Sen-Kuang Hou

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Hepatic portal venous gas (HPVG) is a rare radiographic finding of significance. Most cases with HPVG are related to mesenteric ischemia that have been associated with extended bowel necrosis and fatal outcome. With the help of computed tomography (CT) in early diagnosis of HPVG, the clinical outcome of patients with mesenteric ischemia has improved. There(More)
Bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is an effective trigger of the inflammatory response during infection with gram-negative bacilli (GNB), which implicates the pathogenesis of sepsis and septic shock. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are shown to have a significant role in the fine-tuning of toll-like receptor (TLR)-mediated inflammatory response. We profiled miRNA(More)
Abdominal pain is one of the most common chief complaints of patients presenting to the emergency department and, among the diagnoses of abdominal pain, appendicitis is the most common surgical disorder. Traditionally, the diagnosis of appendicitis is based on well-established clinical criteria combined with physician experience. However, appendicitis(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of acute kidney injury (AKI) in 100-km ultramarathon runners. DESIGN Prospective observational study. SETTING The 2011 Soochow University ultramarathon, in which each athlete ran for 100 km. PARTICIPANTS All Taiwanese entrants who participated in the 100-km race and lived in the northern part of(More)
INTRODUCTION The objective is to evaluate the diagnosis of foreign body (FB) ingestion and report on the endoscopic management in Taiwan. METHODS This retrospective study enrolled 159 adult patients with confirmed diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal FBs who received endoscopic management in the emergency department. RESULTS The patients' mean age was(More)
OBJECTIVE The aims of the study were to evaluate the incidence of newly diagnosed primary overt hypothyroidism among adults admitted through the emergency department (ED) and to assess how previously undiagnosed hypothyroidism presents. METHODS From July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2006, 56 adult patients were enrolled for further analysis. RESULTS The(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study is to investigate the clinical use of inflammatory marker triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM)-1 at admission for differentiating between typical and atypical bacterial community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS A prospective, noninterventional study of patients with CAP hospitalized through the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of patients of unexpected cardiac arrest initially resuscitated by first responders with dissimilar experiences under the support of cardiac arrest team (CAT). METHODS All unexpected cardiac arrest patients receiving in-hospital resuscitation with the activation of CAT in a tertiary-care(More)
BACKGROUND Ultramarathon is a high endurance exercise associated with a wide range of exercise-related problems, such as acute kidney injury (AKI). Early recognition of individuals at risk of AKI during ultramarathon event is critical for implementing preventative strategies. OBJECTIVES To investigate the impact of speed variability to identify the(More)