Phillip Davies

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A fit 36-year-old parturient received a general anaesthetic for manual removal of a retained placenta. She underwent rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia with suxamethonium, shortly followed by 10 mg of mivacurium. One hour later she had failed to establish adequate ventilation despite administration of drugs to reverse neuromuscular blockade. A(More)
Magnetically controlled growing rod systems have been introduced over recent years as an alternative to traditional growing rods for management of early onset scoliosis. The purpose of this paper is to report our early experience of a magnetically controlled growing rod system (MAGEC, Ellipse). Review of pre-operative, postoperative and follow-up Cobb(More)
The prolonged presence of aerobic Gram-negative bacilli (AGNB) in the oropharynx is termed 'carriage'. AGNB carriage rates are low in populations of healthy individuals. Previously, severity of underlying disease has been positively correlated with oropharyngeal AGNB carriage rate. Overgrowth of AGNB at the oropharynx poses a significant risk of endogenous(More)
Of the 4172 patients in a survey of all cases of tuberculosis notified in a six-month period in England and Wales in 1978-79, 198 had a bone or joint lesion; 79 were white and 108 were of Indian subcontinent (Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi) ethnic origin. The estimated annual notification rates for orthopaedic tuberculosis were 29 per 100 000 for the(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of aerobic Gram-negative bacilli (AGNB) in the oropharynx can be either temporary or persistent. Prolonged colonization (ie, carriage) is distinguished from transient presence (ie, acquisition), which often occurs in healthy individuals but less frequently in those with underlying disease. Prevalence rates of up to 61.1% quoted(More)
BACKGROUND Alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency is the only recognised genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Since A1AT is the major inhibitor of neutrophil elastase (NE), this enzyme has become widely implicated in the pathogenesis of COPD in general; however, there is(More)
In a survey of the chemotherapy prescribed for 1312 adult patients of white or Indian subcontinent ethnic origin with pulmonary tuberculosis only, notified in the 6 months from October 1978 to March 1979, it was found that 163 (12%) patients died before they had completed chemotherapy. Of the 163 patients who died 96% were of white ethnic origin; 15% of the(More)
OBJECTIVE The observation of reduced circulating concentrations of the constitutive plasma pentraxin protein, serum amyloid P component (SAP), in serum samples obtained from a small number of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) has been reported as confirmation of an antifibrotic role of this protein. Because neither sustained SAP depletion in humans nor(More)
Rates of tuberculosis in England and Wales increased slightly in 1986. Evidence is put forward to suggest that this is due to disease in older patients, particularly females. It is very unlikely, therefore, that the arrest in the decline in tuberculosis rates in the UK is related to HIV infection. Infection incurred during World War II is a more probable(More)