Gary S. Wasserman

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Acetaminophen-protein adducts are biomarkers of acetaminophen toxicity present in the centrilobular region of the liver of laboratory animals following the administration of toxic doses of acetaminophen. These biomarkers are highly specific for acetaminophen-induced hepatic injury and correlate with hepatic transaminase elevation. The objective of this(More)
Several cytokines have been reported to have hepatoprotective properties in animal models of acetaminophen toxicity. To investigate the relationships of cytokines and toxicity in acetaminophen overdose, blood samples were collected from patients following acute ingestions of acetaminophen. Samples for cytokine analysis were collected at the time of routine(More)
BACKGROUND Elevations of inflammatory cytokines have been reported in animal models of acetaminophen (INN, paracetamol) toxicity. In addition, interleukin 8, a chemokine, has been found to be elevated in toxin-associated hepatic disease (ie, acute alcoholic hepatitis). The purpose of this study was to measure serum cytokine levels in children and(More)
The Brown recluse spider has emerged into a potent venomous creature. Loxoscelism and necrotic arachnidism is not an infrequent medical problem. Spiders other than L. reclusa are capable of inflicting painful and persisting necrotic wounds, however, management of the local cutaneous lesions are similar. Systemic complications of loxoscelism appear to be(More)
INTRODUCTION The complementary and alternative medicine practice of prescribing chelators to children with autism is based on the premise that the chronic symptoms of autism can be ameliorated by reducing heavy metal body burden. However, there has not been definitive evidence, published to date, to support the assertion that children with autism are at(More)
Caffeine is generally regarded as a safe drug, as evidenced by its wide availability in "over-the-counter" preparations and beverages. However, it is capable of producing a lethal outcome in cases of intoxication. The case of a two-year-old girl, who suffered major poisoning from caffeine, is presented. Her care, including the use of peritoneal dialysis, is(More)
Clonidine is an antihypertensive agent with central and peripheral alpha-2 adrenergic effects. One of the postulated mechanisms of action is the release of endogenous opioids and/or the stimulation of opioid receptors in the central nervous system (CNS). Naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist, has demonstrated reversal effects from clonidine intoxication.(More)
We report a case of a six-year-old male who sustained a ventricular septal defect following blunt trauma to the chest. Traumatically acquired VSD is rare in children. The diagnosis is made by characteristic history and physical examination and confirmed by echocardiogram or cardiac catheterization. Treatment is medical until surgical repair can be safely(More)