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The influence of the type of intracranial lesion on the final outcome in a consecutive series of 277 severely head-injured patients was analyzed. Patients were studied with computerized tomography (CT) and underwent continuous measurement of intracranial pressure. They received identical treatment according to a standardized protocol. Outcome of patients(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The sigma-1 (σ(1) ) receptor is a ligand-regulated molecular chaperone that has been involved in pain, but there is limited understanding of the actions associated with its pharmacological modulation. Indeed, the selectivity and pharmacological properties of σ(1) receptor ligands used as pharmacological tools are unclear and the(More)
The increasingly frequent use of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) as substitutive therapy in terminal renal failure has induced the investigation of the advantages and disadvantages of this therapeutic modality. The effects of CAPD on pulmonary function are one of the aspects currently under study. Based on previous data suggesting the(More)
Hyperparathyroidism (HPT) is one of the most prevalent endocrine diseases, for which the only effective treatment is surgery. The use of imaging techniques in the preoperative localization of the hyperfunctioning glands is the subject of controversy. The purpose of this paper is to assess the use of double-phase scintigraphy with Tc-99m sestamibi in the(More)
Eight hundred twelve men with presumed acute myocardial infarction and left ventricular filling pressure of at least 12 mm Hg participated in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a 48-hour infusion of sodium nitroprusside. The mortality rates at 21 days (10.4 per cent in the placebo group and 11.5 per cent in the(More)
Non-syndromic X-linked deafness is highly heterogeneous. At least five different clinical forms have been described, but only two loci have been mapped. Here we report a Spanish family affected by a previously undescribed X-linked form of hearing impairment. Deafness is non-syndromic, sensorineural, and progressive. In affected males, the auditory(More)
Surgical alterations after median sternotomy can difficult the interpretation of scintigraphic images with Ga67. To analize the use of Ga67 scintigraphy in this patology, we wanted to know the Ga67 distribution in patients who had suffered median sternotomy. We studied 8 patients in the first month after median sternotomy without infection complication and(More)
We have used contrast two-dimensional echocardiography in the intraoperative evaluation of aortic and mitral regurgitation in 35 patients undergoing cardiac operations. All of them underwent previous cardiac catheterization in order to document the presence and severity of regurgitation. With the pericardium open, a catheter was introduced into the left(More)
BACKGROUND Liver stiffness has been claimed to be increased in patients with heart failure. AIMS To determine the magnitude of this increase in liver stiffness, and to clarify whether it is related to the degree of heart failure or not. METHODS Twenty-six patients were prospectively collected, and divided in groups CHF (those with compensated chronic(More)