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BACKGROUND We designed this study to determine the value of serum levels of several cardiac markers in patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation and to establish the utility of cardiac troponin I (cTnI). After radiofrequency ablation there is always a small localized endomyocardial necrosis. The volume of the necrosis may be estimated by the rise of(More)
Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation is the curative treatment of choice for many cardiac arrhythmias. After RF ablation there is always a small localized endomyocardial necrosis, necessary to abolish the arrhythmia. We designed this study to determine the serum concentrations of several cardiac markers in patients who underwent RF catheter ablation. The(More)
Adenosine deaminase activity (ADA) determination in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is considered a specific test for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis. In order to study the variability of this marker in patients with different neurological disorders associated with HIV infection, and its utility for the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis in these(More)
We analysed the efficacy of pleural adenosine deaminase (ADAp) and the ADA1/ADAp ratio in the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis in 103 pleural effusions, 27 of which were tuberculosis (TB) and 76 other diagnoses (non-TB). Smears, cultures and pleural biopsies were carried out in all cases, and were used for final diagnosis. The diagnostic yield of the(More)
With DNA extracted from brain specimens from 19 multiple sclerosis, 5 progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, 1 Alzheimer's disease, and 8 nonneurological control subjects, polymerase chain reaction was performed using nested sets of primer pairs amplifying segments of the large T and VP1 antigen-encoding sequences of JC virus. Both sequences were(More)
INTRODUCTION Ca-125 is secreted by different celomic epitheliums. Serum levels may be increased in malignant diseases, like ovarian cancer but also in other medical conditions, such as pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. METHODS From Jan-04 to Dec-06 a retrospective study analyzing Ca-125 levels in serum samples from patients with a diagnosis of(More)
There was a report of spongiform encephalopathy transmitted to Syrian hamsters by intracerebral inoculation with the blood buffy coat of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their unaffected first-degree relatives. We attempted to verify that report, taking measures to reduce the risk of contaminating samples with agents causing spongiform(More)
INTRODUCTION A prospective study has been carried out in 33 children with congenital heart disease, aged 5 days to 16 years, operated on with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), in order to evaluate intra and postoperative glycemia in relation to children's weight and intra-CPB perfusion temperature. MATERIAL AND METHODS Plasmatic levels of glucose,(More)
INTRODUCTION Studies on biomarkers in tuberculosis are focused on pulmonary forms of this disease (PTB), and only limited information is currently available on biomarkers of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB). METHODS Serum samples from 24 patients with PTB, 29 patients with EPTB and 27 healthy controls were obtained, and the levels of interferon-gamma,(More)