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David L Maness, Michael Martin, Gregg Mitchell
Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus can cause several postinfectious, nonsuppurative immune- mediated diseases including acute rheumatic fever, poststreptococcal reactive arthritis, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders, and poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. Except for sporadic outbreaks, poststreptococcal autoimmune syndromes occur most commonly in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Children younger than three years are rarely affected by group A streptococcus pharyngitis or rheumatic fever, and usually do not require testing...
April 15, 2018: American Family Physician
Subendu Sarkar, Mukul Rastogi, Priyanka Chaudhary, Rajesh Kumar, Priya Arora, Vivek Sagar, Inderpal Singh Sahni, Sunil Shethi, Khemraj Thakur, Sourav Ailawadhi, Devinder Toor, Anuradha Chakraborti
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are the autoimmune sequelae caused by Group A Streptococcus. RHD still remains a major concern in the developing countries due to its poor diagnosis, lack of vaccines and social awareness among population. This study was aimed to identify the plausible early- and late-stage disease markers associated with RF/RHD. METHODS: A total of 84 patients with confirmed pharyngitis (n=18), RF (n=23) and RHD (n=43) were included in the comparative analysis of different factors involved in host-pathogen interaction during RF/RHD pathogenesis...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Kristin Totoraitis, Cynthia M Magro, Adam Friedman
A previously healthy 68-year-old male presented with a rash on his right lower leg. The lesions had spread along the leg since onset 9 days prior, and the patient reported localized soreness and pruritus. He denied systemic symptoms including fever, fatigue, myalgia, joint pain, and recent illness. Physical examination revealed a serpiginous, purpuric eruption on the anterior and posterior right thigh and lower leg. A 4mm punch biopsy from the right lower leg revealed a Th2 dominant process reflective of a type IV delayed hypersensitivity reaction...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Sudha Yadav, Deepali Garg, Narain Das Vaswani, Jaya Shankar Kaushik, Seema Rohilla
Postinfectious Glomerulonephritis (PIGN) usually follows 1-2 weeks after respiratory tract infection and 4-6 weeks after skin infection. Acute Glomerulonephritis (AGN) is uncommon with simultaneous severe throat infections. We describe a 10-year-old boy who was presented with high grade fever, dysphagia and tender swelling over left side of neck. Examination also revealed enlarged multiple cervical lymph nodes on the same side of neck. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of soft tissue of neck revealed evidence of retropharyngeal abscess...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
K Balendran, L D S U Senarathne, R D Lanerolle
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disorder where clinically significant renal involvement is relatively common. However, crescentic glomerular nephritis is a rarely described entity among the rheumatoid nephropathies. We report a case of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis presenting with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-negative crescentic glomerular nephritis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 54-year-old Sri Lankan woman who had recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis was being treated with methotrexate 10 mg weekly and infrequent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
S Aurich, J C Simon, R Treudler
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May 13, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Katherine A McDonald, Tadeusz A Pierscianowski
This case report demonstrates the challenges of diagnosing and managing acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) presenting as septic shock. The disseminated, erythematous, pustular rash is a common feature. However, extensive organ involvement and life-threatening hypotension are unusual. The constellation of signs has not previously been documented following amoxicillin therapy. Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and toxic shock syndrome (TSS) were considered in addition to AGEP because of the systemic presentation...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Priyanka Lakshmanan, Ira Shah
Articular manifestations are a frequent but often underdiagnosed manifestation in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). We present a 7-year-old HIV-infected malnourished girl who presented with recurrent joint pain and effusion in the left knee joint. Her antistreptolysin O, dsDNA, antinuclear antibody and rheumatoid arthritis factor were negative. She responded to antiretroviral therapy.
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Han Chan, Yan-Ling Tang, Xiao-Hang Lv, Gao-Fu Zhang, Mo Wang, Hai-Ping Yang, Qiu Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is an important cause of chronic kidney disease in children. This meta-analysis identified risk factors associated with renal involvement in childhood HSP. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science were searched. The quality of all eligible studies was assessed using the Newcastle-Ottawa scale criteria. An analysis of possible risk factors was conducted to report the odds ratio (OR) and weighted mean difference (WMD)...
2016: PloS One
Vladimir Trushin, Moshe Englender
To assess the clinical value of antistreptolysin O (ASO) level in adult patients with acute tonsillitis of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus (GABHS) etiology and its interaction with the Centor score and throat cultures data. ASO antibody titers and throat cultures were obtained from 260 adult patients with acute tonsillitis of GABHS etiology initially proven by the Centor score. The results were compared with the group of 100 adult patients with recurrent tonsillitis who underwent tonsillectomy and with the group of 100 healthy adults...
April 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
C Sahin, C Varim, M Uyanık
The aim of this study was to assess the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) as an inflammation marker in patients with chronic tonsillitis and to compare the NLR values to other inflammation markers, such as antistreptolysin-O (ASO), C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Thirty patients aged between 4 and 15 y.o. who had undergone surgery for chronic tonsillitis were included in this retrospective study. Blood samples including haemogram, ASO, CRP and ESR were taken from the patients the day before and one month after the surgery and were analysed retrospectively...
October 2016: Georgian Medical News
Sujay Khandpur, K Maharaja
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory leg nodules are a diagnostically challenging group of dermatoses with limited tools for diagnosis. Considerable overlapping patterns exist despite their distinct clinical and histological features. We attempted to understand if undertaking investigations and studying the clinical course and treatment response can help in differentiating these dermatoses. METHODS: Forty-three patients presenting with inflammatory leg nodules underwent a series of investigations apart from histopathology...
May 2016: National Medical Journal of India
Taliha Oner, Rahmi Ozdemir, Dildar Bahar Genc, Mehmet Kucuk, Cem Karadeniz, Savas Demirpence, Murat Muhtar Yilmazer, Timur Mese, Vedide Tavli, Ferah Genel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to define the predictors of chronic carditis in patients with acute rheumatic carditis (ARC). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with ARC between May 2010 and May 2011 were included in the study. Echocardiography, electrocardiography, lymphocyte subset analysis, acute phase reactants, plasma albumin levels, and antistreptolysin-O (ASO) tests were performed at initial presentation. The echocardiographic assessments were repeated at the sixth month of follow-up...
November 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
Li Sun, Rui Wu, Qin Xue, Feng Wang, Peirong Lu
BACKGROUND: Uveitis is the most common extra-articular manifestation in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The prevalence and characteristics of uveitis in AS have been studied in previous literatures, whereas its associated risk factors have not been clarified. Therefore, this study analyzed the risk factors of uveitis in patients with AS. METHODS: A total of 390 patients with AS who fulfilled the modified New York criteria were enrolled from January to December in 2015...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gopi Mara-Koosham, Karl Stoltze, Jeffrey Aday, Patrick Rendon
Pulmonary renal syndrome is a class of small vessel vasculitides that are characterized by the dual presentation of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) and glomerulonephritis. Pulmonary renal syndrome has multiple etiologies, but its development has been rarely reported following infection with group A streptococcus. We present the case of a 36-year-old Native American male who was transferred to our facility due to refractory hypoxic respiratory failure. He had been diagnosed with streptococcal pharyngitis 2 weeks prior to admission...
April 2016: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Ken Iseri, Masayuki Iyoda, Yasutaka Yamamoto, Naoto Kobayashi, Takashi Oda, Yutaka Yamaguchi, Takanori Shibata
We herein report the case of an 18-year-old boy who developed nephrotic syndrome and hypertension after upper airway inflammation. Post-streptococcal acute glomerulonephritis was diagnosed on the basis of a high antistreptolysin O titer, hypocomplementemia, proteinuria, and microscopic hematuria. A renal biopsy was performed due to persistent proteinuria, and the pathological diagnosis was membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) type I. Glomeruli showed positive staining for nephritis-associated plasmin receptor (NAPlr), a nephritogenic group A streptococcal antigen, and plasmin activity was found in a similar distribution as NAPlr deposition...
2016: Internal Medicine
Clara Gutiérrez, María Chacón, Luis Pérez-Ybarra, Hilary Rivero, Sheryl Straga, Juan Luis-León
INTRODUCTION: β-hemolytic streptococci (Streptococcus pyogenes) groups A, C or G, secretes streptolysin O, toxin which causes in the infected individual an adaptive humoral immune response with production of serum antibodies called anti-streptolysin O (ASO). OBJECTIVES: To determine the reference value of ASO in a sample of 159 individuals aged 16-72 years from municipality Francisco Linares Alcántara, Aragua state, applying indirect (passive) agglutination test...
December 2015: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
Berçem Ayçiçek Doğan, Ayse Arduc, Mazhar Müslüm Tuna, Dilek Berker, Nilgün Demirci, Semra Demirtaş, Hülya Çiçekcioğlu, Serdar Güler
AIM: Cabergoline is related to an elevated risk of fibrotic adverse reactions including cardiac valvular and pleuropulmonary fibrosis. We investigated pulmonary and cardiac valve fibrosis and immunological markers before and after 3 and 12 months of treatment with cabergoline in women with prolactinoma. MATERIAL-METHODS: The study included thirty-two women with newly diagnosed prolactinoma and 28 healthy women. CAB cumulative dose was 7.8±5.5 mg after 3-month therapy, and 31±22 mg after 12-month follow-up...
2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Zhijun Xie, Jing Sun, Haichang Li, Tiejuan Shao, Dawei Wang, Qi Zheng, Chengping Wen
This study was designed and performed to establish the relationship between plasma and synovial fluid (SF) levels of thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) and disease activity in Chinese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).This study consisted of a total of 224 patients diagnosed with RA, 224 age and sex-matched healthy controls, and 156 patient controls. The disease activity of RA patients was calculated as diseases activity score that include 28-joint counts (DAS 28), which was divided into low-diseases activity (LDA) and high-diseases activity (HDA) groups...
February 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Barak Shapira, Lee Goldstein, Amikam Reshef, Alina Poperno
BACKGROUND: Sibutramine, an oral anorexiant, is often found as an adulterant in various counterfeit herbal slimming products and dietary supplements. The use of sibutramine has been associated with various cardiovascular and psychiatric symptoms. Here, we report a rare case of psychomotor disturbances, in a patient with no previously diagnosed movement disorders. CASE: A 26-year-old woman developed abnormal behavior, visual hallucinations, hyperkinesia, facial flushing, and dizziness after taking a counterfeit dietary supplement which contained undeclared sibutramine and phenolphtalein...
May 2016: Clinical Neuropharmacology
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