Marcela Hickey

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A patient with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura secondary to adult-onset Still's disease presented with bilateral combined central retinal artery occlusion and central retinal vein occlusion, a rare complication reported only once before. Fundus appearance and fluorescein angiography were similar to the previous case. Optical coherence tomography(More)
The establishment of Infectious Disease teams combining microbiological and clinical expertise has recently been recommended by a joint working part of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists. The Northwick Park Infection Consultation Service (ICS) has been operating on these lines since 1983; details are given in Part I. Part(More)
The types of organism causing septicaemia in patients with AIDS and without AIDS at Westminster Hospital were examined prospectively over a period of 2 years (1990-1991). Altogether 417 episodes of septicaemia were diagnosed, 148 (35%) of which were in patients with AIDS. Of septicaemias in patients with AIDS, 53 (36%) were caused by mycobacteria.(More)
A two part study was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational protocol and consult service on parenteral nutrition (PN) utilization. Forty-one patient admissions were evaluated retrospectively and nine prospectively. Average length of hospital stay and number of days on PN were decreased significantly (p less than .05). Frequency of(More)
The Northwick Park Infection Consultation Service (ICS) is a collaborative service operated by the departments of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases where personnel and skills are combined. Its aim is to improve the availability and effectiveness of consultation for infection-related problems. This paper sets out the framework for establishing an(More)
Acute encephalitis due to Epstein-Barr virus is described. The initial diagnosis was based on clinical features and a positive Monospot test. Early treatment with intravenous acyclovir was given; steroids were not used. The patient made a rapid and complete recovery from a comatose state. The effectiveness of acyclovir in this condition remains unproven but(More)
A case of infection involving a prosthetic joint in a patient with adult Still's Disease is described. The causative organism was a strain of Bacteroides fragilis which was resistant to metronidazole. The rarity of this occurrence is emphasised. Diagnostic difficulties which arose are described and the problems encountered with therapy discussed.
A patient with solitary congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium demonstrated a striking choroidal cavitation on spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). Although photoreceptor atrophy overlying congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium has been described on time-domain OCT, this patient manifested a previously(More)
The routes of nosocomial hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission have changed over the years. Initiatives to prevent transfusion-associated HBV and healthcare worker-to-patient transmission have had a positive impact on these transmission routes. Recent reports of outbreaks of nosocomial HBV have implicated breaches in standard precautions as important causes(More)