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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with rupture in elderly patients with acute appendicitis. METHODS The medical records of 601 consecutive patients >60 years of age with acute appendicitis between 1995 and 2005 were retrospectively reviewed. Historical, clinical and laboratory factors in patients with both intact and(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies addressing perioperative natriuretic peptide (NP) levels to predict postoperative major adverse cardiac events (MACE) after major surgery. METHODS We searched MEDLINE and Embase with no language restrictions up to May 2013. The end points were major cardiac complications. We(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical predictors associated with acute paraquat (PQ) poisoning have not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVE To identify independent predictors of death in patients with acute PQ poisoning. METHODS This is a retrospective study executed in the emergency department of a university hospital. One hundred three consecutive patients poisoned(More)
Body mass index (BMI) is an important diagnostic tool for determining obesity; however, while BMI reflects the influence of body height over body weight, it does not reveal body fat percentage (BF%). We explored whether BF% correlated with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome and whether metabolically obese, normal weight people(More)
INTRODUCTION Neurogenic cardiopulmonary complications associated with acute brain injury other then subarachnoid hemorrhage were seldom reported, especially in the pediatric population. We report a child who developed cardiac arrhythmia, severe myocardial injury and neurogenic pulmonary edema after cerebellar hemorrhage. METHODS AND RESULTS An 11-year-old(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of homocysteine and C-reactive protein (CRP) as potential markers for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults in Taiwan, and to identify associations between these factors and CKD, stratifying by gender. METHODS This cross-sectional study analyzed multi-center data retrospectively. Data were(More)
BACKGROUND Difference of the clinical characteristics and outcome of acute appendicitis (AA) between young old (age 60 to 79 years) and octogenarian patients (age 80) is unknown. We hypothesized that octogenarian patients would have more atypical presentation and worse outcomes. METHODS Our study was a 10-year retrospective analysis of a hospital based(More)
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