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Bochdalek's hernia is a congenital hernia of the diaphragm, which is manifested in the early years of life. Its diagnosis is difficult and is based on barium studies. We present an adult patient with Bochdalek's hernia who exhibited a gastric volvulus. The patient had a history of intermittent abdominal pains. In this article, we analyze the diagnostic and(More)
The severity of neutropenia in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) has not been completely studied. We analyzed the prognostic significance of severe neutropenia (neutrophils count <0.5×10(9)/L) at diagnosis in 1109 patients with de novo MDS and low/intermediate-1 IPSS included in the Spanish MDS Registry. Severe neutropenia was present at diagnosis in 48 of(More)
The Spanish PETHEMA group designed a protocol for newly diagnosed PML/RARalpha-positive acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) in which induction and consolidation followed the original AIDA regimen, except for the omission of cytarabine and etoposide from consolidation. Induction consisted of 45 mg/m(2) all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) daily until complete(More)
Early response to therapy is one of the most important prognostic factors in acute leukemia. It is hypothesized that early immunophenotypical evaluation may help identify patients at high risk for relapse from those who may remain in complete remission (CR). Using multiparametric flow cytometry, the level of minimal residual disease (MRD) was evaluated in(More)
Hypomethylating agents are able to prolong the overall survival of some patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical use of azacitidine as front-line therapy in unfit acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients and to develop a clinical prediction model to identify which patients may benefit more from the(More)
The use of extracorporeal techniques in cardiopulmonary support has spread in the last 20 years. ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) devices are the most commonly employed option, and have been used for years in lung transplant programs. Nevertheless, few articles on the results of ECMO involving large numbers of cases have been published to date.(More)
A high complete remission rate is currently achieved in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, many patients eventually relapse due to the persistence of low numbers of residual leukemic cells that are undetectable by conventional cytomorphologic criteria (minimal residual disease [MRD]). Using immunophenotypic multiparametric flow cytometry,(More)
Formalin fixation is the most common storage, transportation and preservation method for stool samples. However, fixation dramatically reduces our ability to extract from stool samples DNA that is a suitable template for polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based diagnostic tests. In this study we evaluated the effects of formalin concentration and of the time(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental evidences have suggested that a Th1 response is unable to eliminate H. pylori colonization; whereas a Th2 response, like the one induced by vaccination, reduces H. pylori infection in animal models. Some parasitic infections induce a polarized Th2 response, which theoretically would favor a reduced H. pylori prevalence. The aim of(More)
Two cases of transitory IgM monoclonal gammopathy associated with infectious disease are presented. One patient was a 29 year-old woman with acute brucellosis; electrophoresis showed a homogeneous spike of slow gamma mobility constituted of IgM lambda. The second case was a 52 year-old male with milliary tuberculosis, in whom a homogenous spike of rapid(More)