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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641551/nailfold-capillaroscopy-within-and-beyond-the-scope-of-connective-tissue-diseases
#1
Sevdalina Lambova, Ulf Müller-Ladner
Nailfold capillaroscopy is a noninvasive instrumental method for morphological analysis of the nutritive capillaries in the nailfold area. In rheumatology, it is a method of choice among instrumental modalities for differentiation of primary and secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) in rheumatic diseases. RP is a common diagnostic problem in rheumatology. Defining the proper diagnosis is a prerequisite for administration of the appropriate treatment. Thus, nailfold capillaroscopic examination is of crucial importance for the every-day practice of the rheumatologists and is currently gaining increasing attention...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641550/bier-spots-report-of-two-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#2
Hristo Dobrev
Bier spots are asymptomatic white anemic macules with irregular shape located on the upper limbs and less often on the lower limbs and trunkus. They are observed predominantly in youg males and may be idiopathic or associated with other conditions. We report two cases with Bier spots in which videodermatoscopy and nailfold capillaroscopy were performed. Patient 1 was a 34-year-old otherwise healthy male who presented with white spots on his upper limbs for 10 years. Dermoscopy revealed marked narrowing of skin capillaries within the borders of white macules whereas capillaroscopy pattern was normal...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619664/nailfold-capillaroscopic-changes-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#3
A Corrado, M Correale, N Mansueto, I Monaco, A Carriero, A Mele, R Colia, M Di Biase, F P Cantatore
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) represents one of the main clinical expressions of the vascular changes in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Lung microvascular changes can play a role in the pathogenesis of idiopathic PAH (IPAH) also. The aim of this study is to investigate the presence of capillaroscopic abnormalities in patients with IPAH and to evaluate the differences in capillary nailfold changes between patients with IPAH and patients with SSc with and without PAH. METHODS: 39 SSc patients (19 with PAH - SSc-PAH and 20 without - SSc-noPAH), 21 subjects with IPAH and 20 healthy subjects were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610600/the-cumulative-number-of-micro-haemorrhages-and-micro-thromboses-in-nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-is-a-good-indicator-of-disease-activity-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-validation-study-of-the-nemo-score
#4
Romina Andracco, Rosaria Irace, Eleonora Zaccara, Serena Vettori, Wanda Maglione, Antonella Riccardi, Francesca Pignataro, Roberta Ferrara, Domenico Sambataro, Gianluca Sambataro, Claudio Vitali, Gabriele Valentini, Nicoletta Del Papa
BACKGROUND: Some abnormalities in nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC), such as the presence of micro-haemorrhages (MHEs), micro-thromboses (MTs), giant capillaries (GCs) and reduction in the number of capillaries (nCs), suggest a disease activity (DA) phase in systemic sclerosis (SSc). In a previous paper, we showed that the number of micro-haemorrhages and micro-thromboses (the so-called NEMO score) was the NVC feature more closely associated with DA. The present study was aimed at validating the NEMO score as a measure of DA in patients with SSc...
June 13, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578493/nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-results-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#5
Sinem Sag, Mustafa Serdar Sag, Ibrahim Tekeoglu, Ayhan Kamanli, Kemal Nas, Yıldıray Aydın
We aimed to analyse the nailfold capillaryscopy findings morphologically and examine their relationship with disease activity and demographic characteristics in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In accordance with the 2010 ACR/EULAR classification criteria, 201 patients diagnosed with Romatoiad artrit (RA) and 50 healthy controls were included. We analysed capillaroscopic abnormalities such asmegacapillaries, haemorrhages, ramifications and avascular areas in patients affected with rheumatoid arthritis. The findings in our study are as follows: in 45...
June 4, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514969/endothelial-progenitor-cell-number-is-not-decreased-in-34-children-with-juvenile-dermatomyositis-a-pilot-study
#6
Dong Xu, Akadia Kacha-Ochana, Gabrielle A Morgan, Chiang-Ching Huang, Lauren M Pachman
OBJECTIVE: A pilot study to determine endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) number in children with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM). METHODS: After obtaining informed consent, the EPC number from 34 fasting children with definite/probable JDM at various stages of therapy-initially untreated, active disease on medication and clinically inactive, off medication-was compared with 13 healthy fasting pediatric controls. The EPC number was determined by fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), CD34(+)/VEGFR2(+)/CD45dim(-), and assessed in conjunction with clinical variables: disease activity scores (DAS), duration of untreated disease (DUD), TNF-α allelic polymorphism (A/G) at the promoter region of -308, number of nailfold capillary end row loop (ERL) and von Willebrand factor antigen (vWF:Ag)...
May 17, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495471/quantitative-outcome-measures-for-systemic-sclerosis-related-microangiopathy-reliability-of-image-acquisition-in-nailfold-capillaroscopy
#7
Graham Dinsdale, Tonia Moore, Neil O'Leary, 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
BACKGROUND: Nailfold capillaroscopic parameters hold increasing promise as outcome measures for clinical trials in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Their inclusion as outcomes would often naturally require capillaroscopy images to be captured at several time points during any one study. Our objective was to assess repeatability of image acquisition (which has been little studied), as well as of measurement. METHOD: 41 patients (26 with SSc, 15 with primary Raynaud's phenomenon) and 10 healthy controls returned for repeat high-magnification (300×) videocapillaroscopy mosaic imaging of 10 digits one week after initial imaging (as part of a larger study of reliability)...
May 8, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466674/nailfold-scleroderma-like-capillary-abnormalities-in-werner-syndrome-adult-progeria
#8
Francesca Ingegnoli, Chiara Crotti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414021/elliptical-broken-line-method-for-calculating-capillary-density-in-nailfold-capillaroscopy-proposal-and-evaluation
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
REVIEW
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
#14
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...
July 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229821/integration-of-capillary-microscopy-and-dermoscopy-into-the-rheumatology-fellow-curriculum
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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