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The threshold for prophylactic platelet transfusions in patients with hypoplastic thrombopenia generally recommended in the standard literature is 20,000 platelets/microL. A more restrictive transfusion policy may be indicated in patients with chronic severe aplastic anemia (SAA) in need of long-term platelet support. We evaluated the feasibility and safety(More)
Alloimmune thrombocytopenia (AIT) in fetuses and newborn, a disease resembling Rh incompatibility, is caused by transplacental transfer of an IgG-class antibody against fetal platelets. In humans five different platelet antigen systems are so far known which lead to AIT. The disease occurs in 1:2000-1:5000 deliveries. In contrast to Rh disease, immunization(More)
BACKGROUND Sensitization of leukemic cells with hematopoietic growth factors may enhance the cytotoxicity of chemotherapy in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). METHODS In a multicenter randomized trial, we assigned patients (age range, 18 to 60 years) with newly diagnosed AML to receive cytarabine plus idarubicin (cycle 1) and cytarabine plus amsacrin (cycle(More)
The best treatment of CMV gastrointestinal disease has been controversial, with some centers adding intravenous (i.v.) Ig to antiviral chemotherapy. The aim of this retrospective survey was to compare the outcome of antiviral chemotherapy with or without i.v. Ig. A questionnaire was sent to centers belonging to the EBMT. Thirty-three patients with CMV(More)
The Infectious Diseases Working Party of the European Blood and Marrow Transplant Group conducted a survey to obtain information about the frequency, presentation, and treatment of mycobacterial infection (MBI) in stem cell transplant (SCT) recipients. Among 29 centers, MBI was diagnosed in 0.79% of 1513 allogeneic and 0.23% of 3012 autologous SCT(More)
Refsum's disease (Heredopathia atactica polyneuritiformis) is caused by accumulation of phytanic acid in all body tissues due to an inherited failure of alphaoxidation of branched chain fatty acids. Plasmapheresis has been reported to be beneficial by removal of phytanic acid from the blood. We describe a patient with Refsum's disease in whom long-term(More)
A case report of hemolytic uremic syndrome with placental involvement in 2 of 3 consecutive pregnancies highlights the impact on the fetal placental compartment and the importance of diligent antenatal care in subsequent pregnancies.
Supportive care is a prerequisite for intensive chemotherapy in leukemic patients. Little has been published about quantitative aspects of red blood cell and platelet transfusions. We evaluated transfusion requirements and factors associated with observed differences in 206 patients undergoing initial induction consolidation chemotherapy for newly diagnosed(More)
Neutropenic typhlitis (NPT) was observed in 4 of 5 adult patients with acute leukemia treated with etoposide (VP16; 100 mg/m2/d for 6 days) and high-dose cytosine-arabinoside (HD ARAC, 2 g/m2 twice daily for 6 days) in a period of 11 months. One additional patient developed NPT after combination therapy with amsacrine (mAMSA, 120 mg/m2/d for 5 days) and(More)