Jerome M Loew

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Thalidomide was administered to 83 patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), starting at 100 mg by mouth daily and increasing to 400 mg as tolerated. Thirty-two patients stopped therapy before 12 weeks (minimum period for response evaluation), and 51 completed 12 weeks of therapy. International Working Group response criteria for MDS were used to(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of this study was to generate an axially vascularized bone substitute. The arteriovenous (AV)-loop approach in a large-animal model was applied in order to induce axial vascularization in a clinically approved processed bovine cancellous bone (PBCB) matrix of significant volume with primary mechanical stability and to assess the(More)
Thirty-five patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) were registered on protocol MDS 96-02 and were receiving continuous therapy with pentoxifylline 800 mg 3 times a day and ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day by mouth; dexamethasone was added to the regimen for the partial responders and the nonresponders after 12 weeks at a dose of 4 mg by mouth every(More)
An infant with congenital central hypoventilation was managed by bilateral phrenic nerve pacing for 3 months. He died at 8 months of age, following 19 days of continuous bilateral pacing necessitated by the eventual loss of voluntary as well as autonomic ventilatory control. The phrenic nerves showed axonal dystrophy at the site of electrode implantation(More)
The majority of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) cases arise de novo; cases evolving from preexisting myelodysplasia (MDS) or myeloproliferative diseases have not been well-studied. We conducted the present study to determine the clinicopathologic features and to study possible underlying molecular and cytogenetic mechanisms involved in this(More)
Rates of proliferation and apoptosis as well as expression of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) and the number of macrophages were measured in bone marrow (BM) biopsies of 33 patients who presented with hypocellular (cellularity < 30%) myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Results showed that 2/3 of the patients(More)
A poorly defined transforming event(s) affects the pluripotential bone marrow (BM) stem cell in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), conferring a growth advantage upon it which leads eventually to monoclonal hematopoiesis. The progeny of this transformed ancestor undergo recognizable albeit dysplastic maturation. We propose that this picture is further(More)
Two infants with short-bowel syndrome and liver failure associated with obligatory parenteral nutrition received a composite allograft that consisted of en bloc liver, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, jejunum, and ileum. Solutions to the fatal complications in the first case resulted in a functioning composite splanchnic system in the second case. Despite a(More)
Refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (RARS) associated with marked thrombocytosis (RARS-T) has clinical and pathologic features of both RARS and essential thrombocytosis (ET). It has been uncertain whether this disease represents a variant of RARS, a variant of ET, or the simultaneous occurrence of two separate disorders (RARS and ET). The recently(More)