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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and complications of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) versus tension-free transobturator vaginal tape (TVT-O) from inside to outside for the surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. METHODS Retrospectively, 35 patients with SUI were recruited into this study; 18 patients(More)
To estimate the mortality rate and identify factors predicting survival in patients with polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM). The medical records of 192 PM/DM patients who were treated at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital from 1999 through 2008 were retrospectively reviewed. The Taiwan National Death Registry (1999–2008) was used to obtain their survival(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the incidence, characteristics and predictors of infections in patients with PM and DM. METHODS The medical records of 192 PM/DM patients followed up in a tertiary teaching medical centre from 1999 to 2008 were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS Seventy-six episodes of major infection, defined as infections requiring>1 week of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between gout and myocardial infarction (MI) in a representative cohort in Taiwan. METHODS Data were collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance database. Adults >20 years of age without history of MI were included. Patients were considered to have gout if they received a diagnosis of gout requiring medical(More)
There are few nationwide population studies on the epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here, we present the epidemiologic features and mortality rates of RA in Taiwan. The catastrophic illness registry of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database and the National Death Registry of Taiwan were used to estimate the incidence and prevalence(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to review our experience in the diagnosis and management of urolithiasis in pregnant women, and to discuss safety, appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment modalities with review of literatures. METHODS Nine women with pregnancy proved to have urolithiasis were included in this study. The diagnosis was made according(More)
INTRODUCTION We explored the risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) among gout patients in a representative cohort in Taiwan. METHODS The primary database used was the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Subjects older than 20 years without ESRD, coronary heart disease, or stroke were included in the study. The case definition of gout in(More)
AIM To determine the efficacy of toterodine extended release (ER) treatment for 1 year in older men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and storage symptoms treated with alpha-blockers and/or 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5ARI). METHODS Men aged over 70 years with BPH/bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and clinical storage symptoms were randomly treated(More)
BACKGROUND This retrospective study was designed to determine the efficacy of broad-spectrum antibacterials combined with percutaneous renal drainage in the treatment of emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN). METHODS From July 1992 to September 2002, 10 patients (nine females and one male) with EPN were managed at our institution. All patients had diabetes(More)
OBJECTIVES Accumulating evidence suggests that gout is associated with increased overall and cardiovascular mortality. Using data from a large consecutive cohort of gout sufferers who were followed for 8 years, we investigated mortality among gout sufferers and compared the results with data from the general population of Taiwan. METHODS The study(More)