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Adey A Berhanu, Svetlana Krasnokutsky, Robert T Keenan, Michael H Pillinger
INTRODUCTION: Pegloticase is a highly effective therapy for patients with refractory and/or tophaceous gout, but has a high discontinuation rate (30-50%) due to development of anti-drug antibodies causing loss of efficacy and risk of infusion reactions. OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of azathioprine or other immunosuppressive therapies as a pegloticase adjunct to prevent pegloticase immunogenicity when treating gout. METHODS: Case report of azathioprine use in a patient receiving pegloticase therapy for refractory tophaceous gout, and review of the literature for the impact of immunosuppressive agents on development of anti-drug antibodies...
September 20, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Margaret L Salisbury, David A Lynch, Edwin J R van Beek, Ella A Kazerooni, Junfeng Guo, Meng Xia, Susan Murray, Kevin J Anstrom, Eric Yow, Fernando J Martinez, Eric A Hoffman, Kevin R Flaherty
RATIONALE: Adaptive Multiple Features Method (AMFM) lung texture analysis software recognizes high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) patterns. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated AMFM and visual quantification of HRCT patterns and their relationship with disease progression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. METHODS: IPF patients in a clinical trial of prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine underwent HRCT at study start and finish. Proportion of lung occupied by ground glass, ground glass-reticular (GGR), honeycombing, emphysema, and normal were measured by AMFM and 3 radiologists, documenting baseline disease extent and post-baseline change...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Priya D Farooq, Darryn R Potosky
We present the case of a patient who presented with signs and symptoms associated with a Klatskin tumor. After endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and biopsy, she was found instead to have granulomatous infiltration of the extrahepatic biliary tree consistent with biliary sarcoidosis. The patient was treated successfully with systemic corticosteroids and azathioprine. She later developed cutaneous, lymphatic, and pulmonary granulomatous disease. Isolated biliary disease is a rare initial presentation of systemic sarcoidosis...
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
Christian Mottet, Alain M Schoepfer, Pascal Juillerat, Jacques Cosnes, Florian Froehlich, Vera Kessler-Brondolo, Frank Seibold, Gerhard Rogler, Stephan R Vavricka, Pierre Michetti
The relevance of azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine therapy in inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis, has been challenged in recent publications. In this article, a panel of experts gives advice, based on the relevant literature, on indications and practical use of azathioprine/6-mercaptopurine, prevention, and management of drug adverse reactions and special situations such as vaccination, pregnancy, and lactation.
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Carlos Walter Sobrado, Lucas Faraco Sobrado
Introduction: Acute severe colitis is a potentially lethal medical emergency and, even today, its treatment remains a challenge for clinicians and surgeons. Intravenous corticoid therapy, which was introduced into the therapeutic arsenal in the 1950s, continues to be the first-line treatment and, for patients who are refractory to this, the rescue therapy may consist of clinical measures or emergency colectomy. Objective: To evaluate the indications for and results from drug rescue therapy (cyclosporine, infliximab and tacrolimus), and to suggest a practical guide for clinical approaches...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Birendra P Sah, Bikram Sharma, Michael C Iannuzzi
We report a case of orbital sarcoidosis in a 66 year old male who presented with one month history of right eye swelling and intermittent diplopia. MRI revealed an enhancing infiltrative soft tissue mass in the inferior aspect of the right orbit and biopsy of the mass demonstrated non-necrotizing granulomas. Chest CT scan was normal and PET scan showed no other organ involvement. He was treated with tapering doses of prednisone over six months. Although relapse occurred while tapering prednisone to 20 mg per day, he responded well to the addition of azathioprine with complete resolution of visual difficulties and orbital the mass on repeat MRI...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Fatma Nur Korkmaz, Gulsen Ozen, Ali Uğur Ünal, Pınar Kahraman Koytak, Nese Tuncer, Haner Direskeneli
Abstract/ Resumo Behcet's disease (BD) is a multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcers, skin lesions and uveitis. The nervous system involvement of BD, neuro-Behcet's disease (NBD), is one of the important causes of mortality of the disease. Herein, we present a 29-year-old male with parenchymal NBD who has progressed rapidly and was managed with an uncommon aggressive immunosuppresive combination therapy. The patient first presented six years ago with vertigo and difficulty in talking and walking...
September 28, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Gerd Horneff, Ariane Klein, Prasad T Oommen, Anton Hospach, Ivan Foeldvari, Isa Feddersen, Kirsten Minden
OBJECTIVES: While tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α-inhibitor treatment improved outcome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) management markedly, concerns have been raised about an association of TNF-α-inhibitor treatment and an increased risk for malignancies especially lymphoma. METHODS: Cases of suspected malignancies documented in the German Biker Registry are reviewed in detail. RESULTS: Until Dec 31, 2015, 3695 JIA patients were prospectively followed with a total of more than 13,198 observation years...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Gerson Dierley Keppeke, Monica Simon Prado, Eunice Nunes, Sandro Felix Perazzio, Silvia Helena Rodrigues, Maria Lucia Gomes Ferraz, Edward K L Chan, Luis Eduardo Coelho Andrade
Some HCV patients using ribavirin and interferon alpha (IFN-α) develop anti-rods and rings (RR) autoantibodies, the main target of which is inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), the rate-determining enzyme in de novo GTP biosynthesis. In vitro inhibition of IMPDH by ribavirin induces RR formation. Here we investigate whether other commonly used drugs that interfere with GTP biosynthesis can induce RR structures in vitro and vivo and elicit generation of autoantibodies. HEp-2 cells treated for 24h with ribavirin, mycophenolic acid (MPA), azathioprine, methotrexate or acyclovir were positive for RR structures...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Manish Soneja, S Achintya, Neeraj Nischal, Piyush Ranjan, Surabhi Vyas, Sudheer Arava, S K Sharma
A large proportion of patients with retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) have been labelled as having idiopathic RPF historically. Recent reports of a subset of these patients having a fibro-inflammatory condition with characteristic histology and good response to therapy has helped in renewed understanding of an old disease. A 40 year old man presented with vague abdominal discomfort of 5 months duration. Ultrasound examination revealed soft tissue thickening with calcification over lower abdominal aorta. CT scan characterized the lesion as a retroperitoneal mass encasing the aorta with an associated lesion in upper pole of left kidney...
June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Christian Pagnoux
Antineutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides are small-vessel vasculitides that include granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly Wegener's granulomatosis), microscopic polyangiitis, and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss syndrome). Renal-limited ANCA-associated vasculitides can be considered the fourth entity. Despite their rarity and still unknown cause(s), research pertaining to ANCA-associated vasculitides has been very active over the past decades. The pathogenic role of antimyeloperoxidase ANCA (MPO-ANCA) has been supported using several animal models, but that of antiproteinase 3 ANCA (PR3-ANCA) has not been as strongly demonstrated...
September 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Gurmeet Singh, Ramnath Misra, Amita Aggarwal
OBJECTIVE: To study the toxicities associated with pulse cyclophosphamide therapy and to compare them with patients without cyclophosphamide exposure. METHODS: In this retrospective cross-sectional observational study Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients who had received immunosuppressive agents in the past were interviewed in the Out Patient Department for drug related toxicities. Patients were asked about the any history of tuberculosis, herpes zoster, hemorrhagic cystitis or ovarian toxicity in the past...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Vanesa Calvo-Río, Ricardo Blanco, Montserrat Santos-Gómez, David Díaz-Valle, Esperanza Pato, Javier Loricera, María C González-Vela, Rosalía Demetrio-Pablo, José L Hernández, Miguel A González-Gay
PURPOSE: To evaluate tocilizumab (TCZ) efficacy in severe and refractory birdshot chorioretinopathy (BSCR). METHODS: Assessment of BSCR patients refractory to conventional immunosuppressive and anti-TNF-α drugs who underwent TCZ therapy. RESULTS: Two HLA-A29 positive patients (man/37 years and woman/38 years; four affected eyes) with BSCR were studied. They had a chronic bilateral posterior uveitis. Patient 1 had been treated with intraocular and oral corticosteroids, cyclosporine A, and infliximab whereas Patient 2 received intravenous methylprednisolone pulses, cyclosporine A, azathioprine, and adalimumab...
October 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Elisabeth M Hodson, Sophia C Wong, Narelle S Willis, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND: The majority of children who present with their first episode of nephrotic syndrome achieve remission with corticosteroid therapy. Children who fail to respond may be treated with immunosuppressive agents including calcineurin inhibitors (cyclosporin or tacrolimus) and with non-immunosuppressive agents such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi). Optimal combinations of these agents with the least toxicity remain to be determined. This is an update of a review first published in 2004 and updated in 2006 and 2010...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Vivian Wai-Mei Huang, Hsiu-Ju Chang, Karen Ivy Kroeker, Karen Jean Goodman, Kathleen M Hegadoren, Levinus Albert Dieleman, Richard Neil Fedorak
Background. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects patients in their young reproductive years. Women with IBD require maintenance therapies during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, physician management of IBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been well characterized. Objective. To characterize physician perceptions and management of IBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Methods. A cross-sectional survey of Canadian physicians who are involved in the care of women with IBD was conducted. The survey included multiple-choice and Likert scale questions about perceptions and practice patterns regarding the management of IBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding...
2016: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Massimo Imazio, Elena Gribaudo, Fiorenzo Gaita
Recurrent pericarditis is the most common and troublesome complication of pericarditis affecting 20 to 50% of patients. Its pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated, but additional investigations are needed to clarify the pathogenesis in order to develop etiology-oriented therapies. Imaging with Computed Tomography and especially Cardiac Magnetic Resonance holds promise to help in the identification of more difficult cases and improve their management. Refractory recurrent pericarditis with corticosteroid dependence and colchicine resistance remain still an unsolved issue in search of new therapies, although old drugs such as azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulins, and biological agents seem promising, but new randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm their role...
October 7, 2016: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Vadim Gospodarev, Justin Câmara, Vikram Chakravarthy, Arie Perry, Matthew Wood, Robin Dietz, Jun Wang, Kenneth De Los Reyes, Ravi Raghavan
IgG4-related pachymeningitis is a serious inflammatory condition that can present with symptoms of mass effect and focal deficits. The first-line therapy is steroids and second-line is chemotherapy (methotrexate, azathioprine, etc.). We describe a patient with IgG4-related pachymeningitis in whom steroid use was contraindicated and methotrexate was ineffective. During the course of treatment, the patient presented to the emergency department with receptive and expressive aphasia, slurred speech, right-sided neglect, and loss of sensation...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Mariela Bettini, Hernan Gonorazky, Marcelo Chaves, Ernesto Fulgenzi, Alejandra Figueredo, Silvia Christiansen, Edgardo Cristiano, Enrico S Bertini, Marcelo Rugiero
Cases of acquired rippling muscle disease in association with myasthenia gravis have been reported. We present three patients with iRMD (immune-mediated rippling muscle disease) and AChR-antibody positive myasthenia gravis. None of them had thymus pathology. They presented exercise-induced muscle rippling combined with generalized myasthenia gravis. One of them had muscle biopsy showing a myopathic pattern and a patchy immunostaining with caveolin antibodies. They were successfully treated steroids and azathioprine...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Diana V Rodríguez-Rivera, Yerania Rodríguez-Navedo, Mariely Nieves-Plaza, Luis M Vilá
OBJECTIVE: To determine patient-reported outcomes measures in indigent patients with systemic lupus erythematosus receiving their healthcare through the Puerto Rico government managed care system and compare these measures with non-indigent patients treated in a private fee-for-service setting. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a cohort of 98 Puerto Ricans with systemic lupus erythematosus. Patients from the public group (n = 40) were treated in a university-based specialized systemic lupus erythematosus clinic and the private group (n = 58) in a community-based rheumatology practice...
2016: SAGE Open Medicine
David A Khan
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a relatively common cause of morbidity and mortality. Many factors can contribute to ADRs, including genetics. The degree to which genetics contributes to ADRs is not entirely clear and varies by drug, as well as the type of ADR. Pharmacogenetics and, more recently, pharmacogenomics have been applied to the field of ADRs for both predictable ADRs and hypersensitivity drug reactions. Evaluations for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and thiopurine S-methyltransferase are commonplace clinical tests to reduce hematologic problems associated with drugs, such as dapsone and azathioprine, respectively...
October 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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