José Manuel Ballester

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Clinical and serological studies were carried out on 114 patients admitted to hospital in Havana, Cuba with Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever and Dengue Shock Syndrome (DHF/DSS). Serological confirmation of dengue was obtained in 90% of cases, with 5% of cases primary and 95% secondary. Fever, haemorrhagic manifestations, vomiting and headache were the most(More)
BACKGROUND HCV was initially identified in 1989 when it was found to be the primary causative agent of non-A, non-B hepatitis,a condition associated with high rates of progressive and end-stage liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Since then, appreciation of the significant worldwide health impact of HCV infection has grown. HCV infection(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether anti neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA): anti myeloperoxidase (anti MPO) and anti proteinase 3 (anti PR3), are present in patients with sickle cell anaemia (SCA) during painful crisis. PATIENTS AND METHODS 55 patients with SCA were included in this study, 35 of them had painful crisis and the rest were in steady state.(More)
14 patients with chronic myelocytic leukemia were evaluated immunologically; no difference was found in mean lymphocyte percentage and absolute number between patients and healthy subjects. 4 cases (28.5%) showed decreased percentage of T lymphocytes, while only 2 cases (14.2%) had decreased absolute T lymphocyte values. PHA transformation was decreased in(More)
Selected cellular immune parameters were studied in 20 patients with sickle cell anaemia (SCA). A moderate absolute lymphocytes was observed in SCA patients compared with the control group. There was no significant difference between patients and controls in the mean E-rosette percentage and absolute number. PHA transformation was decreased in 50% of SCA(More)
Gene frequencies of several red cell and serum gentic markers were determined in the three main racial groups--whites, mulattoes and Negroes--of the Cuban population. The results were used to estimate the relative contribution of Caucasian and Negro genes to the genetic makeup of these three groups and to calculate the frequencies of these genes in the(More)
T lymphocyte counts in the peripheral blood, lymphocyte response to phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) and delayed hypersensitivity reactions were studied in ten patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH). Delayed hypersensitivity was abnormal in most patients and in vitro studies revealed impaired lymphocyte transformation to PHA in 50 per cent of the(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The acute inflammatory response is an important phenomenon in the pathogenesis of myocardial damage during acute coronary syndrome. Endothelial dysfunction has been found in unstable angina and acute myocardial infarction, although the results are controversial. The purpose of this study was to determine the levels of the soluble(More)