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Recent evidence suggests that cell-free plasma DNA has potential use as a prognostic marker in many clinical settings. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic role of cell-free plasma DNA in the prediction of clinical outcome in intensive treatment unit (ITU) patients. Cell-free plasma DNA was measured by real-time polymerase chain(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis is being increasingly treated with sulphasalazine. We report the first case of a patient being treated for rheumatoid arthritis who developed severe dyspnoea with chest radiograph shadowing, reversible on discontinuation of sulphasalazine and subsequent steroid therapy. An histological diagnosis of fibrosing alveolitis was made.(More)
We report a patient with sickle cell anemia (homozygous Hb SS) and typical features of sickle chest syndrome but with no response to exchange transfusion. A right atrial thrombus was found, and antiphospholipid antibodies were detected in his blood. He responded to thrombolytic therapy. The relationship between right atrial thrombus and massive pulmonary(More)
We have examined the effect of surface contamination on the attenuation and stiffness of compressional seismic waves in artificial cylindrical glass cracks that are partially saturated with water. The compression of the gap perpendicularly to its plane reduces the gap volume and forces the water to redistribute within the gap (conservation of volume of an(More)
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