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A 20-year-old man experienced the onset of progressive scleroderma-like skin changes with eosinophilia and hypergammaglobulinaemia after strenuous military activity. A biopsy showed faciitis. Concomitant splenomegaly, polysynovitis, restrictive lung function, myositis, decrease hepatic clotting factors and proteinuria were documented. He responded well to(More)
A highly specific enzyme immunoassay (EIA) was recently described for use in the diagnosis of cat scratch disease (CSD). However, data regarding EIA antibody kinetics or its correlation with long-term clinical follow-up data are lacking. The association between antibody kinetics, clinical spectrum, and disease duration were studied in 98 patients with CSD.(More)
Whole-cell immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) tests for detection of anti-Bartonella henselae immunoglobulin (Ig) G are commonly used to diagnose cat-scratch disease (CSD). The need to cultivate B. henselae in Vero cells for antigen preparation and the absence of routinely applied IFA assays for IgM constitute the major disadvantages of this form of test. We(More)
Diagnosis of cat-scratch disease (CSD) by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of lymph node fineneedle aspiration (FNA) and primary lesion specimens can be difficult owing to the minute amount of available material. A PCR assay specifically suited to test these specimens was developed. First, small-quantity (10 microL) samples were prepared from 17 CSD-positive(More)
We present here a 1.55 mum single mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) based low phase-noise ring optoelectronic (OEO) oscillator operating at 2.49 GHz for aerospace, avionics and embedded systems applications. Experiments using optical fibers of different lengths have been carried out to obtain optimal results. A phase-noise measurement of(More)
This paper describes some recent evolutions about optical generation of microwave signals. Among these, multiloop ring oscillator and harmonic generation allow both rise in frequency and wide tunability. Besides, using microresonators and optical sources like VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) induces better integration and lower power(More)
BACKGROUND Cat-scratch disease (CSD) is mostly contracted by children and young adults. To our knowledge, CSD in elderly patients has never been characterized, and it may be underrecognized in this age group. METHODS The study population included all patients with CSD diagnosed at our reference laboratory during 1991-2002. Demographic, clinical, and(More)
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