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BACKGROUND This article is aimed to assess quantitatively metamorphopsia using M-charts in patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated with the intravitreal bevacizumab injections and to compare the results with traditional Amsler grid and ocular coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS Thirty-six patients diagnosed with wet AMD(More)
Inhaled heparin has been shown to reduce the early and late phase of asthmatic reactions and suppress an allergen-induced increase in bronchial hyperreactivity. The mechanism involved in the control of bronchial hyperreactivity in asthma by heparin is still not understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of inhaled heparin on the(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of factors influencing response variability to repeat presentations of III4e stimuli and the fatigue effect during semi-automated kinetic perimetry (SKP). DESIGN Prospective case series; setting: university hospital. PARTICIPANTS 58 patients with severe visual field loss: 21 with glaucoma, 18 with retinitis pigmentosa, and 19 with(More)
INTRODUCTION There is evidence that parameters obtained from exhaled breath condensate (EBC) reflect changes in the level of the airway lining fluid. The telation between exhaled nitric oxide (NO) and EBC inflammatory markers has not been analyzed in the context of the inflammatory profile in the airways in asthmatic children. AIM To show the cytokine(More)
The Us3 gene is conserved among alphaherpesviruses and codes for a protein kinase, a multifunctional protein involved in many phases of virus infection, like nuclear egress, modulation of apoptosis and modification of the cellular cytoskeleton. Bovine herpesvirus (BHV-1), a member of the Alphaherpesvirinae, contains an open reading frame homologous to Us3(More)
Factors that facilitate the asthma diagnosis in children are still being investigated. We attempted to assess the duration of a delay in asthma diagnosis in children, and we examined the previously identified risk factors of its occurrence together with the pulmonary function test results such as spirometry and specific airway resistance (sR(aw)) and sought(More)
Levels of an interleukin 10 (IL-10) are reduced in asthmatic patients in comparison to healthy subjects. Fact, that IL-10 is produced by Th1 and that inhibits cytokine production by Th2 lymphocytes has led to the concept that IL-10 might be beneficial in mitigating allergic inflammation. The purpose of this study was to define the effect of 4 week(More)
There is a lack of evidence for treatment of newly diagnosed asthma, and they are based mainly on expert opinion. This pilot study was aimed at evaluating the effects of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) in two different doses and montelukast sodium on clinical symptoms and lung function in children with newly diagnosed asthma. This was a randomized,(More)
There is no general agreement among investigators regarding the effect of specific immunotherapy (SIT) on T-cell reactivity. The aim of this study was to investigate the serum levels of IL-1beta, IL-6, and TNF-alpha of children with allergic asthma before and after 3 and 12 months of SIT. Additionally, after 12 months of SIT, we investigated the bronchial(More)
AIM To evaluate the benefits of the internal limiting membrane removal in patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment who underwent pars plana vitrectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS The first study group (B) consisted of 26 patients who underwent vitrectomy with the internal limiting membrane peeling. The second control group (K) consisted of 15 patients,(More)