Nelli Chakvetadze

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Foodborne botulism is a severe, potentially fatal disease characterized by cranial nerve palsies and descending paralysis. Little is known about signs and symptoms predictive of death from botulism. We studied patients with botulism in the Republic of Georgia, which has the highest reported rate of foodborne botulism in the world. After abstracting medical(More)
Foodborne botulism is a potentially fatal, paralytic illness that can cause large outbreaks. A possible increase in botulism incidence during 2001 in the Republic of Georgia prompted this study. We reviewed surveillance data and abstracted records of patients with botulism who were hospitalized from 1980 to 2002. During this period, 879 botulism cases were(More)
Results of surgical treatment of 240 patients with thyroid differentiated microcarcinoma (less 1 cm in diameter) are analyzed. Papillary and follicular tumor was diagnosed at 212 (88.3%) and 28 (11.7%) respectively. Microcarcinoma had no clinical symptoms in majority cases. In some cases microcarcinoma had aggressive clinical course: at 10.8% patients the(More)
Foodborne botulism is a severe, paralytic illness caused by ingestion of preformed neurotoxins produced by Clostridium botulinum. In 2003, we conducted a population-based household survey of home canning practices to explore marked regional variations in botulism incidence in the Republic of Georgia (ROG). We designed a cluster sampling scheme and(More)
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