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Plasma exchange (PE) with plasma infusion is the treatment of choice for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) but doubts remain as to whether all kinds of plasma are equally effective. A multicentric cohort study was conducted to compare methylene blue-photoinactivated plasma (MBPIP) with quarantine fresh frozen plasma (qFFP) in the treatment of TTP.(More)
Seven-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a semipurified AIN76 diet and were given a weekly injection of the colon carcinogen 1,2-dimethylhydrazine for 8 weeks (initiation stage of carcinogenesis). The rats were divided into seven groups and each group of rats was placed on one of seven different modifications of the AIN76 diet for the next 24 weeks(More)
BACKGROUND To compare standard chemotherapy CHOP (cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, vincristine and prednisone) with the regimen CHOP/VIA (VP-16, iphosphamide and cytarabine) in terms of response to therapy, response duration, survival and toxicity in patients with aggressive lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS 132 patients (84 males and 48 females; median age, 55(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiologic information on blood component usage can help improve the utilization of transfusion resources. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Crosssectional survey in 2007 that included every hospital in Catalonia. Clinical data of blood recipients, including the four-digit International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE We evaluated the capacity of oral iron with or without oral folic acid administration to improve the accomplishment of our scheduled preoperative autologous blood collection program in patients with baseline hemoglobin > 115 g/l. PATIENTS AND METHOD Patients were enrolled in a randomized trial. The control group received no(More)
BACKGROUND Our reference adsorption procedure is to autoadsorb serum with ZZAP-pretreated patients' red cells (RBCs), although it is time-consuming. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of polyethylene glycol (PEG) for performing autologous adsorption procedures without pretreatment of patients' RBCs. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Equal volumes of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to describe an outbreak of acute fever in a rural town from Soria (Spain) in the spring of 1998 and to know the prevalence of IgG antibodies to Coxiella burnetii in this population. METHODS 1. Outbreak of Q fever: epidemiological, clinical and analytical data were obtained by standardised questionnaire and the clinical(More)
Bacterial contamination of blood products (BCBP) was one of the earliest recognized complications of blood transfusion.1 The source of contamination is rarely found, but that most frequently reported is the blood donor’s skin.2 Despite wellconducted antisepsis, high concentrations of bacteria may remain on the surface of the skin.3-6 The aim of our study(More)