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OBJECTIVE We compare the reliability and define the role of plain film radiography and CT in the assessment of various severities of small-bowel obstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS A blinded retrospective analysis was done on 78 patients who underwent plain abdominal radiography, CT, and enteroclysis to assess for suspected small-bowel obstruction. The(More)
www.chestpubs.org We agree with Drs Robberts and Schermer that the important “million-dollar question” is how to confi dently detect the susceptible smokers who will subsequently develop clinically important COPD if they continue smoking. As shown by results from the Lung Health Study 7 in middle-aged smokers with FEV 1 /FVC , 0.70 (see Figure 2 in our(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the extent and associated costs of repeat Clostridium difficile stool polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays in patients with initially negative PCRs. C. difficile stool PCRs were done on adult hospitalized patients with diarrhea. The number/time course of repeat PCRs on initially negative PCR patients was determined.(More)
Legionnaire's disease is a cause of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in normal hosts, but those with impaired cell-mediated immunity (CMI) and T-lymphocyte function are particularly predisposed to Legionella species CAP. Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a disorder of the elderly that is associated with impaired CMI. Cases of MDS or Legionella species CAP(More)
BACKGROUND Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an important cause of lower respiratory tract infections in young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised hosts, but RSV is a rare cause of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in hospitalized adults with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In patients with HIV, CAP is most frequently attributable to the(More)
BACKGROUND Fever of unknown origin (FUO) has been defined as a fever of ≥101°F that persists for 3 weeks or more. It is not readily diagnosed after 1 week of intensive in-hospital testing or after intensive outpatient or inpatient testing. Fevers of unknown origin may be caused by infectious diseases, malignancies, collagen vascular diseases, or a variety(More)