Markku Alanen

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AIM The aim of the study was to find clinical predictors for parapneumonic empyema in children. METHODS Thirty-seven children treated for parapneumonic empyema at the Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Hospital, were retrospectively evaluated. Two distinct comparison groups of children with uncomplicated community-acquired pneumonia with alveolar(More)
BACKGROUND The long-term results of surgical treatment of brachial plexus birth palsy have not been reported. We present the findings of a nationwide study, with a minimum five-year follow-up, of the outcomes of surgery for brachial plexus birth palsy in Finland. METHODS Of 1,717,057 newborns, 1706 with brachial plexus birth palsy requiring hospital(More)
When inserted into a human incision wound, the Cellstick device harvests inflammatory cells and collects wound fluid, reflecting time-related changes in cell populations and in wound fluid composition. Hyaluronic acid has been postulated to be an important factor in scar reduction in wound healing and in scarless fetal wound healing. The aim of this work(More)
A case of a child who presented with severe and rapid shock after receiving a common adder (vipera berus berus) bite in sea water is presented. Although most poisonous snakebites in Europe tend to be relatively minor and uncomplicated, the present case highlights the need to regard all viper bites as life-threatening accidents, before proved otherwise by a(More)
A patient with severe burns who was colonized by multiresistant Acinetobacter baumannii was cared for in contact isolation by staff intensively trained on hospital hygiene. Of the 1,907 postexposure cultures from the staff and 425 environmental samples, only 0.7% and 4%, respectively, yielded this microorganism. These data show that strict hygienic measures(More)
Interleukin-6 and matrix metalloproteinase-9 concentrations in the wound fluid and their associations to cellular changes were determined in early wound healing. Wound healing of 75 children who underwent elective operations was studied with the Cellstick(R) device, which was inserted into the wound at the end of the operation and removed 3 or 24 hours(More)