Matityahu Lifshitz

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Interleukin-6 levels were measured in the serum of ten children following severe scorpion envenomation. Measurements were taken on arrival, at the emergency room, and 12 and 24 hr after arrival. Interleukin-6 was markedly elevated in the serum of eight out of ten children on arrival. Interleukin-6 levels gradually decreased toward normal values on 12 and 24(More)
This study presents a case of severe disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in a 3-year-old child following envenomation by the snake, Cerastes vipera. A literature search revealed very few similar cases. We describe a child who was bitten in his left foot by a snake identified as a C. vipera. Initial symptoms were relatively benign. Local signs(More)
BACKGROUND Many medications used for children have not undergone evaluation to assure acceptable standards for optimal dose, safety and efficacy. As a result, the majority of children admitted to hospital wards receive medications outside the terms of their license (off-label) or medications that are not specifically licensed for use in children(More)
BACKGROUND Many medications prescribed to children worldwide have not been approved for pediatric use because the necessary clinical trials have not yet been performed. Children given these drugs have been shown to be at increased risk for adverse drug reactions. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the extent of unapproved (off label and/or(More)
CASE REPORT We describe a case of early peripheral neuropathy and central nervous system toxicity as a result of acute predominantly dermal exposure to methyl bromide. A 32-year-old male was admitted after an accidental predominantly dermal exposure to methyl bromide while fumigating soil for pest control. The patient suffered dermal burns and vesicles on(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the demographics, incidence, and symptoms and signs of hydrocarbon poisoning in admitted children from the Negev Desert area of Israel. METHODS The medical records of all children admitted for hydrocarbon poisoning from 1995 to 1999 were reviewed retrospectively. RESULTS Of the 274 admitted children, 61% were boys and 39% were(More)
Organophosphate and carbamate are mainly used to kill insects, thereby protecting livestock, crops, homes and communities. Yet, these compounds also convey great danger. OP and CRB poisoning is an important clinical problem, often life-threatening, especially in the pediatric population in rural areas where reaching a physician or hospital on time is(More)
An 18 year old woman was bitten on the second finger of her right hand by a Cerastes cerastes. A literature search revealed very few clinical cases, and most of those were only laboratory and in 'vitro studies'. Local signs included a hemorrhagic wound at the site of the bite with marked swelling of the entire hand. Twelve hours later, the patient developed(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescent suicide has become increasingly more prevalent in recent years, with self-poisoning being a frequent means of suicide attempt. OBJECTIVE To investigate the factors associated with adolescent self-poisoning. METHODS Data on adolescents referred for intentional self-poisoning to the Adolescent Medical Unit during the years 1990-1998(More)