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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156868/a-nationwide-evaluation-of-off-label-drug-utilization-in-turkey
#1
Emine Nur Özdamar, Ahmet Akıcı, Ali Alkan, Banu Bayar, Hakkı Gürsöz
Background/aim: Off-label drug use (OLDU) is under the control of the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TMMDA) in Turkey. It was aimed to investigate demographic and medical features of patients with OLDU applications in Turkey. Materials and methods: A total of 4426 electronic OLDU application records of the TMMDA were evaluated retrospectively. Information regarding patients? demographic characteristics, diagnoses, requested drugs, institutions, and specialties of the physicians were evaluated...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152278/late-diagnosis-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-antiphospholipid-syndrome-in-an-older-woman-with-psychosis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Pablo Rodrigo Montero-Olvera, Roberto Berebichez-Fridman, Lorena Velázquez-Álvarez, Juan Rogelio Ríos-Morales, Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez-Guiza
In older adults with first-time psychiatric manifestations, physical disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) must be considered, even in patients with cognitive dysfunction and/or dementia. Here, we describe the case of a 77-year-old woman with psychosis who was later diagnosed with SLE and APS.
November 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149925/gastrointestinal-and-hepatic-disease-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Brian N Brewer, Diane L Kamen
Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are common among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), although only rarely are they caused by active organ system involvement from SLE itself. Rapid diagnosis and appropriate treatment of lupus enteritis and other GI manifestations of SLE are critical, because of the potential for organ and life-threatening complications. The 3 main variants of lupus enteritis are lupus mesenteric vasculitis, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and protein-losing enteropathy. These GI manifestations and others in patients with SLE are reviewed here...
February 2018: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149219/characterization-and-classification-of-lupus-patients-based-on-plasma-thermograms
#4
Nichola C Garbett, Guy N Brock, Jonathan B Chaires, Chongkham S Mekmaysy, Lynn DeLeeuw, Kathy L Sivils, John B Harley, Brad H Rovin, K B Kulasekera, Wael N Jarjour
OBJECTIVE: Plasma thermograms (thermal stability profiles of blood plasma) are being utilized as a new diagnostic approach for clinical assessment. In this study, we investigated the ability of plasma thermograms to classify systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients versus non SLE controls using a sample of 300 SLE and 300 control subjects from the Lupus Family Registry and Repository. Additionally, we evaluated the heterogeneity of thermograms along age, sex, ethnicity, concurrent health conditions and SLE diagnostic criteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144542/autoimmune-diseases-and-breast-cancer-risk-by-tumor-hormone-receptor-status-among-elderly-women
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Catherine Schairer, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Shahinaz M Gadalla
The female preponderance of many autoimmune diseases suggests a possible hormonal etiology. Little research exists on systemic and organ-specific autoimmune diseases and risk of breast cancer by tumor estrogen receptor (ER)- and progesterone receptor (PR)- status. Here we evaluate associations between selected systemic and organ-specific autoimmune diseases and breast cancer risk overall and by tumor ER- and PR-status. We used linked Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)-Medicare data, with first female breast cancer cases ages ≥66 years identified by SEER registries (years 1992-2011) (N = 209,929)...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142034/cumulative-burden-of-glucocorticoid-related-adverse-events-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-findings-from-a-12-year-longitudinal-study
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Hung-Lin Chen, Li-Jiuan Shen, Ping-Ning Hsu, Chieh-Yu Shen, Susan A Hall, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this population-based study is to examine the adverse events (AE) associated with longitudinal systemic glucocorticoid (GC) use among an ethnic Chinese systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cohort. METHODS: Our study subjects were patients with newly diagnosed SLE aged 18 and older who received at least 1 prescription of systemic GC between 2001 and 2012 from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). The earliest prescription date of systemic GC for each subject was defined as the index date...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141377/-the-clinical-significance-of-anti-ubiquitin-c-terminal-hydrolase-l1-autoantibodies-in-the-diagnosis-of-neuropsychiatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#7
Y Meng, H Sun, J J Xu, R Li, Y Wang
Objective: To analyze the clinical significance of anti- ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1(UCHL-1)autoantibodies in neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE). Methods: Autoantibodies in cerebrospinal fluid specimen of 56 inpatients were detected by using indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and the fullmedical history and clinical manifestations were analyzed retrospectively. Results: The levels of anti-UCHL-1 autoantibodies in NPSLE group were significant higher than that in other controls (P<0...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130124/systemic-autoimmune-diseases-complicated-with-hydrocephalus-pathogenesis-and-management
#8
REVIEW
Hexiang Yin, Junji Wei, Li Wang, Liying Cui, Renzhi Wang
Systemic autoimmune diseases (SAIDs) represent a group of syndromes involving at least two organ systems. Classical SAIDs include connective tissue diseases, vasculitis, and granulomatous diseases, many of which involve the nervous system and result in different neurological manifestations. Hydrocephalus can be a rare but lethal complication of various SAIDs, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), sarcoidosis, and primary vasculitis. However, the pathogenesis of SAIDs complicated with different types of hydrocephalus is varied and difficult to determine using the existing published data, and various manifestations and expressive forms of the conditions bring a substantial challenge to a timely clinical diagnosis and treatment...
November 12, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126432/failure-to-achieve-lupus-low-disease-activity-state-lldas-six-months-after-diagnosis-is-associated-with-early-damage-accrual-in-caucasian-patients%C3%A2-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Matteo Piga, Alberto Floris, Giulia Cappellazzo, Elisabetta Chessa, Mattia Congia, Alessandro Mathieu, Alberto Cauli
BACKGROUND: The aim was to assess the attainability and outcome of the lupus low disease activity state (LLDAS) in the early stages of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: LLDAS prevalence was evaluated at 6 (T1) and 18 (T2) months after diagnosis and treatment initiation (T0) in a monocentric cohort of 107 (median disease duration 9.7 months) prospectively followed Caucasian patients with SLE. Reasons for failure to achieve LLDAS were also investigated...
November 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123443/plasma-atherogenic-index-is-an-independent-indicator-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#10
Ali Ugur Uslu, Adem Kucuk, Abdullah Icli, Erkan Cure, Davut Sakiz, Sevket Arslan, Rabia Aydogan Baykara
Objective: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by chronic inflammation. Plasma atherogenic index (PAI) is a valuable marker for the cardiovascular disease and cardiac risk. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role and clinical use of PAI in atherosclerosis and the cardiac risk in SLE patients. Materials and Methods: We included 56 female SLE patients who were selected according to the American College of Rheumatology (1997) diagnosis criteria...
October 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122902/a-rare-case-of-unilateral-discoid-lupus-erythematosus-mimicking-lupus-vulgaris
#11
Parul Verma, Sucheta Pathania, Asha Kubba
Discoidlupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic type of cutaneous lupus erythematosus which can present in various morphologies, and the diagnosis can be rather confounding. Prompt evaluation and treatment is necessary to prevent disfigurement and systemic involvement associated with DLE. The following case presented a diagnostic dilemma as the lesion mimicked lupus vulgaris.
November 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122894/dyspnoea-in-lupus
#12
Jeremy Fleri Soler, Andrew Borg, Cecilia Mercieca
A 32-year-old woman suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus presented with a 6-week history of progressive dyspnoea and pleuritic chest pain. Examination was normal apart from reduced air entry at the lung bases.Arterial blood gases showed hypoxaemia and chest X-ray revealed raised hemidiaphragms without any pleural effusions. Lung function showed a restrictive pathology while high-resolution chest CT and CT pulmonary angiogram were negative. Echocardiography showed normal ventricular diameters and no pericardial effusion...
November 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121273/unchanging-premature-mortality-trends-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-general-population-based-study-1999-2014
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April M Jorge, Na Lu, Yuqing Zhang, Sharan K Rai, Hyon K Choi
Objective: Patients with SLE have increased morbidity and premature mortality. Whether this mortality gap has improved in recent years, as in RA, is unknown. Methods: We conducted a population-based cohort study using a medical records database representative of the general population of the UK. We identified incident SLE cases and matched non-SLE controls between 1999 and 2014, divided into two subgroups based on year of SLE diagnosis, forming the early cohort (1999-2006) and late cohort (2007-14)...
November 7, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120812/imaging-findings-in-systemic-childhood-diseases-presenting-with-dermatologic-manifestations
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REVIEW
Adam Z Fink, Julia K Gittler, Radhika N Nakrani, Jonathan Alis, Einat Blumfield, Terry L Levin
PURPOSE: Many childhood diseases often present with skin abnormalities with which radiologists are largely unfamiliar. Knowledge of associated dermatologic manifestations may aid the radiologist in confirming the diagnosis and recommending targeted imaging of affected organs. METHODS: We review the imaging findings in childhood diseases associated with dermatologic manifestations. FINDINGS: Diseases include dermatologic findings which herald underlying malignancy (Neuroblastoma, leukemia/lymphoma, Langerhans cell histiocytosis),are associated with risk of malignancy (Epidermolysis Bullosa, basal cell nevus syndrome, Cowden's syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis),or indicate a systemic inflammatory/immune disorder (Kawasaki's disease, Henoch Schonlein Purpura, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, dermatomyositis and immune thrombocytopenic purpura)...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120258/evaluation-of-the-alternative-classification-criteria-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-established-by-systemic-lupus-international-collaborating-clinics-slicc
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Kenji Oku, Tatsuya Atsumi, Yuji Akiyama, Hirofumi Amano, Naoto Azuma, Toshiyuki Bohgaki, Yu Funakubo Asanuma, Tetsuya Horita, Tadashi Hosoya, Kunihiro Ichinose, Masaru Kato, Yasuhiro Katsumata, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Atsushi Kawakami, Tomohiro Koga, Hitoshi Kohsaka, Yuya Kondo, Kanae Kubo, Masataka Kuwana, Akio Mimori, Tsuneyo Mimori, Toshihide Mimura, Kosaku Murakami, Kazuhisa Nakano, Shingo Nakayamada, Hiroshi Ogishima, Kazumasa Ohmura, Kazuyoshi Saito, Hajime Sano, Mihoko Shibuya, Yuko Takahashi, Yoshinari Takasaki, Tsutomu Takeuchi, Naoto Tamura, Yoshiya Tanaka, Hiroto Tsuboi, Shinichiro Tsunoda, Naoichiro Yukawa, Noriyuki Yamakawa, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Takayuki Sumida
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the 2012 Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics criteria (SLICC-12) on classifying systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in an uncontrolled multi-centered study with real-life scenario of the patients in Japan. METHODS: This study comprised 495 patients with SLE or non-SLE rheumatic diseases and allied conditions from 12 institutes in Japan. Chart review of each patient was performed by the 27 expert rheumatologists and diagnosis of 487 cases reached to the consensus...
November 9, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116459/neonatal-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review
#16
REVIEW
Federica Vanoni, Sebastiano A G Lava, Emilio F Fossali, Riccardo Cavalli, Giacomo D Simonetti, Mario G Bianchetti, Marie-Ange Bozzini, Carlo Agostoni, Gregorio P Milani
Neonatal lupus erythematosus is an uncommon syndrome, which is caused by transplacental passage of maternal autoantibodies to Sjögren's syndrome A or B autoantigens. The clinical presentation includes distinctive cutaneous lesions resembling those seen in systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatobiliary disease, and cytopenias, which disappear with the clearance of maternal autoantibodies. The most severe presentation is a total atrioventricular heart block, which begins during the second trimester of gestation and is irreversible...
November 8, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114699/glomerulonephritis-disease-pattern-at-saudi-tertiary-care-center
#17
Khalid I AlMatham, Ali F AlFayez, Raghdah A AlHarthi, Falah S AlMutairi, Fahad S Alrasheedi, Abdulrehman Mustafa, Mustafa Ahmed, Basim A AlMatouq, Fadil A AlRowaei
To assess changes in the pattern of glomerular diseases to help guide optimal allocation of resources, to focus future reasearch, and improve outcomes. Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted on kidney biopsies taken between 2007 and 2016 at a single tertiary care center in Saudi Arabia (King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh) to evaluate the prevalence and pattern of glomerulonephritis (GN). Results: The most common primary GN in 102 biopsies from adult patients with a mean age of 28.9 ± 13.6 years and 40...
November 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109928/ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-associated-vancomycin-resistant-meningitis-complicating-a-patient-undergoing-plasmapheresis-for-presumed-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-associated-transverse-myelitis
#18
Adam John Covach, William Nicholas Rose
Objectives  We report a patient who had a working diagnosis of transverse myelitis secondary to a lupus exacerbation. As his clinical course evolved, continued vigilance clarified that he was in fact suffering from a nosocomial infection caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Methods  We performed a retrospective review of the patient's medical record. Results  Despite radiographic improvement, he did not improve clinically following immunosuppressive therapy including plasma exchange. Once meningitis was diagnosed and treated, he improved rapidly...
October 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103182/clinical-features-outcome-and-associated-factors-for-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-in-thai-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-control-study
#19
Usanee Damrongpipatkul, Kanokporn Oranratanachai, Nuntana Kasitanon, Salita Wuttiplakorn, Worawit Louthrenoo
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been recognized increasingly. This study aimed to determine the prevalence, clinical features, brain imaging findings, outcomes, and associated factors of PRES in Thai SLE patients. SLE patients with PRES were identified from the lupus cohort of Chiang Mai University. Controls were SLE patients with a hospital number close to and actually had SLE diagnosis within 5 years of the case (case:control ratio = 1:4)...
November 4, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101714/changes-in-healthcare-spending-after-diagnosis-of-comorbidities-among-endometriosis-patients-a-difference-in-differences-analysis
#20
Andrew J Epstein, Ahmed M Soliman, Matthew Davis, Scott J Johnson, Michael C Snabes, Eric S Surrey
INTRODUCTION: We sought to characterize changes in healthcare spending associated with the onset of 22 endometriosis-related comorbidities. METHODS: Women aged 18-49 years with endometriosis (N = 180,278) were extracted from 2006-2015 de-identified Clinformatics(®) DataMart claims data. For 22 comorbidities, comorbidity patients were identified on the basis of having a first comorbidity diagnosis after their initial endometriosis diagnosis. Controls were identified on the basis of having no comorbidity diagnosis and were matched 1:1 to comorbidity patients on demographics and baseline spending...
November 3, 2017: Advances in Therapy
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