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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908907/importance-of-diagnostic-work-up-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-in-pregnancy
#1
Elza Pollak-Christian, Kyong-Soon Lee
We report a full-term neonate presenting with symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection with hepatosplenomegaly, 'blueberry muffin' rash, intracranial calcifications, thrombocytopenia and respiratory distress. Maternal history was relevant for Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) during the first trimester of pregnancy. CMV infection is an important cause of GBS; thus, women presenting GBS during pregnancy should be screened for CMV infection. If positive, they may benefit from specialised monitoring and treatment in the antenatal period, which may decrease the risk of major neurodevelopmental sequelae of congenital CMV in the neonate...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905287/hemophagocytic-syndrome-due-to-leishmania-infection-diagnosed-with-immunofluorescence-antibody-test
#2
Hakan Sarbay, Yasemin Işık Balcı, Selin Güler, Meral Türk, Mehmet Akın, Aziz Polat
Leishmaniasis is a reticuloendothelial system disease that mostly observed before the age of 5. Visceral infection causes long-standing fever, weight loss, weakness, pancytopenia, and hepatosplenomegaly. Leishmania infantum is responsible for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Turkey. We present a case of hemophagocytic syndrome due to Leishmania infection diagnosed with an immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT). Leishmania amastigotes were not observed on bone marrow aspiration. We consider that IFAT is very important for parasite detection in the diagnosis of VL in children, particularly when amastigotes are not obtained on bone marrow aspiration...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903264/adult-onset-still-s-disease-evaluation-of-prognostic-tools-and-validation-of-the-systemic-score-by-analysis-of-100-cases-from-three-centers
#3
Piero Ruscitti, Paola Cipriani, Francesco Masedu, Daniela Iacono, Francesco Ciccia, Vasiliki Liakouli, Giuliana Guggino, Francesco Carubbi, Onorina Berardicurti, Paola Di Benedetto, Marco Valenti, Giovanni Triolo, Gabriele Valentini, Roberto Giacomelli
BACKGROUND: Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is rare inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that usually affects young adults. The more common clinical manifestations are spiking fevers, arthritis, evanescent rash, elevated liver enzymes, lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, and serositis. The multi-visceral involvement of the disease and the different complications, such as macrophage activation syndrome, may strongly decrease the life expectancy of AOSD patients. METHODS: This study aimed to identify the positive and negative features correlated with the outcome of patients...
December 1, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895519/portal-hypertension-an-uncommon-clinical-manifestation-of-takayasu-arteritis-in-a-9-year-old-child
#4
Cristina N Herrera, Javier E Tomala-Haz
Takayasu arteritis (TA) is the third most common childhood vasculitis and its clinical manifestations depend on the arteries involved. We report a case of a 9-year-old boy with multiple aneurysms in carotid and iliac arteries, subclavian and coronary arteries, and abdominal aorta. At the age of 7 years, he presented with recurrent fever and hepatosplenomegaly. An angio-computed tomography scan showed aneurysms in the left subclavian artery, abdominal aorta, and both proximal iliac arteries. He was diagnosed with TA and was treated with corticosteroids, aspirin, and enalapril...
2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888692/mitochondrial-gsh-replenishment-as-a-potential-therapeutic-approach-for-niemann-pick-type-c-disease
#5
Sandra Torres, Nuria Matías, Anna Baulies, Susana Nuñez, Cristina Alarcon-Vila, Laura Martinez, Natalia Nuño, Anna Fernandez, Joan Caballeria, Thierry Levade, Alba Gonzalez-Franquesa, Pablo Garcia-Rovés, Elisa Balboa, Silvana Zanlungo, Gemma Fabrías, Josefina Casas, Carlos Enrich, Carmen Garcia-Ruiz, José C Fernández-Checa
Niemann Pick type C (NPC) disease is a progressive lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in genes encoding NPC1/NPC2 proteins, characterized by neurological defects, hepatosplenomegaly and premature death. While the primary biochemical feature of NPC disease is the intracellular accumulation of cholesterol and gangliosides, predominantly in endolysosomes, mitochondrial cholesterol accumulation has also been reported. As accumulation of cholesterol in mitochondria is known to impair the transport of GSH into mitochondria, resulting in mitochondrial GSH (mGSH) depletion, we investigated the impact of mGSH recovery in NPC disease...
November 20, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883370/epstein-barr-virus-associated-hemophagocytic-syndrome-after-scrub-typhus-infection
#6
Jeong Woo Hong, Hyun Seon You, Tae Won Lee, Won Yong Jo, Bo Ra Kim, Young Sun Suh, In Gyu Bae, Oh Hyun Cho
There have been a small number of cases of scrub typhus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS), most of which were treated successfully using adequate antibiotics. Here, we report a case of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated HPS after scrub typhus infection that was not improved using antirickettsial treatment. A 73-year-old male who had been diagnosed with scrub typhus according to an eschar and a positive serology was transferred to our institution because of a persistent fever despite 7-day doxycycline therapy...
November 8, 2016: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866810/histological-characterisation-of-visceral-changes-in-a-patient-with-type-2-gaucher-disease-treated-with-enzyme-replacement-therapy
#7
Yuko Tezuka, Mitsumasa Fukuda, Shohei Watanabe, Takeshi Nakano, Kentaro Okamoto, Kazuyo Kuzume, Yoshiaki Yano, Mariko Eguchi, Minenori Ishimae, Eiichi Ishii, Tatsuhiko Miyazaki
Gaucher disease is a lysosomal storage disease caused by deficiency of glucocerebrosidase and accumulation of glucocerebroside. Three major sub-types have been described, type 2 is an acute neurological form that exhibits serious general symptoms and poor prognosis, compared with the other types. This case was a girl diagnosed with type 2 Gaucher disease at 12months of age who presented with poor weight gain from infancy, stridor, hypertonia, hepatosplenomegaly, trismus and an eye movement disorder. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) was administered, but she had frequent myoclonus and developmental regression...
November 12, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865684/clinical-and-molecular-characteristics-of-patients-with-gaucher-disease-in-southern-china
#8
Yuyu Feng, Yonglan Huang, Chengfang Tang, Hao Hu, Xiaoyuan Zhao, Huiying Sheng, Wen Zhang, Minyi Tan, Ting Xie, Jipeng Zheng, Zongcai Liu, Xueying Su, Yongxian Shao, Xiuzhen Li, Jing Cheng, Xiaojian Mao, Li Liu
Gaucher disease (GD) is a common lysosomal storage disorder caused by the deficiency of acid β-glucosidase, due to mutations in the GBA gene. To explore the clinical and molecular characteristics of GD patients from Southern China, GBA gene was analyzed by nest PCR and direct Sanger-sequencing. Novel missense mutations were transiently transfected in COS-7 cells by plasmid system for functional verification. Among the 22 GD patients, 19 patients were classified as type 1 and three as type 2. Over 60% of the type 1 patient had onset before 2years old and about 42% of them died before 3years old...
November 3, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848998/fatal-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children-caused-by-re-emergent-human-adenovirus-7d-associated-with-higher-severity-of-illness-and-fatality-rate
#9
Zhiwu Yu, Zhiwei Zeng, Jing Zhang, Yuxian Pan, Manjun Chen, Yonghui Guo, Nan Yu, James Chodosh, Ning Fu, Xiaoyan Che, Qiwei Zhang
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are highly contagious pathogens causing acute respiratory disease (ARD), such as community-acquired pneumonia. HAdV-7d, a re-emergent genomic variant, has been recently reported in Asia and the United States after a several-decade absence. However, whether HAdV-7d is associated with higher severity than other types is currently unclear. In this study, the clinical and epidemiological investigation showed that fever, cough, and sore throat were the three most common respiratory symptoms of HAdV infections...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848905/-splenomegaly-in-an-eritrean-refugee-the-hyper-reactive-malaria-splenomegaly-syndrome
#10
M M Cruijsen, I J Reuling, M Keuter, R W Sauerwein, A J van der Ven, Q de Mast
BACKGROUND: Hyper-reactive malaria splenomegaly (HMS) is a rare and potentially severe complication of malaria. It is likely that the incidence of patients with HMS will rise in the Netherlands due to the recent increase in asylum-seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa. It can be difficult to diagnose this disease, as this case shows. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 31-year-old male from Eritrea was admitted with fever and dyspnea, caused by an influenza A-infection. The patient also presented with cachexia, pronounced hepatosplenomegaly and pancytopenia...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831908/diagnosing-haemophagocytic-syndrome
#11
REVIEW
Ethan S Sen, Colin G Steward, Athimalaipet V Ramanan
Haemophagocytic syndrome, or haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), is a hyperinflammatory disorder characterised by uncontrolled activation of the immune system. It can result from mutations in multiple genes involved in cytotoxicity or occur secondary to a range of infections, malignancies or autoimmune rheumatic diseases. In the latter case, it is also known as macrophage activation syndrome (MAS). Characteristic features are persistent fever, hepatosplenomegaly, petechial/purpuric rash, progressive cytopenias, coagulopathy, transaminitis, raised C reactive protein, falling erythrocyte sedimentation rate, hypertriglyceridaemia, hypofibrinogenaemia and extreme hyperferritinaemia often associated with multi-organ impairment...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830541/achievement-of-disease-control-with-donor-derived-eb-virus-specific-cytotoxic-t-cells-after-allogeneic-peripheral-blood-stem-cell-transplantation-for-aggressive-nk-cell-leukemia
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Shojiro Haji, Motoaki Shiratsuchi, Takamitsu Matsushima, Akiko Takamatsu, Mariko Tsuda, Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, Emi Tanaka, Hirofumi Ohno, Eriko Fujioka, Yuriko Ishikawa, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Yoshihiro Ogawa
Aggressive NK-cell leukemia (ANKL) is characterized by systemic infiltration of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated natural killer cells and poor prognosis. We report a case of ANKL in which EBV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) were induced. A 41-year-old male suffered from fever, pancytopenia, and hepatosplenomegaly. The number of abnormal large granular lymphocytes in the bone marrow was increased and the cells were positive for CD56 and EBV-encoded small nuclear RNAs. The patient was diagnosed with ANKL and achieved a complete response following intensive chemotherapy...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825464/prognostic-factors-and-indications-for-treatment-of-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-s-macroglobulinemia
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REVIEW
Robert A Kyle, Stephen M Ansell, Prashant Kapoor
Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia (WM) is characterized by the presence of an IgM monoclonal protein regardless of its size, 10% or more bone marrow infiltration by small lymphocytes with a plasmacytoid or plasma cell differentiation. These cells usually have the following markers: IgM+, CD5(-), CD10(-), CD19(+), CD20(+) and CD23(-). Chronic lymphocytic leukemia as well as other lymphoproliferative disorders such as mantle cell, marginal zone and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma must be excluded...
June 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817782/-recurrent-fever-hepatosplenomegaly-and-eosinophilia-in-a-boy
#14
Dan Liu, Li-Li Zhong, Yun Li, Min Chen
A 2-year-old boy was admitted into the hospital because of cough and fever. Lymph node tuberculosis was noted when he was 2 months old and he was subsequently hospitalized several times because of cough and fever. After hospitalization the laboratory examination showed an increased eosinophia level in blood. The immune function tests shows decreased levels of IgG, IgA, and IgM. The patient had no response to anti-tuberculosis, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal treatment, resulting in recurrent fever and progressive enlargement of the liver and spleen...
November 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816427/causes-of-death-in-184-patients-with-type-1-gaucher-disease-from-the-united-states-who-were-never-treated-with-enzyme-replacement-therapy
#15
Neal J Weinreb, Deborah S Barbouth, Robert E Lee
Treatment for type 1 Gaucher disease (GD1) decreases morbidity from hematological cytopenias, hepatosplenomegaly and bone complications. Consequently, untreated symptomatic patients for study of late outcomes are hard to find. We identified 184 untreated GD1 patients (67.4% Ashkenazi; splenectomy 51.1%) who died between 1950 and 2010. Here, we report confirmed causes of death for these patients compared with the overall US population. Median age of death 66years (2-97years); causes of death (COD) with a high proportional mortality rate (PMR) included malignancies (PMR 1...
October 24, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803821/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-in-a-patient-with-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma
#16
G Hyun, K J Robbins, N Wilgus, L Grosso, S D Goyal
Introduction. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare hyperinflammatory syndrome that can be associated with inherited genetic mutations, malignancy, autoimmune disorders, and viral infections. Though the pathogenesis is not fully known, HLH is understood to be a reactive process in the setting of uncontrolled activation of macrophages, CD8+ cytotoxic lymphocytes, and other immune cells. Hallmark clinicopathological features of HLH include fevers, cytopenias, hepatosplenomegaly, and hemophagocytosis in the bone marrow...
2016: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801541/leishmaniasis-in-solid-organ-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#17
REVIEW
Kiran Gajurel, Reshika Dhakal, Stan Deresinski
Leishmaniasis occurs in <1% of solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant (SOT, HSCT) recipients in endemic countries in which transplants are performed. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) makes up the bulk of reported cases. The onset generally occurs months after transplantation and the mode of acquisition is often impossible to determine, but de novo vector-borne infection and reactivation of inapparent infection are thought to be the principal means. The potential role of clinically inapparent donor infection is uncertain and screening is not currently recommended, nor is it recommended for recipients from endemic areas, some of whom may have detectable circulating protozoan nucleic acid...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795511/proposed-diagnostic-criteria-disease-severity-classification-and-treatment-strategy-for-a-novel-disorder-tafro-syndrome
#18
Yasufumi Masaki, Hiroshi Kawabata, Kazue Takai, Norifumi Tsukamoto, Shino Fujimoto, Yasuhito Ishigaki, Nozomu Kurose, Masaru Kojima, Shigeo Nakamura, Tomohiro Kinoshita, Sadao Aoki
TAFRO syndrome is a systemic inflammatory disorder manifesting as thrombocytopenia; anasarca including pleural effusion and ascites; fever; renal insufficiency; and organomegaly including hepatosplenomegaly and lymphadenopathy. Its onset may be acute or sub-acute, but its etiology remains unknown. Although several clinical and pathological characteristics of TAFRO syndrome resemble those of Castleman's disease, other specific features can differentiate between the two. Some patients have been successfully treated with glucocorticoids and/or immunosuppressants including cyclosporin A, tocilizumab and rituximab, whereas others are refractory to treatment, eventually succumbing to the disease...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795506/tafro-syndrome-with-primary-sjogren-s-syndrome
#19
Nozomi Iwanaga, Kohei Harada, Yoshika Tsuji, Chieko Kawahara, Kazuhiro Kurohama, Yasumori Izumi, Shinichiro Yoshida, Keita Fujikawa, Masahiro Ito, Atsushi Kawakami, Kiyoshi Migita
  A 25-year-old woman diagnosed 1 year earlier with Primary Sjogren's syndrome was admitted to a nearby hospital with fever of unknown origin. Examination revealed anasarca, systemic lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly and high C-reactive protein level. The patient's symptoms were initially suspected to be caused by severe bacterial infection with Sjogren's syndrome flare. She was given antibiotics and prednisolone (PSL) at 50 mg/day. However, the patient developed anemia and thrombocytopenia and was transferred to our hospital for further care...
2016: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790622/an-occult-malignancy-behind-a-demyelinating-disease-poems-syndrome
#20
Saberio Lo Presti, Prashanth Kanagarajah, Daniela Pirela, Diana Morlote, Mike Cusnir
We report a case of a 38-year-old man presenting with bilateral lower extremity weakness and paresthesias that progressed during a 4-month period to severe polyneuropathy forcing the patient to be bed bound. Throughout his multiple hospitalizations, he was treated erroneously for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, without significant improvement in his symptoms. In addition, he developed hepatosplenomegaly (organomegaly); endocrinopathies such as diabetes mellitus, central hypogonadism, and hypothyroidism; monoclonal spike evidenced in the serum electrophoresis; and hyperpigmentation of skin, altogether consistent with POEMS syndrome...
October 2016: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
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