Richard J. Creger

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We critically reviewed published English language literature and concluded that from 1998 onward the survival of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (SCT) patients who experienced intensive care unit (ICU) transfer has improved. The factors associated with increased mortality during ICU stay included increased patient age, allogeneic transplant,(More)
Needle catheter jejunostomy feedings were instituted in a 64-yr-old man on postoperative day 1 following subtotal gastrectomy for carcinoma of the antrum. Several days later, the enteral tube catheter was inadvertently connected to the patient's peripheral intravenous cannula which resulted in the intravenous administration of the enteral formula solution.(More)
Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of nosocomial diarrhea in the United States and Europe, and is a cause of significant morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. A newly identified epidemic strain has been associated with many hospital outbreaks of C. difficile-associated disease (CDAD), raising the concern of an escalating burden of(More)
PURPOSE A novel regimen designed to maximize antileukemia activity of carboplatin through inhibiting repair of platinum-DNA adducts was conducted in poor prognosis, acute leukemia patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients received fludarabine (10 to 15 mg/m(2) x 5 days), carboplatin (area under the curve 10 to 12 by continuous infusion over 5 days), followed(More)
Hepatic dysfunction is common in patients who receive intensive chemotherapy and it is important to determine the etiology in order to institute appropriate therapy. The role of laparoscopic liver biopsy in patients with neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, or both was evaluated as a mean of making treatment decisions and as a determinant of clinical outcome.(More)
Nine plasma cell myeloma patients spontaneously developed histologically proven autologous graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) limited predominantly to the gastrointestinal tract within 1 month of initial autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT) using high-dose melphalan conditioning. All recipients responded promptly to systemic and nonabsorbable(More)
Five patients undergoing transplantation of autologous bone marrow underwent percutaneous placement of a double lumen central venous catheter into the inferior vena cava by way of the femoral vein. All had conditions that precluded access to the superior vena cava or other sites in the upper part of the torso. Patients ranged in age from 18 to 59 years. The(More)
BACKGROUND Midostaurin is a novel, orally available Fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) tyrosine kinase inhibitor that induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of leukemic cells expressing mutant and wild type FLT3 receptors, and has shown potential synergism with cytotoxic chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a phase I study of azacitidine(More)
Despite its potential to cause myocardial damage, high-dose CY in doses up to 200 mg/kg is an integral part of preparative regimens for BMT. Conventional tests, such as an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram, have lacked sensitivity in prediction of cardiotoxicity in this patient population. We prospectively compared serial electrocardiograms and positron(More)