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The aim of the present study was to assess the influence of socioeconomic status (SeS) on the outcome of allo-SCT at a Brazilian SCT center. In total, 201 patients receiving HLA-identical related allo-SCTs were studied. The median age was 30 years. Overall, 163 patients had malignancies (CML 68, ALL/AML 63, myelodysplastic syndrome 12 and others 20). SeS(More)
BACKGROUND Imatinib (IM) is a first choice drug for treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), with a widely accepted concentration threshold of 1000ng/ml being used as a target for therapeutic drug monitoring. Once adherence to the pharmacotherapeutic regimen is of paramount importance during the long treatment course of CML, the measurement of hair IM(More)
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is an uncommon but life-threatening complication of solid-organ and blood stem-cell transplants. It responds poorly to therapy, including reduction of immunosuppression, interferon, antivirals or chemotherapy. Small series of PTLD successfully treated with rituximab have been reported, and experimental(More)
Imatinib mesylate (IM) is now first-line treatment for CML. To study the results of treatment with IM after IFN failure/intolerance versus allogeneic BMT (allo-BMT), we retrospectively analyzed 264 patients treated for CML in first chronic phase in three different institutions. Over a 6-year period (2001-2006), 174 patients received IM after failure of or(More)
Variant Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome can be observed in 5-10 % of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) patients. However, there are only a few studies which have analyzed the prognostic implications of these complex translocations in CML patients after the advent of imatinib mesylate and the results found are conflicting. We investigated the clinical features(More)
This population-based study was designed to detect the prevalence of anemia in a healthy population of children (18 months to 7 years) and women (14 to 30 years) tested in 2006-2007 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as part of an effort to tackle this massive problem that still affects so many people in the XXI century. Anemia was defined according(More)
Reports on treatment outcomes in adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Brazil are sparse. To evaluate the outcome of patients with ALL managed by the public healthcare system, we studied 42 adults treated from 1990 to 1997 in the Division of Hematology at Hospital de Clínicas, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Of these patients, 14/42 were females and their(More)
Histoplasma capsulatum has not typically been associated with sinusitis in either immunocompetent or immunocompromised hosts. We report a case of sinusitis caused by H. capsulatum in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and discuss the reported cases of this rare clinical manifestation of histoplasmosis in the medical literature.