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renal vasculitis

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
Alexandre Karras
Cryoglobulins are immunoglobulins that undergo reversible precipitation at low temperatures. They can induce systemic vasculitis, characterized by purpuric cutaneous lesions, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, hypocomplementemia and glomerular disease. Renal pathology reveals membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, with particularly intense mesangial cell proliferation and infiltration by macrophages, associated with intracapillary thrombi. This renal disease presents as a nephritic syndrome, with heavy proteinuria, haematuria severe hypertension and rapidly progressive kidney failure that can lead to end-stage renal disease...
March 12, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
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
H Marco, J Draibe, J Villacorta, L F Quintana, N Martin, R Garcia-Osuna, C Cabre, M A Martín-Gómez, A Balius, A Saurina, M Picazo, I Gich-Saladich, M Navarro-Díaz, M Praga, T Cavero, J Ballarin, M M Díaz-Encarnación
The classification of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) remains controversial. The main objective of this study was to define the respective values of ANCA serotype-based classification, clinicopathological classification, and histopathological classification in predicting patient and renal outcomes in a Spanish cohort of patients with ANCA with specificity for myeloperoxidase, MPO-ANCA, versus ANCA with specificity for proteinase 3, PR3-ANCA. Two hundred and forty-five patients with ANCA-AAV and biopsy-proven renal involvement diagnosed between 2000 and 2104 were recruited in 12 nephrology services...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Z W Liu, W Qiu, J M Peng, Z W Wang, J L Zhao, Q J Wu
A 56-year-old female was admitted to the Department of Rheumatology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital with complaint of recurrent fever and acute lumbar pain. Fever was complicated with malaise, cough and occasional blood-streaked sputum. Lab tests showed elevated white blood cell count, increased serum creatinine, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. Other lab findings included severe anemia, hematuria, and proteinuria. Immunological examinations were positive for antinuclear antibodies, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and antiglomerular basement membrane antibody...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Gerjan J Dekkema, Wayel H Abdulahad, Theo Bijma, Sarah M Moran, Louise Ryan, Mark A Little, Coen A Stegeman, Peter Heeringa, Jan-Stephan F Sanders
Background: Early detection of renal involvement in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is of major clinical importance to allow prompt initiation of treatment and limit renal damage. Urinary soluble cluster of differentiation 163 (usCD163) has recently been identified as a potential biomarker for active renal vasculitis. However, a significant number of patients with active renal vasculitis test negative using usCD163. We therefore studied whether soluble CD25 (sCD25), a T cell activation marker, could improve the detection of renal flares in AAV...
March 1, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Suheyla Apaydin
Therapeutic plasma aphresis (plasmapheresis) is one form of treatment that is frequently used in practice of Nephrology. Plasmapheresis is the most important part of the therapies for Goodpasture's syndrome and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis which are causes of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. The reason why the effectiveness of plasmapheresis therapy cannot be clearly demonstrated in renal involvement in these diseases is that it does not appear to be possible to recruit an adequate number of patients and plasmapheresis is not effective in advanced disease if early treatment is not initiated...
February 20, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Vineeta Shobha, Saba Fathima, Ravi Prakash
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) previously known as Wegener's granulomatosis is one of the forms of idiopathic systemic vasculitis. There is very scanty data available on GPA in Asian and Indian population. We studied data of 60 patients from southern India, diagnosed with GPA to describe the physical characteristics, the treatment, and outcome. Patients who fulfilled any two of the four criteria proposed by the American College of Rheumatology, and those with clinical features of GPA with ANCA positivity and histopathological confirmation, were included in the study...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
R J Zhang, X Zhang, J Chen, M Shao, Y Yang, B Balaubramaniam, X L Sun, J L Ambrus, J He, Z G Li
Objective Serum soluble CD25 (sCD25) could be used as a biomarker for disease activity in conditions associated with T-cell activation including various autoimmune diseases. This study aimed to explore the role of sCD25 as an indicator of disease activity and organ involvement in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Serum samples were collected from 107 SLE patients and 92 age-matched healthy controls (HCs). All patients were followed up for 24 weeks, and sCD25 was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Karen M Van de Velde-Kossmann
Renal failure is common in the United States with an estimated prevalence of 660,000 treated end-stage renal disease patients in 2015 [<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="ref1">1</xref>]. Causes of renal failure are many, and complications from renal failure, underlying disease, and treatment are not infrequent. Examples of common skin manifestations include xerosis, pigmentary change, and nail dystrophies. Frequent disease-specific skin changes may be helpful in the diagnosis of primary disorders leading to renal disease or severity of disease including bullosis diabeticorum, sclerodactyly, or leukoctoclastic vasculitis...
January 26, 2018: Blood Purification
Zdenka Hruskova, Vladimir Tesar
BACKGROUND: Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) is characterized by a rapid deterioration of renal function and by extracapillary proliferation in >50% of glomeruli. The most common type of RPGN is "pauci-immune" glomerulonephritis caused by anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies-associated vasculitis (AAV). SUMMARY: The incidence of AAV increases with age and pauci-immune glomerulonephritis is the most common diagnosis found in renal biopsies in the elderly population...
January 26, 2018: Blood Purification
Loredana Colla, Davide Diena, Maura Rossetti, Ana Maria Manzione, Luca Marozio, Chiara Benedetto, Luigi Biancone
Care of pregnant woman, including fertility and procreation counseling, has become a significant part of the nephrological practice in the last years. In this context, the management of immunosuppression assumes a primary role both for autoimmune diseases and for post-transplant follow up. The present review analyzes the latest evidence on immunosuppressive drugs of current use in nephrology and kidney transplantation. Although the placenta inactivates prednisone and prednisolone, it is advisable to limit the dose to the minimal effective one, to prevent side effects...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Amanda M Kong, Gilwan Kim, Margaret Michalska, Jennie H Best
INTRODUCTION: Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) are two related forms of systemic vasculitis. Patients with these conditions often experience relapses affecting various body systems. Here we describe rates of relapse and review healthcare costs resulting from relapse among patients with GPA/MPA. METHODS: Two groups of patients with GPA and MPA were selected from the MarketScan claims databases between 2011 and 2013 based on diagnosis codes...
February 22, 2018: Rheumatology and Therapy
Cesare Mazzaro, Luigino Dal Maso, Luca Quartuccio, Michela Ghersetti, Marco Lenzi, Endri Mauro, Milena Bond, Pietro Casarin, Valter Gattei, Ivo Maria Crosato, Salvatore De Vita, Gabriele Pozzato
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term effects and safety of new direct anti-viral agents (DAAs) in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related mixed cryoglobulinaemia (MC) without renal involvement. METHODS: The study enrolled 22 consecutive patients, 19 received sofosbuvir-based regimen and three patients received other DAAs, individually tailored according to latest guidelines. As of December 2016, the median length of follow-up was 17 months (range 13-21)...
February 13, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Guangjian Liu, Jinhai Chen
This study investigated the risk factors of peritonitis during early peritoneal dialysis for renal failure in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated systemic vasculitis (AASV). This study enrolled hospitalized AASV patients with renal failure who underwent peritoneal dialysis at the Department of Nephrology of our hospital between 2008 and 2015. The primary aim of this study was to perform a retrospective analysis to characterize peritonitis during the early period (≤ 8 weeks) of dialysis, and to compare the differences in initial clinical manifestations, vasculitis activity, immunosuppressive therapies prior to the renal replacement therapy, and prognosis between patients with or without peritonitis...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Nephrology
Stephen P McAdoo, Nicholas Medjeral-Thomas, Seerapani Gopaluni, Anisha Tanna, Nicholas Mansfield, Jack Galliford, Megan Griffith, Jeremy Levy, Thomas D Cairns, David Jayne, Alan D Salama, Charles D Pusey
Background: Current guidelines advise that rituximab or cyclophosphamide should be used for the treatment of organ-threatening disease in anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), although few studies have examined the efficacy and safety of these agents in combination. Methods: We conducted a single-centre cohort study of 66 patients treated with a combination of oral corticosteroids, rituximab and low-dose pulsed intravenous cyclophosphamide followed by a maintenance regimen of azathioprine and tapered steroid for the treatment of biopsy-proven renal involvement in AAV...
February 14, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Mara Felicetti, Diego Cazzador, Roberto Padoan, Alfonso Luca Pendolino, Chiara Faccioli, Ennio Nardello, Alvise Berti, Marina Silvestrini, Giuseppe Paolazzi, Giuliano Brunori, Elisabetta Zanoletti, Enzo Emanuelli, Alessandro Martini, Franco Schiavon
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) manifestations in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) represent the most frequent symptoms at disease onset. The aim of the study was to analyse ENT involvement at diagnosis, as well as how it could influence relapse rate, mortality and disease severity. A retrospective non-controlled cohort study was performed including all consecutive diagnosed GPA from 1996 to 2016 in two rheumatology centres of Northern Italy, focusing particularly on ENT presenting signs and symptoms at baseline...
February 20, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Silke R Brix, Mercedes Noriega, Elisabeth M Herden, Birgit Goldmann, Ulrike Langbehn, Martin Busch, Wolfram J Jabs, Oliver M Steinmetz, Ulf Panzer, Tobias B Huber, Rolf A K Stahl, Thorsten Wiech
AIMS: Renal involvement in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis contributes to significant morbidity and mortality in patients. In chronic inflammation, B cells are recruited to the inflamed tissue and organised lymphoid structures have been described in several autoimmune diseases. Aim of this study was to correlate the lymphoid organisation in renal biopsies with renal outcome in ANCA-associated glomerulonephritis (GN). METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated 112 renal biopsies from patients with newly diagnosed ANCA-associated necrotizing GN...
February 17, 2018: Histopathology
Duvuru Geetha, Sam Kant
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV) has the propensity to acquire a devastating disease course. Despite the advances in therapeutics, a significant proportion of patients progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Renal transplantation is being increasingly employed in this population, with gradual improvement in outcomes over the years, however, recurrence of disease requires constant surveillance and is associated with graft failure. Areas covered: A structured literature search in PubMed and Medline and abstracts of international conferences was performed to identify cases and cohorts of AAV patients who had undergone renal transplantation for ESRD...
February 13, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Xiaozhen Zhao, Yongjing Cheng, Yuzhou Gan, Rulin Jia, Lei Zhu, Xiaolin Sun
A variety of autoantibodies has been involved in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), some of which are well known and applied as disease biomarkers. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of a novel autoantibody, anti-tubulin-α-1C, in patients with SLE and investigate its clinical significance. Anti-tubulin-α-1C autoantibody levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 128 SLE patients, 38 primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) patients, and 106 healthy controls (HCs)...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
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