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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221884/-efficacy-and-tolerance-of-tocilizumab-for-corticosteroid-sparing-in-giant-cell-arteritis-and-aortitis-experience-of-nimes-university-hospital-about-eleven-patients
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J Broner, E Arnaud
INTRODUCTION: Giant cell arteritis is a large-vessels vasculitis, which treatment consists in a slowly-tappered steroid-therapy. Immunosuppressive agents are sometimes used in case of steroid-dependance. We have conducted an observationnal retrospective study including patients treated with tocilizumab for a giant cell arteritis or an aortitis in the internal medicine department at the Nîmes University Hospital. RESULTS: Eleven patients were included between 2011 and 2016, who had been treated only with prednisone...
December 5, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217104/-does-tocilizumab-mean-the-end-of-glucocorticoids-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#2
M Samson, B Bonnotte
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 4, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217029/development-of-a-predictive-model-for-temporal-artery-biopsies
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Ezekiel Weis, Andrew Toren, David Jordan, Vivek Patel, Steven Gilberg
OBJECTIVE: Temporal artery biopsy is a critical, relatively safe, and reliable test in the diagnosis of temporal arteritis. Yet, a clarification of the pre-test probabilities may provide clarity on which patients with suspected giant cell arteritis would benefit from this invasive diagnostic procedure. DESIGN: A prospective case series PARTICIPANTS: A consecutive case series of patients referred to the Ophthalmology service for temporal artery biopsy. METHODS: All subjects underwent standardized serum testing, and signs and symptoms assessment...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200816/multivariable-prediction-model-for-suspected-giant-cell-arteritis-development-and-validation
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Edsel B Ing, Gabriela Lahaie Luna, Andrew Toren, Royce Ing, John J Chen, Nitika Arora, Nurhan Torun, Otana A Jakpor, J Alexander Fraser, Felix J Tyndel, Arun Ne Sundaram, Xinyang Liu, Cindy Ty Lam, Vivek Patel, Ezekiel Weis, David Jordan, Steven Gilberg, Christian Pagnoux, Martin Ten Hove
Purpose: To develop and validate a diagnostic prediction model for patients with suspected giant cell arteritis (GCA). Methods: A retrospective review of records of consecutive adult patients undergoing temporal artery biopsy (TABx) for suspected GCA was conducted at seven university centers. The pathologic diagnosis was considered the final diagnosis. The predictor variables were age, gender, new onset headache, clinical temporal artery abnormality, jaw claudication, ischemic vision loss (VL), diplopia, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and platelet level...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196543/fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-for-giant-cell-arteritis
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EDITORIAL
Daniel Blockmans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196244/a-concise-review-of-significantly-modified-serological-biomarkers-in-giant-cell-arteritis-as-detected-by-different-methods
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REVIEW
B Burja, T Kuret, S Sodin-Semrl, K Lakota, Ž Rotar, R Ješe, K Mrak-Poljsak, P Žigon, G G Thallinger, J Feichtinger, S Čučnik, M Tomšič, S Praprotnik, A Hocevar
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a primary systemic vasculitis present in subjects older than 50years with involvement of large and medium sized arteris. Early diagnosis for GCA is essential to prevent serious complications, such as permanent vision loss and/or cerebrovascular events. Elevated inflammatory cytokines, with acute phase and other proteins dominate large- and medium-sized arteries leading to stenosis or occlusion of arterial lumen. To date, there are no reliable serological markers for monitoring GCA...
November 28, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186088/giant-cell-temporal-arteritis-with-persistent-bilateral-sensorineural-hearing-loss-a-likely-consequence-of-delayed-institution-of-glucocorticoid-therapy
#7
Shoaib Junejo, Yasir Ali, Adriana Abrudescu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166756/use-of-imaging-techniques-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-and-related-conditions
#8
Annibale Versari, Nicolò Pipitone, Massimiliano Casali, Francois Jamar, Giulia Pazzola
Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu's arteritis (TA) are large vessel vasculitis (LVV) primarily affecting the aorta and its major branches, mainly differentiated by the onset age (>50 years GCA and <40 years TA). In addition, temporal artery involvement and polymyalgia rheumatic are typical features of GCA, but not TA. Imaging techniques are required to secure the diagnosis of large-vessel vasculitides, and to monitor the disease course. Both morphological and metabolic imaging are involved. Morphological imaging is represented mainly by Computerized Tomography (CT), CT angiography, Magnetic Resonance (MR), MR angiography, Color-Doppler Sonography (CDS) and high-resolution CDS...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159203/varicella-zoster-virus-infected-cerebrovascular-cells-produce-a-proinflammatory-environment
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Dallas Jones, C Preston Neff, Brent E Palmer, Kurt Stenmark, Maria A Nagel
Objective: To test whether varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection of human brain vascular cells and of lung fibroblasts directly increases proinflammatory cytokine levels, consistent with VZV as a causative agent in intracerebral VZV vasculopathy and giant-cell arteritis (GCA). Methods: Conditioned supernatant from mock- and VZV-infected human brain vascular adventitial fibroblasts (HBVAFs), human perineurial cells (HPNCs), human brain vascular smooth muscle cells (HBVSMCs), and human fetal lung fibroblasts (HFLs) were collected at 72 hours postinfection and analyzed for levels of 30 proinflammatory cytokines using the Meso Scale Discovery Multiplex ELISA platform...
September 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146018/biological-treatments-in-giant-cell-arteritis-takayasu-arteritis
#10
Maxime Samson, Georgina Espígol-Frigolé, Nekane Terrades-García, Sergio Prieto-González, Marc Corbera-Bellalta, Roser Alba-Rovira, José Hernández-Rodríguez, Sylvain Audia, Bernard Bonnotte, Maria C Cid
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TAK) are the two main large vessel vasculitides. They share some similarities regarding their clinical, radiological and histological presentations but some pathogenic processes in GCA and TAK are activated differently, thus explaining their different sensitivity to biological therapies. The treatment of GCA and TAK essentially relies on glucocorticoids. However, thanks to major progress in our understanding of their pathogenesis, the role of biological therapies in the treatment of these two vasculitides is expanding, especially in relapsing or refractory diseases...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145713/positron-emission-tomography-as-an-imaging-biomarker-in-a-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-of-patients-with-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Peter C Grayson, Sara Alehashemi, Armin A Bagheri, Ali Cahid Civelek, Thomas R Cupps, Mariana J Kaplan, Ashkan A Malayeri, Peter A Merkel, Elaine Novakovich, David A Bluemke, Mark A Ahlman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical value of (18) F-flurodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in a prospective cohort of patients with large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) and disease comparators. METHODS: Patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) were studied, along with a comparator group consisting of patients with hyperlipidemia, diseases that mimic LVV, and healthy controls. Participants underwent clinical evaluation and FDG-PET imaging, and patients with LVV underwent serial imaging at six-month intervals...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145680/-a-rare-differential-diagnosis-of-chronic-cough
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Michael Dicker, Tino Schneider, Johannes von Kempis, Markus Diethelm
History and admission findings We report on a 62-year-old male patient with dry cough for 3 months, constitutional symptoms and elevated inflammatory markers. Investigations Despite extensive diagnostics no infectious, malignant or rheumatologic disease could be found. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed lymphocytosis. 18-FDG-PET/CT demonstrated increased metabolic activity of the aorta and its primary branches. Diagnosis, treatment and course We diagnosed large vessel vasculitis consistent to a subtype of giant cell arteritis (GCA) without cranial manifestation...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140815/neuroimaging-diagnostic-and-monitoring-approaches-in-ophthalmology
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Bart K Chwalisz, Marc A Bouffard, Sashank Prasad, Dean M Cestari
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review new applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology in neuro-ophthalmology. We also describe new technologies for visualizing the extracranial vessels in the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA). RECENT FINDINGS: Newer OCT modalities are expanding the evaluation of the optic disc, and are being applied to a number of neurologic conditions such as demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease. Swept-source OCT and enhanced-depth imaging OCT are refining the fine-grained analysis of the optic nerve head in the diagnosis of papilledema and optic nerve drusen...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126277/-18f-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-in-patients-presenting-with-suspicion-of-giant-cell-arteritis-lessons-from-a-vasculitis-clinic
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Stephan Imfeld, Christof Rottenburger, Elke Schegk, Markus Aschwanden, Freimut Juengling, Daniel Staub, Mike Recher, Diego Kyburz, Christoph T Berger, Thomas Daikeler
Aims: The usefulness of [18F] fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography ([18F]FDG-PET/CT) for diagnosing giant cell arteritis (GCA) has been previously reported. Yet, the interpretation of PET scans is not clear-cut. The present study aimed at determining the best method to analyse PET/CT in a large, real-life cohort of patients presenting with suspicion of GCA. Methods and results: One hundred and three patients with clinical suspicion of GCA undergoing PET/CT between 2006 and 2012 were included...
November 8, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124397/long-term-glucocorticoid-treatment-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-giant-cell-arteritis-or-both-diseases-results-from-a-national-rheumatology-database
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Katinka Albrecht, Dörte Huscher, Frank Buttgereit, Martin Aringer, Guido Hoese, Wolfgang Ochs, Katja Thiele, Angela Zink
The objective of this study was to evaluate glucocorticoid (GC) use in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), giant cell arteritis (GCA) or both diseases (PMR + GCA) under rheumatological care. Data from patients with PMR (n = 1420), GCA (n = 177) or PMR + GCA (n = 261) from the National Database of the German Collaborative Arthritis Centers were analyzed regarding GCs and related comorbidities (osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease), stratified by disease duration (DD). Longitudinal data were analyzed for all patients with a DD ≤ 2 years at database entry (n = 1397)...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122818/optical-coherence-tomographic-angiography-identifies-peripapillary-microvascular-dilation-and-focal-non-perfusion-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#16
Eric D Gaier, Aubrey L Gilbert, Dean M Cestari, John B Miller
AIMS: We set out to determine the optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCT-A) characteristics of arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (AAION) in the context of giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: This is an observational case series of four patients with AAION secondary to GCA, three with unilateral AAION and one with bilateral AAION. We reviewed the charts, fundus photography, visual fields, fluorescein angiography (FA) and OCT-A images for all patients to identify a unifying theme in a range of AAION clinical severity...
November 9, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120976/case-report-masquerading-large-vessel-giant-cell-arteritis
#17
Paul Jacquier, Raphael Wuarin, Carlo Chizzolini, Gabriele Thumann, Heimo Steffen, Argyrios Chronopoulos
SIGNIFICANCE: Large-vessel giant cell arteritis (GCA) can be a diagnostic dilemma for the eye care provider because it may not involve the typical cranial arteries. When any of its potential ocular complications are diagnosed, it is important to consider this unusual form of GCA. PURPOSE: To report an unusual ophthalmic presentation of large-vessel GCA with sequential bilateral anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and branch retinal artery occlusion. METHODS: A 65-year-old previously healthy woman experienced sequential bilateral anterior ischemic optic neuropathy with branch retinal artery occlusion in the absence of other signs and symptoms suggestive of cranial GCA...
November 9, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118757/decreased-immunity-to-varicella-zoster-virus-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#18
Christien Rondaan, Kornelis S M van der Geest, Elisabeth Eelsing, Annemieke M H Boots, Nicolaas A Bos, Johanna Westra, Elisabeth Brouwer
Introduction: Herpes zoster, which can have a major impact on quality of life, results from reactivation of a latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. We hypothesized that giant cell arteritis (GCA) patients are at increased risk of herpes zoster because of treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids and advanced age. Aim of the study, therefore, was to determine cell-mediated and humoral immunity to VZV in patients with GCA, patients with closely related disease polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR; treated with lower doses of glucocorticoids) and healthy controls (HCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114186/clinical-utility-of-anti-c1q-antibody-in-primary-and-secondary-vasculitic-conditions
#19
Kabeerdoss Jayakanthan, And Nikhil Gupta, John Mathew, Raheesh Ravindran, Gowri Mahasampth, Debashish Danda
Objective: Anti-C1q antibodies (Anti-C1q Ab) are seen in hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome (HUVS), infection-associated vasculitis such as hepatitis C virus-related vasculitis and in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, giant cell arteritis, vascular Behcet's disease, and cryoglobulin associated vasculitis. Aim of this study is to evaluate the presence of Anti-C1q Ab in vasculitis and to determine if any difference exists between primary and secondary vasculitis in relation to this antibody...
November 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112741/atherosclerosis-as-a-potential-pitfall-in-the-diagnosis-of-giant-cell-arteritis
#20
Eugenio De Miguel, Luis M Beltran, Irene Monjo, Francesco Deodati, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Juan Garcia-Puig
Objectives: To explore whether the increase in the intima-media thickness (IMT) in arteriosclerotic disease correlates with the increase in the IMT in temporal arteries (TAs) and if that could mimic the US GCA halo sign. Methods: Consecutive patients ⩾50 years old with high vascular risk and without signs or symptoms of GCA were included. The carotid US IMT measurements were obtained using a standardized software radiofrequency-tracking technology. Colour Doppler US and grey-scale measurements of the IMT in the branches of both TAs were performed by a second sonographer using a 22 MHz probe...
November 2, 2017: Rheumatology
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