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BACKGROUND The natural course of adult hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related membranous nephropathy in areas where HBV infection is endemic (characterized by vertical and horizontal transmission of HBV in early childhood) has not been fully defined. METHODS We evaluated the clinical features, pathological findings, serologic profiles, therapeutic responses, and(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have indicated that microchimerism is present in body tissues, peripheral blood, and plasma of recipients after organ transplantation. We hypothesize that donor-derived DNA may also be present in cell-free urine of renal transplant recipients and that the concentrations of urine DNA may be correlated with graft rejection. (More)
OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that regional function (RF) and myocardial perfusion (MP) are superior to the Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) score for diagnosis and prognostication in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain (CP) and a nondiagnostic electrocardiogram. BACKGROUND Rapid diagnosis and prognostication is(More)
Both tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) are potent immunosuppressive agents used in combination for prevention of acute rejection in renal transplantation. We studied the efficacy and safety of tacrolimus/MMF-based primary immunosuppression as well as their pharmacokinetics (PK) in Chinese renal transplant recipients. Oral tacrolimus was initiated(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the therapeutic efficacy of daily oral levofloxacin plus intermittent intraperitoneal (IP) vancomycin (group 1) versus daily IP netromycin and intermittent IP vancomycin (group 2) in the primary treatment of peritonitis complicating continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). DESIGN A randomized multicenter prospective(More)
AIMS We hypothesized that the assessment of left ventricular regional function (RF) and myocardial perfusion (MP) will provide incremental value over routine evaluation in patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain (CP) and no ST-segment elevation. METHODS AND RESULTS In addition to routine clinical evaluation, patients with(More)
A 34-year-old woman developed nephrotic syndrome after using a skin lightening cream that contained an extremely high level of mercury. Blood and urine mercury levels were elevated and a renal biopsy revealed minimal change disease. Membranous nephropathy was excluded using immunofluorescence and electron microscopy. Her proteinuria remitted 9 months after(More)
OBJECTIVE. A significant number of critically ill mechanically ventilated patients are not admitted to the Intensive Care Unit but are cared for on general wards. This study looked at the outcome of these patients. DESIGN. Case series. SETTING. A 1100-bed tertiary hospital in Hong Kong. PATIENTS. All adult patients admitted in a 2.5-year period who received(More)