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Articles by H. J. Kim
Total Records ( 3 ) for H. J. Kim
  W. Y Lee , C. J Park , T. J Shin , K. W Yum , T. G Yoon , K. S Seo and H. J. Kim

The potential risks of neurotoxicity due to local anaesthetics after regional anaesthesia have been suggested recently. To evaluate the neurotoxicity of commonly used local anaesthetics, primary cultured rat cortical astrocytes were treated with lidocaine, ropivacaine, bupivacaine, levobupivacaine, and tetracaine.


Cell death after local anaesthetic treatment was evaluated with a lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay. To examine the mechanisms of cell death, reactive oxygen species (ROS) measurement and western blots of poly-ADP ribose polymerase (PARP), procaspase-3, and mitogen-activated protein kinases family members were performed.


Of the local anaesthetics, which were applied at <1 mM for 18 h, only tetracaine significantly increased LDH leakage (P<0.05) and cell death in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Hoechst 33258–propidium iodide staining and western blots with PARP and procaspase-3 antibodies suggested that tetracaine induced apoptosis. ROS levels increased 2-fold at 30 min after tetracaine treatment compared with the control and then decreased. The antioxidants, N-acetylcysteine and trolox, markedly inhibited tetracaine-induced apoptosis.


Tetracaine induced apoptosis through ROS generation. Further studies focusing on the neurotoxicity of tetracaine are needed.

  S. Y Lee , G. y Hong , J. G Chung , D. H Yang and H. J. Kim

Uraemic pleuritis and pericarditis are frequently observed in chronic renal failure patients and tend to improve with continued haemodialysis. However, certain cases have been reported that do not respond to continued haemodialysis alone. A 67-year-old female on long-term haemodialysis was diagnosed with uraemic pleuropericarditis and treated with intensive haemodialysis and given a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to which she showed no response. We report a case of uraemic pleuropericarditis refractory to traditional therapy, which was treated successfully with corticosteroid therapy.

  W. J Lee , E. S Cha , M Ha , Y. W Jin , S. S Hwang , K. A Kong , S. W Lee , H. K Lee , K. Y Lee and H. J. Kim

This study details the distribution and trends of doses of occupational radiation among diagnostic radiation workers by using the national dose registry between 1996 and 2006 by the Korea Food and Drug Administration. Dose measurements were collected quarterly by the use of thermoluminescent dosemeter personal monitors. A total of 61 732 workers were monitored, including 18 376 radiologic technologists (30 %), 13 762 physicians (22 %), 9858 dentists (16 %) and 6114 dental hygienists (9.9 %). The average annual effective doses of all monitored workers decreased from 1.75 to 0.80 mSv over the study period. Among all diagnostic radiation workers, radiologic technologists received both the highest effective and collective doses. Male radiologic technologists aged 30–49 y composed the majority of workers receiving more than 5 mSv in a quarter. More intensive monitoring of occupational radiation exposure and investigation into its health effects on diagnostic radiation workers are required in South Korea.

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