James E. Fitzpatrick

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We recently performed a retrospective clinicopathologic study of five patients with cutaneous involvement of multiple myeloma or extramedullary plasmacytoma. Cutaneous nodules without extension from an underlying bony focus of disease developed in each case. In two cases skin lesions occurred in the more common setting of advanced disease, but in two others(More)
Metastatic malignant melanoma is an extremely aggressive cancer, with no currently viable therapy. 4-Allyl-2-methoxyphenol (eugenol) was tested for its ability to inhibit proliferation of melanoma cells. Eugenol but not its isomer, isoeugenol (2-methoxy-4-propenylphenol), was found to be a potent inhibitor of melanoma cell proliferation. In a B16 xenograft(More)
Vancomycin is the most frequent trigger of drug-induced linear IgA bullous dermatosis. We describe a fulminant case of linear IgA bullous dermatosis in a 74-year-old man who experienced skin sloughing of 90% of his body surface after receiving vancomycin.
Nosocomial infection rates were computed for 5,031 patients at an oncology center during a 20-month period. Twelve percent of the patients developed nosocomial infections, accounting for a total of 802 infections. The overall incidence of nosocomial infections during this study period was 6.27 infections per 1,000 patient days. The highest incidence of(More)
The method of sample collection and time interval from venipuncture to test performance is considered to be important in platelet function testing. Platelet function studies can be performed in whole blood with the use of an impedance lumi-aggregometer, and an examination of the influence of these variables on the outcome of such a study is important.(More)
Chronic arthritis occurs in 10% of Lyme disease patients. A patient had chronic septic Lyme arthritis of the knee for seven years despite multiple antibiotic trials and multiple arthroscopic and open synovectomies. Spirochetes were documented in synovium and synovial fluid (SF). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of the SF was consistent with Borrelia(More)
BACKGROUND Deposition of calcium in skin is currently categorized into a group of disorders referred to as calcinosis cutis. Divisions between types and subtypes within this confusing classification are predominantly based on morphologic differences in the calcification and serve to obscure pathogenesis. This is especially evident in a subtype of calcinosis(More)
Clear cell sarcoma (CCS) is a rare tumor classically associated with the tendons and aponeuroses of distal extremities of young adults. CCS and malignant melanoma (MM) share immunohistochemical profiles and ultrastructural features, but classic CCS has characteristic morphology with low mitotic activity and minimal pleomorphism. Occasional cases show(More)
BACKGROUND Partial regression of primary cutaneous malignant melanoma is not uncommon and may predict a higher likelihood of metastasis and decreased survival. Complete histologic regression of a primary cutaneous melanoma is a rarer occurrence, with only 34 cases reported in the English-language or English language-summarized literature. OBSERVATION We(More)
BACKGROUND Merkel cell carcinomas (MCCs) express the tyrosine kinase receptor KIT. However, it is not known if MCCs have activating mutations in KIT that would make them responsive to treatment with imatinib mesylate. The purpose of this article is to describe the KIT immunohistological staining pattern (CD117) of MCCs and analyze those MCCs for mutations(More)