Oliver Lawless

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One hundred twenty-three medical students underwent comprehensive locomotor physical examinations as part of their sophomore physical diagnosis course. Sixty-nine point one per cent of subjects were found to have between 1 and 7 separate congenital, developmental, post-traumatic, inflammatory or idiopathic abnormalities. More than 30 different types of(More)
We report a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus and myocarditis complicating pregnancy. Cardiomegaly and compensated congestive heart failure persisted postpartum and we had the therapeutic dilemma of a pregnancy six months later. The defined maternal prognosis of a similar disease, peripartum cardiomyopathy, suggested the need for termination of(More)
We compared the FIAX fluorometric immunoassay for antiDNA antibodies with a Farr radio-immunoassay. Neither was precise; coefficients of variation usually exceeded 10%. The 2 assays correlated well (r = 0.87). Both were almost completely specific for numbers of sera with elevated antiDNA preferable to the Farr assay and probably to all other antiDNA assays(More)
Since the recognition of mixed connective tissue disease in 1972, a small number of pediatric and adolescent patients with this disorder have been described in detail. Four additional patients, two male and two female, are reported in this study. Age range at onset of symptoms was 11 to 18 years. All had arthritis or arthralgia, cervical lymphadenopathy,(More)
Nineteen patients with rheumatoid C1-C2 subluxation of greater than or equal to 5mm were studied by computerized tomography (CT). CT demonstration of spinal cord compression as defined by loss of posterior subarachnoid space was present in 11/19 (CT+) and absent in 8/19 (CT-). Fourteen patients were examined by a blinded neurologist. Cord compression by CT(More)
Plasma from 27 women with silicone breast implants (SBIs) and 50 age-matched control women without SBIs were examined by enzyme immunoassay for the presence of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and its naturally occurring receptor antagonist, IL-1ra. The results show that 74% (20 of 27) of women with SBIs had elevated concentrations of IL-1ra, whereas only 2%(More)
Silicone breast implants (SBI) induce formation of a periprosthetic, often inflammatory, fibrovascular neo-tissue called a capsule. Histopathology of explanted capsules varies from densely fibrotic, acellular specimens to those showing intense inflammation with activated macrophages, multinucleated giant cells, and lymphocytic infiltrates. It has been(More)