Shih-Tsung Cheng

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OBJECTIVE Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to have impaired cardiac autonomic modulation with depressed heart rate variability (HRV). Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is recommended as an integral part of the management. However, the effect of PR on HRV at peak exercise remains unclear. METHODS Sixty-four patients with COPD(More)
A patient with a bulky inoperable stage IIIC melanoma involving the left axilla and neck from a primary of the left medial elbow received vemurafenib as neo-adjuvant treatment. Based on the molecular analysis, BRAF V600E mutation was present. After 4 months of vemurafinib treatment, the tumours shrank to less than 50% of original clinical size and allowed(More)
BACKGROUND Growth-differentiation factor (GDF)-15 is a strong predictor of cardiovascular events in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the effects of GDF-15 on left ventricular (LV) remodeling have not been clearly elucidated. The aim of this study is to investigate whether GDF-15 will be of benefit in predicting LV(More)
Clinical predictors of long-term outcomes in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) treated with endovascular therapy (EVT) remain unclear. In this study, clinical predictors of long-term outcomes in EVT-treated patients with CLI were investigated. In this prospective, observational study, we analyzed a total of 253 Taiwanese patients with CLI with 314(More)
BACKGROUND Sentinel lymphadenectomy has been associated with fewer complications in evaluating regional lymph nodes from melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma. It may also be employed in other malignancies such as localized cutaneous lymphoma. This is the first report demonstrating sentinel lymphadenectomy may be useful on primary cutaneous anaplastic(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Midterm outcomes of endovascular intervention (EVI) for critical limb ischemia (CLI) have not been previously reported in Taiwan. This study assessed the safety, feasibility, and patient-oriented outcomes for CLI patients after EVI. METHODS From June 2005 to December 2011, 270 patients underwent EVI for CLI of 333 limbs. Primary patency(More)
Acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM) is the predominant form of melanoma in Asians. It occurs on the hairless skin of the palms, soles, and subungual regions, with the sole being the most common site. ALM shares certain histopathologic features with lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM), but traditionally it is considered more aggressive with worse prognosis. Recent(More)
The aim of the study is to evaluate the relationship between Humphrey visual field progression and peripheral vascular endothelial function in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG), assessed by noninvasive endothelium-dependent flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD).Forty OAG patients, among which 22 had normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and 18 had primary(More)