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standard vs half dose albumin

Carlo Alessandria, Chiara Elia, Lavinia Mezzabotta, Alessandro Risso, Alida Andrealli, Maurizio Spandre, Anna Morgando, Alfredo Marzano, Mario Rizzetto
BACKGROUND: Paracentesis-induced circulatory dysfunction is a well-known complication of large volume paracentesis. Albumin infusion (8g of albumin/L of ascites removed) is effective in preventing it, but high costs and scant availability limit its use. AIM: To compare standard vs half albumin doses. METHODS: Seventy cirrhotic patients treated with large volume paracentesis were randomized to receive intravenous albumin as prevention of paracentesis-induced circulatory dysfunction: group 1 (35 patients) received 4g/L of ascites removed, group 2 (35 patients) received 8g/L of ascites removed...
November 2011: Digestive and Liver Disease
S Dusilová Sulková
Approximately 40% of patients on dialysis have diabetes mellitus (DM). The basic characteristic of those patients are numerous associated organ complications, especially heart and artery diseases. These and other associated complications in dialysed diabetic patients have a modified pathogenetic and clinical picture and contribute to their poorer prognosis. Anaemia, immunodeficiency as well as malnutrition are manifested earlier and in a more significant manner. Dialysis therapy has the same rules for diabetic and non-diabetic patients...
May 2008: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Nienke Bolk, Theo J Visser, Andries Kalsbeek, Ron T van Domburg, Arie Berghout
OBJECTIVE: Standard drug information resources recommend that l-thyroxine be taken half an hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, to prevent interference of its intestinal uptake by food or medication. We observed cases in which TSH levels improved markedly after changing the administration time of l-thyroxine to the late evening. We therefore conducted a pilot-study to investigate whether l-thyroxine administration at bedtime improves TSH and thyroid hormones, and whether the circadian rhythm of TSH remains intact...
January 2007: Clinical Endocrinology
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