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Pain control in conscious patients was investigated using a push-button, demand-driven supply of drugs. A fuzzy logic patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) algorithm was compared with a conventional algorithm, for alfentanil administration in extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy. The conventional PCA algorithm used an initial dose of 0.25 mg, a fixed infusion(More)
OBJECTIVE This study is to evaluate the application of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in determining the histological grade of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS Totally, 27 HCC patients who received DWI examination before surgical resection were included in this study. Relationships of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and signal intensity (SI)(More)
Increased B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level has been suggested to improve clinical predictions of coronary events and all-cause mortality. We aimed to analyze the relationship between BNP levels and coronary plaque subtypes as detected by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). 402 subjects undergoing CCTA were enrolled. The relationship(More)
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been found to be a predictor of heart attack. We aimed to investigate the relationship of risk factor IL-6 with extent and severity of the coronary artery disease (CAD) evaluated using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). A total of 303 participants without history of CAD undergoing CCTA were enrolled. Using the model of(More)
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