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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788907/mycobacterium-avium-complex-vertebral-osteomyelitis-in-the-absence-of-hiv-infection-a-case-report-and-review
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Megan E Gray, Peter W Liu, Brian Wispelwey
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is an established microbiologic cause of pulmonary disease, lymphadenitis, and disseminated disease in cases of advanced immune suppression. However, MAC manifesting as vertebral osteomyelitis is less common, and is particularly rare in the absence of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Prompt diagnosis of MAC vertebral osteomyelitis is challenging, but necessary to prevent serious morbidity or mortality. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of MAC osteomyelitis of the lumbar spine in a 70-year-old woman on extended duration corticosteroid therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus who presented with progressive back pain...
May 22, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788810/clinical-and-immunological-pattern-and-outcome-of-egyptian-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-a-single-center-experience
#2
G A Mahmoud, A A Shahin, H S Zayed, A Moghazy, B M Eissa
Objective The objective of this study was to describe the clinical and immunological pattern and disease outcome in Egyptian systemic lupus erythematosus patients. Patients and methods The medical records of 770 systemic lupus erythematosus patients who were followed from 2002-2015 at Kasr Alainy Hospital, Cairo University, were retrospectively reviewed. Results There were 707 (91.8%) females. The mean age at disease onset was 22.1 ± 8.6 and the disease duration was 6.1 ± 4.5 years. The main clinical manifestations were mucocutaneous (90...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783918/rituximab-mediated-late-onset-neutropenia-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-distinct-roles-of-baff-and-april
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I Parodis, F Söder, F Faustini, Z Kasza, I Samuelsson, A Zickert, E Svenungsson, R F van Vollenhoven, V Malmström, F Wermeling, I Gunnarsson
Objective Rituximab-mediated late-onset neutropenia (LON) has been described in various diseases. We investigated its occurrence, consequences and contributing factors in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Rituximab-treated patients from the Karolinska University Hospital ( n = 107) were surveyed. LON was defined as an absolute neutrophil count <1500 cells/μl, occurring four weeks to two years following rituximab treatment, or later during sustained B-cell depletion. Serum levels of B-cell-related cytokines and growth factors of the myeloid lineage were determined using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782308/activation-of-herpes-simplex-infection-after-tattoo
#4
Antigona Begolli Gerqari, Mybera Ferizi, Merita Kotori, Aferdita Daka, Syzana Hapciu, Ilir Begolli, Mirije Begolli, Idriz Gerqari
Tattooing is a procedure where ink is applied to an area of the skin, mostly intraepidermally (1). This procedure is carried out mainly for aesthetic purposes. Lately, it has been used as a corrective medical procedure following amputation of mammilla. The procedure is aggressive (2), and the fact that skin is punctured many times with the same needle which cannot be fully sterilized may cause infection of the treated area with bacterial, fungal, or viral agents that may lead to health consequences manifesting in the form of verrucae vulgaris, molluscum contagiosum, and herpes simplex...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782303/clindamycin-induced-maculopapular-exanthema-with-preferential-involvement-of-striae-distensae-a-koebner-phenomenon
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Benigno Monteagudo, Miguel Cabanillas, Pilar Iriarte, Aquilina Ramírez-Santos, Elvira León-Muinos, Daniel González-Vilas, Óscar Suárez-Amor
Clindamycin is a lincomycin-derived antibiotic useful for the treatment of anaerobic and Gram-positive aerobic bacterial infections. Cutaneous adverse reactions are usually maculopapular exanthemas, although hypersensitivity syndrome, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome have also been reported (1). We report the case of a patient with a maculopapular rash triggered by clindamycin who developed cutaneous lesions on striae distensae (SD). A 47-year-old woman was referred to our clinic for pruritic cutaneous lesions which had started 6 days earlier...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779928/the-diagnosis-and-clinical-management-of-the-catastrophic-antiphospholipid-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Ricard Cervera, Ignasi Rodríguez-Pintó, Gerard Espinosa
The catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) is a life-threating variant of the antiphospholipid syndrome characterized by the development of multiple thrombosis in a short period of time, usually ending up in the failure of function of several vital organs. Most CAPS episodes are related to a prothrombotic situation or precipitating factor such as infections, surgical procedures or malignant diseases. In patients with CAPS, the development of multiple thrombosis leads to an important cytokine release that worsens the already critical patient's situation...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779437/procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-as-markers-of-infection-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-the-controversy-continues
#7
E El-Serougy, H S Zayed, N M Ibrahim, L A Maged
Objective The objective of this paper is to investigate the utility of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) as markers of infection in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. Patients and methods Sixty-nine SLE patients with symptoms and signs of infection proved by culture and/or a favorable response to antibiotics and 69 SLE patients without infection were included. Serum PCT and plasma high-sensitivity CRP were assessed by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results SLE patients with infection had a significantly higher level of CRP than those without infection ((median (IQR) 104...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773465/pulmonary-manifestations-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-pleural-involvement-acute-pneumonitis-chronic-interstitial-lung-disease-and-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage
#8
Georgina Aguilera-Pickens, Carlos Abud-Mendoza
Systemic lupus erythematosus is the diffuse autoimmune connective tissue disease that most frequently involves pulmonary involvement, affecting 20% of 90% of the patients. The percentage varies depending on the defining criteria (symptoms, pulmonary tests or histopathological studies). At least once during the disease course, 50% of those affected have pleural and/or pulmonary manifestations, which are associated with higher morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary involvement has no correlation with lupus activity biomarkers, and it is necessary to rule out infectious processes in the initial approach...
May 14, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773132/leishmania-in-wolves-in-northern-spain-a-spreading-zoonosis-evidenced-by-wildlife-sanitary-surveillance
#9
Alvaro Oleaga, Stefania Zanet, Alberto Espí, Marcia Raquel Pegoraro de Macedo, Christian Gortázar, Ezio Ferroglio
Leishmaniosis is, to date, considered the second most important emerging vector-borne protozoal disease in the world after malaria. The form of zoonotic visceral leishmaniosis found in the Mediterranean basin is caused by Leishmania infantum, and its life cycle includes the domestic dog and a phlebotomine sandfly vector. This complex epidemiological cycle and its high prevalence of subclinical infection, hinder the surveillance and control of L. infantum, and allows it to go unnoticed at the geographical endemicity limits of the parasite or in recently colonized areas...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773127/taeniid-metacestodes-in-rangeland-goats-in-australia
#10
D J Jenkins, B Cowled, V Brookes
Data on several infections of sheep and goats, including parasite infections, are routinely collected during inspection of harvested rangeland goats after slaughter. This is an important role of the Australian National Sheep Health Monitoring Program (NSHMP). Our study investigated the presence of metacestodes of Taenia hydatigena, T. ovis and Echinococcus granulosus in slaughtered goats from Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. During the period of the study (2007-2013) 374,580 goats were slaughtered and inspected by trained abattoir meat inspectors as part of the NSHMP...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772037/a-review-of-fabry-disease
#11
A Cinats, E Heck
The class of medications known as Janus kinase inhibitors block cytokine-mediated signaling via the Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT) pathway, which plays an important role in immunoregulation and normal cell growth. This class includes the drugs tofacitinib, approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and ruxolitinib, approved for the treatment of myelofibrosis and polycythemia rubra vera. The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in patients taking tofacitinib are infections, whereas the most common AEs in patients taking ruxolitinib are anemia and thrombocytopenia...
May 2018: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757414/vaccination-coverage-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-german-long-term-study-lula-cohort
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Gamal Chehab, Jutta G Richter, Ralph Brinks, Rebecca Fischer-Betz, Borgi Winkler-Rohlfing, Matthias Schneider
Objectives: Vaccinations are an important measure to prevent infections in immunocompromised patients. The knowledge of vaccination coverage and reasons for non-vaccination in patients with SLE is scarce. The aim of this study was to assess coverage rates of selected vaccinations in a representative sample of SLE patients and to identify predictors for non-vaccination. Methods: In 2013, information on selected vaccinations (coverage, application and reservations) and on demographics, clinical parameters and health beliefs was assessed by means of a self-reported questionnaire among a representative sample of SLE patients in Germany (LuLa cohort)...
May 10, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742693/a-successful-treatment-of-severe-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-caused-by-occult-pulmonary-infection-associated-with-hemophagocytic-syndrome-a-case-report
#13
Weihong Shi, Mingyang Duan, Ligang Jie, Weifeng Sun
RATIONALE: A 27-year-old woman with a history of systemic lupus erythaematosus (SLE) developed hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) secondary due to an unrecognized infection that led to severe SLE with a prolonged recovery. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient showed a high spiking fever and myalgia. Laboratory data revealed pancytopenia and immunological abnormalities. Pulse methylprednisone plus intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) failed to improve the clinical symptoms and laboratory data...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738038/pp65-antigenemia-and-cytomegalovirus-diagnosis-in-patients-with-lupus-nephritis-report-of-a-series
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Katia Lino, Natalia Trizzotti, Fabiana Rabe Carvalho, Rachel Ingrid Cosendey, Cintia Fernandes Souza, Evandro Mendes Klumb, Andrea Alice Silva, Jorge Reis Almeida
INTRODUCTION: In contrast to organ transplantation, few studies correlate the monitoring of pp65 antigenemia with a diagnosis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). OBJECTIVE: To highlight the importance of CMV outside transplantation, we monitored pp65 antigenemia in a series of SLE patients. METHODS: From March 2015 to March 2016, SLE patients presenting kidney involvement, fever, and an unclear infection at hospital admission were monitored through pp65 antigenemia...
April 26, 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737455/current-and-future-use-of-chloroquine-and-hydroxychloroquine-in-infectious-immune-neoplastic-and-neurological-diseases-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Domenico Plantone, Tatiana Koudriavtseva
The process of finding new therapeutic indications for currently used drugs, defined as 'repurposing', is receiving growing attention. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, with an original indication to prevent or cure malaria, have been successfully used to treat several infectious (HIV, Q fever, Whipple's disease, fungal infections), rheumatological (systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome), and other immunological diseases. Indeed, they have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, anti-infective, antithrombotic, and metabolic effects...
May 8, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732937/factors-of-the-epidemiological-triad-that-influence-the-persistence-of-human-papilloma-virus-infection-in-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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S Méndez-Martínez, M García-Carrasco, E A Jiménez-Herrera, C Mendoza-Pinto, I Etchegaray-Morales, P W Barahona-Rubio, J L Gálvez-Romero, P Munguía-Realpozo, C O Muñóz-Guarneros, M L Cedillo-Ramírez, S E Silva-Gómez, G Linares-Fleites, A Rojas-Vallaraga
We studied the epidemiologic triad-related factors influencing human papilloma virus (HPV) persistence in Mexican women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patients aged ≥18 years with SLE (American College of Rheumatology criteria), with and without HPV persistence, were selected. Groups were analyzed by (1) host: clinical disease characteristics; (2) agent: (I) infectious (prevalence, incidence, HPV genotype and co-infections (≥2 HPV genotypes or mycoplasmas)), (II) chemical (contraceptives and immunosuppressive drugs) and (III) physical (vitamin D deficiency) and (3) environment...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729450/new-use-for-an-old-treatment-hydroxychloroquine-as-a-potential-treatment-for-systemic-vasculitis
#17
REVIEW
Alina Casian, Shirish Sangle, David P D'Cruz
Antimalarials have been an effective and safe treatment for autoimmune rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus for more than a hundred years. There are surprisingly few reports of hydroxychloroquine use in the systemic vasculitides. Hydroxychloroquine has antithrombotic, cardiovascular, antimicrobial and antineoplastic effects, making it a potentially valuable treatment for patients with systemic vasculitis who are at risk of infections, malignancy and thrombotic events. We report the successful use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with ANCA vasculitis, Henoch Schonlein purpura/IgA vasculitis, Takayasu's arteritis and polyarteritis nodosa...
May 2, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729138/quantification-of-human-complement-c2-protein-using-an-automated-turbidimetric-immunoassay
#18
Clare Elizabeth Tange, Bridget Johnson-Brett, Alex Cook, Patrick Stordeur, Fabian Brohet, Stephen Jolles, Rachel Steven, Mark Ponsford, Andrew Roberts, Tariq El-Shanawany, Stephen Harding, Gregg Wallis, Antony Richard Parker
BACKGROUND: The measurement of complement components is clinically useful where a deficiency is suspected, or where excessive activation and consumption are present in disease. C2 deficiency carries an increased risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus, recurrent infections and atherosclerosis. In this study, we have evaluated The Binding Site's Human Complement C2 SPAPLUS® assay. METHODS: Linearity was tested using 13 sample dilutions covering the standard measuring range...
May 5, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724957/c1q-restrains-autoimmunity-and-viral-infection-by-regulating-cd8-t-cell-metabolism
#19
Guang Sheng Ling, Greg Crawford, Norzawani Buang, Istvan Bartok, Kunyuan Tian, Nicole M Thielens, Isabelle Bally, James A Harker, Philip G Ashton-Rickardt, Sophie Rutschmann, Jessica Strid, Marina Botto
Deficiency of C1q, the initiator of the complement classical pathway, is associated with the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Explaining this association in terms of abnormalities in the classical pathway alone remains problematic because C3 deficiency does not predispose to SLE. Here, using a mouse model of SLE, we demonstrate that C1q, but not C3, restrains the response to self-antigens by modulating the mitochondrial metabolism of CD8+ T cells, which can themselves propagate autoimmunity...
May 4, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718222/genetic-variation-affects-c-reactive-protein-elevations-in-crohn-s-disease
#20
Christopher J Moran, Jess L Kaplan, Harland S Winter
Background: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a serum marker that is used to measure disease activity in Crohn's disease (CD). However, a subset of CD patients have normal CRP during flares. In rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, genetic variants can restrict CRP elevations during flares. This study sought to determine if common CRP genetic variants affect CRP values during active CD. Methods: Subjects with CD who participated in the Partners HealthCare BioBank were genotyped for 5 common CRP genetic variants (rs2794520, rs3122012, rs3093077, rs2808635, and rs1800947)...
April 28, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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