Phillip C. Harper

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S-Adenosylmethionine (800 mg i.v. per day) was used to treat two brothers and a brother and sister from each of two kindreds with benign recurrent intrahepatic cholestasis. Symptoms, routine tests of liver function, concentrations of total bile acids, and the oral clearances of [11,12-2H]chenodeoxycholic acid and [24-13C]cholic acid were determined before(More)
We describe a case of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage secondary to splenic artery aneurysm-pancreatic duct fistula, with associated partial common bile duct obstruction and pancreatitis. The literature is reviewed briefly in order to stress distinctive clinical features and caveats in diagnosis. Angiography is the most definitive diagnostic study;(More)
Fifteen patients with both nonallergic asthma and symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux were studied before and after an eight-week period of vigorous antireflux therapy, which included ranitidine hydrochloride, 150 mg twice a day. Pulmonary and esophageal symptoms were recorded on daily diary cards. Therapy was associated with prompt amelioration of reflux(More)
A patient with long-standing sarcoidosis was found to have jejunal atrophy and nonnecrotizing granulomas of the stomach, small bowel, and colon when she presented with malabsorption. There were no radiologic abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of malabsorption rapidly abated with corticosteroid treatment given for severe pulmonary disease.(More)
To better characterize Crohn's disease in the elderly, 24 patients ranging in age from 64 to 85 years were reviewed and compared with a younger group (20 to 61 years of age) matched for sex and duration of disease. Forty-one variables encompassing clinical, laboratory, and radiologic data and medical and surgical aspects of treatment were analyzed. The(More)
The effects upon esophageal motility of water at room temperature and 0°C, taken as repeated small boluses and as 200-ml volumes swallowed as rapidly as possible, were compared before and after pretreatment with isosorbide denitrate 5 mg sublingually, in nine young healthy subjects and two patients with esophageal spasm. Iced water caused reduced strength,(More)
Some patients with autoimmune chronic active hepatitis as well as their disease-free first degree relatives show decreased suppressor cell activity of peripheral blood T lymphocytes. Studies were therefore undertaken in families ascertained by the presence of a single chronic active hepatitis patient to determine if this abnormality of immune regulation(More)
The strategy of assigning a surrogate phenotype, defined as the presence of antinuclear and/or antismooth muscle antibodies to disease-free first degree relatives of index cases was used to search for a postulated disease susceptibility gene in autoimmune chronic active hepatitis. In addition to determining circulating autoantibody status, 10 patients, 51(More)
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