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Reiko Yamada, Takashi Sakuno, Hiroyuki Inoue, Hiroshi Miura, Toshifumi Takeuchi, Yasunori Shiono, Hiroaki Okuse, Misaki Nakamura, Masaki Katsurahara, Yasuhiko Hamada, Kyosuke Tanaka, Noriyuki Horiki, Yoshiyuki Takei
A 49-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with pancreatitis. He was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus at 34 years of age and was being treated with oral tacrolimus (3 mg/day) and predonine (10 mg/day) for the past 15 months. The computed tomography (CT) scan showed the mass lesion had invaded the pancreatic head via thickening of the duodenal wall. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed the all-round ulcerative lesion from the superior duodenal angle to the descending portion. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL)...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Juanita Romero-Díaz, Roberto Iván Acosta-Hernández, Sergio Criales-Vera, Erick Kimura-Hayama, Maricruz Domínguez-Quintana, Rocío Morán-Contla, Carlos Núñez-Alvarez, Pilar Lara-Reyes, Carlos Aguilar-Salinas, Jorge Sánchez-Guerrero
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the prevalence and extent of asymptomatic coronary artery atherosclerosis are increased in men with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) compared with age- and sex-matched controls, and to define the associated risk factors. METHODS: Ninety-five patients with SLE (mean ± SD age, 34.7 ± 10.1 yrs) and 100 control subjects (age 34.8 ± 9.7 yrs) with no history of coronary artery disease were screened for coronary artery calcification using multidetector computed tomography...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Armin Rashidi, Stephen I Fisher
A 24-year-old woman with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) presented with fever, polyarthralgia, and worsened neutropenia (0.5 x 109 /L). Her physical exam and other routine laboratory work up were unremarkable. Examination of a peripheral blood smear showed neutrophils (red arrows, A-C) engulfing homogenous, violaceus nuclear material (yellow arrows, A-C), confirming a suspected diagnosis of lupus flare. SLE-associated antinuclear antibodies opsonize nucleoproteins released from dying cells, with uptake by phagocytic cells, including polymorphonuclear leukocytes and macrophages, the so-called Lupus Erythematosus (LE) cells...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Xin Li, Haixia Li, Qiongdan Hu, Jinfei Lin, Qiong Zhang, Yao Li, Juan Li, Tao Chen, Qiong Zhang, Yurong Qiu
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a common autoimmune disease, which features the secretion of antibodies directed against autoantigens in vivo. In the present study, a peptide microarray was developed to detect the epitopes recognized by autoantibodies in patients with SLE for an effective method of diagnosis. SLE‑associated epitopes in 14 autoantigens were predicted using the antigenic epitope prediction software DNA star. Peptides were synthesized based on the predicted antigenic epitopes and immobilized on a slide surface and developed into a peptide microarray...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Duo Huang, Yang-Yang Cheng, Pak-Hei Chan, Jojo Hai, Kai-Hang Yiu, Hung-Fat Tse, Ka-Lam Wong, Katherine Fan, Ying Wah Li, Woon-Leung Ng, Cheuk-Wan Yim, Cheuk-Hon John Wong, Lai-Shan Tam, Priscilla C H Wong, Chi-Yuen Wong, Chup-Hei Ho, Alexander M H Leung, Chi-Chiu Mok, Ho Lam, Chak-Sing Lau, Tommy Cheung, Carmen Ho, Sharon W Y Law, Esther W Chan, Li-Xue Yin, Wen-Sheng Yue, Toi Meng Mok, Mario Alberto Evora, Chung-Wah Siu
Current guideline-recommended screening for pulmonary hypertension in patients with systemic sclerosis has not been evaluated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which is disproportionately prevalent in Asians. This multicentre, cross-sectional screening study aims to study the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension among SLE patients using these guidelines, and identify independent predictors and develop a prediction model for pulmonary hypertension in SLE patients. SLE patients from participating centres will undergo an echocardiography- and biomarker-based pulmonary hypertension screening procedure as in the DETECT study...
January 2018: ERJ Open Research
Tomás Urrego, Blanca Ortiz-Reyes, Adriana L Vanegas-García, Carlos H Muñoz, Luis A González, Gloria Vásquez, José A Gómez-Puerta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of lupus nephritis (LN) is usually based on renal biopsy, which is an invasive technique that involves multiple risks. Therefore, different biomarkers have emerged as alternatives for the diagnosis of LN. Nonetheless, studies regarding urinary biomarkers in Latin American patients are limited. The objective of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of urinary transferrin and ceruloplasmin to differentiate patients who have renal involvement from those who do not...
March 9, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
Lu Li, Hai-Dong Fu
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) represent a form of cell death distinct from apoptosis or necrosis. The imbalance between the formation and degradation of NETs has long been considered to be closely associated with the activity of autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). Reactive oxygen species derived from the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase pathway or mitochondrial DNA pathway play a key role in the primary stage of NETs formation. The exposure or delayed degradation of abundant autoantigens, such as double-strand DNA, caused by abnormal activation of neutrophils can induce autoantibody to form immune complexes that deposit in local tissues and then induce the plasmacytoid dendritic cells to secrete the interferon alpha and other inflammatory factors...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Saishree Pradhan, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Barath Jagadisan, Nachiappa G Rajesh, Subashini Kaliaperumal, Suryaprakash Ramasamy, Nandeeswari Subramanian
A 12-year-old girl born to third-degree consanguineous parents presented with recurrent episodes of haematuria for 8 months in association with peri-orbital and lower limb oedema for 20 days. There was no jaundice, hepatomegaly or neurological abnormality at presentation. An older brother had died following jaundice at 10 years of age. Urinalysis showed multiple dysmorphic erythrocytes without proteinuria and there was leucopenia, thrombocytopenia and hypo-albuminaemia (23 g/L). C3 component of complementaemia was low and anti-nuclear antibodies and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies were strongly positive by immunofluorescence...
March 12, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
M E Rodríguez-Almaraz, I Herraiz, P I Gómez-Arriaga, P Vallejo, E Gonzalo-Gil, A Usategui, E A López-Jiménez, A Galindo, M Galindo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of the uterine artery mean pulsatility index (mPI-UtA) and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) for the prediction of placental dysfunction-related adverse outcomes (AO), namely pre-eclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and for differential diagnosis between PE and SLE flares. STUDY DESIGN: Observational prospective cohort study of 57 pregnant women with SLE or APS...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Martyna Tomczyk-Socha, Hanna Sikorska-Szaflik, Marek Frankowski, Karolina Andrzejewska, Agnieszka Odziomek, Magdalena Szmyrka
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease with varied clinical manifestations, which creates difficulties and delays in establishing a diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and nature of the clinical symptoms of SLE, both at the onset of the disease and in its further course. An attempt to assess the immunological characteristics of the patients and to analyze autoantibodies variability over time was also made...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
M E Ogunsanya, S O Nduaguba, C M Brown
Objectives The objective of this paper is to describe the annual direct medical expenditures for cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) patients, and to estimate the incremental health care expenditures and utilization associated with depression among adults with CLE, while controlling for covariates. Methods Using the 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), we compared CLE patients with and without depression to determine differences in: (a) health care utilization-inpatient, outpatient, office-based and emergency room (ER) visits, and prescriptions filled; and (b) expenditures-total costs, inpatient, outpatient, office-based, ER, and prescription medication costs, and other costs using demography-adjusted and comorbidity-adjusted multivariate models (age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, perception of health status, poverty category, smoking status, and Charlson Comorbidity Index)...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Mohammed D Saleem, Jonathan K Wilkin
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is the most prevalent rosacea subtype. Multiple dermatologic conditions may mimic erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. The authors review a comprehensive approach to evaluating subjects with a suspected diagnosis of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea and discuss findings that may warrant further investigation. Differential diagnoses can be narrowed based on the presence of characteristics such as transient erythema, nontransient erythema, and telangiectasias. A thorough history and physical examination are critical in ruling out conditions such as dermatomyositis, lupus erythematosus, atopic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis...
April 2018: Dermatologic Clinics
Ivan Padjen, Mislav Cerovec, Marijan Erceg, Miroslav Mayer, Ranko Stevanović, Branimir Anić
AIM: To assess the causes of early death (ED) and late death (LD) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and determine the features of deceased SLE patients followed-up in a single Croatian tertiary hospital center, because little if any data on causes of death (CODs) in SLE patients are available for Croatia. METHOD: We identified SLE patients regularly followed-up at the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, who died from 2002 to 2011...
February 28, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Jianxin Tu, Xiaobing Wang, Guannan Geng, Xiangyang Xue, Xiangyang Lin, Xiaochun Zhu, Li Sun
This study was aimed to evaluate the role of B-cell epitopes of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) Early antigen protein D (EA), envelope glycoprotein GP340/membrane antigen (MA), latent membrane protein (LMP)-1, and LMP-2A in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). B-cell epitopes were predicted by analyzing secondary structure, transmembrane domains, surface properties, and homological comparison. 60 female mice were randomized equally into 12 groups: 1-10 groups were immunized by epitope peptides (EPs) 1-10, respectively, while 11 and 12 groups were PBS and Keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) control groups...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
A Guiot, M Couturier, J G Tebib, L Abouaf, F Coury
INTRODUCTION: Antimalarial drugs are largely used for the treatment of various systemic diseases. They can cause toxic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness. OBSERVATION: We report the case of a 32-year-old male with a systemic lupus erythematosus treated with hydroxychloroquine 400mg per day and then chloroquine 300mg per day during 8 and 9years respectively. Eighteen months after his latest visual examination, the patient experienced bilateral vision loss. Fundus examination revealed a bull's eye maculopathy...
February 26, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Katherine M Stiff, Philip R Cohen
Scabies, a mite infestation caused by 'Sarcoptes scabiei', most commonly presents as pruritic linear burrows where the mite has invaded the skin. Scabies variant such as bullous, crusted, hidden, incognito, nodular and scalp-mimic the other conditions. In addition, atypical presentations of scabies can masquerade as dermatitis herpetiformis, ecchymosis, Langerhans cell histiocytosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, urticaria, and urticaria pigmentosa. A 59-year-old male presented with non-pruritic papulosquamous plaques on his chest, abdomen, and back resembling lesions of pityriasis rosea in morphology and distribution...
December 19, 2017: Curēus
Bharat Bajantri, Binita Sapkota, Sindhaghatta Venkatram
BACKGROUND Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) is a life-threatening disorder resulting in hemorrhage into the lungs due to a variety of reasons. The underlying etiology for DAH is broadly divided into immune and non-immune mediated causes. Rheumatological disorders account for a small number of cases. Although hemoptysis is one of the alarming symptoms of DAH, it is absent in a third of the cases. Diagnosis often requires a conglomerate of history, clinical, and laboratory investigation and radiological studies...
February 28, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
April Barnado, Robert J Carroll, Carolyn Casey, Lee Wheless, Joshua C Denny, Leslie J Crofford
OBJECTIVE: Phenome-wide association studies (PheWAS) scan across billing codes in the electronic health record (EHR) and re-purpose clinical EHR data for research. We examined if PheWAS could function as an EHR discovery tool for SLE and uncover novel clinical associations in male versus female SLE patients. METHODS: We used a de-identified version of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center EHR with over 2.8 million subjects. We performed PheWAS comparing 1) SLE cases vs...
February 26, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Yoshiyuki Arinuma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuropsychiatric manifestations are one of the fatal complications in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the diagnosis and monitoring of that aspect of SLE is still challenging, as there are no reliable biomarkers linked to central nervous system (CNS) damage. This review emphasizes potential candidate autoantibodies that appear to be associated with development of behavioral and psychiatric manifestations in SLE patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Developments in the pathogenesis in SLE, not surprising for this immune disorder, point to specific, autoantibody toxicity...
February 22, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
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