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Cerebral edema is a potentially life-threatening complication shared by diseases of different etiology, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, acute liver failure, high altitude exposure, dialysis disequilibrium syndrome, and salicylate intoxication. Pulmonary edema is also habitually present in these disorders, indicating that the microcirculatory disturbance(More)
BACKGROUND Most previous studies of the use of cervical pessaries were either retrospective or case controlled and their results showed that this intervention might be a preventive strategy for women at risk of preterm birth; no randomised controlled trials have been undertaken. We therefore undertook a randomised, controlled trial to investigate whether(More)
We report a case that shows vasospasm to be one of the mechanisms responsible for left ventricular ballooning syndrome. Our case suggests that identical ventriculographic findings in patients with tako-tsubo syndrome and those with coronary vasospasm of a long left anterior descending artery coronary artery may be due to a common etiology.
BACKGROUND Placental growth factor (PlGF) induces angiogenesis and promotes tissue repair, and plasma PlGF levels change markedly during acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Currently, the impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in patients with AMI is a subject of debate. Our objective was to evaluate the relationships between PlGF levels and both the(More)
Esophageal perforation is a complicated clinical entity that demands a high level of diagnostic and therapeutic skills. The management alternatives vary from conservative treatment to esophagectomy, including primary suture and esophageal exclusion. This paper is a review of the literature and personal experience with this condition, focusing on etiology,(More)
Dysfunctional serotoninergic regulation and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis overreactivity have been consistently reported in research studies with eating disorders (ED). In addition, the links between stress response, serotonin function, HPA axis and inflammatory mechanisms in ED have also been suggested in a number of studies. In our study,(More)
BACKGROUND There is some evidence pointing toward better renal function in kidney transplant recipients (KTR) treated with once-daily tacrolimus (QD-TAC) vs. twice-daily tacrolimus (BID-TAC). METHODS This is an extension study of a 1-year, single arm prospective study of stable KTR who were converted from BID-TAC to QD-TAC (4.9 ± 4.0 years after(More)
Objective: To assess the internal consistency, discriminati-ve capacity and factorial composition of the Professional Quality of Life Questionnaire (QPL-35) in a population of primary care professionals. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional analytical study in a primary care area in Madrid from 2001 to 2003. Random sampling of 450 healthcare(More)
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