Laurence Bal

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Nicardipine is used in the treatment of premature labor. There are no previous reports in the anesthesia literature of serious side effects associated with this drug. We report a case of pulmonary edema induced by nicardipine therapy for tocolysis in a pregnant 27-yr-old patient admitted to our hospital for preterm labor with intact membranes at 27 wk of(More)
We investigated whether circulating procoagulant microparticles (CPMPs) contributed to hypercoagulability in 45 patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE) and in 45 controls with and 45 controls without cardiovascular risk factors. Concentrations of CPMPs and platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs) were statistically significantly higher in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) assay is recommended as a diagnostic tool in emergency-room patients with acute dyspnea. In the intensive care unit (ICU), the utility of this peptide remains a matter of debate. The objectives of this study were to determine whether cut-off values for BNP and N-terminal-proBNP (NT-proBNP) reliably(More)
Pheochromocytoma can induce a adrenergic cardiomyopathy. This one occurs sometimes clinical, biological or and electrocardiographic signs of an acute coronary syndrome. We report two cases of rudimentary necrosis due to a pheochromocytoma: the first one after tumorectomy, the second one has revealed the disease in a patient who was suffering from high blood(More)
BACKGROUND Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an autosomal-dominant connective tissue disorder usually associated with heterozygous mutations in the gene encoding fibrillin-1 (FBN1). Homozygous and compound heterozygous cases are rare events and have been associated with a clinical severe presentation. OBJECTIVES Report unexpected findings of homozygosity and(More)
BACKGROUND Flow cytometry has shown levels of platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs) and endothelial-derived microparticles (EMPs) to be elevated in deep-vein thrombosis. Cardiovascular risk factors can also contribute to hypercoagulability due to circulating procoagulant microparticles (CPMPs). AIMS To investigate in a case-control study the respective(More)
BACKGROUND Carotid artery stenting (CAS) has been advocated as an alternative to redo surgery for the treatment of post-carotid endarterectomy (CEA) stenosis. This study analyzed the efficacy of CAS for post-CEA restenosis, focusing on an analysis of technical and anatomical predictive factors for in-stent restenosis. METHODS We performed a retrospective(More)
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