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Hirofumi Kato, Takuya Yamagishi, Tomoe Shimada, Tamano Matsui, Masayuki Shimojima, Masayuki Saijo, Kazunori Oishi
Although severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) was first reported from Japan in 2013, the precise clinical features and the risk factors for SFTS have not been fully investigated in Japan. Ninety-six cases of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) were notified through the national surveillance system between April 2013 and September 2014 in Japan. All cases were from western Japan, and 82 cases (85%) had an onset between April and August. A retrospective observational study of the notified SFTS cases was conducted to identify the clinical features and laboratory findings during the same period...
2016: PloS One
Omair Atiq, Jasmin Tiro, Adam C Yopp, Adam Muffler, Jorge A Marrero, Neehar D Parikh, Caitlin Murphy, Katharine McCallister, Amit G Singal
: Although surveillance ultrasound and alpha fetoprotein (AFP) have minimal direct harm, downstream harms from follow-up tests must be weighed against surveillance benefits when determining the value of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) screening programs. Our study's aims were to characterize prevalence and correlates of surveillance benefits and harms in cirrhosis patients undergoing HCC surveillance. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among patients with cirrhosis followed at a safety-net health system between July 2010 and July 2013...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
R F Schlenk, F Stegelmann, A Reiter, E Jost, N Gattermann, H Hebart, C Waller, A Hochhaus, U Platzbecker, P Schafhausen, I W Blau, W Verbeek, F H Heidel, M Werner, H Kreipe, V Teleanu, A Benner, H Döhner, M Grießhammer, K Döhner
MPN-associated myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative neoplasm characterized by bone marrow fibrosis, cytopenias, splenomegaly and constitutional symptoms. Pomalidomide, an immune-modifying drug, is reported to improve anaemia and thrombocytopenia in some patients with MPN-associated myelofibrosis. We designed a phase-2 study of pomalidomide in patients with MPN-associated myelofibrosis and anaemia and/or thrombocytopenia and/or neutropenia. Subjects received pomalidomide 2.0 mg/d in cohort-1 (n=38) or 0.5 mg/d in cohort-2 (n=58)...
October 24, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Kriti Mohan
BACKGROUND: Malaria is an important cause of death and illness in children worldwide. Most cases of neonatal malaria are misdiagnosed because of the lack of specific symptoms and a general lack of awareness. Nothing much is known in literature about the haematological changes during malaria infection and outcome of disease in neonates. Neonatal malaria is an underdiagnosed entity. So this hospital based observational study aims to assess diagnostic features of neonatal malaria. METHODS: From August 2004 to August 2013, information of all slide positive for malaria cases aged 0 to 28 days admitted to our pediatric hospital was collected and analysed...
October 20, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
Martin Uhl, Stefan Schwab, Thomas Efferth
A 52-year-old male patient was treated with standard radiochemotherapy with temozolomide for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). After worsening of his clinical condition, further tumor-specific treatment was unlikely to be successful, and the patient seeked help from an alternative practitioner, who administered a combination of dichloroacetate (DCA) and artesunate (ART). A few days later, the patient showed clinical and laboratory signs of liver damage and bone marrow toxicity (leukopenia, thrombocytopenia). Despite successful restoration of laboratory parameters upon symptomatic treatment, the patient died 10 days after the infusion...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Arijit Bhowmik, Tamoghna Biswas
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October 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
Elizabeth Bilotti, David H Vesole, Laura McBride, Linda Schmidt, Zhijie Gao, Madiha Gilani, Ann McNeill, Urszula Bednarz, Joshua Richter, Anthony Mato, Thorsten Graef, David S Siegel
BACKGROUND: This is a retrospective chart review to evaluate the efficacy of the addition of vorinostat to lenalidomide and dexamethasone in patients with multiple myeloma relapsed/refractory to lenalidomide and dexamethasone. METHODS: Charts from 26 consecutive patients able to obtain commercial vorinostat were analyzed for response and safety data. RESULTS: The overall response rate was 31%, and the clinical beneficial rate was 50%. The median duration of response was 3 months, and the median overall survival was 28...
October 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Katharina Grundler, Raffaela Rotter, Sloane Tilley, Joachim Pircher, Thomas Czermak, Mustaf Yakac, Erik Gaitzsch, Steffen Massberg, Florian Krötz, Hae-Young Sohn, Ulrich Pohl, Hanna Mannell, Bjoern F Kraemer
INTRODUCTION: Platelets possess critical hemostatic functions in the system of thrombosis and hemostasis, which can be affected by a multitude of external factors. Previous research has shown that platelets have the capacity to synthesize proteins de novo and more recently a multicatalytic protein complex, the proteasome, has been discovered in platelets. Due to its vital function for cellular integrity, the proteasome has become a therapeutic target for anti-proliferative drug therapies in cancer...
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Valentina Talarico, Monica Aloe, Alice Monzani, Roberto Miniero, Gianni Bona
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy defined by thrombocytopenia, non-immune microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and acute renal failure. HUS is typically classified into two primary types: 1) HUS due to infections, often associated with diarrhea (D+HUS, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia Coli-HUS), with the rare exception of HUS due to a severe disseminated infection caused by Streptococcus; 2) HUS related to complement, such HUS is also known as "atypical HUS" and is not diarrhea associated (D-HUS, aHUS); but recent studies have shown other forms of HUS, that can occur in the course of systemic diseases or physiopathological conditions such as pregnancy, after transplantation or after drug assumption...
December 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
Qing-Bin Lu, Hao Li, Pan-He Zhang, Ning Cui, Zhen-Dong Yang, Ya-Di Fan, Xiao-Ming Cui, Jian-Gong Hu, Chen-Tao Guo, Xiao-Ai Zhang, Wei Liu, Wu-Chun Cao
During 2013-2015 in central China, co-infection with spotted fever group rickettsiae was identified in 77 of 823 patients infected with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus. Co-infection resulted in delayed recovery and increased risk for death, prompting clinical practices in the region to consider co-infection in patients with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Yu Mi Wi, Hye In Woo, Dahee Park, Keun Hwa Lee, Cheol-In Kang, Doo Ryeon Chung, Kyong Ran Peck, Jae-Hoon Song
To determine prevalence of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome in South Korea, we examined serum samples from patients with fever and insect bite history in scrub typhus-endemic areas. During the 2013 scrub typhus season, prevalence of this syndrome among patients suspected of having scrub typhus was high (23.0%), suggesting possible co-infection.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Yu-Ting Huang, Li Zhao, Hong-Ling Wen, Yi Yang, Hao Yu, Xue-Jie Yu
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome is an emerging hemorrhagic fever disease in eastern Asia, caused by a tickborne bunyavirus. Of 25 patients hospitalized with this disease in China, 100% produced and maintained neutralizing antibodies to severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus for the study period of 4 years.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Ganesh Veerasekar, Krishnan Swaminathan
BACKGROUND: Using technology to track endemic areas of communicable diseases is possible nowadays. Effectual use of such facilities, especially in developing countries, will increase earlier detection of cases as well as aid in the formulation of effective prevention strategies. METHODS: A retrospective data analysis was carried out by collecting the details of patients presented with positive dengue serology, during the outbreak season in the second half of 2012, at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, India...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
María T Álvarez-Román, Ihosvany Fernández-Bello, Víctor Jiménez-Yuste, Mónica Martín-Salces, Elena G Arias-Salgado, María I Rivas Pollmar, Raúl Justo Sanz, Nora V Butta
Despite their low platelet count some immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) patients seldom bleed, indicating the presence of factors to compensate thrombocytopenia. Moreover, ITP patients may have an increased risk for thrombosis. These facts suggest the presence of procoagulant mechanisms that have not been clarified yet. The aim of this study was to identify these possible factors. Moreover, the utility of rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM(®) ) to test haemostasis in these patients was also evaluated. Patients with ITP presented a procoagulant profile due to an increased amount of platelet- and red cell-microparticles, an increased resistance to protein C and the formation of a clot more resistant to fibrinolysis due to augmented levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, which might reflect an endothelial damage/activation in ITP patients...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Kenneth Kaushansky
Thrombopoietin was posited to exist in 1958 and cloned in 1994, and in the ensuing two decades we have learned a great deal about the physiology and pathology of the primary regulator of thrombopoiesis. This paper will review the role of the hormone and its receptor, the product of the c-Mpl proto-oncogene, in health and disease, including many unexpected effects in both normal and neoplastic hematopoiesis. Amongst these unexpected properties are a non-redundant effect on hematopoietic stem cells, a critical role in all three of the acquired, chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms, as well as both gain-of-function and loss-of-function mutations in congenital and acquired states of thrombocytopenia and thrombocythemia...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Xiaohong Ruby Xu, Naadiya Carrim, Miguel Antonio Dias Neves, Thomas McKeown, Tyler W Stratton, Rodrigo Matos Pinto Coelho, Xi Lei, Pingguo Chen, Jianhua Xu, Xiangrong Dai, Benjamin Xiaoyi Li, Heyu Ni
Platelets are central mediators of thrombosis and hemostasis. At the site of vascular injury, platelet accumulation (i.e. adhesion and aggregation) constitutes the first wave of hemostasis. Blood coagulation, initiated by the coagulation cascades, is the second wave of thrombin generation and enhance phosphatidylserine exposure, can markedly potentiate cell-based thrombin generation and enhance blood coagulation. Recently, deposition of plasma fibronectin and other proteins onto the injured vessel wall has been identified as a new "protein wave of hemostasis" that occurs prior to platelet accumulation (i...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Yu-Min Shen
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare genetic disorder caused by defective complement regulation resulting in thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Patients can present as children or adults. The syndrome consists of hemolytic anemia with schistocytosis, thrombocytopenia, significant renal damage, and/or other organ system dysfunction(s). Patients with aHUS may succumb to the complications of the disease with the very first manifestation; surviving patients often suffer from progressive organ dysfunction with significant morbidity and mortality despite plasma infusion or plasma exchange...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Tur-Fu Huang, Chun-Chieh Hsu, Yu-Ju Kuo
Snake venoms affect blood coagulation and platelet function in a complex manner. However, two classes of venom proteins, snaclecs and disintegrins have been shown to specifically target receptors including GPIb, α2β1, GPVI, CLEC-2 and integrins αIIbβ3, αvβ3, α5β1 expressed on platelets, endothelial cells, phagocytes, tumor cells, thus affecting cell-matrices and cell-cell interactions. Here, we focus on disintegrins, a class of low molecular mass Arg-Gly-Asp(RGD)/Lys-Gly-Asp(KGD)-containing, cysteine-rich polypeptide derived from various viper snake venoms...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Kambiz Rahbar, Hojjat Ahmadzadehfar, Clemens Kratochwil, Uwe Haberkorn, Michael Schäfers, Markus Essler, Richard P Baum, Harshad R Kulkarani, Matthias Schmidt, Peter Bartenstein, Andreas Pfestroff, Ulf Lützen, Marlies Marx, Vikas Prasad, Winfried Brenner, Alexander Heinzel, Juri Ruf, Philipp Tobias Meyer, Martin Heuschkel, Maria Eveslage, Martin Bögemann, Wolfgang Peter Fendler, Bernd Joachim Krause
: (177)Lutetium labeled PSMA-617 is a promising new therapeutic agent for radioligand therapy (RLT) of patients with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Initiated by the German Society of Nuclear Medicine a retrospective multicenter data analysis was started in 2015 to evaluate efficacy and safety of (177)Lu-PSMA-617 in a large cohort of patients. METHODS: 145 patients (median age 73 years, range 43-88) with mCRPC were treated with (177)Lu-PSMA-617 in 12 therapy centres between February 2014 and July 2015 with one to four therapy cycles and an activity range of 2 to 8 GBq per cycle...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Yuhang Zhou, Shaji Abraham, Stephanie Renna, Leonard C Edelstein, Carol A Dangelmaier, Alexander Y Tsygankov, Satya P Kunapuli, Paul F Bray, Steven E McKenzie
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the role of T-cell ubiquitin ligand-2 (TULA-2) in the platelet Fc receptor for IgG IIA (FcγRIIA) pathway and in the pathogenesis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). APPROACH AND RESULTS: HIT is a life-threatening thrombotic disease in which IgG antibodies against the heparin-platelet factor 4 complex activate platelets via FcγRIIA. We reported previously differential expression of TULA-2 in human population was linked to FcγRIIA responsiveness...
October 20, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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