Carlos Jose Piera

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OBJECTIVE To determine if the semirecumbent position (45-degree angle) decreases aspiration of gastric contents to the airways in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. DESIGN A randomized, two-period crossover trial. SETTING Respiratory intensive care unit. PATIENTS Nineteen patients requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. (More)
Cystatin C is a nonglycosylated basic protein produced at a constant rate by all investigated nucleated cells. It is freely filtered by the renal glomeruli and primarily catabolized in the tubuli (not secreted or reabsorbed as an intact molecule). Because serum cystatin C concentration is independent of age, sex, and muscle mass, it has been postulated to(More)
The reticuloendothelial system phagocytic activity, estimated by the plasma elimination rate constant of 99mtechnetium-sulfur colloid, was studied in 41 decompensated cirrhotics and 10 normal subjects. The results were related to the incidence and type of bacterial infections occurring during hospitalization and follow-up, and to survival. The elimination(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of two body positions (supine and semirecumbency) on the dynamics of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in 15 patients requiring mechanical ventilation and having a nasogastric tube in place. Samples of gastric contents, pharyngeal and bronchial secretions, and blood were obtained at baseline and every hour during(More)
The effects of rifampicin treatment (10 on pruritus and cholestasis were evaluated in 16 patients with primary biliary cirrhosis and pruritus followed up for 2-24 months. Assessment of pruritus severity, liver tests, aminopyrine breath test, and bile acids was done at 2 weeks and every 3 months after the beginning of the study. Two patients(More)
Therapeutic immunization with autologous monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs) loaded with heat-inactivated autologous human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) in 12 patients with chronic HIV-1 infection who were receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) was feasible, safe, and well tolerated. Virus was obtained during an initial(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the usefulness of 99Tc-ciprofloxacin scintigraphy (CFS) in patients with hip or knee arthroplasty and suspected infection. METHODS Forty patients (26 women, 14 men) with a mean age of 66±10 years and local pain in the hip (21), knee (16), or shoulder (three) prosthesis were recruited. CFS was performed at 1, 4, and 24 h after(More)
Short-term carvedilol administration is more powerful than propranolol in decreasing hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) in cirrhotic patients, but induces arterial hypotension that may prevent its long-term use in portal hypertensive patients. This study compared the HVPG reduction and safety of long-term carvedilol and propranolol. Fifty-one cirrhotic(More)
The prevalence, type, and factors that may influence the development of bone disease in primary biliary cirrhosis, have been investigated in 20 consecutive patients, who, in addition to liver function tests and mineral and vitamin D metabolism studies, were submitted to a transiliac bone biopsy after tetracycline double-labeling for quantitative(More)
Hypertension and hyperfiltration are two important risk factors for the development of chronic allograft nephropathy. Transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)) is the main cytokine involved in the fibrotic process that is involved in chronic rejection. Angiotensin II upregulates TGF-beta(1) production. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists therefore(More)