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BACKGROUND Adiponectin, a novel adipocytokine with antiinflammatory and antiatherosclerosis properties, has been found to be an inverse predictor of cardiovascular outcomes among uremic patients on hemodialysis. However, its role in uremic patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) remains unclear. The aim of the study was to evaluate the(More)
The differential diagnosis of right lower quadrate pain at the emergency department is quite perplexing. We describe a 38-year-old woman presenting with characteristic clinical and laboratory features of ruptured appendicitis with severe sepsis. However, contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan of the abdomen established the diagnosis of pelvic ectopic(More)
The emergence of highly active antiretroviral therapy using combinations of reverse transcriptase and protease inhibitors ushered the dawn of a new era in management of human immunodeficiency virus infection. Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome is an adverse consequence of the restoration of pathogen-specific immune responses during the early phase(More)
Double gap metabolic acidosis represents the high anion gap metabolic acidosis combined with raised serum osmolal gap due to retention of unmeasured osmole with accompanied metabolite. We describe a 62-year-old man diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia undergoing continuous sedation in the context of asynchronous mechanical ventilation. High anion gap(More)
OBJECTIVES Although the application of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) has greatly increased over the past few decades, CIED endocarditis is becoming a challenging scenario in clinical practice. Recently, Staphylococcus lugdunensis has emerged as a pathogen in CIED endocarditis. However, a detailed phenotypic characterization has not been(More)
There is a growing interest in cell therapies using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for repairing bone defects. MSCs have the ability to differentiate into osteoprogenitors and osteoblasts as well as to form calcified bone matrix. However, the molecular mechanisms governing mineralization during osteogenic differentiation remain unclear. Non-collagenous(More)