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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149821/statins-therapy-for-connective-tissue-diseases-new-therapeutic-opportunities
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Przemyslaw J Kotyla, Eugene J Kucharz
Background and Objective Statins, 3-hydroxyl-3-methyl-glutharyl Coenzyme A reductase inhibitors showed their therapeutic potential in the treatment of atherosclerosis-related diseases. Recently, the properties of statins, separate from their lipid lowering activity have attracted much attention. These properties that cover a wide area of physiopathological activities including cell maturation, immune response regulation, tissue fibrosis, endothelial activity and are called pleiotropic activity. Many in vitro studies demonstrated significant, statins-dependent regulation of immune system reactivity, reduction of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokines as well as suppression of endothelial activity and damage...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064817/-modern-perspective-on-the-development-conditions-and-diagnosis-of-systemic-sclerosis
#2
Ewa Wielosz
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multisystem disorder of the connective tissue characterized by a great deal of heterogeneity. This variability is a result of a combination of vascular damage inflammation and fibrosis leading to internal organ complications. The pathogenesis of disorder is still unknown. A large part is given to genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. There is ongoing research into the new cells and mediators involved in the complicated development of disease. The overlap of vascular, autoimmune/ inflammatory alternations and fibrosis causes the multidirectional and unpredictable course of disease...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051891/scleroderma-renal-crisis-in-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-with-full-renal-recovery-within-3-months-a-case-report-with-expanding-treatment-modalities-to-treat-each-clinical-sign-as-an-independent-entity
#3
Jordana Cheta, Suresh Rijhwani, Harlan Rust
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rheumatologic overlap syndrome that can present with symptoms of systemic lupus erythematous, scleroderma, and polymyositis. A severe but rare complication that can occur in MCTD is scleroderma renal crisis. With multiple poor prognostic indicators, the renal outcome is usually poor. The clinical and histological picture is one of a thrombotic microangiopathy. Clinical suspicion has to be high for additional thrombotic or autoimmune processes coexisting due to associated morbidity...
October 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706536/the-videofluorographic-swallowing-study-in-rheumatologic-diseases-a-comprehensive-review
#4
REVIEW
Ambra Di Piazza, Federica Vernuccio, Massimo Costanzo, Laura Scopelliti, Dario Picone, Federico Midiri, Francesco Salvaggi, Francesco Cupido, Massimo Galia, Sergio Salerno, Antonio Lo Casto, Massimo Midiri, Giuseppe Lo Re, Roberto Lagalla
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases are a heterogeneous group of pathologies that affect about 10% of world population with chronic evolution in 20%-80%. Inflammation in autoimmune diseases may lead to serious damage to other organs including the gastrointestinal tract. Gastrointestinal tract involvement in these patients may also due to both a direct action of antibodies against organs and pharmacological therapies. Dysphagia is one of the most important symptom, and it is caused by failure of the swallowing function and may lead to aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, and airway obstruction...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675715/identification-of-potential-biomarkers-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-diagnosis-using-two-dimensional-differential-gel-electrophoresis-2d-dige-and-mass-spectrometry
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Tamara Aparecida Reis Ferreira, Hélida Monteiro de Andrade, Paulo Madureira de Pádua, Maria das Graças Carvalho, Simone da Fonseca Pires, Ivana Helena Rocha Oliveira, Bruna Soares Souza Lima, Luis Carlos Fialho Júnior, Walter Batista Cicarini, Donat Alexander Chapeourouge, Jonas Henrique Perales, Tânia Mara Pinto Dabés Guimarães, Vicente de Paulo Coelho Peixoto de Toledo
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue with a large spectrum of clinical manifestations. Immune deregulation leads to autoantibody and immune complexes overproduction, complement activation, and persistent tissue inflammation. Considering that the current diagnosis depends on the interpretation of the complex criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology and that the disease course is characterized by unpredictable activations and remissions, each patient develops different manifestations, and therefore, the discovery of specific biomarkers is urgently required...
June 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631692/-multidisciplinary-problems-of-rheumatology-and-pulmonology
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EDITORIAL
L P Ananyeva
Damage to the respiratory system worsens prognosis and increases mortality in all systemic immunoinflammatory rheumatic diseases (SIRDs). Leading pulmonary manifestations in each disease are different, so the typical picture of each nosological entity is very peculiar. In all SIRDs, the disease starts with lung involvement in 10-20% of cases, preceding the expanded clinical presentation of a systemic disease. At a certain stage, lung damage may be the only manifestation of the disease or predominate in its clinical picture, determining the severity of a condition...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545782/autoimmune-encephalopathy-for-psychiatrists-when-to-suspect-autoimmunity-and-what-to-do-next
#7
REVIEW
Mark Oldham
OBJECTIVE: To provide a critical review of autoimmune encephalopathy-broadly defined as neuropsychiatric features directly related to an autoimmune process-relevant for psychiatric practice. METHODS: We consulted rheumatology textbooks to define the scope of autoimmune conditions and identified recent reviews of rheumatic conditions, autoimmune vasculitis, and autoimmune encephalitis. We integrated these with primary reports to provide a clinically relevant overview of autoimmune encephalopathy...
May 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471413/role-of-autoantibodies-in-the-diagnosis-of-connective-tissue-disease-ild-ctd-ild-and-interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-ipaf
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REVIEW
Adelle S Jee, Stephen Adelstein, Jane Bleasel, Gregory J Keir, MaiAnh Nguyen, Joanne Sahhar, Peter Youssef, Tamera J Corte
The diagnosis of interstitial lung disease (ILD) requires meticulous evaluation for an underlying connective tissue disease (CTD), with major implications for prognosis and management. CTD associated ILD (CTD-ILD) occurs most commonly in the context of an established CTD, but can be the first and/or only manifestation of an occult CTD or occur in patients who have features suggestive of an autoimmune process, but not meeting diagnostic criteria for a defined CTD-recently defined as "interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features" (IPAF)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366477/biologic-therapies-for-autoimmune-and-connective-tissue-diseases
#9
REVIEW
Rachel M Wolfe, Dennis C Ang
Biologic therapy continues to revolutionize the treatment of autoimmune disease, especially in rheumatology as the pathophysiology of both inflammation and autoimmune disease becomes better understood. These therapies are designed to dampen the response of the inflammatory cascades. Although the first biologic therapies were approved many years ago, expanding indications and new agents continue to challenge the traditional treatment strategies for rheumatic diseases. This article reviews the data supporting the current use of biologic therapies, including off-label indications, in a subset of rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory myositis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, and gout...
May 2017: Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322578/interview-with-amr-h-sawalha-epigenetics-and-autoimmunity
#10
Amr H Sawalha
Amr H Sawalha is Professor of Internal Medicine and Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professor of Connective Tissue Research at the University of Michigan, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. He also holds faculty appointments at the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and the Graduate Program in Immunology at the University of Michigan. He was recently appointed as Guest Professor at Central South University in Changsha, China. He received his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology and completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Michigan...
April 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198994/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-ipaf-and-radiological-findings-suggestive-of-lymphocytic-interstitial-pneumonia-lip-case-report
#11
Alicja Płóciniczak, Joanna Goździk-Spychalska, Halina Batura-Gabryel Batura-Gabryel
Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) is a term to describe individuals with both interstitial lung disease (ILD) and combinations of other clinical, serologic, and/or pulmonary morphologic features, which presumably originate from an underlying systemic autoimmune condition, but do not meet current rheumatologic criteria for a defined connective tissue disease (CTD). Predominantly, interstitial pneumonia arises in the course of an established CTD, but it is not so rare for the ILD to be the first, and possibly the one and only manifestation of a latent CTD...
2017: Advances in Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185656/subacute-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-characteristics-disease-associations-treatments-and-outcomes-in-a-series-of-90%C3%A2-patients-at-mayo-clinic-1996-2011
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Dema T Alniemi, Albert Gutierrez, Lisa A Drage, David A Wetter
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical presentation, laboratory studies, disease associations, and treatments of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 90 patients with SCLE at Mayo Clinic from January 1, 1996, through October 28, 2011, was performed. RESULTS: The mean patient age at diagnosis was 61 years; 64 patients (71%) were women, and 11 cases (12%) were drug induced (1996-2000, no drug-induced cases; 2001-2005, 2 cases; 2006-2011, 9 cases)...
March 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866580/eosinophilia
#13
REVIEW
Anna Kovalszki, Peter F Weller
Eosinophilia is defined as elevation of eosinophils in the bloodstream (450-550 cell/μL). There are many reasons for eosinophilia to exist, including parasitic disease, allergic disease, autoimmune, connective tissue disease, rheumatologic disease, primary eosinophilia such as hypereosinophilic syndrome, and as part of a malignant state. Primary care physicians should have an understanding of the variety of diseases or situations that can produce eosinophilia and know in what setting referral to specialty care may be warranted...
December 2016: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863174/discerning-risk-of-disease-transition-in-relatives-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-utilizing-soluble-mediators-and-clinical-features
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Melissa E Munroe, Kendra A Young, Diane L Kamen, Joel M Guthridge, Timothy B Niewold, Karen H Costenbader, Michael H Weisman, Mariko L Ishimori, Daniel J Wallace, Gary S Gilkeson, David R Karp, John B Harley, Jill M Norris, Judith A James
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases cause significant morbidity. Identifying populations at risk of developing SLE is essential for curtailing irreversible inflammatory damage. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with transition to classified disease that would inform our understanding of the risk of SLE. METHODS: Previously identified blood relatives of patients with SLE, who had <4 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria for SLE at baseline, were enrolled in this follow-up study (n = 409 unaffected relatives)...
March 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27574560/undifferentiated-vasculitis-or-an-evolving-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-disease
#15
Nafeesah Fatimah, Ahmad Ussaid, Aflak Rasheed
Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases usually present with arthralgias, sicca symptoms, Raynaud's phenomenon and leucopenia. This case presents the atypical presentation of an undifferentiated connective tissue disease with extensive cutaneous involvement of fingers and toes leading to gangrene with absence of typical rheumatological symptoms. The autoimmune profile showed positive ANA and anti-Ro/SS-A. Thromboembolism was ruled out on the basis of transthoracic and transesophageal echo. She was treated with I/V corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide that halted the disease progression...
August 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27552783/the-place-of-nailfold-capillaroscopy-among-instrumental-methods-for-assessment-of-some-peripheral-ischaemic-syndromes-in-rheumatology
#16
REVIEW
Sevdalina N Lambova
Micro- and macrovascular pathology is a frequent finding in a number of common rheumatic diseases. Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is among the most common symptoms in systemic sclerosis and several other systemic autoimmune diseases including a broad differential diagnosis. It should be also differential from other peripheral vascular syndromes such as embolism, thrombosis, etc., some of which lead to clinical manifestation of the blue toe syndrome. The current review discusses the instrumental methods for vascular assessments...
April 2016: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27476624/familial-autoimmunity-and-polyautoimmunity-in-60-brazilian-midwest-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#17
Alex Magno Coelho Horimoto, Aida Freitas do Carmo Silveira, Izaias Pereira da Costa
INTRODUCTION: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease of unknown etiology, characterized by a triad of vascular injury, autoimmunity and tissue fibrosis. It is known that a positive family history is the greatest risk factor already identified for the development of SSc in a given individual. Preliminary observation of a high prevalence of polyautoimmunity and of familial autoimmunity in SSc patients support the idea that different autoimmune phenotypes may share common susceptibility variants...
July 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27445458/secukinumab-for-rheumatology-development-and-its-potential-place-in-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Marije I Koenders, Wim B van den Berg
Rheumatic disease is not a single disorder, but a group of more than 100 diseases that affect joints, connective tissues, and/or internal organs. Although rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) differ in their pathogenesis and clinical presentation, the treatment of these inflammatory disorders overlaps. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs are used to reduce pain and inflammation. Additional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are prescribed to slowdown disease progression, and is in RA more frequently and effectively applied than in AS...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27311225/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-and-overlap-syndromes-in-rheumatology
#19
REVIEW
Peri Hickman Pepmueller
Autoimmune diseases often have overlapping symptoms and laboratory somewhat unfamiliar to the non-rheumatologist. Characteristic signs, symptoms, and autoantibodies define specific connective tissue diseases. Some patients have some characteristic symptoms, but cannot be definitively classified. Still other patients meet criteria for more than one specific connective tissue disease. These patients can be confusing with regard to diagnosis and prognosis. Clarification of each patient's condition can lead to improved patient care...
March 2016: Missouri Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27310096/rheumatologic-and-extraintestinal-manifestations-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
#20
REVIEW
Ripalta Colìa, Addolorata Corrado, Francesco Paolo Cantatore
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) often present as a complex inflammatory process wherein colon lesions (ulcerative colitis, UC) or widespread ulceration and fissure (Crohn's disease, CD) might be accompanied by ancillary extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs) that could involve almost every organ system, but also by autoimmune disorders ranging from psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis to connective tissue diseases. Certain EIMs are more common related to the activity of the IBD (joint, skin, ocular and oral manifestations), other EIMs typically run a course independent of the IBD activity (hepatobiliary disorders) and some are non-specific disorders (osteoporosis and amyloidosis)...
December 2016: Annals of Medicine
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