Marc Bauwens

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BACKGROUND The clinical relevance of distinguishing two types of glomerulonephritis (GN) with non-amyloid organized immunoglobulin (Ig) deposits-fibrillary GN (FGN) and immunotactoid (microtubular) GN (IT/MTGN)-on the basis of ultrastructural organization, is debated. METHODS Twenty-three patients with organized glomerular Ig deposits were classified into(More)
BACKGROUND The proportion of diabetic patients undergoing haemodialysis is rapidly increasing. Glucose control among such patients is difficult to assess. We aimed to evaluate the clinical performance of a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) in type 2 diabetic patients on chronic haemodialysis. METHODS We used a 4-day CGMS to monitor glucose(More)
This study investigates attitudes and practices of community pharmacists with respect to physician-assisted death. Between 15 February and 15 April 2002, we sent anonymous mail questionnaires to 660 community pharmacists in the eastern province of Flanders, Belgium. The response rate was 54% (n = 359). Most of the pharmacists who responded felt that(More)
BACKGROUND With the increase of the proportion of old (>80 years), frail people living in long-term care settings, concern about the quality of medication management processes in nursing homes is growing. OBJECTIVES To characterize the organization of medication management processes in Belgian nursing homes. METHOD This cross-sectional, observational(More)
Severe T-cell immunodeficiency after solid organ or bone marrow transplantation may result in the uncontrolled outgrowth of latently Epstein-Barr virus–infected B cells, leading to B-lymphoproliferative disorder (BLPD). Given the potentially important pathogenic role of IL-6 in BLPD, it was tested whether the in vivo neutralization of IL-6 by a monoclonal(More)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor found in food containers and plastic beverages and also in medical devices such as dialyzers. The aim of this study is while taking into account the BPA originating in medical devices and the water used in dialysate production, to provide the first published investigation of overall potential exposure to BPA(More)
BACKGROUND Recent data suggest that the use of medium cut-off (MCO) dialyzers in hemodialysis (HD) promotes greater clearance and reduction ratio (RR) for myoglobin and other large-sized molecules than on-line hemodiafiltration (ol-HDF), but its effects on β2-microglobulin are not clear. We compared RR and clearances of small and middle-sized molecules(More)
Behçet disease (BD) is a chronic and inflammatory systemic disorder of unknown aetiology, with an estimated prevalence of 1/500 000 in Europe and the United States. BD, which typically affects young adult males, is characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcerations, with anterior or posterior uveitis. Skin, joint, nervous system, lung and(More)
The use of cyclosporin monotherapy as maintenance immunosuppression in primary cadaveric renal transplant recipients is not popular except in a few European centres. Corticosteroid withdrawal is becoming more popular, and is usually attempted with the newer immunosuppressants which have a more corticosteroid-sparing effect than cyclosporin. The adverse(More)