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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054908/strange-case-of-dimorphic-skin-rash-in-a-patient-with-cirrhosis-atypical-herpes-simplex-and-sweet-s-syndrome
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Cyriac Abby Philips, Rajaguru Paramaguru, Philip Augustine
A middle-aged man with decompensated cirrhosis and a dimorphic multisite skin rash is diagnosed with rare atypical herpes simplex infection, manifesting Sweet's syndrome (SS) in the absence of other described associations. SS, an acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis, has three common forms-classical or idiopathic, malignancy associated and drug induced. Systemic autoimmune, connective tissue diseases and infections are also strong associations. The latter is commonly described in Gram-positive bacteria, salmonellosis and Yersinia Herpes infections are a rare cause of SS, reported only thrice in literature, one with concomitant lupus, the second with associated mycobacterial infection and third, in metastatic breast disease in contrast to our patient...
October 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054902/chylous-ascites-in-a-patient-with-an-overlap-syndrome-a-surprising-response-to-rituximab
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Alexandra Daniel, Gianluca Bagnato, Edward Vital, Francesco Del Galdo
The authors present a case of a 51-year-old woman with clinical diagnosis of mixed connective tissue disease and overlap systemic lupus erythematosus features, with a 6-month history of progressive painless abdominal distension. On examination, evident signs of ascites were present. Both the abdominal-pelvic ultrasound and CT scan confirmed a large amount of ascites. A diagnostic paracentesis was performed, which revealed typical features of chylous ascites (CA). An extensive diagnostic work-up led by a multidisciplinary team was performed, excluding malignancy, cirrhosis, infectious, as well as cardiac and primary lymphatic causes...
October 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049933/systemic-autoimmune-diseases-are-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-bipolar-disorder-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Ling-Yi Wang, Jen-Huai Chiang, Shih-Fen Chen, Yu-Chih Shen
BACKGROUND: Studies suggested autoimmunity plays a role in the etiology of bipolar disorder (BD). This study aimed to investigate the association between systemic autoimmune diseases (SADs) and the subsequent development of BD, and examine the potential risk factors for developing BD. METHODS: Patients with SADs were identified in the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). A comparison cohort was created by matching patients without SADs with age. The SADs cohort consisted of 65,498 while the comparison cohort consisted of 261,992 patients...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770708/the-interaction-between-anti-ro-ssa-and-anti-la-ssb-autoantibodies-and-anti-infectious-antibodies-in-a-wide-spectrum-of-auto-immune-diseases-another-angle-of-the-autoimmune-mosaic
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Nancy Agmon-Levin, Amir Dagan, Yogev Peri, Juan-Manuel Anaya, Carlo Selmi, Angela Tincani, Nicola Bizzaro, Ljudmila Stojanovich, Jan Damoiseaux, Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, Marta Mosca, Ricard Cervera, Yehuda Shoenfeld
OBJECTIVES: The presence of anti-Ro/SSA and anti-La/SSB antibodies has been linked with autoimmunity in general and with several autoimmune diseases (AID) in particular. In the current study we evaluated these antibodies in a wide spectrum of AID as well as the links between them and anti-infectious antibodies. METHODS: We examined 2082 sera from patients with 16 different AID compared to 524 sera from geographically-matched healthy controls, for the presence and titres of anti-Ro/SSA and anti-La/SSB...
July 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740966/portal-vein-thrombosis-as-a-rare-cause-of-abdominal-pain-when-to-consider
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Cengiz Tavusbay, Erdinç Kamer, Turan Acar, İbrahim Kokulu, Haldun Kar, Özlem Gür
Extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is a rare condition that is characterized by the presence of thrombus within any segment of the portal vein, including the right and left intrahepatic branches. It may also extend to the splenic or superior mesenteric veins. Portal vein thrombosis may be related to cirrhosis or liver malignancy as well as to local inflammatory conditions in the abdomen and genetic or acquired thrombophilic diseases. Currently, PVT is being increasingly diagnosed due to advances in modern imaging techniques...
2017: Turk J Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624334/seasonality-and-autoimmune-diseases-the-contribution-of-the-four-seasons-to-the-mosaic-of-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Abdulla Watad, Shir Azrielant, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Kassem Sharif, Paula David, Itay Katz, Gali Aljadeff, Mariana Quaresma, Galya Tanay, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are a heterogeneous groups of diseases that occur as a results of loss of tolerance to self antigens. While the etiopathogeneis remain obscure, different environmental factors were suggested to have a role in the development of autoimmunity, including infections, low vitamin D levels, UV radiation, and melatonin. Interestingly, such factors possess seasonal variation patterns that could influence disease development, severity and progression. Vitamin D levels which reach a nadir during late winter and early spring is correlated with increased disease activity, clinical severity as well as relapse rates in several disease entities including multiple sclerosis (MS), non-cutaneous flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
August 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372277/mechanobiology-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-which-interest-for-cell-based-treatment
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REVIEW
Céline Huselstein, R Rahouadj, N de Isla, D Bensoussan, J F Stoltz, Y P Li
Thanks to their immune properties, the mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are a promising source for cell therapy. Current clinical trials show that MSC administrated to patients can treat different diseases (graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), liver cirrhosis, systemic lupus, erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes…). In this case, the most common mode of cell administration is the intravenous injection, and the hemodynamic environment of cells induced by blood circulation could interfere on their behavior during the migration and homing towards the injured site...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209103/analysis-of-15-patients-with-abnormal-liver-function-as-the-first-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-symptom
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Y Gao, W Li, Q-H Meng, H-X Liu, Y-K Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To understand the clinical characteristics of patients with abnormal liver function as the first symptom of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Here, 15 patients admitted to a hospital from January 2010 to December 2013 with initial presentation of lupus-related hepatitis or cirrhosis were included. Their SLE-DAI scores and clinical and laboratory data were collected. All cases received liver protection therapy and active SLE controlling treatment with methylprednisolone combined with rapamycin...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127155/the-histone-modification-code-in-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Yasuto Araki, Toshihide Mimura
Autoimmune diseases are chronic inflammatory disorders caused by a loss of self-tolerance, which is characterized by the appearance of autoantibodies and/or autoreactive lymphocytes and the impaired suppressive function of regulatory T cells. The pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases is extremely complex and remains largely unknown. Recent advances indicate that environmental factors trigger autoimmune diseases in genetically predisposed individuals. In addition, accumulating results have indicated a potential role of epigenetic mechanisms, such as histone modifications, in the development of autoimmune diseases...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830342/refractory-ascites-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-further-biological-support-of-intraperitoneal-steroid-treatment-as-a-suitable-therapeutical-option
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Yemil Atisha-Fregoso, Diego F Hernández-Ramírez, Elizabeth Olivares-Martínez, Carlos A Núñez-Alvarez, Luis Llorente, Gabriela Hernández-Molina
The objective of this report was to evaluate the ascitic fluid of a patient with refractory lupus ascites (proband) at different time points-pre- and post-intraperitoneal treatment with dexamethasone-using a multiparametric approach which included the presence of autoantibodies and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, and a proteomic analysis. As controls, we studied two additional patients also with lupus ascites (only at basal evaluation) and two patients with ascites due to alcoholic liver cirrhosis...
March 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27538899/ganglionic-acetylcholine-receptor-autoantibodies-in-patients-with-autoimmune-diseases-including-primary-biliary-cirrhosis
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Yasuhiro Maeda, Shunya Nakane, Osamu Higuchi, Hideki Nakamura, Atsumasa Komori, Kiyoshi Migita, Akihiro Mukaino, Masataka Umeda, Kunihiro Ichinose, Mami Tamai, Shin-Ya Kawashiri, Waka Sakai, Hiroshi Yatsuhashi, Atsushi Kawakami, Hidenori Matsuo
OBJECTIVES: Autonomic dysfunction is closely associated with autoimmune diseases (AID) including primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of anti-ganglionic (nicotinic) acetylcholine receptor (gAChR) antibodies in patients with AID. METHODS: We determined the presence of gAChR antibodies in serum samples from 146 patients (systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE] = 32; rheumatoid arthritis [RA] = 43; systemic sclerosis [SSc] = 38; PBC= 33) without information regarding autonomic symptoms, as well as 34 patients with other neurological diseases [OND], and 73 healthy controls [HC]...
July 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27409579/rheumatic-disease-autoantibodies-in-autoimmune-liver-diseases
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Shirley R R Utiyama, Katiane B Zenatti, Heloisa A J Nóbrega, Juliana Z C Soares, Thelma L Skare, Caroline Matsubara, Dominique A Muzzilo, Renato M Nisihara
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune liver diseases (ALDs) are known to be associated with systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) and their autoantibodies. We aimed to study the prevalence of SARDs and related autoantibodies, as well as their prognostic implications in a group of patients with ALDs. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Sixty patients with ALDs (38.3% with autoimmune hepatitis; 11.7% with primary biliary cirrhosis; 25% with primary sclerosing cholangitis and 25% with overlap syndrome) were studied for the presence of SARDs and their autoantibodies...
August 2016: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27396525/the-critical-role-of-epigenetics-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Hai Long, Heng Yin, Ling Wang, M Eric Gershwin, Qianjin Lu
One of the major disappointments in human autoimmunity has been the relative failure on genome-wide association studies to provide "smoking genetic guns" that would explain the critical role of genetic susceptibility to loss of tolerance. It is well known that autoimmunity refers to the abnormal state that the dysregulated immune system attacks the healthy cells and tissues due to the loss of immunological tolerance to self-antigens. Its clinical outcomes are generally characterized by the presence of autoreactive immune cells and (or) the development of autoantibodies, leading to various types of autoimmune disorders...
November 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27338104/immunoglobulin-g-levels-as-a-prognostic-factor-for-autoimmune-hepatitis-combined-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Doo-Ho Lim, Yong-Gil Kim, Danbi Lee, Soo Min Ahn, Seokchan Hong, Chang-Keun Lee, Bin Yoo
OBJECTIVE: Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic progressive liver disease characterized by circulating autoantibodies and hyperglobulinemia. This study was conducted to identify the features of AIH accompanied by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE-AIH) that differ from those of primary AIH (P-AIH), and to evaluate factors that affect the outcome for SLE-AIH patients. METHODS: From May 1995 to April 2014, clinical data (including liver pathology) from 164 patients with P-AIH and 23 patients with SLE-AIH were collected from an electronic database at a tertiary referral center...
July 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26765478/increased-risks-of-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis-and-interstitial-lung-disease-in-primary-biliary-cirrhosis-patients-with-concomitant-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome
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Chun-Ting Chen, Yu-Chen Tseng, Chih-Wei Yang, Hsuan-Hwai Lin, Peng-Jen Chen, Tien-Yu Huang, Yu-Lueng Shih, Wei-Kuo Chang, Tsai-Yuan Hsieh, Heng-Cheng Chu
The incidence of Sjögren syndrome (SS) in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) patients is high. The influence of SS on the clinical outcomes of PBC patients, however, remains unclear. Our study retrospectively collected data on PBC-only patients and PBC patients with concomitant SS (PBC-SS) to compare the clinical differences of long-term outcomes between them.A total of 183 patients were diagnosed with PBC from January 1999 to December 2014 at our hospital. Of these, the authors excluded patients with diabetes, hypertension, advanced liver cirrhosis at initial diagnosis of PBC (Child-Turcotte-Pugh classification score of ≥7) and other liver diseases (ie, alcoholic liver disease, alpha-antitrypsin deficiency, viral hepatitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis), and autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis...
January 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26713507/x-chromosome-dose-and-sex-bias-in-autoimmune-diseases-increased-prevalence-of-47-xxx-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Ke Liu, Biji T Kurien, Sarah L Zimmerman, Kenneth M Kaufman, Diana H Taft, Leah C Kottyan, Sara Lazaro, Carrie A Weaver, John A Ice, Adam J Adler, James Chodosh, Lida Radfar, Astrid Rasmussen, Donald U Stone, David M Lewis, Shibo Li, Kristi A Koelsch, Ann Igoe, Mitali Talsania, Jay Kumar, Jacen S Maier-Moore, Valerie M Harris, Rajaram Gopalakrishnan, Roland Jonsson, James A Lessard, Xianglan Lu, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg, Juan-Manuel Anaya, Deborah S Cunninghame-Graham, Andrew J W Huang, Michael T Brennan, Pamela Hughes, Gabor G Illei, Corinne Miceli-Richard, Edward C Keystone, Vivian P Bykerk, Gideon Hirschfield, Gang Xie, Wan-Fai Ng, Gunnel Nordmark, Per Eriksson, Roald Omdal, Nelson L Rhodus, Maureen Rischmueller, Michael Rohrer, Barbara M Segal, Timothy J Vyse, Marie Wahren-Herlenius, Torsten Witte, Bernardo Pons-Estel, Marta E Alarcon-Riquelme, Joel M Guthridge, Judith A James, Christopher J Lessard, Jennifer A Kelly, Susan D Thompson, Patrick M Gaffney, Courtney G Montgomery, Jeffrey C Edberg, Robert P Kimberly, Graciela S Alarcón, Carl L Langefeld, Gary S Gilkeson, Diane L Kamen, Betty P Tsao, W Joseph McCune, Jane E Salmon, Joan T Merrill, Michael H Weisman, Daniel J Wallace, Tammy O Utset, Erwin P Bottinger, Christopher I Amos, Katherine A Siminovitch, Xavier Mariette, Kathy L Sivils, John B Harley, R Hal Scofield
OBJECTIVE: More than 80% of autoimmune disease predominantly affects females, but the mechanism for this female bias is poorly understood. We suspected that an X chromosome dose effect accounts for this, and we undertook this study to test our hypothesis that trisomy X (47,XXX; occurring in ∼1 in 1,000 live female births) would be increased in patients with female-predominant diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE], primary Sjögren's syndrome [SS], primary biliary cirrhosis, and rheumatoid arthritis [RA]) compared to patients with diseases without female predominance (sarcoidosis) and compared to controls...
May 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26680081/combined-heart-and-liver-transplantation-the-cedars-sinai-experience
#17
H J Reich, M Awad, A Ruzza, M A De Robertis, D Ramzy, N Nissen, S Colquhoun, F Esmailian, A Trento, J Kobashigawa, L S Czer
PURPOSE: Combined heart-liver transplantation is an increasingly accepted treatment for select patients with heart and liver disease. Despite growing optimism, heart-liver transplantation remains an infrequent operation. We report our institutional experience with heart-liver transplantation. METHODS: All combined heart-liver transplantations at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 1998-2014 were analyzed. Primary outcomes were patient and graft survival and secondary outcomes included rejection, infection, reoperation, length of stay, and readmission...
November 2015: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26667603/comparison-of-elecsys-anti-hcv-ii-assay-with-other-hcv-screening-assays
#18
Dongdong Li, Siyuan Zhu, Tingting Wang, Jingna An, Lanlan Wang, Chuanmin Tao
OBJECTIVE: Early detection of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an important step in preventing progression to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Serologic assays for anti-HCV antibody are valuable first-line tests in the screening and diagnosis of HCV infection. This study's aim was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of Elecsys Anti-HCV II assay for HCV screening. DESIGN AND METHODS: A total of 1,044 routine sera, 20 known HCV-positive samples, plus 54 preselected weakly positive samples were tested for anti-HCV with Elecsys Anti-HCV II assay, Elecsys Anti-HCV assays, InTec HCV enzymoimmunoassay (EIA), and Livzon Anti-HCV EIA...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26531065/tissue-xpert%C3%A2-mtb-rif-assay-is-of-limited-use-in-diagnosing-peritoneal-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-exudative-ascites
#19
Chinmay Bera, Joy Sarojini Michael, Deepak Burad, Suzana B Shirly, Sridhar Gibikote, Banumathi Ramakrishna, Ashish Goel, C E Eapen
BACKGROUND: Xpert™ MTB/Rif is a multiplex hemi-nested real-time PCR-based assay to detect presence of M. tuberculosis within 2 hours of sample collection. The present study aimed at assessing efficacy of Xpert™ MTB/Rif assay for diagnosing peritoneal tuberculosis. METHODS: Patients with exudative ascites, fluid negative for acid-fast bacilli on auramine O fluorescence staining and unyielding fluid cytology for malignant cells, were included. Ultrasound-guided omental biopsy samples were obtained in all...
September 2015: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26473500/a-role-for-hla-drb1-1101-and-drb1-0801-in-cognitive-ability-and-its-decline-with-age
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Antony Payton, Piers Dawes, Hazel Platt, Cynthia C Morton, David R Moore, Jonathan Massey, Michael Horan, William Ollier, Kevin J Munro, Neil Pendleton
Cognitive abilities (memory, processing speed, vocabulary, and fluid intelligence) are correlated with educational attainment and occupational status, as well as physical and mental health. The variation in cognitive abilities observed within a population has a substantial genetic contribution (heritability ∼50%) and yet the identification of genetic polymorphisms from both genome-wide association and candidate studies have to date only uncovered a limited number of genetic variants that exert small genetic effects...
March 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
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