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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414021/elliptical-broken-line-method-for-calculating-capillary-density-in-nailfold-capillaroscopy-proposal-and-evaluation
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Abdolamir Karbalaie, Farhad Abtahi, Alimohammad Fatemi, Mahnaz Etehadtavakol, Zahra Emrani, Björn-Erik Erlandsson
Nailfold capillaroscopy is a practical method for identifying and obtaining morphological changes in capillaries which might reveal relevant information about diseases and health. Capillaroscopy is harmless, and seems simple and repeatable. However, there is lack of established guidelines and instructions for acquisition as well as the interpretation of the obtained images; which might lead to various ambiguities. In addition, assessment and interpretation of the acquired images are very subjective. In an attempt to overcome some of these problems, in this study a new modified technique for assessment of nailfold capillary density is introduced...
April 14, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386138/nailfold-digital-capillaroscopic-findings-in-patients-with-diffuse-and-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis
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Saeedeh Shenavandeh, Mahyar Yousefipour Haghighi, Mohammad Ali Nazarinia
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic disease with microvascular damage. Nailfold capillaroscopy is a non-invasive method used for evaluating capillaries in SSc. Its findings could be related to the internal organ involvement and SSc course. In this study, we aimed to determine the association of the capillaroscopic patterns of nailfold capillaries with the disease subtypes of SSc, disease duration, and clinical manifestations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventy patients with SSc (15 cases with diffuse cutaneous SSc [DcSSc] and 55 patients with limited SSc [LcSSc]) were studied...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342234/critical-contribution-of-the-interleukin-6-signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-axis-to-vasculopathy-associated-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Takashi Taniguchi, Yoshihide Asano, Takemichi Fukasawa, Ayumi Yoshizaki, Shinichi Sato
Reflecting the critical role of interleukin (IL)-6 in systemic sclerosis (SSc), tocilizumab, an anti-IL-6 receptor antibody, is currently under a global phase III trial against skin sclerosis of this disease. We here demonstrate that the IL-6/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 axis is broadly activated in various cell types in the lesional skin of SSc patients irrespective of disease subtypes, especially in endothelial cells. Importantly, 12 monthly infusions of tocilizumab improved nailfold capillary changes as well as skin sclerosis in a patient with diffuse cutaneous SSc...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303481/morphea-and-eosinophilic-fasciitis-an-update
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Jorre S Mertens, Marieke M B Seyger, Rogier M Thurlings, Timothy R D J Radstake, Elke M G J de Jong
Morphea, also known as localized scleroderma, encompasses a group of idiopathic sclerotic skin diseases. The spectrum ranges from relatively mild phenotypes, which generally cause few problems besides local discomfort and visible disfigurement, to subtypes with severe complications such as joint contractures and limb length discrepancies. Eosinophilic fasciitis (EF, Shulman syndrome) is often regarded as belonging to the severe end of the morphea spectrum. The exact driving mechanisms behind morphea and EF pathogenesis remain to be elucidated...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291582/sequential-nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-examinations-have-responsiveness-to-detect-organ-progression-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Jérôme Avouac, Gemma Lepri, Vanessa Smith, Elide Toniolo, Charlotte Hurabielle, Anaïs Vallet, Fazia Amrouche, André Kahan, Maurizio Cutolo, Yannick Allanore
OBJECTIVE: To determine the merit of nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) to detect meaningful microvascular changes over time in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and whether these changes are associated with overall disease progression and organ involvements. METHODS: A prospective cohort of 140 SSc patients was recruited over a 12-month period and was followed up on an annual basis for 3 years. Detailed NVC analysis was performed at inclusion and repeated annually...
February 10, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274735/nailfold-capillaroscopy-in-diabetes-mellitus
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G Maldonado, R Guerrero, C Paredes, C Ríos
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is characterized by chronic hyperglycemia states and the development of specific microvascular disorders such as retinopathy and nephropathy. Conventional methods are used to study the vascular compromise of this entity, however, the use of capillaroscopy for the evaluation of capillary microarchitecture is not frequently used. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Observational and descriptive study of 65 patients with an established diagnosis of DM and a control group that underwent an initial capillaroscopy examination...
March 6, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229821/integration-of-capillary-microscopy-and-dermoscopy-into-the-rheumatology-fellow-curriculum
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Christopher Hatzis, Daniele Lerner, Stephen Paget, Maurizio Cutolo, Vanessa Smith, Robert Spiera, Jessica Gordon
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates a novel, three-part nailfold capillaroscopy training curriculum for adult and paediatric rheumatology fellows. METHODS: All rheumatology fellows training at an academic medical centre took part in the three-part nailfold capillaroscopy curriculum. Tests of fellows' usage, interest, confidence, and ability in nailfold capillaroscopy were taken at multiple time-points throughout the curriculum. RESULTS: Fellows self-reported high levels of interest, increased confidence in delineating normal and abnormal nailfold capillaries (p=0...
February 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163035/intra-and-inter-observer-reliability-of-nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-a-possible-outcome-measure-for-systemic-sclerosis-related-microangiopathy
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Graham Dinsdale, Tonia Moore, Neil O'Leary, Philip Tresadern, Michael Berks, Christopher Roberts, Joanne Manning, John Allen, Marina Anderson, Maurizio Cutolo, Roger Hesselstrand, Kevin Howell, Carmen Pizzorni, Vanessa Smith, Alberto Sulli, Marie Wildt, Christopher Taylor, Andrea Murray, Ariane L Herrick
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to assess the reliability of nailfold capillary assessment in terms of image evaluability, image severity grade ('normal', 'early', 'active', 'late'), capillary density, capillary (apex) width, and presence of giant capillaries, and also to gain further insight into differences in these parameters between patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), patients with primary Raynaud's phenomenon (PRP) and healthy control subjects. METHODS: Videocapillaroscopy images (magnification 300×) were acquired from all 10 digits from 173 participants: 101 patients with SSc, 22 with PRP and 50 healthy controls...
February 2, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137497/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-clinical-radiologic-and-histological-characteristics-and-outcome-in-a-series-of-57-patients
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Kais Ahmad, Thomas Barba, Delphine Gamondes, Marylise Ginoux, Chahera Khouatra, Paolo Spagnolo, Mary Strek, Françoise Thivolet-Béjui, Julie Traclet, Vincent Cottin
BACKGROUND: Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) has recently been defined by an international Taskforce to characterize interstitial lung disease associated with systemic manifestations limited to subtle serological and clinical autoimmune abnormalities and not fulfilling the international criteria for the diagnosis of a given connective tissue disease. OBJECTIVE: to report on a series of patients with IPAF, and to compare their outcome to that of a cohort of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)...
February 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056626/nailfold-capillaroscopic-changes-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-correlations-with-disease-activity-skin-manifestation-and-nephritis
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S Shenavandeh, S Habibi
Introduction The clinical expression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the consequence of endothelial cell damage leading to serious multiple organ dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess the association between nailfold capillaroscopic changes and disease activity, skin and renal involvement in patients with SLE. Methods Demographic variables, clinical manifestations and laboratory data of 108 patients with SLE were investigated. Nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC) was performed in all patients. Result Morphological changes in NFC were observed in 102 out of 108 (94...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033273/nailfold-capillary-abnormalities-are-associated-with-type-2-diabetes-progression-and-correlated-with-peripheral-neuropathy
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Po-Chi Hsu, Pei-Yung Liao, Hen-Hong Chang, John Y Chiang, Yu-Chuen Huang, Lun-Chien Lo
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with a state of chronic hyperglycemia with a highly increased risk of vascular complications. The current study aimed to investigate microcirculation abnormalities in patients with type 2 DM and those with pre-DM using nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) and evaluate the possible correlation with microvascular complications.A total of 115 patients with type 2 DM, 41 patients with pre-DM, and 37 healthy subjects without diabetes were enrolled. All subjects underwent NVC to evaluate capillary density, length, morphology, distribution, presence of enlarged loops or hemorrhages, and blood flow...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033115/quantification-of-differences-between-nailfold-capillaroscopy-images-with-a-scleroderma-pattern-and-normal-pattern-using-measures-of-geometric-and-algorithmic-complexity
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Samuel George Urwin, Bridget Griffiths, John Allen
This study aimed to quantify and investigate differences in the geometric and algorithmic complexity of the microvasculature in nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC) images displaying a scleroderma pattern and those displaying a 'normal' pattern. 11 NFC images were qualitatively classified by a capillary specialist as indicative of 'clear microangiopathy' (CM), i.e. a scleroderma pattern, and 11 as 'not clear microangiopathy' (NCM), i.e. a 'normal' pattern. Pre-processing was performed, and fractal dimension (FD) and Kolmogorov complexity (KC) were calculated following image binarisation...
February 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889559/plasma-endothelial-microparticles-reflect-the-extent-of-capillaroscopic-alterations-and-correlate-with-the-severity-of-skin-involvement-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Małgorzata Michalska-Jakubus, Otylia Kowal-Bielecka, Vanessa Smith, Maurizio Cutolo, Dorota Krasowska
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Endothelial microparticles (EMPs) are membrane-coated vesicles shed from endothelial cells and are considered markers of the endothelial state. It has been shown that total numbers of circulating EMPs are increased in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), but their clinical correlations have not yet been investigated in detail. We aimed to assess possible relationships between circulating EMPs and clinical as well as laboratory features among SSc patients with special attention to possible association with alteration in microvascular morphology objectified on nailfold videocapillaroscopy and clinical signs of microvascular complications...
November 23, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888176/nailfold-capillary-morphological-characteristics-of-hand-arm-vibration-syndrome-a-cross-sectional-study
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QingSong Chen, GuiPing Chen, Bin Xiao, HanSheng Lin, HongYing Qu, DanYing Zhang, MaoGong Shi, Li Lang, Bei Yang, MaoSheng Yan
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of nailfold capillaroscopy associated with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). METHODS: In total, 113 male gold miners were recruited: 35 workers who were chronically exposed to vibration and developed vibration-induced white finger were defined as the HAVS group, 39 workers who were exposed to vibration but did not have HAVS were classified as the vibration-exposed controls (VEC) group, and 39 workers without vibration exposure were categorised as the non-VEC (NVEC) group...
November 25, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830961/classification-of-japanese-patients-with-mild-early-systemic-sclerosis-ssc-by-the-2013-acr-eular-classification-criteria-for-ssc
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Yuka Ikawa, Yasuhito Hamaguchi, Naoki Mugii, Takashi Matsushita, Kazuhiko Takehara
OBJECTIVE: To classify Japanese patients with mild/early systemic sclerosis (SSc) by the 2013 American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Classification Criteria (new 2013 criteria). METHODS: We assessed 120 patients who visited Kanazawa University Hospital suspected of SSc and who did not meet the 1980 ACR preliminary classification criteria for SSc. We clinically diagnosed 16 patients with primary Raynaud's disease and 104 with mild/early SSc prior to being assessed by the new 2013 criteria...
November 10, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828654/nailfold-capillaroscopy-in-leprosy
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Adma Silva de Lima, Vanessa Irusta Dal Pizzol, Scheila Fritsch, Gabriela Poglia Fonseca, Fabiane Andrade Mulinari-Brenner, Carolina de Souza Muller, Vanessa Cristhine Dalombo Ottoboni
Due to mounting evidences of interaction between Hansen's bacilli with endothelial cells and the paucity of studies addressing the presence of nailfold capillaroscopic alterations in patients with Hansen's disease, a study was carried out in order to verify the presence of capillaroscopic alterations in patients with leprosy in its various forms and its correlation with clinical parameters. Ten patients were evaluated at a specialized university service. Sixty percent of those had some capillaroscopic change, such as micro-hemorrhages, ectatic, bushy and corkscrew capillaries...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767971/inflammation-induced-microvascular-dysfunction-in-obesity-a-translational-approach
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Maria das Graças Coelho de Souza, Luiz Guilherme Kraemer-Aguiar, Eliete Bouskela
Obesity is a crescent epidemic in the world, affecting more than half a billion of adults worldwide. Obesity is associated to main cardiovascular risk factors, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia. The excessive adiposity causes a dysregulation of adipokines secretion by adipose tissue, upregulating the expression of pro-inflammatory adipokines and downregulating the anti-inflammatory ones. This scenario contributes for the appearance of atherosclerosis...
2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762099/microvascular-dysfunction-affects-the-development-and-prognosis-of-sudden-idiopathic-hearing-loss
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H E Koçak, A Ş Filiz Acıpayam, H Acıpayam, B Çakıl Erdoğan, W M E Alakhras, M N Kıral, M Keskin, F T Kayhan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study is to investigate whether systemic microvascular function affects the development and prognosis of sudden idiopathic hearing loss (SHL). TYPE OF STUDY: A prospective case-control study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty patients diagnosed with SHL at our hospital between September 2015 and May 2016 were included as the SHL group, and 50 healthy volunteers who came to the hospital for medical screening were included in the control group...
June 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744398/prevalence-of-systemic-sclerosis-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis-using-the-new-acr-eular-classification-criteria
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Boyang Zheng, Catherine Vincent, Marvin J Fritzler, Jean-Luc Senécal, Martial Koenig, France Joyal
OBJECTIVE: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a well-established disease associated with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). However, the original 1980 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria have poor sensitivity, especially for the detection of earlier SSc in previous studies. The objective was to evaluate the prevalence of SSc in patients with PBC using more sensitive 2001 LeRoy and Medsger criteria and the 2013 ACR/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) classification criteria...
January 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744392/effects-of-longterm-treatment-with-bosentan-and-iloprost-on-nailfold-absolute-capillary-number-fingertip-blood-perfusion-and-clinical-status-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Amelia Chiara Trombetta, Carmen Pizzorni, Barbara Ruaro, Sabrina Paolino, Alberto Sulli, Vanessa Smith, Maurizio Cutolo
OBJECTIVE: To quantify in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) the absolute nailfold capillary number/mm (the absolute number of capillaries, observable in the first row, in 1 mm per field) and fingertip blood perfusion (FBP) during longterm therapy with the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan (BOSE) and the synthetic analog of prostacyclin PGI2 iloprost (ILO) by multiple diagnostic tools. Observed values were correlated with clinical outcomes. METHODS: Thirty patients with SSc already receiving intravenous ILO (80 μg/day) for 5 continuous days (every 3 mos) were recruited in the clinic...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
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