Sang Wook Kim

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OBJECTIVES We used virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) to study the relationship between pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) coronary plaque characteristics and post-PCI cardiac troponin I (cTnI) elevation. BACKGROUND Percutaneous coronary intervention is often complicated by post-procedural myocardial necrosis as manifested by(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used for the local staging of breast cancer, especially to determine the extent of multiple lesions and to identify occult malignancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pre-operative MRI on the surgical treatment of breast cancer. Between January 2006 and May 2007, 535 newly diagnosed breast(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated the clinical significance of attenuated plaque (hypoechoic plaque with deep ultrasound attenuation). BACKGROUND Attenuated plaques are unusual intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) findings in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS We reviewed clinical presentations and angiographic and pre-intervention IVUS findings in(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors describe their multidisciplinary experience in applying the Institute of Health Improvement methodology to develop a protocol and checklist to reduce communication error during transfer of care for postoperative pediatric surgical airway patients. Preliminary outcome data following implementation of the protocol and checklist are also(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Delayed bleeding is a serious complication that occurs after polypectomy. Many risk factors for delayed bleeding have been suggested, but there is little analysis of procedure-related risk factors. The purpose of this study is to identify a wide range of risk factors for delayed postpolypectomy bleeding (DPPB) and analyze the correlations of(More)
2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) is an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria. Here, we investigated the effect of DNP on the growth of Calu-6 lung cancer cells in view of cell cycle, apoptosis, ROS production and GSH content. DNP dose-dependently decreased cell viability at 72 h (EC50 of about 200 microM) as measured by a MTT assay. The lower(More)
BACKGROUND Dipeptidyl peptidase 4/CD26 (DPP-4) is a widely expressed cell surface serine protease. DPP-4 inhibitors, one of common anti-diabetic agents play a protective role in bone metabolism in recent studies. A soluble form of DPP-4 is found in serum, and exhibits DPP-4 enzymatic activity. However, the physiological role of serum or soluble DPP-4 and(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in elderly patients has been increasing in a number of countries. A few reports concerning pegylated interferon-α (PEG-IFN-α)-based combination treatment in elderly chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients have been published, with slightly different treatment outcomes. OBJECTIVES We investigated(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) resistance in patients with lamivudine-resistant chronic hepatitis B is not well understood. This study examined the initial virologic response (IVR) to ADV, the rate of ADV resistance and the factors associated with ADV resistance. METHODS Eighty one lamivudine-resistant HBeAg-positive patients were enrolled in(More)
Vessel geometry for numerical analysis is generally obtained by computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Most medical imaging is obtained from patients for hemodynamic analysis due to the properties of vascular disease and the difficulties in angiography. To predict the site where plaque occurs and(More)