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OBJECTIVE To develop 2 instruments that predict the probability of perioperative red blood cell transfusion in patients undergoing elective liver resection for primary and secondary tumors. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Hepatic resection is the most effective treatment for several benign and malign conditions, but may be accompanied by substantial blood loss(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously demonstrated that maintenance of a low central venous pressure (LCVP) combined with extrahepatic control of venous outflow reduced the overall blood loss during major hepatic resections. This study examined the overall outcomes and, in particular, renal morbidity associated with a large series of consecutive major liver(More)
The H circle of Leishmania species contains a 30 kb inverted duplication separated by two unique DNA segments, a and b. The corresponding H region of chromosomal DNA has only one copy of the duplicated DNA. We show here that the chromosomal segments a and b are flanked by inverted repeats (198 and 1241 bp) and we discuss how these repeats could lead to(More)
BACKGROUND The N7 protocol for poor-risk neuroblastoma uses dose-intensive chemotherapy (as in N6 protocol [Kushner et al.: J Clin Oncol 12:2607-2613, 1994] but with lower dosing of vincristine) for induction, surgical resection and 2100 cGy hyperfractionated radiotherapy for local control, and for consolidation, targeted radioimmunotherapy with(More)
The objective of this study was to identify factors associated with poor mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPCs) or delayed platelet engraftment after high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation in patients with lymphoma. Fifty-eight patients with Hodgkin's disease or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma underwent PBPC transplantation as(More)
Refrigerated storage for short-term preservation of bone marrow is an alternative to cryopreservation where chemotherapeutic regimens include drugs with short in vivo half-lives. We performed a clinical and laboratory comparison of bone marrow stored at 4 degrees C for up to 9 days to bone marrow cryopreserved at -90 degrees C for autotransplantation. After(More)
The quantity of hematopoietic progenitors in an apheresis collection is defined by the number of CD34(+) cells or granulocyte macrophage colony-forming units present. These parameters are believed to give roughly equivalent information on graft quality. We here report that the in vitro proliferative potential of r-metHuSCF (stem cell factor) plus filgrastim(More)
Blood transfusion is often necessary in patients undergoing liver resection. Because of the risks associated with allogeneic blood products, preoperative autologous blood donation has been advocated, but its benefit with respect to perioperative outcome remains unclear. This study compares perioperative outcome in patients transfused only with autologous(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatic resection is the most effective treatment for many malignant and benign conditions affecting the liver and biliary tree. Despite improvements, major partial hepatectomy can be associated with considerable blood loss and transfusion requirements. Transfusion of allogeneic blood products, although potentially life-saving, is associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Chemotherapy-associated thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura/hemolytic uremic syndrome (C-TTP/HUS) is a condition involving thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and progressive renal dysfunction that develops in 2-10% of patients with a history of malignant neoplasms treated with certain chemotherapeutic agents. Pathogenesis of the(More)