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OBJECTIVES The true incidence of post-splenectomy sepsis remains undetermined. METHODS An English literature review on post-splenectomy sepsis was undertaken by means of databases of MEDLINE for the period 1966-96. The data registered included age at splenectomy, indication for splenectomy, incidence of infection and death, interval between splenectomy(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effects of a single session of intraarticular methylprednisolone (IA-MP) injections on the function of the pituitary-adrenal axis. METHODS Twenty-five patients with rheumatic diseases were treated with a single IA-MP injection. The dose varied between 20 and 160 mg. The basal cortisol level and the response to 1 microg(More)
UNLABELLED Metronomic low-dose chemotherapy regimen was found to have an antiangiogenic effect in tumors. However, its effect on levels of circulating pro-angiogenic and anti-angiogenic factors is not fully explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS The levels of both VEGF and PDGF-BB were measured in three time points, in the serum of 32 rectal carcinoma patients(More)
BACKGROUND Combined oral contraceptives are a common method of contraception, but they carry a risk of venous and arterial thrombosis. We assessed whether use of drospirenone was associated with an increase in thrombotic risk relative to third-generation combined oral contraceptives. METHODS Using computerized records of the largest health care provider(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing evidence for the extensive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with psoriasis. Clinical research in the arena of CAM and psoriasis treatment is evolving and includes some randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE To study CAM use among patients with psoriasis attending a dermatology clinic in a(More)
BACKGROUND Postpartum depression is a well-known phenomenon that occurs in about 10% of births and affects the quality of life of the mother as well as the family. As in other cases of depression, under-diagnosis of PPD may keep patients from getting proper care and increase their physical and emotional distress. OBJECTIVES To identify patients with PPD(More)
BACKGROUND Antithrombotic drugs such as warfarin cause a general increase in bleeding tendency and therefore could influence fecal occult blood test results. METHODS A population-based retrospective cohort study was conducted to investigate the performance of the fecal occult blood test for colorectal cancer screening in patients taking warfarin. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of thrombophilic factors known to induce intravascular clotting and to assess their relationship with thromboembolic complications and the other clinical manifestations in Behçet's disease (BD). METHODS Twenty-five patients with established BD were studied. Twenty patients with rheumatic conditions not known to be(More)
The use of intravitreal anti-VEGF agents in general, and of bevacizumab (Avastin) in particular, has become the common first-line treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Several reports addressed the possible elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP) following intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF. The aim of this study was to determine(More)
BACKGROUND Urinary tract infection is one of the most common bacterial infections. Since antibiotics are given empirically, it is necessary to assess the distribution and susceptibility of the microorganisms in each case. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the demographic characteristics of ambulatory patients with UTI, the distribution and susceptibility of(More)