Susan E Thomas

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Some observations are recorded on blood parasites of sable antelopes. Blood smears of 124 of these antelopes from South Africa and Zimbabwe were examined and 7 were found to be positive for a Babesia sp., identified as Babesia irvinesmithi Martinaglia 1936. A total of 70 of the smears were positive for theilerial piroplasms, while 1 smear had macroschizonts(More)
Improving survival rates following pediatric bone marrow transplantation (BMT) will likely result in greater numbers of children progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) because of prior chemotherapy, irradiation, sepsis, and exposure to nephrotoxic agents. Renal transplantation remains the treatment of choice for ESRD; however, the safety of renal(More)
We report two children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) found to have inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis at the time of renal transplantation. The children suffered from renal diseases that included congenital hepatic fibrosis and portal hypertension as part of their pathophysiology. Neither child had evidence of hypercoaguability or clinical symptoms(More)
Collective pediatric data suggest that anti-T-cell induction therapy with polyclonal antibodies improves the outcome of both short- and long-term renal allograft survival. Polyclonal agents, including thymoglobulin (Thy), a rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin; Minnesota (horse) anti-lymphoblast globulin (ALG); and ATGAM, a horse anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG),(More)
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) represents a significant threat to the survival of pediatric transplant recipients. Epstein-Barr (EBV) viral load monitoring using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been reported to have a variable sensitively with relatively higher specificity as in an indicator of the development of PTLD. We report two(More)
Engorged adult female ticks submitted from farms in South Africa were routinely screened for protozoan parasites by examination of haemolymph smears. An unidentified Babesia sp. was found in Hyalomma marginatum rufipes and its transmission to susceptible cattle was achieved both biologically (tick feeding) and mechanically (injection of infected blood).(More)
BACKGROUND Urologic complications cause substantial morbidity in the pediatric population after renal transplantation, but their impact on graft survival and transplant costs is poorly understood. In this retrospective review, we evaluated the records of all pediatric renal transplant recipients at our center from 1995 to 2004. METHODS Patient(More)
Improving and maintaining quality patient care through the development and implementation of clinical protocols is an important facet in our health care system. Identifying the need for clinical protocols, developing and maintaining the protocols, and defining the specific role of pediatric nephrology nurses in this process is presented herein. To(More)
Children have become engaged in a wider variety of activities as the success of solid organ transplantation has improved. These activities can result in exposure to infectious agents for which there are no data documenting the efficacy of standard treatment in children on immunosuppressive therapy. This is a retrospective review of five OLT patients and(More)