Rauno Lahtinen

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Osteolytic lesions and pathological fractures are common in multiple myeloma. Because clodronate inhibits osteoclastic resorption, we did a randomised, controlled trial in 350 patients from 23 hospitals. All patients received standard melphalan-prednisolone, and were randomised to receive clodronate 2.4 g daily or placebo for 24 months. The proportion of(More)
Three patients with acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis (AFND, Sweet's syndrome) in association with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are described and, in addition, another 10 published cases are reviewed. In the reviewed patients the male/female ratio is 2:1. The great majority of the patients had decreased or normal leucocyte counts at the time the(More)
Osteolytic lesions and pathological fractures are the major problems in the clinical management of multiple myeloma. We previously reported the main results of a randomized, controlled multicentre trial in 350 Finnish patients with multiple myeloma. All patients received standard melphalan-prednisolone treatment and were randomized to receive either(More)
In acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) intensive postremission treatment is needed for an optimal result. However, it is not known how long the treatment should last and how many courses are necessary. The object of this prospective study was to compare four and eight intensive chemotherapy cycles in the treatment of adult de novo AML. In a multicenter study,(More)
In order to study the efficacy of an oral induction and consolidation regimen in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in elderly patients assessed not to tolerate full-scale intensive chemotherapy, 51 patients over 65 years of age with newly diagnosed AML were randomized to receive two cycles of either totally oral ETI (25 patients) or conventional(More)
13 patients with the 5q- chromosome are described. In 6 patients the 5q- chromosome was the sole aberration. 10 patients had preleukaemia, 1 a preleukaemia-like syndrome after treatment of polycythaemia vera, a 2 acute myeloid leukaemia. The prognosis was especially poor in terms of survival in preleukaemic patients with 3 or more affected chromosomes: none(More)
Partial deletion of the long arm of chromosome 7 is a common abnormality in the bone marrow cells of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or acute nonlymphocytic leukemia (ANLL). This study was undertaken to characterize the chromosome breakpoints in molecular terms and to determine if hemizygosity or submicroscopic deletions occur in patients(More)
24 patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma were randomized into two multidrug regimens including either epirubicin (N = 12) or doxorubicin (N = 12) to establish the cardiotoxicity of each treatment modality. At cumulative doses of 400-500 mg/m2 left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) at rest determined by radionuclide angiocardiography decreased significantly(More)
The Finnish Leukaemia Group has carried out a randomized, multicenter trial to study the effect of levamisole on the remission maintained with 6-mercaptopurine and methotrexate in acute myeloid leukaemia in adults. Levamisole was given on 3 consecutive days every 2 weeks. Twenty-five patients received only chemotherapy, while 26 patients received levamisole(More)