Thomas R. Poskitt

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The availability of automated blood cell analyzers that provide an index of red blood cell volume distribution width (RDW) and a mean platelet volume (MPV) has led to new approaches to patients with anemia and thrombocytopenia. The RDW, which measures heterogeneity of the red blood cell population, complements the mean corpuscular volume in the differential(More)
Immune complexes (ICs) were determined by the non-complement-dependent L1210 radioimmune assay on 132 serum samples collected from 53 patients with a variety of cancers. Both the mean IC levels and frequency of positive tests were significantly greater in cancer patients (mean = 96 +/- 100 microgram/ml, 46% positive) than in a control group of 67 normal(More)
Platelet-associated IgG (PAIgG), circulating IgG-containing immune complexes (ICs), plasma beta-thromboglobulin (beta-TG), and platelet factor 4 (PF-4) levels were assayed in 33 consecutive patients with culture-proved bacteremia. Thrombocytopenia occurred in 18%, and no correlation was seen between platelet count and PAIgG, beta-TG, or PF-4. In contrast,(More)
Serum-free supernatant fluids from monolayer cultures of B-16 mouse melanoma cells were found to contain a soluble membrane associated tumor-specific antigen. The 100,000 g supernatant of the culture fluid induced an antibody response to the B-16 cells both in rabbits and in the mouse strain of origin (C57Bl/6J). Similar supernatant fluids derived from an(More)
A patient with chronic membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis is presented whose serum contains a monoclonal IgG3 cryoglobulin. The presence of persistent hypocomplementemia suggested the possibility that the cryoglobulin, upon cold-induced precipitation, was capable of activating the complement system. Because visible cryoprecipitation commenced in vitro(More)
We have described a patient with IgD myeloma and pleural effusions in whom biopsy and postmortem examination demonstrated myelomatous pleural involvement with IgD-positive plasma cells. Despite the presence of two uniformly poor prognostic features (IgD type and malignant effusion) at presentation, this patient survived for two years. This is the first case(More)