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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108679/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-and-use-of-an-adjusted-body-weight-strategy-for-high-dose-voriconazole-therapy
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Patrick G Richards, Kimberlyn M Dang, Carol A Kauffman, Kay Lyn Stalker, David Sudekum, Lisa Kerr, Michelle Brinker-Bodley, Beena Cheriyan, Nina West, Curtis D Collins, Shikha Polega, Anurag N Malani
OBJECTIVES: A high-dose 12 mg/kg/day (6 mg/kg twice daily) voriconazole regimen was recommended by the CDC to treat patients injected with contaminated methylprednisolone acetate that caused a multi-state fungal outbreak in 2012-13. Therapeutic drug monitoring results of this unique regimen are unknown, as is the most appropriate dosing weight for obese patients. We evaluated voriconazole trough measurements for this dosing scheme, as well as the use of adjusted body weight dosing for obese patients...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105459/mog-antibody-positive-benign-unilateral-cerebral-cortical-encephalitis-with-epilepsy
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Ryo Ogawa, Ichiro Nakashima, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Kimihiko Kaneko, Tetsuya Akaishi, Yoshiki Takai, Douglas Kazutoshi Sato, Shuhei Nishiyama, Tatsuro Misu, Hiroshi Kuroda, Masashi Aoki, Kazuo Fujihara
OBJECTIVE: To describe the features of adult patients with benign, unilateral cerebral cortical encephalitis positive for the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibody. METHODS: In this retrospective, cross-sectional study, after we encountered an index case of MOG antibody-positive unilateral cortical encephalitis with epileptic seizure, we tested for MOG antibody using our in-house, cell-based assay in a cohort of 24 consecutive adult patients with steroid-responsive encephalitis of unknown etiology seen at Tohoku University Hospital (2008-2014)...
March 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104138/a2-to-b-blood-type-incompatible-deceased-donor-kidney-transplantation-in-a-recipient-infected-with-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-a-case-report
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R C Forbes, A DeMers, B P Concepcion, D R Moore, H M Schaefer, D Shaffer
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of the Kidney Allocation System in the United States in December 2014, transplant centers can list eligible B blood type recipients for A2 organ offers. There have been no prior reports of ABO incompatible A2 to B deceased donor kidney transplantation in human immunodeficiency virus-positive (HIV+) recipients to guide clinicians on enrolling or performing A2 to B transplantations in HIV+ candidates. We are the first to report a case of A2 to B deceased donor kidney transplantation in an HIV+ recipient with good intermediate-term results...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101185/hypokalemic-myopathy-in-primary-aldosteronism-a-case-report
#4
Chuifen Wu, Jun Xin, Minghua Xin, Hai Zou, Lie Jing, Caoyong Zhu, Wenhui Lei
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a rare disorder. The majority of patients with PA present with typical features and are easily diagnosed. This disorder is usually diagnosed with hypokalemia, hypertension or an adrenal mass. However, patients with atypical symptoms may present a challenge for diagnosis and treatment. In the present study, a case of PA is described that presented with hypokalemic myopathy simulating polymyositis. The patient was a 44-year-old woman who presented with weakness and difficulty walking...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099337/phototoxic-maculopathy-induced-by-quartz-infrared-heat-lamp-a-clinical-case-report
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Xinhua Zheng, Ping Xie, Zizhong Hu, Weiwei Zhang, Kang Liang, Xiuying Wang, Qinghuai Liu
RATIONALE: A large proportion of the output of quartz infrared heat lamps is emitted as infrared radiation (IR). Retinal damage induced by IR-A and visible light on arc welders has been reported. However, case reports of retinal damage caused by quartz infrared heat lamps are rare. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of phototoxic maculopathy induced by quartz infrared heat lamps. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a female with a 1-month history of progressive blurred vision and dysmorphopsia in her right eye after improper staring at the tubes of a quartz infrared heater...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096531/the-first-imported-case-of-rift-valley-fever-in-china-reveals-a-genetic-reassortment-of-different-viral-lineages
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Jingyuan Liu, Yulan Sun, Weifeng Shi, Shuguang Tan, Yang Pan, Shujuan Cui, Qingchao Zhang, Xiangfeng Dou, Yanning Lv, Xinyu Li, Xitai Li, Lijuan Chen, Chuansong Quan, Qianli Wang, Yingze Zhao, Qiang Lv, Wenhao Hua, Hui Zeng, Zhihai Chen, Haofeng Xiong, Chengyu Jiang, Xinghuo Pang, Fujie Zhang, Mifang Liang, Guizhen Wu, George F Gao, William J Liu, Ang Li, Quanyi Wang
We report the first imported case of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in China. The patient returned from Angola, a non-epidemic country, with an infection of a new reassortant from different lineages of Rift Valley fever viruses (RVFVs). The patient developed multiorgan dysfunction and gradually recovered with continuous renal replacement therapy and a short regimen of methylprednisolone treatment. The disordered cytokines and chemokines in the plasma of the patient revealed hypercytokinemia, but the levels of protective cytokines were low upon admission and fluctuated as the disease improved...
January 18, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091698/-clotrimazole-and-ciclopirox-olamine-respectively-in-combination-with-methylprednisolone-aceponate-as-extemporaneous-formulations
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J Wohlrab, R H H Neubert, E Sommer, J Michael
The combination of topical fungicide and glucocorticoids has been proven as a successful therapy of cutaneous mycoses with accompanying inflammatory reactions, particularly when used at an early stage. Various national and international therapeutic guidelines recommend this practice. In this context, two individually manufactured formulations have been developed and tested for stability: the combination of methylprednisolone aceponate-a topical glucocorticoid with the therapeutic index of 2.0-with clotrimazole and with ciclopirox olamine, respectively...
January 13, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090489/effect-of-short-term-high-dose-methylprednisolone-on-oxidative-stress-in-children-with-acute-immune-thrombocytopenia
#8
Musa Cura, Ahmet Koç, Nurten Aksoy, Zeynep Canan Özdemir
BACKGROUND: Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is the most common cause of acquired childhood thrombocytopenia and is characterized by increased immune-mediated destruction of circulating thrombocytes. Oxidative damage may be involved in ITP pathogenesis; paraoxonase (PON) and arylesterase (ARE) enzymes are closely associated with the cellular antioxidant system. We investigated the effect of short-term high-dose methylprednisolone (HDMP) treatment on the total oxidant status (TOS), total antioxidant capacity (TAC), oxidative stress index (OSI), and PON and ARE enzymatic activity in children with acute ITP...
December 2016: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087383/stratified-premedication-strategy-for-the-prevention-of-contrast-media-hypersensitivity-in-high-risk-patients
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Suh-Young Lee, Min Suk Yang, Young-Hoon Choi, Chang Min Park, Heung-Woo Park, Sang Heon Cho, Hye-Ryun Kang
BACKGROUND: Although the severity of hypersensitivity reactions to iodinated contrast media varies, it is well correlated with the severity of recurrent reactions; however, prophylaxis protocols are not severity-stratified. OBJECTIVE: To assess the outcomes of tailored prophylaxis according to the severity of hypersensitivity reactions to iodinated contrast media. METHODS: Our premedication protocols were stratified based on the severity of previous reactions: (1) 4 mg of chlorpheniramine for mild reactions, (2) adding 40 mg of methylprednisolone for moderate reactions, and (3) adding multiple doses of 40 mg of methylprednisolone for severe index reactions...
January 10, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081351/the-effect-of-methylprednisolone-treatment-on-fibrinolysis-thecoagulation-system-and-blood-loss-in-cardiac-surgery
#10
Leila Ebrahimi, Maryam Kheirandish, Mahnoosh Foroughi
BACKGROUND/AIM: The purpose of this study was to examine steroid pretreatment in order to decrease postoperative coagulopathy disorders and bleeding. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this randomized double-blinded study, the efficacy of low versus high doses of methylprednisolone on the coagulation system and postoperative bleeding was compared in patients who were undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The platelet response to agonists, D-dimer concentration, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) antigens, and platelet receptors CD42b, CD62P, and CD41a were evaluated...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080175/combination-of-adalimumab-with-lower-dose-of-methylprednisolone-in-erdheim-chester-disease-with-systemic-involvement
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Xin Jia, Xiaoxuan Ning, Qingxian Bai, Nan Leng, Shengjun Wang, Xiaoming Wang, Shoujing Yang
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January 12, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079851/corticosteroid-and-cyclophosphamide-in-acute-exacerbation-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-single-center-experience-and-literature-review
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Luca Novelli, Roberto Ruggiero, Federica De Giacomi, Alice Biffi, Paola Faverio, Luca Bilucaglia, Silvia Gamberini, Grazia Messinesi, Alberto Pesci
Acute Exacerbation (AEx) is a frequent and severe complication of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). In the absence of consensus regarding treatment, studies evaluating the efficacy of specific therapies, such as corticosteroids and immunosuppresant agents, are needed. In this case series we evaluated the outcome in terms of survival of intravenous pulse doses of high-dose corticosteroid (methylprednisolone 1000 mg per day for 3 consecutive days) followed by montlhy cyclophosphamide administration (maximum 6 doses) in a cohort of patients with AEx-IPF referred to the Respiratory Unit, San Gerardo University Hospital, Monza, Italy, from 2009 to 2013...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079801/acute-necrotizing-retinal-vasculitis-as-onset-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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Simeon Monov, Ruska Hristova, Rositza Dacheva, Reni Toncheva, Russka Shumnalieva, Viara Shoumnalieva-Ivanova, Daniela Monova
RATIONALE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation, and deposition of immune complexes in tissues and organs. SLE can involve any region of the visual system. Although ocular manifestations are not part of the classification criteria for SLE, they can be observed in up to one-third of the patients with SLE. They are rarely reported at the time of disease onset. Retinal vasculitis is usually associated with active generalized disease...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073907/metformin-prevents-metabolic-side-effects-during-systemic-glucocorticod-treatment
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Eleonora Seelig, Stefanie Meyer, Katharina Timper, Nicole Nigro, Martina Bally, Ida Pernicova, Philipp Schuetz, Beat Muller, Marta Korbonits, Mirjam Christ-Crain
Objectives Patients receiving glucocorticoid treatment are prone to develop metabolic complications. In preclinical studies metformin prevented the development of the metabolic syndrome during glucocorticoid excess. We herein investigated the metabolic effect of metformin during glucocorticoid treatment in non-diabetic patients. Methods In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, patients starting glucocorticoid treatment (prednisone, prednisolone or methylprednisolone) for four weeks were randomized to concomitantly receive metformin (850mg once daily for one week followed by 850mg twice daily for three weeks) or placebo...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072956/-clinical-and-immunological-analysis-of-the-patient-with-autoimmunity-due-to-germline-stat3-gain-of-function-mutation
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Y Ding, Y Zhang, Y P Wang, H Y Zhao, X M Chen, X H Xue, X M Bai, Y F An, Z Y Zhang, X M Tang, X D Zhao
Objective: To investigate the clinical and immunological laboratory features and gene mutation in a female patient who carried a germline gain-of-function mutation in STAT3. Method: A patient with lymphadenopathy and pancytopenia, visited the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology of Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University in May 2016. The clinical and laboratory characteristics, results of immunophenotyping and exome sequencing were analyzed retrospectively and related literature was reviewed...
January 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070763/uveitis-in-childhood-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-a-multicenter-survey
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Paola Pinheiro Kahwage, Mariana Paes Leme Ferriani, João M Furtado, Luciana Martins de Carvalho, Gecilmara Salviato Pileggi, Francisco Hugo Rodrigues Gomes, Maria Teresa Terreri, Claudia Saad Magalhães, Rosa Maria Rodrigues Pereira, Silvana Brasilia Sacchetti, Roberto Marini, Eloisa Bonfá, Clovis Artur Silva, Virgínia Paes Leme Ferriani
The aim of this study is to assess uveitis prevalence in a large cohort of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) patients. A retrospective multicenter cohort study including 852 cSLE patients was performed in ten pediatric rheumatology centers (Brazilian cSLE group). An investigator meeting was held and all participants received database training. Uveitis was diagnosed through clinical assessment by the uveitis expert ophthalmologist of each center. Patients with and without uveitis were assessed for lupus clinical/laboratory features and treatments...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070046/-dose-effect-relationship-between-vitamin-c-and%C3%A2-paraquat-poisoning-rats
#17
Baoling Wen, Lei Yu, Yan Fang, Xiaolong Wang
To explore the dose-effect relationship between vitamin C and paraquat (PQ) poisoning rats.
 Methods: A total of 40 Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: a control group, a PQ poisoning group, a vitamin C group 1 and a vitamin C group 2 (n=10 in each group). 150 mg/kg PQ was perfused into rat stomach to establish PQ poisoning rat model. In PQ poisoning group, 30 mg/kg methylprednisolone and 2.5 mg/kg cyclophosphamide were injected peritoneally on the basis of PQ poisoning rat model...
December 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060988/-neuromyelitis-optica-presenting-concomitantly-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-report-of-one-case
#18
Felipe Suárez H, Daniela Urrutia E, Felipe Canales P, Camila Gutiérrez O
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a severe demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, which preferentially attacks the optic nerve and spinal cord. It is associated with antibodies against aquaporin 4. Morbidity and mortality are higher than in multiple sclerosis and its treatment focuses on immunosuppressive drugs. Immunomodulators are contraindicated. We report a previously healthy 35-year-old man, presenting with NMO concomitantly with systemic lupus erythematosus. His evolution was torpid with three outbreaks in the 10 months after the diagnosis, requiring a first-line therapy with methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide and then a second-line therapy with rituximab...
September 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059023/the-short-term-efficacy-of-bortezomib-combined-with-glucocorticoids-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-lupus-nephritis
#19
H Zhang, Z Liu, L Huang, J Hou, M Zhou, X Huang, W Hu, Z Liu
Objective The treatment of refractory lupus nephritis (LN) remains challenging for clinicians because these patients either do not respond to conventional therapy or relapse during the maintenance treatment period. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of bortezomib combined with glucocorticoids in refractory lupus patients. Methodology Five refractory LN patients aged 21 to 43 years (four females and one male) with biopsy-proven diagnosis (four with type IV and one with type V+IV) were recruited...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057014/cocktail-treatment-with-egfr-specific-and-cd133-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-in-a-patient-with-advanced-cholangiocarcinoma
#20
Kai-Chao Feng, Ye-Lei Guo, Yang Liu, Han-Ren Dai, Yao Wang, Hai-Yan Lv, Jian-Hua Huang, Qing-Ming Yang, Wei-Dong Han
BACKGROUND: Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is one of the most fatal malignant tumors with increasing incidence, mortality, and insensitivity to traditional chemo-radiotherapy and targeted therapy. Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell (CART) immunotherapy represents a novel strategy for the management of many malignancies. However, the potential of CART therapy in treating advanced unresectable/metastatic CCA is uncharted so far. CASE PRESENTATION: In this case, a 52-year-old female who was diagnosed as advanced unresectable/metastatic CCA and resistant to the following chemotherapy and radiotherapy was treated with CART cocktail immunotherapy, which was composed of successive infusions of CART cells targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and CD133, respectively...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
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