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OBJECTIVES In this study, we evaluate the incidence of and analyse the pre and intraoperative risk factors for the development of postoperative renal dysfunction (PRD), and the impact of such an event on perioperative mortality and on hospital length of stay. In addition, we sought to investigate the influence of a mildly increased serum creatinine (1.3-2.0(More)
Using microdialysis, we investigated the circadian rhythms of the extracellular concentrations of dopamine, glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the striatum and nucleus accumbens of the awake rat. Wistar rats were maintained in a 12 hr dark:12 hr light (12:12) cycle for 2 wk before the experiment began. The neurotransmitter levels were measured(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate immediate and long-term results of cardiac transplantation at two different levels of urgency. METHODS From November 2003 to December 2012, 228 patients underwent cardiac transplantation. Children and patients in cardiogenic shock were excluded from the study. From the final group (n=212), 58 patients (27%) were hospitalized under(More)
OBJECTIVES Early diagnosis of rejection after heart transplantation is mandatory, since even mild rejection can rapidly progress to more severe rejection. However, the identification of patients at high risk of acute cellular rejection and their non-invasive diagnosis remains a challenge. To identify patients with a high risk of acute cellular rejection(More)
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