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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of clarithromycin treatment in preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in Ureaplasma urealyticum-positive preterm infants. PATIENTS AND METHODS Nasopharyngeal swabs for U urealyticum culture were taken from infants with a birth weight between 750 and 1250 g in the first 3 postnatal days. Infants with a(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to evaluate the left ventricular (LV) systolic strain by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in order to provide the early detection of myocardial dysfunction in patients with Behcet's disease (BD). We also aimed to examine the relationship between LV systolic strain and N-terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide(More)
BACKGROUND Slow coronary flow (SCF) in a normal coronary angiogram is a well-recognized clinical entity, but its etiopathogenesis remains unclear. DESIGN The aim of the study was to determine endothelial function in patients with SCF using a flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) technique in the brachial artery. METHODS Coronary flow was quantified using the(More)
OBJECTIVE Endothelins (ET) can be considered stress-responsive regulators working in paracrine and autocrine fashion. It has been suggested that elevated levels of ET may be responsible for the low coronary re-flow phenomena. Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) was shown to stimulate ET release in rat heart; however, the mechanism(s) of this effect has not been(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated whether mobile telephones affect the function of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). BACKGROUND It is well known that electromagnetic fields can affect medical devices. METHODS The study included 43 patients with ventricular tachycardia and/or fibrillation treated with transvenous pectoral ICDs. Testing was done(More)
The long QT syndrome is a congenital disease with frequent familial transmission, characterized primarily by prolongation of the QT interval and by the occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmias. The syndrome may be familial, with or without congenital deafness, or it may be idiopathic. We attempted to assess ventricular repolarization and to identify(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy and safety of oral versus intravenous ibuprofen for the pharmacological closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in less mature preterm infants. DESIGN Prospective, randomised controlled study. SETTING Tertiary neonatal intensive care unit. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS The study enrolled 80 preterm infants with(More)
Slow coronary flow (SCF) in a normal-appearing coronary angiogram is a well-recognized clinical entity, but its etiopathogenesis remains unclear. The aim of the study was to evaluate echocardiographic features in patients with SCF. Thirty-four patients with angiographically proven SCF (group I) and 25 patients with normal coronary flow (group II) were(More)
The Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) frame count is a simple clinical tool for assessing quantitative indexes of coronary blood flow. This measurement has been significantly correlated with flow velocity measured with a flow-wire by several investigators during baseline conditions or hyperemia. In this study we aimed to evaluate the coronary(More)