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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145709/defining-a-unified-vascular-phenotype-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Yannick Allanore, Oliver Distler, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Christopher P Denton
Microcirculation impairment and related vasculopathy is a hallmark of systemic sclerosis. Digital ulcers are second only to Raynaud's phenomenon as a vascular complication occurring in scleroderma patients. Digital ulcers are painful and generate disability. Furthermore, patients may develop recurrent digital ulcers and one may ask whether the outcomes of such patients might be different to those of unaffected ones. Recently several registries have provided relevant information about digital ulcers. Male sex and severe skin disease seem to be the main associated factors observed in several registries...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123575/systemic-sclerosis-and-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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REVIEW
Irena Walecka
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmunological disease of unknown origin with complex pathogenesis and multiple organ involvement. It is characterised by vascular and immunological abnormalities leading to fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. It is a rather rare disease with a prevalence of around 20 per 100,000. The disease results in heterogeneous clinical findings and different courses. Systemic sclerosis usually begins with the onset of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), followed by skin sclerosis and internal organ involvement, although it may appear synchronously with RP...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114398/multi-system-manifestations-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection-in-a-young-patient
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Ibrahim Al Busaidi, Mohammed Al-Amin, Shadin Ibrahim, Abdullah Balkhair, Zied Gaifer
Introduction.Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a small cell-wall-lacking bacterium that belongs to the mycoplasma (Mollicutes) prokaryote micro-organisms. It is a common cause of both upper and lower respiratory tract infections in all age groups. Respiratory illness is the most common manifestation of M. pneumoniae infection; however, extrapulmonary involvement may be present or predominant. The skin, mucus membranes, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, haematopoietic system, kidneys and musculoskeletal system are the most commonly involved extrapulmonary sites...
September 2017: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104809/mycobacterium-intracellulare-infection-mimicking-progression-of-scleroderma
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Simon Krabbe, Merete Engelhart, Sören Thybo, Søren Jacobsen
This case report describes a patient with scleroderma who developed Mycobacterium intracellulare infection, which for more than a year mimicked worsening of her connective tissue disorder. The patient was diagnosed with scleroderma based on puffy fingers that developed into sclerodactyly, abnormal nail fold capillaries, interstitial lung disease, Raynaud's phenomenon, esophageal dysmotility, and positivity for rheumatoid factor and anti-SSA antibodies. She developed massive inflammatory changes of the cutis, the subcutis, and the muscle fasciae of the right leg, that after several failed attempts of immunosuppressive treatments were found to be caused by Mycobacterium intracellulare...
2017: Case Reports in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072596/environmental-pollution-by-benzene-and-pm10-and-clinical-manifestations-of-systemic-sclerosis-a-correlation-study
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Alice Borghini, Andrea Poscia, Silvia Bosello, Adele Anna Teleman, Mario Bocci, Lanfranco Iodice, Gianfranco Ferraccioli, Daniele Ignazio La Milìa, Umberto Moscato
Atmospheric air pollution has been associated with a range of adverse health effects. The environment plays a causative role in the development of Systemic Sclerosis (SSc). The aim of the present study is to explore the association between particulate (PM10) and benzene (B) exposure in Italian patients with systemic sclerosis and their clinical characteristics of the disease. A correlation study was conducted by enrolling 88 patients who suffer from SSc at the Fondazione Policlinico "A. Gemelli" in Rome (Italy) in the period from January 2013 to January 2014...
October 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068146/chronic-inflammation-predicts-long-term-mortality-in-patients-with-raynaud-s-phenomenon
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M Mueller, M E Gschwandtner, J Gamper, G-A Giurgea, H P Kiener, T Perkmann, R Koppensteiner, O Schlager
BACKGROUND: Subclinical chronic inflammation could be the driving force behind the recently revealed association between abnormal nailfold capillaries as well as autoantibodies and long-term mortality in patients with incipient Raynaud's phenomenon. Whether laboratory markers that reflect a chronic inflammatory process are directly related to mortality in Raynaud's phenomenon is not known. METHODS: In total, 2958 patients with incipient Raynaud's phenomenon without previously known connective tissue disease (CTD) were enrolled...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052562/clinical-profile-and-significance-of-mucocutaneous-lesions-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-large-cross-sectional-study-with-874-patients
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Lei Xuan, Yi-Dong Zhang, Li Li, Yue-Ping Zeng, Hao-Ze Zhang, Jing Wang, Zhen-Hua Dong
BACKGROUND: Mucocutaneous lesions are common features of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), but only a few studies have focused on them. To demonstrate the profile of mucocutaneous lesions of pSS and further explore their potential clinical significance, we performed a cross-sectional study on 874 patients. METHODS: Demographic data, clinical manifestations, and laboratory results of 874 pSS patients were collected. Patients were divided into two groups according to the presence of mucocutaneous lesions...
October 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044628/possible-pro-inflammatory-role-of-heparin-binding-epidermal-growth-factor-like-growth-factor-in-the-active-phase-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Megumi Hirabayashi, Yoshihide Asano, Takashi Yamashita, Shunsuke Miura, Kouki Nakamura, Takashi Taniguchi, Ryosuke Saigusa, Takehiro Takahashi, Yohei Ichimura, Takuya Miyagawa, Ayumi Yoshizaki, Tomomitsu Miyagaki, Makoto Sugaya, Shinichi Sato
Heparin-binding epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like growth factor (HB-EGF) is a member of the EGF family growth factors, which affects multiple aspects of the wound healing process such as epithelialization, wound contraction and angiogenesis. In our study, we measured the serum HB-EGF levels of 51 systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients, which showed a significant increase compared with those of 20 normal subjects. Further analysis revealed a positive correlation between the HB-EGF level and pulmonary ground-glass score but no correlation between the former and pulmonary fibrosis score...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017842/the-frisbee-maneuver-a-novel-method-to-abort-acute-attacks-of-raynaud-s-phenomenon
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Paul Curtiss, Gabriela Cobos, Kristen Lo Sicco, Andrew Franks
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 7, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993902/cardiac-involvement-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-at-risk-for-systemic-sclerosis-otherwise-referred-to-as-very-early-early-systemic-sclerosis-a-tdi-study
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Michele D'Alto, Antonella Riccardi, Paola Argiento, Ilaria Di Stefano, Emanuele Romeo, Agostino Mattera Iacono, Antonello D'Andrea, Serena Fasano, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Marialuisa Bocchino, Ludovico Docimo, Salvatore Tolone, Maria Giovanna Russo, Gabriele Valentini
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease at risk for systemic sclerosis (UCTD-risk-SSc), otherwise referred to as very early-early SSc, is a condition characterized by Raynaud's phenomenon with serum SSc marker autoantibodies and/or typical capillaroscopic findings and unsatisfying classification criteria for the disease. The aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of right (RV) or left ventricular (LV) systolic and/or diastolic dysfunction by standard echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)...
October 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992170/points-to-consider-raynaud-s-phenomenon-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Maurizio Cutolo, Vanessa Smith, Daniel E Furst, Dinesh Khanna, Ariane L Herrick
RP is an exaggerated vasospastic response to cold or emotion. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials with either parallel group or cross-over trials should be mainly considered. Cross-over design, which is good for early phase trials of immediate or very short-term outcomes, is important in a condition as heterogeneous as RP: a wash-out period between treatment arms should always be included to minimize the possibility of a period (carry-over) effect. Duration of RP trials is usually constrained by the need to complete these over a single season, usually winter when the weather is colder...
September 1, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985172/treating-raynaud-phenomenon-beyond-staying-warm
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REVIEW
Samantha C Shapiro, Fredrick M Wigley
Raynaud phenomenon is an overactive vascular response to cold and emotional stress that results in cutaneous color changes and sensory symptoms in the digits. It can be idiopathic (primary) or secondary to another condition; the latter can be more severe and more apt to lead to ischemic complications such as digital ulceration and even loss of digits. If nonpharmacologic interventions prove inadequate, then vasodilator agents are used.
October 2017: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981361/follow-up-of-treatment-response-with-dynamic-doppler-ultrasound-in-raynaud-phenomenon
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Ugur Toprak, Zeynep Ozbalkan, Murat Erdugan, Selcuk Parlak, Sevinc Can Sandıkcı, Tunca Kaya, Suzan Şaylısoy
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of flow parameters obtained with dynamic Doppler ultrasound in the objective follow-up of treatment response in patients with Raynaud phenomenon (RP). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study included 33 patients with newly diagnosed primary RP, 31 with secondary RP, and 26 healthy participants (control subjects). Both groups of patients with RP underwent sonography before and after treatment. The control group underwent sonography once...
October 5, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980901/long-term-treatment-of-scleroderma-related-digital-ulcers-with-iloprost-a-cohort-study
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Michele Colaci, Federica Lumetti, Dilia Giuggioli, Serena Guiducci, Silvia Bellando-Randone, Ginevra Fiori, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Clodoveo Ferri
OBJECTIVES: Raynaud's phenomenon and chronic/recurrent digital ulcers (DU) are main features of systemic sclerosis (SSc). Their treatment includes both systemic (i.e., iloprost) and local therapies. We report the therapeutic effects of iloprost in a cohort of SSc patients during a long-lasting follow-up period. METHODS: Fifty consecutive SSc patients (M/F 7/43, age at SSc diagnosis 43.5±12.7SD years) received iloprost infusions for 10±4.2SD years. Iloprost schedule consisted in monthly infusion at 0...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975961/outcomes-rates-and-predictors-of-transition-of-isolated-raynaud-s-phenomenon-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Francesca Ingegnoli, Nicola Ughi, Chiara Crotti, Marta Mosca, Chiara Tani
QUESTIONS: Published studies lack clear indicators of risk and predictors of transition from Raynaud's phenomenon (Rp) to connective tissue diseases (CTDs). Therefore, we aimed to study the outcomes, rates and predictors of transition to CTDs in patients with Rp. METHODS: A sensitive search was developed in Medline and Embase. Observational studies reporting incidence and risk factors of transition from Rp to a CTD were analysed by two independent reviewers. The main outcome was the rate of transition to a CTD; the secondary outcome was the evaluation of predictors...
October 4, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967806/pulmonary-pathologic-manifestations-of-anti-alanyl-trna-synthetase-anti-pl-12-related-inflammatory-myopathy
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Frank Schneider, Samuel A Yousem, Chester V Oddis, Rohit Aggarwal
CONTEXT: - Patients with anti-aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase syndrome (ARS), a subset of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy, have a high prevalence of lung involvement. Autoantibodies directed against alanyl-tRNA synthetase (anti-PL-12 Abs) represent 1 of the 8 autoantibodies currently described under the rubric of ARS. OBJECTIVE: - To describe the clinical, radiographic, and pulmonary histopathologic findings in patients possessing anti-PL-12 autoantibodies. DESIGN: - Patients with anti-PL-12 ARS were identified in the University of Pittsburgh Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy registry...
October 2, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966213/elevated-serum-anti-gm-csf-antibodies-before-the-onset-of-autoimmune-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis-in-a-patient-with-sarcoidosis-and-systemic-sclerosis
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Mari Yamasue, Shin-Ichi Nureki, Yuko Usagawa, Tomoko Ono, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Takamasa Kan, Jun-Ichi Kadota
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is characterized by the accumulation of periodic acid-schiff stain-positive lipoproteinaceous materials in the alveolar space due to impaired surfactant clearance by alveolar macrophage. Autoimmune PAP is the most common form of PAP, but rarely accompanies collagen disease or sarcoidosis. We report here a rare case of autoimmune PAP preceded by systemic sclerosis and sarcoidosis. A 64-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for blurred vision, muscle weakness of extremities, Raynaud's phenomenon, and exertional dyspnea...
September 2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957564/reproducibility-of-the-scleroderma-pattern-assessed-by-wide-field-capillaroscopy-in-subjects-suffering-from-raynaud-s-phenomenon
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Carine Boulon, Sophie Blaise, Isabelle Lazareth, Claire Le Hello, Marc-Antoine Pistorius, Bernard Imbert, Marion Mangin, Pierre Sintes, Patricia Senet, Joëlle Decamps-Le Chevoir, Laurent Tribout, Patrick Carpentier, Joël Constans
Objectives: The aim of this work was to study inter- and intra-observer agreement for the diagnosis of scleroderma pattern by wide-field capillaroscopy. Methods: Images were taken from 50 patients known to have SSc and 50 controls consulting for RP who did not have SSc. These images were rated simultaneously by 11 experienced vascular medicine physicians as scleroderma pattern or not. Two weeks later, 7 of the 11 observers again rated the same images. Results: Inter-observer agreement was almost perfect between the 11 observers (κ 0...
October 1, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954092/anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibodies-in-new-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Fang Su, Weiguo Xiao, Pingting Yang, Qingyan Chen, Xiaojie Sun, Tienan Li
Background: The clinical significance of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies in patients with new-onset systemic lupus erythematosus, especially in systemic disease accompanied by interstitial lung disease remains to be elucidated. Objectives: This study was designed to investigate the role of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies in new-onset systemic lupus erythematosus patients. Methods: A hundred and seven patients with new-onset SLE were enrolled...
July 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953168/bipedicle-flaps-for-posterior-elbow-reconstruction
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Kyle J Chepla, Shirley Shue, Bram R Kafuman
Chronic posterior elbow soft tissue defects often require soft tissue reconstruction because of exposure of the underlying triceps tendon and proximal ulna. Current options for soft tissue coverage require sacrifice of a local muscle or microsurgery. The purpose of this study is to evaluate patient and surgical outcomes after reconstruction of small-sized to medium-sized (<50 cm) posterior elbow defects with bipedicle advancement flaps. A retrospective chart review was performed for 3 patients who underwent posterior elbow reconstruction with bipedicle flaps...
December 2017: Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
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