Song Ching Ong

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This represents the first study to determine the genetic diversity of Blastocystis sp. among cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. Forty Blastocystis sp. isolates obtained from 20 cancer and 20 HIV/AIDS patients were genotyped by PCR using seven pairs of known sequenced-tagged site primers. Out of the 40 isolates, 38 were identified as one of the known genotypes(More)
Acute dysfunction of a kidney transplant can be the result of many different etiologies and an allograft biopsy is frequently necessary to diagnose acute rejection. This invasive procedure, while generally safe, is time consuming, costly and inconvenient. We summarize recent advances in genomic and proteomic techniques using peripheral blood and urine for(More)
Hereditary disorders of potassium homeostasis are an interesting group of disorders, affecting people from the newborn period to adults of all ages. The clinical presentation varies from severe hypotension at birth to uncontrolled hypertension in adults, often associated with abnormal potassium values, although many patients may have a normal serum(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Arteriovenous thigh grafts are a potential vascular access option in hemodialysis patients who have exhausted all upper-limb sites. This study compared the outcomes of thigh grafts with outcomes obtained with dialysis catheters. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS A prospective vascular access database was queried to(More)
INTRODUCTION Regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) is used as an anticoagulant for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). A systemic calcium (Ca2+) infusion is required to replace Ca2+ lost in the effluent. The shortage of intravenous Ca2+ in the United States has limited RCA use. We describe a continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) protocol(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether preoperative sonographic evaluation of vascular diameters and calcification identifies patients at risk for immediate technical failure of thigh hemodialysis grafts. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 143 chronic hemodialysis patients who underwent thigh graft placement was performed. All(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW An updated overview of the state-of-the-art approaches to the care of chronic kidney disease-related issues in renal transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS These include the impact of immunosuppression therapy on kidney function, the management of cardiovascular risk, metabolic bone disease, and hematologic complications, with a focus on(More)
Recent literature suggests that a positive crossmatch adversely impacts outcomes in simultaneous liver-kidney transplant (SLKT). The aim of this study was to evaluate outcomes of SLKT with a positive flow crossmatch (+FCXM) at our center. We retrospectively analyzed all of the SLKTs between January 1, 2000, and September 30, 2010. A total of 2793 kidney(More)
Helicobacter pylori (formerly Campylobacter pylori) has been recently described as a gastritis-associated bacterium. We examined endoscopic biopsies of 100 patients with dyspepsia and found H. pylori in the gastric antrum of 34 (34%) by either culture, urease tests and/or histology. Thirty-one out of 41 patients (75.6%) confirmed to have chronic active(More)
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