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BACKGROUND Pain experienced following laparoscopic cholecystectomy is largely contributed by the anterior abdominal wall incisions. This study investigated whether subcostal transversus abdominis (STA) block was superior to traditional port-site infiltration of local anesthetic in reducing postoperative pain, opioid consumption, and time for recovery. (More)
Nine multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled studies were conducted to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the angiotensin II subtype 1 receptor blocker (AT1 blocker) irbesartan for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension. After a 4- to 5-week placebo lead-in phase, patients were randomized to 4 to 12 weeks of double-blind therapy with either(More)
Twenty patients attending a colposcopy clinic because of a cytological suspicion of dyskaryosis were entered into a 'paired' biopsy study. A low voltage diathermy loop biopsy and a punch biopsy were taken from the cervix of each patient. In a second 'unpaired' study loop biopsies taken from 20 patients were compared with punch biopsies taken from 20(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated a newly developed phased-array intracardiac echocardiographic catheter. OBJECTIVE Our aim was to evaluate the imaging capability of this new ICE catheter in an animal model simulating acute cardiovascular abnormalities. METHODS ICE images were obtained from the right atrium during (1) acute left ventricular dysfunction; (2) acute(More)
Twenty-one patients with primary immunoglobulin deficiency were enrolled in a crossover study to test the efficacy and safety of Alphaglobin in comparison with the licensed preparations Sandoglobulin and Gamimune. There was no statistical difference in these parameters between Alphaglobin and Sandoglobulin/Gamimune. The level of total serum IgG and specific(More)
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