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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626408/pd-1-checkpoint-inhibitor-associated-autoimmune-encephalitis
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Stephanie Schneider, Silke Potthast, Paul Komminoth, Guido Schwegler, Steffen Böhm
OBJECTIVE: To report first-hand narrative experience of autoimmune encephalitis and to briefly review currently available evidence of autoimmune encephalitis in cancer patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors. SETTING: A case study is presented on the management of a patient who developed autoimmune encephalitis during nivolumab monotherapy occurring after 28 weeks on anti-PD-1 monotherapy (nivolumab 3 mg/kg every 2 weeks) for non-small cell lung cancer...
May 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622742/intravenous-ferumoxytol-in-pediatric-patients-with-iron-deficiency-anemia
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Nabil Hassan, Brian Boville, Diann Reischmann, Akunne Ndika, David Sterken, Karen Kovey
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is common in children. Limited data exist on the efficacy and safety of ferumoxytol in children. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of 10 mg/kg dose given over 15-60 minutes in correcting IDA and report any adverse drug reactions (ADRs). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all patients who received ferumoxytol infusions for the management of IDA by the Pediatric Blood Management Program between October 2010 and March 2015...
July 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617807/treatment-with-macrolides-and-glucocorticosteroids-in-severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-post-hoc-exploratory-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Adrian Ceccato, Catia Cilloniz, Otavio T Ranzani, Rosario Menendez, Carles Agusti, Albert Gabarrus, Miquel Ferrer, Oriol Sibila, Michael S Niederman, Antoni Torres
BACKGROUND: Systemic corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory effects, whereas macrolides also have immunomodulatory activity in addition to their primary antimicrobial actions. We aimed to evaluate the potential interaction effect between corticosteroids and macrolides on the systemic inflammatory response in patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia to determine if combining these two immunomodulating agents was harmful, or possibly beneficial. METHODS: We performed a post-hoc exploratory analysis of a randomized clinical trial conducted in three tertiary hospitals in Spain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614220/rituximab-was-used-to-treat-recurrent-igg4-related-hypophysitis-with-ophthalmopathy-as-the-initial-presentation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#4
Wei-Jun Gu, Qian Zhang, Jian Zhu, Jie Li, Shi-Hui Wei, Yi-Ming Mu
RATIONALE: Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related hypophysitis is a type of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), which is characterized by plasma cells infiltration in the pituitary causing functional changes and (or) space-occupying effect in the pituitary. IgG4-related hypophysitis is sensitive to hormone therapy in most patients, but recurrence is very likely. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we report a 57-year-old male patient with bilateral eye redness as the initial presentation...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613399/immunosuppressive-efficacy-of-tetrandrine-combined-with-methylprednisolone-against-mitogen-activated-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-hemodialysis-patients
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Wencheng Xu, Kehan Meng, Junichi Kusano, Hiroto Matsuda, Yoshikazu Hara, Yoshiaki Fujii, Shinya Suzuki, Eiki Ando, Xiaoqin Wang, Yuanchao Tu, Sachiko Tanaka, Kentaro Sugiyama, Haruki Yamada, Toshihiko Hirano
Immunosuppressive therapy for prevention of acute rejection episode occasionally causes serious adverse effects, and thus it is important to develop new therapeutic approach for renal transplant recipients. This study evaluated the immunosuppressive pharmacodynamics of tetrandrine (TET) and/or methylprednisolone (MP) in hemodialysis patients in vitro by using the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) isolated from whole blood of hemodialysis patients. The median (range) of MP IC50 values against the proliferation of patients PBMCs was 7...
June 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612627/pharmacokinetic-drug-evaluation-of-budesonide-in-the-treatment-of-crohn-s-disease
#6
Lukasz Kwapisz, Vipul Jairath, Reena Khanna, Brian Feagan
Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that commonly affects the terminal ileum and proximal colon. Although systemic corticosteroids such as prednisone and methylprednisolone are widely used for treatment of CD, these agents have a high incidence of adverse drug reactions due to off-target effects. Budesonide is a locally acting corticosteroid with enhanced formulation properties that offer a superior therapeutic index in comparison to conventional members of the class. Areas covered: This review focuses on budesonide for the treatment of CD...
June 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609319/comparing-corticosteroid-preparation-and-dose-in-the-improvement-of-shoulder-function-and-pain-a-randomized-single-blind-pilot-study
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Matthew B Carroll, Spencer A Motley, Benjamin Smith, Bryan C Ramsey, Alan S Baggett
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder pain may arise from inflammation of the bursa separating the supraspinatus tendon from the coracoacromial ligament and acromion. The optimal treatment dose and preparation of intrabursal corticosteroid injection are unknown. METHODS: This single-blinded equivalence study recruited 62 subjects randomizing them to one of following four arms: methylprednisolone 20 mg, methylprednisolone 40 mg, triamcinolone acetonide 20 mg, or triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607558/hashimoto-s-encephalopathy-presenting-with-unusual-behavioural-disturbances-in-an-adolescent-girl
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Murugan Selvaraj Karthik, Kulothungan Nandhini, Viswanath Subashini, Ramasamy Balakrishnan
Hashimoto's encephalopathy (HE) is a rare autoimmune disorder with neurological and neuropsychiatric manifestations and elevated titres of anti-thyroid antibodies. Here we are reporting a case of HE in a 19-year-old girl who presented with seizure-like episodes, confusion, and behavioural disturbances with catatonic symptoms such as posturing, echopraxia, echolalia, and ambivalence. Patient did not respond to antipsychotics and anticonvulsants. On further investigation, patient was found to have high serum anti-TPO antibodies of about 1261 U/mL with euthyroid status, which supported a suspicion of HE...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606783/methylprednisolone-as-a-memory-enhancer-in-rats-effects-on-aversive-memory-long-term-potentiation-and-calcium-influx
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Liane da Silva de Vargas, Rithiele Gonçalves, Marcus Vinícius S Lara, Zaquer S M Costa-Ferro, Simone Denise Salamoni, Michelle Flores Domingues, Angela Regina Piovesan, Dênis Reis de Assis, Lucia Vinade, Alexandre P Corrado, Wilson Alves-Do-Prado, Paulo Correia-de-Sá, Jaderson Costa da Costa, Ivan Izquierdo, Cháriston A Dal Belo, Pâmela B Mello-Carpes
It is well recognized that stress or glucocorticoids hormones treatment can modulate memory performance in both directions, either impairing or enhancing it. Despite the high number of studies aiming at explaining the effects of glucocorticoids on memory, this has not yet been completely elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that a low daily dose of methylprednisolone (MP, 5 mg/kg, i.p.) administered for 10-days favors aversive memory persistence in adult rats, without any effect on the exploring behavior, locomotor activity, anxiety levels and pain perception...
June 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606402/clinical-histological-and-radiological-responses-to-methylprednisolone-in-hiv-associated-rod-myopathy
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André M S Silva, Rodrigo H Mendonça, Cristiane A M Moreno, Eduardo P Estephan, Paulo V P Helito, Mary S Carvalho, Edmar Zanoteli
Skeletal muscle involvement as a neurologic manifestation in individuals with HIV is rare, especially as rod myopathy. We describe a 41-year-old male with HIV infection who presented progressive proximal muscle weakness and limb-girdle atrophy. A muscle magnetic resonance image showed bilateral fatty infiltration and post-contrast enhancement in the arm and thigh muscles. The muscle biopsy revealed intracytoplasmic aggregates with appearance of nemaline rod bodies with Gomori trichrome staining and electron microscopy in most fibers...
May 12, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604944/the-influence-of-graves-orbitopathy-treatment-with-intravenous-glucocorticoids-on-adrenal-function
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Urszula Ambroziak, Gabriela Bluszcz, Tomasz Bednarczuk, Piotr Miśkiewicz
INTRODUCTION: Graves' orbitopathy (GO) is the commonest extrathyroidal feature of Graves' disease. For active, moderate to severe GO intravenous glucocorticoid pulse therapy (ivGCS) is the first-line treatment, which might be followed by oral glucocorticoid therapy. Glucocorticoid treatment, especially in the time of withdrawal, carries a risk of adrenal insufficiency. The aim of this study was to assess the pituitary-adrenal axis function in patients with GO before and at the cessation of ivGCS, and after further oral glucocorticoid therapy...
June 12, 2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604554/severe-ocular-myositis-after-ipilimumab-treatment-for-melanoma-a-report-of-2-cases
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Anna Pushkarevskaya, Ulf Neuberger, Antonia Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Alexander Enk, Jessica C Hassel
Ipilimumab binds and blocks cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4, causing enhanced T-cell reaction, antitumor response, and significant improvement of the overall survival of patients with metastatic melanoma. Patients treated with ipilimumab can develop immune-related adverse effects, primarily dermatitis, colitis, hepatitis, and hypophysitis. Although, in phase I-III studies, 64.2% of all patients suffered from immune-related adverse effects, ocular adverse effects occurred in 1.3% only. In the cases reported below, 2 patients with metastatic melanoma developed severe ocular myositis after treatment with ipilimumab...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603840/pretransplant-4%C3%AE-hydroxycholesterol-does-not-predict-tacrolimus-exposure-or-dose-requirements-during-the-first-days-after-kidney-transplantation
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Thomas Vanhove, Mahmoud Hasan, Pieter Annaert, Stefan Oswald, Dirk R J Kuypers
AIMS: The CYP3A metric 4β-hydroxycholesterol (4βOHC) has been shown to correlate with tacrolimus steady-state apparent oral clearance (CL/F). Recently, pretransplant 4βOHC was shown not to predict tacrolimus CL/F after transplantation in a cohort of renal recipients (n=79). The goal of the current study was determine whether these findings could be validated in a substantially larger cohort. METHODS: In a retrospective analysis of 279 renal recipients, tacrolimus trough concentrations (C0), daily dose, haematocrit and other relevant covariates were registered every day for the first 14 days after transplantation...
June 11, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597827/inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-childhood-and-adolescence
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Jan Däbritz, Patrick Gerner, Axel Enninger, Martin Claßen, Michael Radke
BACKGROUND: The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in childhood and adolescence is 5-11 cases per 100 000 persons per year, corresponding to a new diagnosis of IBD in 800-1470 patients in Germany each year. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search in PubMed, including guidelines from Germany and abroad. RESULTS: Children and adolescents with IBD often have extensive involvement and an aggressive course of disease...
May 12, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596226/autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-associated-with-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-use
#15
Jillian Frieder, Jason Aboudi Mouabbi, Rami Zein, Tariq Hadid
PURPOSE: A case report of drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia (DIIHA) triggered by exposure to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is presented along with a brief review of the pathophysiology of DIIHA and diagnostic considerations. SUMMARY: A 58-year-old woman recently initiated on trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for treatment of a urinary tract infection presented to the emergency department with generalized weakness and fatigue. Initial laboratory studies were significant for the following values: hemoglobin concentration, 5...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592332/the-negative-effect-of-initial-high-dose-methylprednisolone-and-tapering-regimen-for-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-retrospective-propensity-matched-cohort-study
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Makoto Takaki, Kazuya Ichikado, Kodai Kawamura, Yasuhiro Gushima, Moritaka Suga
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of corticosteroid use in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) remains controversial. Generally, short-term high-dose corticosteroid therapy is considered to be ineffective in ARDS. On the other hand, low-dose, long-term use of corticosteroids has been reported to be effective since they provide continued inhibition of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) that accompanies ARDS. Thus far, no reports have been published on the efficacy of initiating treatment with a high-dose corticosteroid regimen with tapering...
June 8, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592052/-the-457th-case-polyarthralgia-back-pain-and-subcutaneous-masses
#17
M Li, D Wu, W J Zheng, M T Li, X F Zeng
A 54-year-old man was admitted to the Department of Rheumatology in Peking Union Medical College Hospital due to polyarthritis, back pain and multiple subcutaneous masses. He had symmetrical polyarthritis at onset, which was diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. His follow-up and treatment were irregular. Back pain and multiple subcutaneous masses developed 2 year ago. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein were elevated. Rheumatoid factor and Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody were positive...
June 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588684/successful-treatment-of-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-with-hydropneumothorax-using-corticosteroids-and-immunosuppressant
#18
Xu-Hua Shi, Yong-Feng Zhang, Yue-Wu Lu
Pneumothorax and pleural effusion is a rare and serious complication of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). The present study reported a case with a history of sinusitis for 20 years, dry cough for three years and exacerbated purulent nasal discharge and recurrent skin ulcers for two years. The patient experienced sudden difficulty in breathing two months prior to presentation. Lung computed tomography (CT) showed multiple bilateral lung nodules and cavitary nodules as well as right hydropneumothorax. Paranasal sinus CT showed soft tissue infiltration...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586588/outcome-analysis-of-two-different-injection-solutions-for-epidural-injection-in-radicular-lumbar-backache-syndromes
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Muhammad Saqib, Sajid Nazir Bhatti, Muhammad Ayaz Khan, Khalid Samad, Muhammad Mukhtar Khan, Ehtisham Mukhtar Khan Afridi, Rubaiqa Khan, Muhammad Imran Khan
OBJECTIVE: Backache is a significant source of disability and suffering in our society. The treatment modalities need continued enhancement in order to achieve the desired goals of lowering morbidity and financial losses while improving the response of the patient. METHODS: This prospective comparative study was conducted at the department of Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery, Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar from July 2013 to June 2015. Two interventional groups were designated; Group 1 was comprised of 54 patients who were injected with epidural bupivacaine plus methylprednisolone while Group 2 included 55 patients who were injected with bupivacaine only...
October 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585671/effects-of-intrathecal-caffeic-acid-phenethyl-ester-cape-on-il-6-and-tnf-%C3%AE-levels-and-local-inflammatory-responses-in-spinal-cord-injuries
#20
Bekir Akgün, Sait Ozturk, Gokhan Artas, Fatih Serhat Erol
AIM: To investigate the effects of intrathecal caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on tissue and serum IL-6 and TNF-α levels following spinal cord injury (SCI) as well as its effects on edema and microhemorrage. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty rats were divided into four groups. The sham group underwent single-level laminectomy and then received an intrathecal injection of isotonic saline. The control group received an intrathecal injection of isotonic saline following SCI induction...
April 27, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
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