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An unusual case of bilateral femoral nerve compression caused by iliacus hematomas in a patient on anticoagulant therapy is herein reported with special reference to the comparative diagnostic value of ultrasonography, computerized tomorgraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging. The importance of early surgical decompression is also emphasized.
OBJECTIVE To examine pulmonary function, dyspnea and exercise capacity in adult Saudi sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. METHODS The patients were recruited from the hematology clinic at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh from January to December 2005. The study involved 39 patients with stable SCD (20 women and 19 men), with a mean age of… (More)
Management of patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) refractory to standard treatment is difficult. Recent studies show that rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, is useful in the treatment of ITP. We retrospectively studied 24 patients who received 29 rituximab treatments for relapsed or refractory ITP. Patients had received a median of… (More)
OBJECTIVE Cardiovascular complications in sickle cell disease (SCD) have been well documented but cardiac involvement in Saudi patients with SCD is not known. We sought to identify cardiac abnormalities by echocardiography in adolescent and adult Saudi patients with stable SCD. METHODS Sixty-five consecutive patients with SCD followed at King Khalid… (More)
We present a case of nonfunctioning aorticopulmonary paraganglioma in a 41-year-old man. The mediastinal tumor was accidentally discovered on a chest roentgenogram performed for an unrelated minor chest trauma. Complete resection of the tumor was done and followed by postoperative radiotherapy. Two years after surgery, the patient is well and asymptomatic.
A total of 307 consecutive patients with symptomatic gallstones were admitted for cholecystectomy. Two hundred seventy patients (88%) were considered suitable for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Forty-two of these (17%) were admitted on an emergency basis. The procedure was accomplished successfully in 246 patients (91%), while in the remaining 24 patients… (More)
At Security Forces Hospital, 692 consecutive patients underwent surgery for gallstone disease over a period of two years. Eighty of these patients had a solitary gallbladder stone. They are compared, by their presentation, operative findings, mortality and morbidity rates, with the remaining patients harboring multiple gallstones. The demographic data were… (More)
16524 Background: Sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients are at high risk for vaso-occlusion with cerebral vascular complications like strokes being one of the most devastating clinical events. Prophylactic transfusions might prevent strokes resp. improve cerebro-vascular status in SCA patients. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) is considered a… (More)
This study is to evaluate the need for preoperative cholangiography during laparoscopic cholecystectomy when endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is available. Over a period of four years, 1105 consecutive patients had laparoscopic cholecystectomy. All patients, in addition to their clinical assessment, had routine liver function tests… (More)