Phillip N Madonia

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Previous studies have identified laboratory markers for severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The most consistent of these markers is the presence of marked leukocytosis. We examined the validity of these markers as predictors of mortality in patients with CDI. We excluded patients with preexisting hematologic conditions that would be expected to(More)
This case reports a 21-year-old, homosexual African-American male who presented to our facility with a two-week history of progressive proximal muscle weakness. Quadriceps muscle biopsy showed a diagnosis of Nemaline Rod Myopathy, the presenting disease of his HIV infection. A review of the literature shows 13 prior case reports of similar disease process,(More)
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has emerged as a problem of epidemic proportions. Previous exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics remains the most important predisposing factor for the disease. However, PPIs are increasingly being overprescribed and recent research has, therefore, focused on the association between PPI therapy and CDI. While the data(More)
PURPOSE : Recent research has recognized surrogate markers for Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD). Among the most consistently identified markers are the leukocyte count, platelet count, and albumin level. Previous investigators failed to exclude patients with hematologic disorders that may have confounded their results. Therefore, the(More)
We report a patient with carcinomatous meningitis secondary to known transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. The patient presented with multiple focal neurological signs and symptoms. Diagnosis was suggested by magnetic resonance imaging and confirmed by analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid. He received whole brain radiotherapy despite a poor prognosis.(More)
An 8-month-old male infant presented with a progressively worsening generalized rash of 5-6 months duration, fever, poor feeding, and abdominal distension. An initial laboratory workup revealed anemia, thrombocytopenia, and hepatosplenomegaly. The patient was started on i.v. antibiotics, and a working diagnosis of Langerhans cell histiocytosis was reached(More)
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