Thomas Stephen Kickler

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BACKGROUND AND METHODS Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura-hemolytic uremic syndrome (TTP-HUS) is characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, fever, central nervous system abnormalities, and renal dysfunction. In early reports the mortality approached 100 percent. A treatment protocol was introduced in 1979 for patients admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND Platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa is a membrane receptor for fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor, and it has an important role in platelet aggregation. It is known to be involved in the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndromes. Previously, we found a high frequency of a particular polymorphism, PlA2, of the gene encoding glycoprotein IIIa in(More)
BACKGROUND Both inherited predisposition and platelet hyperreactivity have been associated with ischemic coronary events, but mechanisms that support genetic differences among platelets from different subjects are generally lacking. Associations between the platelet Pl(A2) polymorphism of GP IIIa and coronary syndromes raise the question as to whether this(More)
PURPOSE To determine the utility and limitations of D-dimer testing for the evaluation of venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients. METHODS We performed D-dimer testing by four different methods in unselected inpatients undergoing radiologic evaluation for possible venous thromboembolism. We included patients with a history of malignancy, recent(More)
BACKGROUND The study of the immunogenetics of the human platelet antigens is important to the improvement of diagnosis and genetic counseling and to the development of screening programs for women at risk of having babies with neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. Description of the immunogenetics of the human platelet antigens in some racial groups has(More)
BACKGROUND Septic platelet transfusion reactions (SPTRs) are the most common, serious risk of transfusion. Because SPTRs result from donor skin flora or asymptomatic bacteremia, the use of single-donor platelets (SDPs) has been proposed to reduce the risk of SPTRs from the risks with pools of platelet concentrates (PCs). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Beginning(More)
We determined the usefulness of immature granulocyte measurement as a predictor of infection or positive blood culture and compared the results with total WBC count and absolute neutrophil count (ANC). Blood samples from 102 infected and 69 noninfected patients were analyzed using the Sysmex XE-2100 automated blood cell counter (Sysmex, Kobe, Japan). The(More)
We examined the concordance of heparin levels measured by a chromogenic anti-Xa assay and the activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) during unfractionated heparin therapy (UFH) and the biochemical basis for differences between these measures. We also investigated the endogenous thrombin potential (ETP) as a possible measure of anticoagulation. Paired(More)
BACKGROUND Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality among patients with malignant gliomas. To investigate the pathogenesis of VTE and facilitate targeted prophylaxis strategies, the authors aimed to characterize VTE risk factors in these patients. METHODS The authors conducted a retrospective chart review of 130 adult(More)
We report five cases of post-transfusion purpura. Despite having profound thrombocytopenia, their management consisted only of steroid administration if serious bleeding was present. In one patient without bleeding, no specific therapy was given. This patient recovered uneventfully. Two patients died. One of these died from complicating illnesses rather(More)