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Arthritis vasculitis

Luca Navarini, Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Marta Vadacca, Antonella Afeltra
In the last two decades, white adipose tissue (WAT) has been recognized as a key actor of many physiological and pathological conditions. WAT is able to produce mediators, named "adipokines", which may affect systemic homeostasis. In particular, leptin is not only involved in appetite and energy metabolism, but also in immune system. Increasing evidence established that leptin can regulate both innate and adaptive immunity mainly with pro-inflammatory effects but also, to a lesser extent, with anti-inflammatory features...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Letters
Alexandre Karras
Cryoglobulins are immunoglobulins that undergo reversible precipitation at low temperatures. They can induce systemic vasculitis, characterized by purpuric cutaneous lesions, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, hypocomplementemia and glomerular disease. Renal pathology reveals membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, with particularly intense mesangial cell proliferation and infiltration by macrophages, associated with intracapillary thrombi. This renal disease presents as a nephritic syndrome, with heavy proteinuria, haematuria severe hypertension and rapidly progressive kidney failure that can lead to end-stage renal disease...
March 12, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Iwona Żychowska, Dorota Suszek, Magdalena Dryglewska, Maria Majdan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by alternating periods of activity and remission. A portion of the patients suffers from the chronically active form of the disease. The search for clinically useful markers of its activity is ongoing. At present, it is suggested that β2-microglobulin (β2M) may be useful in assessing SLE activity. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the paper was to investigate the relationship between serum β2M concentration and SLE activity...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Yue Yang, Long Chen, Yuan Jia, Yang Liu, Lei Wen, Yaoxian Liang, Yuan An, Shi Chen, Yin Su, Zhanguo Li
To analyze the clinical spectrum, laboratory characteristics, and outcomes of monoclonal gammopathy (MG) in patients with rheumatic diseases. Screening for the presence of MG was performed in 872 inpatients with rheumatic diseases from January 2010 to July 2017. A total of 41 patients were enrolled. Their clinical and biological features in addition to outcomes were described. For each patient with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS), 2 age- and sex-matched pSS patients without MG were selected as controls. Risk factors for the presence of MG and malignant hematological neoplasias were assessed...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
P Bielefeld, D Saadoun, E Héron, S Abad, H Devilliers, C Deschasse, S Trad, D Sène, G Kaplanski, P Sève
Scleritis is an inflammatory disease of the sclera; outer tunic of the eye on which the oculomotor muscles are inserted. It can be associated with a systemic disease up to one time out of 3. These associated diseases are mainly rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, including granulomatosis with polyangiitis in the first line and spondyloarthropathies. Before mentioning such an etiology, it is necessary to eliminate an infectious cause, mainly herpetic, which is regularly underestimated. The classification of scleritis is clinical...
February 26, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
R J Zhang, X Zhang, J Chen, M Shao, Y Yang, B Balaubramaniam, X L Sun, J L Ambrus, J He, Z G Li
Objective Serum soluble CD25 (sCD25) could be used as a biomarker for disease activity in conditions associated with T-cell activation including various autoimmune diseases. This study aimed to explore the role of sCD25 as an indicator of disease activity and organ involvement in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Serum samples were collected from 107 SLE patients and 92 age-matched healthy controls (HCs). All patients were followed up for 24 weeks, and sCD25 was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Hideaki Yamakawa, Tsuneyuki Oda, Tomohisa Baba, Takashi Ogura
A 67-year-old woman was referred to our hospital because of gradually increasing dyspnoea on exertion for 6 months. Chest CT scan showed subpleural parenchymal fibrotic opacities with traction bronchiectasis in the bilateral upper lung fields. Serum rheumatoid factor and myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA) were positive. There was no evident reason to suspect connective tissue disease such as ANCA-associated vasculitis or rheumatoid arthritis. We performed a CT-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of the subpleural lesion that showed slight uptake on the fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) CT scan...
February 24, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Belén Atienza-Mateo, Vanesa Calvo-Río, Emma Beltrán, Lucía Martínez-Costa, Elia Valls-Pascual, Marisa Hernández-Garfella, Antonio Atanes, Miguel Cordero-Coma, Joan Miquel Nolla, Carmen Carrasco-Cubero, Javier Loricera, María C González-Vela, Nuria Vegas-Revenga, Carlos Fernández-Díaz, Rosalía Demetrio-Pablo, Lucía C Domínguez-Casas, José Luis Martín-Varillas, Natalia Palmou-Fontana, José L Hernández, Miguel Á González-Gay, Ricardo Blanco
Objective: To assess the efficacy of tocilizumab (TCZ) in refractory uveitis of Behçet's disease (BD). Methods: Multicentre study of patients with BD-associated uveitis. Patients were refractory to conventional and biologic immunosuppressive drugs. The main outcome measures were intraocular inflammation, macular thickness, visual acuity and corticosteroid-sparing effects. Results: We studied 11 patients (7 men) (20 affected eyes); median age 35 years...
February 19, 2018: Rheumatology
Polina Putrik, Sofia Ramiro, Juan F Orueta, Andras Keszei, Edurne Alonso Moran, Roberto Nuño Solinis, Annelies Boonen
OBJECTIVES: To explore and compare the impact of socio-economic deprivation on the occurrence of the major rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and health care costs. METHODS: Data on diagnoses, socio-demographics and health care costs of the entire adult population of the Basque Country (Spain) was used. Area deprivation index included five categories (1 to 5 (most deprived)). Cost categories included primary and specialist care, emergency room, hospitalisations, and drug prescriptions...
January 31, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Benjamin H Kaffenberger, Alice Hinton, Somashekar Krishna
BACKGROUND: It is unclear if the underlying disease affects the outcomes in pyoderma gangrenosum. OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of comorbid disease associations and concomitant procedural treatments on patient outcomes in PG patient-hospitalizations. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for PG patient-hospitalizations from years 2002-2011, analyzing in-hospital mortality rate and health care resource utilization...
February 10, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Yi-Yi Xuan, Tian-Fang Li, Lei Zhang, Sheng-Yun Liu
RATIOINALE: Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is a rare and heterogeneous disease complex of unknown origin which basically affects cartilaginous structures, 40% of which accompanied by rheumatic, hematologic, and endocrine disease. Among them, vasculitis is the most common accompanying type and usually presented with positive antineutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA). The presence of ANCA could be primary or drug-induced like propylthiouracil (PTU). Central involvement of RP is very rare, and there is almost no report of cerebral vasculopathy manifested as moyamoya...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gabriela Medina, Olga Vera-Lastra, Ana Lilia Peralta-Amaro, María Pilar Jiménez-Arellano, Miguel Angel Saavedra, María Pilar Cruz-Domínguez, Luis J Jara
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of metabolic and cardiovascular (CV) risk factors including obesity and visceral adiposity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia and hypertension contributing to CV mortality. The interface between the metabolic and immune systems has been of great interest recently. These interactions are regulated through genetics, nutritional status, and the intestinal microbiome. Alterations in the immune-metabolic cross-talk contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases. Adipokines exert a variety of metabolic activities contributing to the ethiopathogenesis of MetS and are involved in the regulation of both inflammatory processes and autoimmunity occurring in rheumatic diseases...
January 27, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Daniel J Wallace
The story of how anti TNFs went from bench to bedside in 5 years is an inspirational, satisfying narrative that changed the lives of millions of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthropathies. Rituximab received approval for ANCA positive vasculitis on the basis of a single study with fewer than 200 subjects. Unfortunately, attempts to obtain approval for drugs for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been a 10 billion dollar failed effort that yielded only belimumab, and has been disappointing for Sjogren's syndrome...
January 30, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Viviana Lora, Lorenzo Cerroni, Carlo Cota
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic disease that, in addition to articular involvement, may exhibit a variety of extraarticular manifestations. The skin is frequently involved mainly in the most severe forms of the disease. Rheumatoid nodules, accelerated rheumatoid nodulosis, rheumatoid nodulosis, Felty syndrome, rheumatoid vasculitis, pyoderma gangrenosum, rheumatoid neutrophilic dermatosis, interstitial granulomatous dermatitis, and palisaded neutrophilic granulomatous dermatitis are reviewed both clinically and histologically...
January 24, 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Sian K Alexander, Maria Di Cicco, Ute Pohl, Alberto Cifelli
A 73-year-old man presented with three episodes of dysphasia and disinhibited behaviour, a single seizure and transient ischaemic attack-like events characterised by right arm and/or leg weakness. These episodes were separated by month-long asymptomatic intervals. Medical history included rheumatoid arthritis, which was clinically quiescent on leflunomide.Repeated cerebrospinal fluid examination showed a persistent lymphocytosis with mildly reduced glucose and elevated protein; oligoclonal bands and viral PCR were negative...
January 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
O Syniachenko, O Khaniukov, Ye Yehudina, H Taktashov, K Gashynova
The purpose of the study - investigation the separate joint lesion in systemic vasculitis, their X-ray sonographic characteristics, the correlation of the articular syndrome severity with extra-articular manifestations of the diseases, as well as aspects of the arthritis pathogenesis in this category of patients. The study included 525 patients in the ratio of the examined with Henoch-Schonlen purpura, microscopic polyangiitis, cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, Takayasu's arteritis, Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis Churg-Strauss as a 7:4:3:1:1:1:1...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
Nazife Sule Yasar Bilge, Ismail Sari, Dilek Solmaz, Soner Senel, Hakan Emmungil, Levent Kilic, Sibel Yilmaz Oner, Fatih Yildiz, Sedat Yilmaz, Duygu Ersozlu Bozkirli, Muge Aydin Tufan, Sema Yilmaz, Veli Yazisiz, Yavuz Pehlivan, Cemal Bes, Gozde Yildirim Cetin, Sukran Erten, Emel Gonullu, Fezan Sahin, Servet Akar, Kenan Aksu, Umut Kalyoncu, Haner Direskeneli, Eren Erken, Mehmet Sayarlioglu, Muhammed Cınar, Timucin Kasifoglu
AIM: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common autoinflammatory disease. One of the common characteristics of this disease is its young age predominance. Nearly 90% of patients experience disease flares during early adult age periods. Currently there are limited data for the comparison of early versus late onset FMF and therefore the primary aim of this study was to investigate these two subsets with regard to their certain demographic, clinical and genetic differences. METHODS: Early (≤ 20 years, Group 1) and late (> 20 years, Group 2) onset FMF patients were identified from the national FMF registry that involves 2246 patients from 15 adult rheumatology clinics located in different geographical areas of Turkey...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Andrea Hinojosa-Azaola, Ariadna Jiménez-González, Natasha Alcocer-Castillejos
The objective of this study is to describe aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in Mexican patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic-associated vasculitis (AAV). Cross-sectional comparison study includes patients with established AAV and a comparison group with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and healthy subjects. Variables considered were: socio-demographic data, comorbidities, laboratory, disease activity, damage, and Physician's and Patient's Global Assessment (PhGA and PtGA)...
December 15, 2017: Rheumatology International
Jacqueline Deen, Leith Banney, Joanna Perry-Keene
Palisaded neutrophilic and granulomatous dermatitis (PNGD) is a histopathological diagnosis, characterized by a pattern of granulomatosis, which may be associated with leukocytoclastic vasculitis. PNGD most commonly occurs in association with systemic inflammatory disorders, typically autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythromatosus. There are very rare reports of PNGD in patients with lymphoma. We report the case of a 53-year-old female with an erythematous, papular eruption occurring in association with Hodgkin lymphoma...
February 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Masayuki Nishide, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Semaphorins have a well-characterized role in guiding axon repulsion during development; however, the important contribution of these proteins in immunity is becoming increasingly clear. Immunoregulatory semaphorins, termed 'immune semaphorins', have roles in regulating immune cell activation, differentiation, mobility and migration. These proteins are also intimately associated with the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV)...
January 2018: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
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