Wai-Ming Lai

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Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) benefits children on dialysis and their parents by allowing for more daytime freedom and a more normal life. We carried out a survey on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children and adolescents from our end-stage renal disease program, including those on APD and hemodialysis (HD), and those who had received a(More)
It is well-known that an impulse-excited, all-pole lter is capable of representing many physical phenomena, including the oscillatory modes of percussion musical instruments like woodblocks, xylophones, or chimes. In contrast to the more common application of all-pole models to speech, however, practical problems arise in music synthesis due to the location(More)
This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the applicability of the selective approach of imaging infants < 6 months old with urinary tract infection (UTI) according to the UTI guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2007. Infants < 6 months old with their first UTI from January 2001 to December 2006 having undergone(More)
We reviewed 30 patients in an automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) program from 2002 to 2006 for peritonitis. Patients were 11.6 +/- 5.5 years old at initiation of peritoneal dialysis (PD) and had a total of 976 PD months. The overall peritonitis rate was 1 episode in 54.2 patient-months, for a rate of 0.22 episode annually. The rate was considered low,(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare but potentially fatal disease in childhood. The association of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, schistocytes, and thrombocytopenia without fever, neurologic, and renal involvement is sufficient to suspect TTP at an early stage for prompt plasma infusion or exchange therapy. TTP has been increasingly(More)
We have developed an adaptive multi-rate (AMR) speech coder designed to operate under the GSM digital cellular full rate (22.8 kb/s) and half rate (11.4 kb/s) channels and to maintain high quality in the presence of highly varying background noise and channel conditions. Within each total rate, several codec modes with different source/channel bit rate(More)
In dialyzed patients, preservation of residual renal function is associated with better survival, lower morbidity, and greater quality of life. To analyze the evolution of residual diuresis over time, we prospectively monitored urine output in 401 pediatric patients in the global IPPN registry who commenced peritoneal dialysis (PD) with significant residual(More)
Galloway-Mowat syndrome (GAMOS) is an autosomal-recessive disease characterized by the combination of early-onset nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and microcephaly with brain anomalies. Here we identified recessive mutations in OSGEP, TP53RK, TPRKB, and LAGE3, genes encoding the four subunits of the KEOPS complex, in 37 individuals from 32 families with GAMOS.(More)
Lupus vasculopathy (LV) is one of the complications of lupus nephritis. No definite therapy has been recommended for the management of LV, and patient outcomes are variable. We present the case of a 16-year-old girl who recovered from stage V chronic kidney disease due to lupus nephritis with vasculopathy with active treatment including pulse(More)
  • Wai-Ming Lai
  • Peritoneal dialysis international : journal of…
  • 2009
In children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is a useful and important clinical measure for monitoring the child's well-being and functional status. One of the commonly used generic HRQOL instruments in children is the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory, because an ESRD-specific instrument for children is still(More)