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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334700/single-agent-pixantrone-as-a-bridge-to-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-patient-with-refractory-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Lorena Appio, Carlo Landoni, Maria La Targia, Vanda Bertolli, Martina Chiarucci, Giovanni Crovetti, Elisabetta Vassenna, Giovanni Serio, Marco Bregni
Aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma is associated with poor long-term survival after relapse or resistance to chemotherapy. We report a case of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma refractory to first-line R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) and second-line R-DHAP (rituximab, dexamethasone, cytarabine, and cisplatin) chemotherapy treatments. The patient achieved remission with single-agent pixantrone, and received a consolidation with high-dose BEAM (BCNU, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan) chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation...
March 24, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332959/de-novo-donor-specific-antibody-formation-in-tacrolimus-based-mycophenolate-versus-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-immunosuppressive-regimens
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Zain Mithani, Jane Gralla, Oluwafisayo Adebiyi, Patrick Klem, James E Cooper, Alexander C Wiseman
OBJECTIVES: De novo donor-specific antibody formation posttransplant is associated with decreased graft survival. It is not known whether mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors may be advantageous or detrimental compared with mycophenolate in the prevention of de novo donor-specific antibody formation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared 66 kidney and kidney-pancreas transplant recipients who received tacrolimus, mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor, and prednisone (group 1; 36 of whom received everolimus and 30 of whom received sirolimus) versus 132 patients who received tacrolimus, mycophenolate, and prednisone (group 2) matched for age, sex, race, and type/timing of transplant from 2007 to 2012...
March 22, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329506/n%C3%A3-dulos-subcut%C3%A3-neos-faciales-de-3-meses-de-evoluci%C3%A3-n
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Antonio Martinez-Lopez, Israel Pérez-Lopez, Daniel Sánchez-Cano, Ricardo Ruiz-Villaverde
Siliconomas are subcutaneous nodules that usuallyappear as a consequence of the migration of freesilicon implanted in other locations. They are morefrequent in women with abnormal breast implants,such as poly implant prostheses (PIP), but they may alsoappear after illegal injection of free silicone. We reporta 57-year-old woman who attended our Dermatologyclinic complaining of relapsing facial panniculitis ofunknown origin. After a thorough work-up, thesenodules were determined to be the consequence ofdermal filler made with fluid silicone, which had beeninjected 20 years prior...
February 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328159/improved-disease-activity-with-fosdagrocorat-pf-04171327-a-partial-agonist-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-phase-2-randomized-study
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Thomas Stock, Dona Fleishaker, Xin Wang, Arnab Mukherjee, Charles Mebus
AIM: To assess efficacy and safety of fosdagrocorat (PF-04171327), a potential dissociated agonist of the glucocorticoid receptor, in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: This multicenter, double-blind, parallel-group, active- and placebo-controlled Phase 2 study (NCT00938587) randomized 86 patients (1 : 1 : 1 : 1) to receive fosdagrocorat 10 mg, fosdagrocorat 25 mg, prednisone 5 mg or placebo, all with stable background methotrexate therapy. The primary outcome was change from baseline in Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28-4[C-reactive protein (CRP)]) after 2 weeks of treatment...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326867/adverse-prognostic-impact-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-gene-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Kyong-Ah Yoon, Min Kyeong Kim, Hyeon-Seok Eom, Hyewon Lee, Weon Seo Park, Ji Yeon Sohn, Man Jin Kim, Sun-Young Kong
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays an important role in angiogenesis and progression of cancer and its expression was associated with gene polymorphisms. Since the impact of polymorphisms of the VEGF on non-Hodgkin lymphoma prognosis has not been fully elucidated, we investigated 149 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients treated with rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) at the National Cancer Center, Korea. Five polymorphisms were analyzed with clinical characteristics as well as international prognostic index (IPI)...
March 22, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326206/chronic-hepatitis-with-liver-granulomas-in-a-patient-with-granuloma-annulare-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Majid Alsahafi, Mohammed I AlJasser, Sunil Kalia, H M Yang, Alnoor Ramji
Granuloma annulare (GA) is a benign granulomatous skin disorder of unknown etiology. GA is rarely associated with liver diseases. We report a unique case of chronic hepatitis with liver granulomas in a patient with GA. Despite an extensive workup, no clear etiology for the hepatitis was found. Based on the possible immune pathophysiology of GA and the presence of liver granulomas, the patient was treated with prednisone and azathioprine which resulted in complete normalization of the liver enzymes and concurrent improvement of GA...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321355/a-rare-presentation-of-sarcoidosis-as-a-pancreatic-head-mass
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Shruti Mony, Pradnya D Patil, Rebekah English, Ananya Das, Daniel A Culver, Tanmay S Panchabhai
Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous syndrome of unknown etiology with noncaseating epithelioid granulomas being the pathognomonic pathological finding. Sarcoidosis most commonly involves the lungs and involvement of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is uncommon. Pancreatic sarcoidosis is very rare, especially when it is the presenting feature of sarcoidosis and can masquerade as pancreatic cancer. Tissue infiltration in pancreatic sarcoidosis can lead to either a diffuse nodular appearance or a mass-like lesion...
2017: Case Reports in Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321110/primary-pulmonary-diffuse-large-b-cell-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#8
Ziqiang Zhu, Wei Liu, Omar Mamlouk, James E O'Donnell, Debabrata Sen, Boris Avezbakiyev
BACKGROUND Primary pulmonary diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is extremely rare neoplasm representing only 0.5-1% of primary pulmonary malignancies. These patients usually have non-specific clinical presentation and radiological findings. Therefore, it is important to increase awareness of this rare disease, as the correct characterization of the tumors will have therapeutic and prognostic implications. CASE REPORT We present the case of a middle-aged Hispanic woman with chronic cough and an abnormal chest X-ray revealing a lung mass, who was found to have primary pulmonary DLBCL...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320767/comparing-outcomes-between-antibody-induction-therapies-in-kidney-transplantation
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Neel Koyawala, Jeffrey H Silber, Paul R Rosenbaum, Wei Wang, Alexander S Hill, Joseph G Reiter, Bijan A Niknam, Orit Even-Shoshan, Roy D Bloom, Deirdre Sawinski, Susanna Nazarian, Jennifer Trofe-Clark, Mary Ann Lim, Jesse D Schold, Peter P Reese
Kidney transplant recipients often receive antibody induction. Previous studies of induction therapy were often limited by short follow-up and/or absence of information about complications. After linking Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network data with Medicare claims, we compared outcomes between three induction therapies for kidney recipients. Using novel matching techniques developed on the basis of 15 clinical and demographic characteristics, we generated 1:1 pairs of alemtuzumab-rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) (5330 pairs) and basiliximab-rATG (9378 pairs) recipients...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318196/-paradoxical-reaction-to-antituberculosis-treatment-in-an-immunocompetent-girl-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Ignacio Ruiz Del Olmo Izuzquiza, Claudia Orden Rueda, Laura Ochoa Gómez, Nuria Clavero Montañés, Enrique Berdún Chéliz, Carmelo Guerrero Laleona
Paradoxical reaction to antituberculosis treatment is rare in paediatric population. We report a 9-year-old girl with high fever and productive cough for the last three weeks. Tuberculine test and Quantiferon were positive, erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 64 mm/h, culture and polymerase chain reaction for M. tuberculosis negative, and chest X ray showed a widened right mediastinum. Tuberculosis was diagnosed, therefore treatment with standard doses of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide and ethambutol was started...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318049/kaposiform-hemangioendothelioma-presenting-as-hydrops-fetalis
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Elena Sobrino-Fernández, Minia Campos-Domínguez, Rebeca Gregorio-Hernández, Jorge Huerta-Aragonés, Cristina Beléndez-Bieler, Ángel Lancharro-Zapata, María Luisa Franco-Fernández, Belén Bernardo-Atienza, Manuel Sánchez-Luna
We describe the case of a 33-week preterm infant who developed nonimmune hydrops fetalis secondary to a kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE). The tumor was successfully treated with vincristine, prednisone, ticlopidine, and aspirin. KHE can be an unusual cause of hydrops fetalis; in such cases, diagnosis can be challenging since generalized edema can obscure KHE.
March 20, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317629/mycobacterium-kansasii-infection-in-a-patient-receiving-biologic-therapy-not-all-reactive-interferon-gamma-release-assays-are-tuberculosis
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Nasir Saleem, Raya Saba, Srikanth Maddika, Mitchell Weinstein
Mycobacterium kansasii, a nontuberculous mycobacterium, can lead to lung disease similar to tuberculosis. Immunotherapeutic biologic agents predispose to infections with mycobacteria, including M kansasii. T-cell-mediated interferon gamma release assays like QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test (QFT) are widely used by clinicians for the diagnosis of infections with Mycobacterium tuberculosis; however, QFT may also show positive result with certain nontuberculous mycobacterial infections. We report a case of M kansasii pulmonary infection, with a positive QFT, in an immunocompromised patient receiving prednisone, leflunomide and tocilizumab, a humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316087/influence-of-abcc2-cyp2c8-and-cyp2j2-polymorphisms-on-tacrolimus-and-mycophenolate-sodium-based-treatment-in-brazilian-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Fabiana D V Genvigir, Alvaro M Nishikawa, Claudia R Felipe, Helio Tedesco-Silva, Nagilla Oliveira, Antony B C Salazar, Jose O Medina-Pestana, Sonia Q Doi, Mario H Hirata, Rosario D C Hirata
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding metabolizing enzymes (CYP2C8, CYP2J2, and UGT2B7) and transporters (ABCC2 and ABCG2) on dose and/or dose-adjusted trough blood concentrations (C/D ratio), clinical outcomes, and occurrence of adverse events of tacrolimus and mycophenolate sodium in Brazilian kidney transplant recipients. DESIGN: Pharmacogenetic analysis of patients enrolled in a previously published study...
March 17, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315481/a-patient-advocate-to-facilitate-access-and-improve-communication-care-and-outcomes-in-adults-with-moderate-or-severe-asthma-rationale-design-and-methods-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andrea J Apter, Knashawn H Morales, Xiaoyan Han, Luzmercy Perez, Jingru Huang, Grace Ndicu, Anna Localio, Alyssa Nardi, Heather Klusaritz, Marisa Rogers, Alexis Phillips, Zuleyha Cidav, J Sanford Schwartz
Few interventions to improve asthma outcomes have targeted low-income minority adults. Even fewer have focused on the real-world practice where care is delivered. We adapted a patient navigator, here called a Patient Advocate (PA), a term preferred by patients, to facilitate and maintain access to chronic care for adults with moderate or severe asthma and prevalent co-morbidities recruited from clinics serving low-income urban neighborhoods. We describe the planning, design, methodology (informed by patient and provider focus groups), baseline results, and challenges of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of 312 adults of a PA intervention implemented in a variety of practices...
March 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314838/a-phase-i-study-of-abiraterone-acetate-combined-with-bez235-a-dual-pi3k-mtor-inhibitor-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#15
Xiao X Wei, Andrew C Hsieh, Won Kim, Terence Friedlander, Amy M Lin, Mirela Louttit, Charles J Ryan
LESSONS LEARNED: The combination of standard dose abiraterone acetate and BEZ235, a pan-class I PI3K and mTORC1/2 inhibitor, was poorly tolerated in men with progressive mCRPC.Although the clinical development of BEZ235 has been discontinued in prostate cancer, agents that more selectively target PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling may have a more favorable therapeutic index and should continue to be explored. BACKGROUND: Androgen receptor (AR) and phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling are two commonly perturbed pathways in prostate cancer...
March 17, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314611/clinical-outcomes-from-androgen-signaling-directed-therapy-after-treatment-with-abiraterone-acetate-and-prednisone-in-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-post-hoc-analysis-of-cou-aa-302
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Matthew R Smith, Fred Saad, Dana E Rathkopf, Peter F A Mulders, Johann S de Bono, Eric J Small, Neal D Shore, Karim Fizazi, Thian Kheoh, Jinhui Li, Peter De Porre, Mary B Todd, Margaret K Yu, Charles J Ryan
In the COU-AA-302 trial, abiraterone acetate plus prednisone significantly increased overall survival for patients with chemotherapy-naïve metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Limited information exists regarding response to subsequent androgen signaling-directed therapies following abiraterone acetate plus prednisone in patients with mCRPC. We investigated clinical outcomes associated with subsequent abiraterone acetate plus prednisone (55 patients) and enzalutamide (33 patients) in a post hoc analysis of COU-AA-302...
March 14, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314425/characteristics-of-hearts-at-necropsy-in-patients-treated-chronically-with-prednisone-the-corticosteroid-heart
#17
William C Roberts, Vera S Won, Anupama Vasudevan, Joseph M Guileyardo
It is known that long-term corticosteroid therapy increases fatty deposits in several human tissues. To quantify the quantity of fatty deposits in the heart in patients on prednisone, we examined the heart at necropsy in 37 patients who had received long-term corticosteroid therapy (prednisone in 34) and compared certain findings in them to those in 194 (steroid-naïve) patients also studied at necropsy at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, in a 3-year period (2013, 2014, and 2015). Significant differences between the 2 groups were found in age, gender, and frequency of coronary artery disease but not in body mass index, frequency of massive cardiac adiposity, heart weight, or frequency of systemic hypertension or diabetes mellitus...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314320/the-clinical-efficacy-of-enzalutamide-in-metastatic-prostate-cancer-prospective-single-center-study
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Giuseppe Cicero, Rossella DE Luca, Patrizia Dorangricchia, Francesco Dieli
BACKGROUND/AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of enzalutamide in Italian patients with hormone-refractory metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, progressing after chemotherapy with docetaxel plus prednisone. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients were enrolled. Reduction in serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was assessed as the primary endpoint, while reduction in pain, safety, progression-free survival and overall survival represented secondary endpoints...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304239/immunoglobulin-g4-related-epidural-inflammatory-pseudotumor-presenting-with-pulmonary-complications-and-spinal-cord-compression-case-report
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Kavelin Rumalla, Kyle A Smith, Paul M Arnold
Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recently defined condition characterized by inflammatory tumefactive lesions in various organ systems. IgG4-RD is a clinical and radiological diagnosis of exclusion and requires the presence of specific histopathological criteria for diagnosis. A 50-year-old man presented to an outside hospital with a 3-month history of progressively worsening back pain and symptoms of pleurisy, nasal crusting, and hematochezia. Radiological workup revealed an epidural-paraspinal mass with displacement of the spinal cord, destruction of the T5-6 vertebrae, and extension into the right lung...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303389/variability-of-diagnostic-criteria-and-treatment-of-idiopathic-nephrotic-syndrome-across-european-countries
#20
Georges Deschênes, Marina Vivarelli, Licia Peruzzi
The aim of the surveys conducted by the Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome Working Group of the ESPN was to study the possible variability of treatment in Europe at different stages of the disease by means of questionnaires sent to members of the Working Group. Four surveys have been completed: treatment of the first flare, treatment of the first relapse and the issue of steroid dependency, use of rituximab, and the management of steroid-resistant patients. A uniform treatment of the first flare was applied in only three countries, and ten additional centers have adopted one of the three main protocols...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
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