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Publications (3)18.05 Total impact

  • M. S. Pignotti, E. Agostini, P. Fiorini
    BMJ (online) 07/2013; 347(jul03 2):f4161-f4161. · 17.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Amniotic band syndrome is an uncommon congenital pathological condition that may lead to malformations and foetal-infant death. We report an autoptic case. The patient was a male preterm infant. At 14 weeks of gestation, a routine ultrasonography showed severe craniofacial anomalies and a close contiguity of the foetal head with the amnios. The neonate survived three days, after which an autopsy was carried out. The infant had a frontoparietal meningoencephalocele; a fibrous band was attached to the skin, close to the meningoencephalocele base. Cleft lip and palate, nose deformation and agenesis of the right eye were also present. At the opening of the cranial cavity, occipital hyperostosis was observed. The herniated brain showed anatomical abnormalities that made identification of normal structures difficult. Microscopically, the nervous parenchyma had architectural disorganization and immaturity, and the fibrous band consisted of amniotic membranes. As evident from this case report, amniotic band syndrome may cause severe malformations and foetal-infant death.
    Pathologica 02/2011; 103(1):11-3.
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital microgastria is an uncommon result of impairment of normal foregut development and rotation during early embryology. Only about 50 cases have been reported in the literature, mostly associated with other multiple congenital anomalies. The case of a female newborn with multiple abnormalities, including cardiovascular malformation (type I truncus arteriosus communis) with deletion of chromosome 22q11.2, severe immunodeficiency (DiGeorge syndrome), microgastria, and impaired mucociliary function (primary ciliary dyskinesia) is reported. An association between the deletion of chromosome 22q11.2, microgastria, and impaired mucociliary function has never been observed before. A casual association seems highly unlikely and we can not exclude the possibility of genetic mechanisms that may link those syndromes.
    European Journal of Pediatric Surgery 07/2008; 18(3):195-7. · 0.84 Impact Factor