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Dear Editor, Endotracheal intubation for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) carries high risk of complications due to limited physiological reserve of these patients and variability in the expertise of ICU physicians. Multiple attempts at intubation have been associated with increased risk of severe complications. Video laryngoscopes can provide(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the prognostic value of different pretreatment platelet (PLT) counts on the treatment outcome in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients receiving concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) or radiotherapy (RT) alone. A total of 1,501 NPC patients, including 412 receiving CCRT and 1,089 receiving RT, were enrolled in(More)
INTRODUCTION Thrombocytosis has been identified as an unfavorable prognostic factor in several types of cancer. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of pretreatment platelet count in association with the TNM staging system and therapeutic regimens in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS A total of 2,626 patients with NPC were(More)
BACKGROUND The fluorosis derived from coal burning is a very serious problem in China. By using fluorine-fixing technology during coal burning we are able to reduce the release of fluorides in coal at the source in order to reduce pollution to the surrounding environment by coal burning pollutants as well as decrease the intake and accumulating amounts of(More)
BACKGROUND Solitary cysticercus granuloma (SCG) is the commonest form of neurocysticercosis in the Indian subcontinent and in travelers. Several different treatment options exist for SCG. We conducted a Bayesian network meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to identify the best treatment option to prevent seizure recurrence and promote lesion(More)
We report a case of hypereosinophilic syndrome in a 47-year-old man who had acute pneumothorax as the initial presentation. Peripheral blood eosinophil count increased continuously over a period of 1 month and was associated with pulmonary changes and appearance of skin lesions on the right chest wall. Idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome was confirmed by(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether perioperative statins reduce the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) after cardiac surgery. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. SETTING Perioperative management in hospitals that perform cardiac surgery. PARTICIPANTS Adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery. INTERVENTIONS PubMed, EMBASE, and(More)
The relationship between alcohol drinking and the prognosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is unknown. To investigate the prognostic value of alcohol drinking on NPC, this retrospective study was conducted on 1923 male NPC patients. Patients were classified as current, former and non-drinkers according to their drinking status. Furthermore, they were(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative atrial fibrillation/flutter (POAF) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality after general thoracic surgery, but the need for and the best agent for prophylaxis remains obscure. METHODS A systematic literature search was performed to identify randomized controlled trials that compared regimens for POAF prophylaxis(More)
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