Carolyn Riester O'Connor

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BACKGROUND Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a disorder of recurrent venous or arterial thrombosis, pregnancy losses, and thrombocytopenia. Recurrent thrombosis has particularly adverse effects on patients prognosis. The factors that influence recurrence and management techniques that prevent these events remain controversial. To add further insight(More)
Foreign body synovitis has been neglected in the rheumatology literature. We describe 26 patients in whom arthritis, bursitis, or tenosynovitis appeared within 1 day to 7 years after an initial injury by a penetrating foreign body. Twenty-two patients presented with acute synovitis, which was followed by chronic or recurrent inflammation mimicking septic(More)
Amyloidosis is rarely considered in the differential diagnosis of breast masses. During the past six years, 27 women with primary (24) and multiple myeloma-associated (three) amyloidosis (AL amyloid) were evaluated at our center. In five of these patients, amyloid was demonstrated on microscopic examination of breast tissue. The clinical presentations were(More)
OBJECTIVE To show that cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) are capable of phagocytizing inflammation-causing crystals and of generating superoxide anion (SOA) during phagocytosis. METHODS The superoxide dismutase-inhibitable reduction of nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) dye was used as a measure of SOA production. Phagocytosis was(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the use of L-tryptophan by patients with eosinophilic fasciitis and compare this with its use by patients with progressive systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). DESIGN Retrospective and prospective analysis. Six patients with eosinophilic fasciitis were identified retrospectively and two prospectively. Retrospective identification of(More)
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) complicating antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy is not well acknowledged in the neurologic literature. We report 4 patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy that occurred while they were receiving AEDs. All patients had shoulder and hand involvement, which in 2 was bilateral, and 1 had ipsilateral foot(More)
We describe 2 patients with foreign body synovitis simulating acute septic arthritis. One patient was an 11-year-old boy who developed acute knee swelling due to a penetrating fragment of wood. The other patient was an intravenvous drug abuser in whom silicon was identified in synovial fluid and synovial membrane and whose arthritis improved after complete(More)
We explored the use of Testsimplet (TS) in synovial fluid (SF) analysis. TS is a glass slide coated with a dry mixture of methylene blue and cresyl violet, which in contact with one drop of SF provides a stained fresh preparation. We applied the TS to the study of 159 SFs of patients with different rheumatic diseases. In those SFs of patients with(More)