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Health News Archive - April 01, 2005

Neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF-1), also known as von Recklinghausen disease, is a common autosomal dominant condition occurring in approximately 1/3000 births. NF-1 is known to be associated with gastrointestinal neoplasms in 2-25 per cent of patients.

We present a patient with chronic renal insufficiency who developed a massive posttraumatic abdominal wall hematoma after a single therapeutic dose of enoxaparin administered during workup of chest pain. Surgical evacuation of the hematoma was required to control life-threatening hemorrhage.

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Instead of just managing the ill effects of a heart attack, as happens now, researchers hope to create a new approach that actually would repair heart muscle damaged by a heart attack. This new therapy might revolutionize treatment of heart patients.