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Aristolochic acid (AA) may reduce glomerular or proximal tubular function, or both. We report a married couple taking AA-containing herbal drugs. The man developed Fanconi's syndrome (FS) whereas his wife reached end-stage renal failure (ESRF). He was a 36-year-old alcoholic cirrhotic patient who had taken the Chinese herbal drugs for 6 years, presenting(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests an increase in oxidative stress in patients with chronic kidney disease, as glomerulosclerosis is the prerequisite for chronic kidney disease; whether the oxidative stress already exists early on is not known. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this study we measured the plasma and urinary levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), the end(More)
Intraperitoneal bladder rupture is a rare cause of acute abdomen with bloody ascites. We report herein the case of a patient who had alcoholic liver cirrhosis and multiple liver nodules, and experienced acute bloody ascites and oliguric acute renal failure in association with intraperitoneal bladder rupture. A 33-year-old male suffered from acute abdominal(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine factors associated with self-perceived body image in female patients with head and neck cancer (HNC), and factors associated with healthcare professional's rating of disfigurement, as well as the correlation between patient and observer ratings. This cross-sectional study recruited 105 women with HNC at a large(More)
BACKGROUND The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003 affected 29 countries. The SARS outbreak was unique in its rapid transmission and it resulted in heavy stress in first-line healthcare workers, particularly in the emergency department. AIM : To determine the influence of SARS on the psychological status, including post-traumatic(More)
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