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Reiko Yamada, Takashi Sakuno, Hiroyuki Inoue, Hiroshi Miura, Toshifumi Takeuchi, Yasunori Shiono, Hiroaki Okuse, Misaki Nakamura, Masaki Katsurahara, Yasuhiko Hamada, Kyosuke Tanaka, Noriyuki Horiki, Yoshiyuki Takei
A 49-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with pancreatitis. He was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus at 34 years of age and was being treated with oral tacrolimus (3 mg/day) and predonine (10 mg/day) for the past 15 months. The computed tomography (CT) scan showed the mass lesion had invaded the pancreatic head via thickening of the duodenal wall. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed the all-round ulcerative lesion from the superior duodenal angle to the descending portion. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL)...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Juanita Romero-Díaz, Roberto Iván Acosta-Hernández, Sergio Criales-Vera, Erick Kimura-Hayama, Maricruz Domínguez-Quintana, Rocío Morán-Contla, Carlos Núñez-Alvarez, Pilar Lara-Reyes, Carlos Aguilar-Salinas, Jorge Sánchez-Guerrero
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the prevalence and extent of asymptomatic coronary artery atherosclerosis are increased in men with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) compared with age- and sex-matched controls, and to define the associated risk factors. METHODS: Ninety-five patients with SLE (mean ± SD age, 34.7 ± 10.1 yrs) and 100 control subjects (age 34.8 ± 9.7 yrs) with no history of coronary artery disease were screened for coronary artery calcification using multidetector computed tomography...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Ji Yang, Xue Yang, Jie Yang, Ming Li
OBJECTIVE: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is a commonly used medicine for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and Th17 cells are closely related to the pathogenesis of SLE. However, the role and mechanism of HCQ on Th17 cell differentiation in SLE is not clearly understood. Here, we investigate the effect of HCQ on Th17 cell differentiation both in vitro and in patients with SLE. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with SLE were divided into 2 treatment groups: prednisone alone and HCQ plus prednisone...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Ming Gao, Weihua Zhang, Waiou Zhao, Ling Qin, Fei Pei, Yang Zheng
RATIONALE: Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a rare disease characterized by hypereosinophilia and its ensuing organ damage. Cardiac involvement is divided into 3 chronological stages: an acute necrotic stage; a thrombus formation stage; and a fibrotic stage. Infiltration of the myocardium by eosinophilic cells followed by endomyocardial fibrosis is known as "Loeffler endocarditis." PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 60-year-old man diagnosed with left-sided restrictive cardiomyopathy...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xin Huang, Yingkai Li, Huiyu Feng, Pei Chen, Weibin Liu
Objectives: To describe the clinical profile, clinical outcomes and factors that may affect the outcome of juvenile myasthenia gravis (JMG) patients in southern China. Methods: We reviewed information relating to JMG patients treated and evaluated at the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, between 1998 and 2015. The study involved 327 JMG patients who had been followed up for ≥1 year. Results: Overall, 77.4% patients showed initial symptoms in the prepubertal period (<12 years)...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Manish K Thakur, Lance Heilbrun, Kimberlee Dobson, Julie Boerner, Karri Stark, Jing Li, Daryn Smith, Elisabeth Heath, Joseph Fontana, Ulka Vaishampayan
BACKGROUND: Pasireotide (SOM230; Novartis Inc, Basel, Switzerland) is a multitargeted somatostatin receptor analogue likely to treat the neuroendocrine, and docetaxel resistant components within metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). This phase I trial tested the combination of pasireotide, docetaxel, and prednisone in pretreated mCRPC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Chemotherapy naive mCRPC patients received docetaxel 75 mg/m2 intravenously every 21 days and pasireotide intramuscularly every 28 days at escalating dose levels of 40, 60, and 80 mg...
February 13, 2018: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
George D Liatsos, Ioanna Tsironi, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos, Spyridon Dourakis
In severe cases of pancytopenia with subsequent infections due to long-term untreated Felty's syndrome, the initiation of immunosuppressive treatment with sole prednisone (1 mg/kg iv ) should be considered, despite that, the low neutrocytes count would make one physician hesitant. A full resolution of whole blood count within 3 weeks and a 30% reduction in spleens sized was noted.
March 2018: Clinical Case Reports
Karin P S Langenberg-Ververgaert, Ronald M Laxer, Angela S Punnett, L Lee Dupuis, Yaron Finkelstein, Oussama Abla
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) has been associated with hematological malignancies but has not been reported in association with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). We hereby describe the first pediatric patient with FMF and stage IIA nodular sclerosis HL. She was treated with prednisone, doxorubicin, vincristine and etoposide (OEPA) being on therapy with colchicine. However, she suffered more than expected treatment-related toxicity attributed either to chemotherapy (severe neutropenia) or colchicine (Abdominal pains and diarrhoea)...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Patrick R Wood, Evan Manning, Joshua F Baker, Bryant England, Lisa Davis, Grant W Cannon, Ted R Mikuls, Liron Caplan
AIM: To determine the scope of acute hypoglycemic effects for certain anti-rheumatic medications in a large retrospective observational study. METHODS: Patients enrolled in the Veterans Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis (VARA) registry were selected who, during follow-up, initiated treatment with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi's, including etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, golimumab, or certolizumab), prednisone, or conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and for whom proximate random blood glucose (RBG) measurements were available within a window 2-wk prior to, and 6 mo following, medication initiation...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Diabetes
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Chris S Earl, Teh Wooi Keong, Shi-qi An, Sarah Murdoch, Yvonne McCarthy, Junkal Garmendia, Joseph Ward, J Maxwell Dow, Liang Yang, George A O'Toole & Robert P RyanThe above article, published May 20 2015 in EMBO Molecular Medicine , has been retracted by agreement between the authors of the study, CSE, TWK, SQA, SM, YMcC, JG, JW, JMD, LY, RPR, the journal Chief Editor and the EMBO Head of Scientific Publications in accordance with the outcomes of independent investigations conducted by the University of Dundee and University College Cork...
March 12, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Eli M Miloslavsky, John L Niles, Zachary S Wallace, Frank B Cortazar, Ana Fernandes, Karen Laliberte, John H Stone
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic advances in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) have improved patient survival, but mortality rates remain higher than the general population. Glucocorticoids contribute to AAV morbidity and mortality. We examined whether an 8-week glucocorticoid course in combination with rituximab (RTX) would induce disease remission in patients with AAV. METHODS: Patients with active AAV received an 8-week prednisone taper and RTX 375mg/m2 weekly for 4 weeks...
February 3, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Shan Yang, You-Chen Zhang, Hui-Wen Li, Zheng-Yong Jin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the protective effect of prostaglandin E1 (PGE-1) against brain injury induced by hyperoxia in neonatal rats and observe the changes in the expression of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP), and to provide a theoretical basis for the clinical application of PGE-1 in the treatment of neonatal brain injury induced by hyperoxia. METHODS: Sixty neonatal Wistar rats were randomly divided into air control group, hyperoxic brain injury model group, and hyperoxic brain injury+PGE-1 group...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Joanna L Kaplan, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Jessie S Sutton, Joshua A Stern
BACKGROUND: The teratogenic effects of immunomodulatory and certain antimicrobial therapies are described in small rodents and humans. While the described teratogenic effects in small rodents have been extrapolated to make conclusions about its use in the pregnant dam, teratogenic effects of prednisone and doxycycline have not yet been reported in the dog. Here we report and describe midline defects observed in a litter of golden retriever puppies exposed to mid-gestational immunosuppressive and antimicrobial therapy...
March 12, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Petr Kosztyu, Martin Hill, Jana Jemelkova, Lydie Czernekova, Leona Raskova Kafkova, Miroslav Hruby, Karel Matousovic, Karel Vondrak, Josef Zadrazil, Ivan Sterzl, Jiri Mestecky, Milan Raska
BACKGROUND/AIMS: IgA nephropathy is associated with aberrant O-glycosylation of IgA1, which is recognized by autoantibodies leading to the formation of circulating immune complexes. Some of them, after deposition into kidney mesangium, trigger glomerular injury. In patients with active disease nonresponding to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II blockers, corticosteroids are recommended. METHODS: The relationship between the corticosteroid therapy and serum levels of IgA, aberrantly O-glycosylated IgA1, IgA-containing immune complexes and their mesangioproliferative activity was analyzed in IgA nephropathy patients and disease and healthy controls...
March 6, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Michal Solomon, Aviv Barzilai, Hila Elphasy, Henri Trau, Sharon Baum
BACKGROUND: Erysipelas, an acute infection of the dermal and subcutaneous tissue, is normally treated with antibiotics. Previous data indicated that treatment with prednisone in combination with antibiotics results in significant acceleration of the healing phase. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of corticosteroids combined with antibiotics for the treatment of erysipelas. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted on hospitalized patients diagnosed with erysipelas between 2004 and 2011 at the Department of Dermatology at Sheba Medical Center, Israel...
March 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Francesca Re, Ilenia Manfra, Filomena Russo, Caterina Plenteda, Angelica Spolzino, Elena Follini, Maria Gullo, Claudia Romano, Maria Cristina Baroni, Franco Aversa
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare, life-threatening blood disorder characterized by intravascular hemolysis, thrombosis and bone marrow failure. Acute kidney injury, including acute renal failure, have been reported in patients with PNH. We report the case of a 36-year-old male patient with PNH who developed acute kidney injury following an infection of undetermined diagnosis. Although hemolysis was initially controlled and renal function stabilized following packed red blood cell transfusion and empirical levofloxacin and prednisone, he later experienced recurrent episodes of hemolysis and hematuria requiring monthly red blood cell support...
March 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Arvind Chopra, Manjit Saluja, Toktam Kianifard, Deepa Chitre, Anuradha Venugopalan
BACKGROUND: Data on long term use of Ayurvedic drugs is sparse. They may prove useful if combined with modern medicine in certain clinical situations (integrative medicine). We present the results of a long term observational study of RA-1 (Ayurvedic drug) used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: On completion of a 16 week randomized controlled study, 165 consenting volunteer patients were enrolled into a three year open label phase (OLP) study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Daphne S Bakker, Floor M Garritsen, Helen L Leavis, Jorien van der Schaft, Carla A F M Bruijnzeel-Koomen, Marcel P H van den Broek, Marjolein S de Bruin-Weller
INTRODUCTION: Oral immunosuppressive drugs are commonly used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). In patients with autoimmune- and rheumatic diseases, these drugs have been associated with lymphopenia. Lymphopenia is related to an increased risk of opportunistic infections. The incidence of lymphopenia in patients with AD treated with oral immunosuppressive drugs is yet unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the occurrence of recurrent lymphopenia in patients with AD treated with oral immunosuppressive drugs and to make recommendations for screening in daily practice...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Elliot M Silver, William Ochoa
BACKGROUND Chronic intake of high-dose corticosteroids is associated with multiple adverse clinical effects, including hypertension, insulin resistance, impaired wound healing, immunosuppression, myopathy, and osteoporosis. In cases of autoimmune disease, use of steroid-sparing treatment modalities is preferred over chronic steroid therapy to limit these side effects. Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy is a less common side effect of chronic steroid use in patients treated with <10 mg/day of prednisone. However, doses exceeding 40-60 mg/day can induce clinically significant myopathy and weakness...
March 11, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Eric P Hoffman, Valerie Riddle, Maxime A Siegler, Daniel Dickerson, Miroslav Backonja, William G Kramer, Kanneboyina Nagaraju, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Jesse M Damsker, John M McCall
BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoid drugs are highly effective anti-inflammatory agents, but chronic use is associated with extensive pharmacodynamic safety concerns that have a considerable negative impact on patient quality of life. PURPOSE: Vamorolone (VBP15) is a first-in-class steroidal multi-functional drug that shows potent inhibition of pro-inflammatory NFkB pathways via high-affinity binding to the glucocorticoid receptor, high affinity antagonism for the mineralocorticoid receptor, and membrane stabilization properties...
March 7, 2018: Steroids
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