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INTRODUCTION An elevated level of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) is widely considered an indicator of an underlying inflammatory disease and a long-term prognostic predictor for dialysis patients. This cross-sectional cohort study was designed to assess the correlation between the level of high-sensitivity CRP (HS-CRP) and the outcome of peritoneal dialysis(More)
INTRODUCTION Many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in Taiwan are due to burning charcoal. Nevertheless, few reports have analyzed the mortality rate of these patients who survive to reach a hospital and die despite intensive treatment. Therefore, this study examined the clinical features, physiological markers, and outcomes after carbon monoxide poisoning(More)
Polyomavirus BK (BKV) infection is an important cause of renal allograft failure. Viral microRNAs are known to play a crucial role in viral replication. This study investigated the expression of BKV-encoded microRNAs (miR-B1) in patients with polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN) and their role in viral replication. Following BKV infection in renal(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of cyclosporine A (CsA) on polyomavirus BK virus (BKV) replication remains unclear. The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the effect of CsA on BKV replication in human uroepithelial cells. METHODS After infection of a human renal proximal tubular cell line, HK-2 with BKV, BKV viral load in the presence of CsA was assessed(More)
BACKGROUND This study compared peritoneal dialysis (PD) and hemodialysis (HD) outcomes between female systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) due to lupus nephropathy. METHODS 22 female SLE patients undergoing PD were compared with 14 female SLE patients receiving HD. Clinical outcomes and infective complications(More)
This longitudinal study investigated whether renal survival can affect the course and outcome of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients treated with chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD). Thirty-five SLE patients, out of 1115 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients treated with chronic PD, were seen between 1990 and 2007 at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.(More)
BACKGROUND Combination therapy with pegylated interferon (pegIFN)-α and ribavirin (RBV) for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with reduction in hemoglobin (Hb) concentrations and anemia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the magnitude and frequency of change in Hb and determine the predictive risk factors for Hb decrease during(More)
BACKGROUND Renal transplant patients often have severe bone and mineral deficiencies. While the clinical effects of immunosuppressive agents like calcineurin inhibitors (CIs) and sirolimus on bone turnover are unclear, bisphosphonates are effective in bone recovery in these patients. Gender is significantly associated with osteoporosis and affects bone(More)
INTRODUCTION In this study, we investigated the outcomes for patients with intentional organophosphate poisoning. Previous reports indicate that in contrast to normal heart rate-corrected QT intervals (QTc), QTc prolongation might be indicative of a poor prognosis for patients exposed to organophosphates. METHODS We analyzed the records of 118 patients(More)
INTRODUCTION Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) peritonitis may develop after endoscopic procedures, and the benefit of prophylactic antibiotics is unclear. In the present study, we investigated whether prophylactic antibiotics reduce the incidence of peritonitis in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed all(More)