Ruzica Maksimovic

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Rhythm and conduction disturbances and sudden cardiac death (SCD) are important manifestations of cardiac involvement in autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs). In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a major cause of SCD is atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, leading to acute coronary syndrome and ventricular arrhythmias. In systemic lupus(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of physiological outcome measures in detecting functional change in the degree of impairment of spinal cord injury (SCI) following repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the sensorimotor cortex. METHODS Subjects with complete or incomplete cervical (or T1) SCI received real and sham rTMS in a(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWMRI) and transient elastography (TE) in quantification of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic cholestatic liver diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty-five patients underwent DWMRI, TE, and liver biopsy for staging of liver fibrosis. Apparent diffusion(More)
The aim of this study was to validate multislice computed tomography (MSCT) venography measurements of pulmonary vein (PV) diameters vs conventional pulmonary venography (CPV), and to assess the reproducibility of MSCT data. The study included 21 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation who were planned for cryothermal ablation of PVs. One day before(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can accurately predict invasion of the preepiglottic and paraglottic space in patients with laryngeal carcinoma. Identification of these fat filling spaces is important for surgical treatment and prognosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was based on the(More)
BACKGROUND The idea to enter the normal pericardial sac safely was unrealistic until recently. The development of a novel instrument (PerDUCER pericardial access device) for percutaneous access to the pericardium could potentially have a significant impact, not only on patients with pericardial diseases but even more, or primarily, on diagnosis and(More)
BACKGROUND Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a cholestatic liver disease with chronic inflammation and progressive destruction of biliary tree. Magnetic resonance (MR) examination with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) allows analysis of morphological liver parenchymal changes and non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis. Moreover, MR(More)
Pericardial cytokine patterns in various diseases are not well established. We have analyzed pericardial proinflammatory (interleukin (IL)-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha) and immunoregulatory cytokines (transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 and interferon (IFN)-gamma) in patients with pericarditis, myocarditis, and ischemic heart disease.(More)
The most frequent pericardial emergency is cardiac tamponade, but complications of an acute coronary syndrome and aortic dissection may also involve the pericardium. Acute pericarditis can also represent a medical emergency due to chest pain of upsetting intensity. Decompensations in chronic advanced constriction and in the clinical course of purulent(More)
The ability to detect physiological changes associated with treatments to effect axonal regeneration, or novel rehabilitation strategies, for spinal cord injury will be challenging using the widely employed American Spinal Injuries Association (ASIA) impairment scales (AIS) for sensory and motor function. Despite many revisions to the AIS standard(More)