Olivier Appoloni

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OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that administration of albumin to correct hypoalbuminemia might have beneficial effects on organ function in a mixed population of critically ill patients. DESIGN : Prospective, controlled, randomized study. SETTING Thirty-one-bed, mixed medicosurgical department of intensive care. PATIENTS All adult patients with a(More)
We report a case of severe hypokalemia and flaccid muscle paralysis following a suicide attempt associating the calcium channel blocker amlodipine, the antidepressant fluoxetine and barium carbonate. Despite rapid correction of severe, life-threatening hypokalemia, areflexic quadriplegia persisted, suggesting a direct effect of barium on muscle cells.(More)
Intensive Care Departments are designed for the care of the critically ill, and are equipped with all the material necessary for monitoring and treatment, as well as specially trained medical, nursing, and paramedical staff. With a team of more than 170 highly qualified staff, the Department of Intensive Care at Erasme Hospital, has acquired a national and(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha has been implicated in the pathophysiology of heart failure. We explored a possible association between TNF-alpha, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta, and interferon (IFN)-gamma cytokine polymorphisms, their in vivo production, and mortality from cardiogenic shock. DESIGN(More)
Ludwig's angina is a rare infectious condition originating in the oropharyngeal region, most commonly from the teeth. The principal symptoms consist of cervical pain, dyspnea, dysphagia, symmetrical neck swelling and fever. Serious complications include respiratory collapses, mediastinitis, pleural empyema, pericarditis and pericardial tamponade, and may(More)
We hypothesized that cytokine production following delayed in vitro cell stimulation (to reproduce physiological cellular status at baseline) may be related to outcome in patients with septic shock. A total of 20 patients were included in a prospective clinical study, conducted in a medico-surgical intensive care unit in a university hospital. Blood samples(More)
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