Olivier Hartmann

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BACKGROUND The detection of hepatic nodules, particularly in patients treated for a previous malignancy, raises a diagnostic dilemma. Focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) of the liver is an uncommon, benign tumor in children and must be differentiated from malignant hepatic lesions. The etiology of FNH is obscure, and its pathogenesis is poorly understood. FNH(More)
BACKGROUND The role of high dose chemotherapy (HDC) in patients with pediatric brain tumors currently is ill-defined. The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and the benefit of HDC after radiotherapy in a group of children with newly diagnosed diffuse pontine gliomas. METHODS Patients eligible for study were ages 3-18 years with(More)
Busulfan is known to be neurotoxic in animals and humans, but its acute neurotoxicity remains poorly characterized in children. We report here a retrospective study of 123 children (median age, 6.5 years) receiving high-dose busulfan in combined chemotherapy before bone marrow transplantation for malignant solid tumors, brain tumors excluded. Busulfan was(More)
PURPOSE Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), specifically taken up in cells of sympathetic origin, provides a highly sensitive and specific indicator for the detection of metastases in neuroblastoma. The aim of this study was to correlate early response to therapy by MIBG scan, using a semiquantitative scoring method, with the end induction response and(More)
Forty-seven children or adolescents with initial stage IV (42 patients) or stage III (five) advanced neuroblastoma (12 were progressing after relapse and 35 had never reached complete remission [CR] after conventional therapy) were included in a phase II study of the combination of high-dose VP-16 (100 mg/m2/d X 5) and high-dose cisplatin (CDDP) (40 mg/m2/d(More)
PURPOSE To study response to chemotherapy and the outcome of children treated for a relapsed anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) and to evaluate the role of bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Clinical data concerning the 41 relapses that occurred in 119 patients with ALCL enrolled in 3 consecutive studies since(More)
In order to evaluate the effect of intensive combined chemotherapy in pediatric brain tumors, we designed a phase II study of high-dose busulfan and thiotepa followed by bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in children with measurable recurrent brain tumors. As alkylating agents, busulfan and thiotepa were expected to exhibit a steep dose effect and no(More)
Recent studies have reported that the pharmacokinetics of high-dose busulfan in bone marrow transplantation (BMT) are age-dependent: with the usual dosage of 16 mg/kg over 4 days, systemic exposure is two to four times lower in children than in adults. Data suggested that the dose of busulfan should rather be calculated on the basis of the body surface area(More)
AIM To analyse the long-term results of conservative management with radiotherapy in patients with optic pathway tumours. DESIGN All 69 patients were symptomatic at diagnosis and most neoplasms involved the optic chiasm and hypothalamus. RESULTS At 10 years, overall survival and progression free survival were 83% and 65.5%, respectively. After(More)