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Malik Y Ghannam, Mohammed Naseemuddin, Peter Weiser, John O Mason
BACKGROUND: Acute Multifocal Hemorrhagic Retinal Vasculitis (AMHRV) is a rare disease with unknown incidence that presents with abrupt onset of visual loss associated with retinal vasculitis, retinal hemorrhage, non-confluent posterior retinal infiltrates, vitreous cellular inflammation and papillitis in, otherwise, healthy adult individuals. The reported treatment options for Acute Multifocal Hemorrhagic Retinal Vasculitis are oral corticosteroids, intravitreal ganciclovir and laser photocoagulation or vitrectomy...
October 18, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
Oleg O Rummo, Mario Carmellini, Lionel Rostaing, Rainer Oberbauer, Maarten H L Christiaans, Christiane Mousson, Robert M Langer, Franco Citterio, Bernard Charpentier, Malcolm Brown, Gbenga Kazeem, Frank Lehner
ADHERE was a randomized, open-label, Phase IV study comparing renal function at Week 52 post-kidney transplant, in patients who received prolonged-release tacrolimus-based immunosuppressive regimens. On days 0-27, patients received prolonged-release tacrolimus (initially 0.2mg/kg/day), corticosteroids and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). Patients were randomized on Day 28 to receive either prolonged-release tacrolimus plus MMF (Arm 1) or prolonged-release tacrolimus (≥25% dose-reduction on Day 42) plus sirolimus (Arm 2)...
October 18, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
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
Nicole C Droz, Stephanie D Mathew
After presenting with nonspecific symptoms, a 52-year-old female was found to have a 3.4 × 2.6 cm retroperitoneal mass resulting in hydronephrosis on abdominal computed tomography scan. After extensive workup including surgical debulking, excisional biopsy, and autoimmune panel, she was found to have idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis (IRF) with negative staining for immunoglogulin G4 (IgG4). Two years after presentation, the patient developed dyspnea, cough, and xerostomia. Repeat anti-Sjögren Syndrome A and anti-Sjögren Syndrome B titers and labial gland biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of concomitant Sjögren's syndrome (SS)...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Jiang-Tao Tang, Brenda C de Winter, Dennis A Hesselink, Ferdi Sombogaard, Lan-Lan Wang, Teun van Gelder
AIM: Elderly transplant recipients have a lower incidence of acute rejection, and a higher risk to die from infectious complications. Potentially this may be caused by differences in the pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) of the immunosuppressive drugs they are taking. This study was designed to comprehensively evaluate the influence of age on the PK and PD of mycophenolic acid (MPA). METHODS: In this study the PK and PD of MPA was studied in 26 elderly and 54 younger renal transplant recipients treated with mycophenolate mofetil and tacrolimus...
October 18, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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
Karsten Midtvedt, Anders Åsberg
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September 29, 2016: Transplantation
Gorden Muduma, Isaac Odeyemi, Richard Fulton Pollock
BACKGROUND: As of 2014, there were approximately 8300 patients with a functioning liver transplant in the UK Transplant Registry, with 880 liver transplants performed in 2013-2014 alone. Tacrolimus, typically used in combination with steroids and mycophenolate mofetil, currently represents the cornerstone of post-transplant immunosuppression in liver transplant recipients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of prolonged-release (PR) tacrolimus (Advagraf(®), Astellas Pharma Inc...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Gerson Dierley Keppeke, Monica Simon Prado, Eunice Nunes, Sandro Felix Perazzio, Silvia Helena Rodrigues, Maria Lucia Gomes Ferraz, Edward K L Chan, Luis Eduardo Coelho Andrade
Some HCV patients using ribavirin and interferon alpha (IFN-α) develop anti-rods and rings (RR) autoantibodies, the main target of which is inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), the rate-determining enzyme in de novo GTP biosynthesis. In vitro inhibition of IMPDH by ribavirin induces RR formation. Here we investigate whether other commonly used drugs that interfere with GTP biosynthesis can induce RR structures in vitro and vivo and elicit generation of autoantibodies. HEp-2 cells treated for 24h with ribavirin, mycophenolic acid (MPA), azathioprine, methotrexate or acyclovir were positive for RR structures...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Sharon Seth, David A Khan
BACKGROUND: Patients who have failed traditional treatment of chronic urticaria may require trials of alternative medications. Safety profiles, continuous laboratory monitoring, and physician comfort are often barriers to treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety of alternative agents used in chronic urticaria. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of electronic medical records from a single-center allergy and immunology clinic in a major academic hospital was conducted...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Daniel J Ozzello, Jason R Kolfenbach, Alan G Palestine
INTRODUCTION: Uveitis specialists and rheumatologists treat patients with anterior scleritis, but data from controlled trials to guide management are scarce, making differences in treatment paradigms possible. METHODS: 1044 uveitis specialists and rheumatologists were surveyed regarding therapy for a patient with anterior scleritis. Respondents were asked to select first- and second-choice therapies and then reselect therapies assuming that the costs of all options were equal and that insurance approval was ensured...
October 15, 2016: Ophthalmology and Therapy
Rohini Prashar, K K Venkat
Kidney transplantation is well established as the best treatment option for end-stage kidney disease. It confers not only a better quality of life but also a significant survival advantage compared to dialysis. However, despite significant improvement in short-term kidney transplant graft survival over the past three decades, long-term graft survival remains suboptimal. Concerns about the possible contribution of chronic calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) nephrotoxicity to late allograft failure and other serious adverse effects of currently used immunosuppressive agents (especially corticosteroids) have led to increasing interest in developing regimens which may better preserve kidney allograft function and minimize other immunosuppression-related problems without increasing the risk of rejection...
September 2016: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
M Gastaca, I Bilbao, M Jimenez, J Bustamante, C Dopazo, R Gonzalez, R Charco, J Santoyo, J Ortiz de Urbina
Our aim was to study the safety and efficacy of immunosuppression with everolimus (EVL) within the 1st month after orthotopic liver transplantation (LT) when calcineurin inhibitors are not recommended. For this purpose, 28 recipients who had been treated with EVL within the 1st month after adult LT were eligible to enter in a retrospective multicenter study. Patients were followed up for 12 months after LT. EVL therapy was initiated at a median of 14 days (range, 4-24) after LT. The reason for early EVL was neurotoxicity in 14 cases, renal dysfunction in 12, and acute cellular rejection combined with renal impairment in 2...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
I Laranjinha, P Matias, C Jorge, R Birne, A Weigert, T Adragão, M Bruges, R A Cabrera, J Cassis, S Ramos, A Nogueira, J Godinho, H Messias, D Machado
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant (KT) recipients have a higher incidence of malignancy than the general population. Smooth muscle tumors (SMT), including leiomyosarcoma, are rare in kidney transplant recipients, and most cases are associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. CASE REPORT: A 57-year-old man received a deceased donor kidney transplant at the age of 53 years, with 5 human leukocyte antigen (HLA) mismatches. Before the transplantation, the patient was IgG positive for EBV viral capsid antigen (VCA), negative for IgM EBV VCA, and also negative for IgG EBV nuclear antigen (EBNA), suggesting a prior EBV infection...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
C M Cruz, S Pereira, J Gandara, S Ferreira, V Lopes, J Daniel, H P Miranda
Calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) are the base of immunosuppressive regimens in liver transplantation but they are associated with significant side effects, namely nephrotoxicity, which leads to increased morbidity and mortality. Through time, mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) as monotherapy has been suggested as an alternative in patients with CNI-related toxicity, but still no consensus has been reached as to its efficacy. We have evaluated the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of MMF monotherapy in selected patients, developing CNI-associated events, focusing primarily on kidney dysfunction...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
M Pereira, J Guerra, M Neves, J Gonçalves, A Santana, C Nascimento, A G da Costa
INTRODUCTION: The optimal immunosuppressive induction therapy in kidney transplant recipients with low immunologic risk of acute rejection (AR) is still controversial. The use of basiliximab (BSX) has led to a significant decrease of AR with a low side effect profile. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to evaluate predictive risk factors for AR in low immunologic risk patients subjected to immunosuppressive induction therapy with BSX. METHODS: We reviewed all low immunologic risk patients (panel reactive antibody [PRA] level <50%, who had undergone a first deceased-donor transplant) subjected to immunosuppressive induction therapy with BSX, calcineurin inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisolone (n = 346)...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
L V Kroth, F F Barreiro, D Saitovitch, M A Traesel, D O d'Avila, C E Poli-de-Figueiredo
BACKGROUND: The Nephrology Unit at São Lucas Hospital, a University Hospital in Southern Brazil, has recently reached 35 years since its first kidney transplant. Few centers in the area have made a longitudinal analysis of processes, problems, grafts, and patient survival changes along this time. METHODS: A single-center, retrospective study was performed. Data were separated into different eras, based on the nature of immunosuppression used: pre-cyclosporine (1978-1986), cyclosporine (1987-1997), mycophenolate introduction (1998-2002), new immunosuppressant drugs (2003-2007), and the current period (2008-2013)...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
R N Makroo, Soma Agrawal, Mohit Chowdhry, Brinda Kakkar, Uday K Thakur
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is one of the solid organs most commonly being transplanted across the world. The indications, affordability and accessibility have grown manifold. To increase the donor pool, inclusion of ABO incompatible liver donors is being considered. To enhance the graft functioning and survival, immunoadsorption apheresis to reduce the ABO hemagglutination titres are on the rise. CASE REPORT: We report three cases ABO incompatible liver transplantation with immunoadsorption protocol...
September 28, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Anna Kurayev, Alice B Gottlieb
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case in which a patient developed Candida esophagitis (CE) after treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD) with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for 22 months. CASE SUMMARY: A 59-year-old Caucasian female with long-standing history of AD successfully treated with MMF presented to the dermatology clinic for follow-up appointment with 3 months' history of projectile vomiting, choking, and trouble swallowing. Patient underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) that demonstrated whitish plaques in esophagus consistent with CE, which was confirmed by biopsy and cytology...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Rafael Coimbra Ferreira Beltrame, Maurício Friderichs, Bárbara Rayanne Fior, Pedro Guilherme Schaefer, Gustavo Gomes Thomé, Dirceu Reis da Silva, Elvino José Guardão Barros, Renato Seligman, Francisco Veríssimo Veronese
The IgG4-related disease has a wide clinical spectrum where multiple organs can be affected, and the diagnosis depends on typical histopathological findings and an elevated IgG4 expression in plasma cells in the affected tissue. We describe the clinical presentation and evolution of a patient with acute tubulointerstitial nephritis, severe kidney failure and systemic manifestations such as lymphadenomegaly and chronic pancreatitis. The diagnosis was confirmed by the clinical picture and kidney and lymph node histopathology, in which immunohistochemistry of the lymphoid tissue showed policlonality and increased expression of IgG4, with a IgG4/total IgG ratio > 80%...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
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