Diagnostic Criteria of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH)

The diagnosis of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) is based on histological and immunophenotypic examination of lesional tissue. The main feature is the morphologic identification of the characteristic LCH cells. Additionally, positive staining of the lesional cells with CD1a and/or Langerin (CD207) is required for definitive diagnosis. Continue reading

Staging and Risk Stratification of Germ-Cell Tumors

Germ cell tumours of the testis are the commonest malignancy in men aged 20-40 years. Considerable therapeutic improvements in management—based on the cancer’s responsiveness to chemotherapy that contains platinum—mean that over 95% of these patients can now expect to be cured.

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Guidelines for the Clinical Use of Red Cell Transfusions

The red blood cell transfusions should not be dictated by a single hemoglobin “trigger” but instead should be based on the patient’s risks of developing complications of inadequate oxygenation. Red blood cell transfusion is rarely indicated when the hemoglobin concentration is greater than 10 g/dL and is almost always indicated when it is less than 6 g/dL.

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