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  1. Complex cytogenetic findings in the bone marrow of a chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis patient

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    Tuğçe Bulakbaşı Balcı; Meltem Yüksel; Zerrin Yılmaz; Feride İffet Şahin

    2010-01-01

    Chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by splenomegaly, myeloid metaplasia and reactive bone marrow fibrosis. Karyotype analysis of the bone marrow is an integral part of the diagnosis, especially as a discriminative tool in ruling out reactive conditions. The frequency of clonal cytogenetic anomalies in this disease is the highest among its group, varying between 30 and 75%. Among these, trisomy 1q, 20q-, 13q- and +8 are the most common aberrations. H...

  2. Complex cytogenetic findings in the bone marrow of a chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis patient

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    Tuğçe Bulakbaşı Balcı

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by splenomegaly, myeloid metaplasia and reactive bone marrow fibrosis. Karyotype analysis of the bone marrow is an integral part of the diagnosis, especially as a discriminative tool in ruling out reactive conditions. The frequency of clonal cytogenetic anomalies in this disease is the highest among its group, varying between 30 and 75%. Among these, trisomy 1q, 20q-, 13q- and +8 are the most common aberrations. Here we report a 66-year-old male patient whose bone marrow biopsy revealed signs of chronic myeloproliferative changes and dysmegakaryopoiesis. He was administered hydroxyurea treatment, splenic radiotherapy and multiple transfusions. The patient worsened in the following months and the second bone marrow biopsy revealed myelofibrosis. Cytogenetic analysis of this bone marrow sample revealed a complex karyotype reported to be 46,XY,del(9(q22q34,t(8;17;21(q22;q21;q22[23]/46,XY[2], with a previously undefined three-way translocation and deletion in chromosome 9. The patient died shortly thereafter.

  3. Bone marrow stroma in idiopathic myelofibrosis and other haematological diseases. An immunohistochemical study

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    Lisse, I; Hasselbalch, H; Junker, P

    1991-01-01

    Bone marrow stroma was investigated immunohistochemically in 31 patients with haematological diseases, mainly idiopathic myelofibrosis (n = 8) and related chronic myeloproliferative disorders (n = 14). The bone marrow from patients with idiopathic myelofibrosis and some CML patients showed marked....... As in normal bone marrow, argyrophilic fibres and type III collagen displayed a close co-distribution, which was also demonstrated for type IV collagen and laminin. While normal bone marrow sinusoids had discontinuous basement membranes, fibrosing bone marrow was characterized by endothelial cell...

  4. Translocation t(3;12(q26;q21 In Jak2V617F Point Mutation Negative Chronic Idiopathic Myelofibrosis: A Case Report

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    S. Mešanović

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The myeloproliferative diseases (MPDs or myelo-proliferative neoplasms (MPNs are a group of diseases of the bone marrow in which excess cells are produced. Chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF is a stem cell defect characterized by splenomegaly with multiorgan extramedullary hematopoiesis, immature peripheral blood granulocytes and erythrocytes and progressive bone marrow fibrosis. The most common chromosomal abnormalities seen in CIMF patients include numerical changes of chromosomes 7, 8 and 9, and structural changes of 1q, 5q, 13q and 20q. At least 75.0% of patients with bone marrow abnormalities have one or more of these chromosomal anomalies. Detection of the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2 mutation may be a potential major breakthrough for understanding the pathobiology of MPNs, and is an essential part of the diagnostic algorithm. In this study, we describe a JAK2V617F mutation negative CIMF patient who has the chromosomal translocation t(3;12(q26;q21 in her karyotype.

  5. Diffuse pulmonary uptake of indium-111 chloride in idiopathic myelofibrosis

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    Unusual indium-111 accumulation and extramedullary hematopoiesis in the lungs of a patient with idiopathic myelofibrosis are described. The bone marrow scan taken 24 h after intravenous injection of 111InCl3 faithfully depicted the abnormal distribution of marrow elements as assessed histologically at autopsy, thereby supporting the usefulness of 111InCl3 for marrow imaging

  6. Dramatic remission of anemia after thymectomy in a patient of idiopathic myelofibrosis with thymoma.

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    Shih, Ying-Yih; Hsiao, Liang-Tsai; Yang, Ching-Fen; Wu, Yu-Chung; Chiou, Tzeon-Jye

    2008-01-01

    Anemia is one of the characteristics of idiopathic myelofibrosis (IMF), and malignant thymoma is usually associated with various hematologic disorders, including anemia, pancytopenia, and hypogammaglobulinemia. However, the relationship between IMF and malignant thymoma has not been published before. Here, we report a 48-year-old woman who was initially diagnosed of IMF with severe anemia and transfusion dependent. Five years later, malignant thymoma was found when she was examined for chronic cough. After performing extended thymectomy, her anemia dramatically recovered to normal and sustained for 2 years till last follow-up. Her splenomegaly and myelofibrosis were also improved. We hypothesized that her malignant thymoma induced the progression of IMF, especially in anemia. PMID:18224414

  7. Idiopathic chronic eosinophilic pneumonia

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    Cordier Jean-François; Marchand Eric

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Idiopathic chronic eosinophilic pneumonia (ICEP) is characterized by subacute or chronic respiratory and general symptoms, alveolar and/or blood eosinophilia, and peripheral pulmonary infiltrates on chest imaging. Eosinophilia is present in most cases, usually in excess of 1000/mm3. In absence of significant blood eosinophilia, a diagnosis of ICEP is supported by the demonstration of bronchoalveolar lavage eosinophilia. ICEP is typically associated with eosinophil counts higher than ...

  8. Idiopathic chronic eosinophilic pneumonia

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    Cordier Jean-François

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Idiopathic chronic eosinophilic pneumonia (ICEP is characterized by subacute or chronic respiratory and general symptoms, alveolar and/or blood eosinophilia, and peripheral pulmonary infiltrates on chest imaging. Eosinophilia is present in most cases, usually in excess of 1000/mm3. In absence of significant blood eosinophilia, a diagnosis of ICEP is supported by the demonstration of bronchoalveolar lavage eosinophilia. ICEP is typically associated with eosinophil counts higher than lymphocyte counts in the bronchoalveolar lavage. ICEP is a rare disorder of unknown cause. Its exact prevalence remains unknown. ICEP may affect every age group but is rare in childhood. It is twice as frequent in women as in men. One third to one half of the ICEP patients have a history of asthma. The mainstay of treatment of ICEP is systemic corticosteroids. Response to oral corticosteroid therapy is dramatic and has led to the consideration of corticosteroid challenge as a diagnostic test for ICEP. Nevertheless, relapses or development of severe asthma are frequent when tapering or withdrawing treatment. Long-term oral corticosteroid therapy is necessary in up to half of the patients.

  9. Perspectives on chronic inflammation in essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera, and myelofibrosis

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    Hasselbalch, Hans K

    2012-01-01

    The morbidity and mortality of patients with the chronic Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera, and primary myelofibrosis are mainly caused by cardiovascular diseases, thrombohemorrhagic complications, and bone marrow failure because...

  10. Vitamin D deficiency in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    2015-01-01

    Chronic urticaria is the most common skin diseases, characterized by chronic cutaneous lesions which severely debilitates patients in several aspects of their everyday life. Vitamin D is known to exert several actions in the immune system and to influence function and differentiation of mast cells, central role players in the pathogenesis of chronic idiopathic urticaria. This study was performed to evaluate the relationship between vitamin D levels and susceptibility to chronic idiopathic urt...

  11. Antidepressants in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Yasharpour, Michelle R; Randhawa, Inderpal

    2011-01-01

    Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a common disease estimated to affect 0.1% of the population and can be very difficult to treat. Many psychotropic medications have been reported to be successful in treating refractory CIU. The purpose of this article was to discuss the pathophysiology of chronic urticaria and provide practicing allergists and dermatologists alternative treatment options in the management of refractory CIU, especially in those who have concurrent psychiatric comorbidity. A review was performed of pertinent literature pertaining to the pathophysiology of CIU and the many psychotropic medications reportedly successful in disease management. Although more research is needed, this article serves to broaden the mind of the physician treating CIU. PMID:22221435

  12. JAK2 V617F prevalence in Brazilian patients with polycythemia vera, idiopathic myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia

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    Bárbara da Costa Reis Monte-Mór

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Polycythemia vera (PV, essential thrombocythemia (ET and idiopathic myelofibrosis (IMF are myeloproliferative disorders (MPD that arise from the clonal proliferation of a pluripotent hematopoietic progenitor, leading to the overproduction of one or more myeloid lineages. Recently, a specific mutation in the JAK2 gene, which encodes a tyrosine kinase, has been shown to be associated with the myeloproliferative phenotype observed in PV, ET and IMF. In this study of Brazilian patients, the JAK2 V617F mutation [c.1887G > T was detected in four out of 49 patients with PV (96%, 14 out of 25 patients with IMF (56%, and in eight out of 29 patients with ET, which is in accordance with previous screenings of this mutation in other populations.

  13. Study on thd relationship between serum fibrosis markers levels, bone marrow scintigraphy patterns and clinical staging in patients with chronic ldiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF)

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    Objective: To study the changes of serum fibrosis markers levels and the pattern of bone marrow scintigraphy and their relationship with clinical stages in patients with chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF). Methods: Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) (with ELISA), serum typeIII procollagen (PCIII), type IV collagen (C-IV), and laminin (LN) (with RIA) were detected in 46 with patients with chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis and 34 controls. Bone marrow scintigraphy 99m Tc-sulfur colloid was performed in the 46 CIMF patients. Results: Five fibrosis markers in patients with CIMF were significantly higher than those in controls. There were significantly differences among the levels in different stages, especially with sclerotic stage in CIMF patients. The imaging patterns were classified into three types according to the radio-distribution and activity of bone marrow: 13 cases of increased imaging in 14 patients of cellular stage, 17 cases with creased expansion imaging in 19 patients of collagen fiber stage and 13 cases (100%) with totally depressed imaging in patients of sclerotic stage. Conclusion: As the disease progressed, the serum fibrosis markers levels gradually incroased and the scintigraphy patterns corresponded well to the clinical staging. (authors)

  14. Chronic idiopathic polyneuropathy treated with azathioprine.

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    Pentland, B; Adams, G G; Mawdsley, C

    1982-01-01

    The results of azathioprine therapy in five patients with chronic progressive or relapsing idiopathic inflammatory polyneuropathy are described. In four patients a sustained improvement followed treatment and in the other patient azathioprine successfully replaced corticosteroid therapy. The improvement was often delayed for up to three months. The literature on the use of azathioprine in chronic polyneuropathy is reviewed. We suggest that there is a place for azathioprine treatment in patien...

  15. Acute Myeloid Leukemia Evolving from JAK 2-Positive Primary Myelofibrosis and Concomitant CD5-Negative Mantle Cell Lymphoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Treaba, Diana O.; Salwa Khedr; Shamlal Mangray; Cynthia Jackson; Jorge J. Castillo; Winer, Eric S

    2012-01-01

    Primary myelofibrosis (formerly known as chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis), has the lowest incidence amongst the chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms and is characterized by a rather short median survival and a risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) noted in a small subset of the cases, usually as a terminal event. As observed with other chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms, the bone marrow biopsy may harbor small lymphoid aggregates, often assumed reactive in nature. In our pap...

  16. Levocetirizine for chronic idiopathic urticaria: a review.

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    Ducharme, Erin E; Weinberg, Jeffrey M

    2009-03-01

    Only recently available on the US market, levocetirizine has emerged as an effective new option in the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). Levocetirizine is the active isomer of cetirizine and demonstrates twice the affinity for the H1 receptor compared with the parent compound. In the treatment of CIU, levocetirizine has consistently demonstrated high response rates, fast onset, and a favorable side effect profile. PMID:19271371

  17. Chronic idiopathic urticaria: treatment with omalizumab.

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    Naaman, Sandra; Sussman, Gordon

    2014-01-01

    Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a common autoimmune skin condition characterized by spontaneously recurring hives for 6 weeks or longer. The new terminology used for CIU in most countries including Canada is chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). CSU is associated with significant psychosocial morbidity with a markedly negative impact on overall quality of life. Conventional approaches with antihistamines, even at high doses, is effective in about 50% of patients suffering from CSU. A new treatment option, omalizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody against the Fc domain of IgE, has undergone the scrutiny of randomized research studies evaluating the efficacy in CSU. This editorial reviews mechanisms of action of omalizumab, efficacy, cost and potential side effect profile. Omalizumab has emerged as a very promising treatment option for patients with CSU. Future research is necessary to establish standardized protocols related to dosing as well as monitoring possible adverse effects of long-term treatment. PMID:25807072

  18. Chronic idiopathic urticaria and anxiety symptoms.

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    Barbosa, Filipe; Freitas, João; Barbosa, António

    2011-10-01

    Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a frequently disabling disease with a negative influence on the quality of life, and can cause psychopathological symptoms, such as anxiety. Our aim is to study further anxiety symptoms on CIU patients. Both CIU patients and the control group were studied by means of validated scales for psychopathology symptoms, psychological variables and quality of life. In this study, we reported high levels of anxiety symptoms. We found statistically significant correlations between anxiety symptoms, some personality dimensions, insecure attachment styles, alexithymia and with some quality of life dimensions. CIU patients exhibit high levels of psychological distress that could potentiate difficulties at several domains, namely social, emotional, general health perception and interpersonal relationships. PMID:21459916

  19. Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU) is no longer idiopathic

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    Maurer, M; Bindslev-Jensen, C; Gimenez-Arnau, A; Godse, K; Grattan, C E M; Hide, M; Kaplan, A P; Makris, M; Simons, F E R; Zhao, Z; Zuberbier, T; Church, M K

    2013-01-01

    During recent years our knowledge of the aetiology and pathogenesis of urticaria has advanced considerably allowing us to better characterize urticaria subtypes. However, although the classification of urticaria has undergone some revisions during this time (1), authors still use different names ...... idiopathic urticaria (CIU)....

  20. Chronic idiopathic urticaria and Graves' disease.

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    Ruggeri, R M; Imbesi, S; Saitta, S; Campennì, A; Cannavò, S; Trimarchi, F; Gangemi, S

    2013-01-01

    Chronic urticaria is a common condition characterized by recurrent episodes of mast cell-driven wheal and flare-type skin reactions lasting for more than 6 weeks. In about 75% of cases, the underlying causes remain unknown, and the term chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is used to emphasize that wheals develop independently of identified external stimuli. Although CIU affects about 1.0% of the general population, its etiopathogenesis is not yet well understood. It is now widely accepted that in many cases CIU should be regarded as an autoimmune disorder caused by circulating and functionally active IgG autoantibodies specific for the IgE receptor (FceRI) present on mast cells and basophils or for IgE itself. The well-known association of CIU with other autoimmune processes/diseases represents further indirect evidence of its autoimmune origin. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, especially autoimmune thyroiditis, represent the most frequently investigated diseases in association with CIU. Here we review this topic with particular regard to the association between Graves' disease and CIU. The possible pathogenetic mechanisms and the clinical implications of such an association are discussed. PMID:23609949

  1. Chronic idiopathic urticaria: prevalence and clinical course.

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    Kulthanan, Kanokvalai; Jiamton, Sukhum; Thumpimukvatana, Narumol; Pinkaew, Sumruay

    2007-05-01

    The purpose of our study was to assess the prevalence and clinical course of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), as well as possible causes or associated findings, laboratory findings and the duration of the disease in patients with chronic urticaria (CU). We retrospectively reviewed the 450 case record forms of patients with CU and/or angioedema who attended the Department of Dermatology, Siriraj Hospital, during the period 2000-2004. Of 450 patients with CU, 337 patients (75%) were diagnosed as CIU. Forty-three patients (9.5%) had physical urticaria, while 17 patients (3.8%) had infectious causes. Other possible causes were food, thyroid diseases, atopy, drugs, dyspepsia and collagen vascular diseases. In eighty-nine percent of patients, no abnormalities were detected at the time of physical examination. The most common abnormal laboratory finding was minimal elevation of the erythrocyte sedimentary rate (42%). In 61 patients, autologous serum skin tests had been done. Fifteen patients (24.5%) had positive results i.e. autoimmune urticaria. Anti-thyroglobulin and anti-microsomal antibodies were positive in 16 % and 12% of CIU patients respectively. After 1 year from the onset of the symptoms, 34.5% of CIU patients were free of symptoms and after 1.2 years from the onset of the symptoms, 56.5% of autoimmune urticaria patients were free of symptoms. The median disease duration of CIU and autoimmune urticaria were 390 days and 450 days respectively. Our study provided an overview of CU and CIU in a large series of Thai patients, based on etiological aspects and clinical courses. PMID:17408437

  2. Azathioprine in chronic relapsing idiopathic polyneuropathy.

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    Pentland, B

    1980-01-01

    A 33-year-old housewife with a 14-year history of relapsing polyneuropathy of unknown cause who has apparently responded to azathioprine therapy is described. The place of this form of treatment in idiopathic polyneuropathy is discussed.

  3. AUTOLOGOUS SERUM SKIN TESTING (ASST IN CHRONIC IDIOPATHIC URTICARIA

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    Arun

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU is a form of urticaria , in which there appears to be persistent activation of mast cells , but the mechanism of mast cell triggering is unknown. The Autologous serum skin test (ASST is an in vivo test which assesses auto reactivity. ASST could be good screening test for Autoreactive urticaria a subset of chronic idiopathic urticaria. AIMS : To study the clinical profile of chronic idiopathic urticaria and pattern of ASST among p atients of chronic idiopathic urticaria. METHODS : Study included 200 patients of CIU that were recruited from outpatient department (OPD. Patient s with a history of urticaria for more than 6 weeks were included in the study. The detailed history , cutaneou s and systemic examination was done. ASST was performed under strict aseptic precaution. RESULTS : Out of 200 patients 100 were male and 100 were female. Mean age of patients was 31.9 yrs. Most common age group was 25 - 34yrs. ASST was found positive in 36(18 % patients. In most of the patients duration of disease was less than 11months (42% with the mean duration of disease 21.74 months. Mean duration of wheal was 64.7 minutes , in which most of the patients (112 having duration of wheal less than 59 min. Hi story of angioedema was positive in 109(54.5% patients. Aggravating factors were positive in 50(25% patients in which drugs and cold were the most common. Family history of urticaria and angioedema was present in 35 patients. None of patient complained a ny adverse reactions during and after ASST. CONCLUSION : ASST is the easily available bed side test for the diagnosis of autoreactive urticaria. It is a simple , inexpensive , semi invasive and easy - to - perform test which can be done and recorded by the dermat ologist himself. ASST may help in diagnosis and management of chronic idiopathic urticaria.

  4. Clinical efficiency of cyclosporine in chronic idiopathic urticaria in adults

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    V.I. Petrov

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the research is to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of cyclosporine and other antihistamines in patients with chronic forms of urticaria resistant to basic first-line therapy. Open randomized controlled study has been performed in parallel groups. 53 patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria ages 18-50 years have been examined. In case of ineffectiveness of previous therapy, patients have been randomized into 2 groups: group I receiving cyclosporine (Sandimmune Neoral ® 2,5 mg/kg/day, group II receiving cetirizine (Zyrtec ® 10 mg/day and ranitidine (Zantac ® 300 mg/day orally. It has been found that the administration of cyclosporine in patients with severe chronic idiopathic urticaria provides a more rapid achievement of clinical effect than the therapy with H1/H2 histamine antagonists. It is confirmed by a significant decrease of total index of severity of illness and major symptoms of skin lesions. This tendency towards normalization of quality of life of patients taking cyclosporine remains during 8 weeks after the medication. Thus administration of cyclosporine can be considered as therapy of choice in patients with chronic idio-pathic urticaria with a severe course and ineffective long-term therapy with antihistamines / systemic corticosteroids

  5. Allo-SCT for myelofibrosis: reversing the chronic phase in the JAK inhibitor era?

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    Tamari, R; Mughal, T I; Rondelli, D; Hasserjian, R; Gupta, V; Odenike, O; Fauble, V; Finazzi, G; Pane, F; Mascarenhas, J; Prchal, J; Giralt, S; Hoffman, R

    2015-05-01

    At present, allo-SCT is the only curative treatment for patients with myelofibrosis (MF). Unfortunately, a significant proportion of candidate patients are considered transplant ineligible due to their poor general condition and advanced age at the time of diagnosis. The approval of the first JAK inhibitor, ruxolitinib, for patients with advanced MF in 2011 has had a qualified impact on the treatment algorithm. The drug affords substantial improvement in MF-associated symptoms and splenomegaly but no major effect on the natural history. There has, therefore, been considerable support for assessing the drug's candidacy in the peritransplant period. The drug's precise impact on clinical outcome following allo-SCT is currently not known; nor are the drug's long-term efficacy and safety known. Considering the rarity of MF and the small proportion of patients who undergo allo-SCT, well designed collaborative efforts are required. In order to address some of the principal challenges, an expert panel of laboratory and clinical experts in this field was established, and an independent workshop held during the 54th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA on 6 December 2013, and the European Hematology Association's Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy on 13 June 2014. This document summarizes the results of these efforts. PMID:25665047

  6. [Surgical treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation].

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    Menguy, R; Chey, W

    We review current experience with surgical treatment of severe constipation due to primary inertia of the colon. Over the last 10 years, we have operated 18 patients (14 females and 4 males) with severe constipation. The surgical procedure was either nearly total colonectomy with ascending colon/rectum anastomosis (8 cases) or total colonectomy with ileorectal anastomosis (9 cases). In one patient, coloproctectomy was performed with an ileoanal anastomosi. Indications for surgery were based on results of barium emena and functional evaluation of defecation. Results were satisfactory in all patients. In several patients however, we noted that the motility of other levels of the digestive tract was also impaired. Colonectomy was introduced as a treatment for chronic constipation nearly a century ago and although very few indications have been retained in the recent this procedure has now become an acceptable surgical approach in a limited number of well-though-out cases. PMID:7729199

  7. Graves disease associated with chronic idiopathic urticaria: 2 case reports.

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    Bansal, A S; Hayman, G R

    2009-01-01

    Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is well known to be associated with antithyroid peroxidase antibodies and autoimmune thyroiditis. Coexisting Graves disease has only rarely been observed. We describe 2 patients with CIU who developed autoimmune hyperthyroidism with antithyrotropin receptor antibodies. Antithyroid peroxidase antibodies were also present in 1 of the patients, but both responded poorly to high-dose antihistamine therapy. Both patients improved significantly, and their thyroid function recovered with carbimazole. We advise clinicians to be alert to the symptoms of hyperthyroidism when patients with CIU respond poorly to antihistamine therapy, as prompt treatment of hyperthyroidism significantly improves urticaria. PMID:19274930

  8. A Study of Anorectal Manometry in Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

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    2000-01-01

    To study the changes of anorectal motility in patients with chronic idiopathic constipation, anorectal motility was investigated by water-perfused manometric system in 30 patients with chronic idiopathic constipation and 18 healthy subjects. Our results showed that there was no significant difference between the constipation group and the control group in anal sphincteric resting pressure and anal maximal squeezing pressure. The minimum relaxation volume, the rectal defecatory threshold, the rectal maximal tolerable volume and the rectal compliance in the patients were significantly higher than those in the controls (P< 0. 01 or P< 0. 05). It is concluded that patients with chronic idiopathic constipation have anorectal motility disturbances.

  9. The mevalonate pathway as a therapeutic target in the Ph-negative chronic myeloproliferative disorders

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    Hasselbalch, Hans Carl; Riley, Caroline H

    2007-01-01

    The Ph-negative chronic myeloproliferative disorders (CMPDs) polycythaemia vera, essential thrombocytosis and idiopathic myelofibrosis are acquired stem cell disorders, which pathophysiologically are featured by clonal myeloproliferation and accumulation of myeloid cells, the latter being...... consequent to decreased apoptosis. Myelofibrosis and neoangiogenesis in the bone marrow and spleen are the histopathological hallmarks of idiopathic myelofibrosis but may develop in the other diseases as well. In patients with myelofibrosis elevated levels of circulating CD34+ cells are highly characteristic...... being partly explained by a proteolytic bone marrow mileu owing to excessive release of various proteases with ensuing extracellular matrix degradation and constitutive mobilisation of CD34+ cells into the peripheral blood. Thrombohaemorrhagic complications are major clinical problems contributing...

  10. Prospective study of biofeedback retraining in patients with chronic idiopathic functional constipation

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    Wang, Jun; Luo, Mao-Hong; Qi, Qing-Hui; Dong, Zuo-Liang

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To determine the efficacy and long-term outcome of biofeedback treatment for chronic idiopathic constipation and to compare the efficacy of two modes of biofeedback (EMG-based and manometry-based biofeedback).

  11. The Role of Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate In Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria Pathogenesis

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    Filiz Canpolat

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Adrenal androgens, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S seem implicated in the pathophysiology of autoimmune disorders, as natural immunosuppressors. The relationship of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU with circulating concentration of DHEA-S has been reported previously. However, this link and underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate circulating DHEA-S concentration in larger patients group suffering from CIU.Materials and Methods: Serum concentration of DHEA-S was measured in 65 patients (34 women, 31 men with CIU and compared with 40 age and sex matched, non atopic healthy volunteers. Disease duration and extent of involvement were recorded.Results: The patients with CIU presented significantly decreased values of DHEA-S levels (102.66±28.95 µg/dl with respect to control group (174.22±39.58 µg/dl (p<0.01. No significant correlation was found between DHEA-S concentration and the duration of the disease, disease activity and gender.Conclusion: Our results support the hypothesis that DHEA-S may be a cause for the development of CIU, regardless of their gender. For definitive role of DHEA-S in CIU pathogenesis, further studies are needed.

  12. Cyclosporin-A efficacy in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Di Leo, E; Nettis, E; Aloia, A M; Moschetta, M; Carbonara, M; Dammacco, F; Vacca, A

    2011-01-01

    Common drugs in the therapy of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) include antihistamines alone or combined with corticosteroids, but severe unresponsive patients require alternative treatments. This retrospective study aims to evaluate clinical response and safety of low-dose and long-term oral Cyclosporin-A (CyA) in unresponsive patients. One hundred and ten CIU patients, unresponsive to a previous treatment (antihistamines plus prednisone 0.2 mg/kg/day), received additional oral CyA 1–3 mg/kg/day for 6 months. The patients were subdivided into three groups (A, B, C) according to the different CyA doses. Parameters of clinical efficacy including pruritus, and size and number of wheals were evaluated at baseline, after three and six months. All adverse events were recorded. The mean total symptom severity score decreased by 63% in Group A, 76% in Group B, and 85% in Group C after 6 months. Total disappearance of the symptoms was recorded in 43 patients (39.1%): 7 (28%) of Group A; 12 (37.5%) of Group B and 24 (45%) of Group C. After a mean of 2 months from CyA suspension, 14 patients (11%) had recurrence of symptoms. Minor side effects were noted in 8 patients (7%). Our study indicates that low-dose, long-term CyA therapy is efficacious and safe in severe unresponsive CIU. PMID:21496403

  13. Chronic idiopathic urticaria with functional autoantibodies: 12 years on.

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    Sabroe, R A; Greaves, M W

    2006-05-01

    It is now recognized that approximately one-third of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) have histamine-releasing autoantibodies directed against either the high-affinity IgE receptor or, less frequently, against IgE. However, there are several unsolved problems relating to the role of such autoantibodies in the disease. Additionally, it is not clear whether CIU with autoantibodies can be classified as an autoimmune disease. The detection of patients with autoantibodies also poses challenges. Firstly, the only in vivo method, the autologous serum skin test, is at best 80% sensitive and specific using in vitro basophil histamine release assays as the verum. Secondly, in vitro tests are only done in a small number of research laboratories, and are not widely commercially available, and thirdly, there is some divergence between results obtained by different methods (functional and immunoassays) used to detect patients with autoantibodies. The presence of autoantibodies may be important clinically in a small group of severely affected, treatment-resistant patients, where immunomodulatory treatments may be helpful. PMID:16634880

  14. The effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication on idiopathic chronic urticaria

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    Ali Reza Khalilian4

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available (Received 14 April, 2009 ; Accepted 9 November, 2009AbstractBackground and purpose: Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU is a recurrent disorder that is characterized by itching wheels lasting more than 6 weeks. Etiology of CIU is unknown. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of Helicobacter pylori (Hp infection eradication in improvement of CIU.Materials and methods: In this double blind placebo-controlled clinical trial, 60 CIU patients were enrolled in the study. Urea breath test (UBT was performed for indicating the Hp infection. Hp positive patients were divided in 2 groups: cases that were treated with quadruple therapy for eradication of Hp(Amoxicillin, Omeprazole, Bismuth and Metronidazole and controls (placebo. The gastrointestinal (GI and dermatologic symptoms and signs were recorded and compared in the beginning of the study, and 1 and 3 months after the treatment.Results: From 60 CIU patients, 32 (53% were UBT positive. 15 cases and 13 controls completed the study. There were no significant statistical differences between the two groups for their GI and dermatologic complaints before intervention, and 1 and 3 months after eradication, except for pyrosis that was improved in cases after 3 months (P= 0.029Conclusion: Eradication of Hp does not have any effect on improving CIU symptoms or signs.J Mazand Univ Med Sci 2009; 19(72: 2-8 (Persian.

  15. Primary Myelofibrosis

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    ... Cancers by Body Location Childhood Cancers Adolescent & Young Adult Cancers Metastatic Cancer Recurrent Cancer Research NCI’s Role in ... on the hands and feet. Muscle pain. Itching. Diarrhea . Stages of Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Key Points There is no standard staging system ...

  16. Desloratadine for chronic idiopathic urticaria: a review of clinical efficacy.

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    DuBuske, Lawrence

    2007-01-01

    Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a disabling affliction that considerably limits patients' daily activities and interferes with sleep. Clinical studies have shown that histamine H1-receptor antagonists (antihistamines) are highly effective for inhibiting the hives/wheals and pruritus associated with CIU, as well as improving patients' quality of life. Desloratadine is a rapid-acting, once-daily, nonsedating selective H1-receptor antagonist/inverse receptor agonist with proven clinical efficacy in patients with CIU. It has 10-20 times the in vivo H1 receptor-binding affinity of loratadine, its parent compound, and 52-194 times the H1 receptor-binding affinity of cetirizine, ebastine, loratadine, and fexofenadine. Desloratadine displays linear pharmacokinetics after oral administration. Age and sex have no apparent effect on the drug's metabolism and elimination, and food does not affect its bioavailability or absorption. Desloratadine also exerts anti-inflammatory effects via mechanisms that are independent of H1-receptor antagonism. Results from randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of 6 weeks' duration in adults and adolescents with moderate-to-severe CIU indicate that desloratadine significantly minimizes the severity of pruritus, reduces the number and size of hives, and improves disease-impaired sleep and daily activities. Improvements were noted after a single dose of desloratadine and were maintained over 6 weeks of treatment. Desloratadine was safe and well tolerated in clinical trials of patients with CIU. The adverse effect profile of desloratadine in adults, as well as in children aged from 6 months to 11 years, is comparable to that of placebo. Evaluations of cognitive and psychomotor performance in adults indicate no impairment of function with dosages of desloratadine 5 mg/day. In conclusion, desloratadine is an important therapeutic option for prompt and enduring symptom relief in patients with moderate-to-severe CIU. In addition

  17. Long-term outcomes of combined chemotherapy in chronic refractory idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    TAO Jie; HUANG Ying; LI Hong-qiang; WANG Ting-ting; WANG Xiao-yan; JI Lin-xiang; YANG Ren-chi

    2007-01-01

    @@ Adult idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a chronic acquired organ-specific autoimmune hemorrhagic disease characterized by the production of auto-antibodies against antigens on the membranes of platelet, resulting in enhanced Fc-mediated destruction of the platelets by macrophages in the reticuloendothelial system.

  18. The JAK2 V617F mutation involves B- and T-lymphocyte lineages in a subgroup of patients with Philadelphia-chromosome negative chronic myeloproliferative disorders

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    Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Christensen, Jacob Haaber; Hasselbalch, Hans Carl;

    2007-01-01

    The JAK2 V617F mutation is a frequent genetic event in the three classical Philadelphia-chromosome negative chronic myeloproliferative disorders (Ph(neg.)-CMPD), polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET) and idiopathic myelofibrosis (IMF). Its occurrence varies in frequency in regards...

  19. MPLW515L is a novel somatic activating mutation in myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia.

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    Yana Pikman; Lee, Benjamin H; Thomas Mercher; Elizabeth McDowell; Ebert, Benjamin L.; Maricel Gozo; Adam Cuker; Gerlinde Wernig; Sandra Moore; Ilene Galinsky; DeAngelo, Daniel J.; Clark, Jennifer J.; Lee, Stephanie J.; Golub, Todd R.; Martha Wadleigh

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    Editors' Summary Background. Myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MF) is one of a group of chronic blood disorders, known as chronic myeloproliferative disorders. These disorders sometimes turn into acute leukemia. The main abnormality in myelofibrosis is for the bone marrow to become filled with fibrous (scar) tissue (hence the name myelofibrosis), which stops it from producing normal blood cells efficiently. In addition, the white blood cells that remain are abnormal (that is, metaplastic...

  20. Ferrokinetic study of splenic erythropoiesis: Relationships among clinical diagnosis, myelofibrosis, splenomegaly, and extramedullary erythropoiesis

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    Beguin, Y.; Fillet, G.; Bury, J.; Fairon, Y. (Univ. of Liege (Belgium))

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    Splenic erythropoiesis was demonstrated by surface counting of {sup 59}Fe in 129 of 1,350 ferrokinetic studies performed over a 15 year period. These 129 studies were carried out in 108 patients, including 40 with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), 24 with agnogenic myeloid metaplasia (AMM), 18 with polycythemia vera (PV), six with a myelodysplastic syndrome, five with acute leukemia, three with prostate or breast carcinoma, two each with aplastic anemia or Hodgkin's disease, and one each with idiopathic thrombocythemia, multiple myeloma, chronic renal failure, or treated hypopituitarism. Splenomegaly was present in 83% of the studies and hepatomegaly in 72%. Grade II-III myelofibrosis was demonstrated in 62% of the cases. Hepatic erythropoiesis was present in 77% of the studies (only 38% in PV), and marrow erythropoiesis was undetectable in 33%. Total erythropoiesis was about twice normal (range 0.2 to 8 times normal) but was ineffective to varying degrees in 86% of the studies. Relationships between organomegaly, myelofibrosis, and extramedullary erythropoiesis, as well as differences among clinical disorders, are discussed. Differences observed between CML in chronic or blastic phase suggested that the erythroid cell line was involved in the proliferative process. It is concluded that splenic erythropoiesis (1) is encountered in a variety of clinical conditions; (2) is not necessarily associated with splenomegaly or myelofibrosis, even in the myeloproliferative disorders; (3) is part of a predominantly extramedullary (in the liver as well as in the spleen), expanded, and largely inefficient total erythropoiesis; and (4) can be evaluated in a semiquantitative manner by surface counting.

  1. Does Helicobacter pylori play a role in the pathogenesis of childhood chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?

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    Maryam Maghbool; Masood Maghbool; Mehdi Shahriari; Mehran Karimi

    2009-01-01

    Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an acute self-limited bleeding disorder that can progress to chronic form in 10-15% of the cases. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a possible cause of chronic ITP. We studied 30 children with resistant chronic ITP for H. pylori infection based on the detection of H. pylori fecal antigen. This retrospective study was based on data obtained from medical records of 30 children aged between five and 17 years (median age at ITP diagnosis was...

  2. Circulating YKL-40 in myelofibrosis a potential novel biomarker of disease activity and the inflammatory state

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    Bjørn, Mads Emil; Andersen, Christen Lykkegaard; Jensen, Morten Krogh;

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    Chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), encompassing essential thrombocythaemia (ET), polycythaemia vera (PV) and myelofibrosis (PMF), are featured by a chronic inflammatory state which is pronounced in myelofibrosis The value of YKL-40 as a biomarker of disease burden has been demonstrated in...

  3. Comparison of endogenous and radiolabeled bile acid excretion in patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea

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    Schiller, L.R.; Bilhartz, L.E.; Santa Ana, C.A. (Baylor Univ. Medical Center, Dallas, TX (USA))

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    Fecal recovery of radioactivity after ingestion of a bolus of radiolabeled bile acid is abnormally high in most patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea. To evaluate the significance of this malabsorption, concurrent fecal excretion of both exogenous radiolabeled bile acid and endogenous (unlabeled) bile acid were measured in patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea. Subjects received a 2.5-microCi oral dose of taurocholic acid labeled with 14C in the 24th position of the steroid moiety. Endogenous bile acid excretion was measured by a hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase assay on a concurrent 72-h stool collection. Both radiolabeled and endogenous bile acid excretion were abnormally high in most patients with chronic diarrhea compared with normal subjects, even when equivoluminous diarrhea was induced in normal subjects by ingestion of osmotically active solutions. The correlation between radiolabeled and endogenous bile acid excretion was good. However, neither radiolabeled nor endogenous bile acid excretion was as abnormal as is typically seen in patients with ileal resection, and none of these diarrhea patients responded to treatment with cholestyramine with stool weights less than 200 g. These results suggest (a) that this radiolabeled bile acid excretion test accurately reflects excess endogenous bile acid excretion; (b) that excess endogenous bile acid excretion is not caused by diarrhea per se; (c) that spontaneously occurring idiopathic chronic diarrhea is often associated with increased endogenous bile acid excretion; and (d) that bile acid malabsorption is not likely to be the primary cause of diarrhea in most of these patients.

  4. Comparison of endogenous and radiolabeled bile acid excretion in patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea

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    Fecal recovery of radioactivity after ingestion of a bolus of radiolabeled bile acid is abnormally high in most patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea. To evaluate the significance of this malabsorption, concurrent fecal excretion of both exogenous radiolabeled bile acid and endogenous (unlabeled) bile acid were measured in patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea. Subjects received a 2.5-microCi oral dose of taurocholic acid labeled with 14C in the 24th position of the steroid moiety. Endogenous bile acid excretion was measured by a hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase assay on a concurrent 72-h stool collection. Both radiolabeled and endogenous bile acid excretion were abnormally high in most patients with chronic diarrhea compared with normal subjects, even when equivoluminous diarrhea was induced in normal subjects by ingestion of osmotically active solutions. The correlation between radiolabeled and endogenous bile acid excretion was good. However, neither radiolabeled nor endogenous bile acid excretion was as abnormal as is typically seen in patients with ileal resection, and none of these diarrhea patients responded to treatment with cholestyramine with stool weights less than 200 g. These results suggest (a) that this radiolabeled bile acid excretion test accurately reflects excess endogenous bile acid excretion; (b) that excess endogenous bile acid excretion is not caused by diarrhea per se; (c) that spontaneously occurring idiopathic chronic diarrhea is often associated with increased endogenous bile acid excretion; and (d) that bile acid malabsorption is not likely to be the primary cause of diarrhea in most of these patients

  5. The development of a decision support system for the diagnosis of chronic idiopathic facial pain.

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    The aim of the research was to develop (a) a well structured electronic medical record for a decision support system, and (b) logical algorithms for the diagnosis of Chronic Idiopathic Facial Pain (CIFP) and for educating trainees. This project started by validating the paper-based Facial Pain Proforma (FPP) with a panel of 3 experts. The FPP received a top grade consensus for history and examination. However, family relationships were considered too intrusive by one pain specialist and one c...

  6. Clinical experience with low-dose itraconazole in chronic idiopathic cough

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    Ogawa, Haruhiko; Fujimura, Masaki; Takeuchi, Yasuo; Makimura, Koichi

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    Background The presence of basidiomycetous (BM) fungi in induced sputum is an important clinical finding in chronic idiopathic cough (CIC). However, the efficacy of anti-fungal therapy for CIC has not been evaluated. Methods We selected 10 patients with CIC and carried out allergological examinations for Bjerkandera adusta, a BM fungus that has been shown to enhance cough severity. The efficacy of low-dose itraconazole (ITCZ) therapy (50 mg/day) for 14 days as an adjunctive therapy was estima...

  7. High prevalence of myocardial monoclonal antimyosin antibody uptake in patients with chronic idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Monoclonal antimyosin antibody studies were undertaken to assess the presence of myocardial uptake in patients with chronic idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Three groups were studied: 17 patients with chronic (greater than 12 months) idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, 12 patients with a large, poorly contracting left ventricle not due to dilated cardiomyopathy (control patients) and 8 normal individuals. The patients in the cardiomyopathy and control groups showed a similar degree of clinical and functional impairment. Imaging was undertaken 48 h after antimyosin injection. The heart/lung ratio of antimyosin uptake was used to assess the results. The mean ratio in the cardiomyopathy group was 1.83 +/- 0.36 (range 1.40 to 2.80), a value significantly higher than that obtained in the control patients without cardiomyopathy (mean 1.46 +/- 0.04, range 1.38 to 1.50) or normal subjects (mean 1.46 +/- 0.13, range 1.31 to 1.6) (p less than 0.01). No difference in the ratio was noted between the normal subjects and control patients. Abnormal antimyosin uptake was seen in 12 (70%) of the 17 patients with cardiomyopathy and in only 1 (8%) of the 12 control patients. Positive monoclonal antimyosin antibody studies are highly prevalent in chronic idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

  8. Treatment options for chronic idiopathic (immune) thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    George, J N

    2000-01-01

    The goal of treatment for idiopathic (immune) thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is to prevent serious bleeding. Traditionally, corticosteroids have been used as first-line therapy followed by splenectomy. Experience with splenectomy over 60 years shows that approximately two thirds of patients achieve normal platelet counts during the initial observation, but that thrombocytopenia often recurs with longer follow-up. We know that long-term use of corticosteroids can lead to significant morbidities; there is no consensus regarding the appropriate timing or indications for splenectomy. To address the Issue of appropriate use of splenectomy, we designed a multicenter clinical trial that will randomize patients to either standard care, involving prednisone followed by splenectomy, or to a novel regimen of limited prednisone treatment followed by WinRho SDF (Nabi, Boca Raton, FL) (anti-D) therapy to maintain the platelet count in a safe range for 1 year. Anti-D can be administered easily in an outpatient setting with few side effects and can provide predictable, transient increases in platelet count. The hypothesis is that prolonged maintenance therapy with a nontoxic regimen may increase the percentage of patients who will experience a spontaneous remission from thrombocytopenia, thereby avoiding an invasive and permanent surgical procedure, splenectomy, and its potentially life-threatening sequelae. PMID:10676922

  9. Comparison of the efficacy of olopatadine and fexofenadine in chronic idiopathic urticaria patients: a crossover study.

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    Tanizaki, Hideaki; Yamamoto, Yosuke; Nakamizo, Satoshi; Otsuka, Atsushi; Miyachi, Yoshiki; Kabashima, Kenji

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    Olopatadine is one of the second-generation H1 antihistamines that were used for treating allergic disorders initially in Asia, and now also in Western countries. Whereas several trials compared the efficacy on chronic urticaria among second-generation H1 antihistamines, no study has directly compared the clinical efficacy between olopatadine and other H1 antihistamines in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). In this study, we address this issue for the first time and conclude that olopatadine is a good candidate for the treatment of CIU. PMID:25592003

  10. Chronic idiopathic axonal neuropathy and pain, treated with the endogenous lipid mediator palmitoylethanolamide: a case collection

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    Full Text Available J M Keppel Hesselink Faculty of Medicine, University Witten/Herdecke, Germany Abstract: Chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy is a frequent diagnosis in patients suffering from idiopathic polyneuropathy and neuropathic pain. No guidelines exist on how to treat these patients. To date, there are no results available from randomized clinical trials, and mostly classical neuropathic analgesics are prescribed, such as amitriptyline and gabapentine. However, the usefulness of these drugs is limited, as many patients remain in pain despite treatment, or suffer debilitating side effects. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA is a new analgesic compound, tested in more than 4,000 patients in various clinical trials in a variety of patients suffering from various neuropathic pain states. It is available in Europe and the USA as a food supplement under the brand name PeaPure, and it is available for medical purposes in Italy and Spain under brand names Normast and Pelvilen. We present a case series of seven patients with an electrophysiological confirmed diagnosis of chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy, suffering from neuropathic pains, mostly refractory to previous analgesics. In all these patients, PEA reduced pain significantly, without side effects. PEA can be administered in addition to other analgesics, without negative drug–drug interactions, or can be used as a stand-alone analgesic. Due to a favorable ratio between efficacy and safety, PEA should be considered more often as a treatment for neuropathic pain. Keywords: CIAP, polyneuropathy, treatment, neuropathic

  11. A biopsychosocial investigation of pediatric chronic pain with special focus on juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    Lomholt, Johanne Jeppesen

    as a chronic pain diagnosis, and the pain is caused by the inflammations in the joint. The amount of pain experienced by a child with JIA may be modulated by psychological, social, and biological factors. The general purpose of the present thesis is twofold. First, the purpose is to investigate biopsychosocial...... associations between pain threshold and age, current pain experience, disease duration, or disease activity. Children with JIA had a substantially lower pain threshold even in areas usually unaffected by arthritis. Our findings suggest that JIA alters the pain perception and causes decreased pain threshold......Our understanding and management of pediatric chronic pain have advanced markedly over the last half century. Chronic pain is pain that persists for a usually more than three months and is highly prevalent in children and adolescents. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can be characterized...

  12. Neuroendoscopic treatment of idiopathic occlusion of unilateral foramen of Monro presenting as chronic headache

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    Dhaval Shukla

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    Full Text Available Asymmetric ventriculomegly due to idiopathic occlusion of the foramen of Monro is rare. Such patients present with clinical features of raised intracranial pressure (ICP. Presentation as chronic headache has not been previously described. In the absence of raised ICP, pursuing surgical treatment raises a clinical dilemma as the headache may be a primary headache with no improvement after surgery. A 21-year-old woman presented with chronic headache. She was found to have asymmetric ventriculomegaly due to the occlusion of the foramen of Monro. She underwent endoscopic septostomy and widening of the foramen of Monro. Her headache subsided after surgery. At 15 months of follow-up, she was free from headache without medications. Unilateral occlusion of the foramen of Monro can present with asymmetric ventriculomegaly resulting in chronic headache. Though the symptoms of raised ICP may not be present, still endoscopic relief of ventriculomegaly leads to cure of headache.

  13. Chronic idiopathic urticaria: Comparison of clinical features with positive autologous serum skin test

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    George Mamatha

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU, in its extremely severe form, can pose a therapeutic challenge to the treating physician. It has been noted that in one third of such patients, autoantibodies against the IgE receptor are seen and such patients have more severe and unremitting urticaria. Aim: To compare clinical features of autoimmune urticaria with those of other CIU patients. Methods: We conducted a prospective study in an attempt to correlate the clinical features with autoantibodies, indirectly detected via the autologous serum skin test (ASST, which is the simplest and the best in vivo clinical test for detection of basophil histamine-releasing activity. Discussion: Out of 100 patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, 34 showed a positive reaction to the autologous serum skin test and it was found that the frequency and severity of attacks was higher in these patients. Conclusion: ASST may be used as a simple and cost-effective test for the classification of chronic urticaria, which has proven to be a therapeutic challenge to the treating physician.

  14. Stress, psychiatric co-morbidity and coping in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Chung, Man Cheung; Symons, Christine; Gilliam, Jane; Kaminski, Edward R

    2010-04-01

    This study examined life event stress, perceived stress and psychiatric co-morbidity among patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU). It also investigated the relationship between coping, stress, the severity of CIU and psychiatric co-morbidity. Total of 100 CIU patients and 60 allergy patients participated in the study. They completed the General Health Questionnaire, the Social Readjustment Rating Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Ways of Coping Checklist. Compared with allergy patients, CIU patients had worse co-morbidity and higher levels of life event stress and perceived stress. Emotion-focussed coping was associated with the severity of CIU; perceived stress was associated with co-morbidity. PMID:20204926

  15. The Role of Food Additives and Natural Foods Containing Vasoactive Amines in Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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    Sami Ozturk; Fuat Erel; A.Zafer Caliskaner; Mehmet Karaayvaz; Mustafa Gulec; Ozgur Kartal

    2007-01-01

    Most patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) need long-term treatment but there is little known about the prognosis of CIU. The aim of this study was to evaluate the natural course of CIU and to find out if there are risk factors that predict the prognosis. In this prospective study, we obtained data from patients first diagnosed and treated for CIU between September 2003 and September 2005. This study was included 157 patients with CIU. We observed duration of the disease, effects o...

  16. [Keratoderma palmoplantaris varians (striata et areata), a form of chronic idiopathic acrokeratosis described by Degos].

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    Padial, A; Morales, V; Armario-Hita, J C; Ingunza, J L; Fernández-Vozmediano, J M

    2008-03-01

    We report a case of a 15-year-old boy with hyperkeratotic lesions that were linear or striated on the palms and nummular on the soles. He was the only family member known to be affected, suggesting that the condition could be attributed to a de novo mutation or the recessive form of keratoderma palmoplantaris striata, described by Degos as chronic idiopathic acrokeratosis. The lesions did not improve with topical treatments (keratolytic agents, emollients, or corticosteroids) or oral retinoids. We observed that scratching of the affected areas was the main reason for deterioration of the lesions. PMID:18346435

  17. Does chronic idiopathic dizziness reflect an impairment of sensory predictions of self-motion?

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    Joern K Pomper

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Most patients suffering from chronic idiopathic dizziness do not present signs of vestibular dysfunction or organic failures of other kinds. Hence, this kind of dizziness is commonly seen as psychogenic in nature, sharing commonalities with specific phobias, panic disorder and generalized anxiety. A more specific concept put forward by Brandt and Dieterich (1986 states that these patients suffer from dizziness because of an inadequate compensation of self-induced sensory stimulation. According to this hypothesis self-motion-induced reafferent visual stimulation is interpreted as motion in the world since a predictive signal reflecting the consequences of self-motion, needed to compensate the reafferent stimulus, is inadequate. While conceptually intriguing, experimental evidence supporting the idea of an inadequate prediction of the sensory consequences of own movements has as yet been lacking. Here we tested this hypothesis by applying it to the perception of background motion induced by smooth-pursuit eye movements. As a matter of fact, we found the same mildly undercompensating prediction, responsible for the perception of slight illusory world motion („Filehne illusion in the 15 patients tested and their age-matched controls. Likewise, the ability to adapt this prediction to the needs of the visual context was not deteriorated in patients. Finally, we could not find any correlation between measures of the individual severity of dizziness and the ability to predict. In sum, our results do not support the concept of a deviant prediction of self-induced sensory stimulation as cause of chronic idiopathic dizziness.

  18. Treatment of Idiopathic Chronic Orchialgia with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS:A Preliminary Result

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    Ekrem Akdeniz

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    Full Text Available Purpose: Unilateral or bilateral testicular pain lasting more than 3 months is called as chronic orchialgia. Aproximately 25-50% of chronic orchialgia is idiopatic origin. This study aimed the effectiveness of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS therapy due to Idiopathic Chronic Orchialgia (ICO. Methods: Five patients were included into this study with ICO that diagnosed with physical examination, urine analyses, urinary system x-ray film, and scrotal doppler ultrasound. Medical history revealed that multiple conservative therapy attempts failed to alleviate the pain. Two of the patients had right sided ICO. Traditional TENS device is placed to the most painful points. TENS applied 3 times in a week with duration 30 minutes for 4 weeks. Before and after TENS application, patients were evaluated by using Visual Analog Scale (VAS at first and third months. Results: Median age of patients was 26.20±2.38 (22-30. Mean VAS value was 6.52 ± 0.89 before the procedure. After 1 month VAS value was 3.82 ± 0.83 (p0.05. None of the patients needed any analgesics after during the one month. No complications, hyperemia or hypoesthesia of the scrotal or penile skin, occurred after the procedure. Conclusion: TENS reduces pain by increasing endorphin release in the spinal cord dorsal horn. TENS is very effective method for first 1 month in patients with ICO but its effect reduces by the time. There is no standard therapeutic protocol for idiopathic chronic orchialgia. Therefore TENS may be an alternative for patients who do not benefit from medical therapy and do not want invasive procedures. Short-term use of TENS and low number of the patients are the limitations of this study. Randomized, placebo-controlled, and longer follow-up period studies are needed to better assess the efficacy of TENS for ICO.

  19. Helicobacter pylori (H.p. Infection: A possible cause of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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    Amer Abu El ­ Enin*, Abd El-Wahab Fathe** Mohamed Khedr

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    Full Text Available Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU is one of the most frequent skin diseases with an incidence ranging from 1.2% to 23% , however its causes remains unknown in the vast majority of cases. A possible relationship between chronic urticaria and Helicobacter pylori (H.p. has been recently suggested. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori(H.P. infection in patients with C.I.U. and to investigates the effectiveness of eradication therapy of (H.p. infection on this skin disease. 100 patients (40 males and 60 females with C.I.U as well as 45 apparently healthy (age, sex, matched controls were enrolled in this study underwent serological testing for H.pylori infection with the 13C ­urea test as well as by specific IgG antibodies against the H. pylori (ELISA technique. Positive patients were treated with, Omeprazole ­ Clarithromycin + Amoxicillin for 10 days. Eradication and clinical course were followed up two months after the treatment in comparison to the negative cases as a control group. The clinical evaluation and follow up were demonstrated as worse,. same, less and disappearance of flares. In our results there was significant difference in the sero prevalence of H.pylori infection between idiopathic chronic urticaria patients and healthy subjects. H.pylori was detected in 75% of patients and 20% of controls. Out of 75 patients treated , only 24 showed complete remission of their urticaria after successfully eradicating H.pylori infection ,the others only having some improvement in their symptoms. The mean lgG titer was 86.8 + 42.4 among patients group, where it was 16.+ 42.8 among the control group (p< 0.05 . After treating the positive patients with appropriate antibiotics for 10 days there are a significant decrease of H.P. specific lgG as compared to the negative cases and also bacterium eradication is associated with a remission of urticarial symptoms. as compared to the negative cases. In conclusion

  20. The impact of ruxolitinib treatment on inflammation-mediated comorbidities in myelofibrosis and related neoplasms

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    Bjørn, Mads Emil; Hasselbalch, Hans Carl

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    The inflammation-mediated comorbidities in myelofibrosis (MF) and related neoplasms (MPNs) likely reflect the concurrent immune deregulation and systemic inflammatory nature of the MPNs, emphasizing the link between chronic systemic inflammation, immune deregulation, and the malignant clone. JAK1...

  1. Does Helicobacter pylori play a role in the pathogenesis of childhood chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?

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    Maghbool, Maryam; Maghbool, Masood; Shahriari, Mehdi; Karimi, Mehran

    2009-01-01

    Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an acute self-limited bleeding disorder that can progress to chronic form in 10-15% of the cases. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a possible cause of chronic ITP. We studied 30 children with resistant chronic ITP for H. pylori infection based on the detection of H. pylori fecal antigen. This retrospective study was based on data obtained from medical records of 30 children aged between five and 17 years (median age at ITP diagnosis was ten years). A specially-designed data sheet was used to record information on age, sex, duration of disease, family history of bleeding disorders, previous treatments and median platelet count. In patients with H. pylori infection, antimicrobial treatment consisted of amoxicillin, metronidazol and omeprazol. Response was assessed every month for one year and defined as complete (platelet count >150×10(9)/L) or partial (platelet count between 50 and 150×10(9)/L). We detected H. pylori infection in 5 patients. In 4 of them increased platelet count was seen during one year of follow-up and in one patient the platelet count was acceptable during six months. Although the pathological mechanism of H. pylori-induced thrombocytopenia was unclear in our patient sample, the assessment of H. pylori infection and use of eradication therapy should be attempted in chronic and resistant ITP patients. PMID:21589818

  2. Does Helicobacter pylori play a role in the pathogenesis of childhood chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?

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    Maryam Maghbool

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP is an acute self-limited bleeding disorder that can progress to chronic form in 10-15% of the cases. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori infection is a possible cause of chronic ITP. We studied 30 children with resistant chronic ITP for H. pylori infection based on the detection of H. pylori fecal antigen. This retrospective study was based on data obtained from medical records of 30 children aged between five and 17 years (median age at ITP diagnosis was ten years. A specially-designed data sheet was used to record information on age, sex, duration of disease, family history of bleeding disorders, previous treatments and median platelet count. In patients with H. pylori infection, antimicrobial treatment consisted of amoxicillin, metronidazol and omeprazol. Response was assessed every month for one year and defined as complete (platelet count >150x109/L or partial (platelet count between 50 and 150x109/L. We detected H. pylori infection in 5 patients. In 4 of them increased platelet count was seen during one year of follow-up and in one patient the platelet count was acceptable during six months. Although the pathological mechanism of H. pylori-induced thrombocytopenia was unclear in our patient sample, the assessment of H. pylori infection and use of eradication therapy should be attempted in chronic and resistant ITP patients.

  3. Novel Helicobacter species isolated from rhesus monkeys with chronic idiopathic colitis.

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    Fox, J G; Handt, L; Xu, S; Shen, Z; Dewhirst, F E; Paster, B J; Dangler, C A; Lodge, K; Motzel, S; Klein, H

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    Chronic, idiopathic diffuse colitis is a well recognised clinical and pathological entity in captive rhesus monkeys. Six rhesus monkeys were diagnosed with clinically debilitating, chronic diarrhoea. Histologically, colonic tissues were characterised as chronic, moderate to severe colitis and typhlitis, with diffuse mononuclear inflammation of lamina propria, reactive lymphoid hyperplasia and multifocal micro-abscesses. Colonic tissues were cultured for Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp.; all results were negative. Samples were negative for Clostridium difficile A and B toxins, and special stains of colonic tissue for acid-fast bacteria were also negative. The six diarrhoeic monkeys tested gave negative results for serum IgG antibodies to herpes B virus, STLV, SRV and SIV. Colonic tissue from the six diarrhoeic and two clinically normal monkeys with histologically confirmed colitis from the same colony were also subjected to micro-aerobic culture. Micro-aerobic cultures from all eight monkeys incubated at 37 degrees C and 42 degrees C revealed pinpoint or spreading colonies on antibiotic-containing media. Bacteria were identified as gram-negative, oxidase positive and urease negative. Of the nine strains characterised biochemically, two separate biotypes (corresponding to different species by 16S rRNA analysis) were identified. One biotype (type 1), from non-diarrhoeic monkeys and the second biotype (type 2) from diarrhoeic animals with subclinical chronic colonic inflammation, differed by catalase activity, ability to reduce nitrate to nitrite and sensitivity to cephalothin. Complete 16S rRNA analysis of five of the nine strains characterised biochemically indicated that the organisms isolated were two novel Helicobacter spp. By electron microscopy, these novel helicobacters had spiral morphology with bipolar sheathed flagella. This is the first report describing the isolation of novel Helicobacter spp. from inflamed colons of rhesus monkeys. Studies are needed to

  4. Immunophenotype characteristics of peripheral blood mononuclear leukocytes of chronic idiopathic urticaria patients.

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    Garmendia, Jenny V; Zabaleta, Mercedes; Aldrey, Oscar; Rivera, Henry; De Sanctis, Juan B; Bianco, Nicolás E; Blanca, Isaac

    2006-12-01

    The pathogenesis of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is not completely understood although autoimmunity has been proposed. The aim of the study was to assess the expression of different leukocyte antigens, by flow cytometry, assaying total blood of 29 patients with CIU and of 20 sex and age matched controls. Moreover, we assessed soluble CD154 a marker of immune cell activation, predominantly memory T cells. When patients were divided depending an their response to the autologous serum skin test (ASST), three different groups were encountered: group 1 (n=11): with negative ASST-, group 2 (n=11): positive ASST (ASST+) with normal lymphocyte counts and group 3 (n=7): ASST+ with low lymphocyte counts (CIU pathogenesis. PMID:17176904

  5. Treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria with levamisole: a multicentre, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial.

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    Zhang, H; Shan, C; Hua, Z; Zhao, P; Zhang, H

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of treating chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) with levamisole in combination with levocetirizine. This was a multicentre, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial that included 132 patients with active CIU who were treated for 6 weeks with either levocetirizine alone (control group; n = 65) or levamisole plus levocetirizine (treatment group; n = 67). Response to therapy was evaluated by measuring the efficacy rate. After 2 weeks of treatment, there was no significant difference in the efficacy rate between the treatment and control groups (54.84% and 42.37%, respectively). After 6 weeks of treatment, a statistically significant difference in the efficacy rate was observed between the groups (76.27% and 54.39% for the treatment and control groups, respectively). This study demonstrated that a combination of levamisole plus levocetirizine is more effective than levocetirizine alone and potentially provides a new, promising approach to the treatment of CIU. PMID:19761700

  6. Prospective study of biofeedback retraining in patients with chronic idiopathic functional constipation

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    Jun Wang; Mao-Hong Luo; Qing-Hui Qi; Zuo-Liang Dong

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To determine the efficacy and long-term outcome of biofeedback treatment for chronic idiopathic constipation and to compare the efficacy of two modes of biofeedback (EMG-based and manometry-based biofeedback).METHODS: Fifty consecutive contactable patients included 8 cases of slow transit constipation, 36 cases of anorectic outlet obstruction and 6 cases of mixed constipation. Two modes of biofeedback were used for these 50 patients, 30 of whom had EMG-based biofeedback, and 20 had manometrybased biofeedback. Before treatment, a consultation and physical examination were done for all the patients, related information such as bowel function and gut transit time was documented, psychological test (symptom checkJist 90, SCL90)and anorectic physiological test and defecography were applied. After biofeedback management, all the patients were followed up. The Student′s t-test, chi-squared test and Logistic regression were used for statistical analysis.RESULTS: The period of following up ranged from 12 to 24months (Median 18 months). 70% of patients felt that biofeedback was helpful, and 62.5% of patients with constipation were improved. Clinical manifestations including straining, abdominal pain, bloating, were relieved, and less oral laxative was used. Spontaneous bowel frequency and psychological state were improved significantly after treatment. Patients with slow and normal transit, and those with and without paradoxical contraction of the anal sphincter on straining, benefited equally from the treatment. The psychological status rather than anorectal test could predict outcome. The efficacy of the two modes of biofeedback was similar without side effects.CONCLUSION: This study suggests that biofeedback has a long-term effect with no side effects, for the majority of patients with chronic idiopathic constipation unresponsive to traditional treatment. Pelvic floor abnormalities and transit time should not be the selection criteria for treatment.

  7. Recent developments in myelofibrosis

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    Mesa RA

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Raoul Tibes, James M Bogenberger, Ruben A MesaDivision of Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, USAAbstract: The myeloproliferative neoplasm of myelofibrosis (MF is clinically constituted by individuals both with primary MF, as well as those that evolved from an antecedent polycythemia vera or essential thrombocythemia. Individuals presenting with MF have a heterogeneous phenotype which can involve significant constitutional symptoms (night sweats, fevers, weight loss, fatigue, variable but frequently problematic splenomegaly, and multifactorial cytopenias. These individuals clearly have decreased survival. Refinement of MF prognostic scores can distinguish from survival as poor as 16 months, to a median survival of 185 months. Sadly, although curative, allogeneic stem cell transplant still has sobering success rates for individuals of the standard ages for MF. Recent reports suggest less than half of patients will be alive at 3 years after allotransplant above the age of 60 years. The most important recent advancement in MF therapy has been the development of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2 inhibitors led by ruxolitinib, now Food and Drug Administration approved in the United States, and several other JAK2 inhibitors (in testing including SAR302503, CYT387, and SB1518. In randomized, placebo-controlled studies, ruxolitinib was demonstrated to be superior for the improvement of splenomegaly and symptoms. These benefits are mirrored across other JAK2 inhibitors. Improving anemia remains an unmet need in MF and is currently being evaluated by clinical trials utilizing the JAK2 inhibitor CYT387, as well as pomalidomide. Additional areas of interest for MF therapy include the inhibition of histone/lysine deacetylases, hedgehog pathway inhibition, as well as combination strategies with JAK2 inhibitors.Keywords: myeloproliferative neoplasm, myelofibrosis, JAK2 inhibitors

  8. Myelofibrosis and cytopenia are not always malignant.

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    Gruson, B; Brevet, M; Vaida, I; Sid idris, S; Damaj, G

    2006-03-01

    Myelofibrosis (MF) is characterized by reticulin fibrosis of the bone marrow. It may occur in neoplastic disorders such as myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM) or other neoplasms involving the bone marrow. However, autoimmune phenomena have been described in patients with MF defining a distinct clinicopathological entity called autoimmune myelofibrosis (AIMF). We report two cases of AIMF and review the literature. PMID:16490694

  9. PrimiOtic and PrimiOtic Plus: novel probiotic for primates suffering from idiopathic chronic diarrhea.

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    Lecker, Jaime L; Froberg-Fejko, Karen

    2015-10-01

    Idiopathic chronic diarrhea of nonhuman primates is a major gastrointestinal disorder and a leading cause of serious morbidity in nonhuman primates kept in captivity. Many animals are not responsive to traditional treatments. Millions of dollars are spent annually on diagnosis and supportive care of these animals. Probiotics like Bio-Serv's PrimiOtic and PrimiOtic Plus can help to reduce the incidence of diarrhea in captive nonhuman primates by supporting the natural microflora in the gut. PMID:26398619

  10. How I treat myelofibrosis.

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    Cervantes, Francisco

    2014-10-23

    Myelofibrosis (MF) is a BCR-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm characterized by clonal myeloproliferation, dysregulated kinase signaling, and release of abnormal cytokines. In recent years, important progress has been made in the knowledge of the molecular biology and the prognostic assessment of MF. Conventional treatment has limited impact on the patients' survival; it includes a wait-and-see approach for asymptomatic patients, erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, androgens, or immunomodulatory agents for anemia, cytoreductive drugs such as hydroxyurea for the splenomegaly and constitutional symptoms, and splenectomy or radiotherapy in selected patients. The discovery of the Janus kinase (JAK)2 mutation triggered the development of molecular targeted therapy of MF. The JAK inhibitors are effective in both JAK2-positive and JAK2-negative MF; one of them, ruxolitinib, is the current best available therapy for MF splenomegaly and constitutional symptoms. However, although ruxolitinib has changed the therapeutic scenario of MF, there is no clear indication of a disease-modifying effect. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation remains the only curative therapy of MF, but due to its associated morbidity and mortality, it is usually restricted to eligible high- and intermediate-2-risk MF patients. To improve current therapeutic results, the combination of JAK inhibitors with other agents is currently being tested, and newer drugs are being investigated. PMID:25232060

  11. Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis with Concomitant Features of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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    Elena Tsitsami

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a 13-year-old girl with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO who developed severe arthritis in four different joints within the first year from the onset of the disease. Her multiple vertebrae lesions showed significant amelioration after a 2-month treatment with prednisolone. In parallel, the initial severe symmetrical arthritis of both knees showing overt synovitis and joint effusion, in the absence of lesions in the metaphyses of the femur or the tibia, responded remarkably well in intra-articular triamcinolone hexacetonide injections. However, upon discontinuation of prednisolone, the patient developed severe arthritis of her right ankle and the proximal interphalangeal joint of her right middle finger. Thus, prednisolone was reinitiated combined with methotrexate, and the patient went into remission, which persists one year after prednisolone tapering. The appearance of arthritis in both knees in the absence of bone lesions and the emergence of severe arthritis of the ankle after remission of spinal bone lesions suggest that CRMO and juvenile idiopathic arthritis may coexist and be causally related.

  12. Autologous serum skin test in chronic idiopathic urticaria: prevalence, correlation and clinical implications.

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    Kulthanan, Kanokvalai; Jiamton, Sukhum; Gorvanich, Taniya; Pinkaew, Sumruay

    2006-12-01

    Some cases of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) have histamine-releasing IgG autoantibodies in their blood. This disease subgroup is called "autoimmune urticaria". To date, the autologous serum skin test (ASST) is the best in vivo clinical test for the detection of basophil histamine-releasing activity in vitro. This study aimed to find the prevalence of ASST positive cases in Thai patients with CIU, to identify factors related to the positivity of ASST and to find the clinical implications of ASST in CIU. A retrospective study was performed among 85 CIU patients who attended the Urticaria Clinic at the Department of Dermatology, Siriraj Hospital and were willing to perform ASST, from January 2002 to December 2003. Twenty-one (24.7%) patients had a positive ASST. There was no significant difference between patients with positive ASST and negative ASST as to the severity of the disease (wheal numbers, wheal size, itching scores and the extent of body involvement) as well as the duration of the disease. PMID:17348242

  13. Loratadine versus levocetirizine in chronic idiopathic urticaria: A comparative study of efficacy and safety

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    Anuradha P

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU is challenging because of its unpredictable course and negative influence on the quality of life. New treatments are being developed, but antihistaminics remain the cornerstone of the therapeutic approach. Newer generation antihistaminics such as loratadine and levocetirizine have already proved to be safe and efficacious for CIU. Objective : To choose the better drug between loratadine and levocetirizine for CIU, by comparing their efficacy and safety. Methods : A randomized, open, outdoor-based clinical study was conducted on 60 patients of CIU, to compare the two drugs. After initial clinical assessment and baseline investigations, loratadine was prescribed to 30 patients and levocetirizine to another 30 patients for four weeks. At follow-up, the patients were re-evaluated and then compared using different statistical tools. Result : The comparative study showed that the changes in differential eosinophil count (P = 0.006 and absolute eosinophil count (P = 0.003 in the levocetirizine group was statistically significant. The results of the Total Symptom Score showed better symptomatic improvement of CIU with levocetirizine as compared to loratadine. The overall incidence of adverse drug reactions was also found to be less in the levocetirizine group. Conclusion : An analysis of the results of all the parameters of safety and efficacy proves the superiority of levocetirizine over loratadine for CIU.

  14. The Role of Food Additives and Natural Foods Containing Vasoactive Amines in Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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    Sami Ozturk

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Most patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU need long-term treatment but there is little known about the prognosis of CIU. The aim of this study was to evaluate the natural course of CIU and to find out if there are risk factors that predict the prognosis. In this prospective study, we obtained data from patients first diagnosed and treated for CIU between September 2003 and September 2005. This study was included 157 patients with CIU. We observed duration of the disease, effects of food additives and preservatives in CIU. As possible prognostic factors we observed sex, age, atopy, intolerance to food additives and preservatives. Allergic reactions were seen to appear in 37% (n=50 cases due to natural foods, in 36% (n=49 cases due to foods containing additives, and in 27% (n=37 cases due to both natural foods and foods containing additives. For patients with CIU, food colors, sweeteners and preservatives that are added into foods are an important etiological factor. Moreover, histamine and histamine-like endogen pharmacological agents can cause allergic reactions. Hence, these foods should be taken into consideration in etiology especially in patients with CIU, and due to potential etiology, elimination of patients from these foods for a while is a significant step in treatment. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2007; 6(5.000: 351-356

  15. Second-generation antihistamines for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Belsito, Donald V

    2010-05-01

    Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a serious disorder that can greatly compromise quality of life. While H1 antihistamines are the accepted first-line treatment for CIU, older generations of these agents (e.g., hydroxyzine, diphenhydramine) are associated with anticholinergic and CNS effects, such as drowsiness and sedation, that can pose risks to patients, especially when driving. Second-generation agents available in the United States (U.S.) (e.g., cetirizine, desloratadine, fexofenadine, levocetirizine, loratadine) has greatly reduced these CNS effects, making them the current treatments of choice in CIU, but their potency and tolerability profiles vary. Differences in duration of in vivo receptor occupancy may affect the potency of H1 antihistamines. Levocetirizine appears to have greater in vivo H1 receptor occupancy compared with later generation H1 antihistamines, which may confer an advantageous efficacy/safety profile. This has been confirmed in a recent head-to-head study showing that levocetirizine was more effective than desloratadine in improving pruritus in CIU patients. Fexofenadine has been shown to have a low occupancy of H1 antihistamine receptors in the brain, which reduces the likelihood of sedation. More studies are required to further assess receptor occupancy and other factors that may differentiate the second-generation H1 antihistamines. PMID:20480793

  16. Levocetirizine: The latest treatment option for allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Dubuske, Lawrence M

    2007-01-01

    Levocetirizine is the most recent antihistamine available in the United States and is indicated for the symptomatic treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR; seasonal [SAR] and perennial [PAR]) and chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). The purpose of this study was to review the current literature on pharmacologic properties of levocetirizine, its safety, tolerability, and effectiveness in AR and CIU. Relevant articles in English or with English abstracts were identified from systematic Medline searches using combinations of the terms antihistamine/s, CIU, H(1)-receptor antagonist/s, levocetirizine, PAR and persistent AR (PER), pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic, and SAR. Levocetirizine is the active enantiomer of cetirizine. Pharmacologic and clinical studies indicate that levocetirizine has a fast onset and long duration of action, with a well-tolerated adverse effect profile. These favorable features may be caused by levocetirizine's pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties including high bioavailability, low apparent volume of distribution, low degree of metabolism, and high in vivo potency and H(1)-receptor occupancy. Several large well-controlled clinical trials in adults and children aged 6-12 years have shown levocetirizine to be consistently efficacious and well tolerated in relieving the symptoms of SAR, PAR, and PER and CIU. Levocetirizine is a welcome new treatment option in the United States for symptomatic treatment of AR and CIU. PMID:18201439

  17. Lack of a role for cross-reacting anti-thyroid antibodies in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Mozena, Jonathan D; Tiñana, Adrienne; Negri, Julie; Steinke, John W; Borish, Larry

    2010-07-01

    The etiology of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is attributed to autoantibodies directed against the alpha-chain of the high-affinity IgE receptor (FcepsilonRIalpha) or IgE on mast cells in 30-60% of patients. Approximately 30% of CIU patients have Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT). We investigated the pathophysiologic relationship of anti-thyroid and anti-FcepsilonRIalpha antibodies. Nine individuals with both CIU and HT underwent autologous serum skin testing (ASST) and sera were assayed for thyroid autoantibodies, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and anti-FcepsilonRIalpha antibodies. Serum samples were studied for their ability to activate a human mast cell line (LUVA) as determined by cysteinyl leukotriene (CysLT) production. Experiments were performed to determine whether epitope cross-reactivity could explain the high incidence of HT found in CIU patients. A significant proportion of CIU patients had a positive ASST (nine of six) and anti-FcepsilonRIalpha antibodies (six of nine). Incubation of patient sera with FcepsilonRIalpha, but not thyroglobulin or thyroid peroxidase, resulted in the decreased ability to detect anti-FcepsilonRIalpha antibodies. Incubation with thyroid antigens did not inhibit CysLT production by mast cells. Epitopic cross-reactivity does not explain the increased prevalence of HT found in CIU patients. The frequent concurrence of HT and CIU likely reflects a genetic tendency toward autoimmune diseases. PMID:20182447

  18. Association of interleukin 10 and transforming growth factor β gene polymorphisms with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Tavakol, Marzieh; Movahedi, Masoud; Amirzargar, Ali Akbar; Aryan, Zahra; Bidoki, Alireza Zare; Heidari, Kimia; Soltani, Samaneh; Gharagozlou, Mohammad; Aghamohammadi, Asghar; Nabavi, Mohammad; Nasiri, Rasoul; Ahmadvand, Alireza; Rezaei, Nima

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    Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) and interleukin 10 (IL-10) are two anti-inflammatory cytokines that are implicated in the pathogenesis of urticaria. The goal of this study was to examine the possible association of polymorphisms of TGF-β and IL-10 genes with susceptibility to chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). This study was conducted on 90 patients with CIU. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was done to determine the genotype at 5 polymorphic sites; TGF-β (codon10C/T and codon25G/C) and IL-10 (-1082G/A, -819C/T, and -592C/A). The C allele at codon 25 of TGF-β was more prevalent in CIU patients compared to controls (OR = 9.5, 95% CI = 5.4-16.8, PCIU patients (PCIU and controls; CC haplotype was overrepresented, while CG and TG haplotypes were underrepresented (PCIU. Additionally, patients with CIU seem to have genotypes leading to high production of TGF-β and IL-10. PMID:25580782

  19. Clinical and laboratory features of antihistamine-resistant chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Magen, Eli; Mishal, Joseph; Zeldin, Yuri; Schlesinger, Menachem

    2011-01-01

    Chronic idiopathic (spontaneous) urticaria (CIU) is sometimes resistant to the conventional and high doses of antihistamines (AHs). This study compares the clinical and laboratory characteristics of AH responsive and AH-resistant CIU subjects. Clinical and laboratory data were retrospectively collected from 385 CIU patients. Urticaria activity score (UAS), concomitant angioedema, dermatographism, positive autologous serum skin (ASST), and laboratory data were collected. The control group consisted of 44 sex- and age-matched healthy individuals. Two hundred forty-five CIU patients controlled with AH medications were included in the CIU group. Forty-six patients failed to show clinical improvement during 8 weeks of treatment with fourfold AH doses and were included in the resistant CIU (R-CIU) group. The R-CIU group was characterized with a higher incidence (58.7%) of angioedema than the CIU group (28.5%; p CIU versus 12.2% in CIU; p = 0.014), more positive ASST (73.9% in R-CIU versus 45.4% in CIU; p CIU versus 3.32 ± 1.25 in CIU; CIU was characterized with more severe basopenia (0.04 ± 0.07 cell/mm(3) versus 0.16 ± 0.13 cell/mm(3); p CIU is a clinically more severe disease with laboratory features of low-grade inflammation and platelet activation. PMID:22221441

  20. Impact of Helicobacter pylori Eradication Therapy on Platelet Counts in Patients With Chronic Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.

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    Amiri, Mohamadreza

    2016-01-01

    This study was a before and after clinical evaluation of Helicobacter pylori eradication on platelet counts in a group of 23 patients with chronic Idiopathic (Autoimmune) thrombocytopenic purpura (CITP). H. pylori infection was identified in patients by a (13)C-urea breath test and confirmed by an H. pylori stool antigen test. Eradication was conducted in patients testing positive. Infected (n = 10) and uninfected (n = 13) patient groups did not differ with respect to age, gender, history of previous splenectomy, treatment with anti-D, current treatment with corticosteroids, or initial platelet counts. H pylori eradication was successful in eight infected CITP patients, with two patients not responsive to treatment. Compared to the uninfected group, patients in the infected group who responded to eradication therapy had significantly increased platelet counts after six months (56.2 ± 22.2 vs. 233 ± 85.6 ×10(3) million cells/L; P < 0.01), whereas platelet counts in the non-responding patients and uninfected group did not differ after this period of time. H. pylori eradication promotes significant platelet count improvement in patients with CITP. Thus, all patients with CITP should be tested and treated for H. pylori infections. PMID:26925898

  1. The Role of Food Additives and Natural Foods Containing Vasoactive Amines in Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

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    Fuat Erel

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Most patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU need long-term treatment but there is little known about the prognosis of CIU. The aim of this study was to evaluate the natural course of CIU and to find out if there are risk factors that predict the prognosis. In this prospective study, we obtained data from patients first diagnosed and treated for CIU between September 2003 and September 2005. This study was included 157 patients with CIU. We observed duration of the disease, effects of food additives and preservatives in CIU. As possible prognostic factors we observed sex, age, atopy, intolerance to food additives and preservatives. Allergic reactions were seen to appear in 37% (n=50 cases due to natural foods, in 36% (n=49 cases due to foods containing additives, and in 27% (n=37 cases due to both natural foods and foods containing additives. For patients with CIU, food colors, sweeteners and preservatives that are added into foods are an important etiological factor. Moreover, histamine and histamine-like endogen pharmacological agents can cause allergic reactions. Hence, these foods should be taken into consideration in etiology especially in patients with CIU, and due to potential etiology, elimination of patients from these foods for a while is a significant step in treatment. [TAF Prev Med Bull. 2007; 6(5: 351-356

  2. Chronic idiopathic urticaria, psychological co-morbidity and posttraumatic stress: the impact of alexithymia and repression.

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    Hunkin, Victoria; Chung, Man Cheung

    2012-12-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the interrelationship between chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), psychological co-morbidity, posttraumatic stress, repression and alexithymia. 89 participants with CIU and 105 without CIU responded to an online questionnaire. Both groups completed the general health questionnaire-12, the perceived stress scale, the posttraumatic stress diagnostic scale and the Toronto alexithymia scale-20 and were categorised into four defence mechanism groups (repressive, defensive, high-anxious, low-anxious). CIU participants also completed the Skindex-17 and a self-report severity measure. CIU participants reported higher levels of alexithymia than the control group and their defence mechanism was most likely to be categorised as defensive, with conscious self-image management reported alongside high manifest anxiety. Partial least squares analysis revealed significant paths between posttraumatic stress and CIU severity and psychological co-morbidity. Posttraumatic stress was associated with alexithymia and type of defence mechanism. Only being in the high-anxious group partially mediated the relationship between posttraumatic stress and CIU severity. In conclusion, there is evidence for a relationship between CIU and trauma. The severity of posttraumatic symptoms varies depending upon alexithymic traits and defence mechanisms used. Disease severity and psychological co-morbidity are differentially influenced by the relationships between trauma, alexithymic traits and defence mechanisms. PMID:22362490

  3. The effect of L-thyroxine treatment on chronic idiopathic urticaria and autoimmune thyroiditis.

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    Magen, Eli; Mishal, Joseph

    2012-01-01

    Autoimmune thyroiditis (AT) is more prevalent in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria CIU) than in the general population. Previous small studies without any controlled comparison reported that CIU remits in patients with CIU and AT treated with L-thyroxine. To determine whether l-thyroxine treatment can improve the clinical course of CIU in patients with the co-occurrence of AT and CIU. A total of 749 patients with CIU were retrospectively studied. Clinical and laboratory evaluation and classification of chronic urticaria were performed according to the EAACI/GA(2)LEN/EDF/WAO guidelines. After L-thyroxine treatment for 53 ± 19 days, euthyroidism was restored in all subjects. Urticaria activity score (UAS) was evaluated at baseline and after three and six months. The control group consisted of matched 44 euthyroid subjects with CIU. A total of 44 (5.9%) patients were diagnosed to have hypothyroidism related to AT. Autologous serum skin test (ASST) was found to be positive in 17 (38.6%) of them. There was no statistically significant difference in baseline UAS, between the ASST+ (3.94 ± 1.52) and the ASST- (3.63 ± 1.42; P = 0.27) hypothyroid subjects and the euthyroid CIU controls (3.73 ± 1.74). During the L-thyroxine treatment, a significant reduction of UAS was observed in both hypothyroid ASST+ and ASST- subjects. However, the mean UAS after three and six months of L-thyroxine treatment remained not significantly different from that in control euthyroid subjects with CIU. L-Thyroxine treatment has no effect on the course of CIU in patients with CIU and AT. PMID:22182385

  4. Validity of a procedure to identify patients with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in the Danish National Registry of Patients

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    Katrine Edith Klith Heden

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    Full Text Available Katrine Edith Klith Heden, Annette Østergaard Jensen, Dora Körmendiné Farkas, Mette NørgaardDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, DenmarkBackground: Administrative data may be useful for epidemiological studies of chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP. However, the quality of the recorded diagnoses needs evaluation.Aim: We evaluated the validity in predicting chronic ITP of the International Classifi cation of Diseases (ICD-10 diagnoses of ITP in the Danish National Registry of Patients (NRP.Methods: We used the NRP to identify patients with ITP, according to code D69.3, from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 2007. We defined chronic ITP as lasting longer than 6 months by including only patients with 2 or more hospital ITP diagnoses over longer than 6 months. We confirmed diagnoses by evaluating each candidate chronic ITP patient’s medical chart and estimating the positive predictive value (PPV and 95% confidence interval (CI of the recorded NRP diagnostic code.Results: We identified 513 patients with chronic ITP in the NRP. We were able to retrieve the charts of 439. After evaluation of the charts, 410 patients were deemed to have a valid diagnosis of chronic ITP, yielding a PPV of 0.93 (95% CI: 0.91–0.96.Conclusion: The validity of this procedure to identify chronic ITP patients was high. The NRP is valid for epidemiological studies of patients with chronic ITP.Keywords: validity, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, National Registry of Patients

  5. Correlation of serum antithyroid microsomal antibody and autologous serum skin test in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria

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    Snehal Balvant Lunge

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    Full Text Available Background: About 25-45% of patients of chronic urticaria (CU have been stated to have histamine releasing autoantibodies in their blood. The term autoimmune urticaria is increasingly being accepted for this subgroup of patients. Review of the literature suggests high autologous serum skin test (ASST positivity and presence of antithyroid microsomal antibodies in patients with autoimmune urticaria. Aims: To study prevalence of ASST positivity and antithyroid microsomal antibodies in chronic "idiopathic" urticaria and to study the correlation between the two parameters. Methods: All patients of chronic idiopathic urticaria satisfying inclusion/exclusion criteria were enrolled in the study after written informed consent. Patients of CU secondary to infections and infestations, physical urticaria including dermatographism, mastocytosis, urticarial vasculitis and those on treatment with immunosuppressive drugs for urticaria were excluded from the study. In all of these patients, complete blood count; ASST, serum T3/T4/thyroid stimulating hormone levels, antithyroid microsomal antibody (AMA levels were done. Statistical analysis was done by Chi-square test, Fisher exact test and Kappa statistics. Results: Study included 24 males and 26 females with mean age of 39.54 years. Majority of patients belonged to 20-40 years of age. Females showed more ASST positivity. A total of 12 out of 50 (24% patients showed positive ASST. A total of four out of 12 (33.33% had positive ASST and raised AMA levels. Conclusion: Only 25% of patients of chronic idiopathic urticaria had positive ASST. ASST and AMA levels were positively correlated in our study. Further studies are required to authenticate this association.

  6. Clinical-laboratory characteristics of ANA-positive chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Magen, Eli; Waitman, Dan-Andrei; Dickstein, Yoav; Davidovich, Valentina; Kahan, Natan R

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    Despite the established association between chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria (CIU) and presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANAs), the prevalence of autoimmune comorbidities in this population has not been analyzed. Here, we aim to identify clinical and laboratory manifestations associated with ANA-positive CIU. ANA-positive patients were identified via electronic data capture from the electronic patient record database of Leumit Health care Services (LHS) of Israel. Patient characteristics, medical histories, and details of diagnostic workup, medical treatment, and follow-up were retrieved by performing a chart review of electronic patient records (EPRs). The prevalence of target diseases among ANA(+) CIU(+), ANA(+) CIU(-), and ANA(-) CIU(+) patients was calculated. A total of 91 ANA(+) CIU(+), 3131 ANA(+) CIU(-), and 478 ANA(-) CIU(+) patients were identified. The ANA(+) CIU(+) group was characterized by higher prevalence of Sjögren's syndrome (SS)-A 52 antibodies (Ab) (7.7% versus 2.4%; p = 0.008), SS-A 60 Ab (11% versus 2.8%; p = CIU(+) group. Additionally, ANA(+) CIU(+) patients were more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid autoimmune diseases, higher C-reactive protein (6.4 ± 10.3 versus 4.1 ± 8.8 mg/L; p = 0.027), and more profound basopenia (0.04 ± 0.09 versus 0.15 ± 0.11 cell/mm(3); p CIU patients. More ANA(+) CIU(+) patients were resistant to four-fold standard licensed doses of antihistamines than ANA(-) CIU(+) patients [11 (12.1%) versus 29 (6.1%); p = 0.046]. ANA-positive CIU is characterized by higher prevalence of SS-A 52, SS-A 60, and SS-B antibodies and poorer clinical response to antihistamine medications. PMID:25715242

  7. Basophil phenotypes in chronic idiopathic urticaria in relation to disease activity and autoantibodies.

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    Eckman, John A; Hamilton, Robert G; Gober, Laura M; Sterba, Patricia M; Saini, Sarbjit S

    2008-08-01

    Potentially pathogenic IgG autoantibodies to IgE or its receptor, Fc epsilonRIalpha, have been detected in approximately 40% of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) patients. CIU patients' basophils display distinct altered Fc epsilonRIalpha-mediated degranulation. CIU patients with basophil histamine release in response to polyclonal goat anti-human IgE > or = 10% are classified as CIU responders (CIU-R) and CIU non-responders (CIU-NR). We compared the presence of autoantibodies to basophil degranulation phenotypes and to disease status (active or inactive). Sera were collected from non-CIU subjects and CIU subjects who participated in a longitudinal study of disease severity and had defined basophil degranulation phenotypes. Immunoenzymetric assays (IEMA) quantified IgG anti-Fc epsilonRIalpha and anti-IgE. IgG anti-Fc epsilonRIalpha antibody was detected in 57% of CIU-R (n=35), 55% of CIU-NR (n=29), and 57% of non-CIU subjects (n=23), whereas IgG anti-IgE was present in 43% of CIU-R, 45% of CIU-NR, and 30% of non-CIU subjects. Both the autoantibody levels and the functional basophil phenotype remained stable in subjects with active disease (n=16), whereas there was an enhancement in basophil function as subjects evolved into a state of remission (n=6), which appears independent of the presence of autoantibody. IEMAs detected a similar frequency of autoantibodies in CIU-R, CIU-NR, and non-CIU subjects. Basophil function may be independent of IEMA-detected autoantibodies. PMID:18356810

  8. Serum thyroid autoantibodies in patients with idiopathic either acute or chronic urticaria.

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    Gangemi, S; Saitta, S; Lombardo, G; Patafi, M; Benvenga, S

    2009-02-01

    In Italy, only one study was conducted on the detection of serum thyroid autoantibodies (ATA) in patients with urticaria. This northern-Italy study reported a 23% rate of ATA positiveness in 52 patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). During the years 1998-2006, 688 patients with urticaria were hospitalized at our Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Thyroglobulin and thyroperoxidase autoantibodies (TgAb and TPOAb) were assayed at admission in 144/688 patients. Of the 144 patients (mean age: 42.3+/-15.8 yr, range 17-84), 95 (72 women and 23 men) had an history of CIU (CIU group) and 49 (44 women and 5 men) did not [acute urticaria group or (AU)]. Of the 144 patients, 37 (25.7%) tested positive for at least one ATA: 31 with CIU (32.6%) and 6 with AU (12.2%, chi2=7.037, p=0.008). Positiveness for TPOAb or TgAb was 30/37 (81.1%) or 17/37 (45.9%); 10/37 (27.0%). Pre-hospitalization duration of CIU was longer in the 31 ATA positive patients compared to the 64 ATA negative patients (207.2+/-273.4 vs 81.6+/-106.3 weeks, p=0.015). Pre-hospitalization duration of CIU correlated positively with the log10-transformed serum concentration of TPOAb in the 25 CIU patients who tested TPOAb positive (r=0.42, p=0.039). We conclude that our rate of 31/95 (32.6%) positiveness for at least one type of ATA in CIU is greater than that of 6 representative international studies published between the years 2000 and 2006 (111/488 or 22.7%, range 15-29%, chi2=4.884, p=0.027). PMID:19411805

  9. Statin effects on regulatory and proinflammatory factors in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Azor, M H; dos Santos, J C; Futata, E A; de Brito, C A; Maruta, C W; Rivitti, E A; da Silva Duarte, A J; Sato, M N

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    Immunological dysfunction has been described to occur in chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), most notably in association with an inflammatory process. Some pharmacological agents as statins--drugs used in hypercholesterolaemia--display a broad effect on the immune response and thus should be tested in vitro in CIU. Our main objectives were to evaluate the effects of statins on the innate and adaptive immune response in CIU. Simvastatin or lovastatin have markedly inhibited the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) proliferative response induced by T and B cell mitogens, superantigen or recall antigen. Simvastatin arrested phytohaemaglutinin (PHA)-induced T cells at the G0/G1 phase, inhibiting T helper type 1 (Th1), Th2, interleukin (IL)-10 and IL-17A cytokine secretion in both patients and healthy control groups. Up-regulation of suppressor of cytokine signalling 3 (SOCS3) mRNA expression in PHA-stimulated PBMCs from CIU patients was not modified by simvastatin, in contrast to the enhancing effect in the control group. Statin exhibited a less efficient inhibition effect on cytokine production [IL-6 and macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-1α] induced by Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4, to which a statin preincubation step was required. Furthermore, statin did not affect the tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α secretion by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated PBMC or CD14+ cells in CIU patients. In addition, LPS-activated PBMC from CIU patients showed impaired indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) mRNA expression compared to healthy control, which remained at decreased levels with statin treatment. Statins exhibited a marked down-regulatory effect in T cell functions, but were not able to control TLR-4 activation in CIU patients. The unbalanced regulatory SOCS3 and IDO expressions in CIU may contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease. PMID:21985375

  10. The Effect of Costimulatory Factors in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

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    崔国惠; 刘筱萍; 姚军霞

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    To investigate the effect of costimulatory factors in the pathogenesis of chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (CITP), we examined the expression of CD80 on platelets and megakaryocytes in patients with CITP and the controls by FACS. By using CD80 monoclonal antibody (McAb) to inhibit interaction among cells which is mediated by costimulatory factors, we observed the effect of CD80 McAb on the growth and maturation of megakaryocytic progenitors of patients with CITP in vitro. The results showed the expression of CD80 on platelets and megakaryocytes in CITP group was significantly higher than that in controls (P<0.01). There was a significantly positive correlation between the expression of CD80 on platelets and serum PAIgG in CITP (r =0.86, P<0. 05). The mean of various clone numbers (CFU-MK, BFU-MK and mCFU-MK) in CITP were all lower than those in controls (P<0. 05). In megakaryoeytes co-cultured with CD80 McAb, there was an increasing tendency of the number of CFU-MK and big CFU-MK (the number of megakaryocyte with GPⅢa positive was more than 20) and mediate CFU-MK (the number of megakaryocyte with GPⅢa positive was 11- 20). When the concentration of CD80 McAb was 10 μg/L, there was a significant difference in the number of megakaryocytic colony formation (CFUMK, BFU-MK and mCFU-MK) between the group with CD80 McAb and that without it (P<0.05). These showed the abnormality of costimulatory factors had important effect in the pathogenesis of CITP.

  11. Autoantibody production in chronic idiopathic urticaria is not associated with Helicobacter pylori infection

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    Atta A.M.

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    Full Text Available Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU is a dermatological syndrome, characterized by raised erythematous skin lesions, that affects 20% of the general population and has been associated with autoimmunity. However, some reports have also suggested a close relationship between CIU and Helicobacter pylori infection, which is endemic in developing countries and associated with chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, and gastric carcinoma. In the present study, we investigated the occurrence of autoantibodies in sera from 23 CIU subjects infected with H. pylori and from 23 CIU subjects without this infection. The presence of anti-thyroid antibodies was determined by indirect hemagglutination assay and the presence of autoantibodies to IgE and C1INH was determined by ELISA. Antibodies to thyroid antigens were detected at low titers from 100 to 400 in three of 23 (13% CIU-infected subjects and in four of 23 (17% CIU-noninfected subjects. The titers of anti-IgE autoantibodies were similar in these CIU groups, presenting absorbances of 1.16 ± 0.09 and 1.07 ± 0.16, respectively, while a titer of 1.14 ± 0.15 was detected in the healthy control group. The concentration of anti-C1INH autoantibodies was the same in the CIU-infected and -noninfected subjects (7.28 ± 1.31 and 7.91 ± 2.45 ng/ml, respectively, and was 7.20 ± 2.25 ng/ml in the healthy control group. However, the serum levels of complexed anti-C1INH antibodies were increased in CIU-infected subjects compared to CIU-noninfected subjects and healthy controls with an absorbance of 1.51 ± 0.21 vs 1.36 ± 0.16 and 1.26 ± 0.23, respectively (P < 0.05, indicating an impaired clearance of immune complexes in CIU-infected patients. In conclusion, no correlation was observed between H. pylori infection and autoantibody production in CIU patients consistent with reports of clinical studies.

  12. Studies of the prevalence and significance of radiolabeled bile acid malabsorption in a group of patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea

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    We studied radiolabeled fecal bile acid excretion in 11 normal subjects and 17 patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea for three major purposes: to establish normal values for this test in the presence of increased stool volumes (induced in normal subjects by ingestion of poorly absorbable solutions); to test for bile acid malabsorption in the patients and to correlate this with an independent test of ileal function, the Schilling test; and to compare the results of the bile acid excretion test with the subsequent effect of a bile acid binding agent (cholestyramine) on stool weight. In normal subjects fecal excretion of the radiolabel was increased with increasing stool volumes. As a group, patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea excreted radiolabeled bile acid more rapidly than normal subjects with induced diarrhea (t1/2 56 +/- 8 vs. 236 +/- 60 h, respectively, p less than 0.005). There was a statistically significant positive correlation between t1/2 of radiolabeled bile acid and Schilling test results in these patients. Although 14 of 17 patients absorbed labeled taurocholic acid less well than any of the normal subjects with comparable volumes of induced diarrhea, cholestyramine had no statistically significant effect on stool weight in the patient group, and in none of the patients was stool weight reduced to within the normal range. In summary, most patients with idiopathic chronic diarrhea have bile acid malabsorption (as measured by fecal excretion of labeled bile acid), but they do not respond to cholestyramine therapy with a significant reduction in stool weight. Although the significance of these findings was not clearly established, the most likely interpretation is that bile acid malabsorption is a manifestation of an underlying intestinal motility or absorptive defect rather than the primary cause of diarrhea

  13. Once-daily rupatadine improves the symptoms of chronic idiopathic urticaria: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

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    Dubertret, Louis; Zalupca, Lavinia; Cristodoulo, Tania; Benea, Vasile; Medina, Iris; Fantin, Sara; Lahfa, Morad; Pérez, Iñaki; Izquierdo, Iñaki; Arnaiz, Eva

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    This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, international, dose-ranging study investigated the effect of treatment with rupatadine 5, 10 and 20 mg once daily for 4 weeks on symptoms and interference with daily activities and sleep in 12-65 years-old patients with moderate-to-severe chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). Rupatadine 10 and 20 mg significantly reduced pruritus severity by 62.05% and 71.87% respectively, from baseline, over a period of 4 weeks compared to reduction with placebo by 46.59% (p CIU. Rupatadine decreased pruritus severity, in a dose- and time-dependent manner. PMID:17478385

  14. Chronic inflammation as a promotor of mutagenesis in essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera and myelofibrosis. A human inflammation model for cancer development?

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    Hasselbalch, Hans K

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    The Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are acquired stem cell neoplasms, in which a stem cell lesion induces an autonomous proliferative advantage. In addition to the JAK2V617 mutation several other mutations have been described. Recently chronic inflammation has be...

  15. Chronic idiopathic urticaria and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): an under-recognized comorbidity.

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    Gupta, Madhulika A; Gupta, Aditya K

    2012-01-01

    A large body of literature supports the role of psychologic stress in urticaria; however, the comorbidity between chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a classic stress-mediated syndrome, has received little attention. The underlying etiology of urticaria is not identifiable in about 70% of patients, possibly because of difficulties with identification of a direct cause-and-effect relationship between a potential causative factor and the onset of urticaria. The core features of PTSD (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision [DSMIV-TR]) that are important in urticaria include (1) autonomic nervous system reactivity and state of sympathetic hyperarousal that can manifest as CIU, and (2) the persistent re-experiencing of the traumatic events in PTSD, which can manifest as urticaria or angioedema, or both, affecting a previously traumatized body region (eg, urticarial wheals affecting the body region where the patient had been stabbed years earlier). The following features of PTSD make it difficult to use the cause-and-effect model for the determination of causation: (1) PTSD may first emerge years after the initial trauma and is classified as PTSD with Delayed Onset (DSMIV-TR); and (2) the traumatic triggers that precipitate the PTSD symptoms may be unique and idiosyncratic to the patient and not even qualify as stressful or traumatic by standard criteria (eg, precipitating events for the PTSD may include smell of a certain cologne that was used by the perpetrator or witnessing a scene in a movie that was reminiscent of the location where the abuse occurred). Finally, in PTSD with Delayed Onset, patients may not make a conscious association between their recurrent urticaria and their earlier traumas because they can develop classically conditioned associations between stimuli that are reminiscent of the original abuse situation and their somatic reactions such as urticaria. The clinician

  16. Outcome of transplantation for myelofibrosis.

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    Ballen, Karen K; Shrestha, Smriti; Sobocinski, Kathleen A; Zhang, Mei-Jie; Bashey, Asad; Bolwell, Brian J; Cervantes, Francisco; Devine, Steven M; Gale, Robert Peter; Gupta, Vikas; Hahn, Theresa E; Hogan, William J; Kröger, Nicolaus; Litzow, Mark R; Marks, David I; Maziarz, Richard T; McCarthy, Philip L; Schiller, Gary; Schouten, Harry C; Roy, Vivek; Wiernik, Peter H; Horowitz, Mary M; Giralt, Sergio A; Arora, Mukta

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    Myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative disorder incurable with conventional strategies. Several small series have reported long-term disease-free survival (DSF) after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). In this study, we analyze the outcomes of 289 patients receiving allogeneic transplantation for primary myelofibrosis between 1989 and 2002, from the database of the Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). The median age was 47 years (range: 18-73 years). Donors were HLA identical siblings in 162 patients, unrelated individuals in 101 patients, and HLA nonidentical family members in 26 patients. Patients were treated with a variety of conditioning regimens and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis regimens. Splenectomy was performed in 65 patients prior to transplantation. The 100-day treatment-related mortality was 18% for HLA identical sibling transplants, 35% for unrelated transplants, and 19% for transplants from alternative related donors. Corresponding 5-year overall survival (OS) rates were 37%, 30%, and 40%, respectively. DFS rates were 33%, 27%, and 22%, respectively. DFS for patients receiving reduced-intensity transplants was comparable: 39% for HLA identical sibling donors and 17% for unrelated donors at 3 years. In this large retrospective series, allogeneic transplantation for myelofibrosis resulted in long-term relapse-free survival (RFS) in about one-third of patients. PMID:19879949

  17. Idiopathic fibrosing pancreatitis: a rare cause of chronic obstructive jaundice in childhood

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    Park, Hye Seong; Kim, Hyun Sook; Kim, Hack Hee; Kim, Ok Hwa; Kim, Choon Yul; Bahk, Yong Whee [Catholic Medical College, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    We report a 14-months-old infant who had obstructive jaundice caused by idiopathic fibrosing pancreatitis. Ultrasonography and abdominal computed tomography showed dilatation of the intrahepatic ducts, common bile duct, and the pancreatic duct. Diffuse swelling of the pancreas was also noted on CT. At laparotomy, the head portion of the pancreas revealed a stony hard consistency, and proliferation of fibrotic tissue was confirmed pathologically. Idiopathic fibrosing pancreatitis is a very rare disease entity in childhood, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of obstructive jaundice in children who demonstrate bile duct and pancreatic duct dilatation and/or diffuse pancreas swelling.

  18. Twin troubles--rickets causing myelofibrosis.

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    Kamien, Benjamin; Harris, Linda

    2007-01-01

    Myelofibrosis is an uncommon condition that causes anaemia, failure to thrive and massive splenomegaly. This case report describes migrant Sudanese twins who developed myelofibrosis secondary to severe rickets from a combination of poor diet, inadequate sun exposure, and a breastfeeding mother who wore hijab and was also vitamin D deficient. PMID:17635691

  19. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis

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    Recurrent or chronic pulmonary hemorrhage is rare in children. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH) manifests as hemoptysis, diffuse parenchymal infiltrates on chest radiographs and microcytic hypochromic anemia. The hemoptysis present may be mistaken for more common diseases, delaying the diagnosis and further management. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis is a disorder of unknown etiology. Treatment of IPH includes immunosuppressive drugs along with supportive measures.

  20. DNA methylation profiling of sorted cells from myelofibrosis patients reveals aberrant epigenetic regulation of immune pathways and identifies early MPN driver genes

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    Nielsen, H. M.; Andersen, C. L.; Kristensen, L. S.;

    2015-01-01

    Background: Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) belongs to the heterogeneous group of chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) together with essential thrombocytosis (ET) and polycythemia vera (PV). It has been suggested that these neoplasms represent a biological continuum from early cancer stage (ET...

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    Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA); Juvenile chronic polyarthritis; Still disease; Juvenile spondyloarthritis ... The cause of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is not known. It ... illness . This means the body attacks and destroys healthy body ...

  2. mRNA profiles of cytokine receptors in unstimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Gao, Jianming; Yang, Aizhen; Chen, Min; Li, Ansheng; Yao, Xu; Li, Yumei; Xie, Shihai; Yang, Xueyuan; Zhong, Liansheng; Chen, Zhiqiang

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    This present study was aimed to investigate the roles of the receptors of Th1/Th2 cytokines and chemokines in the pathogenesis of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). Thirty patients with CIU, 30 patients with dermographism and 30 healthy controls were randomly enrolled. Reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) was used to analyze the mRNA of cytokine receptors in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The mRNA levels of tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR), interferon-γ receptor (IFN-γR), and interleukin-10 receptor (IL-10R) were statistically increased in the CIU group (P CIU and other groups. The mRNA levels of CCR3 and CCR6 were statistically increased in the CIU group (P CIU group than the healthy control group (P CIU. PMID:23554682

  3. Estimates of total costs for treatment of chronic id-iopathic urticaria in adults, depending on the scheme antiallergic therapy

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    Full Text Available Objective: Comparative economic evaluation of clinical application of various alternatives to anti-allergic therapy. The total budget for the treatment of severe chronic idiopathic urticaria for the 12 weeks of the study (4 weeks of therapy and 8 weeks of observation was assessed according to treatment: Group 1 -cyclosporine2.5 mg/kg/day, Group 2-cetirizine 20 mg and ranitidine 300 mg/day, Group 3 - cetirizine 20 mg. These groups were evaluated by direct medical, direct nonmedical and indirect costs. It was found that the lowest overall cost of treating 100 patients with severe CIU, within 12 weeks of the study were recorded in the group, where a combined therapy of cetirizine 10 mg ranitidine 300 mg. The greatest costs were associated with the appointment of therapy cetirizine 20 mg

  4. Efficacy and safety of omalizumab in patients with chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria who remain symptomatic on h1 antihistamines

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    Saini, Sarbjit S; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten; Maurer, Marcus;

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    ASTERIA I was a 40-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of subcutaneous omalizumab as add-on therapy for 24 weeks in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria/spontaneous urticaria (CIU/CSU) who remained symptomatic despite H1 antihistamine...... treatment at licensed doses. Patients aged 12-75 years with CIU/CSU who remained symptomatic despite treatment with approved doses of H1 antihistamines were randomized (1:1:1:1) in a double-blind manner to subcutaneous omalizumab 75 mg, 150 mg, or 300 mg or placebo every 4 weeks for 24 weeks followed by 16...... event. Omalizumab 300 mg administered subcutaneously every 4 weeks reduced weekly ISS and other symptom scores versus placebo in CIU/CSU patients who remained symptomatic despite treatment with approved doses of H1 antihistamines....

  5. The outcome of allo-HSCT for 92 patients with myelofibrosis in the Nordic countries

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    Abelsson, J; Merup, M; Birgegård, G;

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    Between 1982 and 2009 a total of 92 patients with myelofibrosis (MF) in chronic phase underwent allo-SCT in nine Nordic transplant centers. Myeloablative conditioning (MAC) was given to 40 patients, and reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) was used in 52 patients. The mean age in the two groups at...... transplantation was 46±12 and 55±8 years, respectively (P...

  6. Whole blood transcriptional profiling reveals deregulation of oxidative and antioxidative defence genes in myelofibrosis and related neoplasms. Potential implications of downregulation of Nrf2 for genomic instability and disease progression

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    Hasselbalch, Hans Carl; Thomassen, Mads; Riley, Caroline Hasselbalch;

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    The Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms - essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV), and myelofibrosis (MF) (MPNs) - have recently been shown to be associated with chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Using...

  7. Could prominent airway-centered fibroblast foci in lung biopsies predict underlying chronic microaspiration in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients?

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    Bois, Melanie C; Hu, Xiaowen; Ryu, Jay H; Yi, Eunhee S

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    Chronic occult aspiration of small droplets (microaspiration) due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and/or hiatal hernia is postulated to be a contributing factor in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) is the histopathologic correlate of IPF. We hypothesized that chronic microaspiration may manifest as prominent airway-centered fibroblastic foci (FFs) in IPF. UIP cases diagnosed by wedge biopsies over a 6-year period (2006-2011) were identified and scored (1-3) for the prominence of airway-centered FFs by 2 authors blinded for clinical history. Relevant clinical information was obtained. Thirty-seven patients (22 men) were diagnosed with IPF by multidisciplinary approach. Thirteen cases (35.1%) demonstrated high airway-centered FF score (score 3). Twenty (54.1%) patients carried a clinical diagnosis of GERD, and 3 patients (8.1%) had hiatal hernia. High airway-centered FF score was significantly associated with hiatal hernia diagnosis (P=.037) but not with a diagnosis of GERD or the use of proton pump inhibitors/histamine-2 receptor antagonists. High airway-centered FF score was associated with airway-centered acute inflammation (P=.028) and peribronchiolar granulomas (P=.042). In summary, IPF cases with hiatal hernia were more likely to have a prominent airway-centered FF. Given the strong association between hiatal hernia and GERD and their risk for developing chronic microaspiration, the prominent airway-centered FF in UIP might predict the presence of chronic microaspiration, acknowledging that GERD and proton pump inhibitor/histamine-2 receptor antagonist use failed to demonstrate a significant association. Larger studies are warranted for further investigation. PMID:26980038

  8. Eysenck's Two Big Personality Factors and Their Relationship to Depression in Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Pain Disorder: A Clinimetric Validation Analysis

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    Marianne Lunde; Per Bech; Stine Bjerrum Møller

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    Aim. The clinimetric aspects of Eysenck’s two big personality factors (neuroticism and extraversion) were originally identified by principal component analysis but have been insufficiently analysed with item response theory models. Their relationship to states of melancholia and anxiety was subsequently analysed. Method. Patients with chronic idiopathic pain disorder were included in the study. The nonparametric item response model (Mokken) was compared to the coefficient alpha to validate th...

  9. Recent advances in understanding myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia

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    Vainchenker, William; Constantinescu, Stefan N.; Plo, Isabelle

    2016-01-01

    The classic BCR-ABL-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), a form of chronic malignant hemopathies, have been classified into polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). ET and PMF are two similar disorders in their pathogenesis, which is marked by a key role of the megakaryocyte (MK) lineage. Whereas ET is characterized by MK proliferation, PMF is also associated with aberrant MK differentiation (myelodysplasia), leading to the release of cytokines in the marrow environment, which causes the development of myelofibrosis. Thus, PMF is associated with both myeloproliferation and different levels of myelodysplastic features. MPNs are mostly driven by mutated genes called MPN drivers, which abnormally activate the cytokine receptor/JAK2 pathway and their downstream effectors. The recent discovery of CALR mutations has closed a gap in our knowledge and has shown that this mutated endoplasmic reticulum chaperone activates the thrombopoietin receptor MPL and JAK2. These genetic studies have shown that there are two main types of MPNs: JAK2V617F-MPNs, including ET, PV, and PMF, and the MPL-/CALR-MPNs, which include only ET and PMF. These MPN driver mutations are associated with additional mutations in genes involved in epigenetics, splicing, and signaling, which can precede or follow the acquisition of MPN driver mutations. They are involved in clonal expansion or phenotypic changes or both, leading to myelofibrosis or leukemic transformation or both. Only a few patients with ET exhibit mutations in non-MPN drivers, whereas the great majority of patients with PMF harbor one or several mutations in these genes. However, the entire pathogenesis of ET and PMF may also depend on other factors, such as the patient’s constitutional genetics, the bone marrow microenvironment, the inflammatory response, and age. Recent advances allowed a better stratification of these diseases and new therapeutic approaches with the

  10. The effect of fexofenadine hydrochloride on productivity and quality of life in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Spector, Sheldon L; Shikiar, Richard; Harding, Gale; Meeves, Suzanne; Leahy, Michael J

    2007-02-01

    The present study examined the impact of once-daily fexofenadine hydrochloride (HCl) 180 mg on health-related quality of life (HRQL) in subjects with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). This was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind. parallel-group, placebo-controlled study. Subjects completed the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) questionnaire at baseline and at weeks 2 and 4. The primary HRQL end point was mean change from baseline to week 4 in total DLQI score. Subjects in the fexofenadine HCl treatment group (n = 163) experienced significantly greater improvements in mean total DLQI score (P = .0219) and in the individual domains of symptoms and feelings (P = .0119) and personal relationships (P = .0091) compared with those in the placebo group (n = 91). Subjects who received fexofenadine HCl experienced less work productivity impairment, overall work impairment, and activity impairment than those who received placebo. The results indicated that once-daily fexofenadine HCl 180 mg improved the HRQL of subjects with CIU, as assessed by change in total DLQI score. PMID:17388220

  11. Low-dose and short-term cyclosporine treatment in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria: a clinical and immunological evaluation.

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    Serhat Inaloz, H; Ozturk, Savas; Akcali, Cenk; Kirtak, Necmettin; Tarakcioglu, Mehmet

    2008-05-01

    The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of 2.5 mg/kg/day cyclosporin (CsA) treatment in patients with severe chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) and the impact of CsA treatment on several cytokines involved in the etiopathogenesis of CIU. Twenty-seven CIU patients and 24 healthy control subjects were included in the study. The autologous serum skin test (ASST) for autoantibodies and urticaria activity scoring (UAS) were measured for the evaluation of the clinical severity and the response to therapy, and the serum levels of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, IL-2 receptor, IL-1beta, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and IL-5 were measured. The mean UAS score was 32.07 +/- 7.05 and 6.22 +/- 3.84 before and after CsA treatment, respectively. The serum IL-2 receptor, TNF-alpha and IL-5 levels of patients before CsA treatment were statistically higher than those of the control group (P = 0.001), and after 4 weeks of CsA therapy the mean IL-2R, TNF-alpha and IL-5 levels were significantly decreased. The data from this study demonstrate that CsA therapy is efficient and safe for CIU patients. Increase in clinical efficacy and marked decreases in serum cytokine levels suggest that inhibition of cytokine generation is involved in the action of the drug in this clinical setting. PMID:18477227

  12. Markers of antioxidant defence system and lipid peroxidation in peripheral blood of female patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Kasperska-Zajac, Alicja; Brzoza, Zenon; Polaniak, Renata; Rogala, Barbara; Birkner, Ewa

    2007-03-01

    Oxidative stress is an important event in lesional skin of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). In the present study, we assessed blood oxidant/antioxidant status of patients suffering from CIU with positive response to autologous serum skin test (ASST) and with negative ASST, to improve our understanding of biological processes and the part of oxidative stress in this disease. Activities of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (Cu/ZnSOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX), and catalase (CAT) as indices of enzymatic antioxidant capacity, as well as malondialdehyde (MDA) level as a maker of lipid peroxidation were measured in plasma and erythrocytes from 14 CIU female patients showing positive ASST, 31 CIU female patients with negative ASST and in 19 sex- and age-matched healthy subjects. The antioxidant enzyme activity in plasma and in erythrocytes did not differ significantly among the three groups. Also, the plasma and erythrocytes MDA levels were similar in the three groups. Based on our results, it seems that systemic activity of the enzymatic antioxidants (CuZn/SOD, MnSOD, GSH-Px, and CAT) as well as level of lipid peroxidation determined by MDA may not be increased in the course of immune-inflammatory processes associated with CIU. We also suggest that the systemic oxidant/antioxidant status of CIU patients, showing positive response to ASST, may not be different from that of CIU patients with negative ASST. PMID:17171548

  13. Increased circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines and imbalanced regulatory T-cell cytokines production in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Dos Santos, Juliana Cristina; Azor, Mayce Helena; Nojima, Viviane Yoshimi; Lourenço, Francinelson Duarte; Prearo, Erica; Maruta, Celina Wakisaka; Rivitti, Evandro Ararigbóia; da Silva Duarte, Alberto José; Sato, Maria Notomi

    2008-10-01

    The immunologic characterization of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), mainly regarding cytokine profile needs more investigation. We examined circulating inflammatory cytokine levels, T-cell induced secretion, and cytokine mRNA expression in patients with CIU subjected to the intradermal autologous serum skin test (ASST). Increased levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, IL-12p70, and IL-6 have been observed in most of patients with CIU, together with an enhancement of IL-2 secretion following T-cell stimulation. Highlighting the inflammatory profile in CIU found in ASST positive, is the enhanced B-cell proliferative responsiveness and increased IL-17 secretion levels. ASST-positive patients also exhibited impaired IL-4 secretion associated with increased IL-10 production. Altered cytokine expression in patients with ASST-negative, was the down-modulation of spontaneous IL-10 mRNA expression levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Our findings support the concept of immunologic dysregulation in CIU, revealing a systemic inflammatory profile associated with disturbed cytokine production by T cells, mainly related to IL-17 and IL-10 production. PMID:18586117

  14. Minimal Important Difference (MID of the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI: Results from patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria

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    Leahy Michael

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Dermatology Quality Life Index (DLQI has seen widespread use as a health-related quality of life measure for a variety of dermatological diseases. The purpose of this study was to estimate the minimal important difference (MID on the DLQI for patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU. Methods Data from 2 Phase III clinical trials of patients (N = 476 for Study A; N = 468 for Study B with CIU were analyzed separately to estimate the MID for the DLQI for these populations. Both distributional based and anchor based approaches were used for deriving estimates. The anchor based approach relied upon patient self assessments of pruritus severity; the distributional based approaches relied upon estimating the standard error of measurement, as well as one-half the standard deviation of the DLQI from each study. Results The distributional approaches resulted in estimates of MID ranging from 2.24 to 3.10 for the two studies. The anchor based approach resulted in estimates of 3.21 and 2.97 for the two studies. Conclusion An MID for the DLQI in the range of 2.24 to 3.10 is recommended in interpreting results for patients with CIU.

  15. Role of IFN-γ and IL-6 cytokines and their association in determining susceptibility to chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Alasandagutti, Madhavi Latha; Ponnana, Meenakshi; Sivangala, Ramya; Thada, Shruthi; Joshi, Lavanya; Hussain, Hidayath; Ansari, Soheb Sadath; Valluri, Vijayalakshmi; Gaddam, Suman Latha

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    Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU) is a common skin disorder, which may occur spontaneously. The aim of the present study was to assess the serum levels of interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-6 and to examine the association of IFN-γ+874 T/A and IL-6-174 G/C cytokine gene polymorphisms. To accomplish this, ELISA-based cytokine serum levels of IFN-γ (n=30) and IL-6 (n=30) in CIU patients (n=100) and Healthy Controls (HC) (n=200) were performed. Amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction (ARMS-PCR) was performed to verify the positional significance. A significant (pCIU patients compared to HC. The AT and TT genotypes of IFN-γ and GG genotype of IL-6 were found to be significantly associated with CIU. In conclusion, our findings show a significant increase in the cytokine levels of IFN-γ and IL-6, highlighting their regulatory role in the development of disease. In addition to this, association studies have revealed that TT genotype of IFN-γ +874 T/A and GG genotype of IL-6-174 G/C were susceptible towards the CIU. PMID:25409241

  16. Idiopathic infantile arterial calcification in a 12-year-old girl presenting as chronic mesenteric ischemia: imaging findings and angioplasty results

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    We report an unusual case of chronic mesenteric ischemia presenting in a 12-year-old girl with idiopathic infantile arterial calcinosis (IIAC). This is the first reported case in the literature of chronic mesenteric ischemia in the setting of IIAC. The girl presented with a classical history of postprandial abdominal pain. Imaging demonstrated significant stenoses of the celiac axis, superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and inferior mesenteric artery (IMA). Angioplasty of the celiac axis and SMA was attempted, with successful dilation of the SMA only. At 3-, 6- and 12-month follow-ups, the child's symptoms had almost resolved. This case report has three important ramifications: chronic mesenteric ischemia is a possible clinical presentation in children with IACC, pre-angioplasty imaging is important in guiding treatment approach, and angioplasty was effective in this case of chronic mesenteric ischemia and offers hope for other similarly affected children. (orig.)

  17. Therapeutic approaches in myelofibrosis and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative overlap syndromes

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    Full Text Available Andrew L Sochacki,1 Melissa A Fischer,1 Michael R Savona1,2 1Department of Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN, USA Abstract: The discovery of JAK2V617F a decade ago led to optimism for a rapidly developing treatment revolution in Ph- myeloproliferative neoplasms. Unlike BCR–ABL, however, JAK2 was found to have a more heterogeneous role in carcinogenesis. Therefore, for years, development of new therapies was slow, despite standard treatment options that did not address the overwhelming symptom burden in patients with primary myelofibrosis (MF, post-essential thrombocythemia MF, post-polycythemia vera MF, and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN syndromes. JAK–STAT inhibitors have changed this, drastically ameliorating symptoms and ultimately beginning to show evidence of impact on survival. Now, the genetic foundations of myelofibrosis and MDS/MPN are rapidly being elucidated and contributing to targeted therapy development. This has been empowered through updated response criteria for MDS/MPN and refined prognostic scoring systems in these diseases. The aim of this article is to summarize concisely the current and rationally designed investigational therapeutics directed at JAK–STAT, hedgehog, PI3K–Akt, bone marrow fibrosis, telomerase, and rogue epigenetic signaling. The revolution in immunotherapy and novel treatments aimed at previously untargeted signaling pathways provides hope for considerable advancement in therapy options for those with chronic myeloid disease. Keywords: MDS/MPN neoplasms, emerging therapy

  18. Therapeutic approaches in myelofibrosis and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative overlap syndromes

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    Sochacki, Andrew L; Fischer, Melissa A; Savona, Michael R

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of JAK2V617F a decade ago led to optimism for a rapidly developing treatment revolution in Ph− myeloproliferative neoplasms. Unlike BCR–ABL, however, JAK2 was found to have a more heterogeneous role in carcinogenesis. Therefore, for years, development of new therapies was slow, despite standard treatment options that did not address the overwhelming symptom burden in patients with primary myelofibrosis (MF), post-essential thrombocythemia MF, post-polycythemia vera MF, and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) syndromes. JAK–STAT inhibitors have changed this, drastically ameliorating symptoms and ultimately beginning to show evidence of impact on survival. Now, the genetic foundations of myelofibrosis and MDS/MPN are rapidly being elucidated and contributing to targeted therapy development. This has been empowered through updated response criteria for MDS/MPN and refined prognostic scoring systems in these diseases. The aim of this article is to summarize concisely the current and rationally designed investigational therapeutics directed at JAK–STAT, hedgehog, PI3K–Akt, bone marrow fibrosis, telomerase, and rogue epigenetic signaling. The revolution in immunotherapy and novel treatments aimed at previously untargeted signaling pathways provides hope for considerable advancement in therapy options for those with chronic myeloid disease. PMID:27143923

  19. T cell regulation in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis : Controlling chronic inflammation by pulling the right strings

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    Kleer, Ismé Mariëtte de

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    Understanding the complex cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the immune response remains one of the major challenges in immunology. A key question is how the immune system is regulated in order to control a protective immune response and prevent chronic and destructive immunopathology. Within the adaptive immune system CD4+ T cells are keyplayers in the initiation and orchestration of immune responses. However, there is now increasing evidence that subsets of CD4+ T cells are als...

  20. Idiopathic venous thromboembolism and thrombophilia

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    Sinescu, C; Hostiuc, M; Bartos, D.

    2011-01-01

    During the past decade idiopathic venous thromboembolism has become a separate entity, a chronic illness which has required prolonged anticoagulation and other prevention strategies to avoid recurrences. This article reviews recent developments regarding unprovoked venous thromboembolism and its relation with thrombophilia. In the beginning, the latest definition of idiopathic venous thromboembolism is presented. The article continues with statistics about thrombophilia, related venous thromb...

  1. Antihistamines do not inhibit the wheal induced by the intradermal injection of autologous serum in resistant chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Magen, Eli; Mishal, Joseph; Zeldin, Yuri; Schlesinger, Menachem

    2012-01-01

    Some patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) are resistant to conventional doses of antihistamines (AHs). This study was designed to check whether the skin wheal and flare reaction produced by the intradermal injection of autologous serum (AS) and by histamine differs in AH-resistant and AH responder CIU patients. CIU patients with treatment failure under fexofenadine at 180 mg q.d. increased their daily dose of AH to 4 tablets daily. Those with significant improvement of urticaria activity score under fexofenadine at 180 mg were included in the CIU group. Subjects with treatment failure despite a full 8-week fourfold fexofenadine treatment were included in the resistant CIU (R-CIU group). The control group consisted of sex- and age-matched patents with allergic rhinitis. The AS skin test and intradermal histamine-induced wheal and flare reaction were performed at baseline (without AH), after 8 and 16 weeks (under AH treatment). Forty-six subjects were included in the CIU group, 21 were in the R-CIU group, and 44 were in the control group. Under AH therapy, the skin reaction to intradermal histamine injection was significantly diminished in all study groups. In the R-CIU group, fexofenadine at 180 mg did not suppress AS-induced wheal reaction (5.96 ± 2.25 mm; p = 0.85), and with a fourfold AH dose some reduction of AS-induced wheal (3.79 ± 1.74 mm; p = 0.008) was observed but remained larger than in the CIU (2.31 ± 1.12; p = 0.006) and control groups (2.52 ± 1.36; p = 0.037). AHs do not inhibit the wheal induced by the intradermal injection of AS in R-CIU. PMID:23394513

  2. Therapeutic helminth infection of macaques with idiopathic chronic diarrhea alters the inflammatory signature and mucosal microbiota of the colon.

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    Mara Jana Broadhurst

    Full Text Available Idiopathic chronic diarrhea (ICD is a leading cause of morbidity amongst rhesus monkeys kept in captivity. Here, we show that exposure of affected animals to the whipworm Trichuris trichiura led to clinical improvement in fecal consistency, accompanied by weight gain, in four out of the five treated monkeys. By flow cytometry analysis of pinch biopsies collected during colonoscopies before and after treatment, we found an induction of a mucosal T(H2 response following helminth treatment that was associated with a decrease in activated CD4(+ Ki67+ cells. In parallel, expression profiling with oligonucleotide microarrays and real-time PCR analysis revealed reductions in T(H1-type inflammatory gene expression and increased expression of genes associated with IgE signaling, mast cell activation, eosinophil recruitment, alternative activation of macrophages, and worm expulsion. By quantifying bacterial 16S rRNA in pinch biopsies using real-time PCR analysis, we found reduced bacterial attachment to the intestinal mucosa post-treatment. Finally, deep sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA revealed changes to the composition of microbial communities attached to the intestinal mucosa following helminth treatment. Thus, the genus Streptophyta of the phylum Cyanobacteria was vastly increased in abundance in three out of five ICD monkeys relative to healthy controls, but was reduced to control levels post-treatment; by contrast, the phylum Tenericutes was expanded post-treatment. These findings suggest that helminth treatment in primates can ameliorate colitis by restoring mucosal barrier functions and reducing overall bacterial attachment, and also by altering the communities of attached bacteria. These results also define ICD in monkeys as a tractable preclinical model for ulcerative colitis in which these effects can be further investigated.

  3. COMPARATIVE EFFICACY OF CHRONIC HEART FAILURE TREATMENT WITH PERINDOPRIL OR CARVEDILOL IN PATIENTS WITH ALCOHOLIC OR IDIOPATHIC DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY

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    I. V. Zhirov

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study the clinical and hemodynamic efficacy of monotherapy with ACE inhibitor perindopril or beta-blocker carvedilol in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF due to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCMP of various etiology.Material and methods. Patients (n=69 with DCMP of different etiology were included into the open randomized study. Idiopathic DCMP (IDCMP was diagnosed in 26 patients and alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACMP - in 43 patients. Patients of IDCMP and ACMP groups were randomized for treatment with perindopril (groups 1 and 3, respectively or carvedilol (groups 2 and 4, respectively. Follow-up was 6 months. End-diastolic and end-systolic left ventricular volume, stroke volume index, ejection fraction (EF and exercise capacity were determined at baseline and in 2 and 6 months of treatment. Safety of the treatments was also assessed.Results. Group 1: the average CHF class (NYHA decreased by 20.7% (p<0.01, EF increased by 18.2% (p<0.05. Group 2: the average CHF class decreased by 29.6% (p<0.01, EF increased by 18.2% (p<0.05. Group 3: the average CHF class decreased by 14.3% (p<0.01, EF increased by 19.6% (p<0.05. Group 4: the average CHF class decreased by 41.4% (p<0.001, EF increased by 32.8% (p<0.001.Conclusion. Monotherapy with carvedilol in patients with ACMP was more effective than this with perindopril. Long-term monotherapy with perindopril or carvedilol in patients with DCMP was well tolerated and safety.

  4. COMPARATIVE EFFICACY OF CHRONIC HEART FAILURE TREATMENT WITH PERINDOPRIL OR CARVEDILOL IN PATIENTS WITH ALCOHOLIC OR IDIOPATHIC DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY

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    I. V. Zhirov

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study the clinical and hemodynamic efficacy of monotherapy with ACE inhibitor perindopril or beta-blocker carvedilol in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF due to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCMP of various etiology.Material and methods. Patients (n=69 with DCMP of different etiology were included into the open randomized study. Idiopathic DCMP (IDCMP was diagnosed in 26 patients and alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACMP - in 43 patients. Patients of IDCMP and ACMP groups were randomized for treatment with perindopril (groups 1 and 3, respectively or carvedilol (groups 2 and 4, respectively. Follow-up was 6 months. End-diastolic and end-systolic left ventricular volume, stroke volume index, ejection fraction (EF and exercise capacity were determined at baseline and in 2 and 6 months of treatment. Safety of the treatments was also assessed.Results. Group 1: the average CHF class (NYHA decreased by 20.7% (p<0.01, EF increased by 18.2% (p<0.05. Group 2: the average CHF class decreased by 29.6% (p<0.01, EF increased by 18.2% (p<0.05. Group 3: the average CHF class decreased by 14.3% (p<0.01, EF increased by 19.6% (p<0.05. Group 4: the average CHF class decreased by 41.4% (p<0.001, EF increased by 32.8% (p<0.001.Conclusion. Monotherapy with carvedilol in patients with ACMP was more effective than this with perindopril. Long-term monotherapy with perindopril or carvedilol in patients with DCMP was well tolerated and safety.

  5. Alleviating anemia and thrombocytopenia in myelofibrosis patients.

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    Cervantes, Francisco; Correa, Juan-Gonzalo; Hernandez-Boluda, Juan Carlos

    2016-05-01

    Anemia and thrombocytopenia are frequent clinical manifestations of myelofibrosis as well as important prognostic factors of the disease. Concerning the treatment of anemia, the first step should be the correction of reversible contributing factors, such as possible iron, folate and vitamin B12 deficiency. Then, treatment options include erythropoiesis stimulating agents, androgens, immunomodulating drugs, corticosteroids, and splenectomy. Anemia responses may also be observed in some patients treated with JAK inhibitors. However, most patients eventually fail to such therapies and become transfusion dependent. Some of the aforementioned therapies can also improve thrombocytopenia, but the responses are usually observed in patients with moderate platelet count decrease. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the only curative treatment of myelofibrosis, can be an alternative for selected patients with cytopenias who are refractory to conventional therapies. However, for the majority of patients, the management of anemia and severe thrombocytopenia remains an unmet need. PMID:26891375

  6. The evolving treatment paradigm in myelofibrosis

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    Mesa, Ruben A.

    2012-01-01

    Myelofibrosis (MF) is a BCR–ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm diagnosed de novo or developed from essential thrombocythemia (ET) or polycythemia vera (PV). Average survival of a patient with MF is 5–7 years. Disease complications include fatigue, early satiety, pruritus, painful splenic infarcts, infections and leukemic transformation. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is the only potentially curative option for MF, but carries a risk of treatment-related mortality ...

  7. Ruxolitinib as an emerging treatment in myelofibrosis

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    Emanuel RM

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Robyn M Emanuel,1 Holly L Geyer,1 Ruben A Mesa2 1Department of Internal Medicine, 2Department of Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, USA Abstract: Essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera, and myelofibrosis belong to the class of Bcr-Abl negative hematologic neoplasms, which arise in part from varying Janus kinase-2 (JAK2 cellular deregulation. With the development of novel tyrosine kinase inhibitors capable of successfully inhibiting JAK in vivo, an influx of JAK2 inhibitors has come under clinical investigation. Ruxolitinib (Jakafi®; Incyte Corporation, Wilmington, DE, USA was the first of these compounds to gain US Food and Drug Administration approval in late 2011 for the treatment of intermediate- and high-risk myelofibrosis. Two Phase III clinical trials – Controlled Myelofibrosis Study with Oral JAK Inhibitor Treatment-I and -II (COMFORT-I and -II – played key roles in the US Food and Drug Administration approval of ruxolitinib with successful demonstration of spleen reduction and symptom palliation. Well tolerated in most patients, common side effects include cytopenias and gastrointestinal toxicities. The majority of preliminary data appears to suggest that if administered in a dose-titrated fashion, ruxolitinib can be used safely in a clinical practice setting. Additionally, patients most likely to benefit from ruxolitinib treatment are those with moderate to severe constitutional symptoms or splenomegaly. Future studies are ongoing in applying ruxolitinib to other hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. More clinical experience is recommended before the utility of this medication in a routine clinical practice setting can be fully determined. Keywords: myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelofibrosis, ruxolitinib, JAK2 inhibitors, INCB018424

  8. Janus Activated Kinase inhibition in Myelofibrosis

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Janus Activated Kinase (JAK 2 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of myelofibrosis (MF. Ruxolitinib (INCB018424, Jakafi is a potent dual JAK1 and JAK2 inhibitor. In November 2011, it became approved by the US FDA for the treatment of intermediate or high-risk MF. This review shall outline the role of Ruxolitinib in the current management of MF and its potential future.

  9. Idiopathic anaphylaxis.

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    Greenberger, Paul A

    2007-05-01

    Idiopathic anaphylaxis is a prednisone-responsive condition without external cause, but it can coexist with food-, medication-, or exercise-induced anaphylaxis. Mast cell activation may occur at night or after foods that have been eaten with impunity many times previously. Idiopathic anaphylaxis can be classified into frequent (if there are six or more episodes per year or two episodes in the last 2 months) or infrequent (if episodes occur less often). Idiopathic anaphylaxis-generalized consists of urticaria or angioedema associated with severe respiratory distress, syncope or hypotension, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Idiopathic anaphylaxis-angioedema consists of massive tongue enlargement or severe pharyngeal or laryngeal swelling with urticaria or peripheral angioedema. The differential diagnosis of idiopathic anaphylaxis is reviewed, and treatment approaches are presented. PMID:17493503

  10. Transcriptional profiling of whole blood identifies a unique 5-gene signature for myelofibrosis and imminent myelofibrosis transformation

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    Hasselbalch, Hans Carl; Skov, Vibe; Stauffer Larsen, Thomas;

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    Identifying a distinct gene signature for myelofibrosis may yield novel information of the genes, which are responsible for progression of essential thrombocythemia and polycythemia vera towards myelofibrosis. We aimed at identifying a simple gene signature - composed of a few genes - which were...

  11. Inheritance of the chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms. A systematic review

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    Ranjan, Ajenthen; Penninga, E; Jelsig, Am;

    2012-01-01

    This systematic review investigated the inheritance of the classical chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), primary myelofibrosis (PMF) and chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Sixty-one articles were included and provided 135...

  12. Effect of intravenous immunoglobulin in Guilain-Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis and chronic idiopathic demyelinative polyneuropathy, A survey in Imam Khomeini Hospital

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    Full Text Available With retrospective evaluation of 44 patients suffering from Guilan-Barre Syndrome (GBS, Chronic Idiopathic Demtyelinative Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP and Myasthenia Gravis (MG treated with intravenous immunoglobulin, we found following results: 1 Initial symptoms of improvement on forth or fifth days. 2 Maximum recovery for CIDP and MG were after 16-24 and 3-11 days, respectively. 3 No major complication, but mild side effects in 32% of patients. 4 In patients with GBS one grade improvement achieved after 8-30 days. 5 Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG plus plasmapheresis had no advantages over IVIG alone. 6 No reasonable conclusion about relapsing rate and duration of response due to follow up restrictions.

  13. Análise de 39 casos de pneumonia intersticial crônica idiopática Analysis of 39 cases of idiopathic chronic interstitial pneumonia

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    Rogério Rufino

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar de forma retrospectiva fragmentos de biópsias pulmonares que receberam o diagnóstico de pneumonia intersticial crônica idiopática, à luz da classificação da American Thoracic Society e European Respiratory Society, de 2000. MÉTODOS: A partir da revisão de 252 fragmentos de biópsias pulmonares a céu aberto de pacientes com doença intersticial pulmonar, no período de 1977 a 1999, 39 casos de doença pulmonar intersticial idiopática foram selecionados e reavaliados por dois patologistas, segundo a classificação da American Thoracic Society e European Respiratory Society, de 2000. RESULTADOS: Vinte e oito dos 39 diagnósticos foram mantidos (71,8%. Uma nova entidade patológica, a pneumonia intersticial não específica, foi incluída na reclassificação e houve superposição de padrões em seis casos. Mantiveram o mesmo diagnóstico 28 casos, 4 casos apresentaram associação entre fibrose pulmonar idiopática e organização pneumônica criptogênica, 1 entre organização pneumônica criptogênica e pneumonia intersticial não específica, e 1 entre pneumonia intersticial descamativa e pneumonia intersticial não específica. Todos os casos de fibrose pulmonar idiopática foram confirmados, embora 3 deles estivessem associados a organização pneumônica criptogênica. Os diagnósticos anteriores foram quase todos mantidos na revisão dos espécimes (p > 0,05. CONCLUSÃO: A classificação das doenças pulmonares intersticiais da American Thoracic Society e European Respiratory Society é uma ferramenta útil aos patologistas que lidam com biópsias pulmonares.OBJECTIVE: To make a retrospective analysis of lung biopsy samples obtained from patients diagnosed with chronic idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, as defined in the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society classification system made public in 2000. METHODS: Samples from 252 open-lung biopsies of patients with interstitial lung disease, all

  14. Transcriptional profiling of whole blood identifies a unique 5-gene signature for myelofibrosis and imminent myelofibrosis transformation.

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    Hans Carl Hasselbalch

    Full Text Available Identifying a distinct gene signature for myelofibrosis may yield novel information of the genes, which are responsible for progression of essential thrombocythemia and polycythemia vera towards myelofibrosis. We aimed at identifying a simple gene signature - composed of a few genes - which were selectively and highly deregulated in myelofibrosis patients. Gene expression microarray studies have been performed on whole blood from 69 patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms. Amongst the top-20 of the most upregulated genes in PMF compared to controls, we identified 5 genes (DEFA4, ELA2, OLFM4, CTSG, and AZU1, which were highly significantly deregulated in PMF only. None of these genes were significantly regulated in ET and PV patients. However, hierarchical cluster analysis showed that these genes were also highly expressed in a subset of patients with ET (n = 1 and PV (n = 4 transforming towards myelofibrosis and/or being featured by an aggressive phenotype. We have identified a simple 5-gene signature, which is uniquely and highly significantly deregulated in patients in transitional stages of ET and PV towards myelofibrosis and in patients with PMF only. Some of these genes are considered to be responsible for the derangement of bone marrow stroma in myelofibrosis. Accordingly, this gene-signature may reflect key processes in the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of myelofibrosis development.

  15. MRC chronic Dyspnea Scale: Relationships with cardiopulmonary exercise testing and 6-minute walk test in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients: a prospective study

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    Roussos Charis

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Exertional dyspnea is the most prominent and disabling feature in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF. The Medical Research Chronic (MRC chronic dyspnea score as well as physiological measurements obtained during cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET and the 6-minute walk test (6MWT are shown to provide information on the severity and survival of disease. Methods We prospectively recruited IPF patients and examined the relationship between the MRC score and either CPET or 6MWT parameters known to reflect physiologic derangements limiting exercise capacity in IPF patients Results Twenty-five patients with IPF were included in the study. Significant correlations were found between the MRC score and the distance (r = -.781, p 2 at the initiation and the end (r = -.542, p = 0.005 and r = -.713, p VO2 peak/kg (r = -.731, p 2 at peak exercise (r = -. 682, p 2 slope (r = .731, p 2 at AT (r = .630, p = 0.002 and the Borg scale at peak exercise (r = .50, p = 0.01 for the CPET. In multiple logistic regression analysis, the only variable independently related to the MRC is the distance walked at the 6MWT. Conclusion In this population of IPF patients a good correlation was found between the MRC chronic dyspnoea score and physiological parameters obtained during maximal and submaximal exercise testing known to reflect ventilatory impairment and exercise limitation as well as disease severity and survival. This finding is described for the first time in the literature in this group of patients as far as we know and could explain why a simple chronic dyspnea score provides reliable prognostic information on IPF.

  16. Serological evidence that activation of ubiquitous human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) plays a role in chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria (CIU).

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    Dreyfus, D H

    2016-02-01

    Acute infection with viral pathogens in the herpesviridae family can trigger acute urticaria, and reactivation of herpesviridae is associated with cutaneous urticarial-like syndromes such as drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome/drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS). Reactivation of latent herpesviridae has not been studied systematically in chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria (CIU). This review proposes that CIU is an inflammatory disorder with autoimmune features (termed 'CVU' for chronic viral urticaria), based on serology consistent with the hypothesis that reactivation of a latent herpesvirus or -viruses may play a role in CIU. Serology obtained from a cohort of omalizumab (Xolair)-dependent patients with severe CIU was consistent with previous HHV-6 infection, persistent viral gene expression and replication. CIU patients also exhibited serological evidence of increased immune response to HHV-4 (Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV) but not all CIU patients were infected with EBV. These observations, combined with case reports of CIU response to anti-viral therapy, suggest that HHV-6, possibly interacting with HHV-4 in cutaneous tissues, is a candidate for further prospective study as a co-factor in CIU. PMID:26361716

  17. Bone marrow fibrosis in myelofibrosis: pathogenesis, prognosis and targeted strategies.

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    Zahr, Abdallah Abou; Salama, Mohamed E; Carreau, Nicole; Tremblay, Douglas; Verstovsek, Srdan; Mesa, Ruben; Hoffman, Ronald; Mascarenhas, John

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    Bone marrow fibrosis is a central pathological feature and World Health Organization major diagnostic criterion of myelofibrosis. Although bone marrow fibrosis is seen in a variety of malignant and non-malignant disease states, the deposition of reticulin and collagen fibrosis in the bone marrow of patients with myelofibrosis is believed to be mediated by the myelofibrosis hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell, contributing to an impaired microenvironment favoring malignant over normal hematopoiesis. Increased expression of inflammatory cytokines, lysyl oxidase, transforming growth factor-β, impaired megakaryocyte function, and aberrant JAK-STAT signaling have all been implicated in the pathogenesis of bone marrow fibrosis. A number of studies indicate that bone marrow fibrosis is an adverse prognostic variable in myeloproliferative neoplasms. However, modern myelofibrosis prognostication systems utilized in risk-adapted treatment approaches do not include bone marrow fibrosis as a prognostic variable. The specific effect on bone marrow fibrosis of JAK2 inhibition, and other rationally based therapies currently being evaluated in myelofibrosis, has yet to be fully elucidated. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation remains the only curative therapeutic approach that reliably results in resolution of bone marrow fibrosis in patients with myelofibrosis. Here we review the pathogenesis, biological consequences, and prognostic impact of bone marrow fibrosis. We discuss the rationale of various anti-fibrogenic treatment strategies targeting the clonal hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell, aberrant signaling pathways, fibrogenic cytokines, and the tumor microenvironment. PMID:27252511

  18. Correlation of serum antithyroid microsomal antibody and autologous serum skin test in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria

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    Snehal Balvant Lunge; Milind Borkar; Sushil Pande

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    Background: About 25–45% of patients of chronic urticaria (CU) have been stated to have histamine releasing autoantibodies in their blood. The term autoimmune urticaria is increasingly being accepted for this subgroup of patients. Review of the literature suggests high autologous serum skin test (ASST) positivity and presence of antithyroid microsomal antibodies in patients with autoimmune urticaria. Aims: To study prevalence of ASST positivity and antithyroid microsomal antibodies in chronic...

  19. Physical activity recommendations for children with specific chronic health conditions: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, hemophilia, asthma and cystic fibrosis

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    Philpott, J; Houghton, K.; Luke, A

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    As a group, children with a chronic disease or disability are less active than their healthy peers. There are many reasons for suboptimal physical activity, including biological, psychological and social factors. Furthermore, the lack of specific guidelines for ‘safe’ physical activity participation poses a barrier to increasing activity. Physical activity provides significant general health benefits and may improve disease outcomes. Each child with a chronic illness should be evaluated by an...

  20. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with polycythemia vera or essential thrombocythemia transformed to myelofibrosis or acute myeloid leukemia: a report from the MPN Subcommittee of the Chronic Malignancies Working Party of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

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    Lussana, F.; Rambaldi, A.; Finazzi, M.C.; Biezen, A. van; Scholten, M.; Oldani, E.; Carobbio, A.; Iacobelli, S.; Finke, J.; Nagler, A.; Volin, L.; Lamy, T.; Arnold, R.; Mohty, M.; Michallet, M.; Witte, T.J.M. de; Olavarria, E.; Kroger, N.

    2014-01-01

    The clinical course of polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia is potentially associated with long-term severe complications, such as evolution to myelofibrosis or acute myeloid leukemia. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is currently the only potentially curative treatment for advanced p

  1. Plasma concentration of interleukin 6 (IL-6), and its relationship with circulating concentration of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Kasperska-Zajac, Alicja; Brzoza, Zenon; Rogala, Barbara

    2007-08-01

    Decline in circulating DHEA-S concentration may be a phenomenon accompanying chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). IL-6 is a multifunctional proinflammatory cytokine which exerts a wide range of biological effects. A functional link between DHEA-S and IL-6 has been described. Therefore, the present study was performed to evaluate circulating concentration of IL-6 in patients with CIU and to study its relationship with DHEA-S and C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration. IL-6 plasma concentration was determined in 18 female non-atopic patients with CIU who had negative response to autologous serum skin test and 20 non-atopic healthy controls. Plasma concentration of IL-6 was statistically higher in CIU patients than in the control group, although all the values were found within the range of the normal subjects. CIU patients showed significantly lower DHEA-S concentration in serum than the controls. CRP concentration remained within the normal range and did not differ between the two groups. We did not find a significant correlation between concentration of IL-6 and DHEA-S, or CRP. It seems that the processes associated with CIU may be accompanied by slightly elevated plasma concentration of IL-6 and substantially decreased serum concentration of DHEA-S as compared with the healthy subjects. However, no association between IL-6 and DHEA-S concentration in the peripheral circulation of CIU patients was proved, suggesting that both phenomena may not be related to each other. PMID:17827029

  2. Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of fexofenadine in the management of chronic idiopathic urticaria: A prospective study with 512 patients

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    Dhar Sandipan

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Five hundred and twelve patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU were treated with fexofenadine at a dose on 180mg/day. Maximum number of patients were between 20 to 40 years of age and female to male ratio was 1.45:1. The severity of itching was calculated on a scale of 0 to 4 and was recorded by the patients. The mean daily total symptom score (TSS was measured as sum of the patients′ pruritus and number of wheal scores (0 to 7. A mean TSS was determined for each week. Baseline TSS came down to ′0′ by 4 weeks in all groups except those with TSS 4. There was no correlation between the baseline TSS and degree of improvement. Of 512, 14 (2.73% patients did not complete the study. The commonest adverse effect was headache (9.04%. There was no report of drowsiness or cardiac arrythmia. In no patient fexofenadine had to be withdrawn because of its adverse effects.

  3. Up-regulation of chemokine C-C ligand 2 (CCL2) and C-X-C chemokine 8 (CXCL8) expression by monocytes in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Santos, J C; de Brito, C A; Futata, E A; Azor, M H; Orii, N M; Maruta, C W; Rivitti, E A; Duarte, A J S; Sato, M N

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    The disturbed cytokine-chemokine network could play an important role in the onset of diseases with inflammatory processes such as chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). Our main objectives were to evaluate the relation between proinflammatory chemokine serum levels from CIU patients and their response to autologous skin test (ASST) and basophil histamine release (BHR). We also aimed to assess the chemokine secretion by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) upon polyclonal stimulus and to evaluate chemokine C-C ligand 2/C-X-C chemokine 8 (CCL2/CXCL8) and Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR-4) expression in monocytes. We observed significantly higher serum levels of the CXCL8, CXCL9, CXCL10 and CCL2 in CIU patients compared to the healthy group, regardless of the BHR or ASST response. The basal secretion of CCL2 by PBMC or induced by Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin A (SEA) was higher in CIU patients than in the control group, as well as for CXCL8 and CCL5 secretions upon phytohaemagglutinin stimulation. Also, up-regulation of CCL2 and CXCL8 mRNA expression was found in monocytes of patients upon SEA stimulation. The findings showed a high responsiveness of monocytes through CCL2/CXCL8 expression, contributing to the creation of a proinflammatory environment in CIU. PMID:22132892

  4. Cultured peripheral blood mast cells from chronic idiopathic urticaria patients spontaneously degranulate upon IgE sensitization: Relationship to expression of Syk and SHIP-2.

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    Saini, Sarbjit S; Paterniti, Miya; Vasagar, Kavitha; Gibbons, Scott P; Sterba, Patricia M; Vonakis, Becky M

    2009-09-01

    Recently, signaling changes in the FcvarepsilonRI pathway involving inositol lipid phosphatases have been identified in the basophils of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) subjects. Based on the profile of basophil FcvarepsilonRI-mediated histamine degranulation, we have segregated CIU subjects into two groups, CIU Responder (CIU R) or CIU Nonresponder (CIU NR). In the present study, we compared expression of SHIP-1, SHIP-2, and Syk protein to histamine release (HR) from mast cells (MC) cultured from the peripheral blood of CIU R, CIU NR, and normal subjects. The MC of CIU R donors contained significantly increased Syk and decreased SHIP-2 as compared to CIU NR (Syk: p=0.038, SHIP-2: p=0.038) and normals (Syk: p=0.042, SHIP-2: p=0.027). Spontaneous HR from CIU donors was increased two-fold compared to normals (p=0.04). In summary, our results suggest a possible predilection for urticarial MC to spontaneously degranulate upon IgE sensitization contributing to the increased pruritus associated with CIU. PMID:19477690

  5. Recent advances in understanding myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia [version 1; referees: 2 approved

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    William Vainchenker

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The classic BCR-ABL-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs, a form of chronic malignant hemopathies, have been classified into polycythemia vera (PV, essential thrombocythemia (ET, and primary myelofibrosis (PMF. ET and PMF are two similar disorders in their pathogenesis, which is marked by a key role of the megakaryocyte (MK lineage. Whereas ET is characterized by MK proliferation, PMF is also associated with aberrant MK differentiation (myelodysplasia, leading to the release of cytokines in the marrow environment, which causes the development of myelofibrosis. Thus, PMF is associated with both myeloproliferation and different levels of myelodysplastic features. MPNs are mostly driven by mutated genes called MPN drivers, which abnormally activate the cytokine receptor/JAK2 pathway and their downstream effectors. The recent discovery of CALR mutations has closed a gap in our knowledge and has shown that this mutated endoplasmic reticulum chaperone activates the thrombopoietin receptor MPL and JAK2. These genetic studies have shown that there are two main types of MPNs: JAK2V617F-MPNs, including ET, PV, and PMF, and the MPL-/CALR-MPNs, which include only ET and PMF. These MPN driver mutations are associated with additional mutations in genes involved in epigenetics, splicing, and signaling, which can precede or follow the acquisition of MPN driver mutations. They are involved in clonal expansion or phenotypic changes or both, leading to myelofibrosis or leukemic transformation or both. Only a few patients with ET exhibit mutations in non-MPN drivers, whereas the great majority of patients with PMF harbor one or several mutations in these genes. However, the entire pathogenesis of ET and PMF may also depend on other factors, such as the patient’s constitutional genetics, the bone marrow microenvironment, the inflammatory response, and age. Recent advances allowed a better stratification of these diseases and new therapeutic approaches with

  6. Outcome after Transplantation According to Reduced-Intensity Conditioning Regimen in Patients Undergoing Transplantation for Myelofibrosis.

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    Robin, Marie; Porcher, Raphael; Wolschke, Christine; Sicre de Fontbrune, Flore; Alchalby, Haefaa; Christopeit, Maximilian; Cassinat, Bruno; Zabelina, Tatjana; Peffault de Latour, Régis; Ayuk, Francis; Socié, Gérard; Kröger, Nicolaus

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    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation remains the sole curative option for myelofibrosis. Many transplantation recipients receive a reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen owing to age or comorbidities; however, there is little published evidence to guide the choice of RIC regimen. In this study, we compared outcomes in patients who received 1 of 2 frequently used RIC regimens for patients with myelofibrosis: fludarabine-busulfan (FB) and fludarabine-melphalan (FM). A total of 160 patients underwent a RIC allograft procedure (FB group, n = 105; FM group, n = 55). We have developed a complex statistical model involving weighting and adjustment to permit comparison between these 2 groups. After weighting, the incidence of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was 62% in the FM group and 31% in the FB group (P = .001), and the corresponding incidence of chronic GVHD was 49% and 53%, respectively. The 7-year progression-free survival was were 52% in the FM group versus 33% in the FB group, and the 7-year overall survival rate 52% in the FM group versus 59% in the FB group. Nonrelapse mortality (NRM) was 43% in the FM group and 31% in the FB group. Multivariable analyses revealed no significant differences in PFS between the 2 groups; however, the relapse rate was significantly lower in the FM group (hazard ratio, 9.21; P = .008), whereas a trend toward reduced NRM was seen in the FB group (hazard ratio, 0.51; P = .068). In conclusion, both regimens appear to be efficient in mediating disease control and can be used to successfully condition patients with myelofibrosis. The FM regimen appears to induce more NRM than the FB regimen, but with augmented control of disease, leading to comparable overall survival rates for both regimens. PMID:26970380

  7. Physical activity recommendations for children with specific chronic health conditions: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, hemophilia, asthma and cystic fibrosis.

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    Philpott, J; Houghton, K; Luke, A

    2010-04-01

    As a group, children with a chronic disease or disability are less active than their healthy peers. There are many reasons for suboptimal physical activity, including biological, psychological and social factors. Furthermore, the lack of specific guidelines for 'safe' physical activity participation poses a barrier to increasing activity. Physical activity provides significant general health benefits and may improve disease outcomes. Each child with a chronic illness should be evaluated by an experienced physician for activity counselling and for identifing any contraindications to participation. The present statement reviews the benefits and risks of participation in sport and exercise for children with juvenile arthritis, hemophilia, asthma and cystic fibrosis. Guidelines for participation are included. PMID:21455465

  8. Hip joint structures assessment in juvenile idiopathic (chronic arthritis with ultrasound TOC \\o "1-5" \\h \\z examination

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    G. R. Movsisyan

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    Full Text Available Sonographic (SG examination of hip joints was performed in 100 pts with juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA with different forms, activity and duration. SG signs of hip joint inflammation in JCA were identified. SG features in pts with different disease duration, form and activity were revealed. SG changes of clinically unchanged hip joints were noted which may be of important significance for early diagnosis of coxitis. More wide use of arthrosonography in pediatric rheumatology was proved.

  9. Idiopathic scoliosis

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    Jandrić Slavica

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Idiopathic scoliosis is a structural and lateral curvature of the spine for which a currently recognizable cause has not been found and there is no basic evidence for physical and radiographic pathology. Complications. Scoliosis could be a cause of the back pain, deformities, respiratory and cardiology problems. There is a higher risk for decreasing of bone mineral density. Diagnosis and Management. Physical examination, radiography and stereophotogrametry are used in diagnostics of idiopathic scoliosis. The management of idiopathic scoliosis can be conservative or operative. The main forms of conservative management are: therapy exercises, electrical stimulation and spinal orthosis. The primary aim of scoliosis management is to stop curvature progression. The improvement of pulmonary function (vital capacity and treatment of pain are also of major importance. The guidelines for Conservative Management of Scoliosis. The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment gave the guidelines for conservative management of scoliosis. Conservative management of scoliosis includes: a Lyonaise, Side-Shift, Dobosiewicz, Schroth and other kinesitherapy methods, b scoliosis intensive rehabilitation which appears to be effective with respect to many signs and symptoms of scoliosis and with respect to impeding curvature progression and c brace treatment, which has been found to be effective in preventing curvature progression and thus in altering the natural history of idiopathic scoliosis. Conclusion. The International Society has given the standards for kinesitherapy, intensive rehabilitation and spinal orthosis in clinical practice and clinical investigations. Surgical procedures can improve curves in the frontal plane, but have important limitations in maintaining fixation and achieving correction in other planes.

  10. Idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Introduction. Idiopathic scoliosis is a structural and lateral curvature of the spine for which a currently recognizable cause has not been found and there is no basic evidence for physical and radiographic pathology. Complications. Scoliosis could be a cause of the back pain, deformities, respiratory and cardiology problems. There is a higher risk for decreasing of bone mineral density. Diagnosis and Management. Physical examination, radiography and stereophotogrametry are used in diag...

  11. Successful Control of Acute Myelofibrosis with Lenalidomide

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    G. Vassilopoulos

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute panmyelosis with myelofibrosis (APMF is a rare, fatal hematological neoplasm that is characterized by the acute onset of cytopenias and fibrosis in the bone marrow in the absence of splenomegaly or fibrosis-related morphological changes in the RBCs. We present the case of a 59-year-old female who presented with a two-month history of anemia, leucopenia and a normal platelet count. The marrow was heavily fibrotic, and no aspirate material could be obtained; the biopsy showed extensive infiltration with small to medium size megakaryocytes, dysplastic changes in the erythroid compartment, and left shift in the myeloid cells. The patient was treated for four months with anabolic steroids (Danazol, growth factors and received regular blood transfusions. At 4 months after diagnosis, the patient was started on Lenalidomide, 10 mg/day for a 21-d-course along with growth factor support. At 6 months after treatment, the patient was transfusion-independent, had normalized blood counts, and, at 32 months on continuous lenalidomide treatment, her needs for growth factor support have been minimized. Repeat bone marrow biopsies showed a patchy distribution of fibrosis with areas of normal cellularity and morphology. To our knowledge, this is the first case for a medication that could reverse the fatal outcome of APMF.

  12. How I treat splenomegaly in myelofibrosis

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    Cervantes, F

    2011-01-01

    Symptomatic splenomegaly, a frequent manifestation of myelofibrosis (MF), represents a therapeutic challenge. It is frequently accompanied by constitutional symptoms and by anemia or other cytopenias, which make treatment difficult, as the latter are often worsened by most current therapies. Cytoreductive treatment, usually hydroxyurea, is the first-line therapy, being effective in around 40% of the patients, although the effect is often short lived. The immunomodulatory drugs, such as thalidomide or lenalidomide, rarely show a substantial activity in reducing the splenomegaly. Splenectomy can be considered in patients refractory to drug treatment, but the procedure involves substantial morbidity as well as a certain mortality risk and, therefore, patient selection is important. For patients not eligible for splenectomy, transient relief of the symptoms can be obtained with local radiotherapy that, in turn, can induce severe and long-lasting cytopenias. Allogeneic hemopoietic stem cell transplantation is the only treatment with the potential for curing MF but, due to its associated morbidity and mortality, is usually restricted to a minority of patients with poor risk features. A new class of drugs, the JAK2 inhibitors, although also palliative, are promising in the splenomegaly of MF and will probably change the therapeutic algorithm of this disease. PMID:22829071

  13. Efficacy and safety of omalizumab in patients with chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria who remain symptomatic on H1 antihistamines: a randomized, placebo-controlled study.

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    Saini, Sarbjit S; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten; Maurer, Marcus; Grob, Jean-Jacques; Bülbül Baskan, Emel; Bradley, Mary S; Canvin, Janice; Rahmaoui, Abdelkader; Georgiou, Panayiotis; Alpan, Oral; Spector, Sheldon; Rosén, Karin

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    ASTERIA I was a 40-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of subcutaneous omalizumab as add-on therapy for 24 weeks in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria/spontaneous urticaria (CIU/CSU) who remained symptomatic despite H1 antihistamine treatment at licensed doses. Patients aged 12-75 years with CIU/CSU who remained symptomatic despite treatment with approved doses of H1 antihistamines were randomized (1:1:1:1) in a double-blind manner to subcutaneous omalizumab 75 mg, 150 mg, or 300 mg or placebo every 4 weeks for 24 weeks followed by 16 weeks of follow-up. The primary end point was change from baseline in weekly itch severity score (ISS) at week 12. Among randomized patients (N=319: placebo n=80, omalizumab 75 mg n=78, 150 mg n=80, 300 mg n=81), 262 (82.1%) completed the study. Compared with placebo (n=80), mean weekly ISS was reduced from baseline to week 12 by an additional 2.96 points (95% confidence interval (CI): -4.71 to -1.21; P=0.0010), 2.95 points (95% CI: -4.72 to -1.18; P=0.0012), and 5.80 points (95% CI: -7.49 to -4.10; PCIU/CSU patients who remained symptomatic despite treatment with approved doses of H1 antihistamines. PMID:25046337

  14. Evaluation of the effects of and earliest response rate to anti-D treatment in children with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: a pilot study.

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    Yetgin, Sevgi; Aytaç, Selin; Olcay, Lale; Tunç, Bahattin; Ozbek, Namik; Aydinok, Yeşim

    2010-01-01

    In this pilot study, 30 (14 male, 16 female; median age: 8 years, range: 2-18) chronic non-splenectomized idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) patients with Rh+ blood group and their 49 attacks were evaluated after intravenous (i.v.) anti-D (WinRho SDF, Cangene Corporation, Winnipeg, MB, Canada) treatment at a dose of 50 microg/kg x 3 days (n = 21 cases; 35 attacks) or a single dose of 75 microg/kg (n = 9 cases; 14 attacks) to define the hemostatic dose of anti-D. Five of 30 patients (22/49 attacks) were resistant to steroid, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and vincristine treatment. Hemoglobin (Hb), white blood cells (WBC), platelets (plt) and reticulocytes (ret) were evaluated before and after treatment during the follow-up in sequences on the 1st, 7th, 14th and 21st days after anti-D treatment if the patients had no symptom. All patients, even the resistant ones, experienced an increase in plt count to provide protection from bleeding (> or = 20 x 10(9)/L in patients with symptoms, > or = 10 x 10(9)/L in patients without symptoms). The plt responses of one resistant and five non-resistant patients treated with a single 75 microg/kg dose of i.v. anti-D in 8 attacks were monitored at the 2nd, 4th, 8th, 24th and 48th hours of the treatment. A protective plt level was attained within 2 hours in 6 attacks of five non-resistant cases and in 24 hours in the remaining 2 attacks of one resistant case. This pilot study suggests that anti-D treatment in ITP patients is effective and can increase plt to a level adequate enough to protect from hemorrhage within 2 hours, when given in a 75 microg/kg dose. A few adverse events (i.e. chills, hemolysis and hemoglobinuria) resolved without intervention. PMID:20560246

  15. Comprehensive screening for PRSS1, SPINK1, CFTR, CTRC and CLDN2 gene mutations in Chinese paediatric patients with idiopathic chronic pancreatitis: a cohort study

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    Wang, Wei; Sun, Xiao-Tian; Weng, Xiao-Ling; Zhou, Dai-Zhan; Sun, Chang; Xia, Tian; Hu, Liang-Hao; Lai, Xiao-Wei; Ye, Bo; Liu, Mu-Yun; Jiang, Fei; Gao, Jun; Bo, Lu-Min; Liu, Yun; Liao, Zhuan; Li, Zhao-Shen

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    Objective Genetic alterations may contribute to chronic pancreatitis (CP) in Chinese young patients. This study was designed to investigate mutations of cationic trypsinogen (PRSS1), pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor or serine protease inhibitor Kazal type 1 (SPINK1), cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), chymotrypsin C (CTRC) and CLDN2 genes and the copy number variations (CNVs) of PRSS1 and asses associations with the development of idiopathic CP (ICP) in Chinese children. Design Retrospective. Setting A single center. Participants 75 ICP Chinese children (40 boys and 35 girls). Primary and secondary outcome measures Mutations of PRSS1, SPINK1, CFTR, CTRC and CLDN2 genes and CNVs. Results 7 patients had heterozygous mutations in PRSS1, that is, N29I (n=1), R122H or R122C (n=6). The CNVs of PRSS1 in five patients had abnormal copies (1 copy (n=4), five copies (n=1)). 43 patients had IVS3+2T>C (rs148954387) (10 homozygous and 33 heterozygous) in SPINK1. None of the PRSS1 mutation patients carried a SPINK1 mutation. Frequency of PRSS1 and SPINK1 mutations was 9.3% and 57.3%, respectively, with an overall frequency of 66.6% (50/75). In addition, one patient had a novel deletion of CFTR (GCTTCCTA from c.500 to c.508 leading to the shortened polypeptide molecule via a stop codon). Another patient had a novel missense in CLDN2 exon 2 (c.592A>C mutation). Clinically, patients with SPINK1 mutations had a higher rate of pancreatic duct stones, pancreatic pseudocyst and pancreatic calcification than those without SPINK1 mutations (pC mutation may play an important role in the pathogenesis of Chinese paediatric ICP. However, further study is needed to confirm and to investigate the role of these genes in the development of Chinese ICP. PMID:24002981

  16. Intraspinal extramedullary haematopoiesis in a patient with myelofibrosis

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    de Haas, KP; van de Loosdrecht, AA; Daenen, SMGJ

    2002-01-01

    A 54-year-old patient with myelofibrosis developed paresis of the legs, and bladder dysfunction due to extramedullary haematopoiesis in the spinal channel. He was given palliative radiotherapy but died shortly afterwards. Although rare, the possibility of extramedullary haematopoiesis in the central

  17. Idiopathic short stature

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    Vlaški Jovan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Growth is a complex process and the basic characteristic of child- hood growth monitoring provides insight into the physiological and pathological events in the body. Statistically, the short stature means departure from the values of height for age and sex (in a particular environment, which is below -2 standard deviation score, or less than -2 standard deviation, i.e. below the third percentile. Advances in molecular genetics have contributed to the improvement of diagnostics in endocrinology. Analysis of patients’ genotypes should not be performed before taking a classical history, detailed clinical examination and appropriate tests. In patients with idiopathic short stature specific causes are excluded, such as growth hormone deficiency, Turner syndrome, short stature due to low birth weight, intrauterine growth retardation, small for gestational age, dysmorphology syndromes and chronic childhood diseases. The exclusion of abovementioned conditions leaves a large number of children with short stature whose etiology includes patients with genetic short stature or familial short stature and those who are low in relation to genetic potential, and who could also have some unrecognized endocrine defect. Idiopathic short stature represents a short stature of unknown cause of heterogeneous etiology, and is characterized by a normal response of growth hormone during stimulation tests (>10 ng/ml or 20 mJ/l, without other disorders, of normal body mass and length at birth. In idiopathic short stature standard deviation score rates <-2.25 (-2 to -3 or <1.2 percentile. These are also criteria for the initiation of growth hormone therapy. In children with short stature there is also the presence of psychological and social suffering. Goals of treatment with growth hormone involve achieving normal height and normal growth rate during childhood.

  18. Extramedullary hemopoiesis with undiagnosed, early myelofibrosis causing spastic compressive myelopathy: Case report and review

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    Dewan Udita

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Extramedullary hemopoiesis (EMH is a common compensatory phenomenon associated with chronic hemolytic anemia. Abnormal hemopoietic tissue usually develops in sites responsible for fetal hemopoiesis, such as spleen, liver and kidney; however, other regions such as the spine may also become involved. In this study, a patient presenting with spastic paraparesis due to EMH in the dorsal spine is described. A 62-year-old man presented with paraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large lesion involving the T2-L2 vertebral levels with a large extradural component causing thecal sac compression. Laminectomy with excision of mass was carried out. The histopathology revealed EMH. The patient had no known cause for EMH at the time of diagnosis but, subsequently, a bone marrow examination revealed early myelofibrosis. This case represents the rare occurrence of a large extradural extramedullary hematopoiesis in a patient with no known predisposing factor for hemopoiesis at the time of presentation.

  19. Does primary myelofibrosis involve a defective stem cell niche? From concept to evidence

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    Lataillade, J.J.; Pierre-Louis, O.; Uzan, G.;

    2008-01-01

    Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is the rarest and the most severe Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative syndrome. By associating a clonal proliferation and a mobilization of hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow to spleen with profound alterations of the stroma, PMF is a remarkable model...... in which deregulation of the stem cell niche is of utmost importance for the disease development. This paper reviews key data suggesting that an imbalance between endosteal and vascular niches participates in the development of clonal stem cell proliferation. Mechanisms by which bone marrow niches...... are altered with ensuing mobilization and homing of neoplastic hematopoietic stem cells in new or reinitialized niches in the spleen and liver are examined. Differences between signals delivered by both endosteal and vascular niches in the bone marrow and spleen of patients as well as the responsiveness...

  20. Epidemiology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Ley, Brett

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    Brett Ley, Harold R Collard Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Abstract: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic fibrotic lung disease of unknown cause that occurs in adults and has a poor prognosis. Its epidemiology has been difficult to study because of its rarity and evolution in diagnostic and coding practices. Though uncommon, it is likely underappreciated both in terms of it...

  1. Epidemiology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Ley B; Collard HR

    2013-01-01

    Brett Ley, Harold R Collard Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Abstract: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic fibrotic lung disease of unknown cause that occurs in adults and has a poor prognosis. Its epidemiology has been difficult to study because of its rarity and evolution in diagnostic and coding practices. Though uncommon, it is likely underappreciated both in terms of its...

  2. Melatonin improves health status and sleep in children with idiopathic chronic sleep-onset insomnia: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.

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    M.G. Smits; H.F. van Stel; K. van der Heijden; A.M. Meijer; A,.M.L. Coenen; G.A. Kerkhof

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of melatonin treatment on health status and sleep in children with idiopathic sleep-onset insomnia. Method: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in a Dutch sleep center, involving 62 children, 6 to 12 years of age, who suffered more

  3. Inhibition and Role of let-7d in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Kusum V Pandit; Corcoran, David; Yousef, Hanadie; Yarlagadda, Manohar; Tzouvelekis, Argyris; Gibson, Kevin F.; Konishi, Kazuhisa; Yousem, Samuel A.; Singh, Mandal; Handley, Daniel; Richards, Thomas; Selman, Moises; Watkins, Simon C.; Pardo, Annie; Ben-Yehudah, Ahmi

    2010-01-01

    Rationale: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, and usually lethal fibrotic lung disease characterized by profound changes in epithelial cell phenotype and fibroblast proliferation.

  4. Definition and management of ruxolitinib treatment failure in myelofibrosis

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    Pardanani, A; Tefferi, A

    2014-01-01

    Ruxolitinib, a Janus kinase (JAK)-1 and JAK-2 inhibitor, is the first-in-class drug to be licensed in the United States for the treatment of high- and intermediate-risk myelofibrosis (MF). Several other JAK inhibitors are in development with some currently undergoing phase-3 clinical trial testing. None of the currently available JAK inhibitors are specific to mutant JAK2; their mechanism of action involves attenuation of JAK-STAT signaling with downregulation of proinflammatory cytokines, ra...

  5. Myelofibrosis-associated complications: pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and effects on outcomes

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    Full Text Available Tariq I Mughal,1 Kris Vaddi,2 Nicholas J Sarlis,2 Srdan Verstovsek31Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2Incyte Corporation, Wilmington, DE, 3Department of Leukemia, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USAAbstract: Myelofibrosis (MF is a rare chronic BCR-ABL1 (breakpoint cluster region-Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homologue 1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm characterized by progressive bone marrow fibrosis, inefficient hematopoiesis, and shortened survival. The clinical manifestations of MF include splenomegaly, consequent to extramedullary hematopoiesis, cytopenias, and an array of potentially debilitating abdominal and constitutional symptoms. Dysregulated Janus kinase (JAK-signal transducer and activator of transcription signaling underlies secondary disease-associated effects in MF, such as myeloproliferation, bone marrow fibrosis, constitutional symptoms, and cachexia. Common fatal complications of MF include transformation to acute leukemia, thrombohemorrhagic events, organ failure, and infections. Potential complications from hepatosplenomegaly include portal hypertension and variceal bleeding, whereas extramedullary hematopoiesis outside the spleen and liver – depending on the affected organ – may result in intracranial hypertension, spinal cord compression, pulmonary hypertension, pleural effusions, lymphadenopathy, skin lesions, and/or exacerbation of abdominal symptoms. Although allogeneic stem cell transplantation is the only potentially curative therapy, it is suitable for few patients. The JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor ruxolitinib is effective in improving splenomegaly, MF-related symptoms, and quality-of-life measures. Emerging evidence that ruxolitinib may be associated with a survival benefit in intermediate- or high-risk MF suggests the possibility of a disease-modifying effect. Consequently, ruxolitinib could provide a treatment backbone to which other (conventional and novel

  6. 慢性荨麻疹与幽门螺旋杆菌感染相关性的探讨%The investigation of the relationship of Chronic idiopathic urticaria and Helicobacter pylori infection

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    麻荣武; 胡鲜香

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship of chronic idiopathic urticaria(CIU) and Helicobacter pylori(Hp). Methods The Helicobacter pylori stool antigens(HpSA) from 59 Chronic idiopathic urticaria patients and 65 cases of the healthy control group were detected with monoclonal antibody. And besides antihistamine, the patients with positive HpSA were treated with the eradication of Hp. And the patients with negative HpSA were only treated with antihistamine. Results There were 46 cases among 59 Hp patients showed positive HPSA, the ratio was 77.96%. And the cured was 41 cases (As cure rate was 89.13%). After the treatment, all 13 cases of the CIU patients with negative HpSA recrudesced in different degree. Conclusions CIU partly occurs related to Hp infection. On CIU patients with unknown pathogeny, Hp infection should be examined. If the examination indicates Hp infection, the patients should be treated with antihistamine, and be carried out the eradication of the Hp.%目的 探讨慢性荨麻疹(chronic idiopathic urticaria,CIU)与幽门螺旋杆菌(Helicobacter pylori,HP)的关系.方法 采用单克隆抗体对59例慢性荨麻疹患者及65例健康对照组的粪便Hp抗原进行检测,对粪便Hp抗原检测阳性患者除给予抗组胺治疗外,同时给予根除HP治疗.对粪便HP抗原检测阴性患者单给予抗组胺治疗.结果 59例慢性荨麻疹患者有46例粪便Hp抗原阳性,阳性率77.96%.治愈41例(治愈率89.13%).13例HP粪便抗原阴性慢性荨麻疹患者治疗后全部不同程度复发.结论 部分慢性荨麻疹发病与HP感染有关,对于病因不明的慢性荨麻疹患者,要给予检测是否有HP感染,检测提示HP感染,在给予抗组织胺药的同时,应同时进行根除HP治疗.

  7. Evaluation of Three Kinds of Antihistamines Curative Effect for the Treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Urticarial%评价3种抗组胺药治疗慢性特发性荨麻疹的疗效

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    陈海兵

    2015-01-01

    目的:评价3种抗组胺药治疗慢性特发性荨麻疹的疗效。方法选取于我院就诊的慢性特发性荨麻疹患者90例作为研究对象,随机分为三组,每组各30人,分别给予西替利嗪药物治疗、氯雷他定药物治疗、依巴斯丁药物治疗。结果第7天、14天、28天三组有效率为:氯雷他定组分别为70.00%、83.33%、93.33%;西替利嗪组分别为66.67%、86.67%、90.00%;依巴斯丁组分别为76.67%、86.67%、96.67%。结论三种抗组胺药物在临床治疗慢性特发荨麻疹上都具有较好的效果,具有临床应用价值。%Objective To evaluate three kinds of antihistamines curative effect for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria. Methods 90 patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria were selected from our hospital as research object, randomly dividing into three groups (30 people a group). Cetirizine group was given cetirizine medication, loratadine group was given loratadine drug therapy, by buss butyl group was given by buss butyl drug therapy. Results 7 days, 14 days, the effective rate of 28 days three groups:loratadine group was 70.00%, 83.33%and 70.00%respectively. Cetirizine group was 66.67%, 86.67%and 66.67%respectively. By bass butyl group 76.67%, 86.67, 96.67, respectively. Conclusion The three kinds of antihistamines in clinical treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria had good effect, had clinical application value.

  8. Epidemiology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Ley B

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Brett Ley, Harold R Collard Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Abstract: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic fibrotic lung disease of unknown cause that occurs in adults and has a poor prognosis. Its epidemiology has been difficult to study because of its rarity and evolution in diagnostic and coding practices. Though uncommon, it is likely underappreciated both in terms of its occurrence (ie, incidence, prevalence and public health impact (ie, health care costs and resource utilization. Incidence and mortality appear to be on the rise, and prevalence is expected to increase with the aging population. Potential risk factors include occupational and environmental exposures, tobacco smoking, gastroesophageal reflux, and genetic factors. An accurate understanding of its epidemiology is important, especially as novel therapies are emerging. Keywords: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, epidemiology, incidence, prevalence, mortality, risk factors

  9. Idiopathic portal hypertension

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    To describe the radiologic findings of idiopathic portal hypertension and to find the points of differentiation between idiopathic portal hypertension and liver cirrhosis. Four portograms in five patients who for four years had suffered from pathologically confirmed idiopathic portal hypertension were retrospectively analyzed and compared with a portogram obtained from a control subject with liver cirrhosis. Portographic finding s of idiopathic portal hypertension were paucity of medium-sized portal branches, irregular and obtuse-angled division of peripheral branches, abrupt interruption and an avascular area beneath the liver margin. A portogram of idiopathic portal hypertension may be useful in differentiation this and liver cirrhosis

  10. Mineral Oil Aspiration Related Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

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    Nelson, Andrew D; Fischer, Philip R; Reed, Ann M; Wylam, Mark E

    2015-01-01

    We describe the development of rheumatoid factor-positive migratory polyarthritis in a 5-year-old male who had been administered bidaily oral mineral oil as a laxative since birth. Minor respiratory symptoms, radiographic and bronchoscopic findings were consistent with chronic lipoid pneumonia. We speculate that immune sensitization to mineral oil promoted the clinical syndrome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. PMID:26171269

  11. Mineral Oil Aspiration Related Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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    Nelson, Andrew D.; Fischer, Philip R.; Reed, Ann M.; Wylam, Mark E

    2015-01-01

    We describe the development of rheumatoid factor-positive migratory polyarthritis in a 5-year-old male who had been administered bidaily oral mineral oil as a laxative since birth. Minor respiratory symptoms, radiographic and bronchoscopic findings were consistent with chronic lipoid pneumonia. We speculate that immune sensitization to mineral oil promoted the clinical syndrome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

  12. Mineral Oil Aspiration Related Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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    Andrew D. Nelson

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe the development of rheumatoid factor-positive migratory polyarthritis in a 5-year-old male who had been administered bidaily oral mineral oil as a laxative since birth. Minor respiratory symptoms, radiographic and bronchoscopic findings were consistent with chronic lipoid pneumonia. We speculate that immune sensitization to mineral oil promoted the clinical syndrome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

  13. The diagnosis of BCR/ABL-negative chronic myeloproliferative diseases (CMPD): a comprehensive approach based on morphology, cytogenetics, and molecular markers.

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    Haferlach, Torsten; Bacher, Ulrike; Kern, Wolfgang; Schnittger, Susanne; Haferlach, Claudia

    2008-01-01

    Recent years showed significant progress in the molecular characterization of the chronic myeloproliferative disorders (CMPD) which are classified according to the WHO classification of 2001 as polycythemia vera (PV), chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF), essential thrombocythemia (ET), CMPD/unclassifiable (CMPD-U), chronic neutrophilic leukemia, and chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL)/hypereosinophilic syndrome, all to be delineated from BCR/ABL-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). After 2001, the detection of the high frequency of the JAK2V617F mutation in PV, CIMF, and ET, and of the FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion gene in CEL further added important information in the diagnosis of CMPD. These findings also enhanced the importance of tyrosine kinase mutations in CMPD and paved the way to a more detailed classification and to an improved definition of prognosis using also novel minimal residual disease (MRD) markers. Simultaneously, the broadening of therapeutic strategies in the CMPD, e.g., due to reduced intensity conditioning in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and the introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in CML, in CEL, and in other ABL and PDGRFB rearrangements, increased the demands to diagnostics. Therefore, today, a multimodal diagnostic approach combining cytomorphology, cytogenetics, and individual molecular methods is needed in BCR/ABL-negative CMPD. A stringent diagnostic algorithm for characterization, choice of treatment, and monitoring of MRD will be proposed in this review. PMID:17938925

  14. Cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    van Manen, Mirjam J G; Birring, Surinder S; Vancheri, Carlo; Cottin, Vincent; Renzoni, Elisabetta A; Russell, Anne-Marie; Wijsenbeek, Marlies S

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    Many patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) complain of chronic refractory cough. Chronic cough is a distressing and disabling symptom with a major impact on quality of life. During recent years, progress has been made in gaining insight into the pathogenesis of cough in IPF, which is most probably "multifactorial" and influenced by mechanical, biochemical and neurosensory changes, with an important role for comorbidities as well. Clinical trials of cough treatment in IPF are emerging, and cough is increasingly included as a secondary end-point in trials assessing new compounds for IPF. It is important that such studies include adequate end-points to assess cough both objectively and subjectively. This article summarises the latest insights into chronic cough in IPF. It describes the different theories regarding the pathophysiology of cough, reviews the different methods to assess cough and deals with recent and future developments in the treatment of cough in IPF. PMID:27581827

  15. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri)

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    ... Asked Questions Español Condiciones Chinese Conditions Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri) En Español Read in Chinese What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension? Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a disorder that ...

  16. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Noble Paul W

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a non-neoplastic pulmonary disease that is characterized by the formation of scar tissue within the lungs in the absence of any known provocation. IPF is a rare disease which affects approximately 5 million persons worldwide. The prevalence is estimated to be slightly greater in men (20.2/100,000 than in women (13.2/100,000. The mean age at presentation is 66 years. IPF initially manifests with symptoms of exercise-induced breathless and dry coughing. Auscultation of the lungs reveals early inspiratory crackles, predominantly located in the lower posterior lung zones upon physical exam. Clubbing is found in approximately 50% of IPF patients. Cor pulmonale develops in association with end-stage disease. In that case, classic signs of right heart failure may be present. Etiology remains incompletely understood. Some environmental factors may be associated with IPF (cigarette smoking, exposure to silica and livestock. IPF is recognized on high-resolution computed tomography by peripheral, subpleural lower lobe reticular opacities in association with subpleural honeycomb changes. IPF is associated with a pathological lesion known as usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP. The UIP pattern consists of normal lung alternating with patches of dense fibrosis, taking the form of collagen sheets. The diagnosis of IPF requires correlation of the clinical setting with radiographic images and a lung biopsy. In the absence of lung biopsy, the diagnosis of IPF can be made by defined clinical criteria that were published in guidelines endorsed by several professional societies. Differential diagnosis includes other idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, connective tissue diseases (systemic sclerosis, polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, forme fruste of autoimmune disorders, chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis and other environmental (sometimes occupational exposures. IPF is typically progressive and leads to significant

  17. Bone Marrow and Kidney Transplant for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease and Blood Disorders

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    Chronic Kidney Disease; Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML); Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL); Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML); Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL); Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL); Hodgkin Disease; Multiple Myeloma; Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS); Aplastic Anemia; AL Amyloidosis; Diamond Blackfan Anemia; Myelofibrosis; Myeloproliferative Disease; Sickle Cell Anemia; Autoimmune Diseases; Thalassemia

  18. A conservative assessment of the major genetic causes of idiopathic chronic pancreatitis: data from a comprehensive analysis of PRSS1, SPINK1, CTRC and CFTR genes in 253 young French patients.

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    Emmanuelle Masson

    Full Text Available Idiopathic chronic pancreatitis (ICP has traditionally been defined as chronic pancreatitis in the absence of any obvious precipitating factors (e.g. alcohol abuse and family history of the disease. Studies over the past 15 years have revealed that ICP has a highly complex genetic architecture involving multiple gene loci. Here, we have attempted to provide a conservative assessment of the major genetic causes of ICP in a sample of 253 young French ICP patients. For the first time, conventional types of mutation (comprising coding sequence variants and variants at intron/exon boundaries and gross genomic rearrangements were screened for in all four major pancreatitis genes, PRSS1, SPINK1, CTRC and CFTR. For the purposes of the study, synonymous, intronic and 5'- or 3'-untranslated region variants were excluded from the analysis except where there was persuasive evidence of functional consequences. The remaining sequence variants/genotypes were classified into causative, contributory or neutral categories by consideration of (i their allele frequencies in patient and normal control populations, (ii their presumed or experimentally confirmed functional effects, (iii the relative importance of their associated genes in the pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis and (iv gene-gene interactions wherever applicable. Adoption of this strategy allowed us to assess the pathogenic relevance of specific variants/genotypes to their respective carriers to an unprecedented degree. The genetic cause of ICP could be assigned in 23.7% of individuals in the study group. A strong genetic susceptibility factor was also present in an additional 24.5% of cases. Taken together, up to 48.2% of the studied ICP patients were found to display evidence of a genetic basis for their pancreatitis. Whereas these particular proportions may not be extrapolable to all ICP patients, the approach employed should serve as a useful framework for acquiring a better understanding of the

  19. Tetraspanin CD9 participates in dysmegakaryopoiesis and stromal interactions in primary myelofibrosis

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    Desterke, Christophe; Martinaud, Christophe; Guerton, Bernadette;

    2015-01-01

    marrow mesenchymal stromal cells from patients, megakaryocytes from patients with primary myelofibrosis displayed modified behaviors in terms of adhesion, cell survival and proliferation as compared to megakaryocytes from healthy donors. These modifications were reversed after antibody ligation of cell...

  20. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: the need for early diagnosis

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    Cicchitto, Gaetano; Sanguinetti, Claudio M

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    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic fibrosing lung disease of a progressive nature and unknown etiology, has the largest epidemiological impact and the worst prognosis among the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIP). Despite the progress in pathogenetic knowledge, many aspects are still dubious, in particular the biomolecular mechanisms activated in the early stages of the disease. Early diagnosis is desirable not only to better define aspects of the natural history of the disea...

  1. The use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents with ruxolitinib in patients with myelofibrosis in COMFORT-II: an open-label, phase 3 study assessing efficacy and safety of ruxolitinib versus best available therapy in the treatment of myelofibrosis

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    McMullin, Mary Frances; Harrison, Claire N; Niederwieser, Dietger; Demuynck, Hilde; Jäkel, Nadja; Gopalakrishna, Prashanth; McQuitty, Mari; Stalbovskaya, Viktoriya; Recher, Christian; Theunissen, Koen; Gisslinger, Heinz; Kiladjian, Jean-Jacques; Al-Ali, Haifa-Kathrin

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    BACKGROUND: Anemia is considered a negative prognostic risk factor for survival in patients with myelofibrosis. Most patients with myelofibrosis are anemic, and 35-54 % present with anemia at diagnosis. Ruxolitinib, a potent inhibitor of Janus kinase (JAK) 1 and JAK2, was associated with an overall survival benefit and improvements in splenomegaly and patient-reported outcomes in patients with myelofibrosis in the two phase 3 COMFORT studies. Consistent with the ruxolitinib mechanism of actio...

  2. Low-dose ruxolitinib for improving leukopaenia and reducing recurrent infections associated with myelofibrosis

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    Islam, Rezwan; Yellu, Mahender R; Rafiullah,; Shaw, Gene R.

    2013-01-01

    Myelofibrosis, either primary or resulting from essential thrombocythemia or polycythemia vera, may present with highly variable white blood cell counts, including progressive leukopaenia with its associated risk of infections. Medications have been developed to reduce splenomegaly and other symptoms, but there are no reports of improved white blood cell counts. We report a case of primary myelofibrosis with marked improvement in leukopaenia and reduced recurrent infections, in addition to re...

  3. A case of primary myelofibrosis showing an interesting image on bone and bone marrow scintigraphy

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    On a 73-year-old woman with primary myelofibrosis, bone and bone marrow scintigraphy were performed. Bone scintigram showed the diffusely increased skeletal uptake, especially in peripheral bones, and the relatively diminished renal uptake. On the other hand, bone marrow scintigraphy showed the remarkable peripheral expansion. Thus, to evaluate the pathophysiology and the lesion of bone and bone marrow in primary myelofibrosis, both scintigraphies seem to be useful and essential. (author)

  4. Profile of pomalidomide and its potential in the treatment of myelofibrosis

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    Gowin KL

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Krisstina L Gowin, Ruben A Mesa Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA Abstract: Myelofibrosis, a Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm, is in a new treatment era after the discovery of the JAK2V617F mutation in 2005. JAK inhibitors boast improvements in disease-related symptoms, splenomegaly, and overall survival; however, treatment of myelofibrosis remains a challenge, given the lack of improvement in cytopenias with these agents. Second-generation immunomodulatory agents, such as pomalidomide, have shown efficacy in myelofibrosis-associated anemia within multiple clinical trials. Five major pomalidomide clinical trials have been completed to date, and demonstrate tolerability and efficacy with low-dose pomalidomide (0.5 mg/day in the treatment of myelofibrosis, and no clinical benefit of elevated dosing regimens (≥2.5 mg/day. Anemia responses ranged from 17% to 36% as per the International Working Group for Myelofibrosis Research and Treatment consensus guidelines, while improvements in splenomegaly were rare, and observed in <1% of most clinical trials. In comparison with earlier immunomodulatory agents, pomalidomide was associated with an improved toxicity profile, with substantially lower rates of myelosuppression and neuropathy. Given the low overall response rate to pomalidomide as a single agent, combination strategies are of particular interest for future studies. Pomalidomide is currently being tested in combination with ruxolitinib, and other novel combinations are likely on the horizon. Keywords: myelofibrosis, pomalidomide, immunomodulatory, myeloproliferative neoplasm

  5. [Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis].

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    Prasse, A

    2015-10-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common idiopathic interstitial pneumonia and a disease of the elderly. Cigarette smoking and longterm exposure to substances harming alveolar epithelial cells are risk factors for the development of IPF. There is also evidence for a genetic susceptibility. IPF is defined as the idiopathic variant of Usual Interstitial Pneumonitis (UIP). Diagnosis of IPF is complex and based on the exclusion of other diseases associated with an UIP pattern. The only cure is lung transplantation. In the last years there was a breakthrough in the treatment of IPF. With pirfenidone and nintedanib there are now two compounds approved for the treatment of IPF. PMID:26444136

  6. Replacement of hematopoietic system by allogeneic stem cell transplantation in myelofibrosis patients induces rapid regression of bone marrow fibrosis

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    Kröger Nicolaus; Kvasnicka Michael; Thiele Jürgen

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Bone marrow fibrosis is a hallmark of primary and post ET/PV myelofibrosis. To investigated the impact of replacement of the hematopoietic system in myelofibrosis patients by allogeneic stem cell transplantation on bone marrow fibrosis, we studied bone marrow fibrosis on bone marrow samples from 24 patients with myelofibrosis before and after dose-reduced conditioning followed by allogeneic stem cell transplantation from related or unrelated donor. Using the European Consensus on Gra...

  7. Primary myelofibrosis: own experience and news from diagnostic and treatment

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    K. M. Abdulkadyrov

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The newest advances in primary myelofibrosis (PMF pathogenesis study, diagnostic and treatment approaches are presented in this article. The JAK-STAT signal pathway activation now recognized as main pathogenesis mechanism of PMF, it caused by JAK2, CALR, MPL genes mutations. Authors demonstrate their own data about epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic and treatment results of 315 PMF patients. The most frequent clinical symptoms are: anemia, leukocytosis, thrombocytosis, splenomegaly, constitutional symptoms. Diagnostic criteria, prognostic scales (including cytogenetic and molecular features issues are reviewed. Intermediate-1 risk grade is in the most proportion of patients. Therecommended PMF treatment algorithm is listed. The treatment methods, target drugs (Janus kinases inhibitors trials results are discussed.

  8. Comparison between sensitivity of autologous skin serum test and autologous plasma skin test in patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria for detection of antibody against IgE or IgE receptor (FcεRIα).

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    Sajedi, Vahid; Movahedi, Masoud; Aghamohammadi, Asghar; Aghamohamadi, Asghar; Gharagozlou, Mohammad; Ghareguzlou, Mohammad; Shafiei, Alireza; Soheili, Habib; Sanajian, Nahal

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    Intradermal injection of autologous serum and plasma elicit a cutaneous reactivity in almost 45-60% of patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU). This reactivity is associated with the presence of auto antibodies against IgE or IgE receptors. This study was carried out to compare the cutaneous reactivity of autologous serum and plasma skin tests in a series of patients with CIU for diagnosis of auto antibodies against IgE or IgE receptor. Fifty eight patients with CIU were injected intradermally with autologous serum and plasma (anticoagulated by citrate). Histamine was used as positive control and normal saline as negative control. The study group was checked by routine laboratory tests (CBC, U/A etc), allergens with skin prick tests, and serum IgE level, and auto antibodies against thyroid as well. Duration of urticaria was another factor which was assessed.There was no significant difference between positive ASST and positive APST patients for the above mentioned tests. 77.6% of the patients were Positive for APST and 65.5% were ASST positive. Duration of urticaria was longer in patients with positive ASST and APST than ASST and APST negative patients, although the difference was not statistically significant.Autologus serum skin test (ASST) and autologous plasma skin test (APST) could be used for estimation of duration and severity of urticaria and planning for the treatment. PMID:21625019

  9. Cardiac manifestations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Agrawal, Abhinav; Verma, Isha; Shah, Varun; Agarwal, Abhishek; Sikachi, Rutuja R

    2016-01-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, parenchymal disease of the lung with an estimated prevalence of 14–43 per 100,000. Patient usually presents with coughing and exertional dyspnea, which can lead to acute respiratory failure. IPF has been associated with various co-morbidities such as lung cancer, emphysema, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), GERD and multiple cardiovascular consequences. The cardiovascular manifestations of IPF include pulmonary hypertension, heart fa...

  10. Review of idiopathic pancreatitis

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    Recent advances in understanding of pancreatitis and advances in technology have uncovered the veils of idiopathic pancreatitis to a point where a thorough history and judicious use of diagnostic techniques elucidate the cause in over 80% of cases. This review examines the multitude of etiologies of what were once labeled idiopathic pancreatitis and provides the current evidence on each. This review begins with a background review of the current epidemiology of idiopathic pancreatitis prior to discussion of various etiologies. Etiologies of medications, infections, toxins,autoimmune disorders, vascular causes, and anatomic and functional causes are explored in detail. We conclude with management of true idiopathic pancreatitis and a summary of the various etiologic agents. Throughout this review, areas of controversies are highlighted.

  11. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    ... Explore Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis What Is... How the Lungs Work Other Names Causes Signs & Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments Living With Clinical Trials Links Related Topics How the Lungs Work Lung Transplant Pulmonary Hypertension Pulmonary Rehabilitation Respiratory Failure ...

  12. Cytogenetics, JAK2 and MPL mutations in polycythemia vera, primary myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia

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    Leonardo Caires dos Santos

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The detection of molecular and cytogenetic alterations is important for the diagnosis, prognosis and classification of myeloproliferative neoplasms. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to detect the following mutations: JAK2 V617F, JAK2 exon 12 and MPL W515K/L, besides chromosomal abnormalities. Furthermore, molecular and cytogenetic alterations were correlated with the leukocyte and platelet counts, hemoglobin levels and age in all patients and with the degree of fibrosis in primary myelofibrosis cases. METHODS: Twenty cases of polycythemia vera, 17 of essential thrombocythemia and 21 of primary myelofibrosis were selected in the Hematology Department of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP between February 2008 and December 2009. The JAK2 V617F, JAK2 exon 12 mutations, MPL W515K and MPL W515L mutations were investigated by real-time PCR and direct sequencing. G-band karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization were used to detect chromosomal abnormalities. RESULTS: Chromosomal abnormalities were observed only in polycythemia vera (11.8% and primary myelofibrosis cases (17.6%, without correlation to clinical data. Chromosomal abnormalities were not detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization. The JAK2 V617F mutation was observed in polycythemia vera (90%, primary myelofibrosis (42.8% and essential thrombocythemia (47%. Patients with JAK2 V617F-negative polycythemia vera had lower platelet and leukocyte counts compared to V617F-positive polycythemia vera (p-value = 0.0001 and p-value = 0.023, respectively. JAK2 V617F-positive and MPL W515L-positive primary myelofibrosis cases had a higher degree of fibrosis than V617F-negative cases (p-value = 0.022. JAK2 exon 12 mutations were not detected in polycythemia vera patients. The MPL W515L mutation was observed in one case of primary myelofibrosis and in one of essential thrombocythemia. The MPL W515K mutation was not found in patients with essential thrombocythemia

  13. Perioperative Care of a Patient with Refractory Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty

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    Singhal, Rohit; Gudimetla, Veera; Stewart, Andrew; Luscombe, Karen L; Charalambous, Charalambos P.

    2012-01-01

    Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder leading to low platelet count and an increased risk of bleeding. Major joint replacement surgery in a patient with ITP can be associated with severe postoperative bleeding. We present our experience of perioperative management in a patient with severe refractory chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura who successfully underwent a cemented total knee replacement.

  14. A novel interaction between megakaryocytes and activated fibrocytes increases TGF-β bioavailability in the Gata1(low) mouse model of myelofibrosis.

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    Zingariello, Maria; Ruggeri, Alessandra; Martelli, Fabrizio; Marra, Manuela; Sancillo, Laura; Ceglia, Ilaria; Rana, Rosa Alba; Migliaccio, Anna Rita

    2015-01-01

    Despite numerous circumstantial evidences, the pathogenic role of TGF-β in primary myelofibrosis (PMF), the most severe of the Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms, is still unclear because of the modest (2-fold) increases in its plasma levels observed in PMF patients and in the Gata1(low) mouse model. Whether myelofibrosis is associated with increased bioavailability of TGF-β bound to fibrotic fibres is unknown. Transmission electron-microscopy (TEM) observations identified that spleen from PMF patients and Gata1(low) mice contained megakaryocytes with abnormally high levels of TGF-β and collagen fibres embedded in their cytoplasm. Additional immuno-TEM observations of spleen from Gata1(low) mice revealed the presence of numerous activated fibrocytes establishing with their protrusions a novel cellular interaction, defined as peripolesis, with megakaryocytes. These protrusions infiltrated the megakaryocyte cytoplasm releasing collagen that was eventually detected in its mature polymerized form. Megakaryocytes, engulfed with mature collagen fibres, acquired the morphology of para-apoptotic cells and, in the most advanced cases, were recognized as polylobated heterochromatic nuclei surrounded by collagen fibres strictly associated with TGF-β. These areas contained concentrations of TGF-β-gold particles ~1000-fold greater than normal and numerous myofibroblasts, an indication that TGF-β was bioactive. Loss-of-function studies indicated that peripolesis between megakaryocytes and fibrocytes required both TGF-β, possibly for inducing fibrocyte activation, and P-selectin, possibly for mediating interaction between the two cell types. Loss-of-function of TGF-β and P-selectin also prevented fibrosis. These observations identify that myelofibrosis is associated with pathological increases of TGF-β bioavailability and suggest a novel megakaryocyte-mediated mechanism that may increase TGF-β bioavailability in chronic inflammation. PMID:27069753

  15. A novel interaction between megakaryocytes and activated fibrocytes increases TGF-β bioavailability in the Gata1low mouse model of myelofibrosis

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    Zingariello, Maria; Ruggeri, Alessandra; Martelli, Fabrizio; Marra, Manuela; Sancillo, Laura; Ceglia, Ilaria; Rana, Rosa Alba; Migliaccio, Anna Rita

    2015-01-01

    Despite numerous circumstantial evidences, the pathogenic role of TGF-β in primary myelofibrosis (PMF), the most severe of the Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms, is still unclear because of the modest (2-fold) increases in its plasma levels observed in PMF patients and in the Gata1low mouse model. Whether myelofibrosis is associated with increased bioavailability of TGF-β bound to fibrotic fibres is unknown. Transmission electron-microscopy (TEM) observations identified that spleen from PMF patients and Gata1low mice contained megakaryocytes with abnormally high levels of TGF-β and collagen fibres embedded in their cytoplasm. Additional immuno-TEM observations of spleen from Gata1low mice revealed the presence of numerous activated fibrocytes establishing with their protrusions a novel cellular interaction, defined as peripolesis, with megakaryocytes. These protrusions infiltrated the megakaryocyte cytoplasm releasing collagen that was eventually detected in its mature polymerized form. Megakaryocytes, engulfed with mature collagen fibres, acquired the morphology of para-apoptotic cells and, in the most advanced cases, were recognized as polylobated heterochromatic nuclei surrounded by collagen fibres strictly associated with TGF-β. These areas contained concentrations of TGF-β-gold particles ~1000-fold greater than normal and numerous myofibroblasts, an indication that TGF-β was bioactive. Loss-of-function studies indicated that peripolesis between megakaryocytes and fibrocytes required both TGF-β, possibly for inducing fibrocyte activation, and P-selectin, possibly for mediating interaction between the two cell types. Loss-of-function of TGF-β and P-selectin also prevented fibrosis. These observations identify that myelofibrosis is associated with pathological increases of TGF-β bioavailability and suggest a novel megakaryocyte-mediated mechanism that may increase TGF-β bioavailability in chronic inflammation. PMID:27069753

  16. Atypical idiopathic inflammatory demyelinating lesions

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    Wallner-Blazek, Mirja; Rovira, Alex; Fillipp, Massimo; Rocca, Mara A; Miller, Andrew David; Schmierer, Klaus; Frederiksen, Jette; Gass, Achim; Gama, Hugo; Tilbery, Charles P; Rocha, Antonio J; Flores, José; Barkhof, Frederik; Seewann, Alexandra; Palace, Jacqueline; Yousry, Tarek; Montalban, Xavier; Enzinger, Christian; Fazekas, Franz

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    Atypical lesions of a presumably idiopathic inflammatory demyelinating origin present quite variably and may pose diagnostic problems. The subsequent clinical course is also uncertain. We, therefore, wanted to clarify if atypical idiopathic inflammatory demyelinating lesions (AIIDLs) can be class...

  17. Bone morbidity in chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms

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    Farmer, Sarah; Ocias, Lukas Frans; Vestergaard, Hanne;

    2015-01-01

    Patients with the classical Philadelphia chromosome-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms including essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera and primary myelofibrosis often suffer from comorbidities, in particular, cardiovascular diseases and thrombotic events. Apparently, there is also...... neoplasms. Chronic inflammation has been suggested to explain the initiation of clonal development and progression in chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms. Decreased bone mineral density and enhanced fracture risk are well-known manifestations of many chronic systemic inflammatory diseases. As opposed to...... systemic mastocytosis (SM) where pathogenic mechanisms for bone manifestations probably involve effects of mast cell mediators on bone metabolism, the mechanisms responsible for increased fracture risk in other chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms are not known....

  18. Multiple esophageal variceal ruptures with massive ascites due to myelofibrosis-induced portal hypertension

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    Koichi Tokai; Hiroyuki Miyatani; Yukio Yoshida; Shigeki Yamada

    2012-01-01

    A 75-year old man had been diagnosed at 42 years of age as having polycythemia vera and had been monitored at another hospital.Progression of anemia had been recognized at about age 70,and the patient was thus referred to our center in 2008 where secondary myelofibrosis was diagnosed based on bone marrow biopsy findings.Hematemesis due to rupture of esophageal varices occurred in January and February of 2011.The bleeding was stopped by endoscopic variceal ligation.Furthermore,in March of the same year,hematemesis recurred and the patient was transported to our center.He was in irreversible hemorrhagic shock and died.The autopsy showed severe bone marrow fibrosis with mainly argyrophilic fibers,an observation consistent with myelofibrosis.The liver weighed 1856 g the spleen 1572 g,indicating marked hepatosplenomegaly.The liver and spleen both showed extramedullary hemopoiesis.Myelofibrosis is often complicated by portal hypertension and is occasionally associated with gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to esophageal varices.A patient diagnosed as having myelofibrosis needs to be screened for esophageal/gastric varices.Myelofibrosis has a poor prognosis.Therefore,it is necessary to carefully decide the therapeutic strategy in consideration of the patient's concomitant conditions,treatment invasiveness and quality of life.

  19. Autoimmune myelofibrosis and systemic lupus erythematosus in a middle-aged male presenting only with severe anemia: a case report.

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    Pundole, Xerxes; Konoplev, Sergej; Oo, Thein Hlaing; Lu, Huifang

    2015-05-01

    Autoimmune myelofibrosis is a distinct clinicopathologic entity that occasionally occurs with autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis. Most cases of autoimmune myelofibrosis have been reported in female patients with a known history of SLE. We report a case of a middle-aged male patient with an unusual presentation of SLE and autoimmune myelofibrosis who presented only with severe anemia initially and was later diagnosed with SLE and autoimmune myelofibrosis. The patient's condition improved dramatically after treatment with corticosteroids.SLE and autoimmune myelofibrosis is a rare but potentially devastating condition. Anemia maybe the only presenting symptom in addition to bone marrow fibrosis and careful clinical and laboratory assessment is imperative. Corticosteroids maybe useful and spare patients from bone marrow transplantation. PMID:25984660

  20. Effects of the polysaccharide nucleic acid fraction of bacillus Calmette-Guérin on the production of interleukin-2 and interleukin-10 in the peripheral blood lymphocytes of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria.

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    Li, Na; Cao, Na; Niu, Yan-Dong; Bai, Xiu-Hui; Lu, Jie; Sun, Yu; Yu, Min; Sun, Li-Xin; Duan, Xin-Suo

    2013-09-01

    Urticaria is one of the most frequent dermatoses and its prevalence in the general population is estimated to be ~20%, whereas a substantial percentage of the cases may be classified as chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). The inflammatory response presenting with spontaneous wheals exhibits pro-inflammatory characteristics, involving a prominent role for lymphocytes with a mixed Th1/Th2 response in which interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-10 are prominently secreted by Th1 and Th2 cells, respectively. In CIU patients, it was demonstrated that IL-10 production was elevated and IL-2 reduced compared to controls. Therefore, inhibition of IL-10 and promotion of IL-2 production by the lymphocytes, indicating Th2 inhibition and Th1 promotion, may facilitate the treatment of CIU. Whether the polysaccharide nucleic acid fraction of bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG-PSN), which possesses multiple immunomodulatory properties, has that potential, remains to be elucidated. In this study, BCG-PSN was used on lymphocytes isolated from CIU patients, with healthy donors used as controls. Immunocytochemistry and ELISA were used to detect IL-2 and IL-10 production. It was demonstrated that the IL-2 production by the lymphocytes in the CIU group was significantly lower compared to that in the healthy control group and it increased sequentially with the increase of the concentration of BCG-PSN used. By contrast, the IL-10 production by the lymphocytes in the CIU group was significantly higher compared to that in the healthy control group and decreased sequentially with the increase of the concentration of BCG-PSN used. Thus, it may be concluded that the BCG-PSN has the potential to promote IL-2 and inhibit IL-10 production in the lymphocytes of CIU patients, facilitating the treatment of CIU. PMID:24649015

  1. Comparison between Sensitivity of Autologous Skin Serum Test and Autologous Plasma Skin Test in Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria for Detection of Antibody against IgE or IgE Receptor (FcεRIα

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    Vahid Sajedi

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Intradermal injection of autologous serum and plasma elicit a cutaneous reactivity in almost 45-60% of patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU.   This reactivity is associated with the presence of auto antibodies against IgE or IgE receptors. This study was carried out to compare the cutaneous reactivity of autologous serum and plasma skin tests in a series of patients with CIU for diagnosis of auto ntibodies against IgE or IgE receptor.Fifty eight patients with CIU were injected intradermally with autologous serum and plasma (anticoagulated by  citrate.  Histamine  was  used  as  positive  control  and  normal  saline  as negative control. The study group was checked by routine laboratory tests (CBC, U/A etc, allergens with skin prick tests, and serum IgE level, and auto antibodies against thyroid as well. Duration of urticaria was another factor which was assessed.There was no significant difference between positive ASST and positive APST patients for the above mentioned tests. 77.6% of the patients were Positive for APST and 65.5% were ASST positive. Duration of urticaria was longer in patients with positive ASST and APST than ASST and APST negative patients, although the difference was not statistically significant.Autologous serum skin test (ASST and autologous plasma skin test (APST could be used for estimation of duration and severity of urticaria and planning for the treatment.

  2. Splenic irradiation in myelofibrosis. Clinical findings and ferrokinetics

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    Parmentier, C.; Charbord, P.; Tibi, M.; Tubiana, M.

    1977-01-01

    Nine patients were submitted to splenic or, in two cases, hepatosplenic irradiation; these patients presented a primary myelofibrosis or a spent polycythemia vera characterized by splenomegaly, anemia, and occasionally leucocytosis and thrombocytopenia. The hematological condition returned to normal in 2 patients. This improvement lasted 4 years after a first series of irradiation. The recurrence of splenomegaly and anemia indicated a second series of irradiation, the results of which were as good as those of the first series. Ineffective medullary and splenic erythropoiesis without preeminent aplasia appeared to be correlated with a beneficial effect of splenic irradiation. Absence of hepatomegaly and marked leucocytosis were less important prognostic factors. The modee of action of radiotherapy and the way in which it differs from splenectomy are discussed. The irradiation delivered moderate doses (450 rad in 18 sessions of 25 rad). Hepatic irradiation did not appear to be essential even in cases of intense hepatic myeloid metaplasia: in 2 patients liver erythropoiesis regressed when the spleen alone was irradiated.

  3. Plasma soluble interleukin-2 receptor in patients with primary myelofibrosis.

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    Wang, J C; Wang, A

    1994-02-01

    Using en enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test, the level of soluble Tac peptide, one chain of the human interleukin-2 receptor, was measured in the plasma of 26 patients with primary myelofibrosis (MF), seven patients with polycythaemia vera and 11 normal controls. The plasma soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) was found to be significantly elevated in patients with primary MF compared to polycythaemia vera or controls (P 2R of patients with polycythaemia vera also was found to be significantly elevated compared to controls (P 2R seen in primary MF may be secondary to T cell activation resulting from autoimmune phenomena, and myeloblast activation with release of sIL-2R may also be a contributing factor. In primary MF, plasma sIL-2R levels were also found to be correlated to survival, circulating blast cell counts, and thrombocytopenia, but not to white blood cell counts, LDH levels, degree of marrow fibrosis, or degree of splenomegaly. Patients with primary MF with higher titre of plasma sIL-2R had a shorter survival. Further studies involving more patients and longer follow-up may substantiate that plasma sIL-2R is an important prognostic indicator in primary MF. PMID:8199029

  4. IRON CHELATION THERAPY WITH DEFERASIROX IN THE MANAGEMENT OF IRON OVERLOAD IN PRIMARY MYELOFIBROSIS

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    Elena Maria Elli

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Deferasirox (DSX is the principal option currently available for iron-chelation-therapy (ICT, principally in the management of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS, while in primary myelofibrosis (PMF the expertise is limited. We analyzed our experience in 10 PMF with transfusion-dependent anemia, treated with DSX from September 2010 to December 2013. The median dose tolerated of DSX was 750 mg/day (10 mg/kg/day, with 3 transient interruption of treatment for drug-related adverse events (AEs and 3 definitive discontinuation for grade 3/4 AEs. According to IWG 2006 criteria, erythroid responses with DSX were observed in 4/10 patients (40%, 2 of them (20% obtaining transfusion independence. Absolute changes in median serum ferritin levels (Delta ferritin were greater in hematologic responder (HR compared with non-responder (NR  patients, already at 6 months of ICT respect to baseline. Our preliminary data open new insights regarding the benefit of ICT not only in MDS, but also in PMF with the possibility to obtain an erythroid response, overall in 40 % of patients. HR patients receiving DSX seem to have a better survival and a lower incidence of leukemic transformation (PMF-BP. Delta ferritin evaluation at 6 months could represent a significant predictor for a different survival and PMF-BP.  However, the tolerability of the drug seems to be lower compared to MDS, both in terms of lower median tolerated dose and for higher frequency of discontinuation for AEs. The biological mechanism of action of DSX in chronic myeloproliferative setting through an independent NF-κB inhibition could be involved, but further investigations are required.

  5. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation for Myelofibrosis: A Practical Review.

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    Farhadfar, Nosha; Cerquozzi, Sonia; Patnaik, Mrinal; Tefferi, Ayalew

    2016-07-01

    Myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative neoplasm with cardinal features of extramedullary hematopoiesis, hepatosplenomegaly, cytopenias, and constitutional symptoms that result in shortened survival and leukemic transformation. It is a disease predominantly of the elderly, and currently available therapies only offer symptom control without curative benefit or ability to alter disease progression. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplant (HSCT) is the only potentially curative intervention; however, this is only feasible in younger and medically fit patients and selectively offered to those with high-risk disease. Despite ongoing advancements, HSCT is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, and the determination of which patients with myelofibrosis are ideal candidates and the selection of the opportune moment to proceed with transplantation remains challenging. This review summarizes our current recommendations for the role of and indications for HSCT in myelofibrosis. PMID:27407157

  6. Optimal management of idiopathic scoliosis in adolescence

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    2013-07-01

    the need for surgical treatment. Surgery is the treatment of choice for severe idiopathic scoliosis which is rapidly progressive, with early onset, late diagnosis, and neglected or failed conservative treatment. The psychologic impact of idiopathic scoliosis, a chronic disease occurring in the psychologically fragile period of adolescence, is important because of its body distorting character and the onerous treatment required, either conservative or surgical. Optimal management of idiopathic scoliosis requires cooperation within a professional team which includes the entire therapeutic spectrum, extending from simple watchful observation of nonprogressive mild deformities through to early surgery for rapidly deteriorating curvature. Probably most demanding is adequate management with regard to the individual course of the disease in a given patient, while avoiding overtreatment or undertreatment. Keywords: management, idiopathic scoliosis, adolescence

  7. 原发性骨髓纤维化发病机制研究进展%Studies on the pathogenesis of primary myelofibrosis

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    潘崚

    2009-01-01

    In the past decades, genetic lesions, aberrant epigenetic modifications, progenitor colonies formations and cell cycle distribution have been the focus of studies on the pathogenesis of primary myelofibrosis (PMF). The relative results showed that PMF is a clonal proliferative disease of hematopoietic stem cells. Now it is defined that primary myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) are chronic myeloprolfferative neoplasmas(CMPN).%近年来通过对原发性骨髓纤维化(PMF)患者造血细胞基因突变、基因转录后修饰、细胞集落形成以及细胞周期特点等方面的研究,认为PMF是造血干祖细胞恶性克隆性增生性疾病,并将PMF与真性红细胞增多症(PV)、原发性血小板增多症(ET)共同定义为慢性骨髓增生性肿瘤.

  8. Pharmacotherapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Gaurav Acharya

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis is a form of chronic, progressive interstitial lung disease causing scarring of lung tissue and usually affect adults. Treatment is usually aimed at controlling inflammation and thus slowing the process of fibrosis. With only few patients responding to treatment and the disease being ultimately fatal with poor progression, the underlying lesion was considered to be fibrotic rather than inflammatory. Fibrotic foci, deposition of collagen, and lack of inflammatory cells are a predominant finding. Pirfenidone and N-acetyl cysteine are the only effective pharmacotherapy available till date. Interim results of PANTHER Trial clearly indicate more risk with triple therapy. However, in Indian patients, trial of steroid therapy may be tried when there is doubt of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. BIBF 1120 has also shown positive results in Phase II clinical trial and shows a positive response in deteriorating lung function. Supplemental oxygen, education of patient, pulmonary rehabilitation, and Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza vaccine are the most important supportive care. Pulmonary rehabilitation should be used as a treatment in the majority of patients. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2014; 3(5.000: 761-763

  9. Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies in idiopathic inflammatory disorders

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    Mulder, Alide Heleen Leontine

    1994-01-01

    This thesis studies the prevalence of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) in idiopathic inflammatory disorders in which GS-ANA were described during the 60s: rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and juvenile chronic arthritis. In all of these disorde

  10. Eosinofilia reacional, leucemia eosinofílica crônica e síndrome hipereosinofílica idiopática Reactive eosinophilia, chronic eosinophilic leukemia and idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome

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    Maria de Lourdes Lopes Ferrari Chauffaille

    2010-01-01

    conditions described as eosinophilia. Now these conditions are better understood due to the evolution of cellular and molecular biology. This knowledge has helped to characterize distinct disorders involving myeloid and lymphoid lineages. Hence, eosinophilia is categorized as reactive, clonal or idiopathic. With the introduction of anti-tyrosine kinase (imatinib mesylate therapy, which is effective for the FIP1L1/PDGFRa rearrangement, there is a possibility to control or cure chronic eosinophilic leukemia. For this reason, precise and fast diagnosis is necessary for ideal therapeutic decisions before organic lesions that are irreversible, such as heart injury, become established. The aim of this manuscript is to review eosinophilia and offer an update on diagnostic and therapeutic investigations.

  11. Novel recurrent mutations in ethanolamine kinase 1 (ETNK1) gene in systemic mastocytosis with eosinophilia and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

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    Although KITD816V occurs universally in adult systemic mastocytosis (SM), the clinical heterogeneity of SM suggests presence of additional phenotype-patterning mutations. Because up to 25% of SM patients have KITD816V-positive eosinophilia, we undertook whole-exome sequencing in a patient with aggressive SM with eosinophilia to identify novel genetic alterations. We conducted sequencing of purified eosinophils (clone/tumor sample), with T-lymphocytes as the matched control/non-tumor sample. In addition to KITD816V, we identified a somatic missense mutation in ethanolamine kinase 1 (ETNK1N244S) that was not present in 50 healthy controls. Targeted resequencing of 290 patients showed ETNK1 mutations to be distributed as follows: (i) SM (n=82; 6% mutated); (ii) chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML; n=29; 14% mutated); (iii) idiopathic hypereosinophilia (n=137; <1% mutated); (iv) primary myelofibrosis (n=32; 0% mutated); and (v) others (n=10; 0% mutated). Of the 82 SM cases, 25 had significant eosinophilia; of these 20% carried ETNK1 mutations. The ten mutations (N244S=6, N244T=1, N244K=1, G245A=2) targeted two contiguous amino acids in the ETNK1 kinase domain, and are predicted to be functionally disruptive. In summary, we identified novel somatic missense ETNK1 mutations that were most frequent in SM with eosinophilia and CMML; this suggests a potential pathogenetic role for dysregulated cytidine diphosphate-ethanolamine pathway metabolites in these diseases

  12. Emerging treatment options for myelofibrosis: focus on pacritinib

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    Chow V

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Vivian Chow,1 Ashley Weissman,2 Casey Lee O’Connell,3 Azim Mehrvar,4 Mojtaba Akhtari3 1Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, University of Southern California, 2Department of Pharmacy, 3Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases, University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 4Mahak Children’s Cancer Treatment and Research Center, Tehran, Iran Abstract: Myelofibrosis (MF is a myeloid malignancy associated with a heavy symptomatic burden that decreases quality of life and presents a risk for leukemic transformation. While there are limited curative treatments, the recent discovery of the Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT pathway dysregulation has led to many clinical investigations for new treatment approaches. This review provides practical knowledge on the disease state, an overview of treatment options, and specifically focuses on the efficacy and safety of pacritinib in the management of MF. Pacritinib is a novel selective inhibitor of JAK2 and FMS-related tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3 currently in Phase III trials for the treatment of MF. Thus far, studies have demonstrated clinical efficacy in reducing splenomegaly and constitutional symptoms. Common adverse events were gastrointestinal in nature, while hematologic toxicity was limited. However, it was announced that all ongoing clinical trials on pacritinib have been placed on hold by the US Food and Drug Administration in February 2016, due to concerns for increased intracranial hemorrhage and cardiac events. With comprehensive risk-benefit analysis of clinical trial data, the utility of pacritinib in the management of MF may be more clearly defined. Keywords: JAK2, FLT3, myeloproliferative neoplasms, SB1518

  13. Prognosis of Primary Myelofibrosis in the Genomic Era.

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    Bose, Prithviraj; Verstovsek, Srdan

    2016-08-01

    Currently, prognostication in primary myelofibrosis (PMF) relies on the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS), dynamic IPSS (DIPSS), and DIPSS-plus, which incorporate age, blood counts, constitutional symptoms, circulating blasts, red cell transfusion need, and karyotype. Although the JAK2 V617F mutation was discovered a decade ago and MPL mutations shortly thereafter, it was the recent discovery of CALR mutations in the vast majority of JAK2/MPL-unmutated patients and recognition of the powerful impact of CALR mutations and triple-negative (JAK2/MPL/CALR-negative) status on outcome that set the stage for revision of traditional prognostic models to include molecular information. Additionally, the advent of next-generation sequencing has identified a host of previously unrecognized somatic mutations across hematologic malignancies. As in the myelodysplastic syndromes, the majority of common and prognostically informative mutations in PMF affect epigenetic regulation and mRNA splicing. Thus, a need has arisen to incorporate mutational information on genes such as ASXL1 and SRSF2 into risk stratification systems. Mutations in yet other genes appear to be important players in leukemic transformation, and new insights into disease pathogenesis are emerging. Finally, the number of prognostically detrimental mutations may affect both survival and response to ruxolitinib, which has significant implications for clinical decision making. In this review, we briefly summarize the prognostic models in use today and discuss in detail the somatic mutations commonly encountered in patients with PMF, along with their prognostic implications and role in leukemic transformation. Emerging prognostic models that incorporate new molecular information into existing systems or exclude clinical variables are also presented. PMID:27521306

  14. Thrombosis in primary myelofibrosis: incidence and risk factors.

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    Barbui, Tiziano; Carobbio, Alessandra; Cervantes, Francisco; Vannucchi, Alessandro M; Guglielmelli, Paola; Antonioli, Elisabetta; Alvarez-Larrán, Alberto; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Finazzi, Guido; Barosi, Giovanni

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    We assessed frequency and predictive factors for major cardiovascular (CV) events in 707 patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF) followed in 4 European institutions. A total of 236 deaths (33%) were recorded for an overall mortality of 7.7% patient-years (pt-yr). Fatal and nonfatal thromboses were registered in 51 (7.2%) patients, with a rate of 1.75% pt-yr. If deaths from non-CV causes were considered as competing events, we estimated that the adjusted rate of major thrombotic events would have been 2.2% pt-yr. In a multivariable model, age older than 60 years (hazard ratio [HR], 2.34; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.24-4.39, P = .01) and JAK2 mutational status (HR, 1.92; 95% CI, 1.10-3.34; P = .02) were significantly associated with thrombosis, whereas the strength of the association between leukocyte count higher than 15 x 10(9)/L and CV events was of borderline significance (HR, 1.72; 95% CI, 0.97-2.72; P = .06). The highest incidence of fatal and nonfatal thrombosis was observed when the mutation was present along with leukocytosis (3.9% pt-yr; HR, 3.13; 95% CI, 1.26-7.81). This study is the largest hitherto carried out in this setting and shows that the rate of major CV events in PMF is comparable with that reported in essential thrombocythemia, and it is increased in aged patients and those with JAK2 V617F mutation and leukocytosis. PMID:19965680

  15. Clinicopathological study of 69 cases of secondary myelofibrosis of malignant blood diseases%恶性血液病继发骨髓纤维化69例

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    黄艳; 杨波; 孙嘉峰; 杨佳

    2012-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical features bone marrow biopsy of secondary myelofibrosis(SMF).Methods 69 patients with secondary myelofibrosis were analyzed retrospectively,and the relationship between myelofibrosis degree and megakaryocyte count was analyzed. Results Analysis of 69 cases of patients with SMF, the original incidence included 20 cases (29.0 %)of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML),14 (20.3 %) cases of lymphoma,10 (14.5 %) cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML),10 (14.5 %) cases of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS),6 cases(8.7 %)of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL),4 cases of multiple myeloma (MM),3 cases of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN),2 cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).There was no significant difference of the mygakaryocytes’ count and association of myelofibrosis with it was found (r=0.024,P=0.848). Conclusion Various clinical diseases of blood system may associated with secondary myelofibrosis. Bone marrow biopsy can be used to initial diagnostics of malignant disease of hematological system patients.When cellular examination of bone marrow is dry tap or dilution, which means higher incidence of SMF. Bone marrow biopsy plays an important role in diagnosis of SMF.%目的 探讨继发性骨髓纤维化(SMF)患者的临床及骨髓病理学特征.方法 对69例SMF患者的临床表现、外周血涂片、骨髓涂片及骨髓活检情况进行回顾性分析,对不同疾病骨髓纤维化程度与巨核细胞数目进行相关性分析.结果 69例SMF患者原发病分别为慢性粒细胞白血病(CML)20例(29.0%),淋巴瘤14例(20.3%),急性髓系白血病(AML)、骨髓增生异常综合征(MDS)各10例(14.5%),急性淋巴细胞白血病( ALL)6例(8.7%),多发性骨髓瘤(MM)4例(5.8%),骨髓增殖性肿瘤( MPN)3例(4.3%),慢性淋巴细胞白血病(CLL)2例(2.9%).病理骨髓纤维化程度与巨核细胞数之间无相关性( r=0.024,P=0.848).结论 临床上多种血液系统疾病可以引起SMF.初诊的

  16. Genetics Home Reference: juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    ... Home Health Conditions juvenile idiopathic arthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. ... All Open All Close All Description Juvenile idiopathic arthritis refers to a group of conditions involving joint ...

  17. Optimal management of idiopathic scoliosis in adolescence.

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    Kotwicki, Tomasz; Chowanska, Joanna; Kinel, Edyta; Czaprowski, Dariusz; Tomaszewski, Marek; Janusz, Piotr

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    Idiopathic scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity of the growing spine, affecting 2%-3% of adolescents. Although benign in the majority of patients, the natural course of the disease may result in significant disturbance of body morphology, reduced thoracic volume, impaired respiration, increased rates of back pain, and serious esthetic concerns. Risk of deterioration is highest during the pubertal growth spurt and increases the risk of pathologic spinal curvature, increasing angular value, trunk imbalance, and thoracic deformity. Early clinical detection of scoliosis relies on careful examination of trunk shape and is subject to screening programs in some regions. Treatment options are physiotherapy, corrective bracing, or surgery for mild, moderate, or severe scoliosis, respectively, with both the actual degree of deformity and prognosis being taken into account. Physiotherapy used in mild idiopathic scoliosis comprises general training of the trunk musculature and physical capacity, while specific physiotherapeutic techniques aim to address the spinal curvature itself, attempting to achieve self-correction with active trunk movements developed in a three-dimensional space by an instructed adolescent under visual and proprioceptive control. Moderate but progressive idiopathic scoliosis in skeletally immature adolescents can be successfully halted using a corrective brace which has to be worn full time for several months or until skeletal maturity, and is able to prevent more severe deformity and avoid the need for surgical treatment. Surgery is the treatment of choice for severe idiopathic scoliosis which is rapidly progressive, with early onset, late diagnosis, and neglected or failed conservative treatment. The psychologic impact of idiopathic scoliosis, a chronic disease occurring in the psychologically fragile period of adolescence, is important because of its body distorting character and the onerous treatment required, either conservative or surgical

  18. Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Diagnosis and Management.

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    Kumar, Sathish

    2016-04-01

    Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) is an inflammatory condition characterized by fever, lymphadenopathy, arthritis, rash and serositis. In sJIA, systemic inflammation has been associated with dysregulation of the innate immune system, suggesting that it is an autoinflammatory disorder. IL-1 and IL-6 play a major role in the pathogenesis of sJIA and treatment with IL-1 and IL-6 inhibitors has shown to be highly effective. Recent data suggests that early cytokine blockage might abrogate chronic, destructive, therapy resistant arthritis phase, reflecting a potential "window of opportunity" in the care of children with sJIA. PMID:26916892

  19. Phototesting In The Idiopathic Photodermatoses Among Indians

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    Bejoy P

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    Full Text Available 50 patients with idiopathic photodermatoses were phototested using the solar simulator, with broad spectrum wavebands of the whole spectrum (WS and the whole spectrum â€" ultraviolet B (WS- UVB to determine the minimal erythema dose. Cases diagnosed as solar urticaria were further tested with visible light. Among the photodermatoses seen in this part of the country polymorphic light eruption (PLE was the commonest followed by chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD and solar urticaria. The UVB wavelengths appeared to be more responsible than UVA in PLE and CAD while the UVA and visible wavelengths were responsible for solar urticaria.

  20. Idiopathic Pulmonary Haemosiderosis

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    Gaurav Vishal; Ekta Dalal; Neelam Raval

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    We report a case of idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH) in a 8year old female who presented with anaemia, breathlessness, puffiness of face and grade 4 clubbing. She had been investigated a number of times at multiple hos-pitals and had received multiple blood transfusions considering iron deficiency anaemia. Diagnosis of IPH was sus-pected on basis of clinical history of persistent respiratory distress, hypoxemia, repeated anaemia episodes and diffuse bilateral infiltrates on chest X ra...

  1. Idiopathic Brachial Neuritis

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    Gonzalez-Alegre, Pedro; Recober, Ana; Kelkar, Praful

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    Idiopathic brachial neuritis is a well defined clinical condition that most commonly affects young adults, seen usually by primary care physicians, neurologists or orthopaedic surgeons. Its onset is characterized by acute, aching shoulder pain lasting a few days to weeks, followed by progressive shoulder girdle and upper extremity weakness and atrophy, with a slow but progressive recovery of motor function over 6 to 18 months. Its early recognition can help avoid unnecessary and potentially h...

  2. Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis

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    Objective was to discuss the clinical and radiological features and treatment approaches in 14 patients diagnosed with idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (GM). We retrospectively evaluated the clinical features, radiological findings and treatment approaches in 14 patients with idiopathic GM in the General Surgery Department, Gulhane School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey between April 2000 and June 2006. The mean age of the patients was 34.5 years (range 27-41 years). The complaints at admission were a mass in the breast in 7 (50%) patients, an abscess and a mass in 6 (42.8%) and a skin fisculain one (7.2%). Granulomatous mastitis was unilateral in all subjects (on the right in 5 patients and on the left in 9). All of the patients underwent ultrasonographic evaluation. Mammography was performed in 8 and magnetic resonance imaging in 5 patients. Seven patients (50%) were suspected to have breast carcinoma according radiological findings. We performed the large excision in 11, incisional biopsy plus abscess drainage in one, and incisional biopsy plus abscess drainage plus medical treatment (prednisolone, methotrexate) in 2 patients. Due to the development of abscess after 9 months, drainage and large excision were performed in one patient who received medical treatment. Idiopathic GM is a disease that generally affects young women of reproductive age and may be mistaken for breast carcinoma in clinical and radiological evaluations. The gold standard for the diagnosis is histopathologic evaluation. (author)

  3. Symptom burden and splenomegaly in patients with myelofibrosis in the United States: a retrospective medical record review

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    Myelofibrosis (MF) is a clonal hematopoietic malignancy characterized by constitutional and localized symptoms, progressive splenomegaly, bone marrow fibrosis, and cytopenias. Although MF is well studied, few studies exist regarding its symptomatic burden in routine clinical practice. This study aimed to characterize symptoms and other clinical features of MF among patients in the United States. We conducted a retrospective medical record review of adult patients with an MF diagnosis between 1 January 2005 and 31 March 2010, stratified by the presence of palpable splenomegaly. Eligible patients had 12 months or more of follow-up after diagnosis (or after detection of splenomegaly, if present) unless death occurred. Demographic and clinical characteristics, MF-related symptoms, and treatments were reported by treating physicians. We report on 180 MF patients: 102 with splenomegaly, 78 without. Median age was 66 years, 63% were male, and 82% had intermediate-2 or high-risk MF (International Prognostic Scoring System). Fatigue was reported by ∼85% of patients; weight loss, night sweats, and fever (any grade) were each reported by 50% or more of patients. Generalized abdominal pain, left subcostal pain, and early satiety occurred more frequently among patients with splenomegaly. Multiple symptoms were reported by 95% of patients. Common comorbidities were hypertension, diabetes, and chronic pulmonary disease. Symptoms are common in MF patients, regardless of the presence of palpable splenomegaly. Careful assessment of symptom burden is an important aspect of the clinical evaluation of patients with MF

  4. Myeloproliferative neoplasms working group consensus recommendations for diagnosis and management of primary myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera, and essential thrombocythemia

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    M B Agarwal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available According to the 2008 revision of the World Health Organization (WHO classification of myeloid malignancies, philadelphia chromosome (Ph-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs include clonal, hematologic disorders such as polycythemia vera, primary myelofibrosis, and essential thrombocythemia. Recent years have witnessed major advances in the understanding of the molecular pathophysiology of these rare subgroups of chronic, myeloproliferative disorders. Identification of somatic mutations in genes associated with pathogenesis and evolution of these myeloproliferative conditions (Janus Kinase 2; myeloproliferative leukemia virus gene; calreticulin led to substantial changes in the international guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Ph-negative MPN during the last few years. The MPN-Working Group (MPN-WG, a panel of hematologists with expertise in MPN diagnosis and treatment from various parts of India, examined applicability of this latest clinical and scientific evidence in the context of hematology practice in India.This manuscript summarizes the consensus recommendations formulated by the MPN-WG that can be followed as a guideline for management of patients with Ph-negative MPN in the context of clinical practice in India.

  5. Increased plasma nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase is associated with a hyperproliferative phenotype and restrains disease progression in MPN-associated myelofibrosis.

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    Rosti, Vittorio; Campanelli, Rita; Massa, Margherita; Viarengo, Gianluca; Villani, Laura; Poletto, Valentina; Bonetti, Elisa; Catarsi, Paolo; Magrini, Umberto; Grolla, Ambra A; Travelli, Cristina; Genazzani, Armando A; Barosi, Giovanni

    2016-07-01

    Myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN)-associated myelofibrosis is a clonal, neoplastic disorder of the hematopoietic stem cells, in which inflammation and immune dysregulation play an important role. Extracellular nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (eNAMPT), also known as visfatin, is a cytokine implicated in a number of inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. Here plasma levels of eNAMPT in patients with MPN-associated myelofibrosis and their effects on disease phenotype and outcomes were examined. The concordance of eNAMPT levels with the marker of general inflammation high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) was also studied. A total of 333 MPN-associated myelofibrosis patients (187 males and 146 females) and 31 age- and gender-matched normal-weight healthy subjects were enrolled in the study main body. Levels of eNAMPT and hs-CRP were simultaneously assayed in 209 MPN-associated myelofibrosis patients. Twenty-four polycythemia vera or essential thrombocythemia patients were used as controls. eNAMPT was over expressed in MPN-associated myelofibrosis, and eNAMPT expression was correlated with higher white blood cell count, higher hemoglobin, and higher platelet count, suggesting that eNAMPT is an indispensable permissive agent for myeloproliferation of MPN-associated myelofibrosis. The lack of correlation between eNAMPT and hs-CRP revealed that eNAMPT in MPN-associated myelofibrosis does not behave as a canonical inflammatory cytokine. In addition, higher levels of eNAMPT predicted longer time to blast transformation, and protected against progression toward thrombocytopenia and large splenomegaly. In conclusion, in MPN-associated myelofibrosis high levels of eNAMPT mark the myeloproliferative potential and, at variance with a high number of cancers, are protective against disease progression. Am. J. Hematol. 91:709-713, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27074203

  6. Assessment of Liver and Spleen Stiffness in Patients With Myelofibrosis Using FibroScan and Shear Wave Elastography.

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    Webb, Muriel; Shibolet, Oren; Halpern, Zamir; Nagar, Meital; Amariglio, Ninette; Levit, Stella; Steinberg, David M; Santo, Erwin; Salomon, Ophira

    2015-09-01

    Liver stiffness and spleen stiffness in patients with myelofibrosis have traditionally been assessed through manual palpation and thus influenced by interobserver variability. In this article, for the first time, liver stiffness and spleen stiffness of patients with myelofibrosis were evaluated through FibroScan and shear wave elastography (SWE). Nine patients with myelofibrosis comprised the study group. They were compared with 11 patients with liver cirrhosis and 8 healthy volunteers. Before the FibroScan study, all patients underwent ultrasound study to delineate the left intercostal space for validated measurements. In patients with myelofibrosis, the mean stiffness of the spleen was 41.3 and 32.9 kilopascals (kPa) through FibroScan and SWE, respectively. The mean stiffness of the liver was 7.8 kPa through FibroScan and 10.4 kPa through SWE. The stiffness of the spleen in patients with cirrhosis was even higher, reaching a mean of 58.5 kPa through FibroScan and 40.5 kPa through SWE. The means were considerably lower among the healthy controls (13.5 and 18.1 kPa, respectively). The correlation between spleen stiffness among the patients with cirrhosis is negative and opposite in direction (r = -0.35) in comparison with the patients with myelofibrosis (r = 0.78). Among the patients with liver cirrhosis and myelofibrosis, spleen size was weakly related to spleen stiffness as assessed through SWE (r = 0.49) but had almost no relation to the FibroScan measure (r = 0.13). The FibroScan and SWE of the spleen have little ability to distinguish between the patients with myelofibrosis and cirrhosis, but they do differentiate both patient groups from the healthy controls. The stiffness of spleen and liver as measured through FibroScan and SWE was not correlated to the longevity of myelofibrosis. PMID:26366688

  7. Idiopathic incus necrosis: Analysis of 4 cases.

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    Kansu, Leyla; Yilmaz, Ismail; Akdogan, Volkan; Avci, Suat; Ozluoglu, Levent

    2013-02-01

    We evaluated ossicular chain reconstruction in patients with idiopathic incus necrosis who have conductive hearing loss and an intact ear drum. The study included four patients (3 women and 1 man; the ages of the patients were 22, 31, 35, and 56 years, respectively) with unilateral conductive hearing loss, no history of chronic serous otitis media, an intact ear drum, normal middle ear mucosa, and necrosis of the long processes of the incus. On preoperative pure tone audiometry, air-bone gaps were 24, 25, 38, and 33 dB. Bilateral tympanometry and temporal bone computed tomography results were normal. All 4 patients underwent an exploratory tympanotomy. During the operation, the mucosa of the middle ear was normal, with a mobile stapes foot plate and malleus. No evidence of any granulation tissue was found; however, necrosis of the incus long processes was seen. For ossicular reconstruction, we used tragal cartilage between the incus and the stapes in 1 patient; in the other 3 patients, glass ionomer bone cement was used (an interposition cartilage graft also was used in the patients who received the glass ionomer bone cement). In all patients, air-bone gaps under 20 dB were established in the first year after surgery. In the ossicular disorders within the middle ear, the incus is the most commonly affected ossicle. While, the most common cause of these disorders is chronic otitis media, it may be idiopathic rarely. Several ossicular reconstruction techniques have been used to repair incudostapedial discontinuity. PMID:23460219

  8. Recent advances in the bcr-abl negative chronic myeloproliferative diseases

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    Stroncek David F

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The chronic myeloproliferative disorders are clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorders of unknown etiology. In one of these (chronic myeloid leukemia, there is an associated pathognomonic chromosomal abnormality known as the Philadelphia chromosome. This leads to constitutive tyrosine kinase activity which is responsible for the disease and is used as a target for effective therapy. This review concentrates on the search in the other conditions (polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and idiopathic mylofibrosis for a similar biological marker with therapeutic potential. There is no obvious chromosomal marker in these conditions and yet evidence of clonality can be obtained in females by the use of X-inactivation patterns. PRV-1mRNA over expression, raised vitamin B12 levels and raised neutrophil alkaline phosphatase scores are evidence that cells in these conditions have received excessive signals for proliferation, maturation and reduced apoptosis. The ability of erythroid colonies to grow spontaneously without added external erythropoietin in some cases, provided a useful marker and a clue to this abnormal signaling. In the past year several important discoveries have been made which go a long way in elucidating the involved pathways. The recently discovered JAK2 V617F mutation which occurs in the majority of cases of polycythemia vera and in about half of the cases with the two other conditions, enables constitutive tyrosine kinase activity without the need for ligand binding to hematopoietic receptors. This mutation has become the biological marker for these conditions and has spurred the development of a specific therapy to neutralize its effects. The realization that inherited mutations in the thrombopoietin receptor (c-Mpl can cause a phenotype of thrombocytosis such as in Mpl Baltimore (K39N and in a Japanese family with S505A, has prompted the search for acquired mutations in this receptor in chronic myeloproliferative

  9. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

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    Yri, Hanne M; Jensen, Rigmor H

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    AIMS: The aims of this article are to characterize the headache in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) and to field-test the ICHD diagnostic criteria for headache attributed to IIH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 44 patients with new-onset IIH. Thirty-four patients with suspected but...... tinnitus may suggest intracranial hypertension. Based on data from a well-defined IIH cohort, we propose a revision of the ICDH-3 beta diagnostic criteria with improved clinical applicability and increased sensitivity and specificity....

  10. Idiopathic Pulmonary Haemosiderosis

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    Gaurav Vishal

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH in a 8year old female who presented with anaemia, breathlessness, puffiness of face and grade 4 clubbing. She had been investigated a number of times at multiple hos-pitals and had received multiple blood transfusions considering iron deficiency anaemia. Diagnosis of IPH was sus-pected on basis of clinical history of persistent respiratory distress, hypoxemia, repeated anaemia episodes and diffuse bilateral infiltrates on chest X ray. [Natl J Med Res 2013; 3(3.000: 292-293

  11. Interferon-alpha in the treatment of Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms. Status and perspectives

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    Hasselbalch, Hans Carl; Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Riley, Caroline Hasselbalch;

    2011-01-01

    The Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms encompass essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). A major break-through in the understanding of the pathogenesis of these neoplasms occurred in 2005 by the discovery of the JAK2 V617F...

  12. 老年特发性便秘患者直肠肛门动力学变化及心理评价%CHANGES IN ANORECTAL DYNAMICS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC IDIOPATHIC CONSTIPATION

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    高利利; 吴本俨; 邵勇; 李园

    2001-01-01

    To investigate what anorectal dynamic abnormality and psychological factors exits in elderly patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), study was performed in 59 elderly patients with CIC and 36 elderly healthy subjects(EHS).Anorectal pressure was measured with Medtronic PcPolygraf,which was a water perfused catheter system.All subjests completed a self-rated inventory assessing psychological distress including depression(SDS) and anxiety(SAS). Maximal squeezing pressure and the changes in anal pressure during defecation in elderly patients(EP) with CIC were lower than those in EHS(P<0.05).The rectal lowest volume of sensory threshold(RLSTV),the rectal threshold volume for desire to defecate and the rectal maximal volume of tolerance were higher in EP than those in EHS(P<0.05). There were 28(47.5%) of EP who had increasing anal pressure when defecation was stimulated.The scores of SDS and SAS were higher in EP than those in EHS(P<0.05). It suggested that elderly patients with CIC may be associated with lower sensitivity,higher tolerance and discoordination of annorectum during defecation.Both depression and anxiety were associated with abnormal dynamics in EP with CIC.%探讨老年慢性特发性便秘(CIC)患者直肠肛门运动功能变化及其与心理因素的关系。采用瑞典Medtronic公司生产的8通道水灌注式消化道压力检测系统、Zung抑郁自评量表(SDS)及焦虑自评量表(SAS)对59例患者及36例老年对照者进行直肠肛门压力测定及心理状况分析。结果发现,老年CIC患者最大缩榨压、模拟排便时肛管压力变化低于老年对照组(P<0.05),直肠初始感觉阈值、排便阈值和最大耐受容量均高于老年对照组(P<0.05),并有28例(47.5%)CIC患者模拟排便时出现肛管压力异常升高。老年CIC患者SDS、SAS标准总分均明显高于老年对照组(P<0.05)。说明老年CIC患者与直肠低敏感、高耐受及排便

  13. A retrospective study of 72 cases diagnosed with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia in indian populace

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    Yadav, Sunil; Mittal, Hitesh-Chander; Sachdeva, Akash; Verma, Ajay; Dhupar, Vikas; Dhupar, Anita

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    Context: Trigeminal neuralgia is as a chronic, debilitating condition, which can have a major impact on quality of life. There are few reports of trigeminal neuralgia in oriental populations. Objectives: To evaluate the retrospective data of the patients diagnosed with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia and to understanding the disorder in the Indian populace. Methods: The retrospective data of 72 patients with typical idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia regarding age of onset, gender, site of invol...

  14. Treatment and management of myelofibrosis in the era of JAK inhibitors [Corrigendum

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    Full Text Available Keohane C, Radia DH, Harrison CN. Biologics: Targets and Therapy. 2013;7:189–198. On page 193 note that the paragraph beginning "Pacritinib (SB1518; Cell Technology, Inc, Mountain View, CA, USA is a JAK2 and FLT3 inhibitor currently being evaluated at a dose of 400 mg daily in a Phase II study (N=34 that included patients with low platelet counts (<50 × 109/L." should have been "Pacritinib (SB1518; Cell Therapeutics, Inc, Seattle, WA, USA is a JAK2 and FLT3 inhibitor which was evaluated at a dose of 400 mg daily in a Phase II study (N=34 that included patients with low platelet counts (<50 × 109/L." On page 193 in the same paragraph note that "Post-Essential Thrombocythemia Myelofibrosis: PERSIST." should have been "Post-Essential Thrombocythemia Myelofibrosis-1: PERSIST-1."Read the original article

  15. Treatment and management of myelofibrosis in the era of JAK inhibitors

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    Clodagh Keohane, Deepti H Radia, Claire N HarrisonDepartment of Haematology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UKAbstract: Myelofibrosis (MF) can present as a primary disorder or evolve from polycythemia vera (PV) or essential thrombocythemia (ET) to post-PV MF or post-ET MF, respectively. MF is characterized by bone marrow fibrosis, splenomegaly, leukoerythroblastosis, extramedullary hematopoiesis, and a collection of debilitating symptoms. Until recently, th...

  16. Treatment and management of myelofibrosis in the era of JAK inhibitors

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    Keohane C; Radia DH; Harrison CN

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    Clodagh Keohane, Deepti H Radia, Claire N HarrisonDepartment of Haematology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UKAbstract: Myelofibrosis (MF) can present as a primary disorder or evolve from polycythemia vera (PV) or essential thrombocythemia (ET) to post-PV MF or post-ET MF, respectively. MF is characterized by bone marrow fibrosis, splenomegaly, leukoerythroblastosis, extramedullary hematopoiesis, and a collection of debilitating symptoms. Until recently, the therap...

  17. Arthritis due to synovial involvement by extramedullary haematopoiesis in myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia.

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    Heinicke, M H; M.H Zarrabi; Gorevic, P. D.

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    A 60-year-old man presented with polyarthralgias, a psoriasiform rash, and severe elbow pain. Peripheral blood smear and bone marrow biopsy established a diagnosis of myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia. Biopsy of the skin lesions revealed a nonspecific dermatitis. The clinical presentation was inconsistent with psoriatic arthritis, and there was no evidence for associated gout or collagen-vascular disease. Histological examination of tissue taken at the time of synovectomy indicated elbow ...

  18. An exceptional case of myelodysplastic syndrome with myelofibrosis following combination chemotherapy for squamous cell lung cancer

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    A 60-year-old woman with squamous cell carcinoma in the right lung was successfully treated with four cycles of combination chemotherapy after surgery, and complete remission was achieved. However, the patient developed myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) RAEB-2 with myelofibrosis after remission, possibly because of chemotherapy or DNA methylation. The patient responded well to dacitabine (Dacogen), suggesting that DNA hypomethylation agents can be a promising therapy to retard the progression of a second tumor or carcinoma

  19. Discrepancy in Diagnosis of Primary Myelofibrosis between Referral and Tertiary Care Centers

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    Yi, Cecilia Arana; Jeyakumar, Ghayathri; Medina, Pedro; Cortes, Jorge; Pierce, Sherry; Bueso-Ramos, Carlos; Kantarjian, Hagop; Verstovsek, Srdan

    2013-01-01

    Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is myeloproliferative neoplasm whose diagnosis is based on a combination of clinical and pathology criteria. We evaluated 560 consecutive patients who were diagnosed with PMF upon a referral to our center and evaluated the frequency of and reasons for diagnostic discordance. Discordance in the diagnosis was found in 70 (12.5%) patients. Discordant cases had a significantly lower grade of bone marrow fibrosis (grade 0–1), more likely to be JAK2V617F-mutation negativ...

  20. Acute Myeloid Leukemia with Isolated Trisomy 19 Associated with Diffuse Myelofibrosis and Osteosclerosis

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    Adam Stelling

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Primary myelofibrosis (PMF, per WHO criteria, is a clonal myeloproliferative neoplasm that usually presents with a proliferation of granulocytic and megakaryocytic lineages with an associated fibrous deposition and extramedullary hematopoiesis. The bone marrow histologic findings of this disorder are typically characterized by the presence of myeloid metaplasia with an associated reactive fibrosis, angiogenesis, and osteosclerosis. However, marked myelofibrosis is not solely confined to PMF and may also be associated with other conditions including but not limited to acute megakaryoblastic leukemias (FAB AML-M7. Here, we describe a rare case of a non-megakaryoblastic acute myeloid leukemia with marked myelofibrosis with osteosclerosis and an isolated trisomy 19. A 19-year-old male presented with severe bone pain of one week duration with a complete blood cell count and peripheral smear showing a mild anemia and occasional circulating blasts. A follow up computed tomography (CT scan showed diffuse osteosclerosis with no evidence of hepatosplenomegaly or lymphadenopathy. Subsequently, the bone marrow biopsy showed markedly sclerotic bony trabeculae and a hypercellular marrow with marked fibrosis and intervening sheets of immature myeloid cells consistent with myeloblasts with monocytic differentiation. Importantly, these myeloblasts were negative for megakaryocytic markers (CD61 and vWF, erythroid markers (hemoglobin and E-cadherin, and lymphoid markers (CD3, CD19, and TdT. Metaphase cytogenetics showed an isolated triosomy 19 with no JAK2 V617F mutation. The patient was treated with induction chemotherapy followed by allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation which subsequently resulted in a rapid resolution of bone marrow fibrosis, suggesting graft-anti-fibrosis effect. This is a rare case of a non-megakaryoblastic acute myeloid leukemia with myelofibrosis and osteosclerosis with trisomy 19 that may provide insights into the prognosis and

  1. The Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System for myelofibrosis predicts outcomes after hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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    Scott, Bart L; Gooley, Ted A; Sorror, Mohamed L; Rezvani, Andrew R; Linenberger, Michael L; Grim, Jonathan; Sandmaier, Brenda M; Myerson, David; Chauncey, Thomas R; Storb, Rainer; Buxhofer-Ausch, Veronika; Radich, Jerald P; Appelbaum, Frederick R; Deeg, H Joachim

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    Studies by the International Working Group showed that the prognosis of myelofibrosis patients is predicted by the Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System (DIPSS) risk categorization, which includes patient age, constitutional symptoms, hemoglobin, leukocyte count, and circulating blasts. We evaluated the prognostic usefulness of the DIPSS in 170 patients with myelofibrosis, 12 to 78 years of age (median, 51.5 years of age), who received hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) between 1990 and 2009 from related (n = 86) or unrelated donors (n = 84). By DIPSS, 21 patients had low-risk disease, 48 had intermediate-1, 50 had intermediate-2, and 51 had high-risk disease. Five-year incidence of relapse, relapse-free survival, overall survival, and nonrelapse mortality for all patients were 10%, 57%, 57%, and 34%, respectively. Among patients with DIPSS high-risk disease, the hazard ratio for post-HCT mortality was 4.11 (95% CI, 1.44-11.78; P = .008), and for nonrelapse mortality was 3.41 (95% CI, 1.15-10.09; P = .03) compared with low-risk patients. After a median follow-up of 5.9 years, the median survivals have not been reached for DIPSS risk groups low and intermediate-1, and were 7 and 2.5 years for intermediate-2 and high-risk patients, respectively. Thus, HCT was curative for a large proportion of patients with myelofibrosis, and post-HCT success was dependent on pre-HCT DIPSS classification. PMID:22234678

  2. Epidemiology and clinical relevance of mutations in postpolycythemia vera and postessential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis: A study on 359 patients of the AGIMM group.

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    Rotunno, Giada; Pacilli, Annalisa; Artusi, Valentina; Rumi, Elisa; Maffioli, Margherita; Delaini, Federica; Brogi, Giada; Fanelli, Tiziana; Pancrazzi, Alessandro; Pietra, Daniela; Bernardis, Isabella; Belotti, Clara; Pieri, Lisa; Sant'Antonio, Emanuela; Salmoiraghi, Silvia; Cilloni, Daniela; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Passamonti, Francesco; Barbui, Tiziano; Manfredini, Rossella; Cazzola, Mario; Tagliafico, Enrico; Vannucchi, Alessandro M; Guglielmelli, Paola

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    Transformation to secondary myelofibrosis (MF) occurs as part of the natural history of polycythemia vera (PPV-MF) and essential thrombocythemia (PET-MF). Although primary (PMF) and secondary MF are considered similar diseases and managed similarly, there are few studies specifically focused on the latter. The aim of this study was to characterize the mutation landscape, and describe the main clinical correlates and prognostic implications of mutations, in a series of 359 patients with PPV-MF and PET-MF. Compared with PV and ET, the JAK2V617F and CALR mutated allele burden was significantly higher in PPV-MF and/or PET-MF, indicating a role for accumulation of mutated alleles in the process of transformation to MF. However, neither the allele burden nor the type of driver mutation influenced overall survival (OS), while absence of any driver mutation (triple negativity) was associated with significant reduction of OS in PET-MF, similar to PMF. Of the five interrogated subclonal mutations (ASXL1, EZH2, SRSF2, IDH1, and IDH2), that comprise a prognostically detrimental high molecular risk (HMR) category in PMF, only SRSF2 mutations were associated with reduced survival in PET-MF, and no additional mutation profile with prognostic relevance was highlighted. Overall, these data indicate that the molecular landscape of secondary forms of MF is different from PMF, suggesting that unknown mutational events might contribute to the progression from chronic phase disease to myelofibrosis. These findings also support more extended genotyping approaches aimed at identifying novel molecular abnormalities with prognostic relevance for patients with PPV-MF and PET-MF. Am. J. Hematol. 91:681-686, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27037840

  3. Evaluation of plitidepsin in patients with primary myelofibrosis and post polycythemia vera/essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis: results of preclinical studies and a phase II clinical trial

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    Previous data established that plitidepsin, a cyclic depsipeptide, exerted activity in a mouse model of myelofibrosis (MF). New preclinical experiments reported herein found that low nanomolar plitidepsin concentrations potently inhibited the proliferation of JAK2V617F-mutated cell lines and reduced colony formation by CD34+ cells of individuals with MF, at least in part through modulation of p27 levels. Cells of MF patients had significantly reduced p27 content, that were modestly increased upon plitidepsin exposure. On these premise, an exploratory phase II trial evaluated plitidepsin 5 mg/m2 3-h intravenous infusion administered on days 1 and 15 every 4 weeks (q4wk). Response rate (RR) according to the International Working Group for Myelofibrosis Research and Treatment consensus criteria was 9.1% (95% CI, 0.2–41.3%) in 11 evaluable patients during the first trial stage. The single responder achieved a red cell transfusion independence and stable disease was reported in nine additional patients (81.8%). Eight patients underwent a short-lasting improvement of splenomegaly. In conclusion, plitidepsin 5 mg/m2 3-h infusion q4wk was well tolerated but had a modest activity in patients with primary, post-polycythaemia vera or post-essential thrombocythaemia MF. Therefore, this trial was prematurely terminated and we concluded that further clinical trials with plitidepsin as single agent in MF are not warranted

  4. ADHD in idiopathic epilepsy

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    Marcos H. C. Duran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Our aim was to clarify the correlation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD with epilepsy and behavior problems. This was a cross-sectional study. Sixty children with idiopathic epilepsy were interviewed using the MTA-SNAP IV Teacher and Parent Rating Scale, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales and Conners’ Rating Scales. We used the chi-square test to analyze the correlation of epilepsy variables in patients with and without ADHD with a significance level of 0.05. Eight patients had ADHD symptoms (13%, seven had the inattentive ADHD subtype and only three had behavioral problems. When epileptic patients with and without ADHD symptoms were compared we found no significant difference in regard to epilepsy variables. All patients were controlled and 43% were either without AED or undergoing withdrawal. Our study revealed a low comorbidity of ADHD symptoms and epilepsy due to low interference of seizures and drug treatment on the comorbid condition.

  5. Idiopathic Bilateral Bloody Tearing

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    Emrullah Beyazyıldız

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Bloody tear is a rare and distinct clinic phenomenon. We report a case presenting with the complaint of recurrent episodes of bilateral bloody tearing. A 16-year-old girl presented to our clinic with complaint of bloody tearing in both eyes for 3 months. Bloody tearing was not associated with her menses. A blood-stained discharge from the punctum was not observed during the compression of both nasolacrimal ducts. Nasolacrimal passage was not obstructed. Imaging studies such as dacryocystography and gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of nasolacrimal canal were normal. Intranasal endoscopic evaluation was normal. We collected samples from bloody tears two times and pathological examination was performed. Pathological analysis showed lots of squamous cells and no endometrial cells; dysplastic cells were found. Further evaluations for underlying causes were unremarkable. No abnormalities were found in ophthalmologic, radiologic, and pathologic investigations. This condition is likely a rare abnormality and the least recognized aetiology for the idiopathic phenomenon.

  6. Medical image of teh week: idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis

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    No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. The patient is a 40 year-old man who was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis (IPH) at the age of three. He has recurrent episodes of hemoptysis several times a year that are controlled with increased doses of prednisone. He is chronically on 10 mg daily which usually control his symptoms. A HRCT scan of the chest shows predominantly upper lung cystic changes both subpleural and clustered with a honeycomb appearance superimpo...

  7. Clinical case: Differential diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Cordeiro, Carlos Robalo; Alfaro, Tiago M.; Freitas, Sara

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    Background The diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can be quite challenging, even after careful clinical evaluation, imaging and pathological tests. This case report intends to demonstrate and discuss these difficulties, especially those concerning the differential diagnosis with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Case presentation A 58-year-old white male presented with shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue and weight loss for two months. He was a former smoker and had regular ex...

  8. Differential Diagnosis in Idiopathic Granulomatous Mastitis and Tuberculous Mastitis

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    Seo, Hee Ri Na; Na, Kuk Young; Yim, Hyun Ee; Kim, Tae Hee; Kang, Doo Kyoung; Oh, Ki Keun; Kang, Seok Yun; An, Young-Sil; Chun, Mison; Kim, Woojae; Park, Rae Woong; Jung, Yong Sik; Kim, Ku Sang

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    Purpose Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a rare chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology. The diagnosis of IGM requires that other granulomatous lesions in the breast be excluded. Tuberculous mastitis (TM) is also an uncommon disease that is often difficult to differentiate from IGM. The purpose of this study is to develop a new algorithm for the differential diagnosis and treatment of IGM and TM. Methods Medical records of 68 patients (58 with IGM and 10 with TM) between Ju...

  9. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: treatment update.

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    O'Connell, Oisin J

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    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. Despite multiple recent clinical trials, there is no strong evidence supporting a survival advantage for any agent in the management of patients with IPF. The limited effectiveness of current treatment regimes has led to a search for novel therapies including antifibrotic strategies. This article reviews the evidence supporting the treatments currently used in the management of IPF.

  10. Depletion of STAT5 blocks TEL–SYK-induced APMF-type leukemia with myelofibrosis and myelodysplasia in mice

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    The spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) was identified as an oncogenic driver in a broad spectrum of hematologic malignancies. The in vivo comparison of three SYK containing oncogenes, SYKwt, TEL–SYK and IL-2-inducible T-cell kinase (ITK)-SYK revealed a general myeloexpansion and the establishment of three different hematologic (pre)diseases. SYKwt enhanced the myeloid and T-cell compartment, without leukemia/lymphoma development. ITK–SYK caused lethal T-cell lymphomas and the cytoplasmic TEL–SYK fusion induced an acute panmyelosis with myelofibrosis-type acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with up to 50% immature megakaryoblasts infiltrating bone marrow, spleen and liver, additional MPN features (myelofibrosis and granulocyte expansion) and MDS stigmata with megakaryocytic and erythroid dysplasia. LKS cells were reduced and all subsets (LT/ST/MPP) showed reduced proliferation rates. SYK inhibitor treatment (R788) of diseased TEL–SYK mice reduced leukocytosis, spleen and liver infiltration, enhanced the hematocrit and prolonged survival time, but could not significantly reduce myelofibrosis. Stat5 was identified as a major downstream mediator of TEL–SYK in vitro as well as in vivo. Consequently, targeted deletion of Stat5 in vivo completely abrogated TEL–SYK-induced AML and myelofibrosis development, proving Stat5 as a major driver of SYK-induced transformation. Our experiments highlight the important role of SYK in AML and myelofibrosis and prove SYK and STAT5 inhibitors as potent treatment options for those diseases

  11. New Advances in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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    Full Text Available Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA comprises a group ofheterogeneous disorders of chronic arthritis in childhood withno apparent etiology. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the mostcommon pediatric rheumatic disease and is associated withsignificant long-term morbidity and mortality. There have beenmajor advances in recent years in our understanding of thepathogenesis of JIA, the definition of disease control, and biological treatments for JIA. Multiple environmental and geneticfactors have been linked with the onset and / or the exacerbation of JIA, including perinatal factors, viral and bacterialinfections, epigenetic factors, and malnutrition. However, nosingle causative factor has been identified to date. As ourunderstanding of the complex network of immune cells andinflammatory cytokines has improved, biologics have beendeveloped to modulate the inflammatory processes. Indeed, anumber of such biologics have been demonstrated effective for the treatment of JIA.Although biologic agents may alleviate the inflammation associated with JIA and preventdisability caused by joint destruction, continued and comprehensive observation is requiredto determine the long-term outcomes associated with such treatment

  12. Acute and subacute idiopathic interstitial pneumonias.

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    Taniguchi, Hiroyuki; Kondoh, Yasuhiro

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    Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) may have an acute or subacute presentation, or acute exacerbation may occur in a previously subclinical or unrecognized chronic IIP. Acute or subacute IIPs include acute interstitial pneumonia (AIP), cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP), nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (AE-IPF) and AE-NSIP. Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) including connective tissue disease (CTD) associated ILD, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, acute eosinophilic pneumonia, drug-induced lung disease and diffuse alveolar haemorrhage need to be differentiated from acute and subacute IIPs. Despite the severe lack of randomized controlled trials for the treatment of acute and subacute IIPs, the mainstream treatment remains corticosteroid therapy. Other potential therapies reported in the literature include corticosteroids and immunosuppression, antibiotics, anticoagulants, neutrophil elastase inhibitor, autoantibody-targeted treatment, antifibrotics and hemoperfusion therapy. With regard to mechanical ventilation, patients in recent studies with acute and subacute IIPs have shown better survival than those in previous studies. Therefore, a careful value-laden decision about the indications for endotracheal intubation should be made for each patient. Noninvasive ventilation may be beneficial to reduce ventilator associated pneumonia. PMID:27123874

  13. Impact of JAK2V617F Mutational Status on Phenotypic Features in Essential Thrombocythemia and Primary Myelofibrosis

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    İpek Yönal

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    Full Text Available Objective: The JAK2V617F mutation is present in the majority of patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET and primary myelofibrosis (PMF. The impact of this mutation on disease phenotype in ET and PMF is still a matter of discussion. This study aims to determine whether there are differences in clinical presentation and disease outcome between ET and PMF patients with and without the JAK2V617F mutation. Materials and Methods: In this single-center study, a total of 184 consecutive Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms, 107 cases of ET and 77 cases of PMF, were genotyped for JAK2V617F mutation using the JAK2 Ipsogen MutaScreen assay, which involves allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Results: ET patients positive for JAK2V617F mutation had higher hemoglobin (Hb and hematocrit (Hct levels, lower platelet counts, and more prevalent splenomegaly at diagnosis compared to patients negative for the JAK2V617F mutation, but rates of major thrombotic events, arterial thrombosis, and venous thrombosis were comparable between the groups. At presentation, PMF patients with JAK2V617F mutation had significantly higher Hb and Hct levels and leukocyte counts than patients without the mutation. Similar to the findings of ET patients, thromboembolic rates were similar in PMF patients with and without theJAK2V617F mutation. For ET and PMF patients, no difference was observed in rates of death with respect to JAK2V617F mutational status. Moreover, leukemic transformation rate was not different in our PMF patients with and without JAK2V617F mutation. Conclusion: We conclude that JAK2V617F-mutated ET patients express a polycythemia vera-like phenotype and JAK2V617F mutation in PMF patients is associated with a more pronounced myeloproliferative phenotype.

  14. Cardiac manifestations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Agrawal, Abhinav; Verma, Isha; Shah, Varun; Agarwal, Abhishek; Sikachi, Rutuja R

    2016-05-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, parenchymal disease of the lung with an estimated prevalence of 14-43 per 100,000. Patient usually presents with coughing and exertional dyspnea, which can lead to acute respiratory failure. IPF has been associated with various co-morbidities such as lung cancer, emphysema, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), GERD and multiple cardiovascular consequences. The cardiovascular manifestations of IPF include pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmias & cardiac manifestations of drugs used to treat IPF. This review will outline evidence of the association between IPF and cardiovascular conditions and attempt to provide insights into the underlying pathophysiology. We also discuss the impact of these cardiovascular diseases on patients with IPF including increased morbidity and mortality. PMID:27195188

  15. Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis: presentation, investigation and management.

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    Benson, John R; Dumitru, Dorin

    2016-06-01

    Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a rare chronic inflammatory condition of the breast which although benign can mimic carcinoma. Establishing a diagnosis can be challenging and requires a high index of suspicion with exclusion of infective and autoimmune breast diseases. IGM is characterized histologically by noncaseating granulomas which are of a lobulo-centric pattern and often associated with microabscess formation. Management of confirmed cases remains controversial with proponents of initial surgical or medical therapies - each has its associated problems which can be worse than the original symptoms of IGM. However, many patients require more than one modality of treatment to completely resolve IGM lesions and careful judgment is necessary to ensure optimal type and sequencing of treatments. PMID:27067146

  16. Role of PET in Diagnosis of Idiopathic Retroperitoneal Fibrosis - Case Study

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    Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis, together with inflammatory aneurysm of the abdominal aorta and perianeurysmal retroperitoneal fibrosis, belongs to a group of diseases called chronic periaortitis. Chronic periaortitis is a rare entity characterized by the development of an inflammatory fibrotic process surrounding large vessels and retroperitoneal organs. Imaging modalities such as ultrasonography, CT and MRI are used and usually a needle biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis. The inflammatory process can be depicted also by positron emission tomography (PET) and there is also the possibility of the fusion of the CT and PET images. A case of a 60-years old man with idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis is presented.

  17. Genetics Home Reference: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    ... idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. N Engl J Med. 2007 Mar 29;356(13):1317-26. Citation on PubMed ... PJ, Garcia CK. Effect of telomere length on survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: an observational ...

  18. Idiopathic Thoracic Epidural Lipomatosis with Chest Pain

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    Lee, Sang-Beom; Park, Hyung-Ki; Chang, Jae-Chil; Jin, So-Young

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    Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is an overgrowth of the normally encapsulated adipose tissue in the epidural space around the spinal cord in the thoracic and lumbar spine causing compression of the neural components. Idiopathic SEL in non-obese patients is exceptional. Idiopathic SEL can result in thoracic myelopathy and lumbar radiculopathy. A thoracic radiculopathy due to idiopathic SEL has not been reported yet. We report a case of idiopathic SEL with intractable chest pain and paresthes...

  19. The JAK2 V617F allele burden in essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera and primary myelofibrosis

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    Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Pallisgaard, Niels; Møller, Michael Boe;

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The JAK2 V617F tyrosine kinase mutation is present in the great majority of patients with polycythemia vera (PV), and approximately half of the patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). The three distinct disease entities may be......) (P = 0.03), CD34 counts (P = 0.03), lactate dehydrogenase and Polycythemia Rubra Vera gene 1 levels (P = 0.03 and P < 0.00001 respectively), as well as lower platelet counts (P = 0.02) and more cases of splenomegaly (P = 0.001) in homozygous PV patients compared to their heterozygous counterparts...

  20. Critical appraisal of the role of ruxolitinib in myeloproliferative neoplasm-associated myelofibrosis

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    Full Text Available Giovanni Barosi,1 Vittorio Rosti,1 Robert Peter Gale2 1Center for the Study of Myelofibrosis, IRCCS Policlinico S Matteo Foundation, Pavia, Italy; 2Haematology Research Centre, Division of Experimental Medicine, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK Abstract: The recent approval of molecular-targeted therapies for myeloproliferative neoplasm-associated myelofibrosis (MPN-MF has dramatically changed its therapeutic landscape. Ruxolitinib, a JAK1/JAK2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is now widely used for first- and second-line therapy in persons with MPN-MF, especially those with disease-related splenomegaly, intermediate- or high-risk disease, and constitutional symptoms. The goal of this work is to critically analyze data supporting use of ruxolitinib in the clinical settings approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA. We systematically reviewed the literature and analyzed the risk of biases in the two randomized studies (COMFORT I and COMFORT II on which FDA and EMA approval was based. Our strategy was to apply the Grading of Recommendation, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE approach by evaluating five dimensions of evidence: (1 overall risk of bias, (2 imprecision, (3 inconsistency, (4 indirectness, and (5 publication bias. Based on these criteria, we downgraded the evidence from the COMFORT I and COMFORT II trials for performance, attrition, and publication bias. In the disease-associated splenomegaly sphere, we upgraded the quality of evidence because of large effect size but downgraded it because of comparator choice and outcome indirectness (quality of evidence, low. In the sphere of treating persons with intermediate- or high-risk disease, we downgraded the evidence because of imprecision in effect size measurement and population indirectness. In the sphere of disease-associated symptoms, we upgraded the evidence because of the large effect size, but downgraded it

  1. Development of myelofibrosis during eltrombopag treatment in a patient with immune thrombocytopenia.

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    Horikoshi, Akira; Tsukuda, Jumpei; Abe, Ryouhei; Fujiwara, Naoki; Ito, Eisaku; Takaku, Tomoo

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    Eltrombopag, a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist, is effective for treating refractory immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). However, the development of bone marrow fibrosis is a concern. A 78-year-old man was diagnosed with ITP in 2004. His platelet count did not increase after eltrombopag treatment initiation in 2014. However, anemia progressed, along with the presence of immature myelocytes, erythroblasts, and tear drop cells. At 8 months after initiating eltrombopag treatment, the patient underwent a bone marrow biopsy that showed grade 2 myelofibrosis. Hence, eltrombopag was discontinued. In our experience with this case indicates that careful observation is required while using TPO receptor agonists. PMID:27263792

  2. Male idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia

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    Giorgio Cavallini

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    Idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (iOAT) affects approximately 30% of all infertile men. This mini-review discussed recent data in this field. Age, non-inflammatory functional alterations in post-testicular organs, infective agents (Chlamydia trachomatis, herpes virus and adeno-associated viruses), alterations in gamete genome, mitochondrial alterations, environmental pollutants and "subtle" hormonal alterations are all considered possible causes of iOAT.Increase of reactive oxygen species in tubules and in seminal plasma and of apoptosis are reputed to affect sperm concentration, motility and morphology. iOAT is commonly diagnosed by exclusion, nevertheless spectral traces of the main testicular artery may be used as a diagnostic tool for iOAT. The following can be considered therapies for iOAT: 1) tamoxifen citrate (20 mg/d) + testosterone undecanoate (120 mg/d) (pregnancy rate per couple/month [prcm]:3.8%); 2) folic acid (66 mg/d) + zinc sulfate (5 mg/d); 3) L-carnitine (2 g/d) alone or in combination with acetyl-L-carnitine (1 g/d) (prcm: 2.3%); and 4) both carnitines + one 30 mg cinnoxicam suppository every 4 days (prcm: 8.5%).Alpha-blocking drugs improved sperm concentration but not morphology, motility or pregnancy rate. Tranilast (300 mg/d) increased sperm parameters and pregnancy rates in an initial uncontrolled study. Its efficacy on sperm concentration (but not on sperm motility, morphology or prcm) was confirmed in subsequent published reports. The efficacy of tamoxifen + testosterone undecanoate, tamoxifen alone, and recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone is still a matter for discussion.

  3. Chronic urticaria: new management options

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    Greenberger, Paul A.

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    Chronic urticaria is defined as episodic or daily hives lasting for at least 6 weeks and impairs quality of life. Two main subtypes include chronic idiopathic (spontaneous) urticaria and inducible (physical) urticaria, but some patients have urticarial vasculitis. “Autoimmune chronic urticaria” implies the presence of histamine releasing or mast cell activating autoantibodies to IgE or FcϵRI, the high affinity receptor on mast cells and basophils. In patients not readily controlled with label...

  4. Syphilis mimicking idiopathic intracranial hypertension

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    Yri, Hanne; Wegener, Marianne; Jensen, Rigmor

    2011-01-01

    Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a condition of yet unknown aetiology affecting predominantly obese females of childbearing age. IIH is a diagnosis of exclusion as raised cerebrospinal fluid pressure may occur secondary to numerous other medical conditions. An atypical phenotype or an...... atypical disease course should alert the physician to reevaluate a presumed IIH-diagnosis. The authors report a case of a 32-year-old non-obese male with intracranial hypertension, secondary to a syphilitic central nervous system infection, initially misdiagnosed as being idiopathic. Upon relevant...

  5. Successful treatment of idiopathic pulmonary capillaritis with intravenous cyclophosphamide.

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    Flanagan, Frances; Glackin, Louisa; Slattery, Dubhfeasa M

    2013-03-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH), a subtype of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is a rare condition, first described by Virchow in 1864. Historically, it manifests in children in the first decade of life with the combination of hemoptysis, iron deficiency anemia, and alveolar infiltrates on chest radiograph. More recently, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage has been classified by the absence or presence of pulmonary capillaritis (PC), the latter carrying a potential for a poorer outcome. While systemic corticosteroids remain the first line treatment option, other immune modulators have been trailed including hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, and cyclophosphamide with varying results. Our case demonstrates for the first time, the successful use of intravenous cyclophosphamide in the management of chronic idiopathic PC. PMID:22573417

  6. Successful treatment of idiopathic pulmonary capillaritis with intravenous cyclophosphamide.

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    Flanagan, Frances

    2013-03-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH), a subtype of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is a rare condition, first described by Virchow in 1864. Historically, it manifests in children in the first decade of life with the combination of hemoptysis, iron deficiency anemia, and alveolar infiltrates on chest radiograph. More recently, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage has been classified by the absence or presence of pulmonary capillaritis (PC), the latter carrying a potential for a poorer outcome. While systemic corticosteroids remain the first line treatment option, other immune modulators have been trailed including hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, and cyclophosphamide with varying results. Our case demonstrates for the first time, the successful use of intravenous cyclophosphamide in the management of chronic idiopathic PC.

  7. Purine Bases in Blood Plasma of Patients with Chronic Pulmonary Diseases

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    Larissa E. Muravluyova

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The article is focused on the study of purine bases and intermediates of purine catabolism in plasma of patients with chronic obstructive bronchitis and idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. Decrease of adenine and hypoxantine in plasma of patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia was registered. Increase of guanine in plasma of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was established.

  8. Bone-marrow imaging with indium-111 chloride in aplastic anemia and myelofibrosis: concise communication

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    Twenty-nine patients with aplastic anemia and 11 patients with myelofibrosis were evaluated with indium-111 chloride bone-marrow imaging, ferrokinetics, and bone-marrow core biopsies. There was good correlation between the erythrocyte cellularity of the marrow and the In-111 bone-marrow scan grades in most patients. In some, the overall scan grade tended to underestimate the erythroid elements because the core biopsy had been taken from the area of the greatest radionuclide concentration on the scan. In patients with aplastic anemia, there was good correlation between the plasma iron clearance t1/2 and the scan grade. Less agreement was found in the comparison between the Fe-59 sacral and organ counts and the red-cell iron utilization. In patients with myelofibrosis, there was poor correlation between the surface counts over the sacrum and the red-cell iron utilization. Plasma iron clearances were abnormally short and were unrelated to the transferrin saturation levels. Eighteen patients were studied several times to evaluate their responses to steroid therapy. In all, there was good correlation between the bone-marrow imaging, the erythrocyte cellularity, ferrokinetics, and the patient's response to therapy. Indium-111 bone-marrow imaging is useful both in evaluating marrow erythroid activity and in following the response to therapy in patients with these diseases

  9. Treatment and management of myelofibrosis in the era of JAK inhibitors

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    Keohane C

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Clodagh Keohane, Deepti H Radia, Claire N HarrisonDepartment of Haematology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UKAbstract: Myelofibrosis (MF can present as a primary disorder or evolve from polycythemia vera (PV or essential thrombocythemia (ET to post-PV MF or post-ET MF, respectively. MF is characterized by bone marrow fibrosis, splenomegaly, leukoerythroblastosis, extramedullary hematopoiesis, and a collection of debilitating symptoms. Until recently, the therapeutic options for patients with MF consisted of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT, the use of cytoreductive agents (ie, hydroxyurea, splenectomy and splenic irradiation for treatment of splenomegaly, and management of anemia with transfusions, erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs, androgens, and immunomodulatory agents. However, with increased understanding of the pathogenesis of MF resulting from dysregulated Janus kinase (JAK signaling, new targeted JAK inhibitor therapies, such as ruxolitinib, are now available. The purpose of this article is to review the clinical features of MF, discuss the use and future of JAK inhibitors, reassess when and how to use conventional MF treatments in the context of JAK inhibitors, and provide a perspective on the future of MF treatment.Keywords: myelofibrosis, ruxolitinib, JAK inhibitor

  10. Acute Panmyelosis with Myelofibrosis - A Rare Subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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    Tathagata Chatterjee

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available One case of acute panmyelosis with myelofibrosis (APMF is being reported. A 45 year old male presented with abrupt onset of rapidly progressing low backache, weakness and pancytopenia. On examination there was no organomegaly. Peripheral blood examination revealed normocytic normochromic red blood cells with 10% circulating blasts. Flowcytometric examination of peripheral blood revealed blasts which were positive for CD 34 ,HLA- DR and myeloid associated antigens (i.e. CD13 and CD33.Blasts were negative for anti MPO. Bone marrow aspirate resulted in a dry tap. Bone marrow biopsy revealed panmyeloid proliferation with scattered blasts which were CD 34 positive on imunohistochemistry and negative for anti MPO. Reticulin stain showed grade III myelofibrosis (WHO. Differential diagnosis considered included AML-M7, MDS-RAEB II and AML with myelodysplasia . He was started on chemotherapy [idarubicin and cytarabine; 3+7 induction regimen followed by three cycles of HIDAC (High dose cytosine arabinoside] after which patient was in complete morphological remission with markedly reduced bone marrow fibrosis. He is now being worked up for allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Patient is asymptomatic at eight months of diagnosis. In conclusion these patients should be managed aggressively with AML therapy and this case report reaffirms the fact that APMF is subtype of AML.

  11. IgD (λ) multiple myeloma associated with myelofibrosis. An isolated case of nuclear physicist

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    A new case of IgD (λ) multiple myeloma associated with myelofibrosis is described and four from the literature are reviewed. A 66-year-old nuclear physicist who had been diagnosed as having multiple myeloma in 1992 was admitted to the hospital in 1995 because of pancytopenia. A bone marrow biopsy specimen showed nests of myeloma cells with marked fibrotic background. The association of IgD (λ) multiple myeloma with myelofibrosis was characterized by marked marrow fibrosis and myeloma cell proliferation, without typical features of extramedullary hematopoiesis. Some increase in the bone marrow fibrous tissue is not uncommon in hematologic disorders in which there is a rapid proliferation of marrow cells. What distinguishes these five patients is that their marrow fibrosis was an order of magnitude more extensive. These patients were generally severely anemic and commonly leukopenic and thrombocytopenic. Radiation has been reported as a causal factor in multiple myeloma. In the present case, radiation exposure during his study may have been related to the development of his disease. The correct diagnosis in the case of Dr. Torahiko Terada (1878-1935; physicist, essayist) who died of disseminated bone tumor seems to have been multiple myeloma. (author)

  12. Gene expression profiling with principal component analysis depicts the biological continuum from essential thrombocythemia over polycythemia vera to myelofibrosis

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    Skov, V.; Thomassen, Mads; Kruse, T.A.;

    2012-01-01

    The recent discovery of the Janus activating kinase 2 V617F mutation in most patients with polycythemia vera (PV) and half of those with essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) has favored the hypothesis of a biological continuum from ET over PV to PMF. We performed gene...

  13. Whole-blood transcriptional profiling of interferon-inducible genes identifies highly upregulated IFI27 in primary myelofibrosis

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    Skov, Vibe; Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Thomassen, Mads;

    2011-01-01

    focused upon the transcriptional profiling of interferon-associated genes in patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET) (n = 19), polycythemia vera (PV) (n = 41), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) (n = 9). Using whole-blood transcriptional profiling and accordingly obtaining an integrated signature of...

  14. Whole Blood Transcriptional Profiling of Interferon-Inducible Genes Identifies Highly Upregulated IFI27 in Primary Myelofibrosis

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    Skov, Vibe; Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Thomassen, Mads;

    2011-01-01

    focused upon the transcriptional profiling of interferon-associated genes in patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET) (n = 19), polycythemia vera (PV) (n = 41), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) (n = 9). Using whole-blood transcriptional profiling and accordingly obtaining an integrated signature of...

  15. Myelofibrotic transformations of polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia are morphologically, biologically and prognostically indistinguishable from primary myelofibrosis

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    Sangle, Nikhil; Cook, Josh; Perkins, Sherrie; Teman, Carolyn J; Bahler, David; Hickman, Kimberly; Wilson, Andrew; Prchal, Josef; Salama, Mohamed

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    A fraction of polycythemia vera (PV) & essential thrombocythemia (ET) cases will, in time, undergo myelofibrotic transformation. In such cases, fibrosis may mask the diagnostic histological features of the original underlying myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Thus confidently differentiating postfibrotic PV/ET from primary myelofibrosis (PMF) histologically may not be possible.

  16. Thrombospondin-1 is not the major activator of TGF-β1 in thrombopoietin-induced myelofibrosis

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    Evrard, Solène; Bluteau, Olivier; Tulliez, Micheline; Rameau, Philippe; Gonin, Patrick; Zetterberg, Eva; Palmblad, Jan; Bonnefoy, Arnaud; Villeval, Jean-Luc; Vainchenker, William; Giraudier, Stéphane; Wagner-Ballon, Orianne

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    -β1 activation, we investigated the role of TSP-1 in the TPO(high) murine model of myelofibrosis. Two groups of engrafted mice, WT TPO(high) and Tsp-1-null TPO(high), were constituted. All mice developed a similar myeloproliferative syndrome and an increase in total TGF-β1 levels in the plasma and in...

  17. Radiological case: idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis

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    Nascimento , J.; Morais, L; Macedo, F.

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    ABSTRACT We present a case of a four year-old child with a second episode of iron deficiency anaemia. Following fever, cough and hemoptysis a chest X-ray and chest CT were performed. Bilateral and patchy areas of ground glass and consolidation were noted in the setting of intrapulmonary hemorrhage. The final diagnosis was idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis.

  18. Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies: Clinical Approach and Management.

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    Malik, Asma; Hayat, Ghazala; Kalia, Junaid S; Guzman, Miguel A

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    Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) are a group of chronic, autoimmune conditions affecting primarily the proximal muscles. The most common types are dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM), and sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM). Patients typically present with sub-acute to chronic onset of proximal weakness manifested by difficulty with rising from a chair, climbing stairs, lifting objects, and combing hair. They are uniquely identified by their clinical presentation consisting of muscular and extramuscular manifestations. Laboratory investigations, including increased serum creatine kinase (CK) and myositis specific antibodies (MSA) may help in differentiating clinical phenotype and to confirm the diagnosis. However, muscle biopsy remains the gold standard for diagnosis. These disorders are potentially treatable with proper diagnosis and initiation of therapy. Goals of treatment are to eliminate inflammation, restore muscle performance, reduce morbidity, and improve quality of life. This review aims to provide a basic diagnostic approach to patients with suspected IIM, summarize current therapeutic strategies, and provide an insight into future prospective therapies. PMID:27242652

  19. Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies: Clinical Approach and Management

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    Malik, Asma; Hayat, Ghazala; Kalia, Junaid S.; Guzman, Miguel A.

    2016-01-01

    Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) are a group of chronic, autoimmune conditions affecting primarily the proximal muscles. The most common types are dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM), and sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM). Patients typically present with sub-acute to chronic onset of proximal weakness manifested by difficulty with rising from a chair, climbing stairs, lifting objects, and combing hair. They are uniquely identified by their clinical presentation consisting of muscular and extramuscular manifestations. Laboratory investigations, including increased serum creatine kinase (CK) and myositis specific antibodies (MSA) may help in differentiating clinical phenotype and to confirm the diagnosis. However, muscle biopsy remains the gold standard for diagnosis. These disorders are potentially treatable with proper diagnosis and initiation of therapy. Goals of treatment are to eliminate inflammation, restore muscle performance, reduce morbidity, and improve quality of life. This review aims to provide a basic diagnostic approach to patients with suspected IIM, summarize current therapeutic strategies, and provide an insight into future prospective therapies. PMID:27242652

  20. Analysis of Parallel and Transverse Visual Cues on the Gait of Individuals with Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease

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    de Melo Roiz, Roberta; Azevedo Cacho, Enio Walker; Cliquet, Alberto, Jr.; Barasnevicius Quagliato, Elizabeth Maria Aparecida

    2011-01-01

    Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) has been defined as a chronic progressive neurological disorder with characteristics that generate changes in gait pattern. Several studies have reported that appropriate external influences, such as visual or auditory cues may improve the gait pattern of patients with IPD. Therefore, the objective of this…

  1. Periodontal and hematological characteristics associated with aggressive periodontitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis

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    Poulsen, Anne Havemose; Westergaard, Jytte; Stoltze, Kaj;

    2006-01-01

    Periodontitis shares several clinical and pathogenic characteristics with chronic arthritis, and there is some degree of coexistence. The aims of this study were to elucidate whether patients with localized aggressive periodontitis (LAgP), generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAgP), juvenile...... idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) share periodontal and hematological characteristics distinguishing them from individuals free of diseases....

  2. A cohort description and analysis of the effect of gabapentin on idiopathic cough

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    Van de Kerkhove, Charlotte; Goeminne, Pieter C; van Bleyenbergh, Pascal; Dupont, Lieven J.

    2012-01-01

    Background Chronic idiopathic cough (known as cough hypersensitivity syndrome) is defined by cough in the absence of an identifiable cause. Gabapentin has been suggested as a treatment but evidence is scarce. The aim of our study was to describe the clinical features of patients with unexplained chronic cough and to investigate the effect of gabapentin (600 mg twice a day for a minimal duration of 4 weeks) in reducing cough symptoms. Methods A patient cohort analysis was performed. Patients w...

  3. Adult idiopathic scoliosis: the tethered spine.

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    Whyte Ferguson, Lucy

    2014-01-01

    This article reports on an observational and treatment study using three case histories to describe common patterns of muscle and fascial asymmetry in adults with idiopathic scoliosis (IS) who have significant scoliotic curvatures that were not surgically corrected and who have chronic pain. Rather than being located in the paraspinal muscles, the myofascial trigger points (TrPs) apparently responsible for the pain were located at some distance from the spine, yet referred pain to locations throughout the thoracolumbar spine. Asymmetries in these muscles appear to tether the spine in such a way that they contribute to scoliotic curvatures. Evaluation also showed that each of these individuals had major ligamentous laxity and this may also have contributed to development of scoliotic curvatures. Treatment focused on release of TrPs found to refer pain into the spine, release of related fascia, and correction of related joint dysfunction. Treatment resulted in substantial relief of longstanding chronic pain. Treatment thus validated the diagnostic hypothesis that myofascial and fascial asymmetries were to some extent responsible for pain in adults with significant scoliotic curvatures. Treatment of these patterns of TrPs and muscle and fascial asymmetries and related joint dysfunction was also effective in relieving pain in each of these individuals after they were injured in auto accidents. Treatment of myofascial TrPs and asymmetrical fascial tension along with treatment of accompanying joint dysfunction is proposed as an effective approach to treating both chronic and acute pain in adults with scoliosis that has not been surgically corrected. PMID:24411157

  4. Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms

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    Rosane Isabel Bittencourt

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic myeloproliferative diseases without the Philadelphia chromosome marker (Ph-, although first described 60 years ago, only became the subject of interest after the turn of the millennium. In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO defined the classification of this group of diseases and in 2008 they were renamed myeloproliferative neoplasms based on morphological, cytogenetic and molecular features. In 2005, the identification of a recurrent molecular abnormality characterized by a gain of function with a mutation in the gene encoding Janus kinase 2 (JAK2 paved the way for greater knowledge of the pathophysiology of myeloproliferative neoplasms. The JAK2 mutation is found in 90-98% of polycythemia vera and in about 50% essential thrombocytosis and primary myelofibrosis. In addition to the JAK2 mutation, other mutations involving TET2 (ten-eleven translocation, LNK (a membrane-bound adaptor protein; IDH1/2 (isocitrate dehydrogenase 1/2 enzyme; ASXL1 (additional sex combs-like 1 genes were found in myeloproliferative neoplasms thus showing the importance of identifying molecular genetic alterations to confirm diagnosis, guide treatment and improve our understanding of the biology of these diseases. Currently, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocytosis, myelofibrosis, chronic neutrophilic leukemia, chronic eosinophilic leukemia and mastocytosis are included in this group of myeloproliferative neoplasms, but are considered different situations with individualized diagnostic methods and treatment. This review updates pathogenic aspects, molecular genetic alterations, the fundamental criteria for diagnosis and the best approach for each of these entities.

  5. The changing treatment landscape in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Ulrich Costabel

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a chronic, progressive and irreversible fibrotic disease of the lung that has greatly frustrated clinicians for a long time. The prognosis of IPF (median survival 2–5 years following diagnosis is poorer than that of some cancers and for many years no significant advances were made in its management. However, between 2011 and 2014 a number of pivotal developments were made that have improved the outlook for patients with IPF. Herein, we review this rapidly changing landscape, discussing key events whilst still acknowledging that IPF remains a challenging disease to diagnose and manage.

  6. A new direction in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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    Kolb Martin

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A recent review article suggested that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a disease that is associated more with abnormal wound healing than with inflammation. Data derived from transgenic and gene transfer rodent models suggest that lung inflammation may be a necessary but insufficient component of IPF, and that at some point in the natural history of the disease IPF becomes no longer dependent on the inflammatory response for propagation. Altered microenvironment and involvement of epithelial cell/mesenchymal cell interaction are the most likely contributors to the pathogenesis of this chronic progressive disorder.

  7. Developments in the management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    2015-07-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic progressive fibrotic interstitial lung disease (ILD) of unknown origin,(1) has seen significant change in its management over the last 15 years.(2) In addition, two antifibrotic drugs that have 'orphan designation' from the European Medicines Agency, ▼pirfenidone and ▼nintedanib, have received marketing authorisation approval for use in the UK.(3-5) Here we provide an overview of IPF and the importance of supportive and symptomatic care, and review the evidence for antifibrotic therapy. PMID:26159700

  8. Genetics and Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias.

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    Chu, Sarah G; El-Chemaly, Souheil; Rosas, Ivan O

    2016-06-01

    Significant progress has been made in elucidating the genetics of parenchymal lung diseases, particularly idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs). IIPs are a heterogeneous group of diffuse interstitial lung diseases of uncertain etiology, diagnosed only after known causes of interstitial lung disease have been excluded. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the most common IIP. Through candidate gene approaches and genome wide association studies, much light has been shed on the genetic origins of IIPs, enhancing our understanding of risk factors and pathogenesis. However, significant work remains to be accomplished in identifying novel genetic variants and characterizing the function of validated candidate genes in lung pathobiology, their interplay with environmental factors, and ultimately translating these discoveries to patient care. PMID:27231858

  9. Myelofibrosis-When Do We Select Transplantation or Non-transplantation Therapeutic Options?

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    Viswabandya, Auro; Devlin, Rebecca; Gupta, Vikas

    2016-02-01

    Janus kinase 1/2 (JAK1/2) inhibitor therapy is effective in alleviating myelofibrosis (MF)-related symptoms. However, at present, the only curative therapy for MF patients is hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The decision of whether to proceed with HCT, which carries significant risks, or continue with JAK inhibitor therapy is a complicated one. Nevertheless, careful assessment of patient, disease, and transplant-related factors can guide this decision on a case-by-case basis. Difficult questions arise in the decision-making process such as age limits, whether lower-risk patients are suitable candidates, and HCT in patients responding well to JAK inhibitor therapy. The optimal timing of transplant is a major dilemma in the management of MF patients who are responding to or are stable on JAK inhibitor therapy. In this paper, we provide our perspective on selection of transplant versus non-transplant therapies in the management of MF. PMID:26659587

  10. Obstructive Uropathy as an Initial Presentation of Primary Myelofibrosis: Case Report and Review of Literature.

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    Ganguli, Anirban; Chalokia, Ramandeep Singh; Kaur, Brahm Jyot

    2016-06-01

    Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is a rare hematological disorder associated with progressive cytopenia and extra-medullary hematopoiesis. Acute kidney injury in this disease has been reported from diverse etiologies such as renal and peri-renal extramedullary hematopoiesis and tumor lysis syndrome. We report a patient who presented with obstructive uropathy from uric acid stones who was incidentally diagnosed with PMF during workup for persistent thrombocytosis and leukocytosis. Marrow histopathology was unique in presenting features of early PMF despite clinical picture mimicking essential thrombocythemia. Despite a common background of hyperuricemia in myeloproliferative neoplasms, AKI resulting from urate nephrolithiasis has seldom been reported in PMF. Published data on this association and clinical management is reviewed briefly. PMID:27408371

  11. Resistin in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies

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    Filkova, Maria; Hulejova, Hana; Kuncova, Klara; Plestilova, Lenka; Andres Cerezo, Lucie; Mann, Herman; Klein, Martin; Zamecnik, Josef; Gay, Steffen; Vencovsky, Jiri; Senolt, Ladislav

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    Introduction The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the serum levels and local expression of resistin in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies to controls, and to determine the relationship between resistin levels, inflammation and disease activity. Methods Serum resistin levels were determined in 42 patients with inflammatory myopathies and 27 healthy controls. The association among resistin levels, inflammation, global disease activity and muscle strength was exami...

  12. Syphilis mimicking idiopathic intracranial hypertension

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    Yri, Hanne; Wegener, Marianne; Jensen, Rigmor

    2011-01-01

    Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a condition of yet unknown aetiology affecting predominantly obese females of childbearing age. IIH is a diagnosis of exclusion as raised cerebrospinal fluid pressure may occur secondary to numerous other medical conditions. An atypical phenotype or a...... antibiotic treatment, signs and symptoms of elevated intracranial pressure resolved completely. Syphilis is a rare, but very important, differential diagnosis that in this case was clinically indistinguishable from IIH....

  13. Idiopathic epilepsy and school achievement.

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    Sturniolo, M G; Galletti, F

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    Forty one children (20 boys, 21 girls) aged 6-10.8 years (mean age 8.6 years) who were affected with idiopathic epilepsy underwent neuropsychological (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Bender test) and behavioural assessment (Personality Inventory for Children; this was also used in a matched control group). Further information was obtained by teachers' reports. School underachievement occurred in 25 children (61%). Statistical analysis showed no influence of sex, social background, a...

  14. Calreticulin mutants in mice induce an MPL-dependent thrombocytosis with frequent progression to myelofibrosis.

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    Marty, Caroline; Pecquet, Christian; Nivarthi, Harini; El-Khoury, Mira; Chachoua, Ilyas; Tulliez, Micheline; Villeval, Jean-Luc; Raslova, Hana; Kralovics, Robert; Constantinescu, Stefan N; Plo, Isabelle; Vainchenker, William

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    Frameshift mutations in the calreticulin (CALR) gene are seen in about 30% of essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis patients. To address the contribution of the CALR mutants to the pathogenesis of myeloproliferative neoplasms, we engrafted lethally irradiated recipient mice with bone marrow cells transduced with retroviruses expressing these mutants. In contrast to wild-type CALR, CALRdel52 (type I) and, to a lesser extent, CALRins5 (type II) induced thrombocytosis due to a megakaryocyte (MK) hyperplasia. Disease was transplantable into secondary recipients. After 6 months, CALRdel52-, in contrast to rare CALRins5-, transduced mice developed a myelofibrosis associated with a splenomegaly and a marked osteosclerosis. Monitoring of virus-transduced populations indicated that CALRdel52 leads to expansion at earlier stages of hematopoiesis than CALRins5. However, both mutants still specifically amplified the MK lineage and platelet production. Moreover, a mutant deleted of the entire exon 9 (CALRdelex9) did not induce a disease, suggesting that the oncogenic property of CALR mutants was related to the new C-terminus peptide. To understand how the CALR mutants target the MK lineage, we used a cell-line model and demonstrated that the CALR mutants, but not CALRdelex9, specifically activate the thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor (MPL) to induce constitutive activation of Janus kinase 2 and signal transducer and activator of transcription 5/3/1. We confirmed in c-mpl- and tpo-deficient mice that expression of Mpl, but not of Tpo, was essential for the CALR mutants to induce thrombocytosis in vivo, although Tpo contributes to disease penetrance. Thus, CALR mutants are sufficient to induce thrombocytosis through MPL activation. PMID:26608331

  15. Increased gene expression of histone deacetylases in patients with Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms

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    Skov, Vibe; Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Thomassen, Mads;

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    Abstract Myeloproliferation, myeloaccumulation (decreased apoptosis), inflammation, bone marrow fibrosis and angiogenesis are cardinal features of the Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms: essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF...... proteins in favor of apoptosis (enhanced apoptosis) and also to inhibit angiogenesis. Recently, enhanced HDAC enzyme activity has been found in CD34+cells from patients with PMF, enzyme activity levels highly exceeding those recorded in other chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (CMPNs). The raised levels...... correlated to the degree of splenomegaly, suggesting that HDAC might be recruited as ET or PV progresses into myelofibrosis or PMF progresses into a more advanced stage. Accordingly, HDAC inhibition is an obvious novel therapeutic approach in these neoplasms. Using global gene expression profiling of whole...

  16. Cyclophosphamide and Busulfan Followed by Donor Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients With Myelofibrosis, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or Myelodysplastic Syndrome

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    Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Remission; Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia With 11q23 (MLL) Abnormalities; Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia With Del(5q); Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia With Inv(16)(p13;q22); Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia With t(15;17)(q22;q12); Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia With t(16;16)(p13;q22); Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia With t(8;21)(q22;q22); Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Remission; Childhood Myelodysplastic Syndromes; de Novo Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Essential Thrombocythemia; Myelodysplastic Syndrome With Isolated Del(5q); Polycythemia Vera; Previously Treated Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Primary Myelofibrosis; Recurrent Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia; Recurrent Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia; Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia; Secondary Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Secondary Myelofibrosis; Untreated Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia; Untreated Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Other Myeloid Malignancies

  17. Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies and the lung

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    Jean-Christophe Lega

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic inflammatory myositis (IIM is a group of rare connective tissue diseases (CTDs characterised by muscular and extramuscular signs, in which lung involvement is a challenging issue. Interstitial lung disease (ILD is the hallmark of pulmonary involvement in IIM, and causes morbidity and mortality, resulting in an estimated excess mortality of 50% in some series. Except for inclusion body myositis, these extrapulmonary disorders are associated with the general and visceral involvement frequently found in other CTDs including fever, Raynaud's phenomenon, arthralgia, nonspecific cutaneous modifications and ILD, for which the prevalence is estimated to be up to 65%. Substantial heterogeneity exists within the spectrum of IIMs, and each condition is associated with various frequencies and subtypes of pulmonary involvement. This heterogeneity is partly related to the presence of various autoantibodies encompassing anti-synthetase, anti-MDA5 and anti-PM/Scl. ILD is present in all subsets of IIM including juvenile myositis, but is more frequent in dermatomyositis and overlap myositis. IIM can also be associated with other presentations of respiratory involvement, namely pulmonary arterial hypertension, pleural disease, infections, drug-induced toxicity, malignancy and respiratory muscle weakness. Here, we critically review the current knowledge about adult and juvenile myositis-associated lung disease with a detailed description of therapeutics for chronic and rapidly progressive ILD.

  18. Diagnostic dilemmas in chronic urticaria.

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    Toubi, E; Grattan, C; Zuberbier, T

    2015-06-01

    The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)/Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA(2) LEN)/European Dermatology Forum (EDF)/World Allergy Organization (WAO) recently published updated recommendations for the classification, diagnosis and management of chronic urticaria (CU). This article discusses several cases of CU that provide examples of how the recommendations in the guidelines can be implemented in the diagnosis of chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) (also called chronic idiopathic urticaria [CIU]), chronic inducible urticaria (CINDU) or CU with comorbidities. PMID:26053291

  19. Chronic urticaria: recent advances.

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    Greaves, Malcolm W; Tan, Kian Teo

    2007-10-01

    Chronic urticaria is an umbrella term, which encompasses physical urticarias, chronic "idiopathic" urticaria and urticarial vasculitis. It is important to recognize patients with physical urticarias as the investigation and treatment differs in important ways from patients with idiopathic chronic urticaria or urticarial vasculitis. Although relatively uncommon, urticarial vasculitis is an important diagnosis to make and requires histological confirmation by biopsy. Underlying systemic disease and systemic involvement, especially of the kidneys, should be sought. It is now recognized that chronic "idiopathic" urticaria includes a subset with an autoimmune basis caused by circulating autoantibodies against the high affinity IgE receptor (FceR1) and less commonly against IgE. Although the autologous serum skin test has been proven useful in prompting search for and characterization of circulating wheal-producing factors in chronic urticaria, its specificity as a screening test for presence of functional anti-FceR1 is low, and confirmation by demonstration of histamine-releasing activity in the patient's serum must be the benchmark test in establishing this diagnosis. Improved screening tests are being sought; for example, ability of the chronic urticaria patient's serum to evoke expression of CD 203c on donor human basophils is showing some promise. The strong association between autoimmune thyroid disease and autoimmune urticaria is also an area of ongoing research. Drug treatment continues to be centered on the H1 antihistamines, and the newer second-generation compounds appear to be safe and effective even in off-label dosage. Use of systemic steroids should be confined to special circumstances such as tapering regimens for acute flare-ups. Use of leukotriene antagonists is becoming popular, but the evidence for efficacy is conflicting. Cyclosporin is also effective and can be used in selected cases of autoimmune urticaria, and it is also effective in non

  20. Practical management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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    Kishaba, Tomoo

    2015-01-01

    Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is relentless progressive interstitial lung disease (ILD) of unknown etiology. Main pathogenesis is aberrant recovery of epithelial injury and collagen deposition. Majority of IPF patients have been elderly men with smokers. However, there are important differential diagnosis such as fibrotic non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), Connective Tissue Disease (CTD) associated ILD, chronic hypersensitivity pneumonia (CHP). Clinical point of view, non-productive cough and progressive exertional dyspnea are main symptoms. In addition, scalene muscle hypertrophy, fine crackles and finger clubbing are key findings. Serum marker such as lactate deydrogenase (LDH), Krebs von den Lungeng-6 (KL-6) are sensitive for ILD detection and activity. Pulmonary function test and 6 minute walk test (6MWT) are quite meaningful physiological examination. Serial change of forced vital capacity 6MWT distance predict mortality of IPF. International IPF guideline published recently and highlighted on the importance of high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings. Key findings of IPF are honeycombing, traction bronchiectasis and subpleural reticular opacity. IPF is chronic progressive disease. Therefore, tracing disease behavior is crucial and unifying clinical, physiological, imaging information over time provide useful information for physicians.In management, many candidate agent failed to have positive result. Pirfenidone which is anti-fibrotic agent showed to slow the decline of vital capacity and prevent of acute exacerbation. Molecular agent such as nintedanib is promising agent for prevention of progression of IPF. In this review, we review the clinical information of IPF and IPF guideline. Lastly, we show the clinical algorithm of this devastated disease. PMID:26278687

  1. The impact of ruxolitinib on thrombosis in patients with polycythemia vera and myelofibrosis: a meta-analysis.

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    Samuelson, Bethany T; Vesely, Sara K; Chai-Adisaksopha, Chatree; Scott, Bart L; Crowther, Mark; Garcia, David

    2016-09-01

    The Food and Drug Administration approval of ruxolitinib for treatment of myelofibrosis and polycythemia vera has changed the management of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms. Yet the impact of this therapy on risk of thrombosis, a major cause of morbidity and mortality among these patients, remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of ruxolitinib on the risk of thrombosis among patients with polycythemia vera or myelofibrosis. Following identification of randomized controlled trials comparing ruxolitinib to standard care or placebo, rates of thrombosis, including venous and arterial thrombosis, were analyzed using fixed effects models. Rates of thrombosis were significantly lower among patients treated with ruxolitinib [risk ratio 0.45, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.23-0.88]. Subgroup analysis of venous and arterial thrombosis demonstrated similar risk ratios, which did not reach statistical significance (risk ratio 0.46, 95% CI 0.14-1.48 and RR 0.42, 95% CI 0.18-1.01, respectively). In conclusion, our analysis suggests that JAK2 inhibition with ruxolitinib decreases the risk of arterial and/or venous thrombosis in patients with polycythemia vera or myelofibrosis. These findings will require confirmation in a prospective study. PMID:26569516

  2. Efficacy and tolerability of hydroxyurea in the treatment of the hyperproliferative manifestations of myelofibrosis: results in 40 patients.

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    Martínez-Trillos, Alejandra; Gaya, Anna; Maffioli, Margherita; Arellano-Rodrigo, Eduardo; Calvo, Xavier; Díaz-Beyá, Marina; Cervantes, Francisco

    2010-12-01

    Hydroxyurea (HU) is frequently given as treatment for myelofibrosis (MF), but data on its efficacy and tolerability are scarce. The results of HU therapy were evaluated in 40 patients with hyperproliferative manifestations of primary (n = 32), post-polycythemia vera (n = 6), or post-essential thrombocythemia (n = 2) myelofibrosis. Median interval between diagnosis and HU start was 6.2 months (range 0-141.7). Reasons for treatment were constitutional symptoms (55%), symptomatic splenomegaly (45%), thrombocytosis (40%), leukocytosis (28%), pruritus (10%), and bone pain (8%). The starting dose was 500 mg/day, subsequently adjusted to the individual efficacy and tolerability. Response was bone pain 100%, constitutional symptoms 82%, pruritus 50%, splenomegaly 40%, and anemia 12.5%. According to the International Working Group for Myelofibrosis Research and Treatment criteria, clinical improvement was achieved in 16 patients (40%). Median duration of response was 13.2 months (range 3-126.2). Worsening of the anemia or appearance of pancytopenia were observed in 18 patients, requiring administration of erythropoietin-stimulating agents (n = 17) and/or danazol (n = 9). Oral or leg ulcers appeared in five patients and one had gastrointestinal symptoms. HU is an effective and generally well-tolerated therapy for the hyperproliferative manifestations of MF. The accentuation of the anemia often induced by HU is usually manageable with concomitant treatment. PMID:20567824

  3. Initial management of adults with idiopathic (immune) thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    George, J N

    2002-03-01

    Since idiopathic (immune) thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in adults is usually a chronic condition with few spontaneous remissions, the goal of treatment is not cure, but to maintain a hemostatically safe platelet level. The indication for treatment should be based not merely on platelet counts, but also clinical indices of bleeding. Although most patients show good initial response to prednisone, the side effects of steroids limit this treatment. Currently, long-term management usually involves splenectomy. Since splenectomy has surgical risks and may also predispose the patient to sepsis, a clinical trial using anti-D (WinRho-SDR) has been performed to determine whether this treatment can safely delay or avoid the need for surgery. The use of WinRho may also reveal the occurrence of spontaneous remissions, a previously unrecognized subgroup of adults with chronic ITP. PMID:11913992

  4. Idiopathic Adulthood Ductopenia: ‘It Is Out There’

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    Bilal, Mohammad; Kazemi, Ali; Babich, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Idiopathic adulthood ductopenia (IAD) is a chronic cholestatic entity of unknown origin characterized by loss of inter-lobular bile ducts that was first described two decades ago. Although the diagnostic criteria have been described in detail, IAD continues to be a rare diagnosis. Our thorough literature search revealed less than a hundred cases of IAD reported. Here we present a 34-year-old female with no significant past history who was evaluated for persistent elevation of serum alkaline phosphate levels. Serology was negative for all viral hepatitides, and a chronic liver disease workup was unremarkable. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography did not reveal any abnormalities in the biliary tree. Finally, a liver biopsy demonstrated ductopenia involving greater than 50% of the portal triads, making a diagnosis of IAD. Since the disease can progress rapidly, close follow-up is warranted, so liver transplantation can be pursued if deemed necessary. PMID:27403109

  5. Treatment of uveitis associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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    Bou, Rosa; Iglesias, Estíbaliz; Antón, Jordi

    2014-08-01

    Chronic anterior uveitis affects 10-30 % of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and is still a cause of blindness in childhood. In most patients it is asymptomatic, bilateral, and recurrent, so careful screening and early diagnosis are important to obtain the best long-term prognosis. The treatment of chronic uveitis associated with JIA is challenging. Initial treatment is based on topical steroids and mydriatic drops. Methotrexate is the most common first-line immunomodulatory drug used. For refractory patients, biologicals, mainly the anti-tumor-necrosis-factor (TNF) drugs adalimumab and infliximab, have been revealed to be effective and have changed the outcome for these patients. Collaboration between pediatric rheumatologists and ophthalmologists is important for the successful diagnosis and treatment of patients with uveitis associated with JIA. PMID:24938442

  6. Posterior asymmetry and idiopathic scoliosis

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    2009-01-01

    Study design Are there neuro-anatomical abnormalities associated with idiopathic scoliosis (IS)? Posterior Basicranium (PBA) reflects cerebellum growth and contains vestibular organs, two structures suspected to be involved in scoliosis. Objective The aim of this study was to compare posterior basicranium asymmetry (PBA) in Idiopathic scoliosis (IS) and normal subjects. Method: To measure the shape of PBA in 3D, we defined an intra-cranial frame of reference based on CNS and guided by embryology of the neural tube. Measurements concerned three directions of space referred to a specific intra cranial referential. Data acquisition was performed with T2 MRI (G.E. Excite 1.5T, mode Fiesta). We explored a scoliosis group of 76 women and 20 men with a mean age of 17, 2 and a control group of 26 women and 16 men, with a mean age of 27, 7. Results: IS revealed a significant asymmetry of PBA (Pr>|t|<.0001) in 3 directions of space compared to the control group. This asymmetry was more pronounced in antero-posterior...

  7. Idiopathic epilepsy and school achievement.

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    Sturniolo, M G; Galletti, F

    1994-05-01

    Forty one children (20 boys, 21 girls) aged 6-10.8 years (mean age 8.6 years) who were affected with idiopathic epilepsy underwent neuropsychological (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Bender test) and behavioural assessment (Personality Inventory for Children; this was also used in a matched control group). Further information was obtained by teachers' reports. School underachievement occurred in 25 children (61%). Statistical analysis showed no influence of sex, social background, age of onset, seizure type, duration of illness, features seen on electroencephalography, and treatment. School failure was due to poor performance in almost all academic fields, and was associated with higher visuomotor impairment; children showing good school performance had a higher mean IQ and less visuomotor impairment. The behaviour of children with epilepsy who had a good academic performance did not differ from that of their healthy peers. Emotional maladjustment (social skill impairment, depression, poor motivation, and low self esteem) was associated with poor school performance. Such problems, that may complicate the course of idiopathic epilepsy and require an appropriate educational programme, should be carefully considered by the clinician. PMID:8017966

  8. Molecular approach to diagnose BCR/ABL negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms

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    Michelle Maccarini Barcelos

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms arise from clonal proliferation of hematopoietic stem cells. According to the World Health Organization myeloproliferative neoplasms are classified as: chronic myelogenous leukemia, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, primary myelofibrosis, chronic neutrophilic leukemia, chronic eosinophilic leukemia, hypereosinophilic syndrome, mast cell disease, and unclassifiable myeloproliferative neoplasms. In the revised 2008 WHO diagnostic criteria for myeloproliferative neoplasms, mutation screening for JAK2V617F is considered a major criterion for polycythemia vera diagnosis and also for essential thrombocythemia and primary myelofibrosis, the presence of this mutation represents a clonal marker. There are currently two hypotheses explaining the role of the JAK2V617F mutation in chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms. According to these theories, the mutation plays either a primary or secondary role in disease development. The discovery of the JAK2V617F mutation has been essential in understanding the genetic basis of chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms, providing some idea on how a single mutation can result in three different chronic myeloproliferative neoplasm phenotypes. But there are still some issues to be clarified. Thus, studies are still needed to determine specific molecular markers for each subtype of chronic myeloproliferative neoplasm.

  9. Unexplained childhood anaemia: idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis.

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    Siu, K K; Li, Rever; Lam, S Y

    2015-04-01

    This report demonstrates pulmonary haemorrhage as a differential cause of anaemia. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis is a rare disease in children; it is classically described as a triad of haemoptysis, pulmonary infiltrates on chest radiograph, and iron-deficiency anaemia. However, anaemia may be the only presenting feature of idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis in children due to occult pulmonary haemorrhage. In addition, the serum ferritin is falsely high in idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis which increases the diagnostic difficulty. We recommend that pulmonary haemorrhage be suspected in any child presenting with iron-deficiency anaemia and persistent bilateral pulmonary infiltrates. PMID:25904566

  10. Abdominal Massage for the Treatment of Idiopathic Constipation in Children with Profound Learning Disabilities: A Single Case Study Design

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    Moss, Lucy; Smith, Melanie; Wharton, Sarah; Hames, Annette

    2008-01-01

    Chronic constipation is a common problem in people with learning disabilities. Treatment often involves dietary changes or long-term laxative use. The participants were five children with profound learning disabilities and additional physical difficulties. Their long-standing idiopathic constipation was managed by laxatives. Intervention lasted up…

  11. Pros and cons of splenectomy in patients with myelofibrosis undergoing stem cell transplantation.

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    Li, Z; Deeg, H J

    2001-03-01

    During fetal development, the spleen is a major hemopoietic organ. In the adult human, this task is relinquished to the bone marrow. However, under the stress of certain pathologic conditions, extramedullary hemopoiesis may again occur in the spleen. This is especially true for diseases of the marrow, in particular, myeloproliferative disorders such as agnogenic myeloid metaplasia, which is associated with severe fibrosis of the marrow space. At the same time, the spleen sequesters blood cells and contributes to peripheral blood cytopenias, which may improve following splenectomy. However, success is unpredictable, and the operative mortality of splenectomy is on the order of 10%. As a growing number of patients undergo hemopoietic stem cell transplantation as definitive therapy for myelofibrosis, the decision on splenectomy has additional ramifications since the spleen plays an important role in the kinetics of engraftment of donor cells and in immune reconstitution. We conclude from our analysis of available information that the benefit of splenectomy is difficult to predict, although after transplantation splenectomized patients have faster hemopoietic recovery. It appears that the most important indication for splenectomy in these patients is the relief of symptoms from massive spleen enlargement. PMID:11237072

  12. Clinical effect of driver mutations of JAK2, CALR, or MPL in primary myelofibrosis.

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    Rumi, Elisa; Pietra, Daniela; Pascutto, Cristiana; Guglielmelli, Paola; Martínez-Trillos, Alejandra; Casetti, Ilaria; Colomer, Dolors; Pieri, Lisa; Pratcorona, Marta; Rotunno, Giada; Sant'Antonio, Emanuela; Bellini, Marta; Cavalloni, Chiara; Mannarelli, Carmela; Milanesi, Chiara; Boveri, Emanuela; Ferretti, Virginia; Astori, Cesare; Rosti, Vittorio; Cervantes, Francisco; Barosi, Giovanni; Vannucchi, Alessandro M; Cazzola, Mario

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    We studied the impact of driver mutations of JAK2, CALR, (calreticulin gene) or MPL on clinical course, leukemic transformation, and survival of patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF). Of the 617 subjects studied, 399 (64.7%) carried JAK2 (V617F), 140 (22.7%) had a CALR exon 9 indel, 25 (4.0%) carried an MPL (W515) mutation, and 53 (8.6%) had nonmutated JAK2, CALR, and MPL (so-called triple-negative PMF). Patients with CALR mutation had a lower risk of developing anemia, thrombocytopenia, and marked leukocytosis compared with other subtypes. They also had a lower risk of thrombosis compared with patients carrying JAK2 (V617F). At the opposite, triple-negative patients had higher incidence of leukemic transformation compared with either CALR-mutant or JAK2-mutant patients. Median overall survival was 17.7 years in CALR-mutant, 9.2 years in JAK2-mutant, 9.1 years in MPL-mutant, and 3.2 years in triple-negative patients. In multivariate analysis corrected for age, CALR-mutant patients had better overall survival than either JAK2-mutant or triple-negative patients. The impact of genetic lesions on survival was independent of current prognostic scoring systems. These observations indicate that driver mutations define distinct disease entities within PMF. Accounting for them is not only relevant to clinical decision-making, but should also be considered in designing clinical trials. PMID:24986690

  13. Transcriptome analysis of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells from patients with primary myelofibrosis

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    Christophe Martinaud

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Primary myelofibrosis (PMF is a clonal myeloproliferative neoplasm whose severity and treatment complexity are attributed to the presence of bone marrow (BM fibrosis and alterations of stroma impairing the production of normal blood cells. Despite the recently discovered mutations including the JAK2V617F mutation in about half of patients, the primitive event responsible for the clonal proliferation is still unknown. In the highly inflammatory context of PMF, the presence of fibrosis associated with a neoangiogenesis and an osteosclerosis concomitant to the myeloproliferation and to the increase number of circulating hematopoietic progenitors suggests that the crosstalk between hematopoietic and stromal cells is deregulated in the PMF BM microenvironmental niches. Within these niches, mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSC play a hematopoietic supportive role in the production of growth factors and extracellular matrix which regulate the proliferation, differentiation, adhesion and migration of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells. A transcriptome analysis of BM-MSC in PMF patients will help to characterize their molecular alterations and to understand their involvement in the hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell deregulation that features PMF.

  14. Increased granulocytic, erythrocytic, and megakaryocytic progenitors in myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia

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    Nucleated cells obtained from blood and/or bone marrow of patients with myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MMM) were cultured in diffusion chambers (DC) implanted into the peritoneal cavities of irradiated mice. A total of five blood studies and two bone marrow studies were performed using cells obtained from five patients. The DC were harvested at intervals from the host mice and the total and differential cellularity of DC contents were evaluated. The results obtained from MMM cultures were compared with those from similar cultures of blood cells and marrow cells of four and six normal individuals respectively. The proliferation and maturation of the granulocytic, erythrocytic, and megakaryocytic lines in MMM cultures occurred in an orderly fashion as they occur in vivo. The patterns of proliferation and maturation of the three cell lines in cultures after day 7 suggest that they primarily originate from progenitor cells. The numbers of granulocytes in the multiplicative pool, recognizable red cell precursors, and megakaryocytes recovered were significantly greater from the MMM cultures than those from the normal blood or marrow cultures. These results suggest that the blood and marrow cells of MMM patients have increased numbers of progenitors for granulocytes, erythrocytes and megakaryocytes

  15. Pruritus in primary myelofibrosis: management options in the era of JAK inhibitors.

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    Vaa, Brianna E; Tefferi, Ayalew; Gangat, Naseema; Pardanani, Animesh; Lasho, Terra L; Finke, Christy M; Wolanskyj, Alexandra P

    2016-06-01

    Primary myelofibrosis (PMF)-associated pruritus is often severe and requires treatment. Fifty-one patients with bone marrow-proven PMF with associated pruritus were identified from a primary cohort of patients with PMF (n = 566) seen at our institution. We conducted a retrospective review of the clinical characteristics, severity of pruritus, type of treatment, and response of these patients. Thirty-two out of 51 patients (63 %) reported severe PMF-associated pruritus and required a total of 108 treatment episodes, with complete response (CR), partial response (PR) and no response (NR) observed in 22, 23, and 55 % of episodes, respectively. The most common treatment categories included JAK inhibitors (n = 19), anti-depressants (n = 18), and antihistamines (n = 17). Highest CR rates were observed in patients treated with a JAK inhibitor (53 %) and immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDS (50 %)). Emerging targeted therapies may result in better symptom control and higher response rates in patients suffering from severe PMF-associated pruritus. PMID:27106700

  16. Autoimmune Myelofibrosis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature.

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    Koduri, Prasad R; Parvez, Mohammad; Kaza, Sashidhar; Vanajakshi, S

    2016-09-01

    Autoimmune myelofibrosis (AIMF) is a rare entity of steroid-responsive bone marrow fibrosis that accompanies a variety of autoimmune diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Rarely it may occur in patients with autoimmune markers but no definable autoimmune disease (Primary-AIMF). We report the cases of two young women with SLE-associated AIMF (SLE-AIMF). The first patient was a young woman who had pancytopenia, massive splenomegaly and reticulin fibrosis in the marrow biopsy. The pancytopenia and splenomegaly resolved completely within weeks of treatment with corticosteroids. Repeat marrow biopsy showed marked regression of marrow fibrosis. The second patient was a young woman with fever, anasarca, bicytopenia and reticulin fibrosis in the marrow biopsy. Steroid therapy resulted in rapid clinical improvement and resolution of pancytopenia. A review of the literature revealed a total of 30 patients with SLE-AIMF reported to-date. Patients with SLE-AIMF are young women with SLE and blood cytopenia who are found to have increased bone marrow reticulin on marrow biopsy. Steroid therapy results in rapid hematological recovery and regression of marrow fibrosis. Whether AIMF is one of several hematological complications of SLE, or represents a unique and distinct subset of patients with SLE in not clear. Prospective studies with longer follow-up are needed to better define the prevalence and clinical spectrum of SLE-AIMF. PMID:27429532

  17. The role of growth differentiation factor 15 in the pathogenesis of primary myelofibrosis

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    Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) is a pleiotropic cytokine that belongs to the transforming growth factor-β superfamily. Elevated serum concentrations of this cytokine have been reported in patients with various malignancies. To assess the potential roles of GDF15 in hematologic malignancies, we measured its serum levels in patients with these diseases. We found that serum GDF15 levels were elevated in almost all these patients, particularly in patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF). Immunohistochemical staining of bone marrow (BM) specimens revealed that GDF15 was strongly expressed by megakaryocytes, which may be sources of increased serum GDF15 in PMF patients. Therefore, we further assessed the contribution of GDF15 to the pathogenesis of PMF. Recombinant human (rh) GDF15 enhanced the growth of human BM mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs), and it enhanced the potential of these cells to support human hematopoietic progenitor cell growth in a co-culture system. rhGDF15 enhanced the growth of human primary fibroblasts, but it did not affect their expression of profibrotic genes. rhGDF15 induced osteoblastic differentiation of BM-MSCs in vitro, and pretreatment of BM-MSCs with rGDF15 enhanced the induction of bone formation in a xenograft mouse model. These results suggest that serum levels of GDF15 in PMF are elevated, that megakaryocytes are sources of this cytokine in BM, and that GDF15 may modulate the pathogenesis of PMF by enhancing proliferation and promoting osteogenic differentiation of BM-MSCs

  18. Evaluation of a new tablet formulation of deferasirox to reduce chronic iron overload after long-term blood transfusions

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    2016-01-01

    Anna W Chalmers, Jamile M Shammo Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA Abstract: Transfusion-dependent anemia is a common feature in a wide array of hematological disorders, including thalassemia, sickle cell disease, aplastic anemia, myelofibrosis, and myelodysplastic syndromes. In the absence of a physiological mechanism to excrete excess iron, chronic transfusions ultimately cause iron overload. Without correcti...

  19. Scintigraphic measurement of colonic transit in patients with idiopathic constipation

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    Yoon, K. H.; Kim, C. K. [College of Medicine, Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate usefulness of scintigraphic measurement of total and regional colonic transit in patients with idiopathic constipation. 25 patients who were complained chronic constipation underwent scintigraphic measurement of the total and regional colon transit. Of them 10 patients were diagnosed as idiopathic constipation, none of whom had evidence of abnormal function of the pelvic floor. Ten healthy volunteers were also studied. 67 Gallium-labelled Amberlite resin particles were ingested in a coated capsule with methacrylate that dispersed in the ileocecal region. Images were obtained using a gamma camera at regular intervals for the 2, 4, 8, 24, and 48 hours after the initial counting of the radioactivity in the cecum. We determined the geometric center in four regions of interest in the colon (ascending, transverse, descending, and rectosigmoid). Ten patients with colonic inertia showed significant retention of solid residue in the ascending and transverse colon over a 48-hour period. The median values for the healthy subjects at 2, 4, 8, and 24, and 48 hours were 1.44{+-}0.2 (midway through ascending), 1.71{+-}0.45 (midway through transverse), 2.64{+-}0.95 (midway through descending), 3.94{+-}0.89 (midway through rectosigmoid), and 4.52{+-}0.76 (midway through the stool compartment). On the contrary, the values of ten patients with colonic inertia were 1.0{+-}0.0 (midway through ascending), 1.0{+-}0.0 (midway through ascending). 1.02 {+-}0.06 (midway through ascending), 1.70{+-}0.36 (midway through transverse), and 2.33{+-}0.31(midway through descending) at the same time (p<0.001). In patients with idiopathic constipation is characterized by exaggerated reservoir factions of the ascending and transverse colons. Scintigraphy using 67 Gallium-labelled pellets seems to be a useful tool to demonstrate the delayed colonic transit in patients with colonic inertia.

  20. The Etiology of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

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    Rigante, Donato; Bosco, Annalisa; Esposito, Susanna

    2015-10-01

    Over the years, the commonly used term to describe juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) has changed. By definition, JIA includes all types of arthritis with no apparent cause, lasting more than 6 weeks, in patients aged less than 16 years at onset. JIA pathogenesis is still poorly understood: the interaction between environmental factors and multiple genes has been proposed as the most relevant working mechanism to the development of JIA. The concept that various microbes that colonize or infect not only the mucosal surfaces, like the oral cavity, but also the airways and gut might trigger autoimmune processes, resulting in chronic arthritides, and JIA was first drafted at the outset of last century. JIA development might be initiated and sustained by the exposure to environmental factors, including infectious agents which affect people at a young age, depending on the underlying genetic predisposition to synovial inflammation. Many data from patients with JIA suggest a scenario in which different external antigens incite multiple antigen-specific pathways, cytotoxic T cell responses, activation of classical complement cascade, and production of proinflammatory cytokines. In this review, emphasis is paid not only to the potential role of parvovirus B19 and Epstein-Barr virus in primis but also to the general involvement of different bacteria as Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Campylobacter spp., Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Bartonella henselae, and Streptococcus pyogenes for the development of immune-mediated arthritides during childhood. No unequivocal evidence favoring or refuting these associations has been clearly proved, and today, the strict definition of JIA etiology remains unknown. The infection can represent a random event in a susceptible individual, or it can be a necessary factor in JIA development, always in combination with a peculiar genetic background. Further studies are needed in order to address the unsolved questions

  1. Optimal management of idiopathic macular holes.

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    Madi, Haifa A; Masri, Ibrahim; Steel, David H

    2016-01-01

    This review evaluates the current surgical options for the management of idiopathic macular holes (IMHs), including vitrectomy, ocriplasmin (OCP), and expansile gas use, and discusses key background information to inform the choice of treatment. An evidence-based approach to selecting the best treatment option for the individual patient based on IMH characteristics and patient-specific factors is suggested. For holes without vitreomacular attachment (VMA), vitrectomy is the only option with three key surgical variables: whether to peel the inner limiting membrane (ILM), the type of tamponade agent to be used, and the requirement for postoperative face-down posturing. There is a general consensus that ILM peeling improves primary anatomical hole closure rate; however, in small holes (400 µm) and chronic holes (>1-year history) are usually treated with long-acting gas and posturing. Several studies on posturing and gas choice were carried out in combination with ILM peeling, which may also influence the gas and posturing requirement. Combined phacovitrectomy appears to offer more rapid visual recovery without affecting the long-term outcomes of vitrectomy for IMH. OCP is licensed for use in patients with small- or medium-sized holes and VMA. A greater success rate in using OCP has been reported in smaller holes, but further predictive factors for its success are needed to refine its use. It is important to counsel patients realistically regarding the rates of success with intravitreal OCP and its potential complications. Expansile gas can be considered as a further option in small holes with VMA; however, larger studies are required to provide guidance on its use. PMID:26834454

  2. Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias: Classification revision

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    Demosthenes Bouros MD, PhD, FCCP

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The American Thoracic Society (ATS, the European Respiratory Society (ERS and the Japan Respiratory Society (JRS are planning a revision of the 2002 ATS/ERS International Multidisciplinary Classification of Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias (IIPs1. In two years’ time it will be 10 years since its publication and with a view to publishing the revision after 10 years (i.e., in 2012, a steering committee has been established, which met in New Orleans during ATS congress in May 2010 and more recently in Barcelona during the ERS congress (Photo. The committee will meet again during the ATS and the ERS congresses that will be held in the next two years, with an additional meeting in Modena, Italy, in Αpril 2011.

  3. Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies: An update

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    Bulent KURT

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM are a heterogeneous group of disease with complex clinical features. It has been sub-classified as: (1 Dermatomyositis, (2 Polymyositis, and (3 Inclusion body myositis (IBM. Nowadays, there are some studies in literature suggest necrotizing autoimmune myopathy and immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy should also be added to this group of disease. There is a debate in the diagnosis of IIMs and up until now, about 12 criteria systems have been proposed. Some of the criteria systems have been used widely such as Griggs et al.'s proposal for IBM. Clinical findings, autoantibodies, enzymes, electrophysiological, and muscle biopsy findings are diagnostic tools. Because of diseases' complexity, none of the findings are diagnostic alone. In this study, we discussed the diagnostic criteria of IMMs and described detailed morphological features. [J Interdiscipl Histopathol 2016; 4(2.000: 41-45

  4. Mechanisms of neutrophil accumulation in the lungs of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Hunninghake, G W; Gadek, J E; Lawley, T J; Crystal, R G

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    Neutrophils are a characteristic feature of the alveolitis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). a chronic disorder limited to lung. One mechanism by which neutrophils may be selectively attracted to lung and not other tissues is via the secretion of the neutrophil-specific chemotactic factor by alveolar macrophages. To evaluate the role of alveolar macrophages in modulating the migration of neutrophils to he lung in IPF, alveolar macrophages, obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage of patients ...

  5. Seroprevalence of parvovirus B19 IgG in children affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    Weissbrich, Benedikt; Süß-Fröhlich, Yvonne; Girschick, Hermann J.

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    Parvovirus (PV) B19 is the causative agent of the childhood disease erythema infectiosum. An association of PV B19 with chronic arthropathies, sometimes resembling rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), has repeatedly been described. Other studies, however, have failed to identify any such relationship. In order to study further whether there is a link between PV B19 and JIA, we determined the prevalence of PV B19 specific IgG antibodies in serum samples from children wi...

  6. Developmental dyscalculia in children and adolescents with idiopathic epilepsies in a Brazilian sample

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    Ursula Thomé; Sandra Regina da Paixão Alves; Sabrina Mendonça Guerreiro; Célia Regina Carvalho Machado da Costa; Fernanda de Souza Moreira; Andrea Bandeira Lima; Maria Rita Ferreira Tavares; Heber de Souza Maia Filho

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    Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders of childhood which can threaten child development and mental health. Among cognitive disorders, dyscalculia is one of the most important. In this study, 39 children and adolescents with idiopathic epilepsy underwent clinical and neuropsychological assessment to determine the intellectual level, math skills, reading and writing performance and neuropsychological profile. It was observed that the mathematical ability was below schooling ex...

  7. Medical and Surgical Treatment of Idiopathic Granulomatous Lobular Mastitis: A Benign Inflammatory Disease Mimicking Invasive Carcinoma

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    Gurleyik, Gunay; Aktekin, Ali; Aker, Fugen; Karagulle, Hikmet; Saglamc, Abdullah

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    Purpose Idiopathic granulomatous lobular mastitis (IGLM) is a rare chronic inflammatory disease of the breast with obscure etiology that mimics invasive carcinoma both clinically and radiologically. The treatment of IGLM remains controversial. The aim of proper management is to use a combination of medical and surgical treatment of this benign condition to achieve a good cosmetic result and low recurrence rate. Methods A retrospective analysis of 19 patients with IGLM is performed based on th...

  8. Raised serum levels of IGFBP-1 and IGFBP-2 in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Guiot, Julien; Bondue, B.; HENKET, MONIQUE; CORHAY, JEAN-LOUIS; Louis, Renaud

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    Background Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disorder of unknown origin, which ultimately leads to death. Several growth factors such as IGFs (insulin-like-growth factor) and IGFBPs (insulin like growth factor binding proteins) seem to take part to the pathogenesis. We evaluated IGFs and IGFBPs in serum from patients with IPF and healthy subjects including 24 untreated IPF and 26 IPF receiving anti-fibrotic therapy and to compare them with healthy subjects. Methods Serum o...

  9. A physician survey reveals differences in management of idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis

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    Chin, Chana I.C.; Kohn, Shirleen Loloyan; Keens, Thomas G.; Margetis, Monique F.; Kato, Roberta M.

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    Background Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH) is a rare disorder of unknown etiology characterized by chronic pulmonary hemorrhage and presents with a triad of anemia, hemoptysis and pulmonary infiltrates. IPH is a diagnosis of exclusion with a variable and disparate clinical course. Despite existing therapies, few children achieve full remission while others have recurrent hemorrhage, progressive lung damage, and premature death. Methods We surveyed physicians who care for patients wit...

  10. Psychological Profile in Children and Adolescents with Severe Course Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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    Emanuela Russo; E. Trevisi; Zulian, F; M. A. Battaglia; Viel, D.; Facchin, D.; Chiusso, A.; Martinuzzi, A

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    Objective. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is the most common chronic pediatric rheumatic disease. It is recognized that only reliance on clinical signs of disease outcome is inadequate for understanding the impact of illness and its treatment on child's life and functioning. There is a need for a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to children with arthritis which considers both physical and emotional functioning. This study investigated the psychosocial functioning of children and a...

  11. Complementary and alternative medicine use in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease and juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    Nousiainen, Pauliina; Merras-Salmio, Laura; Aalto, Kristiina; Kolho, Kaija-Leena

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    Background The use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is potentially prevalent among paediatric patients with chronic diseases but with variable rates among different age groups, diseases and countries. There are no recent reports on CAM use among paediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Europe. We hypothesized that CAM use associates with a more severe disease in paediatric IBD and JIA. Methods A cross-sectional questionnai...

  12. The Fecal Microbiome in Dogs with Acute Diarrhea and Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Jan S. Suchodolski; Melissa E Markel; Garcia-Mazcorro, Jose F.; Unterer, Stefan; Heilmann, Romy M.; Scot E Dowd; Kachroo, Priyanka; Ivanov, Ivan; Minamoto, Yasushi; Dillman, Enricka M.; Steiner, Jörg M.; Cook, Audrey K.; Toresson, Linda

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    Background Recent molecular studies have revealed a highly complex bacterial assembly in the canine intestinal tract. There is mounting evidence that microbes play an important role in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic enteropathies of dogs, including idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim of this study was to characterize the bacterial microbiota in dogs with various gastrointestinal disorders. Methodology/Principal Findings Fecal samples from healthy dogs (n = 32), dogs wi...

  13. Lung cancer in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients diagnosed during or after lung transplantation ☆

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    Hendriks, L.E.L.; Drent, M.; Haren, E.H.J. van; Verschakelen, J A; Verleden, G M

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    Lung transplantation is an accepted therapy for patients with end-stage lung disease and offers a major survival benefit in selected patients. The most important indications are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis besides cystic fibrosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension. The incidence of lung cancer in patients after Ltx is 20–25 times higher than in the general population. Diagnosis is often difficult in IPF patients because of the diffuse lung abnormal...

  14. Lung and chest wall mechanics in ventilated patients with end stage idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Nava, S.; Rubini, F.

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    BACKGROUND—Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an inflammatory disease which leads to chronic ventilatory insufficiency and is characterised by a reduction in pulmonary static and dynamic volumes. It has been suggested that lung elastance may also be abnormally increased, particularly in end stage disease, but this has not been systematically tested. The aim of this study was to assess the respiratory mechanics during mechanical ventilation in patients affected by end stage ...

  15. Association of Celiac Disease With Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis; Lane Hamilton Syndrome

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    Hikmet Tekin Nacaroglu; Ozlem Sarac Sandal; Ozlem Bag; Semiha Bahceci Erdem; Ozlem Bekem Soylu; Gulden Diniz; Aysel Ozturk; Demet Can

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    Introduction: Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis (IPH) is a rare cause of alveolar hemorrhage, which is seen primarily in childhood. Celiac disease is defined as a chronic, immune-mediated enteropathy of the small intestine, caused by exposure to dietary gluten in genetically pre-disposed individuals. Association of IPH and celiac disease is known as Lane Hamilton syndrome. There are limited number of case reports of this syndrome in literature. ...

  16. Idiopathic Organ Transplant Chorioretinopathy after Liver Transplantation

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    Maria Fernanda Abalem; Pedro Carlos Carricondo; Sergio Luis Gianotti Pimentel; Walter Yukihiko Takahashi

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    Idiopathic organ transplant chorioretinopathy is a rare disease associated with kidney and heart transplantation. We present a case secondary to liver transplantation including its multimodal imaging, differential diagnosis, and physiopathology discussion.

  17. [Chronic cough: common problem, discontended patients].

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    Koskela, Heikki; Purokivi, Minna

    2014-01-01

    The prevalence of chronic cough is 10 to 15%. It has a strong negative impact on the patients' quality of life and it often causes depression. Many patients find medications unhelpful. Successful management of chronic cough requires the identification of the underlying condition like chronic rhinosinusitis, asthma, and asthma-like syndrome, and esophageal reflux disease. If the underlying condition cannot be identified or if the drug trials fail to help, the patient probably suffers from idiopathic chronic cough. A new paradigm has been introduced in which chronic cough is regarded as a primary condition. PMID:25558624

  18. Family history of idiopathic REM behavior disorder

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    Dauvilliers, Yves; Postuma, Ronald B; Ferini-Strambi, Luigi;

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    To compare the frequency of proxy-reported REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) among relatives of patients with polysomnogram-diagnosed idiopathic RBD (iRBD) in comparison to controls using a large multicenter clinic-based cohort.......To compare the frequency of proxy-reported REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) among relatives of patients with polysomnogram-diagnosed idiopathic RBD (iRBD) in comparison to controls using a large multicenter clinic-based cohort....

  19. Idiopathic Arterial Calcification of Infancy: Case Report

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    Attia, Tarek Hamed; Abd Alhamed, Mohamed Maisara; Selim, Mohamed Fouad; Haggag, Mohamed Salah; Fathalla, Diaa

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    Idiopathic arterial calcification of infancy is a rare autosomal recessive disease, characterized by deposition of calcium along the internal elastic membrane of arteries, accompanied by fibrous thickening of the intima which causes luminal narrowing. Here we are reporting a case of idiopathic arterial calcification of infancy in a Saudi female newborn of non-consanguineous pregnant woman who had polyhydramnios. The newborn baby had severe respiratory distress, systemic hypertension and persi...

  20. Adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm

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    Jianfeng Liang; Zhuangli Guo; Li Zhang; Yanbing Yu

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    Aims: To study the clinical manifestations, illness-related factors and microsurgical management of adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm. Materials and Methods: Of the 1221 microvascular decompression procedures performed for idiopathic hemifacial spasm between March 2001 and July 2007, 16 (1.3%) were in adolescent age (≤18). Results: Clinical manifestations in the adolescent-onset were typical, but milder when compared with late-onset. Gender, thickening and adhesion of the arachnoid...

  1. The classification, natural history and radiological/histological appearance of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and the other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias

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    G. Raghu

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    Full Text Available The idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs are a heterogeneous group of rare interstitial lung diseases (ILDs or diffuse parenchymal lung diseases, which, as their name implies, are of unknown aetiology. The past 10 yrs have seen important advances in the classification of the IIPs into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF and its corresponding histopathological pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP, plus six non-IPF IIP subtypes. The present article will look at the current classification of IIPs, arising from the Consensus Statement of the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society, and discusses the importance of differential diagnosis of IPF from the non-IPF IIP subtypes, especially nonspecific interstitial pneumonia. Diagnosis of IIPs is a dynamic process involving close collaboration between pulmonologists, radiologists and pathologists. Increasingly accurate diagnosis of IPF has been made possible by the use of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT and refinements in surgical lung biopsy. In IPF, a lung HRCT will typically reveal irregular reticular opacities, traction bronchiestasis and, most importantly, peripheral honeycombing. In contrast, histological examination shows evidence of UIP manifesting as typically subpleural and paraseptal established fibrosis, often with honeycomb changes, associated with mild chronic inflammation and varying numbers of fibroblastic foci in continuity with the edges of areas of established fibrosis. Despite these advances, obtaining a consistent and uniform diagnosis of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias is difficult, with studies showing significant disagreement in the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases between academic centres of expertise and community-based clinicians. Greater interaction between academic and community clinicians, together with improved education, is needed to bridge this gap.

  2. Diagnosis and management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: French practical guidelines

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    Bruno Crestani

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is the most frequent chronic idiopathic interstitial pneumonia in adults. The management of rare diseases in France has been organised by a national plan for rare diseases, which endorsed a network of expert centres for rare diseases throughout France. This article is an overview of the executive summary of the French guidelines for the management of IPF, an initiative that emanated from the French National Reference Centre and the Network of Regional Competence Centres for Rare Lung Diseases. This review aims at providing pulmonologists with a document that: 1 combines the current available evidence; 2 reviews practical modalities of diagnosis and management of IPF; and 3 is adapted to everyday medical practice. The French practical guidelines result from the combined efforts of a coordination committee, a writing committee and a multidisciplinary review panel, following recommendations from the Haute Autorité de Santé. All recommendations included in this article received at least 90% agreement by the reviewing panel. Herein, we summarise the main conclusions and practical recommendations of the French guidelines.

  3. Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis: is it also an idiopathic entity?

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    Portillo, Karina; Guasch Arriaga, Ignasi; Ruiz-Manzano, Juan

    2015-10-01

    Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (PPFE) is a rare disease that has been recently included in the updated consensus on idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. It shares some clinical features with other chronic interstitial pneumonias (dyspnea, dry cough), and is radiologically characterized by pleural and subpleural parenchymal fibrosis and elastosis, mainly in the upper lobes. The main histological findings include pleural fibrosis and prominent subpleural and parenchymal fibroelastosis. Its characterization is based on the increasing number of cases reported in the literature, so several aspects of the etiology, pathogenesis and natural history are still unknown. Although some cases have been described as idiopathic, PPFE has been reported as a complication after bone marrow transplantation, lung transplantation and chemotherapy, especially with alkylating agents.Spontaneous or iatrogenic pneumothorax is a frequently reported complication of invasive diagnostic tests for identifying PPFE. The disease course is variable, ranging from slow progression to rapid clinical deterioration. No treatment has shown evidence of efficacy, and lung transplantation remains the only option for patients who fulfill the diagnostic criteria for this option. Recognizing and disseminating the specific features of PPFE is essential to raise the level of clinical suspicion for this entity, and to implement appropriate multidisciplinary diagnostic management. PMID:26099364

  4. Comparison of placebo and best available therapy for the treatment of myelofibrosis in the phase 3 COMFORT studies.

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    Mesa, Ruben A; Kiladjian, Jean-Jacques; Verstovsek, Srdan; Al-Ali, Haifa Kathrin; Gotlib, Jason; Gisslinger, Heinz; Levy, Richard; Siulnik, Andres; Gupta, Vikas; Khan, Mahmudul; DiPersio, John F; McQuitty, Mari; Catalano, John V; Hunter, Deborah S; Knoops, Laurent; Deininger, Michael; Cervantes, Francisco; Miller, Carole; Vannucchi, Alessandro M; Silver, Richard T; Barbui, Tiziano; Talpaz, Moshe; Barosi, Giovanni; Winton, Elliott F; Mendeson, Estella; Harvey, Jimmie H; Arcasoy, Murat O; Hexner, Elizabeth; Lyons, Roger M; Paquette, Ronald; Raza, Azra; Sun, William; Sandor, Victor; Kantarjian, Hagop M; Harrison, Claire

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    Prior to Janus kinase inhibitors, available therapies for myelofibrosis were generally supportive and did not improve survival. This analysis compares efficacy outcomes of patients with myelofibrosis in the control arms (placebo [n=154] and best available therapy [n=73]) from the two phase 3 COntrolled MyeloFibrosis study with ORal JAK inhibitor Treatment (COMFORT) studies. Spleen volume was assessed by magnetic resonance imaging/computed tomography at baseline and every 12 weeks through week 72; spleen length was assessed by palpation at each study visit. Health-related quality of life and symptoms were assessed using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 Items at baseline and in weeks 4, 8, 12, 16 and 24 in COMFORT-I and in weeks 8, 16, 24 and 48 in COMFORT-II. The demographic and baseline characteristics were similar between the control arms of the two studies. One patient who received placebo and no patients who received best available therapy had a ≥35% reduction in spleen volume from baseline at week 24. At 24 weeks, neither placebo nor best available therapy had produced clinically meaningful changes in global quality of life or symptom scales. Non-hematologic adverse events were mostly grade 1/2; the most frequently reported adverse events in each group were abdominal pain, fatigue, peripheral edema and diarrhea. These data suggest that non-Janus kinase inhibitor therapies provide little improvement in splenomegaly, symptoms or quality of life as compared with placebo. Both COMFORT-I (NCT00952289) and COMFORT-II (NCT00934544) studies have been appropriately registered with clinicaltrials.gov. PMID:23911705

  5. Whole blood transcriptional profiling reveals deregulation of oxidative and antioxidative defence genes in myelofibrosis and related neoplasms. Potential implications of downregulation of Nrf2 for genomic instability and disease progression.

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    Hans Carl Hasselbalch

    Full Text Available The Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms - essential thrombocythemia (ET, polycythemia vera (PV, and myelofibrosis (MF (MPNs - have recently been shown to be associated with chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS. Using whole blood transcriptional profiling, we report that several oxidative stress and anti-oxidative stress genes are significantly deregulated in MPNs. Among the twenty most up- and downregulated genes, ATOX1, DEFB122, GPX8, PRDX2, PRDX6, PTGS1, and SEPP1 were progressively upregulated from ET over PV to PMF, whereas AKR1B1, CYBA, SIRT2, TTN, and UCP2 were progressively downregulated in ET, PV and PMF (all FDR <0.05. The gene Nrf2, encoding the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NFE2L2 or Nrf2 was significantly downregulated in all MPNs. Nrf2 has a key role in the regulation of the oxidative stress response and modulates both migration and retention of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs in their niche. The patogenetic importance of Nrf2 depletion in the context of expansion of the hematopoietic progenitor pool in MPNs is discussed with particular focus upon the implications of concomitant downregulation of Nrf2 and CXCR4 for stem cell mobilization.

  6. Effect of NS-018, a selective JAK2V617F inhibitor, in a murine model of myelofibrosis

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    Nakaya, Y; K. Shide; Naito, H; Niwa, T; Horio, T; Miyake, J; Shimoda, K

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    A single somatic mutation, V617F, in Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) is one of the causes of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), including primary myelofibrosis, and the JAK2V617F mutant kinase is a therapeutic target in MPN. However, inhibition of wild-type (WT) JAK2 can decrease the erythrocyte or platelet (PLT) count. Our selective JAK2 inhibitor, NS-018, suppressed the growth of Ba/F3 cells harboring JAK2V617F more strongly than that of cells harboring WT JAK2. The 4.3-fold JAK2V617F selectivity o...

  7. High expression of carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule (CEACAM) 6 and 8 in primary myelofibrosis

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    Hasselbalch, Hans Carl; Skov, Vibe; Larsen, Thomas Stauffer; Thomassen, Mads; Riley, Caroline Hasselbalch; Jensen, Morten; Bjerrum, Ole Weis; Kruse, Torben A

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    Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is characterized by leukoerythroblastic anemia with circulating immature myeloid cells, including CD34+ cells, progressive splenomegaly and accumulation of connective tissue and neoangiogenesis in the bone marrow. Altered bone marrow stroma and cell adherence account for...... the egress of CD34+ cells from the bone marrow. Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule (CEACAM) 6 has been implicated in cell adhesion, cellular invasiveness, angiogenesis, and inflammation, which are all key processes in the pathophysiology of PMF. Accordingly, CEACAMs may play an...

  8. [The dynamic detection of cytokins under aplastic anemia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in the process of impact of hypoxic hypoxia].

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    Éralieva, M O

    2012-05-01

    The natural hypoxic hypoxia enhances the synthesis processes and decrease the concentration balance in cytokine rets in patients with depression of hematopoiesis. It is established that the patients with aplastic anemia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, in contrast with patients with acute leucosis, chronic myelolecosis and erythroid myeloma, have quite high values of IL-2, which can be involved in the organization of full-fledgee response to antigen stimuli. The application of hypoxic hypoxia as an additional method in treatment of aplastic anemia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura has no side effects and contraindications. PMID:22834158

  9. Overcoming treatment challenges in myelofibrosis and polycythemia vera: the role of ruxolitinib.

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    Bryan, Jeffrey C; Verstovsek, Srdan

    2016-06-01

    Myelofibrosis (MF) and polycythemia vera (PV) are BCR-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms associated with somatic hematopoietic stem cell mutations leading to over activation of JAK-STAT signaling. MF and PV are pathogenically related and share specific clinical features such as splenomegaly and constitutional symptoms. The MF phenotype is dominated by the effects of progressive bone marrow fibrosis resulting in shortened survival. In contrast, elevated thrombosis risk due to erythrocytosis is the primary clinical concern in PV. Ruxolitinib, an oral JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor, is approved in the USA for the treatment of patients with intermediate- or high-risk MF and patients with PV who have had an inadequate response to or are intolerant of hydroxyurea. For MF, results of two phase III studies demonstrated that ruxolitinib therapy reduced spleen volume and MF-related symptom burden, improved quality-of-life measures, and was associated with prolonged overall survival. Treatment benefits were generally sustained with continued therapy. Dose-dependent cytopenias were common but generally manageable with transfusions (for anemia), dose reduction, or treatment interruption. Optimal dosing management is critical to maintain long-term treatment benefit, because cessation of therapy resulted in rapid return of symptoms to baseline levels. Results of the phase III PV trial showed that ruxolitinib was significantly more effective than standard therapy in controlling hematocrit levels and improving splenomegaly and PV-related symptoms. Only 1 of 110 patients in the ruxolitinib arm compared with 6 of 112 patients in the control arm experienced a thromboembolic event through week 32. Grade ≥3 cytopenias were uncommon. PMID:27017614

  10. Homozygous calreticulin mutations in patients with myelofibrosis lead to acquired myeloperoxidase deficiency.

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    Theocharides, Alexandre P A; Lundberg, Pontus; Lakkaraju, Asvin K K; Lysenko, Veronika; Myburgh, Renier; Aguzzi, Adriano; Skoda, Radek C; Manz, Markus G

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    The pathogenesis of acquired myeloperoxidase (MPO) deficiency, a rare phenomenon observed in patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), is unknown. MPO is a glycoprotein (GP) chaperoned by calreticulin (CALR) in the endoplasmic reticulum. Mutations in CALR are frequently found in patients with myelofibrosis (MF) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) with nonmutated Janus kinase 2 (JAK2). We hypothesized that acquired MPO deficiency in MPN could be associated with the presence of CALR mutations. A cohort of 317 patients with MPN (142 polycythemia vera [PV], 94 ET, and 81 MF) was screened for MPO deficiency. MPO deficiency was observed in 6/81 MF patients (7.4%), but not in PV or ET patients. Susceptibility to infections had been documented in 2/6 (33%) MPO-deficient patients. Five out of 6 patients with MPO deficiency carried a homozygous CALR mutation and were also deficient in eosinophilic peroxidase (EPX). In contrast, 1 patient with MF, a JAK2-V617F mutation, and MPO deficiency, carried 2 previously reported MPO mutations and showed normal EPX activity. Patients with homozygous CALR mutations had reduced MPO protein, but normal MPO messenger RNA (mRNA) levels supporting a posttranscriptional defect in MPO production. Finally, we demonstrate in vitro that in the absence of CALR, immature MPO protein precursors are degraded in the proteasome. Therefore, 4 decades after the first description of acquired MPO deficiency in MPN, we provide the molecular correlate associated with this phenomenon and evidence that CALR mutations can affect the biosynthesis of GPs. PMID:27013444

  11. The Clinical Significance of IDH Mutations in Essential Thrombocythemia and Primary Myelofibrosis

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    Yonal-Hindilerden, Ipek; Daglar-Aday, Aynur; Hindilerden, Fehmi; Akadam-Teker, Basak; Yilmaz, Ceylan; Nalcaci, Meliha; Yavuz, Akif Selim; Sargin, Deniz

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    Background Limited data exist regarding impact of IDH mutations in Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (Ph-negative MPNs). Prognostic significance of IDH mutations was asessed in 184 Ph-negative MPN patients - 107 essential thrombocythemia (ET) and 77 primary myelofibrosis (PMF). Methods High-resolution melting (HRM) analysis was used to detect IDH1 and IDH2 mutations. Results PMF and ET patients showed no significant difference for prevalence of IDH mutations. Mutant IDH (IDH1 or IDH2) was documented in five of PMF (6.5%) and two of ET patients (1.9%). IDH mutations in ET patients included one IDH1 R132C and one IDH2 R140Q. Of the five IDH-mutated PMF patients, four (80%) displayed IDH1 (three IDH1 R132C and one IDH1 R132S) and one (20%) carried IDH2 (IDH2 R140Q) mutation. Sixty percent (three in five) of IDH-mutated PMF patients carried JAK2V617F with following allele burdens: 31-50%, 5-12.5% and 31-50%, respectively. Three of 77 PMF patients (3.9%) simultaneously harbored IDH and JAK2V617F mutations. IDH mutations in PMF showed a trend towards higher rate in females (100% and 52.8%, respectively). Bleeding complications were significantly higher in IDH-mutated PMF patients compared to IDH wild-type counterparts. Trend towards a lower prevalance of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) use was present in IDH mutant PMF patients compared to wild-type counterparts (20% and 63.9%, respectively). Death rate was higher in IDH-mutated PMF patients compared to IDH wild-type PMF patients (60% and 15.3%). In univariate analysis, a significantly shorter leukemia-free survival (LFS) was observed in IDH-mutated PMF patients. Conclusions We conclude that IDH mutations indicate a risk for leukemic transformation in PMF. PMID:26668680

  12. A 7-Gene Signature Depicts the Biochemical Profile of Early Prefibrotic Myelofibrosis.

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    Skov, Vibe; Burton, Mark; Thomassen, Mads; Stauffer Larsen, Thomas; Riley, Caroline H; Brinch Madelung, Ann; Kjær, Lasse; Bondo, Henrik; Stamp, Inger; Ehinger, Mats; Dahl-Sørensen, Rasmus; Brochmann, Nana; Nielsen, Karsten; Thiele, Jürgen; Jensen, Morten K; Weis Bjerrum, Ole; Kruse, Torben A; Hasselbalch, Hans Carl

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    Recent studies have shown that a large proportion of patients classified as essential thrombocythemia (ET) actually have early primary prefibrotic myelofibrosis (prePMF), which implies an inferior prognosis as compared to patients being diagnosed with so-called genuine or true ET. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2008 classification, bone marrow histology is a major component in the distinction between these disease entities. However, the differential diagnosis between them may be challenging and several studies have not been able to distinguish between them. Most lately, it has been argued that simple blood tests, including the leukocyte count and plasma lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) may be useful tools to separate genuine ET from prePMF, the latter disease entity more often being featured by anemia, leukocytosis and elevated LDH. Whole blood gene expression profiling was performed in 17 and 9 patients diagnosed with ET and PMF, respectively. Using elevated LDH obtained at the time of diagnosis as a marker of prePMF, a 7-gene signature was identified which correctly predicted the prePMF group with a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 89%. The 7 genes included MPO, CEACAM8, CRISP3, MS4A3, CEACAM6, HEMGN, and MMP8, which are genes known to be involved in inflammation, cell adhesion, differentiation and proliferation. Evaluation of bone marrow biopsies and the 7-gene signature showed a concordance rate of 71%, 79%, 62%, and 38%. Our 7-gene signature may be a useful tool to differentiate between genuine ET and prePMF but needs to be validated in a larger cohort of "ET" patients. PMID:27579896

  13. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients with myelofibrosis: A single center experience.

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    Schmohl, Joerg U; Groh, Christiane; Faul, Christoph; Vogel, Wichard; Möhle, Robert; Wirths, Stefan; Schneidawind, Dominik; Kanz, Lothar; Bethge, Wolfgang A

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    Myelofibrosis (MF) is a rare disease responsible for an increasing ineffective hematopoesis by a progressive fibrosing process in the bone marrow. The only curative treatment option is allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). In this single-center analysis, we evaluated retrospectively 54 consecutive patients suffering from primary or secondary MF which underwent HCT from 1997 to 2014 after either myeloablative (MAC, n = 19) or reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC, n = 35). Overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) after 3 years was 54/53 % for RIC versus 63/58 % for MAC (p = 0.8/0.97). Cumulative incidence of relapse was 34 % after RIC and 8 % after MAC (p = 0.16). Three-year non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 15 % after RIC and 34 % after MAC (p = 0.29). We found that RIC was associated with a lower incidence of acute graft versus host disease (GvHD; II-IV 26 vs. 0 %, p = 0.004). Evaluation of prognostic relevance of the Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System (DIPSS) score showed a significant better OS in patient with risk score ≤3 versus >3 (after 3 years, 71 vs. 39 %, p = 0.008). While similar OS and DFS were observed with MAC or RIC, the use of RIC resulted in lower incidence of acute GvHD. RIC regimens may be therefore the preferred conditioning approach for allogeneic HCT in patients with MF. PMID:27021303

  14. Anti-thymocyte globulin-induced hyperbilirubinemia in patients with myelofibrosis undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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    Ecsedi, Matyas; Schmohl, Jörg; Zeiser, Robert; Drexler, Beatrice; Halter, Jörg; Medinger, Michael; Duyster, Justus; Kanz, Lothar; Passweg, Jakob; Finke, Jürgen; Bethge, Wolfgang; Lengerke, Claudia

    2016-10-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) remains the only curative treatment option for myelofibrosis (MF) despite the emergence of novel targeted therapies. To reduce graft rejection and graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), current allo-HCT protocols often include in vivo T lymphocyte depletion using polyclonal anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG). Shortly after ATG administration, an immediate inflammatory response with fever, chills, and laboratory alterations such as cytopenias, elevation of serum C-reactive protein, bilirubin, and transaminases can develop. Here, we explore whether MF patients, who commonly exhibit extramedullary hematopoiesis in the liver, might be particularly susceptible to ATG-induced liver toxicity. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed 130 control and 94 MF patients from three transplant centers treated with or without ATG during the allo-HCT conditioning regimen. Indeed, hyperbilirubinemia was found in nearly every MF patient treated with ATG (MF-ATG 54/60 = 90 %) as compared to non-ATG treated MF (MF-noATG 15/34 = 44.1 %, p < 0.001) and respectively ATG-treated non-MF patients of the control group (control-ATG, 43/77 = 56 %, p < 0.001). In contrast, transaminases were only inconsistently elevated. Hyperbilirubinemia was in most cases self-limiting and not predictive of increased incidence of non-relapse mortality, hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) or liver GvHD. In sum, awareness of this stereotypic bilirubin elevation in MF patients treated with ATG provides a relatively benign explanation for hyperbilirubinemia occurring in these patients during the early transplant. However, attention to drug levels of biliary excreted drugs is warranted, since altered bile flow may influence their clearance and enhance toxicity (e.g., busulfan, antifungal agents). PMID:27480090

  15. Tie2 Expressing Monocytes in the Spleen of Patients with Primary Myelofibrosis.

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    Campanelli, Rita; Fois, Gabriela; Catarsi, Paolo; Poletto, Valentina; Villani, Laura; Erba, Benedetta Gaia; Maddaluno, Luigi; Jemos, Basilio; Salmoiraghi, Silvia; Guglielmelli, Paola; Abbonante, Vittorio; Di Buduo, Christian Andrea; Balduini, Alessandra; Iurlo, Alessandra; Barosi, Giovanni; Rosti, Vittorio; Massa, Margherita

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    Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is a Philadelphia-negative (Ph-) myeloproliferative disorder, showing abnormal CD34+ progenitor cell trafficking, splenomegaly, marrow fibrosis leading to extensive extramedullary haematopoiesis, and abnormal neoangiogenesis in either the bone marrow or the spleen. Monocytes expressing the angiopoietin-2 receptor (Tie2) have been shown to support abnormal angiogenic processes in solid tumors through a paracrine action that takes place in proximity to the vessels. In this study we investigated the frequency of Tie2 expressing monocytes in the spleen tissue samples of patients with PMF, and healthy subjects (CTRLs), and evaluated their possible role in favouring spleen angiogenesis. We show by confocal microscopy that in the spleen tissue of patients with PMF, but not of CTRLs, the most of the CD14+ cells are Tie2+ and are close to vessels; by flow cytometry, we found that Tie2 expressing monocytes were Tie2+CD14lowCD16brightCDL62-CCR2- (TEMs) and their frequency was higher (p = 0.008) in spleen tissue-derived mononuclear cells (MNCs) of patients with PMF than in spleen tissue-derived MNCs from CTRLs undergoing splenectomy for abdominal trauma. By in vitro angiogenesis assay we evidenced that conditioned medium of immunomagnetically selected spleen tissue derived CD14+ cells of patients with PMF induced a denser tube like net than that of CTRLs; in addition, CD14+Tie2+ cells sorted from spleen tissue derived single cell suspension of patients with PMF show a higher expression of genes involved in angiogenesis than that found in CTRLs. Our results document the enrichment of Tie2+ monocytes expressing angiogenic genes in the spleen of patients with PMF, suggesting a role for these cells in starting/maintaining the pathological angiogenesis in this organ. PMID:27281335

  16. JAK2 V617F genotype is a strong determinant of blast transformation in primary myelofibrosis.

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    Giovanni Barosi

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The influence of JAK2 V617F mutation on blast transformation (BT and overall survival (OS in primary myelofibrosis (PMF is controversial. In a large cohort of patients we applied competing risks analysis for studying the influence of JAK2V617F mutation on BT in PMF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 462 PMF-fibrotic type patients (bone marrow [BM] fibrosis grade >0 we computed the incidence of BT and death in the framework of Cox regression analysis and of Fine and Gray competing risks analysis for BT. RESULTS: At the Cox regression analysis, having either a wild-type (wt or a homozygous JAK2V617F genotype were factors for BT (HR, 1.98 and 2.04, respectively, with respect to the heterozygous genotype, but not for OS. At the competing risks regression analysis, the risk for BT in wt and homozygous V617F patients increased with respect to Cox analysis, giving a sHR of 2.17 and 2.12, respectively. Correcting the results for the variables that could have influence on BT, JAK2V617F wt and homozygous genotypes remained independently associated with BT. In a validation cohort of 133 independent cases with PMF-prefibrotic type (BM fibrosis grade = 0, the BT predictive model including JAK2V617F genotype and older age retained high discriminant capacity (C statistics, 0.70; 95% CI, 0.47 to 0.92. CONCLUSION: The accumulation of mutated alleles in the JAK2V617F clone or the selective acquisition of a proliferative advantage in the wt clone are two relevant routes to BT in PMF. The influence of these results on treatment decisions with anti-JAK2 agents should be tested.

  17. [Retro-odontoid pseudotumor in diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis].

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    Castro-Castro, Julián; Castro-Bouzas, Daniel; Pinzón-Millán, Alfonso; Pastor-Zapata, Ana

    2014-01-01

    Retro-odontoid pseudotumors are lesions caused by inflammatory granulation or reactive soft tissue hypertrophy from chronic atlantoaxial subluxation. However, one-third of the cases reported in the medical literature did not show atlantoaxial instability clearly. The authors present the case of a 76-year-old man previously diagnosed with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis who presented with severe progressive myelopathy. A magnetic resonance imaging of his cervical spine revealed a retro-odontoid predural mass, which caused a severe compression of the cervical spinal cord. The patient underwent a posterior laminectomy of the atlas and an occipitocervical fusion. After surgery, the pseudotumor was considerably smaller and the neurological symptoms improved. PMID:23465746

  18. Activation of Oncogenic Pathways in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Giulia M. Stella

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is defined as a specific form of chronic, progressive fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause. The most recent hypotheses on IPF pathogenesis suggest a central role of epithelial cell damage, followed by a dysregulated molecular cross talk between epithelial cells and fibroblasts. Thus, IPF progression has often been assimilated to that of cancer, and several signaling patterns appear to be disrupted in both diseases. Here, we analyze the expression in an IPF series of a panel of molecules, which are known to play a role in tumorigenic process. Our findings, although preliminary, reveal that IPF landscape is enriched in neoplastic potential expressed in a context of complex genomic polyclonality and cellular heterogeneity. These results provide a rationale for further investigations aimed to exploit—in a similar fashion to cancer—targeted therapies for a “precision medicine” approach to IPF.

  19. Idiopathic Lumbar Epidural Lipomatosis Mimicking Disc Herniation: A Case Report.

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    Duran, Efe; Ilik, Kemal; Acar, Turker; Yıldız, Melda

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    Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rare condition which is described as the accumulation of fat in the extradural territory and often causes dural impingement. Spinal epidural lipomatosis has been implicated in causing a variety of neurologic impairments ranging from back pain, radiculopathy, claudication, myelopathy or even cauda equina syndrome. We report a 46-year-old female with obesity and a history of chronic back pain and radiculopathy who developed idiopathic Spinal epidural lipomatosis diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. The purpose of this report is to present a case of spinal epidural lipomatosis presenting with symptomatic cord compression and also remind this rare condition as a the differential diagnosis of epidural lesions in patients with risk factors. PMID:27309484

  20. Medical image of teh week: idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. The patient is a 40 year-old man who was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis (IPH at the age of three. He has recurrent episodes of hemoptysis several times a year that are controlled with increased doses of prednisone. He is chronically on 10 mg daily which usually control his symptoms. A HRCT scan of the chest shows predominantly upper lung cystic changes both subpleural and clustered with a honeycomb appearance superimposed on a background of diffuse ground glass opacification. Typical HRCT findings include patchy scattered areas of ground glass opacity and consolidation that usually involve the perihilar and lower aspects of the lungs. However, case reports of rare findings of multiple honeycomb cystic changes have been reported that are thought to be a result of progressive fibrotic changes from hemosiderin deposition in the interstitium (1. These honeycomb cysts may represent sites of more severe and recurrent alveolar hemorrhage in adults ...

  1. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Myasthenia Gravis: An Unusual Association.

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    Chogtu, Bharti; Malik, Daliparty Vasudev; Magazine, Rahul

    2016-04-01

    Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic fibrosing lung condition with high morbidity and mortality, accounting for about 25% of the cases of interstitial lung diseases. It usually has a progressive course resulting in death due to respiratory failure. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, caused by antibody mediated activity against acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction. It is characterized by fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Extensive literature search did not reveal any case report of an association between these two conditions. Here we present a case of a patient with IPF who also developed MG. The diagnosis of IPF was based on High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) of the lung and that of MG was based on clinical criteria and electrophysiological testing. The case was successfully managed. PMID:27190866

  2. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Myasthenia Gravis: An Unusual Association

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    Chogtu, Bharti; Malik, Daliparty Vasudev

    2016-01-01

    Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic fibrosing lung condition with high morbidity and mortality, accounting for about 25% of the cases of interstitial lung diseases. It usually has a progressive course resulting in death due to respiratory failure. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, caused by antibody mediated activity against acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction. It is characterized by fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Extensive literature search did not reveal any case report of an association between these two conditions. Here we present a case of a patient with IPF who also developed MG. The diagnosis of IPF was based on High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) of the lung and that of MG was based on clinical criteria and electrophysiological testing. The case was successfully managed. PMID:27190866

  3. Idiopathic granulomatous hepatitis in an 11-year-old boy

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    Deepika Rustogi

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    Full Text Available Hepatic granulomas are reported in 2-15% of all liver biopsies that are attributable to various causes. Owing to the diverse prognostic and therapeutic implications, a detailed workup of all liver biopsies with granulomatous lesions is mandatory. The cause of the disease may remain obscure in up to 50% cases of "idiopathic granulomatous hepatitis" (IGH. This disease runs a chronic relapsing course. Hepatocellular dysfunction may be an early predominant manifestation unlike that in the available literature. Timely recognition and diagnosis of IGH is imperative as the disease responds well to immunosuppressants that can prevent permanent liver damage. We report a case of a young boy with IGH who was successfully treated with immunosuppressive therapy.

  4. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy associated with carcinoma.

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    Antoine, J C; Mosnier, J. F.; Lapras, J; Convers, P.; Absi, L; Laurent, B.; Michel, D

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    The association of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and carcinoma has rarely been reported and its relevance is debated. Thirty three consecutive patients with probable or definite CIDP (idiopathic or associated with M protein) were investigated. Three patients with definite CIDP had a concomitant carcinoma. One had an IgM paraprotein. Steroids and intravenous immunoglobulins were effective.

  5. Cancer risk after cyclophosphamide treatment in idiopathic membranous nephropathy

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    Brand, J.A. van den; Dijk, P.R. van; Hofstra, J.M.; Wetzels, J.F.

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    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cyclophosphamide treatment improves renal survival in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy. However, use of cyclophosphamide is associated with cancer. The incidence of malignancies in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy was evaluated, and the cancer

  6. Chronic Cutaneous Hyalophomycosis by Paecilomyces

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    BOUFFLETTE, Nicolas; Arrese Estrada, Jorge; Leonard, Philippe; Nikkels, Arjen

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    Paecilomyces lilacinus is a ubiquitous saprophytic fungus that rarely causes infections in humans, frequently affecting the eyes and the skin. Cutaneous and subcutaneous infections mainly occur in immunocompromised hosts but have occasionally been reported in immunocompetent patients. The clinical spectrum is highly heterogeneous and diagnosis is often delayed. A 60-year-old woman with idiopathic chronic necrotizing vasculitis treated since 10 years with a series of immunosuppressive thera...

  7. Assessment of bone marrow inflammation in patients with myelofibrosis: an {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT study

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    Derlin, Thorsten [Hannover Medical School, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover (Germany); University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hamburg (Germany); Alchalby, Haefaa; Triviai, Ioanna; Kroeger, Nicolaus [University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Clinic for Stem Cell Transplantation, Hamburg (Germany); Bannas, Peter [University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hamburg (Germany); Veldhoen, Simon [University Medical Center Wuerzburg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Wuerzburg (Germany); Apostolova, Ivayla [Otto-von-Guericke University, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Magdeburg (Germany); Bengel, Frank M. [Hannover Medical School, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover (Germany)

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    Myelofibrosis is a haematopoietic stem cell neoplasm characterized by bone marrow inflammation, reactive marrow fibrosis and extramedullary haematopoiesis. The aim of this study was to determine if {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT can be used to noninvasively visualize and quantify the extent and activity of bone marrow involvement. In 30 patients, the biodistribution of {sup 18}F-FDG was analysed by measuring the standardized uptake value in the bone marrow compartment and spleen. Imaging findings were compared with laboratory, cytogenetic and histopathological data. Retention of {sup 18}F-FDG was observed in bone marrow and spleen. Bone marrow involvement varied, ranging from mildly increased uptake in the central skeleton to extensive uptake in most parts of the skeleton. The extent of bone marrow involvement decreased over time from initial diagnosis (r{sub s} = -0.43, p = 0.019). Metabolic activity of the bone marrow decreased as the histopathological grade of fibrosis increased (r{sub s} = -0.37, p = 0.04). There was a significant positive correlation between the metabolic activity of the bone marrow and that of the spleen (p = 0.04). {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT is as a promising technique for the quantitation of bone marrow inflammation in myelofibrosis. Our data indicate that the intensity of bone marrow {sup 18}F-FDG uptake decreases as bone marrow fibrosis increases. Further evaluation in prospective studies is required to determine the potential clinical impact and prognostic significance of PET. (orig.)

  8. Idiopathic aneurysm of pulmonary artery

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    Pacheco, Julio B. Cota; Pimentel, Patricia N.; Knust, Beatriz S., E-mail: jcota@uol.com.br [Clinica de Cardiologia Cota Pacheco, Mogi das Cruzes, SP (Brazil)

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    Because it is a very rare isolated lesion, we decided to present this case of idiopathic pulmonary artery aneurysm (IPAA) and review the cases published in the literature in order to correlate our clinical and imaging findings, as well as management based on patient data. IPAA was first described in a case of autopsy by Bristowe in 1860 and later in 1947 by Deterling and Claggett, whose prevalence was lower than eight to one hundred thousand. Although the use of diagnostic imaging methods has been applied in a very large population in recent decades, this lesion has been most often described in postmortem examinations. Therefore, it is important to be aware of possible clinical symptoms, at times non-specific, as well as the signs on imaging studies. In this study, therefore, the report of a case of an asymptomatic patient whose diagnosis was done through color Doppler echocardiography in a routine test in 2012, later confirmed by simple chest computed tomography (chest CT) and cardiac catheterization as IPAA and its branches. We discussed the literature available and the possibilities for treatment and the use of color Doppler echocardiography as an initial diagnostic tool for such a rare and intriguing disease. (author)

  9. Idiopathic aneurysm of pulmonary artery

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    Because it is a very rare isolated lesion, we decided to present this case of idiopathic pulmonary artery aneurysm (IPAA) and review the cases published in the literature in order to correlate our clinical and imaging findings, as well as management based on patient data. IPAA was first described in a case of autopsy by Bristowe in 1860 and later in 1947 by Deterling and Claggett, whose prevalence was lower than eight to one hundred thousand. Although the use of diagnostic imaging methods has been applied in a very large population in recent decades, this lesion has been most often described in postmortem examinations. Therefore, it is important to be aware of possible clinical symptoms, at times non-specific, as well as the signs on imaging studies. In this study, therefore, the report of a case of an asymptomatic patient whose diagnosis was done through color Doppler echocardiography in a routine test in 2012, later confirmed by simple chest computed tomography (chest CT) and cardiac catheterization as IPAA and its branches. We discussed the literature available and the possibilities for treatment and the use of color Doppler echocardiography as an initial diagnostic tool for such a rare and intriguing disease. (author)

  10. Pneumothorax and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    We evaluated the relation between the severity of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and the incidence of pneumothorax on computed tomography (CT) images. In this retrospective study, we evaluated the presence of pneumothorax in 56 consecutive patients who died of IPF from the initial CT to death. We quantitatively analyzed a total of 207 CT images and measured the volume of the normal pattern (N-pattern) and each lesion pattern on the initial CT and their serial changes. The effects of pneumothorax and clinical and CT features on survival were evaluated using Cox regression analysis. Pneumothorax occurred in 17 of 56 patients. Comparison of the pneumothorax (+) and (-) groups showed the initial vital capacity (VC) was lower (P=0.005) and the follow-up period was shorter (P=0.03) in the former group. The decrease in the N-pattern volume in the pneumothorax (+) group was significantly faster than in the pneumothorax (-) group (P=0.013). Cox regression analyses identified a rapid decrease in N-pattern volume (P=0.008) and a rapid decrease in VC (P=0.002), but not pneumothorax, as significant predictors of poor survival. Pneumothorax in IPF patients is associated with lower VC and rapid deterioration of CT findings. The findings suggest that pneumothorax is a complication of advanced IPF. (author)

  11. Telltale teeth: Idiopathic Hypergonadotropic Hypogonadism

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    G S Lele

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The detection of any atypical extraoral or intraoral features warrants a thorough investigation, even if the patient is asymptomatic or unaware of these. At times, dental findings help in the diagnosis of an underlying systemic problem. These findings may or may not be associated with any syndrome. Thus, thorough examination and exhaustive investigations should be carried out for every atypical finding to ensure optimal oral and general health for the patient. Case Description: This is a case report of seventeen year old male who presented with peculiar/atypical dentition which ′told the tale′ and led to the diagnosis of underlying endocrinological problem about which the parents were totally unaware. The patient was short with central obesity and microcephaly. Intraorally, there was presence of thirty six microdonts. Consultation with pediatrician and endocrinologist, and thorough investigations confirmed the condition to be of ′Idiopathic Hypergonadotropic Hypogonadism′. The patient underwent not only oral rehabilitation, but also timely consultation and treatment from a pediatrician and an endocrinologist.

  12. Genetics Home Reference: familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification

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    ... Wang QK, Liu JY. Identification of a novel genetic locus on chromosome 8p21.1-q11.23 for idiopathic ... DH. Analysis of candidate genes at the IBGC1 locus associated with idiopathic basal ... DH. Genetic heterogeneity in familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (Fahr ...

  13. Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias: progress in classification, diagnosis, pathogenesis and management.

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    King, Talmadge E.

    2004-01-01

    The idiopathic interstitial pneumonias are a heterogeneous group of poorly understood diseases with often devastating consequences for those afflicted. Subclassification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonia based on clinical-radiological-pathological criteria has highlighted important pathogenic, therapeutic and prognostic implications. The most critical distinction is the presence of usual interstitial pneumonia, the histopathological pattern seen in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Idiopa...

  14. An update on pathophysiological mechanisms related to idiopathic oro-facial pain conditions with implications for management.

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    Forssell, H; Jääskeläinen, S; List, T; Svensson, P; Baad-Hansen, L

    2015-04-01

    Chronic oro-facial pain conditions such as persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP), atypical odontalgia (AO) and burning mouth syndrome (BMS), usually grouped together under the concept of idiopathic oro-facial pain, remain a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Lack of understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of these pain conditions is one of the important reasons behind the problems in diagnostic and management. During the last two decades, neurophysiological, psychophysical, brain imaging and neuropathological methods have been systematically applied to study the trigeminal system in idiopathic oro-facial pain. The findings in these studies have provided evidence for neuropathic involvement in the pathophysiology of PIFP, AO and BMS. The present qualitative review is a joint effort of a group of oro-facial pain specialists and researchers to appraise the literature on idiopathic oro-facial pain with special focus on the currently available studies on their pathophysiological mechanisms. The implications of the findings of these studies for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic oro-facial pain conditions are discussed. PMID:25483941

  15. Chronic urticaria

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    Sandeep Sachdeva

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    Full Text Available Chronic urticaria (CU is a disturbing allergic condition of the skin. Although frequently benign, it may sometimes be a red flag sign of a serious internal disease. A multitude of etiologies have been implicated in the causation of CU, including physical, infective, vasculitic, psychological and idiopathic. An autoimmune basis of most of the ′idiopathic′ forms is now hypothesized. Histamine released from mast cells is the major effector in pathogenesis and it is clinically characterized by wheals that have a tendency to recur. Laboratory investigations aimed at a specific etiology are not always conclusive, though may be suggestive of an underlying condition. A clinical search for associated systemic disease is strongly advocated under appropriate circumstances. The mainstay of treatment remains H1 antihistaminics. These may be combined with complementary pharmacopeia in the form of H2 blockers, doxepin, nifedipine and leukotriene inhibitors. More radical therapy in the form of immunoglobulins, plasmapheresis and cyclophosphamide may be required for recalcitrant cases. Autologous transfusion and alternative remedies like acupuncture have prospects for future. A stepwise management results in favorable outcomes. An update on CU based on our experience with patients at a tertiary care centre is presented.

  16. Cauda Equina Neuritis: A Chronic Idiopathic Polyneuritis in Two Horses

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    Rousseaux, C. G.; Futcher, K. G.; Clark, E G; Naylor, J M

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    Two cases of cauda equina neuritis are compared and contrasted. Neurological deficits of the tail and perineum were noted and functional deficits were seen in gait, urination, defecation and cranial nerve function. Lesions consisted of nonsuppurative inflammation of the nerve trunks and proliferation of the perineurium of the cauda equina. Cranial nerve involvement in one case supported a diagnosis of polyneuritis equi rather than cauda equina neuritis. The possible etiologies and pathogenesi...

  17. Nonsurgical Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

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    Gomez, Jaime A; Hresko, M Timothy; Glotzbecker, Michael P

    2016-08-01

    Pediatric patient visits for spinal deformity are common. Most of these visits are for nonsurgical management of scoliosis, with approximately 600,000 visits for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) annually. Appropriate management of scoliotic curves that do not meet surgical indication parameters is essential. Renewed enthusiasm for nonsurgical management of AIS (eg, bracing, physical therapy) exists in part because of the results of the Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial, which is the only randomized controlled trial available on the use of bracing for AIS. Bracing is appropriate for idiopathic curves between 20° and 40°, with successful control of these curves reported in >70% of patients. Patient adherence to the prescribed duration of wear is essential to maximize the effectiveness of the brace. The choice of brace type must be individualized according to the deformity and the patient's personality as well as the practice setting and brace availability. PMID:27388720

  18. Genetic polymorphisms and idiopathic generalized epilepsies.

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    Lucarini, Nazzareno; Verrotti, Alberto; Napolioni, Valerio; Bosco, Guido; Curatolo, Paolo

    2007-09-01

    In recent years, progress in understanding the genetic basis of idiopathic generalized epilepsies has proven challenging because of their complex inheritance patterns and genetic heterogeneity. Genetic polymorphisms offer a convenient avenue for a better understanding of the genetic basis of idiopathic generalized epilepsy by providing evidence for the involvement of a given gene in these disorders, and by clarifying its pathogenetic mechanisms. Many of these genes encode for some important central nervous system ion channels (KCNJ10, KCNJ3, KCNQ2/KCNQ3, CLCN2, GABRG2, GABRA1, SCN1B, and SCN1A), while many others encode for ubiquitary enzymes that play crucial roles in various metabolic pathways (HP, ACP1, ME2, LGI4, OPRM1, GRIK1, BRD2, EFHC1, and EFHC2). We review the main genetic polymorphisms reported in idiopathic generalized epilepsy, and discusses their possible functional significance in the pathogenesis of seizures. PMID:17765802

  19. Chronic pancreatitis: controversies in etiology, diagnosis and treatment Pancreatitis crónica: controversias respecto a la etiología, el diagnóstico y el tratamiento

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    P. Draganov; Toskes, P P

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    The pathogenesis of idiopathic chronic pancreatitis remains poorly understood despite the high expectations for ascribing the pancreatic damage in affected patients to genetic defects. Mutations in the cationic trypsinogen gene, pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, and the cystic fibrosis conductance regulator gene do not account for the chronic pancreatitis noted in most patients with idiopathic chronic pancreatitis. Small duct chronic pancreatitis can be best diagnosed with a hormone sti...

  20. Optimal management of idiopathic macular holes

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    Full Text Available Haifa A Madi,1,* Ibrahim Masri,1,* David H Steel1,2 1Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland, 2Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, International Centre for Life, Newcastle, UK *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: This review evaluates the current surgical options for the management of idiopathic macular holes (IMHs, including vitrectomy, ocriplasmin (OCP, and expansile gas use, and discusses key background information to inform the choice of treatment. An evidence-based approach to selecting the best treatment option for the individual patient based on IMH characteristics and patient-specific factors is suggested. For holes without vitreomacular attachment (VMA, vitrectomy is the only option with three key surgical variables: whether to peel the inner limiting membrane (ILM, the type of tamponade agent to be used, and the requirement for postoperative face-down posturing. There is a general consensus that ILM peeling improves primary anatomical hole closure rate; however, in small holes (<250 µm, it is uncertain whether peeling is always required. It has been increasingly recognized that long-acting gas and face-down positioning are not always necessary in patients with small- and medium-sized holes, but large (>400 µm and chronic holes (>1-year history are usually treated with long-acting gas and posturing. Several studies on posturing and gas choice were carried out in combination with ILM peeling, which may also influence the gas and posturing requirement. Combined phacovitrectomy appears to offer more rapid visual recovery without affecting the long-term outcomes of vitrectomy for IMH. OCP is licensed for use in patients with small- or medium-sized holes and VMA. A greater success rate in using OCP has been reported in smaller holes, but further predictive factors for its success are needed to refine its use. It is important to counsel patients realistically regarding the rates of success with

  1. Total fertilization failure and idiopathic subfertility

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    Goverde Angelique J

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To gain more insight in whether failure of intrauterine insemination (IUI treatment in patients with idiopathic subfertility could be related to diminished fertilization, the aim of this study is to compare the fertilization of an initial IVF procedure after six cycles of IUI and the fertilization of an initial IVF procedure without preceding IUI cycles in couples with idiopathic subfertility. Methods We performed a complimentary analysis of a randomized controlled trial, in which the number of total fertilization failure (TFF in the first IVF procedure after unsuccessful IUI was compared to those of IVF without preceding IUI in patients with idiopathic subfertility. These patients participated in a previous study that assessed the cost effectiveness of IUI versus IVF in idiopathic subfertility and were randomized to either IUI or IVF treatment. Results 45 patients underwent IVF after 6 cycles of unsuccessful IUI and 58 patients underwent IVF immediately without preceding IUI. In 7 patients the IVF treatment was cancelled before ovum pick. In the IVF after unsuccessful IUI group TFF was seen in 2 of the 39 patients (5% versus 7 of the 56 patients (13% in the immediate IVF group. After correction for confounding factors the TFF rate was not significantly different between the two groups (p = 0.08, OR 7.4; 95% CI: 0.5–14.9. Conclusion Our data showed that TFF and the fertilization rate in the first IVF treatment were not significantly different between couples with idiopathic subfertility undergoing IVF after failure of IUI versus those couples undergoing IVF immediately without prior IUI treatment. Apparently, impaired fertilization does not play a significant role in the success rate of IUI in patients with idiopathic subfertility.

  2. MPLW515L is a novel somatic activating mutation in myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia.

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    Yana Pikman

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The JAK2V617F allele has recently been identified in patients with polycythemia vera (PV, essential thrombocytosis (ET, and myelofibrosis with myeloid metaplasia (MF. Subsequent analysis has shown that constitutive activation of the JAK-STAT signal transduction pathway is an important pathogenetic event in these patients, and that enzymatic inhibition of JAK2V617F may be of therapeutic benefit in this context. However, a significant proportion of patients with ET or MF are JAK2V617F-negative. We hypothesized that activation of the JAK-STAT pathway might also occur as a consequence of activating mutations in certain hematopoietic-specific cytokine receptors, including the erythropoietin receptor (EPOR, the thrombopoietin receptor (MPL, or the granulocyte-colony stimulating factor receptor (GCSFR. METHODS AND FINDINGS: DNA sequence analysis of the exons encoding the transmembrane and juxtamembrane domains of EPOR, MPL, and GCSFR, and comparison with germline DNA derived from buccal swabs, identified a somatic activating mutation in the transmembrane domain of MPL (W515L in 9% (4/45 of JAKV617F-negative MF. Expression of MPLW515L in 32D, UT7, or Ba/F3 cells conferred cytokine-independent growth and thrombopoietin hypersensitivity, and resulted in constitutive phosphorylation of JAK2, STAT3, STAT5, AKT, and ERK. Furthermore, a small molecule JAK kinase inhibitor inhibited MPLW515L-mediated proliferation and JAK-STAT signaling in vitro. In a murine bone marrow transplant assay, expression of MPLW515L, but not wild-type MPL, resulted in a fully penetrant myeloproliferative disorder characterized by marked thrombocytosis (Plt count 1.9-4.0 x 10(12/L, marked splenomegaly due to extramedullary hematopoiesis, and increased reticulin fibrosis. CONCLUSIONS: Activation of JAK-STAT signaling via MPLW515L is an important pathogenetic event in patients with JAK2V617F-negative MF. The bone marrow transplant model of MPLW515L

  3. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: an Australian perspective.

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    Prasad, J; Holland, A E; Glaspole, I; Westall, G

    2016-06-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive interstitial lung disease of unknown aetiology with a dismal median survival of 3 years. Patients typically develop progressive dyspnoea and increasing exercise limitation. With a rising incidence and prevalence, an unpredictable disease course and limited treatment options, it is rapidly becoming an important public health concern. To date, lung transplantation has been the sole viable hope for treatment for those who qualify. However, the landscape of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis management is changing, with the recent emergence of novel pharmacotherapy shown to have a favourable influence on the natural history of this disease. PMID:27257148

  4. Management of severe and rigid idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Teixeira da Silva, Luis Eduardo Carelli; de Barros, Alderico Girão Campos; de Azevedo, Gustavo Borges Laurindo

    2015-07-01

    Frequently, severe idiopathic scoliosis patients are first seen in a spine centre after years of deformity evolution, presenting with large curves, severe rib hump, shoulder and trunk imbalance and cardiorespiratory complications related to neglected scoliosis. Severe rigid idiopathic scoliosis has traction, internal temporary distraction, releases, osteotomies and apical vertebral resection are often used in combination to achieve optimal results. Indications must be tailored by surgeons considering resources, deformity characteristics and patient's profile. Vertebral resection procedures may have potential neurological and clinical risks and should be one of the last treatment options performed by experienced surgical team. Neuromonitoring is essential during these procedures. PMID:26033753

  5. Hematologic malignancies

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    Hoogstraten, B.

    1986-01-01

    The principle aim of this book is to give practical guidelines to the modern treatment of the six important hematologic malignancies. Topics considered include the treatment of the chronic leukemias; acute leukemia in adults; the myeloproliferative disorders: polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and idiopathic myelofibrosis/agnogenic myeloid metaplasia; Hodgkin's Disease; non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; and Multiple Myeloma.

  6. An update of molecular pathogenesis and diagnosis of myeloproliferative disorders in the JAK2 era

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    ZHANG Su-jiang; LI Jian-yong

    2008-01-01

    @@ Myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) are clonal haematopoietic stem cell disorders characterized by proliferation of one or more myeloid cell lineages in the bone marrow and increased numbers of mature and immature cells in the peripheral blood. MPDs are classified into five categories: polycythemia vera (PV),essential thrombocythaemia (ET), idiopathic myelofibrosis (IMF), chronic myelogenous leukaemia(CML) and atypical MPD.

  7. Atypical presentation of acute idiopathic megacolon in a 14-year-old patient

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    B. Barakat

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In clinical practice the term “megacolon” is used to indicate a marked dilatation of the cecum and the sigmoid colon (>12 and 6.5 cm, respectively (1. From a clinical standpoint, a megacolon can be classified as chronic or acute depending on its clinical presentation. Chronic megacolon typically refers to a congenital disorder in which the enteric nervous system (ENS supplying the colon does not develop properly, thereby leaving the distal segments of the viscus without myenteric and submucosal ganglia (i.e. Hirschsprung’s disease (2. Other cases of non-aganglionic chronic megacolon can be secondary to variety of conditions such as Chagas’ disease and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, leading to or associated with ENS abnormalities (3. The acute form of megacolon, also referred to as Ogilvie’s syndrome, is characterized by a predominant involvement of the cecum and right colon usually affecting elderly patients undergoing surgery (e.g. orthopedic procedures or taking medications altering gut motility (e.g. opioids or antidepressants (4. Some forms of acute megacolon, however, can be idiopathic in origin since no underlying etiology can be identified. Patients with acute idiopathic megacolon usually have a longstanding history of constipation, often accompanied by laxative abuse, and their clinical presentation is characterized by abdominal distension and severe pain with radiological evidence of stool impacted in the colon and rectum (1, 4. The case herein reported represents an unusual form of acute idiopathic megacolon characterized by massive descending and sigmoid colon distension complicated with a volvulus in a 14-year-old boy with no Hirschsprung’s disease. In addition, just to increase the peculiarity of this case report, the patient had an unremarkable clinical record, and never suffered from chronic constipation in the past.

  8. Small RNA Sequencing Uncovers New miRNAs and moRNAs Differentially Expressed in Normal and Primary Myelofibrosis CD34+ Cells.

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    Paola Guglielmelli

    Full Text Available Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN are chronic myeloid cancers thought to arise at the level of CD34+ hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells. They include essential thrombocythemia (ET, polycythemia vera (PV and primary myelofibrosis (PMF. All can progress to acute leukemia, but PMF carries the worst prognosis. Increasing evidences indicate that deregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs might plays an important role in hematologic malignancies, including MPN. To attain deeper knowledge of short RNAs (sRNAs expression pattern in CD34+ cells and of their possible role in mediating post-transcriptional regulation in PMF, we sequenced with Illumina HiSeq2000 technology CD34+ cells from healthy subjects and PMF patients. We detected the expression of 784 known miRNAs, with a prevalence of miRNA up-regulation in PMF samples, and discovered 34 new miRNAs and 99 new miRNA-offset RNAs (moRNAs, in CD34+ cells. Thirty-seven small RNAs were differentially expressed in PMF patients compared with healthy subjects, according to microRNA sequencing data. Five miRNAs (miR-10b-5p, miR-19b-3p, miR-29a-3p, miR-379-5p, and miR-543 were deregulated also in PMF granulocytes. Moreover, 3'-moR-128-2 resulted consistently downregulated in PMF according to RNA-seq and qRT-PCR data both in CD34+ cells and granulocytes. Target predictions of these validated small RNAs de-regulated in PMF and functional enrichment analyses highlighted many interesting pathways involved in tumor development and progression, such as signaling by FGFR and DAP12 and Oncogene Induced Senescence. As a whole, data obtained in this study deepened the knowledge of miRNAs and moRNAs altered expression in PMF CD34+ cells and allowed to identify and validate a specific small RNA profile that distinguishes PMF granulocytes from those of normal subjects. We thus provided new information regarding the possible role of miRNAs and, specifically, of new moRNAs in this disease.

  9. Nodes of Ranvier and Paranodes in Chronic Acquired Neuropathies

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    Carmen Cifuentes-Diaz; Odile Dubourg; Theano Irinopoulou; Marc Vigny; Sylvie Lachkar; Laurence Decker; Patrick Charnay; Natalia Denisenko; Thierry Maisonobe; Jean-Marc Léger; Karine Viala; Jean-Jacques Hauw; Jean-Antoine Girault

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    Chronic acquired neuropathies of unknown origin are classified as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathies (CIDP) and chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathies (CIAP). The diagnosis can be very difficult, although it has important therapeutic implications since CIDP can be improved by immunomodulating treatment. The aim of this study was to examine the possible abnormalities of nodal and paranodal regions in these two types of neuropathies. Longitudinal sections of superficial per...

  10. Skin prick test in patients with chronic allergic skin disorders

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    Pooja Bains; Alka Dogra

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    Background: Chronic allergic skin disorders are the inflammatory and proliferative conditions in which both genetic and environmental factors play important roles. Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) and atopic dermatitis (AD) are among the most common chronic allergic skin disorders. These can be provoked by various food and aeroallergens. Skin prick tests (SPTs) represent the cheapest and most effective method to diagnose type I hypersensitivity. Positive skin tests with a history suggestive...

  11. Crohn's colitis and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Boyne, M.; Dye, K.

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    A 17 year old girl with active Crohn's colitis developed idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura that was managed with intravenous immune globulins and cyclosporin A. The possible association between Crohn's disease and immune thrombocytopenia is explored.


Keywords: Crohn's disease; colitis; thrombocytopenia

  12. Idiopathic trigeminal neuropathy in a poodle

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    Carlos Eduardo Aparicio

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available A seven years old, male poodle is examined presenting acute mandible paralysis (dropped jaw, drooling and difficulty for the apprehension and chewing; not evidence of an other alteration of cranial nerves. The muscular biopsy rules out a myositisof masticatory muscles. The disorder is resolved completely in 3 weeks confirming diagnosis of idiopathic trigeminal neuropathy.

  13. Incidence of Thrombocytopenia in Idiopathic Hyperbilirubinemic Newborns

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    Hassan Boskabadi

    2014-06-01

    Conclusion: This study determines higher rate of thrombocytopenia among idiopathic hyperbilirubinemic neonates (36% and helps the practitioner to be aware of this association and avoid unnecessary investigations.We did not find a significant correlation between serum bilirubin values and thrombocytopenia.

  14. Genetics Home Reference: idiopathic inflammatory myopathy

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    ... 1001/jama.2010.1977. Citation on PubMed or Free article on PubMed Central Shamim EA, Miller FW. Familial autoimmunity and the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2000 Jun;2(3):201-11. Review. Citation on PubMed Shamim EA, Rider LG, Miller FW. Update on the genetics of ...

  15. Idiopathic cervical osteomyelitis presenting as dysphagia

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    Ghaly GA; Espeso A; Fish B

    2010-01-01

    We discuss a case of idiopathic cervical epidural abscess, complicated by osteomyelitis, presenting with dysphagia as the main complaint. No predisposing factors were identified and blood cultures were negative. Case was treated conservatively by long course of IV antibiotics. We present a review of presentation of spinal epidural abscesses and indications for surgical intervention.

  16. Acute surgical management in idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

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    Zakaria, Zaitun

    2012-01-01

    Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a headache syndrome with progressive symptoms of raised intracranial pressure. Most commonly, it is a slow process where surveillance and medical management are the main treatment modalities. We describe herein an acute presentation with bilateral sixth nerve palsies, papilloedema and visual deterioration, where acute surgical intervention was a vision-saving operation.

  17. Idiopathic Arterial Calcification of Infancy: Case Report.

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    Attia, Tarek Hamed; Abd Alhamed, Mohamed Maisara; Selim, Mohamed Fouad; Haggag, Mohamed Salah; Fathalla, Diaa

    2015-11-01

    Idiopathic arterial calcification of infancy is a rare autosomal recessive disease, characterized by deposition of calcium along the internal elastic membrane of arteries, accompanied by fibrous thickening of the intima which causes luminal narrowing. Here we are reporting a case of idiopathic arterial calcification of infancy in a Saudi female newborn of non-consanguineous pregnant woman who had polyhydramnios. The newborn baby had severe respiratory distress, systemic hypertension and persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn. She was admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she was ventilated and proper treatment was provided. Molecular genetic testing was positive for mutations of ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase1 gene which is reported in 80% of cases of Idiopathic arterial calcification of infancy. The baby died at about 5 month of age because of myocardial ischemia and cardiorespiratory arrest. Idiopathic Arterial Calcification of Infancy should be considered in any newborn who presented with persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn, severe systemic hypertension and echogenic vessels on any radiological study. Calcifications of large and medium-sized arteries are important diagnostic finding. PMID:27252793

  18. Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis: rare but important

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    Hwang, M J; Rogers, A; Vidya, R.

    2010-01-01

    A 61-year-old woman attended the breast clinic with unresolving mastitis and an associated mass, following failed treatment with antibiotics. Triple assessment confirmed idiopathic granulomatous mastitis. Unresponsive to further conservative management and steroid therapy, she underwent surgical excision and made uneventful recovery. No evidence of recurrence was detected at 18 months follow-up.

  19. Idiopathic Aortic Root to Right Atrial Fistula.

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    Campisi, Salvatore; Cluzel, Armand; Vola, Marco; Fuzellier, Jean Francois

    2016-06-01

    An aorta to right atrium fistula is rare. We report a case of idiopathic aortic root to right atrial fistula with right heart failure and review the literature. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12751 (J Card Surg 2016;31:373-375). PMID:27109166

  20. Idiopathic hepatic arterial malformation: a case report

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    郑蔚巍; 周康荣; 王佩芬; 陈祖望

    2003-01-01

    @@ Hepatic arterial malformation is a rare disorder which either origi nates idiopathically or may be associated with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiect asia (also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu disease). Although previous reports presented only descriptions of sonographic and angiographic findings,1-6 we present a case of splenic infarct caused by this disorder with CT and CTA findi ngs.

  1. Adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm

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    Jianfeng Liang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To study the clinical manifestations, illness-related factors and microsurgical management of adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm. Materials and Methods: Of the 1221 microvascular decompression procedures performed for idiopathic hemifacial spasm between March 2001 and July 2007, 16 (1.3% were in adolescent age (≤18. Results: Clinical manifestations in the adolescent-onset were typical, but milder when compared with late-onset. Gender, thickening and adhesion of the arachnoid membrane at the cerebellopontine angle and a small volume of posterior cranial fossa might be important illness-related factors for adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm. Arterial compression was the main cause. Typical compression of offending arteries was observed in 14 patients. Compression of petrous bone crest was found in one patient. Immediate effective rate was 100%, and curative rate was 75%. The curative rate, effective rate and delayed resolution rate during the follow-up period (mean: 22.9 months were 87.5%, 100% and 12.5%, respectively. There was no recurrence. The postoperative complications (2; 12.5% included: One patient had transient moderate facial palsy and decreased hearing and one patient had transient decreased hearing and tinnitus. Conclusions: This suggests that microvascular decompression is effective in adolescent-onset idiopathic hemifacial spasm.

  2. Chronic pancreatitis

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    Chronic pancreatitis - chronic; Pancreatitis - chronic - discharge; Pancreatic insufficiency - chronic; Acute pancreatitis - chronic ... abuse over many years. Repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis. Genetics may be ...

  3. A dominant gain-of-function mutation in universal tyrosine kinase SRC causes thrombocytopenia, myelofibrosis, bleeding, and bone pathologies.

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    Turro, Ernest; Greene, Daniel; Wijgaerts, Anouck; Thys, Chantal; Lentaigne, Claire; Bariana, Tadbir K; Westbury, Sarah K; Kelly, Anne M; Selleslag, Dominik; Stephens, Jonathan C; Papadia, Sofia; Simeoni, Ilenia; Penkett, Christopher J; Ashford, Sofie; Attwood, Antony; Austin, Steve; Bakchoul, Tamam; Collins, Peter; Deevi, Sri V V; Favier, Rémi; Kostadima, Myrto; Lambert, Michele P; Mathias, Mary; Millar, Carolyn M; Peerlinck, Kathelijne; Perry, David J; Schulman, Sol; Whitehorn, Deborah; Wittevrongel, Christine; De Maeyer, Marc; Rendon, Augusto; Gomez, Keith; Erber, Wendy N; Mumford, Andrew D; Nurden, Paquita; Stirrups, Kathleen; Bradley, John R; Lucy Raymond, F; Laffan, Michael A; Van Geet, Chris; Richardson, Sylvia; Freson, Kathleen; Ouwehand, Willem H

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    The Src family kinase (SFK) member SRC is a major target in drug development because it is activated in many human cancers, yet deleterious SRC germline mutations have not been reported. We used genome sequencing and Human Phenotype Ontology patient coding to identify a gain-of-function mutation in SRC causing thrombocytopenia, myelofibrosis, bleeding, and bone pathologies in nine cases. Modeling of the E527K substitution predicts loss of SRC's self-inhibitory capacity, which we confirmed with in vitro studies showing increased SRC kinase activity and enhanced Tyr(419) phosphorylation in COS-7 cells overexpressing E527K SRC. The active form of SRC predominates in patients' platelets, resulting in enhanced overall tyrosine phosphorylation. Patients with myelofibrosis have hypercellular bone marrow with trilineage dysplasia, and their stem cells grown in vitro form more myeloid and megakaryocyte (MK) colonies than control cells. These MKs generate platelets that are dysmorphic, low in number, highly variable in size, and have a paucity of α-granules. Overactive SRC in patient-derived MKs causes a reduction in proplatelet formation, which can be rescued by SRC kinase inhibition. Stem cells transduced with lentiviral E527K SRC form MKs with a similar defect and enhanced tyrosine phosphorylation levels. Patient-derived and E527K-transduced MKs show Y419 SRC-positive stained podosomes that induce altered actin organization. Expression of mutated src in zebrafish recapitulates patients' blood and bone phenotypes. Similar studies of platelets and MKs may reveal the mechanism underlying the severe bleeding frequently observed in cancer patients treated with next-generation SFK inhibitors. PMID:26936507

  4. Chronic urticaria: new management options.

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    Greenberger, Paul A

    2014-01-01

    Chronic urticaria is defined as episodic or daily hives lasting for at least 6 weeks and impairs quality of life. Two main subtypes include chronic idiopathic (spontaneous) urticaria and inducible (physical) urticaria, but some patients have urticarial vasculitis. "Autoimmune chronic urticaria" implies the presence of histamine releasing or mast cell activating autoantibodies to IgE or FcϵRI, the high affinity receptor on mast cells and basophils. In patients not readily controlled with labeled dosages of second generation H1 receptor antagonists (antihistamines), there is evidence for reduction of urticaria using up to 4 fold increases in labeled dosages. The biologic modifier, omalizumab, helps to reduce lesions of chronic urticaria within 1-2 weeks. PMID:25383135

  5. Safety and feasibility of a home-based six week resistance training program in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    Van Oort, Cameron; Tupper, Susan M.; Rosenberg, Alan M; Farthing, Jonathan P.; Baxter-Jones, Adam D

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    Background Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), among the most common chronic diseases of childhood, can be associated with attenuated physical activity levels, reduced fitness, decreased functionality and pain. This pilot study aimed to determine the safety, feasibility and effect of a six week resistance training program in children with JIA. Methods Youth (8-18 years) with JIA participated in a home-based resistance training program. Participants reported pain on an electronic diary once a...

  6. Association of Celiac Disease With Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis; Lane Hamilton Syndrome

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    Hikmet Tekin Nacaroglu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis (IPH is a rare cause of alveolar hemorrhage, which is seen primarily in childhood. Celiac disease is defined as a chronic, immune-mediated enteropathy of the small intestine, caused by exposure to dietary gluten in genetically pre-disposed individuals. Association of IPH and celiac disease is known as Lane Hamilton syndrome. There are limited number of case reports of this syndrome in literature. Case Presentation: Although there were no growth and developmental delay and gastrointestinal symptoms like chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, vomiting, abdominal bloating and pain in the two patients with IPH, they were diagnosed with Lane Hamilton Syndrome. After initiation of gluten-free diet, their IPH symptoms disappeared and hemoglobin levels were observed to return to normal. Conclusions: Even if there were no gastrointestinal symptoms in a patient with IPH, celiac disease should be investigated. These patients may benefit from gluten free diet and IPH symptoms may disappear.

  7. Differential diagnosis of usual interstitial pneumonia: when is it truly idiopathic?

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    Wim A. Wuyts

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, the most common and lethal of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, is defined by a radiological and/or pathological pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP. However, UIP is not synonymous with IPF as other clinical conditions may be associated with UIP, including chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis, collagen vascular disease, drug toxicity, asbestosis, familial IPF and Hermansky–Pudlak syndrome. Differentiating IPF (“idiopathic UIP” from conditions that mimic IPF (“secondary UIP” has substantial therapeutic and prognostic implications. A number of radiological and histological clues may help distinguish IPF from other conditions with a UIP pattern of fibrosis, but their appreciation requires extensive expertise in interstitial lung disease as well as an integrated multidisciplinary approach involving pulmonologists, radiologists and pathologists. In addition, multidisciplinary discussions may decrease the time to initial IPF diagnosis and, thus, enable more timely management. This concept was strongly emphasised by the 2011 ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT guidelines. This article highlights, with the aid of a clinical case, the difficulties in making a diagnosis of IPF in clinical practice. Yet, an accurate diagnosis is critical, particularly given the availability of drugs that may reduce the pace of functional decline and disease progression in IPF.

  8. A systematic approach for the diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic peptic ulcers.

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    Chung, Chen-Shuan; Chiang, Tsung-Hsien; Lee, Yi-Chia

    2015-09-01

    An idiopathic peptic ulcer is defined as an ulcer with unknown cause or an ulcer that appears to arise spontaneously. The first step in treatment is to exclude common possible causes, including Helicobacter pylori infection, infection with other pathogens, ulcerogenic drugs, and uncommon diseases with upper gastrointestinal manifestations. When all known causes are excluded, a diagnosis of idiopathic peptic ulcer can be made. A patient whose peptic ulcer is idiopathic may have a higher risk for complicated ulcer disease, a poorer response to gastric acid suppressants, and a higher recurrence rate after treatment. Risk factors associated with this disease may include genetic predisposition, older age, chronic mesenteric ischemia, smoking, concomitant diseases, a higher American Society of Anesthesiologists score, and higher stress. Therefore, the diagnosis and management of emerging disease should systematically explore all known causes and treat underlying disease, while including regular endoscopic surveillance to confirm ulcer healing and the use of proton-pump inhibitors on a case-by-case basis. PMID:26354049

  9. JAK2V617F allele burden in polycythemia vera correlates with grade of myelofibrosis, but is not substantially affected by therapy

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    In a series of 105 patients with polycythemia vera, we retrospectively determined whether the JAK2V617F mutation correlated with severity of disease phenotype. Higher JAK2V617F allele burden correlated with more advanced myelofibrosis, greater splenomegaly, and higher white blood cell count, but not with age, gender, hematocrit level, or frequency of phlebotomy prior to cytoreductive therapy. Although a subgroup at increased risk for thrombosis was not clearly defined, there was a suggestion ...

  10. Differences of the {sup 57}Fe hyperfine parameters in both oxyhemoglobin and spleen from normal human and patient with primary myelofibrosis

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    Oshtrakh, M. I., E-mail: oshtrakh@mail.utnet.ru; Alenkina, I. V. [Ural Federal University, Department of Physical Techniques and Devices for Quality Control, Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation); Vinogradov, A. V.; Konstantinova, T. S. [Ural State Medical Academy (Russian Federation); Semionkin, V. A. [Ural Federal University, Department of Physical Techniques and Devices for Quality Control, Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation)

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    Study of oxyhemoglobin in red blood cells and spleen tissues from normal human and patient with primary myelofibrosis was carried out using Moessbauer spectroscopy with a high velocity resolution. The {sup 57}Fe hyperfine parameters were evaluated and small variations in quadrupole splitting were revealed for both normal human and patient's oxyhemoglobin and both normal human and patient's spleen.

  11. Follow-up and nonpharmacological management of the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patient

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    J.J. Egan

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    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a chronic, progressive, fatal form of diffuse interstitial lung disease. Management of IPF requires an orderly approach, with regular evaluations and implementation of both pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments. Pulmonary rehabilitation can relieve patients from the distressing symptoms of IPF and improve quality of life. Oxygen therapy is central to treatment of all patients. Lung transplantation enhances survival in selected patients. Mechanical ventilation may be used in patients with acute exacerbations, but the prognosis is poor in these cases. Palliative care focuses on symptom management, advance directives and end-of-life planning. Patient support groups may also play an important role.

  12. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: an epithelial/fibroblastic cross-talk disorder

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    Selman Moisés

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    Full Text Available Abstract Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic and usually progressive lung disorder of unknown etiology. A growing body of evidence suggests that, in contrast to other interstitial lung diseases, IPF is a distinct entity in which inflammation is a secondary and non-relevant pathogenic partner. Evidence includes the presence of similar mild/moderate inflammation either in early or late disease, and the lack of response to potent anti-inflammatory therapy. Additionally, it is clear from experimental models and some human diseases that it is possible to have fibrosis without inflammation. An evolving hypothesis proposes that IPF may result from epithelial micro-injuries and abnormal wound healing.

  13. Clinical Significance of Serum Autoantibodies in Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonia

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    Kang, Bo Hyoung; Park, Jin Kyeong; Roh, Jae Hyung; Song, Jin Woo; Lee, Chang Keun; Kim, Miyoung; Jang, Se Jin; Colby, Thomas V.; Kim, Dong Soon

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    Although autoantibodies are routinely screened in patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, there are no reliable data on their clinical usefulness. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of autoantibodies for predicting the development of new connective tissue disease in these patients and also mortality. We conducted retrospective analysis of the baseline, and follow-up data for 688 patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (526 with idiopathic pulmonary ...

  14. Dietary guidance of selenium supplementation for incipient idiopathic scoliotic patients

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    Jin-li GUO

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    Full Text Available The study found that there was a correlation between trace element Se and idiopathic scoliosis, and selenium deficiency was probably one of the precipitating factor. According to Chinese dietary reference intakes and selenium content in different food, the plan for filling selenium is conducted, the dietary guidance of filing selenium for incipient idiopathic scoliotic patients is provided, and the disease development is observed so that the basis for etiology and prevention of idiopathic scoliosis can be provided.

  15. [Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: Definition and classification].

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    Deslandre, C

    2016-04-01

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a group of diseases defined by the presence of arthritis of more than 6weeks duration in patients aged less than 16years and with unknown etiology. The international classification based on clinical and biological criteria define each type of JIA: systemic, oligoarticular, polyarticular with and without rheumatoid factor, enthesitis-related arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. However, some discussions persist concerning systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis, whose clinical symptoms and pathogenic mechanisms are quite similar to those observed in autoinflammatory diseases, arthritis with antinuclear factors (poly- and oligoarticular) that could be considered as a homogenous group, and a family history of psoriasis that frequently led to unclassified arthritis. Better knowledge of the pathogenic mechanisms should improve the initial clinical classification with more homogeneous groups of patients and reduce the number of unclassified cases of arthritis. PMID:26968301

  16. Capsaicin in Idiopathic Rhinitis A Hot Topic

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    van Rijswijk, J B

    2005-01-01

    textabstractIn chapter I the currently known causes for nonallergic noninfectious rhinitis and possible treatments are summarised. Also possible pathophysiological mechanisms underlying idiopathic rhinitis (IR) are discussed. In chapter II the aims of the studies are presented. This thesis comprises studies aimed at the therapeutic potential and safety of intranasal capsaicin in IR patients, developing a patient and physician friendly, effective intranasal capsaicin treatment regimen for IR a...

  17. Objective cough frequency in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Key, Angela L; Holt, Kimberley; Hamilton, Andrew; Smith, Jaclyn A; Earis, John E

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    Background Cough is a common presenting symptom in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This study measured cough rates in IPF patients and investigated the association between cough and measures of health related quality of life and subjective cough assessments. In addition, IPF cough rates were related to measures of physiological disease severity and compared to cough rates in health and other respiratory conditions. Methods Nineteen IPF patients, mean age 70.8 years ± 8.6, f...

  18. Pulmonary Function Testing in Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias

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    2006-01-01

    Diffuse parenchymal lung diseases are a group of disorders that involve the space between the epithelial and endothelial basement membranes and are generally segregated into four major categories. These include the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, which are further categorized into seven clinical/radiologic/pathologic subsets. These disorders generally share a common pattern of physiologic abnormality characterized by a restrictive ventilatory defect and reduced diffusing capacity (DLCO). ...

  19. Idiopathic Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis in Identical Twins.

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    Ju-Bei Yen; Man-Shan Kong; Wan-Jao Wu; Chen-Sheng Huang; Kuei-Wen Chang

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    Idiopathic hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) was thought to be a congenital diseasetraditionally, even though several published reports assumed IHPS was an acquired disease.The pathogenesis and inheritance patterns of IHPS are not fully understood. Except for thefamilial recurrence of IHPS, concordance of IHPS in monozygotic or dizygotic twins wasalso noted, but occurrence in female twins is rare. From July 1992 through June 2000, 130patients were diagnosed with IHPS in our hospital includ...

  20. Clomiphene Effects on Idiopathic Premature Ejaculation

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    Ketabchi

    2015-01-01

    Background Premature ejaculation (PE) is the inability to delay ejaculation, occurring sooner than they or their partner would like during sexual activities. PE is a challenging problem that can affect sexual enjoyment and may harm relationships of couples and affect their quality of life. In idiopathic PE, several helpful techniques and medicines are recommended, but none of them has yielded satisfactory results. Objectives Our o...

  1. A surgical challenge: Idiopathic scrotal elephantiasis

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    Brotherhood, Hilary Laurel; Metcalfe, Michael; Goldenberg, Larry; Pommerville, Peter; Bowman, Cameran; Naysmith, David

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    Scrotal elephantiasis is a condition rarely encountered in developed nations. It is endemic in tropical regions due to the presence of filariasis (Wucheria bancrofti). We report 2 cases of idiopathic scrotal elephantiasis in Canadian citizens with no history of travel to endemic filariasis regions, malignancy, surgery or radiation. Both patients underwent complete excision of the involved tissue with reconstruction. We found that for advanced cases of scrotal lymphedema, surgery is currently ...

  2. A Case of Idiopathic Thyrotropin (TSH) Deficiency

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    Ichida, Tatsuya; Kajita, Yoshihiro

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    The first case of idiopathic thyrotropin (TSH) deficiency in an old woman with thyroid functioning adenoma was reported. She got subtotal thyroidectomy before about four years of her admission to our hospital because of fatigability, puffy face and leg edema. At that time, she had low TSH and free T4 levels despite replacement therapy with desiccated thyroid. No response of only serum TSH after adminstration of combined stimulant containing TRH and repeated TRH suggested the failure of TSH se...

  3. Peripheral Blood Biomarkers in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Vij, Rekha; Noth, Imre

    2012-01-01

    In this article, we review the evidence for peripheral blood biomarkers in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a life-threatening fibrotic lung disease of unknown etiology. We focus on selected biomarkers present in peripheral blood, as they are easy to obtain, can be measured longitudinally, and have the greatest likelihood of achieving clinical utility. This article concentrates on biomarkers with mechanistic plausibility that may be directly involved in the development of IPF, including K...

  4. Vitamin D metabolites in idiopathic infantile hypercalcaemia.

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    Martin, N D; Snodgrass, G J; Cohen, R D; Porteous, C E; Coldwell, R D; Trafford, D J; Makin, H L

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    Metabolites of vitamin D were measured in plasma from 83 patients with idiopathic infantile hypercalcaemia syndrome who were mentally handicapped but had normal calcium values at the time of the study. No significant difference was detected in the mean plasma concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D2, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, 24,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, or 25,26-dihydroxyvitamin D3 between patients and age matched controls. The mean plasma concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 was significantly l...

  5. Relieving idiopathic dental pain without drugs

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    Haryono Utomo; M. Rulianto

    2011-01-01

    Background: Teeth are commonly obvious source of orofacial pain. Sometimes the pain source is undetectable, thus called as idiopathic dental pain. Since dentist wants to alleviate or eliminate the pains with every effort in their mind, a lot of drugs could be prescribed. Moreover, it is make sense that endodontic treatment or even tooth extraction will be done. Unfortunately, endodontic treatment may also initiate neuropathic tooth pain that is caused by nerve extirpation, thus worsen the pai...

  6. Current Treatments for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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    AlbertoMartini

    2011-01-01

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) differs markedly from adult rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is not a single disease, but an exclusion diagnosis that gather together all forms of arthritis that begin before the age of 16 years, persist for more than 6 weeks, and are of unknown origin. The advent of the new biological treatments has dramatically changed both the observed responses to treatment and the expectations of therapies. The implementation of an adequate legislation as well as the ...

  7. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis - a diagnostic challenge

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    Bakalli, Ilirjana; Kota, Luljeta; Sala, Durim; Celaj, Ermela; Kola, Elmira; Lluka, Robert; Sallabanda, Sashenka

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    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis is a rare disorder that can occur at any age and is characterized by the triad of hemoptysis, iron deficiency anemia and diffuse pulmonary infiltrates. The clinical course is exceedingly variable especially in children and a substantial proportion of this age group is undiagnosed. It is probably due to the fact that iron deficiency anemia may be the first and the only manifestation of IPH, preceding other symptoms and signs by several months and IPH is not c...

  8. Two Sisters with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis

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    Mehmet Gencer; Erkan Ceylan; Muharrem Bitiren; Ahmet Koc

    2007-01-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH) is a rare cause of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage with unknown etiology. In the present report, the presentations of two sisters are described: one sister had IPH, eosinophilia and a high serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) level; and the other had IPH, pneumothorax, eosinophilia and a high serum IgE level. Both cases had quite unusual presentations. The first patient was 23 years of age, and had suffered from dry cough and progressive dyspnea for four years. He...

  9. Surgical treatment analysis of idiopathic esophageal achalasia

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    de Aquino, José Luis Braga; SAID, Marcelo Manzano; PEREIRA, Douglas Rizzanti; do AMARAL, Paula Casals; LIMA, Juliana Carolina Alves; LEANDRO-MERHI, Vânia Aparecida

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    Background Idiopathic esophageal achalasia is an inflammatory disease of unknown origin, characterized by aperistalsis of the esophageal body and failure of the lower esophageal sphincter in response to swallowing, with consequent dysphagia. Aim To demonstrate the results of surgical therapy in these patients, evaluating the occurred local and systemic complications. Methods Were studied retrospectively 32 patients, 22 of whom presented non-advanced stage of the disease (Stage I/II) and 10 wi...

  10. Renal involvement in idiopathic hypereosinophic syndrome

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    Shehwaro, Nathalie; Langlois, Anne Lyse; Gueutin, Victor; Izzedine, Hassane

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    The hypereosinophilic syndromes (HESs) are a group of disorders marked by the sustained overproduction of eosinophils, in which eosinophilic infiltration and mediator release cause damage to multiple organs. In idiopathic HES, the underlying cause of hypereosinophilia (HE) remains unknown despite thorough aetiological work-up. Kidney disease is thought to be rare in HES. Renal manifestations described include eosinophilic interstitial nephritis, various types of glomerulopathies, thrombotic m...

  11. Managing comorbidities in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Blair G Fulton,1 Christopher J Ryerson1,2 1Department of Medicine, 2Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada Abstract: Major risk factors for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) include older age and a history of smoking, which predispose to several pulmonary and extra-pulmonary diseases. IPF can be associated with additional comorbidities through other mechanisms as either a cause or a consequence of these diseases. We review the literature rega...

  12. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and MMR vaccine

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    Miller, E; Waight, P; Farrington, C.; Andrews, N.; Stowe, J; Taylor, B

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    A CAUSAL ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MEASLES—mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) was confirmed using immunisation/hospital admission record linkage. The absolute risk within six weeks of immunisation was 1 in 22 300 doses, with two of every three cases occurring in the six week post-immunisation period being caused by MMR. Children with ITP before MMR had no vaccine associated recurrences.



  13. The joints in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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    Ording Muller, Lil-Sofie; Humphries, Paul; Rosendahl, Karen

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    Abstract Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common rheumatic entity in childhood. Imaging has become an important supplement to the clinical assessment of children with JIA. Radiographs still play an important role in the workup, and long-term follow-up in children with JIA, but are not sensitive to findings in the early disease stage. Both ultrasound and MRI are more sensitive to inflammatory changes than clinical assessment alone. However, the differentiation between normal findings ...

  14. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a historical review.

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    Homolka, J.

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    Hamman and Rich are generally considered to have been the first to describe idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) as a new clinical and pathological entity. However, several earlier reports in the German-language literature described autopsy findings consistent with IPF from a contemporary point of view. The author discusses these and later reports in a review of the history, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

  15. Pulmonary function in children with idiopathic scoliosis

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    Tsiligiannis Theofanis; Grivas Theodoros

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Idiopathic scoliosis, a common disorder of lateral displacement and rotation of vertebral bodies during periods of rapid somatic growth, has many effects on respiratory function. Scoliosis results in a restrictive lung disease with a multifactorial decrease in lung volumes, displaces the intrathoracic organs, impedes on the movement of ribs and affects the mechanics of the respiratory muscles. Scoliosis decreases the chest wall as well as the lung compliance and results in increased ...

  16. Pattern of presentation of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Ibadan, Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Full Text Available TS Oluleye, Y Babalola Retina and Vitreous Unit, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Ibadan and University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria Background: Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy is an abnormal choroidal vascular pathology similar to age-related macular degeneration. It may present with sudden visual loss from hemorrhagic retinal pigment epithelial detachment and breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage or with chronic recurrent episodes. The condition is not uncommon in the retina clinic at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Sub-Saharan Africa. This study presents the pattern of presentation in Ibadan. Methods: We review all cases of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy seen from 2007 to 2012 in the retina clinic at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, to determine the major pattern of presentations, available treatment modalities, and visual outcomes. Results: Ten cases were seen during the study period. Their mean age was 58 years, with a male to female ratio of 1:4. The most common presenting complaint was sudden visual loss. Major examination findings were retinal pigment epithelial detachment, orange subretinal lesions, and breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage. The modalities of treatment available included vitrectomy to clear vitreous hemorrhage. Intravitreal bevacizumab reduced the height of the pigment epithelial detachment and cleared vitreous hemorrhage. Thermal laser was applied for extrafoveal lesions. Two patients with subfoveal lesions were referred abroad for photodynamic therapy. Visual outcome showed significant improvement in vitrectomized patients who presented with vitreous hemorrhage. Presenting vision of hand motion and light perception improved to vision ranging from counting fingers to 6/12 after vitrectomy. Conclusion: Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy may not be uncommon in Sub-Saharan Africa. A high index of suspicion is warranted in the diagnosis so as to provide timely

  17. Invasive diagnostic techniques in idiopathic interstitial pneumonias.

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    Poletti, Venerino; Ravaglia, Claudia; Gurioli, Carlo; Piciucchi, Sara; Dubini, Alessandra; Cavazza, Alberto; Chilosi, Marco; Rossi, Andrea; Tomassetti, Sara

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    Fibrosing interstitial lung diseases (f-ILDs) represent a heterogeneous group of disorders in which the aetiology may be identified or, not infrequently, remain unknown. Establishing a correct diagnosis of a distinct f-ILD requires a multidisciplinary approach, integrating clinical profile, physiological and laboratory data, radiological appearance and, when appropriate, histological findings. Surgical lung biopsy is still considered the most important diagnostic tool as it is able to provide lung samples large enough for identification of complex patterns such as usual interstitial pneumonitis (UIP) and nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis. However, this procedure is accompanied by significant morbidity and mortality. Bronchoalveolar lavage is still a popular diagnostic tool allowing identification of alternative diagnoses in patients with suspected idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) when an increase in lymphocytes is detected. Conventional transbronchial lung biopsy has a very low sensitivity in detecting the UIP pattern and its role in this clinical-radiological context is marginal. The introduction of less invasive methods such as transbronchial cryobiopsy show great promise to clinical practice as they can be used to obtain samples large enough to morphologically support a diagnosis of IPF or other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, along with fewer complications. Recent advances in the field suggest that less invasive methods of lung sampling, without significant side effects, in combination with other diagnostic methods could replace the need for surgical lung biopsy in the future. Indeed, these new multidisciplinary procedures may become the main diagnostic work-up method for patients with suspected idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. PMID:26682637

  18. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension in pediatric patients

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    Nada Jirásková

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    Full Text Available Nada Jirásková, Pavel RozsívalDepartment of Ophthalmology, University Hospital, Hradec Králové, Czech RepublicPurpose: To evaluate retrospectively the features, treatment, and outcome of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH in children.Methods: Nine patients, 15 years and younger, diagnosed with IIH. Inclusion criteria were papilledema, normal brain computer tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, cerebrospinal fluid pressure greater than 250 mm H2O, normal cerebrospinal fluid content, and a nonfocal neurologic examination except for sixth nerve palsy.Results: Of the nine patients, eight were girls. Five girls were overweight and one boy was obese. The most common presenting symptom was headache (5 patients. Diplopia or strabismus did not occur in our group. Visual field abnormalities were present in all eyes, and severe visual loss resulting in light perception vision occurred in both eyes of one patient. Eight patients were treated medically with acetazolamide alone, and one girl needed a combination of acetazolamide and corticosteroids. This girl also required optic nerve sheath decompression surgery. Resolution of papilledema and recovery of visual function occurred in all patients.Conclusions: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension in prepubertal children is rather uncommon. Prompt diagnosis and management are important to prevent permanent visual loss.Keywords: idiopathic intracranial hypertension, pediatric, treatment

  19. Clomiphene Effects on Idiopathic Premature Ejaculation

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    Ketabchi

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background Premature ejaculation (PE is the inability to delay ejaculation, occurring sooner than they or their partner would like during sexual activities. PE is a challenging problem that can affect sexual enjoyment and may harm relationships of couples and affect their quality of life. In idiopathic PE, several helpful techniques and medicines are recommended, but none of them has yielded satisfactory results. Objectives Our objective in this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of clomiphene as a selective estrogen receptor modulator on the treatment of idiopathic PE. Patients and Methods In a randomized clinical trial, 178 married men with idiopathic PE defined according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Third Revised Version (DSM-III-R who referred to urology clinics over a 10-month period in 2012 were randomized into two groups, namely the study (clomiphene and control (placebo groups. They completed self-administered questionnaires that included intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT, erectile dysfunction indexes, quality of life (QOL, sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, and medical illness. After 6 months of intervention, all data were compared with the baseline data and between the groups. Results Within the 10-month study course, 126 patients (70.8% completed this study. After intervention and comparison of the results between the two groups, IELT, sexual indexes, and QOL improved in the study group, but significant differences were observed only in the IELT and QOL findings. Conclusions Clomiphene seems to be useful in the pharmacological treatment of PE compared to the placebo.

  20. Pulmonary function in children with idiopathic scoliosis

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    Tsiligiannis Theofanis

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Idiopathic scoliosis, a common disorder of lateral displacement and rotation of vertebral bodies during periods of rapid somatic growth, has many effects on respiratory function. Scoliosis results in a restrictive lung disease with a multifactorial decrease in lung volumes, displaces the intrathoracic organs, impedes on the movement of ribs and affects the mechanics of the respiratory muscles. Scoliosis decreases the chest wall as well as the lung compliance and results in increased work of breathing at rest, during exercise and sleep. Pulmonary hypertension and respiratory failure may develop in severe disease. In this review the epidemiological and anatomical aspects of idiopathic scoliosis are noted, the pathophysiology and effects of idiopathic scoliosis on respiratory function are described, the pulmonary function testing including lung volumes, respiratory flow rates and airway resistance, chest wall movements, regional ventilation and perfusion, blood gases, response to exercise and sleep studies are presented. Preoperative pulmonary function testing required, as well as the effects of various surgical approaches on respiratory function are also discussed.

  1. Chronic Diarrhea

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    ... infections that cause chronic diarrhea be prevented? Chronic Diarrhea What is chronic diarrhea? Diarrhea that lasts for more than 2-4 ... represent a life-threatening illness. What causes chronic diarrhea? Chronic diarrhea has many different causes; these causes ...

  2. American Thoracic Society-European Respiratory Society Classification of the Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias: Advances in Knowledge since 2002.

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    Sverzellati, Nicola; Lynch, David A; Hansell, David M; Johkoh, Takeshi; King, Talmadge E; Travis, William D

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    In the updated American Thoracic Society-European Respiratory Society classification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs), the major entities have been preserved and grouped into (a) "chronic fibrosing IIPs" (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia), (b) "smoking-related IIPs" (respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease and desquamative interstitial pneumonia), (c) "acute or subacute IIPs" (cryptogenic organizing pneumonia and acute interstitial pneumonia), and (d) "rare IIPs" (lymphoid interstitial pneumonia and idiopathic pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis). Furthermore, it has been acknowledged that a final diagnosis is not always achievable, and the category "unclassifiable IIP" has been proposed. The diagnostic interpretation of the IIPs is often challenging because other diseases with a known etiology (most notably, connective tissue disease and hypersensitivity pneumonitis) may show similar morphologic patterns. Indeed, more emphasis has been given to the integration of clinical, computed tomographic (CT), and pathologic findings for multidisciplinary diagnosis. Typical CT-based morphologic patterns are associated with the IIPs, and radiologists play an important role in diagnosis and characterization. Optimal CT quality and a systematic approach are both pivotal for evaluation of IIP. Interobserver variation for the various patterns encountered in the IIPs is an issue. It is important for radiologists to understand the longitudinal behavior of IIPs at serial CT examinations, especially for providing a framework for cases that are unclassifiable or in which a histologic diagnosis cannot be obtained. PMID:26452110

  3. Management of cytopenias in patients with myelofibrosis treated with ruxolitinib and effect of dose modifications on efficacy outcomes

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    Verstovsek S

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    Full Text Available Srdan Verstovsek,1 Jason Gotlib,2 Vikas Gupta,3 Ehab Atallah,4 John Mascarenhas,5 Alfonso Quintas-Cardama,1 William Sun,6 Nicholas J Sarlis,6 Victor Sandor,6 Richard S Levy,6 Hagop M Kantarjian,1 Ruben A Mesa71University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 2Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA, USA; 3Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; 4Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA; 5Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA; 6Incyte Corporation, Wilmington, DE, USA; 7Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, USAPurpose: Ruxolitinib is an oral Janus kinase (JAK 1/JAK2 inhibitor approved in the US for the treatment of intermediate- or high-risk myelofibrosis (MF. Because thrombopoietin and erythropoietin signal through JAK2, dose-dependent cytopenias are expected with treatment. In the COMFORT-I (COntrolled Myelofibrosis study with Oral JAK inhibitor Treatment I trial, these cytopenias were effectively managed with dose adjustments. These analyses were conducted to evaluate the relationship between ruxolitinib titrated doses and changes in platelet count and hemoglobin level as well as efficacy measures.Patients and methods: COMFORT-I was a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 309 patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk MF and a platelet count ≥100 × 109/L. Ruxolitinib starting doses were 15 and 20 mg twice daily (bis in die [BID] for patients with baseline platelet counts of 100–200 × 109/L and >200 × 109/L, respectively. Percentage changes from baseline to week 24 in spleen volume and MF-related symptoms were assessed in subgroups defined by final titrated dose (average daily dose during weeks 21 to 24.Results: The median final titrated doses for patients starting at doses of 15 and 20 mg BID were 10 and 20 mg BID, respectively, at week 24. Most dose reductions occurred in the first 8–12 weeks of treatment and coincided with decreases in platelet count and hemoglobin

  4. Comparison of Efficacy and Dermatology Life Quality Index of Pharmacological Monotherapy and Combined Therapy in Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria%抗组胺药不同用药方法治疗慢性特发性荨麻疹疗效及患者生活质量

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    陈嫚轩; 刘玲玲

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    目的:比较抗组胺药单一用药、联合用药2种方法治疗慢性特发性荨麻疹(CIU)的疗效及对患者生活质量改善的影响.方法:收集本院门诊确诊为CIU患者161例,对其临床资料进行回顾性分析.将患者分为抗组胺药单一用药组和联合用药组.疗程均为4周,治疗后第2、4周进行随访.应用荨麻疹活动性评分(UAS)标准按0-3级进行症状、体征评分,并根据症状、体征积分下降指数进行整体疗效评估;利用皮肤病生活质量指数(DLQI)调查问卷评价患者生活质量改善情况.结果:161例CIU患者中单一用药组107例,联合用药组54例;治疗4周结束时,联合用药组有效率为72.3%,单一用药组为72.9%,2组差异无统计学意义(X2=0.008,P=0.928);联合用药组治愈率为51.9%,高于单一用药组的40.2%,2组差异无统计学意义(X2=1.98,P=0.159);UAS评分,2组差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);治疗后2组DLQI评分均下降,联合用药组DLQI评分改善优于单一用药组,2组差异无统计学意义(P=0.052).结论:非镇静类H1受体拮抗剂单一用药及联合用药治疗慢性特发性荨麻疹的疗效相似,联合用药治愈率较高,控制及缓解症状的持久性相对更好,生活质量改善较为明显.%Objective To compare the clinical efficacy and the improvement of quality of life between the two treatment groups by using non-sedative Hl-antihistamine agents as monotherapy and combined therapy in chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) patients. Methods 161 CIU patients with comprehensive clinical data diagnosed in outpatient were collected. Clinical data of patients were retrospectively analyzed. The 161 patients were divided in two treatment groups, monotherapy group, only using one kind of non-sedative Hl-antihistamine agent (QD) and combined therapy group, combined using one kind of non-sedative Hl-antihistamine agent ( QD) with other medication. The duration of therapy was four weeks. Patients were evaluated before

  5. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Prognosis, and Management.

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    Lynch, Joseph P; Huynh, Richard H; Fishbein, Michael C; Saggar, Rajan; Belperio, John A; Weigt, S Sam

    2016-06-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a specific form of chronic interstitial lung pneumonia associated with the histologic pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). Although UIP is a distinct histologic lesion, this histologic pattern is not specific for IPF and can also be found in other diseases (e.g., connective tissue disease and asbestosis). Clinical features of IPF include progressive cough, dyspnea, restrictive ventilatory defect, and progressive fibrosis and destruction of the lung parenchyma. IPF is rare (13-42 cases/100,000), and primarily affects older adults (>50 years of age). The diagnosis of IPF often requires surgical lung biopsy, but the diagnosis can be affirmed with confidence in some patients provided the results of computed tomographic (CT) scans and clinical features are consistent. The clinical course is variable, but inexorable progression (typically over months to years) is typical. Mean survival from the onset of symptoms approximates 3 to 5 years. Medical treatment is only modestly effective, primarily by slowing the rate of disease progression. Lung transplantation is the best therapeutic option. PMID:27231859

  6. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: Diagnosis, epidemiology and natural history.

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    Sgalla, Giacomo; Biffi, Alice; Richeldi, Luca

    2016-04-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive fibrosing lung disorder of unknown aetiology whose diagnosis involves the careful exclusion of secondary causes for pulmonary fibrosis and the presence of a pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) at either high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan or surgical lung biopsy. Despite great efforts made in establishing precise, universally acknowledged diagnostic criteria for IPF, its ascertainment remains a challenge, especially in those individuals presenting with atypical HRCT patterns. With new drugs emerging, establishing a precise diagnosis is becoming a clinically relevant issue. Although regarded as a rare disease, IPF epidemiology is controversial due to studies relying on old data and adopting mixed, incomparable methodologies for cases definition. Overall, the prevalence and incidence appear to be increasing over the last decades, suggesting that in earlier studies they might have been underestimated because of diagnostic uncertainty. IPF is invariably progressive, although its clinical course might greatly vary on an individual basis, with episodes of severe acute respiratory deterioration (acute exacerbations) being unpredictable. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms responsible for an accelerated course of the disease and the identification of biomarkers of progression would lead to a better stratification of the disease, essential for delivering individualized therapeutic strategies. PMID:26595062

  7. Unravelling the progressive pathophysiology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    A. Günther

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a life-threatening condition, with a median survival of <3 yrs. The pathophysiology is not fully understood, but chronic injury of alveolar epithelial type II cells (AECII is considered key. In IPF, disturbed folding and processing of surfactant proteins and impaired DNA repair may represent underlying reasons for maladaptive endoplasmic reticulum stress responses, increased reactive oxygen species production and/or DNA damage. Excessive AECII apoptosis occurs, leading to permanently perturbed epithelial homeostasis. The role of secondary hits also becomes evident. These may aggravate the disease and result in increased epithelial turnover, exhausting the regenerative capacity of progenitors and disturbing epithelial–mesenchymal interactions. Fibroblast proliferation, transdifferentiation and matrix deposition may be mediated through various mechanisms including epithelial–mesenchymal transition, fibrocyte invasion or expansion of a local fibroblast population. Treatment modalities aiming to attenuate epithelial injury are currently in early pre-clinical development and may reach the clinical arena in only a few years. Meanwhile, novel drugs acting on highly activated fibroblasts such as pirfenidone, an anti-fibrotic drug authorised for IPF in the European Union, or BIBF 1120, a novel triple-kinase inhibitor (blocking vascular endothelial growth factor, platelet-derived growth factor and fibroblast growth factor currently under clinical investigation, seem to attenuate the progression of IPF.

  8. Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes among Women with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

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    Diego F. Wyszynski

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To examine pregnancy and birth outcomes among women with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP or chronic ITP (cITP diagnosed before or during pregnancy. Methods. A linkage of mothers and babies within a large US health insurance database that combines enrollment data, pharmacy claims, and medical claims was carried out to identify pregnancies in women with ITP or cITP. Outcomes included preterm birth, elective and spontaneous loss, and major congenital anomalies. Results. Results suggest that women diagnosed with ITP or cITP prior to their estimated date of conception may be at higher risk for stillbirth, fetal loss, and premature delivery. Among 446 pregnancies in women with ITP, 346 resulted in live births. Women with cITP experienced more adverse outcomes than those with a pregnancy-related diagnosis of ITP. Although 7.8% of all live births had major congenital anomalies, the majority were isolated heart defects. Among deliveries in women with cITP, 15.2% of live births were preterm. Conclusions. The results of this study provide further evidence that cause and duration of maternal ITP are important determinants of the outcomes of pregnancy.

  9. Comorbidities in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients: a systematic literature review.

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    Raghu, Ganesh; Amatto, Valeria C; Behr, Jürgen; Stowasser, Susanne

    2015-10-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is associated with a fatal prognosis and manifests in patients over 60 years old who may have comorbidities. The prevalence and impact of comorbidities on the clinical course of IPF is unclear.This systematic literature review examined the prevalence of comorbidities and mortality associated with comorbidities in IPF patients. Relevant observational studies published in English from January 1990 to January 2015 identified via MEDLINE and EMBASE were included; bibliographies of articles were also searched.Among the 126 studies included, prevalence of pulmonary hypertension (PH) was 3-86%, 6-91% for obstructive sleep apnoea, 3-48% for lung cancer and 6-67% for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nonrespiratory comorbidities included ischaemic heart disease (IHD) (3-68%) and gastro-oesophageal reflux (GER) (0-94%). Mortality was highest among patients with IPF and lung cancer. Most studies assessed relatively small samples of patients with IPF.PH, COPD, lung cancer, GER and IHD are significant comorbidities; differences in IPF severity, case definitions and patient characteristics limited the comparability of findings. The identification and prompt treatment of comorbidities may have a clinically significant impact on overall outcome that is meaningful for patients with IPF. PMID:26424523

  10. Current and novel drug therapies for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Adamali HI

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Huzaifa I Adamali,1 Toby M Maher1–31Interstitial Lung Disease Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK; 2National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK; 3Centre for Respiratory Research, University College London, London, UKAbstract: Over the past decade, there has been a cohesive effort from patients, physicians, clinical and basic scientists, and the pharmaceutical industry to find definitive treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF. As understanding of disease behavior and pathogenesis has improved, the aims of those treating IPF have shifted from reversing the disease to slowing or preventing progression of this chronic fibrotic illness. It is to be hoped that by slowing disease progression, survival will be improved from the current dismal median of 3.5 years following diagnosis. In Europe and Asia, a milestone has recently been reached with the licensing of the first IPF-specific drug, pirfenidone. This review assesses the current treatment modalities available for IPF, including pirfenidone. It also turns an eye to the future and discusses the growing number of promising compounds currently in development that it is hoped, in time, will make their way into the clinic as treatments for IPF.Keywords: interstitial lung disease, pirfenidone, clinical trials, usual interstitial pneumonia, acute exacerbations

  11. The spleen and splenectomy in immune (idiopathic) thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Sandler, S G

    2000-01-01

    The benefits of surgical splenectomy in patients with immune (Idiopathic) thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) probably reflect the combined effects of eliminating a source of antiplatelet antibody synthesis as well as the primary site of platelet destruction. The recent availability of intravenous Rho(D) Immune globulin (WinRho SDF; Nabi, Boca Raton, FL) presents an opportunity to extend the duration of nonsurgical (spleen-sparing) management of chronic ITP by inducing reversible Fc blockade. While new methods for laparoscopic splenectomy may offer improved surgical outcomes and reduced costs for ITP patients in the near-term, the long-term consequences of splenectomy remain to be determined. Partial splenectomy has been shown to be effective in the management of anemia in hereditary spherocytosis and elliptocytosis, while preserving vital splenic phagocytic and immune functions. The concept that cell destruction occurs in reticuloendothelial cells has been updated with recognition that the mononuclear phagocyte is neither a reticular nor an endothelial cell. Immune phagocytosis is now understood to be mediated by macrophage IgG Fc and complement receptors. A key factor for devising a strategy for selecting medical or surgical splenectomy, or postponing splenectomy, is an assessment of the relative importance of splenic immune versus phagocytic function in the pathogenesis of ITP. PMID:10676918

  12. Treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-Associated Uveitis

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    İlknur Tuğal-Tutkun

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Pediatric uveitis may be a serious health problem because of the lifetime burden of vision loss due to severe complications if the problem is not adequately treated. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA-associated uveitis is characterized by insidious onset and potentially blinding chronic anterior uveitis. Periodic ophthalmologic screening is of utmost importance for early diagnosis of uveitis. Early diagnosis and proper immunomodulatory treatment are essential for good visual prognosis. The goal of treatment is to achieve enduring drug-free remission. The choice of therapeutic regimen needs to be tailored to each individual case. One must keep in mind that patients under immunomodulatory treatment should be monitored closely due to possible side effects. Local and systemic corticosteroids have long been the mainstay of therapy; however, long-term corticosteroid therapy should be avoided due to serious side effects. Steroid-sparing agents in the treatment of JIA-associated uveitis include antimetabolites and biologic agents in refractory cases. Among the various immunomodulatory agents, methotrexate is generally the first choice, as it has a well-established safety and efficacy profile in pediatric cases and does not appear to increase the risk of cancer. Other classic immunomodulators that may also be used in combination with methotrexate include azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, and cyclosporin A. Biologic agents, primarily tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitors including infliximab or adalimumab, should be considered in cases of treatment failure with classic immunomodulatory agents.

  13. Long term functional outcome of idiopathic inflammatory myopathies

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    G. Pasero

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM comprise a group of diseases characterized by chronic inflammation of the skeletal muscles. The definition of the long-term outcome of IIM, has been limited by the difficulty in objectively evaluating the rate of muscle function impairment. Aim of our study, was to define the long term outcome in a group of 37 IIM patients, followed at our centres between 1979 and 1999. A protocol, evaluating CK levels, muscle function, and disability in daily life activity was prospectively designed. The disease outcome was defined on the basis the patient’s functional evaluation. Disease activity was defined as the presence of an increase in serum CK levels associated with an increase of therapy. At the end of follow up, 27% of the patients had an active disease and 35% had a poor functional outcome. On the basis of our results we could distinguish three different outcomes of IIM: (i good functional outcome (65%; (ii poor functional outcome with inactive disease (13.5%; (iii poor functional outcome and active disease (21,5%. In conclusion, although IIM seem to have a good evolution in terms of disease activity, in about 46% of patients they are associated with an elevated incidence of functional impairement, probably attributable both to the disease’s damage and to the side effects of therapy.

  14. Idiopathic Hypertrophic Cranial Pachymeningitis Misdiagnosed as Acute Subtentorial Hematoma

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    Park, Ik-Seong; Kim, Hoon; Chung, Eun Yong

    2010-01-01

    A case of idiopathic hypertrophic cranial pachymeningitis (IHCP) misdiagnosed as an acute subdural hematoma is reported. A 37-year-old male patient presented with headache following head trauma 2 weeks earlier. Computerized tomography showed a diffuse high-density lesion along the left tentorium and falx cerebri. Initial chest X-rays revealed a small mass in the right upper lobe with right lower pleural thickening, which suggested lung cancer, such as an adenoma or mediastinal metastasis. During conservative treatment under the diagnosis of a subdural hematoma, left cranial nerve palsies were developed (3rd and 6th), followed by scleritis and uveitis involving both eyes. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed an unusual tentorium-falx enhancement on gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted images. Non-specific chronic inflammation of the pachymeninges was noticed on histopathologic examination following an open biopsy. Systemic steroid treatment was initiated, resulting in dramatic improvement of symptoms. A follow-up brain MRI showed total resolution of the lesion 2 months after steroid treatment. IHCP should be included in the differential diagnosis of subtentorial-enhancing lesions. PMID:20856672

  15. The role of helicobacter pylori infection in the pathogenesis of chronic urticaria

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    Objective: To determine the prevalence of H. pylori infection in patients with idiopathic chronic urticaria (ICU) and to see if eradication of the bacterium affects the course of the urticaria. Patients and Methods: One hundred patients with idiopathic chronic urticaria and 43 healthy subjects (matched for age and sex) underwent serological testing for H. pylori infection. All patients with idiopathic chronic urticaria were examined for Helicobacter pylori infection with the /sup 13/C-urea test as well as the serological testing. Gastric biopsy was obtained from 36 patients. Patients with proven Helicobacter pylori infection were given treatment for 2 weeks. Six weeks afterwards they were tested again for Helicobacter pylori infection, and their urticaria was clinically assessed. Results: There was no significant difference in the seroprevalence of H. pylori infection between : idiopathic chronic urticaria patients and healthy subjects. Helicobacter pylori was detected in 76% of patients and 69.8% of controls. Out of the 76 patients treated, only 24 showed complete remission of their urticaria after successfully eradicating Helicobacter pylori infection, the others only having some improvement in their symptoms. Conclusion: Patients with idiopathic chronic urticaria have similar high rates of H. pylori infection as healthy subjects. Bacterium eradication is associated with improvement of urticaria symptoms, suggesting a possible role of Helicobacter pylori in the pathogenesis of this skin disorder. (author)

  16. Idiopathic Sweet’s Syndrome Accompanying Bullous Lesions: Case report

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    Akı, Tuba; Karıncaoğlu, Yelda; Özcan, Hamdi; Seyhan, Muammer Eşrefoğlu; Kalaycı, Bülent; Karadağ, Neşe

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    Sweet's syndrome is a rare dermatosis which is characterized by painful red plaques, pyrexia, elevated neutrophil count, and acellular infiltrate consisting predominantly of neutrophils that are diffusely distributed in the upper dermis. It may be either associated with upper respiratory tract infections, hematologic malignancies, drug hypersensitivities, sarcoidosis, autoimmune disorders or may be idiopathic. In this case an idiopathic SS that is associated with bullo...

  17. Hyperoxaluria in idiopathic calcium nephrolithiasis--what are the limits?

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    Osther, P J

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    , and the syndrome of mild hyperoxaluric calcium nephrolithiasis could not be identified in our population of idiopathic stone formers. Hence, a limit of abnormal oxalate excretion that distinguishes an idiopathic stone former from a non-stone former could not be defined in our population. Therefore...

  18. What We Know About the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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    Puglisi, S; Torrisi, S E; Giuliano, R; Vindigni, V; Vancheri, C

    2016-06-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive lung disease of unknown cause, occurring in adults, limited to the lungs and associated with the pathologic and radiologic pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia. Prognosis is poor, and most patients die of respiratory failure within 3 to 6 years from the onset of symptoms. Although our understanding of the pathogenesis of IPF has improved over the past two decades, the mechanisms responsible for this disorder have not been clearly defined. Aging is the single most important risk factor, but genetic, environmental, and diverse exogenous factors such as smoking, viral infections, chronic tissue injury (i.e., gastroesophageal reflux disease, traction injury) play contributory roles. In this review, we focus on pathogenetic mechanisms that we think are crucial for the initiation of the fibrotic process and for its progressive evolution. In the early stage of the disease, in the context of the permissive genetic background combined with the presence of specific risk factors, alveolar epithelial cells play a leading role. Subsequent evolution of the fibrotic process and its lethal progression is likely due to the abnormal tissue repair process that takes place in the lung and to the inability to counteract this process. In this phase of the disease, fibroblasts assume a crucial role. Current pharmacological treatment strategies for IPF have only modest value, principally by slowing the course of disease progression. Unfortunately, improvement or cure has not yet been achieved with pharmacological agents. The challenge for the future is to improve the comprehension of the mechanisms involved in the inception and evolution of IPF and their articulated interactions. This is fundamental not only to conceive and develop new drugs against this dreadful disease but also to apply different therapeutic approaches such as drug repositioning and personalized therapies in the management of IPF. PMID:27231860

  19. Idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI): from molecular epidemiology to molecular medicine.

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    De Luca, C; Scordo, G; Cesareo, E; Raskovic, D; Genovesi, G; Korkina, L

    2010-07-01

    Inherited or acquired impairment of xenobiotics metabolism is a postulated mechanism underlying environment-associated pathologies such as multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, dental amalgam disease, and others, also collectively named idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI). In view of the poor current knowledge of their etiology and pathogenesis, and the absence of recognised genetic and metabolic markers of the diseases. They are often considered "medically unexplained syndromes",. These disabling conditions share the features of polysymptomatic multi-organ syndromes, considered by part of the medical community to be aberrant responses triggered by exposure to low-dose organic and inorganic chemicals and metals, in concentrations far below average reference levels admitted for environmental toxicants. A genetic predisposition to altered biotransformation of environmental chemicals, drugs, and metals, and of endogenous low-molecular weight metabolites, caused by polymorphisms of genes coding for xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes, their receptors and transcription factors appears to be involved in the susceptibility to these environment-associated pathologies, along with epigenetic factors. Free radical/antioxidant homeostasis may also be heavily implicated, indirectly by affecting the regulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes, and directly by causing increased levels of oxidative products, implicated in the chronic damage of cells and tissues, which is in part correlated with clinical symptoms. More systematic studies of molecular epidemiology, toxico- and pharmaco-genomics, elucidating the mechanisms of regulation, expression, induction, and activity of antioxidant/detoxifying enzymes, and the possible role of inflammatory mediators, promise a better understanding of this pathologically increased sensitivity to low-level chemical stimuli, and a solid basis for effective individualized antioxidant- and/or chelator

  20. Idiopathic scoliosis: the tethered spine II: post-surgical pain.

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    Whyte Ferguson, Lucy

    2014-10-01

    The treatment of severe chronic pain in young people following surgery for the correction of curvatures of idiopathic scoliosis (IS) is presented through two case histories. Effective treatment involved release of myofascial trigger points (TrPs) known to refer pain into the spine, and treatment of related fascia and joint dysfunction. The TrPs found to be contributing to spinal area pain were located in muscles at some distance from the spine rather than in the paraspinal muscles. Referred pain from these TrPs apparently accounted for pain throughout the base of the neck and thoracolumbar spine. Exploratory surgery was considered for one patient to address pain following rod placement but the second surgery became unnecessary when the pain was controlled with treatment of the myofascial pain and joint dysfunction. The other individual had both scoliosis and hyperkyphosis, had undergone primary scoliosis surgery, and subsequently underwent a second surgery to remove hardware in an attempt to address her persistent pain following the initial surgery (and because of dislodged screws). The second surgery did not, however, reduce her pain. In both cases these individuals, with severe chronic pain following scoliosis corrective surgery, experienced a marked decrease of pain after myofascial treatment. As will be discussed below, despite the fact that a significant minority of individuals who have scoliosis corrective surgery are thought to require a second surgery, and despite the fact that pain is the most common reason leading to such revision surgery, myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) had apparently not previously been considered as a possible factor in their pain. PMID:25440198

  1. IDIOPATHIC PYODERMA GANGRENOSUM: REPORT IN A THREE YEAR OLD CHILD

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    Vidyadhar Kinhal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare, non - infectious and destructive skin disease. Its exact etiopathogenesis is not clearly understood and is believed to be due to immune dysfunction. Several theories have been postulated; however none are consistent in all patients. Pyoderma gangrenosum mostly affects adults and rarely in children. An underlying systemic diseas e is often seen in most of the cases. A three - year - old male child presented with a non - healing ulcer over left thigh. Clinical features, histopathology, other investigations and dramatic response to corticosteroids suggested a diagnosis of idiopathic pyo derma gangrenosum. Associated idiopathic thrombocytosis was also seen. Idiopathic pyoderma gangrenosum is very rare in children. Idiopathic pyoderma gangrenosum associated with idiopathic thrombocytosis and keloidal scarring has not been reported earlier

  2. Radiographic Evaluation of Idiopathic Osteosclerosis in Patients Referring to Mashhad Dental School from November 2002 to May 2004

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    M Eatemadi-Sadjadi

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Idiopathic osteosclerosis is a common radiopaque lesion in the jaw bones, which is asymptomatic and usually detected accidentally in various radiographs. The purpose of this study was to determine the radiographic features of idiopathic osteosclerosis in the jawbones of patients referring to the maxillofacial radiology center of Mashhad Dental Faculty. Methods: In this descriptive study, panoramic radiographs of 300 patients ( 125 males, 175 females who had referred to the maxillofacial radiology department were evaluated for the presence of idiopathic osteosclerosis. The radiographic information included location, number, shape, size, relationship with teeth, pattern of density ( trabecular-cortical and demographic data ( age, sex and evidence of disease in the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys were also recorded . Then data was analyzed using chi-square and t-student test. Results : A total of 27 patients (9%, exhibited 40 foci of idiopathic osteosclerosis with different shapes and sizes (4 cm2 to 1/09 cm 2 , most of which had well defined borders (65% and trabecular density (62/5% . The most common region for these lesions was in the mandible, especially in the second premolar (47/5% and first molar (42/5% regions and the majority had no connection to the teeth (57/5%. The lesions were most prevalent in the second decade of life (29/6% followed by third and fourth decades. (25/9% Conclusion: The results of this study were the same as that of previous similar studies. In addition, chronic renal failure was seen in 1/3 of patients with idiopathic osteosclerosis .

  3. Impact of ruxolitinib on the natural history of primary myelofibrosis: a comparison of the DIPSS and the COMFORT-2 cohorts.

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    Passamonti, Francesco; Maffioli, Margherita; Cervantes, Francisco; Vannucchi, Alessandro Maria; Morra, Enrica; Barbui, Tiziano; Caramazza, Domenica; Pieri, Lisa; Rumi, Elisa; Gisslinger, Heinz; Knoops, Laurent; Kiladjian, Jean Jaques; Mora, Barbara; Hollaender, Norbert; Pascutto, Cristiana; Harrison, Claire; Cazzola, Mario

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    The international prognostic scoring system (IPSS) provides reliable risk assessment in patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF). Recent clinical trials in PMF patients with intermediate-2 or high IPSS risk have shown a survival advantage of ruxolitinib over placebo (COMFORT-1) or best available therapy (COMFORT-2). Because crossover was allowed in these studies, we analyzed the cohort of ruxolitinib-naive patients used for developing the dynamic IPSS (DIPSS). By adopting ad hoc statistical analyses, we compared survival from diagnosis of 100 PMF patients receiving ruxolitinib within COMFORT-2 with that of 350 patients of the DIPSS study. Subjects were properly matched, and both left-truncation and right-censoring were accounted in order to compare higher IPSS risks exclusively. Patients receiving ruxolitinib had longer survival (5 years, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.9-7.8 vs 3.5 years, 95% CI: 3.0-3.9) with a hazard ratio of 0.61 (95% CI: 0.41-0.91; P = .0148). This observation suggests that ruxolitinib may modify the natural history of PMF. PMID:24443442

  4. Prognostic impact of bone marrow fibrosis in primary myelofibrosis. A study of the AGIMM group on 490 patients.

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    Guglielmelli, Paola; Rotunno, Giada; Pacilli, Annalisa; Rumi, Elisa; Rosti, Vittorio; Delaini, Federica; Maffioli, Margherita; Fanelli, Tiziana; Pancrazzi, Alessandro; Pieri, Lisa; Fjerza, Rajmonda; Pietra, Daniela; Cilloni, Daniela; Sant'Antonio, Emanuela; Salmoiraghi, Silvia; Passamonti, Francesco; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Barosi, Giovanni; Barbui, Tiziano; Cazzola, Mario; Vannucchi, Alessandro M

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    The prognostic significance of bone marrow (BM) fibrosis grade in patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is still debated. A fibrosis grade greater than 1 was shown to associate with higher risk of death, and addition of fibrosis grade to IPSS score resulted in a more accurate prediction of survival. The aim of this study was to analyze the prognostic impact of BM fibrosis in 490 patients with PMF, evaluated at diagnosis, molecularly annotated and with extensive follow-up information. We found that fibrosis grade 2 and greater on a 0-3 scale was associated with clinical characteristics indicative of a more advanced disease, such as anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, constitutional symptoms, larger splenomegaly and a higher IPSS risk category. Patients with higher grade of fibrosis were also more likely to have additional somatic mutations in ASXL1 and EZH2, that are prognostically adverse. Median survival was significantly reduced in patients with grade 2 and 3 fibrosis as compared with grade 1; this effect was maintained when analysis was restricted to younger patients. In multivariate analysis, fibrosis grade independently predicted for survival regardless of IPSS variables and mutational status; the adverse impact of fibrosis was noticeable especially in lower IPSS risk categories. Overall, results indicate that higher grades of fibrosis correlate with unique clinical and molecular aspects and represent an independent adverse variable in patients with PMF; these observations deserve confirmation in prospectively designed series of patients. Am. J. Hematol. 91:918-922, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27264006

  5. The Role of Gender in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-Associated Uveitis

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    Ahmadreza Moradi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uveitis is a common complication of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA affecting up to 30% of patients with JIA. Although the typical bilateral chronic anterior uveitis associated with the persistent and extended oligoarticular and polyarticular, rheumatoid factor negative variants of JIA occurs predominantly in girls, boys may be more commonly affected in the HLA-B27 positive, enthesitis variant of JIA. While female gender has been associated with the development of the chronic anterior uveitis in children with JIA, the clinical course of JIA-associated uveitis may be worse in boys than in girls. The purpose of this paper is to review the available published literature to determine the role of gender in the clinical presentation and outcomes of patients with JIA-associated uveitis.

  6. Assessment of vascular function in systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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    Sozeri, Betul; Atikan, Basak Yildiz; Ozdemir, Kadriye; Mir, Sevgi

    2016-07-01

    An increased incidence of cardiovascular disease has been found in rheumatic disorders. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common chronic rheumatic disease in children. Prolonged immunological inflammatory process leads these patients to an early onset of atherosclerosis. We aimed to assess the presence of early vascular dysfunction in patients with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) and investigate the role of therapy sJIA in vascular health. Thirty-three patients (22 males, 11 females) diagnosed with sJIA according to the International League of Associations for Rheumatology criteria were compared to 72 age- and sex-matched controls. None of the participants was overweight, obese, or had a history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, or cardiovascular disease. Arterial stiffness (As) was evaluated by measurement of carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AIx) with a Vicorder. The mean age of patients in this study was 9.96 ± 3.71 years (range 4-16 years) and the mean age of controls was 10.9 ± 3.52 years (range 4-19 years). These two groups were well matched for age, sex, and BMI. The mean age of patients at the onset of disease was 7.06 ± 3.9 years (range 3-15 years). The mean duration of disease and active disease was 79 ± 45 months (range 6-162 months) and 58 ± 49 months (range 1-101 months), respectively. The highest levels of PWV and AIx were found in the patient group. Seven patients had had macrophage activation syndrome at presentation. In these patients, vascular changes were higher than other patients (6.30 ± 0.42 m/s vs 5.17 ± 0.55 m/s, p = 0.01, respectively). The corticosteroid therapy was found associated with higher PWV, (p < 0.05), while there was no difference between vascular parameters and use of non-steroid therapies (methotrexate (MTX), anti-TNF alfa agents). We also find statistically significant correlation between PWV

  7. Idiopathic Polyhydramnios: Severity and Perinatal Morbidity.

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    Wiegand, Samantha L; Beamon, Carmen J; Chescheir, Nancy C; Stamilio, David

    2016-06-01

    Objective To estimate the association between the severity of idiopathic polyhydramnios and adverse outcomes. Study Design Retrospective cohort study of deliveries at one hospital from 2000 to 2012 with an amniotic fluid index (AFI) measurement ≥24 + 0 weeks' gestation. Pregnancies complicated by diabetes, multiples, or fetal anomalies were excluded. Exposure was the degree of polyhydramnios: normal (AFI 5-24 cm), mild (≥ 24-30 cm), and moderate-severe (> 30 cm). Primary outcomes were perinatal mortality, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission, and postpartum hemorrhage. Results There were 10,536 pregnancies: 10,188 with a normal AFI, 274 mild (78.74%), and 74 moderate-severe polyhydramnios (21.26%). Adverse outcomes were increased with idiopathic polyhydramnios: NICU admission (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] 3.71, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.77-4.99), postpartum hemorrhage (AOR 15.81, 95% CI 7.82-31.96), macrosomia (AOR 3.41, 95% CI 2.61-4.47), low 5-minute Apgar score (AOR 2.60, 95% CI 1.57-4.30), and cesarean (AOR 2.16, 95% CI 1.74-2.69). There were increasing odds of macrosomia (mild: AOR 3.19, 95% CI 2.36-4.32; moderate-severe: AOR 4.44, 95% CI 2.53-7.79) and low 5-minute Apgar score (mild: AOR 2.24, 95% CI 1.23-4.08; moderate-severe: AOR 3.93, 95% CI 1.62-9.55) with increasing severity of polyhydramnios. Conclusion Idiopathic polyhydramnios is independently associated with increased risks of morbidity. There appears to be a dose-response relationship for neonatal macrosomia and low 5-minute Apgar score risks. PMID:26862725

  8. Idiopathic Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis in Identical Twins.

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    Ju-Bei Yen

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS was thought to be a congenital diseasetraditionally, even though several published reports assumed IHPS was an acquired disease.The pathogenesis and inheritance patterns of IHPS are not fully understood. Except for thefamilial recurrence of IHPS, concordance of IHPS in monozygotic or dizygotic twins wasalso noted, but occurrence in female twins is rare. From July 1992 through June 2000, 130patients were diagnosed with IHPS in our hospital including one pair of female twins. Wepresent the finding in the twins and review the associated articles about the pathogenesis andinheritance patterns of IHPS.

  9. Idiopathic necrotizing sialometaplasia of parotid gland

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    Shailja Puri Wahal

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    Full Text Available Necrotizing sialometaplasia (NS is an uncommon non-neoplastic, self-limiting inflammatory condition of the salivary glands. NS of major salivary glands is rare and simulates malignancy. If it is seen at this location, most of the cases are due to ischemia caused by vessel injury secondary to previous dental procedure or parotid gland surgery. We present a case of a parotid swelling that appeared as Warthin tumor on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC. On histology it turned out to be NS of parotid gland. The well known etiologies were absent in this case and hence it was labeled as idiopathic.

  10. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis complicated by Down syndrome.

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    Watanabe, Hirofumi; Ayusawa, Mamoru; Kato, Masataka; Chou, Ami; Komori, Akiko; Abe, Yuriko; Matsumura, Masaharu; Kamiyama, Hiroshi; Izumi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Shori

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    We report the case of a 9-year-old girl with Down syndrome (DS) diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH). Although acute pneumonia complicated by hemolytic anemia was suspected, IPH was finally diagnosed on bronchoscopy. Treatment with prednisolone achieved good clinical response. An association between IPH and DS was not able to be identified, but immunological issues in DS may contribute to the onset of IPH. Recurrent and intractable respiratory symptoms with marked infiltrative shadows in the bilateral lungs and complicated by severe anemia in patients with DS should suggest IPH. PMID:26508184

  11. MR imaging of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia

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    Thirty-four patients with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (ITN) were evaluated with MR imaging. Vascular contact at the proximal portion of the preganglionic segment (PGS) of the trigeminal nerve and deformity of the PGS was observed on the affected side in 97% and 62% of patients, respectively. Nonsurgical treatments were effective in 11 of the 13 patients without deformed PGS, but they failed to control trigeminal neuralgia in 8 of 21 patients with deformed PGS. This paper suggests that MR imaging could be used in the clinical assessment of trigeminal neuralgia before treatment

  12. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: the paediatric perspective

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    Jordan, Alison [Birmingham Children' s Hospital, Department of Adolescent Rheumatology, Birmingham (United Kingdom); McDonagh, Janet E. [Birmingham Children' s Hospital, Institute of Child Health, Birmingham (United Kingdom)

    2006-08-15

    Paediatric rheumatology is a relatively new specialty that has developed rapidly over the last 30 years. There have been major advances, which have included improvements in the classification and management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The former has led to enhanced international collaboration with disease registries, multicentre research and the development of new therapeutic agents. This has resulted in improved disease control and remission induction in many. There is, however, still significant morbidity associated with JIA during childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and challenges for the future include early identification of those with a poorer prognosis, appropriate administration of safe therapies and optimizing outcomes as young people move through adolescence into adulthood. (orig.)

  13. Idiopathic lipoid pneumonia successfully treated with prednisolone.

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    Lococo, Filippo; Cesario, Alfredo; Porziella, Venanzio; Mulè, Antonino; Petrone, Gianluigi; Margaritora, Stefano; Granone, Pierluigi

    2012-01-01

    Lipoid pneumonia (LP) is a rare type of pneumonia that is radiologically characterized by lung infiltrates, although imaging alone may not be diagnostic. We describe an unusual 61-year-old patient with idiopathic LP presenting as a solitary pulmonary nodule mimicking lung cancer because of its rapid growth. After treatment with oral prednisone, a control chest radiogram indicated complete normalization of the radiologic features. This case shows that LP should be considered in the diagnostic assessment of any undefined pulmonary mass, after malignancy has been pathologically excluded. PMID:21419490

  14. Genetics of idiopathic generalized epilepsy: An overview

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    D. K. V. Prasad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE is a common type of epilepsy. Strong support for a genetic role in IGE comes from twin and family studies. Several subtypes of IGE have been reported but families often have members affected with different subtypes. Major advances have been made in the understanding of genetic basis of monogenic inherited epilepsies. However, most IGEs are complex genetic diseases and some susceptible IGE genes are shared across subtypes that determine subtypes in specific combinations. The high throughput technologies like deoxyribonucleic acid microarrays and sequencing technologies have the potential to identify causative genes or loci in non-familial cases.

  15. Idiopathic Horner's syndrome in Collie dogs

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    Seven cases of idiopathic Horner's Syndrome in the Collie are described. Five males and two females presented with unilateral miosis, ptosis of the upper eyelid, enophthalmos and protrusion of the third eyelid. Thorough examination, pharmacological testing with phenylephrine, complete blood counts and radiography of the tympanic bullae and thorax were performed. The etiology was not identified in any of the cases. Clinical signs improved with pharmacologic testing within 20-40 min. In five dogs, total resolution of clinical signs was observed at 4 and 16 weeks after their initial appearance. Pharmacological testing suggested that the deficit could be at the preganglionic neuron

  16. Renal involvement in idiopathic hypereosinophic syndrome

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    Shehwaro, Nathalie; Langlois, Anne Lyse; Gueutin, Victor; Izzedine, Hassane

    2013-01-01

    The hypereosinophilic syndromes (HESs) are a group of disorders marked by the sustained overproduction of eosinophils, in which eosinophilic infiltration and mediator release cause damage to multiple organs. In idiopathic HES, the underlying cause of hypereosinophilia (HE) remains unknown despite thorough aetiological work-up. Kidney disease is thought to be rare in HES. Renal manifestations described include eosinophilic interstitial nephritis, various types of glomerulopathies, thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) and electrolyte disturbances. The diagnosis must be made in time, because a recovery of renal function can be obtained if treatment is initiated promptly. PMID:26064485

  17. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Misdiagnosed as Hereditary Angioedema

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    Andersen, Michelle Fog; Bygum, Anette

    2015-01-01

    Hereditary angioedema is a rare, but potentially life-threatening genetic disorder that results from an autosomal dominant trait. It is characterized by acute, recurrent attacks of severe local edema, most commonly affecting the skin and mucosa. Swelling in hereditary angioedema patients does however not always have to be caused by angioedema but can relate to other concomitant disorders. In this report we are focusing on misdiagnosis in a patient with known hereditary angioedema, whose bleeding episode caused by idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura was mistaken for an acute attack of hereditary angioedema. The case illustrates how clinicians can have difficulties in handling patients with rare diseases, especially in the emergency care setting. PMID:26819784

  18. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Misdiagnosed as Hereditary Angioedema

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    Andersen, Michelle Fog; Bygum, Anette

    2015-01-01

    Hereditary angioedema is a rare, but potentially life-threatening genetic disorder that results from an autosomal dominant trait. It is characterized by acute, recurrent attacks of severe local edema, most commonly affecting the skin and mucosa. Swelling in hereditary angioedema patients does...... however not always have to be caused by angioedema but can relate to other concomitant disorders. In this report we are focusing on misdiagnosis in a patient with known hereditary angioedema, whose bleeding episode caused by idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura was mistaken for an acute attack of...... hereditary angioedema. The case illustrates how clinicians can have difficulties in handling patients with rare diseases, especially in the emergency care setting....

  19. Prenatal sonographic monitoring of idiopathic megacystis.

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    Cavoretto, Paolo; Lesma, Arianna; Spagnolo, Daniele; Valsecchi, Luca; Negretto, Alice; Candiani, Massimo

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    This case report is of a female fetus diagnosed with severe idiopathic megacystis at 21 weeks of pregnancy. Sonographic monitoring demonstrated normal amniotic fluid volume and renal structures, absence of hydronephrosis, ureteral dilation, and associated abnormalities. Conservative management was chosen with postnatal confirmation of diagnosis. The neonate presented seizures, and subsequent magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated transverse sinus thrombosis with adjacent ischemic damage. At present, the infant is 2 years old, and she is thriving normally and maintains urinary continence with spontaneous voidings. PMID:21953421

  20. Role of adalimumab in the management of children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other rheumatic conditions

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    Full Text Available Katherine Anne B MarzanDivision of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USAAbstract: Treatment of children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other pediatric rheumatic diseases has evolved. Where once there was only a limited arsenal of medications, with significant side effects and inadequate efficacy, today, with an increased understanding of the pathogenesis of these diseases, there is a wider variety of more targeted and effective treatments. TNF-α is a cytokine involved in a number of inflammatory pathways in pediatric rheumatic diseases. The emergence of biologic modifiers that target TNF-α has been pivotal in providing the ability to deliver early and aggressive treatment. Adalimumab, a recombinant monoclonal antibody to TNF-α, is an important therapeutic option, which affords children and adolescents with chronic illnesses an improved quality of life.Keywords: adalimumab, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, TNF-α, pediatric, rheumatic diseases, treatment

  1. Idiopathic juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis: A current review

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    Nowilaty Sawsan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis (IJFT, also known as parafoveal telangiectasis or idiopathic macular telangiectasia, refers to a heterogeneous group of well-recognized clinical entities characterized by telangiectatic alterations of the juxtafoveolar capillary network of one or both eyes, but which differ in appearance, presumed pathogenesis, and management strategies. Classically, three groups of IJFT are identified. Group I is unilateral easily visible telangiectasis occurring predominantly in males, and causing visual loss as a result of macular edema. Group II, the most common, is bilateral occurring in both middle-aged men and women, and presenting with telangiectasis that is more difficult to detect on biomicroscopy, but with characteristic and diagnostic angiographic and optical coherence tomography features. Vision loss is due to retinal atrophy, not exudation, and subretinal neovascularization is common. Group III is very rare characterized predominantly by progressive obliteration of the perifoveal capillary network, occurring usually in association with a medical or neurologic disease. This paper presents a current review of juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis, reviewing the classification of these entities and focusing primarily on the two most common types encountered in clinical practice, i.e., groups I and II, describing their clinical features, histopathology, natural history, complications, latest results from imaging modalities and functional studies, differential diagnosis, and treatment modalities.

  2. RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION OF IDIOPATHIC RIGHT VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA

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    华伟; JituVohra

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    This paper presents our experieaee with radioreqencey ablation (RFA) for idiopathic ventricular tschycardia (VT) arising from right ventricle in 12 patients(pts). The age range d patients was 21~50, with a mean of 38. 5 years. Ten out of 12 were females, 1 patient had eandia failure due to almost incessant VT while the rest had normal left ventricular function.Twelve pts had VT arising from the fight ventricle; of those, 9 were from the outflow truct, 2 from the RV apex, and l from the RV inflow. In all tats the diagnostic study and therapeutic RFA were combined in a single procedure, pacemapping and local aetlvition time were used to guide the site of RFA in Ors with VT arising froth the tight ventricle.RFA was successful in 11 of the 12 pts ( 91%). Ntmaher of RF applications were 1~27, mean 9. 6; fluoroscopy time were 4~75, mean 26. 9 minutes. RFA for idiopathic RV has a high success rate. This mode of treament should be considered as a nonphartaaeologieal curative treatment for symptomatic pts.

  3. Idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum: radiologic and clinical features

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    Kim, Mi Young; Kim, Su Young; Kim, Yong Hoon; Hwang, Yoon Joon; Seo, Jung Wook; Han, Yoon Hee; Cha, Soon Joo; Hur, Gham [College of Medicine, Inje Univ., Goyang (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the clinical presentations, radiological characteristics, and natural history of healthy adolescents presenting with idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum. We retrospectively reviewed the simple radiographs of 14 consecutive patients (11 males) with spontaneous pneumomediastinum, who were examined over a period of 8 years, and analyzed their clinical history, radiographic findings including distribution, combined subcutaneous emphysema, mediastinal widening, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and resolving period on follow up chest radiographs. We also obtained CT images of 7 patients for the assessment of additional information. The most common complaint at the time of presentation was chest pain and chest discomfort (8/14), followed by neck discomfort (6/14). The chest radiograph was of diagnostic value in alI cases. The main distribution of the pneumomediastinum was cervical (14/14), upper lung (13/14) and lower lung (6/14). Combined subcutaneous emphysema was observed in 6 patients. However, there were no cases of mediastinal widening, pneumothorax or pleural effusion. Complete resolution of the pneumomediastinum on the radiograph was observed after 10 days (mean 5.6), following purely conservative treatment. There was no additional information on the CT images, as compared with that on the radiographs. Idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum is a benign entity that usually goes undiagnosed, but which responds very weIl to conservative treatment.

  4. Idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum: radiologic and clinical features

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    To evaluate the clinical presentations, radiological characteristics, and natural history of healthy adolescents presenting with idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum. We retrospectively reviewed the simple radiographs of 14 consecutive patients (11 males) with spontaneous pneumomediastinum, who were examined over a period of 8 years, and analyzed their clinical history, radiographic findings including distribution, combined subcutaneous emphysema, mediastinal widening, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and resolving period on follow up chest radiographs. We also obtained CT images of 7 patients for the assessment of additional information. The most common complaint at the time of presentation was chest pain and chest discomfort (8/14), followed by neck discomfort (6/14). The chest radiograph was of diagnostic value in alI cases. The main distribution of the pneumomediastinum was cervical (14/14), upper lung (13/14) and lower lung (6/14). Combined subcutaneous emphysema was observed in 6 patients. However, there were no cases of mediastinal widening, pneumothorax or pleural effusion. Complete resolution of the pneumomediastinum on the radiograph was observed after 10 days (mean 5.6), following purely conservative treatment. There was no additional information on the CT images, as compared with that on the radiographs. Idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum is a benign entity that usually goes undiagnosed, but which responds very weIl to conservative treatment

  5. Idiopathic Adrenal Hematoma Masquerading as Neoplasm

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    Kazuki Sasaki

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available We report herein a case of idiopathic adrenal hematoma. A 59-year-old Japanese man was referred to our hospital for evaluation of a 7.0 cm mass in the right upper abdominal cavity. The tumor was suspected to originate from either the posterior segment of the liver or the right adrenal gland. His chief complaint was weight loss of 8 kg over the previous 6 months. He had no past medical history and took no medications, including no anticoagulants. Laboratory data were almost normal except for a slight elevation of PIVKA-II. The origin of the tumor was found to be the adrenal gland, as angiography revealed the blood supply to the mass to derive from the right superior and inferior adrenal arteries. A fine needle biopsy of the lesion was unable to confirm the diagnosis. Open right adrenalectomy was performed. The histopathological findings of the surgical specimen revealed a hematoma with normal adrenal tissue. In the absence of any obvious etiology, the diagnosis was idiopathic adrenal hematoma.

  6. Medical Therapy in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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    Antoniou, Katerina M; Wuyts, Wim; Wijsenbeek, Marlies; Wells, Athol U

    2016-06-01

    Medical therapy for idiopathic fibrosis remains controversial. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) was uniformly a disease that progressed inexorably, typically leading to death within 3 to 5 years from onset of symptoms. Until recently, lung transplantation was the only effective transplant option. Within the past decade, several placebo-controlled trials failed to show benefit in patients with IPF. However, within the past 2 years, two novel antifibrotic agents (pirfenidone and nintedanib) were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and European Medicines Agency (EMA) based upon pivotal studies that showed benefit (specifically slowing of the rate of disease progression) with both agents. Short-term outcomes (12 months) showed less deterioration of physiological parameters (e.g., change in forced vital capacity), although survival benefit has not convincingly been established with either agent. Nonetheless, these agents bring a glimmer of hope to patients with this deadly disease. The appropriate indications for initiating therapy, best candidates for therapy, and possible role for combination therapy remain controversial. Additional studies using agents that attenuate or abrogate profibrotic cytokines and chemokines may provide even further improvement in the future. PMID:27231861

  7. Differentiation of ischemic cardiomyopathy from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    To determine whether ischemic cardiomyopathy (ischemic DCM) could be distinguished from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (idiopathic DCM) by radionuclide cardiac imaging, seven patients with ischemic DCM and eight patients with idiopathic DCM were studied with thallium scanning and gated cardiac blood pool imaging at rest and during exercise. The resting ejection fraction of the two groups were similar (ischemic DCM 20.7+-9.0%, idiopathic DCM 26.0+-13.4%, ns), and the change in the ejection fraction during exercise were also similar. Both groups showed no increment of ejection fraction during exercise. Thallium scan showed perfusion defect in 14 of 15 patients. The perfusion defects were extensive in ischemic DCM than idiopathic DCM (defect score 49.6+-5.7 vs. 21.1+-13.2%, p>0.001). Moreover, the distribution of the defects were different; in ischemic DCM the defects were distributed according to the territory of coronary arteries, but in idiopathic DCM, defects were seen frequently in the apex or at the base of left ventricle. In conclusion, resting thallium scan was most reliable imaging technique to distinguish ischemic DCM from idiopathic DCM. (author)

  8. Refined cytogenetic-risk categorization for overall and leukemia-free survival in primary myelofibrosis: a single center study of 433 patients

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    Caramazza, D; Begna, K; Gangat, N; Vaidya, R.; S. Siragusa; Van Dyke, D; Hanson, C; Pardanani, A; Tefferi, A

    2010-01-01

    We have previously identified sole +9, 13q- or 20q-, as ‘favorable' and sole +8 or complex karyotype as ‘unfavorable' cytogenetic abnormalities in primary myelofibrosis (PMF). In this study of 433 PMF patients, we describe additional sole abnormalities with favorable (chromosome 1 translocations/duplications) or unfavorable (−7/7q-) prognosis and also show that other sole or two abnormalities that do not include i(17q), −5/5q-, 12p-, inv(3) or 11q23 rearrangement are prognostically aligned wi...

  9. Pathogenesis of chronic urticaria.

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    Kaplan, A P; Greaves, M

    2009-06-01

    Chronic urticaria is defined as the presence of urticaria (hives) for at least 6 weeks with the assumption that it occurs daily or close to it. If we eliminate physical urticarias and urticarial vasculitis from consideration, the remainder can be divided into autoimmune chronic urticaria (45%) and idiopathic chronic urticaria (55%). The autoimmune subgroup is associated with the IgG anti-IgE receptor alpha subunit in 35-40% of patients and IgG anti-IgE in an additional 5-10%. These autoantibodies have been shown to activate blood basophils and cutaneous mast cells in vitro with augmentation of basophil activation by complement and release of C5a, in particular. Binding methods (immunoblot and ELISA) yield positives in many autoimmune diseases as well as occasional normal subjects or patients with other forms of urticaria but most such sera are non-functional. Activation of basophils or mast cells causing histamine release is quite specific for chronic urticaria and defines the autoimmune subgroup. Although pathogenicity is not formally proven, the antibodies cause wealing upon intradermal injection, and removal of the autoantibody leads to remission. A cellular infiltrate is seen to be characterized by mast cell degranulation and infiltration of CD4+ T lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils. The intensity of the infiltrate and clinical severity of the disease (including accompanying angio-oedema) is more severe in the autoimmune subpopulation. This latter group also has a higher evidence of human leucocyte antigen DR alleles associated with autoimmunity and a 25% incidence of antithyroid antibodies with diagnosed hypothyroidism in some. Hypo-responsiveness of patients' basophils to anti-IgE and hyperresponsiveness to serum defines another subpopulation (at least 50%) that overlaps the idiopathic and autoimmune subgroups. Hypo-responsiveness to anti-IgE has been shown to be associated with elevated levels of cytoplasmic phosphatases that

  10. Idiopathic Calcium Nephrolithiasis And Hypercalciuria: The Role Of Genes

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    Gambaro, Giovanni; Abaterusso, Cataldo

    2007-04-01

    Idiopathic calcium nephrolithiasis and hypercalciuria are multifactorial disease conditions, the pathogenesis of which involves the interaction of environmental and individual factors. Data support a strong role of genes in the pathogenesis of these two conditions. Findings obtained in monogenic disorders characterized by renal calcium stones, and/or hypercalciuria, and/or nephrocalcinosis have proposed a number of genes as candidate genes in the pathogenesis of the common idiopathic calcium nephrolithiasis and hypercalciuria. The physiological role of these genes, and findings in monogenic disorders and idiopathic, multifactorial disorders will be presented.

  11. Infliximab for Idiopathic Deep Cutaneous Vasculitis Refractory to Cyclophosphamide

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    Marcelo Derbli Schafranski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous vasculitis can be classified as primary or idiopathic; or secondary, when it presents as a manifestation of connective tissue diseases, infections, drug reactions or malignancies. Although most of the idiopathic cases are self-limited and responsive to supportive measures and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, potent immunosuppressants are sometimes required for the management of the refractory situations. Here we describe a case of a 32-year-old Caucasian female patient with history of idiopathic cutaneous deep vasculitis unresponsive to methotrexate, dapsone, and cyclophosphamide who was effectively treated with infliximab.

  12. Loss of Ezh2 synergizes with JAK2-V617F in initiating myeloproliferative neoplasms and promoting myelofibrosis.

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    Shimizu, Takafumi; Kubovcakova, Lucia; Nienhold, Ronny; Zmajkovic, Jakub; Meyer, Sara C; Hao-Shen, Hui; Geier, Florian; Dirnhofer, Stephan; Guglielmelli, Paola; Vannucchi, Alessandro M; Feenstra, Jelena D Milosevic; Kralovics, Robert; Orkin, Stuart H; Skoda, Radek C

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    Myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) patients frequently show co-occurrence of JAK2-V617F and mutations in epigenetic regulator genes, including EZH2 In this study, we show that JAK2-V617F and loss of Ezh2 in hematopoietic cells contribute synergistically to the development of MPN. The MPN phenotype induced by JAK2-V617F was accentuated in JAK2-V617F;Ezh2(-/-) mice, resulting in very high platelet and neutrophil counts, more advanced myelofibrosis, and reduced survival. These mice also displayed expansion of the stem cell and progenitor cell compartments and a shift of differentiation toward megakaryopoiesis at the expense of erythropoiesis. Single cell limiting dilution transplantation with bone marrow from JAK2-V617F;Ezh2(+/-) mice showed increased reconstitution and MPN disease initiation potential compared with JAK2-V617F alone. RNA sequencing in Ezh2-deficient hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and megakaryocytic erythroid progenitors identified highly up-regulated genes, including Lin28b and Hmga2, and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-quantitative PCR (qPCR) analysis of their promoters revealed decreased H3K27me3 deposition. Forced expression of Hmga2 resulted in increased chimerism and platelet counts in recipients of retrovirally transduced HSCs. JAK2-V617F-expressing mice treated with an Ezh2 inhibitor showed higher platelet counts than vehicle controls. Our data support the proposed tumor suppressor function of EZH2 in patients with MPN and call for caution when considering using Ezh2 inhibitors in MPN. PMID:27401344

  13. Pegylated interferon for the treatment of early myelofibrosis: correlation of serial laboratory studies with response to therapy.

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    O'Neill, Caitlin; Siddiqi, Imran; Brynes, Russell K; Vergara-Lluri, Maria; Moschiano, Elizabeth; O'Connell, Casey

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    Pegylated interferon α-2a (Peg-IFN) has been shown to induce hematologic and molecular responses in patients with the Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), including polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET). We describe a series of patients with long-standing MPNs among whom Peg-IFN was initiated when they developed anemia and increased bone marrow reticulin fibrosis suggestive of early transformation to post-ET (PET) or post-PV (PPV) myelofibrosis (MF). Six patients were treated with Peg-IFN for a mean duration of 33.8 months (range 2-63 months). Five patients had long-standing ET (three were calreticulin (CALR)-positive, one janus kinase 2 (JAK2)-positive, and one JAK2-negative and CALR-negative), and one had long-standing JAK2-positive PV prior to starting Peg-IFN. This is the first study to report that, concurrent with the improvement in anemia, serial laboratory studies demonstrate an increase in serum LDH and left-shifted myeloid cells in the peripheral circulation over approximately 6 months, followed by a gradual normalization of these findings. Splenomegaly also increased and then resolved among responding patients. Serial bone marrow biopsies were available, which showed little change except for improvement in the grade of reticulin fibrosis in two patients. Among patients with early transformation to PET or PPV MF, our data support the efficacy of Peg-IFN in improving hemoglobin levels and reducing splenomegaly. These peripheral blood findings should not, therefore, be considered evidence of treatment failure within the first year of Peg-IFN therapy. PMID:26961933

  14. The number of prognostically detrimental mutations and prognosis in primary myelofibrosis: an international study of 797 patients.

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    Guglielmelli, P; Lasho, T L; Rotunno, G; Score, J; Mannarelli, C; Pancrazzi, A; Biamonte, F; Pardanani, A; Zoi, K; Reiter, A; Duncombe, A; Fanelli, T; Pietra, D; Rumi, E; Finke, C; Gangat, N; Ketterling, R P; Knudson, R A; Hanson, C A; Bosi, A; Pereira, A; Manfredini, R; Cervantes, F; Barosi, G; Cazzola, M; Cross, N C P; Vannucchi, A M; Tefferi, A

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    We recently defined a high-molecular risk category (HMR) in primary myelofibrosis (PMF), based on the presence of at least one of the five 'prognostically detrimental' mutated genes (ASXL1, EZH2, SRSF2 and IDH1/2). Herein, we evaluate the additional prognostic value of the 'number' of mutated genes. A total of 797 patients were recruited from Europe (n=537) and the Mayo Clinic (n=260). In the European cohort, 167 (31%) patients were HMR: 127 (23.6%) had one and 40 (7.4%) had two or more mutated genes. The presence of two or more mutations predicted the worst survival: median 2.6 years (hazard ratio (HR) 3.8, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.6-5.7) vs. 7.0 years (HR 1.9, 95% CI 1.4-2.6) for one mutation vs 12.3 years for no mutations. The results were validated in the Mayo cohort and prognostic significance in both cohorts was independent of International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS; HR 2.4, 95% CI 1.6-3.6) and dynamic IPSS (DIPSS)-plus (HR 1.9, 95% CI 1.2-3.1), respectively. Two or more mutations were also associated with shortened leukemia-free survival (HR 6.2, 95% CI 3.5-10.7), also Mayo validated. Calreticulin mutations favorably affected survival, independently of both number of mutations and IPSS/DIPSS-plus. We conclude that the 'number' of prognostically detrimental mutations provides added value in the combined molecular and clinical prognostication of PMF. PMID:24549259

  15. Rationale for revision and proposed changes of the WHO diagnostic criteria for polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and primary myelofibrosis

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    The 2001/2008 World Health Organization (WHO)-based diagnostic criteria for polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) were recently revised to accomodate new information on disease-specific mutations and underscore distinguishing morphologic features. In this context, it seems to be reasonable to compare first major diagnostic criteria of the former WHO classifications for myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) and then to focus on details that have been discussed and will be proposed for the upcoming revision of diagnostic guidelines. In PV, a characteristic bone marrow (BM) morphology was added as one of three major diagnostic criteria, which allowed lowering of the hemoglobin/hematocrit threshold for diagnosis, which is another major criterion, to 16.5 g/dl/49% in men and 16 g/dl/48% in women. The presence of a JAK2 mutation remains the third major diagnostic criterion in PV. Subnormal serum erythropoietin level is now the only minor criterion in PV and is used to capture JAK2-unmutated cases. In ET and PMF, mutations that are considered to confirm clonality and specific diagnosis now include CALR, in addition to JAK2 and MPL. Also in the 2015 discussed revision, overtly fibrotic PMF is clearly distinguished from early/prefibrotic PMF and each PMF variant now includes a separate list of diagnostic criteria. The main rationale for these changes was to enhance the distinction between so-called masked PV and JAK2-mutated ET and between ET and prefibrotic early PMF. The proposed changes also underscore the complementary role, as well as limitations of mutation analysis in morphologic diagnosis. On the other hand, discovery of new biological markers may probably be expected in the future to enhance discrimination of the different MPN subtypes in accordance with the histological BM patterns and corresponding clinical features

  16. Basophil responsiveness in chronic urticaria.

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    Saini, Sarbjit S

    2009-07-01

    Chronic urticaria is a common skin disease without an etiology in the majority of cases. The similarity of symptoms and pathology to allergen-induced skin reactions supports the idea that skin mast cell and blood basophil IgE receptor activation is involved; however, no exogenous allergen trigger has been identified. Recent evidence supports a role for blood basophils in disease expression. Specifically, blood basopenia is noted in active disease with the recruitment of blood basophils to skin lesional sites. In addition, blood basophils display altered IgE receptor-mediated degranulation that reverts in disease remission. In active chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) subjects, changes in IgE receptor-signaling molecule expression levels accompany the altered degranulation function in blood basophils. The arrival of therapies targeting IgE has further shown that altered blood basophil degranulation behavior has potential use as a disease biomarker in CIU. PMID:19656475

  17. Increased Reward-Related Behaviors during Sleep and Wakefulness in Sleepwalking and Idiopathic Nightmares.

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    Full Text Available We previously suggested that abnormal sleep behaviors, i.e., as found in parasomnias, may often be the expression of increased activity of the reward system during sleep. Because nightmares and sleepwalking predominate during REM and NREM sleep respectively, we tested here whether exploratory excitability, a waking personality trait reflecting high activity within the mesolimbic dopaminergic (ML-DA system, may be associated with specific changes in REM and NREM sleep patterns in these two sleep disorders.Twenty-four unmedicated patients with parasomnia (12 with chronic sleepwalking and 12 with idiopathic nightmares and no psychiatric comorbidities were studied. Each patient spent one night of sleep monitored by polysomnography. The Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI was administered to all patients and healthy controls from the Geneva population (n = 293.Sleepwalkers were more anxious than patients with idiopathic nightmares (Spielberger Trait anxiety/STAI-T, but the patient groups did not differ on any personality dimension as estimated by the TCI. Compared to controls, parasomnia patients (sleepwalkers together with patients with idiopathic nightmares scored higher on the Novelty Seeking (NS TCI scale and in particular on the exploratory excitability/curiosity (NS1 subscale, and lower on the Self-directedness (SD TCI scale, suggesting a general increase in reward sensitivity and impulsivity. Furthermore, parasomnia patients tended to worry about social separation persistently, as indicated by greater anticipatory worry (HA1 and dependence on social attachment (RD3. Moreover, exploratory excitability (NS1 correlated positively with the severity of parasomnia (i.e., the frequency of self-reported occurrences of nightmares and sleepwalking, and with time spent in REM sleep in patients with nightmares.These results suggest that patients with parasomnia might share common waking personality traits associated to reward-related brain functions

  18. Imaging of juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a multimodality approach.

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    Sheybani, Elizabeth F; Khanna, Geetika; White, Andrew J; Demertzis, Jennifer L

    2013-01-01

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by synovial inflammation and is the most common rheumatic complaint in children. To facilitate research and treatment, JIA has been further classified on the basis of the number of joints involved, additional symptoms, family history, and serologic findings. Imaging in patients with JIA has historically relied on radiography, which allows the accurate assessment of chronic changes of JIA, including growth disturbances, periostitis, and joint malalignment. However, radiographic findings of active inflammation are nonspecific, and, in the past, clinical evaluation has taken precedence over imaging of acute disease. Recent advances in disease-modifying therapeutic agents that can help prevent long-term disability in patients with JIA have led to greater emphasis on the detection of early joint-centered inflammation that cannot be accurately assessed radiographically and may not be evident clinically. Both contrast material-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and Doppler ultrasonography (US) are well suited for this application and are playing an increasingly important role in diagnosis, risk stratification, treatment monitoring, and problem solving. Contrast-enhanced MR imaging is the most sensitive technique for the detection of synovitis and is the only modality that can help detect bone marrow edema, both of which indicate active inflammation. US is more sensitive than radiography for the detection of synovial proliferation and effusions and is particularly useful in the evaluation of small peripheral joints. The complexity of the temporomandibular and sacroiliac joints limits the usefulness of radiographic or US evaluation, and contrast-enhanced MR imaging is the preferred modality for evaluation of these structures. PMID:24025923

  19. Isolated unilateral idiopathic transient hypoglossal nerve palsy

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    Ahmed, Syed Viqar; Akram, Muhammad Saqub

    2014-01-01

    A 52-year-old Caucasian man presented with sudden onset of difficulty in moving his tongue to the left with preceding left-sided headache with no neck pain. Earlier, he had self-limiting chest infection without rashes or tonsillar enlargement. His medical and surgical history was unremarkable with no recent trauma. Oral examination revealed difficulty in protruding his tongue to the left with muscle bulk loss and fasciculation on the same side, suggesting left hypoglossal nerve palsy. Examination of the rest of the cranial nerves and nervous system was normal. The patient's oropharyngeal and laryngeal examination was unremarkable with no cervical lymphadenopathy. He had normal laboratory investigations and cerebrospinal fluid examination. Extensive imaging of the head, neck and chest failed to reveal any pathology. Further review by an otorhinologist and rheumatologist ruled out any other underlying pathology. He made a good recovery without treatment. English literature search revealed very few cases of idiopathic, transient, unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy. PMID:24969070

  20. Malignant Hyperthermia and Idiopathic HyperCKemia

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    Pashtoon Murtaza Kasi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Malignant hyperthermia (MH is a rare but life-threatening condition that is more frequently encountered and discussed within the anesthesia literature. Here we through a case specifically discuss the susceptibility of individuals and/or families with asymptomatic unexplained elevations of creatine kinase (CK, also frequently referred to as hyperCKemia or idiopathic hyperCKemia (IHCK in recent reports. The clinical implications would be to underscore the importance of this as a susceptibility to developing MH and highlight the importance of genetic susceptibility testing in such cases. Anesthesiologists and critical care intensivists as well as primary care physicians should keep this in mind when seeing patients with asymptomatic hyperCKemia and potentially inform them about the possibility of developing MH if exposed to triggering agents. Genetic susceptibility testing should be considered if available and family members should also receive nontriggering agents when undergoing anesthesia and wear Medic Alert tags.