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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346621/assessing-polymyalgia-rheumatica-activity-when-c-reactive-protein-is-unavailable-or-uninterpretable
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Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Lea Saraux, Jean Marie Berthelot, Michel De Bandt, Divi Cornec, Dewi Guellec, Thierry Marhadour, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Maelenn Gouillou, Alain Saraux
Objective: The PMR activity score (PMR-AS) includes the CRP value, which may be lacking or invalid owing to anti-IL-6 therapy. Our objective was to develop alternatives to PMR-AS that do not require CRP. Methods: We used the Club Rhumatisme et Inflammation (CRI; 89 patients with PMR) and the Tolerance and Efficacy of tocilizumab iN pOlymyalgia Rheumatica (TENOR; 20 patients with recent-onset PMR naive to glucocorticoid who received three tocilizumab infusions, at weeks 0, 4 and 8, followed by prednisone from weeks 12 to 24) cohorts...
January 15, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346193/perceptions-of-infection-risk-with-immunomodulatory-medications
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Rebecca Sharim, Preethi Thomas, Leny Mathew, Michael George, Misha Rosenbach
OBJECTIVES: Physicians of many specialties encounter patients treated with immunomodulatory medications and must weigh the risk of infection when making medical decisions. We explored how physician perceptions of the infection risk of immunomodulatory medications differ by specialty and level of experience. METHODS: A survey was distributed to physicians from the internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, and infectious disease departments at 1 tertiary care institution...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344746/desvenlafaxine-induced-interstitial-pneumonitis-a-case-report
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Arjan Flora, Daniel Pipoly
A 52-year-old man developed interstitial pneumonitis during treatment with desvenlafaxine for major depressive disorder. The man received desvenlafaxine at 50 mg for symptoms of depression 4 years earlier. Six months after a dose increase to 100 mg, he developed bronchitic symptoms with mild, persistent dyspnea. Investigations revealed a restrictive pattern on pulmonary function testing, bilateral upper lobe reticular opacities with traction bronchiectasis on radiology imaging, and end-stage interstitial fibrosis with honeycomb changes consistent with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis on open lung biopsy...
January 17, 2018: Drug Safety—Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340837/exacerbation-of-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-induced-by-the-first-dose-of-programmed-death-1-inhibitor-pembrolizumab-a-case-report
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Kenta Ogawa, Jiro Ito, Daichi Fujimoto, Mari Morita, Yuko Yoshizumi, Koichi Ariyoshi, Keisuke Tomii, Nobuyuki Katakami
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have demonstrated efficacy against various types of cancers. In addition to immune-related adverse events (irAEs) induced by ICIs, exacerbation of baseline autoimmune disease has been occasionally reported. This is the first report of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) exacerbated by pembrolizumab. An 82-year-old Japanese male was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma 2 years ago. The patient had chronic anemia with positive direct and indirect Coombs test prior to initiating pembrolizumab therapy at a nearby hospital...
January 16, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339044/the-cardiovascular-toxicity-of-abiraterone-and-enzalutamide-in-prostate-cancer
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Roberto Iacovelli, Chiara Ciccarese, Emilio Bria, Mario Romano, Emanuela Fantinel, Davide Bimbatti, Alessandro Muraglia, Antonio Benito Porcaro, Salvatore Siracusano, Matteo Brunelli, Renzo Mazzarotto, Walter Artibani, Giampaolo Tortora
INTRODUCTION: The cardiovascular toxicity related to abiraterone and enzalutamide has been previously studied by our group. In this analysis, we aim to update our previous findings related to abiraterone and enzalutamide, including the new available evidence, both in castration-resistant and hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Prospective studies were identified by searching the MEDLINE/PubMed, Cochrane Library, and ASCO Meeting abstracts. Combined relative risks (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using fixed- or random-effects methods...
December 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338825/efficacy-of-rituximab-for-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Heng Li, Wen Jie Xiong, Hui Min Liu, Shu Hua Yi, Rui Lü, Ting Yu Wang, Zhen Yu, Lu Gui Qiu, Zeng Jun Li
Objective To evaluate the efficacy of rituximab in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Methods The clinical data of CLL patients receiving fludarabine,cyclophosphamide±rituximab (with or without rituximab) regimen or cyclophosphamide,vincristine,and prednisone±doxorubicin±rituximab regimen in our hospital from March 2000 to February 2015 were analyzed retrospectively. Therapeutic efficacies and survivals of patients treated with different regimens were evaluated and compared. Results The complete response (CR) rate and the overall response rate (ORR) in 72 patients (43...
December 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338665/adjuvant-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-advanced-stage-iii-iv-improves-the-outcome-in-the-rituximab-era
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Agustin Avilès, Maria-Jesus Nambo, Angel Calva, Natividad Neri, Sergio Cleto, Luis Silva
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and toxicity of adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and nodal bulky disease, on complete response, after six cycles of RCHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone), we began an open-label clinical trial in a large cohort with longer follow-up to evaluate the outcome measured from progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2006 and 2010, 258 consecutive patients with DLBCL and nodal bulky disease (tumor mass >10 cm) were randomly assigned to receive either RT (involved field, 30 Gy) (127 patients) or no (control group) (131 patients)...
January 17, 2018: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338540/efficacy-and-safety-of-frontline-rituximab-cyclophosphamide-doxorubicin-and-prednisone-plus-bortezomib-vr-cap-or-vincristine-r-chop-in-a-subset-of-newly-diagnosed-mantle-cell-lymphoma-patients-medically-eligible-for-transplantation-in-the-randomized-phase-3
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Johannes Drach, Huiqiang Huang, Olga Samoilova, Andrew Belch, Charles Farber, André Bosly, Jan Novak, Jan Zaucha, Angela Dascalescu, Udomsak Bunworasate, Zvenyslava Masliak, Kateryna Vilchevskaya, Tadeusz Robak, Lixia Pei, Brendan Rooney, Helgi van de Velde, Franco Cavalli
This post-hoc subanalysis of the LYM-3002 phase 3 study assessed the efficacy and safety of substituting vincristine in rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and prednisone (R-CHOP; n = 42) for bortezomib (VR-CAP; n = 38) in a subgroup of 80 mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients aged <60 years who did not receive stem cell transplantation (SCT) despite medical eligibility. Complete response (CR)/unconfirmed CR (CRu) rates were 67 vs. 39% (odds ratio 3.69 [95% CI(confidence interval): 1.31, 10...
January 17, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337112/molecular-heterogeneity-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-and-its-implications-in-clinical-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Lingchuan Guo, Pei Lin, Hui Xiong, Shichun Tu, Gang Chen
Over half of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) can be cured by standard R-CHOP treatment (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone). However, the remaining patients are refractory and ultimately succumb to progressive or relapsed disease. During the past decade, there has been significant progress in the understanding of molecular mechanisms in DLBCL, largely owing to collaborative efforts in large-scale gene expression profiling and deep sequencing, which have identified genetic alterations critical in lymphomagenesis through activation of key signaling transduction pathways in DLBCL...
January 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336432/increased-mortality-rates-with-prolonged-corticosteroid-therapy-when-compared-with-antitumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-directed-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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James D Lewis, Frank I Scott, Colleen M Brensinger, Jason A Roy, Mark T Osterman, Ronac Mamtani, Meenakshi Bewtra, Lang Chen, Huifeng Yun, Fenglong Xie, Jeffrey R Curtis
OBJECTIVES: Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that compromise quality of life and may increase mortality. This study compared the mortality risk with prolonged corticosteroid use vs. antitumor necrosis factor-α (anti-TNF) drugs in IBD. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted among Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries from 2001 to 2013 with IBD prescribed either >3,000 mg of prednisone or equivalent within a 12-month period or new initiation of anti-TNF therapy, each treated as time-updating exposures...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335406/thalidomide-plus-prednisone-with-or-without-danazol-therapy-in-myelofibrosis-a-retrospective-analysis-of-incidence-and-durability-of-anemia-response
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Xueping Luo, Zefeng Xu, Bing Li, Tiejun Qin, Peihong Zhang, Hongli Zhang, Liwei Fang, Lijuan Pan, Naibo Hu, Shiqiang Qu, Yue Zhang, Gang Huang, Robert Peter Gale, Zhijian Xiao
Low-dose thalidomide and prednisone alone or combined are effective therapies in some persons with primary myelofibrosis (PMF) and anemia with or with RBC transfusion dependence. Danazol is also effective in some persons with PMF and anemia. Responses to these drugs are typically incomplete and not sustained. It is unclear whether adding danazol to thalidomide and prednisone would improve efficacy. We retrospectively compared the outcomes of 88 subjects with PMF and anemia receiving thalidomide and prednisone without (n = 46) or with danazol (n = 42)...
January 15, 2018: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334924/longitudinal-observation-of-subretinal-fibrosis-in-vogt-koyanagi-harada-disease
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Chan Zhao, Fangtian Dong, Fei Gao, Xinshu Liu, Minghang Pei, Shanshan Jia, Meifen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Subretinal fibrosis (SRF) is a vision-threatening complication of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease (VKH). It has long been recognized as a sequela of chronic inflammation. The developmental process of SRF, however, has not been described. The purpose of this study is to provide longitudinal observations of SRF in VKH. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of 10 VKH patients referred to our group between January 2008 and September 2015 at acute uveitic stage with SRF at presentation or who developed SRF during follow up...
January 15, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334750/-remission-of-steroid-resistant-stills-disease-treated-with-anakinra-evidenced-by-fdg-pet-ct-examination-case-report
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Zdeněk Adam, Jana Skřičková, Milan Krtička, Zdeněk Řehák, Renata Koukalová, Andrea Šprláková, Marta Krejčí, Luděk Pour, Zdenka Adamová, Eva Pourová, Zdeněk Král
After elimination of infectious causes, neoplastic causes and the systemic autoimmune disease of connective tissue, a patient with high fevers over 39 °C was diagnosed with Stills disease. High doses of prednisone led to resolution of symptoms, however after reducing the doses of prednisone to 15 mg, high fevers over 39 °C returned, as well as joint pains. The high doses of prednisone led to decompensation of diabetes mellitus even with 4 daily insulin dosages. Therefore it was proceeded to regular subcutaneous administration of anakinra once a day...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334041/autoantibodies-to-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-4-in-double-seronegative-myasthenia-gravis-a-systematic-review
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Stephen Bacchi, Philippe Kramer, Colin Chalk
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder of the neuromuscular junction in which a clinical diagnosis may be confirmed with serological testing. The most common autoantibodies used to support a diagnosis of MG are anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies and anti-muscle-specific tyrosine kinase antibodies. In cases in which both of these autoantibodies are negative (termed double-seronegative [dSNMG]), other autoantibodies such as low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4 (LRP4) may be used to aid in diagnosis...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332199/analysis-of-the-data-on-pregnancy-and-lactation-provided-by-patient-information-leaflets-of-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-argentina
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Miguel Ormaza Sabando, Maira Arias Saavedra, Gabriel Sequeira, Eduardo Kerzberg
To analyse the level of consistency and updating of the information on pregnancy and lactation provided by patient information leaflets (PILs) of the antirheumatic drugs approved in Argentina. Inconsistencies between the 2016 EULAR Task Force recommendations on the use of anti-rheumatic drugs during pregnancy and lactation and the information provided by PILs of the same drugs approved in Argentina were analysed along with inconsistencies within the PILs of different registered trademarks of these drugs. Eighty-eight PILs of 32 drugs were analysed...
January 13, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331407/decreased-health-related-quality-of-life-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Ana Beatriz Bozzini, Luciana Neder, Clovis A Silva, Gilda Porta
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with autoimmune hepatitis. METHODS: A cross-sectional assessment with the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 (PedsQL 4.0) was completed for 80 patients with autoimmune hepatitis and 45 healthy controls. Demographic data, prednisone dose, disease remission state, disease severity, and abdominal pain were also evaluated. RESULTS: Based on the child self-reports, physical, emotional, school, and total scores were significantly lower in autoimmune hepatitis patients when compared with controls (p<0...
January 10, 2018: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329497/pharmacokinetic-interactions-between-elbasvir-grazoprevir-and-immunosuppressant-drugs-in-healthy-volunteers
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Hwa-Ping Feng, Luzelena Caro, Christine M Fandozzi, Zifang Guo, Jennifer Talaty, Dennis Wolford, Deborah Panebianco, Marian Iwamoto, Joan R Butterton, Wendy W Yeh
Elbasvir (EBR)/grazoprevir (GZR) may be coadministered with immunosuppressant drugs in posttransplant people who are infected with hepatitis C virus. The aim of the present study was to assess the safety and pharmacokinetic interactions between EBR and GZR and single doses of cyclosporine, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), and prednisone. This was a 4-part, open-label study in 58 healthy volunteers. Participants received single doses of cyclosporine 400 mg, tacrolimus 2 mg, MMF 1 g, or prednisone 40 mg alone or in the presence of once-daily EBR 50 mg/GZR 200 mg...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329484/effects-of-teriparatide-compared-with-risedronate-on-the-risk-of-fractures-in-subgroups-of-postmenopausal-women-with-severe-osteoporosis-the-vero-trial
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Piet Geusens, Fernando Marin, David L Kendler, Luis A Russo, Cristiano A F Zerbini, Salvatore Minisola, Jean Jacques Body, Eric Lespessailles, Susan L Greenspan, Alicia Bagur, Jan J Stepan, Péter Lakatos, Enrique Casado, Rüdiger Moericke, Pedro López-Romero, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer
The 2-year, randomized, double-blind, active-controlled fracture endpoint VERO study included postmenopausal women with established osteoporosis, who had at least 2 moderate or 1 severe baseline vertebral fractures (VFx), and BMD T-score ≤-1.5. Patients were treated with either s.c. daily teriparatide 20 μg or oral weekly risedronate 35 mg. As previously reported, the risk of new VFx and clinical fractures (a composite of clinical VFx and non vertebral fragility fractures [NVFFx]) was statistically significantly reduced with teriparatide compared with risedronate...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326030/patient-reported-outcomes-following-abiraterone-acetate-plus-prednisone-added-to-androgen-deprivation-therapy-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-metastatic-castration-naive-prostate-cancer-latitude-an-international-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Kim N Chi, Andrew Protheroe, Alfredo Rodríguez-Antolín, Gaetano Facchini, Henrik Suttman, Nobuaki Matsubara, Zhangqun Ye, Bhumsuk Keam, Ronaldo Damião, Tracy Li, Kelly McQuarrie, Bin Jia, Peter De Porre, Jason Martin, Mary B Todd, Karim Fizazi
BACKGROUND: In the LATITUDE trial, addition of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) improved overall survival compared with placebos plus ADT in patients with newly diagnosed, high-risk, metastatic castration-naive prostate cancer. Understanding the effects of treatments on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is important for treatment decisions; therefore we aimed to analyse the effects of ADT plus abiraterone acetate and prednisone versus ADT plus placebos on PROs and HRQOL in patients in the LATITUDE study...
January 8, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325724/rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-modifying-agents-and-periprosthetic-joint-infection-what-does-a-joint-surgeon-need-to-know
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REVIEW
Mehrnoush H Yeganeh, Michael M Kheir, Alisina Shahi, Javad Parvizi
The incidence of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is 1.6× greater than in patients undergoing the same procedure for osteoarthritis. This higher risk "may" be due to the immunosuppressive therapies for RA patients including corticosteroids, such as prednisone, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), such as methotrexate. There is a debate about the role of DMARDs in increasing the incidence of subsequent PJI. Studies show conflicting results, with some demonstrating no significant increase in the rates of PJI and some finding otherwise...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
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