[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A simple, safe and cost-effective treatment protocol in ovarian stimulation is of great importance in IVF practice, especially in the case of previous unsuccessful attempts. hCG has been used as a substitute of LH because of the degree of homology between the two hormones. The main aim of this prospective randomized study was to determine, for the first time, whether low dose hCG added to rFSH for ovarian stimulation could produce better results compared to the addition of rLH in women entering IVF-ET, especially in those women that had previous IVF failures. An additional aim was to find an indicator that would allow us to follow-up ovarian stimulation and, possibly, modify it in order to achieve a better IVF outcome; and that indicator may be the cDNA copies of the LH/hCG receptor. Group A patients (n = 58) were administered hCG and Group B rLH (n = 56) in addition to rFSH in the first days of ovarian stimulation. The number of follicles and oocytes and, most importantly, implantation and pregnancy rates were shown to be statistically significantly higher in the hCG group. This study has also determined, for the first time to our best knowledge, m-RNA for LH/hCG receptors in the lymphocytes of peripheral blood 40 h before ovum pick-up. cDNA levels of the hCG receptor after ovarian stimulation were significantly higher among women receiving hCG compared to those receiving LH. In addition, higher levels were encountered among women with pregnancy compared to those without, although this was not statistically significant due to the small number of pregnancies. It seems that hCG permits a highly effective and more stable occupancy of rLH/hCG receptors and gives more follicles and more oocytes. The determination of cDNA copies could be, in the future, a marker during ovulation induction protocols and of course a predictor for the outcome of ART in the special subgroup of patients with previous failures.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: According to the literature, hip function after hip fracture is affected by the type of surgery. Our aim was to determine the correlation between surgical treatment of hip fracture and postoperative function in the elderly. Inclusion criteria were displaced hip fracture and age over 70 years. One hundred and twenty-nine participants were randomly divided into three groups according to the type of the surgical operation they underwent (hemi-arthroplasty [Merete, Berlin, Germany], total arthroplasty [Plus; De Puy, Warsaw, IN, USA] and internal fixation [Richards plate screw; Smith & Nephew, Memphis, TN, USA]). The function of the patients was estimated using the following parameters: the Barthel Index and Harris Hip Score, the range of passive hip motion, the gait speed of individuals, after 1 and 4 years of follow-up. The Barthel Index scores after 4 years of follow-up were 85.3, 82.6, 80.1 after total arthroplasty, hemi-arthroplasty and internal fixation respectively. Similarly, the Harris Hip Scores after 4 years of follow-up were 83.7, 79.5 and 73.6. The range of passive hip motion in the three groups of patients did not differ significantly (p>0.05). Also, patients of the total arthroplasty and hemi-arthroplasty groups walked faster than the patients of the internal fixation group 4 years after discharge (p<0.05). In conclusion, we believe that total hip arthroplasty is the treatment of choice for displaced subcapital hip fractures in patients over 70 years old.
International Orthopaedics 06/2008; 32(3):367-73. DOI:10.1007/s00264-007-0321-1 · 2.11 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fractures of the clavicle and acute dislocations of the acromioclavicular joint are common seen in the emergency room. Displaced or comminuted clavicle fractures and acromioclavicular joint ruptures (types III-VI) are associated with complications, such as subclavian vessels injury, hemopneumothorax, scapula-thoracic dissociation or brachial plexus paresis. Herein we discuss the usually complications seen after these injuries and underline whatever a trauma surgeon should know in order to avoid fatal situations.