Chii-Hwa Chern

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Tetrodotoxin (TTX) poisoning, although uncommon, is frequently seen in Taiwan, Japan, and Southeast Asia. It is rare but significant in the United States as well. Only three cases have been reported in the EM literature. We report an outbreak of six cases of TTX poisoning from eating puffer fish. On April 17, 2001, an outbreak of TTX poisoning occurred(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify initial clinical characteristics that can lead to early diagnosis of renal abscess in the emergency department and predict poor prognosis. A retrospective review of 88 renal abscess patients, from April 1979 through January 1996, was conducted. Patients were categorized into two groups. In group 1, renal abscess was(More)
The variable and nonspecific presentations of psoas abscess, as well as its infrequent incidence in the emergency department (ED), can result in delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Previous reports have not discussed the diagnostic difficulties of psoas abscess from the viewpoint of emergency physicians (EPs), especially in light of the widespread use of ED(More)
BACKGROUND Elevation of serum cytokine level, especially tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), has been reported in acute bacterial infection. Elevation of serum TNF-alpha level upon patients' admission has also been reported to correlate with the fatal outcome. METHODS The present study is to evaluate,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to assess the diagnostic value of D-dimer in patients with suspected acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) and to evaluate the correlation between D-dimer levels and the severity of bowel necrosis. METHODS A prospective, noninterventional study of 67 patients with clinical suspicion of AMI was performed. Measurement of(More)
Hepatic portal venous gas (HPVG) is a rare radiographic finding of significance. Most cases with HPVG are related to mesenteric ischemia that have been associated with extended bowel necrosis and fatal outcome. With the help of computed tomography (CT) in early diagnosis of HPVG, the clinical outcome of patients with mesenteric ischemia has improved. There(More)
A prospective study was conducted to see whether emergent esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) in patients with active upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is associated with more oxygen desaturation than nonemergent EGD. Emergent EGD was performed in the study patients with active upper GI bleeding. Nonemergent EGD was performed in the control patients.(More)
The use of dapsone is increasing even though overdose is rarely reported and physicians must be aware of its toxicity and management. Mortality can occur due to methemoglobinemia and hemolytic anemia. Although activated charcoal and methylene blue are recommended, the use of hemodialysis is reported only in few studies. Literature on the kinetic profile(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE We evaluate the effect on adverse events of a telephone follow-up quality improvement program. METHODS This was a before-and-after intervention comparison based on prospectively collected data in a tertiary care hospital emergency department (ED) (82,000 visits per year). The first half (April 15 to July 31, 2001) served as control, and(More)