Deborah K Douglas

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Screening for human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) antibodies was performed on sera from 39,898 blood donors at eight blood centers in geographically distinct areas of the United States. Ten donors (0.025 percent) showed evidence of HTLV-I seropositivity by enzyme immunoassays; this was confirmed by protein immunoblot and radioimmunoprecipitation.(More)
Blood samples from 98 asymptomatic volunteer blood donors, including 55 that were reactive for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Western blot (WB) assay, were tested for levels of immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgM, and titer of antibodies to HIV, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex virus. Levels of IgG were significantly elevated (P less than or(More)
Cutaneous angiosarcoma is a rare malignant vascular tumor with a poor prognosis, most commonly affecting elderly white men. Diagnosis usually is delayed because the tumor has a highly variable and often innocuous presentation. Cutaneous angiosarcoma has been associated with a number of conditions and factors, including chronic lymphedema, prior radiation(More)
From March 1985 through July 1986, blood donors who were positive for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were evaluated at three major blood centers in the United States. Of 818,629 donations, 450 (0.05%) were HIV antibody-positive. The seroprevalence decreased from 0.07 to 0.04 percent during the study period, due perhaps to a decline in repeat(More)
BACKGROUND Individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders are restricted from donating blood because of concern that they are prone to adverse donor reactions such as syncope and convulsions. A study evaluating whether that concern is warranted is reported. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS During a 2-year period beginning in 1987, blood donors in Maryland with a(More)
An alloantibody to a high-incidence antigen, associated with multiple other alloantibodies, made it impossible to supply antigen-negative red blood cells (RBCs) for a chronically transfused sickle cell anemia patient. Anti-Cra,-E,K,-S, -Fya, -Fyb, as well as anti-M reactive at 37 degrees C and in the antiglobulin phase of testing, were identified in the(More)
Throughout the world people who have epilepsy and seizures are prohibited from donating blood. These restrictions are based on the assumption that they are prone to adverse donor reactions, specifically, syncope and convulsions. We describe a study evaluating whether that concern is warranted. During a two year period beginning in 1987, blood donors with a(More)