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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632810/hydralazine-associated-cutaneous-casculitis-presenting-with-aerodigestive-tract-involvement
#1
Laura E Levin, Cynthia Magro, James Horowitz, Joanna Harp
Hydralazine-induced small vessel vasculitis is a rare entity with a limited number of cases reported in the dermatologic literature. A characteristic pattern of acral pseudoembolic vesiculopustules with necrosis and ulceration has been suggested along with involvement of the aerodigestive tract, indicating mucosal involvement is an important feature of this disease. We report the case of a patient with hydralazine-induced vasculitis who exemplified this characteristic presentation associated with severe involvement of the aerodigestive tract and gastrointestinal tract bleeding...
May 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624108/modification-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-as-risk-factor-for-complications-after-liver-transplantation
#2
REVIEW
Paolo De Simone, Paola Carrai, Laura Coletti, Davide Ghinolfi, Stefania Petruccelli, Franco Filipponi
Management of complications post-liver transplantation (LT) includes immunosuppressive manipulations with the aim to reduce the overall burden of immunologic suppression and compensate for renal, cardiovascular, metabolic toxicities, and for the increased oncologic risk. Two approaches can be implemented to reduce immunosuppression-related adverse events: upfront schedules tailored to the pretransplant individual patient's risk profile versus downstream modifications in the event of immunosuppression-related complications...
April 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610760/iatrogenic-kaposi-s-sarcoma-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-an-italian-tertiary-care-centre
#3
L Brambilla, A Tourlaki, G Genovese
AIMS: Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a lymphoangioproliferative multicentric disorder. Among its four distinct clinical variants, iatrogenic KS (iKS) typically affects patients who have received immunosuppressant regimens for organ transplants, proliferative disorders, or immune-mediated diseases. The aim of the current study was to examine the characteristics of a cohort of patients with iKS, evaluating the differences in terms of epidemiological and clinical features, management and outcomes between organ transplant recipients (OTR) and patients immunosuppressed for other medical conditions...
June 10, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608637/regulatory-t-cell-therapy-in-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Gavin P Whitehouse, Andrew Hope, Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo
Modern immunosuppression drug regimens have produced excellent short term survival after liver transplantation but it is generally accepted that the side effects of these medications remain a significant contributing factor for less satisfactory long term outcomes. The liver has unique tolerogenic properties as evidenced by the higher rates of operational tolerance seen in liver transplant recipients compared to other solid organ transplants and therefore liver transplantation offers an attractive setting in which to study tolerising therapies...
June 13, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608031/adalimumab-in-refractory-cystoid-macular-edema-associated-with-birdshot-chorioretinopathy
#5
Laura R Steeples, Paul Spry, Richard W J Lee, Ester Carreño
PURPOSE: To report the clinical outcomes of adalimumab therapy in cases of birdshot chorioretinitis (BCR) with cystoid macular edema (CME) refractory to conventional immunotherapy. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of three BCR patients treated with adalimumab for refractory CME. The main outcome measure was central subfield thickness (CST) on optical coherence tomography. Any patients treated with local steroids and/or receiving systemic steroids higher than 40 mg prednisolone daily during adalimumab therapy were excluded...
June 12, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606879/can-immunosuppression-be-stopped-after-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Pierre-Alain Clavien, Xavier Muller, Michelle L de Oliveira, Philipp Dutkowski, Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo
Liver transplantation has improved dramatically over the past three decades, mainly as a result of advances in surgical techniques and management of post-transplant complications. The focus has now turned towards rescuing additional organs in the face of scarce organ supply, or prevention of long-term toxicity associated with immunosuppression. The liver appears to be privileged in terms of immune tolerance, with a low incidence of antibody-mediated rejection, which is in sharp contrast to other solid organ transplants, such as kidney, lung, and heart transplants...
July 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605781/everolimus-with-cyclosporine-withdrawal-or-low-exposure-cyclosporine-in-kidney-transplantation-from-month-3-a-multicentre-randomized-trial
#7
Klemens Budde, Martin Zeier, Oliver Witzke, Wolfgang Arns, Frank Lehner, Markus Guba, Johannes Jacobi, Volker Kliem, Petra Reinke, Ingeborg A Hauser, Bruno Vogt, Rolf Stahl, Thomas Rath, Michael Duerr, Eva-Maria Paulus, Christoph May, Martina Porstner, Claudia Sommerer
Background.: Randomized trials have shown that early adoption of everolimus-based immunosuppressive regimens without a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) improves long-term kidney graft function, but the optimal strategy for CNI minimization remains uncertain. Methods.: In a prospective, randomized, multicentre, 12-month trial, 499 de novo kidney transplant patients were randomized at Month 3 to (i) remain on standard CNI (cyclosporine) therapy with mycophenolic acid, (ii) convert to everolimus with mycophenolic acid or (iii) start everolimus with reduced CNI and no mycophenolic acid (clinical trials registry: ClinicalTrials...
June 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592129/allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-after-fludarabine-melphalan-and-thymoglobulin-followed-by-early-withdrawal-of-prophylactic-immunosuppression-in-patients-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-update-of-single-center-study
#8
L Raida, A Kuba, Z Rusinakova, R Szotkowska, I Skoumalova, E Faber, T Szotkowski, P Rohon, J Hubacek, K Indrak, Z Pikalova, M Jarosova, M Divoka, K Langova, T Papajik
Presented are updated results of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantations (HSCTs) in 25 adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in complete remission (CR) after a reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) combining fludarabine (150 mg/m2) and melphalan (140 mg/m2) with thymoglobulin (4.5 mg/kg or recently 4.0 mg/kg) followed by early initiation of reduction and withdrawal of prophylactic posttransplant immunosuppression. The median post-transplant follow-up was 32 (range, 4-87) months. Stable engraftment of donor's hematopoiesis was achieved in all patients...
June 8, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577733/-transplant-tolerance-through-mixed-chimerism
#9
Julien Zuber
Three pilot studies have offered proof-of-concept that operational tolerance can be induced through mixed chimerism in recipients of combined kidney and hematopoietic cell transplants from the same donor. In two studies, sustained mixed chimerism was induced allowing safe and rejection-free immunosuppression withdrawal. However, this success came at heavy toll, requiring harsh cytoreductive regimen and a balance tipped toward graft-versus-host reactivity. Hence, achievement of durable chimerism in humans is not devoid of a significant risk of graft-versus-host disease...
April 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546260/randomised-controlled-trial-of-prolonged-treatment-in-the-remission-phase-of-anca-associated-vasculitis
#10
Alexandre Karras, Christian Pagnoux, Marion Haubitz, Kirsten de Groot, Xavier Puechal, Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, Mårten Segelmark, Loic Guillevin, David Jayne
OBJECTIVES: A prospective randomised trial to compare two different durations of maintenance immunosuppressive therapy for the prevention of relapse in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS: Patients with AAV were recruited 18-24 months after diagnosis if they were in stable remission after cyclophosphamide/prednisolone-based induction followed by azathioprine/prednisolone maintenance therapy. They were randomised (1:1) to receive continued azathioprine/prednisolone to 48 months from diagnosis (continuation group) or to withdraw azathioprine/prednisolone by 24 months (withdrawal group)...
May 25, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537473/anakinra-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-refractory-scleritis-a-pilot-study
#11
C Bottin, A Fel, N Butel, F Domont, A L Remond, L Savey, V Touitou, J F Alexandra, P LeHoang, P Cacoub, B Bodaghi, D Saadoun
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of anakinra for severe and refractory scleritis. METHODS: Ten patients with severe (i.e. at least 2 ocular relapses per year despite treatment) and refractory [i.e. at least to one disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS)] scleritis were treated with anakinra (100 mg/day subcutaneously). Scleritis was associated with inflammatory systemic diseases in 60% of cases. The remission rate defined the primary outcome...
May 24, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529524/antithyroid-drug-therapy-for-graves-disease-and-implications-for-recurrence
#12
REVIEW
Jia Liu, Jing Fu, Yuan Xu, Guang Wang
Graves' disease (GD) is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism worldwide. Current therapeutic options for GD include antithyroid drugs (ATD), radioactive iodine, and thyroidectomy. ATD treatment is generally well accepted by patients and clinicians due to some advantages including normalizing thyroid function in a short time, hardly causing hypothyroidism, and ameliorating immune disorder while avoiding radiation exposure and invasive procedures. However, the relatively high recurrence rate is a major concern for ATD treatment, which is associated with multiple influencing factors like clinical characteristics, treatment strategies, and genetic and environmental factors...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521707/biologic-agents-in-systemic-dermatotherapy-cutaneous-and-systemic-side-effects
#13
George Badavanis, Efstathia Pasmatzi, Alexandra Monastirli, Dionysios Tsambaos
The recent significant breakthroughs in the understanding of the pathogenetic mechanisms of psoriasis and other immune-mediated inflammatory disorders, have led to the emergence of a wide array of biologic agents or biologics, that are especially designed to target selective intracellular or extracellular components and pathways of the dysregulated immune response. These targeted biologic agents have altered the landscape in dermatotherapy aiming to offer higher therapeutic efficacy and an alternative in patients who either failed on conventional systemic regimens or have no other therapeutic options...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518214/immune-monitoring-as-prerequisite-for-transplantation-tolerance-trials
#14
REVIEW
Katayoun Behnam Sani, Birgit Sawitzki
Ever since its first application in clinical medicine, scientists have urged to induce tolerance towards foreign allogeneic transplants and thus avoid rejection by the recipient's immune system. This would circumvent chronic use of immunosuppressive drugs (IS) and thus avoid development of IS-induced side effects, which are contributing to the still unsatisfactory long-term graft and patient survival after solid organ transplantation. Although manifold strategies of tolerance induction have been described in preclinical models, only three therapeutic approaches have been successfully utilized in a still small number of patients...
May 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512418/cushing-s-syndrome-cortisol-and-cognitive-competency-a-case-report
#15
Neil Oronsky, Bennett Thilagar, Carolyn M Ray, Scott Caroen, Michelle M C Lybeck, Lindsey Ferry, Ronald A Voves, Bryan Oronsky
Glucocorticoids are associated with immunosuppression and neuropsychiatric complications. We describe the case of a carcinoid patient with Cushing's syndrome (CS) and neurocognitive impairment due to ectopic ACTH production who developed sepsis and died because of his family's decision to withdraw antibiotic treatment. This report is presented to illustrate the importance of advanced-care planning in patients with CS.
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507917/systemic-meta-analysis-assessing-the-short-term-applicability-of-early-conversion-to-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-inhibitors-in-kidney-transplant
#16
Jayant Kumar, Isabella Reccia, Tomokazu Kusano, Bridson M Julie, Ajay Sharma, Ahmed Halawa
AIM: To consolidate the present evidence of effectiveness in renal functioning and graft survival following early introduction of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors with or without calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) in renal transplant recipients. METHODS: We analysed the current literature following PROSPERO approval describing the role of immunosuppressive agent, mTOR inhibitors as an alternative to CNI within six months of renal transplant by searching the PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, Crossref, and Scopus using MeSH terms...
April 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499322/azathioprine-allows-glucocorticoid-withdrawal-post-hoc-results-of-a-prospective-study-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
#17
Niels Teich, Wolfgang Mohl, Bernd Bokemeyer, Burkhard Bündgens, Jürgen Büning, Stephan Miehlke, Dietrich Hüppe, Christian Maaser, Britta Siegmund, Carsten Schmidt, Andreas Stallmach
Background Azathioprine is recommended as first-line immunosuppressant in patients with steroid-dependent inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). However, data on steroid withdrawal after induction therapy in IBD patients are sparse. Methods In this post-hoc analysis of a prospective multicenter study, we analyzed the proportion and clinical characteristics of 324 azathioprine-tolerant patients as to whether they could terminate the glucocorticoid therapy after initiation of treatment with azathioprine. Results Systemic steroid therapy was required in 190 patients (58...
May 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497440/-treatment-of-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-with-fingolimod-in-routine-clinical-practice
#18
C Alcala-Vicente, F C Perez-Miralles, F Gascon-Gimenez, I Bosca-Blasco, A Navarre-Gimeno, F Coret-Ferrer, B Casanova-Estruch
INTRODUCTION: Fingolimod is a selective immunosuppressant that targets the S1P receptor, and is indicated in the treatment of aggressive relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and following treatment failure with first-order drugs. AIM: To investigate the safety and effectiveness of fingolimod under the conditions of routine clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted an observational study with prospective follow-up of patients with RRMS who received fingolimod from January 2011 until February 2014...
May 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495642/feasibility-of-lenalidomide-therapy-for-persistent-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-after-allogeneic-transplantation
#19
Maria R Khouri, Elias J Jabbour, Alison M Gulbis, Francesco Turturro, Celina Ledesma, Martin Korbling, Barry I Samuels, Sairah Ahmed, Amin M Alousi, Stefan O Ciurea, David Marin, Krina K Patel, Uday R Popat, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos, Roland L Bassett, Issa F Khouri
In patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), persistence of disease after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) can result in poor outcomes. In an effort to improve these outcomes, patients with persistent CLL who were 90 to 100 days beyond alloSCT with no evidence of graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) were randomized to receive lenalidomide or standard care (withdrawal of immunosuppression followed by donor lymphocyte infusion). Lenalidomide was initiated at 5 mg every other day and increased to 10 mg daily, if tolerated, in each patient...
May 8, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493355/consideration-of-difficulties-and-exit-strategies-in-a-case-of-face-allotransplantation-resulting-in-failure
#20
Özlenen Özkan, Ömer Özkan, Umuttan Doğan, Vural Taner Yılmaz, Hilmi Uysal, Levent Ündar, Ebru Apaydın Doğan, Ozan Salim, Anı Çinpolat, Atilla Ramazanoglu
We describe the first rescue procedure in a case of total face allotransplantation. The recipient was a 54-year-old man with severe disfigurement of the entire face following an accidental gunshot injury 5 years previously. The large defect included the maxilla, mandible, and mid-face. Full face procurement was performed from a multiorgan cadaveric donor and was allotransplanted to the recipient. The post-transplant induction immunosuppressive regimen included ATG combined with tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisone, while maintenance was provided by the last three of these...
May 11, 2017: Microsurgery
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