Michele D Wood

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OBJECTIVES To determine the positive predictive values of inpatient and outpatient ICD-9 codes and status code V12.54 for identifying confirmed history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (cerebral event) among patients within a managed care organization. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective, cohort study. METHODS Inpatient hospital claims and outpatient visit(More)
Antibiotics are known to alter the anticoagulation induced by warfarin in adults, but little is known about this interaction in children. In a retrospective review of patients under the age of 21 years, we found that antibiotic therapy (89 courses of antibiotics in 23 patients) was associated with an increase in the mean international normalized ratio (INR)(More)
We describe the management of tonsil or tonsil and adenoid surgery in our hospital in 10 patients with inherited bleeding disorders, over a 10-year-period. The approach to the management of the haemostatic defect is outlined in detail. All underwent successful surgery, two patients had limited secondary haemorrhage. This report demonstrates that patients(More)
A new, nonelectronic hearing aid was studied in 112 patients with mild sloping sensorineural hearing loss. The device, worn all in the ear and made of clear plastic, produced a mean functional gain of 9.6 dB at 1500 Hz, 12.4 dB at 1750 Hz, and 9.1 dB at 2000 Hz, with lesser gains at adjacent frequencies between 1000 and 2500 Hz. Speech discrimination in(More)
BACKGROUND This study evaluated goal attainment for patients with a history of non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke (NCIS) or transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted in patients aged 18 to 85 years with a history of validated NCIS or TIA. Data collected were demographics, comorbidities, blood pressure (BP), low-density(More)
Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a direct thrombin inhibitor approved for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. We describe a case of esophageal ulceration associated with Pradaxa administration in a 75-year-old man. The patient reported difficulty swallowing and a burning sensation after taking his first dose(More)
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