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BACKGROUND Renal denervation (RDN), treating resistant hypertension, has, in open trial design, been shown to lower blood pressure (BP) dramatically, but this was primarily with respect to office BP. METHOD We conducted a SHAM-controlled, double-blind, randomized, single-center trial to establish efficacy data based on 24-h ambulatory BP measurements(More)
Atopic dermatitis is a common skin disorder of unknown aetiology with peak incidence in early childhood. The disease is associated with peripheral T-cell accumulation in the skin. The thymus is a key organ of the cellular immune response early in life. We hypothesized that atopic dermatitis is associated with an unbalanced establishment of the peripheral(More)
Hypoparathyroidism (hypoPT) is characterized by a state of low bone turnover and high bone mineral density (BMD) despite conventional treatment with calcium supplements and active vitamin D analogues. To assess effects of PTH substitution therapy on 3-dimensional bone structure, we randomized 62 patients with hypoPT into 24 weeks of treatment with either(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the potential of the preoperative aspects and dimensions used for anatomical (PADUA) classification score as a predictive tool in relation to residual unablated tumor and disease-free survival (DFS) following laparoscopy-assisted cryoablation (LCA) of small renal masses. PATIENTS AND METHODS A multi-institutional cohort of 212(More)
UNLABELLED Non-invasive coronary CT angiography (CCTA) has the potential to characterize the composition of non-calcified coronary plaques. CT-density values characterized by Hounsfield Units (HU) may classify non-calcified plaques as fibrous or lipid-rich, but the luminal density caused by the applied contrast material influences HU in the plaques in(More)
OBJECTIVE For minimal invasive treatment of small renal masses, cryoablation has gained popularity. Treatment success is defined as the absence of contrast enhancement on postoperative imaging of the cryoablated lesion, but contrast enhancement does not necessarily equal treatment failure. This present study investigates the proportion of spontaneous(More)
OBJECTIVE Noninvasive contrast-enhanced coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography enables distinction between calcified and noncalcified atherosclerotic plaques. However, separation of noncalcified plaques into rupture prone lipid-rich and stable fibrous subtypes is challenging because CT density of the plaque, characterized by Hounsfield Units (HU),(More)
OBJECTIVES Ultrasound (US) is a sensitive diagnostic tool for detecting pneumothorax (PTX), but methods are needed to optimally teach this technique outside of direct patient care. In training and research settings, porcine PTX models are sometimes used, but the description of the PTX topography in these models is lacking. The study purpose was to define(More)
In a model of acute lung injury (ALI), previously, we have shown that apneic oxygenation, using an inspiratory O2 fraction (FiO2) of 1.0 combined with extracorporeal arteriovenous CO2 removal (AO-AVCR) maintains adequate arterial O2 and CO2 levels for a prolonged period. However, it is important that FiO2 lower than 1.0 can be used to avoid possible(More)
Traumatic brain damage may cause acute emotional symptoms such as uncontrolled crying, apathy, and sleep problems. Rehabilitation may be less effective in patients afflicted by these symptoms. Citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has a documented immediate and dramatic effect on pathological crying in stroke patients. The present(More)