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BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious problem for patients undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in TB-endemic areas; however, data on these patients are limited. METHODS We obtained data on 2040 HSCT recipients from the Registry of Catastrophic Illness in Taiwan from 1997 to 2006. We also obtained data on age-, sex- and enrolment(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested a close correlation between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and various respiratory disorders. However, the association between GERD and tuberculosis (TB) remains unexplored. METHODS Using data retrieved from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database from 2000 to 2009, this longitudinal(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common posttransplantation malignancy in hepatitis B virus (HBV) endemic areas. The aim of this study was to review the significant effect of liver cirrhosis on the outcome of renal allograft recipients with chronic hepatitis B. We performed a retrograde analysis of the clinical presentations of 66 hepatitis B(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness of intraoperative povidone-iodine (PVI) application in the reduction of surgical-site infection (SSI) remains controversial. This meta-analysis was performed to assess the effect of intraoperative PVI application compared with no antiseptic solution (saline or nothing) on the SSI rate. METHODS The meta-analysis included(More)
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