Abdelilah el Barzouhi

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BACKGROUND Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a leading cause of mortality in patients with acute leukemia. Management of IA is expensive, which makes prevention desirable. Because hospital resources are limited, prevention costs have to be compared with treatment costs and outcome. METHODS In 269 patients treated for acute myelogenous(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) results in significant attributable morbidity and mortality. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we studied the efficacy and safety of a daily ethanol lock for the prevention of CRBSI in patients with a tunnelled central venous catheter (CVC). METHODOLOGY From 2005 through(More)
BACKGROUND Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is frequently performed during follow-up in patients with known lumbar-disk herniation and persistent symptoms of sciatica. The association between findings on MRI and clinical outcome is controversial. METHODS We studied 283 patients in a randomized trial comparing surgery and prolonged conservative care for(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The diagnosis of sciatica is primarily based on history and physical examination. Most physical tests used in isolation show poor diagnostic accuracy. Little is known about the diagnostic accuracy of history items. PURPOSE To assess the diagnostic accuracy of history taking for the presence of lumbosacral nerve root compression or disc(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to gain more insight into the relationship between transmitted singletons found at HIV diagnosis by population sequencing and the possible presence of clinically relevant viral minorities containing additional resistance mutations. METHODS We studied the viral quasispecies and therapy response in 10 individuals with(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary artery calcification (CAC) has been proposed to be the underlying mechanism of the increased risk of coronary heart disease with reductions in glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Since renal function diminishes with aging we examined the association between GFR and CAC in the Rotterdam Study, a population-based study of elderly(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Patients with sciatica frequently experience disabling back pain. One of the proposed causes for back pain is vertebral end-plate signal changes (VESC) as visualized by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). PURPOSE To report on VESC findings, changes of VESC findings over time, and the correlation between VESC and disabling back pain in(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with sciatica frequently complain about associated back pain. It is not known whether there are prognostic relevant differences in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) findings between sciatica patients with and without disabling back pain. METHODS The study population contained patients with sciatica who underwent a baseline MRI to assess(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine the prognostic value of MRI variables to predict outcome in patients with herniated disc-related sciatica, and whether MRI could facilitate the decision making between early surgery and prolonged conservative care in these patients. METHODS A prospective observational evaluation of patients enrolled in a randomized(More)
BACKGROUND A higher level of kinesiophobia appears to be associated with poor recovery in patients with sciatica. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate whether kinesiophobia modifies the effect of physical therapy on outcomes in patients with sciatica. DESIGN This was a subgroup analysis from a randomized controlled trial. SETTING The(More)