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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545593/pigo-deficiency-palmoplantar-keratoderma-and-novel-mutations
#1
LETTER
Marie-Anne Morren, Jaak Jaeken, Gepke Visser, Isabelle Salles, Chris Van Geet, Ilenia Simeoni, Ernest Turro, Kathleen Freson
BACKGROUND: Several genetic defects have been identified in the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor synthesis, including mutations in PIGO encoding phosphatidylinositol glycan anchor biosynthesis class O protein. These defects constitute a subgroup of the congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG). Seven patients from five families have been reported carrying variants in PIGO that cause an autosomal recessive syndrome characterised by dysmorphism, psychomotor disability, epilepsy and hyperphosphatasemia...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545554/whipple-s-disease-mimicking-rheumatoid-arthritis-can-cause-misdiagnosis-and-treatment-failure
#2
Cornelia Glaser, Siegbert Rieg, Thorsten Wiech, Christine Scholz, Dominique Endres, Oliver Stich, Peter Hasselblatt, Walter Geißdörfer, Christian Bogdan, Annerose Serr, Georg Häcker, Reinhard E Voll, Jens Thiel, Nils Venhoff
BACKGROUND: Whipple's disease, a rare chronic infectious disorder caused by Tropheryma whipplei, may present with predominant joint manifestations mimicking rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A retrospective single-center cohort study of seven patients was performed. Clinical symptoms were assessed by review of medical charts and Whipple's disease was diagnosed by periodic-acid-Schiff-stain and/or Tropheryma whipplei-specific polymerase-chain-reaction. RESULTS: Median age at disease onset was 54 years, six patients were male...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545486/depression-in-patients-with-sapho-syndrome-and-its-relationship-with-brain-activity-and-connectivity
#3
Jie Lu, Yanping Duan, Zhentao Zuo, Wenrui Xu, Xuewei Zhang, Chen Li, Rong Xue, Hanzhang Lu, Weihong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Synovitis-acne-pustulosis-hyperostosis-osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome is a rare disease and there is no related literature concerning psychiatric symptoms in SAPHO patients. Thus, we believe that this will be the first paper to explore the episode and the neurobiological basis of depression symptoms in SAPHO patients using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). Twenty-eight SAPHO patients and fifteen age- and gender- matched normal controls (NC) were consecutively submitted to psychiatric evaluation and rs-fMRI scanning...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545482/a-plea-to-provide-best-evidence-in-trials-under-sample-size-restrictions-the-example-of-pioglitazone-to-resolve-leukoplakia-and-erythroplakia-in-fanconi-anemia-patients
#4
Florian Lasch, Kristina Weber, Mwe Mwe Chao, Armin Koch
In planning a clinical trial for demonstrating the efficacy of pioglitazone to resolve leukoplakia and erythroplakia in Fanconi anemia patients we had to discuss the need for a randomized controlled trial particularly under sample-size restrictions as very promising results were available from a single-arm clinical trial. Unfortunately, at a later stage, we had to suffer from the fact that single-arm clinical trials may sometimes mislead. When revisiting our planning at a later stage of a grant application, results of a randomized controlled trial had become available which were less impressive, but may still be of clinical interest...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545481/therapeutic-strategies-to-address-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-deficiency-and-the-loss-of-nitric-oxide-bioavailability-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#5
REVIEW
Cara A Timpani, Alan Hayes, Emma Rybalka
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease in which the absence of dystrophin from the muscle membrane induces a secondary loss of neuronal nitric oxide synthase and the muscles capacity for endogenous nitric oxide synthesis. Since nitric oxide is a potent regulator of skeletal muscle metabolism, mass, function and regeneration, the loss of nitric oxide bioavailability is likely a key contributor to the chronic pathological wasting evident in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. As such, various therapeutic interventions to re-establish either the neuronal nitric oxide synthase protein deficit or the consequential loss of nitric oxide synthesis and bioavailability have been investigated in both animal models of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and in human clinical trials...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535796/identification-of-eml4-alk-as-an-alternative-fusion-gene-in-epithelioid-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-sarcoma
#6
Quan Jiang, Han-Xing Tong, Ying-Yong Hou, Yong Zhang, Jing-Lei Li, Yu-Hong Zhou, Jing Xu, Jiong-Yuan Wang, Wei-Qi Lu
BACKGROUND: Known as solid tumors of intermediate malignant potential, most inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs) are treatable as long as the tumor is en-bloc resected. However, in some cases, the tumors have recurred and grown rapidly after successful surgery. Some of these tumors were classified as an epithelioid inflammatory myofibroblastic sarcoma (EIMS). Most previously reported EIMSs have been caused by RANBP2-ALK fusion gene. We herein report an EIMS case caused by an EML4-ALK fusion gene...
May 23, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535791/clinical-outcomes-in-a-subpopulation-of-adults-with-morquio-a-syndrome-results-from-a-long-term-extension-study-of-elosulfase-alfa
#7
D Hughes, R Giugliani, N Guffon, S A Jones, K E Mengel, R Parini, R Matousek, S M Hawley, A Quartel
BACKGROUND: This post hoc subanalysis examined outcomes in adult patients with Morquio A (mucopolysaccharidosis IVA) who received enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with elosulfase alfa over a 120-weeks period. Patients ≥18 years of age evaluated in an open-label, long-term extension study of elosulfase alfa (modified per protocol [MPP], n = 32; intent-to-treat [ITT], n = 37; MOR-005; NCT01415427) were compared with the ≥18-year-old untreated population with 2-years follow-up from a Morquio A natural history study (n = 10; MorCAP; NCT00787995)...
May 23, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532504/vineland-adaptive-behavior-scales-to-identify-neurodevelopmental-problems-in-children-with-congenital-hyperinsulinism-chi
#8
Maria Salomon-Estebanez, Zainab Mohamed, Maria Michaelidou, Hannah Collins, Lindsey Rigby, Mars Skae, Raja Padidela, Stewart Rust, Mark Dunne, Karen Cosgrove, Indraneel Banerjee, Jacqueline Nicholson
BACKGROUND: Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI) is a disease of severe hypoglycaemia caused by excess insulin secretion and associated with adverse neurodevelopment in a third of children. The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales Second Edition (VABS-II) is a parent report measure of adaptive functioning that could be used as a developmental screening tool in patients with CHI. We have investigated the performance of VABS-II as a screening tool to identify developmental delay in a relatively large cohort of children with CHI...
May 22, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532436/vinblastine-chemotherapy-in-adult-patients-with-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
#9
Abdellatif Tazi, Gwenaël Lorillon, Julien Haroche, Antoine Neel, Stéphane Dominique, Achille Aouba, Jean-David Bouaziz, Constance de Margerie-Melon, Emmanuelle Bugnet, Vincent Cottin, Thibault Comont, Christian Lavigne, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Jean Donadieu, Sylvie Chevret
BACKGROUND: Vinblastine is the standard treatment for children with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). Whether this treatment could be extended to adults with LCH is questionable. This retrospective multicenter study included 35 adult patients (median age 33 years; 23 men; 80% with multisystem LCH) who were treated with vinblastine + steroids as a first-line chemotherapy and followed for a median time of 83 months. The objectives were to determine the overall response rate (based on the Histiocyte Society criteria), disease reactivation rate, toxicity, permanent consequences, and survival rate corresponding to this treatment...
May 22, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526043/management-of-rare-diseases-of-the-head-neck-and-teeth-results-of-a-french-population-based-prospective-8-year-study
#10
Lisa Friedlander, Rémy Choquet, Eva Galliani, Myriam de Chalendar, Claude Messiaen, Amélie Ruel, Marie-Paule Vazquez, Ariane Berdal, Corinne Alberti, Muriel De La Dure Molla
BACKGROUND: In the last ten years, national rare disease networks have been established in France, including national centres of expertise and regional ones, with storage of patient data in a bioinformatics tool. The aim was to contribute to the development and evaluation of health strategies to improve the management of patients with rare diseases. The objective of this study has been to provide the first national-level data concerning rare diseases of the head, neck and teeth and to assess the balance between demand and supply of care in France...
May 19, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521822/central-nervous-system-manganese-induced-lesions-and-clinical-consequences-in-patients-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
#11
M M Serra, C H Besada, A Cabana Cal, A Saenz, C V Stefani, D Bauso, A B Golimstok, J C Bandi, D H Giunta, C M Elizondo
BACKGROUND: Around 47-74% of patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) have hepatic vascular malformations (HVMs); magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the central nervous system (CNS) might show in T1 sequences a hyper-intensity signal in different areas, mainly in the basal ganglia (BG) as consequence of manganese (Mn) deposits as observed in cirrhotic patients. These patients might suffer from different neuropsychiatric disorders (hepatic encephalopathy). In HHT patients, even in the presence of hepatic shunts, hepatocellular function is usually preserved...
May 18, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521805/thalassemias-in-south-asia-clinical-lessons-learnt-from-bangladesh
#12
REVIEW
Mohammad Sorowar Hossain, Enayetur Raheem, Tanvira Afroze Sultana, Shameema Ferdous, Nusrat Nahar, Sazia Islam, Mohammad Arifuzzaman, Mohammad Abdur Razzaque, Rabiul Alam, Sonia Aziz, Hazera Khatun, Abdur Rahim, Manzur Morshed
Thalassemias are emerging as a global public health concern. Due to remarkable success in the reduction of childhood mortality by controlling infectious diseases in developing countries, thalassemias are likely to be a major public health concern in the coming decades in South Asia. Despite the fact that Bangladesh lies in the world's thalassemia belt, the information on different aspects (epidemiology, clinical course, mortality, complications and treatment outcomes) of thalassemias is lacking. In this comprehensive review, the aim is to to depict the epidemiological aspects of thalassemias, mutation profile and current treatment and management practices in the country by sharing the experience of dealing with 1178 cases over 2009-2014 time periods in a specialized thalassemia treatment centre...
May 18, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506302/quantification-of-gait-in-mitochondrial-m-3243a%C3%A2-%C3%A2-g-patients-a-validation-study
#13
Rob Ramakers, Saskia Koene, Jan T Groothuis, Paul de Laat, Mirian Ch Janssen, Jan Smeitink
BACKGROUND: More than half of the patients harbouring the m.3243A > G mutation were found to have trouble maintaining balance when walking in a recent study by our group. Others demonstrated that these patients had an abnormal gait pattern, as quantified by gait analysis. Gait analysis is an emerging method to quantify subtle changes in walking pattern, also during therapeutic interventions. Therefore, we aimed to test the reliability and reproducibility of gait analysis and select the most suitable protocol for this group of patients using a GAITRite electronic walkway...
May 15, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499397/neutral-lipid-storage-diseases-clinical-genetic-features-and-natural-history-in-a-large-cohort-of-italian-patients
#14
Elena Maria Pennisi, Marcello Arca, Enrico Bertini, Claudio Bruno, Denise Cassandrini, Adele D'amico, Matteo Garibaldi, Francesca Gragnani, Lorenzo Maggi, Roberto Massa, Sara Missaglia, Lucia Morandi, Olimpia Musumeci, Elena Pegoraro, Emanuele Rastelli, Filippo Maria Santorelli, Elisabetta Tasca, Daniela Tavian, Antonio Toscano, Corrado Angelini
BACKGROUND: A small number of patients affected by Neutral Lipid Storage Diseases (NLSDs: NLSD type M with Myopathy and NLSD type I with Ichthyosis) have been described in various ethnic groups worldwide. However, relatively little is known about the progression and phenotypic variability of the disease in large specific populations. The aim of our study was to assess the natural history, disability and genotype-phenotype correlations in Italian patients with NLSDs. Twenty-one patients who satisfied the criteria for NLSDs were enrolled in a retrospective cross-sectional study to evaluate the genetic aspects, clinical signs at onset, disability progression and comorbidities associated with this group of diseases...
May 12, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494813/not-only-dominant-not-only-optic-atrophy-expanding-the-clinical-spectrum-associated-with-opa1-mutations
#15
Alessia Nasca, Teresa Rizza, Mara Doimo, Andrea Legati, Andrea Ciolfi, Daria Diodato, Cristina Calderan, Gianfranco Carrara, Eleonora Lamantea, Chiara Aiello, Michela Di Nottia, Marcello Niceta, Costanza Lamperti, Anna Ardissone, Stefania Bianchi-Marzoli, Giancarlo Iarossi, Enrico Bertini, Isabella Moroni, Marco Tartaglia, Leonardo Salviati, Rosalba Carrozzo, Daniele Ghezzi
BACKGROUND: Heterozygous mutations in OPA1 are a common cause of autosomal dominant optic atrophy, sometimes associated with extra-ocular manifestations. Few cases harboring compound heterozygous OPA1 mutations have been described manifesting complex neurodegenerative disorders in addition to optic atrophy. RESULTS: We report here three patients: one boy showing an early-onset mitochondrial disorder with hypotonia, ataxia and neuropathy that was severely progressive, leading to early death because of multiorgan failure; two unrelated sporadic girls manifesting a spastic ataxic syndrome associated with peripheral neuropathy and, only in one, optic atrophy...
May 12, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494776/aggregated-n-of-1-trials-for-unlicensed-medicines-for-small-populations-an-assessment-of-a-trial-with-ephedrine-for-myasthenia-gravis
#16
Stephanie S Weinreich, Charlotte Vrinten, Marja R Kuijpers, Alexander F Lipka, Kirsten J M Schimmel, Erik W van Zwet, Christine Gispen-de Wied, Yechiel A Hekster, Jan J G M Verschuuren, Martina C Cornel
BACKGROUND: Inexpensive medicines with a long history of use may currently be prescribed off-label for rare indications. Reimbursement is at the discretion of health insurance companies, and may be unpredictable. The example addressed was ephedrine as add-on treatment for myasthenia gravis. Stakeholders from academia, a patient organization, the Dutch National Health Care Institute (NHCI) and Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) advised on the trial design. The NHCI and MEB agreed to provide scientific advice on the suitability of the evidence generated by the trial, for regulatory decisions...
May 12, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494771/probable-dress-syndrome-induced-by-il-1-inhibitors
#17
LETTER
L Polivka, J S Diana, A Soria, C Bodemer, P Quartier, S Fraitag, B Bader-Meunier
Interleukin (IL)-1 inhibitors have been increasingly used for treating autoinflammatory diseases during the last 10 years, but the spectrum of their possible side effects is not yet fully known. Here, we bring physicians' attention to a new severe complication of IL-1 inhibitors, manifesting as a probable drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) in two patients.
May 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490364/sporadic-late-onset-nemaline-myopathy-clinico-pathological-characteristics-and-review-of-76-cases
#18
REVIEW
Lukas J Schnitzler, Tobias Schreckenbach, Aleksandra Nadaj-Pakleza, Werner Stenzel, Elisabeth J Rushing, Philip Van Damme, Andreas Ferbert, Susanne Petri, Christian Hartmann, Antje Bornemann, Andreas Meisel, Jens A Petersen, Thomas Tousseyn, Dietmar R Thal, Jens Reimann, Peter De Jonghe, Jean-Jacques Martin, Peter Y Van den Bergh, Jörg B Schulz, Joachim Weis, Kristl G Claeys
BACKGROUND: Sporadic late-onset nemaline myopathy (SLONM) is a rare, late-onset muscle disorder, characterized by the presence of nemaline rods in muscle fibers. Phenotypic characterization in a large cohort and a comprehensive overview of SLONM are lacking. METHODS: We studied the clinico-pathological features, treatment and outcome in a large cohort of 76 patients with SLONM, comprising 10 new patients and 66 cases derived from a literature meta-analysis (PubMed, 1966-2016), and compared these with 15 reported HIV-associated nemaline myopathy (HIV-NM) cases...
May 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486967/pseudoxanthoma-elasticum
#19
REVIEW
Dominique P Germain
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a genetic metabolic disease with autosomal recessive inheritance caused by mutations in the ABCC6 gene. The lack of functional ABCC6 protein leads to ectopic mineralization that is most apparent in the elastic tissues of the skin, eyes and blood vessels. The clinical prevalence of PXE has been estimated at between 1 per 100,000 and 1 per 25,000, with slight female predominance. The first clinical sign of PXE is almost always small yellow papules on the nape and sides of the neck and in flexural areas...
May 10, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468677/diagnosis-features-of-pediatric-gaucher-disease-patients-in-the-era-of-enzymatic-therapy-a-national-base-study-from-the-spanish-registry-of-gaucher-disease
#20
Marcio Andrade-Campos, Pilar Alfonso, Pilar Irun, Judith Armstrong, Carmen Calvo, Jaime Dalmau, Maria-Rosario Domingo, Jose-Luis Barbera, Horacio Cano, Maria-Angeles Fernandez-Galán, Rafael Franco, Inmaculada Gracia, Miguel Gracia-Antequera, Angela Ibañez, Francisco Lendinez, Marcos Madruga, Elena Martin-Hernández, Maria Del Mar O'Callaghan, Alberto Pérez Del Soto, Yolanda Ruiz Del Prado, Ignacio Sancho-Val, Pablo Sanjurjo, Miguel Pocovi, Pilar Giraldo
BACKGROUND: The enzymatic replacement therapy (ERT) availability for Gaucher disease (GD) has changed the landscape of the disease, several countries have screening programs. These actions have promoted the early diagnosis and avoided many complications in pediatric patients. In Spain ERT has been available since 1993 and 386 patients have been included in the Spanish Registry of Gaucher Disease (SpRGD). The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of ERT on the characteristics at time of diagnosis and initial complications in pediatric Gaucher disease patients...
May 3, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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