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Cancer induced bone pain (CIBP) is a major clinical problem. Although opioids remain the principal axis in drug therapies for CIBP, their sustained application is known to induce cellular and molecular adaptations including enhanced neuroimmune reactivity. This is generally characterized by glial activation and proinflammatory cytokine production which(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between16-slice spiral CT perfusion imaging and tumor angiogenesis and VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) expression in patients with benign and malignant pulmonary nodules, and differential diagnosis between benign and malignant pulmonary nodules. Sixty-four patients with benign and malignant(More)
The ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane block and ilioinguinal-iliohypogastric nerve block have been shown to provide pain relief after abdominal surgery. A combination of the 2 blocks may provide acceptable surgical anesthesia for cesarean delivery. We describe 4 women who had contraindications to neuraxial anesthesia, who underwent cesarean(More)
Recently two parturients with Eisenmenger's syndrome underwent caesarean section at our hospital. They were managed by a multidisciplinary team during their perioperative period. The caesarean sections were uneventfully performed, one under general anaesthesia and one with epidural anaesthesia, with delivery of two newborns with satisfactory Apgar scores.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the predictive significance of the simplified Chinese STOP-Bang (S-B) scoring model in predicting obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome(OSAHS). METHOD A total of 114 cases with suspected OSAHS were included in this study. S-B questionnaire was filled before polysomnography (PSG) monitoring. According to the PSG monitoring results(More)
Despite advances in postoperative pain management, the proportion of patients with moderate to severe postoperative pain is still ranging 20-80%. In this retrospective study, we investigated 1736 patients to determine the incidence of postoperative pain in need of intervention (PPINI)defined as numeric rating scale >4 at rest in the post anaesthesia care(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that continuous right thoracic paravertebral block, following bolus initiation, decreases opioid consumption after right-lobe hepatectomy in patients receiving patient-controlled intravenous analgesia with sufentanil. METHODS Patients undergoing right-lobe hepatectomy with a right thoracic paravertebral catheter(More)
BACKGROUND Acute ethanol intoxication has the potential to alter immune reactivity by various pathways. The aim of this study was to investigate T-helper cell subsets transcription factors and cytokines in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) following a single dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) with or without ethanol exposure. METHODS Human(More)
6 Forced interannual-to-decadal variability of annual tropical cyclone (TC) track density in 7 the western North Pacific between 1979-2008 is studied using TC tracks from observations 8 and simulations by a 25-km-resolution version of the GFDL High-Resolution Atmospheric 9 Model (HiRAM) that is forced by observed sea surface temperatures (SSTs). Two modes(More)