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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Reticulated platelet (RP) count provides an estimate of thrombopoiesis. The objective was to evaluate RP in patients in different stages of sickle cell disease (SCD) and to determine the relationship between interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-3 (IL-3) and thrombopoietin (TPO) and RP count and degree of activation. METHODS Eighty-nine(More)
In Latin America, 16 million-18 million people are thought to be infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes American trypanosomiasis. The pathophysiology of this disease, particularly that of its chronic phase, has yet to be fully elucidated. The major function of haptoglobin, an acute-phase plasma protein found in three different phenotypes(More)
Anaemia is a common complication in cancer patients. The decrease in haemoglobin is associated with an impaired quality of life, poorer response to therapy and worse prognosis. Numerous factors are involved in the physiopathology of cancer-related anaemia. Some factors such as bleeding, bone marrow infiltration, the effects of chemoradiotherapy and(More)
Hemoglobin F (HbF) is an effective inhibitor of HbS polymerization. Hydroxyurea (HU) is used to increase HbF synthesis and improve the clinical course of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. We studied a series of laboratory parameters concerning HbF production and reticulocyte response, and compared data between two groups: 1) 13 SCD patients treated with(More)
The pattern of nucleolar organizer regions (NORs) in normal interphase hematopoietic cells was studied employing the Ag-NOR technique in bone marrow smears. A characteristic pattern of clusters and dots was observed for each cell type. The presence of clusters correlated with cells in proliferation, while in non-proliferating cells only dots were seen. In(More)
The pattern of nucleolar organizer regions in bone marrow smears of 40 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), 27 with acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) and 15 control cases were studied. All normal blasts as well as leukemic blasts revealed at least one cluster of AgNORs. In AML the mean number of clusters (2.87 +/- 0.48) and dots (0.23 +/- 0.17) per cell(More)
Hepcidin has been proposed as an important factor in the pathogenesis of the anaemia of chronic disease (ACD). The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between anaemia and inflammatory activity in patients with solid tumours. Patients were classified as having iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) (hypoferremia and hypoferretinemia), ACD (hypoferremia,(More)
The red cell distribution width (RDW), and another red cell discriminant function incorporating RDW (MCV2 x RDW/Hgb x 100) were determined in a group of 30 patients with iron deficiency anemia, 30 patients with beta thalassemia trait, and 30 normal subjects. Both RDW and (MCV2 x RDW/Hgb x 100) mean values were significantly higher in iron deficiency anemia(More)
We have described preliminary results of platelet larger cell ratio (P-LCR) analysis, provided by an automated hematology analyzer in patients with hypercholesterolemia and/or hypertriglyceremia. P-LCR values were significantly higher in patients (n = 41) than in control normal group (n = 20) (P < 0.0001). Larger platelets are more reactive and contribute(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate reticulocyte parameters by means of flow cytometric reticulocyte counting in a group of patients who had undergone autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). The pattern of reticulocyte response and the predictive value of absolute neutrophil count (ANC), platelet count, number of CD34+ cell(More)