Francesco Testa

Professor of Ophtalmology

Name Francesco
Surname Testa
Institution Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Address Eye Clinic, Multidisciplinary Department of Medical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy


  • New ABCR mutations and clinical phenotype in Italian patients with Stargardt disease.

    Publication Date: 01/03/2000 on Investigative ophthalmology & visual science
    by Simonelli F, Testa F, de Crecchio G, Rinaldi E, Hutchinson A, Atkinson A, Dean M, D'Urso M, Allikmets R

    To assess the mutation spectrum in the ABCR gene and clinical phenotypes in Italian families with autosomal recessive Stargardt disease (STGD1) and fundus flavimaculatus (FFM).

  • Comparison of SPT and NPT in the ascertainment of nasal mucosa as shock organ.

    Publication Date: 01/09/1996 on Rhinology
    by Testa B, Mesolella C, Testa F, Gallo LV, Testa D

    The Skin Prick Test (SPT) is the principal tool in allergic diagnosis, but in allergic rhinitisan immunological disease which affects 12% of the total population-the Nasal Provocation Test (NPT) allows more reliable results to be obtained. In our study a positive response to NPT has been found in four subjects with a history of symptoms suggesting allergic rhinitis, who had a negative SPT. Subjects with a positive SPT for two or more inhalant antigens have a significantly reduced number of antigen responses to NPT. Moreover, in two cases, the antigen than induced a positive response to NPT was different from the antigen that induced positive SPT. So. NPT is a reliable way of diagnosing allergic rhinitis. A more specific and reliable ascertainment of the antigen responsible for allergic reaction avoids unnecessary and ineffective immunotherapeutical attempts based on false assumptions.