Shiue-Wei Lai

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PURPOSE Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) represent a new treatment option for patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma. In this article we assessed the treatment response and tried to identify prognostic factors which may provide some information different from previously published reports in groups with better(More)
PURPOSE The mechanism of cancer cachexia remains unclear and inflammatory cytokines may play a role in its development. Interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) are known to be associated with cancer cachexia. Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5a (TRACP5a) is proposed to be related to chronic inflammation. In this(More)
We report on a patient with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency who developed acute hemolytic anemia after having received an injection of Ginkgo biloba for dementia prophylaxis without medical advice. She suddenly developed general malaise, generalized yellowish skin color, and tea-colored urine. Intravenous fluid infusion and cessation of(More)
BACKGROUND The common differential diagnosis of microcytic anemia in young Asian men includes iron deficiency anemia (IDA), α-thalassemia (αT) and β-thalassemia (βT). In this study, we aimed to distinguish between these diseases in a distinct population of young men using a specific index. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the laboratory(More)
BCR-ABL tyrosine-kinase inhibitors are the first-line therapy for the majority of patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Up to 20% of patients who have imatinib-treated CML in blast crisis (BC) experience a relapse in the central nervous system (CNS) due to the poor penetration of the drug by the blood-brain barrier. The present case reports a(More)
Azacitidine is a novel agent for treating myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). It has a relatively safe toxicity profile with very few reported skin toxicities. Patients with MDS were prone to get severe infections, especially via respiratory tract, urinary system, and bloodstream. However, necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a relatively rare event in patients with(More)
department, Tri-Service General Hospital, Taiwan, with diffuse abdominal pain for one day in April 2012. Her abdomen was distended, hypoactive and tender without palpable masses. Abdominal plain radiograph showed intestinal obstruction (Fig. 1). The computed tomography (CT) of abdomen demonstrated incarceration of the small bowel into the left obturator(More)
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