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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Our knowledge of primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is incomplete. The aim of this study was to collect comprehensive and precise data the on epidemiology, clinical and pathological features, course, and therapy of CAD. DESIGN AND METHODS We performed a population-based retrospective follow-up study of as many as(More)
Conventional therapies for primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) are ineffective, but remissions after treatment with the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab have been described in a small, prospective trial and in some case reports. In this study we report on 37 courses of rituximab administered prospectively to 27 patients. Fourteen of 27 patients(More)
Recently, considerable interest has arisen as to use cord blood (CB) as a source of hematopoietic stem cells for allogenic transplantation when bone marrow (BM) from a familial HLA-matched donor is not available. Because human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has been shown to inhibit the proliferation of BM progenitors in vitro, it was important to examine whether(More)
Sixty-one consecutive adult patients with leukaemia, primary myelofibrosis or myelodysplastic syndrome with an HLA-identical or one antigen mismatched family donor were randomised to allogeneic transplantation with PBPC or BM. Progenitor cells were mobilised into the blood by giving the donors 10 microg/kg/day G-CSF subcutaneously for 5-7 days. G-CSF was(More)
Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease is a rare hemolytic disease mediated by monoclonal IGHV4-34-encoded cold agglutinins with a predominant specificity for the blood group antigen I. Bone marrow from 54 patients was studied to type the underlying lymphoproliferative disorder better. Bone marrow biopsies showed circumscribed intra-parenchymatous nodules(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of 2-chlorodeoxyadenosine (CdA) when administered by subcutaneous injection to patients with symptomatic hairy cell leukemia (HCL), and to evaluate predictive factors for response. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-three patients were given CdA as a subcutaneous injection once daily for 7 days. Complete(More)
Primed peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cells (PBSC) generate and sustain lymphohematopoiesis in myeloablated animals, and recent reports indicate that allogeneic transplantation using PBSC grafts may be feasible in humans. A major concern with the use of PBSC transplants is that permanent engraftment may be limited because of lack of sufficient numbers(More)
BACKGROUND Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is caused by immune-mediated platelet destruction and reduced platelet production. The aim of this review article is to provide an updated overview of pathophysiology and new therapeutic modalities in ITP. MATERIAL AND METHODS The article is based on literature identified through a non-systematic search in PubMed(More)
Acquired haemophilia is a rare, but often severe bleeding disorder caused by autoantibodies against a coagulation factor, usually factor VIII (FVIII). Between 1997 and 2004 we observed 14 patients (mean age of 78 years) with acquired haemophilia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of activated prothrombin complex concentrate (aPCC)(More)
BACKGROUND Arthropathy of the knee is a frequent complication in patients with severe bleeding disorders leading to considerable pain and disability. Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) provides marked pain relief. However, a modest functional outcome and a high number of complications due to prosthetic infection and loosening are reported. Data on long-term(More)