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BACKGROUND Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is always associated with a high incidence and mortality. Because of the presence of some concomitant risk factors such as immobilization, bronchial superinfection, patients who are admitted for acute exacerbations of COPD are generally considered to be at moderate risk for the(More)
This study aims to investigate the correlation between carotid elasticity in hemodialysis patients as evaluated by ultrasound echo-tracking technology and aortic pulse wave velocity. A total of 103 patients with end-stage renal disease who underwent stable hemodialysis were enrolled. An ultrasonic echo-tracking method was used to evaluate the elastic(More)
PURPOSE : To assess the clinic value of application of laparospic ultrasonography (LU) in partial nephrectomy of small renal cell carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS From 2007 to 2011, 28 small renal cell carcinoma patients in ou clinic underwent laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with LU. For comparison with preoperative conventional ultrasound and CT, we(More)
Bell's palsy is a form of temporary facial nerve paralysis that occurs primarily in young adults. Previously, various methods were used to assess outcomes in facial nerve disease. The aim of the present study was to characterize the main branches of the normal and abnormal facial nerve using high-frequency ultrasonography (HFUS). A total of 104 healthy(More)
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