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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a serious disease characterized with progressive scarring of the lungs in which a genetic background is supposed. We have tested correlation of promotor regions of IL-1alpha and IL-4 gene polymorphisms with clinical parameters in IPF. We investigated the group of 30 patients with IPF. The correlations of vital capacity(More)
The authors present the technique of chemical lumbar sympathectomy by an anatomically new medial transdiscal approach. On a group of 80 operations they analyze the indication criteria, complications and results of this method. They compare the percutaneous technique of severing of the sympathetic nerve with the classical surgical approach. In 41 patients(More)
The authors draw attention to another method for diagnostic visualization, i.e. three-dimensional reconstruction CT. They demonstrate some typical cases of possible application of this method. Despite the great asset of the method they draw attention to the fact that it is a selective and limited method.
The authors describe the case of a patient with an accessory spleen located between the spleen and upper pole of the left kidney. A repeated sonographic examination suggested a suspicion for a kidney tumour, shape anomaly of the spleen, accessory spleen or kidney, but did not exclude even benign tumour in retroperitoneum. Computer tomography proved a(More)
INTRODUCTION Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a serious disease with unknown cause and the influence of cytokine gene polymorphisms is presumed in the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease. We used high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) as a marker of disease stage and progression and compared the alveolar and interstitial score with IL-1,(More)
The authors present their own experience with percutaneous alcohol block of the coeliac plexus. Between April 1988 and December 1991 they used it in 22 patients. Except one patient the others suffered from severe pain of abdominal organs associated with carcinoma of the pancreas. The first four operations were made using angiography, the remainder under CT(More)