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leprosy and arthritis

Ann Marie Szymanski, Michael J Ombrello
The intersection of granulomatosis and autoinflammatory disease is a rare occurrence that can be generally subdivided into purely granulomatous phenotypes and disease spectra that are inclusive of granulomatous features. NOD2 (nucleotide binding oligomerization domain containing 2)-related disease, which includes Blau syndrome and early onset sarcoidosis, is the prototypic example of granulomatous inflammation in the context of monogenic autoinflammation. Granulomatous inflammation has also been observed in two related autoinflammatory diseases caused by mutations in PLCG2 (phospholipase C gamma 2)...
March 12, 2018: International Immunology
Durga Prasanna Misra, Aman Sharma, Vikas Agarwal
Guidelines or recommendations help to provide uniform standards in medical practice. The development of guidelines requires adherence to pre-defined norms prescribed by different international organizations such as the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR). We searched Pubmed and LILACS to identify published papers in five major rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthropathies, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma) from different countries based on their economic prosperity and could find a lack of published literature from most economically weaker regions...
February 14, 2018: Rheumatology International
Hendra Gunawan, Nia Srie Haryati, Oki Suwarsa
Swan neck deformity is a hyperextension of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints and flexion of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints. Claw hand is a hyperextension of the metacarpal joints and flexion of the PIP joints, accompanied by reduced motor strength. A 23-year-old female, who was released from leprosy treatment, presented with a bend of the second to fifth fingers of both hands. There was hyperextension of the PIP joints and flexion of the DIP joints from the second to fifth fingers of both hands, thickening of the ulnar nerves, and hypoesthesia without motor impairment of the fourth and fifth fingers of both hands...
September 2017: Case Reports in Dermatology
Tatiana Cristina Pedro Cordeiro de Andrade, Tábata Yamasaki Martins, Bruna Cortinóvis Vieira, Tatiane Meira Santiago, Cleverson Teixeira Soares, Jaison Antônio Barreto
Brazil has the second largest number of leprosy cases in the world; nevertheless, late diagnosis is common. We report the case of a male patient with pain and numbness in both hands and feet for six years with positive rheumatoid factor and anticardiolipin under rheumatoid arthritis treatment for five years. Examination revealed diffuse cutaneous infiltration and leonine facies, characteristic features of lepromatous leprosy. Autoantibodies such as rheumatoid factor and anticardiolipin are markers of rheumatic autoimmune diseases, but their presence is also described in leprosy...
May 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Sarah M Labuda, John S Schieffelin, Jeffrey G Shaffer, Barbara M Stryjewska
Hansen's Disease (HD) is a rare, chronic granulomatous infection of the skin and peripheral nerves caused by the noncultivable organism Mycobacterium leprae . Arthritis is the third most common symptom of HD. Subjects with both confirmed HD on skin biopsy and chronic arthritis were identified at the National Hansen's Disease Program (NHDP). We conducted a series of medical chart reviews and extracted and logged personally deidentified data into a database and carried out descriptive analyses. Eighteen of 261 subjects presented to the NDHP with both HD and chronic arthritis between 2001 and 2015...
December 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Baowei Ma, Tianyuan Hu, Pei Li, Qingjun Yuan, Zhaoshou Lin, Yuhe Tu, Jia Li, Xianan Zhang, Xiaoyi Wu, Xiujuan Wang, Luqi Huang, Wei Gao
Tripterygium wilfordii (Celastraceae) is a traditional Chinese medicine; and the dried root and rhizome constitute the main officinal parts. Tripterygium wilfordii has been identified as a potential candidate for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, nephritis, asthma, leprosy, and cancer. The phylogenetic relationships within the Tripterygium genus are ambiguous; thus, our aim is to clarify the relationships within this genus using phylogeographic and phylogenetic analyses. Here, we first sequenced three plastid DNA regions (i...
October 2017: Ecology and Evolution
Edessa Negera, Stephen L Walker, Selfu Girma, Shimelis N Doni, Degafe Tsegaye, Saba M Lambert, Munir H Idriss, Yohanis Tsegay, Hazel M Dockrell, Abraham Aseffa, Diana N Lockwood
BACKGROUND: Leprosy reactions are a significant cause of morbidity in leprosy population. Erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL) is an immunological complication affecting approximately 50% of patients with lepromatous leprosy (LL) and 10% of borderline lepromatous (BL) leprosy. ENL is associated with clinical features such as skin lesions, neuritis, arthritis, dactylitis, eye inflammation, osteitis, orchitis, lymphadenitis and nephritis. ENL is treated mainly with corticosteroids and corticosteroids are often required for extended periods of time which may lead to serious adverse effects...
October 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neha Sharma, Ashok Kumar, P R Sharma, Arem Qayum, Shashank K Singh, Prabhu Dutt, Satya Paul, Vivek Gupta, M K Verma, N K Satti, R Vishwakarma
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tinospora cordifolia is a miraculous ayurvedic herb used in the treatment of innumerable diseases such as diabetes, gonorrhea, secondary syphilis, anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatological diseases, cancer, gout, jaundice, asthma, leprosy, in the treatment of bone fractures, liver & intestinal disorders, purifies the blood, gives new life to the whole body; (rejuvenating herb) and many more. Recent studies have revealed the anticancer potential of this plant but not much work has been done on the anticancer chemical constituents actually responsible for its amazing anticancer effects...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Prashant Y Mali, Shital S Panchal
The present review is intended to provide information on botany, ethnomedicinal uses, phytochemistry and biological activities of various parts of Euphorbia neriifolia (E. neriifolia). E. neriifolia has several ethnomedicinal uses. The latex of E. neriifolia is used as laxative, purgative, rubefacient, carminative and expectorant as well as in treatment of whooping cough, gonorrhoea, leprosy, asthma, dyspepsia, jaundice, enlargement of the spleen, tumours, stone in the bladder, abdominal troubles and leucoderma...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Anouk van Hooij, Debbie M Boeters, Elisa M Tjon Kon Fat, Susan J F van den Eeden, Paul L A M Corstjens, Annette H M van der Helm-van Mil, Annemieke Geluk
Although rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, persistent autoimmune disease, 10 to 15% of RA patients achieve sustained disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-free remission over time. The biological mechanisms underlying the resolution of persistent inflammation in RA are still unidentified, and there is a lack of prognostic markers. It is well established that increased serum levels of gamma interferon-induced protein 10 (IP-10) are associated with (acute) increased inflammatory responses (e.g., in leprosy)...
August 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
Ghazaleh Assadi, Liselotte Vesterlund, Ferdinando Bonfiglio, Luca Mazzurana, Lina Cordeddu, Danika Schepis, Jenny Mjösberg, Sabrina Ruhrmann, Alessia Fabbri, Vladana Vukojevic, Piergiorgio Percipalle, Florian A Salomons, Jurga Laurencikiene, Leif Törkvist, Jonas Halfvarson, Mauro D'Amato
BACKGROUND: Genetic variation in the Laccase (multicopper oxidoreductase) domain-containing 1 (LACC1) gene has been shown to affect the risk of Crohn's disease, leprosy and, more recently, ulcerative colitis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. LACC1 function appears to promote fatty-acid oxidation, with concomitant inflammasome activation, reactive oxygen species production, and anti-bacterial responses in macrophages. We sought to contribute to elucidating LACC1 biological function by extensive characterization of its expression in human tissues and cells, and through preliminary analyses of the regulatory mechanisms driving such expression...
2016: PloS One
M R Mowla, S Ara, A F M Mizanur Rahman, S P Tripura, S Paul
BACKGROUND: Leprosy reactions are immunologically mediated conditions and a major cause of disability before, during and after multidrug therapy (MDT). Little data have been published on the epidemiology of leprosy reactions in Bangladesh. OBJECTIVES: To describe the pattern and prevalence of leprosy reactions in the postelimination stage. METHODS: A descriptive retrospective cross-sectional study was carried out in Chittagong Medical College Hospital using the registered records of patients in the period between 2004 and 2013...
April 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Bruna Burko Rocha Chu, Giorgina Falcão Brandão Côrtes Gobbo, Rafaela Copês, Glênio Gutjahr, Erick Cavalcanti Cossa, Eduardo Dos Santos Paiva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 17, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Mihail Alexandru Badea, Corneliu Florin Buicu, Anca Ileana Sin, Ovidiu Simion Cotoi, Iudita Maria Badea, Andreea Luciana Chiotoroiu, Silviu Horia Morariu
Granulomatous inflammations are a particular type of chronic septic or aseptic inflammation, in which infectious or non-infectious agents are difficult to eliminate by the immune system. These are type IV hypersensitivity reactions mediated by pre-sensitized T-lymphocytes cells CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes. Disorders included in this category are: tuberculosis, leprosy, syphilis, sarcoidosis, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. At cutaneous level, this pattern of granulomatous reaction is characterized by a chronic inflammation with formation of granulomas consisting of a variable number of histiocytes, multinucleated giant cells and lymphocytes...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
M Zaeem Cader, Katharina Boroviak, Qifeng Zhang, Ghazaleh Assadi, Sarah L Kempster, Gavin W Sewell, Svetlana Saveljeva, Jonathan W Ashcroft, Simon Clare, Subhankar Mukhopadhyay, Karen P Brown, Markus Tschurtschenthaler, Tim Raine, Brendan Doe, Edwin R Chilvers, Jules L Griffin, Nicole C Kaneider, R Andres Floto, Mauro D'Amato, Allan Bradley, Michael J O Wakelam, Gordon Dougan, Arthur Kaser
Single-nucleotide variations in C13orf31 (LACC1) that encode p.C284R and p.I254V in a protein of unknown function (called 'FAMIN' here) are associated with increased risk for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, leprosy and Crohn's disease. Here we set out to identify the biological mechanism affected by these coding variations. FAMIN formed a complex with fatty acid synthase (FASN) on peroxisomes and promoted flux through de novo lipogenesis to concomitantly drive high levels of fatty-acid oxidation (FAO) and glycolysis and, consequently, ATP regeneration...
September 2016: Nature Immunology
Hala El-Gendy, Rasmia M El-Gohary, Kyrillus S Shohdy, Gaafar Ragab
Rheumatologic manifestations not only are encountered in leprosy but also can be the first and even the sole presenting manifestation. The hallmark of leprosy is skin and peripheral nerve affection; however, it can affect a wide range of other organs, with the joints being the commonest. We have searched PubMed with the key words leprosy, arthritis, vasculitis, rheumatic diseases, and autoantibodies in a proper combination. Relevant studies were retrieved from scanning of their abstracts. The relevant references provided in these articles were also selected and reviewed...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Ananya Das, Rakesh Mondal, Kaushani Chatterjee, Dona Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal manifestations of leprosy are often underdiagnosed and under-reported. CASE CHARACTERISTICS: An 11-year old girl with leprosy presented with deforming symmetric polyarthritis with raised inflammatory parameters and erosion on imaging. OBSERVATION: The patient was diagnosed to have Hansens chronic polyarthritis and treatment started with non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and methotrexate. MESSAGE: Hansen chronic polyarthritis is a rare differential of juvenile chronic arthritis in children...
August 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
G Assadi, R Saleh, F Hadizadeh, L Vesterlund, F Bonfiglio, J Halfvarson, L Törkvist, A S Eriksson, H E Harris, E Sundberg, M D'Amato
The function of the Laccase domain-containing 1 (LACC1) gene is unknown, but genetic variation at this locus has been reported to consistently affect the risk of Crohn's disease (CD) and leprosy. Recently, a LACC1 missense mutation was found in patients suffering from monogenic forms of CD, but also systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. We tested the hypothesis that LACC1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in addition to CD, are associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA, non-systemic), and another major form of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis (UC)...
2016: Genes and Immunity
Yutaka Ishida
Biologics are relatively new drugs developed through modern monoclonal antibody techniques and became more familiar to some disease treatments such as Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, malignant lymphoma, SLE and lupus nephritis. Some case reports shows development of leprosy during/after biolo- gics treatment and success treatment of ENL with biologics. Collection of reports was done through web search by using document retrieval engine such as Pub-med and ProQuest...
January 2016: Japanese Journal of Leprosy: Official Organ of the Japanese Leprosy Association
Swetalina Pradhan, Bibhu Prasad Nayak, Tanmay Padhi, Madhusmita Sethy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2015: Leprosy Review
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