Pedja Kovačević

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AIM Cardiovascular diseases are leading cause of death in patients with chronic renal failure. The aim of our study was to establish connection between levels of homocysteine and traditional and nontraditional risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases in dialysis and pre dialysis patients. METHODS We included 33 pre dialysis (23 in stage three(More)
Complications of respiratory system in patients suffering from chronic renal failure who are treated with regular haemodialysis are well known. However, the influence of the duration of haemodialysis on pulmonary function is less understood. The aim of this study was to determine spirometry changes in patients on chronic haemodialysis over a five-year(More)
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) and its treatment modules affect almost all organs and organ systems including vascular endothelium. It is well known that disturbance of vasoactive substances (nitric oxide - NO and endothelin-1 - ET-1) production appears in these patients. There is a small number of studies which investigated serum levels of NO and ET-1 in(More)
Intensive care medicine is a relatively new specialty, which was created in the 1950's, after invent of mechanical ventilation, which allowed caring for critically ill patients who otherwise would have died. First created for treating mechanically ventilated patients, ICUs extended their scope and care to all patients with life threatening conditions. Over(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Several studies demonstrated a six-fold increase in plasma concentration of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in diaysis patients (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis) compared to healthy control subjects. However, the effects of ET-1 on respiratory function in these patients are less known. The aim of this study was to determine the potential(More)
AIM To describe characteristics and outcome of mechanically ventilated patients admitted to three newly established intensive care units (ICU) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia for 2009 H1N1 influenza infection. METHODS The retrospective observational study included all mechanically ventilated adult patients of three university-affiliated hospitals between(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The most sensitive indicators for detecting recurrence of well-differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) are 131I whole body scintigraphy (WBS) and measurement of serum thyroglobulin (Tg). In order to perform it, it is necessary to raise the level of endogenous tiroid-stimulating hormon (TSH), which can be achieved by L-thyroxine withdrawal for 3-5(More)
OBJECTIVE Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) enables individualization in the treatment to optimize clinical benefit and minimize drugs' side effects. Critically ill septic patients represent a challenge for antimicrobial treatment because of pathophysiological impact of sepsis on pharmacokinetics of drugs. The aim of this study was to assess the(More)
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