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Autoimmune disease pregnancy

Karan Seegobin, Kamille Abdool, Kanterpersad Ramcharan, Haramnauth Dyaanand, Fidel Rampersad
We describe a case of Parry Romberg syndrome/en coupe de sabre in a woman whose disease started as seizures at age 8 but was diagnosed at the age 39. During these 31 years she got married, completed a first degree at university, had two successful pregnancies and has been gainfully employed. The features of generalized tonic-clonic seizures, autoimmune abnormalities, ocular abnormalities, morphea en coup de sabre and brain imaging abnormalities were present. Areas of parietal lobe cerebral calcification were encountered on the computed tomographic scan and bilateral periventricular white matter changes on the magnetic resonance imaging with frontal, temporal and parietal lobe brain atrophy ipsilateral to the facial hemiatrophy...
September 30, 2016: Neurology International
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Vèronique Ramoni, Roberto Caporali, Claudia Alpini, Giulia Albonico, Chiara Cavagnoli, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: The burden of pregnancy complications associated with well defined, already established systemic rheumatic diseases preexisting pregnancy such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma is well known. Systemic rheumatic diseases are characterized by a long natural history with few symptoms, an undifferentiated picture or a remitting course making difficult a timely diagnosis. It has been suggested that screening measures for these diseases could be useful but the impact of unrecognized systemic rheumatic disorders on pregnancy outcome is unknown...
October 18, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Yaíma L Lightfoot, Mariana J Kaplan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A breakdown of immune tolerance to self-antigens in a genetically predisposing background, precipitated by environmental triggers, contributes to the development of systemic autoimmune diseases. Renewed interest in the immunomodulatory capabilities of neutrophils in systemic autoimmunity has identified neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation as a distinguishing action of neutrophils in afflicted hosts. RECENT FINDINGS: Oxidation of nucleic acids and posttranslational modifications of proteins distinctly occur during NET formation and may promote enhanced immunogenicity...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Juliana Lasmar Ayres do Amaral, Marizeli Viana de Aragão Araújo, George Alberto da Silva Dias, Esther Iris Christina Freifrau von Ledebur, Juarez Antonio Simões Quaresma, Hellen Thais Fuzii
Cervical cancer, the second most common cancer affecting women in Northern Brazil, is strongly associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Diseases affecting the immune state of a patient, including autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), can lead to persistent HPV infection and cancer. We evaluated cervical HPV prevalence and the associated risk factors in 70 women with SLE in the city of Belém, located in Brazilian Amazon. HPV DNA was detected by PCR using primers MY9 and MY11...
August 17, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Stine Linding Andersen, Peter Laurberg
Hyperthyroidism in women who are of childbearing age is predominantly of autoimmune origin and caused by Graves' disease. The physiological changes in the maternal immune system during a pregnancy may influence the development of this and other autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, pregnancy-associated physiological changes influence the synthesis and metabolism of thyroid hormones and challenge the interpretation of thyroid function tests in pregnancy. Thyroid hormones are crucial regulators of early development and play an important role in the maintenance of a normal pregnancy and in the development of the fetus, particularly the fetal brain...
2016: International Journal of Women's Health
Marie-Pierre Piccinni, Letizia Lombardelli, Federica Logiodice, Ornela Kullolli, Paola Parronchi, Sergio Romagnani
Autoimmune disorders are characterized by tissue damage, caused by self-reactivity of different effectors mechanisms of the immune system, namely antibodies and T cells. Their occurrence may be associated with genetic and/or environmental predisposition and to some extent, have implications for fertility and obstetrics. The relationship between autoimmunity and reproduction is bidirectional. This review only addresses the impact of pregnancy on autoimmune diseases and not the influence of autoimmunity on pregnancy development...
2016: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
Omar Laghzaoui
The influence of hormonal status during the autoimmune disease is clearly established, with peak prevalence during the reproductive years where the interest of our retrospective study of 32 cases of pregnant patients with autoimmune pathologies. Relapses of the disease during pregnancy are especially observed in pregnant with lupus erythematosus and Behçet's disease while in post-partum complications were observed in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and scleroderma. The fetal complications depend on the stage and type of autoimmune disease and the association with other pathologies...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
H Fabián Pelusa, Eleonora Pezzarini, Cecilia Basiglio, Jorge Musuruana, Mariela Bearzotti, María José Svetaz, Stella Maris Daniele, Hebe Bottai, Sandra M M Arriaga
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by thrombosis, fetal losses and thrombocytopenia associated to antiphospholipid (APL) antibodies (Abs). They are directed to phospholipids, such as cardiolipins (a-cardiolipin, ACA) and lupus anticoagulant (LA), or to complexes formed by phospholipids and protein cofactors, such as β2 glycoprotein 1 (a-β2GP1) and annexin V (a-annexin V). These auto Abs may be considered as a family of Abs involved in thrombotic events and APL activity...
September 16, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
William L Walker, Nicole P Lindsey, Jennifer A Lehman, Elisabeth R Krow-Lucal, Ingrid B Rabe, Susan L Hills, Stacey W Martin, Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus primarily transmitted to humans by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (1). Zika virus infections have also been documented through intrauterine transmission resulting in congenital infection; intrapartum transmission from a viremic mother to her newborn; sexual transmission; blood transfusion; and laboratory exposure (1-5). Most Zika virus infections are asymptomatic (1,6). Clinical illness, when it occurs, is generally mild and characterized by acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia, or nonpurulent conjunctivitis...
September 16, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Anshuja Singla, Sneha Shree, Sumita Mehta
Pemphigoid Gestationis (PG) is a rare autoimmune blistering disease with an incidence of 1/50000 pregnancies. Presentation in the second or third trimester is most common and tends to recur in subsequent pregnancies with earlier onset and a more severe course. Direct Immunofluorescence (DIF) staining is confirmatory on skin biopsy specimen. A 24-year-old female presented at 6 months period of gestation with increased blood pressure records. On examination, there were fresh bullous lesions along with old healed scar marks on the abdomen and limbs...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
M E Miettinen, L Kinnunen, V Harjutsalo, K Aimonen, H-M Surcel, C Lamberg-Allardt, J Tuomilehto
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene region associates with the risk for several autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes. An association between vitamin D deficiency and several autoimmune diseases has been suggested. We tested the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentrations and HLA alleles in pregnant Finnish women. SUBJECTS/METHODS: HLA-B (n=395), HLA-DRB1 (n=501) and HLA-DQB1 (n=475) alleles were genotyped in pregnant women (mothers of children who later developed type 1 diabetes and mothers of non-diabetic children)...
September 14, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Pier Luigi Meroni, Lorenza Maria Argolini, Irene Pontikaki
INTRODUCTION: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by vascular thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity associated with the persistent presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) including lupus anticoagulant (LA), anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), and anti-β2 glycoprotein I antibodies (aβ2GPI). AREAS COVERED: APS is considered as the most common acquired hypercoagulation state of autoimmune origin in children. Unfortunately, data about incidence, prevalence, thrombosis risk and effective treatment in paediatric APS are limited and unmethodical...
October 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
Chirag Sheth, Amandeep Gill, Sumeet Sekhon
Acquired factor VIII deficiency (acquired hemophilia A) is a rare condition characterized by the acquisition of autoantibodies that affect the clotting activity of factor VIII (fVIII). The most common manifestation in affected patients is a hemorrhagic diathesis. This disorder is associated with autoimmune diseases, pregnancy, postpartum period, drugs, and malignancy. Management of this condition begins with attempts to arrest an acute bleed based on the site and severity of bleeding and inhibitor titer. The next priority is eradication of the fVIII antibodies using immunosuppressive therapies...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Veerle Bergink, Natalie Rasgon, Katherine L Wisner
OBJECTIVE: Psychosis or mania after childbirth is a psychiatric emergency with risk for suicide and infanticide. METHOD: The authors reviewed the epidemiologic and genetic research and physiological postpartum triggers (endocrine, immunological, circadian) of psychosis. They also summarized all systematic reviews and synthesized the sparse clinical studies to provide diagnostic recommendations, treatment options, and strategies for prevention. RESULTS: The incidence of first-lifetime onset postpartum psychosis/mania from population-based register studies of psychiatric admissions varies from 0...
September 9, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Klaus Mann, Gerhard Hintze
Endocrine disorders may have an important influence on fertility, the course of a pregnancy and fetal development. For example, fertility is decreased and the risk of miscarriage is increased in women with autoimmune disorders, such as Addison's disease or autoimmune thyroiditis. Treatment of endocrine diseases in many cases has to be adapted during the course of a pregnancy. In patients with Addison's disease the dosage of hydrocortisone necessarily has to be increased. This is also valid for the time of delivery...
September 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Ashwini Rajasekaran, Venkataram Shivakumar, Sunil V Kalmady, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Manjula Subbana, Deepthi Venugopal, Anekal C Amaresha, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian, Michael Berk, Monojit Debnath
The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC)/Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is known to influence the pathogenesis of several complex human diseases resulting from gene-environmental interactions. Recently, it has emerged as one of the risk determinants of schizophrenia. The HLA-G protein (a non-classical MHC class I molecule), encoded by the HLA-G gene, is shown to play important role in embryonic development. Importantly, its genetic variations and aberrant expression have been implicated in pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, inflammation, and autoimmunity and converging evidence implicates these phenomena as risk mechanisms of schizophrenia...
August 24, 2016: Human Immunology
Paola Ester López-Díaz, María Del Rocío Ruiz-Olivera, Luis Alberto Hernández-Osorio, Jaime Vargas-Arzola, Xareni Valle-Jiménez, Sergio Roberto Aguilar-Ruiz, Honorio Torres-Aguilar
Irregular antibodies are produced by alloimmunization because of pregnancies or blood transfusions. They are called "irregular" due to target erythrocyte antigens from "rare blood systems," those different from the ABO system. Irregular antibodies have been widely investigated in immunohematology since their presence in blood donors may lead to difficulties in blood typing and in blood cross-matching, or to induce hemolytic transfusion reactions. Nevertheless, their incidence and participation in the physiopathology of autoimmune diseases have not been thoroughly studied...
August 25, 2016: Immunologic Research
Borja Gracia-Tello, David Isenberg
APS is an autoimmune disease defined by the presence of arterial or venous thrombotic events and/or pregnancy morbidity in patients who test positive for aPL. APS can be isolated (primary APS) or associated with other autoimmune diseases. The kidney is a major target organ in APS, and renal thrombosis can occur at any level within the vasculature of the kidney (renal arteries, intrarenal vasculature and renal veins). Histological findings vary widely, including ischaemic glomeruli and thrombotic lesions without glomerular or arterial immune deposits on immunofluorescence...
August 21, 2016: Rheumatology
G Massenkeil, T Alexander, O Rosen, B Dörken, G Burmester, A Radbruch, F Hiepe, R Arnold
Issues of fertility and pregnancy require special attention in the long-term care of patients with autoimmune diseases (AD), who are candidates for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). In this single-centre observational study, we report fertility status and pregnancy outcomes in 15 patients (11 female and 4 male) after immunoablation with cyclophosphamide, antithymocyte globulin and autologous CD34(+)-selected HSCT for severe, refractory AD. The median follow-up after HSCT was 12 years (range 2-16 years)...
November 2016: Rheumatology International
W Niepiekło-Miniewska, W Baran, J C Szepietowski, B Nowakowska, P Kuśnierczyk
BACKGROUND: Microchimerism is defined as a stable presence of low numbers of cells derived from a different individual due to cell transfer between twins or between mother and fetus during pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: Fetal cells in the organism of the mother (FMc) are postulated to play a role in autoimmune diseases. Psoriasis is a disease which has an autoimmune component, but no study on microchimerism in this disease has been reported. METHODS: The easiest way to detect microchimerism is to look for male cells in blood or other tissues of a woman who previously delivered a son...
August 13, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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