An Kuo Chou

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We investigated the feasibility of delivering exogenous genes into spinal cord using direct in vivo electrotransfection. Gene transfer to the spinal cord was accomplished via direct intrathecal injection of pE-GFP C1 vector, followed by five electric pulses for 50 ms at 200 V delivered intrathecally. The spinal cords were retrieved and analyzed with(More)
Paraplegia is a catastrophic complication of thoracic aortic surgery. At present, there is no effective mean to prevent the ischemia-induced spinal cord trauma. Gene delivery of neurotrophic factors may hold promises for prevention of spinal injury. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) gene(More)
BACKGROUND : Pain on injection is still a major problem with propofol. We performed this study to compare different doses of intravenous (i.v.) ketorolac with and without venous occlusion and its effect on the incidence and the severity of the pain after propofol injection. METHODS We conducted a prospective, randomized and double-blind study of 180(More)
An obese man suffered cardiac arrest twenty minutes after receiving epidural anesthesia for incision and debridement of wound over the right leg. The patient's condition stabilized after emergent cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It was found that the patient had been self-administering an herbal drug continuously for a year and a half, and that this drug(More)
The precision intrinsic hemostatic properties of the laser have led to its wide use in modern clinical medicine especially in microscopic airway surgery. However, the intense heat generated by the high energy density of the surgical laser can convert combustible tubes into veritable torches, cause catastrophic fires, and result in severe injury to the(More)
BACKGROUND Patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) is a technique that combines the flexibility and convenience of PCA with the intrinsic analgesic efficacy of epidurally administered opioids. The aim of this study is to compare the analgesic and side effects of intermittent bolus injections of epidural morphine with PCEA using morphine during the(More)
Central venous catheterization (CVC) has become an important maneuver both for measuring the central venous pressure and for carrying out long-term intravenous alimentation. Furthermore, a central vein may be needed for the rapid restoration of blood volume in condition of acute hemorrhage with difficulties establishing of a peripheral cannulation. However,(More)
BACKGROUND Edwards syndrome (ES) is a severe chromosomal abnormality with a prevalence of about 0.8 in 10,000 infants born alive. The aims of this study were to identify candidate proteins associated with ES pregnancies from amniotic fluid supernatant (AFS) using proteomics, and to explore the role of biological networks in the pathophysiology of ES. (More)
BACKGROUND Epidural butorphanol has been shown to produce effective analgesia with less side effects than that of morphine but relatively short duration. Clonidine, an alpha 2-adrenergic agonist, has been reported to provide [corrected] pain relief by epidural administration. Furthermore, epidural clonidine has been shown to potentiate the analgesic effect(More)
Neurotoxicity is the dose-limiting side-effect of vincristine in cancer therapy. Using the nerve growth factor (NGF)-dependent neurite outgrowth and cell proliferation of the PC12 pheochromocytoma cell line as an in vitro assay, the protective effect of different intravenous anesthetics was assessed. Vincristine (1 nmol/L) significantly decreased the(More)