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This double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluated the sparing effect of esmolol on sevoflurane during laparoscopic gynaecological surgery in 54 patients between December 2009 and May 2010. The concentration of sevoflurane required to maintain adequate anaesthesia was determined. Patients received either a 0.5 mg/kg esmolol intravenous(More)
SETTING The real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has increasingly been used for the detection of various micro-organisms, including mycobacteria. OBJECTIVE To determine the role of RT-PCR in confirming the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) when acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear results in sputum samples were not available (i.e., no sputum or negative(More)
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