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BACKGROUND In patients with heart failure, pulmonary hypertension (PH) predicts higher risk for morbidity and mortality. However, few data are available on the prognostic implications of reactive (precapillary) PH superimposed on passive (postcapillary) PH. METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a subgroup analysis of 242 patients with acute decompensated heart(More)
The timing of cholecystectomy in acute cholecystitis is still controversial. A marked change toward early surgery has been noted in the past decade. In a retrospective study of 197 patients we evaluated the results of cholecystectomy in 117 who underwent elective cholecystectomy, and in 80 operated on during the acute phase of cholecystitis. The diagnosis(More)
OBJECTIVE Factors and mechanisms that activate macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques are incompletely understood. We examined the capacity of heparanase to activate macrophages. METHODS AND RESULTS Highly purified heparanase was added to mouse peritoneal macrophages and macrophage-like J774 cells, and the levels of tumor necrosis factor-α, matrix(More)
Six cases of papillary thyroid carcinoma showing clinically highly aggressive behaviour by invading the upper airway and digestive tract structures were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate the morphological variants of the tumours. Four of them were found to be pure papillary and one was a mixed-papillary and follicular-variants regarded as non-aggressive.(More)
Bile duct obstruction is the presenting symptom in 40-70% of cases of pancreatic cancer, and in a greater proportion of cases of cholangiocarcinoma. Since the resectability rate is very low, only a palliative procedure is suitable for most patients. In a retrospective study, the results of operative versus percutaneous biliary drainage were compared. After(More)
A case of squamous cell carcinoma developing in a perianal condyloma acuminatum in a 38-year-old man treated for over 5 years with podophyllin is presented. Although there are many reports of malignant transformation of condyloma acuminatum in the skin and mucosal surfaces of the male and female genitalia, it is quite rare in the perianal region. In this(More)
Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is defined as a segment of the coronary artery that has a diameter of more than 1.5 times the normal adjacent segments. It was described many years ago, but many aspects of this phenomenon are still unknown. It can be found in 1.2-2% of patients referred for coronary angiography. Risk factors are similar to atherosclerosis, but(More)
We examined the effects of insulin on glucose transport and subcellular glucose transporter distribution in isolated omental adipose cells from men and women. 3-O-Methylglucose transport was measured in intact cells, and the number of glucose transporters in plasma membranes and low density microsomal membranes was determined using the cytochalasin B(More)
Early detection is crucial for successful treatment of all types of cancer. The specificity and sensitivity of the current methods vary from 50% to 80%. The use of specific tumor antigens and cytometric technology has resulted in the development of a new procedure for the early detection of breast tumors. This new method is reported. The test utilizes(More)
An alternative procedure for detection breast cancer was examined based on the observation that lymphocytes re-exposed in vitro to antigenic stimulation will change their intracellular structuredness as measured by polarization of fluorescent light emitted by fluorescein labeled cells (SCM test). The specific antigen MUC-l/SEC was used to elicit such(More)