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—Surface roughness is a crucial input for radar backscatter models. Roughness measurements of root mean-squared height (h rms) of the same surface can vary depending on the measuring instrument and how the data are processed. This letter addresses the error in h rms associated with instrument bias and instrument deployment issues such as number and length(More)
To assess whether chlorambucil or cyclophosphamide may have a better therapeutic index in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy, we compared two regimens based on a 6-mo treatment, alternating every other month methylprednisolone with chlorambucil or methylprednisolone with cyclophosphamide. Patients with biopsy-proven membranous nephropathy and(More)
BACKGROUND Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease slowly progresses to end-stage renal disease and has no effective therapy. A pilot study suggested that the somatostatin analogue octreotide longacting release (LAR) could be nephroprotective in this context. We aimed to assess the effect of 3 years of octreotide-LAR treatment on kidney and cyst growth(More)
OBJECTIVE Fluid balance is important in patients undergoing hemodialysis. "Dry" weight is usually estimated clinically, and also, bioimpedance is considered reliable. Ultrasonography of inferior vena cava (IVC) estimates central venous pressure, and lung ultrasound evaluates extravascular (counting B-lines artifact) lung water. Our study was aimed to(More)
Trials failed to demonstrate protective effects of investigational treatments on glomerular filtration rate (GFR) reduction in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD). To assess whether above findings were explained by unreliable GFR estimates, in this academic study we compared GFR values centrally measured by iohexol plasma clearance with(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations of INF2 represent the major cause of familial autosomal dominant (AD) focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). A few patients present neurological symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease but the prevalence of the association has not been assessed yet. METHODS We screened 28 families with AD FSGS and identified 8 INF2 mutations(More)
Uremia associated with anticoagulant therapy is a high risk factor for bleeding complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis. We report a case of intrarenal hematoma arising in a uremic patient treated with warfarin. The hematoma was rapidly diagnosed by ultrasonography of the abdomen and treated with embolization. Our experience confirms that the(More)
A retrospective clinical assessment of kidney function change was performed on 38 kidney transplant patients over a median follow-up period of 128 weeks. Full records of the patients' course were available to the clinician, while only the serum creatinine series of each patient was supplied to the computer on which a bilateral CUSUM test was implemented.(More)
BACKGROUND Although the decreased incidence of gastric cancer, nevertheless many surgical questions are topical, especially the entity of resection and the extent of lymph node dissection. METHODS We analyzed retrospectively 38 patients operated for gastric adenocarcinoma in our Surgical Division from January 1997 to December 2001. We excluded cancers of(More)
The first reports of interstitial fibrosis leading to rapidly progressing chronic renal failure (CRF) in young women undergoing slimming treatment appeared at the beginning of the 1990s in Belgium. These slimming pills erroneously contained powdered roots of plants - picked in China - belonging to the Aristolochia instead of Stephania tetranda family. In(More)