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AIM The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of a lipid formulation containing a physical mixture of medium (MCT) and long chain triglycerides (LCT) compared with a long chain triglycerides emulsion in patients affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute respiratory failure. METHODS Twenty-four patients requiring mechanical(More)
The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the treatment of cancer pain recommend nonopioid analgesics as first-line therapy, so-called "weak" analgesics combined with nonopioid analgesics as second-line therapy, and so-called "strong" opioids (with nonopioid analgesics) only as third-line therapy. However, these guidelines can be questioned with(More)
The aim of this double-blind randomized study was to evaluate the optimal intravenous dose of clonidine administrated during the peri-operative period, after lumbar hemilaminectomy for herniated disk repair. The "optimal intravenous dose" was defined as that providing minimal analgesic request, stable haemodynamic profile and a minimal sedation score during(More)
AIMS Uraemia is a disease characterised by a significant oxidative stress, and it is a wide agreement that oxidative stress which accompanies uraemia, increases the inflammatory state and promotes the alterations of tiny molecules such as amino acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. There are numerous records of how ROS are connected to the pathology(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to study hemodynamic modifications during thoracic and abdominal stop-flow regional chemotherapy and to evaluate the need for routine hemodynamic monitoring during such kind of procedures. METHODS Thirty patients, aged 17-67 years, ASA physical status II-III, scheduled for thoracic (group A, n = 15), and abdominal (group B,(More)
Pain in terminally ill patients with cancer can be often hard to manage, due to the unpredictable kinetics of drugs caused by progressive kidney and liver dysfunction. Plasma concentrations of active metabolites-also a cause of dangerous side effects--could be difficult to estimate. This case report holds the idea that buprenorphine, a partial agonist of(More)
BACKGROUND Efficacy of epidural local anesthetics plus steroids for the treatment of cervicobrachial pain is uncertain. METHODS A prospective study randomized 160 patients with cervicobrachial pain resistant to conventional therapy. Patients were divided into 4 groups on the basis of the time between pain onset and treatment initiation: group A, 40(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of the present study is to discuss the importance of the processes of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of certain autoimmune diseases, to search for an appropriate assessment marker, and to debate current approaches which have been proposed for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA), and Psoriasis(More)