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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638429/adalimumab-responsive-refractory-sarcoidosis-following-multiple-eyebrow-tattoos-a-case-report
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Alireza Mirzaei, Mohamad Mehdi Joharimoghadam, Mozhdeh Zabihiyeganeh
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that can involve multiple organs including the lungs, eyes, nerves, and skin. Cosmetic tattooing can be a predisposing factor for sarcoidosis, and its incidence is likely to increase along with its popularity. A 47-year-old woman with symptoms of fever and polyarthritis along with erythema nodosum lesions on the legs, swollen eyebrows, and a history of multiple eyebrow tattooing was referred to our center. Since the signs and symptoms were positive for Löfgren's syndrome triad including erythema nodosum, bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy, and polyarthritis, a diagnosis of acute sarcoidosis was made, and treatment was started accordingly...
2017: Tanaffos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617790/clinical-management-and-patient-persistence-with-antibiotic-course-in-suspected-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis-for-primary-prevention-of-rheumatic-fever-the-perspective-from-a-new-zealand-emergency-department
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Jeremy J Mathan, Jozsef Ekart, Anthony Houlding, Gary Payinda, Clair Mills
AIM: Rates of acute rheumatic fever in the Northland region are historically among the highest in New Zealand, impacting disproportionately on Māori children and youth. The primary aim of this study was to determine patient persistence to antibiotic treatment for group A streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis in patients presenting with sore throat to the Whangarei Hospital Emergency Department. Secondarily, this study sought to determine prescriber adherence to the national antibiotic guideline for sore throat management...
June 16, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616087/acute-rheumatic-fever-clinical-profile-in-children-in-western-ukraine
#3
O Boyarchuk, S Boytsanyuk, T Hariyan
Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) may have different clinical manifestations in different countries according to the genetic predisposition, prevalence of rheumatogenic strains, social and economic conditions. The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics of ARF in Western Ukraine and to improve the detection of the cases. A retrospective analysis of 85 medical clinical cases of in-hospital patients aged from 4 to 17 years old was performed. The cases covered patients who underwent treatment in the City Children's Hospital of Ternopil during 2000 and 2013 with the ARF diagnosis, which was established according to Jones criteria...
April 2017: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609439/interventions-for-treating-patients-with-chikungunya-virus-infection-related-rheumatic-and-musculoskeletal-disorders-a-systematic-review
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Arturo Martí-Carvajal, Pilar Ramon-Pardo, Emilie Javelle, Fabrice Simon, Sylvain Aldighieri, Hacsi Horvath, Julia Rodriguez-Abreu, Ludovic Reveiz
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya virus infection (CHIKV) is caused by a mosquito-borne alphavirus. CHIKV causes high fever and painful rheumatic disorders that may persist for years. Because little is known about interventions for treating CHIKV-related illness, we conducted a systematic review. METHODS: We used Cochrane methods. We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, LILACS and other sources from the earliest records to March 2016. We had no language restrictions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602757/achillea-asiatica-extract-and-its-active-compounds-induce-cutaneous-wound-healing
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Banzragch Dorjsembe, Hee Ju Lee, Myungsuk Kim, Batsuren Dulamjav, Tunsag Jigjid, Chu Won Nho
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Achillea asiatica Serg. is a perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family that has long been traditionally used to treat acute intestinal and stomach inflammation, persistent fever, ulcers, wounds, and rheumatism. AIM OF THE STUDY: We investigated the effect of A. asiatica extract (AAE) on cutaneous wound healing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To assess the effect of AAE on wounds, an incisional Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model was topically treated with AAE for 2 weeks...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562621/adherence-to-secondary-prophylaxis-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-is-underestimated-by-register-data
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Jessica Langloh de Dassel, Marea Therese Fittock, Sagen Cheyenne Wilks, Jane Elizabeth Poole, Jonathan Rhys Carapetis, Anna P Ralph
OBJECTIVE: In high-burden Australian states and territories, registers of patients with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are maintained for patient management, monitoring of system performance and research. Data validation was undertaken for the Australian Northern Territory Rheumatic Heart Disease Register to determine quality and impact of data cleaning on reporting against key performance indicators: overall adherence, and proportion of patients receiving ≥80% of scheduled penicillin doses for secondary prophylaxis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559267/a-penicillin-dried-blood-spot-assay-for-use-in-patients-receiving-intramuscular-benzathine-penicillin-g-and-other-penicillin-preparations-to-prevent-rheumatic-fever
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Madhu Page-Sharp, Jonathan Coward, Brioni R Moore, Sam Salman, Lewis Marshall, Timothy M E Davis, Kevin T Batty, Laurens Manning
Background: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains an important global health challenge. Benzathine penicillin (BPG) is recommended every 3-4 weeks as secondary prophylaxis to prevent recurrent episodes of acute rheumatic fever and subsequent RHD. Following intramuscular injection, BPG is hydrolysed to penicillin G (benzylpenicillin). However, little is known of the pharmacokinetics (PK) of BPG in paediatric populations at high risk of RHD or the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationship between penicillin exposure and clinically relevant outcomes...
May 30, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554544/immuno-nephelometric-determination-of-group-streptococcal-anti-streptolysin-o-titres-asot-from-dried-blood-spots-method-for-validating-a-new-assay
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John Joseph, Neil Kent, Asha Bowen, Julie Hart, Meru Sheel, Robert Wardrop, Sam Abbs, Scott Bazely, Monika Rybak
This study was designed to determine the sensitivity and reproducibility of recovering anti-streptolysin O titres (ASOT) from dried blood spot (DBS) samples, a methodologic subcomponent of the penicillin pharmacokinetic studies in children receiving secondary prophylaxis with intramuscular benzathine penicillin for acute rheumatic fever.
May 26, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545045/differences-in-speb-protease-activity-among-group-a-streptococci-associated-with-superficial-invasive-and-autoimmune-disease
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Anhphan T Ly, John P Noto, Odaelys L Walwyn, Robert R Tanz, Stanford T Shulman, William Kabat, Debra E Bessen
The secreted cysteine proteinase SpeB is an important virulence factor of group A streptococci (GAS), whereby SpeB activity varies widely among strains. To establish the degree to which SpeB activity correlates with disease, GAS organisms were recovered from patients with pharyngitis, impetigo, invasive disease or acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and selected for analysis using rigorous sampling criteria; >300 GAS isolates were tested for SpeB activity by casein digestion assays, and each GAS isolate was scored as a SpeB-producer or non-producer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528779/atypical-articular-presentations-in-indian-children-with-rheumatic-fever
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Euden Bhutia, Dinesh Kumar, Mohan Kundal, Sunil Kishore, Atul Juneja
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to describe the clinical characteristics of atypical articular presentations during the initial outbreak and recurrence in patients with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in the paediatric age group. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study conducted between January 2012 and December 2014 on all suspected cases of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) fulfilling either WHO 2004 or Australian guidelines with atypical articular manifestations ie, presence of at least one of the following features: duration of symptoms more than three weeks; monoarthritis/arthralgia; involvement of small joints of hand and feet and/or cervical spine and/or hip joint; and, not responding to salicylates in one week...
April 24, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507400/prescribing-for-people-with-acute-rheumatic-fever
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Anna P Ralph, Sara Noonan, Claire Boardman, Catherine Halkon, Bart J Currie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Australian Prescriber
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462757/can-whole-blood-parameters-be-used-in-follow-up-of-children-with-rheumatic-valvular-heart-disease
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Derya Karpuz, Dilek Giray, Abdullah Ozyurt, Gulcin Bozlu, Selma Unal, Olgu Hallioglu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationships between red blood cell distribution width, platelet distribution width, and mean platelet volume and the presence and severity of valvular involvement in patients with rheumatic heart disease. METHODS: Between April, 2012 and December, 2015, 151 patients who were admitted to the Pediatric Cardiology Unit with diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease and 148 healthy children were included to our study...
May 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442182/a-retrospective-study-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-post-streptococcal-reactive-arthritis-in-japan
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Satoshi Sato, Yoji Uejima, Eisuke Suganuma, Tadamasa Takano, Yutaka Kawano
BACKGROUND: Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and post-streptococcal reactive arthritis (PSRA) are immune-mediated consequences of group A streptococcal pharyngitis. ARF has declined in developed nations. No prevalence survey of PSRA has been conducted. This study evaluated the incidence and characteristics of ARF and PSRA in Japanese children. METHODS: From 2010 to 2015, ARF and PSRA were evaluated using clinical data retrospectively collected by chart review from 528 hospitals...
April 22, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430286/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-seen-at-a-tertiary-hospital-setting-in-port-elizabeth-south-africa
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Zongezile Masonwabe Makrexeni, Lungile Pepeta
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has waned in Western countries, however that is not the situation in developing nations. METHODS: Records were reviewed of patients from the Eastern Cape municipal districts who presented to the Paediatric Cardiology Unit with ARF and RHD from January 2008 to August 2015. RESULTS: Total of 56 patients with ARF/RHD was reviewed. The majority of patients (n = 52) presented for the first time with RHD...
April 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412927/widespread-subcutaneous-necrosis-in-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-from-the-coastal-belt-of-sri-lanka-a-case-report
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Nathasha Luke, Hasini Munasinghe, Lakshmi Balasooriya, Ranjan Premaratna
BACKGROUND: Spotted fever group rickettsioses (SFGR) transmitted mostly by ticks are increasingly discovered around the World and some of them are either re-emerging or emerging in Sri Lanka. Accidental human infections caused by these vector borne zoonotic diseases generally give rise to nonspecific acute febrile illnesses which can be complicated by multi organ involvement carrying high morbidity and mortality. Nonspecific clinical features and non-availability of early diagnostic facilities are known to result in delay in the diagnosis of rickettsial infections...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408930/a-case-of-initially-undiagnosed-chikungunya-arthritis-developing-into-chronic-phase-in-a-nonendemic-area
#16
Pui Shan Julia Chan, Moon Ho Leung
This case report described a 40-year-old lady presented with fever, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, and impaired liver function after returning from the Philippines. Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and dengue serology were negative. Eight weeks after initial presentation, she experienced inflammatory polyarthritis mimic rheumatoid arthritis. This time CHIKV-IgM was detected, together with a >4-fold rise of CHIKV-polyvalent-antibody titre. The first CHIKV-IgM negative sample was reexamined and was CHIKV-PCR positive...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405095/atrial-fibrillation-50-years-after-acute-rheumatic-fever-as-the-first-manifestation-of-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
#17
D Luke Glancy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376538/-hepatic-manifestation-of-a-macrophage-activation-syndrome-mas
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Michael Nagel, Andreas Schwarting, Beate K Straub, Peter R Galle, Tim Zimmermann
Background Elevated liver values are the most common pathological laboratory result in Germany. Frequent findings, especially in younger patients, are nutritive- or medicamentous- toxic reasons, viral or autoimmune hepatitis. A macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) may manifest like a viral infectious disease with fever, hepatosplenomegaly and pancytopenia and is associated with a high mortality. It is based on an enhanced activation of macrophages with increased cytokine release, leading to organ damage and multi-organ failure...
May 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376065/chikungunya-virus-and-autoimmunity
#19
Amir Tanay
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus. Fever, rash and severe arthralgia are the hallmarks of chikungunya fever (CHIKF), the disease caused by this virus. The acute course of the disease usually lasts few weeks to months. Chronic, relapsing or persistent arthralgia and arthritis have been described mimicking rheumatoid arthritis (RA), requiring immunosuppressive drugs.The purpose of this review is to characterize both the chronic clinical course of CHIKF-associated arthritis and the immunological pathogenic mechanisms involved...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356445/diagnosis-treatment-and-long-term-management-of-kawasaki-disease-a-scientific-statement-for-health-professionals-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Brian W McCrindle, Anne H Rowley, Jane W Newburger, Jane C Burns, Anne F Bolger, Michael Gewitz, Annette L Baker, Mary Anne Jackson, Masato Takahashi, Pinak B Shah, Tohru Kobayashi, Mei-Hwan Wu, Tsutomu T Saji, Elfriede Pahl
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease is an acute vasculitis of childhood that leads to coronary artery aneurysms in ≈25% of untreated cases. It has been reported worldwide and is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed countries. METHODS AND RESULTS: To revise the previous American Heart Association guidelines, a multidisciplinary writing group of experts was convened to review and appraise available evidence and practice-based opinion, as well as to provide updated recommendations for diagnosis, treatment of the acute illness, and long-term management...
April 25, 2017: Circulation
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