Ali H Hallal

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BACKGROUND There is controversy about the optimal method to detect common bile duct (CBD) stones in patients with mild resolving gallstone pancreatitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in detecting choledocholithiasis in this group of patients. STUDY DESIGN A prospective randomized trial was(More)
BACKGROUND Our recent experimental study showed that peripheral muscle tissue oxygen saturation (StO2), determined noninvasively by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), was more reliable than systemic hemodynamics or invasive oxygenation variables as an index of traumatic shock. The purpose of this study was to establish the normal range of thenar muscle StO2(More)
BACKGROUND Tracheostomy is a commonly performed procedure in ventilator dependent patients. Many critical care practitioners believe that performing a tracheostomy early in the postinjury period decreases the length of ventilator dependence as well as having other benefits such as better patient tolerance and lower respiratory dead space. We conducted a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of inhaled tobramycin (TOBI) in the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in a randomized, double-blind pilot study. PATIENTS AND METHODS Ten patients from a cohort of 108 mechanically ventilated patients with documented clinical and bacteriological evidence of VAP caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate 30-day postoperative outcomes in laparoscopic (LS) versus open splenectomy (OS). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA LS has generally been associated with lower rates of postoperative complications than OS. However, evidence mainly comes from small studies that failed to adjust for the confounding effects of the underlying indication or clinical(More)
Parkinson's disease is characterized by involuntary movement of body parts resulting from antagonistic muscle contractions. In this paper, an effective passive vibration absorber is modeled to control the involuntary pathological rest tremor in the right hand of Parkinson's disease patient. The three-degree-of-freedom dynamic hand model capable to describe(More)
A fistula formation between the esophagus and an aberrant right subclavian artery is a rare but fatal complication that has been mostly described in the setting of prolonged nasogastric intubation and foreign body erosion. We report a case of a young morbidly obese patient who underwent sleeve gastrectomy that was complicated by a postoperative leak at the(More)
AIMS One of the complications of Cardio-Pulmonary Bypass is the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Cardio-Pulmonary Bypass can be performed under either normothermic or hypothermic conditions. The aim of this study was to compare some inflammation-related parameters of patients following normothermic and hypothermic bypass. Moreover, attempts were(More)
Background. Bezoars are well established entities causing gastrointestinal obstructions. Depending on the prominent constituent of these bezoars, the latter are divided into four subtypes: pharmacobezoars, lactobezoars, trichobezoars, and phytobezoars. Less frequently reported types of bezoars are reported including those formed secondary to nasogastric(More)
Inferior phrenic artery (IPA) pseudoaneurysm is an extremely rare complication of chronic pancreatitis with only three cases reported in the literature so far. It is a serious condition that can be life-threatening if not diagnosed promptly. Recent advances in endovascular interventions made angiography with embolisation the modality of choice for diagnosis(More)