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Systemic vasculitis

D D K Abeyaratne, C Liyanapathirana, C L Fonseka, P W M C S B Wijekoon
Background: Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is an antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody- (ANCA-) associated small vessel vasculitis with multisystem involvement. It is characterized with asthma, eosinophilia, and renal and peripheral nervous system involvement. However, EGPA presenting with bullous skin eruption is an uncommon dermatological manifestation. We report a rare case of EGPA overlapped with mixed essential cryoglobulinemia presenting with a bullous skin eruption...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Jolanta Parada-Turska, Monika Turska
Polyarteritis nodosa is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis which predominantly affects medium-sized arteries. It is a rare disease nowadays. Both the nomenclature and the classification of polyarteritis nodosa was amended several times in the past. Currently, there is a distinction between the primary form described as classical polyarteritis nodosa and other forms that are associated with their probable cause e.g. with viral hepatitis B, C or HIV infection. Moreover, polyarteritis-like necrotizing vasculitis can appear in the course of genetic diseases caused by mutations in single genes...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Burçin Şanlidag, Ceyhun Balkan, Nerin Bahçeciler
Kawasaki Disease (KD) is a systemic autoimmune vasculitis that affects small and medium sized vessels. Main complication of Kawasaki Disease is coronary artery aneurism, which has higher risk in case of delayed diagnosis and treatment. Although, complete and incomplete KD cases in different types of immune deficiency diseases have been presented up to date, clinical course of KD in patients with hypogammaglobulinemia (HG) has not been reported. Herein, a case diagnosed as incomplete KD in a child with transient HG of infancy has been reported...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Francisco Galeano-Valle, Pablo Demelo-Rodriguez, Luís Álvarez-Sala-Walther, Blanca Pinilla-Llorente, Miguel Jesús Echenagusia-Boyra, Hugo Rodriguez-Abella, Jorge Del-Toro-Cervera
Behçet's Disease (BD) is a rare multi-systemic inflammatory disorder classified as a systemic vasculitis of unknown aetiology. Vascular involvement occurs in approximately 5-51.6% cases, affecting venous and arterial vessels. Cardiac involvement is rare in BD (6%). There have been published approximately 93 cases of BD associated with intracardiac thrombosis, with different treatments and courses. We present a case of a 35-year-old spanish male that, after a percutaneous pharmacomechanical thrombectomy with venous stent placement, developed high fever and extensive venous thrombosis despite anticoagulation including intracardiac thrombosis (ICT) in the right ventricle and pulmonary embolism that leaded to the diagnosis of BD...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Luca Navarini, Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Marta Vadacca, Antonella Afeltra
In the last two decades, white adipose tissue (WAT) has been recognized as a key actor of many physiological and pathological conditions. WAT is able to produce mediators, named "adipokines", which may affect systemic homeostasis. In particular, leptin is not only involved in appetite and energy metabolism, but also in immune system. Increasing evidence established that leptin can regulate both innate and adaptive immunity mainly with pro-inflammatory effects but also, to a lesser extent, with anti-inflammatory features...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Letters
Alexandre Karras
Cryoglobulins are immunoglobulins that undergo reversible precipitation at low temperatures. They can induce systemic vasculitis, characterized by purpuric cutaneous lesions, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, hypocomplementemia and glomerular disease. Renal pathology reveals membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, with particularly intense mesangial cell proliferation and infiltration by macrophages, associated with intracapillary thrombi. This renal disease presents as a nephritic syndrome, with heavy proteinuria, haematuria severe hypertension and rapidly progressive kidney failure that can lead to end-stage renal disease...
March 12, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Simon B Chen, Satoru Kudose, Hannah R Krigman
We report a case of decidual perivascular non-necrotizing granulomas in a placenta from a pregnancy complicated by severe preeclampsia with no evidence of infection. The mother was a 20-year-old primigravida with severe preeclampsia diagnosed in the third trimester with subsequent delivery of a healthy baby boy at 37 weeks 5 days gestation. Pathologic examination of the placenta showed scattered non-necrotizing granulomas in decidua, often adjacent to remodeled decidual arteries without fibrinoid necrosis...
March 14, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Nobutaka Noto, Akiko Komori, Mamoru Ayusawa, Shori Takahashi
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a systemic vasculitis with a predilection for damage to the coronary arteries. In the acute phase, clinical decision making for KD relies on the measurements of the coronary z-score obtained by 2-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). In the convalescent phase, KD patients with coronary artery abnormalities (CAAs) eventually show arteriosclerotic vascular remodeling characterized by marked intimal proliferation and neoangiogenesis after KD vasculitis, which often induces myocardial ischemia...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Iwona Żychowska, Dorota Suszek, Magdalena Dryglewska, Maria Majdan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by alternating periods of activity and remission. A portion of the patients suffers from the chronically active form of the disease. The search for clinically useful markers of its activity is ongoing. At present, it is suggested that β2-microglobulin (β2M) may be useful in assessing SLE activity. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the paper was to investigate the relationship between serum β2M concentration and SLE activity...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Jane Cho, Nicole Siegel, Manju L Subramanian, Howard Ying, Steven Ness
PURPOSE: To describe a case of neovascular glaucoma from cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in a human immunodeficiency virus-negative patient with immunosuppression after stem-cell transplant for multiple myeloma. METHODS: Retrospective case report. RESULTS: A 71-year-old man on monthly infusion of daratumumab for multiple myeloma after stem-cell transplant presenting with a 2-week history of floaters, photophobia, and blurry vision was found to have polymerase chain reaction-confirmed CMV retinitis associated with diffuse occlusive vasculitis...
March 12, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Eun Song Song, Somy Yoon, Joo Hyun Cho, Eun Mi Yang, Hwa Jin Cho, Young Youn Choi, Jae Sook Ma, Gwang Hyeon Eom, Young Kuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is known as systemic vasculitis, and more than half of the patients with KD have myocarditis, which can induce ventricular dysfunction. In this study, we evaluate left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with KD based on the myocardial performance index (MPI) using pulse Doppler (PD) and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), from the acute to convalescent phases. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 89 children diagnosed with KD from January 2010 to August 2012...
March 12, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Yue Yang, Long Chen, Yuan Jia, Yang Liu, Lei Wen, Yaoxian Liang, Yuan An, Shi Chen, Yin Su, Zhanguo Li
To analyze the clinical spectrum, laboratory characteristics, and outcomes of monoclonal gammopathy (MG) in patients with rheumatic diseases. Screening for the presence of MG was performed in 872 inpatients with rheumatic diseases from January 2010 to July 2017. A total of 41 patients were enrolled. Their clinical and biological features in addition to outcomes were described. For each patient with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS), 2 age- and sex-matched pSS patients without MG were selected as controls. Risk factors for the presence of MG and malignant hematological neoplasias were assessed...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Giuseppe Vieni, Sara Pusceddu, Ivana Bruno, Luca Ragni, Federico Marchetti
Kawasaki disease is a systemic vasculitis that presents with stable vital signs. Although it is well known that Kawasaki disease can cause myocarditis, tachycardia and heart failure during the acute stage, Kawasaki disease shock syndrome (KDSS) has recently been described. It is characterized by hypotension, signs and symptoms of poor perfusion and a shock-like state. We report the case of a 7-year-old boy with KDSS who presented with persistent fever, conjunctival injection, laterocervical lymphadenitis, and echocardiography showing signs of myocardial dysfunction and shock...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Supaporn Suwanchote, Muanpetch Rachayon, Pongsawat Rodsaward, Jongkonnee Wongpiyabovorn, Tawatchai Deekajorndech, Helen L Wright, Steven W Edwards, Michael W Beresford, Pawinee Rerknimitr, Direkrit Chiewchengchol
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are a group of autoantibodies that cause systemic vascular inflammation by binding to target antigens of neutrophils. These autoantibodies can be found in serum from patients with systemic small-vessel vasculitis and they are considered as a biomarker for ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). A conventional screening test to detect ANCA in the serum is indirect immunofluorescence study, and subsequently confirmed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. A positive staining of ANCA can be classified into three main categories based on the staining patterns: cytoplasmic, perinuclear, and atypical...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Rebeca Hid Cadena, Wayel H Abdulahad, G A P Hospers, T T Wind, Annemieke M H Boots, Peter Heeringa, Elisabeth Brouwer
Age-associated changes in the immune system including alterations in surface protein expression are thought to contribute to an increased susceptibility for autoimmune diseases. The balance between the expression of coinhibitory and costimulatory surface protein molecules, also known as immune checkpoint molecules, is crucial in fine-tuning the immune response and preventing autoimmunity. The activation of specific inhibitory signaling pathways allows cancer cells to evade recognition and destruction by the host immune system...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Z W Liu, W Qiu, J M Peng, Z W Wang, J L Zhao, Q J Wu
A 56-year-old female was admitted to the Department of Rheumatology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital with complaint of recurrent fever and acute lumbar pain. Fever was complicated with malaise, cough and occasional blood-streaked sputum. Lab tests showed elevated white blood cell count, increased serum creatinine, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. Other lab findings included severe anemia, hematuria, and proteinuria. Immunological examinations were positive for antinuclear antibodies, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and antiglomerular basement membrane antibody...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Carmine Franco Muccio, Enrico Tedeschi, Andrea Elefante, Ferdinando Caranci, Alfonso Cerase
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 7, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Nicolai Leuchten, Martin Aringer
Giant cell arteritis is a systemic vasculitis of large vessels, manifesting mainly as temporal arteritis or large vessel vasculitis of the aorta and its branches. Glucocorticoid therapy is essential and so far had to be continued over a period of 1.5-2 years, resulting in relevant morbidity through adverse effects. With the approval of tocilizumab, an effective glucocorticoid sparing option is now available. In two randomized controlled trials, a profound reduction of cumulative glucocorticoid dose, prolonged relapse-free remission and reduced number of adverse events in the treatment groups have been demonstrated...
March 5, 2018: Immunotherapy
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
James C Wang, Brittany A Leader, Ryan A Crane, Bernadette L Koch, Matthew M Smith, Stacey L Ishman
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, previously known as Wegener's granulomatosis) is an autoimmune systemic small-vessel vasculitis, associated with the presence of anti-neurophil cytoplasmic antibodies with a cytoplasmic staining pattern (c-ANCA). It is characterized by necrotizing granulomas, usually affecting the airways and kidneys. GPA should be considered when patients do not improve despite adequate treatment of otologic symptoms, when patients have unspecific symptoms suggesting systemic disease (e...
April 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
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