Linda Velasquez

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Our purpose is to describe the incidence and clinical features of leptomeningeal dissemination (LM) in children with progressive low-grade neuroepithelial tumor (LGN). We have continuously tracked all patients with primary CNS tumors since 1986. Satisfactorily followed data were obtained on 427 of the 588 patients with localized LGN at diagnosis between(More)
Pediatric intramedullary spinal cord tumors occur infrequently with limited data on treatment strategies and outcome. Over an 11-year period, 44 patients with such tumors who were primarily managed by radical surgery were retrospectively reviewed. The majority of tumors (42/44, 95%) were in the cervical or thoracic spine and were histologically low grade.(More)
The goal of this study was to describe the demographic, histologic, and prognostic features of children with low-grade neuroepithelial tumors (LGN) of the CNS presenting with leptomeningeal metastases (LM) at diagnosis. We identified 528 newly diagnosed LGN children, 13 (3%) of whom had LM at diagnosis. LM was defined by neuroimaging, clinical evidence,(More)
The management of low-grade intramedullary astrocytomas is controversial. Unlike ependymomas, which have a distinct cleavage plane, astrocytomas are diffuse infiltrative tumors. The intramedullary tumor database at NYU Medical Center was searched to identify all patients with intramedullary astrocytoma from 1988 to 1994. Seventeen patients presented with a(More)
Many neurosurgeons have made a practice of sectioning the S2 dorsal roots during selective posterior rhizotomy for the treatment of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, but the efficacy of this treatment has not previously been proven. S2 afferents are involved in reflex arcs of the plantar flexors (PFs), so that S2 lesioning should in theory reduce(More)
The dose intensity of the PCV regimen can be doubled using peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) support. This study sought to determine the feasibility of giving dose-intensive PCV concurrently with radiation therapy. Twelve patients, age 3.2–22.7 years, median 7.5 years, with newly diagnosed high grade gliomas were enrolled. Diagnoses included diffuse(More)
Foodborne botulism occurred among inmates at 2 prisons in California in 2004 and 2005. In the first outbreak, 4 inmates were hospitalized, 2 of whom required intubation. In the second event, 1 inmate required intubation. Pruno, an alcoholic drink made illicitly in prisons, was the novel vehicle for these cases.
Triggering of the flexor tendons at the wrist is a rare phenomenon. It usually occurs in adult patients, and the manifestations and etiology can vary. We present a teenager with triggering and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome caused by a fibroma of the tendon sheath originating from the flexor tendons in the carpal canal.
The alterations of the water-electrolyte balance are among the commonest early complications of treatment in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). A study was carried out in thirteen patients with ALL aged between 1.5 and 14 years. Four had high risk ALL and nine had standard risk ALL. All patients received intravenous epirubicin and(More)
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