Giuseppina Maria Patavino

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BACKGROUND Very few studies have measured disease penetrance and prognostic factors of Chagas cardiomyopathy among asymptomatic Trypanosoma cruzi-infected persons. METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a retrospective cohort study among initially healthy blood donors with an index T cruzi-seropositive donation and age-, sex-, and period-matched seronegatives(More)
BACKGROUND Brazilian blood centers ask candidate blood donors about the number of sexual partners in the past 12 months. Candidates who report a number over the limit are deferred. We studied the implications of this practice on blood safety. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS We analyzed demographic characteristics, number of heterosexual partners, and disease(More)
We are grateful that our article has stimulated interest in and discussion of the incidence of clinical cardiomyopathy among asymptomatic persons infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. Rassi and Rassi comment that without more frequent interval examinations, we are unable to determine whether the incidence density of cardiomyopathy was constant over the 10 years(More)
OBJECTIVE Deferral of blood donors due to low hematocrit and iron depletion is commonly reported in blood banks worldwide. This study evaluated the risk factors for low hematocrit and iron depletion among prospective blood donors in a large Brazilian blood center. METHOD A case-control study of 400 deferred donors due to low hematocrit and 456 eligible(More)
The Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study (REDS) program was established in the United States in 1989 with the purpose of increasing blood transfusion safety in the context of the HIV/AIDS and human T-lymphotropic virus epidemics. REDS and its successor, REDS-II were at first conducted in the US, then expanded in 2006 to include international partnerships(More)
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