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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Liver stiffness is associated with the degree of fibrosis along with other factors. Abrupt change of liver perfusion after hepatectomy is one such factor. In this study, we performed ultrasound elastography to explore the stiffness of the right lobe liver before and after hepatectomy in donors who underwent resection of left lobe or lateral(More)
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death from cancer worldwide, with a poor prognosis in advanced cases. In the past decade, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors have shown significant efficacy towards treatment for EGFR mutant lung cancer. Expanding our knowledge of oncogenic EGFR signaling pathways is therefore of highly importance(More)