Luzia Arlinda Sampaio Cruz

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The purpose of this review is to address the global incidence and management of snakebite envenomation and to describe the clinical characteristics and pathogenesis of envenomation by species of the family Viperidae, genera Bothrops and Crotalus, the most common venomous snakes in Brazil. We focus on the pathogenesis of the acute renal failure induced by(More)
Leptospirosis, a spirochetal zoonosis, is a globally re-emerging infectious disease that has disseminated from its habitual rural base to become the cause of urban epidemics in poor communities of industrialized and developing nations. This review addresses the issues in the epidemiology, clinical features, and management of the disease, as well as progress(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Recent studies have shown high rates of morbimortality associated with hyperkalemia in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients treated with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) plus spironolactone and the best predictor of this electrolytic disorder was a decrease in renal function. We aim to identify the incidence and predictors(More)
In a cross-sectional study involving 62 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), we found that patients with biopsy-proven lupus nephritis (LN) had higher titers of anti-C1q antibodies than active SLE without nephritis patients. Anti-C1q was associated with a negative predictive value of 94.59%, a positive predictive value of 52%, a sensitivity of(More)
Since the publication of The Randomized Aldactone Study (RALES) in 1999, the association of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and spironolactone has been largely used for the treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF). Although this study had shown a diminished morbimortality in patients with CHF that are treated with spironolactone and ACE(More)
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