William van der Merwe

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INTRODUCTION Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) has been performed on children since 1979. The indications for a PEG are wide ranging and while there are well-established benefits, it remains a procedure with recognised complications. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to review our experience with this procedure at a South African(More)
In a prospective study of 300 patients, 14 admissions (4,6%) were considered to be related to adverse drug reactions. A further 29 admissions (9,6%) were due to self-poisoning with drugs prescribed for therapeutic purposes. Agents causing adverse reactions were predominantly cardio-active drugs and anticoagulants. Mean duration of hospital stay in this(More)
Five patients with lung disease caused by mycobacteria other than tubercle (MOTT) bacilli are described. Mycobacterium kansasii was the causative organism in 4 patients and M. scrofulaceum in 1 patient. The species were repeatedly isolated from sputum specimens cultured on Löwenstein-Jensen medium. The clinical features, mycobacterial isolations,(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess views on use, maintenance and side-effects of the pneumatic tourniquet in the South African orthopaedic community. METHODS A census-type questionnaire study was conducted of all 475 orthopaedic surgeons registered with the Orthopaedic Association of South Africa during 1993/94. The chi-square test was used to determine statistical(More)
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