Ji Myung Kim

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BACKGROUND To avoid the somewhat operated look while effectively resolving shortcomings inherent in the conventional blepharoplasty technique, the authors propose an infrabrow excision blepharoplasty as a satisfying and useful alternative. The authors' experience during a 3-year period is presented and reviewed. METHODS Sixty-four patients were operated(More)
BACKGROUND Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a gram-negative bacillus and a nosocomial pathogen in immunocompromised patients. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) is the drug of choice for treating S. maltophilia infection; however, resistance to TMP/SMX is increasing. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the incidence of TMP/SMX(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of septic arthritis (SA) relies on synovial analysis and conventional culture. But, these methods lack of sensitivity and culture is time consuming to establish a definite diagnosis. This study evaluated a new multiplex PCR assay which entailed screening PCR for Gram typing and identification PCR for species identification using two(More)
BACKGROUND Acinetobacter baumannii is an aerobic, gram-negative, glucose-nonfermenting bacterium, which has emerged as a serious opportunistic pathogen. In recent years, the increasing instance of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii producing metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs) or OXAtype beta-lactamases is causing a serious clinical problem. In this study, we(More)
BACKGROUND Reduction malarplasty to correct prominent malar complex is popular in Asians. Despite the popularity of reduction malarplasty, most of the surgical methods applied are not selected according to the degree of zygoma protrusion. In this study, we analyzed the effectiveness of two different surgical procedures to clarify their appropriateness for(More)
BACKGROUND Syndecan-1 is a heparan sulfate proteoglycan expressed on plasma cells, especially myeloma cells, and can exist in serum as soluble syndecan-1 after shedding from the cell surface. Soluble syndecan-1 has been suggested to promote myeloma cell growth and to be an independent prognostic factor for multiple myeloma. We aimed to evaluate the effect(More)
BACKGROUND Interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing T helper (Th) 17 cells are considered as a new subset of cells critical to the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We aimed to investigate the distribution of Th1 and Th17 cells and their association with disease activity, and determine the Th17-related cytokine levels in the peripheral blood of RA patients.(More)
Because serum ferritin and transferrin saturation (TS) have a limitation in estimating iron status in haemodialysis patients, the reticulocyte haemoglobin content (CHr) has been proposed as a new tool. We investigate the accuracy of CHr in comparison with conventional tests and the relationship between changes in CHr and haemoglobin levels after therapy. We(More)
BACKGROUND Detection of antibodies to extractable nuclear antigens (ENAs) and dsDNA is needed for the diagnosis of and predicting prognosis in systemic autoimmune diseases. Recently introduced line immunoassay (LIA) has the advantage of detecting several autoantibodies simultaneously, and we evaluated its usefulness in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases(More)
Culture is the gold standard for diagnosis of tuberculosis, but it takes 6 to 8 weeks to confirm the result. This issue is complemented by the detection method using polymerase chain reaction, which is now widely used in a routine microbiology laboratory. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Seegene Anyplex TB PCR to assess its diagnostic(More)