Mike K Almond

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BACKGROUND Renal involvement is frequently present in antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated systemic vasculitis and is an important cause of end-stage renal failure (ESRF). METHODS This retrospective, multicenter, sequential cohort study reports presenting features and outcome of 246 new patients diagnosed in London, UK, between 1995(More)
BACKGROUND Very rapid bone loss, osteopenia and skeletal morbidity after renal transplantation have been well documented and found to occur in a sex dependent fashion. Glucocorticoids, cyclosporine and pre-existing uremic osteodystrophy have been implicated in the pathogenesis of the skeletal lesions. Glucocorticoid induced osteopenia is also a serious(More)
A high incidence of osteopenia is likely in renal transplant recipients in whom pre-existing uraemic osteodystrophy, persisting hyperparathyroidism and glucocorticoids constitute a formidable array of risk factors. The correction of some biochemical and hormonal abnormalities, an increase in body weight and an increase in physical activity following(More)
We performed serial measurements of total body bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD), and of regional BMD at the lumbar spine and femoral neck using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Twenty-six patients (15 females and 11 males) were studied at the time of transplantation, and 3 and 6 months post-transplant. At baseline, the total body(More)
Sphingobacterium spiritivorum is a microorganism that is ubiquitously found in the environment. However, it is rarely isolated from human clinical specimens. There are few reports to date of Sphingobacterium spiritivorum causing disease in humans. We describe a case of Sphingobacterium spiritivorum infection in a patient on haemodialysis, which to our(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to examine several competing factor structures of the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI) in a sample of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), in which setting the factor structure is poorly defined, though depression symptoms are common. In addition, demographic and clinical correlates of the identified factors were examined. (More)
The response to erythropoietin (Epo) is dose dependent but, for various poorly understood reasons, variable. In a cross-sectional study we determined the Epo requirement of 60 patients in a dialysis population to identify those patients requiring a high dose of Epo, and ascertained the reasons for higher requirements, paying particular attention to the(More)