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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123434/the-prevalence-of-abnormal-leukocyte-count-and-its-predisposing-factors-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-in-saudi-arabia
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Anwar E Ahmed, Yosra Z Ali, Ahmad M Al-Suliman, Jafar M Albagshi, Majid Al Salamah, Mohieldin Elsayid, Wala R Alanazi, Rayan A Ahmed, Donna K McClish, Hamdan Al-Jahdali
Introduction: High white blood cell (WBC) count is an indicator of sickle cell disease (SCD) severity, however, there are limited studies on WBC counts in Saudi Arabian patients with SCD. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of abnormal leukocyte count (either low or high) and identify factors associated with high WBC counts in a sample of Saudi patients with SCD. Methods: A cross-sectional and retrospective chart review study was carried out on 290 SCD patients who were routinely treated at King Fahad Hospital in Hofuf, Saudi Arabia...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089792/iron-deficiency-anemia-and-plummer-vinson-syndrome-current-insights
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REVIEW
Amit Goel, Satvinder Singh Bakshi, Neetu Soni, Nanda Chhavi
Plummer-Vinson syndrome (PVS), a rare clinical condition, is characterized by a triad of dysphagia, iron deficiency anemia and esophageal web in the post-cricoid region. It was first described over a century ago. However, literature on this condition remains scanty, and its prevalence appears to be declining worldwide, possibly due to improvements in nutrition over time. The condition has been reported most commonly in thin-built, middle-aged, white women. The esophageal webs in PVS are thin mucosal folds, which are best seen either in lateral views at barium swallow or at esophagoscopy...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042825/antithrombotics-in-trauma-management-strategies-in-the-older-patients
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REVIEW
Henna Wong, Nicola Lovett, Nicola Curry, Ku Shah, Simon J Stanworth
The ageing population has resulted in a change in the demographics of trauma, and older adult trauma now accounts for a growing number of trauma admissions. The management of older adult trauma can be particularly challenging, and exhibits differences to that of the younger age groups affected by trauma. Frailty syndromes are closely related with falls, which are the leading cause of major trauma in older adults. Comorbid disease and antithrombotic use are more common in the older population. Physiological changes that occur with ageing can alter the expected clinical presentation of older persons after injury and their susceptibility to injury...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033620/comparative-safety-of-intravenous-ferumoxytol-versus-ferric-carboxymaltose-for-the-treatment-of-iron-deficiency-anemia-rationale-and-study-design-of-a-randomized-double-blind-study-with-a-focus-on-acute-hypersensitivity-reactions
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N Franklin Adkinson, William E Strauss, Kristine Bernard, Robert F Kaper, Iain C Macdougall, Julie S Krop
BACKGROUND: Intravenous (IV) iron is often used to treat iron deficiency anemia in patients who are unable to tolerate or are inadequately managed with oral iron. However, IV iron treatment has been associated with acute hypersensitivity reactions. The comparative risk of adverse events (AEs) with IV iron preparations has been assessed by a few randomized controlled trials, which are most often limited by small patient numbers, which lack statistical power to identify differences in low-frequency AE such as hypersensitivity reactions...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979173/prevalence-of-rhd-variants-among-blood-donors-at-gulu-regional-blood-bank-gulu-northern-uganda
#5
Polycarp Ojok, Caesar Oyet, Fred Webbo, Bashir Mwambi, Ivan M Taremwa
AIM/OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of RhD variant phenotypes among voluntary non-remunerated blood donors (VNRBDs) at Gulu Regional Blood Bank (GRBB), Northern Uganda. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study, in which the first 4.0 mL of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) blood samples were collected from VNRBDs and typed for their ABO and RhD blood group status using IgM and IgG monoclonal typing antisera, respectively...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979172/reversing-factor-xa-inhibitors-clinical-utility-of-andexanet-alfa
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REVIEW
Scott Kaatz, Hardik Bhansali, Joseph Gibbs, Robert Lavender, Charles E Mahan, David G Paje
Approximately half of patients started on an oral anticoagulant in the USA now receive one of the newer direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Although there is an approved reversal agent for the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran, a specific reversal agent for the anti-factor Xa (FXa) DOACs has yet to be licensed. Unlike the strategy to reverse the only oral direct thrombin inhibitor with idarucizumab, which is a humanized monoclonal antibody fragment, a different approach is necessary to design a single agent that can reverse multiple anti-FXa medications...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919830/identification-of-patients-with-congenital-hemophilia-in-a-large-electronic-health-record-database
#7
Michael Wang, Anissa Cyhaniuk, David L Cooper, Neeraj N Iyer
BACKGROUND: Electronic health records (EHRs) are an important source of information with regard to diagnosis and treatment of rare health conditions, such as congenital hemophilia, a bleeding disorder characterized by deficiency of factor VIII (FVIII) or factor IX (FIX). OBJECTIVE: To identify patients with congenital hemophilia using EHRs. DESIGN: An EHR database study. SETTING: EHRs were accessed from Humedica between January 1, 2007, and July 31, 2013...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919829/age-and-sex-related-changes-in-hematological-parameters-in-healthy-malawians
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Wilson L Mandala, Esther N Gondwe, Jenny M MacLennan, Malcolm E Molyneux, Calman A MacLennan
AIM: The aim of the study was to determine how values for white blood cell (WBC) counts, hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Hct), mean corpuscular volume (mcv), and platelet counts vary with age and sex in healthy Malawians. METHODS: We recruited 660 (316 male and 344 female) participants in 12 different age groups. An ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid-anticoagulated blood sample collected from each participant was analyzed using a hematological analyzer. RESULTS: WBC counts decreased with age with the lowest counts observed in the 20 to <60 years old group...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860887/new-developments-in-the-management-of-relapsed-refractory-multiple-myeloma-the-role-of-ixazomib
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REVIEW
Paul G Richardson, Shaji Kumar, Jacob P Laubach, Claudia Paba-Prada, Neeraj Gupta, Deborah Berg, Helgi van de Velde, Philippe Moreau
Ixazomib is the first oral proteasome inhibitor to be approved, in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone, for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy. Approval was on the basis of results from the phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled TOURMALINE-MM1 study, which demonstrated a 35% improvement in progression-free survival with the all-oral combination of ixazomib plus lenalidomide-dexamethasone versus lenalidomide-dexamethasone alone (median: 20...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831276/hematologic-abnormalities-and-associated-factors-among-hiv-infected-children-pre-and-post-antiretroviral-treatment-north-west-ethiopia
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Teshome Geletaw, Meseret Zelalem Tadesse, Abayneh Girma Demisse
INTRODUCTION: There are few studies on the hematologic parameters of HIV-infected individuals in Ethiopia; of these, almost all studies researched adults. Our current study is unique in that it mainly focused on the pediatric population and compared both pre- and post-antiretroviral therapy (ART) children. Inference from this study can be used for other developing countries where the burden of HIV disease is high. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify hematologic abnormalities in HIV-infected children before and after initiation of ART...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769599/identification-of-people-with-acquired-hemophilia-in-a-large-electronic-health-record-database
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Michael Wang, Anissa Cyhaniuk, David L Cooper, Neeraj N Iyer
BACKGROUND: Electronic health records (EHRs) can provide insights into diagnoses, treatment patterns, and clinical outcomes. Acquired hemophilia (AH) is an ultrarare bleeding disorder characterized by factor VIII inhibiting autoantibodies. AIM: To identify patients with AH using an EHR database. METHODS: Records were accessed from a large EHR database (Humedica) between January 1, 2007 and July 31, 2013. Broad selection criteria were applied using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, clinical modification (ICD-9-CM) code for intrinsic circulating anticoagulants (286...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740442/techniques-used-for-the-screening-of-hemoglobin-levels-in-blood-donors-current-insights-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Rajendra Chaudhary, Anju Dubey, Atul Sonker
Blood donor hemoglobin (Hb) estimation is an important donation test that is performed prior to blood donation. It serves the dual purpose of protecting the donors' health against anemia and ensuring good quality of blood components, which has an implication on recipients' health. Diverse cutoff criteria have been defined world over depending on population characteristics; however, no testing methodology and sample requirement have been specified for Hb screening. Besides the technique, there are several physiological and methodological factors that affect accuracy and reliability of Hb estimation...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670147/many-factor-viii-products-available-in-the-treatment-of-hemophilia-a-an-embarrassment-of-riches
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REVIEW
Kenneth Lieuw
Hemophilia A (HA) is a common bleeding disorder caused by the deficiency of factor VIII (FVIII) with an incidence of ~1 in 5000 male births. Replacement of FVIII is necessary to prevent and treat bleeding episodes. However, with multiple new drugs in addition to old standards, choosing among the different FVIII treatment options is harder than ever. There are FVIII products that are plasma derived or recombinant, FVIII products designed to extend the half-life of FVIII, and the first single-chain FVIII product, recombinant factor VIII single chain (rFVIII-SC)...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670146/prevalence-of-thrombocytopenia-among-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-care-service-at-gondar-university-teaching-hospital-in-2014-northwest-ethiopia
#14
Fikir Asrie, Bamlaku Enawgaw, Zegeye Getaneh
INTRODUCTION: Thrombocytopenia is a common hematologic abnormality during pregnancy. Pregnant women with thrombocytopenia have a higher risk of bleeding excessively during or after childbirth, particularly if they need to have a cesarean section or other surgical intervention during pregnancy, labor or in the puerperium. The main aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of thrombocytopenia among pregnant women attending antenatal care service at Gondar University Hospital, northwest Ethiopia...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579846/analysis-of-blood-donor-pre-donation-deferral-in-dubai-characteristics-and-reasons
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Laila Al Shaer, Ranjita Sharma, Mahera AbdulRahman
BACKGROUND: To ensure an adequate and safe blood supply, it is crucial to select suitable donors according to stringent eligibility criteria. Understanding the reasons for donor deferral can help in planning more efficient recruitment strategies and evaluating donor selection criteria. This study aims to define donor pre-donation deferral rates, causes of deferral, and characteristics of deferred donors in Dubai. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted on all donors who presented for allogeneic blood donation between January 1, 2010, until June 30, 2013, in Dubai Blood Donation Centre, accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546779/emerging-treatment-options-for-the-management-of-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-clinical-utility-of-nivolumab
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REVIEW
David A Bond, Lapo Alinari
Classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL) is a B-cell malignancy comprised of pathologic Reed Sternberg cells with a surrounding immune-tolerant inflammatory milieu. RS cells evade immune recognition in part through programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) overexpression, which is genetically programmed through copy number alterations, polysomy, and amplification of the 9p24.1 locus encoding PD-L1. By engaging with PD-1+ T-cells, PD-L1 delivers a potent immune suppressive signal promoting immunologic escape of the tumor cell...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442940/prevalence-of-anemia-and-its-associated-factors-among-pregnant-women-receiving-antenatal-care-at-aymiba-health-center-northwest-ethiopia
#17
Fikir Asrie
INTRODUCTION: Anemia is a global public health problem in both developing and developed countries; ~1.62 billion people suffer from anemia, and pregnant women are the most susceptible to it. The main aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of anemia and associated risk factors among pregnant women receiving antenatal care at Aymiba Health Center, northwest Ethiopia. METHODS AND MATERIALS: An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted at Aymiba Health Center from January to March 2015...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293126/the-risk-of-renal-disease-is-increased-in-lambda-myeloma-with-bone-marrow-amyloid-deposits
#18
Piotr Kozlowski, Scott Montgomery, Rahel Befekadu, Victoria Hahn-Strömberg
BACKGROUND: Light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a rare deposition disease and is present in 10-15% of patients with myeloma (MM). In contrast to symptomatic AL in MM, presence of bone marrow (BM) amyloid deposits (AD) in MM is not connected to kidney damage. Renal AD but not BM-AD occur mostly in MM with lambda paraprotein (lambda MM). METHODS: We investigated amyloid presence in BM clots taken at diagnosis in 84 patients with symptomatic MM and compared disease characteristics in MM with kappa paraprotein (kappa MM)/lambda MM with and without BM-AD...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260960/clinical-hematological-and-cytogenetic-profile-of-adult-myelodysplastic-syndrome-in-a-tertiary-care-center
#19
Santhosh Narayanan
BACKGROUND: Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disorder of clonal hematopoiesis, is an important clinical entity, but most of the studies available are conducted among the Western population. Its etiological factors and clinicohematological profile in the Indian population are quite diverse. The information regarding its prognostic factors and cytogenetics is very scarce. OBJECTIVES: (1) To assess the clinicohematological profile, cytogenetics, prognostic factors, and outcome of MDS and (2) to study its progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in the selected patients over the study period...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243159/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-regarding-voluntary-blood-donation-among-adult-residents-of-harar-town-eastern-ethiopia-a-community-based-study
#20
Kedir Urgesa, Nejat Hassen, Ayichew Seyoum
BACKGROUND: The availability of safe blood and blood products is a critical factor in improving health care. In Ethiopia, lack of voluntary blood donors is a major challenge. This could be due to low community knowledge, unfavorable attitude, and poor donation practice regarding voluntary blood donation. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess community knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding voluntary blood donation among adults in Harar town, Ethiopia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted from July 1 to July 31, 2015...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
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