J Paul Fermand

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Schnitzler's syndrome is characterized by recurrent urticarial rash and monoclonal gammopathy, associated with clinical and biological signs of inflammation and a long-term risk of AA amyloidosis and overt lymphoproliferation. An extensive literature review was performed, and the following questions were addressed during an expert meeting: In whom should(More)
Objective: Intensivists generally view patients with hematological malignancies as poor candidates for intensive care. Nevertheless, hematologists have recently developed more aggressive treatment protocols capable of achieving prolonged complete remissions in many of these patients. This change mandates a reappraisal of indications for ICU admission in(More)
Results to date indicate that high-dose therapy (HDT) with autologous stem cell support improves survival of patients with symptomatic multiple myeloma (MM). We performed a multicenter, sequential, randomized trial designed to assess the optimal timing of HDT and autotransplantation. Among 202 enrolled patients who were up to 56 years old, 185 were randomly(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a B-cell neoplasia caused by the proliferation of clonal plasma cells, primarily in the bone marrow (BM). The role of the BM microenvironment in the pathogenesis of the disease has been demonstrated, especially for the survival and growth of the myeloma plasma cells. Functional characterization of the major component of the BM(More)
High-dose therapy plus autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) is considered the standard of care for the frontline treatment in younger patients with multiple myeloma (NDMM). The achievement of complete response (CR) or at least very good partial response (VGPR) at the end of the ASCT procedure has been one of the key markers associated with an(More)
We assessed the role of spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and bone densitometry as prognostic factors in patients with asymptomatic stage I multiple myeloma (MM) and negative skeletal survey. 55 consecutive patients underwent spinal MRI and 41 of them underwent bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Spinal MRI studies showed(More)
This review underscores the diversity of the clinical manifestations and hematopathological features of gamma heavy chain disease based on the detailed report of 16 patients evaluated in our chemical department, the analysis of 12 cases diagnosed in our laboratory, and the study of 81 cases previously reported. This condition is defined by the presence in(More)
We report 3 cases of bullous immunoglobulinic amyloidosis and review 25 published cases. In 2 of our patients, amyloid deposits were not detected with special staining, but by means of ultrastructural methods. Investigations of the skin lesions permitted the diagnosis of associated plasma cell dyscrasia in 2 patients. Unexplained bullous lesions should be(More)
Recent data have renewed the interest for arsenic-containing compounds as anticancer agents. In particular, arsenic trioxide (As2O3) has been demonstrated to be an effective drug in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia by inducing programmed cell death in leukemic cells both in vitro and in vivo. This prompted us to study the in vitro effects of(More)
This retrospective analysis investigated the prognostic value of del(13) and t(4;14) abnormalities and the impact of prior treatment on outcomes in 207 heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (MM) treated with lenalidomide plus dexamethasone. Patients with relapsed or refractory MM who had either earlier received thalidomide(More)