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BACKGROUND Osteonecrosis of the femoral head is a common complication in patients with sickle cell disease, and collapse of the femoral head occurs in 90% of patients within five years after the diagnosis of the osteonecrosis. However, the efficacy of hip core decompression to prevent the progression of osteonecrosis in these patients is still(More)
Activity-based costing (ABC) is a process that enables the estimation of the cost of producing a product or service. More accurate than traditional charge-based approaches, it emphasizes analysis of processes, and more specific identification of both direct and indirect costs. This accuracy is essential in today’s healthcare environment, in which managed(More)
A magnetic resonance imaging cardiac magnetic susceptometry (MRI-CS) technique for assessing cardiac tissue iron concentration based on phase mapping was developed. Normal control subjects (n=9) and thalassemia patients (n=13) receiving long-term blood transfusion therapy underwent MRI-CS and MRI measurements of the cardiac relaxation rate R2*. Using(More)
Choledocholithiasis in neonates and infants has been reported only rarely. Infants with complications of prematurity are more predisposed to development of biliary calculi. With the current widespread use of diagnostic ultrasonography, more neonates may be found to have gallstones and common bile duct stones. We describe a case of choledocholithiasis and(More)
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