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The authors’ reply:
  1. Y-J Kim,
  2. K W Park,
  3. H-S Kim
  1. Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  1. Correspondence to Professor H-S Kim, Seoul National University Hospital, 28 Yongong-dong, Chongno-gu Seoul, 110-744 Korea; hyosoo{at}

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