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BACKGROUND Standard treatment for osteosarcoma patients consists of a combination of cisplatin, adriamycin, and methotrexate before surgical resection of the primary tumour, followed by postoperative chemotherapy including vincristine and cyclophosphamide. Unfortunately, many patients still relapse or suffer adverse events. We examined whether common(More)
We analyzed the outcome in 22 children with refractory or relapsed non-Hodgkin lymphoma who underwent autologous peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation between 1994 and 2009. The conditioning regimen used in all patients consisted of busulfan and cyclophosphamide. Median age was 6 years (range 2 to 16 y). The most common histologic subtype was(More)
We retrospectively analyzed outcomes in 67 children with acute leukemia who received hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from alternative allogeneic donors: 29 received a haploidentical family donor and 38, an unrelated cord blood donor. All transplantations were performed from 1996 through 2010 in our center. Neutrophil and platelet engraftment were(More)
The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the outcome and identify risk factors associated with progression-free survival (PFS) in 36 children with high-risk neuroblastoma who underwent autologous peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) transplantation between 1994 and 2010. The conditioning regimen used in all cases consisted of high-dose of(More)
Four cases of crossed atrioventricular connections are described. All of them were diagnosed at cardiac catheterization by angiocardiography and one was examined pathologically. Two possessed situs solitus, one with concordant connections and the other with discordant connections; the other had two situs inversus, both of them with concordant connections.(More)
A new mimetic iterative scheme for solving general biharmonic equations under Robin's conditions is presented. This approach combines recently developed mimetic techniques for partial differential equations (PDEs) with an efficient iterative scheme based on a global conjugate gradient and a local preconditioned biconjugate gradient methods. The elegant(More)
The rate association of a "type A" W.P.W. syndrome with a left bundle branch block gives a characteristic electrocardiographic picture:--the left bundle branch block is partially masked, the delay in the basial region of the left ventricle being in part cancelled by pre-excitation--the features of the W.P.W. syndrome are also modified, since the ventricular(More)
Isolated central nervous system (CNS) relapse in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) rarely occurs later than 2 years after remission. We present a child diagnosed with AML (FAB M5) without CNS involvement at diagnosis who was treated with chemotherapy and consolidated with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. He was in complete remission for >6(More)