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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388935/direct-acting-antiviral-agents-in-the-therapy-of-hepatitis-c-virus-related-mixed-cryoglobulinaemia-a-single-centre-experience
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Gianfranco Lauletta, Sabino Russi, Fabio Pavone, Angelo Vacca, Franco Dammacco
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) were evaluated in a cohort of prospectively enrolled patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related mixed cryoglobulinaemia (MC), an immune complex-mediated vasculitis of small and medium vessels in which the pathogenetic role of HCV has been clearly established. METHODS: Twenty-two patients received DAAs. Clinical and laboratory features were recorded at baseline, every 4 weeks until the end of treatment (EoT), and 12 weeks afterwards...
April 8, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368978/cryoglobulinemia-vasculitis-how-to-handle
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Anne C Desbois, Cloe Comarmond, David Saadoun, Patrice Cacoub
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: More than 50% of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients produce a mixed cryoglobulin and two-third of them will develop a symptomatic cryoglobulinemia vasculitis (CryoVas). In the present review, we aim at summarizing the most recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of HCV-CryoVas. RECENT FINDINGS: The treatment of HCV-CryoVas has much changed during the last months. The recent emergence of new direct-acting (DAA) interferon (IFN)-free antivirals, enabling high cure rates with a very good safety profile now permit to cure most patients with HCV-CryoVas...
March 31, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325251/interferon-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy-tma-analysis-and-concise-review
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REVIEW
Ajay Kundra, Jen Chin Wang
Interferon (IFN) has been associated with development of thrombotic microangiopathy including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). We reviewed literature from the earliest reported association in 1993, to July 2016 and found 68 cases. Analysis of this data shows: (1) Mean age at diagnosis was 47 years (95% CI, 44-50). (2) Majority of cases were seen where IFN was used for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) and one case each for hairy cell leukemia (HCL) and Sezary syndrome...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291241/efficacy-and-safety-of-direct-acting-antivirals-for-the-treatment-of-mixed-cryoglobulinemia
#4
Joel S Emery, Magdalena Kuczynski, Danie La, Saeed Almarzooqi, Matthew Kowgier, Hemant Shah, David Wong, Harry L A Janssen, Jordan J Feld
OBJECTIVES: Mixed cryoglobulinemia is strongly associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and ranges from being asymptomatic to causing life-threatening vasculitis. In those with symptoms, treatment with pegylated interferon (pegIFN) and ribavirin (RBV) reduces mortality. However, few data are available on the safety and efficacy of antiviral therapy with direct acting antivirals (DAAs) in the treatment of HCV-related cryoglobulinemia. METHODS: Patients treated for HCV-related cryoglobulinemia with DAA±pegIFN were retrospectively evaluated at a tertiary care center...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289605/a-wolf-in-another-wolf-s-clothing
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Amrit Lamba, Meghan Kapp, Paisit Paueksakon, Parth J Parekh
This case of infective endocarditis masquerading as mixed cryoglobulinemia in a man with a history of intravenous drug use (IVDU) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) highlights the importance of maintaining a broad differential and continually re-evaluating the working diagnosis as new information presents itself. The patient presented to an outside hospital and was treated for presumptive mixed cryoglobulinemia with corticosteroid therapy. When the patient did not improve, he was transferred to a tertiary care center for possible Rituximab and/or plasmapheresis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219772/evidence-based-recommendations-on-the-management-of-extrahepatic-manifestations-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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REVIEW
Manuel Ramos-Casals, Anna Linda Zignego, Clodoveo Ferri, Pilar Brito-Zerón, Soledad Retamozo, Milvia Casato, Peter Lamprecht, Alessandra Mangia, David Saadoun, Athanasios G Tzioufas, Zobair M Younossi, Patrice Cacoub
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February 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192188/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-nk-cell-activation-causes-metzincin-mediated-cd16-cleavage-and-impaired-antibody-dependent-cytotoxicity
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Barbara Oliviero, Stefania Mantovani, Stefania Varchetta, Dalila Mele, Giulia Grossi, Serena Ludovisi, Elisa Nuti, Armando Rossello, Mario U Mondelli
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Fc receptor family for IgG type III (FcγRIII, CD16) is an activating receptor on natural killer (NK) cells and an essential mediator of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). There is only limited information on its role during chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We studied CD16 expression in relation to NK cell functional activity in HCV-infected patients and sought mechanistic insights into virus-induced modulation. METHODS: NK cell CD16 expression and activation status were evaluated ex vivo by flow cytometry in HCV-infected patients and healthy controls (HC) as well as in vitro after co-culture with HCV-infected Huh 7...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140702/antiviral-therapies-for-managing-viral-hepatitis-in-lymphoma-patients
#8
REVIEW
Michele Merli, Sara Rattotti, Manuel Gotti, Luca Arcaini
In patients with lymphoma the detection of positive hepatitis B or C viruses (HBV and HCV) serology involves crucial therapeutic consequences. In HBV-infected patients the serological profile of active (HBsAg-positive) or resolved (HBsAg-negative/anti-HBcAb-positive) infection is associated to differential risk of viral reactivation during rituximab-based therapy and require appropriate strategies of monitoring and of antiviral prophylaxis. In HCV-associated NHL patients consolidated data demonstrated that interferon (IFN)-based antiviral therapy (AT) is able to induce lymphoma regression strictly related to viral eradication, while preliminary data of the new direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are very promising...
March 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956157/ibrutinib-for-patients-with-rituximab-refractory-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-s-macroglobulinaemia-innovate-an-open-label-substudy-of-an-international-multicentre-phase-3-trial
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Meletios A Dimopoulos, Judith Trotman, Alessandra Tedeschi, Jeffrey V Matous, David Macdonald, Constantine Tam, Olivier Tournilhac, Shuo Ma, Albert Oriol, Leonard T Heffner, Chaim Shustik, Ramón García-Sanz, Robert F Cornell, Carlos Fernández de Larrea, Jorge J Castillo, Miquel Granell, Marie-Christine Kyrtsonis, Veronique Leblond, Argiris Symeonidis, Efstathios Kastritis, Priyanka Singh, Jianling Li, Thorsten Graef, Elizabeth Bilotti, Steven Treon, Christian Buske
BACKGROUND: In the era of widespread rituximab use for Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, new treatment options for patients with rituximab-refractory disease are an important clinical need. Ibrutinib has induced durable responses in previously treated patients with Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia. We assessed the efficacy and safety of ibrutinib in a population with rituximab-refractory disease. METHODS: This multicentre, open-label substudy was done at 19 sites in seven countries in adults aged 18 years and older with confirmed Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, refractory to rituximab and requiring treatment...
February 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708965/viral-hepatitis-screening-guideline-before-biological-drug-use-in-rheumatic-patients
#10
REVIEW
Ömer Karadağ, Timuçin Kaşifoğlu, Birol Özer, Sabahattin Kaymakoğlu, Yeşim Kuş, Murat İnanç, Gökhan Keser, Sedat Kiraz
Biological drugs (tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, rituximab, tocilizumab, abatacept, and tofacitinib) are important treatment alternatives in rheumatology, particularly for resistant patients. However, they may cause hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) reactivation; for instance, HBV reactivation may occur in a patient who is an inactive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) carrier or who has resolved HBV infection. Therefore, the screening of patients before biological treatment and the application of a prophylactic treatment, particularly with respect to latent HBV infections, are recommended when necessary...
March 2016: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666584/decline-of-cellular-activation-in-non-b-cells-after-rituximab-treatment-in-hepatitis-c-associated-mixed-cryoglobulinemia-vasculitis
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B Emmanuel, N Sidique, X Zhang, B Poonia, M C Sneller, S Kottilil
Mixed cryoglobulinemic vasculitis is associated with the monoclonal expansion of pathognomonic B cells in chronic hepatitis C. Recently, treatment with B-cell depletion, including rituximab, a CD20 monoclonal antibody, has been successful in achieving remission from the active disease. We investigated whether B-cell depletion therapy has an impact on activation of non-B cells in the periphery. Results demonstrated that B-cell depletion therapy is associated with a statistically significant decline in activated T cells, from pretherapy to follow-up while on rituximab therapy: CD4+ CD38+ HLA-DR+ (DR+), CD8+ CD38, CD8+ CD38+ DR+, and CD8+ DR+...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646575/membranous-nephropathy-in-the-kidney-allograft
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REVIEW
Edward J Filippone, John L Farber
Membranous nephropathy (MN) may occur in a kidney transplant as recurrence of the original disease (rMN) or as a de novo MN (dnMN). rMN often occurs early, within the first year, and often in a mild or subclinical fashion. Recurrence cannot be predicted by clinical features at the time of transplantation. The natural history is increasing proteinuria over time, with less chance for spontaneous remission compared to primary MN (pMN). Antiphospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) antibodies should be evaluated in all patients with pMN at the time of transplantation and serially...
November 2016: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605883/prevention-and-management-of-hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-treated-with-anticancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Man Fai Law, Rita Ho, Carmen K M Cheung, Lydia H P Tam, Karen Ma, Kent C Y So, Bonaventure Ip, Jacqueline So, Jennifer Lai, Joyce Ng, Tommy H C Tam
Hepatitis due to hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation can be severe and potentially fatal, but is preventable. HBV reactivation is most commonly reported in patients receiving cancer chemotherapy, especially rituximab-containing therapy for hematological malignancies and those receiving stem cell transplantation. All patients with hematological malignancies receiving anticancer therapy should be screened for active or resolved HBV infection by blood tests for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc)...
July 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27492372/x-linked-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-complicated-by-granulomatous-lymphocytic-interstitial-lung-disease-glild-and-granulomatous-hepatitis
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Cathal L Steele, Matthew Doré, Sandra Ammann, Maurice Loughrey, Angeles Montero, Siobhan O Burns, Emma C Morris, Bobby Gaspar, Kimberly Gilmour, Shahnaz Bibi, Hiba Shendi, Lisa Devlin, Carsten Speckmann, David M Edgar
The X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis (XIAP) deficiency is a primary immunodeficiency characterized by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-driven hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), splenomegaly, and colitis. Here, we present, for the first time, granulomatous hepatitis and granulomatous and lymphocytic interstitial lung disease (GLILD) as manifestations of XIAP deficiency. We report successful treatment of GLILD in XIAP deficiency with rituximab and azathioprine and discuss the role of XIAP deficiency in immune dysregulation...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27468211/hepatitis-c-virus-associated-b-cell-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
#15
REVIEW
Romeo-Gabriel Mihăilă
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients are prone to develop bone marrow or various tissue infiltrates with monoclonal B cells, monoclonal B lymphocytosis or different types of B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (BCNHL), of which the most common are splenic marginal zone BCNHL, diffuse large BCNHL and follicular lymphoma. The association between chronic HCV infection and non Hodgkin's lymphoma has been observed especially in areas with high prevalence of this viral infection. Outside the limitations of some studies that have been conducted, there are also geographic, environmental, and genetic factors that contribute to the epidemiological differences...
July 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27311286/-latest-treatment-of-viral-hepatitis-overcoming-hepatitis-c-and-reactivation-of-hepatitis-b
#16
REVIEW
Yasuhito Tanaka
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), discovered as causative viruses of post-transfusion hepatitis, become persistent infections, leading to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). For HCV, recent IFN-free direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapies have increased sustained virological response (SVR) rates and reduced adverse events. IFN-based therapies, still the standard of care in Asian countries, are influenced by IL28B genetic variants and the liver fibrosis stage, but the DAA combinations obscure the influence of these factors...
February 2016: Rinsho Byori. the Japanese Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27267327/the-correlation-between-antiphospholipid-syndrome-and-cryoglobulinemia-case-series-of-4-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Shiber Shachaf, Molad Yair
BACKGROUND: Cryoglobulinemia is an immune-complex-mediated small vessel vasculitis that classically involves the skin, kidneys and peripheral nerves. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune hypercoagulable disorder which causes blood vessel thrombosis. It can present as a multi-organ microthrombotic disorder which is called catastrophic APS. OBJECTIVE: In this case series we aim to describe the diagnostic and management challenges that arise when these two severe disorders simultaneously present in the same patient...
January 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27228636/infections-and-biological-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Fabiola Atzeni, Alberto Batticciotto, Ignazio F Masala, Rossella Talotta, Maurizio Benucci, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
Long-term extension studies and observational drug registers have revealed an increased risk of serious infections in patients treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor agents, particularly infliximab, etanercept and adalimumab. The same may be true for the newer biological drugs rituximab, tocilizumab and abatacept, although this has yet to be confirmed by long-term observational studies. We review the risk of tuberculosis, herpes zoster and other opportunistic infections, and the recommendations for screening for tuberculosis and hepatitis B and C infections in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, with the aim of informing patients and encouraging greater awareness among physicians...
March 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27161362/improved-4-plus-2-rituximab-protocol-for-severe-cases-of-mixed-cryoglobulinemia-a-6-year-observational-study
#19
Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia, Simone Baldovino, Daniela Rossi, Mirella Alpa, Carla Naretto, Debora Di Simone, Elisa Menegatti
BACKGROUND: In a prospective, single-center open study, we evaluated the very long-term effects of rituximab (RTX) administered to patients with severe mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC). METHODS: RTX was administered to 31 patients with MC (type II in 29 cases and type III in 2) with diffuse membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (16 cases), peripheral neuropathy (26) and large skin ulcers (7). All but 4 patients had serum anti-hepatitis C virus antibodies. RTX was administered at a dose of 375 mg/m2, according to a '4 + 2' protocol (days 1, 8, 15 and 22 plus 1 dose 1 and 2 months later)...
2016: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27119277/refractory-mononeuritis-multiplex-due-to-hepatitis-c-infection-and-cryoglobulinemia-efficient-response-to-rituximab
#20
Cristiane N Soares
BACKGROUND: Mononeuritis multiplex due to hepatitis C infection and cryoglobulinemia has no specific treatment guidelines. Despite the favorable evolution of the liver disease after treatment with interferon and ribavirin, neurological symptoms might not respond very efficiently to antiviral therapy. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 50-year-old woman, with a mononeuritis multiplex related to cryoglobulinemia and hepatitis C virus infection, who was treated with rituximab...
May 2016: Neurologist
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