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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159203/varicella-zoster-virus-infected-cerebrovascular-cells-produce-a-proinflammatory-environment
#1
Dallas Jones, C Preston Neff, Brent E Palmer, Kurt Stenmark, Maria A Nagel
Objective: To test whether varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection of human brain vascular cells and of lung fibroblasts directly increases proinflammatory cytokine levels, consistent with VZV as a causative agent in intracerebral VZV vasculopathy and giant-cell arteritis (GCA). Methods: Conditioned supernatant from mock- and VZV-infected human brain vascular adventitial fibroblasts (HBVAFs), human perineurial cells (HPNCs), human brain vascular smooth muscle cells (HBVSMCs), and human fetal lung fibroblasts (HFLs) were collected at 72 hours postinfection and analyzed for levels of 30 proinflammatory cytokines using the Meso Scale Discovery Multiplex ELISA platform...
September 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159001/a-unique-case-of-acute-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-secondary-to-primary-varicella-zoster-virus-infection
#2
Syed F Imam, Omair Ul Haq Lodhi, Zainab Fatima, Saneeya Nasim, Waseem T Malik, Muhammad Sabih Saleem
Primary varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection, predominantly in the pediatric population, presents with pyrexia and a classic pruritic vesicular rash. In adults, although less common, it is more severe and linked to more complications. Neurological complications, which account for less than 1% of all VZV complications, include meningitis, encephalitis, arterial vasculopathy, and venous thrombosis. We present a case of a 39-year-old male who developed extensive cerebral venous sinus thrombosis following primary VZV infection...
September 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158056/factors-associated-with-moyamoya-syndrome-in-a-kentucky-regional-population
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Catherine Y Wang, Stephen L Grupke, Jill Roberts, Jessica Lee, Justin F Fraser
OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to report both new and previously identified conditions associated with moyamoya syndrome in a Western population and to present our outcomes after surgical treatment with indirect bypass. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients evaluated at our institution from June 2011 to June 2015 who were diagnosed with moyamoya. Data collected include patient demographics, presenting manifestations, vessels involved, comorbid conditions, abnormal laboratory values, treatments administered, and clinical outcomes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157680/immediate-and-late-outcomes-of-endovascular-therapy-for-lower-extremity-arteries-in-buerger-disease
#4
Dae-Hoon Kim, Young-Guk Ko, Chul-Min Ahn, Dong-Ho Shin, Jung-Sun Kim, Byeong-Keuk Kim, Donghoon Choi, Myeong-Ki Hong, Yangsoo Jang
OBJECTIVE: Buerger disease is a rare inflammatory vasculopathy presenting with severe claudication or critical limb ischemia. In this study, we sought to evaluate the feasibility and clinical outcomes of endovascular therapy for Buerger disease involving arteries in the lower extremities. METHODS: Between January 2006 and May 2016, there were 44 Buerger disease patients (43 men; mean age, 40.4 ± 9.6 years) with 50 target limbs treated by endovascular therapy at the Severance Cardiovascular Hospital...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155101/type-i-ifn-related-netosis-in-ataxia-telangiectasia-and-artemis-deficiency
#5
Ersin Gul, Esra Hazar Sayar, Bilgi Gungor, Fehime Kara Eroglu, Naz Surucu, Sevgi Keles, Sukru Nail Guner, Sıddıka Fındık, Esin Alpdündar, Ihsan Cihan Ayanoglu, Basak Kayaoglu, Busra Nur Geçkin, Hatice Asena Sanli, Tamer Kahraman, Cengiz Yakicier, Meltem Muftuoglu, Berna Oguz, Deniz Nazire Cagdas Ayvaz, Ihsan Gursel, Seza Ozen, Ismail Reisli, Mayda Gursel
BACKGROUND: Pathological inflammatory syndromes of unknown etiology are commonly observed in Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) and Artemis deficiency. Similar inflammatory manifestations also exist in STING-associated vasculopathy in infancy (SAVI) patients. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that the inflammation associated manifestations observed in AT and Artemis deficient patients stem from increased type I IFN signature leading to neutrophil mediated pathological damage...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147477/vanishing-vasculitis-a-case-of-acute-necrotic-skin-findings-without-pathologic-features-of-vasculitis-from-adulterated-cocaine
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Adnan Asif Parvez Ghias, Patrick Brine
While the usage of illicit drugs in itself carries significant health risks and associated toxicities, drugs that are adulterated to give them volume, alter their psychogenic properties, and make them cheaper to produce are to be considered even more dangerous. Cocaine is one of them, and it is now most commonly being adulterated with levamisole. We report a case of a 37-year-old female with the chief complaint of painful skin lesions and wounds on both of her upper and lower extremities for three weeks duration...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146891/heart-transplantation-and-risk-of-cardiac-vasculopathy-development-what-factors-are-important
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Małgorzata Sobieszczańska-Małek, Jerzy Korewicki, Krzysztof Komuda, Małgorzata Karczmarz, Sylwia Szymańska, Alicja Cicha-Mikołajczyk, Paweł Bekta, Adam Parulski, Maciej Pronicki, Wiesława Grajkowska, Grzegorz Małek, Przemysław Leszek, Maria Kaczorowska, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk, Tomasz Zieliński
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to find the main risk factors for development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), especially factors identified before the surgical procedure and factors related to the recipient profile and the medical history of the donor. MATERIAL AND METHODS There were 147 patients who had heart transplantation (HT) included in this study: mean age was 45.8±15.3 years. All study patients had coronary angiography after HT. Analyzed risk factors were: non-immunologic recipient risk factors (age of transplantation, smoking, hypertension, lipids, diabetes, obesity and weight gain after HT), immunologic recipient risk factors (acute cellular rejection (ACR), acute humoral rejection (AMR), cytomegalovirus (CMV) episodes), and donor-related risk factors (age, sex, catecholamine usage, ischemic time, compatibility of sex and blood groups, cause of death, cardiac arrest)...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145709/defining-a-unified-vascular-phenotype-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Yannick Allanore, Oliver Distler, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Christopher P Denton
Microcirculation impairment and related vasculopathy is a hallmark of systemic sclerosis. Digital ulcers are second only to Raynaud's phenomenon as a vascular complication occurring in scleroderma patients. Digital ulcers are painful and generate disability. Furthermore, patients may develop recurrent digital ulcers and one may ask whether the outcomes of such patients might be different to those of unaffected ones. Recently several registries have provided relevant information about digital ulcers. Male sex and severe skin disease seem to be the main associated factors observed in several registries...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143295/posterior-circulation-involvement-in-pediatric-and-adult-patients-with-moyamoya-disease-a-single-center-experience-in-574-patients
#9
Meng Zhao, Dong Zhang, Shuo Wang, Yan Zhang, Rong Wang, Xiaofeng Deng, Jizong Zhao
The importance of the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) involvement in moyamoya disease has been highlighted in recent years. However, few studies compared the impact of PCA lesions in moyamoya disease between pediatric and adult patients. We conducted this study to summarize the clinical features of moyamoya patients with PCA lesions and describe the difference between pediatric and adult patients. We reviewed the records of 696 consecutive moyamoya vasculopathy patients from 2009 to 2015. The Suzuki and the Miyamoto stages were used to evaluate the steno-occlusive lesions of the anterior and posterior arteries...
November 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141075/treatment-for-livedoid-vasculopathy-a-systematic-review
#10
Robert Micieli, Afsaneh Alavi
Importance: Livedoid vasculopathy is a painful, ulcerative condition of the lower extremities for which no established treatment exists. Current treatment paradigms rely on low levels of evidence, primarily case reports and case series. Objective: To systematically review the treatment for livedoid vasculopathy and synthesize the available clinical data. Evidence Review: A systematic review of the literature using Ovid MEDLINE (covering the period January 1, 1946, through June 9, 2017) and Ovid EMBASE (covering January 1, 1947, through June 9, 2017) databases was performed with a broad and inclusive search strategy along with a subsequent search of the references of retrieved articles...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139113/prevalence-of-headache-in-patients-with-mitochondrial-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
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Torsten Kraya, Marcus Deschauer, Pushpa Raj Joshi, Stephan Zierz, Charly Gaul
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial diseases are a heterogeneous group of diseases with different phenotypes and genotypes. Headache and, particularly migraine, seems to occur often in patients with MELAS and in patients with CPEO phenotypes. The International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3 beta) has classified headache as a secondary entity only in MELAS patients. Other headache phenotypes in mitochondrial diseases are not considered in ICHD-3beta. In this study, we analyzed headache phenomenology in a large group of patients with mitochondrial disorders...
November 15, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138760/cardiac-surgery-after-heart-transplantation-elective-operation-or-last-exit-strategy
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Johannes Goekler, Andreas Zuckermann, Emilio Osorio, Faris F Brkic, Keziban Uyanik-Uenal, Guenther Laufer, Arezu Aliabadi-Zuckermann
Background: Because of improved long-term survival after heart transplantation (HTx), late graft pathologies such as valvular disease or cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) might need surgical intervention to enhance longer survival and ensure quality of life. To this date, there exist no guidelines for indication of cardiac surgery other than retransplantation after HTx. Methods: In this retrospective, single-center study, we evaluated patients who underwent cardiac surgery after HTx at our institution...
October 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138701/valsalva-related-subretinal-hemorrhage-as-a-presenting-symptom-of-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy
#13
Yousif Subhi, Torben L Sørensen
Purpose: To describe a case of Valsalva-related subretinal hemorrhage as a presenting symptom of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). The patient refrained from treatment against our best advice, and thus this is also a rare case of the natural course of an untreated PCV. Methods: Case report. Results: A 66-year-old female with a respiratory infection coughed intensely until exhaustion, after which she developed visual symptoms on the right eye...
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138020/moyamoya-syndrome-in-a-pediatric-patient-with-congenital-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-infection-resulting-in-intracranial-hemorrhage
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Junko Yamanaka, Ikuma Nozaki, Mizue Tanaka, Hideko Uryuu, Noriko Sato, Takeji Matsushita, Hiroyuki Shichino
In the era of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in which human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection affected children can expect a better prognosis, the importance of careful follow up of pediatric HIV-1 cases for neurological complications has been growing. We present a case of hemorrhagic Moyamoya syndrome in a child with congenital HIV-1 infection. A 10-year-old girl was referred to our hospital for the treatment of Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia (PCP: Pneumocystis pneumonia). Her HIV-1 control was poor and Moyamoya syndrome was found during the opportunistic infection screening at admission...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135504/cutaneous-collagenous-vasculopathy-a-unique-case-with-positive-direct-immunofluorescence-findings
#15
Matthew L Clark, Ashley E McGuinness, Claudia I Vidal
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October 24, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134135/polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-on-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-with-variable-interscan-time-analysis
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Carl B Rebhun, Eric M Moult, Eduardo A Novais, Carlos Moreira-Neto, Stefan B Ploner, Ricardo N Louzada, ByungKun Lee, Caroline R Baumal, James G Fujimoto, Jay S Duker, Nadia K Waheed, Daniela Ferrara
Purpose: To use a novel optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) algorithm termed variable interscan time analysis (VISTA) to evaluate relative blood flow speeds in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Methods: Prospective cross-sectional study enrolling patients with confirmed diagnosis of PCV. OCTA of the retina and choroid was obtained with a prototype swept-source OCT system. The acquired OCT volumes were centered on the branching vascular network (BVN) and polyps as determined by indocyanine-green angiography (ICGA)...
November 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133154/adverse-birth-outcomes-associated-with-zika-virus-exposure-during-pregnancy-in-s%C3%A3-o-jos%C3%A3-do-rio-preto-brazil
#17
Mauricio Lacerda Nogueira, Nivison Ruy Rocha Nery Júnior, Cássia Fernanda Estofolete, Ana Carolina Bernardes Terzian, Georgia de Freitas Guimarães, Nathalia Zini, Rafael Alves da Silva, Gislaine Celestino Dutra Silva, Ligia Cosentino Junqueira Franco, Paula Rahal, Cintia Bittar, Bruno Carneiro, Pedro Fernando Vasconcelos da Costa, Daniele Freitas Henriques, Deusenia Machado Ulisses Barbosa, Patrícia Lopes Rombola, Luciana de Grande, Andréia Francesli Negri Reis, Sacha Ariane Palomares, Marcia Wakai Catelan, Lilian Elisa Arão Antonio Cruz, Silvia Helena Necchi, Rita de Cassia Vilella Mendonça, Izalco Nuremberg Penha Dos Santos, Suzimeiri Brigatti Alavarse Caron, Federico Costa, Fernando A Bozza, Antonio Soares de Souza, Cinara Cássia Brandão de Mattos, Luiz Carlos de Mattos, Nikos Vasilakis, Antonio Helio Oliani, Denise Cristina Mós Vaz Oliani, Albert Icksang Ko
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to report the first 54 cases of pregnant women infected by Zika vírus (ZIKV) and their virological and clinical outcomes, as well as the newborns' outcomes in 2016, after the emergence of ZIKV in dengue endemic areas of São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS: This is a descriptive study performed from February to October 2016 on 54 qPCR ZIKV-positive pregnant women identified by the Public Health Authority of São Jose do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128426/detection-of-early-changes-in-the-coronary-artery-microstructure-after-heart-transplantation-a-prospective-optical-coherence-tomography-study
#18
Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Hans Eiskjær, Lars Jakobsen, Katrine Berg, Omeed Neghabat, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Evald Høj Christiansen, Jouke Dijkstra, Christian Juhl Terkelsen, Michael Maeng, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) enables in-vivo cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) microstructure characterization. Early coronary artery microstructure changes after heart transplantation (HTx) may provide valuable mechanistic information regarding CAV development. Our in this study was to describe and characterize changes in the coronary artery microstructure during the first year after HTx using serial OCT scans. METHODS: Twenty-six patients were enrolled at routine baseline coronary angiography 3 months after HTx...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127268/sickle-mice-are-sensitive-to-hypoxia-ischemia-induced-stroke-but-respond-to-tissue-type-plasminogen-activator-treatment
#19
Yu-Yo Sun, Jolly Lee, Henry Huang, Mary B Wagner, Clinton H Joiner, David R Archer, Chia-Yi Kuan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The effects of lytic stroke therapy in patients with sickle cell anemia are unknown, although a recent study suggested that coexistent sickle cell anemia does not increase the risk of cerebral hemorrhage. This finding calls for systemic analysis of the effects of thrombolytic stroke therapy, first in humanized sickle mice, and then in patients. There is also a need for additional predictive markers of sickle cell anemia-associated vasculopathy. METHODS: We used Doppler ultrasound to examine the carotid artery of Townes sickle mice tested their responses to repetitive mild hypoxia-ischemia- and transient hypoxia-ischemia-induced stroke at 3 or 6 months of age, respectively...
November 10, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126878/dendritic-cells-in-systemic-sclerosis-advances-from-human-and-mice-studies
#20
REVIEW
Alsya J Affandi, Tiago Carvalheiro, Timothy R D J Radstake, Wioleta Marut
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a complex heterogeneous fibrotic autoimmune disease with an unknown exact etiology, and characterized by three hallmarks: fibrosis, vasculopathy, and immune dysfunction. Dendritic cells (DCs) are specialized cells in pathogen sensing with high potency of antigen presentation and capable of releasing mediators to shape the immune response. Altered DCs distributions and their impaired functions may account for their role in breaking the immune tolerance and driving inflammation in SSc, and the direct contribution of DCs in promoting endothelial dysfunction and fibrotic process has only begun to be understood...
November 7, 2017: Immunology Letters
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