Chien Liang Wu

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INTRODUCTION Prophylactic steroid therapy to reduce the occurrence of postextubation laryngeal edema is controversial. Only a limited number of prospective trials involve adults in an intensive care unit. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether administration of multiple doses of dexamethasone to critically ill, intubated patients reduces or(More)
BACKGROUND Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM)-1 is a recently described molecule that plays an important role in myeloid cell-activated inflammatory responses. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of TREM-1 in pleural effusions of various causes. METHODS For this cross-sectional, observational study conducted between(More)
Although immunodeficiency is usually considered a prerequisite of oncogenesis, a detailed immune profile in cancer has not yet been described. Without such profiling, it is not surprising that there is a vast discrepancy in the responses of cancer patients to immunotherapy. Our results show that the integrity of the immune system deteriorates with cancer(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a rapidly progressive disease caused by a novel coronavirus (CoV) infection. However, the disease presentation is nonspecific. The aim of this study was to define clearly the presentation, clinical progression, and laboratory data in a group of patients who had SARS. DESIGN Retrospective(More)
This study aims to study the effects of depression and demoralization on suicidal ideation and to determine the feasibility of the Distress Thermometer as a screening tool for patients with cancer who experience depression and demoralization, and thus to establish a model screening process for suicide prevention. Purposive sampling was used to invite(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To study the correlation of bacteriology between quantitative cultures of protected specimen brush (PSB), BAL, and quantitative endotracheal aspirate (QEA) in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) patients with treatment failure. DESIGN Prospective observational clinical study. SETTING A 15-bed medical ICU of tertiary medical center. (More)
PURPOSE Acute respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation in severe community-acquired pneumonia has been shown to be a significant negative prognostic factor. We analyzed the early evolution of the Pao(2)/Fio(2) ratio and evaluated its clinical value as an outcome predictor. MATERIALS AND METHODS This is a prospective study conducted in a(More)
Development of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) imposes a significant financial burden to the health care system, yet the therapeutic decisions rely on the conventional, less sensitive microbiological examination. Characterization of proteins secreted into bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) provides an opportunity for discovery of diagnostic marker(More)
Inflammation-mediated abnormalities in the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are implicated in the pathogenesis of lung injury. Angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE2), an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) homologue that displays antagonist effects on ACE/angiotensin II (Ang II) axis, could also play a(More)
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is the most common form of congenital heart diseases. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-dependent endopeptidases involved in causal cardiac tissue remodeling. We studied the changes of circulating MMP-2 and MMP-9 activities in the patients with VSD severity and closure. There were 96 children with(More)