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INTRODUCTION Fever is frequently observed in critically ill patients. An independent association of fever with increased mortality has been observed in non-neurological critically ill patients with mixed febrile etiology. The association of fever and antipyretics with mortality, however, may be different between infective and non-infective illness. (More)
OBJECTIVE Ischemic preconditioning (IP) has been shown to attenuate intracellular Na+ accumulation and Ca2+ overload during ischemia and reperfusion, both of which are closely related to the outcome of myocardial damage. We compared the effects of single- and four-cycle IP in Na+,K(+)-activated adenosine 5'-triphosphatase (Na+,K(+)-ATPase) and(More)
PURPOSE We conducted a survey to clarify the actual circumstances in which the lungs could not be ventilated and the trachea could not be intubated (CVCI). METHODS A questionnaire was mailed to all the university hospitals in Japan, asking about CVCI they had experienced during induction of anesthesia in 1998, and before 1997. RESULTS Answers were(More)
OBJECT The clinical features, possible causes, and contributing factors associated with novel spontaneous pain following unilateral cordotomy were investigated to clarify the mechanism and clinical importance of this pain. METHODS Forty-five patients who underwent cordotomy for severe unilateral cancer pain were included in this study. New pain occurred(More)
The following parameters were monitored simultaneously in 15 dogs, in order to evaluate the efficacy of conventional CPR (C-CPR), new CPR (N-CPR), and open-chest CPR (O-CPR) on cerebral perfusion: arterial blood pressure (BP), central venous pressure (CVP), intrathoracic airway pressure, blood flow in carotid artery, intracranial pressure (ICP), sagittal(More)
BACKGROUND Neutrophil elastase plays a crucial role in the development of acute lung injury (ALI) in patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). The clinical efficacy of the neutrophil elastase inhibitor, sivelestat, for patients with ALI associated with SIRS has not been convincingly demonstrated. The aim of this study was to determine if(More)
OBJECTIVE The mechanism by which ischemic preconditioning protects the heart is presumed to be related to the reduction of energy consumption during a subsequent myocardial infarction. Since the sympathetic nervous system enhances cardiac function and energy consumption, we investigated the relation between ischemic preconditioning and the turnover rate of(More)
BACKGROUND Neutrophil elastase, alveolar thrombin generation, and fibrin deposition play crucial roles in the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). However, the usefulness of combination therapy with a selective neutrophil elastase inhibitor, sivelestat, and recombinant human soluble(More)
Endotoxemia has been reported as a mechanism for the fatal sequela after heatstroke. Subsequent disseminated fungal infection in a heatstroke patient has been also described. Beta-D-glucan, a constituent of the fungal cell wall, is an early diagnostic measure for fungal infection. In a heatstroke case, we examined for the first time levels of serum(More)