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So there are a lot of people asking about the risk factors for #mucor post #covid.

The biggest risk factor isn't the steroid itself, it's the hyperglycemia that it causes. If the sugars are well controlled using insulin the risk is almost negligible. So STOP freaking out !!
The 2nd major risk factor is prolonged NEUTROPENIA but that's a problem in our #Hematology patient population and not in #covid patients, so we can safely ignore that for now.
Bring us back to hyperglycemia due to steroids. The sure shot way to prevent it is frequent monitoring of sugar levels and NOT self medicating with steroids. Steroids anyway don't have any benefit if one isn't hypoxic so don't use it because ur aunt/uncle/friend used it.
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🚨🚨🚨 @COVIDSciOntario Science Brief and layperson’s guide for vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (aka. VIPIT) following AstraZeneca #COVID19 #vaccination. Read the 🧵! 1/n
AZ #COVID19 #vaccine appears to be associated with immune thrombosis that mimics heparin induced thrombocytopenia. It’s rare: 1/125K to 1/1 mill @EMA_News @uni_greifswald @PEI_Germany 2/n
@COVIDSciOntario brief helps clinicians identify, diagnose / rule out, and treat rare serious clots of VIPIT. Please read - and check out the figures for easy clinical reference. covid19-sciencetable.ca/sciencebrief/v… 3/n
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Clinical trials in patients with hematological malignancies often present unique challenges for trial design due to complexity of tmt options and existence of potential curative but highly risky procedures, for example, SCT or tmt sequence across different phases.
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I am very happy to see our paper

Estimands in hematologic oncology trials

now online at Pharm Stat: doi.org/10.1002/pst.21…

The paper illustrates how to apply the estimand framework in hematological clinical trials and how the estimand framework can address...
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... potential difficulties in trial result interpretation. Three phase 3 RCTs are used to illustrate different scientific questions and the consequences of the estimand choice for

- trial design,
- data collection,
- analysis,
- and interpretation.
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#MedTwitter how often do you use 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧 ?

A thread on 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧 for those interested 😉

#MedEd #MedStudentTwitter #oncology #hematology #tweetorial
⚡️Procalcitonin as the name suggests is a precursor of the hormone calcitonin

⚡️Coded by the CALC 1 gene on Chr 11,its a 116AA peptide

⚡️PrePCT >> PCT >> Calcitonin

⚡️Bact inf=⬆️IL6⬆️TNFa⬆️IL1b=⬆️Productn of PCT
⚡️Normal PCT in health <0.1ng/ml

⚡️In patients with bacterial infections PCT ⬆️ corelates with severity of infection

⚡️PCT starts to⬆️3-4hrs following an infection,
peaks at ~12 hrs post infection.
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Humanity has always struggled to fight #viruses , best exemplified by the ongoing #Covid_19 #pandemic ,so I thought of doing a thread on a #virus which frequently troubles #hematology patients

It's called #CMV or #HHV5
It wrecks havoc #posttransplant

#MedTwitter @BloodJournal
⚡DNA virus ,1 of the MC infections post SCT

⚡It has the largest genome of any known human virus [230kb /200 genes]

⚡Most humans harbour latent CMV, infection MC aquired in childhood.

⚡Site of latency in humans- Not Known
In murine models - hepatic sinusoidal cells
⚡The risk of reactivation depends on CMV sero status and is as follows:
D-/R+ > D+/R+ > D+/ R- > D- / R -

⚡The other risk factors are
1️⃣ T cell depletion
2️⃣ HaploSCT
3️⃣ UCB SCT
4️⃣ GVHD requiring Rx

⚡ So why not give prophylaxis to these patients ??
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Meet Dr Chantal Attard @Chantal_Attard, the researcher from @MCRI_for_kids who is transforming the lives of children living with complex heart disease!

A thread 👇

#blood #stroke #bleeding #haematology
@AcademicChatter #thrombosis #meettheresearcher #hematology #cardiology Image
The coagulation system prevents the body from bleeding after injury, but what you might not know is this system continuously develops with age. This means children & adults have different risks of blood clotting + bleeding. This alters how they react to blood-thinning medications
“How can we protect our most vulnerable children?” This is the research aspiration that Chantal pursues in her daily life.
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All right #dermtwitter & #medtwitter, it's time for the...

@MedDermSoc & @DermHospitalist Mini-Symposium on #COVID19 & #dermatology!!

I will be attempting to #livetweet the Zoom meeting!

Join along if you'd like. I will be using the h/t #COVIDDerm!

@RoxanaDaneshjou @dschless
Let's get started!!!!

Your cohosts are super excited to have you join. To give a little background, this meeting was planned in ~1 week, and we have over 500 RSVPs!

@MishaRosenbach now kicking us off with #COVIDDerm! Image
.@DrEstherFreeman is speaking and reminding us all to register our #COVID19 #dermatology cases in the @AADskin #COVID registry!

Reminder to do so here:
aad.org/covidregistry

#COVIDDerm
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Proposed COVID-19 Pathophysiology [Part 3 of (now) 4]:

Coagulopathy Strikes Back.

What happens when #COVID19 clashes with the world of hematology?

Buckle up again for a long one.

...let’s dive in like this macrophage (exploring all directions):
First, what do you think is the predominant mechanism by which thrombosis occurs in COVID-19?
Where does thrombosis typically first occur?
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Proposed COVID-19 Pathophysiology [Part 2 of 3]:

Enter the magnificent macrophage.

What do #COVID-19 and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (#HLH) potentially have in common?

...let’s continue our journey onward into the cytokine storm.
First, let’s briefly summarize what we covered before:

What mechanism may be partly responsible for heterogeneity of COVID-19 disease phenotype as well as its severity?
Correct! Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) is the result of producing sub-neutralizing antibodies which paradoxically enhance the rate of viral replication and severity of viremia.
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Proposed COVID-19 Pathophysiology [Part 1 of 3]

What do #COVID-19 and #Dengue fever potentially have in common?

The answers have significant potential clinical implications in COVID-19.

Buckle up. It's a long one.

Let’s take a hematological walk on the zoonotic side.
Dengue is a flavivirus that is called “breakbone fever”, a nod to bone-breaking pains that occur during the infection.

There are four serotypes of the dengue virus.

Infection with one serotype does not fully protect one from contracting a different serotype.
True or false: The second or later infection with dengue is often much more dangerous.
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A hematology @tony_breu-style tweetorial:

Why does lymphopenia occur in #COVID19?

A normal WBC count and lymphopenia are seen in patients affected by COVID-19, but why it occurs has bothered me since the pandemic onset.

The potential answer is surprising and interesting.
First, what do you think the mechanism is?
Does the degree of lymphopenia correlate with survival?
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Thread: I am getting tons of msgs from fellows since a few recent talks at @hopkinskimmel, @SocTransOnc Fellows Forum, etc, + Twitter. I am happy to hear from all of you, esp the many people interested in #regulatory science. But many similar Qs, so here goes w/ resources!
@hopkinskimmel @SocTransOnc The #FDA_ASCOFellowsDay is a 1d workshop for #hematology & #oncology fellows in last yr (+ lim # of next to last yr) of training. It happens 2x/yr (fall & spring) on FDA campus in MD & 1x/yr at @ASCO Annual Mtg (1/2 day on Fri am). Applications for #ASCO20 one will open soon. 2/X
@hopkinskimmel @SocTransOnc @ASCO Our next one at the FDA campus is coming up on 3/10/20 (already full). This is a screenshot w/ high-level overview of it, and here's the link where you'll find application instructions for the next one once it opens in a few wks: asco.org/training-educa… 3/X
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1/ Can hemolytic anemia exist with no reticulocytosis?

Incoming #MedTwitter #Tweetorial #HemOnc #heme #hematology
2/ We've all been taught that hemolysis and hemorrhage are accompanied by a compensatory marrow response which leads to reticulocytosis and a slight increase in MCV (reticulocytes are larger than your average RBC).
But what if hemolysis co-existed with reticulocytopenia?
3/ A 46 y.o. M with no significant PMH and PSH presented after he noticed a change in his urine color (darker) for the past wk. He mentions that the last 2 times he tried to donate blood in the past year, he was told he was too anemic to donate. Prior to this, no issues donating.
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#HematologyTweetstory #6: the ‘pawn ball megakaryocyte’. We’ll revisit Dr. Frankenstein from Tweetstory #1, discover the origin of Santa Claus, and travel from Boston to Las Vegas – a flight the clever guys from the MIT Blackjack Team used to make every Friday. #hematopathology/1
‘Pawn ball’ megakaryocytes have 3 distinct nuclear lobes; this is abnormal. The first reference I’ve found that uses this term is a 1984 @BloodJournal paper by David Rosenthal & William C. Moloney (1907-1991). Dr Rosenthal @DanaFarber led @Harvard Health Services until 2011/2
Moloney, who became the champion of the 'pawn ball meg.' concept, came from @TuftsMedicalCtr & the old Boston City Hospital to become hematology chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now @BrighamWomens) in 1966. He continued to work until he turned 90 in 1997. @BrighamHeme /3
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Time for #hematology-#hematopathology-#history #tweetorial 4: the striking Pelger-Huët anomaly! These curious cells, sometimes mistaken for neutrophil bands, can be inherited; if acquired, they are often a sign of #MDS. I took this photomicrograph of a characteristic example./1 Image
There have been a few histories of the Pelger-Huët anomaly published over the years; a particularly nice one was done by my friend @mrinal90151372 @MayoClinic and colleagues in the American Journal of Hematology 2009). The below Tweets include original research. #PelgerHuet /2 Image
Karel Pelger (1885-1931) – often erroneously written “Karl” in reviews - was born in the village of Nijeveen in rural Drenthe in the Netherlands. Though a country boy who disliked cities, he lived in Amsterdam because of his enthusiasm for science & better access to facilities./3 Image
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Yesterday @stmikeshospital our @Sim_StMikes team collaborated with @sholzberg and her #hematology team & IT to run #usability testing for clinical hematology protocols undergoing updates. We used #simulation & UT principles (eg think aloud and focused observations) the project. Image
I believe usability testing coupled with simulation is a great way to support QI initiatives. The data provides real time end-user feedback followed by an understanding of the decision making that led to certain actions.
Edit to my first tweet “To support the project “
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Something for the new path residents starting their journey

An A-Z of lymph node pathology

Some nice pictures of different lymph node pathology that you can commit a neuron or two?

One letter each day.

#hemepath #pathology #lymphnode #hematology #FOAMed
An A-Z of lymph node pathology.

[A] Amyloidosis => Look in nodes from patients with MZL, LPL or plasma cell neoplasms

Ref: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3539760

#hemepath #pathology #lymphnode #hematology #FOAMed
An A-Z of lymph node pathology.

[A] Angiomyomatous hamartoma => Usually incidentally enlarged inguinal node in young males ... bands of smooth muscle reaching to edge of cortex +/- hilar fat.

Ref: iv.iiarjournals.org/content/26/3/4…

#hemepath #pathology #lymphnode #hematology #FOAMed
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HEMOPHILIA A
- Factor VIII deficiency, X-linked recessive
- Increased bleeding risk (after minor trauma or surgery)
- High PTT corrected on mixing study, normal PT, normal bleeding time
#MedRxed #USMLE #medschool #meded #Medicine
HEMOPHILIA A
- Treatment: Desmopressin (for mild cases), Factor VIII Replacement (for severe cases).
- Patient may develop inhibitor or antibodies to Factor VIII and requires treatment modification.....
#MedRXeD #USMLE #ABIM #primarycare #Meded
HEMOPHILIA A w/ Factor VIII Inhibitors
- If inhibitor titer < 5 Bu/ml: Increase dose of FVIII
- If titer > 5: Activated prothrombin complex concentrate, Activated recombinant FVII, Porcine Factor VIII
WE NOW HAVE ONE MORE FDA APPROVED DRUG...
#MedRxeD #ABIM #Hematology #Meded
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