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In therapy for ventilator-associated pneumonia, it is essential to get initial empiric therapy correct; this is challenging because many patients are infected with multidrug-resistant pathogens. The need for achieving appropriate therapy can lead to broad-spectrum empiric therapy, which can represent antibiotic overuse and promote even more resistance. In(More)
BACKGROUND Bland-White-Garland syndrome (anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery) is a rare disease which may result in myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and sometimes death during the early infantile period. CASE PRESENTATION A successfully treated case of a 45-year-old mother of 2 children with(More)
The authors present the case of a 39-year-old man who underwent endovascular repair of a thoracic aortic disruption. Implantation of a Gore TAG stent-graft achieved total exclusion of the traumatic lesion with no contrast extravasation. However, on the third postoperative day, the patient developed complete anuria necessitating continuous venovenous(More)
A 29-year-old male with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia major (β-TM), splenectomized and on chelation therapy with deferiprone (DFP or L1) due to heart and liver hemosiderosis, presented with high fever and agranulocytosis. Deferiprone was discontinued and a broad spectrum antibiotic therapy was started intravenously. The patient remained febrile and(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the hypothesis that an algorithm based on serial measurements of procalcitonin (PCT) allows reduction in the duration of antibiotic therapy compared with empirical rules, and does not result in more adverse outcomes in burn patients with infectious complications. All burn patients requiring antibiotic therapy based(More)
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