Damian J. Kusz

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Environmental and occupational exposure to various metals has been a major public health concern and the subject of many studies. With the development of industry and transportation, environmental pollution has markedly worsened. As a result, metals are now ubiquitous and are absorbed into the body with food, drinking water, and polluted air. Exposure to(More)
The usefulness of ultrasound measurements in the diagnosis of the subacromial impingement syndrome of the shoulder was evaluated. Fifty-seven patients with unilateral symptoms of the impingement syndrome underwent ultrasound examination of both shoulder joints, which included assessment of rotator cuff integrity, measurement of rotator cuff thickness and(More)
Concentration of lead in bone, unlike in soft tissues, increases during the lifetime and reflects severity of exposure to this element. The main aim of the study was to determine concentrations of lead and calcium and to find possible relationship between calcium and lead in the tissues of the hip joints obtained from inhabitants of the Upper Silesian(More)
We will test the hypothesis that ultrasound supported by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) could improve bacterial identification in non-infected prosthetic joint loosening. The aim was to detect bacterial species in non-infected prosthetic joint loosening using ultrasound and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. A total of 16 patients (11 women and five men) aged 46–80(More)
BACKGROUND Intraoperative periprosthetic femoral fracture (IPFF) is one of the most frequent complication of total hip arthroplasty (THA). This complication is a very important factor affecting rehabilitation, hospitalization time and cost of treatment. It may occur during the intramedullary reaming, removal or fixation of the stem The aim of the study was(More)
BACKGROUND Total knee arthroplasty is associated with a perioperative blood loss, which is usually addressed with transfusion of allogenic blood. The possible risks of such treatment include viral infection, immunologic complications and occasional lack of blood products. Recently, retransfusion of blood recovered from the operative field or drains has(More)
Sixty patients with unilateral distal radius fractures were managed conservatively. Clinical assessment included objective and subjective evaluations of the outcome of treatment. Radiographic evaluation included fracture classification using the AO/ASIF system and measurement of volar tilt, radial inclination and radial height shortening at the end of(More)
Organ fibrosis is associated with excessive deposition of dermatan sulfate (DS) in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the affected tissue. However, the significance of DS in fibrosis process is poorly known. Thus, we have analyzed both in vitro and in vivo the binding potential toward fibroblast growth factor-2, platelet-derived growth factor BB and(More)
Fifty-three patients with unilateral hip arthritis (31 females, 22 males) aged from 29 to 66 years (mean 52.1 years) after total hip replacement with cementless Parhofer-Mönch endoprosthesis underwent densitometry. The content (BMC) and mineral density (BMD) of calcium within proximal end of the femur was evaluated at 8-12 days postoperatively and at 6, 12(More)
Chemokines proved able to induce release of enzymes relevant in cartilage damage. The present study addressed the levels of CXCL8 and CCL5 and the potential role of these chemokines in predicting the morphological changes in the course of osteoarthritis (OA). Synovial fluid (SF) and blood serum were obtained from 20 patients undergoing knee replacement(More)