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The purpose of this nonrandomized case-review study was to compare the outcome of stripping and CHIVA for treatment of varicose veins in the lower extremities in our department. Outcome was evaluated by independent physicians. A total of 85 patients underwent saphenous vein stripping in association with phlebectomy and 90 patients underwent CHIVA cure. The(More)
PURPOSE The potential impact of drug-related problems (DRP) on morbidity and mortality is a serious concern in hospitalized patients. This study aimed to design a risk score to identify patients most at risk of a DRP. METHODS Data from patients admitted to a tertiary university hospital between January and August 2009 were used to design the risk score(More)
Magnesium is the fourth-most abundant cation in the human body and the second-most abundant intracellular cation after potassium. Magnesium is pivotal in the transfer, storage, and utilization of energy as it regulates and catalyzes more than 300 enzyme systems. Hypomagnesemia may thus result in a variety of metabolic abnormalities and clinical(More)
There is evidence showing the importance of reaching immunosuppressant target concentrations as soon as possible. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between tacrolimus trough concentrations within the first week after transplantation and the rate of acute rejection. In this descriptive-analytic study, we included 57 renal transplant(More)
Renal transplant is performed on patients with end-stage renal disease. Gray-scale renal sonography combined with color Doppler has become the main noninvasive imaging method for evaluating a kidney transplant, as it provides information about the kidney anatomy and its vascular flow. In this article, we discuss the utility of sonography in renal(More)
BACKGROUND Patients starting peritoneal dialysis (PD) with active cardiovascular disease (CVD) show higher protein and albumin levels in peritoneal effluent. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is increasingly recognized as an entity particularly associated with higher mortality. METHODS To explore whether higher daily peritoneal protein clearance (PrC) on(More)
KCNJ11 polymorphisms have been linked to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Our aim was to define the contribution of KCNJ11 to new-onset diabetes after transplantation (NODAT) among patients treated with Tacrolimus (Tac). A total of 115 NODAT and 205 non-NODAT were genotyped for rs5219 (p.E23K). AA+AG genotypes were significantly associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Cryoplasty represents an alternative endovascular approach to current techniques for femoropopliteal occlusive disease treatment. Its theoretical advantage compared to angioplasty is associated with the lower appearance of recoil, dissection, and intimal hyperplasia. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of cryoplasty in femoropopliteal(More)
Multiple reports over the last decade have documented the clear superiority of surgery over other alternative treatments in the management of renal cell carcinoma with extension into the inferior vena cava (IVC). Controversy persists, however, regarding the management of tumor thrombus that extends retrohepatically, but not entering the right atrium. In(More)
The treatment of cirrhotic patients with ascites and end-stage renal disease is complex, due mainly to decreased effective arterial volume and hemodynamic instability. Peritoneal dialysis as a continuous therapy represents an alternative to hemodialysis-related intolerance. We report on our experience and that of others with cirrhotic patients with ascites(More)