Syed Zulfiqar Ali Zaidi

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Primary Burkitt lymphoma of the central nervous system (CNS) is rare, with only few cases reported in the literature. An 18 year-old immunocompetent male presented with multiple cranial nerves palsies and was found to have a mass predominantly in the 4th ventricle of the brain. Tumor was surgically removed and showed morphological and immunohistochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a major infectious complication post-allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). CMV seropositivity in Eastern Mediterranean and certain Asian countries is reported to be close to 100%; hence, the need for effective pre-emptive treatment strategy that has low toxicity. Valganciclovir (VGC) is a(More)
Although several centers are now performing allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) in the Eastern Mediterranean (EM) region, the availability is still limited. Special issues including compatible donor availability and potential for alternative donor programs are discussed. In comparison to Europe and North America, differences in patterns of diseases and(More)
Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a rare autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Although it can occur secondary to lymphoproliferative disorders and autoimmune or infectious diseases, CAD is rarely reported as secondary to solid tumors. We report a case of a woman aged 18 years diagnosed with a well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma of the fibrolamellar subtype,(More)
Adult T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma is a relatively rare aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma with frequent involvement of extranodal sites. Because of the rarity of this malignancy, it is treated variably and often suboptimally, using approaches similar to those used for other types of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas, with the consequence that outcome(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) activity was surveyed in the 9 countries in the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean region that reported transplantation activity. Between the years of 1984 and 2007, 7933 transplantations were performed. The number of HSCTs per year has continued to increase, with a plateau in allogeneic HSCT(More)
Hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) is one of the most common and important regimen-related toxicities observed after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). There are no universally accepted preventative or therapeutic approaches for VOD. We prospectively evaluated the safety and efficacy of a short course of methylprednisolone (MP) in 48 patients(More)
Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM/CD56) expression in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has been associated with extramedullary leukemia, multidrug resistance, shorter remission and survival. Recently, Bloomfield et al. published a succinct review of issues surrounding the AML prognostication and current therapeutics. However, we want to reiterate the(More)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is one of the most curable myeloid malignancies because of its great sensitivity to all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and response to anthracycline therapy. In an attempt to simplify post-remission therapy, deliver adequate dose of anthracycline and reduce treatment related toxicity, we entered 26 consecutively newly(More)