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BACKGROUND An outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been reported in Hong Kong. We investigated the viral cause and clinical presentation among 50 patients. METHODS We analysed case notes and microbiological findings for 50 patients with SARS, representing more than five separate epidemiologically linked transmission clusters. We(More)
BACKGROUND Information on the clinical features of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) will be of value to physicians caring for patients suspected of having this disorder. METHODS We abstracted data on the clinical presentation and course of disease in 10 epidemiologically linked Chinese patients (5 men and 5 women 38 to 72 years old) in whom(More)
Despite the advent of newer imaging modalities, conventional radiography and clinical examination remain the primary screening method in evaluation of the mediastinum following blunt thoracic trauma. Mediastinal width (MW) is generally considered an important finding in assessing for aortic rupture. The degree of inspiration and patient positioning clearly(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is rising in many parts of the world. This is a study of risk factors for COPD in Chinese patients in Hong Kong. DESIGN Case-control study matched by sex and age (+/-5 years). METHODS A total of 289 consecutive patients with COPD were recruited from out-patient clinics while(More)
SETTING Few studies have evaluated the sclerosing efficacy of minocycline, and none have specifically compared its sclerosing efficacy and safety profiles with talc slurry in secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP). DESIGN A retrospective analysis was conducted in patients with SSP who underwent chemical pleurodesis from January to December 2004 with(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the management practice of pneumothorax in hospitalised patients in Hong Kong, especially the choice of drainage options and their success rates, as well as the factors associated with procedural failures. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Multi-centre study involving 12 public hospitals in Hong Kong. PATIENTS All adult patients(More)
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) improves bronchoscopic diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions (PLLs). The procedure time is lengthened by the search through multiple bronchial branches to PLLs. Virtual bronchoscopy (VB) provides endobronchial views that simulate findings at bronchoscopy. An open source software can be employed to study VB and hence the(More)
Recently the authors introduced a new technique of intravenous (IV) radionuclide total-body arteriography. The major arterial system, multiple organs of the whole body, and cardiac function can be evaluated with one small IV injection in the arm. After analyzing more than 1000 cases, they have found that many pathologies can be detected and/or confirmed in(More)
We have developed a technique using a blood pool agent Tc-99m labeled red blood cells and a detector head set moving at a high speed to obtain total body arterial and blood pool images with only a single intravenous injection. Previously with an intravenous radiotracer injection, only regional arterial images could be obtained. Now, with this simple,(More)