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BACKGROUND Statins reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events in patients at high cardiovascular risk. However, a benefit of statins in such patients who are undergoing hemodialysis has not been proved. METHODS We conducted an international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, prospective trial involving 2776 patients, 50 to 80 years of age, who(More)
BACKGROUND There is uncertainty on the effect of different dialysis modalities for the treatment of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). This controlled clinical trial performed in the framework of the multicentre SHARF 4 study (Stuivenberg Hospital Acute Renal Failure) aimed to investigate the outcome in(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with end-stage renal disease commonly present with an atherogenic lipid profile characterized by the accumulation of triglyceride-rich, apoprotein B-containing "remnant" lipoproteins, small dense low-density lipoprotein, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein. They are at increased cardiovascular risk and may benefit from drastic(More)
BACKGROUND Aliskiren is the first in a new class of orally effective renin inhibitors for the treatment of hypertension. METHODS In 569 patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension, blood pressure (BP), plasma renin activity (PRA) and plasma renin concentration (PRC) were measured before and after 8 weeks of double-blind treatment with once-daily oral(More)
BACKGROUND Stopping the detrimental effects of the renin-angiotensin system at the most upstream point of the cascade offers theoretical advantages for cardiovascular protection. This study compares the antihypertensive efficacy and safety of the novel oral renin inhibitor aliskiren with placebo and an active comparator. METHODS AND RESULTS The study was(More)
Primary extranodal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (p-EN-NHL) of the kidneys with acute renal failure as the only manifestation is very rare. The origin of neoplastic lymphoid cells in the kidneys, organs normally free of lymphoid tissue, is an unsolved problem. A literature review over the last ten years revealed only 9 adult cases, including ours that match the(More)
In order to obtain a global assessment of circulating clopidogrel-related products and of the excretion of the drug, the pharmacokinetic behavior and the excretion balance of 14C radioactivity following the administration of a single dose of 75 mg of 14C-labeled clopidogrel were compared in 6 clopidogrel-free healthy male subjects (Period I) and after 7(More)
AIM AND METHODS In order to define a prognostic scoring system for hospital mortality of individual patients with acute renal failure (ARF), data were collected prospectively in a single centre study (Stuivenberg General Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium) on 197 adult patients consecutively admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) during one year. Mean age was(More)