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Ran Zhu and Xiao-Chun Ma

ventricle loading, may show similar ultrasound signs, such as right ventricular enlargement, interventricular septum shift to the left, restricted left ventricular filling, right ventricular motion abnormalities, and inferior vena cava expanded and fixed; However, the chronic change may lead to the right ventricular wall thickening and right atrial enlargement.[ 2 ] We should learn to distinguish PE ultrasound signs from chronic right heart diseases, otherwise the ultrasonic diagnosis of PE may be misleading. Direct ultrasound signs of PE in heart and great blood

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Mohammad Qasim Khan, Vijay Anand, Norbert Hessefort, Ammar Hassan, Alya Ahsan, Amnon Sonnenberg and Claus J. Fimmel

Introduction Fibrosis staging represents a critical step in the evaluation of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. It identifies patients with advanced disease stages who require screening for complications such as hepatocellular cancer or varices, while also being used to prioritize patients for treatment with direct-acting antiviral drugs. [ 1 - 3 ] The conventional staging process typically involves multiple steps, including laboratory testing, liver imaging, elastography or liver biopsy. In turn, this process requires numerous

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Amoah Yeboah-Korang, Mohammad I. Beig, Mohammad Q. Khan, Jay L. Goldstein, Don M. Macapinlac, Darryck Maurer, Amnon Sonnenberg and Claus J. Fimmel

determine true birth-cohort testing rates, and to evaluate the impact of a new EMR-based BPA on HCV screening in our hospital system. Methods Clinical data extraction NorthShore University Health System maintains a database containing demographic and clinical data of its entire patient population.This information is extracted from the health system’s electronic medical record system (EPIC). We searched the patient database with regard to patients’ HCV test status, and demographic and clinical characteristics. Our study protocol conformed with the World Health