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Previously published guidelines for the diagnosis and management of primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) require updating largely due to the introduction of new classes of therapeutic agents, and a greater understanding of the disease pathophysiology. However, treatment-related decisions still remain principally dependent on clinical expertise or patient(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is characterised by accelerated platelet destruction and decreased platelet production. Short-term administration of the thrombopoiesis-stimulating protein, romiplostim, has been shown to increase platelet counts in most patients with chronic ITP. We assessed the long-term administration of(More)
The efficacy and safety of an advanced category recombinant antihaemophilic factor produced by a plasma- and albumin-free method (rAHF-PFM) was studied in 111 previously treated subjects with haemophilia A. The study comprised a randomized, double-blinded, crossover pharmacokinetic comparison of rAHF-PFM and RECOMBINATE rAHF (R-FVIII); prophylaxis (three to(More)
Anti-D immune globulin (RhIG) is a front-line option in North America for the treatment of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in children and adults. Recently, addition of a Food and Drug Administration-mandated black box warning highlighted the risks of intravascular hemolysis, renal failure, and disseminated intravascular coagulation after anti-D infusion,(More)
We administered lovastatin to two sisters, aged 4 and 17 years, who had cholesterol ester storage disease, an autosomal recessive disorder manifested by hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia. The drug, a competitive inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, was taken orally for 6 months. Serum lipid concentrations were determined(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Since the publication of management guidelines from the American Society of Hematology (1996) and the British Committee for Standards in Haematology (2003), issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of immune thrombocytopenic purpura in children continue to evolve. Reports of the last decade are reviewed here. RECENT FINDINGS Few(More)
OBJECT In this report the authors describe the use of the hemostatic agent recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) in the perioperative treatment of hemorrhages in the central nervous system that are associated with warfarin therapy. METHODS Two patients sustained hemorrhages within the spinal canal, and the other two had acute intracranial subdural(More)
BACKGROUND Romiplostim is a peptibody protein that raises platelet counts during long-term treatment of patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Clinical outcomes related to increased platelet counts include a reduced risk of bleeding and a potential risk of thrombosis. OBJECTIVE To evaluate bleeding and thrombotic events occurring in chronic(More)