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BACKGROUND B-type natriuretic peptide levels are higher in patients with congestive heart failure than in patients with dyspnea from other causes. METHODS We conducted a prospective, randomized, controlled study of 452 patients who presented to the emergency department with acute dyspnea: 225 patients were randomly assigned to a diagnostic strategy(More)
A novel high-performance liquid chromatographic separation method with tandem-mass spectrometry detection was developed for the simultaneous determination of Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its major metabolites 11-hydroxy-Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH-THC) and 11-nor-Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (THC-COOH) as well as the(More)
BACKGROUND B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels are reliably elevated in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and therefore helpful in its diagnosis. However, kidney disease results in elevated BNP levels independently of CHF. Accordingly, the impact of kidney disease on the benefit of BNP testing needs to be scrutinized. METHODS This study(More)
In accordance with the guidelines of the European Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (ECCLS), the performance of the Abbott AxSYM Abused Drugs assays were evaluated and compared with the results provided by the following systems: Syva Emit d.a.u./Roche Cobas Mira S Plus, Abbott TDx and ADx, Syva Emit d.a.u./Syva ETS Plus, Syva Emit II/Hitachi 717(More)
In clinical practice, the seriousness of liver disease is assessed based on the combined information from clinical examination, routine biochemical tests, and liver histology. Recently, the assessment of hepatic lidocaine metabolism has been proposed as a quantitative liver function test offering valuable additional information. To evaluate whether this new(More)
BACKGROUND B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a quantitative marker of heart failure that seems to be helpful in its diagnosis. METHODS We performed a prospective randomized study (B-Type Natriuretic Peptide for Acute Shortness of Breath Evaluation) including 452 patients who presented to the emergency department with acute dyspnea to estimate the(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this prospective study was to assess the medical and economic long-term effects of using B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentrations in the management of patients with acute dyspnea. METHODS We performed follow-up analysis of the B-Type Natriuretic Peptide for Acute Shortness of Breath Evaluation, a randomized study(More)
BACKGROUND Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has become one of the most dangerous illicit drugs of abuse today. It is used as a recreational and date rape drug because of its depressant effect on the central nervous system, which may cause euphoria, amnesia, respiratory arrest, and coma. There is an urgent need for a simple, easy-to-use assay for GHB(More)
A new turbidimetric inhibition immunoassay for digoxin (Tina-quant [a] Digoxin, Boehringer Mannheim) was evaluated in seven laboratories. It can be performed without sample pretreatment with ready-to-use reagents on nondedicated analyzers in combination with routine clinical chemistry. The studies revealed a good analytical performance: lower limit of(More)