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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213738/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-patients-with-lupus-nephritis-clinical-and-laboratory-features-and-therapeutic-considerations
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Lei Zhang, Jianling Tao, Yubing Wen, Li Li, Xueyi Wu, Xuewang Li, Xuemei Li
To better clarify the clinical features and therapeutic strategy of CMV infection in lupus nephritis patients, we retrospectively surveyed a total of 40 lupus nephritis patients, who had been hospitalized and underwent renal biopsy and diagnosed as having CMV infection during their hospitalization at our institution within the last 10 years. The percentage of CMV infections in the entire hospitalized lupus nephritis population was 5.3% (40/755). The principal clinical features of the 40 CMV-infected patients were hematological disorders (n = 25), fever (n = 21), liver dysfunction (n = 19), and respiratory symptoms (n = 12)...
February 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212922/organ-specific-biomarkers-in-lupus
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REVIEW
Haijing Wu, Jinrong Zeng, Ming Zhao, Qianjin Lu
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex and highly heterogeneous disease, which affects multiple organs, including joints, skin, kidneys, heart, hematopoietic system, and nerve system. While the etiopathogenesis of SLE still remains unclear, genetic susceptibilities and aberrant epigenetic modifications are believed to be involved. For precision therapy, it is necessary to assess accurately and objectively organ involvements and disease activity, which is difficult by current clinical laboratory tests...
February 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212920/neonatal-lupus-follow-up-in-infants-with-anti-ssa-ro-antibodies-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
REVIEW
Antonio Alberto Zuppa, Riccardo Riccardi, Simonetta Frezza, Francesca Gallini, Rita Maria Paola Luciano, Giovanni Alighieri, Costantino Romagnoli, Sara De Carolis
Neonatal Lupus Syndrome (NLS) is a distinct clinical entity caused by transplacental passage of maternal anti-SSA/Ro antibodies (Ab). Mothers may have systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, or other connective tissue disease, or may be completely healthy at the time of giving birth. NLS includes several clinical manifestations: complete congenital heart block (CCHB) and cutaneous lupus are the most common, while hepatobiliary disease, hematological manifestations and central nervous system involvement may occur...
February 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209103/analysis-of-15-patients-with-abnormal-liver-function-as-the-first-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-symptom
#4
Y Gao, W Li, Q-H Meng, H-X Liu, Y-K Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To understand the clinical characteristics of patients with abnormal liver function as the first symptom of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Here, 15 patients admitted to a hospital from January 2010 to December 2013 with initial presentation of lupus-related hepatitis or cirrhosis were included. Their SLE-DAI scores and clinical and laboratory data were collected. All cases received liver protection therapy and active SLE controlling treatment with methylprednisolone combined with rapamycin...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207493/treatment-of-lupus-nephritis-current-paradigms-and-emerging-strategies
#5
Maria Dall'Era
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lupus nephritis is the most common organ-threatening manifestation of lupus and continues to result in end-stage renal disease. This review describes the contemporary treatment of lupus nephritis as well as emerging therapeutic strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Lupus nephritis management consists of an initial (induction) phase and a maintenance (extended) phase in which steroids are used in combination with another immunosuppressive medication. Current treatments are incompletely effective and associated with substantial toxicity...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204879/interferon-stimulated-gene-15-expression-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-diagnostic-value-and-association-with-lymphocytopenia
#6
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/28203329/pseudotumor-cerebri-as-the-first-manifestation-of-juvenile-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#7
Seyed-Reza Raeeskarami, Leila Shahbaznejad, Raheleh Assari, Yahya Aghighi
INTRODUCTION: Headache is a common neuropsychiatric manifestation of juvenile systemic lupus erythematous (JSLE). Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) is an uncommon cause of headache, presenting especially in active JSLE. In this paper, we report a case of missed intractable headache that was eventually diagnosed as PTC and presented as the first manifestation of JSLE. CASE PRESENTATION: A 9-year-old girl with a history of progressive headache for four months, fever, fatigue, myalgia, arthralgia, small-joint arthritis of the hands, and recent diplopia was referred to our clinic...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203138/lupus-gastrointestinal-tract-vasculopathy-lupus-enteritis-involving-the-entire-gastrointestinal-tract-from-esophagus-to-rectum
#8
Joseph Bert, Elie Gertner
Gastrointestinal symptoms are very common in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Lupus "enteritis" is very responsive to treatment but can have devastating consequences if not detected. Most descriptions of enteritis involve the small and large bowel. This is the first report of lupus "enteritis" involving the entire gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus and stomach to the rectum. Lupus "enteritis" is another cause of upper gastrointestinal involvement in SLE (involving even the esophagus and stomach) in addition to involvement of the lower intestinal tract...
January 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202919/ectopic-lymphoid-neogenesis-in-rheumatic-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Michele Bombardieri, Myles Lewis, Costantino Pitzalis
Ectopic lymphoid neogenesis often occurs in the target tissues of patients with chronic rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome and other connective tissue disorders, including systemic lupus erythematosus and myositis. However, the mechanisms of ectopic lymphoid-like structure (ELS) formation and function are not entirely understood. For example, it is unclear whether ELSs indicate distinct disease phenotypes or whether they are evolutionary manifestations of chronic inflammation...
February 9, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202869/treatment-of-vasodilator-resistant-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-with-glucocorticoid-and-cyclophosphamide
#10
Eri Sugawara, Masaru Kato, Ryo Hisada, Kenji Oku, Toshiyuki Bohgaki, Tetsuya Horita, Shinsuke Yasuda, Tatsuya Atsumi
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or mixed connective tissue disease (MTCD), in contrast to other types of PAH, may respond to immunosuppressive therapy. Most PAH cases with an immunosuppressant response were in the early stages of the disease (WHO functional class III or less). The present case was a 34-year-old woman with MCTD-associated PAH (WHO functional class IV) who was resistant to a combination of three vasodilators. Afterwards, she was treated with glucocorticoid and cyclophosphamide...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202399/the-epidemiology-of-stevens-johnson-syndrome-and-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-in-the-uk
#11
Noel Frey, Janine Jossi, Michael Bodmer, Andreas Bircher, Susan S Jick, Christoph R Meier, Julia Spoendlin
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are rare but life-threatening mucocutaneous diseases. SJS/TEN mostly manifest as a reaction to new drug use, but little is known about their incidence and epidemiology. We conducted a large observational study on the epidemiology of SJS/TEN using data from the UK-based Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Among 551 validated SJS/TEN cases, we calculated an incidence rate of 5.76 SJS/TEN cases/million person-years between 1995 and 2013, which was consistent throughout the study period, and was highest in patients aged 1-10 years and ≥80 years...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196381/direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-thromboprophylaxis-in-patients-with-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#12
Hannah Cohen, Maria Efthymiou, Carolyn Gates, David Isenberg
The current mainstay of the treatment and secondary thromboprophylaxis of thrombotic antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is anticoagulation with warfarin or other vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). In addition to their well-known limitations, VKAs are often problematic in APS patients because of the variable sensitivity of thromboplastins to lupus anticoagulant. As a result, the international normalized ratio may not accurately reflect the intensity of anticoagulation. Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are established as therapeutic alternatives to VKAs for a wide range of indications, including the treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism...
February 14, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192517/neutrophils-and-neutrophil-serine-proteases-are-increased-in-the-spleens-of-estrogen-treated-c57bl-6-mice-and-several-strains-of-spontaneous-lupus-prone-mice
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Rujuan Dai, Catharine Cowan, Bettina Heid, Deena Khan, Zhihong Liang, Christine T N Pham, S Ansar Ahmed
Estrogen, a natural immunomodulator, regulates the development and function of diverse immune cell types. There is now renewed attention on neutrophils and neutrophil serine proteases (NSPs) such as neutrophil elastase (NE), proteinase 3 (PR3), and cathepsin G (CG) in inflammation and autoimmunity. In this study, we found that although estrogen treatment significantly reduced total splenocytes number, it markedly increased the splenic neutrophil absolute numbers in estrogen-treated C57BL/6 (B6) mice when compared to placebo controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191680/friends-or-foes-host-defense-antimicrobial-peptides-and-proteins-in-human-skin-diseases
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REVIEW
François Niyonsaba, Chanisa Kiatsurayanon, Panjit Chieosilapatham, Hideoki Ogawa
Host defense peptides/proteins (HDPs), also known as antimicrobial peptides/proteins (AMPs), are key molecules in the cutaneous innate immune system. AMPs/HDPs historically exhibit broad-spectrum killing activity against bacteria, enveloped viruses, fungi and several parasites. Recently, AMPs/HDPs were shown to have important biological functions, including inducing cell proliferation, migration and differentiation; regulating inflammatory responses; controlling the production of various cytokines/chemokines; promoting wound healing; and improving skin barrier function...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191663/a-case-of-lupus-like-syndrome-in-a-patient-receiving-adalimumab-and-a-brief-review-of-the-literature-on-drug-induced-lupus-erythematosus
#15
I Lomicová, D Suchý, K Pizinger, P Cetkovská
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Drug-induced lupus erythematosus occurs with some drugs and resolves with their withdrawal. Anti-TNF therapies have been found to be associated with a lupus-like syndrome, which is clinically distinct from classical drug-induced as well as idiopathic lupus erythematosus. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe a case of a patient with severe psoriasis, who developed muscle pain with paraesthesia accompanied by ANA titres elevation with adalimumab treatment...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191596/efficacy-and-safety-of-rituximab-in-comparison-with-common-induction-therapies-in-pediatric-active-lupus-nephritis
#16
Biswanath Basu, Birendranath Roy, Binu George Babu
BACKGROUND: Childhood-onset lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the most severe manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Despite treatment-related toxicities, cyclophosphamide (CYC) and glucocorticoid-based treatment protocols are still considered standard therapy in managing this multisystem disorder. An effective and safe alternative induction regimen is needed. METHODS: Forty-four pediatric patients with active LN aged 3.5-13.8 (median 8.4) years, of whom 32 entered the study at diagnosis of SLE, were followed over 36 months...
February 12, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186509/hydroxychloroquine-retinopathy-an-emerging-problem
#17
M Latasiewicz, H Gourier, I H Yusuf, R Luqmani, S M Sharma, S M Downes
PurposeThe aim of this case series is to raise awareness of the emerging issue of serious retinal damage caused by the prolonged use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and the importance of adequate and appropriate monitoring of visual function during treatment.Patient and methodsThis is a small retrospective case series of 3 patients on long-term HCQ who developed serious symptomatic retinal toxicity confirmed on imaging and functional testing.ResultsAll 3 patients were treated with HCQ for over 15 years; two for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the third for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
February 10, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
#18
Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185656/subacute-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-characteristics-disease-associations-treatments-and-outcomes-in-a-series-of-90%C3%A2-patients-at-mayo-clinic-1996-2011
#19
Dema T Alniemi, Albert Gutierrez, Lisa A Drage, David A Wetter
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical presentation, laboratory studies, disease associations, and treatments of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 90 patients with SCLE at Mayo Clinic from January 1, 1996, through October 28, 2011, was performed. RESULTS: The mean patient age at diagnosis was 61 years; 64 patients (71%) were women, and 11 cases (12%) were drug induced (1996-2000, no drug-induced cases; 2001-2005, 2 cases; 2006-2011, 9 cases)...
February 6, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183339/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-resting-electrocardiogram-abnormalities-among-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-without-cardiovascular-disease
#20
Hanan Al Rayes, Paula J Harvey, Dafna D Gladman, Jiandong Su, Arthy Sabapathy, Murray B Urowitz, Zahi Touma
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram (ECG) cardiovascular disease (CVD) abnormalities (ECG-CVD) are predictive of subsequent CVD events in the general population. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are vulnerable to CVD. We aimed to determine the prevalence of ECG-CVD in SLE patients and to examine the risk factors associated with ECG-CVD. METHODS: A 12-lead resting supine ECG was performed on consecutive adult patients attending the clinic. One cardiologist interpreted the ECGs...
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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