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  • ACI  (1)
  • Antibiotic resistance  (1)
  • Antibiotics  (1)
  • Proliferation
  • Doppler sonography
  • 1995-1999  (1)
  • 1990-1994  (2)
  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0878
    Keywords: Lung ; Endocrine cells ; Calcitonin generalated peptide ; Bromodeoxyuridine ; Differentiation ; Proliferation ; Hypoxia ; Rat (Wistar)
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Summary We have tested the suggestion that the reported increase, in hypoxic rats, in the number of lung endocrine cells immunoreactive for the regulatory peptide CGRP is caused by an accumulation of peptide within the cells which renders them more detectable, rather than by a real increase in proliferation. The incorporation of continuously infused 5′-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) into nuclei of CGRP-containing cells was studied by immunohistochemistry in the airway and respiratory epithelium of rats kept in a hypoxic (10% O2), normobaric conditions for 7 days and in normoxic, normobaric controls. Some CGRP-immunoreactive cells could also be labelled for BrdU. However, the ratio of the number of cells labelled with both CGRP and BrdU to the number of cells labelled with CGRP alone did not differ significantly between hypoxic and normoxic rats (7.1±0.7 and 6.1±1.2, respectively; mean±SEM; P=0.49). These data strongly suggest that CGRP-containing endocrine cells or their precursors do proliferate in adult rat lung, but that the proliferation is not increased significantly in hypoxia.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-1238
    Keywords: Intensive care units ; Streptococcus ; Antibiotics ; Antibiotic resistance
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Objective The effect of selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) on Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)-acquired enterococcal infection and colonization was studied. Changes in the predominant species isolated and resistance patterns to antimicrobial agents were also studied. Design Three groups were investigated: historical control (HC), contemporaneous control (CC) and patients receiving SDD (topical polymyxin, amphoterecin B and tobramycin throughout ITU stay with intravenous ceftazidime for the first 3 days only). Setting Adult general ITU with 7 beds. Patients Patients with a nasogastric tube in situ and who were likely to remain in ITU for 48 h or longer were recruited. Results Enterococcal infections occured in 3 of 84 HC patients and 2 of 91 CC patients. There were no unit-acquired enterococcal infections in the SDD group. There were 140 episodes of enterococcal colonization occurring in 112 patients, with significantly more in the SDD and CC groups (p〈0.05. There were no significant differences in antibiotic sensitivities between the three groups.Enterococcus faecalis was the most frequently isolated species. Conclusion SDD does not predispose to enterococcal infection but does encourage colonization in patients receiving the regimen and other patients in ITU at the same. There is a complex interaction of factors which influence faecal flora and the likelihood of patients becoming colonized or infected with enterococci.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-2102
    Keywords: Schlüsselwörter CTA ; Spiral-CT ; Dissektion ; ACI ; Key words CT angiography ; Spiral CT ; Dissection ; ICA
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Description / Table of Contents: Summary Purpose: To evaluate the role of CT angiography (CTA) in the diagnosis of dissection of the internal carotid artery (ICA). Methods: In 21 patients who were clinically or sonographically suspected of having a dissection of the ICA, we performed CTA covering the extracranial course of the ICA. Our technique included spiral scanning (Picker PQ 2000), slice thickness 3 mm, index 1.5 mm, pitch factor 1.25, tube voltage 130 kV, amperage 125 mA, i. v. bolus injection of 100 ml nonionic contrast medium, injection rate 4 ml/s and scan delay 15 s. Spiral data were processed using a workstation (Picker Voxel Q) to calculate 3D “angiographic” reconstructions, maximal intensity projections and multiplanar reconstructions. In 20 of the 21 patients transfemoral angiography was performed, and in all patients cw-Doppler ultrasonography of the carotid arteries was performed. Results: Sensitivity of CTA in acute extracranial dissection of the ICA was 100 % (14/14). One patient had a pseudoaneurysm of the ICA, two patients had excessive kinking and one patient showed an atheromatous carotid ulcer. DSA could confirm this in all cases. One intracranial ICA dissection, not covered by the scan field, was missed by CTA. CTA source images demonstrated mural thickening and eccentric luminal narrowing in cases of dissection. 3D reconstructions showed tapering of the ICA. Conclusion: CTA is a reliable tool in the diagnosis of ICA dissection. Further studies comparing CTA, MRI and duplex ultrasound are necessary.
    Notes: Zusammenfassung Ziel der vorliegenden Studie war es, den Stellenwert der CT-Angiographie (CTA) bei der Diagnose von Dissektionen der A. carotis interna (ACI) zu ermitteln. Die Befunde der CTA wurden mit Ergebnissen der digitalen Subtraktionsangiographie (DSA) und der cw-Dopplersonographie (cw-DS) verglichen. Wir untersuchten 21 Patienten mit klinischem oder dopplersonographischem Verdacht auf eine ACI-Dissektion. Bei akuter extrakranieller ACI-Dissektion war die Sensitivität der CTA 100 % (14/14). Eine intrakranielle ACI-Dissektion wurde durch die CTA nicht erfaßt, da sie außerhalb des Scanbereichs lag. Die in der cw-DS unspezifischen pathologischen Befunde konnten mit der CTA geklärt werden. Häufigster Befund in der CTA war eine exzentrische Lumeneinengung und Wandverdickung sowie eine spitzauslaufende Verschmächtigung (sog. tapering) in der dreidimensionalen (3D-) Rekonstruktion. Die CTA ist bei akuter extrakranieller Karotisdissektion eine verläßliche und wenig invasive Untersuchungsmethode. Vergleichende Studien mit CTA, Duplexsonographie und Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) sollten noch durchgeführt werden.
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