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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400867/evaluation-of-autoantibodies-in-patients-with-primary-and-secondary-sjogren-s-syndrome
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Ellen De Langhe, Xavier Bossuyt, Long Shen, Kishore Malyavantham, Julian L Ambrus, Lakshmanan Suresh
BACKGROUND: Antibodies to salivary gland protein 1 (SP1), carbonic anhydrase 6 (CA6) and parotid secretory protein (PSP) were discovered in an animal model of Sjogren's syndrome (SS). Their expression was noted in patients with SS, especially those with lower focus scores on lip biopsies and those with early disease lacking antibodies to Ro and La. OBJECTIVE: The current studies evaluated these autoantibodies in patients with long-standing SS expressing high levels of anti-Ro antibodies and in patients with Sjogren's syndrome secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)...
2017: Open Rheumatology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379478/progression-and-mortality-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-a-long-term-observational-nationwide-cohort-study
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Silje Reiseter, Ragnar Gunnarsson, Trond Mogens Aaløkken, May Brit Lund, Georg Mynarek, Jukka Corander, Joanna Haydon, Øyvind Molberg
Objectives.: To assess the prevalence, extent, progression, functional impact and mortality of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in a nationwide unselected MCTD cohort. Methods.: The study cohort included patients with high-resolution CT lung scans available at baseline (n = 135) and at follow-up (n = 119). The extent of disease was expressed as percentage of total lung volume (TLV). Results.: ILD was present in 41% of MCTD patients at follow-up...
March 29, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298841/etiological-profile-of-noncompressive-myelopathies-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-northeast-india
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Ashok Kumar Kayal, Munindra Goswami, Marami Das, Lakhshya Jyoti Basumatary, Suvorit Subhas Bhowmick, Baiakmenlang Synmon
BACKGROUND: The discovery of antibodies against aquaporin-4 and evolving concepts of noncompressive myelopathies in the 21(st) century have made a major impact on the etiological profile of these diseases, with few cases turning out to be idiopathic. OBJECTIVE: To find causes of noncompressive myelopathy in a tertiary care hospital of Northeast India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational study was carried out in the Neurology Department of Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati, from September 2013 to February 2016...
January 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279287/a-42-year-old-woman-with-anemia-shock-and-ischemic-stroke-after-lung-transplantation
#4
Abhishek Biswas, Ali Ataya, Juan C Salgado, Satish Chandrasekharan, Tiago N Machuca, Amir M Emtiazjoo
A 42-year-old woman with mixed connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease underwent bilateral lung transplantation. She had an uneventful surgery and was extubated 3 h later. Induction immunosuppression therapy included methylprednisolone 500 mg intraoperatively, basiliximab (anti-IL-2 monoclonal antibody) on days 0 and 4 after transplantation, and methylprednisolone 125 mg intravenously bid for 2 days following surgery. Maintenance immunosuppression therapy consisted of prednisone 20 mg daily, mycophenolate mofetil 750 mg bid, and enteral tacrolimus 0...
March 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275485/serum-kl-6-and-surfactant-protein-d-as-monitoring-and-predictive-markers-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-and-mixed-connective-tissue-disease
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Hideaki Yamakawa, Eri Hagiwara, Hideya Kitamura, Yumie Yamanaka, Satoshi Ikeda, Akimasa Sekine, Tomohisa Baba, Koji Okudela, Tae Iwasawa, Tamiko Takemura, Kazuyoshi Kuwano, Takashi Ogura
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is frequent complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). The disease is heterogeneous, and its outcome is unpredictable. Some patients have severe and progressive deterioration of ILD, which is the leading cause of mortality. We aimed to determine whether serum levels of Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6) and surfactant protein-D (SP-D) correlate with SSc/MCTD-associated ILD activity. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 40 patients with SSc/MCTD-associated ILD: 29 patients with SSc and 11 patients with MCTD...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273146/evaluation-of-an-automated-connective-tissue-disease-screening-assay-in-korean-patients-with-systemic-rheumatic-diseases
#6
Seri Jeong, Heeyoung Yang, Hyunyong Hwang
This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic utilities of the automated connective tissues disease screening assay, CTD screen, in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases. A total of 1093 serum samples were assayed using CTD screen and indirect immunofluorescent (IIF) methods. Among them, 162 were diagnosed with systemic rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and mixed connective tissue disease (MCT). The remaining 931 with non-systemic rheumatic disease were assigned to the control group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255922/the-clinical-and-pathological-characteristics-of-nephropathies-in-connective-tissue-diseases-in-the-japan-renal-biopsy-registry-j-rbr
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Kazunobu Ichikawa, Tsuneo Konta, Hiroshi Sato, Yoshihiko Ueda, Hitoshi Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: In connective tissue diseases, a wide variety of glomerular, tubulointerstitial, and vascular lesions of the kidney are observed. Nonetheless, recent information is limited regarding renal lesions in connective tissue diseases, except in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: In this study, we used a nationwide database of biopsy-confirmed renal diseases in Japan (J-RBR) (UMIN000000618). In total, 20,523 registered patients underwent biopsy between 2007 and 2013; from 110 patients with connective tissue diseases except SLE, we extracted data regarding the clinico-pathological characteristics of the renal biopsy...
March 2, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248800/mixed-connective-tissue-disease-and-epitope-spreading-an-historical-cohort-study
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Laura Escolà-Vergé, Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Andreu Fernandez-Codina, Eduardo L Callejas-Moraga, Juan Espinosa, Ana Marin, Moises Labrador-Horrillo, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
OBJECTIVES: Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is characterized by the presence of anti-U1-snRNP autoantibodies and a variable set of associated clinical features. Some MCTD patients test positive over time to autoantibodies against Sm, proteins spatially related with U1-snRNP. This situation has been attributed to expanding of the autoimmune response by a phenomenon known as epitope spreading. Our aim was to study the frequency of this phenomenon in MCTD patients and the specific clinical features of those with epitope spreading...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245857/the-diagnostic-value-of-the-bronchoalveolar-lavage-in-interstitial-lung-diseases
#9
Boubacar Efared, G Ebang-Atsame, Sani Rabiou, Abdoulsalam S Diarra, Layla Tahiri, Nawal Hammas, Mohamed Smahi, Bouchra Amara, Mohamed C Benjelloun, Mounia Serraj, Laila Chbani, Hinde El Fatemi
OBJECTIVE: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is a diagnostic tool often used during the management of interstitial lung diseases (ILD). However, its diagnostic value in discrimination between entities comprising the very heterogenous group of ILD, is still a controversial issue. The objective of our study is to assess the diagnostic value of BAL in the management of ILD, by comparing the cytological findings in BAL fluid among the different diseases of this group. METHODS: It was a retrospective, observational study of 151 patients between January 2012 and December 2015...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214498/vasculitic-and-autoimmune-wounds
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REVIEW
Victoria K Shanmugam, Divya Angra, Hamza Rahimi, Sean McNish
OBJECTIVE: Chronic wounds are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Approximately 20% to 23% of nonhealing wounds that are refractory to vascular intervention have other causes, including vasculitis, pyoderma gangrenosum, and other autoimmune diseases. The purpose of this article was to review the literature across medical and surgical specialties with regard to refractory chronic wounds associated with vasculitis and autoimmune diseases and to delineate clinical outcomes of these wounds in response to vascular and other interventions...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205373/pulmonary-hypertension-in-connective-tissue-diseases-an-update
#11
REVIEW
Ramya Aithala, Anoop G Alex, Debashish Danda
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a relatively commoner complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc) with estimated prevalence ranging between 8% and 12% as compared to much lower figures in other connective tissue diseases (CTD). It is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in CTDs. PH is classified into five major groups. CTD-associated PH belongs to group 1 PH, also known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Around 30% of scleroderma-related deaths are due to PAH. Underlying pathogenesis is related to pulmonary vasculopathy involving small vessels...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202869/treatment-of-vasodilator-resistant-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-with-glucocorticoid-and-cyclophosphamide
#12
Eri Sugawara, Masaru Kato, Ryo Hisada, Kenji Oku, Toshiyuki Bohgaki, Tetsuya Horita, Shinsuke Yasuda, Tatsuya Atsumi
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or mixed connective tissue disease (MTCD), in contrast to other types of PAH, may respond to immunosuppressive therapy. Most PAH cases with an immunosuppressant response were in the early stages of the disease (WHO functional class III or less). The present case was a 34-year-old woman with MCTD-associated PAH (WHO functional class IV) who was resistant to a combination of three vasodilators. Afterwards, she was treated with glucocorticoid and cyclophosphamide...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154105/vascular-cognitive-impairment
#14
Martin Dichgans, Didier Leys
Cerebrovascular disease typically manifests with stroke, cognitive impairment, or both. Vascular cognitive impairment refers to all forms of cognitive disorder associated with cerebrovascular disease, regardless of the specific mechanisms involved. It encompasses the full range of cognitive deficits from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. In principle, any of the multiple causes of clinical stroke can cause vascular cognitive impairment. Recent work further highlights a role of microinfarcts, microhemorrhages, strategic white matter tracts, loss of microstructural tissue integrity, and secondary neurodegeneration...
February 3, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131664/survival-and-outcomes-after-lung-transplantation-for-non-scleroderma-connective-tissue-related-interstitial-lung-disease
#15
Andrew M Courtwright, Souheil El-Chemaly, Paul F Dellaripa, Hilary J Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Patients with non-scleroderma connective tissue-related lung disease (NS-CTLD), including rheumatoid arthritis, idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, Sjögren syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus, may be at risk for worse outcomes after lung transplantation because of immune dysregulation or extrapulmonary manifestations of their underlying disease. We compared survival, acute and chronic rejection, and extrapulmonary organ dysfunction after transplantation in patients with NS-CTLD and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079540/intravenous-immunoglobulin-for-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-presenting-with-bilateral-trigeminal-neuropathy
#16
Abhijeet Danve, Rana Zabad, Alan Erickson
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December 26, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073797/physical-and-cultural-determinants-of-postpartum-pelvic-floor-support-and-symptoms-following-vaginal-delivery-a-protocol-for-a-mixed-methods-prospective-cohort-study
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Ingrid E Nygaard, Erin Clark, Lauren Clark, Marlene J Egger, Robert Hitchcock, Yvonne Hsu, Peggy Norton, Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Janet Shaw, Xiaoming Sheng, Michael Varner
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), including pelvic organ prolapse (POP), stress and urgency urinary incontinence, and faecal incontinence, are common and arise from loss of pelvic support. Although severe disease often does not occur until women become older, pregnancy and childbirth are major risk factors for PFDs, especially POP. We understand little about modifiable factors that impact pelvic floor function recovery after vaginal birth. This National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Program Project, 'Bridging physical and cultural determinants of postpartum pelvic floor support and symptoms following vaginal delivery', uses mixed-methods research to study the influences of intra-abdominal pressure, physical activity, body habitus and muscle fitness on pelvic floor support and symptoms as well as the cultural context in which women experience those changes...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986694/adhesive-arachnoiditis-in-mixed-connective-tissue-disease-a-rare-neurological-manifestation
#18
Maria Usman Khan, James Anthony Joseph Devlin, Alexander Fraser
The overall incidence of neurological manifestations is relatively low among patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). We recently encountered a case of autoimmune adhesive arachnoiditis in a young woman with 7 years history of MCTD who presented with severe back pain and myeloradiculopathic symptoms of lower limbs. To the best of our knowledge, adhesive arachnoiditis in an MCTD patient has never been previously reported. We report here this rare case, with the clinical picture and supportive ancillary data, including serology, cerebral spinal fluid analysis, electrophysiological evaluation and spinal neuroimaging, that is, MRI and CT (CT scan) of thoracic and lumbar spine...
December 16, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900293/combined-use-of-platelet-rich-plasma-micro-fat-in-sport-and-race-horses-with-degenerative-joint-disease-preliminary-clinical-study-in-eight-horses
#19
Fabrizio Bembo, Julia Eraud, Cecile Philandrianos, Baptiste Bertrand, Alain Silvestre, Julie Veran, Florence Sabatier, Guy Magalon, Jeremy Magalon
BACKGROUND: To assess the safety and potential efficacy of a standardized technique consisting of intra-articular injection of 10 cc of a homogeneous mixed product using autologous micro-fat and platelet rich plasma (PRP) (ratio 1:1) in the carpus or the fetlock joint of sport horses presenting degenerative joint disease (DJD). METHODS: Eight sport horses with DJD confirmed by radiography and ultrasonography and causing lameness and the impossibility to compete were treated...
April 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888985/azathioprine-response-in-patients-with-fibrotic-connective-tissue-disease-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#20
Justin M Oldham, Cathryn Lee, Eleanor Valenzi, Leah J Witt, Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Scully Hsu, Lena Chen, Steven Montner, Jonathan H Chung, Imre Noth, Rekha Vij, Mary E Strek
BACKGROUND: Azathioprine is a commonly prescribed therapy for connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease (CTD-ILD). Combination therapy that included azathioprine was recently shown to increase the risk of death and hospitalization in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Whether azathioprine increases the risk of adverse outcomes in patients with fibrotic CTD-ILD, including those with CTD-associated usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), remains unknown. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis was performed to determine the combined incidence rate of death, transplant and respiratory hospitalization associated with azathioprine exposure...
December 2016: Respiratory Medicine
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