Y-C Lai

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This study aimed to determine the impact of blood stream infections (BSIs) on outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT), and to examine the influence of old (non-levofloxacin-containing) and new (levofloxacin-based) prophylactic antibiotic protocols on the pattern of BSIs. We retrospectively enrolled 246 allogeneic HSCT recipients between January 1999(More)
Klebsiella pneumoniae-caused liver abscess (KLA) is an emerging infectious disease. However, factors other than K1-specific loci that contribute to the pathogenesis of this disease have not been identified. pLVPK is a 219,385-bp plasmid of K. pneumoniae CG43, an invasive K2 strain associated with KLA. We aimed in this study to evaluate the involvement of(More)
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) occur in the bronchopulmonary system. Extrapulmonary NETs are rare and are considered to ac count for 2.5 - 5% of all NETs, with more than 60% of these tumors occurring along the gastro intestinal tract, including primary NET of the gall bladder. Pri mary NETs of the gall bladder have been classified as carcinoid, neuroendocrine(More)
A 44-year-old male smoker presented with productive cough, sore throat and dyspnea for 2 weeks. He had no fever but had lost about 8 kg in body weight in the recent 2 months. He was referred to a tertiary hospital where a physical examination revealed face, neck and right arm swelling. A chest plain film showed right upper lung consolidation and upper(More)
AIMS To evaluate whether homeostasis model assessment and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein improve the prediction of isolated post-load hyperglycaemia. METHODS The subjects were 1458 adults without self-reported diabetes recruited between 2006 and 2010. Isolated post-load hyperglycaemia was defined as fasting plasma glucose < 7 mmol/l and 2-h post-load(More)
We report a case of acute interstitial pneumonitis and respiratory failure occurring in a 69-year-old, previously healthy patient receiving FOLFOX regimen plus cetuximab for colon cancer. Association between this chemotherapy regimen and interstitial pneumonitis is rarely reported in the literature. We treated the patient with pulse steroid therapy, and(More)
Erlotinib, a kind of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is a target therapy and approved for the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and advanced pancreatic cancer. Among these EGFR-TKI agents, including gefitinib and erlotinib, the common dose-limiting toxicities are diarrhea, mucositis and skin rash(More)
This study investigated the impact of management of a totally implantable central venous access port device, Port-A-Cath (Smith Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA), on the outcome of 98 cancer patients with candidaemia. Port-A-Cath retention was found to be significantly associated with poorer outcome, independent of other significant adverse factors [breakthrough(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to explore the donor and recipient factors related to the spectral Doppler parameters of the transplant kidney in the early posttransplantation period. METHODS This retrospective study included 76 patients who underwent renal transplantation assessed using Doppler ultrasonography (US) on the first postoperative(More)
We report a 49-year-old right lobe liver transplant recipient, who developed a significant anastomotic stenosis of the right hepatic vein shortly thereafter. Shear wave elastography (SWE) was applied to investigate liver stiffness quantitatively. It showed increased stiffness in the anterior compared with the posterior segment of right lobe graft. The(More)