Sharon Abish

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Vertebral compression is a serious complication of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The prevalence and pattern of vertebral fractures, as well as their relationship to BMD and other clinical indices, have not been systematically studied. We evaluated spine health in 186 newly diagnosed children (median age, 5.3 yr; 108 boys) with ALL (precursor(More)
PEComa of the gastrointestinal tract, composed of perivascular epithelioid cells with myomelanocytic differentiation, is rare with previous literature limited to 16 case reports. There is a marked female preponderance and approximately one-third of the cases occur in the pediatric age group. We report PEComa with lymph node involvement occurring in the(More)
PURPOSE Vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis are a potential complication of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). To date, the incidence of vertebral fractures during ALL treatment has not been reported. PATIENT AND METHODS We prospectively evaluated 155 children with ALL during the first 12 months of leukemia therapy. Lateral thoracolumbar(More)
We report on a child with microcephaly, small facial and body size, and immune deficiency. The phenotype is consistent with Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS), with additional clinical manifestations and laboratory findings not reported heretofore. Most investigations, including the results of radiation-resistant DNA synthesis, concurred with the diagnosis of(More)
In a previous report we described how cross-immunizations of pairs of transgenic mice expressing different HLA class I antigens led to the production of antibodies directed exclusively at polymorphic epitopes. This was ascribed to self-tolerance of HLA that prevents immune responses to monomorphic epitopes and focuses responses on polymorphic ones. In the(More)
OBJECTIVE Unclassified inherited bone marrow failure syndromes are a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders that represent either new syndromes or atypical clinical courses of known inherited bone marrow failure syndromes. The relative prevalence of the unclassified inherited bone marrow failure syndromes and their characteristics and the clinical and(More)
INTRODUCTION Inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFSs) often have substantial phenotypic overlap, thus genotyping is often critical for establishing a diagnosis. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS To determine the genetic characteristics and mutation profiles of IBMFSs, a comprehensive population-based study that prospectively enrols all typical and atypical(More)
BACKGROUND Iron chelation therapy (ICT) with deferoxamine (DFO), the current standard for the treatment of iron overload in patients with transfusion-dependent disorders such as beta-thalassemia, requires regular subcutaneous or intravenous infusions. This can lead to reduced quality of life and poor adherence, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality(More)
Individuals with severe forms of congenital neutropenia suffer from recurrent infections. The therapeutic use of recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rhG-CSF) to increase the neutrophil count is associated with fewer infections and an improved quality of life. However, the long-term effects of this new therapy are largely unknown. In(More)
Our knowledge of the phenotypes of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFSs) derives from case reports or case series in which only one IBMFS was studied. However, the substantial phenotypic overlap necessitates comparative analysis between the IBMFSs. Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) is an IBMFS that the appreciation of what comprises its clinical(More)