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Intrarenal B cell infiltrates resembling secondary lymphoid tissue have been found in several forms of inflammatory kidney disease. Their role in renal inflammation is not well defined, perhaps because B cell clusters have been regarded as a single entity while being quite heterogeneous. Therefore we characterized intrarenal lymphoid clusters of 32 patients(More)
We performed a retrospective analysis of muscle strength testing obtained following sibling or unrelated donor hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2003 in a cohort of 44 subjects at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Maximal inspiratory pressure (PImax) was ⩽80% predicted in 52% of subjects and ⩽60% predicted in(More)
Whether high total serum homocysteine levels (tHcy) contribute to increase mortality or offer a survival advantage in chronic hemodialysis patients remains controversial. We conducted a prospective study to determine the impact of tHcy on survival in this population with special respect to chronic inflammation-malnutrition state (CIMS). In this prospective(More)
Summary:Since 1988, 24 children have undergone haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for severe sickle cell disease (SCD) in our unit, 13 being grafted after having been exposed to hydroxyurea (HU) to control SCD-related complications. Different pre-transplant conditioning regimens were given over time: Bu14/Cy200 in six patients (group 1),(More)
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) with subsequent viral-associated hemophagocytic syndrome (VAHS) or secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is extremely rare. A 15-month-old girl with disseminated LCH experienced three episodes of VAHS during maintenance therapy. Viral infection, with influenza A, herpes simplex, and adenovirus, respectively,(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the sole curative therapy for sickle cell anemia (SCA). This treatment is restricted to severe forms of disease. Lack of HLA-identical sibling donor is the major limiting factor for delivering this therapy. Conditioning regimen should be myeloablative. Post transplantation immunosuppressive medication is necessary(More)
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