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BACKGROUND Because of its long-term effectiveness in clinical practice, methotrexate (MTX) is currently the preferred disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) for patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RRA). However, many patients do not experience remission and continue to have signs and symptoms of active disease while receiving a maximally(More)
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), an acquired clonal disorder of haemopoietic progenitor cells, is characterized by haemopoietic insufficiency associated with cytopenias, leading to serious morbidity plus the additional risk of leukaemic transformation. In MDS an acquired insult to the haemopoietic stem cell leads to impaired differentiation and(More)
BACKGROUND Primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is associated with an increased frequency of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs), mainly of low histological grade. However, aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCL) characterised by poor treatment outcome can also be encountered in SS. It has recently been shown that rituxan has significant therapeutic(More)
Immunologically mediated thrombocytopenia is a frequent clinical manifestation in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Autoantibodies targeting platelet membrane glucoproteins have a central role in peripheral platelet destruction. Autoantibodies against thrombopoietin are also present in about one-third of patients, but their pathogenetic role(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the safety and therapeutic response of a regimen consisting of cyclophosphamide/doxorubicin/vincristine/prednisone (CHOP) plus rituximab in patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). METHODS Four SS patients with aggressive marginal zone NHL were enrolled in this trial. All patients were(More)
We consider the problem of the global convergence of gradient-based optimization algorithms for interstitial high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy dose optimization using variance-based objectives. Possible local minima could lead to only sub-optimal solutions. We perform a configuration space analysis using a representative set of the entire non-dominated(More)
Suppression of uninvolved immunoglobulins is common in multiple myeloma (MM) but the prognostic significance of this phenomenon has not been assessed. We evaluated the prognostic significance of the preservation of uninvolved immunoglobulins in 1755 consecutive, unselected, patients with newly diagnosed, symptomatic MM with pre-therapy immunoglobulin levels(More)
BACKGROUND The histopathologic features characterizing the involvement of the bone marrow (BM) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have not been systematically analyzed to date. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess morphologic and immunohistochemical characteristics of BM involvement in SLE. PATIENTS AND METHODS Clinical and serological data(More)
A systematic review and meta-analysis was carried out to compare the frequency of clinically significant outcomes between JAK2 V617F positive and wild type patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET). JAK2 V617F positivity in patients with ET was associated with a clear increase in the odds of thrombosis [OR=1.83 (95% CI, 1.32-2.53), p<0.0001], and much(More)
Haematological abnormalities are common in systemic lupus erythematosus. Anaemia is found in about 50% of patients, with anaemia of chronic disease being the most common form. Impaired erythropoietin response and presence of antibodies against erythropoietin may contribute to the pathogenesis of this type of anaemia. Patients with autoimmune haemolytic(More)