Timo J. Pellinen

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To examine the influence of magnesium (Mg) on hypomagnesaemia and atrial fibrillation (AF) following coronary artery by-pass surgery, 140 consecutive patients were randomized to receive 70 mmol of magnesium sulphate intravenously (n = 69) or placebo (n = 71). Serum magnesium concentrations fell to 0.77 +/- 0.10 mmol.l-1 in the control group but rose to 1.09(More)
Incidence of microbial colonization related to medical devices was prospectively studied in 101 consecutive patients treated in intensive care unit ICU. Following endotracheal intubation 50% of patients had positive bacterial culture in the trachea within 24 hours irrespective of the use of antibiotics. Positive urine cultures occurred in 33% of patients(More)
The etiology and clinical course of acute nontraumatic rhabdomyolysis and ensuing renal failure was surveyed in a series of 40 consecutive patients. In 28 cases the muscle damage occurred after excessive consumption of ethyl alcohol and/or other intoxications. Prolonged lying immobilized was the reason or contributing factor for rhabdomyolysis in 22 cases.(More)
Seventy-one coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) reoperations were performed during a 17-year period, comprising 2.7% of all CABG operations. The main indication (in 87%) was vein graft failure alone or combined with other causes. Progression of disease in native coronary arteries was the sole indication in only 4 of the 71 cases. There were seven(More)
The data of 88 consecutive patients with intoxication due to tricyclic antidepressant drugs were retrospectively surveyed. Apart from sinus tachycardia, temporary electrocardiographic changes developed in 48 patients (55%). These included, in order of their frequency, QTc prolongation (85%), T-wave abnormality (82%), PQ prolongation (19%), widening of QRS(More)
1. Eight healthy subjects were studied before digoxin and after successive therapy periods of 1 week 0.125, 0.25 and 0.50 mg of digoxin. The mean serum concentrations (+/- s. d.) were 0.4 +/- 0.2, 0.6 +/- 0.3 and 1.4 +/- 0.5 nmol l-1, respectively. The effects of digitalis were studied by echocardiography and systolic time intervals at rest and after 3 min(More)
Between November 1987 and April 1988, the right gastroepiploic artery (GEA) was used as a coronary artery bypass graft in 11 patients, 9 men and 2 women. In 1 of them, the GEA was used because no veins were available; in the others, the GEA was used to avoid the use of vein grafts. The GEA was anastomosed to the right coronary artery in all patients, and(More)