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H Q Yang, H Z Shi, Z H Tong
Objective: To evaluate the clinical features, chest radiological manifestations, microbiological examination and treatments of nocardial disease. Methods: A retrospective study was conducted to analyze the data of patients with nocardial infection admitted to Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from January 2010 to January 2016. Results: The 13 patients, 6 males and 7 females, aged (51±17) years. Twelve cases were diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis, and 1 with disseminated nocardial infection. Most of these patients had complications: autoimmune diseases in 3 (2 with autoimmune hemolytic anemia and 1 with systemic lupus erythematosus), and bronchiectasis in 6 patients...
August 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797532/assessment-of-in-vitro-antifungal-efficacy-and-in-vivo-toxicity-of-amphotericin-b-loaded-plga-and-plga-peg-blend-nanoparticles
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T C Moraes Moreira Carraro, C Altmeyer, N Maissar Khalil, R Mara Mainardes
Amphotericin B (AmB) is widely applied in treatment of systemic fungal infections. However, the emergence of severe adverse effects, such as nephrotoxicity, hepatotoxicity and hemolytic anemia, can limit its clinical use. Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) or poly(lactide-co-glycolide)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG) blend nanoparticles containing AmB were developed with the aim to decrease AmB toxicity and propose the oral route for AmB delivery. Nanoparticles were characterized by particle size, polydispersity index, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction analyses...
August 7, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791286/autoimmune-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-two-rare-cases-associated-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-and-multiple-sclerosis
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Despoina Dimopoulou, Athina Dimosiari, Eudokia Mandala, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Alaxandros Garyfallos
Secondary thrombotic microangiopathies are associated with several underlying conditions, with most of them being resolved after the treatment of background disease. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare microangiopathy presenting with anemia, thrombocytopenia, and neurological deficits, occurring most often in various autoimmune diseases due to inhibition of ADAMTS13 by autoantibodies, as well as in pregnant women with or without an autoimmune substrate. In this article, we report two newly diagnosed TTP cases, who have not been published so far...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780041/quinine-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy-a-report-of%C3%A2-19%C3%A2-patients
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Evaren E Page, Dustin J Little, Sara K Vesely, James N George
BACKGROUND: Quinine can cause diverse and severe immune-mediated adverse reactions, including thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Our objective was to describe the presenting features and long-term outcomes of patients with quinine-induced TMA. STUDY DESIGN: A case series of 19 patients with quinine-induced TMA treated with plasma exchange. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Patients with quinine-induced TMA initially suspected of having thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) were identified among patients enrolled in the Oklahoma TTP-Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Registry...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770911/targeting-%C3%AE-cys93-in-hemoglobin-s-with-an-antisickling-agent-possessing-dual-allosteric-and-antioxidant-effects
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Tigist Kassa, Michael Brad Strader, Akito Nakagawa, Warren M Zapol, Abdu I Alayash
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder caused by a β globin gene mutation of hemoglobin (HbS). The polymerization of deoxyHbS and its subsequent aggregation (into long fibers) is the primary molecular event which leads to red blood cell (RBC) sickling and ultimately hemolytic anemia. We have recently suggested that HbS oxidative toxicity may also contribute to SCD pathophysiology due to its defective pseudoperoxidase activity. As a consequence, a persistently higher oxidized ferryl heme is formed which irreversibly oxidizes "hotspot" residues (particularly βCys93) causing protein unfolding and subsequent heme loss...
August 3, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766838/transfusion-transmitted-babesiosis-leading-to-severe-hemolysis-in-two-patients-with-sickle-cell-anemia
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Kristine Karkoska, James Louie, Abena O Appiah-Kubi, Lawrence Wolfe, Lorry Rubin, Sujatha Rajan, Banu Aygun
The intracellular parasites Babesia microti and Babesia duncani can be transmitted by blood transfusion and cause severe life-threatening hemolytic anemia in high-risk patients, including those with sickle cell disease. The rarity of the diagnosis, as well as its similar clinical presentation to delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction, may lead to a delay in diagnosis, as well as inappropriate treatment with steroids or other immunosuppressive agents. The morbidity caused by this disease in especially vulnerable populations justifies the need for a universal blood-screening program in endemic areas...
August 2, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760888/ag-348-enhances-pyruvate-kinase-activity-in-red-blood-cells-from-patients-with-pyruvate-kinase-deficiency
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Charles Kung, Jeff Hixon, Penelope A Kosinski, Giovanni Cianchetta, Gavin Histen, Yue Chen, Collin Hill, Stefan Gross, Yaguang Si, Kendall Johnson, Byron DeLaBarre, Zhiyong Luo, Zhiwei Gu, Gui Yao, Huachun Tang, Cheng Fang, Yingxia Xu, Xiaobing Lv, Scott Biller, Shin-San Michael Su, Hua Yang, Janeta Popovici-Muller, Francesco Salituro, Lee Silverman, Lenny Dang
Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency is a rare genetic disease that causes chronic hemolytic anemia. There are currently no targeted therapies for PK deficiency. Here, we describe the identification and characterization of AG-348, an allosteric activator of PK that is currently in clinical trials for the treatment of PK deficiency. We demonstrate that AG-348 can increase the activity of wild type and mutant PK enzymes in biochemical assays and in patient red blood cells treated ex vivo. These data illustrate the potential for AG-348 to restore the glycolytic pathway activity in patients with PK deficiency and ultimately lead to clinical benefit...
July 31, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740963/extra-adrenal-myelolipoma-with-hemolytic-anemia
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Nidal İflazoğlu, Orhan Üreyen, Mahir Keleş
Myelolipomas are rare benign tumors often detected as adrenal masses. Extra-adrenal myelolipomas are encountered even more rarely. The rate of detection of these lesions is increasing with improved radiological techniques. Because of their localization and morphological similarities to well differentiated liposarcomas, extra-adrenal myelolipomas need to be differentiated from other aggressive neoplasms. Preoperative imaging and percutaneous biopsy are important tools in the diagnosis of these lesions. We report a very rare case of an extra-adrenal perirenal myelolipoma associated with hemolytic anemia...
2017: Turk J Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737602/treatment-of-congenital-thrombotic-thrombocytopenia-purpura-a-new-paradigm
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Louis M Aledort, Tammuella C Singleton, Paula J Ulsh
Congenital thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura (cTTP) is a very rare disorder worldwide. Standard treatment of recognized cases has been to administer fresh frozen plasma as the source of ADAMTS13, to replenish the absent ADAMTS13 enzyme. An alternative source, a plasma-derived factor VIII concentrate used for hemophilia A, and found to contain this enzyme, was reported to be effective in 1 patient in the United States. We now report details on a US cohort of 8 cTTP patients who have been successfully treated for varying periods with a marketed antihemophilic factor concentrate Koate-DVI...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734789/weathered-mc252-crude-oil-induced-anemia-and-abnormal-erythroid-morphology-in-double-crested-cormorants-phalacrocorax-auritus-with-light-microscopic-and-ultrastructural-description-of-heinz-bodies
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Kendal E Harr, Fred L Cunningham, Chris A Pritsos, Karen L Pritsos, Thivanka Muthumalage, Brian S Dorr, Katherine E Horak, Katie C Hanson-Dorr, Karen M Dean, Dave Cacela, Andrew K McFadden, Jane E Link, Katherine A Healy, Pete Tuttle, Steven J Bursian
Injury assessment of birds following the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in 2010 was part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. One reported effect was hemolytic anemia with the presence of Heinz bodies (HB) in birds, however, the role of route and magnitude of exposure to oil is unknown. The purpose of the present study was to determine if double-crested cormorants (Phalacocorax auritis; DCCO) exposed orally and dermally to artificially weathered crude oil would develop hemolytic anemia including HB and reticulocytosis...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723780/the-relationship-between-itpa-rs1127354-polymorphisms-and-efficacy-of-antiviral-treatment-in-northeast-chinese-chc-patients
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Zhenhua Liu, Song Wang, Wenqian Qi, Xu Wang, Derong Sun, Hongguang Wang, Yonggui Zhang, Zhongxie Li, Liying Zhu, Ping Zhao, Honghua Guo, Changyu Zhou, Jiangbin Wang
This prospective study investigated the relationship between 2 inosine triphosphatase (ITPA) polymorphisms (rs7270101 and rs1127354) and the efficacy of ribavirin-based antiviral therapy in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected Chinese patients.A total of 906 patients diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C receiving pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) plus ribavirin combination therapy between January 2011 and January 2014 from 5 hepatitis centers in Northeast China were enrolled. The patients were divided into genotype 1 and non-genotype 1 groups according to the genotype of infected HCV...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721106/adverse-reactions-in-leprosy-patients-who-underwent-dapsone-multidrug-therapy-a-retrospective-study
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Sanjeev Guragain, Namrata Upadhayay, Bishwa Mohan Bhattarai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the occurrence and clinical characteristics of dapsone-related adverse drug reactions (ADRs) among leprosy patients who underwent multidrug therapy (MDT) from 2010 to 2013 in the western region of Nepal. METHODS: A retrospective review was carried out in the rehabilitation center. Data were collected from the record files of the hospital. RESULTS: From 2010 to 2013, there were 18 patients reported to have dapsone ADRs, with an occurrence rate of 0...
2017: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720207/thrombotic-microangiopathy-a-multidisciplinary-team%C3%A2-approach
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Craig E Gordon, Vipul C Chitalia, J Mark Sloan, David J Salant, David L Coleman, Karen Quillen, Katya Ravid, Jean M Francis
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is characterized by the presence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia along with organ dysfunction, and pathologically, by the presence of microthrombi in multiple microvascular beds. Delays in diagnosis and initiation of therapy are common due to the low incidence, variable presentation, and poor awareness of these diseases, underscoring the need for interdisciplinary approaches to clinical care for TMA. We describe a new approach to improve clinical management via a TMA team that originally stemmed from an Affinity Research Collaborative team focused on thrombosis and hemostasis...
July 15, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708333/conversion-from-calcineurin-inhibitors-to-mtor-inhibitors-as-primary-immunosuppressive-drugs-in-pediatric-heart-transplantation
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Alfred Asante-Korang, Jennifer Carapellucci, Diane Krasnopero, Abigail Doyle, Brian Brown, Ernest Amankwah
There are only a few reports of successful use of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTORI) as primary immunosuppression in pediatric heart transplantation. Compared to calcineurin inhibitors, mTORI have less side effects, especially nephrotoxicity, infections, and malignancies. A retrospective study was conducted at our institution of all 170 heart transplants from 1995 to 2015. Nineteen patients were switched from tacrolimus (n=15) or cyclosporin (n=4) to everolimus (n=4) or sirolimus (n=15) due to nephrotoxicity (n=5), malignancy (n=8), EBV viremia/reactive plasmacytic changes (n=5), and immune hemolytic anemia (n=1)...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698848/treatment-and-response-of-autoimmune-cytopenia-occurring-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-children
#15
Seok Hwang-Bo, Seong-Koo Kim, Jae Wook Lee, Pil-Sang Jang, Nack-Gyun Chung, Dae-Chul Jeong, Bin Cho, Hack-Ki Kim
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune cytopenia (AIC) is a rare complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). In this study, we reviewed the diagnosis, treatment and response to therapy for pediatric patients with post-HCT AIC at our institution. METHODS: Of the 292 allogeneic HCTs performed from January, 2011 to December, 2015 at the Department of Pediatrics, The Catholic University of Korea, seven were complicated by post-HCT AIC, resulting in an incidence of 2...
June 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698420/-intravascular-hemolysis-caused-by-stenosis-of-an-elephant-trunk-report-of-a-case
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Rikako Takamaru, Koji Kawahito, Kei Aizawa, Yoshio Misawa
Symptomatic intravascular hemolysis after prosthetic aortic graft replacement is rare. It is primarily attributed to mechanical injury of red blood cells caused by stenosis of the vascular graft. A 50-year-old man presented with hemolytic anemia, 5 years after total arch replacement with an elephant trunk for type A aortic dissection. The hemolysis was caused by graft stenosis of the elephant trunk. Endovascular treatment for the stenotic elephant trunk was successfully performed. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the hemolysis was resolved immediately after operation...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683450/acute-kidney-injury-and-hemolytic-anemia-secondary-to-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection
#17
Camillo Carrara, Mauro Abbate, Ettore Sabadini, Giuseppe Remuzzi
Glomerulonephritis as well as kidney injury secondary to fulminant intravascular hemolysis are rare extrapulmonary manifestations of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. We describe a 50-year-old female diagnosed with M. pneumoniae infection-associated hemolytic anemia, characterized by negative cold agglutinin tests but with laboratory evidence of complement alternative pathway activation. The patient presented both with anemia and severe kidney failure and she was treated with steroids and red blood cell transfusions along with plasmapheresis...
July 7, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680366/fatal-pulmonary-embolism-following-splenectomy-in-a-patient-with-evan-s-syndrome-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Varun Monga, Seth M Maliske, Usha Perepu
BACKGROUND: Evans syndrome (ES) is a rare disease characterized by simultaneous or sequential development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) with or without immune neutropenia. Splenectomy is one of the treatment options for disease refractory to medical therapy. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) following splenectomy for hematological diseases has an incidence of 10%. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe a case report of a young patient hospitalized with severe hemolytic anemia with Hgb 4...
2017: Thrombosis Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679995/thrombotic-microangiopathy-due-to-malignant-hypertension-complicated-with-late-onset-bleeding-after-renal-biopsy
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Saki Ameda, Hiroyuki Kuroda, Michiko Yamada, Ken Sato, Shogo Miura, Hiroya Sakano, Takanori Shibata, Naoki Uemura, Tomoyuki Abe, Shigeyuki Fujii, Masahiro Maeda, Miri Fujita, Masayoshi Kobune, Junji Kato
A 47-year-old man presented at a local ophthalmological hospital with blurred vision. He had been diagnosed with hypertensive retinopathy and renal failure and was referred to our hospital for treatment. A renal biopsy was done to evaluate pathology of high proteinuria, hematuria, and rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. Blood pressure remained high despite antihypertensive therapy; anemia and thrombocytopenia gradually progressed. Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) was suspected based on red blood cell fragmentation due to hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and renal failure...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675649/reticulocyte-count-and-extended-reticulocyte-parameters-by-mindray-bc-6800-reference-intervals-and-comparison-with-sysmex-xe-5000
#20
M Buttarello, A Rauli, G Mezzapelle
INTRODUCTION: In this study, analytic performance (imprecision, carryover, time stability) and diagnostic efficiency of Mindray BC-6800 analyzer to quantify reticulocytes and extended reticulocyte parameters was evaluated. Moreover, reference intervals on adult population were determined. Results were compared with those obtained by Sysmex XE-5000 analyzer. METHODS: One hundred and eighty-four healthy adults of both sexes, and 368 subjects affected by various pathologic conditions (nutritional anemias before and after treatment, hemolytic and posthemorragic anemias, acute and chronic inflammations, malignancy under therapy, and beta thalassemia trait) were selected...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
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