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BACKGROUND Several cases of obesity-associated focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (OB-FSG) have been reported but little is known about the clinico-pathological features of this entity and its long-term outcomes. METHODS We studied 15 obese patients (BMI 35+/-5.2 kg/m(2)) with biopsy-proven FSG. They were compared with a control group of 15 non-obese(More)
BACKGROUND In patients undergoing total knee replacement (TKR) most blood loss occurs postoperatively and return of unwashed filtered shed blood (USB) from postoperative drainage may represent an alternative to allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT). We evaluated the impact of USB return, with or without leucocytes, on the acute-phase response (APR) after TKR.(More)
INTRODUCTION For critically patients, enteral immunonutrition results in notable reductions in infections and in length of stay in hospital, but not on mortality, raising the question as to whether this relate to the heterogeneous nature of critically ill patients or to the absence of the altered absorption of specific nutrients within the immunonutrient(More)
Obesity-induced chronic inflammation leads to activation of the immune system that causes alterations of iron homeostasis including hypoferraemia, iron-restricted erythropoiesis, and finally mild-to-moderate anaemia. Thus, preoperative anaemia and iron deficiency are common among obese patients scheduled for bariatric surgery (BS). Assessment of patients(More)
Three patients suffering from eosinophilic gastroenteritis belonging to each of the three anatomo-clinical forms are involved in this study. The disease has a high blood eosinophilia and in the anatomo-pathological studies it is established that there is an eosinophilic infiltration in some portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The localization of this(More)
BACKGROUND Myasis are due to the invasion of tissue or cavities of animal organism by dipterous larvae. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two cases of semi-specific myasis caused by Sarcophaga larvae are described. RESULTS Case 1: A 77-year-old woman with Kaposi sarcoma in the left leg developed cutaneous radionecrosis secondary to radiotherapy. In June, 1998 five(More)
Serum samples from eighty-one patients with suspected penicillin allergy were investigated with Phadebas RAST using the penicillin derivatives Benzylpenicilloyl-human serum albumin (PBO-HSA) and Phenoxymethylpenicilloyl-human serum albumin (PMPO-HSA) and the results were compared with skin test results and clinical data. Of the sixty-one patients who had(More)
Local administration of drugs by means of aerosol device is widely used in the treatment of asthma. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of this method depends on an adequate inhalation technique (IT), which available evidence has shown to be rather problematic. The aim of this study was to assess IT in out-patients with bronchial asthma who frequently use(More)
BACKGROUND In patients undergoing total knee replacement (TKR), most blood loss occurs post-operatively, and the return of unwashed filtered shed blood (USB) from post-operative drainage may represent an alternative to allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT). We evaluated the impact of USB return on the cellular immune response (CIR) after TKR. PATIENTS AND(More)