Mary Lou Damiano

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PURPOSE Although intracranial hemorrhage remains a leading cause of death in hemophilia, spinal epidural hematoma is seen rarely. Decompressive laminectomy has a high associated morbidity, and recent reports have suggested that patients can be treated conservatively without surgical intervention. PATIENTS AND METHODS We present a case of spontaneous(More)
Osteoporosis in adult males is an under-recognized problem. Patients with haemophilia have several predisposing factors for developing decreased bone mineral density (BMD) including prolonged periods of immobility, reduced weight bearing and co-morbidities associated with bone loss. To establish prevalence and risk factors associated with decreased BMD in(More)
CONTEXT As life expectancy in individuals with congenital hemophilia approaches that of the general population, we hypothesize that public health risks, including overweight and obesity, also follow a similar trend. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION A search of the literature included terms relating to overweight, sequelae of being overweight, and hemophilia. Studies(More)
The experience with immune tolerance (IT) induction therapy for haemophilia patients with inhibitors, instituted during 1990-97 at 17 haemophilia treatment centres in the western United States, was reviewed. IT was instituted in 104 of 139 (75%) of all identified haemophilia A and haemophilia B patients with inhibitors. Doses and schedules for IT varied but(More)
In the haemophilia population, obesity has an adverse effect on health care cost, chronic complications and joint disease. Although staff of federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Centers in the United States (HTCs) anecdotally recognize these outcomes, practices to promote healthy weights have not been reported. This evaluation identifies routine practices(More)
Chronic proliferative synovitis secondary to haemathroses is a major complication in patients with severe haemophilia. Current management strategies include prophylactic infusions of the missing coagulation factor, corticosteroids, synoviorthesis and/or synovectomy with variable degrees of benefit. In addition, patients with coagulation factor inhibitors(More)
Danazol, a synthetic androgen reported to increase factor VIII and IX activity levels, was given to 6 hemophiliacs. With danazol therapy (600 mg/da) the APTTs shortened by 30-45% of pre-treatment times. However, the activity levels of the deficient factors did not increase significantly nor consistently with the APTT change. The prothrombin times and(More)
Current medical management programs for established joint diseases in hemophiliacs are unsatisfactory and do not modify the eventual outcome. D-penicillamine, a drug effective in the proliferative synovitis of rheumatoid arthritis, was evaluated in a rabbit model of hemarthroses-induced arthritis and in four hemophiliacs with chronic synovitis. The animals(More)
Danazol was given orally at a dose of 600 mg/day to six hemophiliacs for eight to 14 weeks. All patients showed a significant decrease in activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) beginning with the first measurement (two weeks) and persisting until use of the drug was discontinued. However, a corresponding increase in the deficient factor activity could(More)