metabolic system that modulates both mineral and energy metabolism for the requirements of the musculoskeletal system. Among the so-called pleiotropic effects of Vitamin D, those resulting from the inhibitory effect on the renin-angiotensin system are of particular interest for nephrologists. Intriguingly, however, more than for anti-hypertensive effects, this interaction could be relevant for anti-inflammatory actions, possibly representative of a residual ancestral role of Vitamin D. In addition, this evolutionary dynamism of the Vitamin D system should not be separated from the chemical dynamism that characterizes the ligand molecule and its specific receptor. Both are capable of significant tridimensional modifications that contribute to an increase in the variability and the partial predictability of their final biological effect. A dynamic overview of this system that takes into account its evolutionary and adaptive aspects may be helpful to understand its biological complexity and to envisage why using Vitamin D metabolites for therapeutic purposes is still a matter of debate. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of ERA-EDTA.


Paolucci T.,Policlinico Umberto I Hospital | Morone G.,Clinical Laboratory of Experimental Neurorehabilitation IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation | Cesare A.D.I.,Policlinico Umberto I Hospital | Grasso M.R.,University of Rome La Sapienza | And 4 more authors.
European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine | Year: 2013

Background. Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis show a postural instability compared with healthy subjects. Design type. Case control study. Setting. Outpatient clinic of the Complex Operative Unit of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Policlinico Umberto I Hospital. Population.Thirteen patients (11 females and 2 males, mean age 13-3±1.7 years, mean Cobb angle 32±9, median Risser sign 2) and thirteen healthy adolescents (8 females and 5 males, mean age: 13.0+1.6 years) as age-matched control group wereenrolled. Methods. Postural ability of the participants was assessed with stabilometry (under open eyes and closed eyes conditions), computing sway length, sway ellipse area, and sway velocities. Static and dynamic baropodometry (open eyes only) was used to measure the limb load, and to compute: walking speed, step length, step cadence and step width. The symmetry of left and right limb values was also investigated. Results. Patient's group was characterized by significantly higher postural instability than control group (P<0.05) that decreased with brace in terms of limb load symmetry (-12% in eyes open condition), sway length (-12%), velocity in anteroposterior (-16%) and latero-lateral directions (-10%). Significant correlations were found between the changes occurred when wearing Chêneau brace on load symmetry during standing and those on symmetry of gait (R>0.5, P<0.05). Conclusion and clinical rehabilitation impact. Our results show slight changes in terms of posture when wearing Chêneau brace according with the severity of pathology and significantly affecting gait parameters. For these reasons, use of postural balance evaluation should be objectively used to verify the efficacy of Cheneau brace on body functioning of adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis.


Padua R.,Fondazione Don C. Gnocchi | Padua L.,Fondazione Don C. Gnocchi | Galluzzo M.,San Camillo Hospital | Ceccarelli E.,Anzio Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Musculoskeletal Surgery | Year: 2011

Four-part proximal humeral fractures are frequently treated with shoulder replacement. Outcome of this procedure has not been standardized, and there are controversy data on range of motion (ROM) and active function of the shoulder. The aim of this study is to compare shoulder prosthesis position (SPP) in terms of version of humeral head and height of stem with clinical subjective and objective outcome. Fifty patients were treated with shoulder hemiarthroplasty for four-part proximal humeral fracture or fracture-dislocation of the humeral head. Radiological examination and CT-scan were performed preoperatively and at follow-up. Clinical outcome evaluation included active and passive ROM, and subjective perspective collected through SF-36, OSQ, ASES, and DASH. No significant correlation between stem height and clinical outcome were found. The prosthesis version correlates with all subjective questionnaires. The ROM was not correlated with stem height and prosthesis version. SPP involves clinical outcome, with great relevance of implant version. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


Ferraguti G.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Pascale E.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Lucarelli M.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Lucarelli M.,Policlinico Umberto i Hospital
Current Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2015

Alcohol misuse represents worldwide an important risk factor for death and disability. Excessive alcohol consumption is widely diffused in different ethnicities and alcohol use is part of the lifestyle of both young and old people. The genetic basis of alcohol dependence concerning ethanol metabolism and the pathways of reward circuits are well known. The role of genetic variants in the neurobiology of addiction as well as in response to medication in alcoholism therapy still represents an intriguing argument that needs to be deeply analyzed and explained. The molecular approach to the study of these aspects could be difficult because of the large number of genes and variations involved. Our work is intended to offer an overview of genes and variants involved in alcohol addiction and pharmacogenetics. Our aim is to delineate a molecular approach strategy to look at alcohol dependence from a genetic and applicative point of view. The indications provided in this work should be of help for those who wish to undertake a molecular study of this multifactorial disease. © 2015 Bentham Science Publishers.


PubMed | Policlinico Umberto I Hospital
Type: | Journal: Case reports in medicine | Year: 2012

We report on a rare case of Morquio syndrome, an autosomal recessive mucopolysaccharidosis including type IVA, a deficiency of N-acetylgalctosamine-6-sulfatase and type IVB a deficiency of -galactosidase. A 43-year-old female patient affected by IVB Morquio syndrome underwent instrumental investigation. Conventional plain films of the entire spine, pelvis, chest and knees together with magnetic resonance imaging of the entire column, hip, knees, and ankles demonstrated the characteristics of skeletal changes of this disease. The main abnormalities were platyspondily and hypoplasia of the odontoid process, genua valga deformity and severe multiple degenerative changes of the hips, knees, and ankle joints. Radiographs and above all magnetic resonance imaging are crucial to provide substantial information about the gravity, evolution of the skeletal and joints changes, and the rehabilitation strategies to be followed.


PubMed | Policlinico Umberto I Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine | Year: 2013

Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis show a postural instability compared with healthy subjects. DESIGN TYPE. Case control study.Outpatient clinic of the Complex Operative Unit of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Policlinico Umberto I Hospital.Thirteen patients (11 females and 2 males, mean age 13.31.7 years, mean Cobb angle 329, median Risser sign 2) and thirteen healthy adolescents (8 females and 5 males, mean age: 13.01.6 years) as age-matched control group were enrolled.Postural ability of the participants was assessed with stabilometry (under open eyes and closed eyes conditions), computing sway length, sway ellipse area, and sway velocities. Static and dynamic baropodometry (open eyes only) was used to measure the limb load, and to compute: walking speed, step length, step cadence and step width. The symmetry of left and right limb values was also investigated.Patients group was characterized by significantly higher postural instability than control group (P<0.05) that decreased with brace in terms of limb load symmetry (-12% in eyes open condition), sway length (-12%), velocity in anteroposterior (-16%) and latero-lateral directions (-10%). Significant correlations were found between the changes occurred when wearing Chneau brace on load symmetry during standing and those on symmetry of gait (R>0.5, P<0.05).Our results show slight changes in terms of posture when wearing Chneau brace according with the severity of pathology and significantly affecting gait parameters. For these reasons, use of postural balance evaluation should be objectively used to verify the efficacy of Cheneau brace on body functioning of adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis.


PubMed | Policlinico Umberto I Hospital
Type: Case Reports | Journal: Surgery today | Year: 2012

We report a case of occult papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) manifesting as a solitary lateral cervical mass. Few such cases have been reported and, to our knowledge, this is the first report of cervical lymph node involvement from thyroid cancer being so massive that it is the cause of the local symptoms. The patient, a 64-year-old man, presented with vocal cord paralysis and voice alteration and was found to have a 4 cm lateral cervical mass infiltrating the ipsilateral internal jugular vein and recurrent laryngeal nerve. The diagnosis of PTC was made preoperatively following an open-biopsy of the lesion. The patient underwent total thyroidectomy with modified radical neck dissection, followed by radioactive iodine therapy. His postoperative course was uneventful and he remains well without any signs of recurrence 7 years after the operation.


PubMed | University of Rome La Sapienza and Policlinico Umberto I Hospital
Type: | Journal: Molecular medicine (Cambridge, Mass.) | Year: 2015

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a monogenic disease caused by mutations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The genotype-phenotype relationship in this disease is still unclear, and diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic challenges persist. We enrolled 610 patients with different forms of CF and studied them from a clinical, biochemical, microbiological and genetic point of view. Overall, there were 125 different mutated alleles (11 with novel mutations and 10 with complex mutations) and 225 genotypes. A strong correlation between mutational patterns at the genotypic level and phenotypic macrocategories emerged. This specificity appears to largely depend on rare and individual mutations, as well as on the varying prevalence of common alleles in different clinical macrocategories. However, 19 genotypes appeared to underlie different clinical forms of the disease. The dissection of the pathway from the CFTR mutated genotype to the clinical phenotype allowed to identify at least two components of the variability usually found in the genotype-phenotype relationship. One component seems to depend on the genetic variation of CFTR, the other component on the cumulative effect of variations in other genes and cellular pathways independent from CFTR. The experimental dissection of the overall biological CFTR pathway appears to be a powerful approach for a better comprehension of the genotype-phenotype relationship. However, a change from an allele-oriented to a genotypic-oriented view of CFTR genetics is mandatory, as well as a better assessment of sources of variability within the CFTR pathway.

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