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A retrospective case-control study was conducted to determine whether liver cirrhosis might be a risk factor for radiocontrast induced nephropathy as has been suggested. Data from 72 patients with cirrhosis and 72 patients without cirrhosis who all received 100-150 ml of low osmolality radiocontrast medium for abdominal or chest computerized tomography scan(More)
Sub-clinical cardiac dysfunction may be significantly associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with a different degree of severity. In a cross-sectional design we aimed to evaluate the frequency of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVdd) and its correlation with lung function, pulmonary arterial pressure and systemic inflammation(More)
Intravenous labetolol, a nonselective alpha- and beta-blocking drug, is commonly used to treat severe hypertension. Nonselective beta-blockers can cause hyperkalemia, especially in patients with renal failure. One series reported 3 renal transplant patients who had hyperkalemia after labetolol infusion, but none of these patients developed any serious(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) coexist in 0.5-1% of the general population. Both OSA and COPD are associated with increased sympathetic nervous activity, and patients affected by both disorders have higher risk for increased morbidity and mortality as compared with patients with COPD or OSA alone. We tested(More)
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