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OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency of primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in pregnant Egyptian women using CMV IgG avidity testing. SUBJECTS AND METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted at Suez Canal University Hospital, Ismailia, Egypt. A total of 546 pregnant women, presenting for routine antenatal screening, were tested for CMV IgG and IgM(More)
The emergence and rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates harbouring the blaKPC gene that encodes for carbapenemase production have complicated the management of patient infections. This study in a tertiary care hospital in Egypt used real-time PCR assay to test ertapenem-nonsusceptible isolates of K. pneumoniae for the presence(More)
BACKGROUND The red cell storage lesion (RCSL) comprises the biochemical and biomechanical changes that take place during red blood cell (RBC) storage, reducing the survival and function of these cells. Contaminating white blood cells have been major contributors to the RCSL. Markers of RCSL, such as CD47 and phosphatidylserine (PS), on RBC are attracting(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the level of fecal calprotectin in preterm neonates with feeding intolerance, as well as to evaluate it as a marker of feeding intolerance and to determine a cut-off level of fecal calprotectin in feeding intolerance. METHODS Analytical, multicenter, case-control study, which was carried out in neonatal intensive care units in Egypt,(More)
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is hemoconcentration with platelets concentration above baseline values and high concentration of many growth factors. The aim of this study was to assess freezing effect on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) release from PRP using two different activation methods to simplify its use in different clinical applications. PRP(More)
BACKGROUND Lupus nephritis is a serious manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The objective of this study was to identify the sensitivity, specificity, and cut-off values of IP-10 in the serum and urine of patients with lupus nephritis compared to renal biopsy, albumin/creatinine ratio, and serum anti-dsDNA. METHODS Thirty female SLE(More)
The respiratory nasal mucosa of patients with scleroderma showed several ultrastructural and histochemical changes. These included initial goblet cell hyperplasia, loss of cilia and microvilli, exfoliation of the superficial epithelial layers, increased glandular activity in cases with squamous metaplasia and fibrous tissue deposition in the lamina propria.(More)
Dear Editor, The recent report by Kamel et al. [1] on primary cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women is very interesting. The authors noted that ‘women who were IgM positive had no primary CMV infection in the index pregnancy as evidenced by the high CMV IgG avidity testing’ [1] . In fact, the usefulness of the IgG avidity test was previously reported(More)
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