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BACKGROUND The clinicoepidemiological characteristics and course of bullous pemphigoid (BP) have not been described in populations from the Arabian Gulf. Hypothesis. Ethnic and regional variations can influence the clinical behaviour and course of autoimmune diseases. METHODS In this study, 43 patients with BP, registered in our autoimmune bullous(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmune bullous diseases (ABDs) are a rare but significant group of dermatoses that pose great challenges to the treating dermatologist. Most epidemiological studies have focused on a single ABD. Few surveys have been carried out to describe the whole spectrum of ABDs in a region, and no such studies are available from the Arabian Peninsula.(More)
The role of chronic exogenous intracerebroventricular administration of nerve growth factor (NGF) on the morphology of layer V pyramidal cell dendrites in aging rats was quantified using Golgi impregnations. Both dendritic branching and dendritic spines from the basilar tree of randomly selected pyramidal neurons of the frontal cortex were evaluated in(More)
The head upright tilt table test (HUT) has been unambiguously included into the screening algorithm of syncopes. The HUT is based on exposing patients to orthostatic stress. This easy, cheap and safe test makes it possible to diagnose neurally-mediated vasovagal syncope (NMS). The pathophysiology of the NMS is based on the hypercontractility of the(More)
UNLABELLED The authors have examined 73 patients at the mean age of 36.8 +/- 15.3 (M:34, F:39). All the pts have suffered from recurrent presyncopes or syncopes the etiology of which has not been diagnosed by previous internal, neurological or psychiatric examination. Before the HUT the patients have undergone a complete cardiological examination. The HUT(More)
51 gnotobiotic and 63 conventional, one-, or two-days-old piglets were divided into five groups and infected orally either with Isospora suis or rotavirus alone, or with both agents simultaneously or successively with alternative sequences and various intervals. 15 gnotobiotic and 10 conventional piglets served as controls. The development of small(More)
BACKGROUND Although pemphigus is a well-characterized entity, detailed epidemiologic studies from the Arabian Peninsula are not available. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the clinical features, course, and prognosis of pemphigus patients followed at a national dermatology center in Kuwait. METHODS Fifty-four patients with pemphigus in this(More)