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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727481/leucocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-as-a-regenerative-medicine-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-leg-ulcers-a-prospective-cohort-study
#1
Nelson R Pinto, Matias Ubilla, Yelka Zamora, Verónica Del Rio, David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Marc Quirynen
Chronic wounds (VLU: venous leg ulcer, DFU: diabetic foot ulcer, PU: pressure ulcer, or complex wounds) affect a significant proportion of the population. Despite appropriate standard wound care, such ulcers unfortunately may remain open for months or even years. The use of leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) to cure skin ulcers is a simple and inexpensive method, widely used in some countries but unknown or neglected in most others. This auto-controlled prospective cohort study explored and quantified accurately for the first time the adjunctive benefits of topical applications of L-PRF in the management of such refractory ulcers in a diverse group of patients...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727155/mucosal-associated-invariant-mait-cells-are-deficient-in-systemic-sclerosis
#2
Arsène Mekinian, Thibaut Mahevas, Mohamad Mohty, Vincent Jachiet, Sébastien Rivière, Olivier Fain, Béatrice Gaugler
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease, characterized by fibrosis of the skin and other organs, vascular impairment and deficient immune responses. Mucosal associated invariant T cells (MAIT) cells have been involved in various inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the frequencies of MAIT cells in the blood of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), and to compare their distribution in the different types of SSc. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blood samples from SSc patients and healthy controls were examined by flow cytometer to analyze the frequencies of MAIT and γδ T cells...
July 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724039/treatment-of-digital-ulcers-in-systemic-sclerosis-case-series-study-of-thirteen-patients-and-discussion-on-outcome
#3
Yahia Abuowda, Raquel Sousa Almeida, Ana Alves Oliveira, Petra Pego, Cristina Santos, João Matos-Costa
Introduction: In systemic sclerosis (SSc), digital ulcers (DU) are debilitating and recurrent. They are markers of prognosis and are associated with disability and mortality. Treatment strategies have been developed to block the proposed mechanisms of this complication. Objective: Clinical description of a population of SSc patients with DU, treatment, complications and outcome. Method: Analysis of 48 SSc patients meeting 2013 ACR-EULAR criteria, followed between 1999-2015; 13 patients had DU...
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707510/outcomes-of-sympathectomy-and-vascular-bypass-for-digital-ischaemia-in-connective-tissue-disorders
#4
R L Shammas, B H Hwang, L S Levin, M J Richard, D S Ruch, S K Mithani
All patients (36 hands) with connective tissue disorders who underwent periarterial sympathectomy of the hand alone or in conjunction with vascular bypass at our institution between 1995-2013 were reviewed. The durable resolution of ulcers was significantly higher in patients treated by periarterial sympathectomy and bypass than in patients treated by periarterial sympathectomy alone. Although there were more digital amputations in patients treated by periarterial sympathectomy alone, the difference was not statistically significant...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703365/phototherapy-in-systemic-sclerosis-review
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REVIEW
Suteeraporn Chaowattanapanit, Charoen Choonhakarn, Chingching Foocharoen, Narachai Julanon
Systemic scleroderma-also known as systemic sclerosis (SSc)-is a chronic systemic connective tissue disease characterized by collagen deposition in cutaneous and internal organs, leading to skin sclerosis and multiple organ fibrosis. The pathogenesis is complex and remains poorly understood. Treatment is based on organ involvement and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Skin sclerosis can cause disability, leading to decreasing quality of life. Various systemic anti-fibrotic therapies have been used; however, most have unsatisfactory results...
July 13, 2017: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664832/clinical-determinants-of-elevated-systolic-pulmonary-artery-pressure-measured-by-transthoracic-doppler-echocardiography-in-early-systemic-sclerosis
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Patricia E Carreira, Loreto Carmona, Beatriz E Joven, Estibaliz Loza, Jose Luis Andreu, Gabriela Riemekasten, Serena Vettori, Yannick Allanore, Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, Paolo Airò, Ulrich A Walker, Nemanja Damjanov, Lidia P Ananieva, Simona Rednic, László Czirják, Oliver Distler, Dominique Farge, Roger Hesselstrand, Ada Corrado, Paola Caramaschi, Mohammed Tikly, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
OBJECTIVES: To explore the prevalence and clinical associations of elevated systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP), measured by Transthoracic Doppler-echocardiography (TTE) in patients with early systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of the prospective EULAR Scleroderma Trial and Research (EUSTAR) database was performed. SSc patients with <3 years from the first non-Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) symptom at baseline EUSTAR visit, were selected...
June 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652659/single-operator-cholangioscopy-for-biliary-complications-in-liver-transplant-recipients
#7
Anna Hüsing-Kabar, Hauke Sebastian Heinzow, Hartmut Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, Carina Stenger, Hans Ulrich Gerth, Michele Pohlen, Gerold Thölking, Christian Wilms, Iyad Kabar
AIM: To evaluate cholangioscopy in addition to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for management of biliary complications after liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: Twenty-six LT recipients with duct-to-duct biliary reconstruction who underwent ERCP for suspected biliary complications between April and December 2016 at the university hospital of Muenster were consecutively enrolled in this observational study. After evaluating bile ducts using fluoroscopy, cholangioscopy using a modern digital single-operator cholangioscopy system (SpyGlass DS™) was performed during the same procedure with patients under conscious sedation...
June 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652445/increased-copy-number-variation-of-mtdna-in-an-array-based-digital-pcr-assay-predicts-ulcerative-colitis-associated-colorectal-cancer
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Toshiaki Tanaka, Takashi Kobunai, Yoko Yamamoto, Koji Murono, Kensuke Otani, Koji Yasuda, Takeshi Nishikawa, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Kazushige Kawai, Keisuke Hata, Hiroaki Nozawa, Soichiro Ishihara, Toshiaki Watanabe
AIM: Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a central role in carcinogenesis in numerous cancer-related diseases. We examined the copy number variation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the expression of energy-producing genes in relation to ulcerative colitis (UC)-associated carcinogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied 17 patients with UC-associated adenocarcinoma (UC-Ca) and 16 without UC-associated adenocarcinoma (UC-nonCa). The copy number of mtDNA in non-dysplastic mucosa in both groups was quantified by an array-based digital polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay...
July 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645597/spinal-arteriovenous-malformation-associated-with-parkes-weber-syndrome-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
#9
Zi-Fu Li, Qiang Li, Yi Xu, Bo Hong, Qing-Hai Huang, Jian-Min Liu
OBJECTIVE: To present two cases of Parkes Weber syndrome (PWS) with spinal arteriovenous malformation(AVM), and discuss the radiological features and clinical treatment with literature review. METHODS: Clinical data on two PWS patients with spinal AVM was acquired in a prospective follow-up investigation. Clinical manifestations, radiographic features, procedural results and follow-up outcome were collected and reviewed together with literature review. RESULTS: The first patient presented with limb weakness and urinary dysfunction and the second with repetitive subarachnoid hemorrhage followed by paraplegia...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640077/improvement-of-peripheral-artery-disease-with-sildenafil-and-bosentan-combined-therapy-in-a-patient-with-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Loukman Omarjee, Cedric Fontaine, Guillaume Mahe, Vincent Jaquinandi
RATIONALE: Sildenafil, a phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitor and Bosentan, an endothelin-1-receptor antagonist combined therapy could have beneficial effect in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with peripheral artery disease. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 48-year-old Black woman, who developed severe left limb claudication and walking limitation following a left femoropopliteal bypass occlusion in 2014. She was a heavy smoker and had a history of right middle cerebral artery ischemic stroke and bilateral Raynaud phenomenon...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629476/stromal-vascular-fraction-cells-for-the-treatment-of-critical-limb-ischemia-a-pilot-study
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Adas Darinskas, Mindaugas Paskevicius, Gintaras Apanavicius, Gintaris Vilkevicius, Liutauras Labanauskas, Thomas E Ichim, Rytis Rimdeika
BACKGROUND: Cell-based therapy is being explored as an alternative treatment option for critical limb ischemia (CLI), a disease associated with high amputation and mortality rates and poor quality of life. However, therapeutic potential of uncultured adipose-derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cells has not been evaluated as a possible treatment. In this pilot study, we investigated the efficacy of multiple injections of autologous uncultured adipose-derived SVF cells to treat patients with CLI...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619741/saddle-nose-and-bilateral-cauliflower-ear-deformities-with-pyoderma-gangrenosum-like-ulcers-cavitary-pulmonary-lesions-digital-gangrene-and-pulselessness-in-a-young-female
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Sweta Subhadarshani, Vishal Gupta, Anurag Chahal, Kaushal K Verma
We report a young female who presented with saddle-nose and bilateral cauliflower ear deformities along with pyoderma gangrenosum-like ulcers, digital gangrene and pulselessness. Subsequently, she was found to have bilateral conductive hearing loss, a corneal opacity, mild aortic regurgitation and radiological evidence of cavitary changes in lungs and aortoarteritis. Our patient had a constellation of symptoms which posed a diagnostic challenge. Finally, a diagnosis of relapsing polychondritis with several unusual features was made...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612500/using-image-j-to-document-healing-in-ulcers-of-the-foot-in-diabetes
#13
William J Jeffcoate, Alison J Musgrove, Nadina B Lincoln
The aim of the study was to assess the reliability of measuring the cross-sectional area of diabetic foot ulcers using Image J software. The inter- and intra-rater reliability of ulcer area measures were assessed using digital images of acetate tracings of ulcers of the foot affecting 31 participants in an off-loading randomised trial. Observations were made independently by five specialist podiatrists, one of whom was experienced in the use of Image J software and educated the other four in a single session...
June 13, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602918/angiogenic-and-angiostatic-factors-in-renal-scleroderma-associated-vasculopathy
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Antonietta Gigante, Luca Navarini, Domenico Margiotta, Antonio Amoroso, Biagio Barbano, Rosario Cianci, Antonella Afeltra, Edoardo Rosato
BACKGROUND: The angiogenesis in systemic sclerosis (SSc) is impaired. An imbalance of pro-angiogenic factors and angiogenesis inhibitors has been implicated in the progression of peripheral microvascular damage, defective vascular repair and fibrosis. Intrarenal resistance index are considered markers of renal vasculopathy. The aim of the study is to evaluate angiogenic and angiostatic factors (VEGF and endostatin) in SSc patients and to correlate with intrarenal hemodynamic parameters...
June 8, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598975/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-clinical-correlations-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-a-retrospective-analysis-for-possible-future-developments
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Amelia Chiara Trombetta, Vanessa Smith, Emanuele Gotelli, Massimo Ghio, Sabrina Paolino, Carmen Pizzorni, Amber Vanhaecke, Barbara Ruaro, Alberto Sulli, Maurizio Cutolo
OBJECTIVE: Assessment of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) correlations with clinical parameters and evaluation of the efficacy of standard oral supplementation in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. METHODS: 154 SSc patients were recruited, in all seasons. Serum 25(OH)D concentrations were evaluated using LIAISON 25-OH (Diasorin, Italy). Medsger disease severity scale (DSS), nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) and all instrumental exam contemplated by international guidelines were performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598784/a-pilot-study-using-high-frequency-ultrasound-to-measure-digital-ulcers-a-possible-outcome-measure-in-systemic-sclerosis-clinical-trials
#16
Michael Hughes, Tonia Moore, Joanne Manning, Graham Dinsdale, Ariane L Herrick, Andrea Murray
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June 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580415/kid-project-an-internet-based-digital-video-atlas-of-capsule-endoscopy-for-research-purposes
#17
Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Dimitris K Iakovidis, Diana E Yung, Emanuele Rondonotti, Uri Kopylov, John N Plevris, Ervin Toth, Abraham Eliakim, Gabrielle Wurm Johansson, Wojciech Marlicz, Georgios Mavrogenis, Artur Nemeth, Henrik Thorlacius, Gian Eugenio Tontini
BACKGROUND AND AIMS:  Capsule endoscopy (CE) has revolutionized small-bowel (SB) investigation. Computational methods can enhance diagnostic yield (DY); however, incorporating machine learning algorithms (MLAs) into CE reading is difficult as large amounts of image annotations are required for training. Current databases lack graphic annotations of pathologies and cannot be used. A novel database, KID, aims to provide a reference for research and development of medical decision support systems (MDSS) for CE...
June 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579046/pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-toe-lesions-in-cattle-including-nonhealing-toe%C3%A2-lesions
#18
REVIEW
Johann Kofler
Toe lesions in cattle include apical white line disease, thin soles, toe ulcers, toe necrosis, digital dermatitis-associated toe ulcers/toe necrosis, and fracture of the claw capsule and the apex of the distal phalanx. For anatomic reasons, the early stages of toe abnormalities (thin sole, apical white line disease, toe ulcer) are at risk of developing into a bone infection. The prevalence of toe lesions differs in dairy herds and feedlots: it is low at the animal level in feedlots and dairies; however, the herd prevalence of toe lesions can reach 50% in dairy herds with endemic digital dermatitis infection...
July 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Food Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576600/the-role-of-nailfoldcapillaroscopy-in-the-assessment-of-internal-organ-involvement-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-critical-review
#19
REVIEW
Stergios Soulaidopoulos, Eva Triantafyllidou, Alexandros Garyfallos, George D Kitas, Theodoros Dimitroulas
Endothelial dysfunction and microvascular damage constitute the hallmarks of systemic sclerosis (SSc), explaining much of the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of the disease. Nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) is an established method for the assessment of the microvasculature, aiding in distinguishing different types of structural vascular abnormalities. Until recently, NVC was used in the diagnosis of SSc as well as in the assessment and follow-up of peripheral digital vasculopathy. On the top of digital ulcers, internal organ involvement such as myocardial dysfunction, pulmonary vascular and/or parenchymal lung disease characterizes severe SSc imparting a high risk of mortality...
May 30, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576149/survival-and-quality-of-life-in-incident-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Kathleen Morrisroe, Wendy Stevens, Molla Huq, David Prior, Jo Sahhar, Gene-Siew Ngian, David Celermajer, Jane Zochling, Susanna Proudman, Mandana Nikpour
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a leading cause of mortality in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We sought to determine survival, predictors of mortality, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) related to PAH in a large SSc cohort with PAH. METHODS: We studied consecutive SSc patients with newly diagnosed (incident) World Health Organization (WHO) Group 1 PAH enrolled in a prospective cohort between 2009 and 2015. Survival methods were used to determine age and sex-adjusted standardised mortality ratio (SMR) and years of life lost (YLL), and to identify predictors of mortality...
June 2, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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