Lawrence A. Cooperstein

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We reviewed the long-term natural history of 21 adult-onset Still's disease patients. Patient subsets were identified according to clinical course patterns. These included monocyclic systemic disease in 4, polycyclic systemic disease in 2, chronic articular monocyclic systemic disease in 10, and chronic articular polycyclic systemic disease in the remaining(More)
The effect that accompanying patient information has on diagnostic accuracy in radiologic interpretation has been studied by many researchers but remains a matter of contention. Experiments in the past emphasized the chest film because this procedure is the one done most frequently in radiology. However, with the increasing importance of digital imaging,(More)
We investigated the relationship of CT determined vertebral bone mineral density (BMD), type of renal osteodystrophy, N terminal PTH levels and fracture history in 31 dialysis patients. BMD for patients with bone biopsy documented osteitis fibrosa was 1.6 standard deviation (SD) above the normal value for age and sex matched controls, while those patients(More)
Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis has been used in many medical imaging applications during the past decade. In order to ensure that reader-confidence ratings are analyzable (well distributed to meet convergence requirements of curve-fitting algorithms) and meaningful (limit extrapolation of the data), many investigators train readers(More)
Of 180 patients with polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM) seen at the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated hospitals since 1975, 21 of 100 tested positive for the anti-Jo-1 antibody. Sixteen of the 21 patients were women and 18 were white. Fifteen had adult PM, 4 had myositis in overlap with scleroderma, and 2 had adult DM. Evidence of interstitial lung(More)
Inhibitors of fibrin stabilization of apparently autoimmune origin, found in two severely bleeding unrelated patients (W. G. and G. A.), were compared with regard to their biological target specificities, potencies and immunological characteristics. Both interfered only with the activation of fibrin stabilizing factor (coagulation Factor XIII) and, while(More)
We evaluated low-dose calcitriol (0.25 microgram b.i.d.) in combination with 1 g of supplemental calcium therapy as treatment for osteopenic women over 60 years of age (n = 4). Control patients (n = 6) received ergocalciferol (50,000 units twice a week) and 1 g of supplemental calcium. Bone biopsies and CT-determined bone mineral density were done initially(More)
 Objective. There is a current debate whether multicentric osteosarcoma represents synchronous multiple primary osteosarcomas or metastatic disease. The purpose of this report is to evaluate the etiology, presentation, and classification of this entity. Design and patients. Six patients ranging in age from 7 to 29 years were studied. The clinical,(More)
Computer programs that produce 3D surface reformations from sets of contiguous axial CT scans were used in evaluating a variety of acetabular fractures in 20 patients. The 3D images were easily correlated with plain radiographs, and new views were produced that provided a unique perspective not obtainable by conventional radiography. The 3D images were(More)
The differences among radiologists in interpreting conventional and digitized images obtained with different radiologic procedures is an important research issue in these times of implementation and growth of the digital modalities. The authors performed a multiobserver study to determine the performance of radiologists reading posteroanterior conventional(More)