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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527161/prognostic-indicators-of-response-to-plasmapheresis-in-patients-of-guillain-barre-syndrome
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H B Prasad, R T Borse, A N Avate, Assistant Professor In Medicine Palasdeokar
INTRODUCTION: Plasmapheresis is an important modality for the treatment of GBS. Moreover the response to this treatment modality is not same in all cases. We therefore studied the various prognostic indicators of response to plasmapheresis in patients of Guillain Barre Syndrome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 40 patients were included in the study. Thorough clinical examination was done. Nerve conduction was done to find out the type of neuropathy. All were then given plasmapheresis...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525673/report-on-50-cases-of-severe-acute-hypotension-at-donor-plasmaphereses-treatment-and-course
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Josef Evers, George B Schreiber, Uwe Taborski
INTRODUCTION: This paper reports our experience in 50 cases with severe hypotensive reactions at plasma donations (synonymous with donor plasmaphereses). METHODS: Plasma donors who developed a severe acute hypotensive reaction at donor plasmapheresis, and were treated by placing the donor in the Trendelenburg position and rapid infusion of 1,000 mL saline were investigated. Plasmaphereses were performed with the Haemonetics® plasma collecting system 2 (PCS2). The results were analyzed using Excel...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513247/use-of-non-biologic-treatments-in-antihistamine-refractory-chronic-urticaria-a-review-of-published-evidence
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Jesper Grønlund Holm, Ilya Ivyanskiy, Simon Francis Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of effectiveness and safety of the non-biologic, non-antihistamine treatments used for chronic urticaria is important as in some cases the principal guideline-recommended drug; omalizumab, has limited effect, side effects, or is too expensive or unavailable. Herein we systematically review the evidence for the use of the non-biologic treatments in antihistamine-refractory chronic urticaria. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature using PubMed and Webofscience and identified studies that reported use of one or more of the non-biological, non-antihistamine treatment options for chronic urticaria...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507728/therapeutic-plasmapheresis-for-hypertriglyceridemia-associated-acute-pancreatitis-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Kiran Joglekar, Ben Brannick, Dipen Kadaria, Amik Sodhi
BACKGROUND: Severe hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) is the third leading cause of acute pancreatitis (AP) in the United States. The current standard of care includes management of HTG using pharmacological therapy. More recently, plasmapheresis has been proposed as a therapeutic tool for decreasing triglyceride (TG) levels, especially in critically ill patients. Few studies are available to ascertain overall benefits of plasmapheresis over traditional management. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the outcomes of patients treated with plasmapheresis for severe HTG-associated pancreatitis...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507447/managing-refractory-cryoglobulinemic-vasculitis-challenges-and-solutions
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REVIEW
Predrag Ostojic, Ivan R Jeremic
Cryoglobulinemia is thought to be a rare condition. It may be an isolated disorder or secondary to a particular disease. According to immunoglobulin composition, cryoglobulinemia is classified into three types. In mixed cryoglobulinemia (types II and III), vascular deposition of cryoglobulin-containing immune complexes and complement may induce a clinical syndrome, characterized by systemic vasculitis and inflammation - cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CryoVas). Most common clinical manifestations in CryoVas are skin lesions (orthostatic purpura and ulcers), weakness, peripheral neuropathy, Raynaud's phenomenon, sicca syndrome, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, and arthralgia and seldom arthritis...
2017: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506503/extended-clinical-spectrum-of-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-in-children-a-case-series
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Ajay Goenka, Vivek Jain, Hiroki Nariai, Alfred Spiro, Mitchell Steinschneider
OBJECTIVE: There is a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations in children with anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antibody encephalitis from two different health care settings. METHODS: We describe our experience with 13 patients (median age, 7 years; range, 5 months to 19 years) presenting to tertiary referral centers in India and the United States. RESULTS: Initial manifestations were neurological (seizures or movement disorders) in eight patients, and psychiatric (e...
April 5, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506366/antibody-mediated-rejection-after-liver-transplant
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REVIEW
Michael Lee
Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in liver transplants is a field in its infancy compared with its allograft cohorts of the kidney and lung. Acute AMR is diagnosed based on specific clinical and histopathologic criteria: serum donor specific antibodies, C4d staining, histopathologic findings on liver biopsy, and exclusion of other entities. In contrast, the histologic features of chronic AMR are not as specific and it is a more challenging diagnosis to make. Treatments of acute and chronic AMR include some combination of steroids, immune-modulating agents, intravenous immunoglobulin, plasmapheresis, and proteasome inhibitors...
June 2017: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503332/chronic-neuropsychological-sequelae-in-a-patient-with-nontumorous-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis
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Dong Y Han, Lisa M Koehl, Aarti Patel, Zhengqiu Zhou, Sarah Phillips, Siddharth Kapoor
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis is a neurological, autoimmune disorder tightly conceptualized only as recently as the mid-2000s. It presents itself in a combination of psychiatric, neurological, and autonomic features. We observe a unique case with probable earlier episode (prior to the mid-2000s conceptualization of the disease) and a later relapse, accompanying a comprehensive neuropsychological profile tracked after the relapse and subsequent improvement. Neurocognitive findings revealed residual frontal deficits with mood changes even in the state after plasmapheresis...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500622/implementation-of-a-rapid-assay-of-adamts13-activity-was-associated-with-improved-30-day-survival-rate-in-patients-with-acquired-primary-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-who-received-platelet-transfusions
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Yumi Yoshii, Yoshihiro Fujimura, Charles L Bennett, Ayami Isonishi, Norio Kurumatani, Masanori Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: Platelet (PLT) transfusions are probably harmful in patients with acquired idiopathic thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). Introduction of a rapid assay for ADAMTS13 activity should reduce the time to definite diagnosis of aTTP, reduce the amount of inappropriately transfused PLT concentrates, and improve mortality and morbidity. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We selected 265 aTTP patients with severe ADAMTS13 deficiency. Of these, 91 patients were diagnosed by March 2005 (Period 1), when ADAMTS13 activity was measured by von Willebrand factor multimer assay, which took 4 to 7 days until the result was reported...
May 12, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498142/inflammatory-myopathy-and-axonal-neuropathy-in-a-patient-with-melanoma-following-pembrolizumab-treatment
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Panagiotis T Diamantopoulos, Katerina Tsatsou, Olga Benopoulou, Amalia Anastasopoulou, Helen Gogas
Immune-mediated adverse effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors are rather common, but neuromyopathic immune-related adverse events are very rare. In this report, we present a unique case of a patient with a complex neuromyopathic syndrome with axonal neuropathy and inflammatory myopathy after a single dose of pembrolizumab. An 82-year-old patient with a previously untreated stage IIIc melanoma developed ptosis in the left eye, generalized weakness, and neck and shoulder pain 15 days after pembrolizumab administration...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494175/the-effect-of-plasmapheresis-on-treating-disseminated-intravascular-coagulation-dic-caused-by-a-hemiscorpius-lepturus-gadim-sting
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Babak Mostafazadeh, Ahmad Gorbani, Mitra Mogaddaspour, Hamid Reza Khoddami Vishteh
INTRODUCTION: The highest mortality from scorpion stings in Iran is due to the stings of a particular type of scorpion known as Hemiscorpius lepturus (H. lepturus, Gadim in local language). The present study aimed at investigating the use of plasmapheresis to treat severe cases of H. lepturus stings. METHOD: This pilot study was a randomized clinical trial conducted from June 2015 to June 2016 in Razi hospital of Ahvaz, Iran. Twenty-nine patients who had been stung by H...
May 11, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492232/pemphigus
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REVIEW
Michael Kasperkiewicz, Christoph T Ellebrecht, Hayato Takahashi, Jun Yamagami, Detlef Zillikens, Aimee S Payne, Masayuki Amagai
Pemphigus is a group of IgG-mediated autoimmune diseases of stratified squamous epithelia, such as the skin and oral mucosa, in which acantholysis (the loss of cell adhesion) causes blisters and erosions. Pemphigus has three major subtypes: pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus foliaceus and paraneoplastic pemphigus. IgG autoantibodies are characteristically raised against desmoglein 1 and desmoglein 3, which are cell-cell adhesion molecules found in desmosomes. The sites of blister formation can be physiologically explained by the anti-desmoglein autoantibody profile and tissue-specific expression pattern of desmoglein isoforms...
May 11, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491815/lethal-pulmonary-hemorrhage-syndrome-due-to-leptospira-infection-transmitted-by-pet-rat
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Bernd Ludwig, Viviane Zotzmann, Christoph Bode, Dawid L Staudacher, Stefan Zschiedrich
Human infection with Leptospira interrogans can be life-threatening. Multiple organ involvement frequently presents with liver and kidney failure, less commonly including severe hemolysis and pulmonary hemorrhage syndrome. Here, we present a fulminant case of leptospirosis presenting with hemolysis and pulmonary hemorrhage. A formerly healthy 34 year old patient presented to a rural hospital with dyspnea and hemoptysis after a week of influenza-like symptoms. Initial assessment revealed severe sepsis, acute kidney failure and severe hemolysis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488966/haemolysis-pure-red-cell-aplasia-and-red-cell-antibody-formation-associated-with-major-and-bidirectional-abo-incompatible-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Gordana Tomac, Ines Bojanić, Sanja Mazić, Ivana Vidović, Mirela Raos, Branka Golubić Ćepulić, Ranka Serventi Seiwerth, Jadranka Kelečić, Boris Labar
BACKGROUND: Acute and delayed haemolysis, alloimmunisation and pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) are potential complications after ABO incompatible haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The aims of this study were to investigate acute and delayed red blood cell (RBC) antibody-associated complications, including haemolysis, PRCA and alloimmunisation in major and bidirectional ABO incompatible HSCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively examined the transplant courses of 36 recipients of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells from ABO incompatible donors and evaluated the current practice of performing plasmapheresis in patients with higher isoagglutinin titres...
April 19, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488614/safety-and-efficacy-of-therapeutic-membrane-plasmapheresis-in-the-treatment-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-a-study-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-from-india
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Sanjay Vikrant, Surinder Thakur, Ashok Sharma, Dalip Gupta, Sudhir Sharma
BACKGROUND: Reports on therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) with the standard hemodialysis equipment are scarce, particularly from developing countries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of safety and efficacy of membrane-based TPE with a standard hemodialysis equipment for the treatment of severe Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) was conducted. RESULTS: A total of 120 TPE sessions were performed in 31 GBS patients over a period of 5½ years...
May 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487300/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-seeing-the-diagnosis
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Max J Blumberg, Cynthia I Tung, Lindsay A May, Sangita P Patel
A 41-year-old woman presented to her primary doctor with nausea, back pain and lower extremity oedema. Initial labs showed elevated serum creatinine and white blood cell count (WBC), which her doctor attributed to ibuprofen use and a recent upper respiratory infection. Five days later, she presented to the eye clinic with eye pain, redness and blurred vision. She was diagnosed with iritis, conjunctivitis and keratitis. The inflammatory eye disease with decreased renal function prompted the ophthalmologist to initiate systemic autoimmune and infectious disease work-up...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486309/rationale-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-biopharmaceuticals-in-inflammatory-diseases
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Gilles Paintaud, Christophe Passot, David Ternant, Bertolotto Antonio, Theodora Bejan-Angoulvant, Dora Pascual-Salcedo, Denis Mulleman
Biopharmaceuticals bring together a number of specific characteristics as compared with other drugs. However, as done for most drugs, an individual adjustment of their dose may be necessary. Similar to "chemical" drugs, biopharmaceuticals used in immuno-inflammatory diseases have a rather narrow therapeutic range, lack good early clinical or biological marker of response, have variable pharmacokinetics, and their serum concentration are most often related with response. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have additional specific sources of pharmacokinetic variability...
May 5, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473932/acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-in-a-patient-with-pernicious-anemia
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Ramesh Kumar Pandey, Sumit Dahal, Kamal Fadlalla El Jack Fadlalla, Shambhu Bhagat, Bikash Bhattarai
Introduction. Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) has been associated with different autoimmune disorders. However, its association with pernicious anemia is rarely reported. Case Report. A 46-year-old male presented with blood in sputum and urine for one day. The vitals were stable. The physical examination was significant for icterus. Lab tests' results revealed leukocytosis, macrocytic anemia, severe thrombocytopenia, renal dysfunction, and unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia. He had an elevated LDH, low haptoglobin levels with many schistocytes, nucleated RBCs, and reticulocytes on peripheral smear...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467688/effectiveness-and-cost-of-hepatitis-c-virus-cryoglobulinemia-vasculitis-treatment-from-interferon-based-to-direct-acting-antivirals-era
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Patrice Cacoub, Mathieu Vautier, Anne Claire Desbois, Antoine Lafuma, David Saadoun
BACKGROUND: The net benefits of new hepatitis C virus (HCV) direct acting antiviral drugs (DAA) in patients with cryoglobulinemia vasculitis (CryoVas) are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effectiveness and cost of all treatments used for HCV-CryoVas in the DAA versus pre-DAA era. METHODS: A chart review of all HCV-CryoVas patients who received antivirals from 1993 to 2016 in a tertiary center was performed. Treatment effectiveness was analyzed for clinical, immunological and virological responses...
May 3, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457424/what-can-we-do-when-all-collapses-fatal-outcome-of-collapsing-glomerulopathy-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-with-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-case-report
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H Pinto, R Leal, L Rodrigues, L Santos, C Romãozinho, F Macário, R Alves, J Pratas, V Sousa, C Marinho, L Prado E Castro, F Costa, M Campos, A Mota, A Figueiredo
INTRODUCTION: Collapsing glomerulopathy (CG) is a rare form of glomerular injury. Although commonly associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, it can occur in association with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 50-year-old man, with chronic kidney disease secondary to focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis, who received a cadaveric kidney transplant in 2007. There were no relevant intercurrences until May 2015, when he presented with nephrotic range proteinuria (± 4 g/d)...
May 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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