January 3, 2016
The hematologist obtained several other lab results and called me. The boy would need a blood transfusion and would have to be hospitalized for a day or two. The specialist added several more tests, including one to measure how fast red blood cells called reticulocytes are made by the bone marrow and released into the blood. Reticulocytes are in the blood for about two days before developing into mature red blood cells. The more anemic you are, the higher your reticulocyte count should be. Yet this child's was less then 1 percent, when we would have expected it to be more than 5 percent.
May 25, 2014 |
In January of 1998, I was at home sitting down to dinner when my pager went off. It was the medical resident on call, saying that she needed me to come to the hospital and look at an abnormal test result on a newly admitted patient. He was an African American man in his late 40s, who had been born in Philadelphia and had never left, with hemoglobin SC disease, a type of sickle-cell disease. Due to this inherited abnormality of his red blood cells, he had undergone removal of his spleen.
April 6, 2014 |
Bob was 70 when he developed persistent fever, night sweats, and weight loss. He had recently been admitted to a hospital for evaluation. A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed an abnormality of the spleen that was concerning for a lymphoma. He then underwent surgical removal of his spleen. No malignancy was found. He continued to have fever for several more weeks and was sent to me for further evaluation. He had no significant past medical history. He was married and driving a shuttle bus for a car dealership.
May 2, 2012 |
The Inquirer is presenting one profile a day of participants in Sunday's Blue Cross Broad Street Run. See full coverage at www.philly.com/broadstreetrun. By Michael Vitez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER In 2009, in his Chester County kitchen, Tom Kramer turned frustration and desperation into inspiration. He would turn what he loved — running, training — into a cause that could save the life of his wife, Pam, and the lives of many like her. Pam has a rare form of blood cancer, myelofibrosis, that eats away at her bone marrow and will eventually be fatal.
March 21, 2011 |
Question: I'm a nursing student who recently cared for a homeless man who developed alcohol withdrawal and something described as "refeeding syndrome. " Can you tell me more about that? He was pretty sick. Answer: A homeless man is the classic setting where you'll come across "refeeding syndrome. " It can be seen in anyone who is profoundly malnourished. Anorexia is another setting where it has been seen. It was first seen in World War II concentration-camp victims who died soon after refeeding.
October 26, 2007 |
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, in a letter released yesterday, urged state and federal health officials to continue to monitor cases of a rare blood cancer in northeastern Pennsylvania and vowed to find federal funding to support further study. Specter's announcement came a day after a federal health agency announced that a two-year survey found an elevated number of cases of polycythemia vera in Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne Counties. But scientists found no link between the disease and toxic chemical dumps in the area.
October 22, 2004 |
A former college football player at Lock Haven University was sentenced to life in prison because a jury could not agree on whether he deserved the death penalty for murdering the brother of an Olympic wrestler. The jury voted 7-5 in favor of the death penalty yesterday for Fabian Desmond Smart, of Clyo, Ga. Death sentences require a unanimous decision in Pennsylvania. Smart was convicted last week of the January 1999 murder of Jason McMann, the older brother of Olympic wrestler Sara McMann.
November 18, 2003 |
Allan J. Erslev, 84, a hematology researcher and professor at Jefferson Medical College for 43 years, died Wednesday at the Quadrangle in Haverford, where he had lived since 1989. In 1953, Dr. Erslev was the first researcher to prove conclusively that erythropoietin - a natural hormone that produces red blood cells - resides in the kidneys. Dr. Erslev and other researchers spent 25 years studying how to mass-produce the hormone, called EPO, through genetic engineering. When the hormone was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1989, it was immediately used to treat patients who needed a boost in red blood cells.
October 1, 2001 |
To make sure it has sufficient blood supply to treat American casualties in any combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon may restrict the Red Cross and other civilian groups from collecting blood on military bases. The last time the Defense Department imposed such a restriction was during the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The restriction would help ensure that service personnel would be able to donate blood when it was needed to treat those wounded in combat. "We're trying to make sure there's a steady supply of blood available if we need it," said Army Col. Michael Fitzpatrick, director of the Armed Forces Blood Program Office.
July 17, 2000 |
Mark Karcher was back at McGonigle Hall yesterday. This time, though, it was much later in the day than those famed early-morning Temple practices, and John Chaney wasn't barking in his ear. Karcher returned wearing a Sixers jersey and scored almost every time he touched ball, duplicating shots he made hundreds of times from those same spots in his two seasons at Temple. "It felt like home," said Karcher, the Sixers' second-round draft pick. "When I was playing, it felt like I was back in my Temple days.