Cheryl F. Weber

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OBJECTIVES To validate an operational definition of piriformis syndrome based on prolongation of the H-reflex with hip flexion, adduction, and internal rotation (FAIR) and to assess efficacy of conservative therapy and surgery to relieve symptoms and reduce disability. DESIGN Before-after trial of cohorts identified by operational definition. SETTING(More)
With the on-line preparation of substitution fluid, an easy-to-operate and cost-effective alternative to conventional hemodiafiltration (HDF) has been realized. The continuous filtration of dialysis fluid, furthermore, allows high volumes of exchange. Microbial contamination and subsequently endotoxins, however, may be present in dialysis fluid, and thus(More)
Administration of adequate amounts of commercial infusion fluids renders modern convective dialysis modalities, such as hemodiafiltration, labor-intensive and costly. Preparation of infusate by cold sterilization of dialysis fluid, which is abundantly available, and its immediate (online) use, in contrast, enables a large volume fluid exchange in a(More)
OBJECTIVE The clinical benefit of normovolemic modified ultrafiltration (N-MUF) after cardiac surgery is still debated. As we have shown in a previous publication, there is a significant improvement in platelet function, so we were interested in whether ultrafiltration can reduce plasma levels of endotoxins, terminal complement complexes and cytokines after(More)
BACKGROUND Microbial contamination is characterized not only by the presence of bacteria, but also by high concentrations of biologically active by-products. They are potentially able to cross ultrafiltration and dialysis membranes and stimulate immunocompetent blood cells to synthesize cytokines. In turn, cytokine induction causes acute symptoms and has(More)
OBJECTIVE We discuss the strengths of the medical response to the Boston Marathon bombings that led to the excellent outcomes. Potential shortcomings were recognized, and lessons learned will provide a foundation for further improvements applicable to all institutions. BACKGROUND Multiple casualty incidents from natural or man-made incidents remain a(More)
BACKGROUND Repetitive exposure to cytokine-inducing substances (pyrogens) results in chronic inflammation, which may significantly contribute to some of the long-term complications in dialysis patients. On-line dialysis modalities, such as on-line haemodiafiltration (HDF), raise particular concerns because of the administration of infusate prepared from(More)
BACKGROUND Arterial stiffness, measured by pulse wave velocity (PWV), is highly predictive of mortality in dialysis patients. As such, PWV is frequently used in clinical research studies and may have a role in clinical practice if shown to be suitably reliable. Measurement of PWV using the SphygmoCor system is known to be an observer-dependent technique.(More)
The removal of endotoxins by extracorporeal adsorption processes seems the most promising therapeutic approach to Gram-negative sepsis and endotoxin shock. However, thus far adsorbents have failed to bind endotoxins efficiently or have shown adverse biocompatibility characteristics. To overcome these disadvantages, small particles of regenerated cellulose(More)