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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)
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)
Central retinal artery occlusion is one of the most challenging practices and is not an infrequent presentation at the emergency department. We describe a 46-year-old man presenting with abrupt onset of amaurosis fugax secondary to sentinel central retinal artery occlusion followed by acute idiopathic renal infarction. This patient highlights that the(More)
Pylephlebitis, also called septic thrombophlebitis of the portal vein, is a life-threatening complication of intra-abdominal infection. Although rare, it remains a less recognized entity with a high rate of mortality. We present a 66-year-old man with acute infected choledocholithiasis complicated with Bacteroides fragilis bacteremia. The contrast-enhanced(More)
Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis resulting from exogenous thyroid hormone administration (thyrotoxicosis factitia) has been rarely reported. We describe a 23-year-old man who presented with limbs paralysis upon awakening in the morning. Pertinent history revealed that he took drugs containing triiodothyronine (64 mug) and propranolol (40 mg) twice daily for(More)
Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome is recognized as a paradoxical worsening of preexisting or smoldering opportunistic infections in patients with human immunodeficiency virus on highly active antiretroviral therapy because of the recuperating of immune system. We report a 42-year-old man on antiretroviral therapy with silent mycobacterium(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)