Sample records for primary cutaneous amyloidosis

  1. Primary localised cutaneous amyloidosis - a systematic review

    Kaltoft, Britta; Schmidt, Grethe; Lauritzen, Anne Falensteen;


    Amyloidosis is defined as extracellular deposits of heterogenic, misfolded proteins, amyloid fibrils, in various tissues. The aim of our study was to review the literature and to evaluate the risk of developing systemic amyloidosis (SA) and the risk of local recurrence of primary localised...... cutaneous amyloidosis (PLCA). The method of treatment was compared to the risk of local recurrence....

  2. Clinical and histopathological study of primary cutaneous macular amyloidosis

    Fatima Razvi


    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous amyloidosis often presents with pigmentary dystonias of the skin in the form of asymptomatic reticulate hyper-pigmentation or pruritic lichenoid papular lesions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of primary cutaneous macular amyloidosis and also to find out the possible etiological agents, to correlate their clinical disease with histopathological positivity for amyloid deposition, and to find out the percentage of positive cas-es by special stains. A total of 24 patients attending dermatology out-patient clinic of Princess Esra Hospital, Hyderabad over a pe-riod of 1 year presenting with hyperpigmented skin lesions and clinically diagnosed as macular amyloidosis were taken up for this study.

  3. Primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis with lichen and poikiloderma-like lesions and an excellent response to systemic acitretin*

    MA, Han; Su, Xiangyang; Zhu, Guoxing; Yin, Songchao; Lu, Chun; Lai, Wei


    Primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis is a skin-limited amyloidosis that does not involve internal organs. It is clinically subclassified into 3 general categories and some rare variants. However, there is considerable overlap within the classification. Though there are a variety of therapeutic measures, the treatment is often unsatisfactory, particularly when the disease is severe and extensive. We describe a rare case of primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis with lichen and poikiloderma-like lesions that showed an excellent response to systemic acitretin. PMID:27828646

  4. Treatment of primary cutaneous amyloidosis with laser: a review of the literature.

    Al Yahya, Rand S


    Primary cutaneous amyloidosis (PCA) is a condition characterized by tissue deposition of misfolded proteins. PCA can present in different forms, namely macular, lichen, and nodular amyloidosis. These lesions can be of cosmetic concern and are difficult to treat. Many therapeutic modalities have been suggested for the treatment of PCA, with variable efficacy, including topical and systemic medications, phototherapy, electrodessication, dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and lasers. Over the past decade, several studies have reported successful treatment of PCA with different types of lasers; however, a review of these studies has never been reported in the dermatologic literature. The aim of this study was to review the efficacy and safety of lasers in the treatment of PCA. A search of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Database was performed. Studies were considered for inclusion based on their relevance, and specific data were extracted from all included studies. Eleven studies, comprising 64 patients, were included in this review. Significant improvements were observed in macular and lichen amyloidosis patients treated with carbon dioxide laser in two studies, while a number of case series and case reports showed good results with other types of laser in the treatment of PCA. This review was limited by the lack of large double-blinded randomized controlled trials and the overall small sample size. Laser treatment is a promising option in the treatment of PCA. Future randomized controlled trials are needed to compare the efficacy of different types of lasers and to select the best parameters for different types of PCA.

  5. A Novel Missense Mutation in Oncostatin M Receptor Beta Causing Primary Localized Cutaneous Amyloidosis

    Marjan Saeedi


    Full Text Available Primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis (PLCA is a chronic skin disorder, caused by amyloid material deposition in the upper dermis. Autosomal dominant PLCA has been mapped earlier to pathogenic missense mutations in the OSMR gene, which encodes the oncostatin M receptor ß subunit (OSMRß. OSMRß is interleukin-6 family cytokine receptors and possesses two ligands, oncostatin M and interleukin-31, which both have biologic roles in inflammation and keratinocyte cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Here, we identified a new OSMR mutation in a Kurdish family for the first time. Blood samples were taken from all the affected individuals in the family. DNA extraction was performed using salting out technique. Primers were designed for intron flanking individual exons of OSMR gene which were subjected to direct sequencing after PCR amplification for each sample. Sequencing showed a C/T substitution at position 613 in the proband. This mutation results in an L613S (leucine 613 to serine amino acid change. The identified mutation was observed in all affected family members but not in 100 ethnically matched healthy controls. Elucidating the molecular basis of familial PLCA provides new insight into mechanisms of itch in human skin and may lead to new therapeutic targets for pruritus.

  6. Vitiligo associated with cutaneous amyloidosis

    Rajkumar V


    Full Text Available Vitiligo is known to be associated with a variety of dermatoses and systemic diseases. We describe a case of vitiligo developing in a patient having cutaneous amyloidosis. To our knowledge this is the first report of its kind in the literature.

  7. Poikiloderma-like cutaneous amyloidosis in an ethnic Chinese girl.

    Ho, M H; Chong, L Y


    Primary cutaneous amyloidosis is the deposition of amyloid in the skin without involvement of internal organs. It is easily diagnosed when presented in its typical manifestation. Atypical or rare clinical presentations can pose diagnostic difficulties. Poikiloderma-like cutaneous amyloidosis (PCA), a rare variant of primary cutaneous amyloidosis, was first reported in the literature in 1936 (1). It is characterised by: 1) poikilodermatous skin lesions; 2) lichenoid papules; 3) cutaneous amyloid deposit in the pigmented and lichenoid lesions; 4) light sensitivity; 5) short stature; and 6) other features such as blister formation or palmoplantar keratosis. Ogino coined the term PCA syndrome when these unusual features present early in life (2). We report a 26-year-old Chinese woman who presented with poikilodermatous skin lesions and was misdiagnosed as poikiloderma atrophica vasculare (PAV) on the basis of clinical appearance without any histological proof. The diagnosis of PCA was made after skin biopsy which showed amyloid deposits in the skin. This condition can easily be confused with other true poikiloderma skin diseases. Histology is important in confirming the diagnosis.

  8. Primary conjunctival amyloidosis

    Chandana Chakraborti


    Full Text Available A 19-year-old previously healthy male presented with a 4 year history of painless drooping of right upper eyelid.On eversion of the right upper eyelid, a yellowish pink mass was seen in the tarsal region. Rest of the ocular examination was normal in both the eyes. Initial biopsy showed chronic inflammation. Subsequently, the entire mass was excised and histopathological examination showed the presence of amyloid in the subconjunctival stroma. At 3 months follow-up, similar lesion was detected in the right lower, left upper, and lower lid, which were treated with cryotherapy, with partial resolution. Patient has been followed up for more than 2 years without any complaints. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of an isolated primary conjunctival amyloidosis with involvement of both the upper and lower palpebral conjunctiva of either eye. It was treated successfully by excision and cryotherapy.

  9. Bladder Perforation Secondary to Primary Systemic Amyloidosis

    Christopher J. Dru


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a disorder of protein folding characterized by extracellular aggregation and deposition of amyloid protein fibrils. Light-chain amyloidosis, also known as primary systemic amyloidosis, is the most common form of the disease. We present a case of an 84-year-old male with a history of systemic primary amyloidosis causing genitourinary, cardiac, and autonomic dysfunction who presented with hematuria and hypotension secondary to bladder perforation. He underwent open repair of a large extraperitoneal bladder defect. He ultimately died as a result of medical complications from his disease.

  10. Primary amyloidosis presenting as renal infarction

    Arias, M. [Dept. of Radiology, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Abreu, J.A. [Dept. of Radiology, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Iglesias, A. [Dept. of Radiology, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Longo, J. [Dept. of Radiology, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Lecumberri, F. [Dept. of Radiology, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Vega, F. [Dept. of Pathology, Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)


    We report a case of primary amyloidosis affecting the kidney and presenting as a renal infarction on computed tomography and ultrasound examination. To our knowledge, it is the first case in the radiological literature with these imaging characteristics. (orig.)

  11. Nodular Cutaneous Amyloidosis at the Temple

    Kathrin Schucht


    Full Text Available A 52-year-old woman presented with a large partially yellow and erythematous tumor on her right temple. She reported that it had grown over the last 4 years. Regional lymph nodes were impalpable. A punch biopsy showed eosinophilic material in the dermis and subcutis. Immunohistochemistry showed positive staining for kappa and lambda light chains. Electron microscopy showed the typical amyloid fibrils (7–10 nm in diameter. There was no evidence of systemic amyloidosis, paraproteinemia or underlying plasmacytoma. The tumor was completely removed via curettage. At follow-up, the patient presented in good health with no signs of relapse.

  12. Secondary Cutaneous Amyloidosis in a Patient with Mycosis Fungoides

    Nam, Chan Hee; Park, Min Kee; Choi, Mi Soo; Hong, Seung Phil; Park, Byung Cheol


    Secondary cutaneous amyloidosis refers to clinically unapparent amyloid deposits within the skin in association with a pre-existing skin condition or skin tumors, such as basal cell carcinoma, porokeratosis, solar elastosis, Bowen's disease, and mycosis fungoides. A 70-year-old woman presented with a 6-month history of asymptomatic multiple yellowish plaques on both legs. She had been diagnosed with mycosis fungoides 7 years ago and was treated with psoralen and ultraviolet A radiation (PUVA) therapy, narrow-band ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy, and acitretin for 5 years. Finally, she reached complete remission of mycosis fungoides. However, new yellowish lesions started to appear 1 year after discontinuing the phototherapy. A physical examination revealed multiple yellowish plaques on both extremities. The plaques were well circumscribed and slightly elevated. All laboratory tests were normal. A biopsy specimen showed multiple nodular deposits of eosinophilic amorphous material in papillary dermis and upper reticular dermis. The deposits represented apple green birefringence on Congo red stain viewed under polarized light. Acellular small nodules in the upper dermis consisted of randomly oriented, non-branching, 6.67~12.7 nm thick amyloid fibrils on electron microscopy. We report an interesting and rare case of secondary cutaneous amyloidosis after narrow-band UVB therapy and PUVA therapy in a patient with mycosis fungoides. PMID:28223751

  13. Primary Amyloidosis Presenting as Small Bowel Encapsulation

    Jennifer Jones


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a pathological process which encompasses a spectrum of diseases that result from extracellular deposition of pathological fibrillar proteins. Clinical presentations vary depending on the organs involved. There is no documented case of amyloidosis presenting as small bowel encapsulation. A previously healthy 62-year-old man developed a small bowel obstruction in 1997. At surgery, a peculiar membrane encasing his entire small bowel was discovered. This appeared to have no vascularity and was removed without difficulty, exposing a grossly normal bowel. Histopathology revealed thick bands of collagen overlying the peritoneal surface, which was congo red positive and showed apple green birefringence. The findings were consistent with encapsulating peritonitis due to amyloidosis. There was no history or symptoms of any chronic inflammatory condition and he became symptom-free postoperatively. An abdominal fat pad biopsy failed to demonstrate amyloidosis. Endoscopic duodenal biopsies revealed classical primary amyloidosis. Quantitative immunoglobulins, lactate dehydrogenase, C3, C4 and beta-2 microglobulin were normal. Protein electrophoresis identified monoclonal paraprotein, immunoglobulin G lambda 3.7 g/L. Bone marrow biopsy and aspirate revealed only a mild plasmacytosis (5% to 10%. Echocardiogram and skeletal survey were normal. He had mild proteinuria. Complete blood count, C-reactive protein, calcium, albumin and total protein were normal. No specific therapy was instituted. In January of 1998 the patient remained asymptomatic with no gastrointestinal, cardiovascular or constitutional symptoms. He had developed nephrotic range proteinuria (3.95 g/24 h, microalbuminuria, hypoalbuminemia and a renal biopsy consistent with renal amyloidosis. In 1999 there was an increase in the monoclonal paraprotein (6.2 g/L. The remaining investigations were normal except for an echocardiogram which showed left ventricular hypertrophy but a normal

  14. A Case of Familial Lichen Amyloidosis

    Şeniz Ergin; Neşe Demirkan; Nida Kaçar; Berna Şanlı Erdoğan; Hatice Akman


    Familial lichen amyloidosis which is also referred to familial primary cutaneous amyloidosis is a rare clinical variant of cutaneous amyloidosis. Lichen amyloidosis is characterized by persistent, pruritic, small brown papules often located on anterior surfaces of legs which show tendency to form plaques. Amyloid deposits would be identified in papillary dermis in histopathological examination. In our clinic, a 42 year old woman with a widespread involvement describing that similar skin findi...

  15. Primary diffuse tracheobrochial amyloidosis: case report

    Oezer, Caner E-mail:; Nass Duce, Meltem; Yildiz, Altan; Apaydin, F. Demir; Egilmez, Hulusi; Arpaci, Taner


    Respiratory amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs in three forms: tracheobronchial, nodular parenchymal and diffuse parenchymal involvement. Tracheobronchial amyloidosis is characterized by focal or diffuse deposition of amyloid in the submucosa of the trachea and proximal bronchi. Herein, we report a case of diffuse tracheobronchial amyloidosis with plain radiography and thorax computed tomography findings.

  16. Primary Systemic Amyloidosis with Extensive Gastrointestinal Involvement

    Vinaya Gaduputi


    Full Text Available We report this case of a 42-year-old woman who presented with a debilitating illness manifested by intractable nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and unchecked weight loss. The patient had multisystem involvement that presented as anemia, abnormal liver function tests and progressively deteriorating renal function necessitating dialysis. She was found to be profoundly hypoalbuminemic secondary to malabsorptive and protein-losing enteropathy in tandem with nephrotic range proteinuria. Intolerance to enteral feeding led the patient to be dependent on parenteral nutrition. Serum immunofixation revealed IgG lambda monoclonal protein. The patient underwent endoscopic evaluation with biopsies taken from the gastrointestinal tract that confirmed the diagnosis of primary systemic light-chain amyloidosis. A subsequent bone marrow biopsy revealed normocellular bone marrow with deposition of amyloid. The patient was not considered for autologous stem cell transplantation as the outcomes in patients with multisystem involvement are often poor, with a high mortality risk. Diffuse primary systemic light-chain amyloidosis involving the gastrointestinal tract is a rare entity and is to be considered among differentials in patients presenting with unexplained malabsorptive symptoms.

  17. Primary cutaneous leiomysarcoma

    Shubhangi Vinayak Agale


    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous leiomyosarcoma of the skin is a rare soft tissue neoplasm, accounting for about 2-3% of all superficial soft tissue sarcomas. It arises between the ages of 50 and 70 years, and shows a greater predilection for the lower extremities. Clinically, it presents with solitary, well-circumscribed nodule and, microscopically, consists of fascicles of spindle-shaped cells with "cigar-shaped" nuclei. Local recurrence is known in this tumor. We document a case of primary cutaneous leiomyosarcoma in a 77-year-old man and discuss the histological features and immunohistochemical profile of this uncommon neoplasm.

  18. Symptomatic Primary (AL Amyloidosis of the Stomach and Duodenum

    Reidar Fossmark


    Full Text Available Primary (AL amyloidosis of the gastrointestinal tract is relatively rare, and symptomatic amyloidosis of the stomach is even more seldom. We present the case of a patient who was referred to upper endoscopy because of weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Large areas of intramucosal hemorrhages were seen, and biopsies resulted in profuse bleeding stopped with endoscopic clips. The biopsies showed amyloid depositions and further workup revealed that the patient also had cardiac and neuropathic involvements. The patient started treatment with dexamethasone, melphalan and bortezomib. After treatment was started the nausea and epigastric discomfort improved, and a reduction in the biochemical markers troponin T, NT-proBNP, and M-component was observed. Gastric amyloidosis is rarely seen at upper endoscopy in patients without a previously established diagnosis, but the unusual endoscopic findings and bleeding tendency after biopsy should be kept in mind by gastroenterologists.

  19. Primary pulmonary amyloidosis due to low-grade B cell lymphoma.

    Georghiou, Georgios P; Boikov, Olga; Vidne, Bernardo A; Saute, Milton


    Pulmonary involvement is not an infrequent complication of systemic amyloidosis, although affected patients rarely have significant pulmonary symptoms. In contrast, localized (primary) pulmonary amyloidosis is rare. We report a case of pulmonary low-grade B cell lymphoma with amyloid production, causing localized pulmonary amyloidosis.

  20. A Case of Lichen Amyloidosis Treated with Low Dose Acitretin

    Fatma Pelin Cengiz


    Full Text Available Primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis (PCA is a rare disorder characterized by amyloid deposition in dermis without systemic involvement. There are three different types of primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis: Lichen amyloidosis, macular amyloidosis and nodular amyloidosis. The lesions of lichen amyloidosis are characterized by pruritic papules. Although, topical or intralesional treatment with corticosteroids, topical dimethyl sulfoxide, ultraviolet B, oral psoralen plus ultraviolet A, retinoic acid derivatives are the recommended treatment for lichen amyloidosis, the results are often unsatisfactory. In the literature, there have been only a few reports evaluating the efficacy of low dose acitretin in the treatment of lichen amiloidosis. In this article, we report a case of lichen amyloidosis with pruritic hyperkeratotic papules on the back and chest of 5 years’ duration, successfully treated with low dose acitretin.

  1. A First Report of Endoscopic Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Pancreatic Amyloid Deposition in Immunoglobulin Light Chain (AL Amyloidosis (Primary Amyloidosis

    Somashekar G Krishna


    Full Text Available Context Pancreatic involvement in systemic light chain (AL-amyloidosis is exceedingly rare. Prior reports of endoscopicultrasound (EUS for the diagnosis of amyloidosis are also limited. Case report We report the first description of EUS-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA for the diagnosis of primary AL-amyloidosis involving the pancreas. Conclusion EUS-FNA can be effectively utilized for the characterization and cytologic diagnosis of pancreatic amyloidosis and potentially other accessible extraluminal amyloid deposits.

  2. Amyloidosis

    Glenner, G.G.; Osserman, E.F.


    The subjects covered in this Symposium range through almost every clinical medical specialty. From an average of one paper in each of the past three Symposiums, the explosive interest in cerebral amyloidosis has led to the presentation of 12 papers on this subject in the present volume. The genetically predisposed familial amyloidotic processes, such as the polyneuropathies and familial Mediterranean fever have also stimulated extensive and intriguing investigations which have revealed the striking effect of a single amino acid substitution in transforming a normal protein into a lethal ''amyloidogenic'' one. This Symposium clearly depicts the advances since the first amyloid fibril protein was definitively identified and defined 14 years ago. Since all amyloid fibril proteins so far described are variants of normal proteins, attention to gene abnormalities now becomes a significant focus as well as the pathogenic sequences which lead in these cases to twisted BETA-pleated sheet (amyloid) fibril formation. Tentative concepts such as the ''amyloidogenic protein precursor of the fibril,'' ''proteolysis as one mechanism of fibril formation,'' ''Congo red birefringence as a marker for the twisted BETA-pleated sheet protein'' are now substantiated by recurring confirmation. Even a prophylactic treatment for one of the amyloidotic conditions, familial Mediterranean fever, is now available. Predictably, as the pathogeneses of the amyloid diseases are individually deciphered, highly specific and directed therapies will evolve to treat their devastated victims.

  3. Primary cutaneous myoepithelial carcinoma

    Frost, Markus Winther; Steiniche, Torben; Damsgaard, Tine Engberg


    This study describes a case of primary myoepithelial carcinoma of the skin and reviews the available literature on this topic. Myoepitheliomas and carcinomas arise most frequently from myoepithelial cells within the salivary glands but are found in many anatomical locations. We documented a case...

  4. CT findings of primary localized amyloidosis of the urinary bladder: A case report

    Kim, Young Hwan; Kim, See Hyung; Kim, Mi Jeong; Kim, Sang Pyo [Keimyung Univ. College of Medicine/Dongsan Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    Primary localized amyloidosis is a rare disease that impairs the organs and tissue function, caused by extracellular deposition of amyloid protein. Although amyloid proteins can be deposited in localized or systemic organs, the bladder is a rare site. CT showed diffuse infiltrative mass in the left urinary bladder wall, and the left ureterovesical junction with enhancement and perivesical invasion, which mimics urothelial carcinoma. However, pathological diagnosis was localized primary amyloidosis. We report here on the CT findings of a rare case of primary localized amyloidosis of the urinary bladder with brief review of the literature.

  5. A first report of endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis of pancreatic amyloid deposition in primary AL-amyloidosis

    Krishna, Somashekar G.; Bhutani, Manoop S.; Mosher, Charles H.; Staerkel, Gregg A.; Weston, Brian R.


    Context Pancreatic involvement in systemic AL-amyloidosis is exceedingly rare. Prior reports of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for the diagnosis of amyloidosis are also limited. Case report We report the first description of EUS – guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) for the diagnosis of primary AL-amyloidosis involving the pancreas. Conclusion EUS – FNA can be effectively utilized for the characterization and cytologic diagnosis of pancreatic amyloidosis and potentially other accessible extraluminal amyloid deposits. PMID:23669481

  6. Cases of a Borderline Pathology That Can Mimic Bladder Cancer: Primary Amyloidosis of Urinary Bladder

    Cemal Selçuk İşoğlu


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a disease characterised by accumulation of a fibrillar protein called amyloid in the extracellular space. The kidneys, ureters and the bladder can be affected in the urinary tract. However, primary amyloidosis of bladder is a rare entity. Macroscopic hematuria could be the first and only symptom of primary amyloidosis of the bladder; therefore, it has similar findings with urinary tract malignancies. Histopathological evaluation is mandatory for the diagnosis. Follow-up should always include cystoscopic evaluation as recurrence is expected in the natural course.

  7. Isolated cardiac involvement in primary amyloidosis: presenting as sick sinus syndrome and heart failure.

    Pattanshetty, Deepak J; Bhat, Pradeep K; Chamberlain, Wendy A; Lyons, Matthew R


    Cardiac amyloidosis is an infiltrative cardiomyopathy with a grave prognosis. Its clinical manifestations include restrictive cardiomyopathy, diastolic heart failure, conduction defects, and arrhythmias. Isolated cardiac involvement and significant conduction disturbances are reported very infrequently. We report a rare case of isolated cardiac involvement in primary amyloidosis, in a 76-year-old man who initially presented with sick sinus syndrome that necessitated permanent pacemaker insertion. Subsequent symptoms of heart failure led to additional evaluation, including an endomyocardial biopsy that revealed primary cardiac amyloidosis. Medical therapy improved the patient's symptoms, and he was discharged from the hospital in stable condition. In addition to discussing the patient's case, we review the relevant medical literature.

  8. Primary amyloidosis presenting intrahepatic cholestasis and fulminant hepatic failure

    Ozturk Ates


    Full Text Available A 69-year-old man noticed abdominal pain located on right upper quadrant. Physical examination showed hepatosplenomegaly and icteric discoloration of sclera. On evaluation, patient was diagnosed to have hepatic amyloidosis related monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS and sinusoidal obstruction syndrome with intrahepatic cholestasis. In this case report we emphasize fulminant hepatic failure due to primer amyloidosis in diagnosed with MGUS patient.

  9. Isolated Cardiac Involvement in Primary Amyloidosis: Presenting as Sick Sinus Syndrome and Heart Failure

    Pattanshetty, Deepak J.; Bhat,Pradeep K; Chamberlain, Wendy A.; Lyons, Matthew R.


    Cardiac amyloidosis is an infiltrative cardiomyopathy with a grave prognosis. Its clinical manifestations include restrictive cardiomyopathy, diastolic heart failure, conduction defects, and arrhythmias. Isolated cardiac involvement and significant conduction disturbances are reported very infrequently. We report a rare case of isolated cardiac involvement in primary amyloidosis, in a 76-year-old man who initially presented with sick sinus syndrome that necessitated permanent pacemaker insert...

  10. Outcomes after Bronchoscopic Procedures for Primary Tracheobronchial Amyloidosis: Retrospective Study of 6 Cases

    Ihsan Alloubi


    Full Text Available Respiratory amyloidosis is a rare disease which refers to localized aberrant extracellular protein deposits within the airways. Tracheobronchial amyloidosis (TBA refers to the deposition of localized amyloid deposits within the upper airways. Treatments have historically focused on bronchoscopic techniques including debridement, laser ablation, balloon dilation, and stent placement. We present the outcomes after rigid bronchoscopy to remove the amyloid protein causing the airway obstruction in 6 cases of tracheobronchial amyloidosis. This is the first report of primary diffuse tracheobronchial amyloidosis in our department; clinical features, in addition to therapy in the treatment of TBA, are reviewed. This paper shows that, in patients with TBA causing airway obstruction, excellent results can be obtained with rigid bronchoscopy and stenting of the obstructing lesion.

  11. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis in trauma patients.

    Johnson, P C; Satterwhite, T K; Monheit, J E; Parks, D


    Primary cutaneous mucormycosis in trauma patients has been rarely reported. We describe three cases occurring in noncompromised hosts and review the literature. Prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment with vigorous local care and appropriate antibiotics are recommended.

  12. A Case of Familial Lichen Amyloidosis

    Şeniz Ergin


    Full Text Available Familial lichen amyloidosis which is also referred to familial primary cutaneous amyloidosis is a rare clinical variant of cutaneous amyloidosis. Lichen amyloidosis is characterized by persistent, pruritic, small brown papules often located on anterior surfaces of legs which show tendency to form plaques. Amyloid deposits would be identified in papillary dermis in histopathological examination. In our clinic, a 42 year old woman with a widespread involvement describing that similar skin findings were present in her both daughters, elder brother and her nephew was evaluated with suspicion of lichen amyloidosis. In histopathological examination of the involved skin, because of determining amyloid deposits in papillary dermis the case was cited as lichen amyloidosis. Our case was searched for the accompanying diseases such as atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria, lichen planus, multiple endocrine neoplasia and Kimura disease. The family history of our patient was consistent with autosomal dominant inheritance. Familial lichen amyloidosis has been reported as cases with autosomal dominant inheritance from Russia, Germany, United Kingdom and South America. The genetic researches over familial lichen amylodiosis are limited to the cases with multiple endocrine neoplasia. In this rarely reported cases, further genetical researches are necessary in order to determine the responsible gen locus. (Turkderm 2008; 42: 137-9

  13. Primary localized amyloidosis presenting as a tarsal mass: Report of two cases

    Saurabh Kamal


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis and its ophthalmic manifestations are rare. The unusual presentation can result in diagnostic delay and increase ocular morbidity. Additionally, there are various predisposing conditions and systemic involvement can affect various organs. Hence, localized disease warrants a thorough clinical evaluation and laboratory investigation. We report two cases of primary localized amyloidosis presenting as a tarsal mass and ptosis. The diagnosis was established on histopathology. There were no predisposing conditions and no systemic involvement. The disease was probably related to the local immunocyte disorder.

  14. Modern radiation therapy for primary cutaneous lymphomas

    Specht, Lena; Dabaja, Bouthaina; Illidge, Tim


    Primary cutaneous lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of diseases. They often remain localized, and they generally have a more indolent course and a better prognosis than lymphomas in other locations. They are highly radiosensitive, and radiation therapy is an important part of the treatment, eit...... meetings and analysis of available evidence. The guidelines represent an agreed consensus view of the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group steering committee on the use of radiation therapy in primary cutaneous lymphomas in the modern era......., either as the sole treatment or as part of a multimodality approach. Radiation therapy of primary cutaneous lymphomas requires the use of special techniques that form the focus of these guidelines. The International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group has developed these guidelines after multinational...

  15. Curative effect observation of patients with primary systemic amyloidosis treated by the combination of bortezomib with dexmethasone and cyclophosphamide



    Objective To analyze the efficacy and side effects of the combination regimen containing bortezomib,cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone(BCD)in the treatment of primary systemic amyloidosis(PSA).Methods

  16. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis: guide to surgical management.

    Losee, Joseph E; Selber, Jesse; Vega, Stephen; Hall, Caroline; Scott, Glynis; Serletti, Joseph M


    Mucormycosis is the most acute, fulminate, and fatal of all fungal infections in humans. It presents most frequently in immunocompromised patients, but can occur in healthy patients in the presence of often-insignificant trauma. Surgical management of primary cutaneous mucormycosis is almost always required. Case reports of surgical treatment for primary cutaneous mucormycosis are reported in the literature; however, the extent of debridement required for cure is unclear and no uniform plan of treatment has been suggested. To date, no clinical guidelines exist to assist the clinician in the surgical management of this disease. This article reviews the literature, reports on two clinical cases, and submits clinical guidelines designed to assist the clinician in the surgical management of primary cutaneous mucormycosis. Because of the infrequent and potentially fatal nature of the diagnosis, a high index of suspicion and a low threshold for wound biopsy must be maintained. Wound cultures are grossly inadequate and should not be relied on for a false sense of security. It is recommended that, for the early diagnosis of cutaneous mucormycosis, chemotherapy and surgical debridement of grossly necrotic tissue be performed at the earliest possible time. The debrided wound is monitored for the resolution of surrounding erythema and induration before definitive reconstruction. In the case of delayed diagnosis and/or advanced or rapidly progressive disease, surgical debridement of all involved tissue, in addition to chemotherapy, is warranted.

  17. Concurrent systemic AA amyloidosis can discriminate primary sclerosing cholangitis from IgG4-associated cholangitis.

    Kato, Takehiro; Komori, Atsumasa; Bae, Sung-Kwan; Migita, Kiyoshi; Ito, Masahiro; Motoyoshi, Yasuhide; Abiru, Seigo; Ishibashi, Hiromi


    Chronic hepatobiliary inflammatory diseases are not widely acknowledged as underlying disorders of systemic AA amyloidosis, except epidemic schistosomiasis. Among them, primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) might initiate amyloid A protein deposition in diverse tissues, giving rise to systemic amyloidosis, due to a progressive and unresolved inflammatory process, and its possible association with inflammatory bowel diseases. Nevertheless, only one such case has been reported in the literature to date. We report a 69-year-old Japanese woman with cirrhosis who was diagnosed with PSC complicated with systemic AA amyloidosis, without any evidence of other inflammatory disorders. As a result of cholestasis in conjunction with biliary strictures and increased serum IgG4, the presence of IgG4(+) plasma cells was examined systemically, resulting in unexpected documentation of Congo-red-positive amyloid deposits, but not IgG4(+) plasma cells, in the liver, stomach and salivary glands. Elevated serum IgG4 is the hallmark of IgG4-related disease, including IgG4-associated cholangitis, but it has also been demonstrated in certain patients with PSC. Amyloid A deposits in multiple organs associated with an indolent clinical course that progresses over many years might have a diagnostic value in discriminating PSC from IgG4-associated cholangitis.

  18. Concurrent systemic AA amyloidosis can discriminate primary sclerosing cholangitis from IgG4-associated cholangitis

    Takehiro Kato; Atsumasa Komori; Sung-Kwan Bae; Kiyoshi Migita; Masahiro Ito; Yasuhide Motoyoshi; Seigo Abiru; Hiromi Ishibashi


    Chronic hepatobiliary inflammatory diseases are not widely acknowledged as underlying disorders of systemic AA amyloidosis, except epidemic schistosomiasis. Among them, primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) might initiate amyloid A protein deposition in diverse tissues, giving rise to systemic amyloidosis, due to a progressive and unresolved inflammatory process, and its possible association with inflammatory bowel diseases. Nevertheless, only one such case has been reported in the literature to date. We report a 69-yearold Japanese woman with cirrhosis who was diagnosed with PSC complicated with systemic AA amyloidosis, without any evidence of other inflammatory disorders. As a result of cholestasis in conjunction with biliary strictures and increased serum IgG4, the presence of IgG4+ plasma cells was examined systemically, resulting in unexpected documentation of Congo-red-positive amyloid deposits, but not IgG4+ plasma cells, in the liver, stomach and salivary glands. Elevated serum IgG4 is the hallmark of IgG4-related disease, including IgG4-associated cholangitis, but it has also been demonstrated in certain patients with PSC. Amyloid A deposits in multiple organs associated with an indolent clinical course that progresses over many years might have a diagnostic value in discriminating PSC from IgG4-associated cholangitis.

  19. Primary Cutaneous Histoplasmosis Masquerading as Lepromatous Leprosy

    Rani, Poonam; Aggarwal, Radhika; Kaushal, Seema


    Histoplasmosis is a genus of dimorphic fungi having various varieties of which the commonest one causing infection is Histoplasma capsulatum known to cause histoplasmosis. It has a varied disease spectrum ranging from an acute infection to chronic disease especially in lungs, disseminated disease and cutaneous disorder. Histoplasma capsulatum usually causes subclinical infection and serious infections only manifest in immunocompromised patients. Frank cases of infection are seen in pulmonary histoplasmosis. The spores of these organisms are seen to be strongly associated with droppings of birds and bats. A combination of these droppings and some soil types provide for an excellent environment for the proliferation of spores. Pulmonary histoplasmosis and disseminated disease are very common in AIDS patients and are a great cause of morbidity and mortality in these patients. Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis is very rare and occurs due to penetrating injuries. Once diagnosis is made, the lesions respond very well to oral itraconazole, fluconazole or amphotericicn B. We report a rare case of Cutaneous Histoplasmosis (CHP) in a 70-year-old male with complaints of multiple nodules all over his body in a HIV seronegative and otherwise immunocompetent patient. PMID:28273974

  20. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis in an immunocompetent patient.

    Paduraru, Mihai; Moreno-Sanz, Carlos; Olalla Gallardo, Jose Maria


    Mucormycosis is most common in immunocompromised patients, but it can also occur in healthy hosts, most frequently as primary cutaneous mucormycosis (PCM) and predominantly as a result of skin trauma. We present an uncommon case of PCM in a healthy, young man with no previous history of local trauma. Despite rapid progression of the infection, the patient was successfully treated through surgical intervention and by administering liposomal amphotericin B and posaconazole. He made a full recovery without the need for skin grafting. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  1. Amiloidose traqueobrônquica primária Primary tracheobronchial amyloidosis

    Gustavo Chatkin


    Full Text Available A amiloidose é uma doença caracterizada pelo depósito extracelular de proteínas fibrilares em órgãos e tecidos. A forma traqueal primária isolada é rara. Relata-se o caso de um homem, 55 anos de idade, portador de amiloidose traqueal que interna por insuficiência respiratória aguda, com história de pneumonias prévias recentes. Radiograma de tórax seguido de tomografia computadorizada de tórax revelou obstrução da traquéia por tumoração. Foi realizada tunelização para alívio temporário dos sintomas. Os achado histológicos não revelaram neoplasia, mas identificaram substância amilóide pelo vermelho congo. Embora a baixa freqüência desta situação clínica, é discutida sua importância no diagnóstico diferencial de tumores de traquéia e a repercussão na conduta terapêutica.Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by extracellular deposition of fibrillar protein in organs and tissues. Primary tracheal amyloidosis is rare. We report here a case of a 55-year-old man with tracheal amyloidosis hospitalized for acute respiratory insufficiency and with a history of recent episodes of pneumonia. Chest X-ray and chest computed tomography showed tracheal obstruction due to a tumor. A passage was created in order to relieve the symptoms. Histological examination (Congo red staining revealed amyloid deposits but no evidence of neoplasia. Although this is a rare clinical condition, its importance is discussed regarding the differential diagnosis of tracheal tumors and the repercussions for therapeutic decision-making.

  2. Devastating posttraumatic primary cutaneous mucormycosis in a diabetic patient

    Poongodi Lakshmi Santhana Kumarasamy


    Full Text Available Mucorales are saprophytic fungi causing mucormycosis, which is a life threatening infection manifested as rhinocerebral, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cutaneous, and disseminated forms. The cutaneous form is further divided into primary and secondary forms. The major risk factors include uncontrolled diabetes mellitus with or without ketoacidosis, other forms of metabolic acidosis, and trauma. We report here a case of primary cutaneous mucormycosis caused by Rhizopus oryzae, in a diabetic after a road traffic accident.

  3. Autonomic Neuropathy and Albuminocytologic Dissociation in Cerebrospinal Fluid As the Presenting Features of Primary Amyloidosis: A Case Report

    Jingjing Li


    Full Text Available ObjectivePrimary amyloidosis is a disease with a poor prognosis and multi-organ involvement. Here, we report the clinical and pathological features of a patient with primary amyloidosis featuring autonomic neuropathy as the initial symptom and albuminocytologic dissociation in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF.MethodsThe patient was a 60-year-old Chinese male with numbness, orthostatic hypotension, and gastrointestinal symptoms. For diagnosis, we performed an electromyogram (EMG, lumbar puncture, Bence Jones protein urine test, serum electrophoresis blood test, sural nerve and rectal membrane biopsies, transthyretin (TTR gene sequencing, and bone marrow puncture.ResultsCongo red staining of sural nerve and rectal membrane biopsies showed amyloid deposition and apple-green birefringence was visualized under polarized light microscopy. TTR gene sequencing showed no causative mutation. Following lumbar puncture, normal CSF cell counts and elevated CSF protein concentration (1,680 mg/L were detected. Bone marrow puncture showed that out of the total number of whole blood cells, 0.56% were abnormal plasma cells and that 87.4% of the total number of plasma cells were abnormal. EMG results showed mixed peripheral nerve damage predominately in the sensory nerve fibers.ConclusionObvious symptoms of neuropathy, particularly autonomic neuropathy, albuminocytologic dissociation, and organ function damage suggested a diagnosis of amyloidosis. In such patients, neurologists should use caution to differentiate between chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, primary amyloidosis, and familial amyloid neuropathy.

  4. Imaging findings and literature review of {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT in primary systemic AL amyloidosis

    Lee, Joo Hee; Lee, Ga Yeon; Kim, Seok Jin; Kim, Ki Hyun; Jeon, Eun Seok; Lee, Kyung Han; Kim, Byung Tae; Choi, Joon Young [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Although several case reports and case series have described {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT in amyloidosis, the value of {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT for diagnosing amyloidosis has not been clarified. We investigated the imaging findings of {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT in patients with primary systemic AL amyloidosis. Subjects were 15 patients (M:F = 12:3; age, 61.5 ± 7.4 years) with histologically confirmed primary systemic AL amyloidosis who underwent pretreatment {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT to rule out the possibility of malignancy or for initial workup of alleged cancer. For involved organs, visual and semiquantitative analyses were performed on {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT images. In total, 22 organs (10 hearts, 5 kidneys, 2 stomachs, 2 colons, 1 ileum, 1 pancreas, and 1 liver) were histologically confirmed to have primary systemic AL amyloidosis. F-FDG uptake was significantly increased in 15 of the 22 organs (68.2 %; 10 hearts, 2 kidneys, 1 colon, 1 ileum, and 1 liver; SUV{sub max} = 7.0 ± 3.2, range 2.1–14.1). However, in 11 of 15 PET-positive organs (78.6 %; 10 hearts and the ileum), it was difficult to differentiate pathological uptake from physiological uptake. Definitely abnormal {sup 18}F-FDG uptake was found in only 4 of the 22 organs (18.2 %; 2 kidneys, 1 colon, and the liver). {sup 18}F-FDG uptake was negative for pancreas and gastric lesions. Although {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT showed high uptake in two-thirds of the organs involving primary systemic AL amyloidosis, its sensitivity appeared to be low to make differentiation of pathological uptake from physiological uptake. However, due to the small number of cases, further study for the role of {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT in amyloidosis will be warranted.

  5. Primary cutaneous nocardiosis: A case study and review

    Inamadar A


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Primary cutaneous nocardiosis is an uncommon entity. It usually occurs among immunocompetent but occupationally predisposed individuals. AIM: To study clinical profile of patients with primary cutaneous nocardiosis in a tertiary care hospital and to review the literature. METHODS: The records of 10 cases of primary cutaneous nocardiosis were analyzed for clinical pattern, site of involvement with cultural study and response to treatment. RESULTS: All the patients were agricultural workers (nine male except one housewife. The commonest clinical type was mycetoma. Unusual sites like the scalp and back were involved in two cases. Culture was positive in six cases with N. brasiliensis being commonest organism. N. nova which was previously unreported cause of lymphocutaneous nocardiosis, was noted in one patient, who had associated HIV infection. All the patients responded to cotrimaxazole. CONCLUSION: Mycetoma is the commonest form of primary cutaneous nocardiosis and responds well to cotrimoxazole.

  6. Primary Cutaneous Chrysosporium Infection following Ear Piercing: A Case Report

    Poonkiat Suchonwanit


    Full Text Available Chrysosporium is a large genus of saprophytic fungi that is commonly found in the soil. Infection caused by this organism is rare in humans and typically occurs in immunocompromised patients. Primary cutaneous Chrysosporium infection is relatively rare and has been reported in a heart transplant patient. The prognosis is usually favorable, but very poor in the setting of persistent profound immunosuppression. We herein report a case of primary cutaneous Chrysosporium infection following ear piercing in an immunocompetent patient. It is important for clinicians to consider this condition in patients with slow-onset skin and soft tissue infection following cutaneous injury, even in an immunocompetent setting.

  7. Peritoneal amyloidosis: unusual localization of gastrointestinal amyloidosis.

    Karoui, Sami; Haddad, Wafa; Serghini, Meriem; Ghorbel, Imed Ben; Chebbi, Faouzi; Azzouz, Heifa; Haouet, Slim; Houmen, Habib; Safta, Zoubeir Ben; Boubaker, Jalel; Filali, Azza


    Amyloidosis is a rare disease that results from the extracellular deposition of amorphous fibrillar protein. It is usually observed in a systemic form. Gastrointestinal involvement is frequent but peritoneal localization is unusual. A 43-year-old male was investigated for nephritic colic. Morphologic explorations revealed small intestine agglomerans in the periumbilical region, infiltration of peritoneal fat and multiple coelio-mesenteric lymph nodes. There were no clinical or biological abnormalities and endoscopic examinations were normal. The patient then underwent an exploratory laparoscopy. Macroscopically false membranes were seen throughout the peritoneum and small bowel without ascites. Anatomopathologic examination diagnosed peritoneal amyloidosis. After several investigations a diagnosis of a primary peritoneal amyloidosis was confirmed. The patient was treated with melphalan and prednisone with a favorable outcome. Our case illustrates a particular presentation of peritoneal amyloidosis. Despite improved imaging methods, peritoneal biopsy remains essential for diagnosis.

  8. Primary localized conjunctival amyloidosis: A case report with a ten-year follow-up period

    Juan Carlos Mesa-Gutiérrez


    Full Text Available Juan Carlos Mesa-Gutiérrez, Tomás Martí Huguet, Noemí Barnils Garcia, Jorge Arruga GinebredaDepartment of Ophthalmology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, SpainAbstract: A 57-year-old woman consulted our department about a plaque that had been present in her left eye for one year. Ophthalmological examination revealed a solid mass in the left conjunctival semilunar fold. An excitional biopsy was peformed, revealing an amyloid deposition. The patient was referred to the Internal Medicine Department for systemic study. All studies were negative for systemic amyloidosis. Throughout ten years of follow-up study, the patient has shown neither conjunctival recurrence nor any evidence of systemic amylodosis. Despite the fact that several authors have described ocular amyloidosis as an ophthalmologic manifestation of systemic amyloidosis, conjunctival location of amyloidosis is a very rare condition. Amyloid characterization in ocular structures should not be considered a final diagnosis since involvement of systemic underlying diseases must be ruled out. We report a case of localized conjunctival amyloidosis with a ten-year follow-up period that excluded ocular or systemic diseases.Keywords: conjuctival amyloidosis, ocular amyloidosis, hyaline protein

  9. Amyloidosis cutis dyschromica: A rare reticulate pigmentary dermatosis

    Shyam Verma


    Full Text Available We are reporting a rare case of amyloidosis cutis dyschromica in a 41-year-old man. This is a rare form of primary cutaneous amyloidosis characterized by reticulate pigmentation with hypopigmented and hyperpigmented macules, onset in childhood, familial tendency in some, occasional mild itching and deposition of amyloid in the papillary dermis. Our case also had multiple bilaterally symmetrical hyperpigmented keratotic papules abutting the axillary vault resembling those seen in Dowling-Deogs disease. The other unusual feature in this patient was the strong family history of vitiligo, which we are unable to explain. We have also tried to explain the mechanism leading to the hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation in amyloidosis cutis dyschromica.

  10. Primary cutaneous amebiasis with a fatal outcome.

    Al-Daraji, Wael Ismail; Husain, Ehab A; Ilyas, Mohammed; Robson, Alistair


    We report a fatal case of disseminated amebiasis in a young African woman, which initially presented with an ulcerated cutaneous lesion on the left flank. The causative organism was confirmed by examination of a wet drop preparation from the ulcer discharge and by skin biopsy. The patient was not immunosuppressed and was treated unsuccessfully with metronidazole. Postmortem examination revealed the presence of intestinal amebiasis complicated by a liver abscess.

  11. Primary Cutaneous Coccidioidomycosis of the Eyelid: A Case Report.

    Dworak, Douglas P; Kapustiak, James; Ehklassi, Timothy A; Patrianakos, Thomas D


    A 33-year-old man presented with an ulcerated nodule on his left eyelid and eyebrow that was unresponsive to broad-spectrum antibiotics. Incisional biopsies were performed, and cultures were positive for Coccidioides immitis. An extensive work-up revealed no systemic involve ment of disseminated coccidioidomycosis. The patient was treated with oral itraconazole for 6 months with resolution of the lesion. Few cases of primary cutaneous coccidioidomycosis have been reported. The authors describe a primary cutaneous coccidioidomycosis lesion of the eyelid without disseminated disease.

  12. Primary cutaneous plasmacytosis: Masquerading as hidradenitis suppurativa

    Tarang Goyal


    Full Text Available Isolated cutaneous plasmacytosis (CP is a rare entity with few cases reported in world literature. CP masquerading as hidradenitis suppurativa like presentation is a unique case with some features differentiating it clinically from it which were further confirmed by histopathology and immunostaining. Our case showed hyperplasia of mature plasma cells and polyclonal hypergammaglobulinemia, immunostaining for CD138 positivity and kappa: lambda ratio more than 3:1. Extensive clinical and laboratory investigations failed to reveal any underlying pathology, presence of any underlying disease accompanying the hypergammaglobulinemia and/or plasma cell proliferation.

  13. Unique type of isolated cardiac valvular amyloidosis

    Reehana Salma


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Amyloid deposition in heart is a common occurrence in systemic amyloidosis. But localised valvular amyloid deposits are very uncommon. It was only in 1922 that the cases of valvular amyloidosis were reported. Then in 1980, Goffin et al reported another type of valvular amyloidosis, which he called the dystrophic valvular amyloidosis. We report a case of aortic valve amyloidosis which is different from the yet described valvular amyloidosis. Case presentation A 72 years old gentleman underwent urgent aortic valve replacement. Intraoperatively, a lesion was found attached to the inferior surface of his bicuspid aortic valve. Histopathology examination of the valve revealed that the lesion contained amyloid deposits, identified as AL amyloidosis. The serum amyloid A protein (SAP scan was normal and showed no evidence of systemic amyloidosis. The ECG and echocardiogram were not consistent with cardiac amyloidosis. Conclusion Two major types of cardiac amyloidosis have been described in literature: primary-myelomatous type (occurs with systemic amyolidosis, and senile type(s. Recently, a localised cardiac dystrophic valvular amyloidosis has been described. In all previously reported cases, there was a strong association of localised valvular amyloidosis with calcific deposits. Ours is a unique case which differs from the previously reported cases of localised valvular amyloidosis. In this case, the lesion was not associated with any scar tissue. Also there was no calcific deposit found. This may well be a yet unknown type of isolated valvular amyloidosis.

  14. Primary cutaneous plasmablastic lymphoma revealing clinically unsuspected HIV infection*

    Marques, Silvio Alencar; Abbade, Luciana P. Fernandes; Guiotoku, Marcelo Massaki; Marques, Mariangela Esther Alencar


    Plasmablastic lymphoma is a rare subtype of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma more frequently diagnosed in immunosuppressed patients, mainly HIV-infected. Primary cutaneous plasmablastic lymphoma is extremely rare, and in this patient it was the first clinical manifestation of unsuspected HIV-infection. PMID:27579749

  15. Notch signalling in primary cutaneous CD30+ lymphoproliferative disorders: a new therapeutic approach?

    Kamstrup, M R; Biskup, E; Gniadecki, R


    The oncogenic potential of deregulated Notch signalling has been described in several haematopoietic malignancies. We have previously reported an increased expression of Notch1 in primary cutaneous CD30+ lymphoproliferative disorders, lymphomatoid papulosis and primary cutaneous anaplastic large-...

  16. Notch signalling in primary cutaneous CD30+ lymphoproliferative disorders: a new therapeutic approach?

    Kamstrup, M R; Biskup, E; Gniadecki, R


    The oncogenic potential of deregulated Notch signalling has been described in several haematopoietic malignancies. We have previously reported an increased expression of Notch1 in primary cutaneous CD30+ lymphoproliferative disorders, lymphomatoid papulosis and primary cutaneous anaplastic large...

  17. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis and idiopathic bone marrow aplasia*

    Furlan, Karina Colossi; Pires, Mario Cezar; Kakizaki, Priscila; Chartuni, Juliana Cabral Nunes; Valente, Neusa Yuriko Sakai


    We describe the case of a 9-year-old boy with idiopathic bone marrow aplasia and severe neutropenia, who developed skin ulcers under cardiac monitoring electrodes. The diagnosis of primary cutaneous aspergillosis was made after the second biopsy and culture. Imaging investigation did not reveal internal fungal infection. The child was treated, but did not improve and died 3 months after admission. The report highlights and discusses the preventable risk of aspergillus skin infection in immunocompromised patients. PMID:27438213

  18. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis and idiopathic bone marrow aplasia*

    Furlan, Karina Colossi; Pires,Mario Cezar; Kakizaki,Priscila; Chartuni, Juliana Cabral Nunes; Valente,Neusa Yuriko Sakai


    Abstract: We describe the case of a 9-year-old boy with idiopathic bone marrow aplasia and severe neutropenia, who developed skin ulcers under cardiac monitoring electrodes. The diagnosis of primary cutaneous aspergillosis was made after the second biopsy and culture. Imaging investigation did not reveal internal fungal infection. The child was treated, but did not improve and died 3 months after admission. The report highlights and discusses the preventable risk of aspergillus skin infection...

  19. Cutaneous granulomas in ataxia telangiectasia and other primary immunodeficiencies: Reflection of inappropriate immune regulation?

    L.Y.T. Chiam (L. Y T); M.M.M. Verhagen (Mijke); A. Haraldsson (Ásgeir); N.M. Wulffraat (Nico); G.J.A. Driessen (Gertjan); M.G. Netea (Mihai); C.M.R. Weemaes (Corry); M.M.B. Seyger (Marieke); M. van Deuren (Marcel)


    textabstractBackground: Non-infective cutaneous granulomas with unknown pathogenesis occur in various primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) including ataxia telangiectasia (A-T). Objective: To find a common immunological denominator in these cutaneous granulomas. Methods: The dermatological and immunolo

  20. Primary cutaneous blastoid mantle cell lymphoma-case report.

    Estrozi, Bruna; Sanches, José A; Varela, Paulo C S; Bacchi, Carlos E


    Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) commonly involves extranodal sites, usually as a manifestation of disseminated disease. In rare cases, MCLs may arise as a primary tumor in the skin. Blastoid mantle cell lymphoma (BV-MCL) is a rare variant and has a more aggressive clinical course. The phenotype of BV-MCL is characterized as CD20+, CD5+, cyclin D1+, CD23-, and CD10-. Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization shows a characteristic t(11;14) fusion pattern. We report a case of a BV-MCL arising in skin as primary cutaneous MCL with the characteristic immunophenotype and translocation.

  1. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis due to Aspergillus flavus: a case report

    ZHANG Qiang-qiang; LI Li; ZHU Min; ZHANG Chao-ying; WANG Jia-jun


    @@ Infections caused by opportunistic organisms which have been known as etiologic agents of disease become more and more frequent.Aspergillus spp. is one of the agents. Fungi of aspergillus genus are widely distributed in nature, particularly in the soil and in the decomposed vegetation. They are frequent opportunist pathogens in immunocompromised patients. The most frequent causative organisms that cause cutaneous aspergillosis are A.fumigatus and A.flavus.1-3 In this report, we present a case of primary cutaneous aspergillosis manifested by ulceration of the shank due to A. flavus. The patient had no deficiency of immunological status and severe disease associated with fungal infection. Excellent response was shown to anti-fungal therapy.

  2. Primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma: Role of surgery

    Parbhakar, Sam; Cin, Arianna Dal


    PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of surgery in patients diagnosed with primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (PCBCL) – a rare disease entity. The authors offer a rationale for the use of primary surgical excision in the treatment of isolated cutaneous lymphomas. METHODS: A literature review examining the use of primary surgical excision in the treatment of PCBCL was conducted. The lymphoma database at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (Hamilton, Ontario) was searched from January 1995 to July 2008, generating a list of 4924 patients. A simulated computer program was subsequently designed to search for all possible PCBCLs. A retrospective chart review was then conducted on the new list of 1325 patients, identifying 25 patients diagnosed with PCBCL. RESULTS: The mean age of the 25 patients with PCBCL was 59.9 years; nine (36%) were treated with surgery, and sixteen (64%) with radiation. The average follow-up period for patients was 3.6 years. Twenty-four of the 25 patients were completely cured, with only one patient recurring in the radiation subgroup. There were no complications in the surgery subgroup. There were two local complications in the radiation subgroup consisting of chronic ulcerations. CONCLUSIONS: Primary surgical excision is an effective management option in the treatment of PCBCL, particularly the marginal zone and follicle centre subtypes. PMID:22654537

  3. Transplante cardíaco em amiloidose primária Heart transplantation in primary amyloidosis

    José Francisco Baumgratz


    Full Text Available A amiloidose cardíaca é doença altamente limitante da sobrevida, por morte súbita na maioria dos pacientes. Pela agressão contra outros órgãos, particularmente rins e sistema nervoso central, o transplante cardíaco tem sido opção questionável, face à escassez de órgãos. O objetivo é relatar a evolução, com sobrevivência de 7 anos, da paciente após transplante cardíaco por amiloidose, em boas condições. Um ano após o transplante cardíaco, houve indicação de transplante renal, também pela agressão da doença. Esta paciente contrasta com outros três pacientes de nosso serviço que foram a óbito, ainda na fase de avaliação. Apesar de sua natureza multisistêmica, a amiloidose cardíaca pode, em pacientes selecionados, justificar o transplante cardíaco, pela gravidade do seu potencial evolutivo após o início dos sintomasCardiac amyloidosis is a disease with a gloom life expectance after the beginning of the symptomatic phase, usually with sudden death as the final event. The aggression to other organs, although, can make heart transplantation a disputable form of treatment taking into consideration the shortage of donor organs. The aim is to report the evolution with a survival of seven years after heart transplantation and in very fair condition of a patient with amyloidosis. One year after the heart transplantation, there was indication of renal transplantation also from the aggression from the disease. This patient compares' favorable with three other patients also from our service, who died early after de diagnosis. Even considering the multi systemic nature of amyloidosis, we can accept that in peculiar patients justified the heart transplantation, taking in the consideration the very bad prognosis of the disease

  4. Cutaneous metastasis from gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma of unknown primary origin.

    Junqueira, Ana Lucia Ariano; Corbett, Ana Maria França; Oliveira Filho, Jayme de; Nasser, Kassila da Rosa; Haddad, Natalie Nejem; Tebet, Ana Carolina Franco


    Cutaneous metastasis is a rare manifestation of visceral malignancies that indicates primarily advanced disease. Due to its low incidence and similarity to other cutaneous lesions, it is not uncommon to have a delayed diagnosis and a shortened prognosis. We describe the case of a patient who presented with a cutaneous nodule in the sternal region as a first sign of malignancy.

  5. Cutaneous metastasis from gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma of unknown primary origin*

    Junqueira, Ana Lucia Ariano; Corbett, Ana Maria França; de Oliveira Filho, Jayme; Nasser, Kassila da Rosa; Haddad, Natalie Nejem; Tebet, Ana Carolina Franco


    Cutaneous metastasis is a rare manifestation of visceral malignancies that indicates primarily advanced disease. Due to its low incidence and similarity to other cutaneous lesions, it is not uncommon to have a delayed diagnosis and a shortened prognosis. We describe the case of a patient who presented with a cutaneous nodule in the sternal region as a first sign of malignancy. PMID:26375228

  6. AL Amyloidosis

    Desport Estelle


    Full Text Available Abstract Definition of the disease AL amyloidosis results from extra-cellular deposition of fibril-forming monoclonal immunoglobulin (Ig light chains (LC (most commonly of lambda isotype usually secreted by a small plasma cell clone. Most patients have evidence of isolated monoclonal gammopathy or smoldering myeloma, and the occurrence of AL amyloidosis in patients with symptomatic multiple myeloma or other B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders is unusual. The key event in the development of AL amyloidosis is the change in the secondary or tertiary structure of an abnormal monoclonal LC, which results in instable conformation. This conformational change is responsible for abnormal folding of the LC, rich in β leaves, which assemble into monomers that stack together to form amyloid fibrils. Epidemiology AL amyloidosis is the most common type of systemic amyloidois in developed countries with an estimated incidence of 9 cases/million inhabitant/year. The average age of diagnosed patients is 65 years and less than 10% of patients are under 50. Clinical description The clinical presentation is protean, because of the wide number of tissues or organs that may be affected. The most common presenting symptoms are asthenia and dyspnoea, which are poorly specific and may account for delayed diagnosis. Renal manifestations are the most frequent, affecting two thirds of patients at presentation. They are characterized by heavy proteinuria, with nephrotic syndrome and impaired renal function in half of the patients. Heart involvement, which is present at diagnosis in more than 50% of patients, leading to restrictive cardiopathy, is the most serious complication and engages prognosis. Diagnostic methods The diagnosis relies on pathological examination of an involved site showing Congo red-positive amyloid deposits, with typical apple-green birefringence under polarized light, that stain positive with an anti-LC antibody by immunohistochemistry and

  7. Corymbiform nodular amyloidosis Amiloidose nodular com lesão corimbiforme

    Sheila Viana Castelo Branco Gonçalves


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is part of a group of deposition diseases. Nodular amyloidosis is a rare form of primary cutaneous amyloidosis. It affects men and women, usually over the age of 60 years. Presenting manifestation of the disease are yellowish-erythematous or brownish nodules or plaques in single or multiple infiltrates. Systemic evaluation should be performed to rule out involvement of other organs. Follow-up of the patient is important because the condition may progress to systemic amyloidosis. We report a case of nodular amyloidosis in which the lesion had a corymbiform aspect without systemic involvement and no recurrence after two years of follow-up.As amiloidoses constituem um grupo de doenças de depósito. A amiloidose nodular é uma forma rara de amiloidose cutânea primária. Acomete homens e mulheres, geralmente acima de 60 anos. Apresenta-se com nódulos ou placas eritemato-amareladas ou acastanhadas infiltradas isoladas ou múltiplas. A avaliação sistêmica deve ser feita para descartar comprometimento de outros órgãos. É importante o seguimento devido a possibilidade de evolução para amiloidose sistêmica. Relatamos um caso de amiloidose nodular com lesão de aspecto corimbiforme sem sistematização e sem recidiva após dois anos de seguimento.

  8. Incidence and clinical outcome of renal amyloidosis: A retrospective study

    Emad Abdallah


    Full Text Available The kidneys are affected in almost all patients with amyloid A in secondary amyloidosis (AA amyloidosis but less frequently in immunoglobulin light chains in primary systemic amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis. In this study, we present the incidence, etiology, clinical manifestations, biochemical features and clinical course of renal amyloidosis. We conducted a retrospective study on a group of 40 cases with renal biopsy-proven amyloidosis. They constituted 2.5% of the total cases of renal biopsies performed in the Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt, during the period from February 2003 to May 2009. The mean age (30 males, ten females was 36.51 ± 10.32 years. Thirty-two of the cases had secondary AA amyloidosis and eight cases had primary AL amyloidosis. The causes of secondary amyloidosis were as follows: 12 (30% familial Mediterranean fever (FMF, eight (20% pulmonary tuberculosis, four (10% chronic osteomyelitis, four (10% bronchiectasis, three (7% rheumatoid arthritis and one (2% rheumatic heart disease. The eight cases of primary AL amyloidosis comprised of five cases that were associated with myloma (13% and three (8% cases that were idiopathic. Among the 23 patients with AA amyloidosis, after six months of treatment with colchicine, the proteinuria improved, serum albumin level increased and edema disappeared in 13 patients. In four cases of AA amyloidosis who were clinically and biochemically normal after cholchicine therapy, a second renal biopsy disclosed decreased amyloid deposition compared with the first biopsy. In the three renal transplanted patients who had amyloidosis secondary to FMF and were treated with colchicines, AA amyloidosis did not recur in the transplanted kidney. It might be possible that in AL amyloidosis, treatment with methotrexate, melphalan and prednisolone may improve survival. The incidence of renal amyloidosis is increasing and colchicine can be used in secondary amyloidosis as it may have an effect

  9. Clinicopathological Study of Renal Amyloidosis

    Usha, Rana Gopal Singh, Jai Parkash, Ruchi Kapoor, Sunita Rai, D.K. Sinha


    Full Text Available Study included 13 cases of renal amyloidosis.Oedema, feet and face was the commonest manifestation(100%, two patients (18.18% also presented with loose motions, ascites and pain in abdomen and onepatient had ankylosing spondylitis and cervical spondylitis. On clinical grounds only one case was diagnosedas primary amyloidosis of light chain type, who presented initially with cervical lymphadenopathy and 4years later with nephrotic syndrome. About 72.72% cases had some chronic disease in the terms oftuberculosis, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic ulcerative colitis, lepromatous leprosy, rheumatoid arthritisand one patient had carcinoma caecum. Congo red stain was positive in both, light chain deposit disease(LCDD and amyloidosis but polarizing microscope showed mixed birefringence (red, green, yellowonly in amyloidosis. In AFOG and PAS stain, amyloid appeared negative, only peripheral portion revealedblue and pink staining and central area appeared as cutout spaces. Congo red and methyl violet stains andpotassium permanganate treatment was not helpful in distinguishing AL amyloidosis from secondaryamyloidosis. Hence immunohistochemistry and myeloma profile is a must. It might be possible that inlight chain amyloidosis, treatment with methotrexate and prednisolone may improve survival.

  10. Prognosis of sentinel node staged patients with primary cutaneous melanoma.

    Otmar Elsaesser

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This study investigated survival probabilities and prognostic factors in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB staged patients with cutaneous melanoma (CM with the aim of defining subgroups of patients who are at higher risk for recurrences and who should be considered for adjuvant clinical trials. METHODS: Patients with primary CM who underwent SLNB in the Department of Dermatology, University of Tuebingen, Germany, between 1996 and 2009 were included into this study. Survival probabilities and prognostic factors were evaluated by Kaplan-Meier and multivariate Cox proportional hazard models. RESULTS: 1909 SLNB staged patients were evaluated. Median follow-up time was 44 months. Median tumor thickness was 1.8 mm, ulceration was present in 31.8% of cases. The 5-year Overall Survival (OS was 90.3% in SLNB negative patients (IB 96.2%, IIA 87.0%, IIB 78.1%, IIC 72.6%. Patients with micrometastases (stage IIIA/B had a 5-year OS rate of 70.9% which was clearly less favorable than for stages I-II. Multivariate analysis revealed tumor thickness, ulceration, body site, histopathologic subtype and SLNB status as independent significant prognostic factors. CONCLUSION: Survival rates of patients with primary CM in stages I-II were shown to be much more favorable than previously reported from non sentinel node staged collectives. For future clinical trials, sample size calculations should be adapted using survival probabilities based on sentinel node staging.

  11. The cutaneous rabbit illusion affects human primary sensory cortex somatotopically.

    Felix Blankenburg


    Full Text Available We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI to study neural correlates of a robust somatosensory illusion that can dissociate tactile perception from physical stimulation. Repeated rapid stimulation at the wrist, then near the elbow, can create the illusion of touches at intervening locations along the arm, as if a rabbit hopped along it. We examined brain activity in humans using fMRI, with improved spatial resolution, during this version of the classic cutaneous rabbit illusion. As compared with control stimulation at the same skin sites (but in a different order that did not induce the illusion, illusory sequences activated contralateral primary somatosensory cortex, at a somatotopic location corresponding to the filled-in illusory perception on the forearm. Moreover, the amplitude of this somatosensory activation was comparable to that for veridical stimulation including the intervening position on the arm. The illusion additionally activated areas of premotor and prefrontal cortex. These results provide direct evidence that illusory somatosensory percepts can affect primary somatosensory cortex in a manner that corresponds somatotopically to the illusory percept.

  12. Radiologic findings of secondary systemic amyloidosis associated with tuberculosis: a case report

    Hahn, Seong Tae; Lee, Jae Mun; Kim, Choon Yul; Shinn, Kyung Sub [Catholic University Medical College, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Amyloidosis is a rare systemic disease caused by extracellular deposition of insoluble protein. Systemic amyloidosis is subclassified into idiopathic primary and secondary form. The cause of secondary amyloidosis includes tuberculosis, familial Mediterranean fever, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple myeloma. We report a case of tuberculosis-related, secondary systemic amyloidosis which involved liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, urinary bladder and lymph nodes.

  13. Systemic Light Chain Amyloidosis Mimicking Rheumatic Disorders


    Secondary amyloidosis can complicate chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases. However, the clinical findings of primary amyloidosis may mimic those of primary rheumatologic disorders. We present the case of a 53-year-old woman who presented with dystrophic nail changes, dry eyes, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, Raynaud's phenomenon, and high titer positive nucleolar pattern antinuclear antibody. She was initially misdiagnosed as having Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD). On further workup, she was eventually diagnosed with lambda light chain systemic amyloidosis by abdominal fat pad biopsy. Her symptoms completely resolved after autologous stem cell transplantation. With this case, we would like to highlight the similarities in the clinical features between light chain amyloidosis and rheumatological disorders. We would also like to emphasize the importance of the prompt recognition of the clinical features of amyloidosis which are crucial to triggering appropriate diagnostic procedures, since early diagnosis is a key to improving outcomes in this disease with an otherwise poor prognosis. PMID:28042297

  14. Systemic Light Chain Amyloidosis Mimicking Rheumatic Disorders

    Rohit R. Rao


    Full Text Available Secondary amyloidosis can complicate chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases. However, the clinical findings of primary amyloidosis may mimic those of primary rheumatologic disorders. We present the case of a 53-year-old woman who presented with dystrophic nail changes, dry eyes, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and high titer positive nucleolar pattern antinuclear antibody. She was initially misdiagnosed as having Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD. On further workup, she was eventually diagnosed with lambda light chain systemic amyloidosis by abdominal fat pad biopsy. Her symptoms completely resolved after autologous stem cell transplantation. With this case, we would like to highlight the similarities in the clinical features between light chain amyloidosis and rheumatological disorders. We would also like to emphasize the importance of the prompt recognition of the clinical features of amyloidosis which are crucial to triggering appropriate diagnostic procedures, since early diagnosis is a key to improving outcomes in this disease with an otherwise poor prognosis.

  15. Immunophenotypic analysis of abnormal plasma cell clones in bone marrow of primary systemic light chain amyloidosis patients

    Hu Yang; Wang Mangju; Chen Yan; Chen Xue; Fang Fang; Liu Shiqin; Zhang Ying


    Background Primary systemic light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a rare plasma cell disease,our purpose was to analyze the immunophenotypic characteristics of the plasma cells in bone marrow in AL patients,and explore whether the detection of abnormal plasma cell clones in bone marrow by flow cytometry (FCM) could be used as an important indicator of AL diagnosis.Methods Fresh bone marrow samples were collected from 51 AL,21 multiple myeloma (MM),and 5 Waldenstr(o)m's macroglobulinemia (WM) patients.The immunophenotype of bone marrow cells were analyzed and compared by FCM using a panel of antibodies including CD45,CD38,CD138,CD117,CD56,and CD19.Results In AL,light chain restriction could be identified in 31 cases (60.9%),in which the λ light chain restriction was found in 24 cases (77.4%).In MM,κ light chain restriction was found in 13 cases (61.9%),and λ light chain restriction in eight cases.CD45 on abnormal plasma cells was negative to weakly positive in both AL and MM,but was positive to strongly positive in WM.In the bone marrow plasma cells of the 51 AL,78.4% were CD56+,68.6% were CD117+,and 88.2% were CD19-.While in the 21 MM cases,66.7% were CD56+,38.1% were CD117+,and 90.4% were CD19-.The plasmacytoid lymphocytes in the five WM patients were CD19+ and CD56-,CD117-.Conclusion Detection of abnormal plasma cell clones in bone marrow by FCM is valuable for the diagnosis of AL.

  16. FISH analysis of MALT lymphoma-specific translocations and aneuploidy in primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma.

    Schreuder, M.I.; Hoefnagel, J.J.; Jansen, P.A.M.; Krieken, J.H.J.M. van; Willemze, R.; Hebeda, K.M.


    Primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphomas (PCMZL) share histological and clinical characteristics with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphomas suggesting a common pathogenesis. A number of recurrent structural and numerical chromosomal aberrations have been described in MALT lymphoma, but

  17. FISH analysis of MALT lymphoma-specific translocations and aneuploidy in primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma.

    Schreuder, M.I.; Hoefnagel, J.J.; Jansen, P.A.M.; Krieken, J.H.J.M. van; Willemze, R.; Hebeda, K.M.


    Primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphomas (PCMZL) share histological and clinical characteristics with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphomas suggesting a common pathogenesis. A number of recurrent structural and numerical chromosomal aberrations have been described in MALT lymphoma, but

  18. Cutaneous Manifestations of Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases in Children

    Athar Moin


    The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency and nature of cutaneous alterations associated with PIDs. This article is a cross-sectional study at the department of allergy and clinical immunology of children’s medical center conducted between December 5, 2001 and April 20, 2002. The subjects included pediatric patients with a diagnosis of PID and dermatological diagnoses were made by a dermatologist. Two hundred and ten patients were studied They consisted of 68 cases of humoral deficiency, 22 cases of cellular and combined deficiencies, 57 cases of phagocytic defects and 63 cases of other PIDs. In 67 cases (31.8% the cutaneous alterations preceded and were the basis for clinical immunological diagnosis. Overall cutaneous alterations were infections in 99 cases and eczematous dermatitis in 27 cases. Our findings support the results of other studies that most PIDs have cutaneous features which being their typical aspects are highly suggestive for the diagnosis of PIDs.

  19. Primary Cutaneous Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma Not Otherwise Specified: A Rapidly Progressive Variant of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

    Kimberly Aderhold; Lisa Carpenter; Krysta Brown; Anthony Donato


    Primary Cutaneous Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma NOS (PTL-NOS) is a rare, progressive, fatal dermatologic disease that presents with features similar to many common benign plaque-like skin conditions, making recognition of its distinguishing features critical for early diagnosis and treatment (Bolognia et al., 2008). A 78-year-old woman presented to ambulatory care with a single 5 cm nodule on her shoulder that had developed rapidly over 1-2 weeks. Examination was suspicious for malignancy and a ...

  20. Primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the upper limb: A fascinating entity

    Manoj Madakshira Gopal


    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous lymphomas are defined as lymphoid neoplasms that present themselves clinically on the skin and do not have extra-cutaneous disease, when the diagnosis is made or even after 6 months of the diagnosis. Primary cutaneous lymphomas of B-cells are less frequent than lymphomas of T-cells. Primary B-cell lymphomas have a better prognosis than secondary B-cell lymphomas. Primary B-cell cutaneous lymphomas are classified into five types according to the World Health Organization and European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer classification. The primary diffuse large B-cell cutaneous lymphoma - leg type corresponds to approximately 5-10% of the B-cell cutaneous lymphomas. It is predominantly seen in elderly people and has a female preponderance. Skin lesions can be single, multiple, and even grouped. A 5-year survival rate ranges from 36 to 100% of the cases. The expression of Bcl-2, presence of multiple lesions, and involvement of both the upper limbs lead to a worse prognosis. Very few cases have been described in the literature.

  1. CDKN2A (INK4A-ARF) mutation analysis to distinguish cutaneous melanoma metastasis from a second primary melanoma.

    Blokx, W.A.M.; Lesterhuis, W.J.; Andriessen, M.P.M.; Verdijk, M.A.J.; Punt, C.J.A.; Ligtenberg, M.J.L.


    The histologic differential diagnosis between a second primary cutaneous melanoma and cutaneous melanoma metastasis in a patient with a previous history of melanoma can be very difficult. This case report describes the first application of CDKN2A mutation analysis for discriminating a cutaneous

  2. Primary cutaneous and subcutaneous leiomyosarcomas: evolution and prognostic factors.

    Aneiros-Fernandez, Jose; Antonio Retamero, Juan; Husein-Elahmed, Husein; Ovalle, Francisco; Aneiros-Cachaza, Jose


    Cutaneous and subcutaneous leiomyosarcomas (LMS) are uncommon neoplasms. We reviewed the MEDLINE database to assess their rates of recurrence and metastasis, mortality and recommended follow-up period. Other prognostic factors were also studied. This review included 112 subcutaneous LMS and 313 cutaneous LMS. In subcutaneous LMS, we observed that rates of recurrence, metastasis and mortality were 36.63%, 43.23% and 37.82%, respectively, after a median follow-up period of 4.40 years, while in cutaneous LMS those figures were 24.40%, 4.22% and 3.33%, respectively, after a median follow-up period of 3.45 years. Although subcutaneous and cutaneous LMS show similar morphologic features, the latter show less tendency to recur and metastasize; in certain cases they both may be the cause of death. For these reasons we suggest avoiding the term "atypical intradermal smooth muscle neoplasm". Location, size and histologic grade are essential prognostic factors for superficial LMS. Recurrence after incomplete excision can be avoided when performed with a surgical margin of at least 1 cm. Follow-up should be at least five years.

  3. Bullous variant of familial biphasic lichen amyloidosis: A unique combination of three rare presentations

    Vijayalaxmi Veerabasappa Suranagi


    Full Text Available A 55-year-old man presented with multiple, itchy papules and macules on the trunk and extremities. Histopathologic examination of biopsy specimens taken from three different lesions showed a subepidermal blister with amyloid deposits in the dermal papillae. No systemic disease or involvement of other organs was detected. The clinical and histological findings were compatible with a bullous variant of lichen amyloidosis (LA. Primary cutaneous localized amyloidosis usually presents with papular, macular or nodular lesions. Bullous lesions associated with LA are very rare. Furthermore, patient had seven other members in the family with similar lesions, which is also a rare occurrence. We report a case with a rare combination of biphasic, bullous variant of familial LA.

  4. A Rare Case of Amyloidosis of the Eyelid and Conjunctiva

    Zaria Ali


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis of the eyelid is uncommon and is typically associated with systemic associations. In contrast, amyloidosis of the conjunctiva is often localised with no other associations. We present a rare case of a 92-year-old gentleman with both cutaneous lid lesions and conjunctival amyloid with no systemic involvement. Biopsy demonstrated the hallmarks of amyloid and treatment has remained conservative. He remains at the department to be monitored for secondary glaucoma.

  5. A case of cutaneous scleroderma with primary sclerosing cholangitis

    H P Nandeesh


    Full Text Available Sclerosing cholangitis comprises of a spectrum of cholestatic conditions that are characterized by patchy fibrosis, inflammation and destruction of intra hepatic and extrahepatic ducts. We report a case of a 42 year old woman who presented with darkening of skin with yellowish discolouration of the eyes. Clinical examination revealed icterus, taut skin with hepatosplenomegaly. Liver function tests showed a cholestatic picture. Skin biopsy showed features of cutaneous scleroderma. MRCP and Liver biopsy was suggestive of sclerosing cholangitis.

  6. Primary Cutaneous Lymphoma-Associated Pseudoepitheliomatous Hyperplasia Masquerading as Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Young Adult.

    Ansari, Mahsa; Azmoodeh Ardalan, Farid; Najafi, Masoumeh; Goodarzi, Azadeh; Ghanadan, Alireza


    Primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a T-cell malignancy with atypical CD30 positive lymphocytes. Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia is an uncommon finding in primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and may mimic squamous cell carcinoma as pseudomalignancy. Careful attention of a pathologist to correct diagnosis of pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia and its underlying causes will help physicians to avoid inappropriate management. Here, we present a 22-year-old man referred to our hospital with a solitary nodule persistent on his forearm which was diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma in the first biopsy. The lesion recurred after two months and histopathologic and immunohistochemistry examination revealed anaplastic large cell lymphoma with florid pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia which masquerading as well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. Diagnosis of pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia must guide the pathologist to search for underlying causes, such as primary cutaneous lymphoma. Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia may mimic squamous cell carcinoma and this can result in inappropriate diagnosis and management.

  7. Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis in a skin scrape cytology

    Anadi Roychowdhury


    Full Text Available Histoplasmosis refers to an infection caused by histoplasma capsulatum, a dimorphic fungus. We report a rare case of cutaneous histoplasmosis in an immunocompromised patient. The diagnosis was made by the cytopathologic examination of skin scraping smear, which showed numerous intracellular and extracellular periodic acid-schiff positive rounded yeast cells. The patient showed dramatic response with itraconazole and amphotericin B. We opine that skin scrape cytology can be useful in establishing the diagnosis of the disease, specially when the other facilities are not readily available.

  8. Primary cutaneous coccidioidomycosis: First imported case in north India

    Vikram Narang


    Full Text Available Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease found only in the Western Hemisphere. In recent years, the incidence of the disease has increased in California and Arizona, which may be partially due to the rapid immigration of previously unexposed persons from states outside the endemic areas. The disease in the nonendemic areas is usually imported. Determining a history of exposure is critical for performing the diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis in these cases. Histopathological examination is the key to the diagnosis when fungal culture and molecular studies are not available. We hereby report an imported case of cutaneous coccidioidomycosis, which to the best of our knowledge is the first case report from North India.

  9. Respiratory manifestations in amyloidosis

    XU Ling; CAI Bai-qiang; ZHONG Xu; ZHU Yuan-jue


    Background Amyloidosis is a collection of diseases in which different proteins are deposited. Amyloid deposits occur in systemic and organ-limited forms. In both systemic and localized forms of the disease, lung can be involved. The aim of this study was to explore the different respiratory manifestations of amyloidosis. Methods Chest radiology, clinical presentations, bronchoscopic/laryngoscopic findings and lung function data of 59 patients with amyloidosis involving respiratory tract collected during January 1986 to March 2005, were analysed.Results Of the 16 cases with localized respiratory tract amyloidosis, 8 had the lesions in the trachea and the bronchi, 2 in the larynx and the trachea, 5 in the larynx and/or the pharynx, and 1 in the lung parenchyma. Of 43 systemic amyloidosis with respiratory tract involvement, 3 had the lesions in bronchi, 13 in lung parenchyma, 33 in pleura, 8 in mediastina, 1 in nose and 1 in pharynx. Chest X-rays were normal in most cases of tracheobronchial amyloidosis. CT, unlike chest X-rays, showed irregular luminal narrowing, airway wall thickening with calcifications and soft tissue shadows in airway lumen. Localized lung parenchymal amyloidosis presented as multiple nodules. Multiple nodular opacities, patch shadows and reticular opacities were the main radiological findings in systemic amyloidosis with lung parenchymal involvement. In pleural amyloidosis, pleural effusions and pleural thickening were detected. Mediastinal and/or hilar adenopathy were also a form of lung involvement in systemic amyloidosis. The major bronchoscopic findings of tracheobronchial amyloidosis were narrowing of airway lumen, while nodular, 'tumour like' or 'bubble like' masses, with missing or vague cartilaginous rings, were detected in about half of the patients.Conclusions Localized respiratory tract amyloidosis mostly affects the trachea and the bronchi. Chest X-rays are not sensitive to detect these lesions. Systemic amyloidosis often involves

  10. [Histopathological findings of the nerve and muscles in familial primary amyloidosis, with special reference to the mechanism of amyloid fibril production].

    Deshimaru, M; Miyakawa, T; Sumiyoshi, S; Murayama, E; Tatetsu, S


    T. I., a male aged 38, had a hereditary primary amyloidosis over four generation in his family history. He had peripheral neuropathy with dissociated sensory disturbances in the lower limbs, impotence, gastrointerstial dysfunction and orthostatic hypotention. N. suralis and M. quadriceps femoralis taken from him were examined by light and electron microscopy. N. suralis contained a lot of amyloids reacting with congo-red in the nerve fibres. Amyloid fibrils were remarkably observed around the blood vessels. They were continuous with the basement membrane of the endotherial cells. A few deposites were observed around the Schwann cell and fibroblasts. In M. quadriceps femoralis, amyloid like fibrils were noted in the perivascular spaces. Especially, a great deal of amyloid fibrils were continuous with the basement membranes. From this finding, it might be speculated that the basement membrane may play an important role in the production of amyloid fibrils.

  11. Long-term outcomes of primary systemic light chain (AL) amyloidosis in patients treated upfront with bortezomib or lenalidomide and the importance of risk adapted strategies.

    Kastritis, Efstathios; Roussou, Maria; Gavriatopoulou, Maria; Migkou, Magdalini; Kalapanida, Despina; Pamboucas, Constantinos; Kaldara, Elisavet; Ntalianis, Argyrios; Psimenou, Erasmia; Toumanidis, Savvas T; Tasidou, Anna; Terpos, Evangelos; Dimopoulos, Meletios A


    Bortezomib and lenalidomide are increasingly used in patients with AL amyloidosis, but long term data on their use as primary therapy in AL amyloidosis are lacking while early mortality remains significant. Thus, we analyzed the long term outcomes of 85 consecutive unselected patients, which received primary therapy with bortezomib or lenalidomide and we prospectively evaluated a risk adapted strategy based on bortezomib/dexamethasone to reduce early mortality. Twenty-six patients received full-dose bortezomib/dexamethasone, 36 patients lenalidomide with oral cyclophosphamide and low-dose dexamethasone and 23 patients received bortezomib/dexamethasone at a dose and schedule adjusted to the risk of early death. On intent to treat, 67% of patients achieved a hematologic response (24% hemCRs) and 34% an organ response; both were more frequent with bortezomib. An early death occurred in 20%: in 36% of those treated with full-dose bortezomib/dexamethasone, in 22% of lenalidomide-treated patients but only in 4.5% of patients treated with risk-adapted bortezomib/dexamethasone. Activity of full vs. adjusted dose bortezomib/dexamethasone was similar; twice weekly vs. weekly administration of bortezomib also had similar activity. After a median follow up of 57 months, median survival is 47 months and is similar for patients treated with bortezomib vs. lenalidomide-based regimens. However, risk adjusted-bortezomib/dexamethasone was associated with improved 1-year survival vs. full-dose bortezomib/dexamethasone or lenalidomide-based therapy (81% vs. 56% vs. 53%, respectively). In conclusion, risk-adapted bortezomib/dexamethasone may reduce early mortality and preserve activity while long term follow up indicates that remissions obtained with lenalidomide or bortezomib may be durable, even without consolidation with alkylators. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis caused by Mucor irregularis in an elderly person.

    Yamaguchi, Sayaka; Okubo, Yuko; Katano, Azusa; Sano, Ayako; Uezato, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Kenzo


    Primary cutaneous mucormycosis is a rare but often lethal severe fungal infection, which usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of primary cutaneous mucormycosis caused by Mucor irregularis in an elderly patient. Seven months after the surgical dissection of the involved skin, cutaneous mucormycosis recurred at the peripheral edge of the skin graft. Shortly subsequent to the administration of liposomal amphotericin B, the remaining skin lesion was excised again. M. irregularis is rarely but increasingly reported as a cause of mucormycosis in immunocompetent individuals, especially in Asian farmers. M. irregularis may be largely disseminated in the soils of Asia and thus the trivial trauma at the time of farm work may be a trigger for the onset. These cases tend to leave severe cosmetic damage even in healthy individuals, although the vital prognosis is not affected. © 2014 Japanese Dermatological Association.

  13. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis (zygomycosis caused by Apophysomyces elegans

    Reddy I


    Full Text Available A 53 year-old male diabetic presented with a month-old, painful ulcer with necrotic margins over the right thigh. Wound debridement was done twice and the ulcer showed recurrent growth of a white, cottony filamentous structure. Cutaneous mucormycosis was suspected and confirmed by histopathology and a culture isolate of Apophysomyces elegans . The patient was treated with liposomal amphotericin-B and itraconazole followed by partial thickness skin grafting, and then discharged after being prescribed posaconazole syrup for three weeks. Regular follow-up was done and during the last visit after six months following discharge, the ulcer was found to have healed well with no recurrence of the fungus.

  14. Multifocal primary cutaneous extranodal NK/T lymphoma nasal type*

    de Vasconcelos, Pedro; Ferreira, Cristina; Soares-Almeida, Luís; Filipe, Paulo


    Nasal type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma is a distinct entity according to the World Health Organization classification. Although 60% to 90% of patients with this disease present with a destructive mass in the midline facial tissues, it may also primarily or secondarily involve extranasal sites, like the skin. We report the case of a 77-year-old patient that came to our department with erythematous plaques of the right leg and eczematous lesions of the trunk. These lesions were biopsied and the patient was diagnosed with extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type. He was treated with multi-agent systemic chemotherapy but died 5 months after diagnosis. This case highlights the rarity and variability of cutaneous features of this disease and its aggressive course and poor prognosis. PMID:27192524

  15. Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma: clinical and therapeutic features in 50 cases.

    Hoefnagel, J.J.; Vermeer, M.H.; Jansen, P.A.M.; Heule, F.; Voorst Vader, P.C. van; Sanders, C.J.; Gerritsen, M.J.P.; Geerts, M.L.; Meijer, C.J.; Noordijk, E.M.; Willemze, R.


    BACKGROUND: Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (PCMZL) is a low-grade B-cell lymphoma that originates in the skin, with no evidence of extracutaneous disease. Studies focusing on the optimal treatment of PCMZL have not been published thus far. We describe 50 patients with PCMZL to

  16. Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma: Clinical and therapeutic features in 50 cases

    P.P.W. Hoefnagel (Pepijn); P.M. Noordijk (P.); R. Willemze (Roelof); M.H. Vermeer (Maarten); P.M. Jansen (Pieter); F. Heule (Freerk); P.C. Van Voorst Vader (P.); C.J.G. Sanders (C. J G); M.J.P. Gerritsen (M. J P); M.L. Geerts (M.); C.J.L.M. Meijer (Chris)


    textabstractBackground: Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (PCMZL) is a low-grade B-cell lymphoma that originates in the skin, with no evidence of extracutaneous disease. Studies focusing on the optimal treatment of PCMZL have not been published thus far. We describe 50 patients with

  17. Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma - Clinical and therapeutic features in 50 cases

    Hoefnagel, JJ; Vermeer, MH; Jansen, PM; Heule, F; Vader, PCV; Sanders, CJG; Gerritsen, MJP; Geerts, ML; Meijer, CJLM; Noordijk, EM; Willemze, R

    Background: Primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (PCMZL) is a low-grade B-cell lymphoma that originates in the skin, with no evidence of extracutaneous disease. Studies focusing on the optimal treatment of PCMZL have not been published thus far. We describe 50 patients with PCMZL to

  18. Primary Cutaneous Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma Not Otherwise Specified: A Rapidly Progressive Variant of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma.

    Aderhold, Kimberly; Carpenter, Lisa; Brown, Krysta; Donato, Anthony


    Primary Cutaneous Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma NOS (PTL-NOS) is a rare, progressive, fatal dermatologic disease that presents with features similar to many common benign plaque-like skin conditions, making recognition of its distinguishing features critical for early diagnosis and treatment (Bolognia et al., 2008). A 78-year-old woman presented to ambulatory care with a single 5 cm nodule on her shoulder that had developed rapidly over 1-2 weeks. Examination was suspicious for malignancy and a biopsy was performed. Biopsy results demonstrated CD4 positivity, consistent with Mycosis Fungoides with coexpression of CD5, CD47, and CD7. Within three months her cancer had progressed into diffuse lesions spanning her entire body. As rapid progression is usually uncharacteristic of Mycosis Fungoides, her diagnosis was amended to PTL-NOS. Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) should be suspected in patients with patches, plaques, erythroderma, or papules that persist or multiply despite conservative treatment. Singular biopsies are often nondiagnostic, requiring a high degree of suspicion if there is deviation from the anticipated clinical course. Multiple biopsies are often necessary to make the diagnosis. Physicians caring for patients with rapidly progressive, nonspecific dermatoses with features described above should keep more uncommon forms of CTCL in mind and refer for early biopsy.

  19. Primary Cutaneous Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma Not Otherwise Specified: A Rapidly Progressive Variant of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

    Kimberly Aderhold


    Full Text Available Primary Cutaneous Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma NOS (PTL-NOS is a rare, progressive, fatal dermatologic disease that presents with features similar to many common benign plaque-like skin conditions, making recognition of its distinguishing features critical for early diagnosis and treatment (Bolognia et al., 2008. A 78-year-old woman presented to ambulatory care with a single 5 cm nodule on her shoulder that had developed rapidly over 1-2 weeks. Examination was suspicious for malignancy and a biopsy was performed. Biopsy results demonstrated CD4 positivity, consistent with Mycosis Fungoides with coexpression of CD5, CD47, and CD7. Within three months her cancer had progressed into diffuse lesions spanning her entire body. As rapid progression is usually uncharacteristic of Mycosis Fungoides, her diagnosis was amended to PTL-NOS. Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL should be suspected in patients with patches, plaques, erythroderma, or papules that persist or multiply despite conservative treatment. Singular biopsies are often nondiagnostic, requiring a high degree of suspicion if there is deviation from the anticipated clinical course. Multiple biopsies are often necessary to make the diagnosis. Physicians caring for patients with rapidly progressive, nonspecific dermatoses with features described above should keep more uncommon forms of CTCL in mind and refer for early biopsy.

  20. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis presenting as a giant plaque: uncommon presentation of a rare mycosis.

    Vinay, Keshavamurthy; Chandrasegaran, Ariganesh; Kanwar, Amrinder J; Saikia, Uma N; Kaur, Harsimran; Shivaprakash, M R; Dogra, Sunil


    Mucormycosis is an uncommon systemic mycosis affecting the immunocompromised individuals. It is usually caused by organisms of the genera Rhizopus and Mucor, although rarely other organisms have also been implicated. Mycoses due to these angioinvasive fungi have an acute onset, rapidly progressive course with high mortality rate. A rare and less well known is the chronic subtype of primary cutaneous mucormycosis (PCM). Herein, we report a case of PCM clinically presenting as a chronic, giant destructive plaque in a young immunocompetent male and coin the term chronic granulomatous mucormycosis. A clinicopathological classification for cutaneous mucormycosis is also proposed.

  1. Disseminated cryptococcosis manifested as a single tumor in an immunocompetent patient, similar to the cutaneous primary forms*

    do Amaral, Danielle Mechereffe; Rocha, Ritha de Cássia Capelato; Carneiro, Luiz Euribel Prestes; Vasconcelos, Dewton Moraes; de Abreu, Marilda Aparecida Milanez Morgado


    Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans that tends to affect immunocompromised individuals. The fungi are mostly acquired by inhalation, which leads to an initial pulmonary infection. Later, other organs - such as the central nervous system and the skin - can be affected by hematogenous spread. In addition, cutaneous contamination can occur by primary inoculation after injuries (primary cutaneous cryptococcosis), whose diagnosis is defined based on the absence of systemic involvement. The clinical presentation of cutaneous forms typically vary according to the infection mode. We report an unusual case of disseminated cryptococcosis in an immunocompetent patient with cutaneous lesions similar to those caused by primary inoculation. This clinical picture leads us to question the definition of primary cutaneous cryptococcosis established in the literature. PMID:28300886

  2. Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi infection in a series of 98 primary cutaneous lymphomas.

    Ponzoni, Maurilio; Ferreri, Andrés J M; Mappa, Silvia; Pasini, Elisa; Govi, Silvia; Facchetti, Fabio; Fanoni, Daniele; Tucci, Alessandra; Vino, Arianna; Doglioni, Claudio; Berti, Emilio; Dolcetti, Riccardo


    Borrelia burgdorferi has been variably associated with different forms of primary cutaneous lymphoma. Differences in prevalence rates among reported studies could be a result of geographic variability or heterogeneity in the molecular approaches that have been employed. In the present study, we investigated the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato DNA in diagnostic tissue samples from fresh cutaneous biopsies of 98 primary cutaneous lymphomas and 19 normal skin controls. Three different polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocols targeting the hbb, flagellin, and Osp-A genes were used. Direct sequencing of both sense and antisense strands of purified PCR products confirmed the specificity of the amplified fragments. Sequence specificity was assessed using the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, and MultAlin software was used to investigate the heterogeneity of target gene sequences across the different samples. Borrelia DNA was not detected in 19 controls, 23 cases of follicular lymphoma, 31 cases of extranodal marginal zone lymphoma, or 30 cases of mycosis fungoides. A single case of 14 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cases was positive for B. burgdorferi. This study does not support a pathogenic role of B. burgdorferi in primary cutaneous B- and T-cell lymphomas from areas nonendemic for this microorganism and the consequent rationale for the adoption of antibiotic therapy in these patients.

  3. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis in an immunocompetent host: report of a case.

    Kumar, Arvind; Khilnani, Gopi C; Aggarwal, Sandeep; Kumar, Subodh; Banerjee, Uma; Xess, Immaculata


    Cutaneous mucormycosis is an uncommon disease and it usually affects immunocompromised, diabetic, and trauma patients with contaminated wounds or patients with underlying malignancies. It is very rare to find this disease in immunocompetent, nondiabetic patients. We herein report a case of primary cutaneous mucormycosis in an immunocompetent and nondiabetic patient. Our patient was a 50-year-old veterinary doctor. He was diagnosed to have cutaneous mucormycosis of the anterior abdominal wall, and was treated with multiple debridements of the wound and intravenous amphotericin B therapy. He received a total of 1000 mg of amphotericin B. A high index of clinical suspicion and early institution of therapy in the form of surgical debridements and antifungal drugs are required to achieve a successful outcome.

  4. [Update on surgical treatment of primary and metastatic cutaneous melanoma].

    Zuluaga-Sepúlveda, María Alejandra; Arellano-Mendoza, Ivonne; Ocampo-Candiani, Jorge


    Melanoma is a common cutaneous tumour. It is of great importance due to its increasing incidence and aggressive behaviour, with metastasis to lymph nodes and internal organs. When suspecting melanoma, excisional biopsy should be performed to obtain complete histological information in order to determine the adverse factors such as ulceration, mitosis rate, and Breslow depth, which influence preoperative staging and provide data for sentinel lymph biopsy decision making. The indicated management for melanoma is wide local excision, observing recommended and well-established excision margins, depending on Breslow depth and anatomical location of the tumour. Therapeutic lymphadenectomy is recommended for patients with clinically or radiologically positive lymph nodes. This article reviews surgical treatment of melanoma, adverse histological factors, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and radical lymphadenectomy. Details are presented on special situations in which management of melanoma is different due to the anatomical location (plantar, subungual, lentigo maligna), or pregnancy. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  5. Angiomixoma cutáneo primario Primary cutaneous angiomyxoma

    A. Moretti


    Full Text Available Se describe el caso de un paciente de 50 años de edad con angiomixoma cutáneo, sin evidencia del complejo de Carney y con compromiso de la región témporo-frontal. Dicho tumor cutáneo poseía el diagnóstico ecográfico erróneo de lipoma. El tratamiento fue la exéresis amplia; no se ha evidenciado recurrencia tras 4 años de seguimiento. Se describe el caso clínico debido a la rareza de la patología y a la confusión con otros tumores del tejido celular subcutáneo. Revisamos también los estudios histopatológicos y diagnósticos diferenciales, así como la terapéutica y los índices de recidiva.We present a 50 years old patient with a cutaneous angiomixoma without evidence of Carney"s complex that affected the temporo-frontal region. This tumour had an echography misdiagnosis of lipoma. The treatment was exeresis with safe margins. There was no evidence of recurrence of the tumour in a 4 year follow up. Due to the uncommonness of the pathology, we describe this clinical case, histopathology studies, differential diagnosis, as well as therapeutic and recurrence indexes.

  6. Amyloidosis: : A Clinical Overview

    Hazenberg, Bouke P. C.


    Amyloidosis is the name for protein-folding diseases characterized by extracellular deposition of a specific soluble precursor protein that aggregates in the form of insoluble fibrils. The classification of amyloidosis is based on the chemical characterization of the precursor protein. Deposition of

  7. Melanomas of unknown primary have a mutation profile consistent with cutaneous sun-exposed melanoma.

    Dutton-Regester, Ken; Kakavand, Hojabr; Aoude, Lauren G; Stark, Mitchell S; Gartside, Michael G; Johansson, Peter; O'Connor, Linda; Lanagan, Cathy; Tembe, Varsha; Pupo, Gulietta M; Haydu, Lauren E; Schmidt, Christopher W; Mann, Graham J; Thompson, John F; Scolyer, Richard A; Hayward, Nicholas K


    Melanoma of unknown primary (MUP) is an uncommon phenomenon whereby patients present with metastatic disease without an evident primary site. To determine their likely site of origin, we combined exome sequencing from 33 MUPs to assess the total rate of somatic mutations and degree of UV mutagenesis. An independent cohort of 91 archival MUPs was also screened for 46 hot spot mutations highly prevalent in melanoma including BRAF, NRAS, KIT, GNAQ, and GNA11. Results showed that the majority of MUPs exhibited high somatic mutation rates, high ratios of C>T/G>A transitions, and a high rate of BRAF (45 of 101, 45%) and NRAS (32 of 101, 32%) mutations, collectively indicating a mutation profile consistent with cutaneous sun-exposed melanomas. These data suggest that a significant proportion of MUPs arise from regressed or unrecognized primary cutaneous melanomas or arise de novo in lymph nodes from nevus cells that have migrated from the skin.

  8. Portuguese‐type amyloidosis (transthyretin amyloidosis, ATTR V30M).



    J Nephrol. 2003 May-Jun;16(3):438-42. Portuguese-type amyloidosis (transthyretin amyloidosis, ATTR V30M). Lobato L. SourceDepartment of Nephrology, Santo António General Hospital, Porto, Portugal. Abstract Portuguese-type amyloidosis (transthyretin amyloidosis, ATTR V30M) is the most common form of systemic hereditary amyloidosis, inherited in autosomal dominant mode. The disease, also called familial amyloid polyneuropathy type I (FAP-I), is caused by a mut...

  9. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen versus topical salicylic acid application for cutaneous warts in primary care : randomized controlled trial

    Bruggink, Sjoerd C.; Gussekloo, Jacobijn; Berger, Marjolein Y.; Zaaijer, Krista; Assendelft, Willem J. J.; de Waal, Margot W. M.; Bavinck, Jan Nico Bouwes; Koes, Bart W.; Eekhof, Just A. H.


    Background: Cryotherapy is widely used for the treatment of cutaneous warts in primary care. However, evidence favours salicylic acid application. We compared the effectiveness of these treatments as well as a wait-and-see approach. Methods: Consecutive patients with new cutaneous warts were recruit

  10. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen versus topical salicylic acid application for cutaneous warts in primary care : randomized controlled trial

    Bruggink, Sjoerd C.; Gussekloo, Jacobijn; Berger, Marjolein Y.; Zaaijer, Krista; Assendelft, Willem J. J.; de Waal, Margot W. M.; Bavinck, Jan Nico Bouwes; Koes, Bart W.; Eekhof, Just A. H.


    Background: Cryotherapy is widely used for the treatment of cutaneous warts in primary care. However, evidence favours salicylic acid application. We compared the effectiveness of these treatments as well as a wait-and-see approach. Methods: Consecutive patients with new cutaneous warts were

  11. Primary cutaneous tuberculosis in a 27-year-old medical intern from needle-stick injury: a case report.

    Karoney, Mercy Jelagat; Kaumbuki, Erastus Kanake; Koech, Mathew Kiptonui; Lelei, Lectary Kibor


    The authors report a case of cutaneous tuberculosis in a 27-year-old African male medical intern who contracted primary cutaneous from a needle-stick injury. Cultures of pus aspirated from the finger initially grew Staphylococcus aureus that led to a delay in the diagnosis.

  12. Primary cutaneous melanoma of the scalp: Patterns of recurrence.

    Sparks, David S; Read, Tavis; Lonne, Michael; Barbour, Andrew P; Wagels, Michael; Bayley, Gerard J; Smithers, B Mark


    Patients with primary melanoma of the scalp have been reported to have worse disease-related outcomes compared with other anatomical regions. There are few studies in the literature specifically addressing recurrence patterns and treatment outcomes for primary scalp melanoma as a discrete anatomical sub-region. We sought to identify key features adversely influencing disease control and survival and to clarify the role of resection plane, margin, and method of reconstruction in the management of this disease process. A retrospective clinical study of medical records was performed evaluating all patients with primary melanoma of the scalp treated at two hospitals in southeast Queensland between 2004 and 2014. A total of 107 patients were eligible for analysis. There were 46 recurrences in 38 patients in the cohort accounting for a recurrence rate of 35.5%. The local recurrence rate was 15.9% with 12 in-transit metastases after diagnosis. Regional and distant recurrence rates were 12.1% and 15%, respectively. At a median follow up of 30.5 months, disease-free survival was 47% and overall survival was also 47%. On multi-variate analysis, the deeper resection plane (sub-galeal) had a lower disease-free survival rate compared with the supra-galeal resection plane (P = 0.032). Our results support the hypothesis that primary scalp melanoma represents a unique aggressive subcategory with high rates of in-transit disease and poor disease-related and survival outcomes. There is a need for robust prospective comparative studies to address the significance of resection plane in the management of patients with scalp melanoma. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Reticulospinal actions on primary afferent depolarization of cutaneous and muscle afferents in the isolated frog neuraxis.

    González, H; Jiménez, I; Rudomin, P


    The effects of the brainstem reticular formation on the intraspinal excitability of low threshold cutaneous and muscle afferents were studied in the frog neuraxis isolated together with the right hindlimb nerves. Stimulation of low threshold fibers (less than two times threshold) in cutaneous nerves produced short latency, negative field potentials in the ipsilateral dorsal neuropil (200-400 microns depth) that reversed to positivity at deeper regions (500-700 microns). Stimulation of low threshold fibers (less than two times threshold) in muscle nerves produced, instead, negative response that acquired their maximum amplitude in the ventral neuropil (700-900 microns depth). These electrophysiological findings suggest, in agreement with observations in the cat, that low threshold cutaneous and muscle afferents end at different sites in the spinal cord. Intraspinal microstimulation applied within the dorsal neuropil produced antidromic responses in low threshold cutaneous afferents that were increased in size following stimulation of the dorsal or ventral roots, as well as of the brainstem reticular formation. This increase in excitability is interpreted as being due to primary afferent depolarization (PAD) of the intraspinal terminals of cutaneous fibers. Antidromic responses recorded in muscle nerves following intraspinal stimulation within the ventral neuropil were also increased following conditioning stimulation of adjacent dorsal or ventral roots. However, stimulation of the bulbar reticular formation produced practically no changes in the antidromic responses, but was able to inhibit the PAD of low threshold muscle afferents elicited by stimulation of the dorsal or ventral roots. It is suggested that the PAD of low threshold cutaneous and muscle afferents is mediated by independent sets of interneurons. Reticulospinal fibers would have excitatory connections with the interneurons mediating the PAD of cutaneous fibers and inhibitory connections with the

  14. Primary cutaneous lymphoma of scalp in a child: a case report

    K. Satya Sri


    Full Text Available CCutaneous lymphomas are a heterogenous group of lymphoproliferative disorders with involvement of skin and form a separate group under Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Skin may be involved along with other organs but if the initial manifestation is in the skin, it is referred to as primary cutaneous lymphoma (PCL. One year eight months child brought with a scalp swelling of three months duration. Histopathology revealed a lymphoma and immuno- histochemistry studies were positive for T-cell lymphoma. The case is presented due to the rarity of primary cutaneous lymphoma at the age of one year eight months. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(7.000: 1810-1812

  15. Clear cell sarcoma: A case mimicking primary cutaneous malignant melanoma

    Rodriguez-Martin M


    Full Text Available Clear cell sarcoma (CCS is a recently described variant of sarcoma characterized by prominent clear cells showing features similar to clear cell melanoma. This neoplasm was first described by Dr. Franz M. Erzinger. Primary CCS usually arises in deeper soft tissues, in association with fascia, tendons, or aponeuroses. Characteristic translocation t(12;22 (q13;q12 has been considered pathognomonic for CCS. Prognosis is related to tumor size. An early recognition and initial radical surgery is the key to a favourable outcome. We present a patient with an unusual neoplasm that resembled malignant melanoma.

  16. The observation with immunofluorence and electron microscopy for a case of poikiloderma-like cutaneous amyloidosis%皮肤异色病样淀粉样变性免疫荧光及电镜观察

    晏洪波; 罗颖; 梁文; 李德忠


    报告1例皮肤异色病样淀粉样变性.患者男,40岁.四肢、躯干色素沉着和色素减退相间,伴苔藓样丘疹及毛细血管扩张20年,无自觉症状.全身皮损于夏季加重且可出现水疱.家族中无类似疾病史,父母系近亲结婚(表兄妹).皮损组织病理检查示真皮乳头内有红色团块样均质性物质,结晶紫染色阳性.直接免疫荧光(DIF)检查:表皮基膜带及表皮细胞间IgG、IgM、IgA、C3均阴性,真皮乳头及真皮浅层可见大量团块状物质沉积,其中IgG标记可见较强荧光.电镜检查:真皮乳头及真皮浅层可见大量团块状物质沉积与基膜带及基底细胞关系密切.%A case of poikiloderma-like cutaneous amyloidosis is reported.A 40-year-old male presented with asymptomatic poikilodermatous skin lesion, lichenoid papules, blisters and telangiectases on the limbs and trunk for 20 years.All lesions were exacerbated and tense blisters occurred in summer.There was no same case in the family.Parents were married consanguineously (cousins).Skin biopsy revealed eosinophilic amorphous globules below the basement membrane zone and dermal papillae, It showed positive staining results with gentian violet.Direct immunofluorescence (DIF) test showed: IgG, IgM, IgA and C3 were negative in basement membrane zone and among epidermal cells.In dermal papillae and upper dermis there was a great deal of depositions of globular materials with a rather strong IgG fluorescent marker.Electron microscopy examination revealed a lot of globular materials deposited in dermal papillae and upper dermis, which closely connected to basal cells and the basement membrane zone.

  17. Methotrexate and etanercept-induced primary cutaneous CD4 positive small/medium-sized pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma*

    MA, Han; Qiu, Shu; Lu, Rongbiao; Feng, Peiying; Lu, Chun


    Immunosuppressive drugs and biological agents may represent a potential risk of lymphoma development in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. But most cases are diffuse, large B-cell lymphomas. Primary cutaneous CD4+ small/medium-sized pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma, a provisional entity in the 2005 WHO-EORTC classification of cutaneous lymphomas, is only described in a limited number of reports. To our knowledge, our case is a rare instance of primary cutaneous CD4+ small/medium-sized pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma, after associated treatment with methotrexate and etanercept, in a patient with moderate rheumatoid arthritis who had undergone an orchidectomy incorrectly. PMID:27438209

  18. Amyloidosis and Kidney Disease

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  19. Analysis of trends and seasonal variation in primary cutaneous melanoma: an Irish study.

    Downes, M R


    A seasonal variation in the presentation of cutaneous melanoma has been documented in several studies. We performed a retrospective review of primary cutaneous melanomas (n = 263) from our institution to examine whether the seasonal patterns of presentation noted in the literature would be similar in Ireland, a climate with low ambient sunshine. A summer : winter ratio was determined for age, gender, subtype, location and Breslow thickness. We found an increase in total numbers of melanomas, particularly in men. The summer : winter ratio was 2.39 for all patients (95% CI 1.60-3.57, P < 0.001), with seasonal variations noted for location, thickness and subtype (excluding lentigo). Melanomas presenting over the summer tended towards a greater Breslow thickness than did those presenting in winter. This subclassification of primary cutaneous melanoma with summer : winter ratios based on patient and tumour characteristics gave remarkably similar results to previously published reports, notwithstanding the low levels of annual ambient sunshine in Ireland.

  20. Primary cutaneous myoepithelial carcinoma: a case report and review of the literature.

    Frost, Markus Winther; Steiniche, Torben; Damsgaard, Tine Engberg; Stolle, Lars Bjørn


    This study describes a case of primary myoepithelial carcinoma of the skin and reviews the available literature on this topic. Myoepitheliomas and carcinomas arise most frequently from myoepithelial cells within the salivary glands but are found in many anatomical locations. We documented a case of an 80-year-old man with a 2 × 2 × 1 cm tumour located on the scalp. This tumour emerged over a period of 2 months. The tumour was radically excised, and histological examination revealed a cutaneous myoepithelial carcinoma. At an 18-month follow-up, no recurrence of the tumour was found. A systematic literature search identified 23 papers that reported 58 cases of cutaneous myoepitheliomas and myoepithelial carcinomas. All cases are reviewed in the presented paper. This case report and literature review serves to increase awareness regarding myoepithelial carcinomas. These tumours exhibit high metastatic potential, and it is thus very important to perform radical surgery.

  1. Gangrenous cutaneous mucormycosis caused by Rhizopus oryzae: a case report and review of primary cutaneous mucormycosis in China over Past 20 years.

    Li, HouMin; Hwang, Sonia Kay; Zhou, Cheng; Du, Juan; Zhang, JianZhong


    Cutaneous mucormycosis is a rare opportunistic infection caused by zygomycetes that can be rapidly fatal if unrecognized. We describe the clinical, histopathological, fungal and molecular features of a case of gangrenous cutaneous mucormycosis. The patient presented with great necrosis on his right forearm at the site of detained intravenous cannula needle. He had type II diabetes and chronic renal insufficiency. KOH mount of black eschar showed many broad, aseptate fungal hyphae with right-angle branching. PAS staining of the tissue sample revealed similar broad hyphae in the dermis and cutis. Fungal culture and ITS sequence analysis identified this fungus as Rhizopus oryzae. As no organ involvement was detected, the patient was diagnosed with primary cutaneous mucormycosis. Considering the poor state of the patient, complete excision of the infectious tissue was performed without skin graft instead of amputation. At the same time, intravenous liposomal amphotericin B was given, starting from a small dosage and increased to a total dosage amount of 5.45 g. The wound recovered well with granulation. We emphasize that early recognition and prompt therapy including the control of the primary diseases were important. In this article, we also reviewed the features of primary cutaneous mucormycosis reported in China over the last 20 years.

  2. Cutaneous neurturin overexpression alters mechanical, thermal, and cold responsiveness in physiologically identified primary afferents.

    Jankowski, Michael P; Baumbauer, Kyle M; Wang, Ting; Albers, Kathryn M; Davis, Brian M; Koerber, H Richard


    Neurotrophic factors play an important role in the regulation of functional properties of sensory neurons under normal and pathological conditions. The GDNF family member neurturin is one such factor that has been linked to modulating responsiveness to peripheral stimuli. Neurturin binds to the GFRα2 receptor, a receptor found primarily in isolectin B4-expressing polymodal cutaneous nociceptors. Previous work has shown that knockout of GFRα2 alters heat, but not mechanical, responses in dissociated sensory neurons and reduces pain-related behaviors during the second phase of the formalin test. Research has also shown that overexpression of neurturin in basal keratinocytes increases behavioral responsiveness to mechanical stimulation and innocuous cooling of the skin without affecting noxious heat responses. Here we directly examined the impact of neurturin overexpression on cutaneous afferent function. We compared physiological responses of individual sensory neurons to mechanical and thermal stimulation of the skin, using an ex vivo skin-nerve-dorsal root ganglion-spinal cord preparation produced from neurturin-overexpressing (NRTN/OE) mice and wild-type littermate controls. We found that neurturin overexpression increases responsiveness to innocuous mechanical stimuli in A-fiber nociceptors, alters thermal responses in the polymodal subpopulation of C-fiber sensory neurons, and changes the relative numbers of mechanically sensitive but thermally insensitive C-fiber afferents. These results demonstrate the potential roles of different functional groups of sensory neurons in the behavioral changes observed in mice overexpressing cutaneous neurturin and highlight the importance of neurturin in regulating cutaneous afferent response properties.NEW & NOTEWORTHY GDNF family neurotrophic factors regulate the development and function of primary sensory neurons. Of these, neurturin has been shown to modulate mechanical and cooling sensitivity behaviorally. Here we show

  3. Sarcomas cutâneos primários Primary cutaneous sarcomas

    Luiz Fernando Fróes Fleury Jr


    Full Text Available Os sarcomas com apresentação cutânea primária são tumores raros e de grande heterogeneidade histológica. Com a evolução da oncologia cutânea e da cirurgia dermatológica, os dermatologistas têm sido cada vez mais requisitados para o diagnóstico e orientação terapêutica de tumores menos freqüentes. Este artigo de revisão analisa os sarcomas cutâneos primários observando suas características clínicas, etiopatogênicas e histológicas, bem como aspectos do tratamento e evolução. Enfatiza os sarcomas de maior relevância para o dermatologista, como angiossarcoma, dermatofibrossarcoma protuberans, fibroxantoma atípico, leiomiossarcoma, lipossarcoma, tumor maligno de bainha de nervo periférico e sarcoma epitelióide. O sarcoma de Kaposi não é abordado devido a suas características individuais específicas.Soft tissue tumors represent a heterogeneous group of mesenchymal and neural lesions. The cutaneous presentation of these tumours is rare. With the evolution of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology, dermatologists have emerged as specialists for skin cancer management. This article reviews primary cutaneous sarcomas with particular emphasis on the epidemiologic, clinical, and histological features of diagnosis, as well as treatment modalities and prognosis. The most frequent cutaneous sarcomas were reviewed, including angiosarcoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, atypical fibroxanthoma, leiomyosarcoma, liposarcoma, malignant nerve sheath tumor, and epithelioid sarcoma. Kaposi's sarcoma, due to specific characteristics, was omitted from this review.

  4. Natural course of cutaneous warts among primary schoolchildren: a prospective cohort study.

    Bruggink, Sjoerd C; Eekhof, Just A H; Egberts, Paulette F; van Blijswijk, Sophie C E; Assendelft, Willem J J; Gussekloo, Jacobijn


    Because cutaneous warts resolve spontaneously and available treatments often fail, family physicians and patients may consider a wait-and-see policy. We examined the natural course of cutaneous warts and treatment decisions in a prospective observational cohort of primary schoolchildren. We inspected the hands and feet of children aged 4 to 12 years from 3 Dutch primary schools for the presence of warts at baseline and after a mean follow-up of 15 months. Parental questionnaires at follow-up provided information on inconvenience caused by warts and any treatments used. Of the 1,134 eligible children, 1,099 (97%) participated, of whom 366 (33%) had cutaneous warts at baseline. Among these children with warts, loss to follow-up was 9% and the response rate to the parental questionnaires was 83%. The complete resolution rate was 52 per 100 person-years at risk (95% CI, 44-60). Younger age (hazard ratio = 1.1 per year decrease; 95% CI, 1.0-1.2) and non-Caucasian skin type (hazard ratio = 2.0; 95% CI, 1.3-2.9) increased the likelihood of resolution. During follow-up, 38% of children with warts at baseline treated their warts: 18% used over-the-counter treatment only, 15% used a family physician-provided treatment only, and 5% used both. Children were more likely to initiate treatment if the warts measured at least 1 cm in diameter (odds ratio = 3.2; 95% CI, 1.9-5.3) and especially if parents reported that the warts caused inconvenience (odds ratio = 38; 95% CI, 16-90). One-half of primary schoolchildren with warts will be free of warts within 1 year. Young age and non-Caucasian skin type enhance resolution. Children with large or inconvenient warts are more likely to start treatment. These findings will be useful in the process of shared decision making with parents and children.

  5. MicroRNA profiling of primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphomas.

    Lianne Koens

    Full Text Available Aberrant expression of microRNAs is widely accepted to be pathogenetically involved in nodal diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs. However, the microRNAs profiles of primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphomas (PCLBCLs are not yet described. Its two main subtypes, i.e., primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCLBCL-LT and primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma (PCFCL are characterized by an activated B-cell (ABC-genotype and a germinal center B-cell (GCB-genotype, respectively. We performed high-throughput sequencing analysis on frozen tumor biopsies from 19 cases of PCFCL and PCLBCL-LT to establish microRNA profiles. Cluster analysis of the complete microRNome could not distinguish between the two subtypes, but 16 single microRNAs were found to be differentially expressed. Single microRNA RT-qPCR was conducted on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor biopsies of 20 additional cases, confirming higher expression of miR-9-5p, miR-31-5p, miR-129-2-3p and miR-214-3p in PCFCL as compared to PCLBCL-LT. MicroRNAs previously described to be higher expressed in ABC-type as compared to GCB-type nodal DLBCL were not differentially expressed between PCFCL and PCLBCL-LT. In conclusion, PCFCL and PCLBCL-LT differ in their microRNA profiles. In contrast to their gene expression profile, they only show slight resemblance with the microRNA profiles found in GCB- and ABC-type nodal DLBCL.

  6. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis due to Aspergillus niger in an immunocompetent patient

    Mohapatra S


    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous aspergillosis is a rare entity, usually caused by A. fumigatus and A. flavus . Here, we present such a case, manifested by ulceration due to A. niger, which remained undiagnosed for a prolonged period. The immunological status was intact, although the patient had associated severe fungal infection. Recurrence of the lesion occurred despite repeated anti-fungal therapies. Anti fungal testing was done based on the broth dilution (M-38A, NCCLS, USA method. The culture isolate was found to be sensitive to fluconazole and amphotericin B. Continuation of antifungal therapy improved the symptoms, reducing the size of the lesion.

  7. Transcriptome patterns from primary cutaneous Leishmania braziliensis infections associate with eventual development of mucosal disease in humans.

    Ana Claudia Maretti-Mira

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Localized Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (LCL and Mucosal Leishmaniasis (ML are two extreme clinical forms of American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis that usually begin as solitary primary cutaneous lesions. Host and parasite factors that influence the progression of LCL to ML are not completely understood. In this manuscript, we compare the gene expression profiles of primary cutaneous lesions from patients who eventually developed ML to those that did not. METHODS: Using RNA-seq, we analyzed both the human and Leishmania transcriptomes in primary cutaneous lesions. RESULTS: Limited number of reads mapping to Leishmania transcripts were obtained. For human transcripts, compared to ML patients, lesions from LCL patients displayed a general multi-polarization of the adaptive immune response and showed up-regulation of genes involved in chemoattraction of innate immune cells and in antigen presentation. We also identified a potential transcriptional signature in the primary lesions that may predict long-term disease outcome. CONCLUSIONS: We were able to simultaneously sequence both human and Leishmania mRNA transcripts in primary cutaneous leishmaniasis lesions. Our results suggest an intrinsic difference in the immune capacity of LCL and ML patients. The findings correlate the complete cure of L. braziliensis infection with a controlled inflammatory response and a balanced activation of innate and adaptive immunity.

  8. Illness Perception in Primary Cutaneous T-cell Lymphomas: What Patients Believe About Their Disease.

    Eder, Johanna; Kammerstätter, Martina; Erhart, Friedrich; Mairhofer-Muri, Daniela; Trautinger, Franz


    There is currently no information available on illness perception in primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL). The aim of this study was therefore to gather initial information on disease understanding and interpretation in patients with CTCL. Consecutive patients from a hospital-based primary cutaneous lymphoma ward completed the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) on 2 consecutive visits. A total of 24 patients with different variants of CTCL were included in the study. Patients experienced their condition as being long-lasting, but not fundamentally affecting their lives. Patients had poor belief in personal control, but strong belief in treatment control. They did not show a good understanding of their disease, and had a moderately negative emotional response to their illness. In conclusion, the IPQ-R provides a feasible and reproducible tool for measurement and better understanding of illness perception in patients with CTCL. Knowledge of patients' attitudes towards their disease should enable optimization of the patient-physician relationship and patient care.

  9. Non Tuberculous Cutaneous Mycobacteriosis in a primary school in Rome: epidemiological and microbiological investigation.

    D'Ancona, F P; Kanitz, E E; Marinelli, L; Sinagra, J L; Prignano, G; Cerocchi, C; Bonadonna, L; Tortoli, E; Capitanio, B; Cottarelli, A; De Giusti, M


    During the school years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 a total of 25 cases of Non Tuberculous Cutaneous Mycobacteriosis (NTCM) were notified in children attending the same school with a swimming pool in Rome. Environmental microbiological and epidemiological investigations (only for suspected outbreaks in 2009-2010) were conducted. We screened students with skin lesions, and environmental samples were collected from the school area and the swimming pool. During the school year 2009-10 18 cases were clinically identified among 514 primary school children (3.50%) and all cases attended the swimming pool. Only 2 out of 18 cultures were positive for Mycobacterium chelonae complex (Group III, M. abscessus). Attack Rate for swimming pool use was 13,10% (17/130), with a Relative Risk 54,70 (95% CI: 9,4 - ∞). In February 2011 additional 7 cases of cutaneous NTM among children - who attended the same primary school and swimming pool were notified to the local public health authority followed by environmental microbiological investigation. Environmental samples were positive for NTM but not for M. abscessus. Mycobacteria are not included in water-quality criteria in Italy for this reason it is important to collect evidences of NTM cases caused by these infrequent pathogens, to be able to perform rapid risk assessment and to identify the best practices in prevention and management of such a risk.

  10. Pachyderma in Primary Cutaneous NK and T-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia Cutis

    Eve Lebas


    Full Text Available Background: Pachyderma is defined as severely thickened skin with deep folds and is occasionally observed with primary cutaneous NK and T-cell lymphoma (pCNKTCL, primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (pCBCL, and leukemia cutis (LC. Aim: To describe the clinical, histological, and therapeutic particularities of a series of pCNKTCL, pCBCL, and LC patients with pachyderma. Results: In a series of pCNKTCL (n = 70, pCBCL (n = 12, and LC (n = 2 patients followed up during 9 years, 6 cases of pachyderma were observed. Pachyderma occurred on the arms (n = 2, thighs (n = 1, forehead (n = 1, and face (n = 2. The mean age of the patients was 69 years (51–82. The stages were erythrodermic (T4 mycosis fungoides (MF (n = 1, folliculotropic MF (FMF (n = 2, classic (T2 MF (n = 2, and chronic myeloid leukemia (n = 1. The erythrodermic MF patient with acute pachyderma on the right arm responded rapidly to oral steroids. The other cases were indolent, appeared progressively, and were highly treatment resistant. Histology revealed dense dermal neoplastic infiltration. The immunohistological profile of the pachydermic lesions was similar to common MF and LC. Conclusion: Pachyderma is an atypical manifestation of MF and LC and may occur on the face (FMF or the extremities (MF. The rapidly appearing pachyderma may be transitory and responds readily to oral steroids.

  11. Amyloidosis of the small intestine

    Kala, Zdenek [Department of Surgery, Faculty Hospital Brno, Jihlavska 20, 62500 Brno (Czech Republic)]. E-mail:; Valek, Vlastimil [Department of Radiology, Faculty Hospital Brno, Jihlavska 20, 62500 Brno (Czech Republic)]. E-mail:; Kysela, Petr [Department of Surgery, Faculty Hospital Brno, Jihlavska 20, 62500 Brno (Czech Republic)]. E-mail:


    radiological picture. Nevertheless, it allows usually to rise a high suspicion for this and sometimes even guess the type of the pathological protein involved. This can start a search for the primary reason of possible amyloidosis and thus perhaps spear the patients quality of life.

  12. Modern Radiation Therapy for Primary Cutaneous Lymphomas: Field and Dose Guidelines From the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group

    Specht, Lena, E-mail: [Departments of Oncology and Hematology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark); Dabaja, Bouthaina [Division of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Illidge, Tim [Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, The Christie National Health Service Foundation Trust, Manchester (United Kingdom); Wilson, Lynn D. [Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (United States); Hoppe, Richard T. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University, Stanford, California (United States)


    Primary cutaneous lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of diseases. They often remain localized, and they generally have a more indolent course and a better prognosis than lymphomas in other locations. They are highly radiosensitive, and radiation therapy is an important part of the treatment, either as the sole treatment or as part of a multimodality approach. Radiation therapy of primary cutaneous lymphomas requires the use of special techniques that form the focus of these guidelines. The International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group has developed these guidelines after multinational meetings and analysis of available evidence. The guidelines represent an agreed consensus view of the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group steering committee on the use of radiation therapy in primary cutaneous lymphomas in the modern era.

  13. Primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphoma, leg type: Report of two cases and review of literature

    Santosh Kumar Mondal


    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCLBCL-LT, is very rare neoplasm presenting on and confined to leg(s. PCLBCL-LT is distinguished from other type of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (PCBCL by its frequent relapses and poorer prognosis. We report, two cases of PCLBCL-LT, occurring in two younger patients compared to published cases in literature. Both the patients were treated with chemotherapy and local radiotherapy. During the 1-year follow-up period one patient presented with extracutaneous dissemination and succumbed. The other patient is symptom free and follow-up period was uneventful.

  14. Thin and thick primary cutaneous melanomas reveal distinct patterns of somatic copy number alterations.

    Montagnani, Valentina; Benelli, Matteo; Apollo, Alessandro; Pescucci, Chiara; Licastro, Danilo; Urso, Carmelo; Gerlini, Gianni; Borgognoni, Lorenzo; Luzzatto, Lucio; Stecca, Barbara


    Cutaneous melanoma is one of the most aggressive type of skin tumor. Early stage melanoma can be often cured by surgery; therefore current management guidelines dictate a different approach for thin (thick (>4mm) melanomas. We have carried out whole-exome sequencing in 5 thin and 5 thick fresh-frozen primary cutaneous melanomas. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering analysis of somatic copy number alterations (SCNAs) identified two groups corresponding to thin and thick melanomas. The most striking difference between them was the much greater abundance of SCNAs in thick melanomas, whereas mutation frequency did not significantly change between the two groups. We found novel mutations and focal SCNAs in genes that are embryonic regulators of axon guidance, predominantly in thick melanomas. Analysis of publicly available microarray datasets provided further support for a potential role of Ephrin receptors in melanoma progression. In addition, we have identified a set of SCNAs, including amplification of BRAF and ofthe epigenetic modifier EZH2, that are specific for the group of thick melanomas that developed metastasis during the follow-up. Our data suggest that mutations occur early during melanoma development, whereas SCNAs might be involved in melanoma progression.

  15. Telomerase functions beyond telomere maintenance in primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

    Chevret, Edith; Andrique, Laetitia; Prochazkova-Carlotti, Martina; Ferrer, Jacky; Cappellen, David; Laharanne, Elodie; Idrissi, Yamina; Boettiger, Anna; Sahraoui, Wafa; Ruiz, Florian; Pham-Ledard, Anne; Vergier, Beatrice; Belloc, Francis; Dubus, Pierre; Beylot-Barry, Marie; Merlio, Jean-Philippe


    Telomere erosion may be counteracted by telomerase. Here we explored telomere length (TL) and telomerase activity (TA) in primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) by using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and interphase quantitative fluorescence in situ hybridization assays. Samples from patients with Sézary syndrome (SS), transformed mycosis fungoides (T-MF), and cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma were studied in parallel with corresponding cell lines to evaluate the relevance of TL and TA as target candidates for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Compared with controls, short telomeres were observed in aggressive CTCL subtypes such as SS and T-MF and were restricted to neoplastic cells in SS. While no genomic alteration of the hTERT (human telomerase catalytic subunit) locus was observed in patients' tumor cells, TA was detected. To understand the role of telomerase in CTCL, we manipulated its expression in CTCL cell lines. Telomerase inhibition rapidly impeded in vitro cell proliferation and led to cell death, while telomerase overexpression stimulated in vitro proliferation and clonogenicity properties and favored tumor development in immunodeficient mice. Our data indicate that, besides maintenance of TL, telomerase exerts additional functions in CTCL. Therefore, targeting these functions might represent an attractive therapeutic strategy, especially in aggressive CTCL.


    Nyoman Upadana


    Full Text Available Histoplasmosis adalah penyakit granulomatosa disebabkan oleh jamur dimorphic Histoplasma capsulatum. Lesi kulit merupakan bentuk sekunder, tetapi dapat juga primer pada kasus self inoculation. Kasus adalah laki-laki 27 tahun dengan benjolan sejak 3 bulan yang lalu, diawali pada kedua kaki meluas ke tangan dan wajah. Pemeriksaan kulit didapatkan papul, nodul, dan ulkus dengan tepi landai, tertutup krusta tebal. Hasil pemeriksaan CD4 adalah 4/mm3. Pemeriksaan histopatologi pada stroma tampak sebaran sel histiosit mengandung mikroorganisme, bentuk bulat, berdinding tebal, berwarna eosinofilik, dan dikelilingi oleh clear halo. Positif dengan pewarnaan periodic acid schiff dan grocott methenamic silver, dan sesuai untuk Histoplasma capsulatum. Diagnosis pasien adalah primary cutaneous histoplasmosis dan diterapi flukonazol 200 mg IV dengan respon terapi yang baik. [MEDICINA 2013;44:113-117].

  17. Primary cutaneous peripheral T-cell lymphoma, unspecified with an indolent clinical course: a distinct peripheral T-cell lymphoma?

    Ryan, A J A


    Primary cutaneous peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTL), unspecified, are rare lymphomas, with a poor prognosis. They grow and disseminate rapidly, leading to widespread disease. We report a case of PTL, unspecified occurring on the nose. Despite its aggressive histology, this tumour behaved indolently. It is remarkably similar, clinically and histologically, to four recently described cases that occurred on the ear.

  18. Potential involvement of Notch1 signalling in the pathogenesis of primary cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders

    Kamstrup, M.R.; Ralfkiaer, E.; Skovgaard, G.L.;


    to coexpress Notch1 and activated Akt kinase. Conclusions These results imply a potential role for the Notch signalling pathway in the pathogenesis of primary cutaneous CD30+ lymphoproliferative disorders and provide a rationale for the exploration of the activity of Notch antagonists in the therapy...

  19. [Effective dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) occlusive dressing technique for amyloidosis of the urinary bladder].

    Hasegawa, Yoshihiro; Kanda, Hideki; Miki, Manabu; Masui, Satoru; Yoshio, Yuko; Yamada, Yasushi; Soga, Norihito; Arima, Kiminobu; Sugimura, Yoshiki


    A 48-year-old married woman complaining of macroscopic hematuria and cystitis symptom was admitted to our institute. Flexible cystoscopy revealed many yellowish, nodular masses at the paries posterior of the urinary bladder, and cold-punch biopsy proved it to be amyloidosis. Serum amyloid protein A (SAA) was high, and suggested systemic amyloidosis. Renal biopsy and colon fiberscopy did not reveal any abnormalities. We therefore diagnosed a primary localized amyloidosis of the urinary bladder. Transurethral resection and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) infusion therapy are used to treat amyloidosis of the urinary bladder. However there is no definite cure for amyloidosis of the urinary bladder. Therefore we selected DMSO occlusive dressing technique therapy. After 5 years of therapy, there was no evidence of a recurrence of amyloidosis.

  20. Cardiac amyloidosis detection with pyrophosphate-99mTc scintigraphy

    Souza, D.S.F.; Ichiki, W.A.; Coura Filho, G.B.; Izaki, M.; Giorgi, M.C.P.; Soares Junior, J; Meneghetti, J.C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (FM/USP), SP (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina. Instituto do Coracao. Servico de Medicina Nuclear e Imagem Molecular


    Full text: Introduction: Amyloidosis is a rare disease, characterized by extracellular deposition of insoluble amyloid fibrils in organs and tissues. It may affect virtually any system, preferably heart, kidneys and liver. The cardiac involvement produces a spectrum of clinical features, usually with progressive dysfunction. Early diagnosis is important for institution of appropriate therapy. Case report: Male patient, 75 years old, with diagnosed congestive heart failure functional class III and Mobitz II second-degree atrial-ventricular block, was hospitalized for implantation of definitive cardiac pacemaker. Patient mentioned history of worsening effort dyspnoea over a one-month period, progressing to minimum effort, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea and paroxysms of dry cough, and swelling of lower limbs. Echocardiography showed diffuse hypertrophy of left ventricle (LV), with systolic dysfunction due to diffuse hypokinesia and hyperrefringent aspect in the septum. It was questioned a cardiac infiltrating process. Cardiac amyloidosis was considered as a diagnostic hypothesis. The patient underwent a pyrophosphate-{sup 99m}Tc scintigraphy, which showed abnormal tracer uptake in the heart projection, with diffuse pattern on the left ventricle walls, compatible with the clinical suspicion cardiac amyloidosis, which was later confirmed by endomyocardial biopsy. Discussion: In this case report, the patient had clinical and other auxiliary examinations, such as electrocardiography and Doppler echocardiography, compatible with cardiac amyloidosis, which led to implementation with pyrophosphate-{sup 99m}Tc scintigraphy and later endomyocardial biopsy. Cardiac amyloidosis occurs in about half the cases of primary amyloidosis (AL) and is rare in secondary amyloidosis (AA). Its clinical presentation is polymorphic and it can be classified into four distinctive types: restrictive cardiomyopathy, systolic dysfunction, postural hypotension and conduction disorders

  1. Successful Treatment of Primary Cutaneous Mucormycosis Complicating Anti-TNF Therapy with a Combination of Surgical Debridement and Oral Posaconazole.

    Camargo, Jose F; Yakoub, Danny; Cho-Vega, Jeong Hee


    Lipid formulations of amphotericin B remain the first-line antifungal therapy for invasive mucormycosis. Posaconazole is an alternative for salvage therapy, but its use as primary therapy is not recommended due to the paucity of clinical data. Here we describe the case of a 57-year-old diabetic woman receiving etanercept and prednisone for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis who developed primary cutaneous mucormycosis after a minor gardening injury. Infection was successfully treated with aggressive surgical debridement followed by a 6-week course of the new delayed-release tablet formulation of posaconazole and temporary withholding of anti-TNF treatment. Primary antifungal therapy with posaconazole can be considered in selected cases of cutaneous mucormycosis.

  2. Primary Cutaneous CD4-Positive Small/Medium Pleomorphic T-cell Lymphoma – A Case Report

    Micković Milena


    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous CD4-positive small- to medium-sized pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma is a provisional entity in the 2005 WHO-EORTC classification for cutaneous lymphomas. It is a rare condition and, in most cases, it has a favorable clinical course and prognosis. Primary cutaneous CD4-positive small/medium pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma (PCSM-TCL is defined as a cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with predominantly small- to medium-sized CD4-positive pleomorphic T-cells without a history of patches and plaques typical of mycosis fungoides. PCSM-TCL usually presents as a solitary plaque or tumor on the head, neck, trunk or upper extremities and it is considered to have indolent clinical behavior. Histologically, it is characterized by a dense infiltration of small/medium-sized pleomorphic T-cells that involves the entire dermal thickness, often with nodular extension into the hypodermis. Using immunohistochemical staining, the majority of the reported cases proved to be CD3, CD4 positive and CD8, CD30 negative. However, due to the rarity and heterogeneity of the PCSM-TCL, precise clinicopathologic characteristics of PCSM-TCL have not been well characterized and the optimal treatment for this group of lymphomas is yet to be defined. Dermatologists and pathologists should be aware of this entity in order to avoid unnecessary aggressive treatments.

  3. [Amyloidosis: Up-to-date].

    Magy-Bertrand, N


    Amyloidosis is mainly a systemic disease belonging to protein-folding diseases. The past 10 years have shown significant progress in typing and the clinical management of amyloidosis, in the identification of novel prognostic markers for risk-stratification, and also in the development of new therapeutic agents. Biological molecular techniques are now able to type amyloidosis which were unidentified. Cardiac MRI and biomarkers allow a precise risk-stratification, especially in AL amyloidosis. If necessary, this prognostic evaluation may lead to rapid changes in the chemotherapy treatment. Emerging treatments rely on biotherapies, gene therapy, immunotherapy and blocking analogous agents. They give hope about an increase of survival of patients with systemic amyloidosis.

  4. Clinical characteristics and survival in patients with heart involvement in primary immunoglobulin light-chain amyloidosis (AL)%心脏原发轻链型淀粉样变临床特点和生存分析

    王荷花; 颜绵生; 许多荣; 童秀珍; 陈文芳; 李娟


    Objective To study clinical features and analyze survival of patients with AL-type cardiac amyloidosis, nethotis Between January 1998 and March 2008,25 patients with primary AL amyloidosis were evaluated and followed up. Results Of the 25 patients with AL, ten were identified with cardiac amyloidosis. Median age at presentation was 55 years (range 38~62). All but one patients had extracardiac involvement or mostly kidney. Dyspnea, weakness and fatigue were the common presenting symptoms. Seven of ten patients had congestive heart failure (CHF) with predominantly right-sides failure signs. Echocardiogram revealed concentric hypertrophy of the left and right ventricles. With a median 6.8-month (range,0.1 to 76.7-month) follow-up from diagnosis,the estimated median survival (MS) of all 25 patients was 16.4 months. 14 patients died and 12 died of heart and renal failures. MS of 10 patients with cardiac AL was 1.4 months, significantly shorter compared to patients without cardiac amyioid (30.2 months, P = 0.006). Conclusion AL cardiac amyloidosis was frequently associated with multiorgan involvement. The characteristic clinical feature was CHF. Heart involvement in AL amyloidosis,particularly with the onset of heart failure, represented the worst prognostic indica- tor. Heart failure was the main cause of death in AL patients.%目的 总结心脏原发轻链型淀粉样变(AL)的临床特点,并作生存分析.方法 回顾性分析中山大学附属第一医院1998年1月至2008年3月收治的25例原发系统性AL患者的临床资料,总结淀粉样变累及心脏患者的病例特点,随访其生存情况.结果 (1)25例原发AL患者中淀粉样变累及心脏10例,中位年龄55岁,其中9例同时有心外淀粉样变,以心、肾联合病变为主.(2)10例心脏AL患者主要的临床症状有胸闷、气短、乏力,其中7例出现充血性心力衰竭体征.超声心动图(UCG)检查室间隔和左室后壁对称性增厚.(3)中位随访时间6.8个月,25

  5. Cutaneous Metastases from Primary Hepatobiliary Tumors as the First Sign of Tumor Recurrence following Liver Transplantation

    Adam T. Hauch


    Full Text Available Cutaneous metastasis from hepatobiliary tumors is a rare event, especially following liver transplantation. We report our experience with two cases of cutaneous metastases from both hepatocellular carcinoma and mixed hepatocellular/cholangiocarcinoma following liver transplantation, along with a review of the literature.

  6. Frictional amyloidosis in Oman - A study of ten cases

    Mysore Venkataram


    Full Text Available Macular amyloidosis is an important cause for cutaneous pigmentation, the aetiology of which is poorly understood. Friction has recently been implicated the causation of early lesions, referred to as frictional amyloidosis. Confirmation of diagnosis by the detect on of amyloid using histochemical stains is inconsistent. Ten patients with pigmentation suggestive of macular amyloidosis were studied with detailed history, clinical examination, biopsy for histochemistry and electron microscopy. Nine out of ten patients had a history of prolonged friction with various objects such as bath sponges, brushes, towels, plant sticks and leaves. Amyloid was demonstrated by histochemical staining in only six out of ten cases. In the remaining four cases, amyloid was detected by electron microscopy. These consisted of aggregates of non-branching, extracellular, intertwining fibres measuring between 200-500 nm in length and between 20-25 nm in diameter. The study confirms the role of friction in the causation of this condition. Histochemical stains are not always successful in the detection of amyloid and electron microscopy is helpful for confirming its presence. The term frictional amyloidosis aptly describes the condition.

  7. CASE REPORT: Primary Cutaneous Nocardiosis of Axillary Region: A Case Report

    Basavaraj V. Peerapur


    Full Text Available Background: Nocardiosis is an uncommon but world-wide infection caused by several species of soil-borne aerobic bacteria belonging to the genus Nocardia. Primary cutaneous nocardiosis (PCN is an uncommon entity. It usually occurs among immunocompetent but occupationally predisposed individuals. Clinically, it can present as acute infection (abscess or cellulitis, mycetoma, or sporotrichoid infection [1]. Here we are reporting a case of PCN presented as mycetoma in axilla which is a rare site. Case History: The patient had extensive lesions in and around the axilla, which could be attributed to the fact that the patient, being an agriculturist, had been exposed to recurrent trauma while carrying firewood and soiled sacks. Single lesion initiated four years ago, progressed to multiple lesions with few healed scars. Despite the treatment in several hospitals, lesions recurred. The present patient was diagnosed as PCN caused by Nocardia brasiliensis and appropriately treated. Conclusion: Nocardia infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a supportive and granulomatous dermatitis that presents clinically as multiple discharging sinuses with papules and nodules in and around axilla apart from tuberculosis.

  8. Spindle-cell variant of primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma spreading to the hepatobiliary tree, mimicking Klatskin tumor.

    Rozati, Sima; Kerl, Katrin; Kempf, Werner; Tinguely, Marianne; Zimmermann, Dieter R; Dummer, Reinhard; Cozzio, Antonio


    Primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma (pcFCL) is an indolent type of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (pcBCL) rarely disseminating to other organs. PcBCL with spindle-cell morphology has been described as a rare variant of pcFCL but the prognosis data of this variant is sparse. We report a rare case of spindle-cell pcFCL with CD20(+), CD79a(+), CD3(+), Bcl-6(+), Mum-1(-) and CD10(-) tumor cells that infiltrated the hepatic hilum, mimicking a Klatskin tumor. On the basis of the sparse published data on spindle-cell morphology of pcBCL, this growth pattern should elicit awareness of an increased risk of systemic involvement in the otherwise indolent pcFCL.

  9. Representation of Afferent Signals from Forearm Muscle and Cutaneous Nerves in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex of the Macaque Monkey

    Yamada, Hiroshi; Yaguchi, Hiroaki; Tomatsu, Saeka; Takei, Tomohiko; Oya, Tomomichi


    Proprioception is one’s overall sense of the relative positions and movements of the various parts of one’s body. The primary somatosensory cortex (SI) is involved in generating the proprioception by receiving peripheral sensory inputs from both cutaneous and muscle afferents. In particular, area 3a receives input from muscle afferents and areas 3b and 1 from cutaneous afferents. However, segregation of two sensory inputs to these cortical areas has not been evaluated quantitatively because of methodological difficulties in distinguishing the incoming signals. To overcome this, we applied electrical stimulation separately to two forearm nerves innervating muscle (deep radial nerve) and skin (superficial radial nerve), and examined the spatiotemporal distribution of sensory evoked potentials (SEPs) in SI of anaesthetized macaques. The SEPs arising from the deep radial nerve were observed exclusively at the bottom of central sulcus (CS), which was identified as area 3a using histological reconstruction. In contrast, SEPs evoked by stimulation of the superficial radial nerve were observed in the superficial part of SI, identified as areas 3b and 1. In addition to these earlier, larger potentials, we also found small and slightly delayed SEPs evoked by cutaneous nerve stimulation in area 3a. Coexistence of the SEPs from both deep and superficial radial nerves suggests that area 3a could integrate muscle and cutaneous signals to shape proprioception. PMID:27701434

  10. Update and Review on the Surgical Management of Primary Cutaneous Melanoma

    Solmaz Niknam Leilabadi


    Full Text Available The surgical management of malignant melanoma historically called for wide excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue for any given lesion, but has evolved to be rationally-based on pathological staging. Breslow and Clark independently described level and thickness as determinant in prognosis and margin of excision. The American Joint Committee of Cancer (AJCC in 1988 combined features from each of these histologic classifications, generating a new system, which is continuously updated and improved. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN has also combined several large randomized prospective trials to generate current guidelines for melanoma excision as well. In this article, we reviewed: (1 Breslow and Clark classifications, AJCC and NCCN guidelines, the World Health Organization’s 1988 study, and the Intergroup Melanoma Surgical Trial; (2 Experimental use of Mohs surgery for in situ melanoma; and (3 Surgical margins and utility and indications for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB and lymphadenectomy. Current guidelines for the surgical management of a primary melanoma of the skin is based on Breslow microstaging and call for cutaneous margins of resection of 0.5 cm for MIS, 1.0 cm for melanomas ≤1.0 mm thick, 1–2 cm for melanoma thickness of 1.01–2 mm, 2 cm margins for melanoma thickness of 2.01–4 mm, and 2 cm margins for melanomas >4 mm thick. Although the role of SLNB, CLND, and TLND continue to be studied, current recommendations include SLNB for Stage IB (includes T1b lesions ≤1.0 with the adverse features of ulceration or ≥1 mitoses/mm2 and Stage II melanomas. CLND is recommended when sentinel nodes contain metastatic deposits.

  11. Update and Review on the Surgical Management of Primary Cutaneous Melanoma

    Niknam Leilabadi, Solmaz; Chen, Amie; Tsai, Stacy; Soundararajan, Vinaya; Silberman, Howard; Wong, Alex K.


    The surgical management of malignant melanoma historically called for wide excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue for any given lesion, but has evolved to be rationally-based on pathological staging. Breslow and Clark independently described level and thickness as determinant in prognosis and margin of excision. The American Joint Committee of Cancer (AJCC) in 1988 combined features from each of these histologic classifications, generating a new system, which is continuously updated and improved. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has also combined several large randomized prospective trials to generate current guidelines for melanoma excision as well. In this article, we reviewed: (1) Breslow and Clark classifications, AJCC and NCCN guidelines, the World Health Organization’s 1988 study, and the Intergroup Melanoma Surgical Trial; (2) Experimental use of Mohs surgery for in situ melanoma; and (3) Surgical margins and utility and indications for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and lymphadenectomy. Current guidelines for the surgical management of a primary melanoma of the skin is based on Breslow microstaging and call for cutaneous margins of resection of 0.5 cm for MIS, 1.0 cm for melanomas ≤1.0 mm thick, 1–2 cm for melanoma thickness of 1.01–2 mm, 2 cm margins for melanoma thickness of 2.01–4 mm, and 2 cm margins for melanomas >4 mm thick. Although the role of SLNB, CLND, and TLND continue to be studied, current recommendations include SLNB for Stage IB (includes T1b lesions ≤1.0 with the adverse features of ulceration or ≥1 mitoses/mm2) and Stage II melanomas. CLND is recommended when sentinel nodes contain metastatic deposits. PMID:27429273

  12. Update and Review on the Surgical Management of Primary Cutaneous Melanoma.

    Leilabadi, Solmaz Niknam; Chen, Amie; Tsai, Stacy; Soundararajan, Vinaya; Silberman, Howard; Wong, Alex K


    The surgical management of malignant melanoma historically called for wide excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue for any given lesion, but has evolved to be rationally-based on pathological staging. Breslow and Clark independently described level and thickness as determinant in prognosis and margin of excision. The American Joint Committee of Cancer (AJCC) in 1988 combined features from each of these histologic classifications, generating a new system, which is continuously updated and improved. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has also combined several large randomized prospective trials to generate current guidelines for melanoma excision as well. In this article, we reviewed: (1) Breslow and Clark classifications, AJCC and NCCN guidelines, the World Health Organization's 1988 study, and the Intergroup Melanoma Surgical Trial; (2) Experimental use of Mohs surgery for in situ melanoma; and (3) Surgical margins and utility and indications for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and lymphadenectomy. Current guidelines for the surgical management of a primary melanoma of the skin is based on Breslow microstaging and call for cutaneous margins of resection of 0.5 cm for MIS, 1.0 cm for melanomas ≤1.0 mm thick, 1-2 cm for melanoma thickness of 1.01-2 mm, 2 cm margins for melanoma thickness of 2.01-4 mm, and 2 cm margins for melanomas >4 mm thick. Although the role of SLNB, CLND, and TLND continue to be studied, current recommendations include SLNB for Stage IB (includes T1b lesions ≤1.0 with the adverse features of ulceration or ≥1 mitoses/mm²) and Stage II melanomas. CLND is recommended when sentinel nodes contain metastatic deposits.

  13. Epidemiology, management and survival outcomes of primary cutaneous melanoma: a ten-year overview.

    Aubuchon, M M F; Bolt, L J J; Janssen-Heijnen, M L G; Verleisdonk-Bolhaar, S T H P; van Marion, A; van Berlo, C L H


    Malignant melanoma (MM) is the most aggressive type of skin cancer, accounting for 90% of all the skin cancer mortality. The objective of this study was providing an overview of current patient- and tumour characteristics, treatment strategies, complications and survival in patients with MM over the past ten years. Hereby, an up-to-date view of every day clinical practice is obtained. Files of patients treated for primary cutaneous melanoma (n = 686) in the VieCuri Medical Centre in the Netherlands between January 2002 and December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Relevant patient features, tumour characteristics, and (surgical) outcomes were evaluated. The majority of all the patients presented thin tumours (59.1% stage 1A/in situ melanoma). Men showed more ulceration (17.7% vs. 8.4%, p < .01) and a significantly higher Breslow thickness than women (1.2 mm vs. 0.9 mm, p < .01). 14.6% (40/273) underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB); 10/40 (25%) showed nodal metastasis, 50 patients (7.3%) developed distant metastases (M: 10.6%, F: 5%, p < .01). One-, 5- and 10- year disease specific survival rates were 96%, 86% and 84%, respectively. Median survival for stage 4 MM was 3 months. Extensive surgery was uncommon (n = 3). Patients generally presented with thin melanomas. Lymph node disease and distant metastases remained infrequently observed during following years, and general 1- and 5-year overall disease-specific survival rates exceeded 85%. Small numbers of rescue surgery and palliative medical treatment warrant further centralisation and investigation.

  14. [Hepatic amyloidosis as a rare differential diagnosis of progressive liver failure].

    Bettinger, Dominik; Lutz, Lisa; Schultheiß, Michael; Werner, Martin; Thimme, Robert; Neumann-Haefelin, Christoph


    Primary systemic amyloidosis is a rare disorder resulting in extracellular deposition of insoluble fibrils in different organs. Liver involvement has been reported. Since hepatic amyloidosis often presents clinically asymptomatic without specific laboratory or imaging hallmarks, diagnosis is challenging. However, cases of progressive hepatic failure due to liver amyloidosis have been reported. A 63 year old man presented with newly diagnosed ascites to our department. The patient reported occasional alcohol consumption. Viral hepatitis, genetic-metabolic causes as well as hepatic vascular disorders were excluded and ultrasound did not show any signs of liver cirrhosis or intraabdominal malignancy. Initially, alcoholic hepatitis was suspected. Due to the rapid deterioration of liver function, however, transjugular liver biopsy was performed showing light chain amyloidosis of kappa isotype. As diagnosis of hepatic amyloidosis is challenging, early liver biopsy is mandatory in patients with unexplained acute or chronic liver disease to exclude rare diseases with high mortality.

  15. Gastrointestinal Amyloidosis: Diagnostic Approach and Treatment

    Catarina Budyono


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a disease marked by deposition of misfolded proteins, known as amyloids, in the extracellular space, including gastrointestinal tract. According to the precursor protein, amyloidosis is classified into six types; all of which can be involved in the gastrointestinal tract. Amyloidosis has weight loss and gastrointestinal bleeding as the most frequent symptoms. Gastrointestinal tract biopsy is diagnostic in most cases of amyloidosis and Congo red stain is used to confirm the amyloid proteins deposit. Treatment of amyloidosis consists of controlling symptoms, terminating protein formation and deposit, and treating the underlying diseases. Chemotherapy might be applied depends on the type of amyloidosis.

  16. Review Article of Cardiac Amyloidosis

    Jittiporn PURATTANAMAL


    Full Text Available Cardiac amyloidosis is a term that means the deposit of abnormal proteins in the myocardium leading to global thickening of the heart walls. The clinical character is that of infiltrative cardiomyopathy. AL amyloidosis is the most common type that involves cardiac failure. Cardiac amyloid precedes clinical congestive heart failure, especially right-sided heart failure. Laboratory investigations have identified the amyloid fibril proteins deposited in the organ tissues. Immunofixation tests are the most sensitive that recognize the paraprotein mean light chain protein or immunoglobulin subtype deposit. Prognosis is poor if AL amyloidosis is untreated. Treatment of systemic involvement in AL amyloidosis is via chemotherapy such as melphalan and prednisolone. UK experts have reported the results of treatment in AL amyloidosis. Regardless of the use of adjunctive chemotherapy, the five-year survival after heart transplantation was generally poorer for AL (20 % at five years, but similar for non-AL amyloidosis (64 % at five years, than heart transplants in other cases. Progression of the systemic disease contributed to increased mortality. A specific treatment that increases the chances of survival is unknown.

  17. Cutaneous zygomycosis.

    Bonifaz, Alexandro; Vázquez-González, Denisse; Tirado-Sánchez, Andrés; Ponce-Olivera, Rosa María


    Cutaneous zygomycosis is a fungal infection caused by zygomycetes that affects the skin. It occurs in uncontrolled diabetic patients and immunosuppressed individuals. It has 2 clinical forms: primary cutaneous zygomycosis and secondary cutaneous zygomycosis. The first is characterized by necrotic lesions and the fungus is usually inoculated by trauma. If diagnosed early, it generally has a good prognosis. Secondary zygomycosis is usually a complication and extension of the rhinocerebral variety that starts as a palpebral fistula and progresses to a necrotic lesion with a poor prognosis. The diagnosis is made by identification of the fungus by direct KOH examination, culture, and biopsy. Treatment for the primary disease is surgical debridement plus amphotericin B. The secondary type is treated with amphotericin B and/or posaconazole.

  18. [Hepatic amyloidosis as cause of severe intrahepatic cholestasis].

    Gavilán, J C; Bermúdez, F J; Márquez, A; Sánchez-Carrillo, J J; González-Santos, P


    The liver is frequently involved by amyloidosis, but hyperbilirubinemia and liver failure are uncommon features. A mild elevation of the serum alkaline phosphatase value and, less frequently, hepatomegaly are the most common findings. Usually the patients have no symptoms related with the liver involvement; the clinical manifestation and the long term prognosis depends on the renal and cardiac disease. We report an unusual clinical presentation of primary amyloidosis in a previously asymptomatic 65 years old woman who was admitted to the hospital because of ictericia and ascitis mimicking a drug induced acute hepatic failure.

  19. Localized amyloidosis of the stomach: A case report

    Gianluca Rotondano; Raffaele Salerno; Fabio Cipolletta; Maria Antonia Bianco; Antonino De Gregorio; Raffaele Miele; Antonio Prisco; Maria Lucia Garofano; Livio Cipolletta


    We report an unusual case of primary amyloidosis of the stomach in a patient complaining of dyspeptic symptoms. The diagnosis was confirmed histologically and other gastrointestinal site or systemic involvement was ruled out. Uncharacteristic dyspeptic symptoms may hide this rare metabolic disease.

  20. A Case of Nodular Localized Primary Cutaneous Amyloidosis%结节性皮肤淀粉样变性1例

    王晓川; 曹萍; 郝建华


    患者女,48岁.右胸部丘疹和结节4年.皮损组织病理示:真皮乳头、网状层、皮下组织及血管周围见大小不一均质性团块样物质沉积,刚果红染色示:橙红色阳性.诊断:结节性皮肤淀粉样变.%A 50-year-old male had been suffered from erythema in his face for 10 years. A verrucous mass developed on his upper lip 3 years ago, and enlarging rapidly in the last 4 months. Biopsy of erythema on his face showed hyperkeratosis, focal parakeratosis, acanthosis, basal cell liquefaction and degeneration and dense dermal infiltration of inflammatory cells. Biopsy of the verrucous mass on the upper lip showed parakeratosis, irregular proliferation and hypertrophy with acantholysis, a large number of vacuolated cells, showing the formation of squa-mous nests and a few dyskeratosis cells, which didn't break through the basement membrane,dermal vascular hyperplasia and massive infiltration of lymphocytes around. The patient was diagnosed as verrucous carcinoma of the upper lip and verruca valgaris on hands developing in discoid lupus erythenmatosus.

  1. T-cell population of primary and secondary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas does not express the cutaneous lymphocyte-associated antigen (CLA).

    Marti, R M; Hausmann, G; Estrach, T; Cid, M C; Palou, J; Herrero, C; Mascaro, J M


    Primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (CBCL) are a group of malignant lymphomas with apparently distinct clinicopathological and immunophenotypical features. As in other B-cell lymphomas, the accompanying benign cell population in CBCL includes a variable number of T lymphocytes whose role is not well understood. In the present study we characterized the immunophenotype of these T cells and compared it with that of the reactive T-cell population in specific skin involvement by noncutaneous B-cell malignancies. Our results indicated that most T cells in both primary and secondary B-cell lymphomas were CLA+ memory/effector helper T cells which differed from the currently known CLA+ memory/effector helper T lymphocytes of the skin-associated lymphoid tissue (SALT) system. However, the endothelial CLA ligand, E-selectin, was expressed on dermal vessels. These results suggest that a B cell environment and/or a lack of epidermal involvement promote(s) the recruitment into the skin of a different, apparently less specific, subset of memory helper T cells from those seen in T-cell-mediated dermatoses.

  2. Primary cutaneous undifferentiated round cell tumor with concurrent polymyositis in a dog

    Gianella, Paola; Avallone, Giancarlo; Bellino, Claudio; Iussich, Selina; Palmieri, Chiara; Roccabianca, Paola; Salvadori, Claudia; Zanatta, Renato; D’Angelo, Antonio


    A cutaneous poorly differentiated round cell tumor with concurrent, non-suppurative, polymyositis was diagnosed in a hovawart dog. Histochemical staining, immunohistochemistry, and transmission electron microscopy findings suggested that the tumors cells were of myeloid, or possibly natural killer cell origin. The possibility that the concurrent polymyositis may represent a pre-neoplastic or paraneoplastic process is discussed. PMID:23115370

  3. Primary cutaneous undifferentiated round cell tumor with concurrent polymyositis in a dog

    Gianella, Paola; Avallone, Giancarlo; Bellino, Claudio; Iussich, Selina; Palmieri, Chiara; Roccabianca, Paola; Salvadori, Claudia; Zanatta, Renato; d’Angelo, Antonio


    A cutaneous poorly differentiated round cell tumor with concurrent, non-suppurative, polymyositis was diagnosed in a hovawart dog. Histochemical staining, immunohistochemistry, and transmission electron microscopy findings suggested that the tumors cells were of myeloid, or possibly natural killer cell origin. The possibility that the concurrent polymyositis may represent a pre-neoplastic or paraneoplastic process is discussed.

  4. Localized Lymph Node Light Chain Amyloidosis

    Binod Dhakal


    Full Text Available Immunoglobulin-derived light chain amyloidosis can occasionally be associated with localized disease. We present a patient with localized lymph node light chain amyloidosis without an underlying monoclonal protein or lymphoproliferative disorder and review the literature of lymph node amyloidosis discussing work-up and risk factors for systemic progression.

  5. Nuclear imaging in cardiac amyloidosis

    Glaudemans, A.W.J.M.; Slart, R.H.J.A.; Veltman, N.C.; Dierckx, R.A.J.O. [University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Hanzeplein 1, P.O. Box 30001, Groningen (Netherlands); Zeebregts, C.J. [University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Surgery (Division of Vascular Surgery), Groningen (Netherlands); Tio, R.A. [University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Cardiology, Groningen (Netherlands); Hazenberg, B.P.C. [University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Groningen (Netherlands)


    Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by depositions of amyloid in organs and tissues. It can be localized (in just one organ) or systemic. Cardiac amyloidosis is a debilitating disease and can lead to arrhythmias, deterioration of heart function and even sudden death. We reviewed PubMed/Medline, without time constraints, on the different nuclear imaging modalities that are used to visualize myocardial amyloid involvement. Several SPECT tracers have been used for this purpose. The results with these tracers in the evaluation of myocardial amyloidosis and their mechanisms of action are described. Most clinical evidence was found for the use of {sup 123}I-MIBG. Myocardial defects in MIBG activity seem to correlate well with impaired cardiac sympathetic nerve endings due to amyloid deposits. {sup 123}I-MIBG is an attractive option for objective evaluation of cardiac sympathetic level and may play an important role in the indirect measurement of the effect of amyloid myocardial infiltration. Other, less sensitive, options are {sup 99m}Tc-aprotinin for imaging amyloid deposits and perhaps {sup 99m}Tc-labelled phosphate derivatives, especially in the differential diagnosis of the aetiology of cardiac amyloidosis. PET tracers, despite the advantage of absolute quantification and higher resolution, are not yet well evaluated for the study of cardiac amyloidosis. Because of these advantages, there is still the need for further research in this field. (orig.)

  6. Secondary amyloidosis due to FMF.

    Yonem, Ozlem; Bayraktar, Yusuf


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an ethnically restricted disease with an autosomal recessive inheritance characterized by recurrent attacks of fever, painful manifestations in the abdomen, chest and joints. The disease affects mainly non-Ashkenazi Jews, Armenians, Turks Arabs and other people of Mediterranean origin. The disease may present at any age, more than 80% of patients being symptomatic by the age of 20. Although the inflammatory attacks that characterize the disease may sometimes be debilitating, secondary (AA) amyloidosis remains the most serious manifestation of FMF causing considerable morbidity due mostly to nephropathic amyloidosis. The largest series of secondary amyloidosis in FMF have been reported from Turkey. The pathophysiological steps in progressing a patient from FMF to amyloidosis are not definitely known. Daily treatment with colchicine can prevent both the attacks and amyloid deposition but no effective alternative treatment exists for colchicine resistant cases. Meanwhile more population based epidemiological and genetic data should be gathered by worldwide collaborative studies to elucidate the link between FMF and amyloidosis and to develop alternative therapies.

  7. Amiloidosis bucal Oral amyloidosis

    Isabella Lima Arrais Ribeiro


    , confirmado con la coloración del espécimen con el reactivo rojo congo. Los depósitos de amiloide fueron encontrados en el tejido conjuntivo, que con la luz polarizada presentó birrefringencia. Tal hallazgo fue preocupante, ya que la amiloidosis afecta diversos tejidos, lo que puede provocar complicaciones sistémicas. Por esa razón la paciente fue orientada a buscar atención médica. Sin embargo, abandonó el tratamiento y falleció 6 meses después del diagnóstico de la enfermedad. Lesiones bucales aparentemente simples pueden revelar enfermedades raras y de difícil tratamiento. El diagnóstico preciso y la supervisión médica son fundamentales para la sobrevida del paciente.Amyloidosis is an uncommon complicated disease of a difficult diagnosis occurring due to the amyloid substance depot in the extracellular medium. Being diagnosed in the oral cavity, the patient must to be supervised to assess the potential systemic complications of disease. The aim of present paper was to present a case of oral amyloidosis in a female patient ages 72 presenting with traumatic fibroma. After performance of a biopsy and the histopathological examination, the diagnosis was the presence of amyloidosis, confirmed with the help of the sample using Congo red reactant. Amyloid depots were found in the conjunctive tissue which under the polarized light showed birefringence. This finding was worrying since the amyloidosis involves different tissues leading to systemic complications. Thus, the patient was oriented to search medical care; however she abandons treatment dying 6 months after diagnosis of the disease. The apparently single oral injuries may to reveal uncommon diseases and of difficult treatment. The precise treatment and the medical supervision are essential in the patient's survival.




    Within the group of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs), mycosis fungoides (MF), Sezary's syndrome (SS), and CD30-positive lymphomas have been delineated as clinicopathological entities. Primary CTCLs that do not belong to one of these entities represent a heterogeneous and ill-defined group

  9. Treatment of primary systemic amyloidosis with the combination of bortezomib and dexamethasone%硼替佐米联合地塞米松治疗原发性系统性淀粉样变性

    翟勇平; 刘海宁; 于亚平; 周晓钢; 宋萍; 李锋; 王学文


    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of bortezomib plus dexamethasone (BD) in patients with primary systemic (AL) amyloidosis. Methods Eleven AL amyloidosis patients, including four relapsed or progressed after previous therapies and 7 newly diagnosed were treated with BD. Ten patients had two or more organs involved. Precursor protein analysis showed that 1 was κ light chain, 9 λ light chain;5 patients with positive immunofixation including 1 IgG κ, 3 IgG λ and 1 IgA λ. BD was administered according to standard two-week schedule. Results Eight patients were evaluable, the median number of treatment cycles was 3 (range 1 -6). Median follow-up duration was 6 months. At least one affected organ response was observed in six patients and median time to organ response was 2 months. Three patients progressed and two of them died. Toxicities were mainly diarrhea, thrombocytopenia, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue and herpes zoster, and 7 evaluable patients who had toxicities were adjusted dosage and 2 of them interrupted therapy. Epilepsia, paralytic ileus, acute cardiac dysfunction, and postural hypotention were occurred in 3 inevaluble patients. Conclusion Bortezomib plus dexamethasone is effective in AL amyloidosis. Adverse events are common, and in some patients are severe.%目的 观察硼替佐米联合地塞米松治疗原发性系统性(AL)淀粉样变性患者的疗效和不良反应.方法 11例AL淀粉样变性患者中明确淀粉样物质者10例:κ型1例,λ型9例.免疫固定电泳阳性者5例:IgG κ型1例,IgGλ型3例,IgAλ型1例.累及肾脏、肝脏、心脏、肠道中2个或以上脏器者10例.11例患者中初治者7例,难治者4例.采用硼替佐米联合地塞米松方案治疗.结果 8例可评价疗效患者,中位疗程3(1~6)个.中位随访时间6个月.器官功能改善者6例,中位起效时间2个月.3例病情进展,2例死亡.常见的不良反应有腹泻、血小板减少、周围神经病

  10. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis in infants and neonates: case report and review of the literature.

    Oh, Daniel; Notrica, David


    A case of angioinvasive cutaneous mucormycosis in a premature infant, eventually requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy, is described. The fungal infection began at the site of a brachial artery catheter that had been covered with an adhesive dressing in the left antecubital fossa. The infection progressed rapidly over a 5-day period, and a left arm amputation was required. Fungal hyphae were present at the margins of resection. The patient eventually had disseminated mucormycosis and died. A second case of cutaneous mucormycosis in another premature infant also is presented. This infant had the infection at an intravenous catheter site. Rapid initiation of surgical debridement of the wound and amphotericin B therapy resulted in patient survival. Eighteen reported cases of cutaneous mucormycosis in neonates were found and are reviewed. Prematurity, low birth weight, broad-spectrum antibiotics, corticosteroid therapy, and local trauma to the skin site were common risk factors. Only 7 of the 18 patients survived. Therapy consisted of local debridement and intravenous amphotericin B. High index of suspicion, early diagnosis, and rapid institution of therapy can improve survival rate. The key to prevention appears to be appropriate skin care. Copyright 2002, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

  11. Neurolymphomatosis in Primary Cutaneous CD4+ Pleomorphic Small/Medium-sized T-cell Lymphoma Mimicking Hansen's Disease.

    Khader, Anza; Vineetha, Mary; George, Mamatha; Manakkad, Shiny Padinjarayil; Balakrishnan, Sunitha; Rajan, Uma


    Neurolymphomatosis (NL) refers to nerve infiltration by neurotropic neoplastic cells in the setting of a known or an unknown hematological malignancy. It typically presents as painful or painless peripheral mononeuropathy, mononeuritis multiplex, polyneuropathy, polyradiculopathy, or cranial neuropathy. A 32-year-old male presented with a hyperpigmented hypoesthetic plaque over the anterolateral aspect of the right leg with thickening of the right common peroneal nerve and foot drop clinically diagnosed as Hansen's disease. Biopsy taken from skin showed infiltrates of pleomorphic small and medium sized lymphocytes in the dermis and subcutis. On immunohistochemistry, the cells were positive for CD3, CD4 and negative for CD8, CD20, and CD30. Ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration of the thickened nerve showed infiltrates of atypical lymphoid cells. Based on these findings, a diagnosis of NL in primary cutaneous CD4+ pleomorphic small/medium-sized T-cell lymphoma was made. The disease responded to systemic chemotherapy and localized radiotherapy with no evidence of relapse during 3 years follow-up. NL in primary cutaneous CD4+ pleomorphic small/medium-sized T-cell lymphoma presenting with manifestations redolent of Hansen's disease is not described in available literature. This case also demonstrates the utility of fine needle aspiration of nerve, a minimally invasive procedure in the diagnosis of NL.

  12. Primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma with Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg-like cells: a new histopathologic variant.

    Dilly, Marie; Marie, Dilly; Ben-Rejeb, Houda; Houda, Ben-Rejeb; Vergier, Béatrice; Béatrice, Vergier; Feldis, Matthieu; Matthieu, Feldis; Toty, Louis; Louis, Toty; Nohra, Olivier; Olivier, Nohra; Beylot-Barry, Marie; Marie, Beylot-Barry; Gros, Audrey; Audrey, Gros; Merlio, Jean-Philippe; Jean-Philippe, Merlio; Parrens, Marie; Marie, Parrens


    Primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma (PCFCL) is the most frequent cutaneous B-cell lymphoma. A 62-year-old man presented with a solitary indolent subcutaneous nodule for 3 years duration, without other abnormalities. Histological examination showed lymphoproliferation with a nodular growth pattern characterized by fibrous collagen bands surrounding nodules. The nodules were composed of medium-sized centrocytes admixed with many large multilobulated and lacunar cells without eosinophils or granulomatous aspect. Hodgkin-like cells were CD30+, CD15+, PAX5+, OCT2+, BOB1+, MUM1+, Ki67+, Bcl6+ and focally CD20+ and EMA-, CD79a-, Bcl2- and CD10-. The medium-sized cells were CD20+, CD79a+, Bcl2+, Bcl6+ and CD10+, enmeshed in a network of CD21-positive follicular dendritic cells. Epstein-Barr virus detection was negative. Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization showed the absence of BCL2 or BCL6 rearrangement. In such a case, the presence of Hodgkin-like cells intermixed with the tumor population may result in a pitfall diagnosis of classical Hodgkin lymphoma (CHL). Differential diagnoses to be ruled out are secondary or primary skin localization of rather CHL, or systemic follicular lymphoma. Several clinical, radiological, histological, immunohistochemical and molecular arguments indicated the diagnosis of PCFCL. To our knowledge, this is the first report of PCFCL with Hodgkin-like cells. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen versus topical salicylic acid application for cutaneous warts in primary care: randomized controlled trial

    Bruggink, Sjoerd C.; Gussekloo, Jacobijn; Berger, Marjolein Y.; Zaaijer, Krista; Assendelft, Willem J.J.; de Waal, Margot W.M.; Bavinck, Jan Nico Bouwes; Koes, Bart W.; Eekhof, Just A.H.


    Background Cryotherapy is widely used for the treatment of cutaneous warts in primary care. However, evidence favours salicylic acid application. We compared the effectiveness of these treatments as well as a wait-and-see approach. Methods Consecutive patients with new cutaneous warts were recruited in 30 primary care practices in the Netherlands between May 1, 2006, and Jan. 26, 2007. We randomly allocated eligible patients to one of three groups: cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen every two weeks, self-application of salicylic acid daily or a wait-and-see approach. The primary outcome was the proportion of participants whose warts were all cured at 13 weeks. Analysis was on an intention-to-treat basis. Secondary outcomes included treatment adherence, side effects and treatment satisfaction. Research nurses assessed outcomes during home visits at 4, 13 and 26 weeks. Results Of the 250 participants (age 4 to 79 years), 240 were included in the analysis at 13 weeks (loss to follow-up 4%). Cure rates were 39% (95% confidence interval [CI] 29%–51%) in the cryotherapy group, 24% (95% CI 16%–35%) in the salicylic acid group and 16% (95% CI 9.5%–25%) in the wait-and-see group. Differences in effectiveness were most pronounced among participants with common warts (n = 116): cure rates were 49% (95% CI 34%–64%) in the cryotherapy group, 15% (95% CI 7%–30%) in the salicylic acid group and 8% (95% CI 3%–21%) in the wait-and-see group. Cure rates among the participants with plantar warts (n = 124) did not differ significantly between treatment groups. Interpretation For common warts, cryotherapy was the most effective therapy in primary care. For plantar warts, we found no clinically relevant difference in effectiveness between cryotherapy, topical application of salicylic acid or a wait-and-see approach after 13 weeks. ( registration no. ISRCTN42730629) PMID:20837684

  14. Cutaneous larva migrans in Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: rate of correct diagnosis made by the referring primary care doctors.

    Yap, Felix Boon-Bin


    A retrospective study was undertaken to determine the clinical features of cutaneous larva migrans (CLM) seen in the Department of Dermatology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and to assess the rate of correct diagnosis made by the referring primary care doctors. Clinical records of all 31 patients with CLM seen between January 2006 and June 2010 were retrieved. The majority of patients were male. The mean age was 32.2 years. Pruritus was reported in 83.9% of cases and serpiginous tracts in 100%. The mean lesion count was 4.4 and the mean duration of disease before presentation was 3.1 weeks. The majority of skin lesions were on the buttock and lower extremities. Only 45.2% of patients had the correct diagnosis made by the referring primary care doctors. Older age of patients and lower number of lesions were associated with a higher rate of correct diagnosis. The low rate of correct diagnosis made by the referring primary care doctors to the dermatologists in this study warrants the need for education of not only primary care doctors but also future primary care providers, consisting of medical students, house officers and junior medical officers.

  15. A 92-year-old man with primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma manifesting as a giant scalp mass

    Liao, Chenlong; Yang, Min; Liu, Pengfei; Zhang, Wenchuan


    Abstract Rationale: Primary cutaneous non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is an uncommon entity, representing 10% of all extranodal NHLs. Among all cutaneous sites, the scalp is a rare site of representation. Patient concerns: A 92-year-old Chinese man visited our hospital with a multiple-nodular huge scalp mass on the right parieto-occipital regions. The mass was of 7-month duration and progressively enlarging in size. Diagnoses: On the basis of the result of biopsy, diffuse large B-cell NHL was diagnosed. Interventions: The mass was partially resected by surgery and no further treatment was conducted due to the advanced age and poor physical status. Outcomes: The tumor relapsed in situ after 6 months and the patient died after 2 years. Lessons: This case highlighted the limited access to standard treatment options in patients with advanced age. A thorough examination is necessary to decide upon the treatment for the primary cutaneous lymphoma. PMID:28272240

  16. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis in a patient with burn wounds due to Lichtheimia ramosa.

    Kaur, Ravinder; Bala, Kiran; Ahuja, Rajeev B; Srivastav, Prabhat; Bansal, Umesh


    Mucormycosis is usually an invasive mycotic disease caused by fungi in the class mucormycetes. Here we report a case of cutaneous mucormycosis due to Lichtheimia ramosa in a 20-year-old female patient with burn injuries. She was admitted to the hospital with accidental flame burns covering 60 % total burn surface area. After 15 days of admission to hospital, the burn wound showed features of fungal infection. Culture showed white cottony growth belonging to the Mucorales order. Morphological identification confirmed it as L. ramosa. She was managed surgically and medically with the help of amphotericin B. Patient survived due to prompt diagnosis and appropriate medical and surgical treatment. Early diagnosis is critical in prevention of morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Fungal infection in burn wounds can be difficult to diagnose and manage.

  17. Site-specific expression of Polycomb-group genes encoding the HPC-HPH complex in clinically defined primary nodal and cutaneous large B cells lymphomas

    Raaphorst, F.M.; Vermeer, M.; Fieret, E.; Blokzijl, T.; Dukers, N.H.T.M.; Sewalt, R.G.A.B.; Otte, A.P.; Willemze, R.; Meijer, C.J.L.M.


    Polycomb-group (PcG) genes preserve cell identity by gene silencing, and contribute to regulation of lymphopoiesis and malignant transformation. We show that primary nodal large B-cell lymphomas (LBCLs), and secondary cutaneous deposits from such lymphomas, abnormally express the BMI-1, RING1, and

  18. Primary cutaneous Ewing's sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor manifesting numerous small and huge ulcerated masses: its complete remission by chemotherapy and magnetic resonance imaging findings

    Bahk, Won-Jong [The Catholic University of Korea, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Uijeongbu (Korea); Chang, Eun-Deok; Lee, An-Hee [The Catholic University of Korea, Department of Pathology, Uijeongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Uijeongbu (Korea); Bae, Jung Min; Kim, Jin Woo [The Catholic University of Korea, Department of Dermatology, Uijeongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Uijeongbu (Korea); Chun, Kyung-Ah [The Catholic University of Korea, Department of Radiology, Uijeongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Uijeongbu (Korea); Rho, Sang-Young [The Catholic University of Korea, Department of Hemato-oncology, Uijeongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Uijeongbu (Korea)


    Extraskeletal Ewing's sarcoma (ES) and primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) are widely regarded as clinically and histologically identical tumors which consist of small blue round cells. Extraskeletal ESs/PNETs usually occur in the deep soft tissues of the paraspinal region, chest wall, or lower extremities. However, superficially located cases, so-called cutaneous ESs/PNETs, are exceedingly rare, and the vast majority of the reported cases present as a single small mass. We present magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and clinical course of a unique case of primary cutaneous ES/PNET presenting as numerous huge masses with severe ulceration on them. (orig.)

  19. Ursodeoxycholic acid for treatment of cholestasis in patients with hepatic amyloidosis

    Faust Dominik


    Full Text Available Background. Amyloidosis represents a group of different diseases characterized by extracellular accumulation of pathologic fibrillar proteins in various tissues and organs. Severe amyloid deposition in the liver parenchyma has extrahepatic involvement predominantly in the kidney or heart. We evaluated the effect of ursodeoxycholic acid, in four patients with severe hepatic amyloidosis of different etiologies, who presented with increased alkaline phosphatase and γ-glutamyl transferase. Case report. The study included four patients who presented with amyloidosis-associated intrahepatic cholestasis. Three of them had renal amyloidosis which developed 1-3 years before cholestasis occurred, the remaining one having intrahepatic cholestasis as the primary sign of the disease. Amyloidosis was identified from liver biopsies in all patients by its specific binding to Congo red and green birefringence in polarized light. The biochemical nature and the class of amyloid deposits were identified immunohistochemically. In addition to their regular treatment, the patients received 750 mg ursodeoxycholic acid per day. After 2-4 weeks all patients had a significant decrease of serum alkaline phosphatase and γ-glutamyl transferase, and their general status significantly improved. Conclusion. Treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid may be beneficial in patients with hepatic amyloidosis, and do extend indications for the use of ursodeoxycholic acid in amyloidotic cholestatic liver disease.

  20. Very late onset small intestinal B cell lymphoma associated with primary intestinal lymphangiectasia and diffuse cutaneous warts

    Bouhnik, Y; Etienney, I; Nemeth, J; Thevenot, T; Lavergne-Slove, A; Matuchansky, C


    .... They presented with a longstanding history of fluctuating protein losing enteropathy, multiple cutaneous plane warts, and markedly dilated mucosal and submucosal lymphatic channels in duodenal biopsies...

  1. Duodenal Amyloidosis Masquerading as Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Hurairah, Abu


    The present study is a unique illustration of duodenal amyloidosis initially manifesting with iron deficiency anemia. It underscores the importance of clinical suspicion of amyloidosis while performing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with a biopsy to establish the definite diagnosis in patients with unexplained iron deficiency anemia. PMID:27625911

  2. Systemic transthyretin amyloidosis in a patient with bent spine syndrome.

    Rezania, Kourosh; Pytel, Peter; Smit, Laurel J; Mastrianni, James; Dina, Michelle A; Highsmith, W Edward; Dogan, Ahmet


    Wild-type and mutant transthyretin (TTR) are implicated in systemic amyloidosis (ATTR). Myopathy is a rare complication of ATTR amyloidosis, however no patient with bent spine syndrome secondary to ATTR amyloidosis has been reported so far. We present the first case of bent spine syndrome in a patient with wild-type ATTR amyloidosis who also had concomitant Alzheimer's disease.

  3. Multiple primary cutaneous melanomas in patients with FAMMM syndrome and sporadic atypical mole syndrome (AMS): what's worse?

    Tchernev, Georgi; Ananiev, Julian; Cardoso, José-Carlos; Chokoeva, Anastasiya Atanasova; Philipov, Stanislav; Penev, Plamen Kolev; Lotti, Torello; Wollina, Uwe


    Atypical Mole Syndrome is the most important phenotypic risk factor for cutaneous melanoma, a malignancy that accounts for about 80% of deaths from skin cancer. Since early diagnosis of melanoma is of great prognostic relevance, the identification of Atypical Mole Syndrome carriers (sporadic and familial) is essential, as well as the recommendation of preventative measures that must be undertaken by these patients.We report two rare cases concerning patients with multiple primary skin melanomas in the setting of a familial and a sporadic syndrome of dysplastic nevi: the first patient is a 67-year-old patient with a history of multiple superficial spreading melanomas localized on his back. The second patient presented with multiple primary melanomas in advanced stage in the context of the so-called sporadic form of the syndrome of dysplastic nevi-AMS (atypical mole syndrome). In the first case, excision of the melanomas was carried out with an uneventful post-operative period. In the second case, disseminated metastases were detected, involving the right fibula, the abdominal cavity as well as multiple lesions in the brain. The patient declined BRAF mutation tests as well as chemotherapy or targeted therapies, and suffered a rapid deterioration in his general condition leading to death. We classified the second case as a sporadic form of the atypical mole syndrome, associated with one nodular and two superficial spreading melanomas.There are no data in the literature to allow us to understand if, in patients with multiple primary melanomas, there is any difference in terms of prognosis between those with and without a family history of a similar phenotype. To answer this and other questions related to these rare cases, further studies with a significant number of patients should be carried out.

  4. Primary tumor sites in relation to ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin visibility correlate with survival in cutaneous melanoma.

    Gordon, Daniela; Hansson, Johan; Eloranta, Sandra; Gordon, Max; Gillgren, Peter; Smedby, Karin E


    The prognostic value of detailed anatomic site and ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure patterns has not been fully determined in cutaneous melanoma. Thus, we reviewed medical records for detailed site in a population-based retrospective Swedish patient cohort diagnosed with primary invasive melanoma 1976-2003 (n = 5,973). We followed the patients from date of diagnosis until death, emigration or December 31(st) 2013, and evaluated melanoma-specific survival by subsite in a multivariable regression model adjusting for established prognostic factors. We found that melanoma on chronic UVR exposure sites (face, dorsum of hands; adjusted HR 0.6; CI 0.4-0.7) and moderately intermittent UVR sites (lateral arms, lower legs, dorsum of feet; HR 0.7; CI 0.6-0.8) were associated with a favorable prognosis compared with highly intermittent sites (chest, back, neck, shoulders and thighs). Further, melanoma on poorly visible skin sites upon self-examination (scalp, retroauricular area, back, posterior upper arms and thighs, buttocks, pubic area; HR 1.3; CI 1.1-1.5) had a worse prognosis than those on easily visible sites (face, chest, abdomen, anterior upper arms and thighs, lower arms and legs, dorsum of hands and feet, palms). In conclusion, highly intermittent UVR exposure sites and poor skin visibility presumably correlate with reduced melanoma survival, independent of established tumor characteristics. A limitation of the study was the lack of information on actual individual UVR exposure. © 2017 UICC.

  5. Primary cellulitis and cutaneous abscess caused by Yersinia enterocolitica in an immunocompetent host: A case report and literature review.

    Kato, Hirofumi; Sasaki, Shugo; Sekiya, Noritaka


    Primary extraintestinal complications caused by Yersinia enterocolitica are extremely rare, especially in the form of skin and soft-tissue manifestations, and little is known about their clinical characteristics and treatments. We presented our case and reviewed past cases of primary skin and soft-tissue infections caused by Y enterocolitica. We report a case of primary cellulitis and cutaneous abscess caused by Y enterocolitica in an immunocompetent 70-year-old woman with keratodermia tylodes palmaris progressiva. She presented to an outpatient clinic with redness, swelling, and pain of the left ring finger and left upper arm without fever or gastrointestinal symptoms 3 days before admission. One day later, ulceration of the skin with exposed bone of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the left ring finger developed, and cefditoren pivoxil was described. However, she was admitted to our hospital due to deterioration of symptoms involving the left finger and upper arm. Cefazolin was initiated on admission, then changed to sulbactam/ampicillin and vancomycin with debridement of the left ring finger and drainage of the left upper arm abscess. Wound culture grew Y enterocolitica serotype O:8 and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Blood cultures were negative and osteomyelitis was ruled out. Vancomycin was switched to ciprofloxacin, then skin and soft-tissue manifestations showed clear improvement within a few days. The patient received 14 days of ciprofloxacin and oral amoxicillin/clavulanate and has since shown no recurrence. We reviewed 12 cases of primary skin and soft-tissue infections caused by Y enterocolitica from the literature. In several past cases, portal entry involved failure of the skin barrier on distal body parts. Thereafter, infection might have spread to the regional lymph nodes from the ruptured skin. Y enterocolitica is typically resistant to aminopenicillins and narrow-spectrum cephalosporins. In most cases, these inefficient

  6. Primary cutaneous actinomycosis of the foot simulating a soft tissue neoplasm: a case report; Actinomicose cutanea primaria do pe simulando neoplasia de partes moles: relato de caso

    Vieira, Renata La Rocca; Meirelles, Gustavo de Souza Portes; Yamashita, Jane; Oliveira, Heverton Cesar de; Fernandes, Artur da Rocha Correa [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Dept. de Diagnostico por Imagem; Turrini, Elizabete [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Disciplina de Dermatologia]. E-mail:


    We report a case of a patient with primary cutaneous actinomycosis of the foot simulating a soft tissue neoplasm. A literature review on the incidence, clinical features, pathology and imaging findings is also presented. The plain films and magnetic resonance imaging findings and the pathology results are presented. This paper reports a rare disease occurring in an atypical location, simulating a soft tissue neoplasm. (author)

  7. Effect of biopsy type on outcomes in the treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma.

    Mills, Jane K; White, Ian; Diggs, Brian; Fortino, Jeanine; Vetto, John T


    Surgical excision remains the primary and only potentially curative treatment for melanoma. Although current guidelines recommend excisional biopsy as the technique of choice for evaluating lesions suspected of being primary melanomas, other biopsy types are commonly used. We sought to determine the impact of biopsy type (excisional, shave, or punch) on outcomes in melanoma. A prospectively collected, institutional review board-approved database of primary clinically node-negative melanomas (stages cT1-4N0) was reviewed to determine the impact of biopsy type on T-staging accuracy, wide local excision (WLE) area (cm(2)), sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) identification rates and results, tumor recurrence, and patient survival. Seven hundred nine patients were diagnosed by punch biopsy (23%), shave biopsy (34%), and excisional biopsy (43%). Shave biopsy results showed significantly more positive deep margins (P biopsy results showed more positive peripheral margins (P biopsy. Punch biopsy resulted in a larger mean WLE area compared with shave and excisional biopsies (P = .030), and this result was sustained on multivariate analysis. SLNB accuracy was 98.5% and was not affected by biopsy type. Similarly, biopsy type did not confer survival advantage or impact tumor recurrence; the finding of residual tumor in the WLE impacted survival on univariate but not multivariate analysis. Both shave and punch biopsies demonstrated a significant risk of finding residual tumor in the WLE, with pathologic upstaging of the WLE. Punch biopsy also led to a larger mean WLE area compared with other biopsy types. However, biopsy type did not impact SLNB accuracy or results, tumor recurrence, or disease-specific survival (DSS). Punch and shave biopsies, when used appropriately, should not be discouraged for the diagnosis of melanoma. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Localized gastric amyloidosis differentiated histologically from scirrhous gastric cancer using endoscopic mucosal resection: a case report

    Kamata Tsugumasa


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Amyloidosis most often manifests as a systemic involvement of multiple tissues and organs, and an amyloidal deposit confined to the stomach is extremely rare. It is sometimes difficult to provide a definitive diagnosis of localized gastric amyloidosis by biopsy specimen and diagnosis of amyloidosis in some cases has been finalized only after surgical resection of the stomach. Case presentation A 76-year-old Japanese woman with epigastric discomfort underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedure. The esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed gastric wall thickening, suggesting scirrhous gastric carcinoma, at the greater curvature from the upper to the lower part of the gastric corpus. A biopsy specimen revealed amyloid deposits in the submucosal layer with no malignant findings. We resected a representative portion of the lesion by endoscopic mucosal resection using the strip biopsy method to obtain sufficient tissue specimens, and then conducted a detailed histological evaluation of the samples. The resected specimens revealed deposition of amyloidal materials in the gastric mucosa and submucosa without any malignant findings. Congo red staining results were positive for amyloidal protein and exhibited green birefringence under polarized light. Congo red staining with prior potassium permanganate incubation confirmed the light chain (AL amyloid protein type. Based on these results, gastric malignancy, systemic amyloidosis and amyloid deposits induced by inflammatory disease were excluded and this lesion was consequently diagnosed as localized gastric amyloidosis. Our patient was an older woman and there were no findings relative to an increase in gastrointestinal symptoms or anemia, so no further treatment was performed. She continued to be in good condition without any finding of disease progression six years after verification of our diagnosis. Conclusions We report an unusual case of primary amyloidosis of the stomach

  9. Primary (AL) amyloidosis with gastrointestinal involvement

    Madsen, Lone Galmstrup; Gimsing, Peter; Schiødt, Frank V


    patients underwent high-dose melphalan and autologous stem-cell transplantation. Five patients died within the observation period, at a median of 10 (3-36) months after the diagnosis was established. Non-survivors tended to have lower albumin levels on admission and more involvement of other organs...

  10. Management of primary cutaneous melanoma of the hands and feet: a clinicoprognostic study.

    Rex, Jordi; Paradelo, Cristina; Mangas, Cristina; Hilari, Josep Maria; Fernández-Figueras, María Teresa; Ferrándiz, Carlos


    Although acral lentiginous melanoma is the most common subtype of malignant melanoma in acral locations, the term acral melanoma (AM) has to be differentiated from the histopathologic description. To characterize the clinical and pathologic features of patients with a primary AM and to elucidate whether the prognosis of patients with AM differs from that of those with melanoma at other sites (nonacral melanoma; NAM). Over a 20-year period, a series of 822 consecutive patients with melanoma were recorded in the database. Clinical and follow-up data were retrieved from the melanoma register and prospectively analyzed. Eighty-nine patients had a malignant melanoma located on the acral sites of extremities. Breslow thickness and Clark level were found to be related to specific and disease-free survival. Breslow thickness greater than 4 mm was associated with greater risk of recurrence, and amelanosis and age of 60 and older were significantly associated with greater risk of death. Comparison of survival of patients with AM with that of those with NAM clearly showed that disease-free survival and overall survival were significantly lower in the former. Survival differences between patients with AM and NAM are due to differences in already known prognostic factors, probably as a consequence of a delay in the diagnosis in these locations.

  11. [Possibilities and limits of paraffin-embedded cell markers in diagnosis of primary cutaneous histiocytosis].

    Fartasch, M; Goerdt, S; Hornstein, O P


    To date, the rare primary histiocytoses of the skin are diagnosed definitively on the basis of the clinical symptoms, H&E-stained sections, and demonstration of CD1 positivity in frozen sections and of Birbeck granules on electron microscopy. The improvement and analysis of antibodies with the ability to react in paraffin tissue allow retrospective evaluation and classification of these disorders. The antibodies for S-100-protein, peanut agglutinin (PNA) and PCNA (proliferating cell nuclear antigen) have been advocated for differentiation of the specific cells of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) from other histiocytic cell systems. To date the non-Langerhans cell histiocytoses (non-LCH) have no common ultrastructural and immunohistochemical characteristics. The infiltrate is made up of multiple cell populations, which are of significance for the cellular pathobiology (subtypes of monocytes/macrophages and dendritic cells). The number and distribution of the different monocyte/macrophages and dendritic cells and their ability to react with immunohistochemical markers in paraffin tissue can be completely different in different clinical entities. The antibodies against factor XIIIa (shown on xanthoma disseminatum) and the monoclonal antibody Ki-M1P (shown on juvenile xanthogranuloma) seem to be valuable in discrimination between LCH and non-LCH. Both markers show a positive staining pattern with the characteristic large macrophages. In juvenile xanthogranuloma, the foam cells and giant cells express Ki-M1P, KP1 and anti-cathepsin B. Other monocyte/macrophage markers with the ability to react in paraffin tissue, such as Mac387, lysozyme, alpha 1-antitrypsin and Leu-M1 (Anti-CD 15), in contrast, did not show a typical staining pattern with the characteristic large macrophages dominating the histological picture.

  12. Renal amyloidosis in a drug abuser.

    Tan, A U; Cohen, A H; Levine, B S


    Drug abusers, particularly those who inject drugs s.c. ("skin popping"), may develop amyloidosis. Chronic infections are thought to play a pathogenetic role in this setting. A patient is presented who had a history of "skin popping" cocaine and heroin and developed nephrotic syndrome, with an elevated serum creatinine and a creatinine clearance of 61 mL/min. Renal biopsy demonstrated amyloidosis. Treatment with colchicine was initiated, and proteinuria decreased to near normal levels after 12 months. Concomitant with the decrease in proteinuria, creatinine clearance improved, although a repeat renal biopsy failed to show any significant improvement in amyloid burden. These observations suggest that colchicine may be a useful treatment in reversing the proteinuria of renal amyloidosis associated with drug abuse. Furthermore, clinical improvement may occur before any demonstrable regression in the amyloidosis.

  13. Identification of Somatic Mutations in Primary Cutaneous Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Leg Type by Massive Parallel Sequencing.

    Mareschal, Sylvain; Pham-Ledard, Anne; Viailly, Pierre Julien; Dubois, Sydney; Bertrand, Philippe; Maingonnat, Catherine; Fontanilles, Maxime; Bohers, Elodie; Ruminy, Philippe; Tournier, Isabelle; Courville, Philippe; Lenormand, Bernard; Duval, Anne Bénédicte; Andrieu, Emilie; Verneuil, Laurence; Vergier, Beatrice; Tilly, Hervé; Joly, Pascal; Frebourg, Thierry; Beylot-Barry, Marie; Merlio, Jean-Philippe; Jardin, Fabrice


    To determine whether the mutational profile of primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCLBCL-LT) is unique by comparison with other diffuse large B-cell lymphoma subtypes, we analyzed a total cohort of 20 PCLBCL-LT patients by using next-generation sequencing with a lymphoma panel designed for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. We also analyzed 12 pairs of tumor and control DNA samples by whole-exome sequencing, which led us to perform resequencing of three selected genes not included in the lymphoma panel: TBL1XR1, KLHL6, and IKZF3. Our study clearly identifies an original mutational landscape of PCLBCL-LT with a very restricted set of highly recurrent mutations (>40%) involving MYD88 (p.L265P variant), PIM1, and CD79B. Other genes involved in B-cell signaling, NF-κB activation, or DNA modeling were found altered, notably TBL1XR1 (33%), MYC (26%) CREBBP (26%), and IRF4 (21%) or HIST1H1E (41%). MYD88(L265P) variant was associated with copy number variations or copy neutral loss of heterozygosity in 60% of patients. The most frequent genetic losses involved CDKN2A/2B, TNFAIP3/A20, PRDM1, TCF3, and CIITA. Together, these results show that PCLBCL-LT exhibits a unique mutational landscape, combining highly recurrent hotspot mutations in genes involved in NF-kB and B-cell signaling pathways, which provides a rationale for using selective inhibitors of the B-cell receptor. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Review of eprodisate for the treatment of renal disease in AA amyloidosis

    Javaid MM


    Full Text Available Adam Rumjon1, Thomas Coats1, Muhammad M Javaid21Department of Nephrology, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, 2Department of Nephrology, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, UKAbstract: Secondary (AA amyloidosis is a multisystem disorder complicating chronic infections or inflammatory diseases. It is characterized by extracellular deposit of fibrils composed of fragments of serum amyloid A (SAA, an acute phase reactant protein. The kidney is the most frequent organ involved, manifesting as progressive proteinuria and renal impairment. Attenuation of the level of circulating SAA protein by treating the underlying inflammatory condition remains the primary strategy in treating AA amyloidosis. However, at times, achieving adequate control of protein production can prove difficult. In addition, relapse of renal function often occurs rapidly following any subsequent inflammatory stimulus in patients with existing amyloidosis. Recently there has been an interest in finding other potential strategies targeting amyloid deposits themselves. Eprodisate is a sulfonated molecule with a structure similar to heparan sulfate. It competitively binds to the glycosaminoglycan-binding sites on SAA and inhibits fibril polymerization and amyloid deposition. Recent randomized clinical trial showed that it may slow down progressive renal failure in patients with AA amyloidosis. However confirmatory studies are needed and results of a second Phase III study are eagerly awaited to clarify whether or not eprodisate has a place in treating renal amyloid disease.Keywords: AA amyloidosis, eprodisate, pathogenesis

  15. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography might be useful for diagnosis of hepatic amyloidosis

    Tawada A


    Full Text Available Akinobu Tawada,1 Tatsuo Kanda,1 Takashi Oide,2 Toshio Tsuyuguchi,1 Fumio Imazeki,1,3 Yukio Nakatani,2 Osamu Yokosuka11Department of Gastroenterology, 2Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Chiba University Hospital, Chuo-ku, Chiba, Japan; 3Safety and Health Organization, Chiba University, Inage-ku, Chiba, JapanAbstract: We report on a woman with hepatic involvement of primary systemic (immunoglobulin light chain, AL amyloidosis. Her diagnosis was confirmed by liver biopsy. Clinical symptoms of hepatic amyloidosis are generally mild at its first stage, with most frequent findings being hepatomegaly and alkaline phosphatase elevation. Recent advances in the understanding of the pathophysiology of systemic amyloidosis have made several treatments available. However, its prognosis is occasionally poor. Because liver biopsy is not always safe, other modalities for the diagnosis are needed. Of interest was that fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG uptake into the liver was observed, compared with that into the spleen, in this patient, indicating that FDG positron emission tomography and computed tomography might be useful for the diagnosis of hepatic amyloidosis with mild liver dysfunction.Keywords: amyloidosis, diagnosis, hepatic involvement, FDG PET

  16. Pneumatosis intestinalis due to gastrointestinal amyloidosis: A case report & review of literature

    Khalid, Filza; Kaiyasah, Hadiel; Binfadil, Wafa; Majid, Maiyasa; Hazim, Wessam; ElTayeb, Yousif


    Introduction Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is not a disease but a radiological finding with a poorly understood pathogenesis. It can be divided into primary/idiopathic (15%) or secondary (85%) Kim et al. 2007, based on the factors thought to play a role in its development. Amongst the rare causes of secondary PI is gastrointestinal (GI) amyloidosis. Presentation of the case We report a case of a 46-year-old gentleman who presented with a one month history of acute on chronic abdominal pain, associated with one episode of melena. Upon further investigation, he was found to have pneumoperitoneum. He was taken to the operating theatre, where he was noted to have features of pneumatosis intestinalis of the small bowel with no evidence of bowel perforation. Postoperatively, he underwent an upper GI endoscopy with biopsies that revealed GI amyloidosis. Discussion One of the rare causes that can lead to secondary PI is GI amyloidosis as proven in our case. Patients with symptomatic gastrointestinal amyloidosis usually present with one of four syndromes: gastrointestinal bleeding, malabsorption, protein-losing gastroenteropathy, and, less often, gastrointestinal dysmotility. Conclusion GI amyloidosis is a rare cause of secondary pneumatosis intestinalis. The presentation of the disease varies from patient to patient, therefore, the management should be tailored accordingly. PMID:27085104

  17. [Amyloidosis complicating spondyloarthropathies: Study of 15 cases].

    Rodríguez-Muguruza, Samantha; Martínez-Morillo, Melania; Holgado, Susana; Saenz-Sarda, Xavier; Mateo, Lourdes; Tena, Xavier; Olivé, Alejandro


    Secondary amyloidosis (AA) is a rare complication of rheumatic diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of symptomatic amyloidosis AA in patients with spondyloarthropathy. Retrospective study (1984-2013). We reviewed the medical records of patients with spondyloarthropathy who had a histological diagnosis of amyloidosis AA (15 patients). We identified 1.125 patients with spondyloarthropathies. Fifteen (1.3%) patients with amyloidosis AA were recruited. It was suspected in 14 patients (93.3%) because of nephrotic syndrome in most of them: 14 were symptomatic (93.3%): 5 (33.3%) ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 5 (33.3%) spondylitis associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), 4 (26.7%) psoriatic arthritis, and one (6.7%) reactive arthritis. The mean disease duration was 23.9 years. Mortality after one and 5 years of follow-up was 30 and 50% respectively. The frequency of clinical amyloidosis AA in our patients was 1.3%. There was a marked male predominance, with AS or IBD. Clinical amyloidosis was diagnosed at a relatively late stage in spondyloarthropathy. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  18. Preliminary clinical and pharmacologic investigation of photodynamic therapy with the silicon phthalocyanine photosensitizer Pc 4 for primary or metastatic cutaneous cancers

    Timothy James Kinsella


    Full Text Available Photodynamic therapy (PDT for cutaneous malignancies has been found to be an effective treatment with a range of photosensitizers. The phthalocyanine Pc 4 was developed initially for PDT of primary or metastatic cancers in the skin. A Phase I trial was initiated to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetic profiles of systemically administered Pc 4 followed by red light (Pc 4-PDT in cutaneous malignancies. A dose-escalation study of Pc 4 (starting dose 0.135 mg/m2 at a fixed light fluence (135 J/cm2 of 675-nm light was initiated in patients with primary or metastatic cutaneous malignancies with the aim of establishing the maximum tolerated dose (MTD. Blood samples were taken at intervals over the first 60 hours post-PDT for pharmacokinetic analysis, and patients were evaluated for toxicity and tumor response. A total of 3 patients (2 females with breast cancer and 1 male with cutaneous lymphoma were enrolled and treated over the dose range of 0.135 mg/m2 (first dose level to 0.54 mg/m2 (third dose level. Grade 3 erythema within the photoirradiated area was induced in patient 2, and transient tumor regression in patient 3, in spite of the low photosensitizer doses. Pharmacokinetic observations fit a 3-compartment exponential elimination model with an initial rapid distribution phase (~0.2 hrs and relatively long terminal elimination phase (~28 hrs, Because of restrictive exclusion criteria and resultant poor accrual, the trial was closed before MTD could be reached. While the limited accrual to this initial Phase I study did not establish the MTD nor establish a complete pharmacokinetic and safety profile of intravenous Pc 4-PDT, these preliminary data support further Phase I testing of this new photosensitizer.

  19. Preliminary clinical and pharmacologic investigation of photodynamic therapy with the silicon phthalocyanine photosensitizer pc 4 for primary or metastatic cutaneous cancers.

    Kinsella, Timothy James; Baron, Elma D; Colussi, Valdir C; Cooper, Kevin D; Hoppel, Charles L; Ingalls, Stephen T; Kenney, Malcolm E; Li, Xiaolin; Oleinick, Nancy L; Stevens, Seth R; Remick, Scot C


    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cutaneous malignancies has been found to be an effective treatment with a range of photosensitizers. The phthalocyanine Pc 4 was developed initially for PDT of primary or metastatic cancers in the skin. A Phase I trial was initiated to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetic profiles of systemically administered Pc 4 followed by red light (Pc 4-PDT) in cutaneous malignancies. A dose-escalation study of Pc 4 (starting dose 0.135 mg/m(2)) at a fixed light fluence (135 J/cm(2) of 675-nm light) was initiated in patients with primary or metastatic cutaneous malignancies with the aim of establishing the maximum tolerated dose (MTD). Blood samples were taken at intervals over the first 60 h post-PDT for pharmacokinetic analysis, and patients were evaluated for toxicity and tumor response. A total of three patients (two females with breast cancer and one male with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma) were enrolled and treated over the dose range of 0.135 mg/m(2) (first dose level) to 0.54 mg/m(2) (third dose level). Grade 3 erythema within the photoirradiated area was induced in patient 2, and transient tumor regression in patient 3, in spite of the low photosensitizer doses. Pharmacokinetic observations fit a three-compartment exponential elimination model with an initial rapid distribution phase (∼0.2 h) and relatively long terminal elimination phase (∼28 h), Because of restrictive exclusion criteria and resultant poor accrual, the trial was closed before MTD could be reached. While the limited accrual to this initial Phase I study did not establish the MTD nor establish a complete pharmacokinetic and safety profile of intravenous Pc 4-PDT, these preliminary data support further Phase I testing of this new photosensitizer.

  20. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous renal biopsy-induced accessory renal artery bleeding in an amyloidosis patient

    Zhang Qing


    Full Text Available Abstract Ultrasound-guided percutaneous renal biopsy is an important technique for diagnosis of glomerular diseases, and the biopsy-induced life-threatening bleeding rarely happens. Primary systemic amyloidosis is a rare disease which may lead to organ dysfunction including arterial stiffness. The accessory renal artery is a kind of renal vascular variation which goes into the renal parenchyma directly or via the renal hilum. Here we reported a rare case of percutaneous renal biopsy-induced accessory renal artery life-threatening bleeding in a renal amyloidosis patient, and our experience of successful rescue in this patient. Virtual Slides

  1. Treatment and Outcomes in Patients With Primary Cutaneous B-Cell Lymphoma: The BC Cancer Agency Experience

    Hamilton, Sarah N., E-mail: [University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada); Radiation Therapy Program, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver (Canada); Wai, Elaine S. [Radiation Therapy Program, BC Cancer Agency, Victoria (Canada); Tan, King [Department of Pathology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver (Canada); Alexander, Cheryl [Radiation Therapy Program, BC Cancer Agency, Victoria (Canada); Gascoyne, Randy D. [University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada); Department of Pathology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver (Canada); Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver (Canada); Connors, Joseph M. [University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada); Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver (Canada)


    Purpose: To review the treatment and outcomes of patients with primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (CBCL). Methods and Materials: Clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcomes were analyzed for all patients referred to our institution from 1981 through 2011 with primary CBCL without extracutaneous or distant nodal spread at diagnosis (n=136). Hematopathologists classified 99% of cases using the World Health Organization-European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (WHO-EORTC) guidelines. Results: Median age at diagnosis was 62 years. Classification was 18% diffuse large B-cell leg-type (DLBCL-leg), 32% follicle center (FCCL), 45% marginal zone (MZL), and 6% nonclassifiable (OTHER). Of the 111 subjects with indolent lymphoma (FCCL, MZL, OTHER), 79% received radiation alone (RT), 11% surgery alone, 3% chemotherapy alone, 4% chemotherapy followed by RT, and 3% observation. Following treatment, 29% of subjects relapsed. In-field recurrence occurred in 2% treated with RT and in 33% treated with surgery alone. Of the 25 subjects with DLBCL-leg, 52% received chemotherapy followed by RT, 24% chemotherapy, 20% RT, and 4% surgery alone. Seventy-nine percent received CHOP-type chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin or epirubicin, vincristine, prednisone), 47% with rituximab added. Overall and disease-specific survival and time to progression at 5 years were 81%, 92%, and 69% for indolent and 26%, 61%, and 54% for DLBCL-leg, respectively. On Cox regression analysis of indolent subjects, RT was associated with better time to progression (P=.05). RT dose, chemo, age >60 y, and >1 lesion were not significantly associated with time to progression. For DLBCL-leg, disease-specific survival at 5 years was 100% for those receiving rituximab versus 67% for no rituximab (P=.13). Conclusions: This review demonstrates better outcomes for indolent histology compared with DLBCL-leg, validating the prognostic utility of the WHO-EORTC classification. In the indolent group

  2. Amyloidosis

    ... The biopsy may be taken from your abdominal fat, bone marrow, or an organ such as your liver or kidney. Tissue analysis can help determine the type of amyloid deposit. Imaging tests. Images of the ...

  3. Cutaneous Metastases of the Synchronous Primary Endometrial and Bilateral Ovarian Cancer: An Infrequent Presentation and Literature Review

    Gul Kanyilmaz


    Full Text Available There are limited data about the cutaneous metastases of gynecological malignancies in the literature. Based on this limited number of studies, cutaneous metastases from gynecological malignancies are uncommon occurrences. Cutaneous metastases from the synchronous endometrioid carcinoma of the uterine corpus and bilateral ovaries arising from endometriosis are extremely rare. Herein, we report a 51-year-old woman with FIGO Stage 1A Grade 1 endometrial endometrioid-type adenocarcinoma and synchronous bilateral Stage 1B ovarian endometrioid-type adenocarcinoma who presented 34 months following total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy with skin metastases. After the patient underwent an excisional biopsy, we applied a palliative radiotherapy. The patient received the combination therapy with cisplatin and doxorubicin after the completion of radiotherapy but the disease evolution was rapidly fatal and the patient died 4 months after her admission to our department due to widely disseminated disease.

  4. 2-cm versus 4-cm surgical excision margins for primary cutaneous melanoma thicker than 2 mm: a randomised, multicentre trial

    Gillgren, Peter; Drzewiecki, Krzysztof T; Niin, Marianne;


    Optimum surgical resection margins for patients with clinical stage IIA-C cutaneous melanoma thicker than 2 mm are controversial. The aim of the study was to test whether survival was different for a wide local excision margin of 2 cm compared with a 4-cm excision margin.......Optimum surgical resection margins for patients with clinical stage IIA-C cutaneous melanoma thicker than 2 mm are controversial. The aim of the study was to test whether survival was different for a wide local excision margin of 2 cm compared with a 4-cm excision margin....

  5. p16 expression in cutaneous squamous carcinomas with neck metastases: a potential pitfall in identifying unknown primaries of the head and neck.

    Beadle, Beth M; William, William N; McLemore, Michael S; Sturgis, Erich M; Williams, Michelle D


    Human papillomavirus (HPV) positivity (+) has been used to identify oropharyngeal squamous carcinomas (SCCs) presenting as unknown primaries in the neck. p16 overexpression correlates with HPV+ in the oropharynx; however, the use of p16 alone as a surrogate marker of oropharyngeal HPV+ tumors has not been validated. We immunohistochemically analyzed p16 expression in surgically resected aggressive cutaneous head and neck SCC primaries and their nodal metastases from 24 patients to determine the potential overlap of p16 expression outside of the oropharynx. Five of 24 primary tumors (20.8%) and 3 lymph node metastases (12.5%) in levels II, III, and V, and the periparotid region diffusely expressed p16. HPV (high-risk types by in situ hybridization) was negative. p16 expression is relatively common in lymph node-positive cutaneous head and neck SCCs; thus, p16 expression as an independent biomarker and mechanism to determine the oropharyngeal source of an unknown primary is not advised. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. 2-cm versus 4-cm surgical excision margins for primary cutaneous melanoma thicker than 2 mm: a randomised, multicentre trial

    Gillgren, Peter; Drzewiecki, Krzysztof T; Niin, Marianne;


    Optimum surgical resection margins for patients with clinical stage IIA-C cutaneous melanoma thicker than 2 mm are controversial. The aim of the study was to test whether survival was different for a wide local excision margin of 2 cm compared with a 4-cm excision margin....

  7. Primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma other than marginal zone: clinicopathologic analysis of 161 cases: Comparison with current classification and definition of prognostic markers.

    Lucioni, Marco; Berti, Emilio; Arcaini, Luca; Croci, Giorgio A; Maffi, Aldo; Klersy, Catherine; Goteri, Gaia; Tomasini, Carlo; Quaglino, Pietro; Riboni, Roberta; Arra, Mariarosa; Dallera, Elena; Grandi, Vieri; Alaibac, Mauro; Ramponi, Antonio; Rattotti, Sara; Cabras, Maria Giuseppina; Franceschetti, Silvia; Fraternali-Orcioni, Giulio; Zerbinati, Nicola; Onida, Francesco; Ascani, Stefano; Fierro, Maria Teresa; Rupoli, Serena; Gambacorta, Marcello; Zinzani, Pier Luigi; Pimpinelli, Nicola; Santucci, Marco; Paulli, Marco


    Categorization of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (PCBCL) other than marginal zone (MZL) represents a diagnostic challenge with relevant prognostic implications. The 2008 WHO lymphoma classification recognizes only primary cutaneous follicular center cell lymphoma (PCFCCL) and primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCDLBCL-LT), whereas the previous 2005 WHO/EORTC classification also included an intermediate form, namely PCDLBCL, other. We conducted a retrospective, multicentric, consensus-based revision of the clinicopathologic characteristics of 161 cases of PCBCL other than MZL. Upon the histologic features that are listed in the WHO classification, 96 cases were classified as PCFCCL and 25 as PCDLBCL-LT; 40 further cases did not fit in the former subgroups in terms of cytology and/or architecture, thus were classified as PCDLBCL, not otherwise specified (PCDLBCL-NOS). We assigned all the cases a histogenetic profile, based on the immunohistochemical detection of CD10, BCL6, and MUM1, and a "double hit score" upon positivity for BCL2 and MYC. PCDLBCL-NOS had a clinical presentation more similar to PCFCCL, whereas the histology was more consistent with the picture of a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, as predominantly composed of centroblasts but with intermixed a reactive infiltrate of small lymphocytes. Its behavior was intermediate between the other two forms, particularly when considering only cases with a "non-germinal B-cell" profile, whereas "germinal center" cases resembled PCFCCL. Our data confirmed the aggressive behavior of PCDLBC-LT, which often coexpressed MYC and BCL2. The impact of single factors on 5-year survival was documented, particularly histogenetic profile in PCDLBCL and BCL2 translocation in PCFCCL. Our study confirms that a further group-PCDLBCL-NOS-exists, which can be recognized through a careful combination of histopathologic criteria coupled with adequate clinical information.

  8. Macular Amyloidosis and Epstein-Barr Virus

    Yalda Nahidi


    Full Text Available Background. Amyloidosis is extracellular precipitation of eosinophilic hyaline material of self-origin with special staining features and fibrillar ultrastructure. Macular amyloidosis is limited to the skin, and several factors have been proposed for its pathogenesis. Detection of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV DNA in this lesion suggests that this virus can play a role in pathogenesis of this disease. Objective. EBV DNA detection was done on 30 skin samples with a diagnosis of macular amyloidosis and 31 healthy skin samples in the margin of removed melanocytic nevi by using PCR. Results. In patients positive for beta-globin gene in PCR, BLLF1 gene of EBV virus was positive in 23 patients (8 patients in case and 15 patients in the control group. There was no significant difference in presence of EBV DNA between macular amyloidosis (3.8% and control (23.8% groups (P=0.08. Conclusion. The findings of this study showed that EBV is not involved in pathogenesis of macular amyloidosis.

  9. Cutaneous amebiasis.

    Rimsza, M E; Berg, R A


    An infant with cutaneous amebiasis of the vulva and amebic liver abscess is described. Epidemiologic investigations and serologic studies were crucial in establishing the diagnosis. The vulvar amebic ulcers responded dramatically to metronidazole therapy. Cutaneous amebiasis is a rare complication of Entamoeba histolytica infection which should be considered in the differential diagnosis of perineovulvar or penile ulcers. Cutaneous amebiasis may also occur on the abdominal wall surrounding a draining hepatic abscess, colostomy site, or laparotomy incision.

  10. Colchicine use in isolated renal AA amyloidosis.

    Meneses, Carlos F; Egües, César A; Uriarte, Miren; Belzunegui, Joaquín; Rezola, Marta


    We present the case of a 45-year-old woman, with two-year history of chronic renal insufficiency and proteinuria. A kidney biopsy showed the presence of AA amyloidosis (positive Congo red staining and immunohistochemistry). There was no evidence of amyloid deposits in other organs and there was no underlying disease. AA amyloidosis normally is secondary to chronic inflammatory or infectious diseases. High levels of IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-α play a role in the pathogenesis of amyloidosis and induce the synthesis of serum amyloid A protein (SAA), a precursor of tissue amyloid deposits. We empirically treated the patient with a low dose colchicine. The patient responded well. Colchicine has been used for the treatment of Familiar Mediterranean Fever and related auto-inflammatory diseases. To monitor treatment responses, we measured SAA finding low titers. Soon after treatment onset there were signs of improvement pertaining to proteinuria and stabilization of renal function.

  11. Autologous Stem Cell Transplant for AL Amyloidosis

    Vivek Roy


    Full Text Available AL amyloidosis is caused by clonal plasma cells that produce immunoglobulin light chains which misfold and get deposited as amyloid fibrils. Therapy directed against the plasma cell clone leads to clinical benefit. Melphalan and corticosteroids have been the mainstay of treatment for a number of years and the recent availability of other effective agents (IMiDs and proteasome inhibitors has increased treatment options. Autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT has been used in the treatment of AL amyloidosis for many years. It is associated with high rates of hematologic response and improvement in organ function. However, transplant carries considerable risks. Careful patient selection is important to minimize transplant related morbidity and mortality and ensure optimal patient outcomes. As newer more affective therapies become available the role and timing of ASCT in the overall treatment strategy of AL amyloidosis will need to be continually reassessed.

  12. Surgical management of advanced ocular adnexal amyloidosis.

    Patrinely, J R; Koch, D D


    Ocular adnexal amyloidosis is characterized by amyloid deposition within the deep connective tissue layers of the eyelids, conjunctiva, and anterior orbit. Management of advanced cases has traditionally been unsatisfactory, with either no surgery offered because of fear of hemorrhage or an en bloc resection performed of the entire involved area. We present two cases of advanced periorbital amyloidosis successfully managed by preserving the anatomic planes of the eyelids and meticulously debulking the deposits with a spooned curette. Lax eyelid tendons and aponeuroses were simultaneously repaired, and no sacrifice of eyelid tissues was necessary. One patient remained asymptomatic for 2 years after surgery before developing early reaccumulation in the lower eyelids. The other patient required additional eyelid debulking and ptosis revision 8 months after surgery, but was in stable condition at follow-up 2 years after surgery. This technique offers safe, easily repeatable, nondestructive treatment for advanced periocular amyloidosis.

  13. Primary cutaneous CD4 positive small/medium T-cell lymphoma with high proliferation index and CD30-positive large lymphoid cells.

    Zhang, Ling; Shao, Haipeng


    Primary cutaneous CD4 positive small/medium pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma (SMPTCL) represents a provisional subtype of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with indolent clinical course. A few aggressive fatal cases with increased proliferation rate and few infiltrating CD8 positive T-cells have been reported. We describe a case of SMPTCL with an increased proliferation rate, admixed CD30-positive large lymphoid cells, and few infiltrating CD8 positive T-cells. The lymphoma cells were positive for CD3, CD4, CD2 and CD5, and negative for CD8. A subset of the lymphoma cells was positive for follicular helper T-cell markers bcl-6 and PD-1. There were approximately 20% CD30-positive large lymphoid cells, and Ki-67 showed a moderately high proliferation rate (~40%), mostly in the large lymphoid cells. CD8 infiltrating T-cells were few (cells that followed an indolent clinical course. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy for localized nasopharyngeal amyloidosis. Case report and literature review

    Luo, Ming [Hubei University of Medicine, Department of Clinical Oncology, Taihe Hospital, Shiyan, Hubei (China); Peng, Gang; Shi, Liangliang; Li, Zhenyu; Fei, Shijiang; Ding, Qian; Cheng, Jing [HuaZhong University of Science and Technology, Cancer Center, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Wuhan (China); Ming, Xing [Hubei University of Medicine, Department of infection control and prevention, Taihe Hospital, Shiyan, Hubei (China)


    Primary localized amyloidosis is characterized by the deposition of amyloid proteins restricted to one organ, without systemic involvement. Primary nasopharyngeal amyloidosis is an exceedingly rare condition, for which the standard treatment remains unknown. Because of its challenging anatomical position, surgery alone hardly results in complete resection of the localized amyloidosis. Therefore, an interdisciplinary planning board to design optimal treatment is of particular importance. A 39-year-old man presented with a several-week history of nasal obstruction and epistaxis. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed the presence of a retro-odontoid nonenhancing soft tissue mass. The endoscopic biopsy demonstrated that the mass was amyloid in nature. An extensive systemic workup revealed an absence of inflammatory process, systemic amyloidosis, or plasma cell dyscrasia. The patient was treated with a combination of surgery and radiotherapy, showing no evidence of recurrence or progression at his 1-year follow-up. Primary solitary amyloidosis is a rare form of amyloidosis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a nasopharyngeal amyloidosis case treated with excision and radiation leading to complete remission. Because of the difficulty for surgeons to achieve radical resection with such lesions, radiotherapy proved to be an excellent adjuvant treatment in this case. (orig.) [German] Die primaere lokalisierte Amyloidose ist durch die Ablagerung von Amyloidproteinen gekennzeichnet, die sich auf ein Organ beschraenkt, also nicht systemisch ist. Eine primaere Amyloidose im Nasen-Rachen-Raum ist ausserordentlich selten, bisher gibt es keine Standardtherapie. Ihre anatomische Position bedeutet eine Herausforderung, nur selten resultiert eine chirurgische Intervention in einer vollstaendigen Resektion der lokalisierten Amyloidose. Daher ist die Beteiligung mehrerer Disziplinen fuer eine optimale Behandlung von besonderer

  15. {sup 123}I-Labelled metaiodobenzylguanidine for the evaluation of cardiac sympathetic denervation in early stage amyloidosis

    Noordzij, Walter; Glaudemans, Andor W.J.M.; Rheenen, Ronald W.J. van; Dierckx, Rudi A.J.O.; Slart, Riemer H.J.A. [University of Groningen, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, University Medical Center Groningen, PO Box 30.001, Groningen (Netherlands); Hazenberg, Bouke P.C. [University of Groningen, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Tio, Rene A. [University of Groningen, Department of Cardiology, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands)


    Cardiac amyloidosis is a rare disorder, but it may lead to potentially life-threatening restrictive cardiomyopathy. Cardiac manifestations frequently occur in primary amyloidosis (AL) and familial amyloidosis (ATTR), but are uncommon in secondary amyloidosis (AA). Echocardiography is the method of choice for assessing cardiac amyloidosis. Amyloid deposits impair the function of sympathetic nerve endings. Disturbance of myocardial sympathetic innervations may play an important role in the remodelling process. {sup 123}I-MIBG can detect these innervation changes. Patients with biopsy-proven amyloidosis underwent general work-up, echocardiography and {sup 123}I-MIBG scintigraphy. Left ventricular internal dimensions and wall thickness were measured, and highly refractile cardiac echoes (sparkling) were analysed. Early (15 min) and late (4 h) heart-to-mediastinum ratio (HMR) and wash-out rate were determined after administration of MIBG. Included in the study were 61 patients (30 women and 31 men; mean age 62 years; 39 AL, 11 AA, 11 ATTR). Echocardiographic parameters were not significantly different between the groups. Sparkling was present in 72 % of ATTR patients, in 54 % of AL patients and in 45 % of AA patients. Mean late HMR in all patients was 2.3 {+-} 0.75, and the mean wash-out rate was 8.6 {+-} 14 % (the latter not significantly different between the patient groups). Late HMR was significantly lower in patients with echocardiographic signs of amyloidosis than in patients without (2.0 {+-} 0.70 versus 2.8 {+-} 0.58, p < 0.001). Wash-out rates were significantly higher in these patients (-3.3 {+-} 9.9 % vs. 17 {+-} 10 %, p < 0.001). In ATTR patients without echocardiographic signs of amyloidosis, HMR was lower than in patients with the other types (2.0 {+-} 0.59 vs. 2.9 {+-} 0.50, p = 0.007). MIBG HMR is lower and wash-out rate is higher in patients with echocardiographic signs of amyloidosis. Also, {sup 123}I-MIBG scintigraphy can detect cardiac denervation in

  16. Characterization of the tumor microenvironment in primary cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders: a predominance of CD163-positive M2 macrophages.

    De Souza, Aieska; Tinguely, Marianne; Burghart, Daniel R; Berisha, Arbeneshe; Mertz, Kirsten D; Kempf, Werner


    The tumor microenvironment is essential for tumor survival, growth and progression. There are only a few studies on the tumor microenvironment in cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders. We assessed the composition of the tumor microenvironment using immunohistochemistry studies in skin biopsies from cases diagnosed with lymphomatoid papulosis (LyP: 18 specimens), primary cutaneous anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (PC-ALCL: 8 specimens), and reactive diseases harboring CD30-positive cells (18 specimens). The predominant cells present in LyP and PC-ALCL were CD163+ M2 macrophages (44.7%, 35%), followed by CD8+ tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (11%, 15%), FOXP3+ T-regulatory cells (9%, 4.5%) and programmed cell death 1(PD-1) + lymphocytes (2.2%, 6.8%). In contrast, CD30-positive reactive inflammatory and infectious disorders were characterized by higher numbers of CD123+ plasmacytoid dendritic cells (6.3%) when compared to LyP (1%), and PC-ALCL (1.1%). Key differences exist between the microenvironment of CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders and reactive conditions harboring CD30-positive lymphocytes. The high number of tumor associated macrophages, and the close vicinity of these immune cells to the CD30-positive tumor cells might suggest that tumor associated macrophages have direct influence on tumorigenesis in LyP and ALCL. Therefore, modulation of M2 macrophages may represent a new therapeutic strategy in cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Primaty Cutaneous Histoplasmosis

    Nair S


    Full Text Available A 29-year old woman presented with diffuse swelling of the base of the right thumb along with ulceration. X-ray indicated bony damage. Histopathology showed PAS positive intracellular organisms suggestive of histoplasmosis. We are reporting a very rare case of primary cutaneous histoplasmosis from this part of the country.

  18. The clinical utility and prognostic value of multiparameter flow cytometry immunophenotyping in light-chain amyloidosis.

    Paiva, Bruno; Vídriales, María-Belén; Pérez, José J; López-Berges, María-Consuelo; García-Sanz, Ramón; Ocio, Enrique M; de Las Heras, Natalia; Cuello, Rebeca; García de Coca, Alfonso; Pardal, Emilia; Alonso, José; Sierra, Magdalena; Bárez, Abelardo; Hernández, José; Suárez, Lissbett; Galende, Josefina; Mateos, María-Victoria; San Miguel, Jesús F


    The clinical value of multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC) immunophenotyping in primary or light chain amyloidosis (AL) remains unknown. We studied 44 consecutive bone marrow samples from newly diagnosed patients with amyloidosis; 35 patients with AL and 9 with other forms of amyloidosis. Monoclonal plasma cells (PCs) were identifiable by MFC immunophenotyping in 34 of 35 (97%) patients with AL, whereas it was absent from all but 1 of the 9 (11%) patients with other forms of amyloidosis. Quantification of bone marrow plasma cells (BMPCs) by MFC immunophenotyping was a significant prognostic factor for overall survival (OS) (≤ 1% vs > 1% BMPC cutoff; 2-year OS rates of 90% vs 44%, P = .02). Moreover, detecting persistent normal PCs at diagnosis identifies a subgroup of patients with AL with prolonged OS (> 5% vs ≤ 5% normal PC within all BMPC cutoff, 2-year rates of 88% vs 37%, P = .01). MFC immunophenotyping could be clinically useful for the demonstration of PC clonality in AL and for the prognostication of patients with AL.

  19. Evaluation of follicular T-helper cells in primary cutaneous CD4+ small/medium pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma and dermatitis.

    Ally, Mina S; Prasad Hunasehally, Ranganna Y; Rodriguez-Justo, Manuel; Martin, Blanca; Verdolini, Roberto; Attard, Natalie; Child, Fiona; Attygalle, Ayoma; Whittaker, Sean; Morris, Stephen; Robson, Alistair


    CD4+ small/medium-sized pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma (SMPTCL) is a controversial primary cutaneous lymphoma, in which the candidate neoplastic cells express a follicular T-helper phenotype. We describe 16 cases of SMPTCL and compare expression of PD-1, CXCL-13 and ICOS in these tumors with 40 dermatitis cases. Histopathologic examination and immunocytochemistry were performed for 16 tumors and 40 assorted dermatitis cases. All but one patient presented with solitary lesions. Each biopsy revealed a dense nodular non-epitheliotropic infiltrate of atypical T-cells. Neoplastic cells were CD3+/CD4+/CD8(-)/CD30(-). Cutaneous recurrence occurred in one patient over a median follow up of 8 months (range 5-36). All tumors widely expressed PD-1 and ICOS to a lesser extent. CXCL-13 stained much fewer cells. Of the dermatitis cases, PD-1 (most numerous) and ICOS labeled lymphoid cells in all cases, albeit fewer than in the tumors, and CXCL-13 was negative in 32. A rosette pattern of PD-1 expression was identified in all the SMPTCL cases but not in dermatitis. There remains uncertainty about the appropriate nosological status of SMPTCL, which some authors consider to be a pseudolymphoma. However, this study suggests a significant difference in the prevalence and pattern of follicular T-helper cell markers between this tumor and lymphoid proliferations known to be reactive. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Excellent Outcome of Immunomodulation or Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibition in Highly Refractory Primary Cutaneous Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Leg Type.

    Gupta, Eva; Accurso, Joseph; Sluzevich, Jason; Menke, David M; Tun, Han W


    Primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCDLBCL-LT) is a rare diffuse large B-cell lymphoma confined to the skin of the legs. The typical presentation is characterized by solitary or multiple growing plaques, usually confined to one leg. We report a case of PCDLBCL-LT of activated B-cell subtype characterized by multiple local relapses in the legs, initially, and systemic relapses about seven years after the diagnosis. Local relapses were sensitive to radiation therapy. Cutaneous and systemic relapses responded well to immunomodulatory therapy with lenalidomide followed by Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibition with ibrutinib. Ibrutinib is the only treatment that resulted in long-lasting complete remission. Lenalidomide and especially ibrutinib appear to have a significant activity against this lymphoma and should be incorporated in the treatment of this resistant and aggressive lymphoma. To our knowledge, this is the first case of PCDLBCL-LT reported in the literature exhibiting a complete response to ibrutinib.

  1. Cutaneous Manifestations of Familial Transthyretin Amyloid Polyneuropathy.

    Lanoue, Julien; Wei, Nancy; Gorevic, Peter; Phelps, Robert G


    Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is a rare inherited autosomal dominant form of systemic amyloidosis, which classically presents with severe motor, sensory, and autonomic dysfunction. Cutaneous involvement does not become clinically apparent until late stage symptomatic disease and is rarely reported in modern literature. Here, the authors review the clinical and histologic cutaneous findings of FAP previously described in the literature and report on 3 patients with unique genetic mutations (Thr60Ala and Gly6Ser; Trp41Leu; Glu89Gln) for which cutaneous involvement has not previously been described. Histologically, our patients showed variable amyloid deposition in the subcutaneous adipose tissue, papillary dermis, and dermal blood vessel walls. A review of the literature suggests cutaneous transthyretin deposition is an underrecognized feature of FAP that occurs early on in disease, even before neural involvement and related symptoms as seen in one of our patients. As such, a cutaneous punch biopsy can serve as quick, easy, and relatively noninvasive diagnostic tool in suspected cases.

  2. Amyloidosis of Seminal Vesicles; Incidence and Pathologic Characteristics

    Asuman ARGON


    Full Text Available Objective: Amyloidosis is a rare disease with various etiologies with extracellular amyloid protein depositions. At present, at least 26 distinctive amyloid forms have been detected with different clinical importance and treatment. They have characteristic staning fetaures with Congo red. Amyloid may be detected in 2-10% of prostates that have been removed because of hyperplasia or carcinoma. Amyloidosis of seminal vesicles is accepted as senil amyloidosis and it is not accompanied by systemic amyloidosis or clinical symptoms. This condition is the most common form of localized amyloidosis. In this study we aimed to investigate incidence and histologic characteristics of amyloidosis of seminal vesicles in radical prostatectomy materials of the patients whose prostate carcinomas were treated surgically.Material and Method: Amyloid depositions in seminal vesicles of 207 radical prostatectomy materials that prostates had been removed due to localized prostate carcinoma. Amyloid depositions were confirmed with Congo red staining and polarization microscope.Results: Amyloidosis of seminal vesicles was detected in 10 (4.8% of cases. Mean age of the patients is 66.2 years. Amyloid depositions tend to be nodular and bilateral in subepithelial region of affected seminal vesicles. Amyloid depositions were not detected in blood vessels in seminal vesicles or prostate parenchyma.Conclusion: Localized amyloidosis of seminal vesicles is not an unusual finding. amyloidosis of seminal vesicles incidence in Turkish patients included in this study and histopathologic characteristics of these patients are not different from the other studies. Systemic AA amyloidosis is the most common form of amyloidosis in our country. To be aware of amyloidosis of seminal vesicles is of importance in discrimination from the other forms of amyloidosis.

  3. Adenocarcinoma metastático cutâneo de origem desconhecida: Relato de um caso Metastatic cutaneous adenocarcinoma of unknown primary site: Case report

    Caio Sergio Rizkallah Nahas


    Full Text Available RACIONAL: Metástases podem ser a primeira manifestação de adenocarcinoma. Cerca de 60% destas podem ser cutâneas e correspondem a casos de neoplasia em estágio avançado. A procura pelo sítio primário é onerosa, sendo necessário o emprego de diversos exames de imagem, endoscópicos e imunoistoquímicos. Apesar disto, o sítio primário é descoberto somente em 15% a 20% dos pacientes, sendo os demais casos reconhecidos nas autopsias. OBJETIVO: Relatar um caso de adenocarcinoma, moderadamente diferenciado metastático cutâneo, de sítio primário desconhecido. A região acometida foi a pele da fossa ilíaca esquerda. RESULTADOS: A lesão foi ressecada cirurgicamente. O sítio primário não foi identificado por nenhum exame de imagem ou endoscópico. O estudo imunoistoquímico revelou o seguinte padrão de imunoperoxidase: CEA negativo, CK7 positivo, CK20 negativo e PSA negativo. Com base nestes achados, foram afastados tumores primários do intestino grosso e da próstata (PSA, CK20 e CEA negativos. Os principais sítios primários aventados foram pâncreas e vias biliares. CONCLUSÃO: A procura pelo sítio primário de adenocarcinoma metastático continua sendo tarefa difícil, onerosa e com pouco impacto no tratamento dos pacientes acometidos.BACKGROUND: Metastases may be the first manifestation of adenocarcinoma. Up to 60% are cutaneous and present in advanced stage neoplasms. Research for the primary site is costly and requires endoscopy, imaging and immunohistochemical exams. The primary site becomes obvious in only 15% to 20% of live patients and is detected mainly at autopsy. AIM: To report a case of metastatic cutaneous moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of unknown primary site, located in the lower left abdomen. RESULTS: The lesion was surgically resected. Primary site was not found by any imaging or endoscopy exams. The immunohistochemistry was negative for CEA, CK20, PSA and positive for CK7. Based on these exams

  4. Cutaneous loxoscelism

    Purohit S


    Full Text Available A case of spider bitea presenting as cutaneous loxoscelism is reported. The clinical features and management of spider bite are highlighted and the relevant literature has been reviewed

  5. Primary Cutaneous Cryptococcosis Treated with Debridement and Fluconazole Monotherapy in an Immunosuppressed Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

    Jennifer Wang


    Full Text Available Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic yeast present in the environment. Practitioners are familiar with the presentation and management of the most common manifestation of cryptococcal infection, meningoencephalitis, in patients with AIDS or other conditions of immunocompromise. There is less awareness, however, of uncommon presentations where experience rather than evidence guides therapy. We report a case of primary cutaneous cryptococcosis (PCC in a patient who had been immunosuppressed by chronic high-dose corticosteroid for the treatment of severe asthma. This case highlights the importance of early recognition of aggressive cellulitis that fails standard empiric antibiotic treatment in an immunocompromised patient. It also demonstrates successful treatment of PCC with a multispecialty approach including local debridement and fluconazole monotherapy.

  6. Up-regulation of Human Leukocyte Antigen G Expression in Primary Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma Associated with Host-vs-tumor Immune Response

    Xianfeng FANG; Xuxin ZHANG; Jiawen LI


    Human leukocyte antigen G (HLA-G) is one of the molecules implicated in immunotolerance. To investigate the role of HLA-G in primary cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM), a series of 47 skin melanocytic lesions were immunohistochemicaily evaluated. The correlation between HLA-G expression and CMM clinicohistopahtologicai data and Bcl-2 expression was also analyzed.HLA-G expression was detected in a variety of cell types. No significant difference in HLA-G expression was observed between malignant and non-malignant melanocytic lesions. HLA-G expres- sion was significantly correlated with the inflammatory infiltration and Bel-2 expression, whereas no significant correlation with ulceration, tumor thickness, clinical stage, histopathologicai subtypes were observed. HLA-G expression may be the result of host immune reaction in tumor microenvi- ronment rather than a malignant feature of CMM.

  7. Characterization of systemic disease in primary Sjögren's syndrome: EULAR-SS Task Force recommendations for articular, cutaneous, pulmonary and renal involvements.

    Ramos-Casals, Manuel; Brito-Zerón, Pilar; Seror, Raphaèle; Bootsma, Hendrika; Bowman, Simon J; Dörner, Thomas; Gottenberg, Jacques-Eric; Mariette, Xavier; Theander, Elke; Bombardieri, Stefano; De Vita, Salvatore; Mandl, Thomas; Ng, Wan-Fai; Kruize, Aike; Tzioufas, Athanasios; Vitali, Claudio


    To reach a European consensus on the definition and characterization of the main organ-specific extraglandular manifestations in primary SS. The EULAR-SS Task Force Group steering committee agreed to approach SS-related systemic involvement according to the EULAR SS Disease Activity Index (ESSDAI) classification and proposed the preparation of four separate manuscripts: articular, cutaneous, pulmonary and renal ESSDAI involvement; muscular, peripheral nervous system, CNS and haematological ESSDAI involvement; organs not included in the ESSDAI classification; and lymphoproliferative disease. Currently available evidence was obtained by a systematic literature review focused on SS-related systemic features. The following information was summarized for articular, cutaneous, pulmonary and renal involvement: a clear, consensual definition of the clinical feature, a brief epidemiological description including an estimate of the prevalence reported in the main clinical series and a brief list of the key clinical and diagnostic features that could help physicians clearly identify these features. Unfortunately we found that the body of evidence relied predominantly on information retrieved from individual cases, and the scientific information provided was heterogeneous. The analysis of types of involvement was biased due to the unbalanced reporting of severe cases over non-severe cases, although the main sources of bias were the heterogeneous definitions of organ involvement (or even the lack of definition in some studies) and the heterogeneous diagnostic approach used in studies to investigate involvment of each organ. The proposals included in this article are a first step to developing an optimal diagnostic approach to systemic involvement in primary SS and may pave the way for further development of evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology. All rights

  8. Subtle neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive changes in hereditary gelsolin amyloidosis (AGel amyloidosis

    Mari Kantanen


    Full Text Available Hereditary gelsolin amyloidosis (AGel amyloidosis is an autosomal dominant form of systemic amyloidosis caused by a c.640G>A or c.640G>T mutation in the gene coding for gelsolin. Principal clinical manifestations include corneal lattice dystrophy, cranial neuropathy and cutis laxa with vascular fragility. Signs of minor CNS involvement have also been observed, possibly related to cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA. To investigate further if AGel amyloidosis carries a risk for a specific neuropsychological or psychiatric symptomatology we studied 35 AGel patients and 29 control subjects. Neuropsychological tests showed abnormalities in visuocontructional and -spatial performance in AGel patients, also some indication of problems in processing efficacy was found. At psychiatric evaluation the patient group showed more psychiatric symptomatology, mainly depression. In brain MRI, available in 16 patients and 14 controls, we found microhemorrhages or microcalcifications only in the patient group, although the number of findings was small. Our study shows that AGel amyloidosis can be associated with visuoconstructional problems and depression, but severe neuropsychiatric involvement is not characteristic. The gelsolin mutation may even induce cerebrovascular fragility, but further epidemiological and histopathological as well as longitudinal follow-up studies are needed to clarify gelsolin-related vascular pathology and its clinical consequences.

  9. Poor Outcomes in Hepatic Amyloidosis: A Report of 2 Cases

    Kertowidjojo, Elizabeth; Zhang, Yue; Patel, Pruthvi


    Hepatic amyloidosis is a rare disease entity that results from insoluble amyloid protein deposition in the liver. The disease often presents with vague, nonspecific clinical features. Currently, there is little literature describing treatment outcomes for biopsy-proven hepatic amyloidosis and current treatment guidelines recommend that patients enroll in a clinical trial due to insufficient evidence to suggest an optimal treatment regimen. Here, we present two cases of hepatic amyloidosis at an academic medical center and describe their presentation, treatment, and outcomes. These cases highlight the poor outcomes and difficult management of hepatic amyloidosis. Further understanding and investigation of this rare disease are warranted.

  10. 苔藓样型和斑状型原发性皮肤淀粉样变的病理改变%Histopathological Findings of Primary Cutaneous Lichenoid and Macular Amyloidosis

    杨敏; 李邻峰; 常建民


    目的 总结和比较苔藓样型(LA)和斑状型(MA)原发性皮肤淀粉样变(PCA)的组织病理学特点.方法 回顾性分析了2003~2008年在北京医院皮肤科门诊确诊为PCA的82例患者HE染色的病理切片,比较了LA和MA的特异性病理表现.结果 82例患者中,52例(63%)为LA,30例(37%)为MA;有49例(60%)在淀粉样蛋白沉积上方基底细胞内出现核固缩现象;18例(22%)棘细胞层出现帕杰样角化不良细胞.LA的淀粉样蛋白沉积程度明显高于MA,但色素失禁程度明显低于MA(P<0.01).结论 淀粉样蛋白可能来源于凋亡的角质形成细胞.

  11. Hereditary Transthyretin Amyloidosis in Eight Chinese Families

    Ling-Chao Meng; He Lyu; Wei Zhang; Jing Liu; Zhao-Xia Wang; Yun Yuan


    Background:Mutations of transthyretin (TTR) cause the most common type of autosomal-dominant hereditary systemic amyloidosis,which occurs worldwide.To date,more and more mutations in the TTR gene have been reported.Some variations in the clinical presentation are often observed in patients with the same mutation or the patients in the same family.The purpose of this study was to find out the clinicopathologic and genetic features of Chinese patients with hereditary TTR amyloidosis.Methods:Clinical and necessary examination materials were collected from nine patients of eight families with hereditary TTR amyloidosis at Peking University First Hospital from January 2007 to November 2014.Sural nerve biopsies were taken for eight patients and skin biopsies were taken in the calf/upper arm for two patients,for light and electron microscopy examination.The TTR genes from the nine patients were analyzed.Results:The onset age varied from 23 to 68 years.The main manifestations were paresthesia,proximal and/or distal weakness,autonomic dysfunction,cardiomyopathy,vitreous opacity,hearing loss,and glossohypertrophia.Nerve biopsy demonstrated severe loss ofmyelinated fibers in seven cases and amyloid deposits in three.One patient had skin amyloid deposits which were revealed from electron microscopic examination.Genetic analysis showed six kinds of mutations of TTR gene,including Val30Met,Phe33Leu,Ala36Pro,Val30Ala,Phe33Val,and Glu42Gly in exon 2.Conclusions:Since the pathological examinations of sural nerve were negative for amyloid deposition in most patients,the screening for TTR mutations should be performed in all the adult patients,who are clinically suspected with hereditary TTR amyloidosis.

  12. Cutaneous sarcoidosis.

    Wilson, N J; King, C M


    Sarcoidosis is a multi-organ granulomatous disorder of unknown cause. Skin sarcoidosis occurs in about 25% of patients with systemic disease and may also arise in isolation. A wide range of clinical presentations of cutaneous sarcoidosis is recognised. The diagnosis rests on the presence of non-caseating granulomas on skin biopsy and the exclusion of other granulomatous skin disease. The treatment and overall prognosis of cutaneous sarcoidosis is primarily dependent on the degree of systemic involvement. In patients with aggressive disease limited to the skin immunosuppressive therapy may be indicated.

  13. Can videolaryngoscopy be a first option in a patient with laryngeal amyloidosis?

    España Fuente, L; Mella Pérez, G; Laserna Cocina, B; González González, J L


    Amyloidosis is a term that involves a group of diseases characterised by deposition of extracellular monoclonal light-chain fibrillar immunoglobulin aggregates in the body, including many organs, with the larynx among them. A case is presented of a 78 year-old man who was referred to our institution for strangulated umbilical hernia treatment. He suffered from progressive hoarseness and dysphagia for 5months. He had a history of primary laryngeal amyloidosis. Awake intubation was performed successful with the King Vision(®) video-laryngoscopy. Sedation was achieved using a remifentanil infusion and midazolam. Haemorrhagic lesions are caused by deposition of amyloid in and around vessels, resulting in increased vascular fragility. Therefore, anaesthetists should take care in intubating the tracheas of these patients. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Dysautonomias in Amyloidosis: : Need for an interdisciplinary approach

    Hazenberg, B. P. C.


    Systemic amyloidosis is a life-threatening and frequently unrecognized cause of dysautonomia. Autonomic neuropathy is a common manifestation of AL amyloidosis (caused by deposition of an immunoglobulin free light chain produced by an underlying plasma cell clone) and of autosomal dominant hereditary

  15. Renal amyloid A amyloidosis as a complication of hidradenitis suppurativa

    Schandorff, Kristine D; Miller, Iben M; Krustrup, Dorrit;


    Rheumatic disease is the dominant cause of amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis, but other chronic inflammatory diseases may have similar consequences. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a relatively common, but little known skin disease characterized by chronic inflammation. Here we present a case of chroni...... HS leading to biopsy-verified severe renal AA amyloidosis and dialysis dependency....

  16. Nephrotic Syndrome Associated with Lung Cancer: A Rare Case of Malignancy Associated with AA Amyloidosis.

    Gueutin, Victor; Langlois, Anne-Lyse; Shehwaro, Nathalie; Elharraqui, Ryme; Rouvier, Philippe; Izzedine, Hassane


    Nonhematologic malignancies are rarely reported to be associated with AA amyloidosis. Although the association between renal cell carcinoma and systemic AA amyloidosis has been established, the evidence linking pulmonary cancer to AA amyloidosis is scarce. Here, a case of biopsy-proven renal AA amyloidosis complicated with nephrotic syndrome associated with lung carcinoma is reported.

  17. Nephrotic Syndrome Associated with Lung Cancer: A Rare Case of Malignancy Associated with AA Amyloidosis

    Victor Gueutin


    Full Text Available Nonhematologic malignancies are rarely reported to be associated with AA amyloidosis. Although the association between renal cell carcinoma and systemic AA amyloidosis has been established, the evidence linking pulmonary cancer to AA amyloidosis is scarce. Here, a case of biopsy-proven renal AA amyloidosis complicated with nephrotic syndrome associated with lung carcinoma is reported.

  18. Imaging cardiac amyloidosis: a pilot study using {sup 18}F-florbetapir positron emission tomography

    Dorbala, Sharmila [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Program, Heart and Vascular Center, Departments of Radiology and Medicine (Cardiology), Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cardiovascular Division and the Cardiac Amyloidosis Program, Department of Medicine, Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Boston, MA (United States); Vangala, Divya; Semer, James; Strader, Christopher; Bruyere, John R.; Moore, Stephen C. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Boston, MA (United States); Di Carli, Marcelo F. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Program, Heart and Vascular Center, Departments of Radiology and Medicine (Cardiology), Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Boston, MA (United States); Falk, Rodney H. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cardiovascular Division and the Cardiac Amyloidosis Program, Department of Medicine, Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Boston, MA (United States)


    Cardiac amyloidosis, a restrictive heart disease with high mortality and morbidity, is underdiagnosed due to limited targeted diagnostic imaging. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of {sup 18}F-florbetapir for imaging cardiac amyloidosis. We performed a pilot study of cardiac {sup 18}F-florbetapir PET in 14 subjects: 5 control subjects without amyloidosis and 9 subjects with documented cardiac amyloidosis. Standardized uptake values (SUV) of {sup 18}F-florbetapir in the left ventricular (LV) myocardium, blood pool, liver, and vertebral bone were determined. A {sup 18}F-florbetapir retention index (RI) was computed. Mean LV myocardial SUVs, target-to-background ratio (TBR, myocardial/blood pool SUV ratio) and myocardial-to-liver SUV ratio between 0 and 30 min were calculated. Left and right ventricular myocardial uptake of {sup 18}F-florbetapir were noted in all the amyloid subjects and in none of the control subjects. The RI, TBR, LV myocardial SUV and LV myocardial to liver SUV ratio were all significantly higher in the amyloidosis subjects than in the control subjects (RI median 0.043 min{sup -1}, IQR 0.034 - 0.051 min{sup -1}, vs. 0.023 min{sup -1}, IQR 0.015 - 0.025 min{sup -1}, P = 0.002; TBR 1.84, 1.64 - 2.50, vs. 1.26, IQR 0.91 - 1.36, P = 0.001; LV myocardial SUV 3.84, IQR 1.87 - 5.65, vs. 1.35, IQR 1.17 - 2.28, P = 0.029; ratio of LV myocardial to liver SUV 0.67, IQR 0.44 - 1.64, vs. 0.18, IQR 0.15 - 0.35, P = 0.004). The myocardial RI, TBR and myocardial to liver SUV ratio also distinguished the control subjects from subjects with transthyretin and those with light chain amyloid. {sup 18}F-Florbetapir PET may be a promising technique to image light chain and transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis. Its role in diagnosing amyloid in other organ systems and in assessing response to therapy needs to be further studied. (orig.)

  19. Is colchicine therapy effective in all patients with secondary amyloidosis?

    Unverdi, Selman; Inal, Salih; Ceri, Mevlut; Unverdi, Hatice; Batgi, Hikmetullah; Tuna, Rana; Ozturk, Mehmet Akif; Guz, Galip; Duranay, Murat


    Although colchicine is effective on prevention and regression of amyloidosis in many cases, rate of unresponsiveness to colchicine therapy is not too low. However, there is no sufficient data about which factors effect to response of colchicine therapy on regression of amyloidosis. 24 patients with renal amyloidosis were enrolled into the study. The patients were divided in two groups according to urinary protein excretions: non-nephrotic stage (14/24) and nephrotic stage (10/24). The patients were also categorized according to the etiology of amyloidosis; familial Mediterranean fever (FMF)-associated amyloidosis (15/24) versus rheumatoid disorders (RD)-associated amyloidosis (9/24). The changes of amount of proteinuria and estimated glomerular filtration rates were investigated after colchicine treatment started in these groups. The mean follow-up period was 27.7 ± 19.2 months. After initiating colchicine therapy, the degree of proteinuria was decreased higher than 50% in 11/14 (78%) of non-nephrotic patients and elevated only in three (22%) patients. In nephrotic group, proteinuria was increased in 5/10 (50%) of patients. Glomerular filtration rates were stable in nephrotic and non-nephrotic groups. Presenting with nephrotic syndrome was higher in RD-associated amyloidosis (RD_A) group (5/9) than FMF-associated amyloidosis (FMF_A) group (5/15) without statistical significance (p > 0.05). After colchicine treatment, proteinuria was decreased in 12/15 patients in FMF_A group, however, the significant decreasing of proteinuria was not observed in RD_A group (p = 0.05 vs. p > 0.05). Colchicine therapy was found more effective in low proteinuric stage of amyloidosis. The beneficial effect of colchicine therapy was not observed in patients with RD- associated amyloidosis.

  20. Amiloidosis oral nodular Oral nodular amyloidosis

    P. Martos Díaz


    Full Text Available Introducción. La amiloidosis constituye una entidad marcada por el depósito de amiloide en diferentes tejidos. En la cavidad oral se manifiesta habitualmente en forma de macroglosia, y más raramente, como nódulos dispuestos en la superficie. Caso clínico. Varón afecto de Mieloma Múltiple, que comienza con lesiones nodulares en labio inferior y lengua. A raíz de estas lesiones, mediante estudio histológico, es diagnosticado de Amiloidosis Sistémica. Discusión. Los nódulos amiloideos en la cavidad oral, constituyen una manifestación rara de la amiloidosis sistémica. Su aparición conlleva la necesidad de realizar un diagnostico diferencial con otras entidades y el diagnostico de certeza se obtiene mediante el análisis histológico.Introduction. Amyloidosis is a condition characterized by the deposit of amyloid in different tissues. In the oral cavity it is usually manifested as macroglossia and, more rarely, as nodules on the surface. Clinical case. A man had multiple myeloma that began with nodular lesions of the lower lip and tongue. As a result of these lesions, the patient was diagnosed of systemic amyloidosis by histological study. Discussion. Amyloid nodules in the oral cavity are a rare manifestation of systemic amyloidosis. Its appearance entails the necessity to make I diagnose differential with other organizations and I diagnose of certainty is obtained by means of the histological analysis.




    Full Text Available La amiloidosis es un término genérico para un conjunto de enfermedades que comparten como hecho común el depósito extracelular de proteínas patológicas. A grandes rasgos se divide en sistémica y localizada. Ambas pueden presentar compromiso pulmonar. Actualmente, su clasificación, se basa en las proteínas precursoras del amiloide. Es una patología poco frecuente, reportándose en USA una incidencia de 5,1 a 12,8 por millón de personas. Presentamos un caso de un enfermo de 32 años de edad obeso con antecedentes de tabaquismo y Diabetes Mellitus 2, asintomático que frente a una neumonía con mala respuesta al tratamiento se plantea una patología maligna y el estudio histológico demuestra amiloidosis. El análisis del caso clínico configura el diagnostico de Amiloidosis localizada endobronquialAmyloidosis is a generic term for a group of diseases that share the common feature of extracelular deposit of pathologic proteins. Systemic and localized forms are recognized. Both can produce pulmonary involvement. The current classification is based on the nature of the precursor of the amyloid. It is an infrequent condition, in USA the incidence is 5.1 to 12.8 per million of people. We present a case of a 32 years old male, obese, light smoker with Diabetes Mellitus 2, asymptomatic, with a pneumonia and poor response to treatment. The first diagnostic approach was a malignant disease and the histological study showed Amyloidosis. The analysis of the case suggest the diagnosis of tracheobronchial amyloidosis

  2. Skin deposits in hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis

    Benedikz, Eirikur; Blöndal, H; Gudmundsson, G


    Clinically normal skin from 47 individuals aged 9-70 years was investigated. Cystatin C amyloid deposits were found in various locations of the skin by light and/or electron microscopy, in all 12 patients with a clinical history of hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis (HCCA). Six asymptomatic...... individuals, who had the Alu 1 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) marker reported to cosegregate with the disease, also had cystatin C amyloid deposits in the skin. Three asymptomatic individuals (age 17-46) belonging to the HCCA families were without amyloid in the skin but had Alu 1 RFLP marker...

  3. [Initial evaluation, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and follow-up of patients with primary cutaneous malignant melanoma. Consensus statement of the Network of Catalan and Balearic Melanoma Centers].

    Mangas, C; Paradelo, C; Puig, S; Gallardo, F; Marcoval, J; Azon, A; Bartralot, R; Bel, S; Bigatà, X; Curcó, N; Dalmau, J; del Pozo, L J; Ferrándiz, C; Formigón, M; González, A; Just, M; Llambrich, A; Llistosella, E; Malvehy, J; Martí, R M; Nogués, M E; Pedragosa, R; Rocamora, V; Sàbat, M; Salleras, M


    The consensus statement on the management of primary cutaneous melanoma that we present here was based on selection, discussion, review, and comparison of recent literature (including national and international guidelines). The protocols for the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up used in the hospital centers throughout Catalonia and the Balearic Isles belonging to the Network of Catalan and Balearic Melanoma Centers were also considered. The main objective of this statement was to present the overall management of melanoma patients typically used in our region at the present time. As such, the statement was not designed to be an obligatory protocol for health professionals caring for this group of patients, and neither can it nor should it be used for this purpose. Professionals reading the statement should not therefore consider it binding on their practice, and in no case can this text be used to guarantee or seek responsibility for a given medical opinion. The group of dermatologists who have signed this statement was created 3 years ago with the aim of making our authorities aware of the importance of this complex tumor, which, in comparison with other types of cancer, we believe does not receive sufficient attention in Spain. In addition, the regular meetings of the group have produced interesting proposals for collaboration in various epidemiological, clinical, and basic applied research projects on the subject of malignant melanoma in our society.

  4. Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma.

    Porter, Christopher J W; Januszkiewicz, Janek S


    Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma is a rare soft-tissue sarcoma with negligible metastatic potential, but local recurrence rates after surgical excision have ranged from 14 percent to 42 percent. Unlike other sarcomas, guidelines for the optimal surgical excision margin of cutaneous leiomyosarcoma are not clearly defined in the existing literature. A review of local experience with this condition revealed eight patients over 12 years, none of whom developed local recurrence or distant metastases. This is despite poor prognostic factors in seven patients and excision margins ranging from 1 to 27 mm. These findings are compared with previously published data, and conclusions are drawn based on analysis of the collective results. Complete surgical excision with a narrow margin is recommended, and patients should be observed for a minimum of 5 years after surgery.

  5. Remote Cutaneous Breast Carcinoma Metastasis Mimicking Dermatitis

    Annakan V Navaratnam


    Full Text Available Cutaneous metastases from primary internal malignancies are an uncommon presentation. Cutaneous metastases are more frequently seen in breast cancer than in any other visceral malignancy in women. Medical practitioners should be vigilant of the possibility of unusual presentations of metastatic disease in breast cancer patients with lobular carcinoma presenting as cutaneous lesions mimicking benign dermatological conditions. Herein, we present a case of a 75-year-old woman presenting with cutaneous lobular breast carcinoma metastases on her anterior right leg, which had previously been misdiagnosed as dermatitis for 9 years.

  6. Differences in tumor thickness between hematoxylin and eosin and Melan-A immunohistochemically stained primary cutaneous melanomas.

    Drabeni, Marina; Lopez-Vilaró, Laura; Barranco, Carlos; Trevisan, Giusto; Gallardo, Fernando; Pujol, Ramon M


    Tumor thickness (Breslow thickness) represents the main prognostic factor in primary melanoma. Potential differences in melanoma tumor thickness measurements between conventional hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Melan-A immunohistochemical staining were evaluated. Ninety-nine excisional biopsies were included in the study. From each sample, 2 consecutive histological sections were stained with H&E and Melan-A, respectively. Tumor thickness was measured from both sections by 2 independent observers. In 59 biopsy specimens (59.6%), higher tumor thickness measurements were recorded in Melan-A-stained than in H&E-stained sections. In 42.4% of such cases (25 biopsies), the observed differences were ≥0.2 mm. After Melan-A evaluation, 33% of in situ melanoma cases were reclassified as invasive melanoma, with thickness measurements ranging from 0.15 to 0.35 mm. In 23 biopsies, identical values were recorded with both techniques, whereas in 17 cases, measurements obtained with H&E staining were slightly higher (from 0.01 to 0.18 mm) than those obtained with Melan-A staining. A high rate of interobserver agreement was noted, and significant intertechnique measurement differences were detected. Significant discrepancies (≥0.2 mm) in thickness measurements between the 2 techniques were mainly attributed to the presence of individual or small clusters of melanocytic cells in the papillary dermis. These melanocytic cells could be easily overlooked in H&E-stained sections, especially in sections showing dense lymphohistiocytic inflammatory infiltrates, numerous melanin-containing histiocytic cells in the upper dermis, or extensive fibrotic changes or regression phenomena. This study confirms the practical interest of immunohistochemical staining with Melan-A in evaluating primary melanoma and, specifically, in situ melanoma cases.

  7. Problems in Cutaneous Communication from Psychophysics to Information Processing.

    Gilmer, B. VonHaller; Clark, Leslie L., Ed.

    After reviewing the history of communication through the skin, this paper considers recent research into the problem of cutaneous stimulation induced both mechanically and electrically. The general demands of a cutaneous communication system are discussed, and four primary dimensions of cutaneous stimulation are summarized (locus, intensity,…

  8. Cutaneous manifestations of familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy.

    Rocha, N; Velho, G; Horta, M; Martins, A; Massa, A


    Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy is an autosomal dominant amyloidosis, characterized by the systemic deposition of amyloid with a particular involvement of the peripheral nerves. The disease generally manifests as a severe sensory, motor and autonomic neuropathy. Cardiomyopathy, nephropathy, vitreous opacities and carpal tunnel syndrome may occur in a variable association with the neuropathy. Trophic dermatological lesions are frequent in the more advanced stages of the disease. We examined the skin of 142 patients. The cutaneous manifestations more frequently observed were: xerosis (81.6%), seborrheic dermatitis (21.8%), traumatic and burn lesions (19.7%), acne (18.3%), neurotrophic ulcers (14%) and onychomycosis (10.5%). Among the hepatic transplanted patients (31%), seborrheic dermatitis and acne were the most frequent diagnoses.

  9. Tetany and osteolysis in light chain myeloma with amyloidosis.

    Bhakri, H. L.; Cundy, T. F.; Pettingale, K. W.


    A patient is described with light chain myeloma and amyloidosis in whom 2 unusual complications occurred, diffuse osteolytic lesions and tetany. These observations extend the previously recognized clinical spectrum of this disorder. Images Fig. 1 PMID:6413962

  10. [Otolaryngological complaints in tongue amyloidosis: a case report].

    Pons Rocher, F; Guallart Doménech, F; Mompó Romero, L; Artazkozl del Toro, J J; Serrano Badía, E; Dalmau Galofré, J; Faubel Serra, M


    We present a case of Amyloidosis of the oral cavity associated to multiple mieloma, with otolaryngological symptom. Review of structural characterization of the disease, its pathogenesis and clinical disorders when displayed in thyroid, oral cavity and upper respiratory tract.

  11. Renal amyloidosis due to familial Mediterranean fever misdiagnosed

    Iman Hama


    Full Text Available Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF, MIM 249100 is an autosomal recessive disease affecting mainly patients of the Mediterranean basin. It is an autoinflammatory periodic disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and abdominal pain, synovitis, and pleuritis. The major complication of FMF is the development of renal AA amyloidosis. Treatment with colchicine prevents the occurrence of recurrent seizures and renal amyloidosis. The disease is caused by mutations in the MEFV gene. We report here the cases of two unrelated patients, who have been late diagnosed with FMF complicated by renal amyloidosis. We focus on the importance of early diagnosis of FMF, both to start rapidly treatment with colchicine and avoid renal amyloidosis, and to provide genetic counseling to families.

  12. AA amyloidosis associated with systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

    Saha, Abhijeet; Chopra, Yogiraj; Theis, Jason D; Vrana, Julie A; Sethi, Sanjeev


    We report a 12-year-old boy with nephrotic syndrome due to renal AA amyloidosis. The AA amyloidosis was associated with a 3-year history of systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The presence of serum amyloid A protein was confirmed by laser microdissection of Congo Red-positive glomeruli and vessels followed by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry; this analysis excluded hereditary and familial amyloidosis. Aggressive management of the systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis resulted in improvement in clinical and laboratory parameters. The case represents an unusual cause of nephrotic syndrome in children. Early diagnosis of renal amyloidosis and management of systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis is paramount to preventing progression of kidney disease.

  13. Solitary plasmacytoma of spine with amyloidosis

    Cui-yun SUN


    Full Text Available Objective To report the diagnosis and treatment of one case of solitary plasmacytoma of spine with amyloidosis and investigate the clinicopathological features combined with literatures. Methods and Results The patient was a 46-year-old woman. She suffered from weakness of both lower limbs, unsteady gait and numbness of toes for 20 d. MRI examination revealed an irregular mass behind the spinal cord at T5-7 level and T6-7 vertebral body accessory. The enhanced MRI showed obvious heterogeneous enhancement. The border was clear and spinal dura mater was compressed to shift forward. During operation, T5-7 processus spinosus and vertebral laminae were eroded, and the cortex of bone showed "moth-eaten" erosion. The intraspinal and extradural lesion had rich blood supply, loose bone structure and intact spinal dura mater. Histologically, tumor cells were composed of intensive small cells, and focal plasmacytoid cells were seen. Flake pink staining substance was among them. Artificial cracks were common and multinuclear giant tumor cells were scatteredly distributed. Immunohistochemical analysis showed the cytoplasm of tumor cells were diffusely positive for CD138, CD38 and vimentin (Vim,scatteredly positive for leukocyte common antigen (LCA, and negative for immune globulin κ light chain(IgGκ and λ light chain (IgGλ, CD99, S-100 protein (S-100, pan cytokeratin (PCK, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA, HMB45 and CD34. The Ki-67 labeling index was 1.25%. Congo red staining showed the pink staining substance was brownish red. Hybridization in situ examination showed the DNA content of IgGκ was more than that of IgGλ. The final pathological diagnosis was solitary plasmacytoma of spine with amyloidosis. The patient was treated with postoperative chemotherapy, and there was no recurrence or metastasis during 18-month follow-up period. Conclusions Solitary plasmacytoma of spine with amyloidosis is a rare tumor. The imaging features can offer a few

  14. 77 FR 6466 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities; AL Amyloidosis (Primary Amyloidosis)


    ..., insoluble proteins called light chain amyloid proteins in any organ of the body, interfering with the...). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review) emphasizes the importance of...

  15. 75 FR 65279 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities; AL Amyloidosis (Primary Amyloidosis)


    ..., it is rated by analogy to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma using the ``built-up'' diagnostic code 7799-7715.... The extent of the disease limits the specific types of treatments that can be used. Stem cell...

  16. Noninvasive Diagnosis of Cardiac Amyloidosis by MRI and Echochardiography

    汪晶; 孔祥泉; 徐海波; 周国锋; 常丹丹; 刘定西; 张丽; 谢明星


    This study described the radiological features on echocardiography and MRI specific to cardiac amyloidosis confirmed on biopsy. Eleven cases of biopsy-proven cardiac amyloidosis were retrospectively reviewed in this study. All patients underwent biopsy, cardiac MRI and echocardiography. The main echocardiography and MRI findings were as follows: diffuse ventricular and septum wall thickening, atrial enlargement, pericardial effusion, restricted left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function, characte...

  17. Recipient aging accelerates acquired transthyretin amyloidosis after domino liver transplantation.

    Misumi, Yohei; Narita, Yasuko; Oshima, Toshinori; Ueda, Mitsuharu; Yamashita, Taro; Tasaki, Masayoshi; Obayashi, Konen; Isono, Kaori; Inomata, Yukihiro; Ando, Yukio


    Domino liver transplantation (DLT) with liver grafts from patients with hereditary transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis has been performed throughout the world because of a severe liver graft shortage. Reports of acquired systemic TTR amyloidosis in domino liver recipients have been increasing; however, the precise pathogenesis and clinical course of acquired TTR amyloidosis remains unclear. We analyzed the relationship between the occurrence of acquired amyloidosis and clinical features in 22 consecutive domino liver donors with hereditary TTR amyloidosis (10 males and 12 females; mean age at DLT: 37.2 years; TTR mutations: V30M [n = 19], Y114C [n = 1], L55P [n = 1], and S50I [n = 1]) and 22 liver recipients (16 males and 6 females; mean age at DLT, 46.2 years). The mean times from DLT to amyloid first appearance and transplant recipient symptom onset were 8.2 years and 9.9 years, respectively. Kaplan-Meier analysis and quantification of the amyloid deposition revealed aging of recipients correlated with early de novo amyloid deposition. The sex of donors and recipients and the age, disease duration, and disease severity of donors had no significant effect on the latency of de novo amyloid deposition. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that recipient aging is associated with the early onset de novo amyloidosis. Because acquired amyloidosis will likely increase, careful follow-up for early amyloidosis detection and new treatments, including TTR stabilizers and gene-silencing therapies, are required. Liver Transplantation 22 656-664 2016 AASLD. © 2015 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

  18. Hereditary apolipoprotein AI-associated renal amyloidosis: A diagnostic challenge.

    Samillán-Sosa, Kelly Del Rocío; Sención-Martínez, Gloria; Lopes-Martín, Vanessa; Martínez-González, Miguel Angel; Solé, Manel; Arostegui, Jose Luis; Mesa, Jose; García-Díaz, Juan de Dios; Rodríguez-Puyol, Diego; Martínez-Miguel, Patricia


    Hereditary renal amyloidosis is an autosomal dominant condition with considerable overlap with other amyloidosis types. Differential diagnosis is complicated, but is relevant for prognosis and treatment. We describe a patient with nephrotic syndrome and progressive renal failure, who had a mother with renal amiloidosis. Renal biopsy revealed amyloid deposits in glomerular space, with absence of light chains and protein AA. We suspected amyloidosis with fibrinogen A alpha chain deposits, which is the most frequent cause of hereditary amyloidosis in Europe, with a glomerular preferential affectation. However, the genetic study showed a novel mutation in apolipoprotein AI. On reviewing the biopsy of the patient's mother similar glomerular deposits were found, but there were significant deposits in the renal medulla as well, which is typical in APO AI amyloidosis. The diagnosis was confirmed by immunohistochemistry. Apo AI amyloidosis is characterized by slowly progressive renal disease and end-stage renal disease occurs aproximately 3 to 15 years from initial diagnosis. Renal transplantation offers an acceptable graft survival and in these patients with hepatorenal involvement simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation could be considered. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  19. Skin deposits in hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis

    Benedikz, Eirikur; Blöndal, H; Gudmundsson, G


    Clinically normal skin from 47 individuals aged 9-70 years was investigated. Cystatin C amyloid deposits were found in various locations of the skin by light and/or electron microscopy, in all 12 patients with a clinical history of hereditary cystatin C amyloidosis (HCCA). Six asymptomatic...... individuals, who had the Alu 1 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) marker reported to cosegregate with the disease, also had cystatin C amyloid deposits in the skin. Three asymptomatic individuals (age 17-46) belonging to the HCCA families were without amyloid in the skin but had Alu 1 RFLP marker....... Skin from 12 individuals who served as controls and skin from 14 close relatives of the patients was negative for amyloid. Punch biopsy of the skin is a simple procedure which is of value for the diagnosis of HCCA, even before the appearance of clinical symptoms. This method might also be of use...

  20. “Malignant Cutaneous Ulcer”

    Sundriyal, Deepak; Kotwal, Sumedha


    Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is an aggressive malignancy and the rich vascular supply enables it to metastasize early via haematogenous route. Skin lesions are a late manifestation of the disease. Clinicians should be aware of cutaneous presentation of RCC while evaluating a case of unknown primary with skin lesions.

  1. Metástasis cutáneas de carcinomas primarios de origen desconocido. Aporte de 3 casos y breve revisión [Cutaneous metastases from primary carcinomas of unknown origin. Contribution with3 cases and brief review

    Silvia Mancía


    Full Text Available Metastases of unknown primary site occurs in about 5-10% of patients diagnosed with cancer. Usually appear after diagnosis of the primary cancer, but may be the first clinical sign of a tumor of unknown origin or the first sign of relapse of cancer. Cancer treatment is based on the recognition of the primary neoplasm, which raise diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Skin biopsy should be considered in newly emerging lesions in cancer patients in addition to those lesions of sudden onset that are slow to heal, prone to bleeding or vascular appearance, that are not resolved with appropriate treatment. We present three cases of cutaneous metastases as the first manifestation, from which the primary tumor was found.

  2. [Cutaneous leishmaniasis].

    Enk, C D; Gardlo, K; Hochberg, M; Ingber, A; Ruzicka, T


    Leishmaniasis is a vector-borne disease caused by an obligate intracellular protozoa, Leishmania, which resides in macrophages. The parasite is transmitted by an infected female sandfly. The incidence of cutaneous leishmaniasis approaches 2 million new cases per year with 90% of the cases occurring in the "Old World", while the "New World" accounts for the rest. Infection may be restricted to the skin with development of characteristic ulcers, or may affect the mucous membranes in its mucocutaneous form. The clinical diagnosis is verified by the presence of amastigotes in slit-skin smears. Therapeutic modalities include systemic treatments such as the pentavalent antimony compound sodium stibogluconate, liposomal formulations of amphotericin B, oral ketoconazole or itraconazole, as well as topical paromomycin sulphate, local heat, freezing with liquid nitrogen, or photodynamic therapy. An effective vaccine is not available.

  3. Cutaneous mucormycosis*

    Castrejón-Pérez, Ana Daniela; Welsh, Esperanza C.; Miranda, Ivett; Ocampo-Candiani, Jorge; Welsh, Oliverio


    Cutaneous mucormycosis is an emerging fungal infection caused by opportunistic fungi of the phylum Glomeromycota. It is frequent in poorly controlled diabetic patients and individuals with immunosuppression. It is usually acquired by direct inoculation through trauma. The clinical presentation is nonspecific, but an indurated plaque that rapidly evolves to necrosis is a common finding. Diagnosis should be confirmed by demonstration of the etiological agent and new molecular diagnostic tools have recently been described. It is an invasive life-threatening disease and in order to improve survival, a prompt diagnosis and multidisciplinary management should be provided. The treatment of choice is amphotericin B, but new azoles, such as posaconazole and isavuconazole, must be considered.

  4. Amyloidosis of the Unilateral Renal Pelvis, Ureter and Urinary Bladder: a Case Report

    Dong-liang Pan; Yan-qun Na


    @@ AMYLOIDOSIS of more than two urinary organs happened in one person is very rare.Here we reported a patient with amyloidosis of the left renal pelvis, ipsilateral ureter as well as urinary bladder occurring successively.

  5. Amyloidosis in black-footed cats (Felis nigripes).

    Terio, K A; O'Brien, T; Lamberski, N; Famula, T R; Munson, L


    A high prevalence of systemic amyloidosis was documented in the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) based on a retrospective review of necropsy tissues (n = 38) submitted as part of ongoing disease surveillance. Some degree of amyloid deposition was present in 33 of 38 (87%) of the examined cats, and amyloidosis was the most common cause of death (26/38, 68%). Amyloid deposition was most severe in the renal medullary interstitium (30/33, 91%) and glomeruli (21/33, 63%). Other common sites included the splenic follicular germinal centers (26/31, 84%), gastric lamina propria (9/23, 39%), and intestinal lamina propria (3/23, 13%). Amyloid in all sites stained with Congo red, and in 13 of 15 (87%) cats, deposits had strong immunoreactivity for canine AA protein by immunohistochemistry. There was no association with concurrent chronic inflammatory conditions (P = .51), suggesting that amyloidosis was not secondary to inflammation. Adrenal cortical hyperplasia, a morphologic indicator of stress that can predispose to amyloid deposition, was similarly not associated (P = .09) with amyloidosis. However, adrenals were not available from the majority of cats without amyloidosis; therefore, further analysis of this risk factor is warranted. Heritability estimation suggested that amyloidosis might be familial in this species. Additionally, tissues from a single free-ranging black-footed cat had small amounts of amyloid deposition, suggesting that there could be a predilection for amyloidosis in this species. Research to identify the protein sequence of serum amyloid A (SAA) in the black-footed cat is needed to further investigate the possibility of an amyloidogenic SAA in this species.

  6. Diagnostic performance of amyloid A protein quantification in fat tissue of patients with clinical AA amyloidosis

    Hazenberg, Bouke P. C.; Bijzet, Johannes; Limburg, Pieter C.; Skinner, Martha; Hawkins, Philip N.; Butrimiene, Irena; Livneh, Avi; Lesnyak, Olga; Nasonov, Evgeney L.; Filipowicz-Sosnowska, Anna; Guel, Ahmet; Merlini, Giampaolo; Wiland, Piotr; Oezdogan, Huri; Gorevic, Peter D.; Ben Maiz, Hedi; Benson, Merrill D.; Direskeneli, Haner; Kaarela, Kalevi; Garceau, Denis; Hauck, Wendy; van Rijswijk, Martin


    Objective. Amyloid A protein quantification in fat tissue is a new immunochemical method for detecting AA amyloidosis, a rare but serious disease. The objective was to assess diagnostic performance in clinical AA amyloidosis. Methods. Abdominal subcutaneous fat tissue of patients with AA amyloidosis

  7. Breast amyloidosis in a female patient with multiple myeloma: Ultrasonographic and mammographic findings

    Woo, Ah Rhm; Kim, Joon Mee; Nam, Se Jin [Inha University Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    Amyloidosis is a rare disease characterized by pathological protein deposits in organs or tissues. Breast involvement by amyloidosis is rare. We report a female patient with amyloidosis in the breast, with underlying multiple myeloma, which presents as a focal asymmetry on a screening mammogram and a low suspicious mass lesion by ultrasonography.

  8. Diagnostic performance of amyloid A protein quantification in fat tissue of patients with clinical AA amyloidosis

    Hazenberg, Bouke P. C.; Bijzet, Johannes; Limburg, Pieter C.; Skinner, Martha; Hawkins, Philip N.; Butrimiene, Irena; Livneh, Avi; Lesnyak, Olga; Nasonov, Evgeney L.; Filipowicz-Sosnowska, Anna; Guel, Ahmet; Merlini, Giampaolo; Wiland, Piotr; Oezdogan, Huri; Gorevic, Peter D.; Ben Maiz, Hedi; Benson, Merrill D.; Direskeneli, Haner; Kaarela, Kalevi; Garceau, Denis; Hauck, Wendy; van Rijswijk, Martin


    Objective. Amyloid A protein quantification in fat tissue is a new immunochemical method for detecting AA amyloidosis, a rare but serious disease. The objective was to assess diagnostic performance in clinical AA amyloidosis. Methods. Abdominal subcutaneous fat tissue of patients with AA amyloidosis

  9. Importance of Thioflavin T in Diagnosis of Renal Amyloidosis

    Banu SARSIK


    Full Text Available Objective: Amyloidosis represents a group of diseases with deposition of amyloid fibrils. Clinical and histopathological features of renal amyloidosis vary according to the type of precursor protein. Histopathological diagnosis of amyloidosis relies on routine Congo red histochemistry. Thioflavin T may be an alternative method based on examination on ultraviolet light, but is believed to give inconsistent and inaccurate results.Materials and Method: The sensitivity and specivity of Thioflavin T and Congo red fluorescence that can be applied to the diagnosis of amyloid were compared in order to find how best to diagnose amyloid deposits on fluorescence microscopy.Results: Frozen tissue sections available from 120 native and transplant renal biopsy patients were stained with Tioflavin T. Prospectively, 10 cases of amyloidosis (8 with AA and 2 with nonAA were diagnosed on frozen Tioflavin T sections and identical Congo red fluorescence staining was found in all the cases. There were no false positives or negatives.Conclusion: The Tioflavin T method is simple to perform and easier to evaluate. It can therefore be utilized to track down even minute amyloid deposits, which might be missed by the Congo red fluorescence. In conclusion, Tioflavin T was demonstrated to be a sensitive and specific method for diagnosis of amyloid even in small frozen renal tissue sections. This method can, therefore, allow the easiest diagnosis of renal amyloidosis on fluorescence microscopy.

  10. Case report: isolated cardiac amyloidosis: an enigma unravelled.

    Khalid, Umair; Awar, Omar; Verstovsek, Gordana; Cheong, Benjamin; Yellapragada, Sarvari Venkata; Jneid, Hani; Deswal, Anita; Virani, Salim S


    Amyloidosis is a rare, multisystem disease characterized by deposition of fibrils in extracellular tissue involving kidney, liver, heart, autonomic nervous system, and several other organs. This report discusses a 75-year-old male who presented with worsening dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, and lower-extremity edema. On physical exam, he had elevated jugular venous pressure and lower-extremity edema. Electrocardiogram depicted low voltage in limb leads and a prolonged PR interval. Echocardiogram revealed left ventricular hypertrophy, severe biatrial dilatation, and restrictive filling physiology. Coronary angiography showed absence of significant epicardial coronary artery disease. On right heart catheterization, a "dip-and-plateau sign" was noted on right ventricular pressure tracings. A diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis was considered, but a complete hematology work-up for systemic amyloidosis was negative. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was pursued, showing delayed gadolinium enhancement, and this ultimately led to the myocardial biopsy confirming the diagnosis of isolated cardiac amyloidosis. Further genetic analyses confirmed isolated cardiac amyloid caused by mutant transthyretin protein (Val-122-Ile). Isolated cardiac amyloidosis is an extremely rare entity, and diagnosis may be difficult despite the use of multimodality imaging. If the index of suspicion is high, then myocardial biopsy should be considered.

  11. Cutaneous mucormycosis.

    Skiada, Anna; Petrikkos, George


    Mucormycosis is an invasive fungal infection caused by fungi of the order Mucorales, mainly affecting immunocompromised patients. Cutaneous mucormycosis is the third most common clinical form of the disease, after pulmonary and rhino-cerebral. The usual factors predisposing to this infection are hematological malignancies and diabetes mellitus, but a significant proportion of patients are immunocompetent. The agents of mucormycosis are ubiquitous in nature and are transmitted to the skin by direct inoculation, as a result of various types of trauma. These include needle sticks, stings and bites by animals, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters, and burn injuries. The typical presentation of mucormycosis is the necrotic eschar, but it can present with various other signs. The infection can be locally invasive and penetrate into the adjacent fat, muscle, fascia, and bone, or become disseminated. Diagnosis is difficult because of the nonspecific findings of mucormycosis. Biopsy and culture should be performed. The treatment of mucormycosis is multimodal and consists of surgical debridement, use of antifungal drugs (amphotericin B and posaconazole), and reversal of underlying risk factors, when possible. Mortality rates, although lower than in other forms of the disease, are significant, ranging from 4% to 10% when the infection is localized.



    Objective To investigate the clinical pathological feature and diagnostic criteria of tongue amyloidosis (AL).Methods During 1992 to 2005, 25 patients pathologically diagnosed as tongue AL in our hospital were reviewed retrospectively, and all of them had no enlarged tongue. Haematoxylin and eosin (HE) and immunohistochemical staining were used to detect the amyloid deposition on the tongue.Results Totally 84 % (21/25) patients had symptoms of xerostomia and taste-blindness, 44 % (11/25) patients complained of activity limitation of tongue. Macroscopic observation showed mucosa pallescence, punctuate hemorrhage, red grain particles, and ulcers on the tongue. HE staining indicated amyloid depositions in basement membrane,muscle cell, vessel wall, and nerve fiber. Immunohistochemical study demonstrated kappa light-chain deposition in 64%(16/25) cases, and lambda light-chain deposition in 36 % (9/25) cases. They presented in vessel wall, nerve fiber, and muscle cells.Conclusion The biopsy is an important means for the diagnosis of early tongue AL, and the wide variety of amyloid light chain is helpful to differential diagnosis.

  13. Multiple papular lesions in a patient with HIV and/or AIDS and coinfected with hepatitis B virus: Amyloidosis

    Hayati Demiraslan


    Full Text Available Introduction: The most common form of systemic amyloidosis is amyloid A induced by a chronic inflammation. In HIV-infected patients, elevated serum amyloid A levels might be associated with chronic inflammation.Patient presentation: A 43-year-old male patient was admitted to hospital with a complaint of papular lesions around his eyes, existing for four months. The patient is receiving antiretroviral therapy. HIV RNA was undetectable, and the CD4 count was 770 cells/mm3. He suffered from a bladder carcinoma for four years. On examination, periocular, perioral and anogenital papules, papular lesions in the meatus of external auditory canal, and intranasal polyps were observed.Management: Microscopic examination of the biopsy material taken from the periocular lesion and then from perianal polyps revealed eosinophilic deposition, and stained positively by Congo red. Serum amyloid A level was negative. Antiretroviral therapy was continued.Conclusion: A rare form of amyloidosis in a patient with HIV and/or AIDS and coinfected with hepatitis B virus (HBV was presented here with cutaneous and mucosal lesions.

  14. [Laryngeal amyloidosis: a clinical case and review of literature].

    Fries, S; Pasche, P; Brunel, C; Schweizer, V


    Amyloidosis consists of different forms of systemic or isolated organ lesions characterised by fibrillary protein deposits in extra-cellular tissue. The isolated involvement of the larynx is the most frequent form in the ENT sphere. We present a clinical case of a 67 year-old woman addressed for a sub-acute laryngitis resistant to conservative treatment, and finally diagnosed with laryngeal amyloidosis. We reviewed its physiopathology, the scientific literature as well as the different possibilities of management. Laryngeal amyloidosis is rare. A thorough additional work-up for the research of multifocal or systemic forms is highly recommended. The treatment aims at a minimal invasive endoscopic surgery with functional organ preservation.

  15. Renal, gastric and thyroidal amyloidosis due to familial Mediterranean fever.

    Kavukçu, S; Türkmen, M; Eroğlu, Y; Canda, T; Yörükoğlu, K; Iğci, E; Büyükgebiz, A


    Chronic renal failure developed in a 10-year-old girl due to renal amyloidosis secondary to familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). During management of the chronic renal failure by hemodialysis and of FMF with colchicine, goiter and hypothroidism were observed. Thyroid fine-needle aspiration and gastric endoscopical biopsies, performed when recurrent abdominal pain could not be controlled, revealed amyloid deposits in both thyroid and gastric tissues. After 6 months' therapy with colchicine and levothyroxine, there was no significant change in the thyroid volume. This is the first case in which gastric amyloidosis secondary to FMF in childhood has been demonstrated. Patients with amyloidosis secondary to FMF who have thyroid enlargement and unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms despite adequate therapy should be evaluated with imaging studies and biopsy examinations.

  16. Amyloid A amyloidosis secondary to rheumatoid arthritis: pathophysiology and treatments.

    Nakamura, Tadashi


    The introduction of biological therapies targeting specific inflammatory mediators revolutionised the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Targeting key components of the immune system allows efficient suppression of the pathological inflammatory cascade that leads to RA symptoms and subsequent joint destruction. Reactive amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis, one of the most severe complications of RA, is a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder caused by deposition of AA amyloid fibrils in multiple organs. These AA amyloid fibrils derive from the circulatory acute-phase reactant serum amyloid A protein (SAA), and may be controlled by treatment. New biologics may permit AA amyloidosis secondary to RA to become a treatable, manageable disease. Rheumatologists, when diagnosing and treating patients with AA amyloidosis secondary to RA, must understand the pathophysiology and clinical factors related to development and progression of the disease, including genetic predisposition and biological versatility of SAA.

  17. Primary cutaneous b-cell lymphoma successfully treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy alone: A case report and review of the literature

    María F Villafañe


    Full Text Available Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (CBCL is an unusual skin neoplasm with a great range of clinical presentations. Here, we report a case of CBCL in an AIDS patient presented as a single and nodular/ulcerative lesion in the perianal area. The patient was started on highly active antiretroviral therapy alone with a good clinical and oncological response. Two years later, the patient is asymptomatic with undetectable viral load and immune reconstitution.

  18. 99mTc DPD is the preferential bone tracer for diagnosis of cardiac transthyretin amyloidosis.

    Rossi, Pascal; Tessonnier, Laurent; Frances, Yves; Mundler, Olivier; Granel, Brigitte


    We emphasize the role of Tc-99m-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylicacid (DPD) scintigraphy as a noninvasive tool to distinguish transthyretin (TTR)-related cardiac amyloidosis from other forms of cardiac amyloidosis. We report the case of a 76-year-old male patient suffering from congestive heart failure in whom imaging investigation by DPD scintigraphy showed a strong cardiac uptake highly suggestive of TTR amyloidosis variant. TTR-related cardiac amyloidosis was confirmed on myocardial biopsies by immunohistochemistry analysis. This case supports the growing interest in DPD scintigraphy for typing cardiac amyloidosis and for its contribution in the place of invasive myocardial biopsy.

  19. Cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome



    The cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome is named that, the cutaneous nerve's functional disorder caused by some chronic entrapment, moreover appears a series of nerve's feeling obstacle,vegetative nerve function obstacle, nutrition obstacle, even motor function obstacle in various degree.

  20. Isolated nodular thymic amyloidosis associated with diplopia.

    Sato, Fumitomo; Hata, Yoshinobu; Otsuka, Hajime; Makino, Takashi; Koezuka, Satoshi; Sasamoto, Shuich; Wakayama, Megumi; Shibuya, Kazutoshi; Sekijima, Yoshiki; Iyoda, Akira


    An 85-year-old man presented with diplopia and anterior mediastinal tumor that had enlarged during the preceding 4-year period. Computed tomographic chest imaging showed an irregularly shaped mass comprising two nodules (diameter, 4 cm) with calcification. Suspecting thymoma, we performed video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy. The resected specimen showed deposition of homogeneous eosinophilic and hyalinized material around the vessel wall in thymic tissue, and it stained positively for anti-λ antibody, indicating localized AL amyloidosis. There was no other organ dysfunction or symptoms and no evidence of systemic amyloidosis. Diplopia resolved immediately after thymectomy; however, the connection of diplopia with amyloidoma and thymic tissue remains uncertain.

  1. Ischemic Hepatitis as the Presenting Manifestation of Cardiac Amyloidosis

    Chelsey A. Petz MD


    Full Text Available An abrupt elevation in aminotransferases without clear etiology may be attributed to hypoxic hepatitis. Underlying cardiac dysfunction, an important clinical clue, is often overlooked as a cause of hypoxic hepatitis, and understanding the interdependence of the heart and liver is crucial in making this diagnosis. Causes of cardiac dysfunction may include any of many different diagnoses; infiltrative heart disease is a rare cause of cardiac dysfunction, with amyloidosis being the most common among this category of pathologies. More advanced imaging techniques have improved the ability to diagnose infiltrative heart disease, thus allowing quicker diagnosis of conditions such as amyloidosis.

  2. ATP-promoted amyloidosis of an amyloid beta peptide.

    Exley, C


    Amyloidosis is implicated in the aetiology of a number of disorders of human health. The factors that influence its instigation and subsequent rate of progress are the subject of a considerable research effort. The peptide fragment A beta(25-35) is amyloidogenic and has proven to be a useful model of the processes involved in amyloidosis. It is demonstrated herein that the assembly of A beta(25-35) into thioflavin T-reactive fibrils and their subsequent rearrangement into advanced glycation endproducts is accelerated by ATP. Aluminium potentiated these effects of ATP, suggesting a possible link with the aetiology of amyloidoses in vivo.

  3. Cutaneous Metastases From Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

    Triantafyllou, Stamatina; Georgia, Doulami; Gavriella-Zoi, Vrakopoulou; Dimitrios, Mpistarakis; Stulianos, Katsaragakis; Theodoros, Liakakos; Georgios, Zografos; Dimitrios, Theodorou


    The aim of this study is to present 2 rare cases of cutaneous metastases originated from adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction, thus, underline the need for early diagnosis and possible treatment of suspicious skin lesions among patients with esophageal malignancy. Metastatic cancer to the skin originated from internal malignancies, mostly lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer, constitute 0.5 to 9% of all metastatic cancers.5,8,15 Skin metastases, mainly from squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, are rarely reported. Cutaneous metastasis is a finding indicating progressiveness of the disease.17 More precisely, median survival is estimated approximately 4.7 months.2,14 This study is a retrospective review of 2 cases of patients with adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and a review of the literature. Two patients aged 60 and 32 years old, respectively, underwent esophagectomy. Both pathologic reports disclosed adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction staged T3 N2 M0 (stage IIIB). During follow-up time, the 2 patients were diagnosed with cutaneous metastases originated from the primary esophageal tumor 11 and 4 months after surgery, respectively. The first patient is alive 37 months after diagnosis, while the second one died 16 months after surgery. Cutaneous metastasis caused by esophageal adenocarcinoma is possible. Therefore, follow-up of patients who were diagnosed with esophageal malignancy and underwent esophagectomy is mandatory in order to reveal early surgical stages. PMID:25785344

  4. Nonfluent/Agrammatic PPA with In-Vivo Cortical Amyloidosis and Pick’s Disease Pathology

    Francesca Caso


    Full Text Available The role of biomarkers in predicting pathological findings in the frontotemporal dementia (FTD clinical spectrum disorders is still being explored. We present comprehensive, prospective longitudinal data for a 66 year old, right-handed female who met current criteria for the nonfluent/agrammatic variant of primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA. She first presented with a 3-year history of progressive speech and language impairment mainly characterized by severe apraxia of speech. Neuropsychological and general motor functions remained relatively spared throughout the clinical course. Voxel-based morphometry (VBM showed selective cortical atrophy of the left posterior inferior frontal gyrus (IFG and underlying insula that worsened over time, extending along the left premotor strip. Five years after her first evaluation, she developed mild memory impairment and underwent PET-FDG and PiB scans that showed left frontal hypometabolism and cortical amyloidosis. Three years later (11 years from first symptom, post-mortem histopathological evaluation revealed Pick's disease, with severe degeneration of left IFG, mid-insula, and precentral gyrus. Alzheimer’s disease (AD (CERAD frequent/Braak Stage V was also detected. This patient demonstrates that biomarkers indicating brain amyloidosis should not be considered conclusive evidence that AD pathology accounts for a typical FTD clinical/anatomical syndrome.

  5. Renal Involvement in AA Amyloidosis: Clinical Outcomes and Survival

    Murvet Yilmaz


    Full Text Available Background: The natural history of AA amyloidosis is typically progressive, leading to multiple organ failure and death. We analyzed the etiology as well as clinical and laboratory features of patients with biopsy-proven AA amyloidosis and evaluated the ultimate outcome. Methods: Seventy-three patients (24 female; mean age 41.85±15.89 years were analyzed retrospectively. Demographic, clinical and laboratory features were studied and the outcome was assessed. Results: Familial Mediterranean Fever and tuberculosis were the most frequent causes of amyloidosis. Mean serum creatinine and proteinuria at diagnosis were 4.65±4.89 mg/dl and 8.04±6.09 g/day, respectively; and stage I, II, III, IV and V renal disease were present in 19.2%, 13.7%, 16.4%, 11%, and 39.7% of the patients, respectively. ESRD developed in 16 patients during the follow-up period. All of the ESRD patients started a dialysis programme. Thirty patients (41% died during the follow-up period; median patient survival was 35.9±6.12 months. Old age, tuberculosis etiology, advanced renal disease and low serum albumin levels were associated with a worse prognosis. Serum albumin was a predictor of mortality in logistic regression analysis. Conclusion: The ultimate outcome of the patients with AA amyloidosis is poor, possibly due to the late referral to the nephrology clinics. Early referral may be helpful to improve prognosis.

  6. [Osteoarticular amyloidosis and dysglobulinemia: apropos of 2 cases].

    Morillon-Vié, M A; Petit, E; Galezowski, N; Rebischung, J L; Baviéra, E; Herreman, G


    We report two cases of bone and joint amyloidosis involvement related to plasma cell dyscrasia. The radiographic appearances mimic numerous benign or malignant diseases. MR imaging shows a diffuse low signal in T1 and an heterogeneous low or mild low signal in T2 weighted spin-echo sequence.

  7. Cutaneous metastases from head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

    Poovaneswaran, Sangeetha; Paleri, Vinidh; Charlton, Fraser; Dobrowsky, Werner; Kelly, Charles


    The presence of cutaneous metastases in squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN) is rare and associated with a dismal prognosis. It is vital to distinguish these lesions from direct invasion of the skin by SCCHN or primary cutaneous malignancies as the prognosis is vastly different and so is the management. In this case report, we present four cases of cutaneous metastases and also briefly review the literature pertaining to this phenomenon.

  8. Risk factors for amyloidosis and impact of kidney transplantation on the course of familial Mediterranean fever.

    Ben-Zvi, Ilan; Danilesko, Iveta; Yahalom, Gilad; Kukuy, Olesya; Rahamimov, Ruth; Livneh, Avi; Kivity, Shaye


    Amyloidosis of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) may lead to end-stage renal failure, culminating in kidney transplantation in some patients. To assess demographic, clinical and genetic risk factors for the development of FMF amyloidosis in a subset of kidney-transplanted patients and to evaluate the impact of transplantation on the FMF course. Demographic, clinical and genetic data were abstracted from the files, interviews and examinations of 16 kidney-transplanted FMF amyloidosis patients and compared with the data of 18 FMF patients without amyloidosis. Age at disease onset and clinical severity of the FMF amyloidosis patients prior to transplantation were similar to FMF patients without amyloidosis. Compliance with colchicine treatment, however, was much lower (50% vs. 98%). Posttransplantation, FMF amyloidosis patients experienced fewer of the typical serosal attacks than did their counterparts (mean 2214 days since last attack vs. 143 days). Patients with FMF amyloidosis carried only M694V mutations in the FMF gene, while FMF without amyloidosis featured other mutations as well. Compliance with treatment and genetic makeup but not severity of FMF constitutes major risk factors for the development of amyloidosis in FMF. Transplantation seems to prevent FMF attacks. The protective role of immunosuppressive therapy cannot be excluded.

  9. Analysis of clinical manifestations of rhinal and pharyngeal and laryngeal amyloidosis by 12 cases%鼻、咽及喉部淀粉样变12例临床分析

    冯勇; 奚玲; 余晓旭; 何刚


    pharyngeal and laryngeal amylo-idosis is complicated and non-specificity. To distinguish the clinical manifestations of primary amyloidosis (locality and general), secondary amyloidosis (locality and general), amyloidosis associated multiple myeloma and heredofamilial amyloidosis is important in diagnosis and treatment to reduce diagnostic errors.

  10. 阴囊部皮肤原发性腺样囊性癌1例报告及文献复习%Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma of skin in the scrotum : A case report and literature review

    李东斌; 王益华; 吴鸿雁; 武慧娟


    Objective: To study clinical pathologic features, immunohistochemistry and distinguish diagnosis of the primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma of skin in the scrotum. Methods: One case of primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma of skin in the scrotum was clinically, histopathologically, and immunohistochemically studied, and the related literatures were reviewed. Results: Cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma of skin is rare and found in any location of skin except palm of hand and sole of foot, with a strong predilection for middleaged and elderly. Primary cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma of skin in the scrotum has not been reported, the tumor showed predominantly in a sieve - like pattern, the cystic pseudoglandular spaces were filled with secretions that was Alcian blue positive, the tumor nests were surrounded by a eosinophilic hyaline basement membrane - like material that was periodic acid -Schiff( PAS )positive. Immunohistochemistry showed positive reaction with cytokeratin -7,S - 100, epithelial membrane antigen( EMA )and p63. Conclusion: Primary adenoid cystic carcinoma of skin in the scrotum is a rare tumor with good prognosis, its light microscopy and immunohistochemistry features is similar with salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma,an indolent but progressive course is characteristic of this tumor.%目的 探讨原发阴囊部皮肤腺样囊性癌的临床病理特点,免疫组化及鉴别诊断要点.方法 报道1例原发阴囊部皮肤腺样囊性癌的临床、病理组织学形态和免疫组化特点,并复习相关文献对以上特点进行分析.结果 皮肤的腺样囊性癌较少见,可发生于除掌跖以外的任何部位,中老年好发,平均发病年龄为59岁.原发阴囊部皮肤腺样囊性癌未见报道,镜下肿瘤组织形成特殊的筛状结构,囊腔内常含有阿辛兰(pH5.2)阳性的透明质酸和硫酸化的酸性黏蛋白,瘤细胞间和小叶间周围可见透明嗜酸性基底膜物质的沉积,PAS

  11. Acute primary cutaneous Nocardia asteroides infection in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. Case report Infecção primária cutânea aguda por Nocardia asteroides em paciente com lupus eritematoso sistêmico

    Jorge O. Lopes


    Full Text Available We report a case of acute primary cutaneous infection of traumatic origin caused by Nocardia asteroides, appeared as cellulitis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. Diagnosis was established by direct examination and cultures from aspirate specimens. The clinical forms of Nocardia infections that affect the skin, reported in Rio Grande do Sul and Uruguay, are discussed.Relatamos um caso de infecção primária cutânea aguda de origem traumática, causada por Nocardia asteroides, que manifestou-se como celulite em paciente com lupus eritematoso sistêmico. O diagnóstico foi feito pelo exame direto e cultivos do aspirado da lesão. São discutidas as formas clínicas das infecções por Nocardia que afetam a pele, relatadas no Rio Grande do Sul e no Uruguai.

  12. A case of primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type%原发性皮肤弥漫大B细胞淋巴瘤(腿型)一例

    郝震锋; 敖俊红; 杨蓉娅


    A case of primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type is reported. A 51-year-old patient presented with a 5-month history of multiple erythematous nodules on the right leg. Histopathologic examination revealed an acellular infiltration between the epidermis and dermis as well as dermal infiltrationwith large and atypical lymphoid cells which stained positive for CD20 (++), Bcl-6 (+), Bcl-2 (+), Pax-5 (+), Ki-67 (50%-75%+ ), C D79a (+) , MUM-1 ( + ) but negative for CD10. The patient was diagnosed with primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphoma, leg type and treated with anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody and CHOP regimen. Thereafter, his condition improved.%报告1例原发性皮肤弥漫性大B细胞淋巴瘤(腿型)。患者男,51岁。右小腿出现多个红色结节5个月,组织病理检查:表皮和真皮之间见无细胞浸润带,真皮内淋巴样细胞浸润,细胞体积大,异形。肿瘤细胞CD20(++),Bcl-6(+),Bcl-2(+),Pax-5(+),Ki-67 50%-75%(+),CD79a(+),MUM-1(+),CD10(-),诊断为原发性皮肤弥漫性大B细胞淋巴瘤(腿型),给予CD20单克隆抗体加CHOP方案治疗,病情好转。

  13. Fecal transmission of AA amyloidosis in the cheetah contributes to high incidence of disease

    Zhang, Beiru; Une, Yumi; Fu, Xiaoying; Yan, Jingmin; Ge, FengXia; Yao, Junjie; Sawashita, Jinko; Mori, Masayuki; Tomozawa, Hiroshi; Kametani, Fuyuki; Higuchi, Keiichi


    AA amyloidosis is one of the principal causes of morbidity and mortality in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), which are in danger of extinction, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. Given the transmissible characteristics of AA amyloidosis, transmission between captive cheetahs may be a possible mechanism involved in the high incidence of AA amyloidosis. In this study of animals with AA amyloidosis, we found that cheetah feces contained AA amyloid fibrils that were different from those of the liver with regard to molecular weight and shape and had greater transmissibility. The infectious activity of fecal AA amyloid fibrils was reduced or abolished by the protein denaturants 6 M guanidine·HCl and formic acid or by AA immunodepletion. Thus, we propose that feces are a vehicle of transmission that may accelerate AA amyloidosis in captive cheetah populations. These results provide a pathogenesis for AA amyloidosis and suggest possible measures for rescuing cheetahs from extinction. PMID:18474855

  14. Longitudinal left ventricular function for prediction of survival in systemic light-chain amyloidosis: incremental value compared with clinical and biochemical markers.

    Buss, Sebastian J; Emami, Mostafa; Mereles, Derliz; Korosoglou, Grigorios; Kristen, Arnt V; Voss, Andreas; Schellberg, Dieter; Zugck, Christian; Galuschky, Christian; Giannitsis, Evangelos; Hegenbart, Ute; Ho, Anthony D; Katus, Hugo A; Schonland, Stefan O; Hardt, Stefan E


    The aim of the study was to determine whether longitudinal left ventricular (LV) function provides prognostic information in a large cohort of patients with systemic light-chain (AL) amyloidosis. AL amyloidosis is associated with a high incidence of cardiovascular events. Reduced myocardial longitudinal function is one of the hallmarks of myocardial involvement in this rare disease. Two hundred six consecutive patients with biopsy-proven AL amyloidosis were investigated in this prospective observational study. Echocardiographic imaging parameters, mean tissue Doppler-derived longitudinal strain (LS), and two-dimensional global longitudinal strain (2D-GLS) of the LV, cardiac serological biomarkers, and comprehensive clinical disease characteristics were assessed. The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality or heart transplantation. After a median follow-up of 1207 days, LS and 2D-GLS were significant predictors of survival in AL amyloidosis. The cutoff values discriminating survivors from nonsurvivors were -10.65% for LS and -11.78% for 2D-GLS. In a multivariable echocardiographic Cox model, only diastolic dysfunction and 2D-GLS remained as independent predictors of survival. In comprehensive clinical models, 2D-GLS (p chains (p value compared with that derived from pathologic free light chains or cTnT in patients evaluated before firstline chemotherapy (n = 113; p < 0.0001), and remained the only independent predictor besides the Karnofsky index in subjects with preserved LV ejection fraction (≥50%; n = 127; p < 0.01). LS and 2D-GLS both offered significant incremental information (p < 0.001) for the assessment of outcome compared with clinical variables (age, Karnofsky index, and New York Heart Association functional class) and serological biomarkers. In the largest serial investigation reported so far, reduced LV longitudinal function served as an independent predictor of survival in AL amyloidosis and offered incremental information beyond standard clinical

  15. Amyloidosis and crohn's disease Amiloidosis y enfermedad de Crohn

    Antonio Guardiola-Arévalo


    Full Text Available Secondary amyloidosis is a rare but serious complication of inflammatory bowel disease that may influence the prognosis even more than the underlying disease. Due to a better knowledge of the association of secondary amyloidosis to inflammatory bowel disease, early diagnosis of this complication is becoming more frequent, but its treatment continues to pose a challenge. We report 4 cases of patients with Crohn's disease and amyloidosis diagnosed in the inflammatory bowel disease Units of Toledo and Ciudad Real, which represent 0.68% of the patients with Crohn's disease of our health areas. There have been not cases of amyloidosis in patients with ulcerative colitis. In our 4 patients the secondary amyloidosis was clearly related to Crohn's disease, which was often of fistulising type. The predominant clinical picture of amyloidosis was nephrotic syndrome. The patients responded to medical and surgical treatment of Crohn's disease and colchicine, which improved renal function in all cases except in one who required kidney transplantation.La amiloidosis sistémica adquirida es una complicación rara pero grave de la enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal crónica, pudiendo condicionar el pronóstico más que la propia enfermedad de base. Debido al mejor conocimiento de la asociación de amiloidosis secundaria a enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal, el diagnóstico temprano se hace cada vez con mayor frecuencia, pero su tratamiento continúa siendo un reto. Describimos 4 casos clínicos de pacientes con enfermedad de Crohn (EC y amiloidosis diagnosticados en las Unidades de EIIC de Toledo y Ciudad Real, lo que representa el 0,68% de los caso de EC de nuestras áreas sanitarias. No se ha descrito ningún caso de amiloidosis en pacientes con colitis ulcerosa. En los 4 pacientes la AA estaba claramente relacionada con la EC, y predominaron las formas estenosantes-perforantes. El cuadro clínico de presentación de la amiloidosis en la mayoría de los casos

  16. Cutaneous melanoma.

    Eggermont, Alexander M M; Spatz, Alan; Robert, Caroline


    In the past decade, major advances have been made in the understanding of melanoma. New predisposition genes have been reported and key somatic events, such as BRAF mutation, directly translated into therapeutic management. Surgery for localised melanoma and regional lymph node metastases is the standard of care. Sentinel-node biopsy provides precise staging, but has not been reported to affect survival. The effect of lymph-node dissection on survival is a topic of investigation. Two distinct approaches have emerged to try to extend survival in patients with metastatic melanoma: immunomodulation with anti-CTLA4 monoclonal antibodies, and targeted therapy with BRAF inhibitors or MEK inhibitors for BRAF-mutated melanoma. The combination of BRAF inhibitors and MEK inhibitors might improve progression-free survival further and, possibly, increase overall survival. Response patterns differ substantially-anti-CTLA4 immunotherapy can induce long-term responses, but only in a few patients, whereas targeted drugs induce responses in most patients, but nearly all of them relapse because of pre-existing or acquired resistance. Thus, the long-term prognosis of metastatic melanoma remains poor. Anti-PD1 and anti-PDL1 antibodies have emerged as breakthrough drugs for melanoma that have high response rates and long durability. Biomarkers that have predictive value remain elusive in melanoma, although emerging data for adjuvant therapy indicate that interferon sensitivity is associated with ulceration of the primary melanoma. Intense investigation continues for clinical and biological markers that predict clinical benefit of immunotherapeutic drugs, such as interferon alfa or anti-CTLA4 antibodies, and the mechanisms that lead to resistance of targeted drugs.

  17. Cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferations : clinical and molecular aspects and differential diagnosis

    Benner, Marchina Frederika


    The studies presented in this thesis focused on cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferations, particularly on primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma (C-ALCL), a distinct type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). In the initial staging of patients with an anaplastic large cell lymphoma firs

  18. Anakinra induces complete remission of nephrotic syndrome in a patient with familial Mediterranean fever and amyloidosis

    Ángel M. Sevillano


    Full Text Available Renal amyloidosis is one of the most severe complications of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF. Colchicine has reduced the incidence of this complication, which now only appears in untreated, under-treated and resistant patients, but it is usually ineffective in patients with advanced amyloidosis. Here we report a patient with FMF and biopsy-proven amyloidosis who presented with nephrotic syndrome despite colchicine treatment. Anakinra (an interleukin-1β inhibitor was started and a dramatic complete remission of nephrotic syndrome was observed in the following months. Anakinra can be an effective treatment for FMF patients with severe secondary amyloidosis.

  19. AA amyloidosis in the renal allograft: a report of two cases and review of the literature.

    Rojas, Rebecca; Josephson, Michelle A; Chang, Anthony; Meehan, Shane M


    AA amyloidosis is a disorder characterized by the abnormal formation, accumulation and systemic deposition of fibrillary material that frequently involves the kidney. Recurrent AA amyloidosis in the renal allograft has been documented in patients with tuberculosis, familial Mediterranean fever, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic pyelonephritis and rheumatoid arthritis. De novo AA amyloidosis is rarely described. We report two cases of AA amyloidosis in the renal allograft. Our first case is a 47-year-old male with a history of ankylosing spondylitis who developed end-stage renal disease reportedly from tubulointerstitial nephritis from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent use. A biopsy was never performed. One year after transplantation, AA amyloidosis was identified in the femoral head and 8 years post-transplantation, AA amyloidosis was identified in the renal allograft. He was treated with colchicine and adalimumab and has stable renal function at 1 year-follow-up. Our second case is a 57-year-old male with a long history of intravenous drug use and hepatitis C infection who developed end-stage kidney disease due to AA amyloidosis. Our second patient's course was complicated by renal adenovirus, pulmonary aspergillosis and hepatitis C with AA amyloidosis subsequently being identified in the allograft 2.5 years post-transplantation. Renal allograft function remains stable 4-years post-transplantation. These reports describe clinical and pathologic features of two cases of AA amyloidosis presenting with proteinuria and focal involvement of the renal allograft.

  20. Effects of Tafamidis on Transthyretin Stabilization and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Non-Val30Met Transthyretin Amyloidosis

    Merlini, Giampaolo; Planté-Bordeneuve, Violaine; Judge, Daniel P.; Schmidt, Hartmut; Obici, Laura; Perlini, Stefano; Packman, Jeff; Tripp, Tara; Grogan, Donna R.


    This phase II, open-label, single-treatment arm study evaluated the pharmacodynamics, efficacy, and safety of tafamidis in patients with non-Val30Met transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis. Twenty-one patients with eight different non-Val30Met mutations received 20 mg QD of tafamidis meglumine for 12 months. The primary outcome, TTR stabilization at Week 6, was achieved in 18 (94.7 %) of 19 patients with evaluable data. TTR was stabilized in 100 % of patients with non-missing data at Months 6 (n = 1...

  1. Senile cardiac amyloidosis: an underappreciated cause of heart failure

    Shah, Shreena; Dungu, Jason; Dubrey, Simon William


    This case presents a patient with biopsy-proven, wild-type transthyretin (TTR) senile amyloidosis. The case was that of a man in his early 70s who presented with gradually progressive symptoms and signs of heart failure. The recent history included an episode of severe pancreatitis secondary to cholelithiasis and subsequently (and incidentally) noted hepatomegaly and marked ascites. Further evaluation of the aetiology of the heart failure, through echocardiography, coronary angiography and endomyocardial biopsy, led to an exact diagnosis of SSA. The patient is being treated with conventional heart failure medications while consideration is given to the use of diflusinal as an antiamyloidogenic small molecular stabiliser of TTR. Monitoring and further management advice are being coordinated by the National Amyloidosis Centre. PMID:23391947

  2. Infliximab in the treatment of amyloidosis secondary to Crohn's disease.

    Cabezuelo, Juan B; Egea, Juan P; Ramos, Fernanda; Torrella, Emilio; Muray, Salomé; Alcázar, Concepción


    Secondary amyloidosis (AA) is a severe complication of progressed Crohn’s disease (CD) for which no effective treatment exists. We present the exceptional case of a 33 year-old male with moderate renal failure and proteinuria, who was simultaneously diagnosed with AA amyloid nephropathy and oligosymptomatic CD. He was treated with infliximab at 5mg/kg/8 weeks for 4 years, azathioprine at 1-1.5mg/kg/day (first year) and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockers, with no complications. Treatment caused a decrease in proteinuria, improved renal function, and improved inflammatory parameters over time. Inspired by this case, we performed a review of the medical literature and found that infliximab could be a useful tool in the early treatment of amyloidosis secondary to CD.

  3. A rare cause of stridor: Isolated tracheal amyloidosis

    Numbere K Numbere


    Full Text Available A 50-year-old man presented to clinic with a two-year history of progressive exertional dyspnea and voice hoarseness. This history suggested upper airways obstruction, which was confirmed on computed tomography imaging that revealed extensive thickening of the proximal tracheal wall causing severe luminal narrowing. Bronchoscopic debulking was then performed and the samples obtained confirmed tracheal amyloidoisis. Extensive investigation confirmed that disease was localized solely to the trachea. Ultimately, after multiple discussions, the chosen treatment modality was radiotherapy, which proceeded relatively uneventfully and achieved excellent radiological and clinical response. Although tracheal amyloidosis is rare, it is most commonly observed as part of a multisystem presentation. The present report describes the even more uncommon diagnosis of isolated tracheal amyloidosis and highlights the role of radiotherapy in its management.

  4. MUCI positive cutaneous metastasis with transepidermal elimination from a breast carcinoma.

    Luna, Amalia; Merino, Maria Emilia; Alberdi, Cecilio G; Abba, Martin C; Segal-Eiras, Amada; Croce, Maria Virginia


    Breast cancer is the most common cause of cutaneous metastases from internal malignancies. Generally, the neoplastic cells are located in the dermis or hypodermis, while a finding of transepidermal elimination on cutaneous metastases is exceptional. In this report we present a patient with perforating cutaneous metastases from breast cancer with mucin 1 expression. Cutaneous, bone, lung, and hepatic lesions were detected two years after the diagnosis of the primary tumor.

  5. Outcome of 121 patients with renal amyloid a amyloidosis

    Elbis Ahbap


    Full Text Available Background: Amyloid A (AA amyloidosis is a multisystem, progressive and fatal disease. Renal involvement occurs early in the course of AA. We aimed to investigate the etiology, clinical and laboratory features, and outcome of patients with biopsy-proven renal AA amyloidosis. Materials and Methods: A total of 121 patients (male/female: 84/37, mean age 42.6 ± 14.4 years were analyzed retrospectively between January of 2001 and May of 2013. Demographic, clinical and laboratory features and outcomes data were obtained from follow-up charts. Results: Familial Mediterranean fever (37.2% and tuberculosis (24.8% were the most frequent causes of amyloidosis. Mean serum creatinine and proteinuria at diagnosis were 2.3 ± 2.1 mg/dL and 6.7 ± 5.3 g/day, respectively. Sixty-eight (56.2% patients were started dialysis treatment during the follow-up period. Mean duration of renal survival was 64.7 ± 6.3 months. Age, serum creatinine and albumin levels were found as predictors of end-stage renal disease. Fifty patients (%41.3 died during the follow-up period. The mean survival of patients was 88.7 ± 7.8 months (median: 63 ± 13.9. 1, 2 and 5 years survival rates of patients were 80.7%, 68.2% and 51.3%, respectively. Older age, male gender, lower levels of body mass index, estimated glomerular filtration rate, serum albumin, calcium, and higher levels of phosphor, intact parathyroid hormone and proteinuria were associated with a higher mortality. Higher serum creatinine, lower albumin, dialysis requirement and short time to dialysis were predictors of mortality. Conclusion: The outcome of patients with AA amyloidosis and renal involvement is poor, particularly in those who had massive proteinuria, severe hypoalbuminemia and dialysis requirement at the outset.

  6. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and prognosis in cardiac amyloidosis

    Roughton Michael


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac involvement is common in amyloidosis and associated with a variably adverse outcome. We have previously shown that cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR can assess deposition of amyloid protein in the myocardial interstitium. In this study we assessed the prognostic value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE and gadolinium kinetics in cardiac amyloidosis in a prospective longitudinal study. Materials and methods The pre-defined study end point was all-cause mortality. We prospectively followed a cohort of 29 patients with proven cardiac amyloidosis. All patients underwent biopsy, 2D-echocardiography and Doppler studies, 123I-SAP scintigraphy, serum NT pro BNP assay, and CMR with a T1 mapping method and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE. Results Patients with were followed for a median of 623 days (IQ range 221, 1436, during which 17 (58% patients died. The presence of myocardial LGE by itself was not a significant predictor of mortality. However, death was predicted by gadolinium kinetics, with the 2 minute post-gadolinium intramyocardial T1 difference between subepicardium and subendocardium predicting mortality with 85% accuracy at a threshold value of 23 ms (the lower the difference the worse the prognosis. Intramyocardial T1 gradient was a better predictor of survival than FLC response to chemotherapy (Kaplan Meier analysis P = 0.049 or diastolic function (Kaplan-Meier analysis P = 0.205. Conclusion In cardiac amyloidosis, CMR provides unique information relating to risk of mortality based on gadolinium kinetics which reflects the severity of the cardiac amyloid burden.

  7. Clinical characteristics of 42 patients with cardiac amyloidosis



    Objective To characterize the clinical features of patients with cardiac amyloidosis(CA).Methods Totally42 patients with CA admitted to Guangdong General Hospital since 2008 were included and retrospectively analyzed in the present study.CA was confirmed by abdomen and endocardium biopsy examination.Clinical manifestations,electrocardiogram and echocardiography were collected for the evaluation.Results Several clinic features are common in CA.In the present study,37 cases

  8. Cardiac amyloidosis imaged by dual-source computed tomography.

    Marwan, Mohamed; Pflederer, Tobias; Ropers, Dieter; Schmid, Michael; Wasmeier, Gerald; Söder, Stephan; Daniel, Werner G; Achenbach, Stephan


    The ability of contrast-enhanced CT to detect "late enhancement" in a fashion similar to magnetic resonance imaging has been reported previously. Typical myocardial distribution patterns of "late enhancement" have been described for MRI. The same patterns can be observed in CT imaging, albeit at a lower signal to noise ratio. We report a case of cardiac amyloidosis with a typical pattern of subendocardial, circumferential late enhancement in all four cardiac chambers.

  9. MRI of pathology-proven peripheral nerve amyloidosis

    McKenzie, Gavin A.; Broski, Stephen M.; Howe, Benjamin M.; Spinner, Robert J.; Amrami, Kimberly K.; Dispenzieri, Angela; Ringler, Michael D. [Mayo Clinic, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Rochester, MN (United States)


    To highlight the MRI characteristics of pathologically proven amyloidosis involving the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and determine the utility of MRI in directing targeted biopsy for aiding diagnosis. A retrospective study was performed for patients with pathologically proven PNS amyloidosis who also underwent MRI of the biopsied or excised nerve. MRI signal characteristics, nerve morphology, associated muscular denervation changes, and the presence of multifocal involvement were detailed. Pathology reports were reviewed to determine subtypes of amyloid. Charts were reviewed to gather patient demographics, neurological symptoms and radiologist interpretation. Four men and three women with a mean age of 62 ± 11 years (range 46-76) were identified. All patients had abnormal findings on EMG with mixed sensorimotor neuropathy. All lesions demonstrated diffuse multifocal neural involvement with T1 hypointensity, T2 hyperintensity, and variable enhancement on MRI. One lesion exhibited superimposed T2 hypointensity. Six of seven patients demonstrated associated muscular denervation changes. Peripheral nerve amyloidosis is rare, and the diagnosis is difficult because of insidious symptom onset, mixed sensorimotor neurologic deficits, and the potential for a wide variety of nerves affected. On MRI, peripheral nerve involvement is most commonly characterized by T1 hypointensity, T2 hyperintensity, variable enhancement, maintenance of the fascicular architecture with fusiform enlargement, multifocal involvement and muscular denervation changes. While this appearance mimics other inflammatory neuropathies, MRI can readily detect neural changes and direct-targeted biopsy, thus facilitating early diagnosis and appropriate management. (orig.)

  10. 左室长轴收缩期峰值应变在原发性心脏淀粉样变性与肥厚型心肌病诊断中的价值%Value of assessing left ventricular longitudinal systolic peak strain in differential diagnosis of primary cardiac amyloidosis from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    张璐; 智光; 王叶; 程流泉; 王晶; 周肖; 刘淼; 张威; 章明; 张波


    Objective To analyze the endocardial, myocardial, and epicardial longitudinal systolic strain (LSsys) in the left ventricle (LV) segments and walls in patients with cardiac involvement due to primary amyloidosis (AL-CA) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Methods Twenty patients with biopsy-proven AL-CA, 20 with asymmetric HCM, and 20 age-matched healthy volunteers were analyzed for their clinical characteristics and underwent conventional echocardiography for evaluating LV wall thickness, left atrial and ventricle size, systolic and diastolic function and 2-dimensional velocity vector imaging for evaluating the endocardial, myocardial and epicardial LSsys of the LV segments and walls. AL-CA and HCM patients also underwent cardiac magnetic resonance to evaluate the late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) features. Results Compared with the control group, AL-CA and HCM groups, with similar clinical symptoms and physical signs, both showed increased LV wall thickness, left atrial diameter, E/A ratio, septal E/e' ratio and the prevalence of granular sparkling. LV segments and walls endocardial LSsys were significantly lower in AL-CA patients than in HCM patients and the control subjects. The endocardial-epicardial LSsys difference in all the left ventricle walls were significantly smaller in AL-CA group than in the control group, but this difference appeared variable in HCM group. The LGE also presented with different features in AL-CA and HCM:AL-CA group showed subendocardial LGE in almost all the LV walls, but HCM group showed patchy LGE with a regional, multifocal distribution. Conclusion AL-CA is characterized by a significantly reduced endocardial LSsys in the LV segments and an uniform decrease of the endocardial-epicardial LSsys difference in all the LV walls, but the changes in HCM appear variable, and 2-dimensional velocity vector imaging is therefore a useful modality to differentiate AL-CA from HCM.%目的:分利用速度向量成像(VVI)技术比较原

  11. Effect of UV irradiation on cutaneous cicatrices

    Due, Eva; Rossen, Kristian; Sorensen, Lars Tue


    The aim of this study was to examine the effect of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation on human cutaneous cicatrices. In this randomized, controlled study, dermal punch biopsy wounds served as a wound healing model. Wounds healed by primary or second intention and were randomized to postoperative solar UV...

  12. Multiple cutaneous melanomas associated with gastric and brain metastases*

    Grander, Lara Caroline; Cabral, Fernanda; Lisboa, Alice Paixão; Vale, Gabrielle; Barcaui, Carlos Baptista; Maceira, Juan Manuel Pineiro


    The occurrence of multiple primary melanomas in a single individual is rare. Most commonly, malignant melanocytic lesions subsequent to the initial diagnosis of melanoma are secondary cutaneous metastases. We report a patient with gastrointestinal bleeding from gastric metastasis of cutaneous melanoma. During clinical evaluation and staging, we discovered a brain metastasis associated with 3 synchronous primary cutaneous melanomas. We suggest the research on the mutation in the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A) (INK4a) in such cases. We also emphasize the importance of clinical examination and dermoscopy of the entire tegument, even after a malignant melanocytic lesion is identified.

  13. Renaissance of Low-Dose Radiotherapy Concepts for Cutaneous Lymphomas.

    Dabaja, Bouthaina


    Primary cutaneous B- and T-cell lymphomas are rare types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with a unique presentation. This can make it challenging for clinicians to manage these cases, and quite often the management mirrors that of other commonly seen lymphomas. This document summarizes how to manage primary cutaneous lymphoma with specific focus on the role of ultralow-dose radiation. © 2017 S. Karger GmbH, Freiburg.

  14. Síndrome de Sjögren primária com vasculite cutânea manifestada por úlceras em membro inferior Primary Sjögren's syndrome with cutaneous vasculitis manifested as leg ulcerations

    Sonia Cristina de Magalhães Souza


    Full Text Available A síndrome de Sjögren (SS primária é uma doença autoimune cujo espectro de manisfestação clínica estende-se desde um acometimento órgão-específico (exocrinopatia auto-imune até um processo sistêmico. O envolvimento da pele é bastante comum, e a freqüência de doença vascular inflamatória é estimada entre 20% e 30%. Duas formas clínicas específicas de vasculite cutânea, a púrpura palpável e urticária crônica são predominantes, mas eritema multiforme, eritema perstans, eritema nodoso, mácula eritematosa e nódulo subcutâneo também já foram descritos. Os autores descrevem o caso de uma paciente de 46 anos, que desenvolveu quadro de síndrome de Sjögren primária, com manifestações oculares, orais, articulares e alterações laboratoriais (FAN, anti-Ro, fator reumatóide positivos, e hipergamaglobulinemia. Após dez anos do diagnóstico, apresentou úlceras em membro inferior, cuja biópsia confirmou tratar-se de lesão tipo vasculítica, com excelente resposta ao tratamento com ciclofosmida endovenosa. Foram descritos na literatura apenas dois relatos de caso de pacientes com úlceras em membros inferiores, como acometimento cutâneo da SS. Os autores ressaltam a importância do diferencial de úlceras em membros inferiores como acometimento cutâneo da SS primária.Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS is an autoimmune disease with a large spectrum of clinical manifestations extending from an organ-specific involvement to a systemic process. The skin is affected quite commonly and the estimated frequency of inflammatory vascular lesions is from 20% to 30%. Two specific, clinically recognizable forms of cutaneous vasculitis predominate, palpable purpura and chronic urticaria, but erythema multiforme, erythema perstans, erythema nodosum, erithematous macules and subcutaneous nodules have also been described. The authors report the case of a 46-year-old female patient, diagnosed as primary SS, who presented ocular and oral

  15. Amyloidosis of the aortic root in a patient with polyarteritis nodosa.

    Gašparović, Hrvoje; Petričević, Mate; Đurić, Eljko; Brida, Vojtjeh; Jelašić, Drazen; Biočina, Bojan


    Amyloidosis results from the deposition of insoluble fibrillar proteins in various tissues. Cardiac symptoms, when present, are usually related to congestive heart failure or arrhythmias. Amyloid involvement of the aortic root is exceedingly rare. We describe a case of aortic root amyloidosis in a patient with a long-standing history ofpolyarteritis nodosa.

  16. Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis in a patient with renal amyloidosis: Case report and review of the literature

    Anupama, Y. J.; Vankalakunti, M.


    Renal amyloidosis is characterized by progressive deposition of extracellular material, most commonly in the glomeruli. Most often, patients present with nephrotic range proteinuria and the disease progresses gradually to renal failure. Rapid worsening of renal functions is rare. We report a case of crescentic glomerulonephritis superimposed on amyloidosis, clinically presenting as rapidly progressive renal failure, and present a review of the literature.

  17. Laryngeal amyloidosis : Localized versus systemic disease and update on diagnosis and therapy

    Bartels, H.; Dikkers, FG; Van der Wal, JE; Lokhorst, HM; Hazenberg, BPC


    The clinical and pathological characteristics, possibility of systemic disease, and effect of local therapy were studied in laryngeal amyloidosis. Records of all patients with localized laryngeal amyloidosis in a single tertiary referral center were examined retrospectively at diagnosis and after lo

  18. Amyloid Load in Fat Tissue Reflects Disease Severity and Predicts Survival in Amyloidosis

    Van Gameren, Ingrid I.; Hazenberg, Bouke P. C.; Bijzet, Johan; Haagsma, Elizabeth B.; Vellenga, Edo; Posthumus, Marcel D.; Jager, Pieter L.; Van Rijswijk, Martin H.


    Objective. The severity of systemic amyloidosis is thought to be related to the extent of amyloid deposition. We studied whether amyloid load in fat tissue reflects disease severity and predicts survival. Methods. We studied all consecutive patients with systemic amyloidosis seen between January 199

  19. Diagnostic performance of measuring free light chains in fat tissue of patients with AL amyloidosis

    Bijzet, J.; Van Gameren, I.I.; Limburg, P.C.; Bos, R.; Vellenga, E.; Hazenberg, B.P.C.


    Background: The diagnostic performance of measuring immunoglobulin free light chains in abdominal subcutaneous fat tissue was studied for detection and characterisation of AL amyloidosis. Methods: Fat tissue specimens of 107 consecutive patients with AL amyloidosis (23 k and 84 l) and 95 controls (3

  20. Mieloma múltiple y arteritis de células gigantes sin amiloidosis Simultaneous multiple myeloma and giant cell arteritis without systemic amyloidosis

    Bárbara C. Finn


    Full Text Available La amiloidosis sistémica primaria y el mieloma múltiple con amiloidosis primaria se han presentado con características clínicas e histopatológicas que simulan una arteritis de células gigantes. Hasta el momento la asociación se basaba en el rol antigénico del depósito de amiloide sobre las arterias, desencadenando la respuesta inmune que finaliza con una arteritis. Presentamos el primer caso en la literatura de un paciente con mieloma múltiple y arteritis de células gigantes sin amiloidosis sistémica, sugiriendo una relación patogénica entre estas dos entidades. En el caso de nuestro paciente se descartó la presencia de amiloide en la pared arterial, por lo que proponemos que el estímulo para el desarrollo de la arteritis podría ser una excesiva producción de interleuquina 6 fabricada por las células mielomatosas.Primary systemic amyloidosis with clinical and histopathologic features of giant cell arteritis has already been described. The association of multiple myeloma (with primary amyloidosis and giant cell arteritis is also known. We present the first case in the literature of a patient with multiple myeloma and giant cell arteritis without systemic amyloidosis, suggesting a pathogenic relationship between the two diseases.

  1. Serum amyloid A and protein AA: molecular mechanisms of a transmissible amyloidosis.

    Westermark, Gunilla T; Westermark, Per


    Systemic AA-amyloidosis is a complication of chronic inflammatory diseases and the fibril protein AA derives from the acute phase reactant serum AA. AA-amyloidosis can be induced in mice by an inflammatory challenge. The lag phase before amyloid develops can be dramatically shortened by administration of a small amount of amyloid fibrils. Systemic AA-amyloidosis is transmissible in mice and may be so in humans. Since transmission can cross species barriers it is possible that AA-amyloidosis can be induced by amyloid in food, e.g. foie gras. In mice, development of AA-amyloidosis can also be accelerated by other components with amyloid-like properties. A new possible risk factor may appear with synthetically made fibrils from short peptides, constructed for tissue repair.

  2. Cardiac amyloidosis: MR imaging findings and T1 quantification, comparison with control subjects.

    Krombach, Gabriele A; Hahn, Christa; Tomars, Maren; Buecker, Arno; Grawe, Armin; Günther, Rolf W; Kühl, Harald P


    In cardiac amyloidosis an interstitial deposition of amyloid fibrils causes concentric thickening of the atrial and ventricular walls. We describe the results of tissue characterization of the myocardium by T1 quantification and MRI findings in a patient with cardiac amyloidosis. The T1 time of the myocardium was elevated compared to that in individuals without amyloidosis. The T1 time of the myocardium was 1387 +/- 63 msec (mean value obtained from four measurements +/- standard deviation [SD]) in the patient with cardiac amyloidosis, while the reference value obtained from the myocardium of 10 individuals without known myocardial disease was 1083 +/- 33 msec (mean value +/- SD). In combination with other MR findings suggestive of amyloidosis, such as homogeneous thickening of the ventricular and atrial walls, thickening of the valve leaflets, restrictive filling pattern, and reduction of systolic function, T1 quantification may increase diagnostic confidence.

  3. [Amyloidosis of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF)--insights to FMF phenotype II].

    Livneh, Avi


    Amyloidosis is the most grievous manifestation of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), occurring in a high proportion of untreated patients. Continuously elevated serum amyloid A (SAA) levels during remissions, rather than a pulsatile rise during FMF attacks, underlies the development of amyloidosis. FMF phenotype II is one extreme of AA amyloidosis, evolving despite a complete absence of FMF attacks. FMF phenotype II is diagnosed in patients with AA amyloidosis in the context of a family history of FMF. In these patients and in patients with AA amyloidosis without family history of FMF and with unknown precipitating disease, MEFV gene analysis is mandatory. Moreover, since FMF phenotype II is an actual hazard, a cost-benefit analysis suggests that MEFV mutation determination in all first-degree family members of FMF patients is warranted, as it will significantly reduce future patient treatment costs.

  4. Transthyretin Amyloidosis: Chaperone Concentration Changes and Increased Proteolysis in the Pathway to Disease.

    Gonçalo da Costa

    Full Text Available Transthyretin amyloidosis is a conformational pathology characterized by the extracellular formation of amyloid deposits and the progressive impairment of the peripheral nervous system. Point mutations in this tetrameric plasma protein decrease its stability and are linked to disease onset and progression. Since non-mutated transthyretin also forms amyloid in systemic senile amyloidosis and some mutation bearers are asymptomatic throughout their lives, non-genetic factors must also be involved in transthyretin amyloidosis. We discovered, using a differential proteomics approach, that extracellular chaperones such as fibrinogen, clusterin, haptoglobin, alpha-1-anti-trypsin and 2-macroglobulin are overrepresented in transthyretin amyloidosis. Our data shows that a complex network of extracellular chaperones are over represented in human plasma and we speculate that they act synergistically to cope with amyloid prone proteins. Proteostasis may thus be as important as point mutations in transthyretin amyloidosis.

  5. 皮肤原发性B淋巴母细胞淋巴瘤一例%A case of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma

    曲延刚; 唐爱萍; 王红莉; 李虹; 陈甦


    A 56-year old man developed a raised nodule on the left forearm half a year before 2006,which gradually enlarged.Skin examination revealed a mass measuring 3 cm in diameter at the extensor aspect of left forearm,which was fixed,slightly deep-colored,adherent to the skin with an unclear margin.There was a postoperative scar measuring 2.5 cm in length.Histopathological examination revealed small-to mediumsized round or oval lymphocytes with fine chromatin,unclear nucleoli,a small amount of lightly stained cytoplasm.Immunophenotype analysis showed that the tumor cells were positive for terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TDT),leucocyte common antigen (LCA),PAX5 (paired box 5),C D79a,CD10,Ki-67 (50%),but negative for CD20,CD3,CD30,epithelial membrane antigen (EMA),CD5,CD23 and CD56.He was pathologically diagnosed with cutaneous B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma,and given combination chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide,doxorubicin,vincristine and prednisone.Unfortunately,the condition was poorly controlled,and the patient died 4 years and 9 months later.%患者男,56岁.2006年发现左前臂隆起性结节半年,渐增大.皮肤科检查:左前臂外侧可见一直径3 cm的肿物,其皮肤表面颜色略深,可见手术瘢痕长2.5 cm,肿物与皮肤粘连,固定,边界不清.组织病理学检查:瘤细胞圆形、卵圆形,小至中等大的淋巴母细胞,染色质细腻,核仁不明显,胞质少而淡染,弥漫分布.免疫组化:末端脱氧核苷酸转移酶(TDT)+、LCA+、CD20-、CD79a+、转录因子PAX5+、CD3-、CD30-、Ki-67阳性细胞数50%、上皮膜抗原(EMA)-、CD5-、CD10+、CD23-、CD56-.病理诊断:皮肤B淋巴母细胞淋巴瘤.治疗:给予环磷酰胺+多柔比星+长春新碱+泼尼松(CHOP)方案化疗,病情反复,随访4年9个月时患者死亡.

  6. Perforin expression in feline epitheliotropic cutaneous lymphoma.

    Neta, Michal; Naigamwalla, Dinaz; Bienzle, Dorothee


    Cutaneous lymphomas are uncommon in people and companion animals. The tumors can be broadly categorized into epitheliotropic and nonepitheliotropic forms, which appear to have different biological behaviors. The present case describes a feline cutaneous epitheliotropic lymphoma. Masses in a 9-year-old cat were first identified on the tail. The cat was treated with chemotherapy, but additional skin masses developed on the flank, face, and ears. Local radiation induced transient tumor regression, but eventual dissemination prompted euthanasia 13 months after initial tumor appearance. Granular lymphocytes were consistently detected on blood smears, and histologically, the tumor involved the skin and superficial subcutis. Tumor lymphocytes expressed cluster of differentiation 3 (CD3) and perforin molecules, suggestive of a cytotoxic phenotype. Location, histopathological features, and perforin expression were similar to a distinct entity in human medicine designated primary cutaneous, CD8-positive, epidermotropic, cytotoxic, T-cell lymphoma.

  7. Ovarian carcinoma presenting as cutaneous nasal metastasis*

    António, Ana Marta; Alves, João Vitor; Goulão, João; Bártolo, Elvira


    Metastatic ovarian cancer uncommonly presents with skin metastasis. When present, skin metastases of ovarian cancer are usually localized in the vicinity of the primary tumor. We report a case of a 58-year-old woman with a rapid growing erythematous, well-defined nodule localized on the left nasal ala. A skin biopsy was performed and histopathological and immunohistochemical findings were compatible with a cutaneous metastasis of adenocarcinoma. A systematic investigation revealed a bilateral ovarian cystadenocarcinoma associated with visceral dissemination, likely associated with nose cutaneous metastasis. We report a very uncommon case because of the presentation of ovarian carcinoma as cutaneous metastasis. To our knowledge, this atypical localization on the nose has not been described yet in the literature.

  8. Naevus Lipomatosus Cutaneous Superficialis

    Ramanan C


    Full Text Available Naevus lipomatosus cutaneous superficialis (NLCS in an eighteen year old female is reported. She had asymptomatic nodules and plaques on her lower back since birth. The diagnosis was confirmed by histopathology

  9. Characterization of systemic disease in primary Sjogren's syndrome : EULAR-SS Task Force recommendations for articular, cutaneous, pulmonary and renal involvements

    Ramos-Casals, Manuel; Brito-Zeron, Pilar; Seror, Raphaele; Bootsma, Hendrika; Bowman, Simon J.; Doerner, Thomas; Gottenberg, Jacques-Eric; Mariette, Xavier; Theander, Elke; Bombardieri, Stefano; De Vita, Salvatore; Mandl, Thomas; Ng, Wan-Fai; Kruize, Aike; Tzioufas, Athanasios; Vitali, Claudio


    Objective. To reach a European consensus on the definition and characterization of the main organspecific extraglandular manifestations in primary SS. Methods. The EULAR-SS Task Force Group steering committee agreed to approach SS-related systemic involvement according to the EULAR SS Disease Activi

  10. Primary cutaneous zygomycosis caused by Rhizomucor variabilis in China:a review of 13 cases%中国多变根毛霉感染性皮肤接合菌病13例回顾性分析

    尚毅; 方伟; 廖万清


    目的 总结我国自1991年至今报道的所有多变根毛霉感染所致皮肤接合菌病的临床资料,探讨其流行病学特点、临床特征和治疗.方法 文献搜索并回顾分析我国13例多变根毛霉原发性皮肤感染的临床资料.结果 13例皮肤多变根毛霉病,平均发病年龄为34±17(5~65)岁,男6例,女7例,病程5个月~16 a不等,感染报道多集中于长江流域;临床多表现为局部红斑、丘疹和/或结节,可缓慢扩展形成浸润性斑块伴溃疡坏死;发病前有明确皮肤损伤病史6例,无明确诱因7例.皮损多发生于暴露部位,面部10例,上肢3例.所有病例均经真菌学和病理学诊断确诊.治疗主要为两性霉素B和唑类抗真菌药物,其中8例治愈,2例疗效不佳,3例失随访.结论 多变根毛霉皮肤接合菌病是一种重要的毁容性感染病,多与皮肤屏障损伤有关,提高对本病的认识有利于开展早期诊断和及时治疗,治疗首选两性霉素B.%Objective To investigate the epidemic and clinical characteristics of primary cutaneous zygomycosis due to Rhizomucor variabilis in China since 1991. Methods Thirteen cases of cutaneous mucormycosis caused by Rhizomucor variabilis were searched from the electrical database, and all the clinical information was collected and evaluated. Results Of the 13 case records , 7 were female while 6 were male. Median age was 34 ± 17 (5-65) year and the course ranged from 5 months to 16 years. Most cases were mainly reported in Yangtze River valley. The major clinical manifestations were local erythema, papula, and/or nodule, which might spread into infiltrating plaque associated with ulceration and necrosis. Six patients had defined mucocutaneous damage histories before the onset. All the lesions primarily occurred in exposure parts of the body (10 in the face and 3 in the upper limb) and all the diagnoses were made by mycological and histopathological examinations. The major treatments were

  11. Nevus lipomatosus cutaneous superficialis*

    Carvalho, Gustavo de Sá Menezes; Cavalcanti, Silvana Maria de Morais; Herênio, Alzinira Souza; Teixeira, Márcia Almeida Galvão; de Alencar, Eliane Ruth Barbosa; Gonçalves, Sergio Paulo Mendes


    We report a case of nevus lipomatosus cutaneous superficialis of Hoffman-Zurhelle (NCLS), with multiple lesions, in a ten-year-old child. The NLCS is considered rare. The classical clinical presentation is characterized by multiple skin-colored or yellowish papules and nodules, which can have a linear distribution. Histologically, it is characterized by the presence of mature ectopic adipocytes in the dermis. The main therapeutic option is surgical excision. The classical Nevus lipomatosus cutaneous superficialis is reported in this case.

  12. Differential diagnosis in primary and metastatic cutaneous melanoma by FT-Raman spectroscopy Diagnóstico diferencial no melanoma primário e metastático por espectroscopia FT-Raman

    Andrea Fernandes de Oliveira


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To qualify the FT-Raman spectral data of primary and metastatic cutaneous melanoma in order to obtain a differential diagnosis. METHODS: Ten normal human skin samples without any clinical or histopathological alterations, ten cutaneous melanoma fragments, and nine lymph node metastasis samples were used; 105, 140 and 126 spectra were obtained respectively. Each sample was divided into 2 or 3 fragments of approximately 2 mm³ and positioned in the Raman spectrometer sample holder in order to obtain the spectra; a monochrome laser light Nd:YAG at 1064 nm was used to excite the inelastic effect. RESULTS: To differentiate the three histopathological groups according to their characteristics extracted from the spectra, data discriminative analysis was undertaken. Phenylalanine, DNA, and Amide-I spectral variables stood out in the differentiation of the three groups. The percentages of correctly classified groups based on Phenylalanine, DNA, and Amide-I spectral features was 93.1%. CONCLUSION: FT-Raman spectroscopy is capable of differentiating melanoma from its metastasis, as well as from normal skin.OBJETIVO: Qualificar os dados espectrais FT-Raman do melanoma cutâneo primário e metastático e assim realizar o diagnóstico diferencial. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizadas amostras de 10 fragmentos de pele sem alterações clínicas ou histopatológicas, 10 de melanomas cutâneos e 9 de metástases linfonodais; 105, 140 and 126 espectros foram obtidos respectivamente. Cada amostra foi dividida em 2 ou 3 frações de 2 mm³ e posicionada no porta amostras do espectrômetro Raman para obtenção dos espectros, por meio da excitação do espalhamento inelástico pelo laser de Nd:YAG em 1064 nm incididos na amostra. RESULTADOS: Para diferenciar os três grupos formados de acordo com as características fornecidas pelos espectros, realizamos a análise discriminante dos dados. As variáveis espectrais Fenilalanina, DNA e Amida-I se destacaram na

  13. Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding from Gastric Amyloidosis in a Patient with Smoldering Multiple Myeloma

    Mihajlo Gjeorgjievski


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a common complication of patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS, smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM, and multiple myeloma (MM. This proteinaceous material can be deposited intercellularly in any organ system, including the gastrointestinal (GI tract. In the GI tract, amyloidosis affects the duodenum most commonly, followed by the stomach and colorectum. Gastric amyloidosis causes symptoms of nausea, vomiting, early satiety, abdominal pain, and GI bleeding. A case of upper GI bleeding from gastric amyloidosis is presented in a patient with SMM. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD revealed a gastric mass. Endoscopic biopsies revealed amyloid deposition in the lamina propria, consistent with gastric amyloidosis. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry performed on peptides extracted from Congo red-positive microdissected areas of paraffin-embedded stomach specimens revealed a peptide profile consistent with AL- (lambda- type amyloidosis. Based on this and multiple other case reports, we recommend that patients with GI bleeding and MGUS, SMM, or MM undergo EGD and pathologic examination of endoscopic biopsies of identified lesions using Congo red stains for amyloidosis for early diagnosis and treatment.

  14. Homozygous M694V as a risk factor for amyloidosis in Turkish FMF patients.

    Akpolat, Tekin; Özkaya, Ozan; Özen, Seza


    Secondary amyloidosis is the most severe complication of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Since the M694V mutation was associated with clinical severity, it was expected to be associated with amyloidosis as well. However, a number of contradicting reports have been published, especially pertinent to Turkish patients nearly 10years ago. The aim of this study was to analyze recent data regarding the association between M694V mutation and amyloidosis among FMF patients in Turkey. We conducted a comprehensive review of the literature regarding the role of M694V mutation in the development of amyloidosis secondary to FMF. Twenty-seven papers from 20 centers including 3505 Turkish subjects were reviewed. Four-hundred patients had amyloidosis and homozygous M694V was detected in 189 (47%) of the 400 amyloidotic patients which was significantly higher than that in the FMF patients not developing amyloidosis (pFMF patients with this genotype, even in countries where amyloidosis is rare, should be considered carefully. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Multimodality Imaging of Cardiac Transthyretin Amyloidosis 16 Years After a Domino Liver Transplantation.

    Bechiri, M Y; Eliahou, L; Rouzet, F; Fouret, P-J; Antonini, T; Samuel, D; Adam, R; Adams, D; Slama, M S; Algalarrondo, V


    We report the case of a 62-year-old man hospitalized in May 2015 for symptomatic heart failure. His medical history included two liver transplantations. The first liver transplantation was performed in 1999 for a mixed alcoholic and hepatitis C-related cirrhosis and the patient received the liver of another patient with Val30Met transthyretin amyloidosis using the domino technique. In 2008, he complained of neuropathic pains and an iatrogenic-acquired transthyretin amyloidosis was diagnosed. On cardiac evaluation, amyloidosis was suspected. In March 2010, a second liver transplantation was performed with a deceased donor without complication. In May 2015, a first episode of symptomatic heart failure occurred and cardiac amyloidosis was investigated by a multimodality evaluation. Electrocardiogram, cardiac biomarkers, echocardiography, and cardiac MRI were in favor of the diagnosis of amyloidosis, whereas (99m) Tc-dicarboxypropane diphosphonate scintigraphy was not. Endomyocardial biopsy finally confirmed the positive diagnosis of iatrogenic-acquired cardiac amyloidosis. This case is, to the best of our knowledge, the first to report biopsy-proven cardiac amyloidosis induced by domino liver transplantation and progressing heart failure in spite of retransplantation. The diagnostic modalities are discussed. This case should alert physicians to the cardiac risk in domino liver transplanted patients. © Copyright 2016 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  16. Melphalan, lenalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis: results of a phase II trial.

    Sanchorawala, Vaishali; Patel, Jaymin M; Sloan, J Mark; Shelton, Anthony C; Zeldis, Jerome B; Seldin, David C


    We report results of a phase II trial of combination of melphalan, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone for the treatment of immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis. The primary objectives were tolerability and hematologic response rate; secondary objectives were organ responses and survival. Treatment protocol consisted of melphalan 5 mg/m(2)/day for four days, lenalidomide 10 mg/day for 21 days and dexamethasone 20-40 mg once a week every 28 days for a total of 12 cycles. Sixteen subjects were enrolled of whom 14 completed at least 3 cycles and were evaluable for response. Grade 3/4 toxicities were experienced by 88% (n=14), the most common being myelosuppression (n=7). Dose reductions occurred in 85% (n=12 of 14) of subjects. Hematologic partial and complete responses were achieved by 43% (n=6 of 14) and 7% (n=1 of 14), respectively. The median overall survival has not been reached and median progression-free survival is 24 months. In conclusion, this combination is associated with significant myelosuppression leading to dose modifications and producing minor hematologic responses in AL amyloidosis.

  17. Localized amyloidosis of the stomach mimicking a superficial gastric cancer.

    Kagawa, Miwako; Fujino, Yasuteru; Muguruma, Naoki; Murayama, Noriaki; Okamoto, Koichi; Kitamura, Shinji; Kimura, Tetsuo; Kishi, Kazuhiro; Miyamoto, Hiroshi; Uehara, Hisanori; Takayama, Tetsuji


    A 73-year-old man was referred to our hospital for further examination of a depressed lesion in the stomach found by cancer screening gastroscopy. A barium upper gastrointestinal series showed an area of irregular mucosa measuring 15 mm on the anterior wall of the gastric body. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed a 15 mm depressed lesion on the anterior wall of the lower gastric body. We suspected an undifferentiated adenocarcinoma from the appearance and took some biopsies. However, histology of the specimens revealed amyloidal deposits in the submucosal layer without malignant findings. Congo red staining was positive for amyloidal protein and green birefringence was observed under polarized light microscopy. Congo red staining with prior potassium permanganate incubation confirmed the light chain (AL) amyloid type. There were no amyloid deposits in the colon or duodenum. Computed tomography of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis showed no remarkable findings. Thus, this case was diagnosed as a localized gastric amyloidosis characterized by AL type amyloid deposition in the mucosal or submucosal layer. As the clinical outcome of gastric AL amyloidosis seems favorable, this case is scheduled for periodic examination to recognize potential disease progression and has been stable for 2 years.

  18. Renal AA Amyloidosis in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

    Ramón Díez


    Full Text Available Background: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease and a major cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD mortality. Inflammation is closely involved in the pathogenesis of T2DM, and reactive amyloidosis occurs in the presence of chronic inflammation. We hypothesized that patients with T2DM may have a higher prevalence of renal AA amyloidosis (RAAA and that this could contribute to worse atherosclerosis and CVD. Materials and Methods: We analyzed 330 autopsy kidneys from patients with a previous T2DM diagnosis. The kidney tissue was evaluated in order to determine the presence of diabetic nephropathy and RAAA, and systemic vessels were evaluated for the presence of atherosclerosis. Results: RAAA was detected in 9% of our study population and was associated with an increased risk for nodular sclerosis [OR (95% CI] [11 (2.04-59.16], for chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy [4.59 (2.02-10.42], for myocardial infarction [3.41 (1.52-7.64] as well as for aortic [4.75 (1.09-20.69], coronary [3.22 (1.47-7.04], and intrarenal atherosclerosis [3.84 (1.46-10.09]. Conclusions: RAAA is prevalent in T2DM and is associated with worse CVD and renal disease, likely because RAAA is a marker of severe chronic inflammation.

  19. Light chain (AL amyloidosis: update on diagnosis and management

    Rosenzweig Michael


    Full Text Available Abstract Light chain (AL amyloidosis is a plasma cell dyscrasia characterized by the pathologic production of fibrillar proteins comprised of monoclonal light chains which deposit in tissues and cause organ dysfunction. The diagnosis can be challenging, requiring a biopsy and often specialized testing to confirm the subtype of systemic disease. The goal of treatment is eradication of the monoclonal plasma cell population and suppression of the pathologic light chains which can result in organ improvement and extend patient survival. Standard treatment approaches include high dose melphalan (HDM followed by autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT or oral melphalan with dexamethasone (MDex. The use of novel agents (thalidomide, lenalidomide and bortezomib alone and in combination with steroids and alkylating agents has shown efficacy and continues to be explored. A risk adapted approach to SCT followed by novel agents as consolidation reduces treatment related mortality with promising outcomes. Immunotherapeutic approaches targeting pathologic plasma cells and amyloid precursor proteins or fibrils are being developed. Referral of patients to specialized centers focusing on AL amyloidosis and conducting clinical trials is essential to improving patient outcomes.

  20. Therapeutic regional dermabrasion in papular lichen amyloidosis of shins

    Savant S


    Full Text Available Therapeutic regional dermabrasion of shins is a useful surgical method for planing away the persistent pruritic lichenified hyperkeratotic eruptions of papular lichen amyloidosis. Nine patients (6 females and 3 males of 35 to 52 years age having papular lichen amyloidosis on shins, refractory to various medical lines of treatment for 5-12 years duration were subjected to regional dermabrasion. Extensor surfaces (shins of both lower extremities (18 sites in all 9 cases were treated by multiple sittings of spot dermabrasion. All 18 sites healed with superficial scarring and complete response (100% with total clearance of lesions was observed in all 18 sites. Pruritus stopped in all the 18 dermabraded sites immediately. No local recurrence has been observed in any sites over a minimum follow up peroid of 1½ years. Apart from superficial scarring occurring at all 18 sites the other side effect observed was varying degree of hypopigmentation in 10 out of the 18 sites dermabraded. Complication in the form of parchment like deep atrophic scarring with persistant hypopigmentation, erythema and at places depigmentation were obseved at 2 sites which were dermabraded deeply. Similar complications with delayed wound healing were observed at the 3rd site as sequel to secondary bacterial infection following spot dermabrasion

  1. Cutaneous histiocytosis syndromes.

    Roper, S S; Spraker, M K


    Cutaneous histiocytosis may take two principal forms. It is either a benign proliferative process or a relentless, progressive process with a poor prognosis. In histiocytic medullary reticulosis, histiocytes demonstrate nuclear atypia and the outcome is uniformly fatal. Benign cephalic histiocytosis X causes lesions similar to those of histiocytosis X, but Langerhans' cells are absent. In congenital self-healing histiocytosis X, the Letterer-Siwe-like cutaneous infiltrate contains Langerhans' cells, but the lesions heal spontaneously without treatment. The nodular cutaneous lesions of juvenile xanthogranuloma appear in infancy and resolve without treatment; however, the higher percentage (10%) of associated ocular lesions may lead to glaucoma and blindness. In histiocytosis X, the cutaneous lesions show a marked proliferation of Langerhans' cells, with prognosis dependent on the patient's age and the extent of organ dysfunction. Patients who survive the acute form of the disease may develop diabetes insipidus, growth retardation, pulmonary fibrosis, and biliary cirrhosis. A subtle immunologic defect has been identified in patients with histiocytosis X, yet the pathogenesis of the disease is still speculative. Familial disease occurring in early infancy should be differentiated from complete or partial immunodeficiency syndromes. Guidelines for evaluating patients with cutaneous histiocytosis are reviewed.

  2. Renal uptake of /sup 67/Ga-citrate in renal amyloidosis due to Familiar Mediterranean Fever

    Banzo-Marraco, J.; Abos-Olivares, M.D.; Iribar-Ibabe, M.C.; Prats-Rivera, E.; Banzo-Marraco, J.I.; Teijeiro-Vidal, J.; Nerin-Mora, E.; Nerin de la Puerta, I.


    Renal uptake of /sup 67/Ga-citrate is described in a patient with biopsy-proven amyloidosis of the kidneys, due to Familiar Mediterranean Fever. After administration 150 MBq (4mCi) /sup 67/Ga-citrate, scans were done at 48, 72, and 120 h. Intense uptake was noted in both kidneys. A renal biopsy done 5 days after the /sup 67/Ga-citrate scan revealed a pattern typical of amyloidosis. Gallium scanning can be useful in patients with fever of unknown origin. Renal amyloidosis can be considered when renal uptake of /sup 67/Ga-citrate associated with nephrotic syndrome is observed.

  3. Renal AA amyloidosis in a patient with hereditary complete complement C4 deficiency

    Imed Helal


    Full Text Available Hereditary complete C4 deficiency has until now been reported in 30 cases only. A disturbed clearance of immune- complexes probably predisposes these individuals to systemic lupus erythematosus, other immune- complex diseases and recurrent microbial infections. We present here a 20- year- old female with hereditary complete C4 deficiency. Renal biopsy demonstrated renal AA amyloidosis. This unique case further substantiates that deficiency of classical pathway components predisposes to the development of recurrent microbial infections and that the patients may develop AA amyloidosis. Furthermore, in clinical practice, the nephrotic syndrome occurring in a patient with hereditary complete complement C4 deficiency should lead to the suspicion of renal AA amyloidosis.

  4. Etiology of amyloidosis determines myocardial 99mTc-DPD uptake in amyloidotic cardiomyopathy.

    Longhi, Simone; Bonfiglioli, Rachele; Obici, Laura; Gagliardi, Christian; Milandri, Agnese; Lorenzini, Massimiliano; Guidalotti, Pier Luigi; Merlini, Giampaolo; Rapezzi, Claudio


    Tc-DPD (Tc-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylic acid) has a high affinity for transthyretin (TTR)-infiltrated myocardium, allowing a differential diagnosis with light chain cardiac amyloidosis and other nonamyloidotic cardiomyopathies with a hypertrophic phenotype, in which myocardial tracer uptake is low or absent. Myocardial bone tracer uptake in the rarer forms of amyloidosis (eg, apolipoprotein-related) has been rarely studied. We present 4 cases of cardiac amyloidosis that underwent Tc-DPD scintigraphy; myocardial DPD uptake was present in patients with ATTR, wtTTR and apolipoprotein AI and negative in cases with AL and apolipoprotein AII-related disease.

  5. Simultaneous presentation of kappa-restricted chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lambda light chain AL amyloidosis.

    von Keudell, Gottfried; Sanchorawala, Vaishali; O'Hara, Carl; C Seldin, David; Sloan, J Mark


    We report on a 58-year-old man who presented with simultaneous kappa-restricted chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and a lambda-restricted plasma cell dyscrasia causing AL amyloidosis involving the kidney and GI tract. While monoclonal immunoglobulins occasionally produced by CLL has previously been implicated in AL amyloidosis, this is the first case of AL amyloidosis resulting from a distinct plasma cell dyscrasia that is not clonally related to the concurrent CLL. Appropriate treatment depended on detailed pathologic diagnosis of both disease processes.

  6. A prospective study of nutritional status in immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis

    Sattianayagam, Prayman T; Lane, Thirusha; Fox, Zoe;


    Weight loss is common in systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis but there are limited data on the impact of nutritional status on outcome. Using the Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA) score, we prospectively examined nutritional status in 110 consecutive newly......-diagnosed, treatment-naïve patients with immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis attending the UK National Amyloidosis Centre. At study entry, 72 of 110 (66%) patients had a PG-SGA score of 4 or over, indicating malnutrition requiring specialist nutritional intervention. Number of amyloidotic organs, elevated alkaline...... phosphatase, presence of autonomic neuropathy and advanced Mayo disease stage were independently associated with poor nutritional status (P...

  7. Importance of gallium-67 scintigraphy in primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma: report of two cases;Importancia da cintilografia com galio-67 no linfoma cutaneo primario de celulas B: relato de dois casos

    Attab, Cyomara Sanches, E-mail: [Centro Brasileiro de Medicina Nuclear (CEBRAMEN), Goiania, GO (Brazil); Moriguchi, Sonia Marta [Fundacao Pio XII, Barretos, SP (Brazil). Hospital de Cancer; Paton, Eduardo Jose Alencar [Fundacao Pio XII, Barretos, SP (Brazil). Cancer Hospital. Div. of Hemotherapy and Bone-Marrow Transplant; Alencar, Mario Henrique Leite de [Clinica de Prevencao em Cancer, Goiania, GO, (Brazil); Rocha, Euclides Timoteo da [Fundacao Pio XII, Barretos, SP (Brazil). Cancer Hospital. Dept. of Nuclear Medicine


    The authors describe two cases of cutaneous B-cell lymphoma where correct staging, treatment and follow-up could be achieved through a combination of conventional imaging studies and gallium-67 scintigraphy. (author)

  8. Cutaneous metastases of hepatocellular carcinoma.

    Lazaro, M; Serrano, M L; Allende, I; Ratón, J A; Acebo, E; Diaz-Perez, J L


    Cutaneous metastases are an unusual finding that may present as the first sign of an internal neoplasia. A case of cutaneous metastases of hepatocellular carcinoma, which may often involve other organs but very rarely metastases to the skin, is reported.

  9. Update on cutaneous calciphylaxis

    Uwe Wollina


    Full Text Available Calciphylaxis is a devastating disorder with a mortality rate of 80% due to sepsis and organ failure. Hallmarks of this rare disease are arteriolar media calcification, thrombotic cutaneous ischemia, and necrotic ulcerations. Different mechanisms of vascular calcification can lead to calciphylaxis. Early diagnosis by deep cutaneous ulcer biopsy is most important for prognosis. Here, dermatologists play a significant role although treatment usually needs an interdisciplinary approach. Surgical procedures had been the cornerstone of treatment in the past including parathyroidectomy, but recently new medical treatments emerged aiming to normalize disturbances of minerals to reduce the serum concentration of sodium phosphate and to prevent precipitation and calcification. Multimodal therapy is warranted but only aggressive surgical debridement of cutaneous ulcers has shown significant outcome improvement.

  10. Cutaneous signs of piety.

    Ramesh, V; Al Aboud, Khalid


    It is important for dermatologists to be aware of cutaneous changes related to religious practices to help in their recognition and management. The anatomic location of cutaneous lesions associated with friction from praying varies based on religious practice. Allergic contact dermatitis from products and substances commonly used in worshipping also vary by religion. Some religious practices may render individuals prone to infections that manifest on the skin. Tattoos of godly figures also may adorn the body. Religious practices also have been implicated in cases of urticaria, köbnerization, and leukoderma. This article reviews the clinical presentation of some of the most common cutaneous changes that occur in individuals who practice the following religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Sikhism.

  11. Cutaneous metastasis of colon cancer: case report and literature review.

    Sheets, Nicholas; Powers, Jeremy; Richmond, Bryan


    Cutaneous metastases arising from an internal malignancy are a rare phenomenon, occurring in 0.001% of all skin biopsies performed. Of these, 6.5% originate from the a primary colon cancer. Colon cancer, when metastatic to the skin, typically appears as a painless flesh-colored nodule or as a mass with occasional ulceration. We report a case of a large cutaneous metastasis to the suprascapular region as the initial presenting symptom of an underlying colon cancer.

  12. Cutaneous histiocytosis in dogs.

    Mays, M B; Bergeron, J A


    Multifocal cutaneous histiocytic lesions were recognized in 9 dogs. Clinically, the dogs had multiple erythematous plaques or nodules in the skin (1 to 5 cm diameter). Histologically, the lesions were comprised of dermal or pannicular infiltrates of large histiocytic cells, with varying numbers of other inflammatory cells intermixed. By electron microscopy, the cells resembled those of canine cutaneous histiocytoma. The lesions seemed to wax and wane and appeared in new sites, regardless of treatment. The dogs ranged in age from 2 to 13 years; 7 dogs were under 6 years of age. Both sexes and various breeds were represented. An infectious agent could not be identified.

  13. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus

    Biazar, Cyrus; Sigges, Johanna; Patsinakidis, Nikolaos


    In this prospective, cross-sectional, multicenter study, we assessed clinical and laboratory characteristics from patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) using the Core Set Questionnaire of the European Society of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (EUSCLE). 1002 (768 females, 234 males...... included gender, age at onset of disease, LE-specific and LE-nonspecific skin lesions, photosensitivity, laboratory features, and the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) for the classification of systemic lupus erythematosus. The mean age at onset of disease was 43.0±15.7 years...

  14. Retrospective analysis of primary cutaneous cryptococcosis from 2000 to 2008%2000~2008年原发性皮肤隐球菌病回顾性分析

    杨明辉; 温海; 朱元杰


    目的 了解2000-2008年间原发性皮肤隐球菌病(PCC)的流行病学及临床特征.方法 检索并回顾性分析2000-2008年文献报道的原发性皮肤隐球菌病病例资料,对比分析2000-2008年与1985-2000年报道的PCC病例及免疫正常与免疫受损PCC病例的特征是否存在差异.结果 共检索出2000-2008年间符合PCC诊断标准的病例28例.近8a来PCC仍好发于年龄较大者,但男性更多见;免疫正常或受损宿主均可发生PCC; HIV感染患者发生PCC几率更小;外伤可能为PCC重要的诱发因素;皮疹部位仍以四肢等暴露部位为主;皮疹性质由以前较特异的化脓性指头炎或蜂窝织炎为主变迁到以溃疡、结节、红斑、肿块等非特异性皮疹为主;治疗仍以抗真菌药物口服或与手术联合为主,氟康唑仍为一线药物;预后一般较好.结论 近年来PCC表现出一些新的特点.宿主的免疫状态可能不影响其发生PCC的机率或影响较小,而仅影响隐球菌感染后的转归.%Objective To study the epidemiology and clinical features of primary cutaneous cryptococcosis from 2000 to 2008.Methods Cases of primary cutaneous cryptococcosis from 2000 to 2008 were retrospectively analysed and the differences with those between 1985 and 2000 were compared.Results PCC occurred more commonly in the older and the male in the recent 8 years.There was no difference in the onset between immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts, while HIV positive patients had the lower probability to get PCC,xternal injury might be the important causative factors,erythra still happened majorly in extremities or other exposure sites, the erythra had changed from whitlow or cellulitis to ulcer,nodus,erythema,and so on, the oral antifungal drugs combined with surgery were most acceptable treatment and fluconazole was still the first choice for PCC, and the prognosis was good.Conclusions In recent years, PCC obtained some new characteristics.We considered that the

  15. 皮肤原发性CD30阳性间变性大细胞淋巴瘤%Primary cutaneous CD30-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma analysis

    石群立; 周晓军; 燕晓雯; 印洪林; 徐新宇; 张彤; 社本擀博; 钱斌


    目的对10例皮肤原发性CD30阳性间变性大细胞淋巴瘤(ALCL)进行临床及组织病理学研究,为临床病理早期诊断提供依据.方法采用组织病理学及免疫组织化学法(LCA、 CD20、CD30、CD45RO、CD68、EMA、CK和HMB45)对10例皮肤原发性CD30阳性ALCL进行观察.结果组织病理学示瘤细胞体积大,呈多形性、圆形或椭圆形,胞浆丰富,核大,核分裂像多,常见R-S样细胞和多核巨细胞,核仁明显.免疫组化标记CD30 阳性,其中6例同时表达CD45RO, 1例表达CD20,非T非B表达3例.随访发现2例因肿瘤转移死亡,2例复发,6例无复发.结论皮肤原发性CD30阳性ALCL是具有独特形态特点且预后较好的肿瘤.组织病理学特征及CD30阳性在鉴别诊断时具有重要意义.%Objective To examine 10 cases with primary cutaneous CD30-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), analyze their clinical manifestations and pathological and immunohistochemical features, and improve early diagnosis of this disease. Methods We studied the morphological characteristics of primary cutaneous CD30-positive ALCL using histopathological methods. Leukocyte common antigen (LCA), CD20, CD30, CD45RO, CD68, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), cytokeratin (CK) and HMB45 antibodies were used to determine the expression of their respective antigens from routine paraffin samples of the patients. Results Ten patients (7 men and 3 women, aged 31 to 84 years) complained of subcutaneous masses or papular eruptions over their lower trunks and extremities. Histopathologically, the lesions were composed of numerous large round or oval pleomorphic cells. The cytoplasm was usually abundant, amphophilic or basophilic, and finely vacuolated. Nuclei were commonly eccentrically localized and lobated or horseshoed in shape, and multinucleated giant cells and Reed-Sternberg-like cells were seen. Nucleoli were generally multiple and large. Of the 10 patients, tumor cells displayed positive antigen

  16. Histoplasmose cutânea primária: relato de caso em paciente imunocompetente e revisão de literatura Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis: case report on an immunocompetent patient and review of the literature

    Mauricio Naoto Saheki


    Full Text Available É relatado um caso de histoplasmose cutânea primária em um homem de 45 anos, com apresentação de um nódulo eritematoso no dorso da mão direita acompanhado de linfadenomegalia regional indolor, que se desenvolveu após trauma local ocorrido durante treinamento militar em túnel habitado por morcegos. O exame histológico de biópsia da lesão cutânea mostrou um infiltrado granulomatoso, porém não evidenciou elementos fúngicos. O cultivo deste material incubado em Ágar Sabouraud mostrou crescimento de Histoplasma capsulatum. Não foi encontrada evidência de envolvimento sistêmico ou imunossupressão. O tratamento com 400mg diários de itraconazol oral durante 6 meses resultou na remissão completa da lesão, mantida um ano após o término do tratamento.This report describes a case of primary cutaneous histoplasmosis in a 45-year-old male. The presentation consisted of an erythematous nodule on the back of the right hand, accompanied by nontender regional lymphadenomegaly that developed following local trauma that occurred during military training in a tunnel inhabited by bats. Histological examination of a biopsy specimen from the skin lesion showed granulomatous infiltrate, but did not show fungal elements. Culturing of this material, incubated in Sabouraud agar, showed growth of Histoplasma capsulatum. No evidence of systemic involvement or immunosuppression was found. Treatment with 400 mg/day of itraconazole orally for six months resulted in complete remission of the lesion, which was maintained one year after the end of the treatment.

  17. Ventricular fibrillation after bortezomib therapy in a patient with systemic amyloidosis

    Satoshi Yamasaki


    Full Text Available A 64-year-old female was diagnosed with systemic amyloidosis associated with multiple myeloma. Bortezomib and dexamethasone-therapy was initiated; however, she developed lethal ventricular fibrillation (VF and cardiac arrest after 84 hours of therapy. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation using direct current shocks with epinephrine and amiodarone was initiated but failed to receive cardiac function. Although her arterial pulsations recovered immediately after the injection of vasopressin, she died of heart failure 8 hours after the onset of VF. Cardiac amyloidosis was verified by autopsy. Although the direct association of bortezomib with lethal VF remained to be clarified in our patient, the current report emphasizes on bortezomib as a substantial risk factor for cardiomyocyte damage. The potential risk of lethal events associated with cardiac amyloidosis should be carefully considered during bortezomib treatment for patients with AL amyloidosis.

  18. Dual-Energy SPECT and the Development of Peptide p5+14 for Imaging Amyloidosis

    Jonathan S. Wall PhD


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is associated with a number of rare diseases and is characterized by the deposition, in abdominothoracic organs and peripheral nerves, of extracellular protein fibrils, which leads to dysfunction and severe morbidity. Effective clinical evaluation and management of patients with systemic amyloidosis are hampered by the lack of a noninvasive, quantitative method for detecting whole-body amyloid load. We have used a battery of assays including dual-energy SPECT imaging and comparative effectiveness studies in support of translation of a synthetic polybasic peptide, p5+14, as a novel radiotracer for visualization of amyloidosis by molecular imaging. These data provide support for a phase 1 positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging trial of this reagent, labeled with iodine-124, in patients with all forms of systemic amyloidosis.

  19. Intestinal amyloidosis: two cases with different patterns of clinical and imaging presentation.

    Mainenti, Pier-Paolo; Segreto, Sabrina; Mancini, Marcello; Rispo, Antonio; Cozzolino, Immacolata; Masone, Stefania; Rinaldi, Ciro-Roberto; Nardone, Gerardo; Salvatore, Marco


    The involvement of the small bowel in systemic forms of amyloidosis may be diffuse or very rarely focal. Some cases of focal amyloidomas of the duodenum and jejunum without extraintestinal manifestations have been reported. The focal amyloidomas consisted of extensive amyloid infiltration of the entire intestinal wall thickness. Radiological barium studies, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) patterns of diffuse small bowel amyloidosis have been described: the signs are non-specific and may include small-bowel dilatation, symmetric bowel wall thickening, mesenteric infiltration, and mesenteric adenopathy. No data are available about the positron emission tomography (PET)/CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) patterns of intestinal amyloidosis. We report two cases of small bowel amyloidosis: the former characterized by focal deposition of amyloid proteins exclusively within blood vessel walls of the terminal ileum, the latter characterized by diffuse intestinal involvement observed on MRI and PET/CT studies.

  20. Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) and renal AA amyloidosis--phenotype-genotype correlation, treatment and prognosis.

    Ben-Chetrit, Eldad


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive disease, which primarily affects the population surrounding the Mediterranean basin. It is characterized by recurrent attacks of fever and peritonitis, pleuritis, arthritis or erysipelas-like erythema. Amyloidosis, causing renal failure, is one of the most severe complications of the disease. The gene associated with FMF (MEFV) has been recently isolated. Phenotype-genotype correlation studies revealed that amyloidosis was more common in FMF patients originating from North-Africa who were homozygous for the M694V mutation. Such a correlation was not found in Turkish patients. The risk of amyloidosis is increased in male FMF patients and in patients bearing polymorphism a/a in the SAA1 gene. Colchicine is the chosen drug for the treatment of FMF and can prevent amyloidosis.

  1. Diagnostic performance of transthyretin measurement in fat tissue of patients with ATTR amyloidosis

    Hazenberg, B.P.C.; Van Schijndel, B.; Bijzet, J.; Limburg, P.C.; Bos, R.; Haagsma, E.B.


    Background: The diagnostic performance was studied of a transthyretin (TTR) ELISA for detection and characterisation of transthyretin-derived (ATTR) amyloid in abdominal subcutaneous fat tissue. Methods: Fat tissue specimens were analysed of 38 consecutive patients with hereditary ATTR amyloidosis,

  2. Intestinal amyloidosis:Two cases with different patterns of clinical and imaging presentation

    Pier; Paolo; Mainenti; Sabrina; Segreto; Marcello; Manci


    The involvement of the small bowel in systemic forms of amyloidosis may be diffuse or very rarely focal.Some cases of focal amyloidomas of the duodenum and jejunum without extraintestinal manifestations have been reported.The focal amyloidomas consisted of extensive amyloid infiltration of the entire intestinal wall thickness.Radiological barium studies,ultrasound and computed tomography(CT)patterns of diffuse small bowel amyloidosis have been described:the signs are non-specific and may include small-bowel...

  3. A case of dialysis-related amyloidosis of the hip and cervical spine: imaging findings

    Lee, Gyung Kyu; Kang, Ik Won; Min, Seon Jung; Cho, Seong Whi; Kim, Seok Woo; Jang, Woo Young [Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seon Joo [Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Kyung Jin [Dankook University College of Medicine, Busan Paik Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    Dialysis-related amyloidosis is a complication of long-term hemodialysis and it is characterized by the accumulation of {beta} 2-microglobulin in the osteoarticular structures. We describe here the imaging findings of a case of dialysis-related amyloidosis involving the hip and cervical spine in a 62-year-old woman who received long-term dialysis. We focus here on the CT and MR imaging findings of the cervical spine and we include a review of the relevant literatures.

  4. Long-term TNF-alpha blockade in patients with amyloid A amyloidosis complicating rheumatic diseases.

    Fernández-Nebro, Antonio; Olivé, Alejandro; Castro, María Carmen; Varela, Angela Herranz; Riera, Elena; Irigoyen, Maria V; García de Yébenes, María Jesús; García-Vicuña, Rosario


    To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy in patients with amyloid A amyloidosis. Multicenter, controlled, dynamic prospective cohort study of 36 patients with amyloid A amyloidosis (94% kidney involvement) treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor agents (drug exposure of 102.97 patient-years). As an external control group, 35 propensity score-matched non-amyloid patients were chosen from the Base de Datos de Productos Biológicos de la Sociedad Española de Reumatología registry. The end points were kidney response and progression, anti-tumor necrosis factor continuation rate, patient survival, and adverse events. At the end of follow-up, a kidney response was observed in 12 of 22 patients (54.5%) and a kidney progression was observed in 6 of 36 patients (17%). The kidney amyloidosis remained stable in 16 of 36 patients (44%). The level of acute phase reactants diminished but did not reach the normal level. The continuation rates of anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs among patients with amyloid A amyloidosis after 1, 2, 3, and 4 or more years were 80%, 80%, 61%, and 52%, respectively, comparable to controls. The 5-year cumulative survival of amyloid A amyloidosis cases was 90.6%, and the 10-year survival was 78.5%. In a multivariate Cox regression analysis, the duration of amyloidosis and the level of proteinuria at the onset of anti-tumor necrosis factor treatment were independent predictors of treatment failure, whereas the level of proteinuria was the only factor that predicts mortality. Most adverse events were similar in both groups, although the number of infections was 3 times higher in amyloid A amyloidosis cases. Anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs are effective in treating amyloid A amyloidosis, although they might increase the risk of infection. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. The Cutaneous Rabbit Revisited

    Flach, Rudiger; Haggard, Patrick


    In the cutaneous rabbit effect (CRE), a tactile event (so-called attractee tap) is mislocalized toward an adjacent attractor tap. The effect depends on the time interval between the taps. The authors delivered sequences of taps to the forearm and asked participants to report the location of one of the taps. The authors replicated the original CRE…

  6. A Case Report of Cardiac Amyloidosis Initially Managed as Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Missing the obvious!

    Yerramareddy Vijaya Chandra


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is a rare disorder with uncertain incidence; however, in UK and US population, AL amyloidosis, the most frequently diagnosed type, has an annual incidence of 6 to 10 cases per million. [1] The deposition of amyloid, the extracellular proteinaceous material, in the tissues results in a group of disorders called amyloidoses. [2] The most commonly deposited amyloid material in various organ systems including heart are light chains, transthyretin and serum amyloid A. [2] One of the challenges in diagnosing amyloidosis early is that it commonly manifests with nonspeci c symptoms of fatigue and weight loss. The diagnosis is generally considered only when symptoms are traceable to a speci c organ. [3] Cardiac amyloidosis presents initially with mild LV diastolic dysfunction, progressing to classical restrictive cardiomyopathy and nally even dilated cardiomyopathy like stage with end-stage heart failure. The disease can be mistaken in the early stages with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive heart disease and in the late stages with the common-garden variety of dilated cardiomyopathy. Here, we describe a case of cardiac amyloidosis, initially diagnosed and managed as dilated cardiomyopathy with inadequate response to management. Amyloidosis; 2D ECHO; Dilated Cardiomyopathy

  7. Prognostic value of depressed midwall systolic function in cardiac light-chain amyloidosis.

    Perlini, Stefano; Salinaro, Francesco; Musca, Francesco; Mussinelli, Roberta; Boldrini, Michele; Raimondi, Ambra; Milani, Paolo; Foli, Andrea; Cappelli, Francesco; Perfetto, Federico; Palladini, Giovanni; Rapezzi, Claudio; Merlini, Giampaolo


    Cardiac amyloidosis represents an archetypal form of restrictive heart disease, characterized by profound diastolic dysfunction. As ejection fraction is preserved until the late stage of the disease, the majority of patients do fulfill the definition of diastolic heart failure, that is, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). In another clinical model of HFpEF, that is, pressure-overload hypertrophy, depressed midwall fractional shortening (mFS) has been shown to be a powerful prognostic factor. To assess the potential prognostic role of mFS in cardiac light-chain amyloidosis with preserved ejection fraction, we enrolled 221 consecutive untreated patients, in whom a first diagnosis of cardiac light-chain amyloidosis was concluded between 2008 and 2010. HFpEF was present in 181 patients. Patients in whom cardiac involvement was excluded served as controls (n = 121). Prognosis was assessed after a median follow-up of 561 days. When compared with light-chain amyloidosis patients without myocardial involvement, cardiac light-chain amyloidosis was characterized by increased wall thickness (P chain amyloidosis with normal ejection fraction, depressed circumferential mFS, a marker of myocardial contractile dysfunction, is a powerful predictor of survival.

  8. Plasmacytoma with amyloidosis masquerding as tuberculosis on cytology

    Sharma Neelam


    Full Text Available Amyloid material on lymph node cytology smears can mimic caseous necrosis. We report one such case where a 50-year-old lady presented with a nasal mass and cervical lymphadenopathy. Fine needle aspiration cytology smears of the cervical lymph node were interpreted as tuberculous lymphadenitis based on the presence of an occasional epithelioid cell and caseous material. The patient did not respond to antituberculous therapy and was revaluated. Repeat aspiration from the lymph node showed numerous plasma cells and myeloma cells in addition to the amorphous material which was confirmed to be amyloid on staining with congo red. A diagnosis of plasmacytoma with amyloidosis was rendered. Imprint smears from nasal mass, detailed hematology workup and subsequent histology confirmed the diagnosis.

  9. Amyloidosis, hemochromatosis, and atherosclerosis in a roseate flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber).

    Brayton, C


    An aged male roseate flamingo, in a private collection in the British Virgin Islands, was found acutely "down." After four days of supportive therapy, the flamingo succumbed. At necropsy gross lesions included emaciation; collapsed and thickened, yellow abdominal air sac; dark red liver, partially covered by friable yellow material; and a raised, intimal plaque in the aorta near the iliac trifurcation. Histologic examination revealed severe, diffuse, pyogranulomatous air sacculitis with associated locally extensive pleuroperitonitis/perihepatitis. Pansystemic, predominantly periarteriolar distribution of amyloid deposition was evident, as was massive intrahepatocellular accumulation of iron pigment (hemachromatosis/hemosiderosis). A locally extensive, nonobstructive, fibroatheromatous plaque was present in the distal aorta. Amyloidosis, hemochromatosis/hemosiderosis, and atherosclerosis have been recognized in Phoenicopteriformes and other marine or aquatic birds. Their pathogenesis and pathogenicity remain a matter of debate.

  10. Pathology of AA amyloidosis in domestic sheep and goats.

    Ménsua, C; Carrasco, L; Bautista, M J; Biescas, E; Fernández, A; Murphy, C L; Weiss, D T; Solomon, A; Luján, L


    We describe the main pathologic changes in small ruminants affected by AA amyloidosis, together with the partial sequence of the protein involved. Twenty-one sheep and one goat were selected for presenting macroscopic kidney lesions compatible with systemic amyloidosis. Available tissue samples were studied by histologic, immunopathologic, and ultrastructural means. Renal lesions were characterized grossly by pale cortical surfaces with scattered, miliary, whitish-yellow foci and on cut cortical surfaces by straight, whitish-yellow striations. Gangrenous pneumonia was observed in 16 out of 21 affected sheep (76.2%), although other chronic inflammations were also observed. Amyloid was detected in all grossly affected kidneys using Congo red staining, lesions being most remarkable in glomeruli, affecting 95.5% of animals studied. Congophilic deposits were also observed in intertubular interstitium (68.2%) and medulla (57.1%). All amyloid-affected animals presented proximal convoluted tubule lesions, mostly characterized by an increase in diameter and by hyaline granular degeneration that were responsible for the macroscopic appearance of the kidney. Histologically, amyloid was also seen in blood vessels, spleen, liver, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, and adrenal glands. All amyloid deposits demonstrated greenish-yellow birefringence with polarized light, and the antisera prepared against goat amyloid extracts specifically reacted with birefringent congophilic deposits of both sheep and goats. Ultrastructurally, these deposits were formed by masses of straight, nonbranching fibrils located predominantly in the basement membranes of glomerular capillaries and in the mesangium. Partial sequence of the protein in sheep and goats indicated a high degree of homology with the previously reported sequence of sheep Serum Amyloid A.

  11. Dramatic beneficial effect of interleukin-1 inhibitor treatment in patients with familial Mediterranean fever complicated with amyloidosis and renal failure.

    Stankovic Stojanovic, Katia; Delmas, Yahsou; Torres, Pablo Ureña; Peltier, Julie; Pelle, Gaëlle; Jéru, Isabelle; Colombat, Magali; Grateau, Gilles


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive autoinflammatory disorder, for which systemic AA amyloidosis is the major complication revealed most of the time by renal abnormalities. Current treatment is daily colchicine that prevents both recurrent inflammatory attacks and amyloidosis deposition in most patients. However, some patients still develop amyloidosis and renal failure. Functional studies suggest that interleukin (IL)-1 is implicated in the inflammatory reaction in FMF and therefore, IL-1 inhibitors could be a new approach to treat FMF. The aim of this series study was to evaluate anakinra in patients with FMF complicated with amyloidosis and renal failure. We studied a series of adult patients with FMF complicated with amyloidosis and treated with anakinra in one reference centre were reviewed. A search for published patients with FMF associated amyloidosis treated with anakinra was performed by screening PubMed. We report four cases of patients with FMF-associated amyloidosis treated with anakinra and discuss the clinical pertinence of its use in these particular clinical settings. Anakinra has a strong effect on both inflammatory attacks and general status in patients with FMF-associated amyloidosis. It may contribute to changing the prognosis of these patients. Long-term studies are needed to appreciate the effect of anakinra or other IL-1 inhibitors on the natural history of amyloidosis in these patients.

  12. Incidental seminal vesicle amyioidosis observed in diagnostic prostate biopsies-are routine investigations for systemic amyloidosis warranted?

    Zichu Yang; Alexander Laird; Ashley Monaghan; Morag Seywright; Imran Ahmad; Hing Y Leung


    Seminal vesicle (SV) amyloidosis is a well-documented histological entity,but it is observed infrequently.Its incidence is on the rise,which is probably related to the increasing use of prostate biopsies to investigate patients with elevated serum prostate-specific antigen levels.Here,we report seven cases of incidental SV amyloidosis over a 3-year period and consider their relationship to the previously suggested aetiological factors.Based on our series,we conclude that incidental localized SV amyloidosis observed in diagnostic prostate biopsies does not warrant formal investigations for systemic amyloidosis.

  13. Doxycycline plus tauroursodeoxycholic acid for transthyretin amyloidosis: a phase II study.

    Obici, Laura; Cortese, Andrea; Lozza, Alessandro; Lucchetti, J; Gobbi, Marco; Palladini, Giovanni; Perlini, Stefano; Saraiva, Maria J; Merlini, Giampaolo


    We designed a phase II, open-label study to evaluate the efficacy, tolerability, safety, and pharmacokinetics of orally doxycycline (100 mg BID) and tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) (250 mg three times/day) administered continuously for 12 months. Primary endpoint is response rate defined as nonprogression of the neuropathy and of the cardiomyopathy. Since July 2010, we enrolled 20 patients. Seventeen patients have hereditary ATTR, two patients have senile systemic amyloidosis, and one is a domino recipient. Seven patients completed 12-month treatment, 10 completed 6-month treatment, two discontinued because of poor tolerability, and one is lost at follow-up. No serious adverse events were registered. No clinical progression of cardiac involvement was observed. The neuropathy (Neuropathy Impairment Score in the Lower Limbs [NIS-LL] and Kumamoto score) remained substantially stable over 1 year. These preliminary data indicate that the combination of Doxy-TUDCA stabilizes the disease for at least 1 year in the majority of patients with an acceptable toxicity profile.

  14. Clobetasol Propionate Compound Ointment Plus NB-UVB Phototherapy in the Treatment of Primary Cutaneous Amyloidosis:A Clinical Observation in 30 Cases%复方丙酸氯倍他索软膏联合窄谱中波紫外线治疗原发性皮肤淀粉样变病30例临床观察

    吴晓琦; 张荷香


    目的 探讨复方丙酸氯倍他索软膏联合窄谱中波紫外线治疗原发性皮肤淀粉样变病的临床疗效和安全性.方法 将入选的60例原发性皮肤淀粉样变病患者随机分成两组,各30例.治疗组:患处外搽复方丙酸氯倍他索软膏,再予窄谱中波紫外线局部隔日照射1次,3次/周;对照组仅予窄谱中波紫外线局部照射治疗,方法同治疗组.两组患者的疗程均为4周.结果 治疗结束后,治疗组有效率为83.33%,对照组为53.33%,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).治疗组有1例局部皮肤出现潮红、浸渍;对照组有1例出现轻微灼痛感觉.结论 复方丙酸氯倍他索软膏联合窄谱中波紫外线治疗原发性皮肤淀粉样变病比单纯使用窄谱中波紫外线治疗的效果好.

  15. Cutaneous anthrax in Southeast Anatolia of Turkey.

    Tekin, Recep; Sula, Bilal; Devecı, Ozcan; Tekin, Alicem; Bozkurt, Fatma; Ucmak, Derya; Kaya, Şafak; Bekcibasi, Muhammed; Erkan, Mehmet Emin; Ayaz, Celal; Hosoglu, Salih


    Anthrax is a rare disease cause by Bacillus anthracis, a Gram-positive, rod-shaped endospore-forming capsuled bacterium. Anthrax is manifest in three primary forms: cutaneous, respiratory, and gastrointestinal. Cutaneous anthrax accounts for approximately 95% of all cases of anthrax in humans. In the present study, we evaluated the clinical diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous anthrax, a rare disease that nonetheless remains a serious healthcare problem in developing countries. The complete medical records of patients diagnosed with cutaneous anthrax between January 2001 and December 2012 were examined in a retrospective manner. Cutaneous anthrax was diagnosed by the identification of typical anthrax lesions and/or the presence of Gram-positive-capsuled bacillus after staining with Gram stain and methylen blue in pathology samples obtained from these lesions and the presence of characteristic scarring with a history of severe swelling, black eschar, and positive response to treatment form the basis of diagnosis in cases where cultures were negative for the presence of bacillus. A total of 58 patients were admitted to the hospital with cutaneous anthrax between January 2001 and December 2012. This included 32 (55.2%) males and 26 (44.8%) females, with an age range of 15-82 years and a mean age of 38 ± 13.8 years. The incubation period for the infection ranged between 1 and 20 d (mean 3.7 ± 1.4 d). The most common symptoms at the time of hospital referral were swelling, redness, and black eschar of the skin. The most common lesion site was the hand and fingers (41.3%). Isolated of bacteria was used to diagnose the disease in six cases (23.8%), detection of Gram-positive bacillus in samples of characteristic lesion material was used in seven (28.5%) cases, and the presence of a characteristic lesion was the sole diagnostic criteria in 45 (77.6%) cases. Treatment consisted of penicillin G (12 cases), ampicillin-sulbactam (30 cases), Cefazolin (12 cases), or

  16. Primary Cutaneous Aspergillosis in an Immunocompetent Patient

    fungi during the renovation of building, and prematurity ... [1,3-7]. Our patient most probably contracted the infection from contaminated palm oil on which she was conducting her ... [3,5,9-11] In our patients due to the extent of the lesions,.

  17. [Cutaneous tuberculosis: case report].

    Bisero, Elsa; Luque, Graciela; Melillo, Karina; Favier, María Inés; Zapata, Alejandra; Cuello, María Soledad


    Cutaneous tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is not very frequent and particularly difficult to diagnose. It incidence ranges between 1.5 and 4% of all extrapulmonary tuberculosis, according to bibliography. The clinic presentations depend on the arrival via of the bacillus to the skin, the patient's immune state and the environment. We show a cutaneous tuberculosis on a child with chronic dermatologic lesions, with torpid evolution, without response to treatments; the skin biopsy showed caseous granulomas. The aim is to show a patient with an infrequent clinic presentation of this disease, to emphasize the importance of an early recognition and treatment, avoiding the appearance of complications and sequels.

  18. Cutaneous mercury granuloma

    Kalpana A Bothale; Mahore, Sadhana D.; Sushil Pande; Trupti Dongre


    Cutaneous mercury granuloma is rarely encountered. Clinically it may pose difficulty in diagnosis. Here, we report a 23-year-old male presented with erythematous, nodular lesions over the forearm and anterior aspect of chest wall. Metallic mercury in tissue sections appear as dark black, opaque, spherical globules of varying size and number. They are surrounded by granulomatous foreign-body reaction. It is composed of foreign body giant cells and mixed inflammatory infiltrate composed of hist...

  19. A 27-Year-Old Severely Immunosuppressed Female with Misleading Clinical Features of Disseminated Cutaneous Sporotrichosis

    Patel, Atiyah; Mudenda, Victor; Lakhi, Shabir; Ngalamika, Owen


    Sporotrichosis is a subacute or chronic granulomatous mycosis caused by fungus of the Sporothrix schenckii complex. It is considered to be a rare condition in most parts of the world. It mostly causes cutaneous infection but can also cause multisystemic disease. Unlike most deep cutaneous mycoses which have a primary pulmonary focus, it is usually caused by direct inoculation of the fungus into the skin causing a classical linear, lymphocutaneous nodular eruption. However, atypical presentations of the condition can occur especially in immunosuppressed individuals. We report the case of a severely immunosuppressed female who presented with disseminated cutaneous sporotrichosis which was initially diagnosed and treated as disseminated cutaneous Kaposi's sarcoma. PMID:26881148

  20. Cutavirus in Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

    Mollerup, Sarah; Fridholm, Helena; Vinner, Lasse


    A novel human protoparvovirus related to human bufavirus and preliminarily named cutavirus has been discovered. We detected cutavirus in a sample of cutaneous malignant melanoma by using viral enrichment and high-throughput sequencing. The role of cutaviruses in cutaneous cancers remains to be in......A novel human protoparvovirus related to human bufavirus and preliminarily named cutavirus has been discovered. We detected cutavirus in a sample of cutaneous malignant melanoma by using viral enrichment and high-throughput sequencing. The role of cutaviruses in cutaneous cancers remains...

  1. Cutavirus in Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

    Mollerup, Sarah; Fridholm, Helena; Vinner, Lasse


    A novel human protoparvovirus related to human bufavirus and preliminarily named cutavirus has been discovered. We detected cutavirus in a sample of cutaneous malignant melanoma by using viral enrichment and high-throughput sequencing. The role of cutaviruses in cutaneous cancers remains to be in......A novel human protoparvovirus related to human bufavirus and preliminarily named cutavirus has been discovered. We detected cutavirus in a sample of cutaneous malignant melanoma by using viral enrichment and high-throughput sequencing. The role of cutaviruses in cutaneous cancers remains...

  2. Amiloidose e insuficiência renal crônica terminal associada à hanseníase Amyloidosis and end-stage renal disease associated with leprosy

    Geraldo Bezerra da Silva Júnior


    Full Text Available O envolvimento renal na hanseníase é diverso, incluindo glomerulonefrites, amiloidose e nefrite túbulo-intersticial. Um homem de 58 anos foi admitido com edema de membros inferiores e dispnéia. Na admissão, havia retenção de escórias nitrogenadas, anemia, hipercalemia e acidose metabólica, com necessidade de hemodiálise. Referia história de hanseníase virchoviana. Foi realizada biopsia renal, compatível com amiloidose. O paciente evoluiu estável, sem recuperação da função renal, permanecendo em tratamento hemodialítico. A hanseníase deve ser investigada em todo paciente com perda de função renal, sobretudo naqueles que apresentam lesões cutâneas ou outras manifestações sugestivas de hanseníase.Renal involvement in leprosy includes glomerulonephritis, amyloidosis and tubulointerstitial nephritis. A 58-year-old man was admitted with complaints of lower limb edema and dyspnea. At admission, nitrogen retention, anemia, hyperkalemia and metabolic acidosis were observed, requiring hemodialysis. The patient had a history of lepromatous leprosy. A renal biopsy was performed that was compatible with amyloidosis. The patient had a stable outcome, but without renal function recovery and remained on regular hemodialysis. Leprosy should be investigated in every patient with renal function loss, particularly in those with cutaneous lesions or other manifestations suggestive of leprosy.

  3. (99m)Tc-DPD uptake reflects amyloid fibril composition in hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis.

    Pilebro, Björn; Suhr, Ole B; Näslund, Ulf; Westermark, Per; Lindqvist, Per; Sundström, Torbjörn


    Aims In transthyretin amyloid (ATTR) amyloidosis various principal phenotypes have been described: cardiac, neuropathic, or a mixed cardiac and neuropathic. In addition, two different types of amyloid fibrils have been identified (type A and type B). Type B fibrils have thus far only been found in predominantly early-onset V30M and in patients carrying the Y114C mutation, whereas type A is noted in all other mutations currently examined as well as in wild-type ATTR amyloidosis. The fibril type is a determinant of the ATTR V30M disease phenotype. (99m)Tc-DPD scintigraphy is a highly sensitive method for diagnosing heart involvement in ATTR amyloidosis. The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between ATTR fibril composition and (99m)Tc-DPD scintigraphy outcome in patients with biopsy-proven ATTR amyloidosis. Methods Altogether 55 patients with biopsy-proven diagnosis of ATTR amyloidosis and amyloid fibril composition determined were examined by (99m)Tc-DPD scintigraphy. The patients were grouped and compared according to their type of amyloid fibrils. Cardiovascular evaluation included ECG, echocardiography, and cardiac biomarkers. The medical records were scrutinized to identify subjects with hypertension or other diseases that have an impact on cardiac dimensions. Results A total of 97% with type A and none of the patients with type B fibrils displayed (99m)Tc-DPD uptake at scintigraphy (p DPD scintigraphy is strongly related to the patients' transthyretin amyloid fibril composition.

  4. Increased Serum Free Light Chains Precede the Presentation of Immunoglobulin Light Chain Amyloidosis

    Weiss, Brendan M.; Hebreo, Joseph; Cordaro, Daniel V.; Roschewski, Mark J.; Baker, Thomas P.; Abbott, Kevin C.; Olson, Stephen W.


    Purpose Patients with immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis) generally present with advanced organ dysfunction and have a high risk of early death. We sought to characterize monoclonal immunoglobulin (M-Ig) light chains before clinical presentation of AL amyloidosis. Patients and Methods We obtained prediagnostic sera from 20 cases with AL amyloidosis and 20 healthy controls matched for age, sex, race, and age of serum sample from the Department of Defense Serum Repository. Serum protein electrophoresis with immunofixation and serum free light chain (FLC) analysis were performed on all samples. Results An M-Ig was detected in 100% of cases and 0% of controls (P diff) was higher in cases compared with controls at all time periods, less than 4 years (174.8 v 0.3 mg/L; P diff was greater than 23 mg/L in 85% of cases and 0% of controls (P diff level increased more than 10% per year in 84% of cases compared with 16% of controls (P < .001). Conclusion Increase of FLCs, including within the accepted normal range, precedes the development of AL amyloidosis for many years. PMID:25024082

  5. Diagnostic performance and prognostic value of extravascular retention of I-123-labeled serum amyloid P component in systemic amyloidosis

    Hazenberg, Bouke P. C.; van Rijswijk, Martin H.; Lub-de Hooge, Marjolijn N.; Vellenga, Edo; Haagsma, Elizabeth B.; Posthumus, Marcel D.; Jager, Pieter L.


    Serum amyloid P component (SAP) binds to amyloid.I-123-SAP scintigraphy is used to evaluate the extent and distribution of amyloid in systemic amyloidosis and has great clinical value in the detection of systemic amyloidosis. The aim of the study was to assess during scintigraphy the diagnostic perf

  6. Diagnostic accuracy of subcutaneous abdominal fat tissue aspiration for detecting systemic amyloidosis and its utility in clinical practice

    van Gameren, Ingrid I; Hazenberg, BPC; Bijzet, J; van Rijswijk, MH


    Objective. Aspiration of subcutaneous abdominal fat is a simple and fast method for detecting systemic amyloidosis; however, the sensitivity of this approach remains undetermined. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of fat tissue aspiration for detecting systemic amyloidosis and the uti

  7. Cutaneous B cell lymphomas: Report of two interesting cases

    Ravichandran Gurumurthy


    Full Text Available Cutaneous B cell lymphomas can arise primarily from the skin or may occur due to secondary spread from nodal lymphomas. Primary lymphomas are confined to the skin without systemic spread and they differ from secondary lymphomas in their clinical behavior, treatment and prognosis. Cutaneous lymphomas being relatively rare, lack of precise definition and understanding of their clinical behavior diseases leads to pitfalls in the diagnosis. We report two cases of cutaneous B cell lymphomas who presented with fever of unknown origin initially and later found to have skin lesions. Hence, skin can be a potential diagnostic clue in the evaluation of patients with fever of unknown origin. The distinctions between the primary and the secondary lymphomas become important in choosing the treatment and assessing the prognosis.

  8. Protein/Peptide Aggregation and Amyloidosis on Biointerfaces

    Qi Lu


    Full Text Available Recently, studies of protein/peptide aggregation, particularly the amyloidosis, have attracted considerable attention in discussions of the pathological mechanisms of most neurodegenerative diseases. The protein/peptide aggregation processes often occur at the membrane–cytochylema interface in vivo and behave differently from those occurring in bulk solution, which raises great interest to investigate how the interfacial properties of artificial biomaterials impact on protein aggregation. From the perspective of bionics, current progress in this field has been obtained mainly from four aspects: (1 hydrophobic–hydrophilic interfaces; (2 charged surface; (3 chiral surface; and (4 biomolecule-related interfaces. The specific physical and chemical environment provided by these interfaces is reported to strongly affect the adsorption of proteins, transition of protein conformation, and diffusion of proteins on the biointerface, all of which are ultimately related to protein assembly. Meanwhile, these compelling results of in vitro experiments can greatly promote the development of early diagnostics and therapeutics for the relevant neurodegenerative diseases. This paper presents a brief review of these appealing studies, and particular interests are placed on weak interactions (i.e., hydrogen bonding and stereoselective interactions that are also non-negligible in driving amyloid aggregation at the interfaces. Moreover, this paper also proposes the future perspectives, including the great opportunities and challenges in this field as well.

  9. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Modeling of Multisystemic, Hereditary Transthyretin Amyloidosis

    Leung, Amy; Nah, Shirley K.; Reid, Whitney; Ebata, Atsushi; Koch, Clarissa M.; Monti, Stefano; Genereux, Joseph C.; Wiseman, R. Luke; Wolozin, Benjamin; Connors, Lawreen H.; Berk, John L.; Seldin, David C.; Mostoslavsky, Gustavo; Kotton, Darrell N.; Murphy, George J.


    Summary Familial transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) is an autosomal-dominant protein-folding disorder caused by over 100 distinct mutations in the transthyretin (TTR) gene. In ATTR, protein secreted from the liver aggregates and forms fibrils in target organs, chiefly the heart and peripheral nervous system, highlighting the need for a model capable of recapitulating the multisystem complexity of this clinically variable disease. Here, we describe the directed differentiation of ATTR patient-specific iPSCs into hepatocytes that produce mutant TTR, and the cardiomyocytes and neurons normally targeted in the disease. We demonstrate that iPSC-derived neuronal and cardiac cells display oxidative stress and an increased level of cell death when exposed to mutant TTR produced by the patient-matched iPSC-derived hepatocytes, recapitulating essential aspects of the disease in vitro. Furthermore, small molecule stabilizers of TTR show efficacy in this model, validating this iPSC-based, patient-specific in vitro system as a platform for testing therapeutic strategies. PMID:24286032

  10. [Amyloidosis associated with chronic granulomatous disease in a patient with a renal transplant and recurrent urinary tract infections].

    Peces, R; Ablanedo, P; Seco, M


    Chronic granulomatous disease is a group of syndromes which share a defect in a component of the phagocyte NADPH-oxidase complex. Without this enzyme activity, phagocytic cells cannot produce superoxide, peroxide, and other potent microbicidal radicals, and are less able to kill ingested pathogens. The clinical picture is characterised by recurrent life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections and abnormal tissue granuloma formation. On the other hand, amyloidosis is a systemic disease with renal involvement occurring in the majority of cases. Recurrent amyloidosis is a rare but well documented event in renal transplant recipients. However, graft loss secondary to amyloidosis has been noted infrequently. In addition, de novo amyloidosis has not been previously associated with graft loss. We report here a renal transplant recipient with chronic granulomatous disease and history of recurrent urinary tract infections, who developed nephrotic syndrome and progressive renal insufficiency secondary to de novo AA amyloidosis leading to graft loss 66 months after transplantation.

  11. [Adhesive cutaneous pharmaceutical forms].

    Gafiţanu, E; Matei, I; Mungiu, O C; Pavelescu, M; Mîndreci, I; Apostol, I; Ionescu, G


    The adhesive cutaneous pharmaceutical forms aimed to local action release the drug substance in view of a dermatological, traumatological, antirheumatic, cosmetic action. Two such preparations were obtained and their stability, consistency and pH were determined. The "in vitro" tests of their bioavailability revealed the dynamics of calcium ions release according to the associations of each preparation. The bioavailability determined by evaluating the pharmacological response demonstrated the antiinflammatory action obtained by the association of calcium ions with the components extracted from poplar muds. The therapeutical efficiency of the studied preparations has proved in the treatment of some sport injuries.

  12. Chronic zosteriform cutaneous leishmaniasis

    Omidian M


    Full Text Available Cutaneous leishmanasis (CL may present with unusual clinical variants such as acute paronychial, annular, palmoplantar, zosteriform, erysipeloid, and sporotrichoid. The zosteriform variant has rarely been reported. Unusual lesions may be morphologically attributed to an altered host response or owing to an atypical strain of parasites in these lesions. We report a patient with CL in a multidermatomal pattern on the back and buttock of a man in Khozestan province in the south of Iran. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of multidermatomal zosteriform CL. It was resistant to conventional treatment but responded well to a combination of meglumine antimoniate, allopurinol, and cryotherapy.

  13. [Cutaneous histiocytosis X].

    Metz, J; Metz, G; Lechner, W


    Histiocytosis X comprises three clinical entities whose common substrate is a localized or systemic proliferation of atypical histiocytes. On the basis of the age of manifestation, acuity of the clinical course and organ involvement Abt-Letterer-Siwe's disease, Hand-Schüller-Christian's disease and eosinophilic granuloma can be differentiated from each other, although transitional varieties of these syndromes are possible. Not infrequently oligosymptomatic forms are misinterpreted, especially when the skin is the only involved organ. In the following case report cutaneous histiocytosis X will be discussed in terms of its clinical expression. Electron-microscopy has proved to be the best methods to make the diagnosis of such atypical cases.

  14. Pure cutaneous histiocytosis X.

    Magaña-García, M


    A 38-month-old boy presented with nodules in the skin of the genital region present for 2 1/2 years. These later spread to the skin of the trunk, head, and extremities. A complete clinical workup could not reveal involvement in any other organ sites and biopsy of one of the cutaneous lesions was diagnosed as histiocytosis X. Because the child was in generally good condition, no treatment was given. Follow-up revealed that the disease had remained limited to the skin, where 15% of the lesions disappeared spontaneously.

  15. Cutaneous mucormycosis postcosmetic surgery

    Al-Tarrah, Khaled; Abdelaty, Mahmoud; Behbahani, Ahmad; Mokaddas, Eman; Soliman, Helmy; Albader, Ahdi


    Abstract Background: Mucormycosis is a rare, aggressive, and life-threatening infection that is caused by organisms belonging to the order Mucorales. It is usually acquired through direct means and virtually always affects immunocompromised patients with the port of entry reflecting the site of infection, in this case, cutaneous. Unlike other mucormycoses, patients affected by Apophysomyces elegans (A elegans) are known to be immunocompetent. This locally aggressive disease penetrates through different tissue plains invading adjacent muscles, fascia, and even bone causing extensive morbidity and may prove fatal if treated inadequately. Cutaneous mucormycosis is associated with disruption of cutaneous barriers such as trauma. However, rarely, it may be iatrogenic. No cases have been previously reported postcosmetic surgery, especially one that is so commonly performed, lipofilling. Case Report: The patient is a, previously healthy, 41-year-old middle-eastern female who was admitted to the plastic surgery department 17 days after undergoing cosmetic surgery. She suffered from extensive tissue inflammation and necrosis in both gluteal regions. Following admission, she was initially started on empirical antimicrobial therapy which was changed to an antifungal agent, voriconazole, when preliminary microbiological results showed filamentous fungi. This was discontinued and liposomal amphotericin B was commenced when further mycological analysis identified A elegans. Furthermore, she underwent a total of 10 sessions of extensive debridement to the extent that portions of the sacrum and left femoral head became exposed. Her clinical status and wounds improved with the appropriate management and she remained an inpatient for 62 days. Subsequently, she had defects in both gluteal regions which required reconstructive surgery. Conclusion: A elegans is an uncommon cause of iatrogenic cutaneous mucormycosis. A high index of clinical suspicion is required, especially in the

  16. FMF Genotype-phenotype correlation in Iranian Azeri Turks: Association between M694V/R761H mutation and amyloidosis.

    Bonyadi, Morteza Jabbarpour; Somi, Mohammad Hossein; Khoshknab, Mir Milad Pourmousavi; Eslami, Forough; Montazam, Mehrdad; Gerami, Sousan Mir Najd


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), an inherited autosomal recessive disorder, is frequently present among individuals of Mediterranean origin. Differences in the clinical manifestations of FMF between different ethnic groups have been documented. The aim of the present study was to determine the most common characteristics of FMF and the relationship between clinical findings and the most common mutant alleles of the MEFV gene in an Iranian Azeri Turk population. We analyzed clinical and genetic data from 415 patients identified as having FMF clinical symptoms and who were referred to the Molecular Genetics Laboratory of Tabriz/Iran over the last 3 years. The mutation type and clinical characteristics were determined for each patient. The following primary clinical characteristics of the patients were observed peritonitis was observed in 378 (93.8%), high-grade fever in 351 (86.88%), arthritis in 215 (54.57%), pleuritis in 207 (53.49%), myalgia in 153 (41.69%), AA amyloidosis in 149 (40.16%), and erysipelas-like erythema in 54 (14.96%) subjects. A positive response to colchicines treatment was noted in 374 (95.1%) patients including 303 patients with two mutated alleles and 71 patients with one identified mutation. In contrast to previous studies, there was no significant association between M694V mutation and development of amyloidosis. The M680I/M680I, M680I, M694I, and M694V/R761H genotypes were found to be associated with the development of amyloidosis. These results indicate that physicians need to pay careful attention to patients with asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic FMF with these genotypes.

  17. Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma arising in a smallpox scar

    Pol Robert A


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma (CLM is a very rare smooth muscle tumour that accounts for about 2–3% of all superficial soft tissue sarcomas. Although the development of various malignancies in scar tissue is well known, we report the first case of a CLM developing in a small pox scar. Case presentation A 66-year-old man presented with a painless, slow-growing lump in a small pox scar on his left shoulder. Histological biopsies showed the lesion to be a primary, well-differentiated cutaneous leiomyosarcoma. A CT scan of the thorax was conducted, which showed no signs of metastases. The complete lesion was then surgically excised, and histopathological examination revealed a radically excised cutaneous type leiomyosarcoma After 13 months’ review the patient was doing well with no evidence of tumour recurrence. Conclusions This is the first report of a CLM arising in a small pox scar. Although the extended time interval between scarring and malignant changes makes it difficult to advise strict follow-up for patients with small pox scars, one should be aware that atypical changes and/or symptoms occurring in a small pox scar could potentially mean malignant transformation.

  18. Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma arising in a smallpox scar.

    Pol, Robert A; Dannenberg, Hilde; Robertus, Jan-Lukas; van Ginkel, Robert J


    Cutaneous leiomyosarcoma (CLM) is a very rare smooth muscle tumour that accounts for about 2-3% of all superficial soft tissue sarcomas. Although the development of various malignancies in scar tissue is well known, we report the first case of a CLM developing in a small pox scar. A 66-year-old man presented with a painless, slow-growing lump in a small pox scar on his left shoulder. Histological biopsies showed the lesion to be a primary, well-differentiated cutaneous leiomyosarcoma. A CT scan of the thorax was conducted, which showed no signs of metastases. The complete lesion was then surgically excised, and histopathological examination revealed a radically excised cutaneous type leiomyosarcoma After 13 months' review the patient was doing well with no evidence of tumour recurrence. This is the first report of a CLM arising in a small pox scar. Although the extended time interval between scarring and malignant changes makes it difficult to advise strict follow-up for patients with small pox scars, one should be aware that atypical changes and/or symptoms occurring in a small pox scar could potentially mean malignant transformation.

  19. Cutaneous natural killer/T-cell lymphoma.

    Radonich, Michael A; Lazova, Rossitza; Bolognia, Jean


    Lymphomas are classified as either Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's. The 2 subtypes of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that can present primarily in the skin are cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, both of which tend to be low-grade malignant neoplasms. Recently another distinct subtype of lymphoma was discovered, the natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma, which can involve the skin in a primary or secondary fashion. The NK/T-cell subtype of lymphoma is characterized by the expression of the NK-cell antigen CD56. These CD56(+) lymphomas are further subdivided into nasal NK/T-cell lymphomas that commonly present as midfacial destructive disease and non-nasal NK/T-cell lymphomas that often arise in extranodal locations, including the skin. We report a case of aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma with numerous secondary cutaneous lesions and review the clinical and histopathologic spectrum of non-nasal CD56(+) lymphomas, with an emphasis on the dermatologic findings.

  20. Isolated Atrial Amyloidosis in Patients with Various Types of Atrial Fibrillation.

    Sukhacheva, T V; Eremeeva, M V; Ibragimova, A G; Vaskovskii, V A; Serov, R A; Revishvili, A Sh


    The myocardium of the right and left atrial appendages (auricles) in patients with paroxysmal, persistent, and permanent forms of atrial fibrillation was examined by histological methods and electron microscopy. Isolated atrial amyloidosis was detected in the left (50.0-56.3% patients) and in the right (45.0-55.6% patients) atrial appendages. In all cases, immunohistochemistry revealed atrial natriuretic peptide in fibrillary amyloid deposits. Ultrastructurally, amyloid masses formed clusters of myofibrils 8-10 nm in diameter. They were chaotically located in the extracellular space along the sarcolemma as well as in membrane invaginations, dilated tubules of cardiomyocyte T-tubular system, and vascular walls. Amyloidosis was predominantly observed in women; its degree positively correlated with age of patients and duration of atrial fibrillation but negatively correlated with atrial fibrosis. The study revealed positive (in permanent atrial fibrillation) and negative (in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation) correlation of amyloidosis with myofibril content in atrial cardiomyocytes.

  1. AA Amyloidosis and Atypical Familial Mediterranean Fever with Exon 2 and 3 Mutations

    Junko Yabuuchi


    Full Text Available A 54-year-old Japanese man presented with recurrent abdominal pain, fever lasting >5 days, and renal failure. AA amyloidosis was proven by renal and gastric biopsy. Symptoms subsided with the administration of colchicine, but a subsequent recurrence of symptoms did not respond to colchicine. Mediterranean fever gene (MEFV analysis showed that he was heterozygous for mutations in exon 2 (E148Q/R202Q and exon 3 (P369S/R408Q, although he had none of the exon 10 mutations known to be closely related to AA amyloidosis. He did not respond to infliximab, but tocilizumab therapy was successful. The present case is a rare report of AA amyloidosis associated with familial Mediterranean fever in Japan.

  2. Bendamustine-Induced Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus in a Patient With AL Amyloidosis.

    Uwumugambi, Nsabimana A; Sanchorawala, Vaishali; Shelton, Anthony C; Stern, Lauren; Gordon, Craig E


    Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus is a condition characterized by polyuria with dilute urine due to the inability of the principal cells of the renal collecting ducts to respond to antidiuretic hormone and concentrate urine. Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus can be drug induced, and several chemotherapeutic agents have been reported to cause it. Bendamustine is a traditional chemotherapeutic agent being studied for treatment for relapsed systemic AL amyloidosis. We report a case of a 59-year-old man with AL amyloidosis who developed partial nephrogenic diabetes insipidus after receiving bendamustine for treatment of AL amyloidosis. The nephrogenic diabetes insipidus responded well to sodium restriction, hydrochlorothiazide, and desmopressin treatment, allowing the patient to receive subsequent bendamustine cycles without polyuria. Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus resolved shortly after completion of bendamustine therapy.

  3. Characteristics and Long-Term Outcome of Patients with Systemic Immunoglobulin Light-Chain Amyloidosis

    Nelson, Lærke Marie; Gustafsson, Finn; Gimsing, Peter


    and predominantly originate from highly selected centers. We aimed to evaluate patient characteristics and outcomes in a cohort treated at a single center. Methods: This is a single-center retrospective study of 63 consecutive patients diagnosed with AL amyloidosis between January 2000 and December 2012. Patients......Background/Aims: Immunoglobulin light-chain (AL) amyloidosis is a systemic disorder that causes progressive organ dysfunction. The optimal treatment strategy requires accurate patient stratification with an emphasis on the extent of cardiac involvement. Reports on its prognosis are sparse...... were evaluated by treatment strategy and cardiac involvement. Results: The mean age at diagnosis was 61.4 years (±8.9), and 39 patients (62%) were male. Thirty-two (51%) patients presented with cardiac amyloid involvement (CA) and the remaining 31 (49%) had noncardiac amyloidosis (NCA). The median...

  4. Histochemical Differential Diagnosis and Polarization Optical Analysis of Amyloid and Amyloidosis

    M. Bély


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis is characterized by extracellular deposition of protein fibrils of chemically heterogeneous composition. Early recognition and identification of amyloid deposits allows an early start of therapy, which may entail a better prognosis. Congo red staining according to Romhányi (1971 is a highly specific and sensitive method for early microscopic recognition of amyloidosis. The main and most important types of amyloidosis may be distinguished by classic histochemical methods of performate pretreatment according to Romhányi (1979, or by KMnO4 oxidation according to Wright (1977 followed by Congo red staining and viewed under polarized light. Differences in the speed of breakdown (disintegration of amyloid deposits according to Bély and Apáthy allow a more precise distinction of various types of amyloid.

  5. Evaluation of 61 Secondary Amyloidosis Patients: A Single-Center Experience from Turkey

    Can Huzmeli


    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate demographic,clinical and laboratory characteristics, causes, MEFV gene mutations, and mortality rates of patients with secondary amyloidosis. Material and Method: 61 patients who had been diagnosed with secondary amyloidosis by renal and rectal biopsy between 2007 and 2013 in the nephrology clinic of Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Medicine, were included in the study. Demographic characteristics, causes of secondary amyloidosis, MEFV gene mutations, end-stage renal failure (ESRF, renal transplantation, and mortality rates were examined retrospectively. Results: In etiological terms, Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF occurrence was 62.2% (38, bronchiectasis and emphysema 9.8% (6, tuberculosis 4.9% (3, coexistence of FMF and ankylosing spondylitis 3.2% (2, coexistence of FMF and rheumatoid arthritis 1.6% (1, coexistence of FMF and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE 1.6% (1, osteomyelitis 1.6% (1, septic arthritis 1.6% (1, Crohn%u2019s disease 1.6% (1, colon cancer 1.6% (1, coexistence of bronchiectasis and tuberculosis 1.6% (1, rheumatoid arthritis 1.6% (1, and idiopathic cases 6.5% (4. Proteinuria was determined at nephrotic level among 68% (32 of 47 patients who had secondary amyloidosis. MEFV gene mutation of 45 patients with secondary amyloidosis was assessed. Most patients had M694V gene mutation. Surprisingly, we detected heterozygous E148Q mutation in 3 cases. 12 cases died; of these, 9 had ESRF. Five cases with ESRF underwent renal transplantation. Discussion: We found FMF as the most common cause for secondary AA amyloidosis in this study. Further studies should be done with larger or multicenter cohorts.

  6. MRI in cardiac sarcoidosis and amyloidosis; MRT bei kardialer Sarkoidose und Amyloidose

    Bauner, K.U. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Wintersperger, B. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, ON (Canada)


    Sarcoidosis and amyloidosis are both multisystem disorders, which may involve the heart; however, isolated cardiac disease is rare. Diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis and amyloidosis is crucial because the patient prognosis is dependent on cardiac involvement and early treatment. Echocardiography is the first line imaging modality in the diagnostic work-up of both diseases, possibly giving hints towards the correct diagnosis. Besides myocardial biopsy and radionuclide studies cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is routinely performed in patients suspect of having infiltrative cardiomyopathy. The T1 mapping procedure is currently being evaluated as a new technique for detection and quantification of global myocardial enhancement, as seen in cardiac amyloidosis. Sensitivities and specificities for detection of cardiac sarcoidosis and amyloidosis can be significantly improved by MRI, especially with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging. In cardiac sarcoidosis the use of LGE is outcome-related while in amyloidosis analysis of T1-mapping may be of prognostic value. If cardiac involvement in sarcoidosis or amyloidosis is suspected cardiac MRI including LGE should be performed for establishing the diagnosis. (orig.) [German] Die Sarkoidose und Amyloidose sind Multisystemerkrankungen, in deren Verlauf es zu einer kardialen Beteiligung kommen kann. Bildgebend wird als primaeres Verfahren die Echokardiographie eingesetzt. Zur weiteren Diagnostik wird neben der Biopsie und nuklearmedizinischen Verfahren v. a. die MRT herangezogen. Als neuere Technik zur Darstellung globaler diffuser Kontrastmittelanreicherungen, wie sie im Rahmen der Amyloidose vorkommen, wird z. Z. das T1-Mapping evaluiert. Durch den Einsatz der MRT, insbesondere des Late-Gadolinium-Enhancements (LGE), koennen die Sensitivitaet und Spezifitaet in der Diagnostik der kardialen Sarkoidose und Amyloidose entscheidend verbessert werden. Bei der Sarkoidose stellt das Vorhandensein eines LGE einen

  7. Cerebral amyloidosis associated with cognitive decline in autosomal dominant Alzheimer disease.

    Wang, Fen; Gordon, Brian A; Ryman, Davis C; Ma, Shengmei; Xiong, Chengjie; Hassenstab, Jason; Goate, Alison; Fagan, Anne M; Cairns, Nigel J; Marcus, Daniel S; McDade, Eric; Ringman, John M; Graff-Radford, Neill R; Ghetti, Bernardino; Farlow, Martin R; Sperling, Reisa; Salloway, Steve; Schofield, Peter R; Masters, Colin L; Martins, Ralph N; Rossor, Martin N; Jucker, Mathias; Danek, Adrian; Förster, Stefan; Lane, Christopher A S; Morris, John C; Benzinger, Tammie L S; Bateman, Randall J


    To investigate the associations of cerebral amyloidosis with concurrent cognitive performance and with longitudinal cognitive decline in asymptomatic and symptomatic stages of autosomal dominant Alzheimer disease (ADAD). Two hundred sixty-three participants enrolled in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network observational study underwent neuropsychological evaluation as well as PET scans with Pittsburgh compound B. One hundred twenty-one participants completed at least 1 follow-up neuropsychological evaluation. Four composite cognitive measures representing global cognition, episodic memory, language, and working memory were generated using z scores from a battery of 13 standard neuropsychological tests. General linear mixed-effects models were used to investigate the relationship between baseline cerebral amyloidosis and baseline cognitive performance and whether baseline cerebral amyloidosis predicts cognitive change over time (mean follow-up 2.32 years ± 0.92, range 0.89-4.19) after controlling for estimated years from expected symptom onset, APOE ε4 allelic status, and education. In asymptomatic mutation carriers, amyloid burden was not associated with baseline cognitive functioning but was significantly predictive of longitudinal decline in episodic memory. In symptomatic mutation carriers, cerebral amyloidosis was correlated with worse baseline performance in multiple cognitive composites and predicted greater decline over time in global cognition, working memory, and Mini-Mental State Examination. Cerebral amyloidosis predicts longitudinal episodic memory decline in presymptomatic ADAD and multidomain cognitive decline in symptomatic ADAD. These findings imply that amyloidosis in the brain is an indicator of early cognitive decline and provides a useful outcome measure for early assessment and prevention treatment trials. © 2015 American Academy of Neurology.

  8. Association of FMF-related (MEFV) point mutations with secondary and FMF amyloidosis.

    Atagunduz, M Pamir; Tuglular, Serhan; Kantarci, Gulcin; Akoglu, Emel; Direskeneli, Haner


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the major cause of AA amyloidosis in Turkey. M694V mutation in MEFV gene was suggested to be associated with severe clinical features and amyloidosis of FMF. In this study, the frequencies of three FMF-related MEFV mutations (M694V, M680I and V726A) were investigated in FMF patients with (AA-FMF, n = 37) and without amyloidosis (non-AA-FMF, n = 35), in patients with secondary amyloidosis related to non-FMF inflammatory conditions (S-AA, n = 19) and in a non-inflammatory control group (n = 185) by molecular genetic studies using polymerase chain reaction with the ARMS (amplification refractory mutation system) method. Both AA and non-AA-FMF patients had significantly higher MEFV mutations compared to non-inflammatory controls (81 and 62.7% respectively vs. 4.2%, p = 0.0001). AA-FMF patients carried significantly more MEFV mutations than non-AA-FMF patients (p = 0.01). M694V was the most common mutation in both FMF groups (63.5 vs. 51.4%), however allele frequency (p = 0.17) and the number of homozygous patients for this mutation did not differ between the groups (p = 0.77). Although lower compared to FMF patients, S-AA patients also had a significantly higher incidence of MEFV mutations than non-inflammatory controls (21 vs. 4.2%) (p = 0.0002). M694V was the only MEFV mutation in this group. MEFV mutations are found to be increased both in FMF and non-FMF associated secondary amyloidosis in our study; however, no clear association between M694V and amyloidosis is observed, except in the non-FMF group. Our results suggest that MEVF mutations may also serve as a severity marker for other inflammatory conditions. Copyright 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

  9. Corynebacterium ulcerans cutaneous diphtheria.

    Moore, Luke S P; Leslie, Asuka; Meltzer, Margie; Sandison, Ann; Efstratiou, Androulla; Sriskandan, Shiranee


    We describe the case of a patient with cutaneous diphtheria caused by toxigenic Corynebacterium ulcerans who developed a right hand flexor sheath infection and symptoms of sepsis such as fever, tachycardia, and elevated C-reactive protein, after contact with domestic cats and dogs, and a fox. We summarise the epidemiology, clinical presentation, microbiology, diagnosis, therapy, and public health aspects of this disease, with emphasis on improving recognition. In many European countries, C ulcerans has become the organism commonly associated with cutaneous diphtheria, usually seen as an imported tropical disease or resulting from contact with domestic and agricultural animals. Diagnosis relies on bacterial culture and confirmation of toxin production, with management requiring appropriate antimicrobial therapy and prompt administration of antitoxin, if necessary. Early diagnosis is essential for implementation of control measures and clear guidelines are needed to assist clinicians in managing clinical diphtheria. This case was a catalyst to the redrafting of the 2014 national UK interim guidelines for the public health management of diphtheria, released as final guidelines in March, 2015. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Co-deposition of amyloidogenic immunoglobulin light and heavy chains in localized pulmonary amyloidosis.

    Kaplan, Batia; Martin, Brian M; Boykov, Olga; Gal, Rivka; Pras, Mordechai; Shechtman, Itzhak; Saute, Milton; Kramer, Mordechai R


    Localized pulmonary amyloidosis is a rare condition whose pathogenesis is insufficiently understood. In the present study, we report a case of localized pulmonary amyloidosis associated with lung-restricted lymphoplasmacytoid lymphoma, monoclonal for immunoglobulin (Ig) G lambda (lambda). Biochemical microtechniques have been applied for extraction, purification, and characterization of amyloid proteins. Surprisingly, chemical analysis of these proteins revealed a not-previously-described case of combined deposits containing Ig fragments of gamma heavy chain (variable domain) and lambda light chain (constant domain). In view of the absence of circulating monoclonal Ig, this case supports the hypothesis that localized amyloid is formed by local plasmacytoid cells.

  11. Nodular amyloidosis of the lung and the breast mimicking breast carcinoma with pulmonary metastasis.

    Liaw, Y S; Kuo, S H; Yang, P C; Chen, C L; Luh, K T


    Nodular amyloidosis of the breast and lung is a rare condition of unknown aetiology. The disease runs a benign course, but offers a diagnostic problem due to nonspecific histological features. We describe the case of a 56 year old woman with a 5 year history of multiple nodules of both lungs and left breast, clinically mimicking breast carcinoma with pulmonary metastasis. To our knowledge, this is the first case of cytologically proven amyloidosis diagnosed by ultrasound-guided percutaneous transthoracic fine-needle aspiration of pulmonary nodules.

  12. Transmission and treatment of cutaneous warts in general practice

    Bruggink, Sjoerd Cristoffel


    Cutaneous warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although warts are one of the most common reasons to consult general practice, there is a considerable lack of evidence on the transmission and treatment of warts. This thesis presents epidemiological data from a cohort of primary school

  13. Transmission and treatment of cutaneous warts in general practice

    Bruggink, Sjoerd Cristoffel


    Cutaneous warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although warts are one of the most common reasons to consult general practice, there is a considerable lack of evidence on the transmission and treatment of warts. This thesis presents epidemiological data from a cohort of primary school

  14. Linfoma cutâneo primário de grandes células B de apresentação atípica: relato de caso Primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphoma of atypical presentation: case report

    Antônio René Diógenes de Sousa


    Full Text Available Linfomas cutâneos primários são definidos como neoplasias linfocíticas que se apresentam clinicamente na pele sem doença extracutânea no momento do diagnóstico e até por 6 meses após. Os autores relatam o caso de um paciente masculino, idoso, com história de pápulas em axila, há 3 meses, que evoluíram para ulceração. Ao exame, úlcera profunda de bordos irregulares, infiltrados, em axila direita. Exames físico e complementares não evidenciaram doença à distância. O histopatológico mostra infiltrado dérmico denso e difuso de linfócitos atípicos. A imuno-histoquímica evidencia expressão de antígenos CD20 e bcl-2, com CD10 negativo, configurando diagnóstico de linfoma cutâneo difuso de grandes células B. Neste tipo de linfoma, é rara a manifestação cutânea primária, assim como a incidência é menor em homens e a localização, mais comum em membros inferioresPrimary cutaneous lymphomas are defined as lymphocytic neoplasias that present themselves clinically in the skin without extracutaneous disease at diagnosis and up to 6 months after it. The authors report the case of an elderly male patient, with a three- month-history of papules in the axilla which evolved into painful ulceration. Examination found deep ulcer with irregular borders ,infiltrates, in the right axilla. Physical and additional examinations did not evidence disease at distance. Histopathology revealed dense and diffuse dermic sample infiltrate of atypical lymphocytes. Imunohistochemistry shows expression of CD20 and bcl-2 antigens , with negative CD10, configuring diagnosis of cutaneous large B-cell lymphoma. In this type of cutaneous lymphoma, primary cutaneous manifestation is rare ,the incidence in men is lower and it is most commonly located in the lower limbs

  15. Dermoscopic patterns of cutaneous melanoma metastases.

    Rubegni, Pietro; Lamberti, Arianna; Mandato, Filomena; Perotti, Roberto; Fimiani, Michele


    In 2-8% of patients with melanoma, the first clinical manifestation of the disease may be skin metastasis. In these cases, differential diagnosis with the primary melanoma, benign melanocytic lesions, and other malignant and benign skin growths is particularly challenging. For this reason, the dermatologist's approach to cutaneous metastases of malignant melanoma calls for knowledge of the great morphological variety of these lesions. Dermoscopic characteristics associated with CMMMs have not yet been codified. The aim of the present review is to provide additional information about dermoscopic aspects of these skin lesions.

  16. Liver transplantation in transthyretin amyloidosis: issues and challenges.

    Carvalho, Andreia; Rocha, Ana; Lobato, Luísa


    Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) is a rare worldwide autosomal dominant disease caused by the systemic deposition of an amyloidogenic variant of transthyretin (TTR), which is usually derived from a single amino acid substitution in the TTR gene. More than 100 mutations have been described, with V30M being the most prevalent. Each variant has a different involvement, although peripheral neuropathy and cardiomyopathy are the most common. Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) was implemented as the inaugural disease-modifying therapy because the liver produces the circulating unstable TTR. In this review, we focus on the results and long-term outcomes of OLT for ATTR after more than 2063 procedures and 23 years of experience. After successful OLT, neuropathy and organ impairment are not usually reversed, and in some cases, the disease progresses. The overall 5-year survival rate is approximately 100% for V30M patients and 59% for non-ATTR V30M patients. Cardiac-related death and septicemia are the main causes of mortality. Lower survival is related to malnutrition, a longer duration of disease, cardiomyopathy, and a later onset (particularly for males). Deposits, which are composed of a mixture of truncated and full-length TTR (type A) fibrils, have been associated with posttransplant myocardial dysfunction. A higher incidence of early hepatic artery thrombosis of the graft has also been documented for these patients. Liver-kidney/heart transplantation is an alternative for patients with advanced renal disease or heart failure. The sequential procedure, in which ATTR livers are reused in patients with liver disease, reveals that neuropathy in the recipient may appear as soon as 6 years after OLT, and ATTR deposits may appear even earlier. Long-term results of trials with amyloid protein stabilizers or disrupters, silencing RNA, and antisense oligonucleotides will highlight the value and limitations of liver transplantation.

  17. Cutaneous polyarteritis nodosa: A rare isolated cutaneous vasculitis

    Praveen Kumar A Subbanna


    Full Text Available Cutaneous polyarteritis nodosa (CPAN is a rare form of cutaneous vasculitis that involves small and medium sized arteries of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue without systemic involvement. It presents with tender subcutaneous nodules, digital gangrene, livedo reticularis and subcutaneous ulcerations. The diagnosis is by skin biopsy and characteristic pathologic feature is a leukocytoclastic vasculitis in the small to medium-sized arterioles of the dermis. We report a rare case of benign cutaneous PAN in a 14-year-old girl who presented with history of fever, subcutaneous nodules with cutaneous ulcer and digital gangrene. The skin biopsy showed leukocytoclastic vasculitis with fibrinoid necrosis in the dermal vessels. She received treatment with steroids and lesions resolved completely over a period of month.

  18. Cutaneous zygomycosis: A possible postoperative complication in immunocompetent individuals

    Tilak Ragini


    Full Text Available Fungi in the class of zygomycetes usually produce serious infections in diabetics and immunocompromised hosts. Cutaneous zygomycosis is a less common form, with an unpredictable extent of anatomical involvement and clinical course. Here, we report two cases of primary cutaneous zygomycosis as postoperative complications in otherwise healthy females. Zygomycosis was suspected and specimens from the surgical debridement were examined by microbiological and histopathological studies for confirming the clinical diagnosis. Rapid diagnosis, liposomal amphotericin B, and proper debridement of affected tissue are necessary to avoid a fatal outcome.

  19. Amyloidosis involving the respiratory system: 5-year′s experience of a multi-disciplinary group′s activity

    Raffaele Scala


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis may involve the respiratory system with different clinical-radiological-functional patterns which are not always easy to be recognized. A good level of knowledge of the disease, an active integration of the pulmonologist within a multidisciplinary setting and a high level of clinical suspicion are necessary for an early diagnosis of respiratory amyloidosis. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the number and the patterns of amyloidosis involving the respiratory system. We searched the cases of amyloidosis among patients attending the multidisciplinary rare and diffuse lung disease outpatients′ clinic of Pulmonology Unit of the Hospital of Arezzo from 2007 to 2012. Among the 298 patients evaluated during the study period, we identified three cases of amyloidosis with involvement of the respiratory system, associated or not with other extra-thoracic localizations, whose diagnosis was histo-pathologically confirmed after the pulmonologist, the radiologist, and the pathologist evaluation. Our experience of a multidisciplinary team confirms that intra-thoracic amyloidosis is an uncommon disorder, representing 1.0% of the cases of rare and diffuse lung diseases referred to our center. The diagnosis of the disease is not always easy and quick as the amyloidosis may involve different parts of the respiratory system (airways, pleura, parenchyma. It is therefore recommended to remind this orphan disease in the differential diagnosis of the wide clinical scenarios the pulmonologist may intercept in clinical practice.

  20. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis with HIV.

    Talat, Humaira; Attarwala, Sharmeen; Saleem, Mubasshir


    Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is a vector borne disease caused by various species of the Leishmania parasite. CL is endemic in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan. In certain instances a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-related immunocompromised is associated with atypical clinical presentation and occurrence of reactivated lesions of CL. Such presentations respond poorly to the standard treatment and frequent relapses are noted. We are reporting three cases of localized and disseminated CL due to Leishmania tropica which responded to meglumine antimoniate. Due to the fact that CL is endemic in Balochistan, we did not consider HIV infection as a causative organism. It was their presentation with history of weight loss and fever that prompted Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) tests for HIV, which turned out to be positive. CL is becoming visible as an opportunistic infection associated with HIV/AIDS and may even be the first symptom in HIV positive patients in an endemic area.

  1. Cutaneous larva migrans

    Aleksandra Wieczorek


    Full Text Available Introduction . Cutaneous larva migrans (CLM is a tropical zoonosis, caused by parasites, usually Ancylostoma braziliense. Humans are an accidental host. Polish patients with CLM are usually tourists visiting tropical and subtropical countries. The first symptoms do not always appear as creeping eruptions, which complicates the diagnosis. Objective. To present the case of a man with CLM after returning from Thailand to Poland and associated diagnostic difficulties. Case report. We present a case of a 28-year-old man who returned to Poland from Thailand. The first symptoms appeared as disseminated pruritic papules. No improvement after treatment with corticosteroids and antihistamines was observed. The diagnosis was established after the appearance of serpentine erythemas and improvement after albendazole therapy. Conclusions. In the case of returnees from exotic countries suffering from raised, pruritic rashes, and no improvement after treatment with corticosteroids and antihistamines, parasitic etiology should be considered.

  2. Radiotherapy of cutaneous lymphomas; Radiotherapie des lymphomes cutanes

    Kirova, Y.M.; Piedbois, Y.; Pan, Q.; Guo, J.P.; Le Bourgeois, J.P. [Hopital Henri-Mondor, 94 - Creteil (France). Dept. de cancerologie


    Radiotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of cutaneous lymphomas. In the treatment of Mycosis fungoides, total skin electron beam radiation therapy is efficient for patients with limited and superficial forms of the disease. Radiotherapy is also efficient for the locally advanced forms of non-epidermo-tropic lymphomas. The palliative radiotherapy is indicated for advanced, nodular and treatment resistant forms of cutaneous lymphomas and for voluminous lymphadenopathies. (authors)

  3. [White blood cell lysis syndrome after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in the treatment of renal AL amyloidosis. Case report].

    Gatica, Antonio; Bertin, Pablo; Tagle, Rodrigo


    The treatment of AL amyloidosis was not successful until the advent of myeloablative chemotherapy consisting of high-dose intravenous melphalan followed by autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. This new treatment has achieved better survival rates and, remarkably, it has obtained complete remission. Among patients with renal involvement, achievement of a complete hematological response was associated with a 50% reduction in proteinuria and stable creatinine clearance in more than 2/3 of patients. Despite of these excellent results, this new therapy is associated with significant toxicity, including the development of acute renal failure due to white blood cell lysis syndrome. We report a 59 year-old female with a nephrotic syndrome due to primary amyloidosis successfully treated autologous stem cell transplantation who developed acute renal failure caused by white blood cell lysis syndrome. The patient required treatment with granulocytic colony stimulating factor and intermittent hemofiltration and was discharged 23 days after melphalan administration with a satisfactory renal function and white blood cell count. After one year of follow up, she maintains a good glomerular filtration rate, a proteinuria of less than, 1 g/day and normal hematological values.

  4. Modified high-dose melphalan and autologous SCT for AL amyloidosis or high-risk myeloma: analysis of SWOG trial S0115

    Sanchorawala, V; Hoering, A; Seldin, DC; Finn, KT; Fennessey, SA; Sexton, R; Mattar, B; Safah, HF; Holmberg, LA; Dean, RM; Orlowski, RZ; Barlogie, B


    We designed a trial using two sequential cycles of modified high-dose melphalan at 100 mg/m2 and autologous SCT (mHDM/SCT) in AL amyloidosis (light-chain amyloidosis, AL), AL with myeloma (ALM) and host-based high-risk myeloma (hM) patients through SWOG-0115. The primary objective was to evaluate OS. From 2004 to 2010, 93 eligible patients were enrolled at 17 centers in the United States (59 with AL, 9 with ALM and 25 with hM). The median OS for patients with AL and ALM was 68 months and 47 months, respectively, and has not been reached for patients with hM. The median PFS for patients with AL and ALM was 38 months and 16 months, respectively, and has not been reached for patients with hM. The treatment-related mortality (TRM) was 12% (11/ 93) and was observed only in patients with AL after SCT. Grade 3 and higher non-hematologic adverse events were experienced by 81%, 67% and 57% of patients with AL, ALM and hM, respectively, during the first and second HDM/SCT. This experience demonstrates that with careful selection of patients and use of mHDM for SCT in patients with AL, ALM and hM, even in the setting of a multicenter study, OS can be improved with acceptable TRM and morbidity. PMID:23852321

  5. Cardiac amyloidosis induces up-regulation of Deleted in Malignant Brain Tumors 1 (DMBT1)

    Müller, Hanna; Renner, Marcus; Bergmann, Frank


    Amyloidosis is a life-threatening protein misfolding disease and affects cardiac tissue, leading to heart failure, myocardial ischemia and arrhythmia. Amyloid deposits result in oxidative stress, inflammation and apoptosis. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of innate defense compo...

  6. What is the role of giant cells in AL-amyloidosis?

    Olsen, K E; Sletten, K; Sandgren, O


    of some cases of systemic AL-amyloidosis. Based on these findings and electron microscopic studies, it is discussed whether the giant cells actively participate in amyloid fibril formation by uptake and modification of the precursor protein or the giant cells are part of a foreign body reaction. Included...

  7. Cellular processing of the amyloidogenic cystatin C variant of hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis, Icelandic type

    Benedikz, Eirikur; Merz, G S; Schwenk, V


    of an amyloidogenic mutation on the intracellular processing of its protein product. The protein, a mutant of the cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C, is the amyloid precursor protein in Hereditary Cerebral Hemorrhage with Amyloidosis--Icelandic type (HCHWA-I). The amyloid fibers are composed of mutant cystatin C...

  8. Amyloidosis: A story of how inframammary erosions eclipsed inconspicuous periorbital ecchymoses

    Andrew Kelsey, MD


    Full Text Available Systemic amyloidosis is a rare disease that can be rapidly progressive due to widespread organ involvement. There are well-described renal, cardiac, pulmonary, neurological, and dermatologic findings. Here, we outline one patient’s experience with the condition from presentation to making the diagnosis. She presented with pathognomonic dermatologic findings including pinch purpura and ecchymoses found in the skin folds.

  9. Digitally Reinforced Polarization of Hematoxylin-Eosin in the Diagnosis of Renal Amyloidosis

    Sait ŞEN


    Full Text Available Objective: Systemic amyloidosis is a rare disorder, characterized by extracellular accumulation of Congo red positive fibrillar amyloid protein deposits that have an amorphous, eosinophilic appearance on hematoxylin-eosin stained preparations. The kidney is the most commonly affected organ by systemic amyloidosis. Congo red staining increases the positive birefringence of the weakly birefringent unstained amyloid. In this study, we investigated the potential diagnostic power of digitally reinforced birefringence of routine hematoxylin-eosin stained slides from renal biopsies.Material and Method: We reviewed 130 hematoxylin-eosin stained slides for polarization. Sixty-five new amyloidosis cases were diagnosed by renal biopsy. All renal biopsies were evaluated by light microscopy and immunofluorescence. Slides were reevaluated blindly using a microscope (Olympus BX51 that was attached polarization filters and connected to a digital camera (Olympus DP21, SAL. Deposits that showed green birefringence on hematoxylin-eosin preparations with digitalized microscopy were considered positive and the results were confirmed using Congo red.Results: Of the 65 Congo red confirmed amyloid positive biopsies, 61 showed green birefringence with hematoxylin-eosin. Of the 65 Congo-red confirmed amyloid negative biopsies, two were considered to be false positive. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values were estimated as 94%, 97%, 97% and 94% respectively.Conclusion: We concluded that polarized hematoxylin-eosin sections can be used digitally as a fast and first step diagnostic method for renal amyloidosis

  10. Oral involvement in a case of AA amyloidosis: a case report

    Yıldız Levent


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Deposition of amyloid fibrils derived from circulating acute-phase reactant serum amyloid A protein causes systemic amyloidosis, a serious inflammatory disorder. We document a male patient who developed reactive amyloidosis (AA type, most likely secondary to his long standing periodontitis. Case presentation A 67-year-old Turkish man complained of pain in his oral cavity (burning mouth especially on the tongue, and had difficulty chewing and swallowing foods. A careful dental/periodontal examination was performed, including assessment of plaque, gingival condition and periodontal probing depths on all his remaining teeth. Prosthetic rehabilitation was provided three months after the completion of his periodontal and surgical therapy. The concentration of serum inflammatory markers including erythrocyte sedimentation rate, white blood cell count, fibrinogen and high sensitive C-reactive protein were measured at baseline, at the second and sixth weeks, and at three and six months after the periodontal and surgical therapy. Conclusions Oral examination revealed a few papules on the dorsum of the tongue with two slightly painful, small ulcers, localized on the vestibule of the mouth. The mean probing depth was 9.10 ± 0.84 mm. Biopsies of the tongue, buccal mucosa and retromolar trigone were performed and amyloid deposits were found. The serum inflammatory markers improved more dramatically at the second week of periodontal therapy than any other time intervals. Amyloidosis may manifest as periodontal destruction that leads to severe chronic periodontitis. Proper periodontal treatment may alleviate systemic inflammatory mediators caused by the amyloidosis.

  11. Breast cancer and amyloid bodies: is there a role for amyloidosis in cancer-cell dormancy?

    Mizejewski GJ


    Full Text Available Gerald J Mizejewski Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, USA Abstract: Breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (AD are major causes of death in older women. Interestingly, breast cancer occurs less frequently in AD patients than in the general population. Amyloidosis, the aggregation of amyloid proteins to form amyloid bodies, plays a central role in the pathogenesis of AD and other human neuropathies by forming intracellular fibrillary proteins. Contrary to popular belief, amyloidosis is a common occurrence in mammalian cells, and has recently been reported to be a natural physiological process in response to environmental stress stimulations (such as pH and temperature extremes, hypoxia, and oxidative stress. Many proteins contain an intrinsic “amyloid-converting motif”, which acts in conjunction with a specific noncoding RNA to induce formation of proteinaceous amyloid bodies that are stored in intracellular bundles. In cancer cells such as breast and prostate, the process of amyloidosis induces cells to enter a dormant or resting stage devoid of cell division and proliferation. Therefore, cancer cells undergo growth cessation and enter a dormant stage following amyloidosis in the cell; this is akin to giving the cell AD to cease growth. Keywords: α-fetoprotein, noncoding RNA, amyloid bodies, dormancy, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

  12. Bilateral post-arterial puncture pseudoaneurysm in a patient with amyloidosis

    Paula Sabrina Araújo Milhomem


    Full Text Available Amyloidosis consists of deposition of insoluble fibrillar proteins in tissues and, causing dysfunction. In association with other factors, the condition can contribute to emergence of complications, such as pseudoaneurysms at arterial puncture sites. Pseudoaneurysms are becoming an ever-more common complication, which underscores the importance of identifying risk factors, so that their incidence can be minimized.

  13. Short- and long-term outcomes of AL amyloidosis patients admitted into intensive care units.

    Guinault, Damien; Canet, Emmanuel; Huart, Antoine; Jaccard, Arnaud; Ribes, David; Lavayssiere, Laurence; Venot, Marion; Cointault, Olivier; Roussel, Murielle; Nogier, Marie-Béatrice; Pichereau, Claire; Lemiale, Virginie; Arnulf, Bertrand; Attal, Michel; Chauveau, Dominique; Azoulay, Elie; Faguer, Stanislas


    Amyloidosis is a rare and threatening condition that may require intensive care because of amyloid deposit-related organ dysfunction or therapy-related adverse events. Although new multiple myeloma drugs have dramatically improved outcomes in AL amyloidosis, the outcomes of AL patients admitted into intensive care units (ICUs) remain largely unknown. Admission has been often restricted to patients with low Mayo Clinic staging and/or with a complete or very good immunological response at admission. In a retrospective multicentre cohort of 66 adult AL (n = 52) or AA (n = 14) amyloidosis patients, with similar causes of admission to an ICU, the 28-d and 6-month survival rates of AA patients were significantly higher compared to AL patients (93% vs. 60%, P = 0·03; 71% vs. 45%, P = 0·02, respectively). In AL patients, the simplified Index of Gravity Score (IGS2) was the only independent predictive factor for death by day 28, whereas the Mayo-Clinic classification stage had no influence. In Cox's multivariate regression model, only cardiac arrest and on-going chemotherapy at ICU admission significantly predicted death at 6 months. Short-term outcomes of AL patients admitted into an ICU were mainly related to the severity of the acute medical condition, whereas on-going chemotherapy for active amyloidosis impacted on long-term outcomes.

  14. Systemic immunoglobulin light-chain amyloidosis presenting hematochezia as the initial symptom.

    Kon, Tetsuo; Nakagawa, Naoki; Yoshikawa, Fumitsugu; Haba, Kazunao; Kitagawa, Nagako; Izumi, Michihiro; Kumazaki, Setsuo; Ishida, Satoshi; Aikawa, Ryuichi


    Immunoglobulin light-chain (AL) amyloidosis is characterized by the deposition of insoluble fibrils composed of immunoglobulin light chains secreted by monoclonal plasma cells. Given the recent advances in the therapy of AL amyloidosis, it is important to diagnose this disease as early as possible. Herein, we describe the case of a 62-year-old man with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis presenting with hematochezia. Colonoscopy showed multiple submucosal hematomas within the region ranging from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colon. Kappa immunoglobulin light-chain amyloid deposition was also detected. Bone marrow examination revealed a monoclonal abnormal plasma cell population. Thus, the patient was diagnosed with systemic immunoglobulin light-chain amyloidosis. The hematochezia was conservatively managed. However, because of liver failure caused by liver cirrhosis, the patient developed massive pleural effusion and died of respiratory failure. Postmortem examination revealed amyloid deposition in the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, ileum, descending colon, pancreas, heart, and lung. In these organs, amyloid deposition was limited to the vascular wall. We concluded that AL amyloidosis can present hematochezia arising from submucosal hematoma in the large colon before other systemic symptoms appear.

  15. Copovidone-related Cutaneous Response in the Dog.

    Morgan, Sherry J; Besenhofer, Lauren M; Buck, Wayne; Lorenz, Helga; Rhodes, James W; Yang, Yi


    A cutaneous response (localized swelling and/or erythema of the skin) has been noted in dog toxicology studies in which multiple, unrelated compounds were administered orally with copovidone as a vehicle. The response has been noted in studies with 6 different test items that are structurally unrelated and span several different therapeutic indications spanning an approximate 6-year period (2009-2015). A factor common among the studies is the formulation-a copovidone amorphous solid dispersion (ASD). Cutaneous responses have not been observed in dogs administered non-ASD formulations of the same test items but have occasionally been noted in placebo (copovidone control) dogs. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (a polymer of one of the primary components of copovidone) has been reported to result in similar findings in dogs when administered by the intravenous route. Considerations for the role of copovidone and the potential role of histamine in the cutaneous changes are outlined.

  16. Cutaneous metastasis from squamous carcinoma of the base of tongue

    Tashnin Rahman


    Full Text Available Context: Cutaneous metastasis from head and neck cancer is uncommon and it is seen from laryngeal cancer. Cutaneous metastasis from the base of tongue is relatively rare. Case Report: A 55-year-old male, who was a treated case of squamous carcinoma of the base of tongue presented with metastatic nodule on the skin of face and thigh. But, there was complete resolution of the tumor at the primary site. In the present case, clinically obvious cutaneous nodules with metastasis appeared soon after the completion of treatment with concurrent chemo-radiotherapy. The metastasis to the skin of face clinically appeared like an inflammatory lesion. Fine needle aspiration cytology confirmed the diagnosis of metastasis to skin at both the sites. Conclusion: Our case has highlighted that there could be associated occult skin metastasis at the time of diagnosis in squamous carcinoma of the base of tongue.

  17. Cutaneous hamartoma with pagetoid cells.

    Piérard-Franchimont, C; Dosal, F L; Estrada, J A; Piérard, G E


    We report an unusual cutaneous hamartoma with pagetoid cells characterized by the presence of intraepidermal cells resembling Toker's cells of the nipple. These cells were EMA positive and could be related to the histogenesis of some Paget's disease.

  18. [Ocular metastasis of cutaneous melanoma].

    Galland, F; Balansard, B; Conrath, J; Forzano, O; Ridings, B


    We report a case of vitreal metastases from cutaneous melanoma. We describe the clinical findings and the histological aspects of the lesions, which allows us to discuss the diagnosis of masquerade syndrome and highlight the diagnostic importance of vitreous biopsy.

  19. Cutaneous xanthomas with concurrent demodicosis and dermatophytosis in a cat.

    Vogelnest, L J


    Multiple cutaneous xanthomas, associated with fasting hyperlipidaemia, are described in a 9-month-old domestic long-haired cat. A severely pruritic, papular, and crusting dermatitis affecting the head and neck, initially diagnosed as lesions of the eosinophilic granuloma complex, progressively developed on the head and pinnae. Pruritus was controlled with administration of prednisolone and chlorambucil. Repeat histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of cutaneous xanthoma and concurrent mild demodicosis. Marked fasting hypercholesterolaemia, hypertriglyceridaemia and transient hyperglycaemia were subsequently confirmed. Treatment for hyperlipidaemia and xanthomas with a low-fat diet (Hill's Feline r/d) and the previously unreported treatment for feline demodicosis of daily oral milbemycin were commenced. Multiple pink, alopecic plaques and papules gradually regressed, however pruritus recurred if immunosuppressive treatment was reduced, and well-demarcated areas of alopecia developed on the head, limbs and trunk, despite negative skin scrapings for demodex mites. Fungal culture of hair samples yielded Microsporum canis. All cutaneous lesions resolved with the addition of griseofulvin to the treatment regimen. Concurrent corneal ulceration and keratoconjunctivitis sicca ultimately resolved with treatment, including topical cyclosporin. Diabetes mellitus developed 6 months after resolution of skin lesions. No cutaneous or ocular abnormalities were present 6 months later with continued low-fat diet and insulin administration, although transient recurrence of papules and pruritus occurred after inadvertent access to a fatty meal. An underlying primary hyperlipidaemia was suspected, causing pruritic xanthomas. This may represent the first report of concurrent cutaneous xanthomas, demodicosis and dermatophytosis in a cat.

  20. Cutaneous actinomycosis: A rare case

    Metgud S


    Full Text Available Cutaneous actinomycosis is a rare presentation. Here we present a case of cutaneous actinomycosis with no history of trauma or systemic dissemination. The isolate was identified as Actinomyces viscosus by standard methods. The isolate was found to be penicillin resistant by Kirby Bauer disc diffusion method. Therefore, the patient was treated with cotrimoxazole and improved. Thus, this case highlights the importance of isolation and susceptibility testing in actinomycotic infection. The sinuses have healed, and the patient has recovered.

  1. Systemic diseases with cutaneous manifestations.

    Merchant, S R; Taboada, J


    The purpose of this article is to briefly discuss the following cutaneous manifestations of selected systemic diseases: poxvirus; feline leukemia virus (FeLV); feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV); herpesvirus; calcivirus; pseudorabies; plague; tularemia; toxoplasmosis; leishmania; hypothyroidism; hyperthyroidism; hyperadrenocorticism; diabetes mellitus; acromegaly; thallium poisoning; pancreatic disease; hypereosinophilic syndrome; mucopolysaccharidosis; and pansteatitis. Recognition of these cutaneous signs may help alert the clinician to the possibility of an internal disorder so that the appropriate diagnostic tests can be considered.

  2. EORTC cutaneous lymphoma task force. European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer.

    Knobler, R; Burg, G; Whittaker, S; Baila, L


    The Cutaneous Lymphoma Task Force has represented the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) over the last two decades and has received worldwide acceptance and the highest respect. The group has been able to bring together the world's experts in this field to try to solve the basic problems associated with primary lymphomas of the skin and to create a productive scientific research basis. The definition and the classification of the disease per se has been a major controversial problem and the development of an EORTC classification for primary cutaneous lymphoma has been one of the main goals of the group. The purpose of this paper is to highlight and to provide a historical perspective regarding the contribution of the EORTC Cutaneous Lymphoma Group to the development of consensus guidelines for securing uniform diagnosis, classification and management of the heterogeneous group of primary cutaneous lymphomas. Some future perspectives and strategies of the group are also presented.

  3. Amiloidose manifestando-se com pseudo-hipertrofia muscular Amyloidosis presenting as muscle pseudohypertrophy

    Rodrigo Bortoli


    Full Text Available Amiloidose tipo AL é uma doença rara causada pela deposição extracelular de fragmentos de cadeias leves monoclonais em órgãos e tecidos. Pode apresentar-se com uma ampla variedade de sinais e sintomas, e o acometimento cutâneo-muscular, simulando pseudo-hipertrofia muscular, é um achado muito raro. São descritos dois casos que apresentaram tal manifestação. CASO 1 - Mulher, 61 anos, há quatro meses com história de mialgia e aumento da massa muscular nas cinturas pélvica, escapular e região cervical. Não havia alterações significativas ao exame físico, exceto aparente hipertrofia muscular difusa e discreta macroglossia. CASO 2 - Homem, 51 anos, há dois anos com cansaço e espessamento cutâneo progressivo do dorso, pescoço e braços. Em outros serviços levantou suspeitas diagnósticas de esclerodermia ou de escleredema de Buschke; desde fevereiro de 2007 passou a ser acompanhado nesse serviço e referia, havia cerca de um ano, disfagia para sólidos, disartria e dificuldade para movimentar a língua. Chamava atenção em seu exame o porte físico atlético com musculatura torácica proeminente, porém referia não fazer exercícios físicos. Em ambos os casos, a biópsia cutânea foi realizada com identificação do depósito amilóide por meio da coloração de vermelho congo.AL amyloidosis is a rare disease secondary to extracellular deposition of light chains fragments in organs and tissues. It can cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms, being the muscular pseudohypertrophy form a very rare finding. CASE 1 - a 61-year-old female had a history of myalgia and increase of muscular mass on pelvic and scapular girdle and cervical region. Besides the generalized muscular hypertrophy and discrete macroglossia, the rest of physical examination was normal. CASE 2 - a 51-year-old male complained of tiredness and progressive cutaneous thickening on his thorax, neck and arms for the last two years. Initially, he was misdiagnosed

  4. Analysis of the modifying effects of SAA1, SAA2 and TNF-alpha gene polymorphisms on development of amyloidosis in FMF patients.

    Yilmaz, Engin; Balci, Banu; Kutlay, Sim; Ozen, Seza; Ertürk, Sensuvar; Oner, Ayse; Beşbaş, Nesrin; Bakkaloğlu, Ayşin


    The aim of this study was to examine whether polymorphisms at serum amyloid A (SAA) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) genes are associated with development of amyloidosis in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) patients. Seventy-three FMF patients with amyloidosis and 100 other FMF patients without amyloidosis of known genotypes and 100 healthy control subjects were analyzed. There was a significant difference in the frequency of alpha/alpha genotype at the SAA1 locus between FMF patients with amyloidosis and controls and FMF patients without amyloidosis. The frequencies of the alpha/alpha genotype and alpha alleles at SAA1 locus were significantly higher in the FMF patients with amyloidosis. The frequencies of the alpha allele at SAA1 locus in FMF patients with amyloidosis, without amyloidosis and controls were 85.6%, 49.5% and 42.5%, respectively. We demonstrated that alpha/alpha genotype at SAA1 gene might have modifying effects on the development of amyloidosis. Determination of genotypes at SAA1 locus can play a key role in conferring genetic susceptibility and patient's prognosis to renal amyloidosis.

  5. The Frequency of Familial Mediterranean Fever Related Amyloidosis in Renal Waiting List for Transplantation

    Keles, Mustafa; Eyerci, Nilnur; Uyanik, Abdullah; Aydinli, Bulent; Sahin, Gonul Zisan; Cetinkaya, Ramazan; Pirim, Ibrahim; Polat, Kamil Yalcin


    Objective: Our goal is to investigate the distribution of MEFV mutations in patients with renal amyloidosis who are in renal transplant waiting list which is prepared for transplantation. Materials and Methods: FMF was diagnosed in 25 of the 297 patients between the years 2004 and 2008, who were involved in the study (15 male, 10 female; age 34±7.8). 5 out of 25 patients were transplanted, remaining were waiting for Tx. Biopsy results were amyloidosis and taken from renal (n:16), rectal (n:8) and duodenal (1).All of them were carrier of mutations in both pyrin alleles.The primer cause of chronic renal failure in our group was secondary AA amyloidosis. DNA was isolated from 25 whole blood samples. The NanoChip Molecular Biology Workstation (Nanogen) uses electronic microarrays for mutation detection. Exon 2,3,5 and 10 of pyrin gene genotypes were identified in the NanoChip. Results: Genetic analysis of the patients demonstrated that each subject carries either homozygote or compound heterozygote mutations of the gene. The most common mutations were M694V, V726A, E148Q and M680I. Conclusions: The clinic manifestation and complain of our patients were febrile and painful attacks such as in the abdomen, chest and joints due to inflammation of the peritoneum, pleura and synovial membrane. The major problem in FMF is the occurrence of amyloidosis that primarily affects the kidneys causing proteinuria and renal failure. Dialysis and renal transplantation can be treatment, but it is important to diagnose FMF at earliest stages. The percentage of FMF patients in our waiting list was 8.4%. Moreover, in our region FMF incidence is highly frequent, so FMF should be chased by genetically so as to prevent chronic renal failure due to amyloidosis. PMID:25610112

  6. Decrease in the rate of secondary amyloidosis in Turkish children with FMF: are we doing better?

    Akse-Onal, Victoria; Sağ, Erdal; Ozen, Seza; Bakkaloglu, Aysin; Cakar, Nilgun; Besbas, Nesrin; Gucer, Safak


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common autoinflammatory disease in the world. The most serious complication of FMF is the development of secondary amyloidosis. Besides genetic factors, environment has been implicated in the development of this complication. The main objective of this study is to analyze whether there has been a substantial decrease of secondary amyloidosis in Turkey and possible effective factors. For this purpose, clinical features of the patients diagnosed with secondary amyloidosis between the years 1978 and 1990 were compared with those diagnosed between 2000 and 2009. Severity scores were determined by the use of a scoring system modified for children. Median ages of the group diagnosed between 1978 and 1990 (n = 115; 12.1% among a total of 947 renal biopsies) and diagnosed after 2000 (n = 19; 2% among a total of 974 renal biopsies) were 12 and 13 years, respectively. There were no significant differences between the two patient groups according to gender, age, age of onset, disease duration, and disease severity. There was, however, a clear decrease in the percentage of biopsies with secondary amyloidosis from 12.1% (1978-1990) to 2% (after 2000; p < 0.001). Our results have shown that there has been a significant decrease in the rate of secondary amyloidosis in Turkey. The main reason for this decrease is better medical care with increased awareness and treatment of the disease. However, we suggest that the improvement of infectious milieu may possibly have had a positive effect on the course of this monogenic disease, since inflammatory pathways related to innate immunity are deregulated.

  7. Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF)-associated amyloidosis in childhood. Clinical features, course and outcome.

    Cakar, N; Yalçinkaya, F; Ozkaya, N; Tekin, M; Akar, N; Koçak, H; Misirlioğlu, M; Akar, E; Tümer, N


    Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive disorder of childhood characterized by attacks of fever and serositis. Renal amyloidosis is the most important complication of the disease that determines the prognosis. Forty-eight Turkish FMF patients with amyloidosis who have been followed at the two hospitals in Ankara were included in this study. All patients with amyloidosis had been symptomatic for FMF at the time of the diagnosis (Phenotype I), none had received regular colchicine therapy and all presented with proteinuria. Ten of them had asymptomatic proteinuria; 38 had nephrotic syndrome and 8 of them had renal insufficiency (CRI) as well, at the time of the diagnosis. Regular colchicine therapy was commenced to all of the patients. At the end of observation period of 4.5 +/- 2.23 years (range 2-12 yrs) on treatment, nephrotic syndrome resolved in 13 patients and proteinuria was lost in 5 of them. None but 2 of the patients who were diagnosed at proteinuric stage progressed to end stage renal failure (ESRF). Seven MEFV mutations (M694V, M680I, V726A, M694I, K695R, R761H, E148Q) were systematically investigated in 32 patients. Six of the seven studied mutations were found in these patients and clinical diagnosis was confirmed by mutation analysis in 24 patients. Eight patients were found to have mutations on one of the alleles. Amyloidosis is the most serious complication of FMF. Colchicine treatment ameliorates the progression of renal disease in the patients who presented with proteinuria and even with nephrotic syndrome. No correlation between the outcome of the patients with nephrotic syndrome and the degree of proteinuria and/or serum albumin levels at the initiation of treatment were noted. Progression to ESRF seems inevitable despite colchicine therapy after the development of CRI in patients with FMF associated amyloidosis.

  8. Increased serum free light chains precede the presentation of immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis.

    Weiss, Brendan M; Hebreo, Joseph; Cordaro, Daniel V; Roschewski, Mark J; Baker, Thomas P; Abbott, Kevin C; Olson, Stephen W


    Patients with immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis) generally present with advanced organ dysfunction and have a high risk of early death. We sought to characterize monoclonal immunoglobulin (M-Ig) light chains before clinical presentation of AL amyloidosis. We obtained prediagnostic sera from 20 cases with AL amyloidosis and 20 healthy controls matched for age, sex, race, and age of serum sample from the Department of Defense Serum Repository. Serum protein electrophoresis with immunofixation and serum free light chain (FLC) analysis were performed on all samples. An M-Ig was detected in 100% of cases and 0% of controls (P < .001). The M-Ig was present in 100%, 80%, and 42% of cases at less than 4 years, 4 to 11 years, and more than 11 years before diagnosis, respectively. The median FLC differential (FLC-diff) was higher in cases compared with controls at all time periods, less than 4 years (174.8 v 0.3 mg/L; P < .001), 4 to 11 years (65.1 v 2.2 mg/L; P < .001), and more than 11 years (4.5 v 0.4 mg/L; P = .03) before diagnosis. The FLC-diff was greater than 23 mg/L in 85% of cases and 0% of controls (P < .001). The FLC-diff level increased more than 10% per year in 84% of cases compared with 16% of controls (P < .001). Increase of FLCs, including within the accepted normal range, precedes the development of AL amyloidosis for many years. © 2014 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  9. MUC1 positive cutaneous metastasis with transepidermal elimination from a breast carcinoma

    Luna A


    Full Text Available Amalia Luna, Maria Emilia Merino, Cecilio G Alberdi, Martin C Abba, Amada Segal-Eiras, Maria Virginia Croce Center of Basic and Applied Immunological Research, Faculty of Medical Sciences, National University of La Plata, Argentina Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cause of cutaneous metastases from internal malignancies. Generally, the neoplastic cells are located in the dermis or hypodermis, while a finding of transepidermal elimination on cutaneous metastases is exceptional. In this report we present a patient with perforating cutaneous metastases from breast cancer with mucin 1 expression. Cutaneous, bone, lung, and hepatic lesions were detected two years after the diagnosis of the primary tumor. Keywords: breast cancer, cutaneous metastasis, transepidermal elimination, MUC1

  10. Bilateral Choroidal Metastases as Presentation of Dissemination of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

    S. Fernandez-Perez


    Full Text Available Case Report. A 47-year-old man presented with blurred vision in the right eye. Ophthalmoscopic examination showed several placoid, pigmented lesions in the posterior pole and midperiphery of the retina of both eyes. Results. Patient referred a cutaneous malignant melanoma on the back skin removed 6 years ago. A systemic workup revealed multiple metastases in liver and spleen. After an exhaustive study we concluded that it was a dissemination of a cutaneous malignant melanoma with bilateral choroidal metastases, liver and spleen metastases. The patient obtained clinical ocular improvement after palliative chemotherapy, although he died in the following months. Pathological examination of the lesions confirmed the diagnosis of choroidal metastases from a malignant cutaneous melanoma. Conclusions. Monitoring patients who have had cutaneous malignant melanoma is very important, since melanoma metastases may occur even many years after the diagnosis of the primary tumor. Choroidal metastases from cutaneous melanoma are uncommon but we should be aware because their appearance worsens prognosis.

  11. Atrophy rates in asymptomatic amyloidosis: implications for Alzheimer prevention trials.

    K Abigail Andrews

    % absolute slowing of hippocampal atrophy rate in an 18-month treatment trial. We conclude that hippocampal atrophy may be a feasible outcome measure for secondary prevention studies in asymptomatic amyloidosis.

  12. Genotyping of cutaneous melanoma.

    Glitza, Isabella C; Davies, Michael A


    Until recently, treatment options for patients with metastatic melanoma were very limited. This landscape has evolved dramatically since the discovery of activating mutations in the BRAF gene in ~45% of cutaneous melanomas. Vemurafenib, dabrafenib, and trametinib have all received regulatory approval for the treatment of metastatic melanoma patients with a BRAF(V600) mutation. Based on the necessity to document the presence of a BRAF(V600) mutation to prescribe these agents, molecular testing is now the standard of care in this disease. However, the options and rationale for testing are evolving rapidly due to an improved understanding of the molecular drivers and heterogeneity of melanoma. Such testing may identify rational combinatorial approaches to prevent or overcome resistance for the approved BRAF inhibitors. In addition, new clinical strategies have been identified for a number of other molecular changes that are detected in this disease, including somatic changes in NRAS, PTEN, CDKN2A, and c-KIT, among others. This review summarizes the current understanding of the genetic landscape of mutations in melanoma, their associations with clinicopathological features, and their implications for clinical testing and treatment.

  13. Is neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio associated with subclinical inflammation and amyloidosis in patients with familial Mediterranean fever?

    Uslu, Ali Ugur; Deveci, Koksal; Korkmaz, Serdal; Aydin, Bahattin; Senel, Soner; Sancakdar, Enver; Sencan, Mehmet


    The purpose of the present study is to determine the association between neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio and both subclinical inflammation and amyloidosis in familial Mediterranean fever. Ninety-four patients with familial Mediterranean fever and 60 healthy volunteers were included in the study. Of the patients, 12 had familial Mediterranean fever related amyloidosis. The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio of the patients was obtained from the hematology laboratory archive. The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio was significantly higher among persons with familial Mediterranean fever compared to healthy individuals (P 2.21 and AUC = 0.734 (P = 0.009), it was a reliable marker in predicting the development of amyloidosis. The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio, an emerging marker of inflammation, is higher in patients with familial Mediterranean fever in attack-free periods. The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio may be a useful marker in predicting the development of amyloidosis.

  14. 皮肤原发恶性黑色素瘤127例细胞增殖活性与生存预后相关性%Correlation between tumor cell prolieration and prognosis of primary cutaneous malignant melanoma in 127 patients

    王燕; 薛卫成; 斯璐; 崔传亮; 陆爱萍; 曹登峰; 郭军; 李忠武


    目的 分析皮肤原发恶性黑色素瘤中细胞增殖活性与其他临床病理学参数的关系及预后意义,并筛选黑色素瘤的独立预后因素.方法 收集北京肿瘤医院资料完整的皮肤原发恶性黑色素瘤127例,采用免疫组织化学EnVision法检测肿瘤的Ki-67表达,参照第7版美国癌症联合会推荐的“热点”法计数肿瘤细胞的核分裂象,分析Ki-67表达水平、核分裂象数与其他临床病理参数的相关性,并结合随访资料对所有参数(包括TNM分期、Clark分级等)进行生存分析,筛选出影响患者生存预后的因素.结果 Ki-67表达水平与坏死、Breslow厚度相关(P<0.05),核分裂象数与Clark分级及Ki-67表达水平相关(P<0.05);单因素分析显示Ki-67表达水平(P=0.043)、核分裂象数(P =0.030)和TNM分期(P<0.001)可以影响黑色素瘤患者总生存,而多因素分析显示只有TNM分期(P <0.001)是影响总生存的独立预后因素.结论 初诊时TNM分期是影响皮肤原发黑色素瘤患者预后的最重要因素,Ki-67表达水平与核分裂象数是皮肤原发黑色素瘤重要的临床病理学参数.%Objective To investigate the correlations among Ki-67 expression,mitosis and other clinicopathological parameters of primary cutaneous malignant melanoma,and search for prognostic factors of malignant melanoma.Methods Totally 127 cases of primary cutaneous malignant melanoma were collected from Beijing Cancer Hospital.Immunohistochemical study for Ki-67 was performed,and the mitosis was calculated referring to “ hot spot” method recommended by the seventh edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) melanoma staging system.The correlations of Ki-67 expression,mitosis and other clinicopathological parameters were analyzed,and the survival analysis of all these risk factors including TNM and Clark level was conducted based on follow up data.Results The expression level of Ki-67 was associated with necrosis and

  15. Topical Application of Fingolimod Perturbs Cutaneous Inflammation.

    Sun, Wai Y; Dimasi, David P; Pitman, Melissa R; Zhuang, YiZhong; Heddle, Robert; Pitson, Stuart M; Grimbaldeston, Michele A; Bonder, Claudine S


    The prevalence of allergies, including rhinitis, eczema, and anaphylaxis, is rising dramatically worldwide. This increase is especially problematic in children who bear the greatest burden of this rising trend. Increasing evidence identifies neutrophils as primary perpetrators of the more severe and difficult to manage forms of inflammation. A newly recognized mechanism by which neutrophils are recruited during the early phase of histamine-induced inflammation involves the sphingosine kinase (SK)/sphingosine-1-phosphate axis. This study examines whether topical application of fingolimod, an established SK/sphingosine-1-phosphate antagonist already in clinical use to treat multiple sclerosis, may be repurposed to treat cutaneous inflammation. Using two mouse models of ear skin inflammation (histamine- and IgE-mediated passive cutaneous anaphylaxis) we topically applied fingolimod prophylactically, as well as after establishment of the inflammatory response, and examined ear swelling, SK activity, vascular permeability, leukocyte recruitment, and production of proinflammatory mediators. The present study reveals that when applied topically, fingolimod attenuates both immediate and late-phase responses to histamine with reduced extravasation of fluid, SK-1 activity, proinflammatory cytokine and chemokine production, and neutrophil influx and prevents ear swelling. Intravital microscopy demonstrates that histamine-induced neutrophil rolling and adhesion to the postcapillary venules in the mouse ears is significantly attenuated even after 24 h. More importantly, these effects are achievable even once inflammation is established. Translation into humans was also accomplished with epicutaneous application of fingolimod resolving histamine-induced and allergen-induced inflammatory reactions in forearm skin. Overall, this study demonstrates, to our knowledge for the first time, that fingolimod may be repurposed to treat cutaneous inflammation.

  16. Intralymphatic Spread Is a Common Finding in Cutaneous CD30+ Lymphoproliferative Disorders.

    Ferrara, Gerardo; Ena, Luca; Cota, Carlo; Cerroni, Lorenzo


    An intralymphatic variant of the cutaneous CD30 lymphoproliferative disorders (cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma [ALCL] and lymphomatoid papulosis [LyP]) has been described recently. We retrieved 60 cases of ALCL of the skin (primary cutaneous: 37; cases with concomitant involvement of 1 regional lymph node: 4; skin involvement from systemic disease: 4; cases with staging results unknown: 15) and 16 cases of LyP, to evaluate the presence of lymphatic vessel involvement by neoplastic cells. A D2-40 immunohistochemical staining was used to highlight lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic vessel involvement was found in 36 cases (60%) of ALCL (primary cutaneous: 24; concomitant: 3; secondary cutaneous: 4; staging unknown: 5), and in 6 cases (37.5%) of LyP. Follow-up data, available in 28 patients with ALCL and 11 with LyP, suggested that lymphatic vessel involvement had no negative prognostic implication. Our study demonstrates that cutaneous CD30 lymphoproliferative disorders are frequently characterized by involvement of the lymphatic vessels. The intralymphatic variant of ALCL and LyP may be explained, at least in part, by a particular lymphotropism of the neoplastic cells of cutaneous CD30 lymphoproliferative disorders.

  17. Onychomadesis Following Cutaneous Vasculitis.

    Damevska, Katerina; Gocev, Gorgi; Pollozahani, Nora; Nikolovska, Suzana; Neloska, Lence


    Beau lines are transverse, band-like depressions extending from one lateral edge of the nail to the other and affecting all nails at corresponding levels (1). Onychomadesis is considered an extreme form of Beau line with subsequent separation of the proximal nail plate from the nail bed. Both fall along a spectrum of nail plate abnormalities that occur secondary to temporary nail matrix arrest (NMA). Various systemic and dermatologic conditions have been reported in association with onychomadesis (2-7) (Table 1). Nail changes can affect all or some of the nails and both the fingernails and toenails; however, fingernails are more frequently affected. The severity of the nail changes varies depending on the underlying cause, its duration, and environmental factors (8). We present a case of onychomadesis following cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis (CLCV). A 61-year-old woman presented to the Dermatology Clinic complaining of a purpuric rash that began on her lower extremities and rapidly progressed to her abdomen and upper extremities over the previous five days. Her medical history was remarkable for hypertension and diet-controlled diabetes mellitus. Her medications included enalapril, which she had been taking for the past four years. On three consecutive days before the skin eruption, the patient took oral diclofenac sodium for hip pain. A clinical examination revealed non-blanching petechial rash on the legs, abdomen, and upper limbs up to the elbow (Figure 1, A) with leukocytoclastic vasculitis on biopsy (Figure 1, B). Direct immunofluorescence was negative. Laboratory investigations revealed a white blood cell count of 14.5 × 109/L with a normal differential count, and a platelet count of 380 × 109/L. Westergren erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 65 mm/1st h, and C reactive protein was at 8.5 mg/dL. Antinuclear antibodies, rheumatoid factor, immune complexes, and cryoglobulinemia were negative, as were B and C hepatitis virus serological tests. Her renal

  18. Aspects of cutaneous ageing.

    Dalziel, K L


    'Ageing is a multistep, multifaceted, time-dependent phenomenon characterized by the decreased ability of a system to respond to exogenous and endogenous stress from either physical, chemical or biologic agents'. Cutaneous ageing provides a visible model of the interaction between endogenous (intrinsic) factors and exogenous (extrinsic) factors. In skin, the principal extrinsic-factor is ultraviolet light (UV) which is responsible for the constellation of changes termed photoageing. In recent years, much interest has been directed towards defining the ageing processes in skin and excellent comprehensive reviews have been compiled. This review aims to highlight several areas of developing knowledge, and focuses on the potential importance of environmental changes as they influence skin ageing and carcinogenesis. Repeated reference to the effects of UV on the skin are inevitable in any review of skin ageing and this is scarcely surprising as the skin contains many cells as well as subcellular and extracellular chromophores which are capable of absorbing energy within the UV spectrum. Cellular chromophores include among others keratinocytes, melanocytes, Langerhans cells, dermal fibroblasts and mast cells. Subcellular chromophores include keratin, melanin, collagen, elastin and a number of proteins, lipids and steroids (such as vitamin D). Urocanic acid, a photoisomerization product of the amino-acid histidine, may provide some limited photoprotection and some believe it to be important in UV induced immunosuppression. Understanding events at the molecular and biochemical level has unfortunately not been paralleled by clinical advances and the common, troublesome skin-problems of old age such as cancer, xerosis and pruritus remain a major cause of morbidity and yet are poorly explained.

  19. Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Metastases From Atypical Laryngeal Carcinoids

    Wang, Kui-Rong; Jia, Yuan-Jing; Zhou, Shui-Hong; Wang, Qin-Ying; Bao, Yang-Yang; Feng, Zhi-Ying; Yao, Hong-Tian; Fan, Jun


    Abstract The incidence of cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases from atypical laryngeal carcinoids is approximately 20%. However, the pathogenesis and natural history of, and prognostic factors for, the condition remain poorly understood. We reported a 54-year-old female presented with cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases from atypical laryngeal carcinoid. Laryngoscopy revealed a 0.5 × 1.5-cm reddish mass on the laryngeal surface of the epiglottis. Under general anesthesia, a biopsy sample was obtained via suspension laryngoscopy. Routine pathology revealed atypical laryngeal carcinoid. Immunohistochemical staining of the sections of primary tumor was positive for cytokeratin, chromogranin A, synaptophysin, hypoxia-inducible factor-1α, P53, and CD56. GLUT-1, p-Akt, and PI3K were negative. The Ki-67 index was 15%. Supraglottic laryngectomy and selective right-neck dissection were performed. After 6 months, the patient complained of pain in the right wall of the chest; multiple cutaneous and subcutaneous nodules were evident at that site and in the abdomen. An abdominal nodule was biopsied and pathology revealed that the atypical metastatic carcinoid had metastasized to both cutaneous and subcutaneous areas of the abdomen. Chemotherapy was then prescribed. Currently, the intrathecal drug delivery system remains in place. No local recurrence has been detected. Furthermore, we systematically reviewed clinical manifestations of the disease, pathogenesis, prognostic factors, and treatment. The metastasis rate (cutaneous and subcutaneous) was approximately 12.2%. Thirty patients (62.5%) with cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases exhibited contemporaneous lymph node invasion. The 3-, 5-, and 10-year survival rates were 44.0%, 22.0%, and 13.0%, respectively. The prognosis of patients with atypical laryngeal carcinoids was poor. Relevant prognostic factors included the level of p53, human papilloma virus status, certain hypoxic markers, and distant metastasis. No

  20. An overview of cutaneous T cell lymphomas [version 1; referees: 2 approved

    Nooshin Bagherani


    Full Text Available Cutaneous T cell lymphomas (CTCLs are a heterogeneous group of extranodal non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas that are characterized by a cutaneous infiltration of malignant monoclonal T lymphocytes. They typically afflict adults with a median age of 55 to 60 years, and the annual incidence is about 0.5 per 100,000. Mycosis fungoides, Sézary syndrome, and primary cutaneous peripheral T cell lymphomas not otherwise specified are the most important subtypes of CTCL. CTCL is a complicated concept in terms of etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis. Herein, we summarize advances which have been achieved in these fields.

  1. CD30-positive cutaneous lymphoma: report of four cases with an emphasis on clinicopathological correlations*

    Vargas, Thiago Jeunon de Sousa; Jorge, Samira Barroso; Gonzaga, Yung Bruno de Mello


    The classification of cutaneous lymphomas is multidisciplinary and requires the correlation between clinical, histopathological, immunohistochemical, and molecular diagnostic elements. In this article, we present four different cases of CD30-positive T-cell lymphoma with cutaneous manifestations. We compare cases with definitive diagnosis of papulosis lymphomatoid type C, primary cutaneous anaplastic large T-cell lymphoma, systemic anaplastic large T-cell lymphoma with secondary skin involvement, and mycosis fungoides with large cell transformation, highlighting the importance of clinicopathological correlation to classify these cases. PMID:28225962

  2. Cutaneous mucormycosis secondary to penetrative trauma.

    Zahoor, Bilal; Kent, Stephen; Wall, Daryl


    Mucormycosis is a rare but serious sequelae of penetrating trauma [1-5]. In spite of aggressive management, mortality remains high due to dissemination of infection. We completed a review of literature to determine the most optimal treatment of cutaneous mucormycosis which occurs secondary to penetrating trauma. We completed a review regarding the management of mucormycosis in trauma patients. We selected a total of 36 reports, of which 18 were case-based, for review. Surgical debridement is a primary predictor of improved outcomes in the treatment of mucormycosis [3,6,7]. Anti-fungal therapy, especially lipid soluble formulation of Amphotericin B, is helpful as an adjunct or when surgical debridement has been maximally achieved. Further research is needed to fully evaluate the impact of topical dressings; negative pressure wound therapy is helpful. An aggressive and early surgical approach, even at the expense of disfigurement, is necessary to reduce mortality in the setting of cutaneous mucormycosis that results from penetrating trauma [4,8,9]. Anti-fungal therapy and negative pressure wound therapy are formidable adjuncts. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Cutaneous Plasmacytosis with Perineural Involvement

    Elizabeth A. Brezinski


    Full Text Available Importance. Cutaneous and systemic plasmacytosis are rare conditions of unknown etiology with characteristic red-brown skin lesions and a mature polyclonal plasma cell infiltrate within the dermis. Perineural plasma cell infiltrates may be a histologic clue to the diagnosis of cutaneous plasmacytosis. Observations. Our patient had a five-year history of persistent reddish-brown plaques on the neck and trunk without systemic symptoms. Histologic examination showed dermal perivascular and perineural plasma cells with excess lambda light chain expression. Due to decreased quality of life caused by his skin lesions, he was placed on a chemotherapeutic regimen with bortezomib. Conclusions and Relevance. The patient was diagnosed with cutaneous plasmacytosis based on classic histopathology results with a recently characterized pattern of perineural involvement. Bortezomib therapy was initiated to manage his skin eruption, which has not been previously described as a treatment for this chronic condition.

  4. CMR Imaging With Rapid Visual T1 Assessment Predicts Mortality in Patients Suspected of Cardiac Amyloidosis

    White, James A.; Kim, Han W.; Shah, Dipan; Fine, Nowell; Kim, Ki-Young; Wendell, David C.; Al-Jaroudi, Wael; Parker, Michele; Patel, Manesh; Gwadry-Sridhar, Femida; Judd, Robert M.; Kim, Raymond J.


    OBJECTIVES This study tested the diagnostic and prognostic utility of a rapid, visual T1 assessment method for identification of cardiac amyloidosis (CA) in a “real-life” referral population undergoing cardiac magnetic resonance for suspected CA. BACKGROUND In patients with confirmed CA, delayed-enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance (DE-CMR) frequently shows a diffuse, global hyperenhancement (HE) pattern. However, imaging is often technically challenging, and the prognostic significance of diffuse HE is unclear. METHODS Ninety consecutive patients referred for suspected CA and 64 hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) were prospectively enrolled and underwent a modified DE-CMR protocol. After gadolinium administration a method for rapid, visual T1 assessment was used to identify the presence of diffuse HE during the scan, allowing immediate optimization of settings for the conventional DE-CMR that followed. The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality. RESULTS Among patients with suspected CA, 66% (59 of 90) demonstrated HE, with 81% (48 of 59) of these meeting pre-specified visual T1 assessment criteria for diffuse HE. Among hypertensive LVH patients, 6% (4 of 64) had HE, with none having diffuse HE. During 29 months of follow-up (interquartile range: 12 to 44 months), there were 50 (56%) deaths in patients with suspected CA and 4 (6%) in patients with hypertensive LVH. Multivariable analysis demonstrated that the presence of diffuse HE was the most important predictor of death in the group with suspected CA (hazard ratio: 5.5, 95% confidence interval: 2.7 to 11.0; p < 0.0001) and in the population as a whole (hazard ratio: 6.0, 95% confidence interval 3.0 to 12.1; p < 0.0001). Among 25 patients with myocardial histology obtained during follow-up, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of diffuse HE in the diagnosis of CA were 93%, 70%, and 84%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS Among patients suspected of CA, the presence of diffuse HE by

  5. Effects of tafamidis on transthyretin stabilization and clinical outcomes in patients with non-Val30Met transthyretin amyloidosis.

    Merlini, Giampaolo; Planté-Bordeneuve, Violaine; Judge, Daniel P; Schmidt, Hartmut; Obici, Laura; Perlini, Stefano; Packman, Jeff; Tripp, Tara; Grogan, Donna R


    This phase II, open-label, single-treatment arm study evaluated the pharmacodynamics, efficacy, and safety of tafamidis in patients with non-Val30Met transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis. Twenty-one patients with eight different non-Val30Met mutations received 20 mg QD of tafamidis meglumine for 12 months. The primary outcome, TTR stabilization at Week 6, was achieved in 18 (94.7%) of 19 patients with evaluable data. TTR was stabilized in 100% of patients with non-missing data at Months 6 (n = 18) and 12 (n = 17). Exploratory efficacy measures demonstrated some worsening of neurological function. However, health-related quality of life, cardiac biomarker N-terminal pro-hormone brain natriuretic peptide, echocardiographic parameters, and modified body mass index did not demonstrate clinically relevant worsening during the 12 months of treatment. Tafamidis was well tolerated. In conclusion, our findings suggest that tafamidis 20 mg QD effectively stabilized TTR associated with several non-Val30Met variants.

  6. Use of polarized light microscopy is essential in the efficient diagnosis of respiratory amyloidosis and could decrease disease prevalence.

    Ma, Dedong; Lu, Hongxiu; Zhang, Cuijuan; Ying, Yangyang; Xiao, Wei


    Primary tracheobronchial amyloidosis (TBA) is a rare disease of unknown etiology, with a high misdiagnosis rate. The current gold standard diagnostic criteria require double-positive results for Congo red staining and polarized light microscopy examination. The aim of the present report was to examine the diagnostic value of polarized light microscopy in TBA diagnosis in China. Thirteen cases from the Shandong University Qilu Hospital were reviewed. Polarized light microscopic examination was conducted after searching for cases with positive Congo red staining. Among the 13 patients, eight displayed yellow-green birefringence body with polarized light microscopic examination. This result indicated a false-positive rate of 38.5% with Congo red staining used as the single criteria for TBA diagnosis. After reviewing the Chinese literature and selecting 104 reported cases of TBA in China, we found that diagnosis with the gold standard was confirmed in polarized light microscopy in China is currently limited, and there is a big gap from the international diagnosis standards. There is a need to include polarized light microscopy in routine TBA diagnosis to reduce the misdiagnosis rate, and achieve optimal treatment. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. A reappraisal of immunoglobulin variable gene primers and its impact on assessing clonal relationships between PB B cells and BM plasma cells in AL amyloidosis.

    Katoh, Nagaaki; Poshusta, Tanya L; Manske, Michelle K; Dispenzieri, Angela; Gertz, Morie A; Abraham, Roshini S; Ramirez-Alvarado, Marina


    Monoclonal tumor plasma cells as well as non-terminally differentiated B cells having a clonal relationship to the tumor cells have been detected in the peripheral blood (PB) of some multiple myeloma (MM) patients but rarely in light chain (primary systemic) amyloidosis (AL) patients. Previously, our group found these peripheral clonotypic B cells in three AL patients. Here, we report detailed analysis of a larger cohort of AL patients to validate the prior findings and to investigate the effect of this cell population on clinical outcome. Fourteen AL patients were selected from a clinical prospective trial, and the relationship between immunoglobulin light chain variable gene (V(L)) representation in PB B cells and the clonal population in the bone marrow (BM) was investigated. A clonal relationship was not detected, and the present study provides important insights into the disparity with the earlier data, including clinical history of the patients and methodological analysis.

  8. Primary Cutaneous Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, Leg Type: A Report of 4 Cases with Literature Review%4例原发性皮肤弥漫大B细胞淋巴瘤腿型报道并文献复习

    李雅妮; 王华庆; 邱立华; 钱正子; 张会来; 付凯


    Objective: To explore the morbidity, clinical features, metastasis, treatment, and prognostic factors of primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type ( PCDLBCL). Methods: The clinical records of 4 patients treated at the Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital from January 1970 to September 2010, including gender, age, site of cutaneous involvement ( leg or non-leg, extent of cutaneous involvement, lactate dehydrogenase ( LDH, p2-microglobulin ( 02-MG ), B symptoms, relapse ( yes or no ), involvement of lymph nodes and organs, treatment and survival were retrospectively reviewed. Results: From January 1970 to September 2010, the incidence of PCLBCL, leg type in Tianjin was 4.8/10 million. Of the 4 patients, 2 were males and 2 were females, aged from 2 to 55 years. The median age was 29 years. The cutaneous nodules or tumors were common clinical features. Of the 4 patients, 3 involved the legs and 1 was non-leg, 3 were localized involvements, and 1 was disseminated involvement. Lymph nodes ( 1 case ) were involved in follow-up visit. Three patients underwent a surgical operation combined with chemotherapy and only 1 underwent only the surgical operation. CHOP or CHOP-like chemotherapy was predominant. The median survival time was only 30.5 months. The mean survival time of the males and females was 25 and 219.5 months, respectively. The mean survival time in terms of the site of cutaneous involvement ( leg and non-leg ) were 162 and 3 months, respectively. The mean survival times in term of the extent of cutaneous involvement ( localized and disseminated ) were 158 and 14 months, respectively. The mean survival time in terms of relapse ( yes, no ) were 30.5 and 214 months, respectively. Conclusion: PCLBCL, leg type is a rare extranodal lymphoma. The clinical manifestations are atypical. The diagnosis of PCLBCL, leg type is confirmed by histopathologic examination. Surgical operation combined with chemotherapy could improve the prognosis, but the

  9. "Pure" cutaneous histiocytosis-X.

    Wolfson, S L; Botero, F; Hurwitz, S; Pearson, H A


    The case histories of two young children who experienced skin rashes involving various areas of the body are reported. The diagnosis of pure cutaneous histiocytosis-X was established after extensive studies revealed no other organ involvement. The patients were treated with oral corticosteroids. Currently, both children are in good health, show no evidence of disease, and have been followed over a four-to-five-year period. Therapy with corticosteroids may not be indicated with pure cutaneous histiocytosis-X unless there is evidence of extracutaneous dissemination or rapid progression of the disease.

  10. Outcome in Patients Treated with Isolated Liver Transplantation for Familial Transthyretin Amyloidosis to Prevent Cardiomyopathy

    Nelson, Laerke Marie; Penninga, Luit; Villadsen, Gerda Elisabeth;


    with echocardiographic manifestations of early cardiac amyloid involvement and in five endomyocardial biopsy was positive for TTR amyloid. RESULTS: Median age at LTx was 45.5 yr (range 39-54), and four were male (67%). All patients were alive at a median follow-up of 56.6 months (range 18-104). No surgical complications......BACKGROUND: Familial transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis is caused by different TTR mutations resulting in different clinical phenotypes of the disease. The Leu111Met mutation causes severe restrictive cardiomyopathy. Liver transplantation (LTx) is an established treatment option for patients with TTR...... for patients with familial TTR amyloidosis due to Leu111Met mutation. Appropriate timing of LTx is of utmost importance to avoid development of severe amyloid cardiomyopathy and the need for combined heart and liver transplantation....

  11. Sustained pharmacological depletion of serum amyloid P component in patients with systemic amyloidosis.

    Gillmore, Julian D; Tennent, Glenys A; Hutchinson, Winston L; Gallimore, Janet Ruth; Lachmann, Helen J; Goodman, Hugh J B; Offer, Mark; Millar, David J; Petrie, Aviva; Hawkins, Philip N; Pepys, Mark B


    Serum amyloid P component (SAP) is a universal constituent of amyloid deposits and contributes to their formation and/or persistence. We therefore developed CPHPC ((R)-1-[6-[(R)-2-carboxy-pyrrolidin-1-yl]-6-oxo-hexa-noyl]pyrrolidine-2 carboxylic acid), a novel bis(D-proline) drug, to specifically target SAP and report here a first, exploratory, open label proof of principle study in systemic amyloidosis. CPHPC produced sustained, >95% depletion of circulating SAP in all patients and c. 90% reduction in the SAP content of the two amyloidotic organs that became available. There were no significant adverse effects of either SAP depletion or CPHPC itself. No accumulation of amyloid was demonstrable by SAP scintigraphy in any patient on the drug. In hereditary fibrinogen amyloidosis, which is inexorably progressive, proteinuria was reduced in four of five patients receiving CPHPC and renal survival was prolonged compared to a historical control group. These promising clinical observations merit further study.

  12. Targeted pharmacological depletion of serum amyloid P component for treatment of human amyloidosis.

    Pepys, M B; Herbert, J; Hutchinson, W L; Tennent, G A; Lachmann, H J; Gallimore, J R; Lovat, L B; Bartfai, T; Alanine, A; Hertel, C; Hoffmann, T; Jakob-Roetne, R; Norcross, R D; Kemp, J A; Yamamura, K; Suzuki, M; Taylor, G W; Murray, S; Thompson, D; Purvis, A; Kolstoe, S; Wood, S P; Hawkins, P N


    The normal plasma protein serum amyloid P component (SAP) binds to fibrils in all types of amyloid deposits, and contributes to the pathogenesis of amyloidosis. In order to intervene in this process we have developed a drug, R-1-[6-[R-2-carboxy-pyrrolidin-1-yl]-6-oxo-hexanoyl]pyrrolidine-2-carboxylic acid, that is a competitive inhibitor of SAP binding to amyloid fibrils. This palindromic compound also crosslinks and dimerizes SAP molecules, leading to their very rapid clearance by the liver, and thus produces a marked depletion of circulating human SAP. This mechanism of drug action potently removes SAP from human amyloid deposits in the tissues and may provide a new therapeutic approach to both systemic amyloidosis and diseases associated with local amyloid, including Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes.

  13. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis complicated by amyloidosis with secondary nephrotic syndrome - effective treatment with tocilizumab.

    Kwiatkowska, Małgorzata; Jednacz, Ewa; Rutkowska-Sak, Lidia


    A case report of a boy with juvenile idiopathic arthritis since the age of 2 years, generalized onset, complicated by nephrotic syndrome due to secondary type A amyloidosis is presented. In the patient the disease had an especially severe course, complicated by frequent infections, making routine treatment difficult. Amyloidosis was diagnosed in the 5(th) year of the disease based on a rectal biopsy. Since the disease onset the boy has been taking prednisolone and sequentially cyclosporine A, methotrexate, chlorambucil, etanercept, and cyclophosphamide. Clinical and laboratory remission was observed after treatment with tocilizumab. After 42 months of treatment with tocilizumab the boy's condition is good. There is no pain or joint edema, and no signs of nephrotic syndrome.

  14. Nasal mucosa: a new site for tissue biopsy to diagnose hereditary TTR amyloidosis.

    Munar-Qués, Miguel; Solé, Manel; Martínez-Nadal, Jacinto; Murcia-Sáiz, Antonio; Mas-Degano, José Manuel


    We report 2 carriers of the TTRV30M mutation and its plasmatic biochemical marker with clinical symptoms compatible with hereditary TTR amyloidosis. Based on our previously reported casual finding of amyloid TTR in nasal mucosa (2008), we requested biopsy of this tissue to search for amyloid with Congo red staining and TTR immunohistochemical analysis. The histological diagnosis was achieved by retrospective analysis of surgical sinonasal biopsy in the first patient and prospective biopsy of inferior nasal concha in the second. Large interstitial deposits of ATTR were observed in both cases. We suggest nasal mucosa as a suitable site for tissue biopsy in patients with suspected hereditary TTR amyloidosis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  15. Renal and suprarenal insufficiency secondary to familial Mediterranean fever associated with amyloidosis: a case report

    Sari Nagehan


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Familial Mediterranean fever is an autosomal recessive disease that predominantly affects people of the Mediterranean coast. One of the most frequent complications of the disease is amyloidosis. This clinical entity is known as secondary (also called AA amyloidosis. Case presentation In this report, we describe the case of a 33-year-old Turkish man with familial Mediterranean fever and chronic renal insufficiency. He was admitted to our clinic with symptoms of suprarenal insufficiency. The patient died three months later as a result of cardiac arrest. Conclusion Our aim is to make a contribution to the literature by reporting a case of combined insufficiency due to the accumulation of renal and adrenal amyloid in a patient with familial Mediterranean fever, which has very rarely been described in the literature. We hope that adrenal insufficiency, which becomes fatal if not diagnosed and treated rapidly, will come to mind as easily as chronic renal failure in clinical practice.

  16. Cutaneous cancer and xeroderma pigmentosum; Cancer cutane et xeroderma pigmentosum

    Ben Salah, H.; Bahri, M.; Mnejja, W.; Siala, W.; Daoud, J. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib-Bourguiba, Service de Radiotherapie Carcinologique, Sfax (Tunisia); Sallemi, T. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib-Bourguiba, Service d' Anatomie Pathologique, Sfax (Tunisia); Turki, H. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib-Bourguiba, Service de Dermatologie, Sfax (Tunisia)


    The cutaneous cancer at the patients affected by xeroderma pigmentosum is characterized by its multifocal character and its strong radiosensitivity. A premature care and a regular follow-up for life of these patients is indispensable for the detection and the treatment of new hurts. The precautionary measures are also important by the school eviction. (N.C.)

  17. Leukocyte chemotactic factor 2 amyloidosis cannot be reliably diagnosed by immunohistochemical staining.

    Paueksakon, Paisit; Fogo, Agnes B; Sethi, Sanjeev


    We investigated the role of leukocyte chemotactic factor (LECT2) immunohistochemical staining in the diagnosis of type of renal amyloidosis. Fifty renal amyloidosis cases with available paraffin blocks in our 2002 to 2012 renal biopsy files were reviewed. Patients were designated as a defined amyloid, including amyloid light chain (AL) and amyloid-associated amyloid (AA), or a non-AL/non-AA amyloid group. LECT2-specific antibody immunohistochemistry was performed in all 50 cases. Laser microdissection and mass spectrometry (LMD/MS) were performed in 10 cases. Forty-five patients had amyloid classified as either AL (44) or AA (1), and 5 had undetermined amyloid. Three of the five non-AL/non-AA group patient biopsies showed positive LECT2 immunohistochemical staining, and of these, LECT2 was also identified by LMD/MS in 1 patient, fibrinogen-α was identified in 1 patient, and apolipoprotein IV was identified in 1 patient. Two of these non-AL/non-AA patients showed negative LECT2 staining, and LMD/MS showed apolipoprotein IV as a major protein component. Five of the 44 AL amyloid patients showed weakly positive LECT2 staining. However, LECT2 was not identified by LMD/MS in any of these 5 cases. The single patient with AA amyloid was negative for LECT2 by immunohistochemical staining. Among 5 non-AL and non-AA amyloidosis patients in our study, 1 had LECT2, 1 had fibrinogen-α, and 3 had apolipoprotein IV as a major protein component. The data from this study show that weak LECT2 staining should be regarded as indeterminate or a negative result and does not per se allow diagnosis of specific amyloid type. The diagnosis of LECT2 renal amyloidosis may require LMD/MS confirmation.

  18. Three cases of systemic amyloidosis successfully diagnosed by subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy of the hip

    Arahata M


    Full Text Available Masahisa Arahata,1 Shigeru Shimadoi,1 Satosi Yamatani,1 Shin-ichi Hayashi,2 Shigeharu Miwa,2 Hidesaku Asakura,3 Shinji Nakao4 1Department of Internal Medicine, Nanto Municipal Hospital, Nanto, 2Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama, 3Department of Internal Medicine (III, 4Department of Cellular Transplantation Biology, Division of Cancer Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan Abstract: Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the abdominal fat pad is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure for diagnosing systemic amyloidosis. However, this procedure is sometimes difficult and can be dangerous for elderly patients whose abdominal fat layer is thin because of malnutrition. In such cases, alternative diagnostic methods are required. We report three elderly patients with heart failure complicated by malnutrition. In all cases, electrocardiogram showed low voltage in the limb leads and a pseudoinfarct pattern in the chest leads, and echocardiography showed left ventricular wall thickening with granular sparkling appearance. These patients were suspected of having amyloid cardiomyopathy but could not undergo myocardial biopsies because of their poor conditions. After failed attempts at biopsy of the abdominal fat pad or the other organs, subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy over the hip led to the diagnosis of systemic amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy. The resultant diagnosis guided us to choose the appropriate treatment for the patients. This article illustrates that subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy of the hip could be a useful procedure for diagnosing systemic amyloidosis in elderly patients, particularly when a fat tissue biopsy of the abdomen is associated with a high risk of complications because of malnutrition. Keywords: systemic amyloidosis, amyloid cardiomyopathy, fine-needle aspiration biopsy, subcutaneous fat tissue, hip

  19. Impact of regional left ventricular function on outcome for patients with AL amyloidosis.

    Dan Liu

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore the left ventricular (LV deformation changes and the potential impact of deformation on outcome in patients with proven light-chain (AL amyloidosis and LV hypertrophy. BACKGROUND: Cardiac involvement in AL amyloidosis patients is associated with poor outcome. Detecting regional cardiac function by advanced non-invasive techniques might be favorable for predicting outcome. METHODS: LV longitudinal, circumferential and radial peak systolic strains (Ssys were assessed by speckle tracking imaging (STI in 44 biopsy-proven systemic AL amyloidosis patients with LV hypertrophy (CA and in 30 normal controls. Patients were divided into compensated (n = 18 and decompensated (n = 26 group based on clinical assessment and followed-up for a median period of 345 days. RESULTS: Ejection fraction (EF was preserved while longitudinal Ssys (LSsys was significantly reduced in both compensated and decompensated groups. Survival was significantly reduced in decompensated group (35% vs. compensated 78%, P = 0.001. LSsys were similar in apical segments and significantly reduced in basal segments between two patient groups. LSsys at mid-segments were significantly reduced in all LV walls of decompensated group. Patients were further divided into 4 subgroups according to the presence or absence of reduced LSsys in no (normal, only basal (mild, basal and mid (intermediate and all segments of the septum (severe. This staging revealed continuously worse prognosis in proportion to increasing number of segments with reduced LSsys (mortality: normal 14%, mild 27%, intermediate 67%, and severe 64%. Mid-septum LSsys<11% suggested a 4.8-fold mortality risk than mid-septum LSsys≥11%. Multivariate regression analysis showed NYHA class and mid-septum LSsys were independent predictors for survival. CONCLUSIONS: Reduced deformation at mid-septum is associated with worse prognosis in systemic amyloidosis patients with LV

  20. Etanercept In the treatment of AA-amyloidosis in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

    H Mihels


    Full Text Available Objective. To study effect of etanercept, an antagonist of serum A amyloid production in the AA amyloidosis treatment in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA. Material and methods. Etanercept was administered to all pts with AA amyloidosis admitted to Garmisch-Paterkirchen pediatric rheumatological clinic beginning with 2000. C-reactive protein (CRP, degree of proteinuria and serum creatinin were used as preliminary outcome measures. Results. 11 pts with seronegative JIA (6 boys and 5 girls were included in the study. Mean follow up duration was l,9±l.01 years. 8 children had systemic, 2 - olygoarticular and one - polyarticular disease onset. Before the study all pts had CRP level elevation (1,03-8,29 mg/dl, mean 4,53 mg/dl. 8 from 11 had marked proteinuria (364-7400 mg/24 hours, mean 1186 mg/24 hours. 2 from 11 had serum creatinin elevation. During etanercept treatment CRP level normalized in 2 and significantly decreased in 4 pts. Proteinuria decreased in 4 from 8 pts. Significant change of creatinin level was not achieved. One girl who did not have improvement during etanercept treatment showed CRP normalization and decrease of proteinuria when the drug was changed to infliximab. Conclusion. Treatment with etanercept provided improvement in almost 2/3 from 11 pts with JIA and AA amyloidosis. Etanercept may be the drug of choice in pts with normal creatinine level in the absence of proteinuria. When it fails another tumor necrosis factor antagonist such as infliximab should be used. It is necessary to extend volume and duration of the study to get more reliable data on etanercept efficacy in JIA pts with AA amyloidosis.

  1. Noninvasive detection of cardiac amyloidosis using delayed enhanced MDCT: a pilot study.

    Deux, Jean-François; Mihalache, Cristian-Ionut; Legou, François; Damy, Thibaud; Mayer, Julie; Rappeneau, Stéphane; Planté-Bordeneuve, Violaine; Luciani, Alain; Kobeiter, Hicham; Rahmouni, Alain


    To evaluate myocardial enhancement of patients with cardiac amyloidosis (CA) using computed tomography (CT). Thirteen patients with CA and 11 control patients were examined with first-pass and delayed CT acquisition. A qualitative and quantitative analysis of images was performed. Myocardial attenuation, myocardial signal-to-noise ratio (SNRmyoc), blood pool SNR (SNRblood), contrast-to-noise ratio between blood pool and myocardium (CNRblood-myoc) and relative attenuation index (RAI) defined as variation of myocardial attenuation between delayed and first-pass acquisitions were calculated. Two false negative cases (15 %) and three false positive cases (27 %) were detected on qualitative analysis. SNRmyoc of patients with CA was significantly (p < 0.05) lower on first-pass (4.08 ± 1.9) and higher on delayed acquisition (7.10 ± 2.7) than control patients (6.1 ± 2.2 and 5.03 ± 1.8, respectively). Myocardial attenuation was higher in CA (121 ± 39 HU) than control patients (81 ± 17 HU) on delayed acquisition. CNRblood-myoc was significantly (p < 0.05) lower in CA (1.51 ± 0.7) than control patients (2.85 ± 1.2) on delayed acquisition. The RAI was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in CA (0.12 ± 0.25) than in control patients (-0.56 ± 0.21). Dual phase MDCT can detect abnormal myocardial enhancement in patients with CA. • CT can detect abnormal first-pass and delayed enhancement in cardiac amyloidosis. • Measurement of relative myocardial enhancement between acquisitions helps to detect cardiac amyloidosis. • CT may provide useful data to diagnose cardiac amyloidosis.

  2. Secondary renal amyloidosis in a patient of pulmonary tuberculosis and common variable immunodeficiency

    Balwani Manish R


    Full Text Available Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID usually manifests in the second or third decade of life with recurrent bacterial infections and hypoglobulinemia. Secondary renal amyloidosis with history of pulmonary tuberculosis is rare in CVID, although T cell dysfunction has been reported in few CVID patients. A 40-year-old male was admitted to our hospital with a 3-month history of recurrent respiratory infections and persistent pitting pedal edema. His past history revealed 3 to 5 episodes of recurrent respiratory tract infections and diarrhoea each year since last 20 years. He had been successfully treated for sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis 8 years back. Laboratory studies disclosed high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, hypoalbuminemia and nephrotic range proteinuria. Serum immunoglobulin levels were low. CD4/CD8 ratio and CD3 level was normal. C3 and C4 complement levels were normal. Biopsy revealed amyloid A (AA positive secondary renal amyloidosis. Glomeruli showed variable widening of mesangial regions with deposition of periodic schiff stain (PAS pale positive of pink matrix showing apple green birefringence on Congo-red staining. Immunohistochemistry was AA stain positive. Immunofluorescence microscopy revealed no staining with anti-human IgG, IgM, IgA, C3, C1q, kappa and lambda light chains antisera. Patient was treated symptomatically for respiratory tract infection and was discharged with low dose angiotensin receptor blocker. An old treated tuberculosis and chronic inflammation due to recurrent respiratory tract infections were thought to be responsible for AA amyloidosis. Thus pulmonary tuberculosis should be considered in differential diagnosis of secondary causes of AA renal amyloidosis in patients of CVID especially in endemic settings.

  3. Predicting the Distribution of Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae), the Primary Vector of Zoonotic Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, in Golestan Province of Iran Using Ecological Niche Modeling: Comparison of MaxEnt and GARP Models.

    Sofizadeh, Aioub; Rassi, Yavar; Vatandoost, Hassan; Hanafi-Bojd, Ahmad Ali; Mollalo, Abolfazl; Rafizadeh, Sayena; Akhavan, Amir Ahmad


    Zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL) is a prevalent vector-borne disease in the Golestan province of Iran, with Phlebotomus papatasi (Scopoli, 1786) serving as the main vector. The aim of this study was to model the probability of presence of this species in the study area, and to determine the underlying factors affecting its distribution. Three villages were selected from each county of the province and visited monthly for investigating ZCL. Sticky paper traps were used for collecting the sand flies to determine the species present. The presence of Ph. papatasi was modeled using genetic algorithm for rule-set production (GARP) and maximum entropy (MaxEnt) techniques. Both models showed the central and northern parts of the province with lowland areas were more vulnerable to Ph. papatasi propagation, in comparison with the southern parts with mountainous and forest areas. The area under curve (AUC) of MaxEnt model for the training points was calculated as 0.90, indicating excellent performance of the model in predicting Ph. papatasi distribution. Jackknife test showed that the factors with the greatest influence in vector distribution were slope, vegetation cover, annual mean temperature, and altitude. By using ecological niche models, it is possible to identify areas with higher probability of presence of Ph. papatasi, which guides public health policy makers for planning better vector control interventions. © The Authors 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  4. Liver transplantation in transthyretin amyloidosis: Characteristics and management related to kidney disease.

    Rocha, Ana; Lobato, Luísa


    Orthotopic liver transplantation (LT) was implemented as the inaugural disease-modifying therapy for hereditary transthyretin (ATTR) amyloidosis, a systemic amyloidosis mainly affecting the peripheral nervous system and heart. The first approach to pharmacologic therapy was focused on the stabilization of the TTR tetramer; following that new advent LT was assumed as the second step of treatment, for those patients whose neuropathy becomes worse after a course of pharmacologic therapy. The renal disease has been ignored in hereditary ATTR amyloidosis. The low level of proteinuria or slight renal impairment does not suppose such a heavy glomerular and vascular amyloid deposition. Moreover, severity of renal deposits does not consistently parallel that of myelinated nerve fiber loss. These are pitfalls that limit the success of LT and suggest troublesome criteria for pharmacological therapy or LT. An algorithm of evaluation concerning renal disease and treatment options is presented and some bridges-to-decision are exposed. In stage 4 or 5 kidney disease, the approach remains to deliver combined or sequential liver-kidney transplantation in eligible patients. However, in the majority, hemodialysis is the only option even in the presence of a well-functioning liver graft. In this review, we highlight useful information to aid the transplant hepatologist in the clinical practice.

  5. Hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis in patients of Dutch origin is related to Alzheimer disease

    van Duinen, S.G.; Castano, E.M.; Prelli, F.; Bots, G.T.A.B.; Luyendijk, W.; Frangione, B.


    Hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis in Dutch patients is an autosomal dominant form of vascular amyloidosis restricted to the leptomeninges and cerebral cortex. Clinically the disease is characterized by cerebral hemorrhages leading to an early death. Immunohistochemical studies of five patients revealed that the vascular amyloid deposits reacted intensely with an antiserum raised against a synthetic peptide homologous to the Alzheimer disease-related ..beta..-protein. Silver stain-positive, senile plaque-like structures were also labeled by the antiserum, yet these lesions lacked the dense amyloid cores present in typical plaques of Alzheimer disease. No neurofibrillary tangles were present. Amyloid fibrils were purified from the leptomeningeal vessels of one patient who clinically had no signs of dementia. The protein had a molecular weight of approx. 4000 and its partial amino acid sequence to position 21 showed homology to the ..beta..-protein of Alzheimer disease and Down syndrome. These results suggest that hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis of Dutch origin is pathogenetically related to Alzheimer disease and support the concept that the initial amyloid deposition in this disorder occurs in the vessel walls before damaging the brain parenchyma. Thus, deposition of ..beta..-protein in brain tissue seems to be related to a spectrum of diseases involving vascular syndromes, progressive dementia, or both.

  6. Anti-IL-1 treatment in familial Mediterranean fever and related amyloidosis.

    Özçakar, Z Birsin; Özdel, Semanur; Yılmaz, Songül; Kurt-Şükür, E Didem; Ekim, Mesiha; Yalçınkaya, Fatoş


    Colchicine is the standard treatment in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) patients. New treatment strategies are needed in FMF patients who were unresponsive to colchicine therapy or who had developed amyloidosis. The aim of this study was to present clinical-laboratory features and treatment responses of pediatric FMF patients that were treated with anti-IL-1 therapies. Files of patients who had been followed in our department with diagnosis of FMF were retrospectively evaluated. Patients that have been receiving anti-IL-1 therapies (anakinra or canakinumab) were included to the study. All patients were interpreted with respect to the demographic data, clinical and laboratory features of the disease, genetic analysis of MEFV mutations and treatment responses. Among 330 currently registered FMF patients, 13 patients were included to the study. Seven of them received anti-IL-1 therapy due to colchicine resistance and 6 due to FMF-related amyloidosis (1 of them with nephrotic syndrome, 2 with chronic kidney disease, 3 with renal transplantation). In all treated patients, attacks completely disappeared or decreased in frequency; partial remission occured in nephrotic syndrome patient; and their life quality improved. Anti-IL-1 therapies can be successfully used in colchicine-resistant FMF patients and patients with amyloidosis during childhood and adolescent period without major side effects.

  7. Amiloidosis secundaria en la enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal Secondary amyloidosis in Chrohn's disease

    S. Seijo Ríos


    Full Text Available La amiloidosis es una entidad clínica que se produce a consecuencia del depósito a nivel extracelular de un material proteico amorfo, causando una desorganización de la arquitectura normal de múltiples órganos y tejidos y, por tanto, una alteración funcional de los mismos. La amiloidosis secundaria es una complicación infrecuente pero muy grave que aparece en el contexto de neoplasias, enfermedades infecciosas e inflamatorias de curso crónico, como es el caso de la enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal, principalmente enfermedad de Crohn, ensombreciendo el pronóstico de estos pacientes. A continuación presentamos dos casos clínicos correspondientes a dos pacientes con enfermedad de Crohn que desarrollaron amiloidosis secundaria.Amyloidosis is a clinical entity that results from the deposition of an extracellular protein material that causes disruption in the normal architecture of multiple organs and tissues, and impairs their function. Secondary amyloidosis is a rare but serious complication that may worsen the prognosis of patients with cancer, infection or chronic inflammatory disease, including inflammatory bowel disease, particularly Crohn's disease. We report two cases of Crohn's disease associated with secondary amyloidosis.

  8. Bilateral optic neuropathy and intraretinal deposits after pars plana vitrectomy in amyloidosis

    Rossetti Alberto


    Full Text Available Pathological examination of material from a nonextensive pars plana vitrectomy (PPV in the right eye provided a diagnosis of nonfamilial amyloidosis in a 68-year-old woman, who presented with bilateral glass wool-like vitreous opacities. Genetic testing revealed a Tyr114Cys mutation in the transthyretin gene. Six months after PPV, perimetry showed intense constriction with a temporal island and central scotoma in the right eye. An extensive PPV was performed in the left eye. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography evidenced bilateral epimacular amyloid deposits and unreported reflective spots within the inner retina. One year later, visual acuity had decreased to 20/400 in the left eye, with mild vitreous opacity, pale cupped optic disc and inferior altitudinal field defect. Bilateral diurnal intraocular pressure, transiently increased after PPV, never exceeded 16 mmHg with medication. Our patient presented optic nerve blood supply impairment, due to amyloidosis, which caused optic atrophy. Epiretinal and intraretinal deposit detection could aid in diagnosing patients with suspected amyloidosis.

  9. Renal amyloidosis in a patient with X-linked agammaglobulinemia (Bruton's disease) and bronchiectasis.

    Gonzalo-Garijo, M A; Sánchez-Vega, S; Pérez-Calderón, R; Pérez-Rangel, I; Corrales-Vargas, S; Fernández de Mera, J J; Robles, R


    We present a patient with Bruton's disease and bronchiectasis who developed renal AA amyloidosis. A 38 year-old man was diagnosed with X-linked agammaglobulinemia (Bruton's disease) when he was 3 years old, and he has been treated with parenteral immunoglobulin since then. Eighteen years later, he was diagnosed with central pulmonary bronchiectasis by computerized tomography (CT). In 2008, he gradually developed anemia, edema of lower limbs, and loss of weight. Laboratory studies revealed deterioration of renal function, normocytic normochromic anemia and nephrotic range proteinuria. Hepatitis B and C and HIV serology were negative. Ultrasound and CT of abdomen were normal. A renal biopsy revealed deposits with positive PAS and Congo red staining in glomeruli, interstitium, and vessel's walls. Immunohistochemistry showed positive staining of the A amyloid. Direct immunofluorescence was positive with thioflavin and showed focal and glomerular mesangial IgG deposits, suggesting renal AA amyloidosis. For 2 years the patient conducted pharmacological treatment and follow-up for the Nephrology department with poor prognosis and progression of renal function impairment. In January 2011 he began dialysis treatment with improvement, and he is currently on the waiting list for renal transplantation. We present a patient with Bruton's disease and bronchiectasis who developed renal AA amyloidosis a finding rarely reported.

  10. Three cases of systemic amyloidosis successfully diagnosed by subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy of the hip.

    Arahata, Masahisa; Shimadoi, Shigeru; Yamatani, Satosi; Hayashi, Shin-Ichi; Miwa, Shigeharu; Asakura, Hidesaku; Nakao, Shinji


    Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the abdominal fat pad is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure for diagnosing systemic amyloidosis. However, this procedure is sometimes difficult and can be dangerous for elderly patients whose abdominal fat layer is thin because of malnutrition. In such cases, alternative diagnostic methods are required. We report three elderly patients with heart failure complicated by malnutrition. In all cases, electrocardiogram showed low voltage in the limb leads and a pseudoinfarct pattern in the chest leads, and echocardiography showed left ventricular wall thickening with granular sparkling appearance. These patients were suspected of having amyloid cardiomyopathy but could not undergo myocardial biopsies because of their poor conditions. After failed attempts at biopsy of the abdominal fat pad or the other organs, subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy over the hip led to the diagnosis of systemic amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy. The resultant diagnosis guided us to choose the appropriate treatment for the patients. This article illustrates that subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy of the hip could be a useful procedure for diagnosing systemic amyloidosis in elderly patients, particularly when a fat tissue biopsy of the abdomen is associated with a high risk of complications because of malnutrition.

  11. Sun behaviour after cutaneous malignant melanoma

    Idorn, L W; Datta, P; Heydenreich, J


    Background  It has been reported that patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) can lower their risk of a second primary melanoma by limiting recreational sun exposure. Previous studies based on questionnaires and objective surrogate measurements indicate that before their diagnosis......, patients with CMM are exposed to higher ultraviolet radiation (UVR) doses than controls, followed by a reduction after diagnosis. Objectives  In a prospective, observational case-control study, we aimed to assess sun exposure after diagnosis of CMM by objective measurements to substantiate advice about sun...... months and 6 years before the start of the study. During a summer season participants filled in sun exposure diaries daily and wore personal electronic UVR dosimeters in a wristwatch that continuously measured time-stamped UVR doses in standard erythema dose. Results  The UVR dose of recently diagnosed...

  12. Cutaneous necrotizing vasculitis. Relation to systemic disease.

    Lotti, T M; Comacchi, C; Ghersetich, I


    Cutaneous necrotizing vasculitis (CNV) is a complex multisystem disease generally involving the skin and mucous membranes, often accompanied by renal, gastrointestinal, pericardial, neurological, and articular signs and symptoms. CNV may be idiopatical or occur in association with a drug, infection, or underlying disease. CNV has been shown in patients with chronic infections (viral, bacterial, protozoa, helminthic), serum sickness, a variety of collagen vascular diseases (systemic lupus erythematous, Sjögren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Behçet's disease) hyperglobulinemic states, cryoglobulinemia, bowel bypass syndrome, ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis, primary biliary cirrhosis and HIV infection. Association with malignancies is not frequent. Lymphoproliferative disorders (Hodgkin's disease, mycosis fungoides, lymphosarcoma, adult T-cell leukemia, multiple mieloma) and solid tumors (lung cancer, colon carcinoma, renal, prostate, head and neck cancer and breast cancer) may be associated with CNV. Whenever possible, treatment is directed at the elimination of the cause. In other cases after adequate laboratory screening local and systemic therapy are recommended.

  13. Living kidney transplantation between brothers with unrecognized renal amyloidosis as the first manifestation of familial Mediterranean fever: a case report.

    Peces, Ramón; Afonso, Sara; Peces, Carlos; Nevado, Julián; Selgas, Rafael


    Familial Mediterranean fever is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and polyserositis and by the onset of reactive amyloid-associated amyloidosis. Amyloidosis due to familial Mediterranean fever can lead to end-stage renal disease, culminating in kidney transplantation for some patients. In this study, we report the clinical outcome of two brothers with familial Mediterranean fever who were the inadvertent donor and recipient, respectively, of a kidney. Subsequently, they were diagnosed with renal amyloidosis secondary to familial Mediterranean fever and were successfully treated with anakinra and colchicine. Two brothers with familial Mediterranean fever and renal amyloidosis were the inadvertent donor and recipient, respectively, of a kidney. The recipient had presented recurrent acute febrile episodes of familial Mediterranean fever, developed nephrotic syndrome secondary to amyloidosis and needed bilateral nephrectomy and chronic dialysis. His elder brother, in apparent good health, donated his left kidney to his brother. Immediately after the kidney transplantation, both the donor and recipient presented massive proteinuria, impaired renal function and elevated serum amyloid A levels. Biopsies of the brothers' kidneys showed amyloidosis. Genetic studies thereafter revealed a homozygous variant for the MEFV gene (NM_000243.2.c.2082G > A; p.M694I) in both brothers. At this point, both the donor and recipient were treated with colchicine and anakinra, resulting in improved renal function, decreased proteinuria, undetectable serum amyloid A levels and stable renal function at 62 months of follow-up and no major adverse effects. In familial Mediterranean fever, analyses of the MEFV gene should be performed in potential live kidney donors from a direct family member (either between siblings or between parents and children). In addition, genetic studies are required when consanguinity is suspected between members involved in

  14. Cryptococcal meningitis with secondary cutaneous involvement in an immunocompetent host.

    Tabassum, Saadia; Rahman, Atiya; Herekar, Fivzia; Masood, Sadia


    Cryptococcosis is a potentially fatal fungal disease caused by variants of Cryptococcus neoformans species.  The respiratory tract is the usual portal of entry, with a peculiar predilection to invade the central nervous system.  The skin can be secondarily involved in disseminated infection or be exceptionally involved as primary cutaneous infection by inoculation.  The disease is mostly seen in immunodeficiency states.  The diagnosis is frequently unsuspected in immunocompetent patients. We report a case of disseminated cryptococcal meningitis in an immunocompetent young adult. The cutaneous eruption prompted the accurate diagnosis.  The patient, a 20-year-old female, had fever, cough, headache and intractable vomiting for the past two months and was being managed as a case of tuberculous meningitis. Two weeks after starting antituberculous treatment she developed umbilicated papules on the head and neck region. Necessary laboratory workup identified C. neoformans in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and skin specimens.  The titers of cryptococcal antigen were measured in CSF and serum for diagnostic and prognostic purposes.  Anti-fungal treatment resulted in regression of the cutaneous lesions and resolution of systemic complaints. The case highlights the need for high degree of suspicion, especially in healthy young adults, in the diagnosis of cryptococcosis. The cutaneous eruptions can be the first manifestation or a diagnostic clue of enormous significance.

  15. Vaccines and vaccination strategies against human cutaneous leishmaniasis.

    Okwor, Ifeoma; Uzonna, Jude


    One might think that the development of a vaccine against cutaneous leishmaniasis would be relatively straightforward because the type of immune response required for protection is known and natural immunity occurs following recovery from primary infection. However, there is as yet no effective vaccine against the disease in humans. Although vaccination in murine studies has yielded promising results, these vaccines have failed miserably when tested in primates or humans. The reasons behind these failures are unknown and remain a major hurdle for vaccine design and development against cutaneous leishmaniasis. In contrast, recovery from natural, deliberate or experimental infections results in development of long-lasting immunity to re-infection. This so called infection-induced resistance is the strongest anti-Leishmania immunity known. Here, we briefly review the different approaches to vaccination against cutaneous leishmaniasis and argue that vaccines composed of genetically modified (attenuated) parasites, which induce immunity akin to infection-induced resistance, may provide best protection against cutaneous leishmaniasis in humans.

  16. Cutaneous, mucocutaneous and neurocutaneous cysticercosis

    Arora P


    Full Text Available Cutaneous cysticerci are often a pointer to the involvement of internal organs. A series of 33 patients including 5 vegetarians, between 10 to 48 years age, were investigated. Almost half the patients presented with cutaneous cysts of less than one month duration or were unaware of it. In the, other the duration varied upto 10 years. Cutaneous cysts were present in the case&Mental retardation, diminished vision and flashes of lights were, recorded in one case each, raised intracranial tension in 11 and seizures in 29 patients. Four, of the 6 patients with solitary cysts had no involvement of the internal- organs, whereas all the 27 patients with multiple had in nt of brain. Trunk was the commonest site in 16 patients. The other sites involved were scalp, eyelids, face, tongue neck, breast and limbs. Stool examination -for tapeworm segments/ eggs was positive in 2,calcification was seen on X-ray examination of skull in one and of soft tissues in 3, CT scan of skull was suggestive of cysticerci in 27 and skin biopsy for cysticercosis was confirmatory in all the 33 patients. Four patients with a solitary cutaneous cyst were treated by excision. One patients with neurocutaneous cysts was treated with albendazole without response. Out of 16patients with mucocutaneous and neurocutaneous cysticercosis treated with praziquantel, one did not respond. 7 responded partially and 8 had complete relief.

  17. Ultraviolet light and cutaneous lupus

    Bijl, Marc; Kallenberg, Cees G. M.


    Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is one of the major factors known to trigger cutaneous disease activity in (systemic) lupus erythematosus patients. UV light, UVB in particular, is a potent inducer of apoptosis. Currently, disturbed clearance of apoptotic cells is one of the concepts explaining th

  18. Ultraviolet light and cutaneous lupus

    Bijl, Marc; Kallenberg, Cees G. M.


    Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is one of the major factors known to trigger cutaneous disease activity in (systemic) lupus erythematosus patients. UV light, UVB in particular, is a potent inducer of apoptosis. Currently, disturbed clearance of apoptotic cells is one of the concepts explaining th


    Bapi Lal


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Tuberculosis of the parotid gland is a rare clinica l entity. We present a case of parotid gland tuberculosis that presented with a sial o-cutaneous fistula. This case was successfully treated with antituberculous drugs onl y without any surgical excision.

  20. Multiple Cutaneous (pre)-Malignancies

    R.J.T. van der Leest (Robert)


    markdownabstract__Abstract__ The three most common cutaneous malignancies are derived from melanocytes and keratinocytes (ordered in decreasing aggressiveness): melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). This thesis focuses only on these three types of cancer and their