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2007-11-11 03:00:07

By Boren, Todd Reyes, Carlos; Montenegro, Raul; Raimer, Karen Abstract Evan's syndrome is a rare hematological condition defined as immune thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic anemia. We describe herein a case of Evan's syndrome diagnosed in a term pregnancy that was refractory to primary therapeutic options. We also describe current treatment options in pregnancy and briefly discuss the pathophysiology of Evan's syndrome and perinatal outcome. Keywords: Pregnancy, Evan's syndrome,...

2007-05-18 06:00:37

By Florea, Anca V; Ionescu, Diana N; Melhem, Mona F Human parvovirus B19 is a single-stranded DNA virus with a predilection for infecting rapidly dividing cell lines, such as bone marrow erythroid progenitor cells. People with defective cell- mediated immunity (eg, severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; and patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy, ie, post organ transplant) can develop pure red cell aplasia, in which suppression of erythroid...

2006-07-19 00:10:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Infusing human antibodies into people with Alzheimer's disease appears to slow disease progression and may even improve the patients' condition a little, researchers reported on Tuesday. Six of eight patients given intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) for 18 months appeared to develop better brain function, the team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center told participants at a conference in Spain. "This study suggests that IVIg can exert...

2006-07-18 14:05:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Infusing human antibodies into people with Alzheimer's disease appears to help stop the disease from getting worse and may even help the patients improve a little, researchers reported on Tuesday. Six of eight patients given intravenous immunoglobulin or IVIg for 18 months appeared to develop better brain function, the team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center told a conference. "This study suggests that IVIg can exert long-term benefits for...

2006-02-13 16:18:20

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Not all commercially available preparations of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), an antibody therapy, are equally effective in children with Kawasaki disease, an immune system disorder that can cause fever, rash, and possible complications of the heart and brain, new research shows. The findings are based on a study of 437 children with the disease who were treated with one of four IVIG brands. "Physicians should be cautious when using...

2005-10-03 14:46:29

When added to standard treatment, steroids significantly reduce the odds of developing heart damage in children with Kawasaki's disease, according to a study in the October issue of Pediatrics. These findings address a gap in knowledge. Current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics state that the evidence for steroid treatment is lacking and recommend the standard treatment for Kawasaki's, which is aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). "This gap in knowledge led us to...

2005-08-08 17:02:03

Defects in a single gene can result in two immune system disorders that leave affected individuals vulnerable to frequent or unusually severe infections, according to new findings reported in the August issue of Nature Genetics. The discovery may lead to new diagnostic tests for these two inherited conditions--immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency and common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) Currently, doctors diagnose the conditions by measuring immunoglobulin levels and excluding other causes...


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