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BACKGROUND A low serum level (< 100 mg/L) of the actin-scavenger Gc-globulin is a prognostic marker of non-survival in fulminant hepatic failure (FHF). It is unknown whether decreased production or increased consumption (or both) is responsible for the low Gc-globulin levels. METHODS Ten patients with FHF and four patients with acute or chronic liver(More)
BACKGROUND Data on long-term prognosis after spondylodiscitis are scarce. The purpose of this study was to determine long-term mortality and the causes of death after spondylodiscitis. METHODS A nationwide, population-based cohort study using national registries of patients diagnosed with non-post-operative pyogenic spondylodiscitis from 1994-2009, alive(More)
BACKGROUND A deep level of anaesthesia measured by the bispectral index has been found to improve processing speed as one aspect of cognitive function after surgery. The purpose of the present study was to assess the possible effect of the level of anaesthesia on post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) 1 week after surgery, as assessed by a(More)
PURPOSE A retrospective study to assess the health-related quality of life in patients undergoing posterior fixation of thoracolumbar fractures, and to compare the outcome with norm scores and HRQL in patients undergoing surgical treatment for degenerative conditions of the spine. METHODS The study population consisted of 93 consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Protein S100B has proven to be a useful biomarker for cerebral damage. The predictive ability of S100B may, however, be affected by extracerebral injuries. The aim of this study was to investigate serum levels of S100B in patients with either isolated head injury (IHI), multi trauma with head injury (MTHI), or no head injury (NHI). The primary(More)
Reduced plasma concentrations of the extracellular actin-binding proteins gelsolin and Gc-globulin correlate with pulmonary failure and death in humans after injury. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of plasma gelsolin in the pathophysiology of inflammation-induced lung injury. We postulated that plasma gelsolin levels decrease at an(More)
OBJECTIVE Clinical and experimental studies suggest that the proteins of the extracellular actin scavenger system have a role in the pathophysiological processes taking place in critically ill and injured patients. Circulating levels of Gc-globulin and gelsolin are reduced shortly after severe trauma, and admission levels of Gc-globulin are associated with(More)
PURPOSE Major spine surgery with multilevel instrumentation is followed by large amount of opioid consumption, significant pain and difficult mobilization in a population of predominantly chronic pain patients. This case-control study investigated if a standardized comprehensive pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) treatment protocol would(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Transfusion with allogeneic red blood cells (RBCs) may be needed to maintain oxygen delivery during major surgery, but the appropriate haemoglobin (Hb) concentration threshold has not been well established. We hypothesised that a higher level of Hb would be associated with improved subcutaneous oxygen tension during major spinal(More)
The leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF) belongs to the interleukin (IL)-6 cytokine superfamily and is constitutively expressed in skeletal muscle. We tested the hypothesis that LIF expression in human skeletal muscle is regulated by exercise. Fifteen healthy young male volunteers performed either 3 h of cycle ergometer exercise at approximately 60% of(More)