Elena Costa



Dr. Elena Costa is the head of the Laboratory of Chemical-Clinical and Microbiological Analysis of the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato in Milan. Since 2015, she has been an adjunct professor of the course of General and Applied Hygiene at the University of Milan, and since 2017 - the course of social medicine at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.

She studied at the University of Milan, where she first took a course in biological sciences, and then specialized in microbiology. Subsequently, she received a specialization in hygiene in the specialized laboratory of public health.

He is a member of the Hospital Infection Control Committee (CIO) and is a member of the Technical Research Group (GAT) of the Lombardy region in the field of prevention and control of hospital-acquired infections and healthcare-related infections. She is also a qualified CEPAS quality assessment specialist for conducting third-party audits of quality management systems in accordance with various ISO models.

She is the author of 2 book chapters on the topics of laboratory medicine and hygiene, 90 posters and reports to Congress and 72 scientific articles published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Clinic Chemical Acta, Biochemical Medicine, New microbiological, Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, European Journal of Internal Medicine, European Heart Journal, International Journal of Cardiology, Pediatric Anesthesia, Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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University of Milan
Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree - 1976

University of Milan
Specialization in Microbiology - 1984

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Latest publications

Comparison between specific and nonspecific assay in the evaluation of the anticoagulant effect of the Direct Oral Anticoagulants: Our experience in a cardiovascular hospital.
Eur J Intern Med. 2019 Feb;60:e20e22.doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2018.10.005
Prinzivalli M, Sammarco G, Rampoldi B, Costa E, Corsi Romanelli MM
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Incidence of amplification failure in DMPK allele due to allelic dropout event in a diagnostic laboratory.
Clin Chim Acta. 2018 May 24;484:111116.doi:10.1016/j.cca.2018.05.040.
De Siena C, Cardani R, Brigonzi E, Bosè F, Fossati B, Meola G, Costa E, Valaperta R.
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Umbilical Microbiome and Laparoscopic Surgery: A Descriptive Clinical Study.
J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 Apr 16. doi: 10.1089/lap.2018.0140.
Aiolfi A, Asti E, Costa E, Ferrari D, Bonitta G, Gaia P, Tedaja M, Bonavina L
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Utility of C-reactive protein as predictive biomarker of anastomotic leak after minimally invasive esophagectomy.
Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2018 Mar 7. doi: 10.1007/s00423-018-1663-4.
Asti E, Bonitta G, Melloni M, Tornese S, Milito P, Sironi A, Costa E, Bonavina L.
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Longitudinal profile of NT-proBNP levels in ischemic heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction: The Biomarker Plus study.
Int J Cardiol. 2018 Feb 26. pii: S01675273(17)363556.doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.02.084.
Castelvecchio S, Baryshnikova E, Pina IL, Ambrogi F, Milani V, Tramarin R, Costa E, Menicanti L.
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Prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms in migrant children admitted to an Italian cardiac surgery department, 2015-2016.
J Hosp Infect. 2018 Mar;98(3):309-312. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2017.11.005.
Costa E, Tejada M, Gaia P, Cornetta M, Moroni A, Carfora E, Valaperta R, De Siena C, Moussaidi N, Isgrò G, Frigiola A.
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Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and acute kidney injury in endovascular aneurysm repair or open aortic repair: a pilot study.
Biochem Med (Zagreb). 2018 Feb 15;28(1):010904. doi: 10.11613/BM.2018.010904.
Rampoldi B, Tessarolo S, Giubbilini P, Gaia P, Corino SD, Mazza S, Rigolini R, Poli MD, Vianello E, Romanelli MMC, Costa E.
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Cardiac involvement in myotonic dystrophy: The role of troponins and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide.
Atherosclerosis, 2017 Dec;267:110-115. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2017.10.020.
Valaperta R, De Siena C, Cardani R, Lombardia F, Cenko E, Rampoldi B, Fossati B, Brigonzi E, Rigolini R, Gaia P, Meola G, Costa E, Bugiardini R.
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Biomolecular diagnosis of Myotonic Distrophy type 2: a challenging approach.
J Neurol. 2017 Aug;264(8):1705-1714. doi: 10.1007/s00415-017-8504-1.
Cardani R, Biasini F, Valaperta R, Costa E, Meola G
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Preoperative colonization in pediatric cardiac surgery: determinants and impact on postoperative infections.
Pediatric Anesthesia, Paediatr Anaesth. 2017 May 15. doi: 10.1111/pan.13169.
Silvetti S, Ranucci M, Isgrò G, Villa V, Costa E
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