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Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) is an uncommon condition of unknown etiology which often responds to corticosteroids. It is characterized by cough, patchy pulmonary infiltrations and intra-alveolar organizing fibrosis. We report a 45-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman with BOOP and elevated liver enzymes. Corticosteroid therapy led to(More)
Zinc status was assessed in patients with type II diabetes mellitus and congestive heart failure (CHF). Three groups of patients were enrolled into the study: Group 1: 15 patients with type II diabetes mellitus and CHF; Group 2: 20 patients with isolated type II diabetes mellitus; and Group 3: nine patients with isolated CHF. Twenty-four-hour urine was(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The value of warfarin in preventing stroke in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation is well established. However, the prevalence of such treatment generally lags behind actual requirements. The aim of this study was to evaluate doctor- and/or patient-related demographic, clinical, and echocardiographic factors that influence(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the relationship between serum magnesium (Mg) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in heart failure (HF). AIM OF THE STUDY To investigate the relationship, if any, between serum Mg and CRP in HF patients and, concomitantly, to test a hypothesis that Mg supplementation might affect serum CRP levels. METHODS Serum Mg and CRP were(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of hypomagnesaemia and hypermagnesaemia, to discern various factors associated with abnormal serum magnesium, and to estimate prognostic significance of serum magnesium aberrations in patients with congestive heart failure. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING Medical department of a university hospital (tertiary(More)
Patients with end-stage renal failure suffer from severe plasma trace metal deficiency that is not corrected by dialysis. Trace metals, including Zn(2+), are critical for cell differentiation and replication. Zn(2+)also plays important role in cell apoptosis. Both processes are known to be impaired in uremia. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the(More)
We studied a new hereditary syndrome of hypophosphatemic rickets and hypercalciuria in six affected members of one kindred. In all patients, the manifestations of disease began in early childhood. The characteristic features are rickets, short stature, increased renal phosphate clearance (the ratio between the maximal tubular reabsorption rate for(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of various clinical variables on long-term survival of patients with acutely decompensated diastolic heart failure (DHF) compared to systolic heart failure (SHF) has not been sufficiently investigated. METHODS Clinical, laboratory, electrocardiographic and echocardiographic data were collected and analyzed for all-cause mortality in(More)
Sera of patients on chronic hemodialysis induced suppressor cell activity (SCA) in normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which significantly impaired blastogenic response to PHA. This SCA is statistically not different from Con A induced SCA. Both SCAs are however additive. Speculations concerning the modes of action of this induced SCA are discussed.
A 4-year-old girl presented with severe clinical and radiological rickets, and alopecia since the age of 1 year. Laboratory studies revealed: hypocalcaemia, hypophosphataemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism, abnormally low intestinal calcium absorption, and markedly elevated circulating 1,25(OH)2D3 levels. A normal calcaemic response to parathyroid extract(More)