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Several cases of rhabdomyolysis associated with pneumococcal pneumonia have been recently reported. However their significance have been poorly investigated. In this retrospective study, we have compared the patients admitted in ICU for acute community-acquired pneumonia with or without rhabdomyolysis (group A: CPK > or = 1,000 Ul/l and group B: CPK < 1,000(More)
Twenty-nine patients with acute renal failure and multiple organ failure were treated with continuous arterio-venous or veno-venous haemofiltration for a period of 6 +/- 5 days. Sixteen of these patients were improved and haemofiltration was withdrawn, but secondary worsening occurred in 8 cases. The method is well tolerated by the cardiovascular system and(More)
Little is known about the natural history of left intra-atrial myxomas. We report 3 cases of that disease where successive echocardiographic examinations provided figures of 11, 12 and 14 months respectively for the formation of the tumour in the left atrium. Echocardiography is perfectly reliable for the diagnosis of myxoma. False-negative results are rare(More)
Studies have shown that technetium-99m stannous pyrophosphate (Tc-PPi) is effective for the detection and imaging of acute myocardial infarction. Positive Tc-PPi myocardial scintigrams, however, have been reported in patients with other forms of heart disease and no evidence of recent myocardial infarction. To help define the usefulness of this test, we(More)
Vipera bites in France are supposed to be benign. We report here, the case of a snake bite with fatal outcome due to hypoxemia and shock, occurring in a young woman without previous disease. This case could lead to reevaluate the indication of antivenomous serotherapy in the severe envenomations. However the tolerance of the new serums has to the confirmed.
We report two cases of severe hypoxemia due to right-to-left shunt in acute asthmatic patients. During acute asthma, the transmural right atrial pressure can be higher than left atrial pressure during inspiration and then induce a right-to-left shunt through inter-atrial communication leading to hypoxemia. Contrast echography as well as Doppler analysis can(More)
Four patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome developed sinus bradycardia during weaning procedures with no evidence of hypoxemia. Bradycardia occurred immediately after the patients' endotracheal tubes were disconnected from the ventilator and most of the time resolved after reconnection. However, 3 patients eventually deteriorated, requiring(More)
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