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Lebanon is an eastern Mediterranean country inhabited by approximately four million people with a wide variety of ethnicities and religions, including Muslim, Christian, and Druze. In the present study, 926 Lebanese men were typed with Y-chromosomal SNP and STR markers, and unusually, male genetic variation within Lebanon was found to be more strongly(More)
PURPOSE Retroperitoneal lymph nodes are a recognized site of relapse in patients undergoing nephroureterectomy (NU) for high grade upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UC). Retrospective studies suggest that retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) may be curative at the time of NU for high grade upper tract UC. We hypothesized that chemotherapy followed(More)
BACKGROUND Health professionals and researchers have become increasingly interested in biomarkers that help them in diagnosis of infections with recent growing attention to procalcitonin (PCT) and pro-adrenomedullin (proADM). METHODS This study compares proADM to PCT as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of infection in febrile patients with hematologic(More)
We present two patients with acute myelogenous leukemia who developed palatal mucormycosis, as well as a review of 15 well described reported cases of the same condition in patients who had hematologic malignancy and had undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Early diagnosis of palatal mucormycosis requires high suspicion of the disease along(More)
Lebanon is an eastern Mediterranean country inhabited by approximately four million people with a wide variety of ethnicities and religions, including Muslim, Christian, and Druze. In the present study, 926 Lebanese men were typed with Y-chromosomal SNP and STR markers, and unusually, male genetic variation within Lebanon was found to be more strongly(More)
OBJECTIVES Infections in critically ill patients continue to impose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. We seek to investigate the utility of proadrenomedullin and procalcitonin as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in febrile critically ill patients with cancer and compare their performance with that of C-reactive protein. DESIGN Single-center(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The current review describes the latest evidence in the management of malignant pleural effusions (MPE). RECENT FINDINGS Daily drainage of indwelling pleural catheters achieved auto-pleurodesis at a higher rate compared with every-other-day drainage [0.47 vs. 0.24; difference in proportion of 0.23; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.08-0.38;(More)
The field of diagnostic bronchoscopy has been revolutionized in the last decade primarily with the advent of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) but also with the addition of multiple different techniques for "guided-bronchoscopy". These advances have had a substantial impact in the management of lung cancer with bronchoscopy now providing both diagnosis and(More)