Makrem Moussa

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We studied the validity of McMurray's test for a torn meniscus in 93 patients. The clinical test results were compared with arthroscopic and/or arthrotomy findings as reference. The clinical test had a sensitivity of 58.5%, a specificity of 93.4%, and the predicitve value of a positive result was 82.6%. The test therefore seems to be of limited value in(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Hepatic hydatid cyst is a major health problem in endemic areas. Surgery is still the best choice for treatment of the hydatid cyst of the liver. However, it is still associated with high mortality and morbidity. The aim of the study was to evaluate the predictive factors for specific morbidity after conservative surgical treatment(More)
Ex-premature infants, before 45 weeks postconceptional age, are at high-risk of apnoea after surgery. General anaesthesia increases the risk of apnoea. We evaluated the tolerance and the efficiency of caudal anaesthesia performed in 25 consecutive conscious ex-premature infants for inguinal herniotomies. N2O/O2 and EMLA cream are used to facilitate caudal(More)
UNLABELLED Cardiovascular changes due to pneumoperitoneum during laparoscopic surgery are established in adult patients, but not known in infants. We investigated the hemodynamic effects of laparoscopy during general anesthesia in 12 ASA physical status I infants by using noninvasive continuous esophageal aortic blood flow (ABF) echo-Doppler monitoring.(More)
To validate the use of multiplex case families in studying the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), we investigated the pattern of familial SLE in relation to sporadic SLE in the highly consanguineous Kuwaiti population. We sought to determine whether familial and sporadic SLEs have the same clinical and serological features. We compared 21(More)
Fifty patients in Saudi Arabia with primary gonarthrosis were randomly selected in order to study the anatomical pattern of the disease. Anteroposterior and lateral radiographs were taken with the patients nonweight-bearing and weight-bearing; axial projections of the patello-femoral joint were also taken. Involvement of more than one compartment was(More)
PURPOSE Invasive haemodynamic monitoring during general anaesthesia in infants is usually limited to very high risk operations, such as cardiac surgery. Nevertheless, different surgical procedures and/or anaesthetic techniques justify additional monitoring for children, as for adults. The aim of this preliminary study was to evaluate the feasibility of(More)
We evaluated the use of high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) during congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair. After preoperative stabilization, 22 newborn infants were ventilated with HFOV during surgery. Ventilatory settings, blood gas values and oxygenation index were recorded before, during and after surgical repair. No differences were noted for(More)