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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924466/quality-of-life-in-children-with-thalassemia-and-their-caregivers-in-india
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Sapna Sharma, Bageshree Seth, Prashant Jawade, Madhavi Ingale, Maninder Singh Setia
OBJECTIVES: To assess and compare the Quality of Life (QOL) of children with beta-thalassemia major on regular transfusion therapy with normal children, and of the caregivers of children with beta-thalassemia major to that of caregivers of normal children. METHODS: A cross-sectional comparison of QOL in 75 thalassemic and 80 non-thalassemic children was conducted using the PedsQL™ 4.0 generic core scale. Also self-rated health was assessed in their caregivers using Short Form-36 Health Survey...
December 7, 2016: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923273/decision-points-in-the-treatment-of-transfusional-iron-overload-in-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes-why-when-and-how-to-chelate
#2
Farhan Imran, Pradyumna Phatak
Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) differ from those with other transfusion-dependent conditions (eg, thalassemia) as they are typically older, have comorbid conditions, and a generally shorter life expectancy. The underlying disease process in MDS and frequent use of red blood cell transfusions lead to iron accumulation and ultimately organ damage. Whether iron-reducing interventions such as chelation therapy can improve outcomes in this population is currently under investigation. Areas Covered: We reviewed published English-language articles from PubMed on the topic of iron overload (IO) in MDS, and the use of iron chelation therapies (ICTs) to alleviate iron burden...
December 7, 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917717/reversal-agents-for-oral-antiplatelet-and-anticoagulant-treatment-during-bleeding-events-current-strategies
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Peter Raimondi, Elaine M Hylek, Konstantinos N Aronis
There is an increasing prevalence of cardiovascular diseases that warrant antithrombotic therapy. Antithrombotic therapy includes antiplatelet agents and anticoagulation therapy with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) or non-Vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Antithrombotic therapy is associated with increased rates of bleeding. In this review we summarize the evidence and provide strategies for the management of severe bleeding in the setting of antithrombotic therapy. There is limited data on the management of bleeding in the setting of antiplatelet therapy...
December 5, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914462/recombinant-mhc-tetramers-for-isolation-of-virus-specific-cd8-cells-from-healthy-donors-potential-approach-for-cell-therapy-of-posttransplant-cytomegalovirus-infection
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A S Vdovin, S Y Filkin, P R Yefimova, S A Sheetikov, N M Kapranov, Y O Davydova, E S Egorov, E G Khamaganova, M Y Drokov, L A Kuzmina, E N Parovichnikova, G A Efimov, V G Savchenko
Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have a high risk of cytomegalovirus reactivation, which in the absence of T-cell immunity can result in the development of an acute inflammatory reaction and damage of internal organs. Transfusion of the virus-specific donor T-lymphocytes represents an alternative to a highly toxic and often ineffective antiviral therapy. Potentially promising cell therapy approach comprises transfusion of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, specific to the viral antigens, immediately after their isolation from the donor's blood circulation without any in vitro expansion...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914067/5q-syndrome-like-features-as-the-first-manifestation-of-myelodysplastic-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-an-unbalanced-whole-arm-translocation-der-5-19-p10-q10
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Hiroshi Ureshino, Haruna Kizuka, Kana Kusaba, Haruhiko Sano, Atsujiro Nishioka, Takero Shindo, Yasushi Kubota, Toshihiko Ando, Kensuke Kojima, Shinya Kimura
Derivative (5;19)(p10;q10) [der(5;19)(p10;q10)] is a rare chromosomal abnormality in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and is genetically similar to deletion 5q [del(5q)]. However, MDS with der(5;19)(p10;q10) and 5q- syndrome are generally characterized as distinct subtypes. Here, we report a case of a patient with 5q- syndrome-like features as the first manifestation of MDS with der(5; 19)(p10;q10). A 59-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for anemia without leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. She had received chemotherapy comprising carboplatin and docetaxel for endometrial cancer eight years before...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913518/treatment-options-for-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes-after-hypomethylating-agent-failure
#6
Hetty E Carraway
The treatment of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) has hinged primarily on supportive care (ie, blood transfusions, colony stimulating agents, iron chelation, etc.) and the US Food and Drug Administration-approved agents, including 5-azacytidine, deoxyazacytidine, and lenalidomide. For patients no longer benefitting from these agents, there is a paucity of effective therapies. The challenges at this time include our limited understanding of the mechanisms of resistance to these therapies and the variables employed to select next best therapies for patients based on: (1) their performance status and medical comorbidities; (2) the molecular feature(s) of their MDS; (3) the prior treatments they have received; and (4) the long-term goal(s)/possibilities for their future treatment (ie, transplant vs no transplant)...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913517/treatment-of-low-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#7
Valeria Santini
The majority of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients belong to the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and IPSS-revised (IPSS-R) lower-risk categories. Their precise diagnostics and prognostic stratification is often a challenge, but may ensure the optimization of therapy. The availability of diverse treatment options has significantly improved the quality of life and survival of this group of patients. Anemia is the most relevant cytopenia in terms of frequency and symptoms in lower-risk MDS, and may be treated successfully with erythropoietic stimulating agents, provided a careful selection is performed on the basis of IPSS-R, endogenous erythropoietin levels, and transfusion independence...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913516/immunoregulatory-networks-in-sickle-cell-alloimmunization
#8
Karina Yazdanbakhsh
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are critical for treatment and prevention of complications of sickle cell disease (SCD), and most SCD patients will receive 1 or more transfusions by age 20. However, SCD alloimmunization remains a serious complication of transfusions that can lead to life-threatening acute and delayed transfusion reactions. Alloimmunization rates are higher in SCD patients most likely due to RBC antigenic differences between largely white donors vs mainly African-American recipients and frequency of transfusions...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913515/cellular-immune-responses-in-red-blood-cell-alloimmunization
#9
James C Zimring, Krystalyn E Hudson
In excess of 340 blood group antigens have now been described that vary between individuals. Thus, any unit of blood that is nonautologous represents a significant dose of alloantigen. Most blood group antigens are proteins, which differ by a single amino acid between donors and recipients. Approximately 1 out of every 70 individuals are transfused each year (in the United States alone), which leads to antibody responses to red blood cell (RBC) alloantigens in some transfusion recipients. When alloantibodies are formed, in many cases, RBCs expressing the antigen in question can no longer be safely transfused...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909629/stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-resulting-in-a-durable-relapse-free-survival-a-case-report
#10
Samual Francis, Ned Williams, Christopher J Anker, Akram Shaaban, Robin Kim, Dennis Shrieve, Jonathan Tward
The standard of care for localized hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is surgical resection. For patients who decline or who are unfit for surgery, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is emerging as a viable treatment approach. We present a case of a 77-year-old female in whom an early stage HCC was incidentally discovered. Given her religious edicts as a devout Jehovah's Witness and her subsequent desire to avoid a blood transfusion, she declined surgical resection or transplant due to the risk of hemorrhage...
October 24, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908328/the-new-usual-care
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REVIEW
Jared Radbel, Daniel Boutsikaris
Recent literature continues to refine which components of the early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) algorithm are necessary. Given it utilizes central venous pressure, continuous central venous oxygen saturation, routine blood transfusions, and inotropic medications, this algorithm can be timely, invasive, costly, and potentially harmful. New trials highlight early recognition, early fluid resuscitation, appropriate antibiotic treatment, source control, and the application of a multidisciplinary evidence-based approach as essential components of current sepsis management...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906062/severe-thrombocytopenia-in-a-child-with-typhoid-fever-a-case-report
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Mohammed Al Reesi, Glenn Stephens, Brendan McMullan
BACKGROUND: Although thrombocytopenia is common in typhoid fever, its course, response to treatment, and need for specific therapies such as platelet transfusion are not well characterized. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of typhoid fever in a 4-year-old Asian male returned traveler, admitted with prolonged fever and found to have severe thrombocytopenia (platelets 16 × 10(9)/L). Despite appropriate antibiotic therapy, his platelet recovery was slow, but did not lead to complications and he did not require platelet transfusion...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902833/evaluation-of-ischemic-and-bleeding-risks-associated-with-2-parenteral-antiplatelet-strategies-comparing-cangrelor-with-glycoprotein-iib-iiia-inhibitors-an-exploratory-analysis-from-the-champion-trials
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Muthiah Vaduganathan, Robert A Harrington, Gregg W Stone, Efthymios N Deliargyris, Ph Gabriel Steg, C Michael Gibson, Christian W Hamm, Matthew J Price, Alberto Menozzi, Jayne Prats, Steven Elkin, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Harvey D White, Deepak L Bhatt
Importance: In the context of contemporary pharmacotherapy, optimal antiplatelet management with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been well established. Objective: To compare the ischemic and bleeding risks associated with glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPIs) and a potent P2Y12 antagonist, cangrelor, in patients undergoing PCI. Design, Setting, and Participants: An exploratory analysis of pooled patient-level data from the 3 phase 3 Cangrelor vs Standard Therapy to Achieve Optimal Management of Platelet Inhibition (CHAMPION PCI, CHAMPION PLATFORM, and CHAMPION PHOENIX) trials of patients undergoing elective or nonelective PCI...
November 30, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902607/perioperative-complications-following-preoperative-cessation-of-antithrombotic-agents-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-retrospective-study
#14
Jin-Young Hwang, Sohee Oh, Chong-Soo Kim, Jee-Eun Chang, Seong-Won Min
The number of elderly patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has steadily increased. Elderly patients undergoing TKA usually have underlying diseases, and some of them take antithrombotic agents for the prevention or treatment of these co-morbidities, including cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, or thromboembolic diseases. When these patients are scheduled to undergo TKA, preoperative cessation of antithrombotic agents is considered on the basis of its risks and benefits. This study was aimed to evaluate the impact of discontinuing antithrombotic agents for primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) on perioperative complications...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900772/hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-people-with-%C3%A3-thalassaemia-major
#15
REVIEW
Vanitha A Jagannath, Zbys Fedorowicz, Amani Al Hajeri, Akshay Sharma
BACKGROUND: Thalassemia is an inherited autosomal recessive blood disorder, caused by mutations in globin genes or their regulatory regions. This results in a reduced rate of synthesis of one of the globin chains that make up haemoglobin. In ß-thalassaemia major there is an underproduction of ß-globin chains combined with excess of free α-globin chains. The excess free α-globin chains precipitate in red blood cells, leading to their destruction (haemolysis) and ineffective erythropoiesis...
November 30, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900630/current-delivery-of-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-with-cytoreductive-surgery-cs-hipec-and-perioperative-practices-an-international-survey-of-high-volume-surgeons
#16
Allison H Maciver, Eisar Al-Sukhni, Jesus Esquivel, Joseph J Skitzki, John M Kane, Valerie A Francescutti
BACKGROUND: Cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CS/HIPEC) is performed for selected indications at a limited number of specialized centers worldwide. Currently there is no standardized approach to the perioperative care process. We sought to capture current practices in the perioperative management of patients who undergo CS/HIPEC at high-volume centers. METHODS: Surgeon members of the American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies working at high-volume CS/HIPEC centers (>10 cases/year) were invited to complete an online survey...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898431/improving-outcome-of-trauma-patients-by-implementing-patient-blood-management
#17
Christoph Füllenbach, Kai Zacharowski, Patrick Meybohm
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patient blood management aims to improve patient outcome and safety by reducing the number of unnecessary red blood cell transfusions and vitalizing patient-specific anemia reserves. While this is increasingly recognized as best clinical practice in elective surgery, the implementation in the setting of trauma is restrained because of typically nonelective (emergency) surgery and, in specific circumstances, allogeneic blood transfusions as life-saving therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Viscoelastic diagnostics allow a precise identification of trauma-induced coagulopathy...
November 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894669/the-role-of-the-laboratory-and-transfusion-service-in-the-management-of-ebola-virus-disease
#18
REVIEW
Scott A Koepsell, Anne M Winkler, John D Roback
The Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 infected and killed record numbers of individuals and created unprecedented challenges, including containment and treatment of the virus in resource-strained West Africa as well as the repatriation and treatment for patients in the United States and Europe. Valuable lessons were learned, especially the important role that the laboratory and transfusion service plays in the treatment for patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) by providing data for supportive care and fluid resuscitation as well as the generation of investigational therapies such as convalescent plasma (CP)...
November 16, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894494/optimal-fluid-therapy-for-traumatic-hemorrhagic-shock
#19
REVIEW
Ronald Chang, John B Holcomb
The resuscitation of traumatic hemorrhagic shock has undergone a paradigm shift in the last 20 years with the advent of damage control resuscitation (DCR). Major principles of DCR include minimization of crystalloid, permissive hypotension, transfusion of a balanced ratio of blood products, and goal-directed correction of coagulopathy. In particular, plasma has replaced crystalloid as the primary means for volume expansion for traumatic hemorrhagic shock. Predicting which patient will require DCR by prompt and accurate activation of a massive transfusion protocol, however, remains a challenge...
January 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893353/low-dose-erythropoietin-treatment-is-not-associated-with-clinical-benefits-in-severely-anaemic-jehovah-s-witnesses-a-plea-for-a-change
#20
Andrei M Beliaev, Sara J Allen, Paget Milsom, Parma Nand, Warren M Smith, Colleen J Bergin
BACKGROUND: Jehovah's Witnesses who refuse blood transfusion have high mortality. Erythropoietin (EPO) has been used as an alternative to blood transfusion. The optimal dosing of EPO in anaemic Jehovah's Witnesses is unknown. The aim of our study was to evaluate the clinical benefits of treatment with a low dose (<600 IU/kg/week) of epoietin beta (EPO-β). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an observational study, retrospectively considering a 10-year period during which 3,529 adult Jehovah's Witnesses with a total of 10,786 hospital admissions were identified from databases of four major public hospitals in New Zealand...
November 15, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
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