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BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of peritrocal, intraperitoneal, or combined peritrocal-intraperitoneal ropivacaine on the parietal, visceral, and shoulder tip pain after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. METHODS Eighty patients were randomly assigned to four groups. Group A received peritrocal and intraperitoneal saline. Group B(More)
Light chain deposition disease (LCDD) is a rare disorder associated with a clonal proliferation of plasma cells, which synthesize abnormal monoclonal immunoglobulin light chains. LCDD is characterized by systemic deposition of light chains in various organs, with the kidneys being most commonly affected. There have been few reports of isolated LCDD. We(More)
In Korea, the incidence of malaria has been increasing in the civilian population and in the areas previously considered as noninfected. Malaria can be suspected based on the patient's symptoms and the physical findings at examination. However, for a definitive diagnosis to be made, the malaria parasites or their components must be demonstrated by(More)
BACKGROUND A randomized prospective study on the response of fasting serum gastrin concentrations in peptic ulcer patients was performed in order to test the hypothesis that H. pylori infection in the gastric antrum increases gastrin release, and to examine whether the high fasting serum gastrin concentrations respond to treatment that eradicates H. pylori.(More)
BACKGROUND Most intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) data are stored digitally using the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard. This allows random access to studies and improves on the major limitation of conventional grayscale IVUS. METHODS We harvested 129 coronary arteries from 43 autopsied cases. Grayscale IVUS and virtual(More)
Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy among men. Prostate cancer-related deaths are largely attributable to the development of hormone resistance in the tumor. No effective chemotherapy has yet been developed for advanced prostate cancer. It is desirable if a drug can be delivered directly and specifically to prostate cancer cells. Stem cells have(More)
Background Gemcitabine has been recognized as a standard chemotherapy in advanced pancreas cancer (APC). We conducted a phase II study of a triple combination regimen (GPT) consisting of gemcitabine (G), cisplatin (P) and erlotinib (T) in patients with APC. Patients and methods Chemotherapy-naïve patients with locally advanced or metastatic, histologically(More)
PURPOSE Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains a major global threat, and although the prevalence is comparatively still very low, the number of HIV-positive Koreans is increasing. However, there are no official guidelines as to how to treat people living with HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (PLWHA) or how to screen for(More)
We compared the TEST 1 (Alifax, Padova, Italy) and Westergren methods of measuring the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) to assess inflammation. The ESR was measured by both methods in 154 blood samples from patients with malignancy (n = 69), autoimmune disease (n = 44), or infection (n = 41). Total protein, albumin, and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels(More)
Ferritin-based nanoprobe (FBNP) hydrogel was synthesized through a simple one-step copolymerization and used as a diagnostic assay platform to solve the traditional problems [ 1–6 ] (i.e., low sensitivity and specifi city, infeasibility of multiplex assays, random orientation of probes, probe instability, uncontrollable probe loading, etc.) of ELISA(More)