Mary Rose Cahill

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BACKGROUND/AIMS Platelets show proinflammatory as well as prothrombotic properties. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are at increased risk of systemic thromboembolism, and multifocal microvascular infarction has been proposed as a pathogenetic mechanism in Crohn's disease. The aim of this study was to determine if inflammatory bowel disease is(More)
Aplastic anaemia is a rare complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The mechanism is unclear but is thought to be related to an autoantibody to bone marrow precursors of haematopoiesis. We report a case of SLE related aplastic anaemia in which therapy with methylprednisolone and high dose cyclophosphamide followed by prednisolone and azathioprine(More)
Platelet activation is an important pre-thrombotic event. The elucidation of its pathophysiology could contribute to a reduction in the mortality associated with coronary artery disease-the foremost cause of death in the UK. We examined the platelets of 27 patients with angiographically documented coronary artery disease. All patients had stable angina and(More)
Warfarin, the standard oral anticoagulant drug used in Ireland, is a widely prescribed medication, particularly in the elderly. A HSE Mid-Western Area wide audit was undertaken over a 12-month period to examine the prevalence and indications for warfarin use and haemorrhagic complications associated with the drug. Every patient receiving warfarin therapy(More)
BACKGROUND Laboratory testing is an integral part of day-to-day primary care practice, with approximately 30 % of patient encounters resulting in a request. However, research suggests that a large proportion of requests does not benefit patient care and is avoidable. The aim of this systematic review was to comprehensively search the literature for studies(More)
C/EBPα (p42 and p30 isoforms) is commonly dysregulated in cancer via the action of oncogenes, and specifically in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) by mutation. Elevated TRIB2 leads to the degradation of C/EBPα p42, leaving p30 intact in AML. Whether this relationship is a cooperative event in AML transformation is not known and the molecular mechanism involved(More)
The role of platelets in coronary artery disease has become increasingly apparent in the last decade. Platelets are the main components of arterial thrombi, and they also contribute to the development of atheroma and smooth muscle hypertrophy in arterial walls. Platelets are known to circulate as round, inactive spheres which undergo a succession of changes(More)
BACKGROUND Aspirin has a significant effect on hemostasis, so it is often recommended that patients taking aspirin discontinue treatment before elective surgery. While off aspirin, these patients may be at risk of thrombosis. The optimum period of time that aspirin should be withheld is controversial. The aim of this study was to establish the duration of(More)
This retrospective analysis assessed the response, safety and duration of response to standard dose rituximab 375 mg/m(2) weekly for four weeks as therapy for patients with primary or secondary warm autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (WAIHA), who had failed initial treatment. Thirty-four patients received rituximab for WAIHA in seven centres in the Republic of(More)
Adults with chronic relapsing ITP present a difficult therapeutic challenge. The ongoing antibody-mediated platelet destruction in this group might be expected to be associated with increased expression of platelet surface membrane activation antigens. We have studied a group of 10 patients with refractory ITP and 35 healthy controls. Using an immediate,(More)