Ronzo B. Lee

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UNLABELLED The role of cytokines in normal wound healing remains poorly defined. In vitro, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) decreases collagen accumulation, perhaps by increasing collagenase activity. The current study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that cytokines impair wound healing and collagen production. Wounds in C3H/HeJ (J) mice, which(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness and safety of a chronic indwelling pleural catheter with doxycycline pleurodesis via tube thoracostomy in the treatment of patients with recurrent symptomatic malignant pleural effusions (MPE). METHODS In this multi-institutional study conducted between March 1994 and February 1997, 144(More)
UNLABELLED The presence of major chest wall injury is an indication for transfer to a Level I trauma center. We hypothesized that the presence of three or more rib fractures on initial chest X-ray would identify a small subgroup of patients with a high probability of requiring trauma center care. All trauma discharges in Maryland between 1984 and 1986 (N =(More)
A vaccine to prevent congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections is a national priority. Investigational vaccines have targeted the viral glycoprotein B (gB) as an inducer of neutralizing antibodies and phosphoprotein 65 (pp65) as an inducer of cytotoxic T cells. Antibodies to gB neutralize CMV entry into all cell types but their potency is low compared to(More)
Autopsy studies reveal that 90 percent of patients with traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta (TRTA) die at the scene of the accident and 25 percent of those reaching the hospital do not survive their injuries. Treatment priorities in patients with TRTA and associated life-threatening head and intra-abdominal injuries have not been adequately studied. The(More)
Enalapril maleate is an investigational oral prodrug whose hydrolyzed diacid metabolite is a potent angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. Fourteen patients with mild to moderate hypertension were evaluated after receiving placebo, and two weeks of treatment with each of the following: enalapril maleate (20 mg b.i.d.), hydrochlorothiazide (25 mg b.i.d.),(More)
In the nutritional management of digestive disorders, it is important to know the relative secretory and metabolic responses to enteral and parenteral feeding. Twenty-seven healthy volunteers were studied while receiving either oral drinks or duodenal infusions of a complex formula diet, duodenal or intravenous infusions of elemental (protein as free amino(More)
During a 42-month period, 3,282 patients with blunt trauma were admitted to our hospital. Group I (n = 3,143) was defined as patients sustaining zero to two rib fractures, Group II (n = 139) as patients sustaining three or more rib fractures. Groups I and II differed in age and mechanism of injury. Two other descriptive variables (sex and year of admission)(More)