Carlos Hermida

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BACKGROUND Intragastric balloon is a widely used technique to treat obesity that is considered to be more efficient than conservative treatment before bariatric surgery. To describe air-filled balloon (Heliosphere BAG®) effectiveness [absolute weight loss, body mass index (BMI) loss, percentage of body weight loss (BWL), percentage of excess weight loss(More)
BACKGROUND As treatment of steroid-dependent patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is controversial, we analysed the efficacy and tolerance of 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP) and methotrexate (MTX) added to prednisone in increasing and maintaining the disease remission rate. METHODS Seventy-two steroid-dependent IBD patients, 34 with ulcerative colitis(More)
OBJECTIVE Assess the impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection on the onset of rheumatic manifestations in HIV+ patients, and to compare them with a control HIV- group with similar risk factors. METHODS We prospectively studied 74 consecutive HIV+ patients, looking for clinical and laboratory findings of rheumatic manifestations and compared(More)
AIM to estimate the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in two areas from Panama and Argentina. METHOD during a 7-year period from 1987 to 1993 we surveyed IBD in two well-defined communities from Panama (District of Colón) and Argentina (Partido General Pueyrredón). The mean annual incidence of IBD was estimated from hospital-based registries.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To evaluate whether omeprazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin for 12 days is more effective for Helicobacter pylori eradication than the same regimen for only 6 days; and to verify whether these eradication regimens are more effective in peptic ulcer disease than in non-ulcer dyspepsia. METHODOLOGY We studied 411 patients in whom a(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate prospectively the validity of a new diagnostic method based on a saliva sample, taking as reference the breath test with 13C-marked urea, and to compare the results of this technique with another indirect method based on the detection of antibodies, "classical" serology using venous blood. METHODS 48 individuals, 24 healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Beclometasone dipropionate (BDP) is a relatively new topically acting oral steroid to treat mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC). We estimate that 20,000 patients have received oral BDP in Spain in the last two years. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of oral BDP in clinical practice. METHODS Retrospective and(More)
While the detrimental consequences of opportunistic tuberculosis (TB) in the course and outcome of HIV-1 infection are well studied, little information about the impact of the mycobacterial infection on the phenotype of T lymphocytes is available. In this study we analyzed by cytofluorimetry the peripheral blood T cell phenotype of 13 patients with AIDS, 23(More)