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The determination of14CO2 in breath after oral administration of [14C]aminopyrine has been proposed as a quantitative liver function test. In order to shorten the procedure and avoid misinterpretations related to variable rates of intestinal absorption, the [14C]aminopyrine breath test (ABT) was performed after intravenous administration of [14C]aminopyrine(More)
A strict and careful strategy has to be adopted to cure thyroid cancer. Diagnostic iodine-131 whole-body scan (WBS) and serum thyroglobulin (Tg) are important tools to detect thyroid remnants after thyroidectomy and radioiodine therapy. The aim of this retrospective study was to compare the relative sensitivity of WBS and Tg in the detection of thyroid(More)
Technetium-99mL,l-ethylenedicysteine (99mTcL,l-EC) is a new renal tubular tracer that allows the determination of the effective renal plasma flow (ERPF). The aim of this study was to derive simplified methods for the estimation of99mTc-L,l-EC clearance using one or two plasma samples after bolus injection. Fifty-nine multiple plasma dual-tracer samples(More)
Single-photon emission tomography (SPET) using technetium-99m labelled myocardial tracers (e.g.99mTc-sestamibi) has become one of the most popular myocardial imaging methods for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). This prospective study was designed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of99mTc-sestamibi exercise gated planar myocardial imaging(More)
Abnormalities in left ventricular filling have been described as an early finding in coronary artery disease and in cardiomyopathy. The present study was undertaken to determine whether impaired diastolic function may be an early sign of anthracycline cardiotoxicity. Radionuclide left ventricular curves of 30 treated patients were compared with the curves(More)
INTRODUCTION Anesthetic-induced preconditioning (AIP) is known to elicit cardioprotective effects that are mediated at least in part by activation of the kinases AMPK and PKCε as well as by inhibition of JNK. Recent data demonstrated that the pleiotropic cytokine macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) provides cardioprotection through activation(More)
Indium-111 pentetreotide scintigraphy was performed in two patients for the localization of recurrent medullary thyroid carcinoma treated by surgery and external radiotherapy 1 and 10 years earlier. A marked uptake of the radiopharmaceutical was demonstrated in the lung areas that had been irradiated. These cases strongly suggest that this uptake is related(More)
The choleretic action of artichoke extract [main ingredient: cynarin (1.5-di-caffeoyl-D-quinc acid)] was investigated in a randomised placebo-controlled double-blind cross-over study (pilot study) [n = 20]. The effect of the standardized, artichoke extract: Hepar SL forte (administered as a single dose: 1.92 g, by the intraduodenal route in a solution of 50(More)
We report a falsely elevated TSH value as determined by an immunoradiometric assay. The patient, a thyroidectomized woman on substitutive therapy, underwent a kidney transplantation. She was treated for transplant rejection with OKT 3 (Orthoclone), a mouse monoclonal antibody. The discrepancy between the TSH value (TSH-Riabead II, Abbott) and the thyroid(More)