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We investigated the phenotypic expression of factor H mutations in two patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Factor H in serum was assayed by rocket immunoelectrophoresis, immunoblotting, and double immunodiffusion and in tissue by immunohistochemistry. Functional activity was analyzed by hemolysis of sheep erythrocytes and binding to(More)
BACKGROUND Focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS) has a high propensity for recurrence after renal transplantation, with a 50% risk for graft failure from recurrent disease. METHODS We report on the efficacy of high-dose oral cyclosporin A (CsA) in the treatment of recurrent FSGS in children. Between August 1991 and January 2003, a total of 24(More)
Individuals with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) are at risk for recurrence of disease following renal transplantation. The rate of recurrence has been estimated to range from 20% to 30%. The factors associated with an increased probability of recurrence are not known, although the rapidity of progression of disease, age at onset, and the presence(More)
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) may be associated with mutations in the C-terminal of factor H (FH). FH binds to platelets via the C-terminal as previously shown using a construct consisting of short consensus repeats (SCRs) 15 to 20. A total of 4 FH mutations, in SCR15 (C870R) and SCR20 (V1168E, E1198K, and E1198Stop) in patients with aHUS, were(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcus aureus peritonitis is a serious complication of Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis (CPD) and associated with a higher risk for severe and recurrent infections compared with other bacteria. We have previously shown that complement-mediated effectors essential for optimal opsonophagocytosis of S. aureus are inhibited by high glucose(More)
Guidelines for the treatment of Lyme arthritis were published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2006 and recommended oral doxycycline for initial therapy. We report here the case of a young girl treated with intravenous ceftriaxone who subsequently developed drug-induced autoimmune hemolytic anemia and renal failure. Her severe sequelae(More)
Elastometry has demonstrated good accuracy, but little is known about its reproducibility. The aim of this study was to assess the intra- and inter-operator reproducibility of liver stiffness measurement among hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients in Egypt. The study was conducted among HCV-infected patients referred for treatment evaluation in two(More)
1Department of Pediatrics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; 2Department of Biological Infection, Hans Knoell Institute for Natural Products Research, Jena, Germany; 3Department of Internal Medicine, Regional Hospital, Halmstad, Sweden; 4Department of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX;(More)
Hardikar syndrome is a multiple congenital anomaly syndrome first characterized in 1992 by Hardikar et al. to describe two individuals with cholestasis, cleft lip/palate, retinal pigmentation, intestinal abnormalities, and genitourinary anomalies. Between 1992 and 2002, four individuals with Hardikar syndrome were reported in the literature. The fourth(More)
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