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Paula Schaiquevich, Paula Taich, Natalia Riva, Francisco Leone, Nora Paternoster, Gabriel Mato, Paulo Cáceres Guido
Objective Determine the status of analytical laboratories that quantify immunosuppressants in transplant patients who are under therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) for these drugs in Argentina in order to identify potential perfectible areas for action. Methods A survey of the clinical and analytical TDM centers in Argentina was conducted between September 2013 and November 2014 under the direction of the Garrahan Hospital Clinical Pharmacokinetics Unit and the National Unified Central Institute for Ablation and Implant Coordination...
March 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Lucy Chen, Lisa Liberatore, Tom Chin, Scott Walker, Helen Fanous, Michelle M Nash, Lindita Rapi, Jennie Huckle, Jeffrey S Zaltzman, G V Ramesh Prasad
BACKGROUND: Ensuring reliable gastrointestinal drug absorption of orally-administered immunosuppressive medications posttransplant is critical to ensuring graft survival. METHODS: A 66 year old man of East Asian origin with a previous total gastrectomy was evaluated for living donor kidney transplantation. Pretransplant pharmacokinetic testing was performed to determine the most appropriate posttransplant medication strategy. The Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index and Gastrointestinal Rating Scale questionnaires were administered to gauge immunosuppressive medication-related side effects in the absence of a stomach...
September 29, 2016: Transplantation
Frane Banovic, Keith E Linder, Maarja Uri, Michael A Rossi, Thierry Olivry
BACKGROUND: Generalized discoid lupus erythematosus (GDLE) is a newly recognized canine variant of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) that is not well characterized. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: We report herein the signalment, clinical signs, treatment outcome, histopathology and immunological findings of 10 dogs with GDLE. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were: (i) a >3 month history of generalized skin lesions indicating a chronic or recurrent nature; (ii) skin lesions resembling those of human GDLE; (iii) histopathology of CLE (lymphocyte-rich interface dermatitis)...
October 16, 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
Motomi Arai
This report concerns a case of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) with frequent treatment-dependent relapses. A 75-year-old male presented with a 2-month history of progressive weakness of the limbs with no sensory symptoms. Neurological examination revealed normal cranial nerves, MRC grade 4 power in the proximal and distal muscles of the limbs, and generalized areflexia. However, the sensory examination results, serum immunoelectrophoresis, anti-HIV antibody, and vitamins B1 and B12 levels were normal...
September 28, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Catherine A Outerbridge, Stephen D White, Verena K Affolter
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of testicular neoplasia and alopecia universalis in a dog, and successful treatment of the latter with ciclosporin. ANIMAL: Twelve-year-old intact male wirehaired fox terrier. METHODS: Castration, skin biopsy for histopathology, lymphocyte immunophenotyping and clonality analysis of the canine T-cell receptor gamma locus (TCRγ) rearrangement. RESULTS: The dog presented with symmetrical generalized alopecia...
September 19, 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
Melanie Bremm, Sabine Huenecke, Olga Zimmermann, Verena Pfirrmann, Andrea Quaiser, Halvard Bonig, Jan Soerensen, Thomas Klingebiel, Eva Rettinger, Peter Bader, Claudia Cappel
BACKGROUND: Cytokine-induced-killer (CIK) cells are a promising immunotherapeutic approach for impending relapse following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). However, there is a high risk for treatment failure associated with severe graft versus host disease (GvHD) necessitating pharmaceutical intervention post-transplant. Whether immunosuppression with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or Ciclosporin A (CsA) influences the cytotoxic effect of CIK cell immunotherapy is still an open issue...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
M O Timsit, F Kleinclauss, R Thuret
OBJECTIVES: To perform a state of the art about the history of kidney transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An exhaustive systematic review of the scientific literature was performed in the Medline database ( and Embase ( using different associations of the following keywords (MESH): kidney transplantation, history, vascular anastomosis. RESULTS: From the first vascular ligations to the discovery of ciclosporin, the history of organ transplantation was made of surgical bets and medical discoveries, such as blood group, HLA-system, immunity, etc...
September 7, 2016: Progrès en Urologie
John G Williams, M Fasih Alam, Laith Alrubaiy, Ian Arnott, Clare Clement, David Cohen, John N Gordon, A Barney Hawthorne, Mike Hilton, Hayley A Hutchings, Aida U Jawhari, Mirella Longo, John Mansfield, Jayne M Morgan, Frances Rapport, Anne C Seagrove, Shaji Sebastian, Ian Shaw, Simon P L Travis, Alan Watkins
BACKGROUND: Infliximab and ciclosporin are of similar efficacy in treating acute severe ulcerative colitis, but there has been no comparative evaluation of their relative clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. METHODS: In this mixed methods, open-label, pragmatic randomised trial, we recruited consenting patients aged 18 years or older at 52 district general and teaching hospitals in England, Scotland, and Wales who had been admitted, unscheduled, with severe ulcerative colitis and failed to respond to intravenous hydrocortisone within about 5 days...
September 2016: Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol
Maria Fernandez Nieto, David R Jayne
Lupus nephritis (LN) therapy has limited efficacy due to its toxicity, and LN patients suffer high risks of renal and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) have been used for over >30 years in LN treatment and are an established alternative therapy for Class V nephritis, but uncertainty remains about their role in proliferative disease or in the maintenance of remission. More recently, the combination of CNIs with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and glucocorticoid combination therapy, 'multitarget' therapy and the use of tacrolimus as opposed to ciclosporin has received attention...
October 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Pieter Hindryckx, Vipul Jairath, Geert D'Haens
Ulcerative colitis is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum, resulting from a dysregulated immune response towards intraluminal antigens in a genetically predisposed host. The disease has a varying extent and severity. Approximately 20% of patients with ulcerative colitis experience a severe flare during the course of their disease, requiring hospitalization. Acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC) is potentially a life-threatening condition that requires early recognition, hospitalization, correction of body fluids and electrolytes, and nutritional support if needed...
September 1, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Tracey Jones-Hughes, Tristan Snowsill, Marcela Haasova, Helen Coelho, Louise Crathorne, Chris Cooper, Ruben Mujica-Mota, Jaime Peters, Jo Varley-Campbell, Nicola Huxley, Jason Moore, Matt Allwood, Jenny Lowe, Chris Hyde, Martin Hoyle, Mary Bond, Rob Anderson
BACKGROUND: End-stage renal disease is a long-term irreversible decline in kidney function requiring renal replacement therapy: kidney transplantation, haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The preferred option is kidney transplantation, followed by immunosuppressive therapy (induction and maintenance therapy) to reduce the risk of kidney rejection and prolong graft survival. OBJECTIVES: To review and update the evidence for the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of basiliximab (BAS) (Simulect(®), Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd) and rabbit anti-human thymocyte immunoglobulin (rATG) (Thymoglobulin(®), Sanofi) as induction therapy, and immediate-release tacrolimus (TAC) (Adoport(®), Sandoz; Capexion(®), Mylan; Modigraf(®), Astellas Pharma; Perixis(®), Accord Healthcare; Prograf(®), Astellas Pharma; Tacni(®), Teva; Vivadex(®), Dexcel Pharma), prolonged-release tacrolimus (Advagraf(®) Astellas Pharma), belatacept (BEL) (Nulojix(®), Bristol-Myers Squibb), mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) (Arzip(®), Zentiva; CellCept(®), Roche Products; Myfenax(®), Teva), mycophenolate sodium (MPS) (Myfortic(®), Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd), sirolimus (SRL) (Rapamune(®), Pfizer) and everolimus (EVL) (Certican(®), Novartis) as maintenance therapy in adult renal transplantation...
August 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Marcela Haasova, Tristan Snowsill, Tracey Jones-Hughes, Louise Crathorne, Chris Cooper, Jo Varley-Campbell, Ruben Mujica-Mota, Helen Coelho, Nicola Huxley, Jenny Lowe, Jan Dudley, Stephen Marks, Chris Hyde, Mary Bond, Rob Anderson
BACKGROUND: End-stage renal disease is a long-term irreversible decline in kidney function requiring kidney transplantation, haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The preferred option is kidney transplantation followed by induction and maintenance immunosuppressive therapy to reduce the risk of kidney rejection and prolong graft survival. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review and update the evidence for the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of basiliximab (BAS) (Simulect,(®) Novartis Pharmaceuticals) and rabbit antihuman thymocyte immunoglobulin (Thymoglobuline,(®) Sanofi) as induction therapy and immediate-release tacrolimus [Adoport(®) (Sandoz); Capexion(®) (Mylan); Modigraf(®) (Astellas Pharma); Perixis(®) (Accord Healthcare); Prograf(®) (Astellas Pharma); Tacni(®) (Teva); Vivadex(®) (Dexcel Pharma)], prolonged-release tacrolimus (Advagraf,(®) Astellas Pharma); belatacept (BEL) (Nulojix,(®) Bristol-Myers Squibb), mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) [Arzip(®) (Zentiva), CellCept(®) (Roche Products), Myfenax(®) (Teva), generic MMF is manufactured by Accord Healthcare, Actavis, Arrow Pharmaceuticals, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Mylan, Sandoz and Wockhardt], mycophenolate sodium, sirolimus (Rapamune,(®) Pfizer) and everolimus (Certican,(®) Novartis Pharmaceuticals) as maintenance therapy in children and adolescents undergoing renal transplantation...
August 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
H Nankervis, K S Thomas, F M Delamere, S Barbarot, S Smith, N K Rogers, H C Williams
Atopic eczema (AE) is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition. Whilst many AE treatment options are available, the evidence to support their efficacy varies in depth and quality. In 2000, an NIHR HTA systematic review identified and evaluated existing randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of AE treatments. To ensure continuing utility, the NIHR commissioned an update to the review. Here, we present an overview of the updated report and key findings. Systematic reviews and RCTs of AE treatments that included participants with AE (criteria based or diagnosed) were identified using: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL, LILACS, AMED, CINAHL and Cochrane Skin Group Specialised Register (searched to August 31(st) 2013 (RCTs) and 31(st) December 2015 (systematic reviews))...
August 22, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Nicholas Jones
PURPOSE: To highlight the rare but life-threatening infective consequences of immunosuppression or biologic treatment for sight-threatening uveitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective case series of four immunosuppressed patients with uveitis complicated by sepsis. RESULTS: The affected patients were all treated using prednisolone 10 mg/day or greater, together with oral immunosuppression (2 mycophenolate mofetil, 1 azathioprine + ciclosporin, 1 methotrexate) and, in one case, infliximab...
August 19, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Kota Takahashi, Kazuhide Saito, Shiro Takahara, Shohei Fuchinoue, Takashi Yagisawa, Atsushi Aikawa, Yoshihiko Watarai, Norio Yoshimura, Kazunari Tanabe, Kunio Morozumi, Motohide Shimazu
BACKGROUND: Deceased organ donations are rare in Japan, with most kidney transplants performed from a limited number of living donors. Researchers have thus developed highly successful ABO-incompatible transplantation procedures, emphasizing preoperative desensitization and postoperative immunosuppression. A recent open-label, single-arm, multicenter clinical study prospectively examined the efficacy and safety of rituximab/mycophenolate mofetil desensitization in ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation without splenectomy...
August 17, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Olivia S Huang, Jodhbir S Mehta, Hla M Htoon, Donald T Tan, Tina T Wong
PURPOSE: To report the incidence and risk factors of elevated IOP following deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK). DESIGN: A retrospective case series. METHODS: A retrospective study investigating the 5-year incidence of raised IOP following DALK cases performed from 2004 to 2008 in a tertiary center. Patients with less than 6 months of follow-up were excluded. Elevated IOP was defined as IOP >21 mm Hg. RESULTS: An episode of elevated IOP occurred in 36...
October 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Damien Guindolet, Clotilde Reynaud, Gaelle Clavel, Georges Belangé, Maycene Benmahmed, Serge Doan, Gilles Hayem, Isabelle Cochereau, Eric E Gabison
PURPOSE: Management of severe and refractory Mooren's ulcers is challenging as it encompasses tectonic surgical treatment and aggressive immunosuppressive therapies. Efficacy of rituximab in the management of severe Mooren's ulcers has never been reported. METHODS: Five patients (six eyes) from the Cornea and External Disorders department at the Rothschild Ophthalmologic Foundation (Paris, France) were treated for severe Mooren's ulcer unresponsive to conventional treatments between 2008 and 2016...
July 22, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Kanokvalai Kulthanan, Papapit Tuchinda, Leena Chularojanamontri, Chayanee Likitwattananurak, Chanida Ungaksornpairote
OBJECTIVES: There are limited data regarding omalizumab in the treatment of recalcitrant chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) in Asian populations. This study evaluated the effectiveness and the proper dosage of omalizumab for Asian CSU patients in a real-life setting. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed recalcitrant CSU patients seeking treatment at the Skin Allergy Clinic, Siriraj Hospital during the 3-year period. All patients were treated with omalizumab as an add-on therapy...
July 7, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Anton Pohanka, Staffan Rosenborg, Jonatan D Lindh, Olof Beck
A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method is presented that was applied for over five years for routine measurement of the immunosuppressant drugs ciclosporin, everolimus, sirolimus and tacrolimus in blood. The method has been used for analysis of 142 thousand unknowns and has been running 7days a week without a single day shutdown during the entire time. The measuring ranges were 10-1500ng/mL for ciclosporin and 1-50ng/mL for everolimus, sirolimus and tacrolimus. The method validation showed performance meeting the EMA validation guideline requirements and acceptable performance in a proficiency control program...
September 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Chizuru Saito, Ken Ishiyama, Hirohito Yamazaki, Yoshitaka Zaimoku, Shinji Nakao
Patients with mild hypomegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia (HMT) that does not meet the diagnostic criteria for a definite disease entity may potentially progress to aplastic anaemia (AA) that is refractory to therapy. To clarify the clinical picture of HMT, we prospectively followed 25 HMT patients with white blood cell count >3·0 × 10(9) /l, haemoglobin level >100 g/l and platelet count of <100·0 × 10(9) /l in the absence of morphological and karyotypic abnormalities in the bone marrow. Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein-deficient blood cells [paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH)-type cells] were detected in 7 of the 25 (28%) patients and elevated plasma thrombopoietin (TPO, also termed THPO) levels (>320 pg/ml) were observed in 11 (44%) patients...
June 28, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
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