May 1, 1997 |
Jason Isringhausen continued to undergo tests for a third day yesterday as the New York Mets remained concerned over the condition of the 24-year-old pitcher. The team would not reveal the nature of the tests after initial chest X-rays revealed an irregularity. There were reports that doctors had ordered biopsies of tissue as part of Isringhausen's tests. The Japanese baseball commissioner's office approved the New York Yankees' acquisition of negotiating rights to pitcher Hideki Irabu from San Diego, allowing the righthander to begin contract talks with the Yankees.
August 11, 2003 |
Women with early-stage breast cancer can have just one telltale underarm lymph node removed and biopsied - rather than a dozen or more underarm nodes - to find out whether cancer has spread. Many studies over the last decade have shown that this "sentinel node" biopsy can spare women from the physical trauma of conventional node surgery, and is 97 percent accurate in detecting the spread of cancer. That is why breast cancer experts and health organizations around the world have endorsed the use of the minimally invasive procedure for early cancers.
August 18, 1993 |
Gov. Casey underwent a series of tests at a Pittsburgh hospital yesterday, including a fifth biopsy of his transplanted heart to determine if the organ continues to show signs of rejection. Results of the biopsy were not expected until today, said Jane Duffield, spokeswoman at Presbyterian University Hospital. Casey returned to the governor's mansion here yesterday afternoon. The last heart biopsy results on Aug. 6 showed mild rejection, but doctors said that was not unusual and could be treated by doubling Casey's dosage of the anti-rejection drug FK506.
May 12, 2008 |
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby. Marjorie Sprague kept playing those song lyrics in her mind, but not because she was lovelorn. The year after her 2005 heart transplant, the Hammonton, N.J., resident had to return to Hahnemann University Hospital every three or four weeks for a biopsy. A tube equipped with a cutting instrument was threaded through her neck and down her jugular vein to her heart, to remove tiny tissue samples. The cells were examined under a microscope to see whether she was rejecting the organ.
July 2, 1993 |
Gov. Casey, who is said to be gaining weight and regaining his color, yesterday underwent a second in a series of biopsies on his transplanted heart as doctors said he continued to make a steady recovery. Results of the biopsy were not not expected until sometime today, though the first procedure conducted a week ago showed his new heart was "normal. " Jane Duffield, a spokeswoman for Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, said it was routine for transplant patients to undergo weekly biopsies for a month after surgery.
September 2, 1993 |
Test results from another biopsy of Gov. Casey's new heart show that it is functioning normally and that earlier signs of rejection have not returned, one of his doctors said yesterday. "The biopsy looked perfectly normal. There was no evidence of any rejection at all," said Dr. William Follansbee, a cardiologist, who took part in Casey's heart-liver transplant surgery nearly 12 weeks ago at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. Follansbee said doctors had slightly increased the medication Casey takes to prevent his body from rejecting the heart.
July 3, 2012 |
Medical technology is increasingly good at detecting abnormalities, but not so good at telling whether they are harmless. Afirma, a new gene expression test that University of Pennsylvania specialists helped to validate, promises to relieve this quandary for people with lumps on their thyroid gland. Thyroid "nodules" typically were detected only after they grew big enough to be felt in the neck, or interfered with the function of the thyroid, which makes hormones vital to metabolism.
March 12, 2000 |
A Gloucester County man was awarded $2.25 million last week in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against a major clinical laboratory. Quest Diagnostics Inc., of Horsham, was found negligent for failing to diagnose the advanced cervical cancer of Rosemary Todd from a biopsy taken in 1992. Todd, a Deptford resident, died in 1995 at the age of 40 from recurrent cervical cancer, according to court records. Her husband, Donald Todd of Mantua, filed the suit four years ago in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Gloucester County against Quest and the pathologist who studied the biopsy, Vivian Anagnoste.
January 12, 2012 |
DURHAM, N.C. - A good set of headphones and a little Bach may ease the pain and anxiety of getting a prostate biopsy, according to a newly published study by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. That could be music to the ears of the 700,000 American men who each year get the often-uncomfortable procedure, regarded as the only reliable diagnostic test for prostate cancer. Results of the study were published this month in the journal Urology. Researchers enrolled 88 patients and randomly assigned each to one of three groups.
March 18, 1998 |
Curt Schilling, who for the last few years has been trying to quit chewing tobacco, has a white lesion in his mouth and will visit a Clearwater doctor this morning for further examination, the Phillies said yesterday. Jeff Cooper, the team's trainer, would not reveal results of a biopsy done last week, saying it was "the patient's privileged information. " "He doesn't have cancer now, but it's a very good warning for him to stop" chewing tobacco, Cooper said of the righthander after the Phillies' 8-3 exhibition victory over Atlanta yesterday.