Chi Kyeong Kim

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OBJECTIVE Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is one of the pattern-recognition receptors related to the initial step of the immune response with C-reactive protein, but the physiologic and pathologic functions are not fully understood. The purpose of the current study was to determine the impact of PTX3 levels on mortality after ischemic stroke. METHODS We consecutively(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We aimed to generate rigorous graphical and statistical reference data based on volumetric measurements for assessing the relative severity of white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) in patients with stroke. METHODS We prospectively mapped WMHs from 2699 patients with first-ever ischemic stroke (mean age=66.8±13.0 years) enrolled(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves tremor in Parkinson disease (PD). However, the patients included in those studies were unselected for tremor severity. OBJECTIVE We specifically assessed the effect of STN DBS on tremor in selected PD patients with severe tremor. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Cerebral microbleeds are an important radiologic marker of bleeding-prone brain and have been reported to be associated with the increased risk of intracerebral haemorrhage. AIMS We sought to examine the association of chronic kidney disease with cerebral microbleeds, and determine whether the association differs between patients with and(More)
PURPOSE Anomalous origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) with an interarterial course is a potentially life-threatening anomaly. Clinical significance could depend on its orifice and interarterial course. We evaluated the anomalous RCA on multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) with clinical correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five(More)
OBJECTIVE Experimental studies have indicated that adipocytokines are associated with vascular diseases with regard to the pathology of atherosclerotic plaque. We hypothesized that the strength of the associations between adipocytokines and stroke would differ between ischemic stroke subtypes. METHODS A total of 96 acute ischemic stroke patients (within 5(More)
Fimasartan is a newly developed angiotensin receptor blocker, which may have protective effects during myocardial infarction or atherosclerosis. In this context, we investigated the effects of long-term treatment with low-dose fimasartan on focal ischemia in rat brain. We induced focal ischemia in brain by transient intraluminal occlusion of middle cerebral(More)
There is controversy regarding the best way to prevent recurrences of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) in children. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for pediatric PSP. We retrospectively reviewed patients under 29 years of age who underwent VATS for PSP between March 2005 and(More)
BACKGROUND Reexpansion pulmonary edema (REPE) is known as a rare and fatal complication after tube thoracostomy. OBJECTIVES We investigated the risk factors for the development of REPE in patients with spontaneous pneumothorax. METHODS We selected patients who were diagnosed with spontaneous pneumothorax and were initially treated with tube thoracostomy(More)
OBJECTIVE Cerebral white matter lesions (WMLs) are radiologic markers of small vessel disease in brain, and inflammatory processes were related to WMLs. We propose to determine if elevated leukocyte count was associated with a higher risk of WMLs. METHODS 1586 asymptomatic subjects who visited our hospital for a routine health check-up were enrolled.(More)