Melissa Kingston

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We observed prospectively 20 consecutive patients with severe hypomagnesemia (serum Mg 0.01 to 1.2 mg/dl [0.01 to 0.5 mmol/L], mean 0.8 mg/dl [0.33 mmol/L]) before and after correction with parenteral magnesium sulfate. Only three patients, all with hypocalcemia, had tremor and muscle twitching and none showed tetany, a positive Trousseau's test,(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the temporal sensitivity of bovine embryos to culture environment after fertilization to determine which period, if any, is most critical in determining blastocyst quality. Bovine zygotes produced in vitro were divided into six groups and cultured either in vitro (in synthetic oviductal fluid, SOF), in vivo (in the ewe(More)
Skin lesions, an important clue to the cause of septicemia, result from five main processes: (1) disseminated intravascular coagulation and coagulopathy; (2) direct vascular invasion and occlusion by bacteria or fungi; (3) immune vasculitis and immune complex formation; (4) emboli from endocarditis; and (5) vascular effects of toxins. Disseminated(More)
One hundred consecutive patients with nonautoimmune chronic active hepatitis (51% HBsAg-positive), 50 patients with cirrhosis (38% HBsAg-positive), 25 patients with chronic persistent hepatitis, and 118 patients with hepatoma who were seen at this hospital were reviewed to determine the prevalence and characteristics of glucose intolerance and diabetes in(More)
Guidelines, protocols, and standards have gained attention as clinical tools designed to enhance clinical decision-making and practice. Yet, evidence has emerged that clinicians are having difficulty integrating new knowledge presented by these tools into practice. This article explores the benefits and barriers to using guidelines and protocols, probes the(More)
A retrospective review was done of the charts of 50 persons admitted to hospital for investigation of primary anemia. The duration of hospital stay was considered excessive for 80% of the patients and investigation was considered excessive for 34%. Nevertheless, underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis by the time of discharge was evident in 48% and was the result of(More)
A 58-year-old man who survived an episode of fulminant pneumococcal septicemia with disseminated intravascular coagulation had undergone splenectomy 23 years previously. In the literature there are 25 reported cases of fulminant septicemia and disseminated intravascular coagulation associated with asplenia in adults (excluding cases in which corticosteroid(More)
In Saudi Arabia, a native patient with no known risk factors for the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) developed both clinical and laboratory evidence of AIDS 2 years after receiving transfusion of 11 units of blood obtained from a commercial distributor in the United States. This case suggests that a history of transfusions of blood components(More)