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The total bacteriolytic activity comprising of the classical, alternative and possible lectine pathways as well as the bacteriolytic activity of the alternative pathway (AP) of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) complement was assessed in temperatures ranging from 0 to 35 degrees C against a recombinant strain Escherichia coli containing two reporter genes(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal treatment for symptomatic, nontraumatic rotator cuff tear is unknown. The purpose of this trial was to compare the effectiveness of physiotherapy, acromioplasty, and rotator cuff repair for this condition. We hypothesized that rotator cuff repair yields superior results compared with other treatment modalities. METHODS One hundred(More)
Tears of the rotator cuff are accompanied by muscle atrophy, which has direct implications on patient outcome after rotator cuff surgery. However, no reliable method exists to determine muscle volumes in situ. The current authors evaluated the reliability of magnetic resonance imaging in assessing rotator cuff muscle volumes. Muscle volumes were determined(More)
We report a randomised controlled trial to examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of arthroscopic acromioplasty in the treatment of stage II shoulder impingement syndrome. A total of 140 patients were randomly divided into two treatment groups: supervised exercise programme (n = 70, exercise group) and arthroscopic acromioplasty followed by a(More)
Temporary epiphyseal stapling is a flexible method for correction of leg length discrepancy. Due to a high risk of premature epiphyseal plate closure and other complications reported in previous studies, the technique has not been in wide use. In this study a retrospective analysis of 71 knees in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis was performed to(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate radiographically the humeroulnar (HU) and humeroradial (HR) joint spaces in patients with long-term rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS An inception cohort of 74 patients with RA were followed for 15 yr. At the end-point, 148 elbows were radiographed by a standard method. The HU and HR joint spaces were examined from the(More)
We present the case of a patient who had chronic refractory scapulothoracic pain accompanied by the loss of scapulothoracic motion. Despite intensive physical therapy, the insidious onset of scapulothoracic pain and stiffness progressed. A wide range of diagnostic tests did not show a systemic, anatomic, or neurologic cause for the disorder. Finally, the(More)
A cohort of 74 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was followed prospectively for 15 years. At the end of the study, 148 elbows were radiographed with standard methods. The bone destruction of the humerus was measured from the anteroposterior (AP) radiograph as the bone attrition of the trochlea (TM) and the capitellum (CM). The bone destruction of the(More)
Reliable quantitative assessment of rotator cuff (RC) muscle volumes can be done by reconstructing multiple MRI images of the entire shoulder. However, an equally reliable, but less time-consuming, method is needed for clinical practice. We compared the only method reported for estimation of volume with a new simple MRI technique. Both methods were(More)