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Thyroid cancer is uncommon, with an incidence of 10,300 new patients each year and a mortality of 1,100 patients each year. Patient survival correlates with many factors, including tumor pathology, age, primary lesion size, distant metastases, extent of surgery, and radioiodine therapy. Deaths from thyroid cancer may occur many years after diagnosis, and(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multiorgan autoimmune disease of unknown etiology with many clinical manifestations. The skin is one of the target organs most variably affected by the disease. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) established 11 criteria as a classificatory instrument to operationalise the definition of SLE in clinical trials.(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a disease of unknown cause that may involve one or many organ or systems. Skin involvement is a major feature in this disease, and a wide variety of skin conditions may be present. Lupus erythematosus panniculitis (LEP) constitutes a rare form of cutaneous lupus characterized by recurrent nodular or plaque lesions that(More)
UNLABELLED To assess the use of modified PIOPED scintigraphic criteria for lung scan (V/Q) interpretation to detect pulmonary embolism (PE), we prospectively applied these criteria in suspected PE patients referred for V/Q from 9/1/92 to 2/7/94. PIOPED criteria were modified by placing a moderate segmental perfusion mismatch in the intermediate instead of(More)
Technetium-99m red blood cells (Tc-RBC) labeled by an in vivo technique were compared with two preparations of Tc-99m human serum albumin (HSA) for cardiac blood-pool imaging. Relative distribution of the tracers was analyzed on end-diastolic frames of gated blood-pool studies and on whole-body (head to mid-thigh) anterior pinhole images. The Tc-RBC(More)
Superoxide-mediated clastogenesis is characteristic for various chronic inflammatory diseases with autoimmune reactions and probably plays a role in radiation-induced clastogenesis and in the congenital breakage syndromes. It is consistently prevented by exogenous superoxide dismutase (SOD), but not by heat-inactivated SOD, indicating that the(More)
BACKGROUND A North-South gradient in Crohn's disease (CD) implying a higher incidence in northern Europe compared to southern Europe has been established. AIMS To investigate whether there is a difference between Denmark and Portugal in the frequency of CARD15 mutations in CD patients compared to a healthy background population and to compare(More)
The relative value of hepatobiliary scintigraphy vs. real-time ultrasound for the identification of acute cholecystitis was evaluated. No significant difference in sensitivity (97% vs. 97%) existed between the two modalities. Scintigraphy demonstrated better specificity (93% vs. 64%) and predictive value (77% vs. 40%). Although real-time ultrasound provided(More)
Nodular goiter is present in 500 to 600 million people and is usually secondary to endemic iodine deficiency. Despite adequate iodine intake, 4% to 6% of American adults are goitrous. Sporadic nodular goiter ensues from the natural heterogeneity of thyroid follicular cells, which, when amplified by yet unidentified trophic stimuli, results in episodes of(More)
Dexamethasone suppression adrenal cortical scintiscanning was performed in 87 patients with primary aldosteronism. Fifty patients had adrenal cortical adenomas and 37 had bilateral adrenal hyperplasia. The diagnosis of adrenal cortical adenoma was confirmed by surgery in 49 of 50, and bilateral adrenal hyperplasia was confirmed by adrenal vein aldosterone(More)