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PURPOSE To analyse the impact of acetazolamide (ACET) use in severe acute decompensation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease requiring mechanical ventilation and intensive care unit (ICU) admission. PATIENTS AND METHODS Retrospective pair-wise, case-control study with 1:1 matching. Patients were defined as cases when they had received acetazolamide(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiological characteristics of Acinetobacter baumannii ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and to identify factors predictive of a poor outcome. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted over 16 months in a Tunisian intensive care unit (ICU). All adult patients with A. baumannii VAP were(More)
BACKGROUND To analyse the efficacy and safety of systemic infusion of hydrocortisone hemisuccinate in children admitted to the intensive care unit with severe scorpion envenomation, we assessed the impact on mortality and length of hospital stay. METHOD We conducted a pair-wise, case-control study with 1:1 matching, reviewing records over a 13-year period(More)
PURPOSE To describe the epidemiologic features of acute renal failure related to pregnancy (PRARF) and to evaluate its prognostic impact. METHODS Retrospective study conducted in a Tunisian intensive care unit over a period of 17 years (1995-2011). Women were included if they were more than 20 weeks pregnant and were admitted to the ICU during pregnancy(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to investigate whether serum cholinesterase (SChE) activity can be helpful for the diagnosis of septic shock and to evaluate its usefulness in comparison with procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP). METHODS A prospective single-blinded study conducted in an intensive care unit of university hospital. Patients were classified(More)
1 Kyste hydatique du foie compliqué d'un accident vasculaire cérébral ischémique: à propos d'un cas Abstract Le kyste hydatique du foie (KHF) est une maladie assez répandue dans les pays nord-africains. La rupture post-traumatique ou spontanée du kyste compliquée d'un choc anaphylactique et d'un AVC ischémique a été exceptionnellement rapportée. Nous(More)