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CONTEXT A variety of infectious agents have been reported as rare causes of acute pancreatitis. CASE REPORT We briefly describe a 36-year-old man who presented with acute pancreatitis and a maculopapular rash. The marked elevation in antibody titer against coxsackievirus B, as well as the skin biopsy, was compatible with acute coxsackievirus B viral(More)
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recent studies indicate that atrial fibrillation (AF) is prevalent among ESRD patients while it adversely affects the clinical outcome. Despite these considerations, AF management in this population is problematic. Notably, most ESRD patients with AF are(More)
S100B protein, an acknowledged biomarker of brain injury, has been reported to be increased in hemorrhagic shock. Also, acute hemorrhage is associated with inflammatory response. The aim of this study was to investigate the concentrations of serum S100B and the potential relationships with interleukin 6 (IL-6), severity of tissue hypoperfusion, and(More)
BACKGROUND There is no consistent evidence regarding the prognostic value of metabolic syndrome (MS) in predicting all-cause mortality and coronary heart disease (CHD) risk among type 2 diabetic patients. We sought to investigate whether individual or various combinations of MS components have a different predictive value than the presence of MS in this(More)
In a prospective observational study, we assessed the relative value of conventional stroke risk factors and emerging markers in the prediction of functional outcome of patients surviving the acute phase of an ischemic non-embolic stroke. All available eligible patients consecutively admitted due to a first-ever acute ischemic non-embolic stroke during a(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with sepsis syndrome commonly have low serum selenium levels. Several randomized controlled trials have examined the efficacy of selenium supplementation on mortality in patients with sepsis. OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy and safety of high-dose selenium supplementation compared to placebo for the reduction of mortality in(More)
OBJECTIVE The value of the recently introduced definitions of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the identification of high cardiovascular risk subjects remains questionable. We examined the association among different definitions of MetS, and the occurrence of a first-ever acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS We studied 211 patients with a first-ever ACS and(More)