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Sakeen W Kashem, Colleen K Correll, Richard K Vehe, Patricia M Hobday, Bryce A Binstadt, Sheilagh M Maguiness
BACKGROUND: Morphea, or 'localized scleroderma', is an inflammatory disorder resulting in fibrosis of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Joint contractures, arthralgias and functional compromise are recognized associations of pediatric morphea. The co-existence of inflammatory arthritis and morphea is not well-described in the literature. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between pediatric morphea and inflammatory arthritis with regards to cutaneous, musculoskeletal and laboratory findings and treatment regimens...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Rafał Białynicki-Birula, Radomir Reszke, Jacek C Szepietowski
Introduction: Morphea and lichen sclerosus (LS) are chronic inflammatory diseases that may pose a diagnostic challenge for a physician. High-frequency ultrasonography (HFUS) is a versatile diagnostic method utilized in dermatologic practice, allowing monitoring the course of the disease, treatment response and differentiation between certain skin disorders. Aim: To prove the usefulness of HFUS in differentiating between plaque morphea and extragenital LS lesions...
October 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
David Saceda-Corralo, Antonella Tosti
Linear scleroderma en coup de sabre (LSCS) is the most common form of morphea on the scalp and its trichoscopic features have not been described yet. We report 2 adult women with LSCS with distinct dermoscopic findings. They both had an atrophic well-defined linear patch of alopecia on the frontotemporal scalp. Dermoscopy showed loss of follicular openings on a whitish skin surface; scattered black dots, broken hairs, and pili torti; and short thick linear and branching tortuous vessels on the periphery of the lesion...
January 2018: Skin Appendage Disorders
E Stasiulis, B Gladstone, K Boydell, C O'Brien, E Pope, R Laxer
BACKGROUND: This study explores the everyday experiences of children with facial morphea by examining the psychosocial impact of living with facial morphea and how children and their families manage its impact. METHODS: We used a qualitative, social constructionist approach involving focus groups, in-depth interviews and drawing activities with 10 children with facial morphea 8-17 years of age and 13 parents. Interpretive thematic analysis was utilized to examine the data...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Andrea Bassi, Paola Piccini, Cesare Filippeschi, Teresa Oranges, Teresa Giani, Iria Neri, Rolando Cimaz, Maurizio de Martino
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Hatice Ataş, Müzeyyen Gönül, Aysun Gökçe, Mutlu Acar, Canan Gürdal
Parry-Romberg syndrome (PRS) may overlap localized scleroderma (morphea) lesions with linear depression (en coup de sabre [ECDS]). Overlap case with PRS and ECDS was presented. Enophthalmos, uveitis, ocular torticollis, keratic linear precipitates, and anti-double-stranded DNA positivity were identified. Subendothelial keratic precipitates detected by an in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy were the first profiled in the literature. Patients must be evaluated and followed up carefully by their clinics to prevent misdiagnosis and unnecessary procedures such as surgery of ocular torticollis as muscular torticollis...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
Franco Rongioletti, Caterina Ferreli, Laura Atzori, Ugo Bottoni, Giuseppe Soda
Scleroderma is divided into a systemic form called systemic sclerosis and a localized form also called morphea. According to 2013 ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria for Systemic Sclerosis, developed by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), skin thickening of the fingers extending proximal to the metacarpophalangeal joints is sufficient for a patient to be classified as having scleroderma. Histological examination is not included in the diagnostic criteria and is not routinely performed...
January 24, 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Michael Jolly, Seth Bendo, Raghu Kolluri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
Noelle Teske, Joseph Welser, Heidi Jacobe
BACKGROUND: Generalized morphea lacks cohesive clinical features, limiting its clinical and investigative utility. OBJECTIVE: We sought to use computerized lesion mapping to objectively subtype morphea. METHODS: We conducted a 2-part cross-sectional study. In part 1, we created a discovery cohort of patients with generalized morphea of whom lesion maps were created to characterize subsets. Clinical and demographic features were compared between proposed subsets to determine if they identified clinically relevant differences...
February 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Trisha Bhat, Carrie C Coughlin
Neurotoxicity and cognitive effects of low-dose methotrexate for rheumatologic disease have often been described, but the neuropsychiatric effects of low-dose methotrexate for cutaneous disease have been underreported in the dermatology literature. We describe two children who experienced mood changes with methotrexate treatment for lichen sclerosus with morphea overlap and psoriasis, with rapid resolution of these symptoms after methotrexate cessation. We also detail possible mechanisms underlying psychiatric changes with methotrexate therapy...
January 9, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
Ana Cecilia Arana-Guajardo, Gustavo Barrera-Torres, Miguel Ángel Villarreal-Alarcón, David Vega-Morales, Jorge Antonio Esquivel-Valerio
BACKGROUND: The esophageal involvement in systemic sclerosis (SSc) causes impact in the morbidity and mortality. High resolution manometry assesses esophageal involvement. Our aim was to categorize esophageal motor disorder in patients with SSc by HRM. METHODS: We carried out an observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study. All patients underwent HRM as well as semi-structured interviews to assess frequency and severity of upper GI symptoms. Patients also completed the gastroesophageal reflux questionnaire (Carlsson-Dent)...
December 16, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
B Aranegui, J Jiménez-Reyes
Morphea is an inflammatory, fibrosing skin disorder. When it occurs in childhood, it is also known as localized juvenile scleroderma. It is more common in girls and typically appears around the age of 5 to 7 years. According to a recent classification system, morphea is divided into 5 types: circumscribed (plaque), linear, generalized, pansclerotic, and mixed. Approximately 40% of patients present extracutaneous manifestations. Childhood morphea is treated with phototherapy, oral or topical calcitriol, topical tacrolimus 0...
December 13, 2017: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
J S Mertens, E M G J de Jong, A Pandit, M M B Seyger, E P A H Hoppenreijs, R M Thurlings, M C Vonk, J Wienke, F van Wijk, A van Royen-Kerkhof, W Marut, T R D Radstake
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 12, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Enzo Errichetti, Aimilios Lallas, Zoe Apalla, Alessandro Di Stefani, Giuseppe Stinco
BACKGROUND: Dermoscopy of morphea and cutaneous lichen sclerosus (CLS) has been described by various studies, with none of them considering variability according to clinical phases and investigating dermoscopic-histological correlations. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate dermoscopic features in general and according to clinical stage, identify possible distinctive dermoscopic clues, and assess dermoscopy accuracy in detecting subclinical alterations in morphea and CLS. METHODS: A representative dermoscopic image of target lesions was evaluated for the presence of specific features, correlating them with clinical subtype (inflammatory, inflammatory-sclerotic, sclerotic, or sclerotic-atrophic)...
December 14, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
Apoorva Trivedi, Corey M DeWitt, Laura McGevna
Radiation-induced morphea (RIM) is a rare and underrecognized complication of radiation therapy that most commonly occurs in women after treatment for breast cancer. Although not fully understood, RIM is hypothesized to arise from an increase in cytokines that stimulate collagen production and extracellular matrix formation. Most documented cases of RIM occur 1 year after radiation therapy and are localized to areas that were treated for breast cancer. We report on a case of a female patient with stage IB endometrial adenocarcinoma who was treated with 24 Gray of adjuvant brachytherapy...
December 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
David Saceda-Corralo, Aron G Nusbaum, Paolo Romanelli, Mariya Miteva
Scalp morphea presents as a scarring alopecia in en coup du sabre pattern. We report an unusual presentation of a round hairless patch of morphea on the occipital scalp present for 15 years. The scalp lesion aligned with 2 other hyperpigmented lesions of biopsy-proven morphea in the lower back. Pathology of horizontal sections from the scalp lesion showed follicular dropout, thickening of the collagen bundles, and preserved eccrine and follicular structures. Marked lymphocytic perineural infiltrate, a reported clue to the diagnosis of scalp morphea, contributed to the diagnosis...
October 2017: Skin Appendage Disorders
Clarissa C M Valões, Glaucia V Novak, Juliana B Brunelli, Katia T Kozu, Ricardo K Toma, Clovis A Silva
OBJECTIVE: To assess esophageal involvement (EI) in juvenile localized scleroderma (JLS) population and the possible association between this gastrointestinal manifestation and demographic data, clinical features, laboratory exams, treatments and outcomes. METHODS: For a period of 30 years, 5881 patients with rheumatic diseases were followed in our Pediatric Rheumatology Division. EI was defined by the presence of symptoms (solid/liquid dysphagia, heartburn, esophageal regurgitation, nausea/vomiting and epigastralgia) and confirmed by at least one EI exam abnormality: barium contrast radiography, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and 24-hour esophageal pH-monitoring...
November 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Fumi Miyagawa, Hideo Asada
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 24, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Şenay Ağırgöl, Özge Yöntem, Cem Leblebici, Tuğba Özkök Akbulut, Filiz Topaloğlu Demir, Zafer Türkoğlu
CONTEXT: Localized scleroderma (morphea) is characterized by fibrosis of skin and subcutaneous tissue. Granuloma annulare is a relatively common disease that is characterized by dermal papules and arciform plaques. CASE REPORT: Here, we present the case of a 42-year-old woman who developed granuloma annulare on the dorsum of her feet and abdominal region, and morphea on the anterior side of her lower limbs. We also discuss the etiological and pathogenetic processes that may cause the rare coexistence of these two diseases...
November 17, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
Megha M Tollefson, Yvonne E Chiu, Heather A Brandling-Bennett, Elena Pope
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Studies describing treatment efficacy in pediatric morphea are lacking. Subspecialists have reached no consensus on how to optimally treat pediatric morphea. The objective of the current study was to describe the most common treatment practices of pediatric dermatologists worldwide who care for children with morphea. METHODS: A survey regarding topical treatment practices of pediatric morphea, with representative case-based scenarios, was distributed to pediatric dermatologists and results were tallied...
November 22, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
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