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BACKGROUND The carcinogenic effect of betelnut chewing leading to oral cancer is well known. Betelnut chewing may also affect the autonomic nervous system. In this report, we present another potential hazard of betelnuts, milk-alkali syndrome. CASE REPORT Two patients who had chewed a large quantity of betelnuts developed hypercalcemia, metabolic(More)
This is a retrospective comparison of the status among the elderly (> or = 60 years, 23 patients) and younger patients (< 60 years, 31 cases) who initiated continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) between January 1986 and December 1992 at the National Taiwan University Hospital. The distribution of underlying renal diseases differed in the two(More)
The study was designed to determine whether hemodialysis patients in Taiwan had a different antibody response to common virus infections compared to the normal population. Serum samples from 18 hemodialysis patients and 21 healthy volunteers were obtained every 3 months for 2 years. Geometric mean titers (GMTs) of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to(More)
To study the feasibility of creating a radiocephalic hemodialysis fistula in elderly and diabetic patients, we prospectively studied 176 patients undergoing the first permanent vascular access creation and followed the outcome of fistula until primary failure or success was assessed. Color duplex ultrasonography was used to measure the blood flow rate.(More)
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