Michael D. Tarantino

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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)
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)
"Immune thrombocytopenia" (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder that leads to peripheral destruction, as well as a decreased production of platelets. ITP most commonly presents as mild mucocutaneous bleeding. Though it is rare, the leading cause of mortality in persons with ITP is intracranial hemorrhage and those that do not respond to therapy are at increased(More)
BACKGROUND The RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine candidate recently completed Phase III trials in 11 African sites. Recommendations for its deployment will partly depend on predictions of public health impact in endemic countries. Previous predictions of these used only limited information on underlying vaccine properties and have not considered country-specific(More)
Chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that results in chronically low platelet counts. Treatment guidelines recommend a platelet count of at least 50,000/µl before minor surgery and at least 80,000/µl before major surgery. This retrospective analysis explored invasive non-dental procedures associated with the risk of bleeding(More)
BACKGROUND The thrombopoietin receptor agonist romiplostim could be an effective treatment in symptomatic children with persistent or chronic immune thrombocytopenia. We aimed to assess whether romiplostim is safe and effective in children with immune thrombocytopenia of more than 6 months' duration. METHODS In this phase 3 double-blind study, eligible(More)
To examine utilization and outcomes in pediatric immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) hospitalizations, we used ICD-9 code 287.31 to identify hospitalizations in patients with ITP in the 2009 HCUP KID, an all-payer sample of pediatric hospitalizations from US community hospitals. Diagnosis and procedure codes were used to estimate rates of ITP-related procedures,(More)
The authors describe an infant with abnormal development of the cerebral venous system associated with in utero ventriculomegaly and perinatal hemorrhage. When the patient was 6 weeks of age progressive ventriculomegaly followed by cerebrospinal fluid diversion resulted in tumefaction of the dural sinuses, intravascular thrombosis, and a coagulopathy. Oral(More)
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