Sven Van Poucke

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Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is frequently associated with low platelet count (PC) and disturbed platelet function (PF). While PC is easy to measure, PF is more difficult to assess. Moreover, the time-related platelet dysfunction and recovery after CPB is not fully elucidated. Platelet dysfunction could lead to(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in its very early stage, is heterogeneous both in terms of liver function (i.e., presence or absence of portal hypertension, model for end-stage liver disease score, Child-Pugh score 5 or 6, bilirubin level) and tumor characteristics (i.e., location, alpha-fetoprotein values, pathological features such as microvascular(More)
Sepsis is a heterogeneous disease caused by an infection stimulus that triggers several complex local and systemic immuno-inflammatory reactions, which results in multiple organ dysfunction and significant morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis of sepsis is challenging because there is no gold standard for diagnosis. As a result, the clinical diagnosis of(More)
OBJECTIVE To report a pediatric case of posttraumatic fungal fasciitis treated successfully with a combination including posaconazole. DESIGN Case report. SETTING Pediatric critical care unit at Antwerp University Hospital. PATIENT A 12-yr-old female polytrauma patient, suffering from extensive skin and muscle injuries, developed fasciitis. Two fungi(More)
Mild therapeutic hypothermia is considered standard care in the treatment of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest. With increasingly more frequent concomitant use of platelet-inhibiting drugs, clinicians must be cognizant of the ramifications of hypothermia on platelet function as part of hemostasis. The effects of hypothermia on platelet function have(More)
Despite the accelerating pace of scientific discovery, the current clinical research enterprise does not sufficiently address pressing clinical questions. Given the constraints on clinical trials, for a majority of clinical questions, the only relevant data available to aid in decision making are based on observation and experience. Our purpose here is(More)
AIMS The main goal of this study was to validate a new laser scanning cytometry method (ChemScanRDI) that couples immunofluorescence detection with differential interference contrast (DIC) confirmation, against manual microscopic enumeration of Giardia and Cryptosporidium (oo)cysts. This study also assessed the basic performance of the new Association(More)
INTRODUCTION The accumulation of unfolded protein in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) initiates an unfolded protein response (UPR) via three signal transduction cascades, which involve protein kinase RNA-like ER kinase (PERK), inositol requiring enzyme-1α (IRE1α) and activating transcription factor-6α (ATF6α). An ER stress response is observed in nearly all(More)
The health care sector generates bountiful data around the clock, which can paradoxically complicate our quest for information, knowledge, and ‘wisdom’ [1]. It may be prudent that medical end-users consider seriously a fundamental change that would allow us to gain full value from the ‘big data’ that the health care section is generating [2]. Proponents of(More)
Big data clinical research typically involves thousands of patients and there are numerous variables available. Conventionally, these variables can be handled by multivariable regression modeling. In this article, the hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) is introduced. This method is used to explore similarity between observations and/or clusters. The result(More)