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Neurologic manifestations are usual and variable during post-traumatic fat embolism. The pathogenesis of these lesions continues to be a source of considerable controversy. Thirteen cases of post-traumatic fat embolism with neurologic signs were treated in a surgical intensive care unit. All patients had impaired consciousness. Focal neurologic disorders(More)
Acute pancreatitis during pregnancy is a serious condition and diagnosis is often difficult. The authors report the case of a 32-year-old woman in the 32nd week of her fifth pregnancy, in which the outcome was fatal for both mother and child. The cause of pancreatitis during pregnancy has been attributed to many factors, chiefly cholelithiasis. A number of(More)
We report two cases of tetraplegia caused by cervical stab wounds. In the first one, in a 34-year-old patient, the injury caused an immediate tetraplegia from cervical spine section and had a rapid lethal outcome. The second case occurred in a 30-year-old woman, who experienced a progressive tetraplegia associated with a Brown-Séquard syndrome from an(More)
Many brain complications occur during eclampsia with various degree of gravity. The pathogenesis of these lesions continues to be a source of considerable controversy. Five cases of eclampsia with severe neurologic manifestations were treated in our surgical intensive care unit. The CT image appeared to be related to haemorrhagic lesions (3 cases) and(More)
Sixty cases of severe eclampsia were treated in an intensive care unit between January 1989 and September 1993. Mean age was 26, and 70% of patients were primipara. The pregnancy has been unsupervised in almost all cases. All had visceral lesions and/or hematologic problems and there was impaired conscious level in 9 cases out of 10. Medical treatment(More)
In order to get round blood supply difficulties, 25 patients undergoing hemorrhagic interventions (blood loss average of 1,500 ml) were subjected to the techniques of normovolemic hemodilution. Preoperatively a volume of 1,080 ml of blood was taken in every patient (a total of 271 in all patients together); the blood was simultaneously replaced by 1,300 ml(More)