Anna Paczek

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Methaemoglobinaemia is a rarely diagnosed, life-threatening pathology and involves the presence of more than 1% of oxidised haemoglobin in the blood that is unable to carry oxygen. We report the case of a 49-year-old male who developed fulminant symptoms of acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure and in whom acute and chronic cardiovascular and respiratory(More)
Basing on own experiences we present abilities and limitations of echocardiography in diagnosis and differentation of aortic aneurysms and dissections. Utilization of all ultrasound methods, especially adaptation of different projections for respective aortic segments visualization allows in the majority of cases to establish the proper diagnosis, and in(More)
Methemoglobinemia; an increased concentration of methemoglobin in the blood, is an altered state of hemoglobin whereby the ferrous form of iron is oxidized to the ferric state, rendering the heme moiety incapable of carrying oxygen. The authors present a case of 49-year-old man who was admitted to the department of chest medicine with dyspnea, weakness and(More)
Amiodarone, antiarrhythmic drug of III class is used in patients with supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, often with coexisting congestive heart failure. Side effects of amiodarone treatment are observed in approximately 75% of patients. Most dangerous are the symptoms of amiodarone pulmonary toxicity occuring in 2-17% of patients. We present a(More)
UNLABELLED The expanding role of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in the selected patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), requires the noninvasive method for the assessment of the influence of PTCA on left ventricular function and the detection of restenosis. Forty two patients (pts) with angina, undergoing PTCA, were evaluated(More)
Left ventricular (LV) mass as measured from M-mode echocardiography has been shown to be an important predictor of subsequent cardiovascular morbidity and death. Investigators have debated the advantages of LV mass calculations derived from M-mode versus various two-dimensional (2D) echocardiographic algorithms. The purpose of this study was to compare(More)
A 24 year-old man with 3-months medical history of recurrent respiratory infections and pericardial effusion, despite treatment with nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs, was admitted to the hospital with dyspnea on exertion. On admission he presented the symptoms of right heart insufficiency. Computed tomography of the chest demonstrated a thickened(More)
Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) is a chronic, slowly progressive inflammatory autoimmune disorder, characterised by lymphocytic infiltration of the exocrine glands, leading to decrease of glandular secretion. In 40-60% of pSS patients, extraglandular disease develops. We present the case of a patient with two extraglandular sites involvement in the course(More)