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Idiopatic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a disorder characterized by autoantibody-mediated platelet destruction, may be primary or secondary to various illnesses including lymphoproliferative, autoimmune, or infectious diseases. There are increasing data on the association between Helicobacter pylori infection and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and(More)
The long-term results of a therapeutic regimen for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have been analysed with the main purpose to evaluate the impact of Daunorubicin (DNM) dosage given during the induction. The files of 86 consecutive adult ALL patients treated in our institution between 1974 and 1988 were reviewed. They received the same induction(More)
In human platelets the selenoenzyme glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) acts as a scavenger of the peroxides generated during the burst of arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism. Such a mechanism inhibits the biosynthesis of both thromboxane A2 (TXA2) and lipoxygenase products. The same mechanism is not effective on the prostacyclin (PGI2) biosynthesis from cultured(More)
BACKGROUND Transfusional iron overload is a frequent finding in long-term survivors of acute leukemia (AL). Only a few studies have reported the results of iron depletion therapy in this category of patients. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Between January 1996 and July 2003, 26 consecutive adult patients who achieved complete remission of AL and developed(More)
Three different methods, morphologic, immunocytochemic, and fluorescence activated cell sorter (FC) analysis, were compared with respect to their efficiency in detecting breast cancer cells in bone marrow. In the first series of experiments, the three techniques were compared using bone marrow cells artificially mixed with a known amount of breast cancer(More)
Hereditary hemochromatosis, a very common genetic defect in the Caucasian population, is characterized by progressive tissue iron overload which leads to irreversible organ damage if it is not treated in a timely manner. Recent developments in the field of molecular medicine have radically improved the understanding of the physiopathology and diagnosis of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES There are data consistent with an association between idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection. In addition, a significant increase of platelet count following HP eradication has been reported in a proportion of ITP patients. We describe here our experience on the efficacy of anti-HP(More)
We studied the effect of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication in 43 consecutive H. pylori-infected patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. H. pylori was eradicated with antibiotics in 41 of them (95.3%). The difference between the mean platelet count before and after therapy was statistically significant (54.3 x 10(9)/l vs. 119.1 x(More)
OBJECTIVES Although decreasing in frequency, Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia is still a major challenge for neutropenic cancer patients. In patients with hematologic malignancies, the prognosis of P. aeruginosa bacteremia is particularly poor due to the prolonged and severe neutropenia, mucosal damage, and other defects in immunity related both to the(More)
Data are accumulating on the association between Helicobacter pylori infection and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and the significant increase in platelet count after bacterial eradication. The aim of this review was to consider the studies so far published on H. pylori infection and ITP in order to evaluate a possible correlation between these(More)