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The causes and effects of increased intra-abdominal pressure and abdominal compartment syndrome have been well documented. However, there have been no large series to determine normal intra-abdominal pressure in hospitalized patients. The purpose of this study was to determine normal intra-abdominal pressure in randomly selected hospitalized patients and to(More)
Neurophysiological studies in the oculomotor system suggest that an integrative operation is required in order to derive an eye position signal from a command signal which usually correlates with eye velocity. Several proposed models for a neural integrator are examined. All these models incorporate some form of positive feedback as a basic mechanism. Based(More)
National registry data indicate a trend towards the incorporation of lymphocyte depletion antibody induction therapy into immunosuppressive regimens for solid organ transplantation. Depletional induction has been shown to reduce the risk of early acute rejection, but increase the risk of immune incompetence. As such, it recently has been paired with reduced(More)
Complications of percutaneous tracheostomy include bleeding, loss of airway control, inadvertent injury to surrounding structures, and equipment damage, all of which can be attributed to poor visualization and inaccurate orientation. Initially, we performed percutaneous tracheostomy in the intensive care unit setting using the single-dilator technique with(More)
Taser devices were introduced in 1974 and are increasingly used by law enforcement agencies. Taser use theoretically reduces the risk of injury and death by decreasing the use of lethal force. We report a spectrum of injuries sustained by four patients subdued with Taser devices. Injuries identified in our review included: 1) a basilar skull fracture, right(More)
We assessed whether a trauma service model with an emphasis on continuity of care by using "shift work" will improve trauma outcomes and cost. This was a case-control cohort study that took place at a university-affiliated Level I trauma center. All patients (n=4283) evaluated for traumatic injuries between May 1, 2002 and April 30, 2004 were included.(More)
In the past, autopsy served as the gold standard to document diagnostic accuracy. Although a valuable contributor to medical education, information collected from autopsies is frequently delayed and poorly used. The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of concordance between clinical findings and autopsy results of trauma patients involved in(More)
PURPOSE We investigated correlations of somatic BRAF V600E mutation and RET/PTC1 rearrangement with recurrent disease in Chinese patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (ptc). METHODS This prospective study included 214 patients with ptc histologically confirmed between November 2009 and May 2011 at a single institute. RESULTS We found somatic BRAF(More)