Rita Bettencourt-Silva

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BACKGROUND Bariatric surgery improves lipid profile. A still unanswered question is whether this improvement is merely weight-dependent or also results from factors inherent to specificities of the bariatric procedure. We aimed to study lipid profile 1 year after bariatric surgery and compare its changes between the different procedures in patients matched(More)
INTRODUCTION Primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) is a rare but severe and potentially life-threatening condition. No previous studies have characterized Portuguese patients with PAI. AIMS To characterize the clinical presentation, diagnostic workup, treatment and follow-up of Portuguese patients with confirmed PAI. METHODS This multicentre retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have reported that morbid obesity is associated with increased thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. However, it is not clear what is the impact of bariatric surgery on postoperative thyroid function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of weight loss after bariatric surgery on TSH levels in euthyroid patients(More)
BACKGROUND Hemoglobin A1c is used to evaluate the glycemic control in patients with diabetes and is a risk marker for chronic complications of diabetes. Hemoglobin variants are reported to falsely lower or increase hemoglobin A1c test results. We present a case report of a patient with diabetes with discrepancy between fasting plasma glucose and hemoglobin(More)
Anti-cardiac troponin antibodies have been studied in different types of clinical diseases and in healthy populations. A systematic review of published data on anti-troponin antibodies was carried out (search performed on PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus databases). From title and abstract analysis, thirty-three articles were included that met the(More)
OBJECTIVE A systematic review was carried out to study the pattern of BNP and NT-proBNP release after running. METHODS Data were collected by searching the PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus databases. RESULTS Fifty-three reports were identified as meeting the pre-specified criteria. Twenty-seven reports, representing 1,034 participants, presented(More)
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