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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339362/diagnostic-performance-of-color-duplex-ultrasonography-along-with-temporal-artery-biopsy-in-suspicion-of-giant-cell-arteritis
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Christophe Roncato, Caroline Allix-Béguec, Elisabeth Brottier-Mancini, Bruno Gombert, Guillaume Denis
OBJECTIVES: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a vasculitis that occurs in older adults, affecting vessels of medium and large caliber. GCA diagnosis is a challenge for general practitioners and specialists. The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyse performances of temporal artery biopsy (TAB) and color duplex ultrasonography (CDU) for GCA diagnosis. METHODS: All patients with suspicion of GCA and who underwent both TAB and CDU between April 2009 and March 2014 were included in the study...
March 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339357/development-of-a-score-for-assessment-of-radiologic-damage-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-combined-arteritis-damage-score-cards
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Daiki Nakagomi, Claire Cousins, Jan Sznajd, Shunsuke Furuta, Aladdin J Mohammad, Raashid Luqmani, David Jayne
OBJECTIVES: Outcome assessment in large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) remains challenging and this impairs patient management and the conduct of clinical studies. Previous proposals for outcome tools have not included imaging. This study aimed to develop an imaging score to quantify damage in LVV and to assess the difference between Takayasu (TAK) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: Ninety-six patients (41 TAK, 55 GCA) were identified from local registries at two University Hospitals in the UK...
March 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332442/ultrasound-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
#3
Michael Czihal, Christian Lottspeich, Ulrich Hoffmann
Nowadays noninvasive vascular imaging has an important role in the diagnostic work-up of the large vessel vasculitides (LVV), most importantly giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis. Among the imaging modalities available, ultrasound (US) has several important advantages, including low costs, rapid and repetitive availability without exposure to radiation, and high spatial resolution for assessment of large and medium-sized arteries. Therefore, US can be regarded the first line imaging method in suspected LVV...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322426/diagnostic-value-of-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-angiography-in-large-vessel-vasculitis
#4
Sabine Adler, Marco Sprecher, Felix Wermelinger, Thorsten Klink, Harald Bonel, Peter M Villiger
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in diagnosis of inflammatory aortic involvement in patients with clinical suspicion of large-vessel vasculitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventy-five patients, mean age 62 years (range 16-82 years), 44 female and 31 male, underwent gadolinium-enhanced MRA and were evaluated retrospectively. Thoracic MRA was performed in 32 patients, abdominal MRA in 7 patients and both thoracic and abdominal MRA in 36 patients...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322419/large-vessel-vasculitis-which-imaging-method
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Marco Amedeo Cimmino, Dario Camellino
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320119/giant-cell-arteritis-following-varicella-zoster-vaccination
#6
Itay Lotan, Israel Steiner
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a form of large-vessel vasculitis affecting patients older than 50years old. Recent reports have suggested that the condition is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). If that is indeed the case, a vaccine that prevents VZV reactivation should reduce the incidence of GCA. To further test that hypothesis, we assessed the incidence of GCA among patients older than 50years of age who were vaccinated against VZV and compared it to GCA incidence in the general population...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314758/immune-checkpoint-dysfunction-in-medium-and-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Ryu Watanabe, Hui Zhang, Gerald Berry, Jorg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a granulomatous vasculitis of the aorta and its medium-sized branch vessels. CD4 T-cells, macrophages and dendritic cells build granulomatous infiltrates that injure the vessel wall and elicit a maladaptive response-to-injury. Pathologic consequences include fragmentation of elastic membranes, destruction of the medial layer, microvascular neoangiogenesis, massive outgrowth of myofibroblasts, and lumen-occlusive intimal hyperplasia. Antigens have been suspected to drive the local activation of vasculitogenic CD4 T-cells, but recent data suggest a more generalized defect in the threshold setting of such T-cells, rendering them hyperreactive...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298242/migratory-large-vessel-vasculitis-preceding-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-case-report
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Dinusha Chandratilleke, Anthea Anantharajah, Mauro Vicaretti, Warwick Benson, Lucinda J Berglund
BACKGROUND: Large vessel vasculitis is a rare disorder usually occurring in the context of the autoimmune conditions of giant cell arteritis and Takayasu's arteritis. Case reports have described large vessel vasculitis occurring in individuals with myelodysplastic syndrome, preceding transformation to acute myeloid leukemia. CASE PRESENTATION: A 56-year-old Afghanistan-born woman presented with fever, a tender left carotid artery, and raised inflammatory markers...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277489/analysis-of-the-common-genetic-component-of-large-vessel-vasculitides-through-a-meta-immunochip-strategy
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F David Carmona, Patrick Coit, Güher Saruhan-Direskeneli, José Hernández-Rodríguez, María C Cid, Roser Solans, Santos Castañeda, Augusto Vaglio, Haner Direskeneli, Peter A Merkel, Luigi Boiardi, Carlo Salvarani, Miguel A González-Gay, Javier Martín, Amr H Sawalha
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) are major forms of large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) that share clinical features. To evaluate their genetic similarities, we analysed Immunochip genotyping data from 1,434 LVV patients and 3,814 unaffected controls. Genetic pleiotropy was also estimated. The HLA region harboured the main disease-specific associations. GCA was mostly associated with class II genes (HLA-DRB1/HLA-DQA1) whereas TAK was mostly associated with class I genes (HLA-B/MICA). Both the statistical significance and effect size of the HLA signals were considerably reduced in the cross-disease meta-analysis in comparison with the analysis of GCA and TAK separately...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261149/diagnostic-value-of-positron-emission-tomography-combined-with-computed-tomography-for-evaluating-critically-ill-neurological-patients
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Knut Kurt William Kampe, Roman Rotermund, Milena Tienken, Götz Thomalla, Marc Regier, Susanne Klutmann, Stefan Kluge
PURPOSE: (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) is a promising new tool for the identification of inflammatory, infectious, and neoplastic foci. The aim of our work was to evaluate the diagnostic value of FDG-PET/CT in patients treated on a neurological/neurosurgical ICU or stroke unit. METHODS: We performed a single-center, 10-year, retrospective evaluation of the value of FDG-PET/CT in critically ill adult patients with severe neurological disease...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243478/acute-hemorrhagic-edema-of-infancy-after-coronavirus-infection-with-recurrent-rash
#11
Hannah Chesser, Jeffrey M Chambliss, Eric Zwemer
Purpura, particularly when accompanied by fever, is a worrisome finding in children. Acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy (AHEI) is a benign type of small-vessel leukocytoclastic vasculitis that presents with progressive purpura and has an excellent prognosis. Patients with AHEI present with large, target-like purpuric plaques affecting the face, ear lobes, and extremities. While the rapid onset of these skin findings can be dramatic, the child with AHEI is usually well appearing with reassuring laboratory testing...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217618/recurrent-first-trimester-abortion-in-a-young-female-rare-presentation-of-takayasu-arteritis
#12
Suruchi Gupta, Puneet Chhabra, Nikhil Gupta, Parul Aggarwal
Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a chronic, progressive, autoimmune, idiopathic, and large-vessel vasculitis that usually affects young adults, especially females. TA primarily affects the aorta and its major branches, the coronary arteries, and the pulmonary arteries. Recurrent pregnancy loss is usually defined as three or more consecutive losses occurring at <20 weeks' gestation of a clinically recognized pregnancy. Common causes of recurrent fetal loss include anatomic, chromosomal, hormonal, infectious, or antiphospholipid antibody syndrome...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215108/antithrombotic-therapy-in-aortic-diseases-a-narrative-review
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Francois Caron, Sonia S Anand
Aortic diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders, including atherothrombotic conditions like aortic atheroma, cholesterol embolization syndrome, aortic mural thrombus, thrombus within an aneurysm, and large vessel vasculitis. In this review, we provide a summary of the current evidence regarding atherothrombotic diseases of the aorta, focusing on therapeutic avenues. In patients with previous stroke, aortic arch atheroma is recognized as a strong predictor of recurrent atheroembolism, and antiplatelet therapy alone is still associated with a high (11...
February 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138903/the-treatment-of-giant-cell-arteritis
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Imran Jivraj, Madhura Tamhankar
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a systemic inflammatory vasculitis affecting medium and large vessels with potentially sight and life-threatening complications. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are imperative in order to prevent vision loss and progression of the disease. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are inflammatory markers which are elevated in the majority of patients and support the diagnosis of GCA among patients who present with typical symptoms. GCA is confirmed with superficial temporal artery biopsy which demonstrates characteristic pathological findings...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116918/standard-and-biological-treatment-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-guidelines-and-current-approaches
#15
Francesco Muratore, Nicolò Pipitone, Carlo Salvarani
Giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis are the two major forms of idiopathic large vessel vasculitis. High doses of glucocorticoids are effective in inducing remission in both conditions, but relapses and recurrences are common, requiring prolonged glucocorticoid treatment with the risk of the related adverse events. Areas covered: In this article, we will review the standard and biological treatment strategies in large vessel vasculitis, and we will focus on the current approaches to these diseases. Expert commentary: The results of treatment trials with conventional immunosuppressive agents such as methotrexate, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, and cyclophosphamide have overall been disappointing...
February 6, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116728/isolation-and-culture-of-endothelial-cells-from-large-vessels
#16
Augusto C Montezano, Karla B Neves, Rheure A M Lopes, Francisco Rios
The endothelium, which is at the interface between circulating blood and the vascular wall, comprises a simple squamous layer of cells that lines the inner surface of all blood vessels. Endothelial cells are highly metabolically active and play an important role in many physiological functions, including control of vasomotor tone, blood cell trafficking, vascular permeability, and maintenance of vascular integrity (Mensah, Vascul Pharmacol 46(5):310-314, 2007; Yetik-Anacak and Catravas, Vascul Pharmacol 45(5):268-276, 2006)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115719/immunoinhibitory-checkpoint-deficiency-in-medium-and-large-vessel-vasculitis
#17
Hui Zhang, Ryu Watanabe, Gerald J Berry, Augusto Vaglio, Yaping Joyce Liao, Kenneth J Warrington, Jörg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) causes autoimmune inflammation of the aorta and its large branches, resulting in aortic arch syndrome, blindness, and stroke. CD4(+) T cells and macrophages form organized granulomatous lesions in the walls of affected arteries, destroy the tunica media, and induce ischemic organ damage through rapid intimal hyperplasia and luminal occlusion. Pathogenic mechanisms remain insufficiently understood; specifically, it is unknown whether the unopposed activation of the immune system is because of deficiency of immunoinhibitory checkpoints...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109928/fdg-uptake-by-prosthetic-arterial-grafts-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-is-not%C3%A2-specific-for-active-disease
#18
Taryn Youngstein, Enrico Tombetti, Jaita Mukherjee, Tara D Barwick, Adil Al-Nahhas, Emyr Humphreys, Julian Nash, Jacqueline Andrews, Elena Incerti, Elisabetta Tombolini, Annalaura Salerno, Silvia Sartorelli, Giuseppe A Ramirez, Maurizio Papa, Maria Grazia Sabbadini, Luigi Gianolli, Francesco De Cobelli, Federico Fallanca, Elena Baldissera, Angelo A Manfredi, Maria Picchio, Justin C Mason
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the incidence and clinical significance of arterial graft-associated uptake of fluorodeoxyglucose in large-vessel vasculitis (LVV). BACKGROUND: The role of (18)F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography ([(18)F]FDG-PET/CT) in the management of LVV remains to be defined. Although [(18)F]FDG uptake at arterial graft sites raises concerns regarding active arteritis or infection, its clinical significance in LVV has never been formally studied...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101023/pyoderma-gangrenosum-and-erythema-nodosum-revealing-takayasu-s-arteritis
#19
Jonas Loetscher, Susanna Fistarol, Ulrich A Walker
We report a Caucasian female who presented with simultaneous erythema nodosum and pyoderma gangrenosum due to underlying Takayasu's arteritis. Takayasu's arteritis is a chronic large vessel vasculitis of unknown cause. The disease has a worldwide distribution but is most commonly seen in Asian populations. There is a strong predilection for young females. The clinical presentation is variable, but mostly derives from stenosis or occlusion of affected arteries, resulting in claudication and ischemia. Skin manifestations are observed in up to 28% of patients with Takayasu's arteritis, with erythema nodosum reported more frequently in Caucasians...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094068/-large-vessel-vasculitis-with-myelodysplastic-syndrome-a-rare-association
#20
J Galland, H Kawski, J-F Guichard, F Maurier
INTRODUCTION: The vasculitis can be the consequence of malignancy: most often hematologic rather than solid tumors. The association between large vessels vasculitis and myelodysplastic syndrome is rare. CASE REPORT: A 55-year-old man experienced asthenia, fever, polyarthritis and inflammatory syndrome. Haematological investigations found a type 2 refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB-2) with discovery of severe anemia (Hb: 7,8g/dl) and thrombopenia (platelets: 40,000/mm(3))...
January 13, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
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