Penny J Ballem

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DIOPATHIC thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP, also I known as primary immune thrombocytopenic purpura) is a hematologic disorder for which appropriate diagnostic and treatment strategies are uncertain. In 1994, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) established a panel to produce explicitly developed practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of ITP.(More)
To determine the mechanisms of an increase in the platelet count after therapy for autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura, we determined the survival time and localization of radiolabeled autologous platelets and measured platelet-associated immunoglobulin levels before and after prednisone therapy or splenectomy in 19 patients with the disease. Eleven of 12(More)
BACKGROUND Isolated thrombocytopenia accompanied by increased amounts of platelet-associated antibody is a common manifestation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and the thrombocytopenia often improves with zidovudine. It is not clear whether the mechanism of HIV-related thrombocytopenia primarily involves autoimmune destruction of platelets(More)
Hematologic complications are relatively common in pregnancy. Furthermore, many chronic hematologic disorders require special surveillance and intervention in pregnancy. In this brief review, the author discusses common nutritional anemias in pregnancy. She reviews the disorders of hemoglobin synthesis and the need for early genetic counselling and prenatal(More)
We performed an anonymous seroprevalence survey of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1 infection through HIV antibody testing of blood samples from 22,512 women aged 15 to 44 years receiving prenatal care in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory from Mar. 15 to Sept. 30, 1989. Of the samples six were confirmed to be HIV positive; this yielded a(More)
In 2009, more than 40% of Canadian adults reported that they had at least 1 of 7 common chronic conditions—arthritis, cancer, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and mood disorders, not including depression.1 Caring for people with chronic conditions involves supporting some patients with a(More)
To understand the perspectives of the many diverse groups in our population and to respond effectively to their particular health care needs is a monumental challenge. Diversity encompasses many things — ethnicity, culture, geography, sexuality, disability, race, age and socioeconomic status, among other descriptors — any of which can present a barrier to(More)
A patient developed severe post-transfusion purpura (PTP) following transfusion of two units of packed red blood cells. The timing of the patient's thrombocytopenia suggested passive immunization rather than the typical anamnestic response associated with classical PTP. Investigation of the blood donors revealed one with evidence of a platelet specific(More)