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Raynaud disease

Izabela Gosk-Bierska, Maria Misterska-Skóra, Marta Wasilewska, Małgorzata Bilińska, Jerzy Gosk, Rajmund Adamiec, Magdalena Koszewicz
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (SRP) associated with connective tissue diseases (CTD) is not entirely understood. Nervous system dysfunction and microangiopathy are considered to be causes of this pathology. OBJECTIVES: Peripheral and autonomic nervous system function, the stage of microangiopathy, and the relationships between these in patients with SRP were analyzed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study, 20 patients with CTD-related SRP and 30 healthy controls were subject to capillaroscopy, standard conduction velocity tests and conduction velocity distribution (CVD) tests in ulnar and peroneal nerves, heart rate variability (HRV), and sympathetic skin response (SSR) tests...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
John D Pauling, Lesley Ann Saketkoo, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Francesca Ingegnoli, Dinesh Khanna
RP is the most common manifestation of SSc and a major cause of disease-related morbidity. This review provides a detailed appraisal of the patient experience of SSc-RP and potential implications for disease classification, patient-reported outcome instrument development and SSc-RP clinical trial design. The review explores the clinical features of SSc-RP, the severity and burden of SSc-RP symptoms and the impact of SSc-RP on function, work and social participation, body image dissatisfaction and health-related quality of life in SSc...
March 12, 2018: Rheumatology
Steven M Dean
In the contemporary era of medical diagnosis via sophisticated radiographic imaging and/or comprehensive serological testing, a focused physical examination remains paramount in recognizing the cutaneous manifestations of chronic vascular disease. Recognition of the unique cutaneous signs of lymphatic and venous hypertension assists in the diagnosis as well as the staging and classification of both lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency. Awareness of explicit dermatologic vasomotor manifestations aids not only in the identification of acrocyanosis, Raynaud phenomenon, pernio, and erythromelalgia but also mitigates confusion related to their clinical overlap...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Joseph M Kheir, Carla J Guthridge, Jonathon R Johnston, Lucas J Adams, Astrid Rasmussen, Timothy F Gross, Melissa E Munroe, Rebecka L Bourn, Kathy L Sivils, Joel M Guthridge, Michael H Weisman, Daniel J Wallace, Juan-Manuel Anaya, Adriana Rojas Villarraga, James N Jarvis, John B Harley, Judith A James
Objective: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease with varied morbidity and mortality. We assessed clinical presentations, autoantibody specificities and therapeutic interventions in Native American (NA) patients with SLE. Methods: Patients with SLE meeting 1997 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria (n=3148) were enrolled between 1992 and 2010 in the multiethnic, cross-sectional Lupus Family Registry and Repository...
2018: Lupus Science & Medicine
Maurizio Cutolo, Amelia C Trombetta, Karin Melsens, Carmen Pizzorni, Alberto Sulli, Barbara Ruaro, Sabrina Paolino, Ellen Deschepper, Vanessa Smith
BACKGROUND: Absolute nailfold capillary number should be a putative biomarker in selected rheumatic diseases but could be time consuming and not highly repeatable. OBJECTIVE: To validate an automated software for absolute nailfold capillary number and density evaluation, on nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) images in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: An automated software to count nailfold capillary number (AUTOCAPI) had been constructed, through an exploratory image set...
March 12, 2018: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
Ariane L Herrick, Andrea Murray
Most patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) have "benign" primary RP (PRP), but a minority have an underlying cause, for example a connective tissue disease such as systemic sclerosis (SSc). Secondary RP can be associated with structural as well as functional digital vascular changes and can be very severe, potentially progressing to digital ulceration or gangrene. The first step in management is to establish why the patient has RP. This short review discusses the role of nailfold capillaroscopy and thermography in the assessment of RP...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Shintaro Watanuki, Taku Kikuchi, Takaaki Toyama, Ryohei Abe, Hitomi Nakayama, Daiki Karigane, Takayuki Shimizu, Jun Kikuchi, Kotaro Matsumoto, Hidetaka Yasuoka, Masaharu Kataoka, Shinichiro Okamoto, Takehiko Mori
A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with chronic phase chronic myeloid leukemia. Nilotinib treatment was initiated; however, it had to be discontinued due to an allergic reaction one month later, and dasatinib treatment was provided. Although favorable response was obtained, she started complaining of shortness of breath 7 months after initiating dasatinib treatment. Chest X-ray and echocardiography indicated pulmonary congestion and hypertension. Further, she was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) based on Raynaud phenomenon, swollen fingers, sclerodactyly, pancytopenia, hypocomplementemia, and positive anti-U1-RNP antibody...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Anna Tjärnlund, Matteo Bottai, Ingrid E Lundberg
We have with great interest read the letter titled "Comments on the "2017 EULAR/ACR Classification Criteria for Adult and Juvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies and Their Major Subgroups". Points of concern", by Dr Castañeda et al published in your journal [1]. The authors discuss the antisynthetase syndrome (ASSD), a condition characterized by myositis, arthritis, interstitial lung disease (ILD), Raynaud's phenomenon and the presence of autoantibodies targeting aminoacyl transfer RNA synthetases, and the fact that this group was not included in the 2017 EULAR/ACR classification criteria for adult and juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies and their major subgroups [2]...
March 7, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Caterina Matucci-Cerinic, Vivek Nagaraja, Francesca Prignano, Bashar Kahaleh, Silvia Bellando-Randone
Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a functional vascular disorder involving extremities. In his practice, the dermatologist may frequently encounter RP which affects mainly women and is categorized into a primary benign form and a secondary form associated with different diseases (infections, drugs, autoimmune and vascular conditions, hematologic, rheumatologic and endocrinologic disorders). Still today, the differential diagnosis is a clinical challenge. Therefore, a careful history and a physical examination, together with laboratory tests and nailfold capillaroscopy are mandatory...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Rita de Sousa Gameiro, Ana Isabel Alves Reis, Ana Cristina Grilo, Carla Noronha
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCDT) is a rare condition characterised by the presence of high titres of anti-U1 ribonucleoprotein antibodies and selected clinical features of systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis and polymyositis/dermatomyositis. Early symptoms are non-specific, including easy fatigability, myalgia, arthralgia and Raynaud's phenomenon. Some reports emphasised the favourable outcome and excellent response to glucocorticoids, but there are contradictory studies reporting worse prognosis...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Matylda Sierakowska, Stanisław Sierakowski, Justyna Sierakowska, Elżbieta Krajewska-Kułak, Mwidimi Ndosi
In the process of the planned and systematic education of patients/families, it is extremely important to identify patients' health problems as well as their needs and expectations. The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between functional disability, health problems and perceived educational needs in people with systemic sclerosis (SSc). This was a cross-sectional analytic study conducted in six rheumatology centers in Poland. Functional disability was measured using HAQ-DI, and the magnitude of other health problems (pain, fatigue, intestinal problems, breathing problems, Raynaud's phenomenon, finger ulcerations) was measured using 0-100 mm visual analogue scales...
March 1, 2018: Rheumatology International
S Bellando-Randone, C Bruni, G Lepri, G Fiori, F Bartoli, M L Conforti, A Moggi-Pignone, S Guiducci, D Giuggioli, M Colaci, A Spinella, C Ferri, M Matucci-Cerinic
Iloprost (ILO) is employed intravenously for the treatment of severe Raynaud phenomenon (RP) and digital ulcers (DU) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the intravenous treatment with ILO in different phases of SSc. Eighty-one consecutive non-selected SSc patients, all on nifedipine, with moderate RP, treated with ILO infusion, were retrospectively evaluated. Patients were sub classified according to the edematous or fibrotic/atrophic cutaneous phase of the disease...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Jasmine Rana, Andrea Primiani Moy, Adriano Piris, Gideon P Smith
A 28-year-old man with clinically and laboratory diagnosed anti-PL-12 anti-synthetase syndrome (AS) in 2009 developed cutaneous lupus lesions, discoid lupus lesions, and sclerodacytly with finger-tip ulcerations four years following his AS diagnosis. Laboratory tests including +ANA, +anti-dsDNA antibody, +anti-Smith antibody, and +anti-RNP antibody in 2014 confirmed the diagnosis of progression to an overlap syndrome including systemic lupus erythematosus. The patient now also has clinical findings (sclerodacytly, Raynaud phenomenon, finger-tip ulcerations) consistent with scleroderma overlap...
September 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
S G Gofrit, H Yonath, M Lidar, Y Shoenfeld, S Kivity
Inflammatory myopathies are a clinically diverse group of diseases, in which the detection of particular autoantibodies may facilitate diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. The aim of this report is to summarize our experience with specific autoantibody testing in patients with inflammatory myopathies. Data were collected over the last decade in the Autoimmune Center of the Sheba Medical Center, a tertiary referral hospital. Data regarding patients' positive for autoantibodies against Jo-1, PL-7, PL-12, SRP, Mi-2, Ku, and PM-Scl antigens were retrospectively collected...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Maurizio Cutolo, Karin Melsens, Sara Wijnant, Francesca Ingegnoli, Kristof Thevissen, Filip De Keyser, Saskia Decuman, Ulf Müller-Ladner, Yves Piette, Valeria Riccieri, Nicola Ughi, Els Vandecasteele, Amber Vanhaecke, Vanessa Smith
Nailfold capillaroscopy is an easy, non-invasive technique to assess microvascular involvement in rheumatic diseases. Multiple studies describe capillaroscopic changes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), including a wide range of non-specific findings. On behalf of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) study group on microcirculation in rheumatic diseases, a systematic review was done to obtain all original research studies (in English) in which SLE patients had capillaroscopy. Forty such studies are identified...
February 7, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Enes Turan, Sara Sebnem Kilic
OBJECTIVES: Primary Raynaud's phenomenon (PRP) manifests as episodes of transient spasms of peripheral blood vessels. To elucidate the clinical clues and laboratory characteristics will facilitate the identification of PRP. METHODS: A retrospective data collection of clinical and laboratory characteristics of 58 children with PRP was performed between January 2007 and December 2016. RESULTS: A positive ANA test at lower titers <1:100 was detected in 24...
February 6, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
T Ben Salem, M Tougorti, S Bziouech, M Lamloum, M Khanfir, I Ben Ghorbel, M H Houman
INTRODUCTION: Raynaud's phenomenon is a reversible episodic vasospastic disorder triggered by cold or emotion. Two types of Raynaud's phenomenon were distinguished: Raynaud's disease and secondary Raynaud's phenomenon. The purpose of this study was to determine the etiologic profile of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon in an internal medicine department. METHODS: A descriptive retrospective study including patients with secondary Raynaud's phenomenon followed in a tertiary internal medicine department between 2000 and 2013...
February 2018: Journal de Médecine Vasculaire
Paul C Jordan, Cheng Liu, Pauline Raynaud, Michael K Lo, Christina F Spiropoulou, Julian A Symons, Leo Beigelman, Jerome Deval
Paramyxoviruses represent a family of RNA viruses causing significant human diseases. These include measles virus, the most infectious virus ever reported, in addition to parainfluenza virus, and other emerging viruses. Paramyxoviruses likely share common replication machinery but their mechanisms of RNA biosynthesis activities and details of their complex polymerase structures are unknown. Mechanistic and functional details of a paramyxovirus polymerase would have sweeping implications for understanding RNA virus replication and for the development of new antiviral medicines...
February 9, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
C Rotondo, M Nivuori, A Chialà, E Praino, M Matucci Cerinic, M Cutolo, G Lapadula, F Iannone
OBJECTIVES: Iloprost plays an important role in the treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), but has transient vasodilatory effects owing to its very short half-time. We aimed to evaluate short- and medium-term haemodynamic effects of iloprost by measuring dorsal finger microvessel blood flow using laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF), in patients with RP associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHOD: In 24 consecutive SSc patients with RP (disease duration 10.5 ± 1...
February 7, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Velu Nair, Vivek Vasdev, Abhishek Kumar, Subramanian Shankar, Vivek Nair, Ajay Sharma
AIM: To prospectively evaluate long term outcomes in a cohort of patients with Systemic sclerosis treated with Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). METHOD: This is a prospective observational study of four SSc patients who underwent HSCT at a tertiary care center in India between 2008-2012. The selection criteria included young individuals with rapidly progressive disease and at least one major organ involvement. We used granulocyte colony-stimulating factor for peripheral blood stem cell mobilization, pre-transplant conditioning with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin followed by re-infusion of autologous stem cells as per standard institute protocol...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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