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Tatiana V Beketova, Mikhail Y Volkov, Evgeniy A Naryshkin, Tatiana M Novoselova, Evgeniy L Nasonov
Recent advances in pharmacology have greatly expanded the drug repertoire for treatment of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a rare multisystemic disorder, a type of the ANCA-associated vasculitis. Important features of this disease are eosinophilia and anti-myeloperoxidase ANCA presence in around 30-70% of patients. Primary therapy of EGPA includes steroids and cytotoxic drugs, e.g., cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, or methotrexate...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Inamullah Khan Achakzai, Zain Majid, Muhammad Ali Khalid, Shoaib Ahmed Khan, Syed Mudassir Laeeq, Nasir Hassan Luck
A 13-year-old boy, known case renal stone disease came with the complaints of abdominal pain along with low grade fever. On examination, hepatosplenomegaly was noted while his lab reports showed a low hemoglobulin with a raised ESR. His blood and urine cultures showed no growth. Viral markers, autoimmune profile, C and p ANCA were all negative apart from a raised serum IgG level. Ultrasound abdomen showed a hyperechoic liver with an enlarged spleen along with splenic varices and minimum ascites. Ultrasound hepatic doppler was normal...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Jessa E Miller, Neal C Al-Attar, Owen H Brown, Gabrielle G Shaughness, Natalja P Rosculet, Anca Avram, David T Hughes
BACKGROUND: After initial surgical treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) residual lymph node metastases are often found at the time of radioactive iodine (131-I) therapy. Recurrence of DTC is due to persistent disease not removed at initial surgery and that did not respond to 131-I treatment. This study aims to determine locations of, and reasons for, residual nodal metastases detected by 131-I scans with SPECT/CT obtained prior to radioiodine therapy following surgical treatment of DTC...
March 21, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
D D K Abeyaratne, C Liyanapathirana, C L Fonseka, P W M C S B Wijekoon
Background: Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is an antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody- (ANCA-) associated small vessel vasculitis with multisystem involvement. It is characterized with asthma, eosinophilia, and renal and peripheral nervous system involvement. However, EGPA presenting with bullous skin eruption is an uncommon dermatological manifestation. We report a rare case of EGPA overlapped with mixed essential cryoglobulinemia presenting with a bullous skin eruption...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Radosław Jeleniewicz, Dorota Suszek, Maria Majdan
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Musculoskeletal symptoms are not characteristic for granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) patients. However, they could be present in two-thirds of patients at the onset of the disease and may provoke diagnostic difficulties. The aim: To assess retrospectively musculoskeletal manifestations in a group of GPA patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Material and methods: The analyzed group consisted of 44 patients with GPA (27M, 17F) aged 46.7 years (16-75) and treated at the Department of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases in Lublin between 2010-2016...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Juyoung Yoo, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
We investigated the development rate and time, risk factors, predictors, and aetiologies of hospitalised infection in Korean patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 154 patients with AAV. Hospitalised infection was considered only when patients were admitted for serious infection related to AAV or AAV treatment. The gap-time was defined as the period from diagnosis to the first hospitalised infection or to the last visit for uninfected patients...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Alina Dima, Ciprian Jurcut, Anca Manolache, Daniel Vasile Balaban, Alina Popp, Mariana Jinga
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Celiac disease (CD) presents with a wide spectrum of extra-digestive symptoms, including hemorrhagic manifestations. The aim of this review was to conduct an extensive analysis of the hemorrhagic events reported in adult CD patients. METHODS: Case report and review of the literature. Pubmed (MEDLINE) database search from January 1970 onwards was performed using the medical subject headings [MeSH] terms "celiac disease" AND "blood coagulation disorders", "hemorrhage", "hematoma", "hematuria", "hemoptysis", "epistaxis", "hemosiderosis"...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Zacharenia Nikitaki, Marcela Holá, Mattia Donà, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Ioannis Michalopoulos, Karel J Angelis, Alexandros G Georgakilas, Anca Macovei, Alma Balestrazzi
Eukaryotic genome surveillance is dependent on the multiple, highly coordinated network functions of the DNA damage response (DDR). Highlighted conserved features of DDR in plants and animals represent a challenging opportunity to develop novel interdisciplinary investigations aimed at expanding the sets of DNA damage biomarkers currently available for radiation exposure monitoring (REM) in environmental and biomedical applications. In this review, common and divergent features of the most relevant DDR players in animals and plants are described, including the intriguing example of the plant and animal kingdom-specific master regulators SOG1 (suppressor of gamma response) and p53...
January 2018: Mutation Research
Anca Toiu, Andrei Mocan, Laurian Vlase, Alina E Pârvu, Dan C Vodnar, Ana-Maria Gheldiu, Cadmiel Moldovan, Ilioara Oniga
In the Romanian folk medicine, aerial parts of Ajuga laxmannii ("nobleman's beard," Romanian - "barba boierului" or "avrămească" or "creştinească") are traditionally used as galactagogue and anti-inflammatory agents. The present study aimed to evaluate the chemical composition (polyphenols, iridoids, and phytosterols), antioxidant, antimicrobial and in vivo anti-inflammatory activity of different extracts of A. laxmannii aerial parts. The major identified bioactive compounds were rutin, 8- O -acetylharpagide and β-sitosterol...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Benedikt Thomann, Ilias Sachpazidis, Khodor Koubar, Constantinos Zamboglou, Panayiotis Mavroidis, Rolf Wiehle, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Dimos Baltas
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of radioresistance and intrafractional movement on the tumour control probability (TCP) in IMRT prostate treatments using simultaneous integrated boosts to PSMA-PET/CT-delineated GTVs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 13 patients had PSMA-PET/CT prior to prostatectomy and histopathological examination. Two GTVs were available: GTV-PET and GTV-histo, which is the true cancer volume. Focused IMRT plans delivering 77 Gy in 35 fractions to the prostate and 95 Gy to PTV-PET were produced...
March 13, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Kenji Yorita, Kazuya Tsuji, Yoko Takano, Naoto Kuroda, Kei Sakamoto, Kaoru Arii, Yukio Yoshimoto, Kimiko Nakatani, Satoshi Ito
BACKGROUND: Acantholytic squamous cell carcinoma (ASQCC), histologically characterized by intercellular bridge loosening, is recognized as a rare variant of squamous cell carcinoma (SQCC). ASQCC may demonstrate a worse prognosis than conventional SQCC. Pulmonary ASQCC is particularly rare; its biological behavior and prognostic data have not been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the clinical and autopsy findings of a 71-year-old Japanese man with pulmonary ASQCC...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cancer
Maria Prendecki, Leyre Martin, Anisha Tanna, Marilina Antonelou, Charles D Pusey
OBJECTIVE: Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) has been linked with thyroid disease as a result of antithyroid medications. We assessed the prevalence of thyroid disease in our patients with AAV. METHODS: Clinical records of 279 patients with AAV diagnosed between 1991 and 2014 were analyzed. RESULTS: Thyroid disease was identified in 21.5% of patients, but only 2 had previously received propylthiouracil...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Gen Nakamura, Yuta Fukuchi, Noriyuki Homma
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March 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
George Cătălin Marinescu, Roua-Gabriela Popescu, Anca Dinischiotu
Over 12% of the world's health resources are spent on treating diabetes, as high blood glucose is the third cause of mortality worldwide. Insulin resistance is the basis of the most common form of diabetes: type 2 diabetes. Recent animal studies report successful attempts at reversing type 2 diabetes by the administering of the NAD+ precursor nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). However, the current high price of this molecule urges for more efficient and cost-effective production methods. This work proposes a method for purifying NMN by Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) on silica with a covalently attached coating of poly(2-hydroxyethyl aspartamide) (PolyHEA) stationary phase using an isocratic elution with a denaturing mobile phase (50 mM formic acid) from a complex molecular mixture such as a fermentation broth...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yue Yang, Long Chen, Yuan Jia, Yang Liu, Lei Wen, Yaoxian Liang, Yuan An, Shi Chen, Yin Su, Zhanguo Li
To analyze the clinical spectrum, laboratory characteristics, and outcomes of monoclonal gammopathy (MG) in patients with rheumatic diseases. Screening for the presence of MG was performed in 872 inpatients with rheumatic diseases from January 2010 to July 2017. A total of 41 patients were enrolled. Their clinical and biological features in addition to outcomes were described. For each patient with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS), 2 age- and sex-matched pSS patients without MG were selected as controls. Risk factors for the presence of MG and malignant hematological neoplasias were assessed...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Eli M Miloslavsky, John L Niles, Zachary S Wallace, Frank B Cortazar, Ana Fernandes, Karen Laliberte, John H Stone
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic advances in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) have improved patient survival, but mortality rates remain higher than the general population. Glucocorticoids contribute to AAV morbidity and mortality. We examined whether an 8-week glucocorticoid course in combination with rituximab (RTX) would induce disease remission in patients with AAV. METHODS: Patients with active AAV received an 8-week prednisone taper and RTX 375mg/m2 weekly for 4 weeks...
February 3, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Yushiro Endo, Tomohiro Koga, Midori Ishida, Yuya Fujita, Sosuke Tsuji, Ayuko Takatani, Toshimasa Shimizu, Remi Sumiyoshi, Takashi Igawa, Masataka Umeda, Shoichi Fukui, Ayako Nishino, Shin-Ya Kawashiri, Naoki Iwamoto, Kunihiro Ichinose, Mami Tamai, Hideki Nakamura, Tomoki Origuchi, Atsushi Kawakami
A 72-year-old Japanese woman diagnosed with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis was admitted to our hospital with hearing loss, temporal pain, and sudden blindness. We finally diagnosed recurrent granulomatosis with polyangiitis and initiated methyl-prednisolone pulse therapy (1,000 mg) followed by prednisolone (30 mg/day) and rituximab (RTX). After the third RTX administration, she developed bloody stools along with acute thrombocytopenia and low complement levels. We diagnosed rituximab-induced acute thrombocytopenia (RIAT), and her platelet counts spontaneously recovered...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Supaporn Suwanchote, Muanpetch Rachayon, Pongsawat Rodsaward, Jongkonnee Wongpiyabovorn, Tawatchai Deekajorndech, Helen L Wright, Steven W Edwards, Michael W Beresford, Pawinee Rerknimitr, Direkrit Chiewchengchol
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are a group of autoantibodies that cause systemic vascular inflammation by binding to target antigens of neutrophils. These autoantibodies can be found in serum from patients with systemic small-vessel vasculitis and they are considered as a biomarker for ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). A conventional screening test to detect ANCA in the serum is indirect immunofluorescence study, and subsequently confirmed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. A positive staining of ANCA can be classified into three main categories based on the staining patterns: cytoplasmic, perinuclear, and atypical...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Mark Gainey, Montserrat Carles, Michael Mix, Philipp T Meyer, Michael Bock, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Dimos Baltas
Recently, there has been an increase in the imaging modalities available for radiotherapy planning and radiotherapy prognostic outcome: dual energy computed tomography (CT; DECT), dynamic contrast enhanced CT, dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion-weighted MRI, positron emission tomography-CT, dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography-MR. These techniques enable more precise gross tumor volume definition than CT alone and moreover allow subvolumes within the gross tumor volume to be defined which may be given a boost dose or an individual voxelized dose prescription may be derived...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
Eleni Gkika, Oliver Oehlke, Hatice Bunea, Nicole Wiedenmann, Sonja Adebahr, Ursula Nestle, Constantinos Zamboglou, Simon Kirste, Jamina Fennell, Thomas Brunner, Mark Gainey, Dimos Baltas, Mathias Langer, Horst Urbach, Michael Bock, Philipp T Meyer, Anca-Ligia Grosu
Positron emission tomography and multiparametric MRI provide crucial information concerning tumor extent and normal tissue anatomy. Moreover, they are able to visualize biological characteristics of the tumor, which can be considered in the radiation treatment planning and monitoring. In this review we discuss the impact of biological imaging positron emission tomography and multiparametric MRI for radiation oncology, based on the data of the literature and on the experience of our own institution in this field...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
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