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Olga Kostrzewa, Paweł Kołodziej, Maria Majdan, Robert Zwolak, Anna Górak, Krzysztof Bar
In this article we have presented a case of 31-year-old male with thickening of the skin and tender cord of superficial veins of the penis and laboratory findings of the high titer of PM/Scl-100 antibodies in the serum. The patient was referred to the Rheumatology Department due to suspected systemic sclerosis. The HRCT scan of his lungs revealed fibrous degeneration and ground-glass opacity in the lower lobes. Capillaroscopy showed abnormalities, which were not typical for systemic sclerosis. In Doppler ultrasound examination of penis, superficial dorsal and circumflex veins thrombosis and inflammatory infiltration were observed...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Izabela Gosk-Bierska, Maria Misterska-Skóra, Marta Wasilewska, Małgorzata Bilińska, Jerzy Gosk, Rajmund Adamiec, Magdalena Koszewicz
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (SRP) associated with connective tissue diseases (CTD) is not entirely understood. Nervous system dysfunction and microangiopathy are considered to be causes of this pathology. OBJECTIVES: Peripheral and autonomic nervous system function, the stage of microangiopathy, and the relationships between these in patients with SRP were analyzed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study, 20 patients with CTD-related SRP and 30 healthy controls were subject to capillaroscopy, standard conduction velocity tests and conduction velocity distribution (CVD) tests in ulnar and peroneal nerves, heart rate variability (HRV), and sympathetic skin response (SSR) tests...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Carina Mihai, Vanessa Smith, Rucsandra Dobrota, Ana Maria Gheorghiu, Maurizio Cutolo, Oliver Distler
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease with high morbidity and mortality, characterized by autoimmunity, obliterative vasculopathy involving mainly the microvasculature, and fibrosis. SSc-specific nailfold capillaroscopic changes have been defined, and nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC) is now unequivocally accepted to be a cornerstone for the early diagnosis of SSc. However, the use of NFC in patients already diagnosed with SSc is still not standardized. Several studies have shown that NFC abnormalities correlate with disease activity and severity and are predictive for disease worsening, such as occurrence of new digital ulcers...
March 12, 2018: Microvascular Research
Ariane L Herrick, Andrea Murray
Most patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) have "benign" primary RP (PRP), but a minority have an underlying cause, for example a connective tissue disease such as systemic sclerosis (SSc). Secondary RP can be associated with structural as well as functional digital vascular changes and can be very severe, potentially progressing to digital ulceration or gangrene. The first step in management is to establish why the patient has RP. This short review discusses the role of nailfold capillaroscopy and thermography in the assessment of RP...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Caterina Matucci-Cerinic, Vivek Nagaraja, Francesca Prignano, Bashar Kahaleh, Silvia Bellando-Randone
Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a functional vascular disorder involving extremities. In his practice, the dermatologist may frequently encounter RP which affects mainly women and is categorized into a primary benign form and a secondary form associated with different diseases (infections, drugs, autoimmune and vascular conditions, hematologic, rheumatologic and endocrinologic disorders). Still today, the differential diagnosis is a clinical challenge. Therefore, a careful history and a physical examination, together with laboratory tests and nailfold capillaroscopy are mandatory...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Graham Dinsdale, Anniek M van Roon, Andrea Murray, Christopher Taylor, Ariane L Herrick
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 28, 2018: Rheumatology
Amanda Barcelos, Eduardo Tibirica, Cristiane Lamas
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the systemic microcirculation of patients with infective endocarditis (IE). METHODS: This is a comparative study of patients with definite IE by the modified Duke criteria admitted to our center for treatment. A reference group of sex- and age-matched healthy volunteers was included. Microvascular flow was evaluated in the forearm using a laser speckle contrast imaging system, for noninvasive measurement of cutaneous microvascular perfusion, in combination with skin iontophoresis of acetylcholine (ACh) and sodium nitroprusside (SNP) to test microvascular reactivity...
February 28, 2018: Microvascular Research
Tatiana Sofía Rodriguez-Reyna, Chiara Bertolazzi, Angélica Vargas-Guerrero, Marwin Gutiérrez, Gabriela Hernández-Molina, Marcelo Audisio, Susana Roverano, Margarita González de Urizar, José Francisco Díaz Coto, Blanca Elizabeth Herrera Velasco, Mijahil Pavel Cornejo Ortega, Ana María Sapag Durán, Janeth Edelina Villegas Guzmán, Luís Fernando Medina Quintero, Mirtha Sabelli, Sandy Sapag Durán, Maurizio Cutolo
Nailfold videocapillaroscopy (VCP) allows non-invasive assessment of the microcirculation. Adequate training in this field is relevant for rheumatologists. There is increasing evidence of the reliability of VCP findings among different readers. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate inter- and intra-reader agreement of rheumatologists to identify normal images and systemic sclerosis (SSc) patterns on VCP ("early," "active," and "late" proposed by Cutolo et al.). Thirteen rheumatologists with different experience in nailfold VCP received training to standardize reading criteria...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Nicos Mitsides, Tom Cornelis, Natascha J H Broers, Nanda M P Diederen, Paul Brenchley, Frank M van der Sande, Casper Schalkwijk, Jeroen P Kooman, Sandip Mitra
BACKGROUND: Extended haemodialysis (EHD) has been associated with better outcomes compared to conventional (CHD) regimes. The cardiovascular (CV) profile of these patients has not been assessed in detail. METHODS: We report baseline demographic and CV phenotype of 36 CHD and 36 EHD participants to a longitudinal multicentre study. We measured pulse wave velocity (PWV), 24-h ambulatory blood pressure, sublingual dark-field capillaroscopy and vascular biomarkers. RESULTS: EHD patients were younger (p < 0...
February 16, 2018: Blood Purification
Ewa Kosior-Jarecka, Joanna Bartosińska, Urszula Łukasik, Dominika Wróbel-Dudzińska, Dorota Krasowska, Grażyna Chodorowska, Tomasz Żarnowski
The aim of the study was to evaluate the results of nailfold videocapillaroscopic examination in patients with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) in comparison to age-matched individuals without glaucoma and young healthy volunteers and to assess the relation between the results of this examination with clinical status in NTG group. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The studied group consisted of 188 patients: 80 patients with NTG and 2 control groups (58 young healthy and 50 age-matched volunteers). The nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) was performed in all participants...
February 16, 2018: Current Eye Research
Sevdalina Nikolova Lambova, Ulf Muller-Ladner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reviews
Maurizio Cutolo, Karin Melsens, Sara Wijnant, Francesca Ingegnoli, Kristof Thevissen, Filip De Keyser, Saskia Decuman, Ulf Müller-Ladner, Yves Piette, Valeria Riccieri, Nicola Ughi, Els Vandecasteele, Amber Vanhaecke, Vanessa Smith
Nailfold capillaroscopy is an easy, non-invasive technique to assess microvascular involvement in rheumatic diseases. Multiple studies describe capillaroscopic changes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), including a wide range of non-specific findings. On behalf of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) study group on microcirculation in rheumatic diseases, a systematic review was done to obtain all original research studies (in English) in which SLE patients had capillaroscopy. Forty such studies are identified...
February 7, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
T Ben Salem, M Tougorti, S Bziouech, M Lamloum, M Khanfir, I Ben Ghorbel, M H Houman
INTRODUCTION: Raynaud's phenomenon is a reversible episodic vasospastic disorder triggered by cold or emotion. Two types of Raynaud's phenomenon were distinguished: Raynaud's disease and secondary Raynaud's phenomenon. The purpose of this study was to determine the etiologic profile of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon in an internal medicine department. METHODS: A descriptive retrospective study including patients with secondary Raynaud's phenomenon followed in a tertiary internal medicine department between 2000 and 2013...
February 2018: Journal de Médecine Vasculaire
Sevdalina Nikolova Lambova, Ulf Müller-Ladner
A 67-year-old woman with triphasic Raynaud's phenomenon since 2 years was diagnosed as having limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (SSc) 1 year ago based on puffy fingers, positive antinuclear and anti-Scl-70 autoantibodies, and initial pulmonary fibrosis. Capillaroscopic examination revealed "mosaic" capillaroscopic findings that included normal pattern; "scleroderma"-type capillaroscopic pattern "early" phase, with single giant capillaries and haemorrhages, preserved capillary distribution; and "scleroderma"-type capillaroscopic pattern "active" phase, with high number of giant capillary loops and haemorrhages, moderately disturbed distribution...
February 1, 2018: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Joël Constans, Sophie Blaise, Isabelle Lazareth, Claire Le Hello, Marc-Antoine Pistorius, Bernard Imbert, Marion Mangin, Pierre Sintes, Patricia Senet, Joelle Decamps-Le Chevoir, Laurent Tribout, Patrick Carpentier, Carine Boulon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 29, 2018: Rheumatology
Siamak Sabour
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 29, 2018: Rheumatology
Joanna Tieu, Paul Hakendorf, Richard J Woodman, Karen Patterson, Jenny Walker, Peter Roberts-Thomson
AIM: Semi-quantitative wide-field nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC) is a simple technique with proven utility in the early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). Its role in prognosis, however, remains uncertain. This studyseeks to investigate the possible utility of NFC in predicting survival. METHODS: Patients with SSc listed on the South Australian Scleroderma Register (SASR) with prior NFC performed at Flinders Medical Centre from 1991 to 2015 were included in this study...
January 24, 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
Yuki Ichimura, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Kae Takagi, Akiko Tochimoto, Tomoaki Higuchi, Sayuri Kataoka, Yasuhiro Katsumata, Hisashi Yamanaka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 22, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Didem Saygin, Kristin Highland, Adriano R Tonelli
Microvascular changes play central roles in the pathophysiology of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and represent major causes of morbidity and mortality in these patients. Therefore, clinical tools that can assess the microvasculature are of great importance both at the time of diagnosis and follow up of these cases. These tools include capillaroscopy, laser imaging techniques, infrared thermography and iontophoresis. In this review, we examined the clinical manifestations and pathobiology of microvascular involvement in SSc and SLE as well as the methodologies used to evaluate the microvasculature...
January 11, 2018: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
D Sánchez-Cano, N Ortego-Centeno, J L Callejas, V Fonollosa Plá, R Ríos-Fernández, C Tolosa-Vilella, G Espinosa-Garriga, D Colunga-Argüelles, M V Egurbide-Arberas, M Rubio-Rivas, M Freire, J J Ríos-Blanco, L Trapiella-Martínez, M Rodríguez-Carballeira, A Marín-Ballvé, X Pla-Salas, C P Simeón-Aznar
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) in the setting of a large cohort of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients, and to analyse the differences according to the SSc subtype (following the modification of classification criteria of the American College of Rheumatology for SSc proposed by LeRoy and Medsger), factors are associated with moderate-to-severe impairment of lung function, as well as mortality and causes of death. METHODS: A descriptive study was performed, using the available data from the Spanish Scleroderma Study Group...
March 2018: Rheumatology International
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