Jeffery Frankel

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BACKGROUND An intravenous rather than oral course of methylprednisolone is often prescribed for treating acute relapses in multiple sclerosis (MS) despite the lack of evidence to support this route of administration. Our double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial was designed to compare the efficacy of commonly used intravenous and oral steroid(More)
Striated anal sphincter function was studied electrophysiologically and radiologically in six patients with Parkinson's disease and chronic constipation. In five cases, there was paradoxic anal sphincter muscle contraction during simulated defecation straining resembling anismus-type pelvic outlet obstruction. Radiologic studies showed functional(More)
PURPOSE To determine if fluorouracil (5-FU) plus high-dose leucovorin (LV) enhances local response in patients receiving preoperative radiation therapy (RT) for adenocarcinoma of the rectum, we compared the degree of downstaging in patients receiving preoperative RT with or without chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS For this comparison, three groups of(More)
BACKGROUND The encouraging results seen in patients who received postoperative combined modality therapy in the adjuvant setting have prompted increased interest in preoperative combined modality therapy for patients with unresectable rectal cancer. The authors report the local control and survival of a previously reported Phase I dose escalation trial of(More)
To clarify the way in which the clinical response to levodopa changes with the progression of Parkinson's disease, a longitudinal study was performed to quantify motor response characteristics to single doses of levodopa by mouth over three years in 23 patients with fluctuating motor function. A significant increase in motor disability in "on" (time of peak(More)
BACKGROUND A Phase I trial was performed to determine the maximum tolerated dose of concurrent preoperative radiation therapy (5040 cGy) and 2 cycles (bolus daily times 5) of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and low-dose leucovorin (LV) (20 mg/m2), followed by surgery and 10 cycles of postoperative 5-FU/LV in patients with primary or recurrent rectal cancer. METHODS(More)
The great toe sesamoids have been well reported in the literature, in every aspect. Much has been written about the normal anatomic variation of partite metatarsophalangeal sesamoids. It is the purpose of this article to present a theory explaining the common occurrence of a symptomatic partite sesamoid. The authors believe there is a high rate of(More)
PURPOSE We compared the combined radiation therapy (RT) plus chemotherapy segments of two separate parallel phase I trials to determine if combined pelvic RT, fluorouracil (5-FU), and high-dose leucovorin (LV) had less acute toxicity when delivered preoperatively versus postoperatively in patients with rectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with(More)
The magnitude and pattern of motor responses to single doses of subcutaneous apomorphine and oral levodopa were compared in 14 patients with Parkinson's disease. Although apomorphine produced much shorter motor responses than levodopa, the quality of response to the two drugs was virtually indistinguishable. These clinical observations support the notion(More)
Ten patients with Parkinson's disease and urinary symptoms underwent urodynamic assessments before and after subcutaneous administration of the dopamine receptor agonist apomorphine. Voiding efficiency improved after apomorphine injection, with an increase in mean and maximum flow rates in nine patients and reduction in post-micturition residual volume in(More)