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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059643/assessment-of-rehabilitation-potential-in-patients-with-vascular-dysfunction-caused-by-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-dysplasia
#1
Olena V Solyeykо, Iryna P Osypenko, Tetyana V Galych, Mariya O Chernykh
INTRODUCTION: Degradation of collagen, inherent to undifferentiated connective tissue dysplasia (UCTD) syndrome, also influences the changes in the structure of vascular walls. This contributes to the development of configured vascular anomalies, which are an independent predictor of vascular accident risk. Such diversity of UCTD manifestations requires development of prognostic criteria for rehabilitation potential, correction of which may contribute to recovery process in case of development of vascular catastrophe...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993902/cardiac-involvement-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-at-risk-for-systemic-sclerosis-otherwise-referred-to-as-very-early-early-systemic-sclerosis-a-tdi-study
#2
Michele D'Alto, Antonella Riccardi, Paola Argiento, Ilaria Di Stefano, Emanuele Romeo, Agostino Mattera Iacono, Antonello D'Andrea, Serena Fasano, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Marialuisa Bocchino, Ludovico Docimo, Salvatore Tolone, Maria Giovanna Russo, Gabriele Valentini
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease at risk for systemic sclerosis (UCTD-risk-SSc), otherwise referred to as very early-early SSc, is a condition characterized by Raynaud's phenomenon with serum SSc marker autoantibodies and/or typical capillaroscopic findings and unsatisfying classification criteria for the disease. The aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of right (RV) or left ventricular (LV) systolic and/or diastolic dysfunction by standard echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)...
October 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921728/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-an-undervalued-association
#3
REVIEW
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Roberto Caporali, Veronique Ramoni, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTDs) are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by symptoms and signs suggestive of systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease (ARD), but which do not fulfill all the established criteria for definite diagnosis of a condition. Although a third of UCTDs can progress to a definite ARD within months or years, most UCTDs can remain stable for years with minimal disease activity. The annual incidence of UCTD in the general population ranges from 14 to 140 per 100 000 people...
September 16, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792000/-lower-extremity-varicose-veins-in-childhood-and-at-a-young-age-mechanism-of-development-and-specific-features
#4
V V Studennikova, L O Severgina, A N Dzyundzya, I A Korovin
In Russia more than 125,000 patients with various venous diseases, lower extremity varicose veins (LEVV) being predominant, were annually operated on. In recent years, there has been a trend toward younger patients with signs of LEVV. Screening studies have revealed the signs of the disease in 10-15% of high-school children. The high prevalence of LEVV as a whole and its younger onset in recent decades cause more attention to an investigation of the relationship between the development of varicose veins, in childhood and adolescence in particular, and genomic changes...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770704/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-predictors-of-evolution-into-definite-disease
#5
María García-González, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Sagrario Bustabad, Ivan Ferraz-Amaro
OBJECTIVES: The natural evolution of undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD) has not yet been established. The aim of our study was to analyse the clinical outcomes of a cohort of UCTD patients followed in a routine outpatient setting and to establish which clinical, serological or capillaroscopy features are associated with an increased risk of evolution to definite connective tissue disease (CTD). METHODS: Data for this study were collected by a retrospective review of 758 patients referred to our hospital, between 1999 and 2008, with suspected CTD...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747599/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features
#6
REVIEW
Osamu Nishiyama, Yuji Tohda
Some patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) have clinical features that suggest autoimmune process but not fulfill established criteria for connective tissue disease (CTD). Different terms and criteria have been proposed to describe these patients, which includes undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD), lung dominant connective tissue disease (LD-CTD), and autoimmune-featured interstitial lung disease (AIF-ILD). To marshal these ununiform classification criteria, the "European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society Task Force on Undifferentiated Forms of Connective Tissue Disease-associated Interstitial Lung Disease" proposed a consensus regarding the nomenclature and classification criteria for patients with IIP and features of autoimmunity with the term "interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features" (IPAF)...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741088/the-autoimmune-inflammatory-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvants-asia-shoenfeld-s-syndrome-descriptive-analysis-of-300-patients-from-the-international-asia-syndrome-registry
#7
Abdulla Watad, Mariana Quaresma, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Ricard Cervera, Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, Howard Amital, Yehuda Shoenfeld
The autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) is a recently identified condition in which the exposure to an adjuvant leads to an aberrant autoimmune response. We aimed to summarize the results obtained from the ASIA syndrome registry up to December 2016, in a descriptive analysis of 300 cases of ASIA syndrome, with a focus on the adjuvants, the clinical manifestations, and the relationship with other autoimmune diseases. A Web-based registry, based on a multicenter international study, collected clinical and laboratory data in a form of a questionnaire applied to patients with ASIA syndrome...
July 25, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597132/lung-involvement-in-stable-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases-a-rheumatology-perspective
#8
Antonella Riccardi, Rosaria Irace, Ilaria Di Stefano, Michele Iudici, Serena Fasano, Marialuisa Bocchino, Annalisa Capaccio, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Gabriele Valentini
Previous studies of the occurrence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD) were conducted in patients admitted to Respiratory Medicine Units. The aim of the present prospective study was to investigate lung involvement in UCTD patients admitted to a Rheumatology Unit. Eighty-one consecutive UCTD patients were enrolled in the study. Each patient underwent history and physical examination, routine laboratory investigations, antinuclear antibody (ANA) profiling, B-mode echocardiography, and lung function study according to previously reported methods...
August 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476103/intracranial-lesion-as-onset-symptom-in-a-patient-with-early-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-a-case-report
#9
Ying Du, Chuan Li, Dai-di Zhao, Jia-Rui Lu, Wei Zhang, Zhu-Yi Li
BACKGROUND: Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is widely considered to be a distinct clinical entity, and now divided into two subgroups: stable UCTD and early UCTD. The most frequent onset symptoms of UCTD include arthralgias, arthritis, Raynaud's phenomenon, mucocutaneous involvement, and sicca symptoms. However, Neurologic involvement is rare, and intracranial lesion as onset symptom in a patient with early UCTD has not yet been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51-year-old Chinese female experienced progressive left leg weakness for 14 days before hospitalizing in our department...
May 5, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368979/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-fibromyalgia-and-the-environmental-factors
#10
Laura Andreoli, Angela Tincani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to discuss the role of environmental factors in the induction and perpetuation of autoimmunity, with particular focus on undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) and fibromyalgia. These two entities may share undefined clinical and laboratory features and recognize environmental exposures as triggering factors. From this particular point of view, both UCTD and fibromyalgia may resemble the picture of the 'Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants' (ASIA)...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332072/are-the-autoimmune-inflammatory-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvants-asia-and-the-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-uctd-related-to-each-other-a-case-control-study-of-environmental-exposures
#11
F Scanzi, L Andreoli, M Martinelli, M Taraborelli, I Cavazzana, N Carabellese, R Ottaviani, F Allegri, F Franceschini, N Agmon-Levin, Y Shoenfeld, Angela Tincani
The autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) is an entity that includes different autoimmune conditions observed after exposure to an adjuvant. Patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) present many signs and symptoms of ASIA, alluding to the idea that an exposure to adjuvants can be a trigger also for UCTD. The aim of this case-control study was to investigate exposure to adjuvants prior to disease onset in patients affected by UCTD. Ninety-two UCTD patients and 92 age- and sex-matched controls with no malignancy, chronic infections, autoimmune disease nor family history of autoimmune diseases were investigated for exposure to adjuvants...
February 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245862/presence-of-an-interferon-signature-in-individuals-who-are-anti-nuclear-antibody-positive-lacking-a-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-disease-diagnosis
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Joan Wither, Sindhu R Johnson, Tony Liu, Babak Noamani, Dennisse Bonilla, Larissa Lisnevskaia, Earl Silverman, Arthur Bookman, Carolina Landolt-Marticorena
BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of type I interferons (IFNs) are a characteristic feature of the systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) and are thought to play an important pathogenic role. However, it is unknown whether these elevations are seen in anti-nuclear antibody-positive (ANA(+)) individuals who lack sufficient criteria for a SARD diagnosis. We examined IFN-induced gene expression in asymptomatic ANA(+) individuals and patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) to address this question...
February 28, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210273/isolated-ro52-antibodies-as-immunological-marker-of-a-mild-phenotype-of-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
#13
Ana Alonso-Larruga, Sagrario Bustabad, José Antonio Navarro-Gonzálvez, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Andrés Franco, Yvelise Barrios
The term undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is used to describe undiagnosed patients that do not fulfill classification criteria for definite connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren Syndrome, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis). It is important to find serological markers as predictors of the evolution or severity of these diseases. The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate if there was a milder subgroup of UCTD with a special clinical profile consisting only in the presence of anti-Ro52 autoantibodies...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203114/longitudinal-analysis-of-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
#14
Michele Iudici, Rosaria Irace, Antonella Riccardi, Giovanna Cuomo, Serena Vettori, Gabriele Valentini
INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES: To prospectively assess the quality of life (QoL) of patients affected by undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTDs) and to identify factors associated with changes over time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 46 consecutive UCTD patients completed the Short-Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire at presentation and then yearly. At each 6-month visit, all patients underwent a detailed history taking and a laboratory and physical assessment, in order to follow the evolution of the disease over time and to assess the the co-existence of fibromyalgia...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053878/microparticle-subpopulations-are-potential-markers-of-disease-progression-and-vascular-dysfunction-across-a-spectrum-of-connective-tissue-disease
#15
E M McCarthy, D Moreno-Martinez, F L Wilkinson, N J McHugh, I N Bruce, J D Pauling, M Y Alexander, B Parker
OBJECTIVE: Microparticles (MPs) are membrane-bound vesicles derived from vascular and intravascular cells such as endothelial cells (EMPs) and platelets (PMPs). We investigated EMP and PMP numbers across a spectrum of autoimmune rheumatic diseases (AIRDs) with the aim of comparing the levels of, and relationship between, EMPs and PMPs. METHODS: Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) (n = 24), Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) (n = 24), Primary Raynauds Phenomenon (RP) (n = 17) and "other CTD" (n = 15) (Primary Sjogrens Syndrome, UCTD or MCTD) as well as 15 healthy controls were recruited...
June 2017: BBA Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979657/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-and-interstitial-lung-disease-trying-to-define-patterns
#16
María Laura Alberti, Francisco Paulin, Heidegger Mateos Toledo, Martín Eduardo Fernández, Fabián Matías Caro, Jorge Rojas-Serrano, Mayra Edith Mejía
OBJECTIVES: To identify clinical or immunological features in patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) associated interstitial lung disease (ILD), in order to group them and recognize different functional and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) behavior. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. Patients meeting Kinder criteria for UCTD were included. We defined the following predictive variables: 'highly specific' connective tissue disease (CTD) manifestations (Raynaud's phenomenon, dry eyes or arthritis), high antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer (above 1: 320), and 'specific' ANA staining patterns (centromere, cytoplasmic and nucleolar patterns)...
December 12, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703051/application-of-slicc-classification-criteria-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-and-evolution-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-analysis-of-a-large-monocentric-cohort-with-a-long-term-follow-up
#17
A Bortoluzzi, F Furini, F Campanaro, M Govoni
Objectives The objectives of this study were to analyse the performance of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) 2012 classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a large cohort of undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) population at onset of the disease and during a long-term follow-up of 15 years (1999-2013) and to evaluate the transition from UCTD to SLE, according to American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1997 and SLICC 2012 classification criteria...
May 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650429/cxcl4-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-at-risk-for-systemic-sclerosis-ssc-previously-referred-to-as-very-early-ssc
#18
Gabriele Valentini, Antonella Riccardi, Serena Vettori, Rosaria Irace, Michele Iudici, Salvatore Tolone, Ludovico Docimo, Marialuisa Bocchino, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Domenico Cozzolino
The aim of the study was to evaluate CXCL4 levels in undifferentiated connective tissue disease at risk for SSc (UCTD-SSc-risk) and confirm its increase and investigate its prognostic value. Serum CXCL4 levels were measured in 45 patients and 24 controls. CXCL4 was significantly higher in UCTD-SSc-risk patients than in controls. It resulted higher in patients with a shorter disease duration and in those lacking capillaroscopic alterations. We confirm that CXCL4 levels are increased in UCTD-risk-SSc patients...
August 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27458514/development-of-systemic-sclerosis-in-patients-with-autoimmune-hepatitis-an-emerging-overlap-syndrome
#19
Roberto Assandri, Marta Monari, Alessandro Montanelli
AIM: We described two case reports of AIH/SSc overlap syndrome and reviewed literatures regarding this issue. BACKGROUND: AIH is a chronic hepatitis of unknown aetiology characterized by continuing hepatocellular necrosis and inflammation. AIH overlap syndromes have been reported with other autoimmune diseases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: According to the classification criteria for SSc, we conducted a retrospective chart review of 35 cases with biopsy-proven AIH over the past 5 years at our institution...
2016: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27427300/the-clinical-impact-of-anti-dfs70-antibodies-in-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-case-reports-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
M Infantino, F Meacci, V Grossi, M Manfredi, F Li Gobbi, P Sarzi-Puttini, F Atzeni, M Benucci
Anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) positivity suggests CTD but can also lead to a diagnosis of UCTD when a patient does not fulfill the CTD diagnostic criteria. An anti-dense fine speckled (DFS) immunofluorescence (IIF) pattern can be observed when using an ANA test on HEp-2 cells and is due to the presence of antibodies to the nuclear DFS70 antigen that has rarely found in CTD. Serological testing for anti-DFS70 antibodies could therefore play a very interesting negative predictive role in stratifying patients on the basis of the evolution of UCTD to CTD...
February 2017: Immunologic Research
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