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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777341/improvement-of-neurological-and-ocular-symptoms-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-after-the-introduction-of-infliximab
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Marko Barešić, Mirna Reihl, Mario Habek, Nenad Vukojević, Branimir Anić
Behçet's disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of unknown origin characterized by multiple organ involvement. The most common symptoms of Behçet's disease are recurrent oral and/or genital ulcerations in combination with symptoms affecting eyes, skin, central and peripheral nervous system, blood vessels and gastrointestinal tract. We present a 43-year-old female patient with the history of recurrent episodes of genital and oral ulcerations, elevated acute phase reactants and skin lesions. The diagnosis of Behçet's disease has been delayed (for more than 10 years) and reached only after she developed neurological and ocular symptoms...
May 17, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775444/-influence-of-intensity-localization-and-type-of-deposits-in-renal-biopsy-for-disease-symptoms-and-follow-up-in-children-with-iga-nephropathy
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Karolina Cichoń-Kawa, Małgorzata Mizerska-Wasiak, Jadwiga Małdyk, Agnieszka Turczyn, Agnieszka Rybi-Szumińska, Anna Wasilewska, Agnieszka Firszt-Adamczyk, Roman Stankiewicz, Beata Bieniaś, Przemysław Sikora, Katarzyna Gadomska-Prokop, Ryszard Grenda, Małgorzata Pańczyk-Tomaszewska
IgA nephropathy is the most common glomerulonephritis in the world. For diagnosis kidney biopsy is necessary. AIM: The aim of the study was assessment the significance of IgA, C3 and IgG deposits intensity and location in kidney childhood IgA nephropathy (IgAN) for the symptoms of the disease and the follow up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study population consisted of 81 children, average 11,45±3,99 years. IgAN was recognized based on renal biopsy, performed 1,2±1,84, median 0,5 years after the onset...
April 23, 2018: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767269/-igg4-associated-cholangitis-clinical-presentation-of-an-overlooked-disease-entity
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T Herta, J Verheij, U Beuers
IgG4-associated cholangitis (IAC) is the hepatobiliary manifestation of immunoglobulin G4-related disease, which is an immune-mediated fibroinflammatory systemic disorder characterised by often elevated IgG4 serum levels and typical histopathological findings in affected tissues. IAC is frequently (>90%) accompanied by autoimmune pancreatitis type 1 (AIP), which is the pancreatic manifestation of immunoglobulin G4-related disease. In 80-85% of the cases patients with IAC are male, above 50 years of age and present with jaundice and weight loss...
May 16, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766815/old-and-new-treatments-for-pediatric-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Silvia Nastasio, Giuseppe Maggiore, Marco Sciveres, Lorenza Matarazzo
Autoimmune hepatitis is a rare inflammatory disease of the liver that most frequently affects children and young adults. It is a multifactorial disease of unknown etiology, characteristically progressive in nature, and if left untreated, may lead to cirrhosis and terminal liver failure. It has been known for several decades now that immunosuppressive treatment convincingly alters the outcome of most patients with autoimmune hepatitis and as such it should be started as soon as diagnosis is made. Primary goals of treatment are: normalization of hepatocellular function, extinction of the hepatic necroinflammatory process, and maintenance of a stable remission, thus preventing progression to cirrhosis and its complications...
May 16, 2018: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766398/hepatosplenic-t-cell-lymphoma-a-unifying-entity-in-a-patient-with-hemolytic-anemia-massive-splenomegaly-and-liver-dysfunction
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Marianna Mavilia, Agnes McAuliffe, Safina Hafeez, Haleh Vaziri
Hepatosplenic T cell lymphoma (HSTCL) is a rare subtype of peripheral non-Hodgkin lymphoma, of which 20% of cases are associated with chronic immunosuppression. It often occurs in patients with inflammatory bowel disease treated with immunomodulating medications such a thiopurines or TNF-alpha inhibitors. Cytopenias are commonly seen but autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is rare. Here we present a young male with longstanding ulcerative colitis on chronic azathioprine, exhibiting several rare features of HSTCL...
May 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761736/treating-neuromyelitis-optica-with-azathioprine-20-year-clinical-practice
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Denis Bernardi Bichuetti, Marília Mamprim de Moraes Perin, Nilton Amorim de Souza, Enedina Maria Lobato de Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Neuromyelitis optica leads to severe disability. Preventive treatment includes steroids and immunosuppressants, and indications are based on retrospective and observational studies. METHODS: We analyzed 158 patients with neuromyelitis optica regarding disease course, prognostic factors, and treatment response to azathioprine, a widely available low-cost drug. Disability accumulation was used as an endpoint to treatment response. RESULTS: Eight patients with monophasic and 150 with relapsing disease with a median 7 years of disease duration and 4...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760546/thiopurines-are-negatively-associated-with-anthropometric-parameters-in-pediatric-crohn-s-disease
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Neera Gupta, Robert H Lustig, Cewin Chao, Eric Vittinghoff, Howard Andrews, Cheng-Shiun Leu
AIM: To determine the distribution of anthropometric parameter (AP)- z -scores and characterize associations between medications/serum biomarkers and AP- z -scores in pediatric Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: CD patients [< chronological age (CA) 21 years] were enrolled in a cross-sectional study. Descriptive statistics were generated for participants' demographic characteristics and key variables of interest. Paired t -tests were used to compare AP- z -scores calculated based on CA (CA z -scores) and bone age (BA) (BA z -scores) for interpretation of AP's...
May 14, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756637/withdrawal-of-immunosuppressant-or-biologic-therapy-for-patients-with-quiescent-crohn-s-disease
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REVIEW
Ray K Boyapati, Joana Torres, Carolina Palmela, Claire E Parker, Orli M Silverberg, Sonam D Upadhyaya, Tran M Nguyen, Jean-Frédéric Colombel
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic, relapsing and remitting disease of the gastrointestinal tract that can cause significant morbidity and disability. Current treatment guidelines recommend early intervention with immunosuppressant or biological therapy in high-risk patients with a severe disease phenotype at presentation. The feasibility of therapeutic de-escalation once remission is achieved is a commonly encountered question in clinical practice, driven by patient and clinician concerns regarding safety, adverse events, cost and national regulations...
May 12, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754190/allergic-and-immunologic-perspectives-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Kofi Clarke, Jayakrishna Chintanaboina
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory condition primarily involving the gastrointestinal tract. It includes Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), and a less common phenotype-indeterminate colitis. It is thought to result from a complex interplay of environmental, microbial, and host factors including genetic factors, although the exact mechanism is not known. Dietary factors have been shown to play a role in the pathogenesis of IBD and can potentially alter the intestinal microbiota as well as disrupt the immune function in the gut...
May 12, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749651/effects-of-immunosuppressive-agents-on-the-hemostatic-system-in-normal-dogs
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John M Thomason, Todd M Archer, Robert W Wills, Andrew J Mackin
BACKGROUND: In dogs, the effects of immunosuppressive medications on hemostasis are not well known. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The objective was to determine the effects of immunosuppressive medications on primary and secondary hemostasis. Our hypothesis was that cyclosporine and prednisone would increase markers of hypercoagulability and thromboxane synthesis, while azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, and leflunomide would have minimal effects on hemostasis. ANIMALS: Eight healthy dogs...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745420/bcl-2-levels-do-not-predict-azathioprine-treatment-response-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-but-inhibition-induces-lymphocyte-apoptosis-and-ameliorates-colitis-in-mice
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Bruce Weder, Mahdi Mozaffari, Luc Biedermann, Céline Mamie, Anja Moncsek, Lichun Wang, Stephen H Clarke, Gerhard Rogler, Bradford L McRae, Candace L Graff, Pedro A Ruiz, Martin Hausmann
INTRODUCTION: In inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), inflammation is sustained by an exaggerated response of lymphocytes. This results from enhanced expression of anti-apoptotic BCL-2 and BCL-XL associated with a diminished turnover. Azathioprine (AZA) directly targets BCL-2 family-mediated apoptosis. We investigated whether the BCL-2 family expression pattern could be used to predict treatment response to AZA and determined whether BCL-2 inhibitor A-1211212 effectively diminishes lymphocytes and ameliorates inflammation in a model of colitis...
May 10, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743834/characteristics-and-management-of-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-between-a-secondary-and-tertiary-hospitals-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Ki Hwan Song, Eun Soo Kim, Yoo Jin Lee, Byung Ik Jang, Kyeong Ok Kim, Sang Gyu Kwak, Hyun Seok Lee
Background/Aims: This study aimed to compare the clinical characteristics and management patterns of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in a secondary hospital (SH) with those in tertiary referral centers (TRC). Methods: Data from IBD patients in SH and 2 TRCs were retrospectively reviewed. The cumulative thiopurine use rate was compared between hospitals after controlling for different baseline characteristics using propensity score matching. Results: Among the total of 447 patients with IBD, 178 Crohn's disease (CD) and 269 ulcerative colitis (UC) patients were included...
April 2018: Intestinal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743801/acute-exacerbation-to-autoimmune-hepatitis-mimicking-acute-viral-hepatitis-a-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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Sunil Taneja, Pramod Kumar, Suvradeep Mitra, Ajay Duseja, Ranjana Minz, Ashim Das, Radha K Dhiman, Yogesh Chawla
Background: Acute exacerbation of Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH) poses a significant challenge for diagnosis as it can mimic acute viral hepatitis especially in absence of autoantibodies and hypergammaglobulinemia. Aim: To determine the clinical, laboratory, histopathological characteristics and response to treatment in AIH patients with acute exacerbation. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 16 patients with acute exacerbation of AIH diagnosed over a period of eight years (2008-2016)...
March 2018: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740210/emerging-treatment-options-for-the-management-of-pemphigus-vulgaris
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REVIEW
Khalaf Kridin
Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a life-threatening disease belonging to the pemphigus group of autoimmune intra-epidermal bullous diseases of the skin and mucosae. The therapeutic management of PV remains challenging and, in some cases, conventional therapy is not adequate to induce clinical remission. The cornerstone of PV treatment remains systemic corticosteroids. Although very effective, long-term corticosteroid administration is characterized by substantial adverse effects. Corticosteroid-sparing adjuvant therapies have been employed in the treatment of PV, aiming to reduce the necessary cumulative dose of corticosteroids...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734149/recent-advances-in-treatment-strategies-for-lupus-nephritis
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Kazunori Karasawa, Keiko Uchida, Tomo Takabe, Takahito Moriyama, Kosaku Nitta
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs and tissues. Lupus nephritis (LN) is a serious complication of SLE, which occurs at a high rate. Conventional treatment strategies of LN have been widely accepted by two concepts such as induction therapy and maintenance therapy. In LN induction therapy until recently, cyclophosphamide in combination with prednisone (PSL) has been the standard method of treatment for proliferative forms of LN. In the latest review, the combination of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is also considered a standard treatment option...
2018: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29731387/challenges-of-immunosuppressive-and-antitrypanosomal-drug-therapy-after-heart-transplantation-in-patients-with-chronic-chagas-disease-a-systematic-review-of-clinical-recommendations
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Silas Santana Nogueira, Amanda Aparecida Felizardo, Ivo Santana Caldas, Reggiani Vilela Gonçalves, Rômulo Dias Novaes
BACKGROUND: Although contraindicated for decades, heart transplantation (HT) has finally become a feasible therapeutic option for the treatment of Chagasic patients with end-stage heart failure. Part of the success in achieving acceptable survival rates after HT is due to the enhancement of the pharmacological management of allograft rejection and reactivation of Trypanosoma cruzi infection. METHODS: By using the framework of a systematic review, we investigated if Chagasic patients who have undergone a HT are treated with similar immunosuppressive and antitrypanosomal regimens in endemic and non-endemic countries and exhibits similar T...
April 17, 2018: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729103/effectiveness-of-omalizumab-in-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-assessed-with-patient-reported-outcomes-a-prospective-study
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Misbah Noshela Ghazanfar, Jesper Grønlund Holm, Simon Francis Thomsen
AIM: To examine the effectiveness of omalizumab (anti-IgE) on symptoms and disease-related quality of life in chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), and to identify possible patient specific factors associated with response to omalizumab in patients with antihistamine refractory CSU. METHODS: Six months prospective trial of omalizumab 300 mg every four weeks among patients with CSU from a dermatological university department. The primary outcome was the urticaria activity score in the past week (UAS7) at three months...
May 5, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727898/-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-dogs-and-cats-properties-of-drugs-and-their-use-in-various-immune-mediated-diseases
#18
Johanna Rieder, Reinhard Mischke
Veterinarians are regularly faced with the diagnosis and therapy of immune-mediated diseases. More frequently occurring immune-mediated diseases are immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immunemediated thrombocytopenia and polyarthritis. Glucocorticoids are commonly used as first-line treatment because of their availability, efficacy and rapid action. Nevertheless, some patients do not respond to glucocorticoid therapy alone. Others require a rapid dose reduction because of severe side effects from glucocorticoid treatment...
April 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725696/-autoimmune-hepatitis-standard-and-second-line-therapy
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REVIEW
R Taubert, E Jaeckel
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a rare chronic inflammatory liver disease. Like other autoimmune diseases, the incidence continues to rise and, if left untreated, it has a detrimental natural course. AIM: Description of the current etiology, diagnosis and management of AIH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Summary of current national as well as international guidelines and highlighting recently published studies. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: In addition to autoantibody testing and liver histology, the diagnosis of AIH is based on the exclusion of other relevant liver diseases...
May 3, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724729/long-term-efficacy-of-remission-maintenance-regimens-for-anca-associated-vasculitides
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Benjamin Terrier, Christian Pagnoux, Élodie Perrodeau, Adexandre Karras, Chahera Khouatra, Olivier Aumaître, Pascal Cohen, Olivier Decaux, Hélène Desmurs-Clavel, François Maurier, Pierre Gobert, Thomas Quémeneur, Claire Blanchard-Delaunay, Bernard Bonnotte, Pierre-Louis Carron, Eric Daugas, Marize Ducret, Pascal Godmer, Mohamed Hamidou, Olivier Lidove, Nicolas Limal, Xavier Puéchal, Luc Mouthon, Philippe Ravaud, Loïc Guillevin
OBJECTIVE: To compare long-term efficacy of remission-maintenance regimens in patients with newly diagnosed or relapsing antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitides. METHODS: The 28-month Maintenance of Remission using Rituximab in Systemic ANCA-associated Vasculitis trial compared rituximab with azathioprine to maintain remission in patients with newly diagnosed or relapsing granulomatosis with polyangiitis, microscopic polyangiitis or renal-limited ANCA-associated vasculitis...
May 3, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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