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AIMS Though glutamic acid is well known as a working excitatory in the CNS, its impact on the modulation of alcohol withdrawal symptoms and withdrawal fits are not yet clear. The study has been undertaken to examine the levels of glutamic acid in chronic alcohol-dependent patients at different stages of alcohol withdrawal and weaning and to examine any(More)
Hyper-IgE syndrome is a rare primary immunodeficiency of unknown etiology characterized by recurrent infections of the skin and respiratory system, chronic eczema, elevated total serum IgE, and a variety of associated skeletal symptoms. Recent reports about susceptibility to pyogenic bacterial infections and high IgE levels in patients and animals with(More)
UNLABELLED Recurrent pericarditis is a rare disease in childhood. Nevertheless, it may represent a challenge to the clinician due to its resistance to anti-inflammatory treatment. The initial etiology often remains unclear; specific laboratory parameters predicting the frequency or severity of the recurrences are lacking. We report on four patients with(More)
AIM The aim of the present study is to examine the distribution of plasma excitatory and inhibitory amino acids, according to the age and current breath alcohol levels (BrAl+/-), of alcohol-dependent patients. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS 78 alcohol-dependent patients (mean age=46.2+/-11 years, men/women=54/24) were clinically tested, including the(More)
BACKGROUND Biological markers for chronic alcohol consumption like MCV or gammaGT or carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) are useful, but far from being perfect. In patients with liver disease a reliable marker for chronic alcohol consumption as the underlying etiology is highly needed. Recently, a new ELISA based version of the(More)
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