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Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases

Widad Yazaji, Wafa Habbal, Fawza Monem
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Blood transfusion is a lifesaving therapy for patients with hemoglobinopathies. However, the need of frequent transfusion carries the risk of transmitting hepatitis B and C infections which are intermediately prevalent in Syria. Despite screening blood donations with sensitive methods, the risk of transmission is still present when infectious blood is donated within the window period. This study aimed to investigate the incidence of HBV and HCV seropositivity, and its association with multiple transfusions among Syrian hemoglobinopathies patients...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Francesco Maura, Lucia Farina, Paolo Corradini
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the second most common histotype of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and it is generally characterized by a heterogeneous clinical course. Despite recent therapeutic and diagnostic improvements, a significant fraction of FL patients still relapsed. In younger and/or fit FL relapsed patients bone marrow transplant (BMT) has represented the main salvage therapy for many years. Thanks to the ability of high-dose chemotherapy to overcome the lymphoma resistance and refractoriness, autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) can achieve a high complete remission rate (CR) and favorable outcome regarding progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS)...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Giuseppe La Torre, Alice Mannocci, Vittoria Colamesta, Valeria D'Egidio, Cristina Sestili, Antonietta Spadea
BACKGROUND: The risk of getting influenza and pneumococcal disease is higher in cancer patients, and serum antibody levels tend to be lower in patients with hematological malignancy. OBJECTIVE: To assess flu and pneumococcal vaccinations efficacy, effectiveness, and safety in onco-hematological patients. METHODS: Two systematic reviews and possible meta-analysis were conducted to summarize the results of all primary study in the scientific literature about the flu and pneumococcal vaccine in onco-hematological patients...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Adel A Hagag, Mohamed A Elgamsy, Hassan M El-Asy, Maaly M Mabrouk
BACKGROUND: ALL is the most common childhood malignancy. The children with ALL are treated with methotrexate (MTX) based chemotherapy protocols. MTX causes unpredictable serious hepatic and renal side effects. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and stimulates tissue regeneration. This study aims to evaluate the protective effects of Silymarin on MTX-based chemotherapy-induced Hepatic and renal toxicity in children with ALL. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 80 children with newly diagnosed ALL were enrolled in the study...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
İlker Devrim, Rana İşgüder, Hasan Ağın, Gökhan Ceylan, Yüce Ayhan, Özlem Sara Sandal, Ferhat Sarı, Ahu Kara, Mine Düzgöl, Gamze Gülfidan, Nuri Bayram
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the correlation of caspofungin E-tests with the prognosis and response to caspofungin therapy of Candida parapsilosis complex bloodstream infections in children hospitalized in a pediatric intensive care unit. METHODS: All children who had C. parapsilosis complex bloodstream infections and who were treated with caspofungin were included in this retrospective study. For each patient, the following parameters, including all consecutive blood and central venous catheter (CVC) cultures, the duration between diagnosis and CVC removal, mortality rate, relapses of the C...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Andrea Riccardo Filippi, Patrizia Ciammella, Umberto Ricardi
Radiation therapy (RT) alone has been considered for a long time as the standard therapeutic option for limited stage FL, due to its high efficacy in terms of local disease control with a quite significant proportion of "cured" patients (without further relapses at 10-15 years). Multiple therapeutic choices are currently accepted for the management of early stage FL at diagnosis, and better staging procedures as well as better systemic therapy partially modified the role of RT in this setting. RT has also changed in terms of prescribed dose as well as treatment volumes...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Lourdes Vazquez
Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) represent significant complications in patients with hematological malignancies. Chemoprevention of IFIs may be important in this setting, but most antifungal drugs have demonstrated poor efficacy, particularly in the prevention of invasive aspergillosis. Antifungal prophylaxis in hematological patients is currently regarded as the gold standard in situations with a high risk of infection, such as acute leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Alessandro Busca, Livio Pagano
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) represent a major hindrance to the success of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), contributing substantially to morbidity and infection-related mortality. During the most recent years several reports indicate an overall increase of IFI among hematologic patients, in particular, invasive aspergillosis, that may be explained, at least partially, by the fact that diagnoses only suspected in the past, are now more easily established due to the application of serum biomarkers and early use of CT scan...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Gehan Lotfy Abdel Hakeem, Emad Allam Abdel Naeem, Salwa Hussein Swelam, Laila El Morsi Aboul Fotoh, Abdel Azeem Mohamed El Mazary, Ashraf Mohamed Abdel Fadil, Asmaa Hosny Abdel Hafez
BACKGROUND: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency anemia is associated with intravascular hemolysis. The freely filtered hemoglobin can damage the kidney. We aimed to assess any subclinical renal injury in G6PD children. METHODS: Sixty children were included. Thirty G6PD deficiency anemia children were enrolled during the acute hemolytic crisis and after the hemolytic episode had elapsed. Another thirty healthy children were included as controls. Serum cystatin C, creatinine levels, and urinary albumin/creatinine (A/C) ratio were measured, and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was calculated...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
M Martinuzzo, L Barrera, D Altuna, F Tisi Baña, J Bieti, Q Amigo, M D'Adamo, M S López, J Oyhamburu, J C Otaso
BACKGROUND: Homozygous or double heterozygous factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency is characterized by soft tissue hematomas, intracranial and delayed spontaneous bleeding. Alterations of thromboelastography (TEG) parameters in these patients have been reported. The aim of the study was to show results of TEG, TEG Lysis (Lys 60) induced by subthreshold concentrations of streptokinase (SK), and to compare them to the clot solubility studies results in samples of a 1-year-old girl with homozygous or double heterozygous FXIII deficiency...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Corrado Girmenia, Alessandra Serrao, Martina Canichella
Infections by Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), in particular, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKp), are a significant public health challenge worldwide. Resistance to carbapenems in enterobacteriaceae is linked to different mechanisms, including the production of the various types of enzymes like KPC, VIM, IMP, NDM, and OXA-48. Despite several attempts to control the spread of these infections at the local and national level, the epidemiological situation for CRKp had worsened in the last years in the Mediterranean area...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Walter Ricciardi, Gabriele Giubbini, Patrizia Laurenti
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most relevant problems in the healthcare: the growth of resistant microorganisms in healthcare settings is a worrisome threat, raising length to stay (LOS), morbidity and mortality in those patients. The importance of the antibiotic resistance and its spread around the world, gave rise to the activation of several surveillance systems, based especially on the collection of laboratory data to local or national level. The objective of this work is to carry out a review of the scientific literature existing on the topic and scientific activities related to surveillance of antibiotic resistance in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Isidro Jarque, Miguel Salavert, Javier Pemán
Parasitic infections are rarely documented in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. However they may be responsible for fatal complications that are only diagnosed at autopsy. Increased awareness of the possibility of parasitic diseases both in autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplant patients is relevant not only for implementing preventive measures but also for performing an early diagnosis and starting appropriate therapy for these unrecognized but fatal infectious complications in hematopoietic transplant recipients...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf T Soliman, Heba Elsedfy, Alice Albu, Soad Al Jaouni, Saif Al Yaarubi, Salvatore Anastasi, Duran Canatan, Massimo Di Maio, Salvatore Di Maio, Mohamed El Kholy, Mehran Karimi, Doaa Khater, Yurdanur Kilinc, Su Han Lum, Nicos Skordis, Praveen Sobti, Iva Stoeva, Ploutarchos Tzoulis, Yasser Wali, Christos Kattamis
BACKGROUND: In March 2015, the International Network of Clinicians for Endocrinopathies in Thalassemia and Adolescent Medicine (ICET-A) implemented a two-step survey on central adrenal insufficiency (CAI) assessment in TM patients and after analysis of the collected data, recommendations for the assessment of hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal (HPA) axis in clinical practice were defined. METHODS: To ascertain the current practice for assessment of CAI in thalassemia, the Coordinator of ICET-A sent two questionnaires by email: i) The first to evaluate the current interpretation of basal serum cortisol level (first step) and ii) The second to assess the current usage of ACTH test and the variability in practice" (second step)...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Deepak Chellapandian, Polyzois Makras, Gregory Kaltsas, Cor van den Bos, Lamia Naccache, Raajit Rampal, Anne-Sophie Carret, Sheila Weitzman, R Maarten Egeler, Oussama Abla
BACKGROUND: Bone is the most common organ of involvement in patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), which is often painful and associated with significant morbidity from pathological fractures. Current first-line treatments include chemotherapy and steroids that are effective but often associated with adverse effects, whereas the disease may reactivate despite an initial response to first-line agents. Bisphosphonates are osteoclast inhibitors that have shown to be helpful in treating bone lesions of LCH...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Rafael de la Cámara
Due to its negative impact on the outcome of stem cell transplant (SCT) and solid organ transplant patients (SOT) CMV has been called "the troll of transplantation". One of the greatest advances in the management of SCT has been the introduction of the preemptive strategy. Since its introduction, the incidence of the viremia, as expected, remains unchanged but there has been a marked decline in the incidence of early CMV disease. However, in spite of the advances in prevention of CMV disease, CMV is still today an important cause of morbidity and mortality...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Roberto Castelli, Antonio Gidaro, Giorgio Lambertenghi Deliliers
BACKGROUND: Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is a chronic B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder, comprising less than 2% of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and affecting mainly middle-aged and elderly patients with a median survival of >10 years. The typical clinical features of SMZL include splenomegaly. Treatment should be patient-tailored and can range from a 'watchful waiting' approach for asymptomatic patients without cytopenias to surgery, localized radiation therapy or immuno/chemotherapies...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Abdoul Karim Ouattara, Pouiré Yameogo, Birama Diarra, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Albert Yonli, Tegwindé Rebeca Compaore, Serge Théophile Soubeiga, Florencia Wenkuuni Djigma, Jacques Simpore
The G-6-PD deficiency has an important polymorphism with genotypic variants such as 202A/376G, 376G/542T and 376G/968T known in West African populations. It would confer protection against severe forms of malaria although there are differences between the various associations in different studies. In this study we genotyped six (06) variants of the G-6-PD gene in people with symptomatic malaria in urban areas in Burkina Faso. One hundred and eighty-two (182) patients who tested positive using rapid detection test and microscopy were included in this study...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Aneesh Basheer, Nayyar Iqbal, Sudhagar Mookkappan, Patricia Anitha, Shashikala Nair, Reba Kanungo, Ravichandran Kandasamy
BACKGROUND: Concurrent infection with multiple pathogens is common in tropics, posing diagnostic and treatment challenges. Although co-infections of dengue, malaria, leptospirosis and typhoid in various combinations have been described, data on dengue and scrub typhus co-infection is distinctly limited. METHODOLOGY: This study was a retrospective analysis of dengue and scrub typhus co-infection diagnosed between January 2010 and July 2014 at a tertiary care center...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Federica Sorà, Patrizia Chiusolo, Luca Laurenti, Francesco Autore, Sabrina Giammarco, Simona Sica
Life-threatening bleeding is a major and early complication of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), but in the last years there is a growing evidence of thromboses in APL. We report the first case of a young woman with dyspnea as the first symptom of APL due to massive pulmonary embolism (PE) successfully treated with thrombolysis for PE and heparin. APL has been processed with a combination of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide (ATO) obtaining complete remission.
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
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