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BACKGROUND It has been shown that patients with IgA nephropathy can be divided into two groups on the basis of the pattern of complement activation. Activation of the lectin pathway of complement is associated with more severe renal disease. Glomerular deposition of C4d is a marker of activation of the lectin pathway of complement. The aim of our study was(More)
We report details of renal involvement during the course of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) in two patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation as treatment for acute leukemia. In both cases, the clinical picture was primarily characterized by proteinuria without hypertension or renal failure. Electron microscopy of renal biopsy specimens(More)
Although the oral mucosa is often the site of entry of actinomyces into the deeper tissues, actinomycosis in the oral mucosa is extremely rare. Actinomycotic lesions are usually described as either single or multiple abscesses or indurated masses with hard fibrous walls and soft central loculations. Actinomyces israelii is the principal cause of human(More)
The success of lung transplantation to a large extent depends on effective protection of the graft from ischemic injury after reperfusion. Although mechanisms have not been clarified, the pathologic findings of ischemic injury after reperfusion are similar to adult respiratory distress syndrome, a condition in which the blood coagulation contact system is(More)
The aims of this study were to quantify the level of soluble HLA-G in heart transplant patients, to determine the relationship between the sHLA-G levels and the appearance of acute rejection episodes, and to identify the influence of immunosuppressive therapy on sHLA-G levels. Analysis of sHLA-G, measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in the(More)
Methimazole, carbimazole, and propylthiouracil (PTU) are the mainstays of antithyroid drug therapy. Adverse effects of these drugs have been documented in less than 15% of patients undergoing treatment for hyperthyroidism. Common problems include fever, skin rash, urticaria, arthralgias, and arthritis. Vasculitis associated with antineutrophil(More)
Although active infection in the recipient is generally considered to be an absolute contraindication for heart transplantation, seven of our first 104 transplant patients (6.7%) had active severe infection within the week before transplantation. Because of unstable clinical condition of these recipients, heart transplantation was performed when an adequate(More)
AIM The aim of the present study was to analyze the efficacy and tolerance of interferon (IFN) therapy in hemodialysis (HD) patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Specifically, we assessed whether the "normalization" of serum ALT levels was associated with the disappearance of the HCV-RNA. METHODS Thirteen hemodialysis patients with(More)