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Seasonal changes of several parameters related to sexual activity were studied in the gerbil (Rodentia: Gerbillidae). The weight of the testes, seminal vesicles, and adrenals fluctuate throughout the year. Plasma androgen levels and histological aspect of the testes also vary throughout the year. Spermatogonial and steroid activities are synchronous and are(More)
The aim of this work was to determine whether Psammomys obesus living in its natural habitat displays variation in the function of the endocrine pancreas. Live animals were collected regularly through the year by strip sampling. Plasma glucose varied during the year. Glucose levels were higher in periods I and III (autumn and spring) than in periods II and(More)
A 3-year-old boy, who underwent multiple anaesthetics including halothane in a short period of time, developed 3 days after the last operation abdominal pain, jaundice and fever. Laboratory tests showed hepatic failure, with cytolysis, cholestasis and eosinophilia. Tests for hepatitis A, B, C, CMV and EBV were negative. No other causes of postoperative(More)
Acute pancreatitis during pregnancy is a serious condition and diagnosis is often difficult. The authors report the case of a 32-year-old woman in the 32nd week of her fifth pregnancy, in which the outcome was fatal for both mother and child. The cause of pancreatitis during pregnancy has been attributed to many factors, chiefly cholelithiasis. A number of(More)
A case of polyradiculoneuritis, resembling Guillain-Barre syndrome, was reported during the sixth month of a first gestation. The patient was seventeen years old and also had toxaemia of pregnancy. The interaction between polyradiculoneuritis and pregnancy is slight and carries little risk of prematurity. Plasma exchange procedures can be used in pregnant(More)
This study was carried out to assess the efficacy of oral lorazepam on postoperative nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing thyroid surgery. Twenty-six patients were randomly assigned to two groups, and receiving orally, one hour before induction of anaesthesia, either 2.5 mg of lorazepam (n = 13) or a placebo (n = 13). Lorazepam reduced the incidence(More)