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BACKGROUND Adults with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in whom standard-dose corticosteroids and splenectomy have failed or who have contraindications to these therapies often require further treatment for life-threatening thrombocytopenia or bleeding. We studied whether danazol, an attenuated androgen, is useful in this setting. METHODS(More)
Vitamin B12 or cobalamin deficiency occurs frequently (> 20%) among elderly people, but it is often unrecognized because the clinical manifestations are subtle; they are also potentially serious, particularly from a neuropsychiatric and hematological perspective. Causes of the deficiency include, most frequently, food-cobalamin malabsorption syndrome (> 60%(More)
PURPOSE Approximately 15% of people aged more than 60 years old have a cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency, mainly in relation with food-cobalamin malabsorption (FCM). To date, no study has documented this disorder in the elderly. There is also little information on clinical consequences. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We studied 92 elderly patients with(More)
Between August 1989 and January 1990, 16 patients on an alcoholism rehabilitation ward (ARW) developed positive sputum cultures for Mycobacterium fortuitum. During a 2-wk surveillance period, six of 43 ARW patients but none of 20 staff members had positive sputum cultures. In addition, none of 54 patients and staff on an adjacent ward sharing the same ice(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the influence of age on the response of patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) to corticosteroids, splenectomy and danazol. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed a cohort of 139 consecutively treated patients with ITP diagnosed between 1985 and 1994. In particular, we analysed the therapies used, their response rates,(More)
Agranulocytosis is a life-threatening disorder in any age, but particularly so in elderly patients who are receiving, on average, a larger number of drugs than younger patients. Drug-induced agranulocytosis still remains a rare event, with an annual incidence rate of approximately 3-12 cases per million population. This disorder frequently occurs as an(More)
OBJECTIVES We studied clinical factors that may influence the duration of hematological recovery to reach neutrophil counts and thus, indirectly, the prognosis in patients with life-threatening drug-induced agranulocytosis (DIA). METHODS Using univariate and multivariate analyses with Cox's proportional hazard models, we determined the prognostic factors(More)
INTRODUCTION Differing cranial nerve involvement has been reported in the context of Gougerot-Sjögren's syndrome. Involvement of the V, III and VII nerves has been reported, the most characteristic being nerve V, notably its lower branch. Rare, well documented, cases of facial palsy have also been described. OBSERVATION Recurrent facial palsy in a 40(More)