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Serum retinol-binding protein (RBP4) is secreted by liver and adipocytes and is implicated in systemic insulin resistance in rodents and humans. RBP4 normally binds to the larger transthyretin (TTR) homotetramer, forming a protein complex that reduces renal clearance of RBP4. To determine whether alterations in RBP4-TTR binding contribute to elevated plasma(More)
INTRODUCTION Limited data exist comparing the efficacy and safety of bumetanide- or metolazone-based diuretic regimens to furosemide in acute heart failure (HF). Our purpose was to evaluate the comparative effect on urine output (UO) and renal function between these regimens. METHODS A retrospective study of hospitalized HF patients treated with(More)
A mesenchymal hamartoma of the chest wall is a rare benign tumor. Each case has a different clinical course as well as different radiological imaging findings, and various histopathological diagnoses. In addition, mesenchymal hamartoma is sometimes mistaken for a malignant tumor. This report presents a neonatal case of mesenchymal hamartoma of the bilateral(More)
Neonates with congenital tracheal stenosis (CTS) sometimes develop respiratory distress and may be difficult to intubate. We used balloon tracheoplasty with a rigid bronchoscope for emergency airway management in neonates with symptomatic CTS. Herein, we describe the balloon tracheoplasty procedure and the early outcomes following its use as the initial(More)
Intrahepatic bile duct (IHBD) stones are one of the most complicated morbidities that occur after Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy (RYH); however, the optimal therapeutic approach is controversial. Double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) has been widely and frequently performed even in pediatric patients. We herein report the successful management of IHBD stones by(More)
The optimal management of microcystic lymphatic malformations (LMs) in children has not been established. We describe how we used the Ligasure™ Vessel Sealing System (LVSS) to achieve partial resection of refractory microcystic LMs in a 1-year-old boy. The child was admitted in respiratory distress caused by infection and swelling of cervical LMs. The LMs(More)
Nonoperative management is acceptable treatment for minor pancreatic injuries. However, management of major pancreatic duct injury in children remains controversial. We present our experience in treating isolated pancreatic duct injury. We describe the cases of three male patients treated for complete pancreatic duct disruption in the past 5 years at our(More)
BACKGROUND Although complete excision is the standard treatment for pyriform sinus fistula (PSF), it has recently been suggested that chemocauterization via the internal orifice of the fistula could be an effective non-invasive treatment for the condition. The present report describes the details of our experience with and the efficacy of endoscopic(More)
AIM Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has increased the incidences of multiple gestations and low birth weights, which frequently warrant pediatric surgery. ART may have also increased the rate of birth defects. In this study, we aimed to determine whether infants conceived after ART required neonatal surgery more frequently compared with naturally(More)