C Thomas Black

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BACKGROUND Children with high-risk neuroblastoma have a poor outcome. In this study, we assessed whether myeloablative therapy in conjunction with transplantation of autologous bone marrow improved event-free survival as compared with chemotherapy alone, and whether subsequent treatment with 13-cis-retinoic acid (isotretinoin) further improves event-free(More)
PURPOSE The goal of this study was to determine the incidence of metastatic sites in neuroblastoma and the extent to which metastatic sites correlate with age, tumor biology, and survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS All 648 patients with stage IV and IVS neuroblastoma registered on Children's Cancer Group protocols 3881 and 3891 were analyzed. Metastatic site(More)
PURPOSE To identify a biologically favorable and unfavorable subset of patients with Evans stage III neuroblastoma and to determine whether treatment stratification would improve the event-free survival (EFS) for high-risk patients and maintain excellent EFS for the lower-risk patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Risk stratification was performed by age, MYCN(More)
Scleroderma is a condition of variable phenotype characterised by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. There is a range of disease-specific autoantibodies found in the sera of patients. The aims of this study were to: (1) investigate the role of the MHC and particularly HLA-DP in the production of autoantibodies; (2) investigate clinical associations(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography is the most commonly utilized tool for the identification of common bile duct stones (CBDS) before laparoscopic cholecystectomy, whereas the role of magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) for patient evaluation before laparoscopic cholecystectomy is currently undefined. METHODS We prospectively evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Pediatric truncal vascular injuries are rare, but the reported mortality rate is high (35% to 55%), and similar to that in adults (50% to 65%). This report examines the demographics, mechanisms of injury, associated trauma, and results of treatment of pediatric patients with noniatrogenic truncal vascular injuries. METHODS A(More)
Heroin and morphine metabolites can be detected in hair with the use of commercially available radioimmunoassay reagents and with minor sample preparation. Hair samples obtained from morphine-treated mice and heroin users contained nanogram levels of the drug per milligram of hair (single human hair). The results of the hair analyses for all subjects(More)
Hyperglycemia accompanies a myriad of clinical conditions and causes an acceleration in the nonenzymatic glycosylation (NEG) of proteins. Since many proteins lose function when glycosylated, we assessed the effect of hyperglycemia on the function of immunoglobulin G. Twenty newborn Sprague-Dawley rats underwent splenectomy and 20, splenic mobilization(More)
OBJECTIVES Laparoscopic examination of the contralateral inguinal ring has recently been advocated to exclude contralateral hernia in young children. We report a modification using nondisposable cystoscopic equipment, which is quick and reliable. METHODS Either an 8 or 10 F soft straight catheter or a cystoscope sheath is passed through the open hernia(More)