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BACKGROUND Chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is characterised by accelerated platelet destruction and decreased platelet production. Short-term administration of the thrombopoiesis-stimulating protein, romiplostim, has been shown to increase platelet counts in most patients with chronic ITP. We assessed the long-term administration of(More)
A 31-yr-old female with congenital hypoplastic anemia (Diamond-Blackfan syndrome) whose long course terminated in acute myelogenous leukemia is described. In contrast to Fanconi anemia, malignant transformation rarely occurs in congenital hypoplastic anemia. This patient's diagnosis of congenital hypoplastic anemia is supported by her clinical course,(More)
BACKGROUND Most current treatments for chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) act by decreasing platelet destruction. In a phase 1-2 study, we administered a thrombopoiesis-stimulating protein, AMG 531, to patients with ITP. METHODS In phase 1, 24 patients who had received at least one treatment for ITP were assigned to escalating-dose cohorts of 4(More)
Romiplostim was effective, safe, and well-tolerated over 6-12 months of continuous treatment in Phase 3 trials in patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). This report describes up to 5 years of weekly treatment with romiplostim in 292 adult ITP patients in a long-term, single-arm, open-label study. Outcome measures included adverse events (including(More)
Patients with ITP may have severe thrombocytopenia, putting them at risk for serious bleeding. ITP trials of new treatments must allow use of standard-of-care therapies to prevent serious bleeding. Thrombopoietin mimetic trials used platelet counts and rescue/concomitant medication use as endpoints. These trials were of insufficient size and duration to(More)
Thrombopoietin receptor agonists increase platelet counts and reduce bleeding risk in patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Studies have reported that these agents may represent a risk factor for thromboembolic events, especially in the elderly, who are at increased risk for such complications relative to younger patients. In this retrospective(More)
Oncogenic driver mutations have emerged as major treatment targets for molecular therapies in a variety of cancers. HER2 positivity has been well-studied in breast cancer, but its importance is still being explored in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Laboratory methods for assessment of HER2 positivity in NSCLC include immunohistochemistry (IHC) for(More)