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Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis

Mohammad Aj Abdulla, Mohamed A Yassin, Mohamed Abdelrazek, Deena Mudawi, Firyal Ibrahim, Dina S Soliman, Halima ElOmri, Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Liam Fernihough, Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf T Soliman
Extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH) is a rare disorder, defined as the appearance of hematopoietic elements outside the bone marrow or peripheral blood. The most common sites of EMH are liver and spleen, but it has been documented in other organs such as the mediastinum, lymph nodes, breast, and central nervous system. EMH occurs as a compensatory mechanism for bone marrow dysfunction in severe thalassemia. We report a case of EMH presenting as a posterior mediastinal mass in a 34-year-old woman with thalassemia intermedia with chronic cough and shortness of breath on exertion...
February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Mohamed A Yassin, Ashraf T Soliman, Vincenzo De Sanctis, Mohammad Aj Abdula, Lubna M Riaz, Firdous F Ghori, Anil Yousaf, Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Sandara Abusamaan, Abbas Moustafa, Samah Kohla, Dina S Soliman
Despite regular blood transfusion and iron chelation therapy, growth impairment and pubertal delay are commonly seen in children and adolescents with transfusion-dependent Beta thalassaemia major (BTM) and sickle cell disease (SCD). We evaluated growth parameters and endocrine disorders in relation to the liver iron concentration (LIC) assessed by the Ferriscan® method in a cohort of adults with SCD (n =40) and BTM (n = 52) receiving blood transfusions and iron chelation therapy since early childhood. Before transfusion, hemoglobin concentration had not been less than 9 g/dl in the past 12 years; subcutaneous daily desferrioxamine was administered for all of them since early childhood (2- 5 years of age)...
February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Ashraf T Soliman, Mohamed A Yassin, Vincenzo De Sanctis
BACKGROUND: Relatively little is known about endocrine function, bone mineral health, and growth during oral iron chelation therapy in β-thalassemia major patients (TM) on treatment with deferasirox. AIMS OF THE STUDY: To study the frequency of endocrine complications, IGF-1 levels and final adult standing height (FA-Ht) in patients with BTM in two groups of adult patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The first group (Group A; 15 patients, 6 females and 9 males) received oral iron chelation therapy (OIC) with deferasirox for 6 years before puberty; the second group (Group B;40 patients) attained the FA-Ht before the use of OIC (iron chelation therapy with deferoxamine (DFO) given subcutaneously, since the age of 2 years)...
February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Mohamed A Yassin, Ganga Devi J Babu, Sindhumole L K Nair, Izette L Libo-On, Hothaifah A Hijazi, Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf Soliman
BACKGROUND: Thalassemia is a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of hemoglobin synthesis. It is a common disease in Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent, and Middle East countries, including Qatar. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life (QOL) among patients aged 14 to 18 years with thalassemia major (TM) in Qatar and correlates their QOL with bio-demographic data of the patients compared to healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study measured the QOL in adolescents with thalassemia major who were attending ambulatory units in a tertiary hospital in Qatar...
February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf T Soliman, Mohamed A Yassin, Salvatore Di Maio, Shahina Daar, Heba Elsedfy, Nada Soliman, Christos Kattamis
Failure of pubertal growth, delay or absence of sexual development, infertility and sexual dysfunction due to hypogonadism and defective spermatogenesis are frequent and well recognized disturbances among male patients with transfusion dependent (TD) thalassaemia major (β-thal). These problems are attributed mainly to the damage caused by chronic anaemia and the deposition of excess iron in the pituitary gland and testicles. This is a short review of male pubertal disorders in patients with β-thal written by pediatric endocrinologists and haematologists with an interest and active involvement, in the diagnosis and management of these complications in this group of patients...
February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Vincenzo De Sanctis
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February 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Alessandro Liguori, Federica Galli, Martina Gurgitano, Anna Borelli, Marco Pandolfi, Ferdinando Caranci, Alberto M Magenta Biasina, Giovanni G M Pompili, Claudia L Piccolo, Vittorio Miele, Carlo Masciocchi, Giampaolo Carrafiello
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The therapy for low back pain boasts different approaches; one of these is nucleoplasty. We wanted to assess the effectiveness of nucleoplasty both by clinical response both by MR imaging evaluation, including even extrusions larger than one third of the spinal canal. METHODS: Fifty-seven patients were treated with nucleoplasty in our hospital, 11 of these patients accepted both clinical and MRI evaluation after six months from treatment. The clinical evaluation was performed with Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) of pain, scored before and after the procedure...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Paola D'Aprile, Michelangelo Nasuto, Alfredo Tarantino, Samantha Cornacchia, Giuseppe Guglielmi, J Randy Jinkins
PURPOSE: To examine both anterior and posterior elements of the lumbar spine in patients with low back pain using MRI T2-weighted sequences with Fat Saturation (FS) and contrast enhanced T1-weighted sequences with FS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two thousand eight hundred and twenty (2820) patients (1628 male, 1192 female, mean age 54) presenting low back pain underwent MRI standard examination (Sagittal T1w TSE and T2w TSE, axial T1 SE) with the addition of sagittal and axial T2w Fat Sat (FS) sequences...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Maria Mattera, Alfonso Reginelli, Silvia Bartollino, Claudio Russo, Antonio Barile, Domenico Albano, Giovanni Mauri, Carmelo Messina, Salvatore Cappabianca, Giuseppe Guglielmi
Osteoporosis is the most important metabolic bone disease, with a wide distribution among the elderly. It is characterized by low bone mass and micro architectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to enhanced bone fragility and a consequent increase in fracture risk. Identify bone weakening with an appropriate and accurate use of diagnostic imaging is of critical importance in the diagnosis and follow-up of osteoporotic patients. The aim of this review is to evaluate the detection rates of the different imaging modalities in the evaluation of bone strength, in the assessment of fracture risk and in the management of fragility fractures...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Vito Chianca, Domenico Albano, Carmelo Messina, Federico Midiri, Giovanni Mauri, Alberto Aliprandi, Michele Catapano, Lorenzo Carlo Pescatori, Cristian Giuseppe Monaco, Salvatore Gitto, Anna Pisani Mainini, Angelo Corazza, Santi Rapisarda, Grazia Pozzi, Antonio Barile, Carlo Masciocchi, Luca Maria Sconfienza
Rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy (RCCT) is a very common condition caused by the presence of calcific deposits in the rotator cuff (RC) or in the subacromial-subdeltoid (SASD) bursa when calcification spreads around the tendons. The pathogenetic mechanism of RCCT is still unclear. It seems to be related to cell-mediated disease in which metaplastic transformation of tenocytes into chondrocytes induces calcification inside the tendon of the RC. RCCT is a frequent finding in the RC that may cause significant shoulder pain and disability...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Massimo De Filippo, Umberto Russo, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Francesco Ceccarelli, Francesco Pogliacomi, Enrico Vaienti, Claudia Piccolo, Raffaella Capasso, Assunta Sica, Fabrizio Cioce, Mattia Carbone, Federico Bruno, Carlo Masciocchi, Vittorio Miele
Osteoid osteoma is a benign bone neoplasm with a reported incidence of 2-3% among all bone primary tumors. Although it is a small and benign lesion, it is often cause of patient complaint and discomfort. It is generally characterized by a long lasting, unremitting pain that typically exacerbates at night, often leading to sleep deprivation and functional limitation of the skeletal segment involved, with a significant reduction of patient daily life activities and consequent worsening of the overall quality of life...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Francesco Arrigoni, Federico Bruno, Luigi Zugaro, Raffaele Natella, Salvatore Cappabianca, Umberto Russo, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Alessandra Splendiani, Ernesto Di Cesare, Carlo Masciocchi, Antonio Barile
Interventional radiology has known an exponential growth in the last years. Technological advances of the last decades, have made it possible to use new treatments on a larger scale, with safe and effective results. They could be considered as palliative treatments for painful lesions but also curative procedures, as single treatment or specially in combination with other techniques (surgery, radiation and oncology therapies, etc.).The main diffuse techniques are those of thermal ablation that destroy the target lesion through the heat; however there are also endovascular therapies that destroy the target tissue thanks to devascularization...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Giuseppe Caracchini, Michele Pietragalla, Alioscia De Renzis, Michele Galluzzo, Mattia Carbone, Marcello Zappia, Anna Russo, Federico Greco, Vittorio Miele
INTRODUCTION: The talus is the second largest bone of the foot. It is fundamental to ensure normal ankle-foot movements as it connects the leg and the foot. Talar fractures are usually due to high energy traumas (road accidents, high level falls). They are not common as they account for 3-5% of ankle and foot fractures and 0.85% of all body fractures. However, talar fractures not correctly diagnosed and treated can lead to avascular necrosis of the astragalus, pseudoarthrosis, early osteoarthrisis and ankle instability, declining the quality of life of patients...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Michele Galluzzo, Federico Greco, Michele Pietragalla, Alioscia De Renzis, Mattia Carbone, Marcello Zappia, Nicola Maggialetti, Alfredo D'andrea, Giuseppe Caracchini, Vittorio Miele
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE WORK: The calcaneus, the more lower bone of the body, has the task of supporting the axial load from the weight of the body. Calcaneal fractures represent about 1-2% of all fractures and 60% of the tarsal bones fractures. The articular involvement has been associated with a poor functional outcome. The aim of this work is to describe the radiologic evaluation, the classification systems, the morphological preoperative diagnostic imaging features of calcaneal fractures, highlighting the correlation with the choice of treatment and predictive capacity for the fracture surgical outcome...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Elisabetta Antonia Nocerino, Davide Cucchi, Paolo Arrigoni, Marco Brioschi, Cristiano Fusi, Eugenio A Genovese, Carmelo Messina, Pietro Randelli, Carlo Masciocchi, Alberto Aliprandi
The correct management of acute, subacute and overuse-related elbow pathologies represents a challenging diagnostic and therapeutic problem. While major trauma frequently requires a rapid surgical intervention, subluxation and minor trauma allow taking more time for diagnostics and planning the correct elective treatment after careful clinical and radiological investigation. In these conditions, communication between orthopaedic surgeon and radiologist allow to create a detailed radiology report, tailored to the patient's and surgeon's needs and optimal to plan proper management...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Antonio Pinto, Daniela Berritto, Anna Russo, Federica Riccitiello, Martina Caruso, Maria Paola Belfiore, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Marina Carotti, Fabio Pinto, Andrea Giovagnoni, Luigia Romano, Roberto Grassi
Radiography remains the imaging standard for fracture detection after trauma. The radiographic diagnosis of most fractures and dislocations poses little difficulty to radiologists: however, occasionally these injuries are quite subtle or even impossible to detect on radiographs. Missed diagnoses of fracture potentially have important consequences for patients, clinicians, and radiologists. Radiologists play a pivot role in the diagnostic assessment of the trauma patients: emergency radiologists who are more practiced at seeking out and discerning traumatic fractures can provide an invaluable service to their clinical colleagues by ensuring that patients do not endure delayed diagnoses...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Daniela Berritto, Antonio Pinto, Anna Russo, Fabrizio Urraro, Antonella Laporta, Maria Paola Belfiore, Roberto Grassi
Scapular fractures are one of the most difficult fractures to diagnose on radiographs. Detection can be challenging because of the obscuration by the overlying structures or incomplete imaging due to difficult patient collaboration. Familiarity with imaging characteristics of these abnormalities will allow radiologists to better diagnose and characterize scapular fractures. Three-dimensional computed tomographic scans are considered the gold standard for scapular diagnoses. Treatment strategies differ depending on the type of scapular fractures, but the site and degree of displacement will determine whether surgical intervention should be considered...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Giulia Michelini, Antonella Corridore, Silvia Torlone, Federico Bruno, Claudia Marsecano, Raffaella Capasso, Ferdinando Caranci, Antonio Barile, Carlo Masciocchi, Alessandra Splendiani
INTRODUCTION: Degenerative disease of the spine is a generic term encompassing a wide range of different disease processes, which leads to spinal instability; traumatic/neoplastic events can accelerate this aging process. Therefore, the dynamic nature of the spine and its mobility across multiple segments is difficult to depict with any single imaging modality. METHODS: A review of PubMed databases for articles published about kMRI in patients with cervical and lumbar spinal desease was performed...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Federico Bruno, Antonio Barile, Francesco Arrigoni, Antonella Laporta, Anna Russo, Marina Carotti, Alessandra Splendiani, Ernesto Di Cesare, Carlo Masciocchi
Standard knee imaging with MRI is usually performed with patient in recumbent position under non-weight-bearing conditions. Recently, magnetic resonance imaging systems to scan the knee joint under weight bearing conditions has been proposed as an approach to improve the clinical utility of musculoskeletal MRI. Imaging under loading can be useful to understand the natural motion behavior of the knee joint and to identify conditions that are challenging to diagnose by using standard position. We reviewed the literature on weight-bearing MR imaging of the knee to describe the current state of use of such MRI technologies, evaluating the advantages and the potential limitations of these technologies...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Marina Carotti, Vittoria Galeazzi, Francesca Catucci, Marcello Zappia, Francesco Arrigoni, Antonio Barile, Andrea Giovagnoni
With the introduction of new biologics such as anti-TNF-alpha antibodies and other therapies in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis, capable of halting joint destruction and functional disability, there are new pressures on diagnostic and prognostic imaging. Early demonstration of pre-erosive inflammatory features and monitoring of the long-term effects of treatment are becoming increasingly important. Early detection of synovitis offers advantages in terms of allowing early instigation of therapy and may allow the identification of those patients displaying more aggressive disease who might benefit from early intervention with expensive DMARD therapy...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
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