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Experiences of Wet Beriberi and Wernicke's Encephalopathy Caused by Thiamine Deficiency in Critically Ill Patients

Jang JY, Shim H, Lee JG

Wet beriberi and Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) are caused by thiamine deficiency and are potentially lethal and serious diseases. Thiamine deficiency occurs mainly due to poor oral intake or inadequate provision...
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A Case of Functioning Paraganglioma Mimicking Anaphylactic Shock: A Case Report

Han JY, Lee OH, Kim GE, Han SB, Kim SH, Nam M, Kim YS, Hong S

Paraganglioma is a tumor originating from the extra-adrenal chromaffin cells, and functional paraganglioma causes paroxysmal hypertension, headache and tachycardia, due to excess excretion of catecholamine. However, rarely, ARDS, acute myocardial...
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Occurrence of Acquired Tracheoesophageal Fistula Due to Excess Endotracheal Tube Cuff Volumes: A Case Report

Kim MS, Koh EJ, Choi HY

Endotracheal tube cuff volume and pressure require constant monitoring to prevent tracheal injury. Acquired tracheoesophageal fistula is common from complications of mechanical ventilation as a result of pressured necrosis of...
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Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury after Stored Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusion: A Case Report

Kim HH, Lee DK, Park CY, Ju JK, Kim JC

Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) is the leading cause of transfusion-related mortalities. Each type of blood product is likely to cause TRALI. Patients with TRALI present with dyspnea/respiratory distress and...
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Delayed Onset Contralateral Reexpansion Pulmonary Edema after Tension Pneumothorax: A Case Report

Song D, Jung JY

A 16-year-old male patient presented with left side chest pain. The initial chest radiograph showed tension pneumohtorax on the left side. Air was evacuated by closed thoracostomy. About 72 hours...
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Airway Obstruction and Flattening of Arterial Pressure Wave during Whole Lung Lavage: A Case Report

Koh HJ, Hong SJ, Song HK, Lee JY, Chon JY, Moon HS, Ju YM, Lee HM

Whole lung lavage (WLL) is a challenging procedure; because lavage fluid may perturb the respiratory and hemodynamic systems. We observed severe airway obstruction and flattening arterial pressure wave during WLL...
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Stress Related Cardiomyopathy during Flexible Bronchoscopy

Shin JA, Ha JY, Kim SY, Lee BK, Kim HJ, Ahn CM, Chang YS

Flexible bronchoscopy is a safe medical procedure, but the incidence rate of major complications is 0.08-0.3%. Here, we report 2 cases of stress induced cardiomyopathy, which developed immediately after flexible...
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Fatal Left Ventricular Thrombosis in an Infant Receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support: A Case Report

Cho HJ, Kim BY, Song ES, Oh SG, Oh BS, Jeong IS

Thromboembolism in patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support is a feared complication. Systemic anticoagulation during ECMO in patients with a massively dilated left ventricle (LV) and decreased LV systolic...
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Cerebral Ischemic Stroke in an Infant with Acute Myocarditis: A Case Report

Lee GH, Kim YH

A 9-month-old infant presented with cough, tachypnea, and grunting was admitted. The patient was revealed to have cardiomegaly, high NT-proBNP, and severe left ventricular dilation and dysfunction; she was subsequently...
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Successful Transplantation of Organs from a Donor with Bacterial Meningitis Caused by Streptococcus pneumonia: A Case Report

Park E, Choi SC, Lee Y, Jung Y, Min Y

The number of organs transplanted worldwide is increasing annually. As a result, there is a shortage of available donor organs. This scarcity has led to the progressive broadening of donor...
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Development of Acute Respiratory Failure on Initiation of Anti-Tuberculosis Medication in Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Clinical and Radiologic Features of 8 Patients and Literature Review

Lim SJ, Lew D, Song HN, Kim YE, Lee SJ, Cho YJ, Jeong YY, Park MJ, Jeon KN, Kim HC, Lee JD, Hwang YS

BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory failure can occur paradoxically on initiation of anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment in patients with pulmonary TB. This study is aimed to analyze the clinical features of anti-TB treatment...
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The Analysis of Prognostic Factors in Patients with Decompensated Liver Cirrhosis Admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit

Lee GJ, Lee JN, Kim IN, Kim KK, Lee WK, Baek JH, Choi ST, Lee WS, Yu BC, Park YJ

BACKGROUND: Patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis usually resulted in admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) during hospitalization. When admitted to the ICU, the mortality was high. The aim of...
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Usefulness of Thrombocytopenia and Changes in Platelet Counts as Prognostic Markers in Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Kim YH, Park HB, Kim MJ, Kim HS, Lee HS, Han YK, Kim KW, Sohn MH, Kim KE

BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia has been shown to be a useful predictor of mortality in adult intensive care units (ICUs). The aim of this study is to assess whether the level of...
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Low Blood Selenium Concentrations in Critically Ill Children with Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Respiratory Dysfunction

Kim YA, Ha EJ, Jhang WK, Park SJ

BACKGROUND: Selenium is an essential trace-element with antioxidant and immunological function. We studied the relationship between blood selenium concentrations, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and organ dysfunctions in critically ill...
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Rebound Inflammation Associated with Rewarming from Hypothermia in an Endotoxin-Injured Lung

Lim CM

BACKGROUND: Hypothermia is known to suppress inflammation in various experimental and clinical settings. We wanted to investigate how the suppressed inflammation by hypothermia is affected during rewarming. METHODS: Mice were being...
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The Association of Nurse Staffing Levels and Patient Outcome in Intensive Care Units

Lee H, Bae H

Nurses play a crucial role in providing high-quality care in intensive care units (ICU). Previous studies have shown an association between nurse staffing levels and outcome of critically ill patients....
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