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BACKGROUND CBL missense mutations have recently been associated with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML), an aggressive myeloproliferative and myelodysplastic neoplasm of early childhood characterised by excessive macrophage/monocyte proliferation. CBL, an E3 ubiquitin ligase and a multi-adaptor protein, controls proliferative signalling networks by(More)
Thalidomide-dexamethasone therapy was given in patients (<61 years) with previously untreated symptomatic multiple myeloma. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and toxicity of this combination as first-line therapy, and to determine its effect on stem cell collection and engraftment. During first-line therapy, thalidomide and dexamethasone were(More)
In this prospective study, we assessed the incidence of central venous catheter (CVC)-related thrombosis in haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. We determined the contribution of inherited prothrombotic abnormalities in blood coagulation to CVC-related thrombosis in these patients. The study was conducted between May 2002 and September(More)
Aberrant right subclavian artery or arteria lusoria (AL) is the most frequent anomaly of the aortic arch, secondary to abnormal embryogenesis. It is usually asymptomatic and fortuitously discovered. It can compress neighboring structures and cause dysphagia or, more rarely, dyspnea. In symptomatic cases or in the presence of an aneurysm of the AL origin, it(More)
Neurological manifestations in polycytemia vera are common. However, chorea is an exceptionally revealing feature of this disease. We report a 78-year-old man who presented with headache and an abnormal movement disorder corresponding to chorea. Laboratory findings showed increased levels of hemoglobin at 20 g/dl and hematocrit at 62.3%. An elevated(More)
Hypereosinophilic syndromes (HES) are a heterogenous group of rare disorders characterized by sustained and otherwise unexplained overproduction of eosinophils with organ involvement and consecutive dysfunction. Detection of the FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion gene or the corresponding cryptic 4q12 deletion in HES supports the diagnosis of chronic eosinophilic(More)
PURPOSE Results that were obtained from three patients and a literature review allow the authors to better define the place of medical and surgical treatments according to the different locations of arterial aneurysm occurring in the course of Behcet's disease. METHODS Retrospective report of five cases of arterial aneurysm that occurred during Behcet's(More)
The authors studied hematological and iron status in 83 pregnant, Tunisian women during each trimester of pregnancy, and compared them with a group of 31 control women of childbearing age. The incidence of anemia (hemoglobin 11 g/100 ml) was 2-3 times higher among the pregnant women that the controls. In the group of pregnant women, the proportion of(More)