George Dabar

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INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to evaluate the profile of skin prick-test reactivity to different aeroallergens in patients with rhinitis and asthma in Lebanon and its geographic variation within the country. It was also to suggest a minimal panel of allergens that should be used to detect sensitized patients. METHODS All patients who underwent(More)
INTRODUCTION Alveolar haemorrhage is a serious complication of a range of different pathologies. Published recent literature has reported only cases unresponsive to the usual treatment (steroids, transfusions, immunosuppressors and mechanical ventilation) as well as multiple secondary complications of these kinds of therapies. Recombinant activated factor(More)
Thiamine plays a fundamental role in cellular metabolism. The classical syndrome caused by thiamine deficiency is beriberi, and its fulminant variant, once considered an uncommon finding, is now encountered among the critically ill.We present a case series of four critically ill non-septic non-alcoholic patients with severe lactic acidosis and refractory(More)
INTRODUCTION Bronchopericardial fistula is a rare condition leading to pneumopericardium. This medical condition is often related to neoplastic disease, or a complication of surgical interventions. The treatment approach depends on both the etiology and the clinical presentation. In stable patients, pericardial drain insertion and/or surgical resection of(More)
BACKGROUND Laryngotracheal stenosis is difficult to treat and its etiologies are multiple; nowadays, the most common ones are postintubation or posttracheostomy stenoses. OBJECTIVE To provide an algorithm for the management of postintubation laryngotracheal stenoses (PILTS) based on the experience of a tertiary care referral center. METHODS A(More)
OBJECTIVES Blood pressure is one of the most critical haemodynamic parameter in the intensive care unit (ICU). The measurement relies mainly on invasive methods (arterial lines) but also on noninvasive methods (Oscillometric and Manual). It is crucial to be instantaneous and accurate to adapt any decision making plan. The aim of this study is to evaluate(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the spectrum of infection, comorbidities, outcomes, and mortality of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) due to community-acquired or healthcare-associated severe sepsis. METHODS This prospective cohort study was conducted in three university medical centers in Lebanon from February 2005 to December 2006. Patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION In the immuno-competent adult Ebstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is a self-limiting disease that resolves spontaneously. CASE REPORT We report a case of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) complicating severe EBV pneumonia and requiring prolonged artificial ventilation. The diagnosis was confirmed by specific serology and estimation of(More)
INTRODUCTION Thrombotic events, particularly pulmonary embolism, are well known presentations of the antiphospholipid syndrome. Other pulmonary manifestations of the disease like alveolar haemorrhage are rare but can represent a catastrophic aspect of this disease. Alveolar haemorrhage in this context is important to recognize since it can be either a(More)