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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the accuracy of cerebral computed tomographic angiography (CT-a) for the diagnosis of brain death (BD). DESIGN AND SETTING Prospective observational study in intensive care units. PATIENTS Twenty-one clinically BD patients enrolled over 12 months. MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS All clinically BD patients were evaluated by(More)
A cluster of cases of Candida albicans candidaemia in a surgical intensive care unit was investigated. The probability of such a cluster during a single month was highly significant compared with the frequency of candidaemia in the previous year. A molecular typing method, based on length analysis of three (EF3, CDC3, HIS3) microsatellite-containing(More)
Patients receiving cadaveric kidney transplants often experience delayed graft function. As iodinated contrast media injection (ICMI), necessary for cerebral angiography, which is often used to diagnose brain death, can be nephrotoxic, we compared renal function recovery (RFR) and 1-year and long-term graft survival according to the method used to diagnose(More)
Pneumonectomy carries a high-risk for postoperative complications. The aim of the study was to identify factors that may predispose to the development of major postoperative complications after pneumonectomy for lung cancer. All consecutive patients from January 2000 to December 2005 were retrospectively studied. Major postoperative complications were(More)
We report a case of nefopam intoxication in a severely malnourished postoperative intensive care patient with profound hypoprotidemia. Nefopam induced agitation and confusion associated with anticholinergic symptoms such as tremor, hypertonia, mydriasis, and tachycardia. All these symptoms disappeared after withdrawal of the drug. Nefopam should be(More)
UNLABELLED On the basis of the determination of minimum local analgesic concentration (MLAC), ropivacaine has been demonstrated to be less potent than bupivacaine during the first stage of labor. In this study we assessed the effect of clonidine on the MLAC of ropivacaine. Seventy-seven parturients of mixed parity requesting epidural analgesia for labor(More)
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