Zakiya Al-Lamki

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We assessed the prevalence of three common hereditary blood disorders (sickle-cell and beta-thalassaemia traits and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency) among the Omani population. We interviewed a representative sample of 6103 Omani households and blood samples from 6342 children aged 0-5 years were collected. About 27% of Omani males had(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Hydroxyurea (HU) is the standard treatment for severely affected children with sickle cell disease (SCD). Starting dose is 15-20 mg/kg/day that can be escalated up to 35 mg/kg/day. Ethnic neutropenia is common in this area of the world that requires judicious usage of myelosuppressive drugs. Aim was to assess the efficacy of a(More)
Cerebrovascular accident is one of the most serious complications of sickle cell anemia. The specific factors that predispose patients with sickle cell anemia to stroke are increased disease severity, higher baseline white blood cell count and lower baseline hematocrits. Likewise the presence of a co-existent alpha thalassemia trait and/or high fetal(More)
Five children (3F:2M), in the age group 1 years to 11 years, with Munchausen syndrome by proxy are reported from the Sultanate of Oman. They were seen over a four years period from 1996-1999. In all these children, the mother came up with history of uncontrolled epilepsy. Carbamazepine was the most common antiepileptic drug used. One of these children(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about childhood ALL in the Middle East. This study was undertaken by MECCA as initial efforts in collaborative data collection to provide clinical and demographic information on children with ALL in the Middle East. PROCEDURE Clinical and laboratory data for patients with ALL between January 2008 and April 2012 were(More)
BACKGROUND The spectrum of side effects induced by chemotherapy includes skin hyperpigmentation. This is prone to occur following treatment with alkylating agents and doxorubicin. More recently, hyperpigmentation was discovered in patients treated exclusively with intra-arterial cisplatin and was likely to develop over the dorsal surfaces of the hands and(More)
This paper reports the findings of a preliminary survey carried out in an Omani community to assess the prevalence of handicap amongst children, and its impact on the family. The sample comprised of 492 children less than 15 years of age. The disabilities identified related to chromosomal abnormality, genetic, perinatal, and infectious factors. The presence(More)
We report an unusual case of anaphylaxis and hepatitic dysfunction in a child with the administration of the twenty-third course of high-dose methotrexate. The latter had been used as an adjuvant to prevent pulmonary metastases and the prior 22 courses had been well tolerated. An attempt to reinstate methotrexate after the twenty-third course was again(More)
Systolic murmurs were detected in 22 (61%) of the 36 children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA) who completed the study. Cardiomegaly was detected in 14 (39%). Mean values of left and right ventricular dimensions were higher in SCA than in controls (p < 0.05). Left atrial chambers and aortic root dimensions followed the same pattern. The dilated cardiac(More)
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