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Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) antiviral resistance is a major cause of antiviral therapy failure and compromises future treatment options. As a consequence, resistance testing is the standard of care. Because of the high degree of HIV-1 natural variation and complex interactions, the role of resistance mutations is in many cases insufficiently(More)
People without hemophilia but with autoantibodies specifically directed against the procoagulant activity of factor VIII are known to have acquired hemophilia. The bleeding diathesis in these patients is often severe and life-threatening. The definite laboratory diagnosis of this disorder includes demonstration of low factor VIII levels in plasma with a(More)
This study evaluates long term orthopaedic aspects of children with bladder exstrophy who were operated on using different techniques and at different ages. Data were accumulated from 20 patients with an age range of 2 to 29 years (average, 13 years). Fourteen patients underwent pelvic osteotomy. Interviews and physical examinations confirmed that, in the(More)
OBJECTIVE The recently discovered connection of chemokines and their receptors to HIV pathogenesis, and the description of the 32-bp deletion in the CCR5 gene (delta 32 CCR5), led to heightened excitement and numerous reports regarding their role in HIV transmission and disease progression. The populations in most of these reports, except for one, consisted(More)
We report a 51-year-old man who presented with 3 weeks of polyarthritis with fever, nonproductive cough, bibasilar crackles, tachypnea, and hypoxia. Initial laboratory data showed an increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate, rheumatoid factor, and anti-Jo-1 antibody. Imaging studies showed bilateral lower lobe infiltrates of the lung. A transbronchial(More)
The discovery of inhibition of HIV-1 by selected chemokines and their receptors instills hope in AIDS researchers, especially because a 32-bp deletion in the chemokine receptor CCR5 (delta32-CCR5) provides resistance to HIV infection. A recent report found that the highest delta32-CCR5 frequency is among Ashkenazi Jews (20.93%). In the present study, we(More)
One of the four types of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), KS after organ transplantation under immunosuppression, is a well-known entity and has been abundantly described in renal, heart and liver recipients. We report the second case of cutaneous KS after lung transplantation, under regular immunosuppression, in a Sephardic Jewish woman. This case, when added to the(More)
BACKGROUND Trans-tubular potassium gradient (TTKG) is considered to reflect mainly aldosterone bioactivity with regard to its kaliuretic response. We determined both TTKG and aldosterone serum concentrations in patients with severe drug-induced hyperkalemia (DIH). METHODS Ten hyperkalemic patients with serum potassium of more than 5.5 mEq/l, and serum(More)
INTRODUCTION "Body packers" either swallow or insert drug filled packets rectally or vaginally in order to smuggle illicit drugs. AXR is used routinely to screen suspects for the presence of intra-intestinal drug packages. AXR diagnosis can be difficult as stool or gas within the intestine may resemble ingested foreign bodies. We identify the frequency and(More)