Abdullah A Al-Nasser

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BACKGROUND This study estimated prevalence of unhealthy weight status and metabolic syndrome (MS) amongst Saudi survivors of standard risk ALL. PROCEDURE We recruited 56 survivors, mean age 13.4 years (SD 4.1), a mean of 9.1 years (SD 4.1) post-diagnosis. The BMI for age was used to define weight status relative to national (Saudi) and international (Cole(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has been available in Saudi Arabia (SA) for over 30 years; however, only limited data have been published from there. This study was conducted to establish processes for collaborative data collection and provide clinical characteristics and outcome of children with ALL in SA. PROCEDURE(More)
PURPOSE To determine the incidence of extramedullary tumors (EMT) in Saudi Arabian children with acute myeloid leukemia, the factors associated with these tumors and the impact of local treatment on local tumor control, complete remission and survival rates. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred children, median age 6 years, who received their primary(More)
Nineteen patients with Fanconi anemia (FA) and bone marrow failure underwent bone marrow transplantation (BMT) from matched siblings. Median age at BMT was 8.7 years. Conditioning consisted of low-dose cyclophosphamide (CY 5 mg/kg x 4 days) and thoracoabdominal irradiation (TAI 400 cGy). Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis was cyclosporin A (CsA)(More)
Geographical variations in the incidence of disease are of considerable theoretical and practical importance. It has been claimed that the distribution of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) phenotypes in Saudi Arabia is different from that recorded in the Western literature. One hundred and twelve (112) patients under 15 years of age, diagnosed as ALL(More)
In a high proportion of Burkitt lymphomas, transcription of the c-myc gene is initiated from a cryptic promoter in the first intron, creating abnormal messenger RNA molecules in which intron sequences, normally spliced out of the nascent transcripts, persist. An antisense oligodeoxynucleotide directed against these intron sequences greatly inhibited the(More)
A total of 1,167 stool specimens collected from 0.6-6 years old patients attending King Abdel Aziz University Hospital (KAUH) in Riyadh, were examined for intestinal parasites. Of these 243 (20.8%) were positive. Giardia lamblia (13.5) and Enterobius vermicularis (4.2%), were the commonest parasites found. Other parasites present include Ascaris(More)
PURPOSE Bloodstream infections in pediatric hematology and oncology represent a major problem worldwide, but this has not been studied in Qatar. In this study, we investigated the burden of infection and the resistance pattern in the bacterial etiology, in the only tertiary pediatric hematology and oncology center in Qatar. METHODS All pediatric cancer(More)
The results of the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH & RC) from June 1993 to October 1995 were reviewed for a preliminary report on the outcome of children undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT) particularly in relation to mortality and morbidity. A total of 64 bone marrow(More)