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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451664/update-on-antiphospholipid-antibody-syndrome
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Michelle Remião Ugolini Lopes, Adriana Danowski, Andreas Funke, Jozelia Rêgo, Roger Levy, Danieli Castro Oliveira de Andrade
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) associated with thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity. Most APS events are directly related to thrombotic events, which may affect small, medium or large vessels. Other clinical features like thrombocytopenia, nephropathy, cardiac valve disease, cognitive dysfunction and skin ulcers (called non-criteria manifestations) add significant morbidity to this syndrome and represent clinical situations that are challenging...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443761/haemolytic-uremic-syndrome-due-to-infection-with-adenovirus-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#2
Victoria Birlutiu, Rares Mircea Birlutiu
RATIONALE: Haemolytic-uremic syndrome is a rare but serious complication of bacterial and viral infections, which is characterized by the triad of: acute renal failure, microangiopathic haemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, sometimes severe, requiring peritoneal dialysis. In Europe, hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) in paediatric pathology is primarily caused by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, followed by O26. Beside these etiologies, there are other bacterial and viral infections, and also noninfectious ones that have been associated to lead to HUS as well: in the progression of neoplasia, medication-related, post-transplantation, during pregnancy or associated with the antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus or family causes with autosomal dominant or recessive inheritance...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439094/uterine-and-placental-distribution-of-selected-extracellular-matrix-ecm-components-in-the-dog
#3
Felix R Graubner, Alois Boos, Selim Aslan, Ibrahim Kücükaslan, Mariusz P Kowalewski
For many years, modifications of the uterine extracellular matrix (ECM) during gestation have not been considered as critical for successful canine (Canis lupus familiaris) pregnancy. However previous reports indicated an effect of free-floating blastocysts on the composition of the uterine ECM. Here, the expression of selected genes involved in structural functions, cell-to-cell communication and inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases were targeted utilizing qPCR and immunohistochemistry. We found that canine free-floating embryos affect gene expression of FN1, ECM1 and TIMP4...
February 9, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433371/pregnancy-complicated-by-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-its-outcome-over-10-years
#4
Asima Khan, Mathew Thomas, Syamala Devi P K
The aim was to study the feto-maternal outcome of pregnancies complicated by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Analysis of a prospectively-maintained database of 73 patients (June 2006-March 2016) was done. Diagnosis of SLE was made by ACR(American College of Rheumatology)-criteria. Protocol scans and blood tests were done and patients with active disease were followed biweekly for 28 weeks, and weekly thereafter. Mean age + SD was 29 ± 4.9. SLE was diagnosed before conception in 86% of patients...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29385876/antiphospholipid-syndrome-the-best-prophet-of-the-future
#5
Olga Amengual, Tatsuya Atsumi
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the occurrence of venous and arterial thromboses, often multiple, and obstetric-related adverse events in the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS, first described in 1983, as thrombosis, abortion and cerebral disease, is nowadays recognised as a systemic disease with a wide constellation of clinical manifestations related to acute and chronic vascular lesions. The presence of aPL is the serological hallmark of APS representing a heterogeneous population of autoantibodies with many antigenic specificities directed to phospholipid-binding proteins, either alone or in combination with phospholipids...
February 1, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371202/complement-activation-predicts-adverse-pregnancy-outcome-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-or-antiphospholipid-antibodies
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Mimi Y Kim, Marta M Guerra, Elianna Kaplowitz, Carl A Laskin, Michelle Petri, D Ware Branch, Michael D Lockshin, Lisa R Sammaritano, Joan T Merrill, T Flint Porter, Allen Sawitzke, Anne M Lynch, Jill P Buyon, Jane E Salmon
OBJECTIVE: Studies in mouse models implicate complement activation as a causative factor in adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs). We investigated whether activation of complement early in pregnancy predicts APOs in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and/or antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies. METHODS: The PROMISSE Study enrolled pregnant women with SLE and/or aPL antibodies (n=487) and pregnant healthy controls (n=204) at <12 weeks gestation and evaluated them monthly...
January 25, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364921/luteal-and-hypophyseal-expression-of-the-canine-relaxin-rln-system-during-pregnancy-implications-for-luteotropic-function
#7
Marta Nowak, Alois Boos, Mariusz P Kowalewski
By acting through its receptors (RXFP1, RXFP2), relaxin (RLN) exerts species-specific effects during pregnancy; possible luteotropic effects through stimulation of prolactin (PRL) release have been suggested. In the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) serum PRL increases in pregnant bitches shortly after RLN appears in the circulation, and a possible functional relationship between the RLN and the PRL systems in regulating progesterone secretion has been implied. Therefore, here (Study 1) the luteal expression and localization of the RLN system was investigated by immunohistochemistry using custom-made antibodies and semi-quantitative PCR, at selected time points during gestation: pre-implantation (d...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343314/cell-free-dna-the-role-in-pathophysiology-and-as-a-biomarker-in-kidney-diseases
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Peter Celec, Barbora Vlková, Lucia Lauková, Janka Bábíčková, Peter Boor
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is present in various body fluids and originates mostly from blood cells. In specific conditions, circulating cfDNA might be derived from tumours, donor organs after transplantation or from the foetus during pregnancy. The analysis of cfDNA is mainly used for genetic analyses of the source tissue -tumour, foetus or for the early detection of graft rejection. It might serve also as a nonspecific biomarker of tissue damage in critical care medicine. In kidney diseases, cfDNA increases during haemodialysis and indicates cell damage...
January 18, 2018: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321641/antiphospholipid-syndrome
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REVIEW
Karen Schreiber, Savino Sciascia, Philip G de Groot, Katrien Devreese, Soren Jacobsen, Guillermo Ruiz-Irastroza, Jane E Salmon, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Ora Shovman, Beverley J Hunt
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, such as lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies. APS can present with a variety of clinical phenotypes, including thrombosis in the veins, arteries and microvasculature as well as obstetrical complications. The pathophysiological hallmark is thrombosis, but other factors such as complement activation might be important. Prevention of thrombotic manifestations associated with APS includes lifestyle changes and, in individuals at high risk, low-dose aspirin...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321410/successful-management-of-pregnancy-in-a-patient-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#10
Akio Kawabe, Kazuhisa Nakano, Yukiyo Aiko, Satoshi Aramaki, Takeshi Onoue, Dan Okura, Yoshiya Tanaka
Pregnancy in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains a high risk. We successfully managed a pregnancy in a patient with SLE-PAH. A 31-year-old pregnant woman with SLE-PAH had worsening PAH and SLE flare-up during pregnancy and a sudden increase in pulmonary arterial pressure after delivery. SLE-PAH was controlled by continuous intravenous epoprostenol and inhaled nitric oxide therapy combined with high-dose corticosteroids under close hemodynamic monitoring...
January 11, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313509/patients-families-perceptions-of-lupus-in-sub-saharan-africa
#11
J Iba Ba, M Ouédraogo, Y S Oliveira, I Nseng Nseng, A Abo Ekomie, J B Boguikouma
Lupus is an autoimmune disease affecting the connective tissue. Its clinical and biological polymorphism is often misunderstood by patients and families and can lead to treatment interruption and a decision to turn to alternative medicine. We used a questionnaire to assess the degree of knowledge of this disease of family members living with lupus patients. Of the 56 lupus patients receiving regular follow-up at our hospital, 123 members of 30 of their families (53.5%) participated. Overall, among these families, 81...
November 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301469/trends-in-use-of-hydroxychloroquine-during-pregnancy-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-from-2001-to-2015
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B L Bermas, S C Kim, K Huybrechts, H Mogun, S Hernandez-Diaz, B T Bateman, R J Desai
Background Evidence suggests that continuing hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) during pregnancy in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) improves outcomes. We sought to describe time trends in the continuation, initiation, and duration of HCQ in a large population-based cohort of pregnant SLE women. Methods A cohort of pregnant women with SLE enrolled continuously in public (Medicaid, 2001-2010) or private (Optum Clinformatics, 2003-2015) health insurance between three months prior to conception and one month after delivery was identified...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284338/catastrophic-antiphospholipid-syndrome-and-pregnancy-clinical-report
#13
J Khizroeva, V Bitsadze, A Makatsariya
We have observed the development of a catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) in a pregnant woman hospitalized at 28 weeks of gestation with a severe preeclampsia. On the same day, an eclampsia attack developed, and an emergency surgical delivery was performed. On the third day, multiorgan failure developed. Examination showed a persistent circulation of lupus anticoagulant, high level of antibodies to cardiolipin, b2-glycoprotein I, and prothrombin. The usual diagnosis of the severe preeclampsia masked a catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, exacerbated by the coincident presence of several types of antiphospholipid antibodies...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239070/clinical-features-of-new-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-pregnant-patients
#14
Chong Zhang, Mei-Ying Liang, Xue Xu, Xue-Wu Zhang, Shi Chen
AIM: This study was conducted to examine the clinical characteristics of new-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during pregnancy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of all pregnancies in patients with SLE managed at The People's Hospital of Peking University from 2008 to 2015. In total, 97 pregnancies were identified and studied, 22 of which were first diagnosed with SLE during pregnancy or puerperium. RESULTS: New-onset SLE mainly occurred during the first and second pregnancy trimesters...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224682/calcineurin-inhibitors-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
REVIEW
Chi Chiu Mok
The calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) belong to a group of immunosuppressive agents that block T-cell activation through the suppression of the calcium/calcimodulin-dependent phosphatase calcineurin. Agents such as cyclosporine A (CSA) and tacrolimus (TAC) have long been used in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). TAC is preferred to CSA in SLE because of the lower frequency of cosmetic, hypertensive and dyslipidemic adverse effects. Recent randomised controlled trials have demonstrated noninferiority of TAC to mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or cyclophosphamide (CYC) for induction therapy of lupus nephritis...
June 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224680/pregnancy-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#16
REVIEW
Rebecca Fischer-Betz, Christof Specker
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease with a high prevalence in females of childbearing age. Pregnancy in SLE nowadays has favorable outcomes for the majority of women. However, flares of disease activity, preeclampsia, fetal loss, and preterm birth are well-known risks in such pregnancies. Anti-SS-A(Ro)/SS-B(La) antibodies put fetuses at risk for congenital heart block and neonatal lupus. Several risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes have been identified. Women with antiphospholipid antibodies or antiphospholipid syndrome and lupus nephritis represent a group with high risk for obstetric complications...
June 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222972/factors-associated-with-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-with-systematic-lupus-erythematosus
#17
Masashi Deguchi, Yoko Maesawa, Shino Kubota, Mayumi Morizane, Kenji Tanimura, Yasuhiko Ebina, Hideto Yamada
The aim of this prospective study was to determine clinical factors associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Fifty-six pregnancies from 46 women with SLE were enrolled. Risk factors for pregnancy loss, premature delivery, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP), and light-for-date neonate (LFD), were evaluated. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed a history of two or more pregnancy losses before 10 gestational weeks (GW) (OR 11...
February 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190635/neonatal-lupus-case-series-of-a-tertiary-hospital
#18
Ana Raquel Teixeira, Mariana Rodrigues, Hercília Guimarães, Cláudia Moura, Iva Brito
Neonatal lupus (NL) is a very rare condition with an estimated incidence of 1 in 20.000 pregnancies. It is caused by the transplacental passage of autoantibodies anti-Ro/SSA, antiSa/SSB antibodies and/or anti-U1 RNP antibodies into the fetal circulation. The mother may be completely asymptomatic or have a known inflammatory rheumatic disease, such as Sjögren syndrome (SS) or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Clinical manifestations are diverse, being the most common cutaneous and cardiac. The authors present a case series of eight cases diagnosed with NL between January 2008 and December 2016 in a tertiary hospital and a brief revision of the literature...
October 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167545/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-effects-of-disease-activity-on-pregnancy-outcomes
#19
Joanna Collison
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November 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166262/antiphosphatidylserine-prothrombin-antibodies-aps-pt-as-potential-diagnostic-markers-and-risk-predictors-of-venous-thrombosis-and-obstetric-complications-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#20
Hui Shi, Hui Zheng, Yu-Feng Yin, Qiong-Yi Hu, Jia-Lin Teng, Yue Sun, Hong-Lei Liu, Xiao-Bing Cheng, Jun-Na Ye, Yu-Tong Su, Xin-Yao Wu, Jin-Feng Zhou, Gary L Norman, Hui-Yun Gong, Xin-Ming Shi, Yi-Bing Peng, Xue-Feng Wang, Cheng-De Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and clinical associations of antiphosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies (aPS/PT) with thrombosis and pregnancy loss in Chinese patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and seronegative APS (SNAPS). METHODS: One hundred and eighty six Chinese patients with APS (67 primary, 119 secondary), 48 with SNAPS, 176 disease controls (79 systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE], 29 Sjogren's syndrome [SS], 30 ankylosing spondylitis [AS], 38 rheumatoid arthritis [RA]) and 90 healthy donors were examined...
November 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
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