David L Topolsky

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Four patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) who were refractory to conventional treatment were treated with high-dose cyclophosphamide (200 mg/kg over 4 days). All improved in functional status and muscle strength. Nerve conduction studies improved in three of four. Other immunomodulatory medications have been discontinued.(More)
While half of all patients receiving bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for malignancies and related diseases may achieve prolonged disease-free survival, 2-10% of patients undergoing allogeneic transplantation develop bronchiolitis obliterans (BrOb). We have hypothesized that total body irradiation (TBI) which has been used for pretreatment may influence(More)
Neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis (NEH) is a neutrophilic dermatosis primarily affecting the eccrine glands, and most commonly seen in patients undergoing chemotherapy for treatment of a malignancy. Rapid diagnosis may avert unnecessary changes in therapy to treat conditions which clinically mimic NEH. We describe a patient who developed NEH on three(More)
We performed a retrospective analysis of 42 consecutive patients undergoing autologous BMT to determine the incidence of second and third degree heart block following the infusion of cryopreserved autologous bone marrow and to identify any predisposing characteristics. A decrease in heart rate > or = 10 beats/min was observed in 80.5% of patients, with a(More)
PURPOSE We determined the toxicity and efficacy of a new preparative autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) regimen in patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 35 Hodgkin's disease patients 16 to 63 years of age were given intravenous carmustine(More)
Cytotoxic therapy is a cornerstone for patients with severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). High-dose cyclophosphamide, 200 mg/kg, can induce a complete remission without the need for stem cell rescue in patients with autoimmune illnesses. Here we report on our first four patients treated for severe SLE with this treatment approach. Patients received(More)
Most bone marrow transplantation preparative regimens use total body irradiation as one component. Recently, however, two non-total body irradiation containing autologous bone marrow transplantation preparative regimens have been evaluated in patients with lymphoid malignancies. The first regimen consisted of carmustine, etoposide, and cisplatin; some(More)
Relapse is still a common problem after bone marrow transplant (BMT) and teh value of adding etoposide to standard conditioning agents is being tested. The aim of the study was to assess the extramedullary toxicity which resulted from adding etoposide to busulphan 16 mg/kg and cyclophoshamide 120 mg/kg (BuCY2). Eighty four patients received etoposide 40(More)
Veno-occlusive disease (VOD) of the liver is a major complication of bone marrow transplantation (BMT). The overall frequency of VOD has ranged from 20 to 30%, with a mortality rate greater than 40%, as reported by centers utilizing cyclophosphamide (Cy) and total body irradiation (CyTBI) or various chemotherapeutic regimens, including the busulfan (Bu) (4(More)
We report the previously undescribed occurrence of extramedullary blast crisis in a patient with chronic myelogenous leukemia in complete cytogenetic and molecular remission on interferon-alpha. Development of bilateral testicular swelling prompted a biopsy showing stromal infiltration with CD20 and TdT positive immature cells. On repeated examinations, the(More)