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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931961/imaging-of-connective-tissue-diseases-beyond-visceral-organ-imaging
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Maurizio Cutolo, Nemanja Damjanov, Barbara Ruaro, Ana Zekovic, Vanessa Smith
Connective tissues diseases (CTDs) can also be diagnosed early by "external" and safe imaging methods beyond the visceral organ analysis. This study aims to explore various imaging techniques used in diagnosing CTDs. Skin impairment in systemic sclerosis (SSc) may be recognized and studied by the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS), which has some drawbacks, whereas high-frequency ultrasound (US) seems advantageous for the early identification of skin involvement. Salivary gland involvement in Sjögren syndrome (SS) can be assessed using standard tests such as unstimulated salivary flow test, salivary gland scintigraphy or contrast sialography...
August 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885347/fludarabine-treatment-of-patient-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-induces-a-digital-ischemia
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Utku Erdem Soyaltin, Deniz Yuce Yildirim, Mustafa Yildirim, Mehmet Can Ugur, Ferhat Ekinci, Cengiz Ceylan, Harun Akar
We report a 63-year-old man with a history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who presented with asymmetrical Raynaud's phenomenon of sudden onset which progressed to acral gangrene rapidly in a week. These symptoms began approximately one week after the fourth cycle of fludarabine and cyclophosphamide chemotherapy and were accompanied by pain, numbness, and cyanosis in the fingers of his right hand except the first finger. Fludarabine may play a role in acral vascular syndrome. The treatment with fludarabine in patients with evolving digital ischemia should be carried out with caution...
2016: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856460/architectural-and-functional-heterogeneity-of-hematopoietic-stem-progenitor-cells-in-non-del-5q-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Virginie Chesnais, Marie-Laure Arcangeli, Caroline Delette, Alice Rousseau, Hélène Guermouche, Carine Lefevre, Sabrina Bondu, M'boyba Diop, Meyling Cheok, Nicolas Chapuis, Laurence Legros, Sophie Raynaud, Lise Willems, Didier Bouscary, Evelyne Lauret, Olivier A Bernard, Olivier Kosmider, Françoise Pflumio, Michaela Fontenay
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are hematopoietic stem cell disorders in which recurrent mutations define clonal hematopoiesis. The origin of the phenotypic diversity of non del(5q) MDS remains unclear. Here, we investigated the clonal architecture of the CD34+CD38- hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) compartment and interrogated dominant clones for MDS-initiating cells. We found that clones mainly accumulate mutations in a linear succession with retention of a dominant subclone. The clone detected in the long-term culture-initiating cell (LTC-IC) compartment and that reconstitutes short-term human hematopoiesis in xenotransplantation models is usually the dominant clone, which gives rise to the myeloid and to a lesser extent to the lymphoid lineage...
November 16, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855276/detection-of-calr-and-mpl-mutations-in-low-allelic-burden-jak2-v617f-essential-thrombocythemia
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Fabrice Usseglio, Nathalie Beaufils, Anne Calleja, Sophie Raynaud, Jean Gabert
Myeloproliferative neoplasms are clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorders characterized by aberrant proliferation and an increased tendency toward leukemic transformation. The genes JAK2, MPL, and CALR are frequently altered in these syndromes, and their mutations are often a strong argument for diagnosis. We analyzed the mutational profiles of these three genes in a cohort of 164 suspected myeloproliferative neoplasms. JAK2 V617F mutation was detected by real-time PCR, whereas high-resolution melting analysis followed by Sanger sequencing were used for searching for mutations in JAK2 exon 12, CALR, and MPL...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833984/a-case-of-a-generalized-symptomatic-calcinosis-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Cristian Radu Jecan, Ştefan Iulian Bedereag, Ruxandra Diana Sinescu, Valentin Titus Grigorean, Cristina Nicoleta Cozma, Anca Bordianu, Ioan Petre Florescu
Calcinosis consists of abnormal calcium deposition in soft tissues, which appears often in patients with limited systemic sclerosis, being one of the criteria of CREST (calcinosis cutis, Raynaud phenomenon, esophageal dysfunction, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia) syndrome. With a long evolution, the aim of the treatment is to control the symptoms and prevent complications. In this article, we present the challenging management of a profuse lesion of calcinosis in a patient with systemic sclerosis. We describe the case of a 52-year-old woman with systemic sclerosis and CREST syndrome who was admitted in our Department with multiple painful and disabling tumoral masses, situated in nearly all joints...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828653/syndrome-in-question-antisynthetase-syndrome-anti-pl-7
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Ana Cláudia Cavalcante Esposito, Tatiana Cristina Gige, Hélio Amante Miot
Antisynthetase syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by interstitial lung disease and/or inflammatory myositis, with positive antisynthetase antibodies (anti-Jo-1, anti-PL-7, anti-PL-12, ZO, OJ, anti-KE or KS). Other symptoms described include: non-erosive arthritis, fever, Raynaud's phenomenon, and "mechanic's hands." The first therapeutic option is corticotherapy, followed by other immunosuppressants. The prognosis of the disease is quite limited when compared to other inflammatory myopathies with negative antisynthetase antibodies...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799439/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-spanish-males-a-study-of-the-spanish-rheumatology-society-lupus-registry-relesser-cohort
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A Riveros Frutos, I Casas, I Rúa-Figueroa, F J López-Longo, J Calvo-Alén, M Galindo, A Fernández-Nebro, J M Pego-Reigosa, A Olivé Marqués
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the demographic, clinical, and immunological manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in male patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional, multicenter study was carried out of 3651 patients (353 men, 9.7%, and 3298 women, 90.2%) diagnosed with SLE, included in the Spanish Rheumatology Society SLE Registry (RELESSER). RESULTS: Mean ages (18-92 years) of symptom onset were 37 (SD 17) years (men) and 32 (SD 14) years (women)...
October 31, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727416/hammarsjuka-%C3%A3-r-ovanligt-%C3%A2-eller-bara-ett-ovanligt-f%C3%A3-rbisett-tillst%C3%A3-nd-effektiv-behandling-finns-%C3%A2-sk%C3%A3-rpt-differentialdiagnostik-%C3%A3-r-motiverad
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Anders Seldén, Fatin Hermiz, Bengt Östlund
Hypothenar hammer syndrome is a possibly underdiagnosed but treatable cause of Raynaud's phenomenon and hand ischemia elicited by thombosis or aneurysm secondary to acute or chronic blunt trauma to the ulnar artery at the level of Guyon's canal. This paper provides a summary of the condition with some emphasis on prophylactic and therapeutic aspects.
October 7, 2016: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704312/prediction-of-antiphospholipid-syndrome-using-annexin-a5-competition-assay-in-patients-with-sle
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Avital Avriel, Stela Fleischer, Michael Friger, Ora Shovman, Gal Neuman, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Mahmoud Abu-Shakra
A significantly high correlation between reduced activity of Annexin A5 by the flow cytometric assay (FCA) and the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) has been reported. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical and laboratory significance of the Annexin A5 competition assay among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The FCA competition assay was performed on blood samples from 57 consecutive SLE patients. The FCA was performed according to a previously validated method. Forty-seven patients (82...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682894/interstitial-lung-disease-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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F Roca, S Dominique, J Schmidt, A Smail, P Duhaut, H Lévesque, I Marie
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been reported in 3 to 11% of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). The aims of this retrospective multicenter study were to: 1) analyze characteristics and outcome of ILD in pSS; and 2) evaluate predictive factors associated with ILD onset and deterioration. Twenty-one of 263 patients with pSS (8%) developed ILD. ILD onset preceded pSS diagnosis (n=5), was concurrently identified in association with pSS (n=6) and developed after pSS onset (n=9). Presenting ILD manifestations were: acute/subacute (n=11) onset of ILD, symptomatic progressive onset of ILD (n=5), and asymptomatic patients exhibiting abnormalities consistent with ILD on PFTs and HRCT-scan (n=5)...
September 25, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682649/autoantibody-to-scaffold-attachment-factor-b-safb-a-novel-connective-tissue-disease-related-autoantibody-associated-with-interstitial-lung-disease
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Akiko Takeuchi, Takashi Matsushita, Kenzo Kaji, Yoshinobu Okamoto, Masahide Yasui, Masayoshi Hirata, Naoto Oishi, Akira Higashi, Mariko Seishima, Tomoya Asano, Manabu Fujimoto, Masataka Kuwana, Kazuhiko Takehara, Yasuhito Hamaguchi
OBJECTIVE: To identify and characterize a novel connective tissue disease (CTD)-related autoantibody (autoAb) directed against scaffold attachment factor B (SAFB). METHODS: AutoAb specificity was analyzed using RNA and protein-immunoprecipitation assays. Autoimmune targets were affinity purified using patients' sera and subjected to liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. RESULTS: By immunoprecipitation assay, 10 sera reacted with a protein with a molecular weight of approximately 160 kDa...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613148/gene-expression-profiling-of-calcium-channel-antagonists-in-the-heart-of-hypertensive-and-normotensive-rats-reveals-class-specific-effects
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Carolin Zwadlo, Jürgen Borlak
Calcium channel blockers (CCB) differ in their effects on the cardiovascular system with diltiazem being less negatively ionotrop as compared to verapamil. Diltiazem is mainly used to treat supraventricular tachycardia, vasospastic angina and the Raynaud's syndrome. Little is known about the molecular effects of benzothiazepins on cardiac gene expression. We therefore investigated the effects of diltiazem on cardiac gene expression in normotensive and hypertensive rats with left ventricular hypertrophy and compared the results with our previous findings on verapamil and nifedipine...
September 6, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604406/the-importance-of-chilblains-as-a-diagnostic-clue-for-mild-aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome
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Kevin Yarbrough, Calida Danko, Alfons Krol, Jonathan Zonana, Sabra Leitenberger
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) is classically characterized by early-onset encephalopathy. However, in some cases, the presenting symptom of concern may actually be cutaneous rather than neurological, leading to the misdiagnosis of the condition. We report the case of three teenage siblings who presented with a lifetime history of chilblain lesions, only one of whom had notable neurologic deficits. Additional findings included acrocyanosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, low-pitch hoarse voice, headache, and arthritis...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604306/retinal-vasculopathy-with-cerebral-leukoencephalopathy-and-systemic-manifestations
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Anine H Stam, Parul H Kothari, Aisha Shaikh, Andreas Gschwendter, Joanna C Jen, Suzanne Hodgkinson, Todd A Hardy, Michael Hayes, Peter A Kempster, Katya E Kotschet, Ingeborg M Bajema, Sjoerd G van Duinen, Marion L C Maat-Schieman, Paulus T V M de Jong, Marc D de Smet, Didi de Wolff-Rouendaal, Greet Dijkman, Nadine Pelzer, Grant R Kolar, Robert E Schmidt, JoAnne Lacey, Daniel Joseph, David R Fintak, M Gilbert Grand, Elizabeth M Brunt, Helen Liapis, Rula A Hajj-Ali, Mark C Kruit, Mark A van Buchem, Martin Dichgans, Rune R Frants, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Joost Haan, Robert W Baloh, John P Atkinson, Gisela M Terwindt, Michel D Ferrari
Cerebroretinal vasculopathy, hereditary vascular retinopathy, and hereditary endotheliopathy, retinopathy, nephropathy and stroke are neurovascular syndromes initially described as distinct entities. Recently they were shown to be one disease caused by C-terminal frame-shift mutations in TREX1, which was termed 'retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy'. Here we defined the genetic and clinicopathologic spectrum of this clinically and pathophysiologically poorly characterized and frequently misdiagnosed fatal neurovascular disorder...
September 6, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27594777/the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-antisynthetase-syndrome
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Leah J Witt, James J Curran, Mary E Strek
Anti-synthetase syndrome is an autoimmune condition, characterized by antibodies directed against an aminoacycl transfer RNA synthetase along with clinical features that can include interstitial lung disease, myositis, Raynaud's phenomenon, and arthritis. There is a higher prevalence and increased severity of interstitial lung disease in patients with anti-synthetase syndrome, as compared to dermatomyositis and polymyositis, inflammatory myopathies with which it may overlap phenotypically. Diagnosis is made by a multidisciplinary approach, synthesizing rheumatology and pulmonary evaluations, along with serologic, radiographic, and occasionally muscle and/or lung biopsy results...
September 2016: Clinical Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27562035/serum-cxcl4-increase-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-characterizes-patients-with-microvascular-involvement-and-reduced-salivary-gland-infiltration-and-lymph-node-involvement
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Serena Vettori, Rosaria Irace, Antonella Riccardi, Daniela Iacono, Luciana Pellecchia, Lucia Vicedomini, Gabriele Valentini
CXCL4 is an antiangiogenic and immunomodulatory chemokine. We aimed to investigate serum levels of CXCL4 in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), looking for associations with disease features. Thirty-nine consecutive pSS patients underwent clinical-serological assessment and nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC). Thirty-six patients and 30 controls affected by osteoarthritis were also investigated for serum levels of CXCL4 and soluble E-selectin (sE-selectin). CXCL4 was higher in pSS patients than in controls (1...
October 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27552783/the-place-of-nailfold-capillaroscopy-among-instrumental-methods-for-assessment-of-some-peripheral-ischaemic-syndromes-in-rheumatology
#17
Sevdalina N Lambova
Micro- and macrovascular pathology is a frequent finding in a number of common rheumatic diseases. Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is among the most common symptoms in systemic sclerosis and several other systemic autoimmune diseases including a broad differential diagnosis. It should be also differential from other peripheral vascular syndromes such as embolism, thrombosis, etc., some of which lead to clinical manifestation of the blue toe syndrome. The current review discusses the instrumental methods for vascular assessments...
April 2016: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27550844/de-novo-and-inherited-mutations-in-the-x-linked-gene-clcn4-are-associated-with-syndromic-intellectual-disability-and-behavior-and-seizure-disorders-in-males-and-females
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E E Palmer, T Stuhlmann, S Weinert, E Haan, H Van Esch, M Holvoet, J Boyle, M Leffler, M Raynaud, C Moraine, H van Bokhoven, T Kleefstra, K Kahrizi, H Najmabadi, H-H Ropers, M R Delgado, D Sirsi, S Golla, A Sommer, M P Pietryga, W K Chung, J Wynn, L Rohena, E Bernardo, D Hamlin, B M Faux, D K Grange, L Manwaring, J Tolmie, S Joss, J M Cobben, F A M Duijkers, J M Goehringer, T D Challman, F Hennig, U Fischer, A Grimme, V Suckow, L Musante, J Nicholl, M Shaw, S P Lodh, Z Niu, J A Rosenfeld, P Stankiewicz, T J Jentsch, J Gecz, M Field, V M Kalscheuer
Variants in CLCN4, which encodes the chloride/hydrogen ion exchanger CIC-4 prominently expressed in brain, were recently described to cause X-linked intellectual disability and epilepsy. We present detailed phenotypic information on 52 individuals from 16 families with CLCN4-related disorder: 5 affected females and 2 affected males with a de novo variant in CLCN4 (6 individuals previously unreported) and 27 affected males, 3 affected females and 15 asymptomatic female carriers from 9 families with inherited CLCN4 variants (4 families previously unreported)...
August 23, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548652/aberrant-immune-response-with-consequent-vascular-and-connective-tissue-remodeling-causal-to-scleroderma-and-associated-syndromes-such-as-raynaud-phenomenon-and-other-fibrosing-syndromes
#19
Nedim Durmus, Sung-Hyun Park, Joan Reibman, Gabriele Grunig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Scleroderma and other autoimmune-induced connective tissue diseases are characterized by dysfunctions in the immune system, connective tissue and the vasculature. We are focusing on systemic sclerosis (SSc)-associated pulmonary hypertension, which remains a leading cause of death with only a 50-60% of 2-year survival rate. RECENT FINDINGS: Much research and translational efforts have been directed at understanding the immune response that causes SSc and the networked interactions with the connective tissue and the vasculature...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27546835/cytogenetic-place-in-managing-myelodysplastic-syndromes-an-update-by-the-groupe-francophone-de-cytog%C3%A3-n%C3%A3-tique-h%C3%A3-matologique-gfch
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Virginie Eclache, Marina Lafage-Pochitaloff, Christine Lefebvre, Dominique Penther, Sophie Raynaud, Isabelle Tigaud
The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are preleukemic diseases of elderly patients characterized by defective maturation of clonal hematopoietic progenitor cells resulting in peripheral blood cytopenias. Clonal chromosomal abnormalities are heterogeneous and can be detected in less than 50% of patients with de novo MDS and more frequently in secondary MDS (up to 80%). The karyotype plays an important role in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prognosis to evaluate the risk of leukemic transformation and, more recently, in treatment allocation...
October 1, 2016: Annales de Biologie Clinique
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