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Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) has been proposed as a useful procedure for bacteriologic diagnosis of lower respiratory tract infection in mechanically ventilated patients. To determine the cardiopulmonary effects of this procedure and to identify the patients at risk of poor tolerance, 30 critically ill ventilated patients suspected of having pneumonia were(More)
Pravastatin sodium is a 3-hydroxyl-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase blocker used in the treatment of hypercholester-olaemia. We report on a patient who developed bilateral pleural effusions while he was being treated with the drug. The patient was a 60-yr-old male, a nonsmoker who was under treatment with 40 mg?day-1 pravastatin since September 2005. He had(More)
A 77-yr-old housewife, who was a never-smoker, presented at the Evangelismos General Hospital (Athens, Greece), complaining of anorexia, cough, fever of 39˚C, dyspnoea, severe weakness and dysuria for the past 10 days. She had reported poor health status during the preceeding month. The patient had been diagnosed with Crohn's disease 9 months earlier.(More)
A 65-yr-old male, current smoker of .30 cigarettes?day-1 (total smoking history 150 pack-yrs), who was working as a bus driver, presented at the Evangelismos Hospital (Athens, Greece) complaining of increasing breathlessness on exertion and dry cough during the past 2 months. He had no animal exposure and he hadn't travelled abroad during the last few(More)
Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-a is currently being targeted in autoimmune joint diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondylarthropathies [1, 2]. Widespread use of anti-TNF-a therapies (e.g. etanercept) has unveiled a spectrum of adverse effects, including infection [3] and a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like syndrome [4]. The latter(More)
A 35-yr-old male was examined in the outpatient clinic of the present authors' department. He complained of a dry parox-ysmal cough of indeterminate origin that he had noticed 3 months earlier. The cough was associated with a tickling feeling in the throat. There was no association between coughing flares and meals, nasal discharge, season, time of day or(More)
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