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Lijiang Ma, Wendy K Chung
Group 1 pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterized by proliferation and occlusion of small pulmonary arterioles, leading to progressive elevation of pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance, and right ventricular failure. Historically it has been associated with a high mortality rate, although over the last decade, treatment has improved survival. PAH includes idiopathic PAH (IPAH), heritable PAH (HPAH), and PAH associated with certain medical conditions...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Pathology
C T Lau, A Kan, N Shek, P Tam, K K Y Wong
BACKGROUND: Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) is an increasingly recognized disease with potential mortality. Owing to limited published studies, the true incidence is yet to be determined. We carried out this prospective study with the aim to estimate its true incidence on a population basis. METHODS: An antenatal ultrasonography program was implemented since 2009. Fetuses with suspected intra-thoracic lesions were monitored by regular follow-ups...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Francisca Sanchez-Jiménez, Almudena Pino-Ángeles, Rocio Rodríguez-López, María Morales, José Luis Urdiales
Human histidine decarboxylase (HDC) and dopa decarboxilase (DDC) are highly homologous enzymes responsible for the synthesis of biogenic amines (BA) like histamine, and serotonin and dopamine, respectively. The enzymes share many structural and functional analogies, while their product metabolisms also follow similar patterns that are confluent in some metabolic steps. They are involved in common physiological functions, such as neurotransmission, gastrointestinal track function, immunity, cell growth and cell differentiation...
October 18, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Dyfrig A Hughes, Jannine Poletti-Hughes
BACKGROUND: Concerns about the high cost of orphan drugs has led to questions being asked about the generosity of the incentives for development, and associated company profits. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, propensity score matched study of publicly-listed orphan companies. Cases were defined as holders of orphan drug market authorisation in Europe or the USA between 2000-12. Control companies were selected based on their propensity for being orphan drug market authorisation holders...
2016: PloS One
Vincenzo Vindigni, Carlotta Scarpa, Erica Dalla Venezia, Franco Bassetto
INTRODUCTION: Fournier's gangrene is a rare disease that affects the genital, abdominal, and perineal regions and leads to death if not treated promptly. CASE REPORT: A 42-year-old, obese woman presented to the authors' department affected by Fournier's gangrene. In order to treat her abdominal and genital regions, the authors performed a surgical debridement followed by combined therapy with antibiotics and topical negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with instillation plus saline solution...
October 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Chris R Triggle, David J Triggle
Preclinical Research With the almost global availability of the Internet comes the expectation of universal accessibility to knowledge, including scientific knowledge-particularly that generated by public funding. Currently this is not the case. In this Commentary we discuss access to this knowledge, the politics that govern peer review and publication, and the role of this knowledge as a public good in medicine. With the almost global availability of the Internet comes the expectation of universal accessibility to knowledge, including scientific knowledge-particularly that generated by public funding...
October 21, 2016: Drug Development Research
Wen-Chien Chou, Wei-Han Huang, Ming-Chung Wang, Chao-Sung Chang, Shih-Peng Yeh, Tzeon-Jye Chiou, Yeu-Chin Chen, Tseng-Hsi Lin, Ming-Ching Shen
BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare and acquired hematopoietic stem cell disease, with florid clinical presentations. Although this disease has been characterized in the western countries, its clinical and laboratory features in Taiwan have not yet been reported. RESULTS: As a part of an international prospective, non-interventional, observational registration trial of PNH, we have analyzed 63 patients recruited between 2009 and 2015 in Taiwan, with comparison to the 3857 patients in the rest of the world (ROW)...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Piera Rizzolo, Anna Sara Navazio, Valentina Silvestri, Virginia Valentini, Veronica Zelli, Ines Zanna, Giovanna Masala, Simonetta Bianchi, Marco Scarnò, Stefania Tommasi, Domenico Palli, Laura Ottini
Male breast cancer (MBC) is a rare disease. Due to its rarity, MBC research and clinical approach are mostly based upon data derived from its largely known female counterpart. We aimed at investigating whether MBC cases harbor somatic alterations of genes known as prognostic biomarkers and molecular therapeutic targets in female breast cancer.We examined 103 MBC cases, all characterized for germ-line BRCA1/2 mutations, for somatic alterations in PIK3CA, EGFR, ESR1 and CCND1 genes.Pathogenic mutations of PIK3CA were detected in 2% of MBCs...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Keiko Yamada, Junhui Yuan, Tomoo Mano, Hiroshi Takashima, Masahiko Shibata
BACKGROUND: Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) type II with WNK1/HSN2 gene mutation is a rare disease characterized by early-onset demyelination sensory loss and skin ulceration. To the best of our knowledge, no cases of an autonomic disorder have been reported clearly in a patient with WNK/HSN2 gene mutation and only one case of a Japanese patient with the WNK/HSN2 gene mutation of HSAN type II was previously reported. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe a 54-year-old woman who had an early childhood onset of insensitivity to pain; superficial, vibration, and proprioception sensation disturbances; and several symptoms of autonomic failure (e...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
Charles W Lanks, Timothy L Van Natta, David W Hsia
Localized tracheobronchial amyloidosis is a rare disease that results from submucosal deposition of insoluble amyloid proteins in the large airways. Amyloidosis affecting the larynx and subglottic space typically results in unilateral, nodular vocal cord infiltration. It rarely can present with bilateral vocal cord involvement and can progress to lifethreatening respiratory failure due to upper airway obstruction. In these patients, typical treatment modalities such as CO2 laser ablation are often ineffectual...
October 2016: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
Antonella Giancotti, Valentina D'Ambrosio, Enrica Marchionni, Antonia Squarcella, Camilla Aliberti, Renato La Torre, Lucia Manganaro, Antonio Pizzuti
PURPOSE: Pfeiffer syndrome (PS) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in FGFR1 and FGFR2 genes. Given its wide range of clinical expression and severity, early prenatal diagnosis is difficult and genetic counseling is desirable. We report a literature review of all prenatal diagnosis of PS and a case report, with a focused description of ultrasound findings. METHODS: After literature search, we selected 14 studies of antenatal diagnosis of PS. Prenatal ultrasound findings, outcome, maternal and obstetrical data and genetic tests were recorded and analyzed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Adel S Al-Harbi, Abdullah Al-Shamrani, Baha A Al-Shawwa
Rapid-onset obesity, hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation, and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD) is a rare disease, but could be fatal if not diagnosed early. It mimics many other diseases and it may take few years after the onset of rapid obesity to have the other clinical features. Therefore, any patient with rapid-onset obesity after the age of 2 years should have high index of suspicion and long term follow up. We report a case of ROHHAD in Saudi Arabia and we highlight the clinical features and the importance of early diagnosis and management...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Sentaro Imamura, Shintaro Narita, Ryuta Nishikomori, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Kazuyuki Numakura, Atsushi Maeno, Mitsuru Saito, Takamitsu Inoue, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Nanjo, Toshio Heike, Shigeru Satoh, Tomonori Habuchi
BACKGROUND: Secondary bladder amyloidosis is an extremely rare disease, resulting from a chronic systematic inflammatory disorder associated with amyloid deposits. Although uncommon in Japan, familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disease characterized by recurrent episodes of fever of short duration and serositis and is frequently associated with systemic amyloidosis. Here, we present a case of a Japanese patient complaining of fever and macroscopic hematuria after a living donor renal transplantation...
October 19, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Kirby Rickel, Fang Fang, Jianning Tao
Osteosarcoma is the predominant form of bone cancer, affecting mostly adolescents. Recent progress made in molecular genetic studies of osteosarcoma has changed our view on the cause of the disease and ongoing therapeutic approaches for patients. As we draw closer to gaining more complete catalogs of candidate cancer driver genes in common forms of cancer, the landscape of somatic mutations in osteosarcoma is emerging from its first phase. In this review, we summarize recent whole genome and/or whole exome genomic studies, and then put these findings in the context of genetic hallmarks of somatic mutations and mutational processes in human osteosarcoma...
October 16, 2016: Bone
Panayot T Solakov
TRAPS is a very rare disease with an estimated prevalence of about one per million. We present a 53-year-old patient from Bulgaria. The clinical features of the disease are periodic fever, arthralgia, myalgia, rash, abdominal pain and hepatosplenomegaly. Laboratory studies yield leukocytosis, highly elevated levels of CRP, significantly high ESR. Secondary amyloidosis AA is determined. The genetic analysis found a heterozygous T>C nucleotide substance (c.250T>C) in exon 3 of TNFRSF1A gene which is associated with ТRAPS (MIM*191190)...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Bryan Josue Flores Robles, Beatriz Brea Álvarez, Abel Alejandro Sanabria Sanchinel, Robert Francis Andrus, María Espinosa Malpartida, Consuelo Ramos Giráldez, Ana Lerma Verdejo, Carolina Merino Argumanez, Jose Antonio Pérez Pimiento, Camen Bellas Menéndez, Luis Fernando Villa Alcázar, José Luis Andréu Sánchez, Mercedes Jiménez Palop, Hildegarda Godoy Tundidor, José Campos Esteban, Jesús Sanz Sanz, Carmen Barbadillo Mateos, Carlos María Isasi Zaragoza, Juan Bartolomé Mulero Mendoza
BACKGROUND: Sialodochitis fibrinosa is a rare disease which is characterized by recurring episodes of pain and swelling of the salivary glands due to the formation of mucofibrinous plugs. Analytic studies ascertain elevated levels of eosinophils and immunoglobulin E (IgE). Imaging studies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and sialography reveal dilation of the main salivary duct (duct ectasia). Treatment is initially supportive, consisting of compressive massages, and use of antihistamines and/or corticosteroids...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Monique C Minnema, Eva Kimby, Shirley D'Sa, Luc-Matthieu Fornecker, Stéphanie Poulain, Tom J Snijders, Efstathios Kastritis, Stéphane Kremer, Aikaterini Fitsiori, Laurence Simon, Frédéric Davi, Michael Lunn, Jorge J Castillo, Christopher J Patterson, Magali Le Garff-Tavernier, Myrto Costopoulos, Véronique Leblond, Marie-José Kersten, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Steven P Treon
Bing Neel syndrome is a rare disease manifestation of Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia that results from infiltration of the central nervous system by malignant lymphoplasmacytic cells. In this guideline, we describe the clinical symptoms, as well as the appropriate laboratory and radiological studies that can aid in the diagnosis. The presentation of Bing Neel syndrome may be very diverse, and include headaches, cognitive deficits, paresis, and psychiatric symptoms. The syndrome can present in patients with known Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, even in the absence of systemic progression, but also in previously undiagnosed patients...
October 6, 2016: Haematologica
Giovanni Vitale, Giulia Simonetti, Martina Pirillo, Gianfranco Taruschio, Pietro Andreone
Bile Salt Export Pump (BSEP) Deficiency disease, including Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis type 2 (PFIC2), is a rare disease, usually leading within the first ten years to portal hypertension, liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma. Often liver transplantation is needed. Sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (4-PB) seems to be a potential therapeutic compound for PFIC2. Psychiatric side effects in the adolescent population are little known and little studied since the drug used to treat children and infants...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Jeffrey Patterson-Fortin, Che Mathew Harris, Ashwini Niranjan-Azadi, Michael Melia
Serum sickness-like reaction is a rare disease presentation. We describe a case of a man aged 58 years who presented with acute-onset polyarthralgia, intense pruritus of hands and feet, fever to 39.5°C and leucocytosis to 17.2×10(3)/mm(3) 5 days after completing a 10-day course of amoxicillin/clavulanate for the treatment of finger cellulitis. With history, symptoms, physical examination findings and reported cases in the literature of serum sickness-like reactions to amoxicillin, a clinical diagnosis of serum sickness-like reaction was made...
October 18, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
D Creemers-Schild, P J J van Genderen, L G Visser, J J van Hellemond, P J Wismans
BACKGROUND: Amebic liver abscess is a rare disease in high-income countries. Recurrence of amebic liver abscess is even rarer with only a few previous reports. Here we present a patient who developed three subsequent amebic liver abscesses over a sixteen-year period. CASE PRESENTATION: A Caucasian male developed recurrent amebic liver abscesses, when aged 23, 27 and 39 years. Only on the first occasion did this coincide with a recent visit to the tropics. The patient received adequate treatment during each episode...
October 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
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