Raul Antônio Morais Melo

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We report an increased incidence of high relapse risk features in 157 APL Brazilian patients. Out of 134 patients treated with ATRA and anthracyclines, only 91 (67.9%) achieved remission because 43 (32%) died during induction. The death rate during consolidation was 10.5%. Bleeding complications were the most frequent cause of failure (21.6%).
The distributions of the different genotypes of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and GBV-C virus (GBV-C/HGV) vary geographically and information worldwide is still incomplete. In particular, there are few data on the distribution of genotypes (and their relationship to the severity of liver disease) in South America. Findings are described in 114 consecutive(More)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized by the presence of rearrangements involving the retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARalpha) gene and a variable incidence in different populations. The hybrid gene PML-RARalpha, present in 98% of cases, encodes a fusion protein essential to the pathogenesis of the disease. Depending of the PML's gene(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the occurrence of the p190 and p210 breakpoint cluster region-Abelson (BCR-ABL) rearrangements in adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and possible associations with clinical and laboratory characteristics and survival. METHODS Forty-one over 18-year-old patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia of both genders(More)
Most cases of a predisposition to venous thrombosis are caused by resistance to activated protein C, associated in 95% of cases with the Factor V Leiden allele (FVL or R506Q). Several recent studies report a further increased risk of thrombosis by an association between the AB alleles of the ABO blood group and Factor V Leiden. The present study(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate factors predictive for relapse in a cohort of adult patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia monitored by molecular methods during consolidation and during at least one month of maintenance therapy. METHODS The charts and laboratory data of 65 adult patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia treated according to the International(More)
In chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) two main types of messenger RNA (e14a2 and e13a2) can be produced by BCR-ABL1 gene rearrangement. Due to conflicting results, the clinical value of these transcripts remains controversial. The aim of this study was to identify associations of e14a2 and e13a2 transcripts with laboratory variables and also the response to(More)
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