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Daniel Geh, Caroline Gordon
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-system autoimmune disease. There are three drugs licensed for the treatment of lupus: corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine and belimumab. Immunosuppressants such as azathioprine, methotrexate and mycophenolate are also used. Despite these treatments there is still considerable morbidity. New treatments are needed for the management of active lupus. Epratuzumab a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that targets CD22 resulting in selective B cell modulation that has been considered a potential treatment for SLE...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Joseph M Kheir, Carla J Guthridge, Jonathon R Johnston, Lucas J Adams, Astrid Rasmussen, Timothy F Gross, Melissa E Munroe, Rebecka L Bourn, Kathy L Sivils, Joel M Guthridge, Michael H Weisman, Daniel J Wallace, Juan-Manuel Anaya, Adriana Rojas Villarraga, James N Jarvis, John B Harley, Judith A James
Objective: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease with varied morbidity and mortality. We assessed clinical presentations, autoantibody specificities and therapeutic interventions in Native American (NA) patients with SLE. Methods: Patients with SLE meeting 1997 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria (n=3148) were enrolled between 1992 and 2010 in the multiethnic, cross-sectional Lupus Family Registry and Repository...
2018: Lupus Science & Medicine
Jan Miechowiecki, Waltraud Stainer, Gertraud Wallner, Herwig Tuppy, Walter Aichinger, Wolfgang Prammer, Andreas Kirchgatterer
INTRODUCTION:  Immunosuppressive therapy is today's standard treatment of patients with moderate to severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The risk for opportunistic infections is increased due to this therapy and is a concern in the management of patient with IBD undergoing such a treatment. CASE REPORT:  In this paper, we describe a case of an acute cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in a 35-year-old male patient with Crohn's disease being in remission while receiving azathioprine therapy...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Eleni Theocharidou, Michael A Heneghan
Autoimmune hepatitis occurs in genetically susceptible individuals as a result of loss of immunological tolerance to hepatic autoantigens that can be precipitated by environmental triggers. The clinical manifestation is usually insidious but can be also acute with liver failure. The diagnosis is made on the basis of antibody positivity, elevated immunoglobulin G levels and interface hepatitis on liver histology. Induction of remission is achieved with high-dose steroids in the majority of cases, and maintenance of remission with azathioprine...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
M Roriz, I Crassard, S Lechtman, D Saadoun, K Champion, B Wechsler, H Chabriat, D Sène
There is as yet no consensus on the treatment of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) in Behçet's disease, and the place of anticoagulation is also still being debated. This report is of a series of seven patients with Behçet's disease (BD)-associated CVT, for which anticoagulation was stopped, and discusses the possibility of stopping anticoagulation during follow-up while receiving optimal treatment for BD. The diagnosis of BD was established during follow-up, which lasted a median of 120 [range: 60-1490] days after CVT diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Revue Neurologique
Mohamad A Mouchli, Siddharth Singh, Lisa Boardman, David H Bruining, Amy L Lightner, Charles B Rosen, Julie K Heimbach, Bashar Hasan, John J Poterucha, Kymberly D Watt, Sunanda V Kane, Laura E Raffals, Edward V Loftus
Background: The course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) after liver transplantation (LT) for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is poorly understood. We describe the natural history of established IBD after LT (including risk of disease progression, colectomy, and neoplasia) and de novo IBD. Methods: In a retrospective cohort, we identified all patients with PSC who underwent LT for advanced PSC at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Risk factors were identified using multivariate Cox proportional hazard analysis...
March 7, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Erik Munnig-Schmidt, Mei Zhang, Chris J Mulder, Murray L Barclay
Background: The thiopurines azathioprine and mercaptopurine remain pivotal maintenance treatments in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, up to 15%-20% of patients preferentially produce the hepatotoxic metabolite 6-methylmercaptopurine (6MMP) at the expense of the therapeutic 6-thioguanine nucleotides (6TGN). This metabolic shunting usually begins within 3 months of therapy. We noted patients developing shunting many months or years after starting treatment and aimed to determine how often this late shunting occurs and whether this could be explained by patient factors or concomitant medications...
March 7, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Mehmet Suat Yalçın, Adnan Tas, Banu Kara, Sehmus Olmez, Bunyamin Saritas
BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is inflammation of the pancreas of various severity ranging from mild abdominal pain to mortality. AP may be classified as acute interstitial edematous pancreatitis (AEP) or acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP), according to the revised Atlanta criteria. Most of the patients with AP are AEP (75-85% of patients), while 15-25% of patients have ANP. The mortality rate is 3% in AEP and 15% in ANP. Thus, it is important to predict the severity of AP to decrease the morbidity and mortality...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Huan-Yu Meng, Zhao-Hui Luo, Bo Hu, Wan-Lin Jin, Cheng-Kai Yan, Zhi-Bin Li, Yuan-Yuan Xue, Yu Liu, Yi-En Luo, Li-Qun Xu, Huan Yang
Recent studies have suggested that genomic diversity may play a key role in different clinical outcomes, and the importance of SNPs is becoming increasingly clear. In this article, we summarize the bioactivity of SNPs that may affect the sensitivity to or possibility of drug reactions that occur among the signaling pathways of regularly used immunosuppressants, such as glucocorticoids, azathioprine, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclophosphamide and methotrexate. The development of bioinformatics, including machine learning models, has enabled prediction of the proper immunosuppressant dosage with minimal adverse drug reactions for patients after organ transplantation or for those with autoimmune diseases...
March 8, 2018: Pharmacogenomics
H Ooms, H U De Schepper, T G Moreels
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Small bowel ulceration poses a limited, but difficult differential diagnosis. The most common causes are Crohn's disease (CD), NSAID-associated enteritis, lymphoma, cytomegaly virus infection and tuberculosis. A less known and relatively novel differential diagnosis is cryptogenic multifocal ulcerative stenosing enteritis (CMUSE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: ive patients referred for balloon-assisted enteroscopy for various reasons showed endoscopic features of CMUSE...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
M Nováčková, Z Pastor, J Matěcha, M Čekal, J Froněk, R Chmel
OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of pregnancies and deliveries in women after solid organ transplantations with respect to the maternal and fetal risks. DESIGN: Overview article. SETTING: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Motol University Hospital, Prague. METHODS: Literature search using the Web of Science, Ovid, Cochrane, Google Scholar and Medline databases with keywords (transplantation, pregnancy, immunosuppression) and analysis of articles published in impact and reviewed journals from 1958 to 2017...
2018: Ceská Gynekologie
Desmond Y H Yap, Lorraine P Y Kwan, Maggie K M Ma, Maggie M Y Mok, Gary C W Chan, Tak Mao Chan
Background: Serological activity may precede clinical flares of lupus nephritis (LN) but the management of asymptomatic serological reactivation (ASR) remains undefined. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 138 episodes of ASR, which included 53 episodes in which immunosuppression was increased preemptively and 85 episodes in which treatment was unaltered. Preemptive immunosuppressive treatment comprised increasing the dose of prednisolone to ∼0.5 mg/kg/day, and in patients already on mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or azathioprine (AZA), increasing the dose to 1...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Kalpana Babu, Deepika C Parameswarappa
Purpose: We report an interesting case of atypical Tolosa Hunt syndrome with bilateral Sclerokeratitis and optic atrophy in a patient with Takayasu's arteritis. Observations: A 31-year- old lady presented with severe retroorbital pain in the right eye and right sided headache of 2 weeks duration. She had a history of 6th and 7th nerve palsies which improved with oral corticosteroids. Her BCVA was no perception of light in OD and 6/6 in OS. Slitlamp examination showed bilateral old sclerokeratitis and fundus examination showed bilateral optic atrophy...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Razek Georges Coussa, Andre Ali-Ridha, Natalia Vila, Rayan Alshareef, John Chen
Purpose: To describe a case of Crohn disease presenting as occlusive vasculitis resulting in a central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) in one eye and transient ischemic optic neuropathy in the fellow eye. Observations: An 18-year-old patient recently diagnosed with biopsy-proven Crohn disease presented with CRAO OD after a previous episode of transient visual loss OS. Extensive workup was negative for other autoimmune or infectious etiologies. The patient was started on intravenous methylprednisolone for 72 h followed by maintenance dose of azathioprine and oral prednisone...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Akira Yokoyama, Hidenori Kage, Yuki Ohama, Tomoaki Sato, Naoya Miyashita, Satoshi Noguchi, Shu Okugawa, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Kyoji Moriya, Takahide Nagase
Identification of microorganisms by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been widely accepted. However, the significance of MALDI-TOF MS for identifying mycobacteria, particularly rare nontuberculous mycobacteria, has not been established. M. heckeshornense is one such bacteria, and distinguishing it from M. xenopi is difficult. The patient was a 40-year-old man with Behҫet's disease who had started treatment with prednisolone and azathioprine. A lung nodule in the right lower lobe was pointed out, and it increased in size 6 months later...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Nieves Mata-Castro, Javier Gavilanes-Plasencia, Rafael Ramírez-Camacho, Alfredo García-Fernández, José Ramón García-Berrocal
INTRODUCTION: Current schemes for treatment of immune-mediated hearing loss with sporadic short-course, low-dose corticosteroids, are insufficient. METHODS: To determine the role of azathioprine in the control of auditory impairment, a longitudinal, observational, descriptive study was performed with 20 patients treated with azathioprine (1.5-2.5mg/kg/day into two doses) for 1year. The loss of 10dB on two consecutive frequencies or 15dB on an isolated frequency was considered as relapse...
March 1, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
Salwa A Mohammad, Basma K Ramadan, Mona F Schaalan
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March 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Hong-Hui Wang, Ying He, Hong-Xian Wang, Cheng-Ling Liao, Yu Peng, Li-Jian Tao, Wei Zhang, Hui-Xiang Yang
AIM: To observe gene polymorphisms of TPMT and NUDT15 , and compare their predictive value for azathioprine (AZA)-induced leukopenia in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). METHODS: This study enrolled 219 patients diagnosed with IBD in Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China from February 2016 to November 2017. Peripheral blood of all patients was collected to detect their genotypes of TPMT and NUDT15 by pyrosequencing at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Hunan Key Laboratory of Pharmacogenetics, Xiangya Hospital...
February 28, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Rodrigo Quera, Lilian Flores, Daniela Simian, Udo Kronberg, María Teresa Vial, David Ladrón de Guevara, María José García-Rodríguez
Primary colorectal lymphoma is a rare form of presentation of gastrointestinal tract lymphomas. Inflammatory bowel disease and its treatment are risk factors for its development. We report a 47-year-old male patient with Ulcerative Colitis of two years of evolution, treated initially with azathioprine and later on with infliximab. Due to a relapse in symptoms after the second dose of infliximab, a new coloncoscopy was performed showing a rectal ulcerative lesion, corresponding to a large cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma...
October 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
F M Garritsen, J M van den Heuvel, C A F M Bruijnzeel-Koomen, A H Maitland-van der Zee, M P H van den Broek, M S de Bruin-Weller
BACKGROUND: Although atopic dermatitis (AD) is a very common skin disease, data on the percentage of patients with really difficult to treat AD are scarce. From socio-economic perspective it is important to have more insight in these numbers, as new very effective, but expensive, treatment options will be available in the near future for difficult to treat AD. Estimating the number of AD patients using oral immunosuppressive drugs can give an impression of the percentage of difficult to treat patients in the total AD population...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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