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BACKGROUND Both end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease are increasing worldwide; however, the full effect of chronic kidney disease is unknown because mortality risks for all five stages are unavailable. We assessed prevalence and mortality risks for all stages of chronic kidney disease and quantified its attributable mortality in Taiwan. (More)
The therapeutic effect of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) on ischemic injury was investigated using in situ hybridization to detect the mRNA expression of neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), which is thought to play a crucial role in protecting against neuronal death induced by brain ischemia. The rats under investigation were subjected to 10 min transient forebrain ischemia,(More)
BACKGROUND Microvascular decompression (MVD) is an effective technique for those who have trigeminal neuralgia (TN) but cannot tolerate, or show no response to medicine. Though the initial success rate is high, some patients may develop severe recurrent neuralgia, especially after a longer period of follow-up. The efficacy of reoperation needs to be(More)
We report the MRI and CT findings of an intracranial meningeal melanocytoma (IMM) arising from Meckel's cave and review the imaging characteristics of IMM. On CT, IMM constantly appear as well-circumscribed, isodense to slightly dense, extra-axial tumours with homogeneous contrast enhancement. This appearance is non-specific and similar to that of(More)
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