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Clinical Pathology Abstracts

June 2018—Multiple myeloma and precursor disease in firefighters at World Trade Center disaster: Multiple myeloma, a clonal expansion of differentiated B cells (plasma cells), is one of the most common hematologic neoplasms impacting adults and is most often diagnosed among people ages 65 to 74 years.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 5/18

May 2018—Use of a smartphone app to assess neonatal jaundice: Neonates are screened for hyperbilirubinemia before hospital discharge using a transcutaneous or total serum bilirubin measurement. However, levels peak at approximately 96 hours of life, which is after most healthy infants have left the hospital. Outpatient follow-up is often performed by visual inspection, but this can be highly variable and have poor interobserver agreement.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 4/18

April 2018—Potential contributors to error in oxygen saturation calculation using a POC assay: Oxygen saturation is important for measuring respiratory status and calculating cardiac output for patients. The gold standard for oxygen saturation (sO2) is CO-oximetry, but other methods, which involve calculations rather than measurement of sO2, are widely used because they enable point-of-care (POC) testing. The calculations use mathematical models based on average physiologic parameters to relate blood parameters, such as pH, pCO2, and pO2, to sO2.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 3/18

March 2018—Web platform vs. genetic counselor for releasing carrier results from exome sequencing: Genomics can be used to generate a large amount of data that may have important implications for clinical care and selection of therapeutics. However, a bottleneck exists in clinical genomics due to the large volume of results and the lack of availability of knowledgeable professionals to return them to patients in person.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 2/18

February 2018—Restrictive or liberal approach to red blood cell transfusion for cardiac surgery: Among the largest group of recipients of red blood cell transfusions are patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Whether a restrictive approach to intraoperative and postoperative transfusion in cardiac surgery is superior to a more liberal approach with regard to patient outcomes is unclear.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 1/18

January 2018—Drone transport of chemistry and hematology samples over long distances: Interest in using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to transport laboratory specimens is based on the need to move specimens from satellite facilities to a central hub for testing. Earlier studies of biological specimens transported by drones were performed in ambient or cold temperatures for a maximum flight length of 40 minutes.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 12/17

December 2017—Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy assessment and management of toxicities: In August, the FDA approved the gene therapy Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is a breakthrough in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma, but it is associated with unique acute toxicities, such as cytokine-release syndrome and CAR-T-cell-related encephalopathy syndrome.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 11/17

November 2017—Performance of virological testing for early infant diagnosis: a systematic review: The World Health Organization recommends that HIV-exposed infants receive virological testing for HIV infection between four and six weeks of age and treatment with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy as soon as the diagnosis is made. Despite efforts to expand mother-to-child transmission prevention programs, only an estimated 50 percent of HIV-exposed infants are tested within the first two months of life.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 10/17

October 2017—Association between age at natural menopause and risk of type 2 diabetes: Menopause in women marks the loss of ovarian follicle development and the timing of the final menstrual period. The timing of menopause differs significantly among women and is seen as a marker of aging and cardiovascular health. Studies have shown a link between early onset of menopause and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and overall mortality, whereas menopause at age 50 to 54 years is linked to a decrease in CVD risk and mortality.

Clinical Pathology Abstracts, 9/17

September 2017—Hemoccult testing before therapeutic anticoagulation in venous thromboembolism: Gastrointestinal bleeding is a major adverse event associated with therapeutic anticoagulation. Surveys of physicians have shown that concern for this event is one of the most common reasons to withhold anticoagulation in patients who have atrial fibrillation, acute coronary syndromes, or venous thromboembolism (VTE).

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