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Sepsis can sometimes be difficult to substantiate, and its distinction from non-infectious conditions in critically ill patients is often a challenge. Serum procalcitonin (PCT) assay is one of the biomarkers of sepsis. The present study was aimed to assess the usefulness of PCT assay in critically ill patients with suspected sepsis. The study included 40… (More)
BACKGROUND Allergy has become a key cause of morbidity worldwide. Although many legumes (plants in the Fabaceae family) are healthy foods, they may have a number of allergenic proteins. A number of allergens have been identified and characterized in Fabaceae family, such as soybean and peanut, on the basis of biochemical and molecular biological approaches.… (More)
We report a patient with primary cutaneous cryptococcosis caused by Cryptococcous laurentii following renal transplantation, probably due to repeated insulin and heparin subcutaneous injections on his thigh. Although cutaneous cryptococcosis due to C. neoformans is well known, reports of skin infections due to non-neoformans cryptococci are uncommon.