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OBJECTIVES The aim of this report is to evaluate the plasma exchange as a choice for the management of life-threating gastrointestinal system (GIS) involvement in Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) when refractory to conventional therapies. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of HSP patients who had plasma exchange therapy due to massive(More)
OBJECTIVES The extent and relevance of altered bone metabolism for statural growth in children with chronic kidney disease is controversial. We analyzed the impact of renal dysfunction and recombinant growth hormone therapy on a panel of serum markers of bone metabolism in a large pediatric chronic kidney disease cohort. METHODS Bone alkaline phosphatase(More)
Conflicting results have been reported in small non-homogenous groups of children with chronic renal failure in terms of casual blood pressure and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) parameters and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). The aim of our study was to assess the value of ABPM and hematological and biochemical parameters in predicting LVH(More)
BACKGROUND MEditerranean FeVer (MEFV) gene encodes for the pyrin protein and a mutated pyrin is associated with a prolonged or augmented inflammation. Hence, various diseases were reported to be associated with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) or carriers of MEFV mutations. However, systematic evaluation of all associated diseases in children with FMF has(More)
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