Elin Kjekshus

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The first results of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in Norway are presented. Acceptable fertilization rates were obtained for all indications; severe male infertility, as well as moderately reduced sperm quality where in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer had previously failed. Furthermore, in cases where IVF had failed despite normal(More)
Stimulation with human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) was compared in 34 patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome after pituitary gonadotrope suppression with buserelin acetate. No differences were seen in the hormone parameters observed. Also, the duration of the stimulation period and the dose of gonadotropin used(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation and matrix degradation may play a pathogenic role in chronic heart failure (CHF), and therefore, we examined whether thalidomide, a drug with potential immunomodulating and matrix-stabilizing properties, could improve left ventricular (LV) function in patients with CHF secondary to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) or coronary(More)
Statins appear to have several biologic effects beyond those of lipid metabolism, and we hypothesized that immunomodulating effects of statins are important for the beneficial effects of these medications after heart transplantation. Our findings suggest that pravastatin treatment reduces plasma markers of inflammation and improves peripheral endothelial(More)
The purpose of this study was to report the success rate of the first IVF treatment in 161 patients who attended our department in 1988. The indications for IVF were tubal damage in 84 couples (52.1%), unexplained infertility and endometriosis (with patent tubes) in 61 couples (37.9%), and polycystic ovarian syndrome in 16 couples (10%). Clinical(More)
Purpose: The objective was to evaluate whether extending the embryo culture period from 2 to 3 days would yield a more optimal selection of viable embryos, thereby increasing the implantation and live birth rates. Methods: Patients undergoing in vitro fertilization with at least one oocyte fertilized were prospectively randomized to 2 or 3 days of embryo(More)
Transfer of cryopreserved embryos in PCOS patients resistant to CC stimulation is an intriguing problem. Ovarian stimulation with hMG/hCG to create a secretory endometrium, will entail an unnecessary risk of OHSS. In this case study, we report the accomplishment of a successful pregnancy after transfer of cryopreserved embryos after secretory transformation(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore possible differential effects between metoprolol and atenolol in patients with coronary artery disease. DESIGN The study was randomized, double blind, two-way crossover with the Y1 antagonist AR-H040922 given as IV infusion for 2 h or placebo. Most patients were treated with metoprolol or atenolol. In a post hoc analysis we compared(More)
AIMS Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a potent vasoconstrictor released during sympathetic activation that may be involved in myocardial ischaemia. We examined the effect of a Y1 receptor antagonist on haemodynamic and ischaemic responses to exercise in patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS Eighty-two evaluable male patients were included in a(More)
This study looked at the hypothesis that patients with mitral valve disease have a reduced capacity to eliminate bilirubin prior to surgery for valve implantation. Radiolabelled bilirubin was administered as a bolus and as a steady state i.v. infusion so that its incorporation into plasma bilirubin, and the latter's elimination after the load, could be(More)
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