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This retrospective review presented the prevalence and manifestations of tuberculosis among renal transplant recipients in our center between 1987 and mid 2007. The prevalence of tuberculosis was 5/151 (3.3%) recipients with a median age of 49 years (range = 38-55). The median time of diagnosis after transplantation was 23 months (range = 1-47). All five(More)
Since 1988 in this referral center for severe cases of malaria for South Vietnam, a specialist team has managed malaria-associated renal failure (MARF) with peritoneal dialysis, and the mortality rate of MARF has fallen from 75% (78 of 104) to 26% (27 of 104) (P < .0002). Sixty-four patients with MARF (of whom 12 died) were compared to 66 patients with(More)
A rapid, selective, sensitive, and reproducible reversed-phase HPLC procedure for the quantitative determination of mycophenolic acid (MPA)--an active plasma metabolite of the immunosuppressant mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in plasma is described. The procedure involves one-step extraction of MPA and the internal standard, standard [RS-60461-000:(More)
The natriuretic peptide (NP) and nitric oxide (NO) systems are activated in congestive heart failure (CHF), resulting in increased synthesis of cGMP, which serves as a second messenger for both humoral systems. These two regulatory systems play functional roles in the preservation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and sodium excretion in both acute and(More)
Pseudallescheria boydii and its asexual form, Scedosporium apiospermum, are ubiquitous filamentous fungi that rarely cause central nervous system (CNS) infection. Brain abscess caused by P. boydii is a highly lethal infection, usually seen in organ transplant recipients who receive a number of immunosuppressive agents. We have presented a case of a(More)
1. While the natriuretic peptides (atrial, brain and C-type) mediate potent endothelium-independent vasorelaxing actions in vitro, the role of the endogenous natriuretic peptide system in vascular regulation in vivo remains unclear. 2. HS-142-1 is a novel natriuretic peptide receptor antagonist derived from a fungus named Aureobasidium sp. which selectively(More)
BACKGROUND Patients on dialysis are at high risk of acquiring viral hepatitis infections. However, there were only few data from Thailand. The aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence, incidence and associated risk factors of viral hepatitis infections among dialysis patients. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted to evaluate 5179(More)
OBJECTIVE The prevalence of type 2 diabetes, often leading to diabetic nephropathy, has increased globally, especially in Asia. Irbesartan treatment delays the progression of kidney disease at the early (microalbuminuria) and late (proteinuria) stages of nephropathy in hypertensive type 2 diabetics. This treatment has proven to be cost-effective in Western(More)
The endothelin (ET)-B receptor subtype is expressed on vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells and participates in vasodilatation and vasoconstriction. Controversy exists regarding the role of the ET-B receptor as a mediator of systemic, pulmonary, and renal vasoconstriction in states of marked ET-1 activation. Moreover, the potential activation of(More)