Michael D. Thorn

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BACKGROUND For outpatient colonoscopy, the time required to intubate the cecum is variable. The aim of this study was to determine factors associated with cecal intubation time. METHODS A total of 693 consecutive outpatient colonoscopies performed from January to October 2002 at a tertiary care medical center were studied prospectively. Data gathered(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common musculoskeletal condition characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and a variety of other somatic symptoms. Current treatments are modestly effective. Arguably, the best studied and most effective compounds are tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). Milnacipran, a nontricyclic compound that inhibits the reuptake of(More)
Idiosyncratic hepatotoxicity, although rare, is of major concern when one is treating patients with valproate (VPA). Several clinical criteria are associated with an increased risk of developing this complication, but more specific predictors are needed. It has been postulated that 4-en-VPA or one of its further metabolites may be responsible for the(More)
AIM We investigated whether moxifloxacin-induced QTc prolongations in Japanese and Caucasian healthy male volunteers were significantly different. METHODS A two period, randomized, crossover, ICH-E14-compliant thorough QT (TQT) study compared placebo-corrected changes in QTc interval from baseline (ΔΔQTc F) and concentration-effect relationships following(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal regimen for discontinuing antiepileptic medications in children with epilepsy is unknown. METHODS We randomly assigned 149 children to either a six-week or a nine-month period of drug tapering, after which therapy was discontinued. Each group was composed of patients who had been seizure-free for either two or four years before drug(More)
OBJECTIVES Therapy monitoring in oncologic patient requires precise measurement methods. In order to improve the precision of measurements, we used a semi-automated generic segmentation algorithm to measure the size of large lung cancer tumors. The reproducibility of computer-assisted measurements were assessed and compared with manual measurements. (More)
Preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is integral to treatment success in patients with cancer. This analysis was undertaken to assess the relative efficacy and safety of palonosetron versus older 5HT3 RAs in preventing CINV associated with moderately or highly emetogenic chemotherapy. Patient-level data from four randomized,(More)
The performance of the dry-phase apoenzyme reactivation immunoassay system (ARIS) for the measurement of carbamazepine (CBZ), phenobarbital (PB), and phenytoin (PHT) concentrations in saliva was compared with fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA). Blood and saliva samples were collected from 163 adult and pediatric epilepsy patients, then analyzed(More)
PURPOSE Chemotherapy prolongs survival and improves quality of life (QOL) for good performance status (PS) patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Targeted therapies may improve chemotherapy effectiveness without worsening toxicity. SGN-15 is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), consisting of a chimeric murine monoclonal antibody recognizing(More)