Stacey E Tarvin

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Life-threatening histoplasmosis is one of the most common opportunistic infections in patients receiving tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. Delays in considering the diagnosis may lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Most affected patients present with pneumonitis, usually accompanied by additional signs of progressive dissemination, or with signs(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of rilonacept, an interleukin-1 inhibitor, in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. METHODS An initial 4-week double-blind placebo phase was incorporated into a 24-week randomized multicenter design, followed by an open-label phase. Seventy-one children who had active arthritis in ≥2 joints were(More)
BACKGROUND Several surgical methods have been described to treat achalasia with a recent trend toward utilizing minimally invasive techniques to perform a myotomy. Since 1998 our institution has utilized a minimally invasive thoracoscopy-assisted technique (ThAM) that allows a myotomy to be performed under direct visualization. METHODS From 1992 to 2002,(More)
Purpose Chronic disorders, such as rheumatic disease, impact children emotionally, socially and physically. Children who perceive their medical condition interferes with the ability to engage in social, educational and family activities report more depressive symptoms. The purpose of this study is to examine the prevalence of depression in children with(More)
We report a case of a 3-month old male infant, born to a mother with a known history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The infant initially presented with petechiae, anemia, and thrombocytopenia. His evaluation revealed antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer of 1 : 160, negative anti-SS-A/SS-B antibody, positive anti-Smith antibody, elevated anti-dsDNA(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) has improved remarkably since the 1960's with the use of corticosteroid and immunosuppressive therapy. Yet there remain a minority of children who have refractory disease. Since 2003 the sporadic use of biologics (genetically-engineered proteins that usually are derived from human(More)
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