Joo Won Chung

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BACKGROUND AND AIM Primary hepatic neuroendocrine carcinomas (PHNECs) are extremely rare, with only about 150 cases having been reported in the English-language literature. Because of the rarity of PHNECs, its clinical features and treatment outcomes are not well understood. Here, we report our experiences with PHNECs. METHODS We identified patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether adding rifampicin to vancomycin could cure more patients with nosocomial methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia compared with vancomycin-only. DESIGN Prospective randomized open-label study. SETTING Medical intensive care unit in Seoul, Korea. PATIENTS Ninety-three of 183 patients with Gram-positive(More)
OBJECTIVE Pancreatic cysts are being detected more frequently with advances in abdominal imaging. We designed this study to identify the characteristics of pancreatic cysts upon long-term follow-up and to define the proper management of them. METHODS We identified 1386 patients diagnosed with pancreatic cysts at our hospital from 1999 to 2010 and analyzed(More)
The MiroCam (IntroMedic, Ltd., Seoul, Korea) is a small-bowel capsule endoscope that uses human body communication to transmit data. The potential interactions between cardiac devices and the capsule endoscope are causes for concern, but no data are available for this matter. This clinical study was designed to evaluate the potential influence of the(More)
PURPOSE The study aimed to determine whether improvements in intensive care unit (ICU) structural environment affect the incidence of ICU-acquired infections (IAIs), particularly those caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens. METHODS The incidence of IAI and the number of infections caused by organisms during the 6 months immediately before ICU renovation(More)
PURPOSE This study was conducted to identify prognostic factors affecting the course of ischemic colitis and to develop a prognostic scoring model. METHODS We analyzed medical records of consecutive patients with ischemic colitis treated between October 2002 and September 2008 at Severance Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Patients were excluded if(More)
BACKGROUND Although previous studies have suggested that linezolid may be effective for treating multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB), the optimal dose of linezolid for intractable MDR/XDR-TB is not clear. METHODS Twenty-four patients with intractable MDR/XDR-TB were treated with a daily 300 mg dose of linezolid(More)
Protein profiles of endoscopically collected pancreatic juice from normal, chronic pancreatitis patients and pancreatic cancer patients were compared to identify diagnostic biomarkers of pancreatic cancer. Secretin was injected intravenously and pancreatic juice was collected via selective cannulation of the pancreatic duct during endoscopic retrograde(More)
Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia (PIL) is a rare disorder characterized by dilated intestinal lymphatics and the development of protein-losing enteropathy. Patients with PIL develop hypoalbuminemia, hypocalcemia, lymphopenia and hypogammaglobulinemia, and present with bilateral lower limb edema, fatigue, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Endoscopy reveals(More)
PURPOSE Acute pancreatitis is one of the potentially lethal complications that occurs after cardiac surgery. We tried to identify risk factors for and the prognosis of acute pancreatitis after cardiac valve surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed a database of consecutive patients who underwent cardiac valve(More)