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We measured regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) with positron emission tomography to study changes in anatomical structures during the course of learning a complicated finger sequence of voluntary movements. Motor learning was accompanied by rCBF increases in the cerebellum, decreases in all limbic and paralimbic structures, and striatal decreases which(More)
An attempt was made to study the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) pattern during stereognostic discrimination in man. The rCBF was measured in 18 subjects who had no major neurological defects. The clearance from the hemisphere of xenon 133 injected (133Xe) into the carotid artery was measured with a 254-channel dynamic gamma camera. During stereognostic(More)
Primary as well as secondary hyperparathyroidism may be associated with anemia, and parathyroidectomy (PTx) may improve or even heal it. The precise link between the two conditions is still matter of discussion. The purpose of the present study was to investigate possible effects of PTx on serum immunoreactive erythropoietin (iEPO) in secondary (group I, n(More)
The effects of a single oral dose of 20 mg of nicorandil were evaluated in 12 untreated patients with mild to moderate essential hypertension. Serial measurements of arterial pressures were obtained by means of an automatic device (Dynamap) up to 120 minutes after drug administration. Forearm hemodynamics were determined with a pulsed Doppler velocimeter,(More)
OBJECTIVE The study purpose was to report the indications, technical aspects, and outcomes of cervicosternolaparotomy during revision surgery after esophageal reconstruction for caustic injuries. METHODS Patients who underwent cervicosternolaparotomy during revision surgery for graft dysfunction between 1999 and 2015 were included. Cervicosternolaparotomy(More)
We report the technique of pericardial approach through the thoracoscope. This approach has several advantages. Extensive pericardial fenestration can be performed as well as pericardoscopy whenever indicated and additional biopsies such as mediastinal or lung parenchyma biopsies. Among the 12 patients operated on, the procedure was possible in all but one(More)
Systolic time intervals, including preejection period (PEP) and left ventricular ejection time (LVET), were studied in patients with permanent essential hypertension before and after intra-venous administration of propranolol 0.2 mg/kg (11 patients), clonidine 0.002 mg/kg (10 patients) and methyldopa 2 mg/kg (12 patients). With propranolol, diastolic blood(More)