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AIM Haemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) is frequently observed in premature infants. This study was conducted to explore whether the blood BNP can be a valuable biomarker to assess the necessity of treatment for hsPDA in premature infants. METHODS Serial measurements of the blood BNP were performed during the first 5 days of life(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the utility of urinary 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) as a sensitive biomarker for radiation-induced cellular DNA damage in children undergoing cardiac catheterization. STUDY DESIGN We enrolled pediatric patients with congenital heart diseases requiring cardiac catheterization in conjunction with healthy children and children(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) can be a useful marker not only to identify the patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) who are at a higher risk of developing coronary artery lesions (CAL), and predict resistance to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). STUDY DESIGN We enrolled 80 patients with the(More)
BACKGROUND Trisomies 13 and 18 (T13/18) are autosomal trisomy syndromes with dismal prognoses. Deciding whether to perform a chromosomal analysis for the definitive diagnosis is often difficult (even for experienced pediatricians) because representative clinical signs may not be found in all T13/18 neonates. OBJECTIVES This study aimed to investigate any(More)
Elective Cesarean section performed before 39 weeks of gestation may be associated with increased risk of neonatal complications. We retrospectively investigated differences in the neonatal complication rate between 684 newborns delivered by elective Cesarean section at 37 weeks of gestation (n = 390) and those delivered by the same procedure at 38 weeks (n(More)
AIM Super-paramagnetic iron oxide-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (SPIO-MRI) is highly sensitive for liver tumors. This trial examined the optimal parameters of the fast recovery fast spin echo (FRFSE) method in SPIO-MRI. The FRFSE method is a pulse sequence with recovery of the compulsory longitudinal magnetization. The FRFSE method used in SPIO-MRI(More)
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