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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534173/successful-treatment-of-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-untreated-light-chain-multiple-myeloma-with-a-combination-of-bendamustine-prednisone-and-bortezomib-bpv
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Hannah Tessenow, Madlen Holzvogt, Bruno Holzvogt, Marc Andrea, Simone Heyn, Thomas Schliwa, Maik Schwarz, Thomas Zehrfeld, Cornelia Becker, Christian Pfrepper, Georg Nikolaus Franke, Rainer Krahl, Madlen Jentzsch, Sabine Leiblein, Sebastian Schwind, Marius Bill, Vladan Vucinic, Thoralf Lange, Dietger Niederwieser, Wolfram Pönisch
INTRODUCTION: Patients with light chain myeloma frequently have a light chain tubular cast nephropathy, which can lead to severe renal impairment. In the present retrospective study, bortezomib was combined with other active substances like bendamustine and prednisone (BPV), in order to assess the efficacy and toxicity of the combination therapy in patients with light chain multiple myeloma. METHODS: Between September 2008 and May 2015, 25 patients with newly diagnosed light chain multiple myeloma were treated with bendamustine 60 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 2, bortezomib 1...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533998/ipilimumab-as-a-cause-of-severe-pan-colitis-and-colonic-perforation
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Raj Shah, Danielle Witt, Talal Asif, Fahad F Mir
Ipilimumab is a human monoclonal antibody that functions as a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) inhibitor that is used to treat malignant melanoma. Due to ipilimumab's removal of immune regulation, specifically through the inactivation of CTLA-4, it is commonly associated with inflammatory and autoimmune events. Gastrointestinal (GI) related immune-related adverse events such as diarrhea occur in 29% of patients with 7.6% of patients specifically suffering from colitis. We describe a case of colonic perforation with ipilimumab use...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526070/the-golden-retriever-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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REVIEW
Joe N Kornegay
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked disease caused by mutations in the DMD gene and loss of the protein dystrophin. The absence of dystrophin leads to myofiber membrane fragility and necrosis, with eventual muscle atrophy and contractures. Affected boys typically die in their second or third decade due to either respiratory failure or cardiomyopathy. Despite extensive attempts to develop definitive therapies for DMD, the standard of care remains prednisone, which has only palliative benefits. Animal models, mainly the mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dog, have played a key role in studies of DMD pathogenesis and treatment development...
May 19, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508388/positive-clinical-outcome-in-a-patient-with-recalcitrant-bullous-pemphigoid-treated-with-rituximab-and-intravenous-immunoglobulin
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T Nguyen, A R Ahmed
A 41-year-old white man was treated for bullous pemphigoid (BP) for 4 years, using high-dose prednisone as well as ciclosporin and mycophenolate mofetil. Sustained clinical improvement was not observed. He suffered several serious side effects. Consequently, he was treated with a combination of rituximab (RTX) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). He received 12 infusions of RTX in 6 months and monthly IVIg until the end of the therapy. Within 5 weeks of this therapy, appearance of new lesions ceased. Within 8 weeks, all previous lesions resolved and previous medications were discontinued...
May 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481224/intermittent-glucocorticoid-steroid-dosing-enhances-muscle-repair-without-eliciting-muscle-atrophy
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Mattia Quattrocelli, David Y Barefield, James L Warner, Andy H Vo, Michele Hadhazy, Judy U Earley, Alexis R Demonbreun, Elizabeth M McNally
Glucocorticoid steroids such as prednisone are prescribed for chronic muscle conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, where their use is associated with prolonged ambulation. The positive effects of chronic steroid treatment in muscular dystrophy are paradoxical because these steroids are also known to trigger muscle atrophy. Chronic steroid use usually involves once-daily dosing, although weekly dosing in children has been suggested for its reduced side effects on behavior. In this work, we tested steroid dosing in mice and found that a single pulse of glucocorticoid steroids improved sarcolemmal repair through increased expression of annexins A1 and A6, which mediate myofiber repair...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452298/corticosteroid-related-toxicity-in-patients-with-chronic-idiopathic-urticaria-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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Dennis Ledford, Michael S Broder, Evgeniya Antonova, Theodore A Omachi, Eunice Chang, Allan Luskin
BACKGROUND: Treatments for patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)-chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who were unresponsive to antihistamines include oral corticosteroids (OCS). Risks of OCS-related side effects in these patients have not been described quantitatively. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between OCS use and the risk of developing side effects possibly attributable to OCS and associated health care costs in privately insured patients with CIU/CSU...
November 1, 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451433/lenalidomide-induced-eosinophilic-pneumonia
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Andrew Toma, Aaron P Rapoport, Allen Burke, Ashutosh Sachdeva
Multiple myeloma is a plasma cell dyscrasia accounting for 10% of haematologic malignancies. Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug analogous to thalidomide that is approved for use in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome, and in combination with dexamethasone for refractory or relapsed multiple myeloma. Lenalidomide is preferred to thalidomide because of reduced toxicity, and pulmonary side effects are considered rare. We present, to our knowledge, an unusual and first reported case of a patient with relapsed multiple myeloma who received lenalidomide after autologous stem cell transplant, then developed eosinophilic pneumonia presenting as dyspnoea, peripheral eosinophilia, and bilateral pulmonary opacities...
July 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450193/developing-standardized-corticosteroid-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Michela Guglieri, Kate Bushby, Michael P McDermott, Kimberly A Hart, Rabi Tawil, William B Martens, Barbara E Herr, Elaine McColl, Jennifer Wilkinson, Janbernd Kirschner, Wendy M King, Michele Eagle, Mary W Brown, Tracey Willis, Deborah Hirtz, Perry B Shieh, Volker Straub, Anne-Marie Childs, Emma Ciafaloni, Russell J Butterfield, Iain Horrocks, Stefan Spinty, Kevin M Flanigan, Nancy L Kuntz, Giovanni Baranello, Helen Roper, Leslie Morrison, Jean K Mah, Adnan Y Manzur, Craig M McDonald, Ulrike Schara, Maja von der Hagen, Richard J Barohn, Craig Campbell, Basil T Darras, Richard S Finkel, Giuseppe Vita, Imelda Hughes, Tiziana Mongini, Elena Pegoraro, Matthew Wicklund, Ekkehard Wilichowski, W Bryan Burnette, James F Howard, Hugh J McMillan, Mathula Thangarajh, Robert C Griggs
Despite corticosteroids being the only treatment documented to improve strength and function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) corticosteroid prescription is inconsistent and in some countries, corticosteroids are not prescribed. We are conducting a clinical trial that (1) compares the 3 most frequently prescribed corticosteroid regimes; (2) standardizes treatment of DMD complications; and (3) standardizes prevention of corticosteroid side effects. Investigators at 38 sites in 5 countries plan to recruit 300 boys aged 4-7 who are randomly assigned to one of three regimens: daily prednisone; daily deflazacort; or intermittent prednisone (10days on/10days off)...
April 24, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441449/effectiveness-and-safety-of-mycophenolate-mofetil-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Anoop M Nambiar, Antonio R Anzueto, Jay I Peters
BACKGROUND: Currently available antifibrotic treatments may slow down disease progression in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), but are associated with potentially significant side effects and are costly. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is well known for its potent immunosuppressive properties and possesses important antiproliferative and antifibrotic effects. The safety and effectiveness of MMF in IPF is unknown. METHODS: We performed a retrospective multicohort analysis of IPF patients treated with MMF compared to those treated with either ineffective/harmful treatments or no treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422003/efficacy-and-safety-of-leflunomide-as-an-adjuvant-drug-in-refractory-dermatomyositis-with-primarily-cutaneous-activity
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Renata C de Souza, Fernando H C de Souza, Renata Miossi, Samuel K Shinjo
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate leflunomide as an adjuvant drug in refractory dermatomyositis (DM) with primarily cutaneous activity. METHODS: A retrospective, single-centre, cohort study including 18 adult patients with DM (classical or clinically amyopathic DM) and cutaneous activity from 2001 to 2016 was conducted. Patients were dependent on glucocorticoid and refractory to at least two full-dose immunosuppressants/immunomodulators or presented previous adverse events with immunobiological drugs...
April 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400446/randomized-trial-of-c5a-receptor-inhibitor-avacopan-in-anca-associated-vasculitis
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David R W Jayne, Annette N Bruchfeld, Lorraine Harper, Matthias Schaier, Michael C Venning, Patrick Hamilton, Volker Burst, Franziska Grundmann, Michel Jadoul, István Szombati, Vladimír Tesař, Mårten Segelmark, Antonia Potarca, Thomas J Schall, Pirow Bekker
Alternative C activation is involved in the pathogenesis of ANCA-associated vasculitis. However, glucocorticoids used as treatment contribute to the morbidity and mortality of vasculitis. We determined whether avacopan (CCX168), an orally administered, selective C5a receptor inhibitor, could replace oral glucocorticoids without compromising efficacy. In this randomized, placebo-controlled trial, adults with newly diagnosed or relapsing vasculitis received placebo plus prednisone starting at 60 mg daily (control group), avacopan (30 mg, twice daily) plus reduced-dose prednisone (20 mg daily), or avacopan (30 mg, twice daily) without prednisone...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342637/first-line-rituximab-combined-with-short-term-prednisone-versus-prednisone-alone-for-the-treatment-of-pemphigus-ritux-3-a-prospective-multicentre-parallel-group-open-label-randomised-trial
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Pascal Joly, Maud Maho-Vaillant, Catherine Prost-Squarcioni, Vivien Hebert, Estelle Houivet, Sébastien Calbo, Frédérique Caillot, Marie Laure Golinski, Bruno Labeille, Catherine Picard-Dahan, Carle Paul, Marie-Aleth Richard, Jean David Bouaziz, Sophie Duvert-Lehembre, Philippe Bernard, Frederic Caux, Marina Alexandre, Saskia Ingen-Housz-Oro, Pierre Vabres, Emmanuel Delaporte, Gaelle Quereux, Alain Dupuy, Sebastien Debarbieux, Martine Avenel-Audran, Michel D'Incan, Christophe Bedane, Nathalie Bénéton, Denis Jullien, Nicolas Dupin, Laurent Misery, Laurent Machet, Marie Beylot-Barry, Olivier Dereure, Bruno Sassolas, Thomas Vermeulin, Jacques Benichou, Philippe Musette
BACKGROUND: High doses of corticosteroids are considered the standard treatment for pemphigus. Because long-term corticosteroid treatment can cause severe and even life-threatening side-effects in patients with this disease, we assessed whether first-line use of rituximab as adjuvant therapy could improve the proportion of patients achieving complete remission off-therapy, compared with corticosteroid treatment alone, while decreasing treatment side-effects of corticosteroids. METHODS: We did a prospective, multicentre, parallel-group, open-label, randomised trial in 25 dermatology hospital departments in France (Ritux 3)...
March 22, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334700/single-agent-pixantrone-as-a-bridge-to-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-patient-with-refractory-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Lorena Appio, Carlo Landoni, Maria La Targia, Vanda Bertolli, Martina Chiarucci, Giovanni Crovetti, Elisabetta Vassenna, Giovanni Serio, Marco Bregni
Aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma is associated with poor long-term survival after relapse or resistance to chemotherapy. We report a case of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma refractory to first-line R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) and second-line R-DHAP (rituximab, dexamethasone, cytarabine, and cisplatin) chemotherapy treatments. The patient achieved remission with single-agent pixantrone, and received a consolidation with high-dose BEAM (BCNU, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan) chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation...
2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207511/autoimmune-hepatitis-in-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-case-reports-of-a-rare-but-important-diagnosis-with-therapeutic-implications
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Leila Kia, Adam Beattie, Richard M Green
RATIONALE: Chronic liver disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with HIV. However, autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) in patients with HIV has rarely been reported. Our aim was to evaluate a cohort of patients with HIV and AIH and identify clinical presentations and outcomes. PATIENT CONCERNS: Management of autoimmune hepatitis in context of human immunodeficiency virus, long-term outcomes, and safety in setting of underlying immunocompromised state...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169970/second-line-agents-in-pediatric-patients-with-autoimmune-hepatitis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andréanne N Zizzo, Pamela L Valentino, Prakesh S Shah, Binita M Kamath
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ten to 20% of children with autoimmune hepatitis require second-line therapy to achieve remission. Although current guidelines exist on first-line management, evidence for second-line therapy in treatment-refractory patients is lacking. Our aim was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of second-line treatments used in this population. METHODS: Electronic and manual searches were employed to identify potential studies for inclusion...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166785/a-comparison-of-three-treatment-strategies-in-recent-onset-non-systemic-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-initial-3-months-results-of-the-best-for-kids-study
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P C E Hissink Muller, D M C Brinkman, D Schonenberg, Y Koopman-Keemink, I C J Brederije, W P Bekkering, T W Kuijpers, M A J van Rossum, L W A van Suijlekom-Smit, J M van den Berg, C F Allaart, R Ten Cate
BACKGROUND: Combination therapy with prednisone or etanercept may induce earlier and/or more improvement in disease activity in Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drug (DMARD) naïve non-systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) patients. Here we present three months clinical outcome of initial treatments of the BeSt-for-Kids study. METHODS: Included patients were randomized to either: 1. initial DMARD-monotherapy (sulfasalazine (SSZ) or methotrexate (MTX)), 2...
February 6, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126978/-the-significance-of-extended-thymectomy-in-non-thymomatous-myasthenia-gravis-an-mgtx-study
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Hiroaki Yoshikawa
In August 2016, the results of the international randomized, controlled, trial that studied the safety and efficacy of extended trans-sternal thymectomy (ETTX) for patients with non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis (MG) was published. The inclusion criteria for this study were: 1) male and female subjects aged>18.0 and <60.0 years with non-thymomatous MG; 2) MG Foundation of America (MGFA) Clinical Classification Class II-IV at entry; 3) anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody (AChRAb) positive; and 4) receiving optimal oral anticholinesterase treatment with or without oral prednisone...
January 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076562/mycophenolate-mofetil-as-an-immunomodulator-in-refractory-noninfectious-uveitis
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Ever Ernesto Caso Rodriguez, Viviane Mayumi Sakata, Daniel Cesar Torres Melo Cavalcanti, Juliana Marques Zaghetto, Edilberto Olivalves, Carlos Eduardo Hirata, Joyce Hisae Yamamoto
Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerance of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for the treatment of noninfectious uveitis using the methods advocated by the Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature (SUN) Working Group and to compare this with other studies of immunosuppression in ocular inflammation. Methods: Retrospective case series. Patients with noninfectious uveitis, followed at a tertiary Uveitis Service in São Paulo, Brazil, from 2007 to 2014 and receiving oral MMF for a minimum of 6 months, were retrospectively reviewed...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073907/metformin-prevents-metabolic-side-effects-during-systemic-glucocorticoid-treatment
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Eleonora Seelig, Stefanie Meyer, Katharina Timper, Nicole Nigro, Martina Bally, Ida Pernicova, Philipp Schuetz, Beat Müller, 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 randomised to concomitantly receive metformin (850 mg once daily for one week followed by 850 mg twice daily for three weeks) or placebo...
March 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041583/combination-of-ofatumumab-and-reduced-dose-chop-for-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphomas-in-patients-aged-80-years-or-older-an-open-label-multicentre-single-arm-phase-2-trial-from-the-lysa-group
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Frédéric Peyrade, Serge Bologna, Vincent Delwail, Jean François Emile, Laurent Pascal, Christophe Fermé, Jean-Marc Schiano, Bertrand Coiffier, Bernadette Corront, Hassan Farhat, Christophe Fruchart, Herve Ghesquieres, Margaret Macro, Hervé Tilly, Bachra Choufi, Richard Delarue, Olivier Fitoussi, Jean Gabarre, Corinne Haioun, Fabrice Jardin
BACKGROUND: In 2011 we reported a rituximab plus miniCHOP (reduced-dose cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) combination for patients older than 80 years with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The 2-year overall survival was 59% (95% CI 49-67) with an excess of early toxicity. To improve those results we tested the same chemotherapy protocol in combination with ofatumumab and a pre-phase treatment. METHODS: For this open-label, multicentre, single-group, phase 2 trial, we recruited patients older than 80 years with untreated histologically-proven CD20-positive DLBCL, Ann Arbor stage I to IV, from 41 academic and hospital centres in France and Belgium...
January 2017: Lancet Haematology
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