Shrita Smith

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Potassium is one of the most frequently tested analytes in the clinical laboratory. Because of its critical role in body homeostasis, laboratory errors that cause inaccurate potassium results can significantly affect patient safety. This review is limited to the spurious increase of serum potassium levels (pseudohyperkalemia), ie, instances of elevated(More)
An infant with documented hepatic veno-occlusive disease due to ingestion of pyrrolizidine alkaloids is presented. The alkaloids were ingested in the form of an herbal tea commonly used as a folk remedy among the Mexican-American population. Among these people, this herb is known as gordolobo yerba. The patient presented with acute hepatocellular disease(More)
Gastrocolic fistulas are not common. We review the 10-year experience in our center of 15 cases that emphasize the changing pattern of this disease. The female-to-male ratio was 2:1, with a mean age of 55. Even though we are affiliated with the regional cancer center, the commonest cause of a fistula was benign gastric ulceration. Sixty percent of those(More)
Patients with macular disciform degeneration may undergo spontaneous improvement in visual acuity of the first affected eye when the second eye later undergoes a decrease in vision. Three hundred twenty-nine cases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (POH) were examined. There were 20 patients who strictly(More)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Humanized disease models are required to develop new therapies for currently incurable forms of AMD. In this work, a tissue-on-a-chip approach was developed through combining human induced pluripotent stem cells, Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS)(More)
The results of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) have been found to be adversely affected by noise. However, there are few investigations into the specific effect of background noise on TEOAEs. The purpose of the present study was to determine the effects of increasing levels of speech babble and the recording method on TEOAEs using the ILO88(More)
The treatment of Hodgkin's disease involves mantle field irradiation. Patients with early stage (I-II) Hodgkin's are often in their 20's or 30's and can expect to live for many decades after the successful management of their disease; however, complications, including second cancers in the treatment area, occur in some survivors. Breast cancer is among the(More)
The symphysial-fundal height (SF) measurement has been routinely used in obstetrics, although its value in the prediction of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants remains controversial. A retrospective study was performed in order to assess the sensitivity and specificity of the SF distance and establish guidelines for its use. Local neonatal birthweight(More)
We present a case of synchronous bilateral inoperable lung cancer which required treatment with external beam radiotherapy to a radical dose. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) was used. More conformal dose distribution within the planning target volume was obtained using IMRT than the conventional technique. Dose-volume constraints defined for the(More)