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Hanging is a common method of committing suicide and a routine task in medico-legal autopsies. The hanging mark is the most relevant external sign and its characteristics are well known, but, for unknown reasons, there are major differences in reports on internal findings. We retrospectively studied 228 consecutive cases of hanging deaths. A complete(More)
BACKGROUND Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common liver disease. The aim of the present study was to explore the relation of visfatin with underlying histopathological changes of NAFLD patients. SUBJECTS A population of 55 NAFLD patients was analyzed in a cross-sectional study. A liver biopsy was realized. Weight, basal glucose, insulin,(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To describe the age distribution, clinical, laboratory, radiographic, and bacteriologic findings of pediatric patients with tuberculous pleural effusion. DESIGN A retrospective study. PATIENTS AND METHODS We have identified all cases of primary pulmonary tuberculosis in children < 18 years, reported to the health department. We have(More)
There is a subset of patients with failed ablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) using standard catheters and with 10% of the patients having recurrences. The purpose of this study was to compare the cooled and standard ablation with regard to acute successful electrophysiological achievement of bidirectional isthmus block and the subacute anatomic(More)
BACKGROUND A number of drugs have been used to prevent aging changes. However, studies of oral isotretinoin, the commonly used acne drug, as an antiaging drug are lacking. OBJECTIVE To determine improvement in cutaneous aging utilizing oral isotretinoin combined with different procedures of facial rejuvenation. METHODS Sixty patients ranging in age from(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the sensitivity of bacteriologic studies in pediatric pulmonary tuberculosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between January 1988 and December 1996, 104 consecutive patients aged 0 to 18 years received a diagnosis of primary pulmonary tuberculosis at our institution. Demographic, clinical, laboratory, and bacteriologic data were collected.(More)
We report a case of an esophageal collision tumor composed of adenocarcinoma and oat cell carcinoma. Both tumors appeared to arise from dysplastic Barrett's mucosae in a 75-year-old man. Immunohistochemical stains and electron microscopy demonstrated a separate identity for each of the tumors in collision. Molecular analysis of microsatellite regions was(More)
This study was designed to analyze the hemodynamic and cerebral repercussions arising from the surgical interruption of the superior vena cava. The experiments were carried out in 12 mongrel dogs under two different conditions: with shunt (group A, n = 6) and without the installation of a shunt (group B, n = 6). The period of occlusion was 35 minutes. The(More)
A double aortic arch is a relatively uncommon anomaly occasionally associated with congenital heart disease or the chromosome 22q11 deletion. We report a case of prenatal diagnosis of a double aortic arch in which the sonographic features in the 3-vessel and trachea view are highlighted. A PubMed-based search was made to retrieve all cases of prenatal(More)