Sven Van Poucke

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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)
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)
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)
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)
The authors describe a compartment syndrome progressively developed after a long-term surgical procedure, with a patient positioned in supine position with calf rest, who was successfully treated with hyperbaric oxygenation. This approach saved the patient from a more invasive therapeutic intervention.
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)
When Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774, he found that air was a mixture of gases. He called one of these gases “dephlogisticated air,” to which later the chemist Antoine Lavoisier gave the name “oxygen” which made candles burn brighter and longer than ordinary air [1]. Until now, this discovery covers 2 essential features of oxygen which in(More)
BACKGROUND Prophylactic nucleos(t)ide anologues against hepatitis B virus (HBV) recurrence after liver transplantation (LT) include lamivudine, entecavir, tenofovir, adefovir. Since the most effective strategies for post-LT remain inconclusive, we aimed to compare 6 different treatment options (lamivudine, entecavir, tenofovir, adefovir, lamivudine plus(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)
BACKGROUND Critically ill cirrhotic patients have a high mortality, particularly with concomitant respiratory failure on admission. There are no specific models in use for mortality risk assessment in critically ill cirrhotic patients with acute respiratory failure (CICRF). The aim is to develop a risk prediction model specific to CICRF in order to quantify(More)