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#1
L P Ananyeva
Damage to the respiratory system worsens prognosis and increases mortality in all systemic immunoinflammatory rheumatic diseases (SIRDs). Leading pulmonary manifestations in each disease are different, so the typical picture of each nosological entity is very peculiar. In all SIRDs, the disease starts with lung involvement in 10-20% of cases, preceding the expanded clinical presentation of a systemic disease. At a certain stage, lung damage may be the only manifestation of the disease or predominate in its clinical picture, determining the severity of a condition...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597132/lung-involvement-in-stable-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases-a-rheumatology-perspective
#2
Antonella Riccardi, Rosaria Irace, Ilaria Di Stefano, Michele Iudici, Serena Fasano, Marialuisa Bocchino, Annalisa Capaccio, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Gabriele Valentini
Previous studies of the occurrence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD) were conducted in patients admitted to Respiratory Medicine Units. The aim of the present prospective study was to investigate lung involvement in UCTD patients admitted to a Rheumatology Unit. Eighty-one consecutive UCTD patients were enrolled in the study. Each patient underwent history and physical examination, routine laboratory investigations, antinuclear antibody (ANA) profiling, B-mode echocardiography, and lung function study according to previously reported methods...
June 8, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476103/intracranial-lesion-as-onset-symptom-in-a-patient-with-early-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-a-case-report
#3
Ying Du, Chuan Li, Dai-di Zhao, Jia-Rui Lu, Wei Zhang, Zhu-Yi Li
BACKGROUND: Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is widely considered to be a distinct clinical entity, and now divided into two subgroups: stable UCTD and early UCTD. The most frequent onset symptoms of UCTD include arthralgias, arthritis, Raynaud's phenomenon, mucocutaneous involvement, and sicca symptoms. However, Neurologic involvement is rare, and intracranial lesion as onset symptom in a patient with early UCTD has not yet been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51-year-old Chinese female experienced progressive left leg weakness for 14 days before hospitalizing in our department...
May 5, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466365/women-with-silicone-breast-implants-and-autoimmune-inflammatory-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvants-description-of-three-patients-and-a-critical-review-of-the-literature
#4
REVIEW
Slavica Pavlov-Dolijanovic, Nada Vujasinovic Stupar
Silicone has been widely used in the manufacture of medical implants. It is well tolerated in most cases. However, in this paper we report the cases of three women who developed autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA syndrome), namely with silicone breast implants. The symptoms in these cases include arthralgia, arthritis, myalgia, sleep disturbances, the appearance of autoantibodies, miscarriage, Raynaud's phenomenon, and involvement of autoimmune diseases (scleroderma and undifferentiated connective tissue diseases)...
May 2, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425227/primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-in-patients-with-celiac-disease
#5
Funda Erbasan, Deniz Turgut Çoban, Uğur Karasu, Yeşim Çekin, Bayram Yeşil, Ayhan Hilmi Çekin, Dinç Süren, Mustafa Ender Terzioğlu
BACKGROUND/AIM: Many autoimmune diseases occur concomitantly with celiac disease (CD). We aimed to determine the frequency of Sjögren's syndrome (SS) in CD patients based on SS-specific serology verified by minor labial salivary biopsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight-two patients with CD were included in the study. After examination for objective evidence of sicca complex, all patients were tested for serological presence of rheumatoid factor (RF) and antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) and for ANA profile...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368979/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-fibromyalgia-and-the-environmental-factors
#6
Laura Andreoli, Angela Tincani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to discuss the role of environmental factors in the induction and perpetuation of autoimmunity, with particular focus on undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) and fibromyalgia. These two entities may share undefined clinical and laboratory features and recognize environmental exposures as triggering factors. From this particular point of view, both UCTD and fibromyalgia may resemble the picture of the 'Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants' (ASIA)...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332072/are-the-autoimmune-inflammatory-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvants-asia-and-the-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-uctd-related-to-each-other-a-case-control-study-of-environmental-exposures
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F Scanzi, L Andreoli, M Martinelli, M Taraborelli, I Cavazzana, N Carabellese, R Ottaviani, F Allegri, F Franceschini, N Agmon-Levin, Y Shoenfeld, Angela Tincani
The autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) is an entity that includes different autoimmune conditions observed after exposure to an adjuvant. Patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) present many signs and symptoms of ASIA, alluding to the idea that an exposure to adjuvants can be a trigger also for UCTD. The aim of this case-control study was to investigate exposure to adjuvants prior to disease onset in patients affected by UCTD. Ninety-two UCTD patients and 92 age- and sex-matched controls with no malignancy, chronic infections, autoimmune disease nor family history of autoimmune diseases were investigated for exposure to adjuvants...
March 22, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299654/roles-of-runx-genes-in-nervous-system-development
#8
Jae Woong Wang, Stefano Stifani
Runt-related (Runx) transcription factors play essential roles during development and adult tissue homeostasis and are responsible for several human diseases. They regulate a variety of biological mechanisms in numerous cell lineages. Recent years have seen significant progress in our understanding of the functions performed by Runx proteins in the developing and postnatal mammalian nervous system. In both central and peripheral nervous systems, Runx1 and Runx3 display remarkably specific expression in mostly non-overlapping groups of postmitotic neurons...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245862/presence-of-an-interferon-signature-in-individuals-who-are-anti-nuclear-antibody-positive-lacking-a-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-disease-diagnosis
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Joan Wither, Sindhu R Johnson, Tony Liu, Babak Noamani, Dennisse Bonilla, Larissa Lisnevskaia, Earl Silverman, Arthur Bookman, Carolina Landolt-Marticorena
BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of type I interferons (IFNs) are a characteristic feature of the systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) and are thought to play an important pathogenic role. However, it is unknown whether these elevations are seen in anti-nuclear antibody-positive (ANA(+)) individuals who lack sufficient criteria for a SARD diagnosis. We examined IFN-induced gene expression in asymptomatic ANA(+) individuals and patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) to address this question...
February 28, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210273/isolated-ro52-antibodies-as-immunological-marker-of-a-mild-phenotype-of-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
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Ana Alonso-Larruga, Sagrario Bustabad, José Antonio Navarro-Gonzálvez, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Andrés Franco, Yvelise Barrios
The term undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is used to describe undiagnosed patients that do not fulfill classification criteria for definite connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren Syndrome, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis). It is important to find serological markers as predictors of the evolution or severity of these diseases. The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate if there was a milder subgroup of UCTD with a special clinical profile consisting only in the presence of anti-Ro52 autoantibodies...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204879/interferon-stimulated-gene-15-expression-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-diagnostic-value-and-association-with-lymphocytopenia
#11
Y Yuan, H Ma, Z Ye, W Jing, Z Jiang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to (a) assess the relationship between interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) expression and clinical manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and (b) investigate the diagnostic value of ISG15 in SLE. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study comprised 28 patients newly diagnosed with SLE, 10 patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease, and 22 healthy volunteers. Of the SLE patients, 14 were chosen randomly to be followed up for 4 weeks...
February 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203114/longitudinal-analysis-of-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
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Michele Iudici, Rosaria Irace, Antonella Riccardi, Giovanna Cuomo, Serena Vettori, Gabriele Valentini
INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES: To prospectively assess the quality of life (QoL) of patients affected by undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTDs) and to identify factors associated with changes over time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 46 consecutive UCTD patients completed the Short-Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire at presentation and then yearly. At each 6-month visit, all patients underwent a detailed history taking and a laboratory and physical assessment, in order to follow the evolution of the disease over time and to assess the the co-existence of fibromyalgia...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009318/indicators-of-phagocytic-component-and-secretory-iga-in-children-with-bronchial-asthma-secondary-to-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-dysplasia
#13
V Semianchuk, L Haridzhuk, O Bobrykovych
Its aim is to improve the diagnostics and treatment of Bronchial Asthma. There were examined 93 children with bronchial asthma at the age of 6-10 years. All patients were diagnosed with partially controlled or uncontrolled clinical course of bronchial asthma and manifestations of undifferentiated connective tissue dysplasia. The control group included 21 practically healthy children of the same age. The diagnosis of bronchial asthma was made, and the clinical course was determined in accordance with the criteria approved by the Order of Ministry of Health of Ukraine of October 08, 2013 No 868 "Unified clinical protocol of primary, secondary (specialized) medical care "Bronchial Asthma in Children" and GINA criteria (updated in 2015)...
November 2016: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000249/amicrobial-pustulosis-of-the-folds-report-of-4-cases
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Michael Z Wang, Michael J Camilleri, Ruifeng Guo, Carilyn N Wieland
Amicrobial pustulosis of the folds (APF) is a rare disease characterized by aseptic pustular lesions involving cutaneous folds, typically occurring in the context of an autoimmune disorder. We present 4 patients with APF, focusing on clinical and histopathologic characteristics to improve the recognition of this entity. All 4 patients had intertriginous and extra-intertriginous involvement. Common histopathologic features of skin biopsies in these patients were intracorneal, subcorneal, intraepidermal, perivascular, perifollicular and interstitial neutrophilic inflammation...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979657/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-and-interstitial-lung-disease-trying-to-define-patterns
#15
María Laura Alberti, Francisco Paulin, Heidegger Mateos Toledo, Martín Eduardo Fernández, Fabián Matías Caro, Jorge Rojas-Serrano, Mayra Edith Mejía
OBJECTIVES: To identify clinical or immunological features in patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) associated interstitial lung disease (ILD), in order to group them and recognize different functional and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) behavior. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. Patients meeting Kinder criteria for UCTD were included. We defined the following predictive variables: 'highly specific' connective tissue disease (CTD) manifestations (Raynaud's phenomenon, dry eyes or arthritis), high antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer (above 1: 320), and 'specific' ANA staining patterns (centromere, cytoplasmic and nucleolar patterns)...
December 12, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756248/the-impact-of-unrecognized-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases-on-the-incidence-of-preeclampsia-and-fetal-growth-restriction-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
#16
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Vèronique Ramoni, Roberto Caporali, Claudia Alpini, Giulia Albonico, Chiara Cavagnoli, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: The burden of pregnancy complications associated with well defined, already established systemic rheumatic diseases preexisting pregnancy such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma is well known. Systemic rheumatic diseases are characterized by a long natural history with few symptoms, an undifferentiated picture or a remitting course making difficult a timely diagnosis. It has been suggested that screening measures for these diseases could be useful but the impact of unrecognized systemic rheumatic disorders on pregnancy outcome is unknown...
October 18, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719973/imaging-of-pulmonary-manifestations-of-connective-tissue-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Jitesh Ahuja, Deepika Arora, Jeffrey P Kanne, Travis S Henry, J David Godwin
Connective tissue diseases (CTDs) are a heterogeneous group of conditions characterized by circulating autoantibodies and autoimmune-mediated organ damage. Common CTDs with lung manifestations are rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma or systemic sclerosis, Sjögren syndrome, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosis, mixed connective tissue disease, and undifferentiated connective tissue disease. The most common histopathologic patterns of CTD-related interstitial lung disease are nonspecific interstitial pneumonia, usual interstitial pneumonia, organizing pneumonia, and lymphoid interstitial pneumonia...
November 2016: Radiologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703051/application-of-slicc-classification-criteria-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-and-evolution-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-analysis-of-a-large-monocentric-cohort-with-a-long-term-follow-up
#18
A Bortoluzzi, F Furini, F Campanaro, M Govoni
Objectives The objectives of this study were to analyse the performance of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) 2012 classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a large cohort of undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) population at onset of the disease and during a long-term follow-up of 15 years (1999-2013) and to evaluate the transition from UCTD to SLE, according to American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1997 and SLICC 2012 classification criteria...
May 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650429/cxcl4-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-at-risk-for-systemic-sclerosis-ssc-previously-referred-to-as-very-early-ssc
#19
Gabriele Valentini, Antonella Riccardi, Serena Vettori, Rosaria Irace, Michele Iudici, Salvatore Tolone, Ludovico Docimo, Marialuisa Bocchino, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Domenico Cozzolino
The aim of the study was to evaluate CXCL4 levels in undifferentiated connective tissue disease at risk for SSc (UCTD-SSc-risk) and confirm its increase and investigate its prognostic value. Serum CXCL4 levels were measured in 45 patients and 24 controls. CXCL4 was significantly higher in UCTD-SSc-risk patients than in controls. It resulted higher in patients with a shorter disease duration and in those lacking capillaroscopic alterations. We confirm that CXCL4 levels are increased in UCTD-risk-SSc patients...
September 20, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27574560/undifferentiated-vasculitis-or-an-evolving-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-disease
#20
Nafeesah Fatimah, Ahmad Ussaid, Aflak Rasheed
Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases usually present with arthralgias, sicca symptoms, Raynaud's phenomenon and leucopenia. This case presents the atypical presentation of an undifferentiated connective tissue disease with extensive cutaneous involvement of fingers and toes leading to gangrene with absence of typical rheumatological symptoms. The autoimmune profile showed positive ANA and anti-Ro/SS-A. Thromboembolism was ruled out on the basis of transthoracic and transesophageal echo. She was treated with I/V corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide that halted the disease progression...
August 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
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