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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715398/a-non-invasive-way-to-isolate-and-phenotype-cells-from-the-conjunctiva
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Tanima Bose, Aihua Hou, Ryan Lee, Louis Tong, K George Chandy
Traditionally, ocular surface cytology is studied with techniques such as spatula technology and brush technology. The problem with these techniques is that they may induce traumatic lesions on the surface of the eye, which can progress to scarring, eyelid deformity, limbal stem cell deficiency and in some cases, cause great discomfort to the subject. To avoid these clinical problems, impression cytology (IC) was developed to diagnose dry eye disease and later neoplasia, atopic disease, vernal keratoconjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis sicca...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712175/corneal-complications-and-visual-impairment-in-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-patients
#2
Abdus Salam Arif, Bushra Aaqil, Afsheen Siddiqui, Zainab Nazneen, Umer Farooq
BACKGROUND: Vernal kerato-conjunctivitis (VKC) is an infrequent but serious form of allergic conjunctivitis common in warm and humid areas where air is rich in allergens. It affects both eyes asymmetrically. Although VKC is a self-limiting disease but visions affecting corneal complications influence the quality of life in school children. The aim of this study was to list the corneal complications due to this condition and to find out the extent of visual impairment among VKC patients...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573997/allergen-specific-exposure-associated-with-high-immunoglobulin-e-and-eye-rubbing-predisposes-to-progression-of-keratoconus
#3
Rohit Shetty, Shraddha Sureka, Pallak Kusumgar, Swaminathan Sethu, Kanchan Sainani
We report two male children with persistent allergic eye disease (AED) and keratoconus (KC). Both presented with symptoms of vernal keratoconjunctivitis and decreased vision. In view of unrelenting AED, serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) quantification and identification of specific allergens were advised. Increased serum IgE levels were observed in both cases. Sunflower and sheep wool were identified as specific allergens for the first and second patient respectively by skin patch test. There was complete resolution of symptoms of AED in both patients following avoidance of causative allergens...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546880/kingella-kingae-keratitis-in-a-child-with-underlying-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis
#4
Salim Nurul-Laila, Khai-Siang Chai, Ahmad Tajudin Liza-Sharmini, Ismail Shatriah
Kingella kingae had rarely been reported as a causative organism for corneal ulcer and had not been described before in vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC). Generally regarded as commensals of respiratory tract particularly in young children, it had however been isolated from the corneal ulcer scraping of both adult and children. We report a case of bacterial ulcer with isolation of Kingella kingae from the corneal scraping in a young child with underlying VKC.
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487836/allergic-conjunctivitis-in-asia
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REVIEW
Bernard Yu-Hor Thong
Allergic conjunctivitis (AC), which may be acute or chronic, is associated with rhinitis in 30%-70% of affected individuals, hence the term allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (AR/C). Seasonal and perennial AC is generally milder than the more chronic and persistent atopic and vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Natural allergens like house dust mites (HDM), temperate and subtropical grass and tree pollen are important triggers that drive allergic inflammation in AC in the Asia-Pacific region. Climate change, environmental tobacco smoke, pollutants derived from fuel combustion, Asian dust storms originating from central/north Asia and phthalates may also exacerbate AR/C...
April 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399035/comparative-evaluation-of-tacrolimus-versus-interferon-alpha-2b-eye-drops-in-the-treatment-of-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-a-randomized-double-masked-study
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Habibollah Zanjani, Mohammad Naim Aminifard, Abdolhossein Ghafourian, Mohsen Pourazizi, Alireza Maleki, Mohammed Arish, Mahnaz Shahrakipoor, Mohammad Reza Rohani, Mojtaba Abrishami, Ehsan Khafri Zare, Farhad Barzegar Jalali
PURPOSE: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a bilateral, chronic, external ocular inflammatory disorder that mainly affects patients in their first or second decade. This study was designed to compare tacrolimus and interferon alpha-2b (IFN alpha-2b) eye drops in the treatment of VKC. METHODS: In this randomized, double-masked clinical trial, 40 consecutive patients with VKC were sent to a referral eye hospital in a tropical region southeast of Iran. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either 0...
June 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391980/histamine-h1-and-h4-receptor-expression-on-the-ocular-surface-of%C3%A2-patients-with-chronic-allergic-conjunctival-diseases
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Noriko Inada, Jun Shoji, Yukiko Shiraki, Hiroshi Aso, Satoru Yamagami
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the histamine H1 and H4 receptors mRNA (H1R and H4R, respectively) expression on the ocular surface of patients with chronic forms of allergic conjunctival diseases to determine whether they can serve as biomarkers for allergic inflammation in the conjunctiva. METHODS: We examined 19 patients with vernal or atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC/VKC group) and 15 healthy volunteers (control group). The AKC/VKC group was divided into active and stable stage subgroups...
April 5, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352150/clinical-and-allergological-analysis-of-ocular-manifestations-of-sick-building-syndrome
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Yusuke Saeki, Kazuaki Kadonosono, Eiichi Uchio
PURPOSE: The disease concept of sick building syndrome (SBS) is still unclear. Ocular mucous membrane irritation is one of the major symptoms of SBS. However, the immunological aspects of the ocular complications of SBS are not yet clarified. The clinical and allergological aspects of SBS cases with ocular disorders with special reference to allergic conjunctival diseases (ACD) were analyzed, especially with respect to local immunological features. METHODS: Twelve cases of SBS with ocular findings and 49 cases of ACD (allergic conjunctivitis [AC], atopic keratoconjunctivitis [AKC], and vernal keratoconjunctivitis [VKC]) for comparison were evaluated...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318723/pan-european-survey-of-the-topical-ocular-use-of-cyclosporine-a
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A Labbé, C Baudouin, D Ismail, M Amrane, J-S Garrigue, A Leonardi, F C Figueiredo, G Van Setten, M Labetoulle
OBJECTIVE: To assess medical practices surrounding the use of topical ocular cyclosporine A across European Union nations. METHODS: Key stakeholders (ophthalmologists, hospital pharmacists, regulatory health authorities) from European Union member states were interviewed by telephone using a semi-structured, open-ended questionnaire. Ophthalmologists responded to questions about practice patterns of cyclosporine A use (prescription frequency, indication, dosage), pharmacists about cyclosporine A formulations (composition, manufacturing process, quality control, distribution), and the regulatory authorities about market authorization and pharmacovigilance for various cyclosporine A products...
March 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315447/cyclosporine-a-delivery-to-the-eye-a-comprehensive-review-of-academic-and-industrial-efforts
#10
REVIEW
Frédéric Lallemand, Mathieu Schmitt, Jean-Louis Bourges, Robert Gurny, Simon Benita, Jean-Sébastien Garrigue
Local ocular delivery of cyclosporine A (CsA) is the preferred method for CsA delivery as a treatment for ocular inflammatory diseases such as uveitis, corneal healing, vernal keratoconjunctivitis and dry eye disease. However, due to the large molecular weight and hydrophobic nature of CsA and the natural protective mechanisms of the eye, achieving therapeutic levels of CsA in ocular tissues can be difficult. This review gives a comprehensive overview of the current products available to clinicians as well as emerging drug delivery solutions that have been developed at both the academic and industry levels...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209324/japanese-guidelines-for-allergic-conjunctival-diseases-2017
#11
REVIEW
Etsuko Takamura, Eiichi Uchio, Nobuyuki Ebihara, Shigeaki Ohno, Yuichi Ohashi, Shigeki Okamoto, Naoki Kumagai, Yoshiyuki Satake, Jun Shoji, Yayoi Nakagawa, Kenichi Namba, Kazumi Fukagawa, Atsuki Fukushima, Hiroshi Fujishima
The definition, classification, pathogenesis, test methods, clinical findings, criteria for diagnosis, and therapies of allergic conjunctival disease are summarized based on the Guidelines for Clinical Management of Allergic Conjunctival Disease (Second Edition) revised in 2010. Allergic conjunctival disease is defined as "a conjunctival inflammatory disease associated with a Type I allergy accompanied by some subjective or objective symptoms." Allergic conjunctival disease is classified into allergic conjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, and giant papillary conjunctivitis...
April 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120172/vernal-shield-ulcers-treated-with-frequently-installed-topical-cyclosporine-0-05-eyedrops
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Tim Westland, Eliza K Patryn, Carla P Nieuwendaal, Ivanka J E van der Meulen, Maarten P Mourits, Ruth Lapid-Gortzak
PURPOSE: To report on the beneficial results of an intense regimen of 0.05% cyclosporine eye drops, eight times a day in patients with therapy resistant vernal shield ulcers. METHODS: Case cohort of four eyes of three male children with vernal keratoconjunctivitis complicated by shield ulcers, who were treated with frequent cyclosporine 0.05% eye drops and observed for up to 5 years. RESULTS: Quick resolution of the shield ulcers and complete re-epithelialization within 14-25 days was observed after adding intensive treatment with cyclosporine 0...
January 24, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060049/ritonavir-and-topical-ocular-corticosteroid-induced-cushing-s-syndrome-in-an-adolescent-with-hiv-1-infection
#13
Paul G Rainsbury, Jessica Sharp, Alison Tappin, Martin Hussey, Alexandra Lenko, Caroline Foster
Cushing's syndrome after topical ocular corticosteroid use is extremely rare. We describe a case of symptomatic Cushing's syndrome in an adolescent male with sight-threatening vernal keratoconjunctivitis on antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1 infection that included ritonavir, a potent cytochrome p450 CYP3A4 inhibitor. CYP3A4 inhibition reduces the metabolism of exogenous corticosteroids leading to suppression of endogenous steroid production and Cushing's syndrome.
May 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929738/clinical-severity-and-tear-biomarkers-eosinophil-cationic-protein-and-ccl23-in-chronic-allergic-conjunctival-diseases
#14
Maki Shoji, Jun Shoji, Noriko Inada
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between clinical severity and tear levels of eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) and CC chemokine ligand 23 (CCL23) in patients with chronic allergic conjunctival disease (cACD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This clinical study included 21 patients with cACD, including atopic keratoconjunctivitis and vernal keratoconjunctivitis, and 14 subjects as controls. The clinical severity score was determined by objective findings. Tear ECP grade was evaluated using tear ECP levels determined by enzyme immunoassay...
December 8, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909980/omalizumab-in-severe-refractory-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-in-children-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Serge Doan, Flore Amat, Eric Gabison, Sarah Saf, Isabelle Cochereau, Jocelyne Just
INTRODUCTION: Vernal keratoconjunctivis (VKC) is a severe form of pediatric ocular allergy, characterized by acute and chronic corneoconjunctival inflammation that may lead to visual sequelae. Although topical immunosuppressive drugs such as cyclosporine are usually effective, some severe forms may be refractory and require prolonged steroid therapy. Very few papers report the use of omalizumab in VKC in the literature. In the present study, we describe our clinical experience with omalizumab in severe VKC children...
June 2017: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897453/clinical-usefulness-of-simultaneous-measurement-of-the-tear-levels-of-ccl17-ccl24-and-il-16-for-the-biomarkers-of-allergic-conjunctival-disorders
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Jun Shoji, Hiroshi Aso, Noriko Inada
PURPOSE: This study investigated the clinical usefulness of a multiple tear cytokine/chemokine test by simultaneously determining tear levels of CC chemokine ligand 17 (CCL17)/thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC), CCL24/eotaxin-2, and interleukin-16 (IL-16) for assessing acute and chronic allergic inflammation in allergic conjunctival disorders (ACDs). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This study included 37 patients with ACD and 11 healthy adults (controls). Patients with ACDs were divided into the following three groups; patients with allergic conjunctivitis (AC group, n = 17), patients with atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC group, n = 6), and patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC group, n = 14)...
November 29, 2016: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881591/vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-culmination-of-management-using-immunosuppression-surgical-and-prosthetic-therapy-over-quarter-century
#17
Shilpa Das, Anand S Pasari, Virender S Sangwan
A 22-year-old male patient presented in 1988 with active vernal keratoconjunctivitis. He was treated with topical mast cell stabilisers and corticosteroids. Chronic inflammation despite topical treatment necessitated oral immunosuppressants. Active disease came under control with this; however, the patient gradually developed limbal stem cell deficiency. He underwent bilateral pannus resection with amniotic membrane transplantation that resulted in improved ocular surface. In 2007, patient was found to have significant bilateral posterior subcapsular cataracts and underwent bilateral cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation with good visual outcome...
November 23, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786545/vitamin-d-levels-in-children-affected-by-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis
#18
Anna Maria Zicari, Arianna Cafarotti, Francesca Occasi, Valeria Lollobrigida, Marcella Nebbioso, Irene Pecorella, Giovanna De Castro, Alberto Spalice, Lorenzo Loffredo, Maria Pia Villa, Marzia Duse
BACKGROUND: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a chronic and often severe bilateral conjunctivitis. VKC etiology still remains unclear although endocrine, genetic, neurogenic and environmental factors have been implicated. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble prohormone whose main function is the regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum vitamin D in children affected by VKC compared to the healthy children and investigate the relationship between its levels and disease severity...
February 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775457/serum-vitamin-d-levels-in-children-with-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis
#19
Banu Bozkurt, Hasibe Artac, Hulya Ozdemir, Ali Ünlü, Mete Kaan Bozkurt, Murat Irkec
PURPOSE: To evaluate serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D3] levels of vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) children. METHODS: A total of 62 non-atopic healthy children (64.5% male, mean age 10.79 ± 3.3 years) and 29 VKC children (75.9%, mean age 12.17 ± 2.7 years) were included in the study. Serum 25(OH)D3 levels measured by HPLC were compared between the two groups and a p value of <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. RESULTS: The mean serum 25(OH)D3 level of VKC group was significantly lower than in the control group (11...
October 24, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721987/clinical-usefulness-of-monitoring-expression-levels-of-ccl24-eotaxin-2-mrna-on-the-ocular-surface-in-patients-with-vernal-keratoconjunctivitis-and-atopic-keratoconjunctivitis
#20
Yukiko Shiraki, Jun Shoji, Noriko Inada
Purpose. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of using expression levels of CCL24 (eotaxin-2) mRNA on the ocular surface as a biomarker in patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) and atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC). Methods. Eighteen patients with VKC or AKC (VKC/AKC group) and 12 control subjects (control group) were enrolled in this study. The VKC/AKC clinical score was determined by objective findings in patients by using the 5-5-5 exacerbation grading scale. All subjects underwent modified impression cytology and specimens were obtained from the upper tarsal conjunctiva...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
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