Michelle Lefkowitz

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BACKGROUND Irritable bowel syndrome is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder which affects up to 20% of the population, with a predominance in females. AIM To evaluate the efficacy and safety of tegaserod in female patients with irritable bowel syndrome characterized by symptoms of abdominal pain/discomfort and constipation. METHODS In a(More)
Traumatic hip dislocations and dislocation of total hip arthroplasties are common injuries. Closed reduction of either a dislocated hip or a total hip arthroplasty can be a demanding procedure and may necessitate open reduction if unsuccessful or lead to further complications. These include fracture or neurovascular injury to the patient, as well as injury(More)
The relief of pain in persons with HIV disease, while similar to other patient populations such as cancer patients, has some unique aspects. Pain must be a focus, and a priority, of care in persons with HIV disease along with treatment of the underlying HIV infection and the complications of immune compromise. Pain in patients with AIDS is very prevalent(More)
A fifty-four-year-old woman without the clinical features of tuberous sclerosis underwent nephrectomy at age thirty-three years for angiomyolipoma, and twenty-one years later severe renal failure developed. At necropsy the remaining kidney had extensive angiomyolipomatous involvement; not until the brain was examined was the diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis(More)
This prospective, open-label, before-after trial was designed to compare the efficacy of oral opioids with that of transdermal fentanyl in severe AIDS-related chronic pain, as well as assess barriers, patient satisfaction, and side effects. Thirty-five sequentially selected male and female outpatients with AIDS who were at least 18 years old were enrolled.(More)
BACKGROUND Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are a new model in patient care. This model was designed to improve patients' access to their physicians and improve physician productivity. The aim of this study was to evaluate patient satisfaction with SMAs after bariatric surgery. METHODS The medical records of consecutive patients who were followed up(More)
One of the most important concerns of patients with cancer, particularly those with metastatic disease, is "Will I be in constant pain?" This is a similar concern voiced by patients with late-stage human immunodeficiency virus infection. The management of chronic pain has enormous implications on a patient's ability to function and on his or her quality of(More)