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  1. Fetal thrombotic vasculopathy in the placenta : A thrombophilic connection between pregnancy complications and neonatal thrombosis?

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    Leistra-Leistra, MJ; Timmer, A; van Spronsen, FJ; Geven, WB; van der Meer, J; Erwich, JJHM

    Objective: Fetal thrombotic vasculopathy (FTV) has been related to pregnancy complications and neonatal thrombosis separately. We assessed whether a relationship existed in our population of women with neonates who were admitted to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition, the presence

  2. [Thrombotic vasculopathy probably associated with cocaine contaminated with levamisole: report of 2 cases].

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    Martínez-Velasco, María Abril; Flores-Suárez, Luis Felipe; Toussaint-Caire, Sonia; Rodríguez-Carreón, Angélica; Díaz-Lozano, Marisol; Sánchez-Armendáriz, Karen

    2015-01-01

    The vasculities are complex diseases. Their cutaneous manifestations are very important and often mirror several pathologies. Cocaine use has been related to both, vasculitis and thrombotic vasculopathy and pseudovasculitis. A new syndrome has been described in association with its adulteration with levamisole. It can be very serious, leading patients to death. This is relevant as levamisole-adultered cocaine seems to be increasingly offered to consumers. Our goal is to report the first two cases in Mexico, which faces an important raise in cocaine use, emphasizing that a high suspicion based on certain characteristics allows for early recognition and adequate treatment.

  3. Mitochondrial vasculopathy.

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    Finsterer, Josef; Zarrouk-Mahjoub, Sinda

    2016-05-26

    Mitochondrial disorders (MIDs) are usually multisystem disorders (mitochondrial multiorgan disorder syndrome) either on from onset or starting at a point during the disease course. Most frequently affected tissues are those with a high oxygen demand such as the central nervous system, the muscle, endocrine glands, or the myocardium. Recently, it has been shown that rarely also the arteries may be affected (mitochondrial arteriopathy). This review focuses on the type, diagnosis, and treatment of mitochondrial vasculopathy in MID patients. A literature search using appropriate search terms was carried out. Mitochondrial vasculopathy manifests as either microangiopathy or macroangiopathy. Clinical manifestations of mitochondrial microangiopathy include leukoencephalopathy, migraine-like headache, stroke-like episodes, or peripheral retinopathy. Mitochondrial macroangiopathy manifests as atherosclerosis, ectasia of arteries, aneurysm formation, dissection, or spontaneous rupture of arteries. The diagnosis relies on the documentation and confirmation of the mitochondrial metabolic defect or the genetic cause after exclusion of non-MID causes. Treatment is not at variance compared to treatment of vasculopathy due to non-MID causes. Mitochondrial vasculopathy exists and manifests as micro- or macroangiopathy. Diagnosing mitochondrial vasculopathy is crucial since appropriate treatment may prevent from severe complications.

  4. Livedoid vasculopathy: A review of pathogenesis and principles of management.

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    Vasudevan, Biju; Neema, Shekhar; Verma, Rajesh

    2016-01-01

    Livedoid vasculopathy is a rare cutaneous disease manifesting as recurrent ulcers on the lower extremities. The ulceration results in atrophic, porcelain white scars termed as atrophie blanche. The pathogenesis is yet to be understood with the main mechanism being hypercoagulability and inflammation playing a secondary role. The important procoagulant factors include protein C and S deficiency, factor V Leiden mutation, antithrombin III deficiency, prothrombin gene mutation and hyperhomocysteinemia. Histopathology of livedoid vasculopathy is characterized by intraluminal thrombosis, proliferation of the endothelium and segmental hyalinization of dermal vessels. The treatment is multipronged with anti-thrombotic measures such as anti-platelet drugs, systemic anticoagulants and fibrinolytic therapy taking precedence over anti-inflammatory agents. Colchicine, hydroxychloroquine, vasodilators, intravenous immunoglobulin, folic acid, immunosuppressive therapy and supportive measures are also of some benefit. A multidisciplinary approach would go a long way in the management of these patients resulting in relief from pain and physical as well as psychological scarring.

  5. Livedoid vasculopathy and recurrent thrombosis in a patient with lupus: seronegative antiphospholipid syndrome?

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    Sopeña, B; Pérez-Rodríguez, M T; Rivera, A; Ortiz-Rey, J A; Lamas, J; Freire-Dapena, M C

    2010-10-01

    Livedoid vasculopathy is a rare condition which predominantly affects young women. It is characterized by intense painful purpuric maculae in the legs, ankles and feet, due to thrombosis of the small and medium-sized dermal vessels, in the absence of vasculitis. Livedoid vasculopathy has been frequently associated with hypercoagulable states and antiphospholipid syndrome. We describe a 34-year-old White woman suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus, livedo reticularis, haemolytic anaemia, severe thrombocytopenia and recurrent venous thrombosis who was admitted to the hospital for extremely painful purpuric lesions in her lower limbs. The clinical and histological findings were diagnostic of livedoid vasculopathy. Once the initial sub-therapeutic international normalized ratio levels were corrected, livedoid vasculopathy did not recur. Tests for antiphospholipid antibodies were repeatedly negative. This case, the first reported of livedoid vasculopathy in a patient with seronegative antiphospholipid syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus, draws attention to livedoid vasculopathy, a thrombotic dermopathy that may be under-diagnosed in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome.

  6. Painless Livedoid Vasculopathy in a Patient with G20210A Prothrombin Gene Mutation

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    Aibek E. Mirrakhimov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available 87 year old Caucasian female with chronic painless non-healing ulcers over malleoli was admitted to the hospital. On a physical examination, there were two bilateral and laterally located malleoli ulcers with no discharge. A thorough work up was done: lower extremities venous and arterial Doppler ultrasound did not show any evidence of venous and arterial disease respectively. Heterozygous G20210A Prothrombin gene mutation was found, and the patient was started on anticoagulation. This case reports highlights a possibility of a painless livedoid vasculopathy presentation in a patient without significant past thrombotic events. Therefore, it is important to consider livedoid vasculopathy in the differential in a patient with painless ulcerative, atrophic and/or nodular skin lesions over the shins and malleoli.

  7. Sickle cell disease, vasculopathy, and therapeutics.

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    Kassim, Adetola A; DeBaun, Michael R

    2013-01-01

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is caused by a mutation in both beta globin genes, resulting in chronic hemolysis and multiorgan disease that ultimately leads to premature death. Although hemoglobin S (HbS) polymerization and vaso-occlusion are central to the pathogenesis of SCD, overlapping pathways implicated in SCD-related endothelial dysfunction include hemolysis, defects in nitric oxide metabolism, ischemia-reperfusion injury, oxidative stress, increased cell-to-cell adhesion, and proinflammatory and coagulation mediators. Progression of organ-specific vasculopathy often precedes organ dysfunction and may provide targets for therapeutic intervention. SCD-related vasculopathies include, but are not limited to, moyamoya that often precedes cerebral infarcts or hemorrhage, proliferative retinopathy prior to loss of eyesight, pulmonary vasculopathy associated with pulmonary hypertension, and renal vasculopathy prior to the onset of chronic renal disease. This review evaluates evidence that SCD vasculopathy is a harbinger for organ dysfunction and reviews the potential for targeted antivasculopathy therapies.

  8. Coma in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    F.J. de Jong (Fransina); P.A.W. te Boekhorst (Peter); D.W.J. Dippel (Diederik); B.C. Jacobs (Bart)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractThrombotic thrombocy topenic purpura (TTP) is characterised by a thrombotic, haemolytic microangiopathy leading to microvascular occlusion, haemolysis and ischaemic dysfunction of various organs including the brain. TTP may present with a variety of neurological symptoms, including

  9. Risk factors of cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

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    Szyguła-Jurkiewicz, Bożena; Szczurek, Wioletta; Gąsior, Mariusz; Zembala, Marian

    2015-12-01

    Despite advances in prevention and treatment of heart transplant rejection, development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains the leading factor limiting long-term survival of the graft. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy etiopathogenesis is not fully understood, but a significant role is attributed to endothelial cell damage, caused by immunological and non-immunological mechanisms. Immunological factors include the differences between the recipient's and the donor's HLA systems, the presence of alloreactive antibodies and episodes of acute rejection. Among the non-immunological factors the most important are the age of the donor, ischemia-reperfusion injury and cytomegalovirus infection. The classical cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia) are also important. This study presents an up-to-date overview of current knowledge on the vasculopathy etiopathogenesis and the role played by endothelium and inflammatory processes in CAV, and it also investigates the factors which may serve as risk markers of cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

  10. Post Thrombotic Syndrome.

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    Busuttil, Andrew; Lim, Chung Sim; Davies, Alun H

    2017-01-01

    Venous insufficiency following deep venous thrombosis is known as the post thrombotic syndrome. Whilst its presentation and symptoms can vary slightly between individuals, it can have a profound effect on quality of life. Symptoms range from mild limb swelling to severe intractable ulceration. A number of scoring systems have been developed to help monitor the disease progression, response to treatment as well as to classify patients for research purposes.Treatment involves a combination of therapies, including compression stockings, venous stenting for out flow obstruction and in some instances deep venous bypass. A considerable effort is made in preventing post thrombotic syndrome with a number of trials looking into the effect of prompt and stable anticoagulation, the effect of compression stockings, the effect of exercise and the outcomes following early thrombus removal strategies such as catheter directed and pharmacomechanical thrombolysis.

  11. Wandering spleen: 'presentation in adolescent with high thrombotic risk'.

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    Tchidjou, Hyppolite K; Castelluzzo, Maria A; Messia, Virginia; Luciani, Matteo; Monti, Lidia; Grimaldi, Chiara; Bernardi, Stefania; D'Argenio, Patrizia

    2014-07-01

    The term 'wandering spleen' refers to an abnormal hypermobility of the spleen, which may be congenital or acquired. The absence or abnormal laxity of splenic ligaments combined with an abnormally long and mobile vascular pedicle predispose to complications such as torsion of the splenic pedicle, infarction and splenic vein thrombosis. The clinical presentation of such disease is highly variable. In this case, we describe an asymptomatic case of wandering spleen in high thrombotic risk patients with cavernoma of splenic vein and infarction of the spleen. Physical examination was normal except the enlarged and no tender consistency spleen palpable at left iliac fossa. Ultrasonography revealed enlarged spleniform mass below its normal position suggesting vascular impairment and subsequently has been confirmed by colour Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography. The family history was positive for ischemic thrombotic vascular diseases and the screening for thrombotic risk has revealed hyperhomocysteinemia, thrombophilic homozygous gene mutations for factor V (H1299R) and MTHFR (C677T). For high thrombotic risk, prophylaxis postsplenectomy was suggested according to the international recommendations with subcutaneous low molecular weight heparin, associated with a preventive treatment with acetyl salicylic acid and folic acid along with B-vitamin. This case report may be helpful for clinicians involved in the care of splenectomized patients, because it has shown the importance of an appropriate pre and postoperative antithrombotic management to reduce as soon as possible the risk of thrombotic events in such patients after splenectomy.

  12. Pulsed intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in refractory ulcerated livedoid vasculopathy: seven cases and a literature review.

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    Kim, Eun Jee; Yoon, So Young; Park, Hyun Sun; Yoon, Hyun-Sun; Cho, Soyun

    2015-01-01

    Livedoid vasculopathy (LV) is a thrombotic vasculopathy of the skin of unknown origin. No treatment has been validated in this indication, but case reports demonstrated successful use of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIg) in LV. We assessed the efficacy and tolerability of 2 g/kg IVIg therapy every month for 2∼3 cycles in patients with refractory LV. We analyzed the efficacy, side effects and recurrence after long-term follow-up (51.9 ± 14.0 months) in seven patients with LV treated with 2 g/kg of IVIg. Mean clinical score of sum of erythema, ulceration and pain index (each: 0-3) was 5.7 ± 0.9 before the therapy and significantly lower after therapy (1.1 ± 0.5) (p = 0.001). Even after just one cycle of IVIg, the score decreased significantly from 5.7 ± 0.9 to 3.7 ± 0.9 (p = 0.002), especially the pain score. In one patient, LV has not recurred for over 7 years; six patients experienced recurrence after a mean of 12.7 ± 2.8 months. Out of the six patients, two patients were re-administered IVIg whereas the others were well controlled by conventional therapy. We propose that IVIg is a rapid, effective, and safe therapeutic option in LV refractory to other treatment modalities. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Subcutaneous Injections

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    Thomsen, Maria

    This thesis is about visualization and characterization of the tissue-device interaction during subcutaneous injection. The tissue pressure build-up during subcutaneous injections was measured in humans. The insulin pen FlexTouchr (Novo Nordisk A/S) was used for the measurements and the pressure...... build-up was evaluated indirectly from the changes in the flow rate between subcutaneous injections and air injections. This method enabled the tissue counter pressure to be evaluated without a formal clinical study approval. The measurements were coupled to a model for the pressure evolution...... in subcutaneous tissue, based on mass conservation and flow in a porous medium. From the measurements the flow permeability and bulk modulus of the tissue were determined. In the adipose tissue the drug forms a bolus from where it is absorbed by the blood capillaries. The spatial distribution of the injected...

  14. PERIPHERAL RETINAL VASCULOPATHY IN COCKAYNE SYNDROME.

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    Trese, Matthew G J; Nudleman, Eric D; Besirli, Cagri G

    2017-01-01

    To present peripheral retinal vasculopathy and foveal ellipsoid zone abnormalities as novel fundus manifestations of Cockayne syndrome (CS), a rare autosomal recessive condition with well-described ophthalmic associations. Clinical examination, wide-field fundus photography, wide-field fundus autofluorescence, wide-field fluorescein angiography, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) were used to diagnose and document the patient's clinical presentation. Our patient presented with postnatal growth delay, neurologic dysfunction, premature aging, dental anomalies, sensory neural hearing loss, and pigmentary retinopathy. This constellation of clinical features satisfies the clinical diagnostic criteria of CS Type 1. In addition to these well-known features, we used multimodal retinal imaging to perform an in-depth analysis of the retinal manifestations of CS and report peripheral vasculopathy and ellipsoid zone abnormality as two novel features which have not previously been described in conjunction with CS. This case report is intended to assist physicians in making the correct diagnosis of this rare condition by reviewing the clinical diagnostic criteria and providing the most comprehensive fundus imaging of CS available in the literature to date.

  15. Severe subcutaneous generalized edema in a patient with dermatomyositis.

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    Ito, Yoshinaga; Kawabata, Daisuke; Yukawa, Naoichiro; Yoshifuji, Hajime; Usui, Takashi; Tanaka, Masao; Fujii, Takao; Mimori, Tsuneyo

    2007-01-01

    Subcutaneous generalized edema associated with dermatomyositis (DM)/polymyositis (PM) is extremely rare. Herein we report a case of severe subcutaneous generalized edema complicating DM. A 78-year-old woman was hospitalized in our department because of massive edema in the four limbs. Elevated muscle enzymes, heliotrope rash, results of electromyography, and muscle biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of DM. The absence of other diseases that could cause the symptoms indicated that massive edema was correlated with the pathophysiology of DM. Although myopathy and edema responded well to oral prednisolone, dysphagia persisted. We conclude that subcutaneous generalized edema can occur during the course of DM/PM, and subcutaneous vasculopathy may be involved in the pathogenesis of DM/PM.

  16. Thrombotic microangiopathy associated with alpha-interferon therapy for chronic myelocytic leukemia.

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    Honda, K; Ando, A; Endo, M; Shimizu, K; Higashihara, M; Nitta, K; Nihei, H

    1997-07-01

    A 31-year-old man diagnosed as having chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML) developed renal insufficiency with nephrotic-range proteinuria during alpha-interferon (IFN) therapy for CML. A renal biopsy specimen showed remarkable thrombotic microangiopathic lesions resembling those of hemolytic-uremic syndrome. The patient had papules on both lower legs, and a cutaneous biopsy showed similar microangiopathic lesions in dermal and subcutaneous vessels. Although discontinuation of IFN and initiation of prednisolone therapy resulted in resolution of proteinuria, renal insufficiency persisted. These findings suggest that long-term IFN therapy can induce late-onset thrombotic microangiopathy in systemic microvessels.

  17. [Large vessels vasculopathy in systemic sclerosis].

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    Tejera Segura, Beatriz; Ferraz-Amaro, Iván

    2015-12-07

    Vasculopathy in systemic sclerosis is a severe, in many cases irreversible, manifestation that can lead to amputation. While the classical clinical manifestations of the disease have to do with the involvement of microcirculation, proximal vessels of upper and lower limbs can also be affected. This involvement of large vessels may be related to systemic sclerosis, vasculitis or atherosclerotic, and the differential diagnosis is not easy. To conduct a proper and early diagnosis, it is essential to start prompt appropriate treatment. In this review, we examine the involvement of large vessels in scleroderma, an understudied manifestation with important prognostic and therapeutic implications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  18. Choroidal Vasculopathy and Retinal Detachment in a Bald Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) With Lead Toxicosis.

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    Eid, Ramzi; Guzman, David Sanchez-Migallon; Keller, Krista A; Wiggans, K Tomo; Murphy, Christopher J; LaDouceur, Elise E B; Keel, M Kevin; Reilly, Christopher M

    2016-12-01

    A subadult male bald eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) was presented for severe depression and weakness. Physical examination findings included depressed mentation, dehydration, sternal recumbency, poor body condition, and bilateral, whole-head, horizontal nystagmus. A heavy-metal panel was performed, and blood lead levels were 6.1 ppm. Treatment for lead poisoning was initiated, including subcutaneous fluids and parenteral calcium-disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, ceftiofur, and meloxicam. Ophthalmic examination findings included absent menace response, absent dazzle reflex, slow and incomplete direct pupillary light reflex, mild anterior uveitis, incipient cataracts, multifocal retinal tears, and retinal separation in both eyes. Because of poor prognosis for vision and release to the wild, the eagle was euthanatized. No lesions were observed on gross postmortem examination. Histologically, extensive myocardial necrosis and multisystemic arteriolar vasculopathy were identified. The eyes were examined after tissue processing, and the vasculopathy extended into the choriocapillaris and was associated with a secondary, bilateral, exudative, retinal detachment. This is the first report in avian species characterizing the histopathologic ocular lesions of lead poisoning.

  19. Retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukoencephalopathy and systemic manifestations

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    Stam, Anine H; Kothari, Parul H; Shaikh, Aisha; Gschwendter, Andreas; Jen, Joanna C; Hodgkinson, Suzanne; Hardy, Todd A; Hayes, Michael; Kempster, Peter A; Kotschet, Katya E; Bajema, Ingeborg M; van Duinen, Sjoerd G; Maat-Schieman, Marion L C; de Jong, Paulus T V M; de Smet, Marc D; de Wolff-Rouendaal, Didi; Dijkman, Greet; Pelzer, Nadine; Kolar, Grant R; Schmidt, Robert E; Lacey, JoAnne; Joseph, Daniel; Fintak, David R; Grand, M Gilbert; Brunt, Elizabeth M; Liapis, Helen; Hajj-Ali, Rula A; Kruit, Mark C; van Buchem, Mark A; Dichgans, Martin; Frants, Rune R; van den Maagdenberg, Arn M J M; Haan, Joost; Baloh, Robert W; Atkinson, John P; Terwindt, Gisela M; Ferrari, Michel D

    2016-01-01

    Cerebroretinal vasculopathy, hereditary vascular retinopathy, and hereditary endotheliopathy, retinopathy, nephropathy and stroke are neurovascular syndromes initially described as distinct entities. Recently they were shown to be one disease caused by C-terminal frame-shift mutations in TREX1,

  20. Cerebral vasculopathy in children with sickle cell anemia.

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    Fasano, Ross M; Meier, Emily R; Hulbert, Monica L

    2015-01-01

    Sickle cell anemia (SCA)-associated cerebral vasculopathy and moyamoya is a unique entity reflecting the abnormal interactions between sickled red blood cells (RBCs) and the cerebral arterial endothelium. Endothelial injury, coagulation activation, and the inflammatory response generated by sickled RBCs are implicated in the development of cerebral vasculopathy, but the pathophysiology remains incompletely understood. SCA-specific screening and treatment guidelines have successfully reduced the incidence of overt strokes in this high-risk population. However, despite aggressive hematological management, many children with cerebral vasculopathy due to SCA have progressive vasculopathy and recurrent strokes; therefore, more effective therapies, such as revascularization surgery and curative hematopoietic stem cell transplant, are urgently needed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Coma in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    de Jong, F J; Te Boekhorst, P A W; Dippel, D W J; Jacobs, B C

    2010-11-23

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is characterised by a thrombotic, haemolytic microangiopathy leading to microvascular occlusion, haemolysis and ischaemic dysfunction of various organs including the brain. TTP may present with a variety of neurological symptoms, including headache, focal deficits, seizures and coma. The authors describe a 55-year-old man presenting with abdominal pain and rapidly progressive deterioration into coma without focal neurological deficits or seizures. A concomitant, transient, rapid increase in blood pressure raised the suspicion of a hypertensive crisis. Yet, our patient did not improve after vigorous treatment with antihypertensives. Brain imaging excluded a hypertensive leucoencephalopathy. Despite the absence of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif member 13 (ADAMTS13) deficiency, the diagnosis idiopathic TTP was made after excluding secondary causes of TTP. Upon treatment with plasma exchange, corticosteroids and vincristin our patient gradually improved. On discharge to a rehabilitation centre he was awake and alert, had minor cognitive deficits and a mild proximal tetraparesis consistent with a critical illness poly(neuro)myopathy.

  2. Genetics Home Reference: STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy

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    ... Facebook Twitter Home Health Conditions SAVI STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy Printable PDF Open All ... view the expand/collapse boxes. Description STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy ( SAVI ) is a disorder ...

  3. [New marker in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Hillarp, A.; Lindblom, A.; Bjork, P.

    2008-01-01

    Thrombotic microangiopathy can be caused by several conditions which are difficult to diagnose from the clinical presentation alone. Deficient enzyme activity of a newly-discovered enzyme, ADAMTS-13, can lead to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Lack of ADAMTS-13 activity causes increase...

  4. Genetics Home Reference: thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    ... Resulting complications can include neurological problems (such as personality changes, headaches, confusion, and slurred speech), fever, abnormal ... 81. Review. Citation on PubMed Tsai HM. Current concepts in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Annu Rev Med. 2006; ...

  5. Umbilical arterial necrotic vasculopathy associated with fetal ascites.

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    Rossi, Giuliana; Cosmi, Erich; Trevisanuto, Daniele; Cappellari, Ambra; Andrisani, Alessandra; Visentin, Silvia; Chiarelli, Silvia; Zanardo, Vincenzo

    2010-01-01

    Immune and nonimmune neonatal ascites may be part of hydrops fetalis or may be an isolated finding. However, a significant percentage of nonimmune ascites do not have an identifiable pathogenesis and are considered idiopathic. We report a case of fetal ascites and umbilical arterial necrotic vasculopathy, an association not previously described. 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy : Molecular pathology of the transplanted heart

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    Huibers, M.M.H.

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy (CAV) is a disease which has a high prevalence in Heart transplant (HTx) patients. It is characterized by concentric thickening of the wall of the coronary artery of the transplanted heart. The pathogenesis of CAV is complex; various cell types from both the host and

  7. Intellectual Ability and Executive Function in Pediatric Moyamoya Vasculopathy

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    Williams, Tricia S.; Westmacott, Robyn; Dlamini, Nomazulu; Granite, Leeor; Dirks, Peter; Askalan, Rand; MacGregor, Daune; Moharir, Mahendranath; Deveber, Gabrielle

    2012-01-01

    Aim: Moyamoya vasculopathy is characterized by progressive stenosis of the major arteries of the Circle of Willis, resulting in compromised cerebral blood flow and increased risk of stroke. The objectives of the current study were to examine intellectual and executive functioning of children with moyamoya and to evaluate the impact of moyamoya…

  8. Silent polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in a patient with angioid streaks

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    Zafer Cebeci

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT We present a case of silent polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV in a patient with angioid streaks. PCV was detected during a routine ophthalmic examination and confirmed by fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, and optical coherence tomography. After 2 years of follow-up, the PCV remained silent without any complications. We report this rare coexistence and review literature on this topic.

  9. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Systemic Lupus ...

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    The diagnosis of SLE was made based on these clinical findings along with positive antinuclear and anti dsDNA antibodies. Renal biopsy revealed class IV/ V lupus nephritis (LN) with active lesions of thrombotic microangiopathy. The evolution of neurological deficit, persistent thrombocytopenia and active microangiopathic ...

  10. Diagnosis and Treatment of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura ...

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    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare clinical emergency that is characterized by features of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. The availability of effective therapy with therapeutic plasma exchange has decreased the mortality rate from 90 % to approximately 20%. The historical ...

  11. Diagnosis and Treatment of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

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    Abe Olugbenga

    ABSTRACT. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare clinical emergency that is characterized by features of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. The availability of effective therapy with therapeutic plasma exchange has decreased the mortality rate from 90 % to approximately 20%. The.

  12. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare

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    Dhar Sandipan

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Two cases of subcutaneous granuloma annulare are reported. Clinical presentation was in the form of hard subcutaneous nodules, histopathology confirmed the clinical diagnosis. The cases were unique because of onset in adult age, occurrence over unusual sites and absence of classical lesions of granuloma annulare elsewhere.

  13. Recent advances in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Sadler, J Evan; Moake, Joel L; Miyata, Toshiyuki; George, James N

    2004-01-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, accompanied by microvascular thrombosis that causes variable degrees of tissue ischemia and infarction. Intravascular coagulation is not a prominent feature of the disorder. Plasma exchange can induce remissions in approximately 80% of patients with idiopathic TTP, but patients have a much worse prognosis when thrombotic microangiopathy is associated with cancer, certain drugs, infections, or tissue transplantation. Recently, acquired autoimmune deficiency of a plasma metalloprotease named ADAMTS13 was shown to cause many cases of idiopathic TTP. This review describes our current understanding of how to use this knowledge clinically. In Section I, Dr. Joel Moake describes the presentation of thrombotic microangiopathy, emphasizing the pathophysiology of idiopathic TTP. Platelets adhere to ultra-large (or "unusually large") von Willebrand factor (ULVWF) multimers that are immobilized in exposed subendothelial connective tissue and secreted into the circulation in long "strings" from stimulated endothelial cells. ADAMTS13 cleaves ULVWF multimers within growing platelet aggregates under flowing conditions, and this normally limits platelet thrombus formation. If ADAMTS13 is absent, either congenitally or due to acquired autoantibodies, platelet-rich microvascular thrombosis proceeds unchecked and TTP ensues. Plasma exchange is effective therapy for idiopathic TTP, probably because it replenishes the deficient ADAMTS13 and removes some of the pathogenic autoantibodies and endothelial-stimulating cytokines. Some patients have a type of thrombotic microangiopathy after transplantation/chemotherapy but do not have severe ADAMTS13 deficiency. The pathogenesis of their disease must differ but remains poorly understood. In Section II, Dr. Toshiyuki Miyata describes recent advances in assay methods that should facilitate routine laboratory testing of ADAMTS13

  14. Exudative vasculopathy in a child with Leber congenital amaurosis.

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    Moloney, Thomas P; Patel, Chirag; Gole, Glen A

    2014-06-01

    Leber congenital amaurosis is a severe retinal dystrophy that causes blindness or severe visual impairment, usually before the age of 1 year. We present the case of a 13-year-old girl with Leber congenital amaurosis who developed an exudative vasculopathy. She was successfully treated with cryotherapy and argon green laser. To our knowledge, only 4 cases of this condition in patients with Leber congenital amaurosis have been reported previously. This phenotype may be related to c.2991+1655A>G (p.Cys998X) mutations in the CEP290 gene. Copyright © 2014 American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Moxifloxacin (Avelox Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

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    Sikander P. Surana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a 66-year-old African-American female who presented with complaints of progressively worsening weakness, shortness of breath on minimal exertion, lethargy for the last few days, and short episodes of aphasia lasting 20–30 seconds. Prior to presentation, she was treated with two courses of moxifloxacin for sinusitis. Laboratory examination was remarkable for anemia and thrombocytopenia with elevated lactate dehydrogenase and no evidence of renal failure. Peripheral smear showed numerous schistocytes and she was diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Moxifloxacin was identified as the offending agent. The patient was treated with prednisone and plasmapheresis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura associated with the use of moxifloxacin. Although rare, physicians should be aware of this serious complication associated with its use.

  16. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Associated with Pneumococcal Sepsis

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    Jeffrey R Schriber

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available The first documented case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP associated with pneumococcal septicemia is reported. This association has been previously demonstrated with hemolytic uremic syndrome. The patient presented with recurrent seizures, oliguric renal failure, fever, thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic hemolytic anemia; coagulation studies were normal. Blood and sputum cultures were positive for Streptococcus pneumoniae. The patient responded to therapy with plasmapheresis and antiplatelet agents as well as antibiotics. Coincident infection should be searched for in all cases of TTP.

  17. Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy Associated with Optic Disc Coloboma

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    Yumiko Nakano

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To report a case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy associated with optic disc coloboma. Methods: Case report. Results: A 50-year-old woman presented with optic disc coloboma and retinochoroidal coloboma associated with subretinal hemorrhage and serous retinal detachment (SRD in her left eye. Optical coherence tomography (OCT confirmed SRD at the macula and showed a sharply elevated retinal epithelial detachment at the choroidal excavation. OCT also revealed choroidal cavitation along the temporal side of the optic coloboma. Fluorescein angiography showed hyperfluorescent dye leakage and indocyanine green angiography revealed polypoidal lesions. We diagnosed polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. PCV was located at the end of the choroidal cavitation. Her left eye was treated with an intraocular injection of the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor aflibercept (2 mg. Photodynamic therapy was performed using the standard protocol 1 week after the intravitreal application of aflibercept. One month after the combined treatment, OCT showed completely resolved SRD and her symptoms disappeared. Her best-corrected visual acuity remained stable and no recurrence was found during a 12-month follow-up period. Conclusion: PCV associated with optic disc coloboma has not been previously reported. The morphological abnormality of choroidal cavitation and choroidal excavation connecting with optic disc coloboma may contribute to the development of PCV in this case.

  18. Early interventions to prevent retinal vasculopathy in diabetes: a review

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    Harrison WW

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Wendy W Harrison, Vladimir YevseyenkovArizona College of Optometry, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, USAAbstract: Diabetic eye disease is a public health concern in all areas of the world as a leading cause of blindness in the working aged to elderly populations. Diabetes damages the lining of the microvasculature throughout the body through prolonged exposure to hyperglycemic conditions. The ocular changes are progressive with very little recourse for improvement once damage begins. Current treatments for the eye focus mainly on the late stages of the disease when neovascularization or edema threatens sight. Early interventions for diabetic vasculopathy involve metabolic therapy to improve blood glucose and blood pressure control. Technology improvements have a large part to play in advancing diagnosis of diabetic eye disease. These new technologies offer both structural and functional means for assessment of retinal health. This review focuses on current treatments for diabetic eye disease at all stages with an emphasis on new and early interventions. It also details established and emerging technologies used for earlier detection of diabetic eye disease, which is vital to the development and approval of much needed treatments targeted at earlier stages of diabetic retinopathy. Possible future treatments should be aimed to prevent retinal vasculopathy from progressing. This review will explore current research on this topic and what is needed moving forward.Keywords: diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, vascular disease

  19. Cutaneous vasculopathy associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine.

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    Tran, Huy; Tan, Debbie; Marnejon, Thomas P

    2013-02-01

    We report a case of cutaneous vasculopathy associated with the use of levamisole-adulterated cocaine. This recently described clinical entity is characterized by a purpuric rash with a predilection for the ears, leukopenia, and anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) positivity. It is estimated that more than 70% of the current United States cocaine supply is contaminated with levamisole. Levamisole is a widely available, inexpensive, white powder used as a "cutting agent" in cocaine to expand volume and increase profits. It may also increase the euphoric and stimulatory effects of cocaine by increasing brain dopamine levels and producing amphetamine-like metabolites. Our patient exhibited a characteristic rash with involvement of the ears, leukopenia, and cocaine metabolites were detected in serum and urine. The presence of levamisole was confirmed in the urine utilizing gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. ANCA positivity was also present. Punch biopsy of the skin demonstrated vascular thrombosis and necrosis without true vasculitis. We review the literature for reported cases of cocaine-levamisole cutaneous vasculopathy syndrome, highlight the salient immunologic abnormalities, and contrast the features of this entity with idiopathic systemic vasculitis.

  20. Early Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy: Are the Viruses to Blame?

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    Ashim Aggarwal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a case of early (7 months after transplant cardiac allograft vasculopathy. This-43-year-old (CMV positive, EBV negative female patient underwent an orthotopic heart transplant with a (CMV negative, EBV positive donor heart. She had a history of herpes zoster infection and postherpetic neuralgia in the past. The patient’s panel reactive antibodies had been almost undetectable on routine surveillance testing, and her surveillance endomyocardial biopsies apart from a few episodes of mild-to-moderate acute cellular rejection (treated adequately with steroids never showed any evidence of humoral rejection. The postoperative course was complicated by multiple admissions for upper respiratory symptoms, and the patient tested positive for entero, rhino, and coronaviruses serologies. During her last admission (seven months postoperatively the patient developed mild left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction of 40%. The patient’s endomyocardial biopsy done at that time revealed concentric intimal proliferation and inflammation resulting in near-total luminal occlusion in the epicardial and the intramyocardial coronary vessels, suggestive of graft vasculopathy with no evidence of rejection, and the patient had a fatal ventricular arrhythmia.

  1. Antiphospholipid antibodies: evaluation of the thrombotic risk.

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    Devreese, Katrien M J

    2012-10-01

    The laboratory diagnosis of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) via antiphospholipid antibody (aPL) tests, including lupus anticoagulant (LAC), anti-cardiolipin (aCL), or anti-beta2 glycoprotein I (aβ2GPI) antibodies remains a challenge. Coagulation tests for LAC as well as solid phase assays for aCL and aβ2GPI have methodological shortcomings, although for LAC large progress have been made in standardization. All assays are associated with clinical APS-criteria (thrombotic and/or pregnancy complications) but with limited specificity. Besides, clinical studies demonstrating the association between the presence of aPL and thrombosis are not always well designed and result in wide ranges of odds ratio with large variation between studies. The best association between thrombotic complications and aPL is found for LAC. The association between thrombosis and aCL or aβ2GPI is at least inconsistent. The inclusion of more specific assays, such as the domain-I-β2GPI.antibodies is too premature and depends on further investigation in large clinical studies and the commercial availability. The search for new assays should proceed to identify patients with aPL with increased risk for thrombosis, preferable in large prospective studies. Meanwhile, with the current available LAC, aCL and aβ2GPI assays it is strongly recommended to make antibody profiles. Multiple positivity of tests seems clinically more relevant. The strengths and weaknesses of the current laboratory criteria for APS are discussed in view of their role in risk stratification of patients with thrombotic events. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus with associated vasculopathy causing stroke.

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    Antia, Camila; Persad, Leah; Alikhan, Ali

    2017-07-15

    Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is an exclusively human, double-stranded DNA virus. Primary infection causes varicella (chickenpox); later the virus becomes dormant in the dorsal root, cranial nerve, and autonomic ganglia along the entire span of the nervous system, retaining the capacity to reactivate and cause a variety of dermal and neurological complications. Recently there has been increasing recognition, both clinically and epidemiologically, of the relationship between VZV and subsequent strokes. Herein, we describe a case of a previously healthy individual with reactivation of VZV causing herpes zoster opthtalmicus along with devastating multifocal vasculopathy. It is crucial for dermatologists to recognize the dermatomal vesicular eruption in this high risk area to aid in prompt diagnosis in an effort to improve clinical prognosis.

  3. SD-OCT findings in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

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    Asensio-Sánchez, V M

    2016-01-01

    To examine patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV), using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) to characterise and locate the PCV lesions. A series of 15 eyes of 10 patients diagnosed with PCV were examined. All eyes were imaged with macular SD-OCT. SD-OCT cross-sectional scan findings included atypical and typical pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs). Polyps and neovascularisation were located above Bruch membrane. All 15 eyes (100%) showed sub-retinal fluid (SRF) in association with PEDs. These SD-OCT findings located the vascular lesions of PCV in the sub-retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) space, and strongly suggest that PCV is a variant of type 1 neovascularization. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U.

  4. New treatment options for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Knöbl, Paul

    2017-08-07

    The thrombotic-thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an acute, life-threatening disease, characterised by enhanced platelet aggregation, disturbed microcirculation and organ dysfunction. With the currently available treatment (plasma exchange, infusions, corticosteroids) mortality ist still as high as 10-15 %. Recent, pathophysiology-based developments may improve the outcome. The most promising candidates for future treatment of TTP are: rituximab for termination of the autoimmune process, caplacizumab for prevention of platelet-VWF-interaction, and recombinant ADAMTS13 for replacement of the inhibited or missing enzyme.

  5. Cancer and Thrombotic Risk: The Platelet Paradigm

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    Elizabeth C. Lee

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Hematologic malignancies and solid tumors increase the risk of venous and arterial thrombosis and contribute greatly to patient morbidity and mortality. Thrombosis occurs when the intricate balance of circulating antithrombotic and prothrombotic blood elements are disrupted. In recent years, the interplay between paraneoplastic cells and platelets has become apparent, with a change in platelet phenotype causing dysregulated platelet activity. This review discusses mechanism of thrombosis in cancer, evidence for using drug therapy, and exciting research efforts to understand and hopefully control aberrant thrombotic events in patients with cancer.

  6. Choroidal excavation with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: a case report

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    Kobayashi W

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Wataru Kobayashi,1 Toshiaki Abe,2 Hiroshi Tamai,1 Toru Nakazawa11Department of Ophthalmology, 2Division of Clinical Cell Therapy, Center for Advanced Medical Research and Development (ART, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medical Science, Sendai, JapanPurpose: This is a report of a case of choroidal excavation accompanied by polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV and retinal pigment epithelium detachment (PED.Methods: A 57-year-old Japanese woman who had begun complaining of metamorphopsia in her left eye 7 months earlier underwent spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT, fluorescein angiography (FA, and indocyanine green angiography (IA, as well as a routine ophthalmological examination.Results: The patient’s intraocular pressure, visual acuity, and visual field were within normal range. Ophthalmoscopy revealed a serous macular detachment, soft drusen, exudates, and a reddish-orange elevated lesion in the macula of the left eye. The right eye was normal. SD-OCT revealed two lesions in the left eye. One was a PED accompanied by a notch sign, and the other was a choroidal excavation. Additionally, FA revealed a window defect in the PED, and IA showed typical PCV. Three monthly injections of antivascular endothelial growth factor preserved visual acuity, but failed to have any visible effect on the lesion during the 6-month follow up period.Conclusions: This is the first report of choroidal excavation accompanied by PED and PCV. The data suggest that choroidal excavation may be associated with various changes that have not been previously reported. Careful observation of such cases may therefore be necessary.Keywords: choroidal excavation, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment

  7. Neurofibromatosis 1 vasculopathy manifesting as a peripheral aneurysm in an adolescent

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    Farmakis, Shannon G.; Khanna, Geetika [Washington University School of Medicine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Han, Min; White, Frances [Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Immunology, St. Louis, MO (United States)

    2014-10-15

    Arterial vasculopathy is a well-recognized but uncommon manifestation of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). It can manifest as stenoses, aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations. NF-1 vasculopathy typically involves the aorta, visceral arteries or carotid-vertebral circulation. Aortic and visceral vasculopathy typically presents as stenotic lesions, while aneurysms have been reported primarily in the subclavian/vertebral arteries. Aneurysms of the peripheral/extremity arteries are an extremely rare complication of NF-1 that may present as a mass or spontaneous rupture. We present the case of a teenage boy with an arm mass secondary to an aneurysm. We hope this case will increase recognition of the variable clinical manifestations of NF-1 vasculopathy among radiologists. (orig.)

  8. Subcutaneous Zygomycosis Basidiobolomycosis

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    Sethuraman G

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Subcutaneous zygomycosis, also known as basidiobolomycosis, is a rare disease caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum. Since its first description in 1954, may cases have been reported. In India, so far only few cases have been described. We report this entity in a 3 year- old female child who had firm to hard swelling of the right upper extremely and chest. Histopathology showed short aseptate hyphae surrounded by eosinophilic material within the granulomatous tissue response, in the subcutaneous tissue. She responded dramatically to saturated solution of potassium iodide.

  9. Thrombotic complications in children with cancer.

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    Smith, O P

    2012-02-01

    The last decade has seen advances in treatment of life-threatening disease in children--especially cancer where the overall cure rate is now in the region of 80%. Similar to adults, children with cancer are at a substantial risk of developing thromboembolism (TE). One of the costs of achieving this has been more children developing thrombotic disease, the majority of which are related to indwelling vascular catheters and as a resultTE is being diagnosed with increasing frequency in these younger patients. In the Canadian Paediatric Thrombophilia Registry, 20% of the patients with TE had cancer. This figure is in contrast to only 2.3 cases of malignancy\\/1000 children and an estimated incidence of thrombosis of 0.7\\/100,000 in the general paediatric population. However, the true prevalence of TE in children with cancer is unknown as rates can vary from 1% to as high as 44% [5] and this reflects the heterogeneity of such studies in terms of; (i) type of cancer, (ii) was the TE, symptomatic or asymptomatic and (iii) were the studies prospective or retrospective. Happening alongside these advances have been an explosion in our knowledge of the understanding at the molecular level of blood coagulation in particular how the natural anticoagulant and fibrinolytic pathways work and how they differ in children and adults. Stemming from these discoveries new anticoagulant therapeutics have become available to the paediatrian and over the next decade their true place in the treatment of childhood thrombotic disease will be established.

  10. Breast Cancer-Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy.

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    Regierer, Anne C; Kuehnhardt, Dagmar; Schulz, Carsten-Oliver; Flath, Bernd; Jehn, Christian F; Scholz, Christian W; Possinger, Kurt; Eucker, Jan

    2011-12-01

    BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is defined as thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. Cancer-associated TMA, a rare but fatal condition, seems an entity distinct from classical thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)/hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients with breast cancer-associated TMA treated at our institution between 2003 and 2008 were analyzed retrospectively. To elucidate pathophysiological mechanisms, we measured the serum activity of the metalloprotease ADAMTS13. RESULTS: 8 patients were identified. All showed bone marrow infiltration of breast cancer as well as thrombocytopenia, schistocytes, and hemolytic anemia. ADAMTS13 activity was mildly decreased in 4/6 patients (20-108%, normal range 30-120%), but none showed severely low levels as is characteristic of classical TTP. 6 patients were treated with anthracycline-containing fractionated chemotherapy, 5/6 patients experienced partial response. Overall survival was 13 months. Fractionated chemotherapy was well tolerated. CONCLUSIONS: Cancer-associated TMA has an underlying mechanism different from classical TTP. While bone marrow infiltration might be of major relevance, ADAMTS13 deficiency seems to be an epiphenomenon. Fractionated chemotherapy resulted in higher remission rates and comparatively long survival.

  11. ACUTE PROMYELOCYTE LEUKEMIA PRESENTING AS THROMBOTIC CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENT

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    E. Baybordi

    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available Tlte usual manifestation of acute promyelocyte leukemia is hemorrliagic tendency hut thrombotic manifestations may dominate the clinical picture. We report a patient with promyelocyte leukemia which presented as thrombotic cerebrovascular accident and responded to all-transretionic acid and chemotherapy.

  12. Thrombotic stroke and myocardial infarction with hormonal contraception

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    Lidegaard, Øjvind; Løkkegaard, Ellen; Jensen, Aksel Karl Georg

    2012-01-01

    Although several studies have assessed the risk of venous thromboembolism with newer hormonal contraception, few have examined thrombotic stroke and myocardial infarction, and results have been conflicting.......Although several studies have assessed the risk of venous thromboembolism with newer hormonal contraception, few have examined thrombotic stroke and myocardial infarction, and results have been conflicting....

  13. Added Value of Vessel Wall Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Differentiation of Nonocclusive Intracranial Vasculopathies.

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    Mossa-Basha, Mahmud; Shibata, Dean K; Hallam, Danial K; de Havenon, Adam; Hippe, Daniel S; Becker, Kyra J; Tirschwell, David L; Hatsukami, Thomas; Balu, Niranjan; Yuan, Chun

    2017-11-01

    Our goal is to determine the added value of intracranial vessel wall magnetic resonance imaging (IVWI) in differentiating nonocclusive vasculopathies compared with luminal imaging alone. We retrospectively reviewed images from patients with both luminal and IVWI to identify cases with clinically defined intracranial vasculopathies: atherosclerosis (intracranial atherosclerotic disease), reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, and inflammatory vasculopathy. Two neuroradiologists blinded to clinical data reviewed the luminal imaging of defined luminal stenoses/irregularities and evaluated the pattern of involvement to make a presumed diagnosis with diagnostic confidence. Six weeks later, the 2 raters rereviewed the luminal imaging in addition to IVWI for the pattern of wall involvement, presence and pattern of postcontrast enhancement, and presumed diagnosis and confidence. Analysis was performed on per-lesion and per-patient bases. Thirty intracranial atherosclerotic disease, 12 inflammatory vasculopathies, and 12 reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome patients with 201 lesions (90 intracranial atherosclerotic disease, 64 reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, and 47 inflammatory vasculopathy lesions) were included. For both per-lesion and per-patient analyses, there was significant diagnostic accuracy improvement with luminal imaging+IVWI when compared with luminal imaging alone (per-lesion: 88.8% versus 36.1%; Pimprove the differentiation of nonocclusive intracranial vasculopathies when combined with traditional luminal imaging modalities. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  14. Subcutaneous encapsulated fat necrosis

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    Aydin, Dogu; Berg, Jais O

    2016-01-01

    We have described subcutaneous encapsulated fat necrosis, which is benign, usually asymptomatic and underreported. Images have only been published on two earlier occasions, in which the necrotic nodules appear "pearly" than the cloudy yellow surface in present case. The presented image may help...

  15. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare

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    Dhar Sandipan

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Two cases of subcutaneos granuloma annulare are reported. Clinical presentation was in the form of hard subcutaneous nodules; histopathology confirmed the clinical diagnosis. The cases were unique because of onset in adult hood, occurrence over unusual sites and absence of classical lesions of granuloma annulare elsewhere.

  16. THROMBOTIC AND THROMBOEMBOLIC COMPLICATIONS IN SYSTEMIC VASCULITIS

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    E. V. Arseniev

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    Full Text Available Nowadays, there is no doubt about the relationship between immune inflammation and the development of thrombosis due to the similarity of many pathogenetic machanisms underlying both pathological processes. Systemic vasculitis, along with other immuno- mediated inflammatory diseases, represent one of the most clear examples of such interaction. Thrombotic complications remain one of the most serious and life-threatening conditions that occur in patients with autoimmune diseases, in particular systemic vasculitis. This serves as powerful stimulus for studing the problem of hypercoagulation, which often accompanies the course of systemic vasculitis. Of interest are thrombosis that occure both in the injury of large vessel and in the involvement of medium and small vessels in the pathological process. According to the literature, thrombotic and thromboembolic complications are most common in ANCA-associated vasculitis and Behçet’s disease. This review discusses current studies regarding features of clinical picture and mechanisms of thrombosis development in systemic vasculitis. Because of these studies it became clear that for some vasculitis a high frequency of both arterial and venous thrombosis is characteristic. At the same time, other vasculitis are accompanied by high risk of only venous thrombosis. Finally, thrombosis and thromboembolism are quite rare complications for some vasculitis. Among the presented mechanisms of thrombosis involvement, disruptions of the hemostasis are widely considered. For examples, the presents the results of researches, which is actively discussed the role of neutrophil extracellular traps and antiendothelial cell antibodies in the development on thrombotic complictions. Special attention is paid to the possible role of some disorders of hemostasis, such as polymorphism V coagulation factor G1691FA and prothrombin G20210A. To search for literature sources, the following queries were used: “vasculitis”,

  17. Renal vascular and thrombotic effects of cyclosporine.

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    Remuzzi, G; Bertani, T

    1989-04-01

    Cyclosporine A (CyA) given to prevent xenograft rejection induces renal function impairment. In the last few years many studies have been devoted to understanding the mechanism(s) of CyA-induced renal insufficiency. In humans, several specific findings--interstitial fibrosis, toxic tubulopathy, peritubular capillary congestion, arteriolopathy--have been associated with CyA administration. It is now recognized that CyA renal toxicity mainly manifests under three different syndromes: (1) acute reversible decrease in glomerular filtration rate (GFR), (2) acute microvascular disease with the pattern of thrombotic microangiopathy, and (3) chronic irreversible renal damage. This review analyzes the available evidence that the clinical syndromes of CyA nephrotoxicity are related to changes induced by CyA on renal vessels. Experimental studies have failed to document that the activation of renin-angiotensin axis or sympathetic nervous system plays a relevant role in the development of CyA-associated renal vasoconstriction, which is the main causal factor of acute reversible decrease in GFR, whereas it is possible that changes in arachidonic acid metabolites with vasoactive properties contribute to this CyA-induced phenomenon. In this context, findings of increased urinary TxB2 and protective effect of TxA2 receptor blocking are of particular interest. Since the introduction of CyA in clinical practice, a syndrome of thrombotic microangiopathy resembling hemolytic uremic syndrome/thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura has been recognized in humans and reproduced in experimental animals. This is a rare form of vascular toxicity attributed to CyA which may have a poor prognosis and possibly results from a direct toxic effect of CyA on vascular endothelium. The syndrome of chronic progressive deterioration of renal function associated with CyA was first recognized in humans. Until recently the possibility of reproducing this syndrome in animals in order to better understand its

  18. Massive subcutaneous emphysema with pneumoscrotopenis ...

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    Chest injury commonly leads to subcutaneous emphysema of the chest, neck and face. It is usually non-life threatening. Massive subcutaneous emphysema may occur and very rarely may spread to involve the scrotal sac and subcutaneous tissue planes of the penis to cause pneumoscrotopenis. This case report presents ...

  19. Subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst

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    Vivek Manchanda

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bronchogenic cysts occur due to the anomalous development of the primitive tracheobronchial tree early in fetal life. They are usually present in middle mediastinum. Rarely, they have been found in other locations. We describe two patients with subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts located over manubrium sterni with special emphasis on the difficulties in pre-operative diagnosis. The two boys were managed by complete excision of the cysts. The children are well on follow-up.

  20. Computational modeling of thrombotic microparticle deposition in nonparallel flow regimes.

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    Hall, Connie L; Calt, Melissa

    2014-11-01

    Thrombotic microparticles (MPs) released from cells and platelets in response to various stimuli are present in elevated numbers in various disease states that increase the risk for thrombotic events. In order to understand how particles of this size may localize in nonparallel flow regimes and increase thrombotic risk, a computational analysis of flow and MP deposition was performed for 3 deg of stenosis at moderate Reynolds number (20

  1. Choroidal excavation with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: a case report.

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    Kobayashi, Wataru; Abe, Toshiaki; Tamai, Hiroshi; Nakazawa, Toru

    2012-01-01

    This is a report of a case of choroidal excavation accompanied by polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) and retinal pigment epithelium detachment (PED). A 57-year-old Japanese woman who had begun complaining of metamorphopsia in her left eye 7 months earlier underwent spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fluorescein angiography (FA), and indocyanine green angiography (IA), as well as a routine ophthalmological examination. The patient's intraocular pressure, visual acuity, and visual field were within normal range. Ophthalmoscopy revealed a serous macular detachment, soft drusen, exudates, and a reddish-orange elevated lesion in the macula of the left eye. The right eye was normal. SD-OCT revealed two lesions in the left eye. One was a PED accompanied by a notch sign, and the other was a choroidal excavation. Additionally, FA revealed a window defect in the PED, and IA showed typical PCV. Three monthly injections of antivascular endothelial growth factor preserved visual acuity, but failed to have any visible effect on the lesion during the 6-month follow up period. This is the first report of choroidal excavation accompanied by PED and PCV. The data suggest that choroidal excavation may be associated with various changes that have not been previously reported. Careful observation of such cases may therefore be necessary.

  2. Role of Photodynamic Therapy in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy

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    Hussain Nazimul

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate photodynamic Therapy (PDT with Verteporfin for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV involving the fovea in Indian eyes, through a retrospective interventional case series. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 9 patients (9 eyes diagnosed to have PCV with foveal involvement between September 2001 and October 2002. Results: Nine eyes underwent PDT for PCV. Follow-up ranged from 12 to 16 months. Initial visual acuity (VA ranged from 1/60 to 6/12 and final VA varied from 1/60 to 6/9 at the end of follow- up. VA improved in 4/9 eyes (44.4% by one line and remained unchanged in 5/9 eyes (55.6%, hence it was considered stabilized in all eyes. No adverse effects or events were observed during or after treatment with verteporfin. Conclusion: PDT may be beneficial for PCV with foveal involvement. Its long-term efficacy requires to be evaluated

  3. IgA Nephropathy and Thrombotic Microangiopathy

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    Graciela De Rosa

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Although the association between thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA and IgA nephropathy (IgAN is a known fact, its prevalence, pathogenesis and progression are not clear yet. Methods: A descriptive, retrospective study involving 12 patients with IgAN and TMA (IgAN-TMA was carried out; patients were diagnosed by a renal biopsy performed in our hospital in order to analyze clinicopathologic features. All the biopsy samples were processed for light microscopy and immunofluorescence. Results: The prevalence of patients with IgAN-TMA was 4.4% (12/274. The mean age was 33 and 58.3% of the subjects were men, showing, during diagnosis, mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure values of 171.3±53 mmHg and 97.5±19.8 mmHg, respectively. The average amount of protein in urine was 5.3 ± 3.7g/24 h and 8 patients had nephrotic- range proteinuria. Impairment of renal function was found in 11 patients, with a mean serum creatinine level of 7.2±4.7 mg/dL. No clinical or laboratory findings suggested thrombotic microangiopathy in any of the patients. The renal biopsy showed acute TMA with arteriolar fibrin thrombi in 75% of the subjects and ‘onion-skin-like’ chronic lesions with concentric intimal hyperplasia in 83.3% of them, which were associated with a high percentage of global glomerulosclerosis (72%, moderate tubular atrophy (38.6% and/or interstitial fibrosis (31.3%. In 91.7% of the cases, TMA was related to histological grade 5. Conclusions: The prevalence and significance of the relationship between IgAN and TMA pose the question of whether TMA is the cause or consequence of advanced stage IgAN. Several clinicopathologic studies have proved that TMA plays a major role in IgAN progression. The connection of TMA with creatinine serum and proteinuria levels seems to support this conclusion. While systemic TMA usually affects multiple organs, in these cases, the kidney was the only one compromised. Endothelial injury and the

  4. Neutrophil mediated smooth muscle cell loss precedes allograft vasculopathy

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    Lee Timothy DG

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (AV is a pathological process of vascular remodeling leading to late graft loss following cardiac transplantation. While there is consensus that AV is alloimmune mediated, and evidence that the most important alloimmune target is medial smooth muscle cells (SMC, the role of the innate immune response in the initiation of this disease is still being elucidated. As ischemia reperfusion (IR injury plays a pivotal role in the initiation of AV, we hypothesize that IR enhances the early innate response to cardiac allografts. Methods Aortic transplants were performed between fully disparate mouse strains (C3H/HeJ and C57BL/6, in the presence of therapeutic levels of Cyclosporine A, as a model for cardiac AV. Neutrophils were depleted from some recipients using anti-PMN serum. Grafts were harvested at 1,2,3,5d and 1,2wk post-transplant. Ultrastructural integrity was examined by transmission electron microscopy. SMC and neutrophils were quantified from histological sections in a blinded manner. Results Grafts exposed to cold ischemia, but not transplanted, showed no medial SMC loss and normal ultrastructural integrity. In comparison, allografts harvested 1d post-transplant exhibited > 90% loss of SMC (p Conclusions These novel data show that there is extensive damage to medial SMC at 1d post-transplant. By depleting neutrophils from recipients it was demonstrated that a portion of the SMC loss was mediated by neutrophils. These results provide evidence that IR activation of early innate events contributes to the etiology of AV.

  5. Engorgement of vortex vein and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

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    Chung, Song Ee; Kang, Se Woong; Kim, Jae Hui; Kim, Yun Taek; Park, Do Young

    2013-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify a correlation between engorgement of the vortex vein and the development of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Engorgement of the vortex vein was evaluated by masked observers using a montage of indocyanine green angiography images. Sixty-three eyes with PCV, 27 uninvolved fellow eyes with PCV, and 30 eyes of age-matched control subjects were included. The incidence and distribution pattern of engorgement were evaluated. Thirty-three eyes (52.4%) of PCV evidenced engorgement of the vortex vein, whereas such engorgement was detected in only 7 of the 30 eyes (30.4%) of the control subjects (P = 0.016). Among 27 fellow eyes with PCV, it was detected in 11 (40.7%) (P = 0.706 vs. control eyes). In all groups, it was most frequently detected at the inferior temporal quadrant. In eyes with PCV, mean (±standard deviation) choroidal thickness of the eyes evidencing vortex vein engorgement was 338.1 ± 131.3 μm and the thickness of those not evidencing vortex vein engorgement was 275.1 ± 107.7 μm. When the choroidal thickness increased to 10 μm in the eyes with PCV, the odds of detecting the engorgement was multiplied by a factor of 1.05 (P = 0.042). The incidence of the engorgement of vortex vein was correlated with the presence of choroidal vascular hyperpermeability (P = 0.009). This study demonstrates that engorgement of the vortex vein was observed more frequently in the eyes with PCV. Such a finding was associated with choroidal thickening and choroidal vascular hyperpermeability. These indicate that the engorgement of the vortex vein might be involved in the pathogenic mechanisms of PCV.

  6. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy after heart transplantation: risk factors and management.

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    Valantine, Hannah

    2004-05-01

    Cardiovascular disease post-transplant, particularly ischemic heart disease, is a significant problem for all transplant recipients. The major risk factors-smoking, obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension-are often more prevalent in heart transplant populations than in the general population. One of the main risk factors influencing graft loss and patient survival is cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). Because CAV affects between 30% and 60% of cardiac transplant recipients within 5 years of surgery, prevention is a key focus for cardiac transplant teams today. CAV is caused by both immunologic mechanisms (e.g., acute rejection and anti-HLA antibodies) and non-immunologic mechanisms relating to the transplant itself or the recipient (e.g., donor age, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and pre-existing diabetes) or to the side effects often associated with immunosuppression with calcineurin inhibitors or corticosteroids (e.g., cytomegalovirus infection, nephrotoxicity and new-onset diabetes after transplantation). The calcineurin inhibitors, cyclosporine and tacrolimus, effectively prevent acute rejection, but do not prevent the development of CAV. CAV prevention will require a combined approach of new adjunct immunosuppressant agents (e.g., the proliferation signal inhibitors) and reduction in cardiovascular risk. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes are also associated with the immunosuppression required to prevent organ rejection. Some studies have shown that hypertension is present more frequently in cyclosporine-treated patients than in tacrolimus-treated patients and that tacrolimus may be associated with a more favorable lipid profile. On the other hand, tacrolimus may be more diabetogenic than cyclosporine with current data suggesting a trend but no statistically significant supporting evidence. New-onset diabetes after transplantation is at times difficult to manage and may be an important determinant along with hypertension and hyperlipidemia of

  7. Vasculopathy and pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell disease.

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    Potoka, Karin P; Gladwin, Mark T

    2015-02-15

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an autosomal recessive disorder in the gene encoding the β-chain of hemoglobin. Deoxygenation causes the mutant hemoglobin S to polymerize, resulting in rigid, adherent red blood cells that are entrapped in the microcirculation and hemolyze. Cardinal features include severe painful crises and episodic acute lung injury, called acute chest syndrome. This population, with age, develops chronic organ injury, such as chronic kidney disease and pulmonary hypertension. A major risk factor for developing chronic organ injury is hemolytic anemia, which releases red blood cell contents into the circulation. Cell free plasma hemoglobin, heme, and arginase 1 disrupt endothelial function, drive oxidative and inflammatory stress, and have recently been referred to as erythrocyte damage-associated molecular pattern molecules (eDAMPs). Studies suggest that in addition to effects of cell free plasma hemoglobin on scavenging nitric oxide (NO) and generating reactive oxygen species (ROS), heme released from plasma hemoglobin can bind to the toll-like receptor 4 to activate the innate immune system. Persistent intravascular hemolysis over decades leads to chronic vasculopathy, with ∼10% of patients developing pulmonary hypertension. Progressive obstruction of small pulmonary arterioles, increase in pulmonary vascular resistance, decreased cardiac output, and eventual right heart failure causes death in many patients with this complication. This review provides an overview of the pathobiology of hemolysis-mediated endothelial dysfunction and eDAMPs and a summary of our present understanding of diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell disease, including a review of recent American Thoracic Society (ATS) consensus guidelines for risk stratification and management. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  8. How I treat refractory thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Sayani, Farzana A.

    2015-01-01

    Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is characterized by thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (MAHA) without an obvious cause, and may include fever, mild renal failure, and neurologic deficits. It is characterized by a deficiency of the von Willebrand factor (VWF) cleaving enzyme, ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase, with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13), resulting in formation of microthrombi in the high sheer environment of the microvasculature. This causes microvascular occlusion, MAHA, and organ ischemia. Diagnosis is based on the presence of clinical symptoms, laboratory aberrations consistent with MAHA, decreased ADAMTS13 activity, and possibly presence of anti-ADAMTS13 autoantibodies. Upfront treatment of acute TTP includes plasma exchange and corticosteroids. A significant number of patients are refractory to this treatment and will require further interventions. There are limited data and consensus on the management of the refractory TTP patient. Management involves simultaneously ruling out other causes of thrombocytopenia and MAHA, while also considering other treatments. In this article, we describe our management of the patient with refractory TTP, and discuss use of rituximab, increased plasma exchange, splenectomy, and immunosuppressive options, including cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and cyclosporine. We also review recent evidence for the potential roles of bortezomib and N-acetylcysteine, and explore new therapeutic approaches, including recombinant ADAMTS13 and anti-VWF therapy. PMID:25784681

  9. Epidemiology of the post-thrombotic syndrome.

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    Galanaud, Jean-Philippe; Monreal, Manuel; Kahn, Susan R

    2017-07-24

    The post thrombotic syndrome (PTS) refers to clinical manifestations of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) following a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). PTS is the most frequent complication of DVT, which develops in 20 to 50% of cases after proximal DVT and is severe in 5-10% of cases. The reported prevalence of PTS differs widely among studies because of differences in study populations, tools used to assess PTS, and time interval between acute DVT and PTS assessment. The two most important predictors of PTS are extensive proximal character of DVT and previous ipsilateral DVT. Other reported risk factors include pre-existing CVI, obesity, quality of anticoagulant treatment, older age and residual venous obstruction. Standardization of PTS assessment tools combined with the development of patient self-reported PTS scales are likely to constitute a breakthrough in research of the epidemiology of PTS, by allowing comparison between studies, meta-analyses and increasing the feasibility of longer follow-up of DVT patients. This should enable identification of patient populations at high risk of severe PTS, new predictors of PTS and targets for potential new treatments. In this perspective, identification of biomarkers that are predictive of PTS such as markers of inflammation is crucial in ongoing research. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Subcutaneous Phycomycosis in a Child

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    Manjiri R. Naniwadekar

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Subcutaneous phycomycosis is a rare entity. We hereby report a case of subcutaneous phycomycosis in 18 months old female child who presented with a painless, non-tender swelling on the thigh. Skin biopsy showed eosinophilic granuloma lying deep in the subcutaneous tissue, with sparse hyphae. Culture on Sabouraud's dextrose agar showed characteristic colonies. Patient was started on oral potassium iodide. The swelling was completely resolved after one month of treatment.

  11. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and other thrombotic microangiopathic hemolytic anemias: diagnosis and classification.

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    Shenkman, Boris; Einav, Yulia

    2014-01-01

    Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) include several diseases, most prominently are thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). TMAs are characterized by profound thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and organ ischemia. In most cases TTP results from deficiency of ADAMTS13, the von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease leading to increase of ultra-large von Willebrand factor (ULVWF) multimers. Congenital TTP is due to mutations in the gene of ADAMTS13 whereas acquired TTP is due to production of autoantibodies against ADAMTS13. In both cases severe deficiency of ADAMTS13 exists. However, the presence of ADAMTS13 activity does not rule out TTP. Diagnostic criteria of TTP are based on clinical features of neurologic and renal disfunction along with anemia and thrombocytopenia, low ADAMTS13 activity, and the presence of ULVWF. The standard treatment of TTP includes plasma exchange, protein A immunoabsobtion, immunosuppressive drugs, CD20 antibodies against B cells, and splenectomy. HUS is commonly caused by infection with Shiga-toxin produced by Escherichia coli. HUS is characterized by thrombocytopenia, anemia, renal impairment and diarrhea. Rarely, atypical HUS appears as a consequence of mutations related to the alternative pathway for the compliment system. Plasmapheresis in HUS is not efficient. Alternatively, plasma therapy and in some cases dialysis are used. TMA diseases may be associated with other infections, bone marrow transplantation, pregnancy, systemic vasculitis, and certain drugs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Subcutaneous adipose tissue classification

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    A. Sbarbati

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The developments in the technologies based on the use of autologous adipose tissue attracted attention to minor depots as possible sampling areas. Some of those depots have never been studied in detail. The present study was performed on subcutaneous adipose depots sampled in different areas with the aim of explaining their morphology, particularly as far as regards stem niches. The results demonstrated that three different types of white adipose tissue (WAT can be differentiated on the basis of structural and ultrastructural features: deposit WAT (dWAT, structural WAT (sWAT and fibrous WAT (fWAT. dWAT can be found essentially in large fatty depots in the abdominal area (periumbilical. In the dWAT, cells are tightly packed and linked by a weak net of isolated collagen fibers. Collagenic components are very poor, cells are large and few blood vessels are present. The deep portion appears more fibrous then the superficial one. The microcirculation is formed by thin walled capillaries with rare stem niches. Reinforcement pericyte elements are rarely evident. The sWAT is more stromal; it is located in some areas in the limbs and in the hips. The stroma is fairly well represented, with a good vascularity and adequate staminality. Cells are wrapped by a basket of collagen fibers. The fatty depots of the knees and of the trochanteric areas have quite loose meshes. The fWAT has a noteworthy fibrous component and can be found in areas where a severe mechanic stress occurs. Adipocytes have an individual thick fibrous shell. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates evident differences among subcutaneous WAT deposits, thus suggesting that in regenerative procedures based on autologous adipose tissues the sampling area should not be randomly chosen, but it should be oriented by evidence based evaluations. The structural peculiarities of the sWAT, and particularly of its microcirculation, suggest that it could represent a privileged source for

  13. MEAN PLATELET VOLUME AND RISK OF THROMBOTIC STROKE

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    Prasantha Kumar Thankappan

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Stroke is a major cause of long term morbidity and mortality. Several factors are known to increase the liability to stroke. Platelets play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic complications, contributing to thrombus formation. Platelet size (mean platelet volume, MPV is a marker and possible determinant of platelet function, large platelets being potentially more reactive. Hence an attempt has-been made to study the association if any between mean platelet volume and thrombotic stroke. The aim of this study was to determine whether an association exists between Mean Platelet Volume (MPV and thrombotic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study is a case control study and data was collected at Government Medical College Hospital, Kottayam, Kerala a tertiary care referral centre. The study was carried out among fifty patients diagnosed with thrombotic stroke and presenting to the hospital within forty eight hours of onset of symptoms. Fifty age group and sex matched controls were also recruited. Mean platelet volume was obtained using a SYSMEX automated analyser. RESULTS This study has shown a statistically significant relation between mean platelet volume and risk of thrombotic stroke but no statistically significant correlation between clinical severity of stroke and mean platelet volume. CONCLUSION This study has shown an elevation of MPV in acute phase of thrombotic stroke. Platelet mass was found to be more or less a constant. This study did not find a statistically significant correlation between clinical severity of stroke and mean platelet volume.

  14. IgG4-Related Disease: A New Etiology Underlying Diffuse Intracranial Dilating Vasculopathy.

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    Marlin, Evan S; Dornbos, David; Ikeda, Daniel S; Lehman, Norman L; Powers, Ciarán J

    2017-11-01

    Diffuse intracranial aneurysmal vasculopathy is a rare condition, previously described in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recognized inflammatory disease of systemic organs, leading to fibrosis of connective tissues. It also has been linked to inflammatory dilating aortic aneurysms, coronary vascular disease, hypophysitis, orbital pseudotumor, and pachymeningitis. It has not yet been described as a cause of diffuse intracranial dilating vasculopathy. Histologically, this disease is characterized by IgG4-plasma cell infiltration, fibrosis, and phlebitis. A 40-year-old woman presented with acute heart failure, valvular insufficiency, and mycotic coronary aneurysms, concerning for endocarditis. Infectious workup was negative. Concurrent neurovascular workup revealed intracranial aneurysms, appearing mycotic in origin. Despite aggressive treatment for more than 5 years, she suffered multiple episodes of subarachnoid hemorrhage from a progressive dilating intracranial vasculopathy. Serum IgG levels and aneurysm wall pathology were consistent with IgG4-RD. This is the first reported case of a diffuse intracranial dilating vasculopathy secondary to IgG4-RD. Recognition of similar pathologic findings in clinical presentation and radiologic workup should prompt further rheumatologic workup and possible immunosuppressive therapies. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Distinct phenotypes of cardiac allograft vasculopathy after heart transplantation : A histopathological study

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    Huibers, Manon M H; Vink, Aryan; Kaldeway, Johannes; Huisman, André; Timmermans, Kim; Leenders, Max; Schipper, Marguèrite E I; Lahpor, Jaap R.; Kirkels, Hans J H; Klöpping, Corinne; de Jonge, Nicolaas; de Weger, Roel A.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Long-term survival after heart transplantation (HTx) is hampered by cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). Better understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of CAV might have considerable consequences for therapeutic approaches in the future. The aim of the present study was to

  16. Prevalence of hypertensive disorders in women after preeclamptic pregnancy associated with decidual vasculopathy

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    Stevens, D.U.; Smits, M.P; Bulten, J.; Spaanderman, M.E.; Vugt, J.M.G. van; Al-Nasiry, S.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: A subgroup of preeclamptic women has spiral artery lesions termed decidual vasculopathy (DV) which relate to worse clinical outcome. We aimed to determine whether a history of preeclampsia (PE) with DV is associated with adverse overall and future pregnancy outcome, including increased

  17. [Thrombotic microangiopathies: HUS/TTP. Physiopathological aspects].

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    Sánchez Avalos, J C

    2000-01-01

    In thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and in the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) fibrin-platelet thrombi occlude arterioles and capillaries. The mechanism of endothelial cell injury and the mechanism of thrombosis are the most important physiopathological events in this pathology and are largely unknown. In HUS due to the Shiga toxin, the lesion of the endothelial cells is due to penetration of the toxin into the cell via the Gb3 receptor. Endothelial cell death is a consequence of altered protein synthesis at the ribosomal level. Cytokines released during the inflammatory process, possibly enhance the endothelial damage. Genetic and immunologic predisposing factors for the development of HUS have also been postulated. In idiopathic, secondary and familial HUS/TTP the mechanism of endothelial lesion is unknown, but multiple responsible factors have been advocated such as infections, drugs, pregnancy, autoantibodies, apoptosis inducing molecules, etc. and other genetic, hormonal or immunologic predisposing factors may also be involved. Factor H deficiency has been blamed in familiar cases. The most important cause of microcirculation thrombosis is the thrombogenic capacity of endothelial cell "activation" or injury induced by multiple mechanisms. The predominant source of plasma vW factor multimers is apparent in the altered endothelial cell. The unusually large vWF multimers are more effective at binding to platelet glycoprotein Ib-IX and IIb-IIIa complexes and inducing aggregation, as also occurred with the low weight multimers formed with excessive proteolysis, as described in the acute phase of HUS/TTP. The recent report of congenital deficiency of a vWF protease in familial TTP and its functional inhibition by autoantibodies in acquired cases is characteristic of TTP. This protease inhibition has never been described in HUS and might represent pathogenetic differences between TTP and HUS, and contribute to the differential diagnosis, but further

  18. Thrombotic microangiopathy associated with use of interferon-beta

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    Robles A

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Teresa Olea,1 Raquel Díaz-Mancebo,1 Maria-Luz Picazo,2 Jorge Martínez-Ara,1 Angel Robles,3 Rafael Selgas,11Departments of Nephrology, 2Pathology, 3Internal Medicine, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, SpainAbstract: Interferon-beta is widely used for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis. The drug is usually well tolerated, but autoimmune adverse effects, including kidney disease, have been reported. Only a few cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome-thrombotic microangiopathy associated interferon-alpha have been described so far, and even fewer with beta-interferon. We report a patient who developed thrombotic microangiopathy during treatment with interferon-beta and improved after discontinuation and steroid therapy. Complement cascade and antiphospholipid antibodies are investigated. The spectrum of renal diseases associated with interferon-beta treatment is also reviewed.Keywords: thrombotic microangiopathy hemolytic uremic syndrome, multiple sclerosis, interferon-beta

  19. Effect of a combined anti-thrombotic therapy of thrombosis on prosthetic heart valves.

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    Wei, Wei; Dong, Taiming; Zheng, Zhichao; Huang, Shuping

    2015-03-01

    for two cases of mild subcutaneous ecchymoses. The combined anti-thrombotic therapy based on clopidogrel and warfarin is a feasible treatment for thrombosis on prosthetic heart valves under a close monitoring.

  20. Coronary artery disease in thrombotic aneurysm of the abdominal aorta.

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    Massoni, F; Simeone, C; Ricci, P; Pelosi, M; Ricci, S

    Even if the rupture is the most common cause of death of patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and the risk increases with the presence and the size of IntraLuminal Thrombosis (ILT), there are cases in which death occurs for other causes. The Authors present an autoptic report of considerable size AAA with ILT in a patient who died by heart failure due to CAD thrombotic and ischemic heart disease. A protective role of approved in the literature and the role of products resulting from the thrombotic formation could explain the death event.

  1. The impact of a male or female thrombotic family history on contraceptive counseling: a cohort study

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    van Vlijmen, E. F. W.; Veeger, N. J. G. M.; Middeldorp, S.; Hamulyák, K.; Prins, M. H.; Kluin-Nelemans, H. C.; Meijer, K.

    2016-01-01

    Essentials It is unknown if a male or female thrombotic family history influences risk in female relatives. We assessed thrombotic risk in female relatives of male and female patients with thrombosis. A hormonally related female thrombotic family history further increases risk in female relatives.

  2. case Report: A case of refractory thrombotic thrombocytopenic ...

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    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare, life-threatening disorder with no prevalence or incidence studies in sub-Saharan Africa. Acquired TTP has several causes, all of which lead to decreased activity of von Willebrand factor cleaving protease (ADAMTS13) due to autoantibodies that are directed towards ...

  3. Thrombotic microangiopathies and acute kidney injury induced by ...

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    Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a rare, but potentially lethal condition requiring rapid recognition, diagnosis and initiation of therapy. Here, we present two cases of women with hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury shortly after surgical termination of pregnancy. Histological examination of their ...

  4. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and thrombotic events in dialysis patients

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    Suttorp, Marit M.; Hoekstra, Tiny; Ocak, Gürbey; van Diepen, Anouk T. N.; Ott, Ilka; Mittelman, Moshe; Rabelink, Ton J.; Krediet, Raymond T.; Dekker, Friedo W.

    2014-01-01

    Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA) have been associated with a higher cardiovascular event and mortality rate in dialysis patients. The ESA-associated risk of arterial thrombotic events is mainly based on composite endpoints of anemia-correction trials targeting high hemoglobin levels. The

  5. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: a case presenting with acute ischemic colitis.

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    See, Joseph R H; Sabagh, Tarek; Barde, Christopher J

    2013-01-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) consists of the pentad of thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, fever, neurologic abnormalities, and renal disease. We present a case report of acute TTP following a bout of ischemic colitis. This report reminds the clinician that ischemic colitis can be an atypical presentation of TTP. The prompt recognition and treatment of this disease process resulted in a good prognosis for our patient.

  6. Splenectomy for the treatment of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Kappers-Klunne, M.C.; Wijermans, P.W.; Fijnheer, R.; Croockewit, A.J.; Holt, B. van der; Wolf, J.T. de; Lowenberg, B.; Brand, A.

    2005-01-01

    Plasma exchange is the treatment of choice for patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and results in remission in >80% of the cases. Treatment of patients who are refractory to plasma therapy or have relapsing disease is difficult. Splenectomy has been a therapeutic option in these

  7. Splenectomy for the treatment of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Kappers-Klunne, MC; Wijermans, P; Fijnheer, R; Croockewit, AJ; van der Holt, B; de Wolf, JTM; Lowenberg, B; Brand, A

    Plasma exchange is the treatment of choice for patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and results in remission in >80% of the cases. Treatment of patients who are refractory to plasma therapy or have relapsing disease is difficult. Splenectomy has been a therapeutic option in these

  8. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare: radiologic appearance

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    Kransdorf, M.J. [Saint Mary`s Hospital, Richmond, VA (United States). Dept. of Radiol.]|[Department of Radiologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (United States); Murphey, M.D. [Department of Radiologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (United States)]|[Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland (United States)]|[Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); Temple, H.T. [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, Virginia (United States)]|[Department of Orthopedic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (United States)

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    Objective. Granuloma annulare is an uncommon benign inflammatory dermatosis characterized by the formation of dermal papules with a tendency to form rings. There are several clinically distinct forms. The subcutaneous form is the most frequently encountered by radiologists, with the lesion presenting as a superficial mass. There are only a few scattered reports of the imaging appearance of this entity in the literature. We report the radiologic appearance of five cases of subcutaneous granuloma annulare. Design and patients. The radiologic images of five patients (three male, two female) with subcutaneous granuloma annulare were retrospectively studied. Mean patient age was 6.4 years (range, 2-13 years). The lesions occurred in the lower leg (two), foot, forearm, and hand. MR images were available for all lesions, gadolinium-enhanced imaging in three cases, radiographs in four, and bone scintigraphy in one. Results. Radiographs showed unmineralized nodular masses localized to the subcutaneous adipose tissue. The size range, in greatest dimension on imaging studies, was 1-4 cm. MR images show a mass with relatively decreased signal intensity on all pulse sequences, with variable but generally relatively well defined margins. There was extensive diffuse enhancement following gadolinium administration. Conclusion. The radiologic appearance of subcutaneous granuloma annulare is characteristic, typically demonstrating a nodular soft-tissue mass involving the subcutaneous adipose tissue. MR images show a mass with relatively decreased signal intensity on all pulse sequences and variable but generally well defined margins. There is extensive diffuse enhancement following gadolinium administration. Radiographs show a soft-tissue mass or soft-tissue swelling without evidence of bone involvement or mineralization. This radiologic appearance in a young individual is highly suggestive of subcutaneous granuloma annulare. (orig.) With 3 figs., 17 refs.

  9. Oligoclonal Immunoglobulins in Cerebrospinal Fluid during Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Vasculopathy Are Directed against VZV

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    Burgoon, Mark P.; Hammack, Barbara N.; Owens, Gregory P.; Maybach, Amy L.; Judith Eikelenboom, M.; Gilden, Donald H.

    2003-01-01

    Limited analyses of cerebrospinal fluid from patients with central nervous system infections have shown that the oligoclonal IgG is antibody directed against the agent that causes disease. Using a new method involving binding of IgG to beads coated with lysates prepared from candidate infectious antigens, we showed that the oligoclonal IgG in cerebro-spinal fluid of a patient with chronic varicella zoster virus vasculopathy is directed against the causative virus. This approach holds promise ...

  10. Vasculopathy, hematological, and immune abnormalities associated with levamisole-contaminated cocaine use.

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    Khan, Tahir A; Cuchacovich, Raquel; Espinoza, Luis R; Lata, Suman; Patel, Nirupa J; Garcia-Valladares, Ignacio; Salassi, Michele M; Sanders, Charles V

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    To report 4 cases of cocaine-related purpura and to review previously reported cases of levamisole, levamisole-contaminated cocaine, and cocaine-induced vasculopathy. We describe 4 patients suspected of vasculopathy associated with levamisole-tainted cocaine use. A retrospective review of the literature was performed using the PubMed, PubJet, MD consult, and Cochrane review databases. Four cases (2 females and 2 males), 46 to 55 years of age, presented with cocaine-related purpura, mainly affecting the ears, neutropenia, and autoantibodies. Skin biopsies revealed a mixed pattern of leukocytoclastic vasculitis and microvascular thrombosis in 2 cases, and pure thrombosis in the third case. The mixed vasculopathic pattern in association with neutropenia, both known adverse effects of levamisole, and levamisole positivity in 2 cases point to this compound as the true etiologic agent in our patients. Eleven cases of levamisole-contaminated cocaine-induced vasculopathy have been described in the English literature. Among these, 10 were females. Age range was 22 to 57 years. Urine levamisole positivity was tested and confirmed in 3 of the 11 cases. The clinical characteristics, laboratory features, histology, treatment, and recovery rates were compared for the published cases of levamisole, levamisole-contaminated cocaine, and cocaine-induced vasculopathy. Adulterated cocaine abuse is an increasingly recognized phenomenon in North America. Levamisole is among the many contaminants that have been detected in seized cocaine throughout North America and Europe. Recent reports described an association between levamisole-tainted cocaine and purpuric skin rash, neutropenia, and the presence of autoantibodies. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Moyamoya Vasculopathy in PHACE Syndrome: Six New Cases and Review of the Literature.

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    Tortora, Domenico; Severino, Mariasavina; Accogli, Andrea; Martinetti, Carola; Vercellino, Nadia; Capra, Valeria; Rossi, Andrea; Pavanello, Marco

    2017-12-01

    PHACE syndrome (Posterior fossa malformations, large cervicofacial infantile Hemangiomas, Arterial anomalies, aortic coarctation and Cardiac abnormalities, and Eye abnormalities) is a neurocutaneous disorder including posterior fossa malformations, hemangiomas, arterial lesions, cardiac defects, and eye abnormalities. PHACE arteriopathies may be progressive and recently have been categorized based on the risk of acute ischemic stroke, increasing attention to the potentially devastating consequences of cerebrovascular complications in this syndrome. In contrast, the natural history of arteriopathy in PHACE syndrome remains poorly understood. At the moment, there are no established surgical guidelines for high-risk vasculopathies, including quasi-moyamoya, in this syndrome. We described the clinicoradiologic features of a small series of 6 patients with PHACE syndrome and quasi-moyamoya (5 female, age range 4 months to 12 years), focusing on the clinical course and surgical outcome of 3 children who were treated with encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis and encephalomyosynangiosis. In addition, we reviewed the radiologic, clinical, and surgical aspects of moyamoya vasculopathy in PHACE syndrome, providing information on 15 additional published cases. Although the natural history of arteriopathy in PHACE syndrome is poorly understood, patients with high-risk vasculopathies, such as quasi-moyamoya disease, may benefit of revascularization by using encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis and encephalomyosynangiosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Intravenous and subcutaneous immunoglobulin G replacement therapy.

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    Bonilla, Francisco A

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    Human polyclonal immunoglobulin G (IgG) for therapeutic use has been available for decades. This drug was developed for treatment of antibody deficiency (replacement therapy), although its use has expanded into many anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory applications in recent years. This review focuses on IgG prescribing for replacement therapy. IgG for replacement is most often administered via the intravenous IgG (IVIG) or subcutaneous IgG (SCIG) routes. IVIG is usually administered every 34 weeks, and SCIG is usually administered weekly, although variations may be considered in all cases. Recently, a new product became available that uses hyaluronidase to facilitate absorption of large doses of SCIG less frequently (every 34 weeks, as with IVIG). There are important differences between the pharmacokinetics of these three routes of administration. IVIG therapy leads to high peaks and low troughs between infusions. IgG concentration fluctuates much less over time with SCIG. Hyaluronidase-facilitated SCIG is intermediate. SCIG may have lower bioavailability in comparison with IVIG and may require higher doses over time; this is not true for hyaluronidase SCIG. However, there are large variations in IgG half-life among individuals and with different products. Therefore, individualization of therapy is essential. Mild systemic flu-like adverse effects may affect up to 2025% of patients who receive IVIG, smaller fractions may experience more-severe symptoms, whereas anaphylaxis is exceedingly rare. General flu-like systemic adverse effects are minimal with SCIG (intermediate with hyaluronidase SCIG), but transient (24 hours), mild, local inflammatory symptoms at infusion sites are relatively common with both forms. Additional rare but important complications of IgG therapy include thrombotic events and hemolysis that can be seen at high doses with any route of administration. Renal adverse effects may occur with IVIG as well. The variety of IgG products and routes of

  13. Magnetic Resonance for Noninvasive Detection of Microcirculatory Disease Associated With Allograft Vasculopathy: Intracoronary Measurement Validation.

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    Mirelis, Jesús G; García-Pavía, Pablo; Cavero, Miguel A; González-López, Esther; Echavarria-Pinto, Mauro; Pastrana, Miguel; Segovia, Javier; Oteo, Juan F; Alonso-Pulpón, Luis; Escaned, Javier

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    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy affects both epicardial and microcirculatory coronary compartments. Magnetic resonance perfusion imaging has been proposed as a useful tool to assess microcirculation mostly outside the heart transplantation setting. Instantaneous hyperemic diastolic flow velocity-pressure slope, an intracoronary physiology index, has demonstrated a better correlation with microcirculatory remodelling in cardiac allograft vasculopathy than other indices such as coronary flow velocity reserve. To investigate the potential of magnetic resonance perfusion imaging to detect the presence of microcirculatory remodeling in cardiac allograft vasculopathy, we compared magnetic resonance perfusion data with invasive intracoronary physiological indices to study microcirculation in a population of heart transplantation recipients with macrovascular nonobstructive disease demonstrated with intravascular ultrasound. We studied 8 heart transplantation recipients (mean age, 61 [12] years, 100% male) with epicardial allograft vasculopathy defined by intravascular ultrasound, nonsignificant coronary stenoses and negative visually-assessed wall-motion/perfusion dobutamine stress magnetic resonance. Quantitative stress and rest magnetic resonance perfusion data to build myocardial perfusion reserve index, noninvasively, and 4 invasive intracoronary physiological indices were determined. Postprocessed data showed a mean (standard deviation) myocardial perfusion reserve index of 1.22 (0.27), while fractional flow reserve, coronary flow velocity reserve, hyperemic microvascular resistance and instantaneous hyperemic diastolic flow velocity-pressure slope were 0.98 (0.02), cm/s/mmHg, 2.34 (0.55) cm/s/mmHg, 2.00 (0.69) cm/s/mmHg and 0.91 (0.65) cm/s/mmHg, respectively. The myocardial perfusion reserve index correlated strongly only with the instantaneous hyperemic diastolic flow velocity-pressure slope (r=0.75; P=.033). Myocardial perfusion reserve index derived from a

  14. Adenocarcinoma of the lung presenting as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Ahmed Dirweesh

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP usually presents as severe microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (MAHA and thrombocytopenia in a previously healthy individual. It occurs in approximately three in one million adults and 1 in 10 million children annually. The incidence is increased in females and blacks. Diagnosing TTP and initiating therapy with plasma exchange is a must to avoid preventable complications. Acquired thromotic microangiopathy has been linked to collagen vascular diseases, use of certain medications, organ transplants, infections, pregnancy and cancer. We report a rare case of a 56-year-old African American male diagnosed with TTP who found to have an asymptomatic adenocarcinoma of the lung. Prompt cancer management resulted in completed remission of the thrombotic microangiopathy.

  15. MDCT of acute thrombotic and nonthrombotic pulmonary emboli

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    Bhalla, Sanjeev [Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, 510 South Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 (United States)], E-mail: bhallas@mir.wustl.edu; Lopez-Costa, Ignacio [Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, 510 South Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 (United States)], E-mail: ignacio.lc@mac.com

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    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) remains a common clinical challenge. MDCT pulmonary angiography has become the first line imaging study in the diagnosis of PE because of its speed, accuracy, low-interobserver variability, and ability to provide alternative diagnoses. This review article highlights the role of MDCT in the evaluation of acute thrombotic PE in the era of PIOPED 2. MDCT findings of acute PE and some potential pitfalls are covered as well as some of the controversies in imaging young and pregnant patients. MDCT findings of acute non-thrombotic PE are also covered. This latter group may be occult on the angiographic portion of the study but may declare themselves through secondary findings. Their findings and potential mimics are included so that the interpreting radiologist can make the most of a CT to rule out PE.

  16. Refractor y thrombotic thrombocytopenic pur pura following acute pancreatitis

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    Ebisa Bekele; Bethel Shiferaw; Alexandra Sokolova; Arpan Shah; Phillip Saunders; Alida Podrumar; Javed Iqbal

    2016-01-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare blood disorder with an estimated incidence of 4–5 cases per million people per year. It is characterized by small-vessel platelet-rich thrombi that cause thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and organ damage. There are reports in literature that TTP and acute pancreatitis are associated, indicating each can be the cause of the other. However, acute pancreatitis triggering TTP is very rare. A 71 years old female ...

  17. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: A Case Presenting with Acute Ischemic Colitis

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    Joseph R. H. See

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    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP consists of the pentad of thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, fever, neurologic abnormalities, and renal disease. We present a case report of acute TTP following a bout of ischemic colitis. This report reminds the clinician that ischemic colitis can be an atypical presentation of TTP. The prompt recognition and treatment of this disease process resulted in a good prognosis for our patient.

  18. SUBCUTANEOUS BASIDIOBOLOMYCOSIS: A CASE REPORT

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    Jul 9, 2013 ... E-mail: sackey@sky.com. Conflict of interest: None declared. SUMMARY. Basidiobolomycosis is an uncommon chronic deep fungal infection in which gradually enlarging granulomas form, usually in the subcutaneous fat tissues of the limbs, chest or trunk of immunocompetent hosts, primarily children.

  19. Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema ...

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    PROF. EZECHUKWU

    2012-09-08

    Sep 8, 2012 ... department with a history of increasing difficulty with breathing and ... ward and commenced on intravenous antibiotics and high flow oxygen. He made remarkable improvement with complete resolution of subcutaneous emphysema on the 4th day ... the left lateral decubitus position.18 Our patient met most.

  20. Pyrexial therapy in subcutaneous phycomycosis

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    Reddy BSN

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    Full Text Available A case of subcutaneous phycomycosis occurring in a 2 ½ year old child is reported for its rarity, clinical interest and paucity of literature. The condition failed to resolve with conventional antimycotics but improved with the administration of concomitant pyrexial therapy.

  1. Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema ...

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    Sep 8, 2012 ... to trauma or pathological disease state3, with gastroin- testinal and respiratory diseases most commonly impli- cated.4,5. The respiratory disease commonly associated with pneu- momediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema is bronchial asthma.6 Pneumonia, though a very com- mon childhood ...

  2. Pericytes derived from adipose-derived stem cells protect against retinal vasculopathy.

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    Full Text Available Retinal vasculopathies, including diabetic retinopathy (DR, threaten the vision of over 100 million people. Retinal pericytes are critical for microvascular control, supporting retinal endothelial cells via direct contact and paracrine mechanisms. With pericyte death or loss, endothelial dysfunction ensues, resulting in hypoxic insult, pathologic angiogenesis, and ultimately blindness. Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs differentiate into pericytes, suggesting they may be useful as a protective and regenerative cellular therapy for retinal vascular disease. In this study, we examine the ability of ASCs to differentiate into pericytes that can stabilize retinal vessels in multiple pre-clinical models of retinal vasculopathy.We found that ASCs express pericyte-specific markers in vitro. When injected intravitreally into the murine eye subjected to oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR, ASCs were capable of migrating to and integrating with the retinal vasculature. Integrated ASCs maintained marker expression and pericyte-like morphology in vivo for at least 2 months. ASCs injected after OIR vessel destabilization and ablation enhanced vessel regrowth (16% reduction in avascular area. ASCs injected intravitreally before OIR vessel destabilization prevented retinal capillary dropout (53% reduction. Treatment of ASCs with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β1 enhanced hASC pericyte function, in a manner similar to native retinal pericytes, with increased marker expression of smooth muscle actin, cellular contractility, endothelial stabilization, and microvascular protection in OIR. Finally, injected ASCs prevented capillary loss in the diabetic retinopathic Akimba mouse (79% reduction 2 months after injection.ASC-derived pericytes can integrate with retinal vasculature, adopting both pericyte morphology and marker expression, and provide functional vascular protection in multiple murine models of retinal vasculopathy. The pericyte phenotype demonstrated

  3. Oligoclonal immunoglobulins in cerebrospinal fluid during varicella zoster virus (VZV) vasculopathy are directed against VZV.

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    Burgoon, Mark P; Hammack, Barbara N; Owens, Gregory P; Maybach, Amy L; Eikelenboom, M Judith; Gilden, Donald H

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    Limited analyses of cerebrospinal fluid from patients with central nervous system infections have shown that the oligoclonal IgG is antibody directed against the agent that causes disease. Using a new method involving binding of IgG to beads coated with lysates prepared from candidate infectious antigens, we showed that the oligoclonal IgG in cerebrospinal fluid of a patient with chronic varicella zoster virus vasculopathy is directed against the causative virus. This approach holds promise in identifying and purifying the relevant oligoclonal IgGs in inflammatory central nervous system diseases of unknown cause.

  4. Inhibition of chemokine-glycosaminoglycan interactions in donor tissue reduces mouse allograft vasculopathy and transplant rejection.

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    Erbin Dai

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Binding of chemokines to glycosaminoglycans (GAGs is classically described as initiating inflammatory cell migration and creating tissue chemokine gradients that direct local leukocyte chemotaxis into damaged or transplanted tissues. While chemokine-receptor binding has been extensively studied during allograft transplantation, effects of glycosaminoglycan (GAG interactions with chemokines on transplant longevity are less well known. Here we examine the impact of interrupting chemokine-GAG interactions and chemokine-receptor interactions, both locally and systemically, on vascular disease in allografts.Analysis of GAG or CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2 deficiency were coupled with the infusion of viral chemokine modulating proteins (CMPs in mouse aortic allograft transplants (n = 239 mice. Inflammatory cell invasion and neointimal hyperplasia were significantly reduced in N-deacetylase-N-sulfotransferase-1 (Ndst1(f/fTekCre(+ heparan sulfate (GAG-deficient (Ndst1(-/-, p<0.044 and CCR2-deficient (Ccr2(-/-, p<0.04 donor transplants. Donor tissue GAG or CCR2 deficiency markedly reduced inflammation and vasculopathy, whereas recipient deficiencies did not. Treatment with three CMPs was also investigated; Poxviral M-T1 blocks CC chemokine receptor binding, M-T7 blocks C, CC, and CXC GAG binding, and herpesviral M3 binds receptor and GAG binding for all classes. M-T7 reduced intimal hyperplasia in wild type (WT (Ccr2(+/+, p< or =0.003 and Ccr2(-/-, pvasculopathy, but did not block vasculopathy in Ccr2(-/- (p = 0.61. M-T7 treatment alone, even without immunosuppressive drugs, also significantly prolonged survival of renal allograft transplants (p< or =0.001.Interruption of chemokine-GAG interactions, even in the absence of chemokine-receptor blockade, is a highly effective approach to reduction of

  5. Injectable agents affecting subcutaneous fats.

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    Chen, David Lk; Cohen, Joel L; Green, Jeremy B

    2015-09-01

    Mesotherapy is an intradermal or subcutaneous injection of therapeutic agents to induce local effects, and was pioneered in Europe during the 1950s. For the past 2 decades, there has been significant interest in the use of mesotherapy for minimally invasive local fat contouring. Based on the theorized lipolytic effects of the agent phosphatidylcholine, initial attempts involved its injection into subcutaneous tissue. With further studies, however, it became apparent that the activity attributed to phosphatidylcholine mesotherapy was due to the adipolytic effects of deoxycholate, a detergent used to solubilize phosphatidylcholine. Since then, clinical trials have surfaced that demonstrate the efficacy of a proprietary formulation of deoxycholate for local fat contouring. Current trials on mesotherapy with salmeterol, a b-adrenergic agonist and lipolysis stimulator, are underway-with promising preliminary results as well. ©2015 Frontline Medical Communications.

  6. Principles of subcutaneous port placement.

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    Gonda, Shaun J; Li, Ruizong

    2011-12-01

    The introduction of totally implantable subcutaneous devices in the early 1980s provided patients with secure, reliable venous access and also gave them the ability to move more freely and have a more normal lifestyle with these devices in place. The most common totally implantable device used today is the subcutaneous port. These ports consist of an injection port connected to a catheter. Ports provide a number of advantages compared with other venous catheters; the most important is the reduced risk of infection. These devices have significantly lower rates of infection than nontunneled and tunneled catheters. Additional advantages include less frequent irrigation and minimal home care, and they are less prone to environmental or cutaneous contamination when not being accessed. This article will focus on the placement of these ports. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Subcutaneous emphysema during status astmaticus

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    Schwarz, E.

    1985-09-01

    Spontaneous subcutaneous accumulations of air in the soft parts of the thorax during an asthmatic crisis (status asthmaticus) are rarely seen. The pathomechanism of the phenomenon, which may lead to the formation of an emphysema of the soft parts via the pneumomediastinum, is discussed, and the possible complications which must be taken into account are pointed out. The value of radiological examination of the thorax in children suffering from asthma bronchiale, is explained briefly. (orig.).

  8. Epidural, paraspinal, and subcutaneous lipomatosis

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    Sener, R. Nuri [Department of Radiology, Ege University Hospital, Bornova, Izmir (Turkey)

    2003-09-01

    A unique case of idiopathic diffuse lipomatosis is reported. The patient was an 11-year-old boy with diffuse lipomatosis in the epidural space, paraspinal muscles, and thoracolumbar subcutaneous regions. Epidural lipomatosis involved the entire thoracolumbar spine and was associated with filar thickening and lipoma. In addition, paraspinal muscles, especially the erector spinae group, had diffuse fatty infiltration. The ultimate clinical effect of this fatty tissue was urinary dysfunction, radicular pain and hypoesthesia in both legs and difficulty walking. (orig.)

  9. Malignant Hypertension and Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: False Friends.

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    Abdalla, Hossam; Alfishawy, Mostafa; Babigumira, Michael; Bashir, Tayyaba

    2015-06-17

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare hematologic disorder resulting in hemolysis of red blood cells, consumption of platelets, and occlusion of microvasculature. Malignant hypertension is the clinical syndrome of severe elevations in blood pressure and funduscopic hypertensive retinopathy, including bilateral flame-shaped hemorrhage and papilledema. We describe the case of a 63-year-old man who presented with features of TTP and malignant hypertension treated with plasma exchange and developing end-stage renal disease. Given the diagnostic uncertainty at presentation, clinicians should quickly intervene to control hypertension and institute plasma exchange as needed.

  10. C. sinensis ablates allograft vasculopathy when used as an adjuvant therapy with cyclosporin A.

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    Jordan, J L; Hirsch, G M; Lee, T D G

    2008-07-01

    Immunosuppressive treatments are available to suppress acute cardiac rejection; however, no viable treatment exists for long-term cardiac graft failure. Moreover, extended use of calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressants, the mainstay of the current therapeutic for cardiac transplantation, leads to significant associated pathologies such as nephrotoxicity and increased risk of cardiac disease. For the last ten years alternatives to calcineurin inhibitors, or adjuvant therapies designed to complement their activities, have been explored. In tandem with this development, there has been considerable interest in Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) as sources for novel therapeutics. Our study examines the ability of the TCM Cordyceps sinensis to reduce acute and chronic rejection associated with cardiac transplantation. The objectives of this study were to first determine if oral delivery of the extract could reduce acute rejection in a rat heterotopic heart model of transplantation. The second objective was to determine, in vitro, if a sterile, aqueous extract of C. sinensis could decrease CD8+ T cell activity. The third objective was to determine if oral delivery of the extract could ablate allograft vasculopathy in a mouse abdominal aortic transplant model. We found that oral delivery of the extract demonstrated a reduction in acute rejection when used in conjunction with a sub-therapeutic dose of Cyclosporine. Further, we found, using a mixed lymphocyte reaction, that the extract was able to significantly reduce CD8+ T cell activity. Finally, we demonstrate that oral delivery of the extract, used with a therapeutic dose of Cyclosporine to suppress acute rejection, ablates allograft vasculopathy.

  11. Necrotizing peripheral vasculitis/vasculopathy following the use of cocaine laced with levamisole.

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    Farmer, Russell W; Malhotra, Paula S; Mays, Michael P; Egger, Michael E; Smith, Jason W; Jortani, Saeed A; Spiller, Henry; Bosse, George M; Callen, Jeffrey P; Franklin, Glen A

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    The objective of this study was to describe a novel presentation of peripheral vasculitis associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine. Cocaine abuse is widespread in the United States with 5.3 million people using cocaine in 2008. Over the past decade, drug enforcement officials have noticed the presence of levamisole in confiscated cocaine samples as an adulterant. Known side effects of cocaine-related levamisole ingestion have included agranulocytosis and a cutaneous acral purpura that is histopathologically characterized by a mixture of inflammation (vasculitis) and occlusion (vasculopathy). A 54-year-old man who nasally ingested cocaine laced with levamisole developed widespread necrotic/purpuric skin lesions on approximately 20% of his body with an acral accentuation. These lesions were complicated by multiple areas of sloughing and necrosis. He was initially treated with topical silver sulfadiazine dressing changes but progressed to require debridement and split-thickness skin grafting. Peripheral vasculitis/vasculopathy with severe necrosis resembling Coumadin necrosis is a relatively recently recognized sequelae from levamisole-adulterated cocaine use.

  12. Homozygosity for moyamoya disease risk allele leads to moyamoya disease with extracranial systemic and pulmonary vasculopathy.

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    Fukushima, Hiroyuki; Takenouchi, Toshiki; Kosaki, Kenjiro

    2016-09-01

    Moyamoya disease is characterized by diffuse distal intracranial stenosis. Recently, RNF213 has been identified as a susceptibility gene in the development of this condition. Pulmonary hypertension is a rare progressive vasculopathy with an unknown etiology. The co-occurrence of pulmonary hypertension and Moyamoya disease has been described in four patients; however, whether this co-occurrence represents a chance association or a common vascular pathology has remained unknown. Here, we report two unrelated male patients who presented during their childhood with dyspnea on exertion. Systemic vascular imaging studies revealed the presence of pulmonary hypertension and Moyamoya disease in both patients. Medical exome sequencing revealed that both patients had a homozygous mutation for p.Arg4810Lys in RNF213. We suggest that homozygosity in RNF213 may lead to a novel entity involving the brain and lung. Interestingly, when present in a heterozygous state, this mutation causes a classic cerebral vascular disease, Moyamoya disease. In the homozygous state, the exact same mutation led to Moyamoya disease with extracranial systemic vasculopathy in at least two patients. From a clinical standpoint, cerebrovascular or pulmonary vascular investigations may be warranted in patients with pulmonary hypertension or Moyamoya disease, respectively. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Vasculopathy associated with peripheral neuropathy in gait parameters of diabetic people

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    Alessandra Madia Mantovani

    Full Text Available Abstract Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN is a common complication of diabetes mellitus when glycemic levels are poorly controlled. Sometimes DPN is accompanied by vasculopathy (DPV, which can worsen the clinical prognosis. The aim of this study was to analyze the gait parameters of nondiabetic individuals and diabetic individuals with DPN with or without DPV. METHOD The study included 68 individuals (50 to 65 years old divided into three groups: people without diabetes mellitus (n = 33, diabetic patients with DPN (n = 18, and diabetic patients with both DPN and DVP (n = 17. The participants underwent a gait evaluation using electronic baropodometry to obtain the single and double support, velocity, and pressure-time integral. RESULTS The pressure-time integral, velocity, and single support variables were lower, and the double support and double support/single support ratio were higher in the diabetic neuropathy and vasculopathy group. The velocity was lower the greater the degree of impairment of the diabetic foot. Some correlations were identified with velocity. CONCLUSION In diabetic individuals, there was a significant worsening of the gait parameters analyzed according to increasing degree of clinical impairment.

  14. Physical excercise and thrombotic risk in the elderly.

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    Veríssimo, M T; Aragäo, A; Sousa, A; Barbosa, B; Palmeiro, A; Antunes, F; Saldanha, M H

    2001-06-01

    Aging increases certain thrombotic risk factors, such as fibrinogen, factor VII, PAI-1 and plasma viscosity, contributing to cardiovascular diseases being the principal cause of death in developed countries. Physical exercise can counteract this tendency by influencing such factors. To assess the effect of regular physical exercise on fibrinogen, factor VII, PAI-1 and plasma viscosity in an elderly group. Sixty-three old people of both sexes, aged between 65 and 94, participated in this study, and were randomly distributed between a test group (n = 31) and a control group (n = 32). The test group followed a program of physical exercise for eight months, with an intensity of 60% to 80% of heart rate reserve, composed of three weekly sessions, on alternate days, of 60 minutes each. The control group maintained their normal activity. Before the beginning of the program and eight months afterwards, blood samples were collected to assess fibrinogen, factor VII, PAI-1 and plasma viscosity. In the test group, fibrinogen, factor VII and plasma viscosity decreased significantly while PAI-1 showed no significant change. The control group did not present alterations in any of the parameters assessed. Regular physical exercise decreases thrombotic risk and may help to reduce cardiovascular events in the elderly.

  15. Venous and Arterial Thrombotic Events in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

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    Hinojosa-Azaola, Andrea; Romero-Diaz, Juanita; Vargas-Ruiz, Angel Gabriel; Nuñez-Alvarez, Carlos A; Cicero-Casarrubias, Alba; Ocampo-Torres, Mario C; Sanchez-Guerrero, Jorge

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    The incidence of thrombosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is 25 to 50-fold higher than in the general population; we aimed to define the characteristics of venous thrombotic events (VTE) and arterial thrombotic events (ATE) to identify the patients at highest risk. The study included 219 patients with recent-onset SLE. At baseline, standardized medical history and laboratory tests were done. Followup visits occurred quarterly, and information about damage accrual, comorbidities, and cardiovascular risk factors was updated annually. Main outcome was development of TE after SLE diagnosis. Thirty-five patients (16%) developed TE (27 VTE, 8 ATE) during 5.21 years of followup; incidence rate 31/1000 patient-years. Most events (57%) developed within the first year of diagnosis, and 69% were not associated with lupus anticoagulant (LAC), determined with 1 method. VTE developed earlier than ATE (2.0 vs 57.5 mos, p = 0.02). In the multivariate analysis, variables preceding VTE included cutaneous vasculitis, nephrotic syndrome, dose of prednisone, and LAC in combination with anti-RNP/Sm antibodies (p LAC in combination with anti-RNP/Sm antibodies was associated with VTE and improved the accuracy for predicting it. Our study suggests that in SLE, VTE and ATE have different risk factors. Understanding these differences is helpful for identifying patients at highest risk. The use of LAC plus anti-RNP/Sm for predicting VTE deserves further study.

  16. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Etiopathogenesis, Diagnostics and Basic Principles of Treatment

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    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a clinical syndrome that manifests with thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia and symptoms and signs of kidney and brain damage, but it rarely involves other organs. The main pathophysiological cause of TTP is diminished metalloproteinase ADAMTS13 activity; the main function of ADAMTS13 is to degrade large multimers of the von Willebrand factor. Diminished activity of ADAMTS13 is caused either by a genetic mutation in the gene that codes ADAMTS13 (congenital TTP or by antibodies that block ADAMTS13 enzyme activity or accelerate the degradation of ADAMTS13 (acquired TTP. Clinically, TTP presents most frequently with signs and symptoms of brain and kidney damage with concomitant haemorrhagic syndrome. TTP is suspected when a patient presents with a low platelet count, microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (negative Coombs tests, low haptoglobine concentration, increased serum concentration of indirect bilirubin and lactate dehydrogenase, increased number of schysocytes in peripheral blood and the typical clinical presentation. A definitive diagnose can be made only by measuring the ADAMTS13 activity. The differential diagnosis in such cases includes both typical and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, disseminated intravascular coagulation, HELLP syndrome in pregnant women and other thrombotic microangiopathies. The first line therapy for TTP is plasma exchange. In patients with acquired TTP, in addition to plasma exchange, immunosuppressive medications are used (corticosteroids and rituximab. In patients with hereditary TTP, the administration of fresh frozen plasma is sometimes required.

  17. A case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura induced by acute pancreatitis

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    Arimoto M

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    Full Text Available Miyoko Arimoto1, Yutaka Komiyama2, Fumiko Okamae1, Akemi Ichibe1, Setsuko Teranishi1, Hirohiko Tokunaga1, Keiko Nakaya3, Michie Fujiwara3, Manabu Yamaoka4, Shuji Onishi4, Rie Miyamoto5, Naoto Nakamichi5, Shosaku Nomura51Blood Transfusion Unit, Kansai Medical University Takii Hospital, 2Department of Clinical Sciences and Laboratory Medicine, Kansai Medical University, 3Clinical Medical Technology Unit, Kansai Medical University Takii Hospital, 4Blood Transfusion Unit, Kansai Medical University Hirakata Hospital, 5First Department of Internal Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Moriguchi, JapanAbstract: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a multisystemic microvascular disorder that may be caused by an imbalance between unusually large von Willebrand factor multimers and the cleaving protease ADAMTS13. In acquired TTP, especially in secondary TTP with various underlying diseases, the diagnosis is difficult because there are many cases that do not exhibit severe deficiency of ADAMTS13 or raised levels of ADAMST13 inhibitors. It is well known that collagen disease, malignancy, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation can be underlying conditions that induce TTP. However, TTP induced by acute pancreatitis, as experienced by our patient, has rarely been reported. Our patient completely recovered with treatments using steroids and plasma exchange (PE only. In cases where patients develop acute pancreatitis with no apparent causes for hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, the possibility of TTP should be considered. Treatments for TTP including PE should be evaluated as soon as a diagnosis is made.Keywords: thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, ADAMTS13, acute pancreatitis, plasma exchange

  18. In vitro Anti-Thrombotic Activity of Extracts from Blacklip Abalone (Haliotis rubra Processing Waste

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    Hafiz Ansar Rasul Suleria

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    Full Text Available Waste generated from the processing of marine organisms for food represents an underutilized resource that has the potential to provide bioactive molecules with pharmaceutical applications. Some of these molecules have known anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant activities and are being investigated as alternatives to common anti-thrombotic drugs, like heparin and warfarin that have serious side effects. In the current study, extracts prepared from blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra processing waste, using food grade enzymes papain and bromelain, were found to contain sulphated polysaccharide with anti-thrombotic activity. Extracts were found to be enriched with sulphated polysaccharides and assessed for anti-thrombotic activity in vitro through heparin cofactor-II (HCII-mediated inhibition of thrombin. More than 60% thrombin inhibition was observed in response to 100 μg/mL sulphated polysaccharides. Anti-thrombotic potential was further assessed as anti-coagulant activity in plasma and blood, using prothrombin time (PT, activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT, and thromboelastography (TEG. All abalone extracts had significant activity compared with saline control. Anion exchange chromatography was used to separate extracts into fractions with enhanced anti-thrombotic activity, improving HCII-mediated thrombin inhibition, PT and aPTT almost 2-fold. Overall this study identifies an alternative source of anti-thrombotic molecules that can be easily processed offering alternatives to current anti-thrombotic agents like heparin.

  19. Subcutaneous Leiomyosarcoma of the Frenulum

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    D. Mendis

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Leiomyosarcomas of the penis are rare, with only 29 reported cases to date. We record the case of a patient who presented with a 2-year history of a seemingly indolent penile skin lesion. On histopathology of the local resection, a diagnosis of subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma was made. Specifically, leiomyosarcoma of the penile frenulum has not been clearly reported previously. The patient underwent a further excision to ensure an adequate resection margin and has had no disease recurrence at subsequent follow-up. Our case was of a lesion that, although clinically benign, was malignant and this possibility should be borne in mind when assessing patients.

  20. Arterial vasculopathy in systemic sclerosis: Computerized tomography (CT) angiographic features of macrovascular and microvascular upper limbs arteries

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To describe the CT angiographic findings of arterial vasculopathy in the major vessels as well as medium and micro vascular affection of the whole upper limbs arterial tree in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) with and without digital ulceration. Methods Twenty-two cases with systemic

  1. The composition of ectopic lymphoid structures suggests involvement of a local immune response in cardiac allograft vasculopathy

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    Huibers, Manon M. H.; Gareau, Alison J.; Vink, Aryan; Kruit, Rianne; Feringa, Hannah; Beerthuijzen, Johanna M. T.; Siera-de Koning, Erica; Peeters, Ton; de Jonge, Nicolaas; de Weger, Roel A.; Lee, Timothy D. G.

    BACKGROUND: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a multifactorial pathology limiting the survival of cardiac transplants. The etiology of CAV is unclear, but antibody-mediated and cellular-mediated responses have been implicated. We, and others, have observed ectopic lymphoid structures (ELS)

  2. Presternal subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst in adolescence

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    Moon, Sung Mo; Lee, Sang Min; Kang, Haeyoun; Choi, Hye Jeong

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts have been described rarely, particularly among adolescents. Only a few reports have described the ultrasonographic features of bronchogenic cysts, characterizing them as nonspecific cystic masses with or without internal echogenic foci or debris. Therefore, it is hard to differentiate subcutaneous bronchogenic cysts from other subcutaneous cystic tumors ultrasonographically. We report a case of presternal subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst in an 18-year-old man with unusual ultrasonographic findings. Ultrasonography revealed a small, oval, cystic mass containing a well-circumscribed, heterogeneously hypoechoic, egg-shaped lesion in the dependent portion of the mass within the subcutaneous fat layer overlying the sternum. Surgical excision was performed, and the cystic mass was diagnosed as a bronchogenic cyst. On pathological examination, the internal, heterogeneously hypoechoic, ball-like lesion was found to be mucous material within the cyst. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a presternal subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst presenting with a ball-like lesion inside of the cyst. This unusual ultrasonographic feature can be a clue to the diagnosis of subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst. In conclusion, if an anechoic cyst containing an internal, well-circumscribed, hypoechoic ball-like lesion is seen in the presternal subcutaneous fat layer, subcutaneous bronchogenic cyst should be considered in the differential diagnosis of subcutaneous cystic masses. PMID:28151916

  3. Synchronous Ovarian and Endometrial Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma Presenting with Nonbacterial Thrombotic Endocarditis and Pulmonary Thromboembolism: Adenocarcinoma with Thrombotic Events

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    N. K. Erturk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE is a rare manifestation of hypercoagulability in patients with malignant neoplasms. Case Report. A fifty-six-year-old woman presented to the emergency service; the clinical workup revealed deep vein thrombosis in right leg and bilateral massive PTE. As the abdominal sections on the spiral CT revealed a giant pelvic mass of ovarian origin, she was referred to our hospital’s gynecologic oncology department. She was scheduled for surgery under enoxaparin. She described numbness on one side of her face. Cranial imaging findings revealed acute ischemic cerebral lesions and transesophageal echocardiogram showed vegetation on the aortic cusp. Under anticoagulation treatment, she underwent hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and infracolic omentectomy. After tumor resection, her neurological symptoms dissolved with aggressive anticoagulant treatment. Pathology result was synchronous endometrial and ovarian adenocarcinoma. Discussion. NBTE is a rare condition often associated with advanced malignancies. Peripheral embolism and venous thrombosis are complications that have been associated with NBTE due to hypercoagulable state. These disorders could be resistant to routine anticoagulant treatment. In case of a thrombotic complication due to ovarian malignancy, surgical resection of the primary tumor may increase the effect of anticoagulant treatment.

  4. [Subcutaneous teicoplanin for children with infectious endocarditis].

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    Carpentier, E; Roméo, B; El Samad, Y; Geslin-Lichtenberger, L; Maingourd, Y; Tourneux, P

    2013-07-01

    Infectious endocarditis in children requires prolonged antibiotic therapy. In adults, antibiotics administrated subcutaneously such as teicoplanin are an alternative to intravenous treatment. We report the use of subcutaneous teicoplanin, after an initial antibiotic treatment administrated intravenously, for 2 children treated for infectious endocarditis following an initial cardiac surgery. Serum concentrations of teicoplanin were within the target range after the adaptation in the teicoplanin subcutaneous dosages. The treatment was effective for both cases. No specific side effects related to the treatment were reported. Subcutaneous administration could be used for prolonged antibiotic therapy for the treatment of infectious endocarditis in children, after an initial intravenous treatment. Variability of the bioavailability of antibiotics administrated subcutaneously requires regular testing. Prospective, randomized trials comparing intravenous and subcutaneous administration of teicoplanin should be conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of this treatment. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Subcutaneous Emphysema—Beyond the Pneumoperitoneum

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    Ott, Douglas E.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Subcutaneous emphysema and gas extravasation outside of the peritoneal cavity during laparoscopy has consequences. Knowledge of the circumstances that increase the potential for subcutaneous emphysema is necessary for safe laparoscopy. Methods: A literature review and a PubMed search are the basis for this review. Conclusions: The known risk factors leading to subcutaneous emphysema during laparoscopy are multiple attempts at abdominal entry, improper cannula placement, loose fitt...

  6. BILATERAL SUBRETINAL FLUID AND RETINAL VASCULOPATHY ASSOCIATED WITH SUBACUTE SCLEROSING PANENCEPHALITIS.

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    Agarwal, Aniruddha; Singh, Ramandeep; Kumar, Abiraj; Dogra, Mangat R; Gupta, Amod

    2017-01-01

    To report a case of bilateral retinopathy associated with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. History and clinical examination, fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography. We report a rare case of unilateral, followed by bilateral retinopathy, subretinal fluid, and vasculopathy in a young boy. History of missed measles vaccination, behavioral and neurologic symptoms, and electroencephalogram suggested a diagnosis of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. Retinal imaging using optical coherence tomography was performed to document changes in the retinal microstructure through the natural course of the disease. Within 8 weeks, the changes progressed to retinal atrophy in both eyes. The progressive course of retinitis associated with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis can be monitored on optical coherence tomography. Retinitis is subacute sclerosing panencephalitis rapidly progressive from the acute stage to the stage of atrophy, involving full thickness of the retina.

  7. Severe Staphylococcus aureus Endocarditis Presenting as Peripartum Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.

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    Quinn, Kieran L; Osmond, Mark; Badiwala, Mitesh; Sermer, Mathew; Lapinsky, Stephen E

    2016-11-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening illness that occurs in both pregnant and non-pregnant women. Several other conditions can mimic the disease, which makes the diagnosis challenging. We describe a case of severe Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis that initially presented as peripartum TTP in a 39-year-old woman at 29+6 weeks' gestation. We give an overview of the diagnostic considerations and management of thrombocytopenia in pregnancy and review the literature related to TTP and peripartum infective endocarditis. Given the significant differences in definitive therapies for the spectrum of thrombocytopenic conditions that occur in pregnancy, timely and accurate diagnosis of TTP is critical for optimal management. Copyright © 2016 The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/La Société des obstétriciens et gynécologues du Canada. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy in an unknown primary cancer

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    Gayathri P Amonkar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy (PTTM is a highly fatal complication of cancer leading to acute cor pulmonale and pulmonary hypertension. We present a case of 47-year-old male patient who developed acute breathlessness and died suddenly. The pulmonary vessels at autopsy on histopathologic examination showed the presence of fibrocellular intimal proliferation, fibrin thrombi and few tumor emboli consisting of malignant adenocarcinoma cells. There was associated lymphangiosis carcinomatosis. No primary visceral tumor was found despite extensive search. The patient had died following acute cor pulmonale with sudden pulmonary hypertension due to PTTM. This entity (PTTM must be kept as a differential diagnosis in patients presenting with acute breathlessness especially in cases of cancers.

  9. Thrombotic manifestations in SAPHO syndrome. Review of the literature.

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    Carranco-Medina, Tatiana Elizabeth; Hidalgo-Calleja, Cristina; Calero-Paniagua, Ismael; Sánchez-González, María Dolores; Quesada-Moreno, Alba; Usategui-Martín, Ricardo; Pérez-Garrido, Laura; Gómez-Castro, Susana; Montilla-Morales, Carlos Alberto; Martínez-González, Olga; Del Pino-Montes, Javier

    2015-01-01

    SAPHO (synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis and osteitis) syndrome is a cluster of osteo-cutaneous manifestations that can lead to serious complications such as thrombosis of the subclavian vein or superior vena cava, mainly in patients with significant inflammatory involvement of the anterior-chest-wall. The objective of this study was to review the cases published in the medical literature related with the presence of thrombotic complications in patients diagnosed with SAPHO syndrome and to try to determine their possible pathogenic mechanism and risk factors. We analyzed 11 published reports of isolated clinical cases or case series, a total of 144 patients, which described a total of 15 cases of venous thrombosis. The clinical characteristics of these patients, evaluated to determine whether they meet the ASAS criteria for axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis, is analyzed the need for early diagnosis and treatment is highlighted. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Thrombotic microangiopathy due to Viperidae bite: Two case reports.

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    Dineshkumar, T; Dhanapriya, J; Sakthirajan, R; Thirumalvalavan, K; Kurien, A A; Balasubramaniyan, T; Gopalakrishnan, N

    2017-01-01

    Snake bite is mainly an occupational hazard and causes serious health problems in rural India. Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs in 5-30% cases. Renal pathologic findings include acute tubular necrosis, cortical necrosis, interstitial nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and vasculitis. Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) occurrence after a snake bite is reported rarely. Here, we present two patients who developed TMA after viper bite treated with hemodialysis and plasmapheresis. Renal biopsy showed fibrin thrombi in glomeruli and arterioles with cortical necrosis. One patient progressed to end-stage renal disease and other was lost to follow-up. TMA should be considered as a possible pathogenesis of AKI after snake bite. The role of plasma exchanges in snake bite TMA is yet to be defined.

  11. Thrombotic microangiopathy due to Viperidae bite: Two case reports

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    T Dineshkumar

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Snake bite is mainly an occupational hazard and causes serious health problems in rural India. Acute kidney injury (AKI occurs in 5-30% cases. Renal pathologic findings include acute tubular necrosis, cortical necrosis, interstitial nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and vasculitis. Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA occurrence after a snake bite is reported rarely. Here, we present two patients who developed TMA after viper bite treated with hemodialysis and plasmapheresis. Renal biopsy showed fibrin thrombi in glomeruli and arterioles with cortical necrosis. One patient progressed to end-stage renal disease and other was lost to follow-up. TMA should be considered as a possible pathogenesis of AKI after snake bite. The role of plasma exchanges in snake bite TMA is yet to be defined.

  12. ADAMTS-13 in the Diagnosis and Management of Thrombotic Microangiopathies

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    Galit Sarig

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs comprise a group of distinct disorders characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and microvascular thrombosis. For many years distinction between these TMAs, especially between thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS, remained purely clinical and hard to make. Recent discoveries shed light on different pathogenesis of TTP and HUS. Ultra-large von Willebrand factor (UL-VWF platelet thrombi, resulting from the deficiency of cleavage protease which is now known as ADAMTS-13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13, were found to cause TTP pathology, while Shiga toxins or abnormalities in regulation of the complement system cause microangiopathy and thrombosis in HUS. TMAs may appear in various conditions such as pregnancy, inflammation, malignancy, or exposure to drugs. These conditions might cause acquired TTP, HUS, or other TMAs, or might be a trigger in individuals with genetic predisposition to ADAMTS-13 or complement factor H deficiency. Differentiation between these TMAs is highly important for urgent initiation of appropriate therapy. Measurement of ADAMTS-13 activity and anti-ADAMTS-13 antibody levels may advance this differentiation resulting in accurate diagnosis. Additionally, assessment of ADAMTS-13 levels can be a tool for monitoring treatment efficacy and relapse risk, allowing consideration of therapy addition or change. In the past few years, great improvements in ADAMTS-13 assays have been made, and tests with increased sensitivity, specificity, reproducibility, and shorter turnaround time are now available. These new assays enable ADAMTS-13 measurement in routine clinical diagnostic laboratories, which may ultimately result in improvement of TMA management.

  13. Reduced Progression of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy with Routine Use of Induction Therapy with Basiliximab

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    Ricardo Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV is a major limitation for long-term survival of patients undergoing heart transplantation (HT. Some immunosuppressants can reduce the risk of CAV. Objectives: The primary objective was to evaluate the variation in the volumetric growth of the intimal layer measured by intracoronary ultrasound (IVUS after 1 year in patients who received basiliximab compared with that in a control group. Methods: Thirteen patients treated at a single center between 2007 and 2009 were analyzed retrospectively. Evaluations were performed with IVUS, measuring the volume of a coronary segment within the first 30 days and 1 year after HT. Vasculopathy was characterized by the volume of the intima of the vessel. Results: Thirteen patients included (7 in the basiliximab group and 6 in the control group. On IVUS assessment, the control group was found to have greater vessel volume (120–185.43 mm3 vs. 127.77–131.32 mm3; p = 0.051. Intimal layer growth (i.e., CAV was also higher in the control group (27.30–49.15 mm3 [∆80%] vs. 20.23–26.69 mm3 [∆33%]; p = 0.015. Univariate regression analysis revealed that plaque volume and prior atherosclerosis of the donor were not related to intima growth (r = 0.15, p = 0.96, whereas positive remodeling was directly proportional to the volumetric growth of the intima (r = 0.85, p < 0.001. Conclusion: Routine induction therapy with basiliximab was associated with reduced growth of the intima of the vessel during the first year after HT.

  14. Thrombotic complications and thromboprophylaxis across all three stages of single ventricle heart palliation.

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    Manlhiot, Cedric; Brandão, Leonardo R; Kwok, Judith; Kegel, Stefan; Menjak, Ines B; Carew, Caitlin L; Chan, Anthony K; Schwartz, Steven M; Sivarajan, V Ben; Caldarone, Christopher A; Van Arsdell, Glen S; McCrindle, Brian W

    2012-09-01

    To describe the incidence of thrombotic complications across all 3 stages of single ventricle palliation and the association between thromboprophylaxis use and thrombotic risk. Two separate cross-sectional studies were performed that included 195 patients born between 2003-2008 and 162 patients who underwent Fontan after 2000. The incidence of thrombotic complications was 40% and 28% after initial palliation and superior cavopulmonary connection (SCPC), respectively; 5-year freedom from thrombotic complications after Fontan was 79%. Thromboprophylaxis was initiated for 70%, 46%, and 94% of patients after initial palliation, SCPC, and Fontan, respectively. Thromboprophylaxis with enoxaparin (vs no thromboprophylaxis) was associated with a reduction in risk of thrombotic complications after initial palliation (hazard ratio [HR] 0.5, P = .05) and SCPC (HR 0.2, P = .04). Thromboprophylaxis with warfarin was associated with a reduction in thrombotic complications after Fontan (HR 0.27, P = .05 vs acetylsalicylic acid; HR 0.18, P = .02 vs no thromboprophylaxis). Thrombotic complications were associated with increased mortality after initial palliation (HR 5.5, P SCPC (HR 12.5, P < .001). Three patients experienced major bleeding complications without permanent sequelae (2 enoxaparin, 1 warfarin). Given the negative impact of thrombotic complications on survival, the low risk of serious bleeding complications, and the association between thromboprophylaxis and lowered thrombotic complication risk across all 3 palliative stages, routine use of thromboprophylaxis from the initial palliation to the early post-Fontan period in this population may be indicated. Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Frontal subcutaneous blood flow, and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures during scalp cooling in normal man

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    Bülow, J; Friberg, L; Gaardsting, O

    1985-01-01

    during cooling and rewarming and to measure the effect of scalp cooling on subcutaneous scalp blood flow, subcutaneous blood flow and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures were measured in the frontal region at the hairline border before and during cooling with a cooling helmet, during spontaneous rewarming...

  16. Acute Thyrotoxicosis of Graves Disease Associated with Moyamoya Vasculopathy and Stroke in Latin American Women: A Case Series and Review of the Literature.

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    Shah, Nirav H; Khandelwal, Priyank; Gordon-Perue, Gillian; Shah, Ashish H; Barbarite, Eric; Ortiz, Gustavo; Forteza, Alejandro M

    2016-08-01

    Moyamoya disease is a cerebral vasculopathy characterized by stenosis of the terminal internal carotid artery, proximal middle cerebral artery, and anterior cerebral artery. There is an association between moyamoya vasculopathy and Graves disease, primarily in Asian populations. Here, we present the largest series of non-Asian, predominantly Latino patients with moyamoya vasculopathy in the setting of Graves thyrotoxicosis, as well as the largest review of the literature to date. We retrospectively analyzed patients presenting with stroke in the setting of clinical Graves disease to our institution from 2004 to 2014. Moyamoya vasculopathy was diagnosed by magnetic resonance angiography in all patients. Eight patients with Graves disease thyrotoxicosis and moyamoya vasculopathy were identified. Six patients were effectively managed with aggressive medical management using antithyroid and antiplatelet medications. No recurrent strokes were noted once thyrotoxicosis was controlled. Intracranial bypass was necessary in 2 patients who failed medical management. Seventy-nine additional cases were reported from the literature. There was no significant difference in clinical improvement between medical therapy alone and medical therapy with neurosurgical prophylaxis (87.0% vs. 88.0%, respectively; P = 0.94). Moyamoya vasculopathy associated with Graves disease thyrotoxicosis in non-Asian women may be more common than previously thought. In addition, our series suggests that thyrotoxicosis promotes the progression of vasculopathy. Based on our review, there is no significant difference in clinical improvement between proper medical and surgical therapies. Aggressive medical therapy should be considered first-line treatment for moyamoya vasculopathy with Graves thyrotoxicosis, with neurosurgical rescue reserved for medically refractory cases. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Thrombotic and Thromboembolic Complications in Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease

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    Behnood Bikdeli

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Improved medical and surgical interventions have increased the longevity of patients with congenital heart defects and most such patients live into adulthood. Thrombotic and thromboembolic complications constitute a major cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD. Such events include acute coronary syndromes, ischemic stroke (cardioembolic due to thrombus formation in the systemic ventricle, secondary to atrial arrhythmias, or due to paradoxical embolism, and venous thromboembolism. Some thrombotic phenomena are also specific to patients with ACHD, such as those related to Fontan circulation. We provide a succinct overview of thrombotic and thromboembolic complications in patients with ACHD, focusing on stroke and venous thromboembolic events.

  18. Gentamicin concentrations in human subcutaneous tissue

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    Lorentzen, Hanne; Kallehave, Finn Lasse; Kolmos, Hans Jørn Jepsen

    1996-01-01

    in human subcutaneous adipose tissue by a microdialysis technique. Seven healthy young volunteers each had four microdialysis probes placed in the fat (subcutaneous) layer of the abdominal skin. After the administration of a 240-mg gentamicin intravenous bolus, consecutive measurements of the drug...

  19. Facilitated subcutaneous immunoglobulin administration (fSCIg)

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    Blau, Igor-Wolfgang; Conlon, Niall; Petermann, Robert

    2016-01-01

    and diverse medical needs that treatments for SID management should strive to meet. In this special report, we study the opportunities provided by facilitated subcutaneous immunoglobulin administration (fSCIg) to treat patients for whom the conventional routes (intravenous and subcutaneous) are sub...

  20. Gentamicin concentrations in human subcutaneous tissue

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    Lorentzen, Hanne; Kallehave, Finn Lasse; Kolmos, Hans Jørn Jepsen

    1996-01-01

    Wound infections frequently originate from the subcutaneous tissue. The effect of gentamicin in subcutaneous tissue has, however, normally been evaluated from concentrations in blood or wound fluid. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pharmacokinetic properties of gentamicin in hu...... the presence of sufficient concentrations in the adipose tissue to be effective against common bacteria....

  1. Subcutaneous Emphysema—Beyond the Pneumoperitoneum

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    2014-01-01

    Background: Subcutaneous emphysema and gas extravasation outside of the peritoneal cavity during laparoscopy has consequences. Knowledge of the circumstances that increase the potential for subcutaneous emphysema is necessary for safe laparoscopy. Methods: A literature review and a PubMed search are the basis for this review. Conclusions: The known risk factors leading to subcutaneous emphysema during laparoscopy are multiple attempts at abdominal entry, improper cannula placement, loose fitting cannula/skin and fascial entry points, use of >5 cannulas, use of cannulas as fulcrums, torque of the laparoscope, increased intra-abdominal pressure, procedures lasting >3.5 hours, and attention to details. New additional risk factors acting as direct factors leading to subcutaneous emphysema risk and occurrence are total gas volume, gas flow rate, valveless trocar systems, and robotic fulcrum forces. Recognizing this spectrum of factors that leads to subcutaneous emphysema will yield greater patient safety during laparoscopic procedures. PMID:24680136

  2. Thrombotic and infectious complications of central venous catheters in patients with hematological malignancies.

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    Boersma, R.S.; Jie, K.S.; Verbon, A.; Pampus, EC van; Schouten, H.C.

    2008-01-01

    Central venous catheters (CVCs) have considerably improved the management of patients with hematological malignancies, by facilitating chemotherapy, supportive therapy and blood sampling. Complications of insertion of CVCs include mechanical (arterial puncture, pneumothorax), thrombotic and

  3. Echocardiography may help detect pulmonary vasculopathy in the early stages of pulmonary artery hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis

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    Serra Walter; Chetta Alfredo; Santilli Daniele; Mozzani Flavio; Dall'Aglio Pier; Olivieri Dario; Cattabiani Maria; Ardissino Diego; Gherli Tiziano

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in patients with systemic sclerosis is associated with a poor prognosis, but this can be improved by early disease detection. Abnormal pulmonary and cardiac function can be detected early by means of echocardiography, whereas right heart catheterization is usually performed later. Objectives The purpose of this prospective study was to detect early the presence of pulmonary artery vasculopathy in patients with verified systemic scleros...

  4. High prevalence of hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in central Norway: from clinical observation to evidence.

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    von Krogh A S; Quist-Paulsen P; Waage A; Langseth Ø O; Thorstensen K; Brudevold R; Tjønnfjord G E; Largiadèr C R; Lämmle B; Kremer Hovinga J A

    2016-01-01

    Essentials The population prevalence of hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is unknown. We studied the prevalence of hereditary TTP and population frequencies of two ADAMTS 13 mutations. A high frequency of hereditary TTP related to ADAMTS 13 mutation c.4143_4144dupA was found. Vicinity of ABO blood group and ADAMTS 13 loci may facilitate screening of ADAMTS 13 mutations. Background Hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) caused by ADAMTS 13 mutations is a rare b...

  5. Thrombotic Microangiopathy with Skin Localization Secondary to Cytarabine-Daunorubicin Association: Report of a Case

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    S. Regragui

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The thrombotic microangiopathy is a syndrome characterized by the combination of mechanical hemolytic anemia, peripheral thrombocytopenia, and organ failure of variable severity. In addition to the idiopathic form, several cases are identified as secondary to pregnancy, infections, disease systems, organ transplants, and cancer. Other forms are secondary to drugs including antimitotics. We report the case of a patient followed for acute myelogenous leukemia. She received induction chemotherapy combining daunorubicin and cytarabine, complicated by thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

  6. Reduced ADAMTS13 activity is associated with thrombotic risk in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Martin-Rodriguez, S; Reverter, J C; Tàssies, D; Espinosa, G; Heras, M; Pino, M; Escolar, G; Diaz-Ricart, M

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    Severe deficiency of ADAMTS13 activity leads to von Willebrand factor (VWF) ultralarge multimers with high affinity for platelets, causing thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Other pathological conditions with moderate ADAMTS13 activity exhibit a thrombotic risk. We examined the ADAMTS13 activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and its value as a thrombotic biomarker. ADAMTS13 activity, VWF antigen and multimeric structure, and vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1) were measured in plasma samples from 50 SLE patients and 50 healthy donors. Disease activity (systemic lupus erythematosus disease activity index; SLEDAI) and organ damage (systemic lupus international collaborating clinics) scores, thrombotic events, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) were registered. SLE patients showed decreased ADAMTS13 activity and high VWF levels compared with controls (66 ± 27% vs. 101 ± 8%, P 60%, 60-40% and <40%), comparative analysis showed significant association between ADAMTS13 activity and SLEDAI (P < 0.05), presence of aPLs (P < 0.001), APS (P < 0.01) and thrombotic events (P < 0.01). Reduced ADAMTS13 activity together with increased VWF levels were especially notable in patients with active disease and with aPLs. ADAMTS13 activity, in combination with other laboratory parameters, could constitute a potential prognostic biomarker of thrombotic risk in SLE. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  7. Acute dermatomyositis associated with generalized subcutaneous edema.

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    Lee, Ki-Hong; Lim, Sung-Ryoun; Kim, Yeon-Joo; Lee, Kyung-Ju; Myung, Dae-Seong; Jeong, Hae-Chang; Yoon, Woong; Lee, Shin-Seok; Park, Yong-Wook

    2008-06-01

    Generalized subcutaneous edema is an uncommon manifestation of inflammatory myopathy. We report a 48-year-old female patient who presented with severe generalized edema, an erythematous skin rash, dysphagia and proximal muscle weakness. She was diagnosed with dermatomyositis from the clinical signs, increased muscle enzymes, electromyographic findings and a muscle biopsy. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed increased signal intensity in the muscular and subcutaneous layers. The conditions causing generalized edema were excluded. It was concluded that the generalized edema was secondary to dermatomyositis. Aggressive treatments with high-dose glucocorticoids and immunosuppressive agents were used to control the severe subcutaneous edema.

  8. THE SECOND BLIND SPOT: SMALL RETINAL VESSEL VASCULOPATHY AFTER VACCINATION AGAINST NEISSERIA MENINGITIDIS AND YELLOW FEVER.

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    Moysidis, Stavros N; Koulisis, Nicole; Patel, Vivek R; Kashani, Amir H; Rao, Narsing A; Humayun, Mark S; Rodger, Damien C

    2017-01-01

    To describe a case of small retinal vessel vasculopathy postvaccination. We report the case of a 41-year-old white man who presented with a "second blind spot," describing a nasal scotoma in the right eye that started 4 days after vaccinations against Neisseria meningitidis and the yellow fever virus, and after a 2-month period of high stress and decreased sleep. Clinical examination, Humphrey visual field testing, and multimodal imaging with fundus photographs, autofluorescence, fluorescein angiography, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography and angiography were performed. Clinical examination revealed a well-circumscribed, triangular area of retinal graying of about 1-disk diameter in size, located at the border of the temporal macula. This corresponded to a deep scotoma similar in size to the physiologic blind spot on Humphrey visual field 24-2 testing. There was mild hypoautofluoresence of this lesion on autofluorescence, hypofluorescence on fluorescein angiography, and focal attenuation of a small artery just distal to the bifurcation of an artery supplying the involved area. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography through the lesion conveyed hyperreflectivity most prominent in the inner and outer plexiform layers, with extension of the hyperreflectivity into the ganglion cell and inner nuclear layers. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography angiography demonstrated arteriolar and capillary dropout, more pronounced in the superficial retinal layer compared to the deeper retinal layer. At 1-month follow-up, his scotoma improved with monitoring, with reduction from -32 dB to -7 dB on Humphrey visual field testing. There was clinical resolution of the area of graying and decreased hyperreflectivity on spectral domain optical coherence tomography, with atrophy of the inner retina. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography angiography showed progression of arteriolar and capillary dropout, more so in the superficial than in the deep capillary

  9. Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Thai patients with clinical and angiographic choroidal neovascularization

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    Bhoomibunchoo C

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Chavakij Bhoomibunchoo,1 Yosanan Yospaiboon,1 Somanus Thoongsuwan,2 Duangnate Rojanaporn,3 Nawat Watanachai,4 Pichai Jirarattanasopa,5 Nattapon Wongcumchang,6 Atchara Amphornphruet,7 Sritatath Vongkulsiri,8 Eakkachai Arayangkoon9 1Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 4Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 5Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, 6Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, 7Department of Ophthalmology, Rajavithi Hospital, Bangkok, 8Department of Ophthalmology, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok, 9Department of Ophthalmology, Mettapracharak Hospital, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand Objective: This study aimed to study the prevalence and characteristics of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (IPCV in Thai patients with clinical and angiographic choroidal neovascularization (CNV.Patients and methods: A consecutive case study of 140 patients presenting with CNV was conducted in nine large referral eye centers throughout Thailand. The demographic data, fundus photographs, fundus fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography of the patients were analyzed.Results: Of 129 patients with clinical and angiographic CNV, IPCV was diagnosed in 100 patients (77.52%, idiopathic CNVs in 16 patients (12.40% and age-related macular degeneration (AMD in 12 patients (9.30%. Of the 107 eyes with IPCV, 90 eyes (84.11% had both branching venous networks (BVNs and polypoidal lesions. Most IPCV patients (93% had unilateral involvement and were at a younger age than AMD patients. In all, 79 eyes (73.83% had lesions found in the macular area, 14 eyes (13.08% in the

  10. Defining the Thrombotic Risk in Patients with Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

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    Fabrizio Vianello

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    Full Text Available Polycythemia vera (PV and essential thrombocythemia (ET are two Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN associated with an acquired mutation in the JAK2 tyrosine kinase gene. There is a rare incidence of progression to myelofibrosis and myeloid metaplasia in both disorders, which may or may not precede transformation to acute myeloid leukemia, but thrombosis is the main cause of morbidity and mortality. The pathophysiology of thrombosis in patients with MPN is complex. Traditionally, abnormalities of platelet number and function have been claimed as the main players, but increased dynamic interactions between platelets, leukocytes, and the endothelium do probably represent a fundamental interplay in generating a thrombophilic state. In addition, endothelial dysfunction, a well-known risk factor for vascular disease, may play a role in the thrombotic risk of patients with PV and ET. The identification of plasma markers translating the hemostatic imbalance in patients with PV and ET would be extremely helpful in order to define the subgroup of patients with a significant clinical risk of thrombosis.

  11. Thrombotic Microangiopathy: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach.

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    Gordon, Craig E; Chitalia, Vipul C; Sloan, J Mark; Salant, David J; Coleman, David L; Quillen, Karen; Ravid, Katya; Francis, Jean M

    2017-11-01

    Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is characterized by the presence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia along with organ dysfunction, and pathologically, by the presence of microthrombi in multiple microvascular beds. Delays in diagnosis and initiation of therapy are common due to the low incidence, variable presentation, and poor awareness of these diseases, underscoring the need for interdisciplinary approaches to clinical care for TMA. We describe a new approach to improve clinical management via a TMA team that originally stemmed from an Affinity Research Collaborative team focused on thrombosis and hemostasis. The TMA team consists of clinical faculty from different disciplines who together are charged with the responsibility to quickly analyze clinical presentations, guide laboratory testing, and streamline prompt institution of treatment. The TMA team also includes faculty members from a broad range of disciplines collaborating to elucidate the pathogenesis of TMA. To this end, a clinical database and biorepository have been constructed. TMA leaders educate front-line providers from other departments through presentations in various forums across multiple specialties. Facilitated by an Affinity Research Collaborative mechanism, we describe an interdisciplinary team dedicated to improving both clinical care and translational research in TMA. Copyright © 2017 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura with a smoldering clinical course.

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    Naito, Chiaki; Ogawa, Yoshiyuki; Yanagisawa, Kunio; Ishizaki, Takuma; Mihara, Masahiro; Hayakawa, Masaki; Matsumoto, Masanori; Nojima, Yoshihisa; Handa, Hiroshi

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    Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP) is caused by a deficiency of ADAMTS13 activity due to neutralizing auto-autoantibodies (inhibitors) against ADAMTS13. Patients with aTTP show a rapid and fatal clinical course, unless an effective therapeutic intervention such as plasma exchange therapy (PEX) is performed. There is, however, a small population of patients who show a smoldering clinical course, for which no effective treatment strategy has yet been established. We herein report a 77-year-old man, who had repeated episodes of cerebral infarction and persistent thrombocytopenia over several months, but was not correctly diagnosed as having aTTP at a local hospital. However, sudden progression to an unconsciousness state together with thrombocytopenia prompted his physician to make a clinical diagnosis of aTTP, and the patient was then referred to our hospital, where the diagnosis of aTTP was confirmed by analyzing ADAMTS13. An improvement of his clinical signs was achieved with PEX and steroid therapy, but the latter had to be discontinued due to the development of grade 3 liver dysfunction. Despite discontinuation of steroid therapy, his clinical condition remained stable, but with a persistently low level of ADAMTS13 activity associated with the presence of low-titer inhibitors. Our experience may raise awareness of the diagnosis and treatment of aTTP with a smoldering clinical course.

  13. Massive Subcutaneous Emphysema in Robotic Sacrocolpopexy

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    Celik, Hatice; Cremins, Angela; Jones, Keisha A.

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    The advent of robotic surgery has increased the popularity of laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. Carbon dioxide insufflation, an essential component of laparoscopy, may rarely cause massive subcutaneous emphysema, which may be coincident with life-threatening situations such as hypercarbia, pneumothorax, and pneumomediastinum. Although the literature contains several reports of massive subcutaneous emphysema after a variety of laparoscopic procedures, we were not able to identify any report of this complication associated with laparoscopic or robotic sacrocolpopexy. Massive subcutaneous emphysema occurred in 3 women after robotic sacrocolpopexy in our practice. The patients had remarkable but reversible physical deformities lasting up to 1 week. A valveless endoscopic dynamic pressure system was used in all 3 of our cases. Our objective is to define the risk of massive subcutaneous emphysema during robotic sacrocolpopexy in light of these cases and discuss probable predisposing factors including the use of valveless endoscopic dynamic pressure trocars. PMID:23925018

  14. Recurrent, giant subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma of the thigh

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    Gao Chuanping, MD

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of recurrent, massive subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma involving the left thigh in a 29-year-old male from Madagascar. The patient had earlier undergone local resection of subcutaneous leiomyosarcoma a half year before. After surgical intervention, local recurrence developed at this site and was rapidly growing. The patient was surgically treated with a 2-cm-wide margin local excision in our hospital. The patient has remained recurrence free at 1-year follow-up.

  15. Characteristics of cardiac allograft vasculopathy induced by immunomodulation in the miniature Swine.

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    Amano, Jun; Akashima, Tomohiro; Terasaki, Takamitsu; Wada, Yuko; Ito-Amano, Midori; Suzuki, Jun-Ichi; Isobe, Mitsuaki

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    We aimed to develop swine cardiac transplantation model for study of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) and to characterize the mechanisms of its formation. Heterotropic cardiac transplantation was performed in swine leukocyte antigen mismatched miniature swine, and CAV was induced by immunomodulation by cyclosporine A (CyA). Histology and immunohistochemistry were performed to identify cellular components of CAV. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was developed for detection of 1 and Y-chromosome for identification of cell origin in the female donor to the male recipient heart transplantation model. CAV was successfully developed by immunomodulation of CyA. Severity of CAV revealed more prominent in the distal epicardial coronary arteries than proximal coronary arteries. Phenotype of the SMCs proliferated in the intimal thickening of CAV were mostly embryonal/secretory type. Our new chromosome specific probes for FISH method were useful for discrimination of sex of each cell, and proliferated SMCs were revealed to be mainly donor origin. CAV mimicking human heart transplantation can be developed by appropriate immunomodulation in the swine. In swine CAV, proliferated SMCs seen in the intimal thickening were demonstrated to be from the donor origin.

  16. Preemptive CD20+ B cell depletion attenuates cardiac allograft vasculopathy in cyclosporine-treated monkeys.

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    Kelishadi, Shahrooz S; Azimzadeh, Agnes M; Zhang, Tianshu; Stoddard, Tiffany; Welty, Emily; Avon, Christopher; Higuchi, Mitch; Laaris, Amal; Cheng, Xiang-Fei; McMahon, Christine; Pierson, Richard N

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    Chronic rejection currently limits the long-term efficacy of clinical transplantation. Although B cells have recently been shown to play a pivotal role in the induction of alloimmunity and are being targeted in other transplant contexts, the efficacy of preemptive B cell depletion to modulate alloimmunity or attenuate cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) (classic chronic rejection lesions found in transplanted hearts) in a translational model has not previously been described. We report here that the CD20-specific antibody (alphaCD20) rituximab depleted CD20+ B cells in peripheral blood, secondary lymphoid organs, and the graft in cynomolgus monkey recipients of heterotopic cardiac allografts. Furthermore, CD20+ B cell depletion therapy combined with the calcineurin inhibitor cyclosporine A (CsA) prolonged median primary graft survival relative to treatment with alphaCD20 or CsA alone. In animals treated with both alphaCD20 and CsA that achieved efficient B cell depletion, alloantibody production was substantially inhibited and the CAV severity score was markedly reduced. We conclude therefore that efficient preemptive depletion of CD20+ B cells is effective in a preclinical model to modulate pathogenic alloimmunity and to attenuate chronic rejection when used in conjunction with a conventional clinical immunosuppressant. This study suggests that use of this treatment combination may improve the efficacy of transplantation in the clinic.

  17. Type I IFNs Regulate Inflammation, Vasculopathy, and Fibrosis in Chronic Cutaneous Graft-versus-Host Disease.

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    Delaney, Tracy A; Morehouse, Chris; Brohawn, P Zachary; Groves, Christopher; Colonna, Marco; Yao, Yihong; Sanjuan, Miguel; Coyle, Anthony J

    2016-07-01

    Type I IFNs play a critical role in the immune response to viral infection and may also drive autoimmunity through modulation of monocyte maturation and promotion of autoreactive lymphocyte survival. Recent demonstrations of type I IFN gene signatures in autoimmune diseases, including scleroderma, led us to investigate the pathological role of IFNs in a preclinical model of sclerodermatous graft-versus-host disease. Using a neutralizing Ab against the type I IFN receptor IFNAR1, we observed a marked reduction in dermal inflammation, vasculopathy, and fibrosis compared with that seen in the presence of intact IFNAR1 signaling. The ameliorative effects of IFNAR1 blockade were restricted to the skin and were highly associated with inhibition of chronic vascular injury responses and not due to the inhibition of the T or B cell alloresponse. Inhibition of IFNAR1 normalized the overexpression of IFN-inducible genes in graft-versus-host disease skin and markedly reduced dermal IFN-α levels. Depletion of plasmacytoid dendritic cells, a major cellular source of type I IFNs, did not reduce the severity of fibrosis or type I IFN gene signature in the skin. Taken together, these studies demonstrate an important role for type I IFN in skin fibrosis, and they provide a rationale for IFNAR1 inhibition in scleroderma. Copyright © 2016 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  18. Clinical features, management and visual outcome of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Indian patients

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    Anantharaman Giridhar

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    Full Text Available Aims: To present the clinical, indocyanine green angiography (ICGA features and results of treatment for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV in Indian patients by a retrospective chart review.Materials and Methods: Forty five patients with PCV underwent complete ocular examination, fluorescein angiography (FFA and ICGA. Treatment was advised for patients with macular involvement and progressive loss of visual acuity. Demographic data, clinical features and results of treatment were analyzed.Results: Mean age at presentation was 61.06 years. Mean follow up was 18 months. The disease was more prevalent in males. Forty three patients had unilateral disease. The most common location of polyps in ICGA was subfoveal (42.5%. Exudative form was seen in 34 of the 47 eyes and the remaining 13 eyes had a hemorrhagic presentation. Thirty four eyes underwent treatment which included thermal laser (n = 11, photodynamic therapy (PDT (n = 11 and transpupillary thermo therapy (TTT (n = 12. Statistical analysis was done using the Chi-square test. Subgroup analysis of visual outcome following various modalities of treatment showed that the results of PDT (P < 0.001 and thermal laser (P < 0.001 were statistically significant. Conclusions: PCV is an important differential diagnosis in patients presenting with serosanginous maculopathy and submacular hemorrhage. The disease was more prevalent in males and was unilateral in the Indian population. Timely intervention in cases with symptomatic polyps could achieve stabilization of visual acuity. Thermal laser and PDT were safe and effective.

  19. Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: a disease with diverse clinical spectrum and systemic associations.

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    Lip, P L; Hope-Ross, M W; Gibson, J M

    2000-10-01

    To report the clinical findings, angiographic results, clinical course, response to laser photocoagulation and systemic-associations in a group of patients with idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (IPCV). All patients with IPCV attending the macular clinic underwent a complete ocular examination, and fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography. In addition, a systemic examination including blood pressure, full blood count, plasma viscosity and coagulation status of patients was carried out. We present a series of 5 patients (7 eyes) with clinical and angiographic evidence of IPCV with follow-up of 3-6 years. We report diverse demographic and clinical manifestations. One patient had polypoidal lesions found at the peripheral retina (anterior to equator) of both eyes. Three patients were treated with laser photocoagulation and achieved stable vision; 2 patients who had no laser treatment experienced deteriorated vision, one of whom had a vitrectomy. One patient was hypertensive, 2 patients were found to have raised plasma viscosity, and 1 patient had thrombocytopenia. The clinical spectrum of IPCV is wider than previously documented. It is a distinct clinical entity which should be differentiated from other forms of haemorrhagic and exudative maculopathy. The availability of indocyanine green angiography has allowed increased recognition of these cases. Early selective laser treatment on lesions affecting maculae-could stabilise the disease. Its association with systemic cardiovascular disease and blood disorder may predispose to the recurrence of haemorrhagic events in this entity.

  20. Valsalva-Related Subretinal Hemorrhage as a Presenting Symptom of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy

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    Yousif Subhi

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To describe a case of Valsalva-related subretinal hemorrhage as a presenting symptom of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. The patient refrained from treatment against our best advice, and thus this is also a rare case of the natural course of an untreated PCV. Methods. Case report. Results. A 66-year-old female with a respiratory infection coughed intensely until exhaustion, after which she developed visual symptoms on the right eye. Primary care ophthalmologist examined the patient on the same day of the onset of symptoms and referred her to our tertiary medical retinal service for detailed retinal diagnosis including fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography. The right eye had a large subretinal hemorrhage and pigment epithelium detachment in the lower temporal arcade with foveal involvement. Against our best advice, the patient refused treatment. In the following 9 months, the BCVA decreased from 68 to 55 ETDRS letters, the subretinal hemorrhage almost regressed, pigment epithelium detachments persisted, and macular edema, intraretinal cysts, and subretinal fibrosis developed. Conclusions. Although classic Valsalva retinopathy with preretinal hemorrhage in most cases can be managed by careful observation and no treatment, this case demonstrates that Valsalva-related subretinal hemorrhage needs different attention and approach.

  1. Neuro-invasion by a ‘Trojan Horse’ strategy and vasculopathy during intrauterine flavivirus infection

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    Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle; Smirnova, Natalia P; Tolnay, Airn-Elizabeth; Webb, Brett T; Antoniazzi, Alfredo Q; van Campen, Hana; Hansen, Thomas R

    2012-01-01

    The central nervous system (CNS) is a major target of several important human and animal viral pathogens causing congenital infections. However, despite the importance of neuropathological outcomes, for humans in particular, the pathogenesis, including mode of neuro-invasion, remains unresolved for most congenital virus infections. Using a natural model of congenital infection with an RNA virus, bovine viral diarrhoea virus in pregnant cattle, we sought to delineate the timing and mode of virus neuro-invasion of and spread within the brain of foetuses following experimental respiratory tract infection of the dams at day 75 of pregnancy, a time of maximal risk of tissue pathology without foetal death. Virus antigen was first detected in the foetal brains 14 days postinfection of dams and was initially restricted to amoeboid microglial cells in the periventricular germinal layer. The appearance of these cells was preceded by or concurrent with vasculopathy in the same region. While the affected microvessels were negative for virus antigen, they expressed high levels of the type I interferon-stimulated protein ISG15 and eventually disappeared in parallel with the appearance of microcavitary lesions. Subsequently, the virus spread to neurons and other glial cells. Our findings suggest that the virus enters the CNS via infected microglial precursors, the amoeboid microglial cells, in a ‘Trojan horse’ mode of invasion and that the microcavitary lesions are associated with loss of periventricular microvasculature, perhaps as a consequence of high, unrestricted induction of interferon-regulated proteins. PMID:22264283

  2. Dual-stage deep learning framework for pigment epithelium detachment segmentation in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

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    Xu, Yupeng; Yan, Ke; Kim, Jinman; Wang, Xiuying; Li, Changyang; Su, Li; Yu, Suqin; Xu, Xun; Feng, Dagan David

    2017-09-01

    Worldwide, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) is a common vision-threatening exudative maculopathy, and pigment epithelium detachment (PED) is an important clinical characteristic. Thus, precise and efficient PED segmentation is necessary for PCV clinical diagnosis and treatment. We propose a dual-stage learning framework via deep neural networks (DNN) for automated PED segmentation in PCV patients to avoid issues associated with manual PED segmentation (subjectivity, manual segmentation errors, and high time consumption).The optical coherence tomography scans of fifty patients were quantitatively evaluated with different algorithms and clinicians. Dual-stage DNN outperformed existing PED segmentation methods for all segmentation accuracy parameters, including true positive volume fraction (85.74 ± 8.69%), dice similarity coefficient (85.69 ± 8.08%), positive predictive value (86.02 ± 8.99%) and false positive volume fraction (0.38 ± 0.18%). Dual-stage DNN achieves accurate PED quantitative information, works with multiple types of PEDs and agrees well with manual delineation, suggesting that it is a potential automated assistant for PCV management.

  3. Frontal subcutaneous blood flow, and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures during scalp cooling in normal man

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    Bülow, J; Friberg, L; Gaardsting, O

    1985-01-01

    Cooling of the scalp has been found to prevent hair loss following cytostatic treatment, but in order to obtain the hair preserving effect the subcutaneous temperature has to be reduced below 22 degrees C. In order to establish the relationship between epicutaneous and subcutaneous temperatures...... epicutaneous and subcutaneous temperatures could be demonstrated with the regression equation: s = 0.9 c + 4.9 (r = 0.99). In eight of the 10 subjects the subcutaneous temperature could be reduced below 22 degrees C with the applied technique. It is concluded that the hair preserving effect of scalp cooling...

  4. Refractor y thrombotic thrombocytopenic pur pura following acute pancreatitis

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    Ebisa Bekele

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a rare blood disorder with an estimated incidence of 4–5 cases per million people per year. It is characterized by small-vessel platelet-rich thrombi that cause thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and organ damage. There are reports in literature that TTP and acute pancreatitis are associated, indicating each can be the cause of the other. However, acute pancreatitis triggering TTP is very rare. A 71 years old female presented with abdominal pain of 3 days, followed by dark urine. She had icteric sclera, petechial rash and mild epigastric tenderness. Lab findings were significant for hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and elevated lipase. CT of abdomen showed evidence of pancreatitis and cholelithiasis. After admission, patient developed symptoms of stroke. Further investigation showed elevated lactate dehydrogenase and normal coagulation studied with peripheral blood smear showed 5–6 schistocytes/high power field. Disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs-13 (ADAMTS13 activity showed less than 3% with high ADAMTS13 inhibitor 2.2. Patient required 6–7 weeks of daily plasmapheresis until she showed complete response. Our patient presented with clinical features of pancreatitis prior to having dark urine and petechial rash. Therefore, we strongly believe that our patient had pancreatitis which was followed by TTP. Patient's ADMTS13 activity was 6% after 10 plasma exchanges, signifying refractory TTP and higher risk for morbidity and mortality. There are limited data and consensus on the management of refractory TTP. TTP and acute pancreatitis are associated. However, refractory TTP following acute pancreatitis is rarely mentioned in the literature. We would like to emphasize the importance of having higher clinical suspicion of the association of both disease entities.

  5. An improbable and unusual case of thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura

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    Jaymon Patel

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a life-threatening medical emergency which may be difficult to recognize given the wide spectrum in which it presents. A delay in treatment may be catastrophic as untreated cases of TTP have a mortality rate exceeding 90%. Given the high fatality rate of untreated TTP and its range of presenting symptoms, we present our unusual case of TTP in a post-splenectomy patient with early treatment and positive outcome. This case describes a 54-year-old female who presented with hematuria and gingival bleeding, followed by the development of a bilateral lower extremity petechial rash. Her past medical history was significant for multiple episodes of TTP, the last of which resulted in a splenectomy and a 20-year history of remission thereafter. On exam, she was alert, well appearing, and neurologically intact. Her only significant finding was a bilateral lower extremity petechial rash. Laboratory studies revealed mild anemia and thrombocytopenia, an elevated lactate dehydrogenase, and a decreased haptoglobin. Peripheral smear showed poikilocytosis, helmet cells, and schistocytes. Corticosteroid therapy was promptly initiated, her platelets were monitored closely, and she underwent urgent therapeutic plasma exchange. Due to the risk of significant morbidity and mortality that may result from delayed treatment of TTP as well as the significant variations of presentation, TTP requires a consistently high index of suspicion. Our patient suffered multiple relapses of TTP within a 30-year span, underwent splenectomy in early adulthood, and presented with atypical symptoms during her most recent relapse illustrating how persistent TTP can be as well as how unusually it may present. Providers should be aware of the vast spectrum of presentation and remember that TTP may recur following splenectomy despite prolonged remission.

  6. Treatment of 36 cases of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Suvajdžić-Vuković Nada D.

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    Full Text Available Thirty-six patients (pts. with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP were treated between May 1990 and May 2003. There were 31 women and 5 men; the average age was 37 years. Twenty-five cases were idiopathic and 11 secondary (3 infection - related, 5 occurred during pregnancy and 3 were drug - associated. The mean lag period between the first symptoms and the diagnosis was 8.5 days (in 14 pts. £ 5; in 22 > 5. On diagnosis neurological symptoms were present in 31, bleeding in 33, fever in 21 and renal impairment in 27 patients. The mean hemoglobin was 67.5 g/L, the mean platelet count was 10´109/L, and the mean reticulocytosis was 17%. The mean serum LDH was 1457 IU. Treatment included plasma exchange (PE in 24 pts. and only plasma infusions in 12 pts. There were 24 complete responders (20 on PE and 12 deaths (4 on PE; PE significantly improved survival (p<0.01. There were 5 treatment-related complications due to the infection and bleeding, 17 exacerbations and 4 relapses. The mean time delay before the onset of symptoms and the treatment initiation lasted for 9 days suggesting the poor disease recognition; the mean time delay from diagnosis to PE institution was 6 days, indicating postponed PE. The mean treatment duration in all patients was 18 days; the mean number of PE cycles needed for the platelet count stabilization was 9. Good prognostic indicators of survival were: the longer prodromal period (>5 days, the secondary form of TTP and the absence of coma at presentation. The use of PE significantly improved survival. TTP is a severe disorder requiring early recognition and diagnosis in general medical care facilities, which should lead to the timely treatment with PE.

  7. Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of the Newborn: A Case Report

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    Yi, Kyung Sik; Cho, Bum Sang; Bae, Il Hun; Lee, Seung Young; Jeon, Min Hee; Lee, Ok Jun; Kim, Mi Jung [Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of)

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    Subcutaneous fat necrosis in the newborn is an uncommon transient disorder of the subcutaneous adipose tissue that develops after birth. We describe the characteristic ultrasonography and CT findings of a case of pathologically confirmed subcutaneous fat necrosis located at the subcutaneous fat layer of the neck, back, and shoulders with a review of the literature

  8. About risk factors in the development of thrombotic complications in patients with chronic myeloprolipherative diseases

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    Nikolayenko-Kamyshova T.P.

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    Full Text Available Steady increasing number of patients with the diseases com¬plicated by thromboses and embolisms requires intensified study. Practically in all oncologic and oncogematologic patients readiness for the development of thrombotic complications is formed even before changes in hemo¬stasiogramm. In the hematologic clinic the problem of thrombotic compli¬cations especially acute in patients with chronic myeloprolipherative diseases (CMD: the manifestation of disease at the age of 50-70 years, its benign prolonged course with factors, which burden vascularly - thrombocytic changes – hypertonic disease, ischemic heart disease, metabolic syndrome - they aggravate the forecast of disease. The purpose of the work was to estimate influence of the risk factors of thrombotic complications in patients with CMD. Possible risk factors in the development of thrombotic complication in 110 patients with CMD were investigated. In 38 of them vascular complications, occurred which manifested in the age group of 50 years and over. During the expressed plethora and or progression of myelopro¬lipherative syndrome in combination with arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, atherothrombosis of lower extremities vessels as well as changed laboratory data (significant increase of Hb, RBC,WBC,PLT; high level of cholesterol, LDH, uric acid in connection with high level of throm¬botic aggregation greatly enhance the risk of thrombotic complications. Taking into account complex of these changes and administration of the corresponding complex therapy it is possible to warn life threatening states.

  9. Pre-operative thrombotic complications of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer: Implications for immediate breast reconstruction

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Thrombotic complications arising during the treatment of breast cancer can impact the breast reconstruction pathway. We set out to review the details of cases of thromboembolism occurring during neoadjuvant chemotherapy and peri-operatively to study the impact of the event and its management on subsequent breast reconstruction. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of seven patients who had experienced a thrombotic event during their treatment of breast cancer between 2008 and 2012, who then proceeded to breast reconstruction. We recorded size and grade of tumour, neoadjuvant chemotherapeutic regimen, details of port insertion, planned reconstruction, thrombotic event and its management and the surgery performed and outcome. Results: All patients received chemotherapy via central venous access and went on to present with local symptomatic thrombosis. They were managed with anticoagulant regimens at the time of mastectomy and reconstruction, which were unique for each patient. The results revealed delays to surgery and modifications to planned reconstruction. Discussion: The majority of patients developing thrombotic complications go on to achieve successful reconstruction. There is significant variation in the anticoagulation management in this patient group. Identification of optimal anticoagulant regimes and the possibilities for prophylaxis may prove key in informing surgeons when planning the reconstructive process. Conclusion: An awareness of the effects of thrombotic events in this patient group is important in terms of developing an understanding of its impact on the performance of reconstruction, on the management of anticoagulation peri-operatively and on monitoring for post-operative complications.

  10. Frontal subcutaneous blood flow, and epi- and subcutaneous temperatures during scalp cooling in normal man

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    Bülow, J; Friberg, L; Gaardsting, O

    1985-01-01

    Cooling of the scalp has been found to prevent hair loss following cytostatic treatment, but in order to obtain the hair preserving effect the subcutaneous temperature has to be reduced below 22 degrees C. In order to establish the relationship between epicutaneous and subcutaneous temperatures d...

  11. Effect of high-intensity interval training on progression of cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

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    Nytrøen, Kari; Rustad, Lene Annette; Erikstad, Ingrid; Aukrust, Pål; Ueland, Thor; Lekva, Tove; Gude, Einar; Wilhelmsen, Nils; Hervold, Anders; Aakhus, Svend; Gullestad, Lars; Arora, Satish

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    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a progressive form of atherosclerosis occurring in heart transplant (HTx) recipients, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Given the atheroprotective effect of exercise on traditional atherosclerosis, we hypothesized that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) would reduce the progression of CAV among HTx recipients. Forty-three cardiac allograft recipients (mean ± SD age 51 ± 16 years; 67% men; time post-HTx 4.0 ± 2.2 years), all clinically stable and >18 years old, were randomized to either a HIIT group or control group (standard care) for 1 year. The effect of training on CAV progression was assessed by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). IVUS analysis revealed a significantly smaller mean increase [95% CI] in atheroma volume (PAV) of 0.9% [95% CI -;0.3% to 1.9%] in the HIIT group as compared with the control group, 2.5% [1.6% to 3.5%] (p = 0.021). Similarly, the mean increase in total atheroma volume (TAV) was 0.3 [0.0 to 0.6] mm(3)/mm in the HIT group vs 1.1 [0.6 to 1.7] mm(3)/mm in the control group (p = 0.020), and mean increase in maximal intimal thickness (MIT) was 0.02-0.01 to 0.04] mm in the HIIT group vs 0.05 [0.03 to 0.08] mm in the control group (p = 0.054). Qualitative plaque progression (virtual histology parameters) and inflammatory activity (biomarkers) were similar between the 2 groups during the study period. HIIT among maintenance HTx recipients resulted in a significantly impaired rate of CAV progression. Future larger studies should address whether exercise rehabilitation strategies should be included in CAV management protocols. © 2013 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. All rights reserved.

  12. Neuro-invasion by a 'Trojan Horse' strategy and vasculopathy during intrauterine flavivirus infection.

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    Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Helle; Smirnova, Natalia P; Tolnay, Airn-Elizabeth; Webb, Brett T; Antoniazzi, Alfredo Q; van Campen, Hana; Hansen, Thomas R

    2012-02-01

    The central nervous system (CNS) is a major target of several important human and animal viral pathogens causing congenital infections. However, despite the importance of neuropathological outcomes, for humans in particular, the pathogenesis, including mode of neuro-invasion, remains unresolved for most congenital virus infections. Using a natural model of congenital infection with an RNA virus, bovine viral diarrhoea virus in pregnant cattle, we sought to delineate the timing and mode of virus neuro-invasion of and spread within the brain of foetuses following experimental respiratory tract infection of the dams at day 75 of pregnancy, a time of maximal risk of tissue pathology without foetal death. Virus antigen was first detected in the foetal brains 14 days postinfection of dams and was initially restricted to amoeboid microglial cells in the periventricular germinal layer. The appearance of these cells was preceded by or concurrent with vasculopathy in the same region. While the affected microvessels were negative for virus antigen, they expressed high levels of the type I interferon-stimulated protein ISG15 and eventually disappeared in parallel with the appearance of microcavitary lesions. Subsequently, the virus spread to neurons and other glial cells. Our findings suggest that the virus enters the CNS via infected microglial precursors, the amoeboid microglial cells, in a 'Trojan horse' mode of invasion and that the microcavitary lesions are associated with loss of periventricular microvasculature, perhaps as a consequence of high, unrestricted induction of interferon-regulated proteins. © 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Experimental Pathology © 2012 International Journal of Experimental Pathology.

  13. Perioperative Risk Factors of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in the Long-Term Follow-up.

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    Szyguła-Jurkiewicz, B; Zakliczyński, M; Szczurek, W; Skrzypek, M; Gąsior, M; Zembala, M

    2016-06-01

    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) still remains to be one of the most important limiting factors for heart transplant recipients' long-term survival. The aim of our study was to identify the perioperative risk factors impacting the occurrence of CAV during the long-term follow-up. We retrospectively analysed the data from 198 consecutive adult patients, who underwent heart transplantation between 2007 and 2012, in whom at least one routine coronarography (CAG) was performed. CAV onset was defined as any lesion seen at least at one routine CAG. The average follow-up was 63.6 ± 14.7 months. The frequency of CAV in the analysed population was 36 (18.1%). Multivariate stepwise logistic regression analysis confirmed that NT-proBNP plasma concentration directly before heart transplant [logNT-proBNP OR = 16.455 (4.587-31.036), P < .0001], fibrinogen plasma concentration a month after heart transplant [OR = 1.022 (1.009-1.035), P < .001] and occurrence of diabetes [OR = 12.355 (1.417-35.750), P < .001], were independent predictors of CAV. Area under the ROC curves (AUC) indicated a well discriminatory power of plasma fibrinogen [AUC 0.9278, P < .001] and plasma NTproBNP concentration [AUC 0.9514, P < .001] in CAV prediction. The optimal cut-off value of fibrinogen was 509 mg/dL, and of NT-proBNP was 10080 pg/mL. Our data show that NT-proBNP and fibrinogen plasma concentrations as well as occurence of diabetes, both preexisting and new onset after heart transplant can be used to identify patients at risk of developing CAV. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Vasculopathy in the setting of cardiorenal syndrome: roles of protein-bound uremic toxins.

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    Guo, Jingbin; Lu, Lu; Hua, Yue; Huang, Kevin; Wang, Ian; Huang, Li; Fu, Qiang; Chen, Aihua; Chan, Paul; Fan, Huimin; Liu, Zhong-Min; Wang, Bing Hui

    2017-07-01

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) often leads to and accelerates the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD), while CVD also causes kidney dysfunction. This bidirectional interaction leads to the development of a complex syndrome known as cardiorenal syndrome (CRS). CRS not only involves both the heart and the kidney but also the vascular system through a vast array of contributing factors. In addition to hemodynamic, neurohormonal, mechanical, and biochemical factors, nondialyzable protein-bound uremic toxins (PBUTs) are also key contributing factors that have been demonstrated through in vitro, in vivo, and clinical observations. PBUTs are ineffectively removed by hemodialysis because their complexes with albumins are larger than the pores of the dialysis membranes. PBUTs such as indoxyl sulfate and p-cresyl sulfate are key determinate and predictive factors for the progression of CVD in CKD patients. In CRS, both vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and endothelial cells (ECs) exhibit significant dysfunction that is associated with the progression of CVD. PBUTs influence proliferation, calcification, senescence, migration, inflammation, and oxidative stress in VSMCs and ECs through various mechanisms. These pathological changes lead to arterial remodeling, stiffness, and atherosclerosis and thus reduce heart perfusion and impair left ventricular function, aggravating CRS. There is limited literature about the effect of PBUT on the vascular system and their contribution to CRS. This review summarizes current knowledge on how PBUTs influence vasculature, clarifies the relationship between uremic toxin-related vascular disease and CRS, and highlights the potential therapeutic strategies of uremic vasculopathy in the setting of CRS. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  15. The Features of Inflammation Factors Concentrations in Aqueous Humor of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy.

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    Jie Hu

    Full Text Available To investigate the cytokine concentrations in the aqueous humor of patients with refractory polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV.Three separate groups of patients were studied-refractory PCV (Group A, 41 eyes, stable PCV (Group B, 39 eyes and senile cataract (Group C, 44 eyes. Aqueous humor samples were collected at two time points for Groups A and B-before the first intravitreal ranibizumab injection and before the last injection. Aqueous humor samples were collected prior to phacoemulsification in Group C. The cytokine concentrations of interleukin 2, 6, and 8 (IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8, tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α, monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF were measured by cytometric bead array and flow cytometry.Before the first treatment, the MCP-1, VEGF, and TNF-α levels in Group A were significantly higher than those in Group C (P < 0.05, and the MCP-1 and VEGF levels in Group A were significantly higher than those in Group B (P < 0.05. Significantly higher MCP-1 and VEGF levels were seen in Group B compared to Group C (P < 0.05. Before the final treatment, the MCP-1, VEGF, and TNF-α concentrations in Group A were significantly higher than those in Group B (P < 0.05 and Group C (P < 0.05. IL-2 levels were significantly lower in Group A compared to Group B (P < 0.05 and Group C (P < 0.05.Inflammatory cytokines such as MCP-1, VEGF, and TNF-α may be associated with the pathogenesis of both stable and refractory PCV.

  16. The Features of Inflammation Factors Concentrations in Aqueous Humor of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy

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    Hu, Jie; Leng, Xuan; Hu, Yijun; Atik, Alp; Song, Xin; Li, Zhixi; Liu, Yuhua; Lu, Lin

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the cytokine concentrations in the aqueous humor of patients with refractory polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Methods Three separate groups of patients were studied–refractory PCV (Group A, 41 eyes), stable PCV (Group B, 39 eyes) and senile cataract (Group C, 44 eyes). Aqueous humor samples were collected at two time points for Groups A and B–before the first intravitreal ranibizumab injection and before the last injection. Aqueous humor samples were collected prior to phacoemulsification in Group C. The cytokine concentrations of interleukin 2, 6, and 8 (IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were measured by cytometric bead array and flow cytometry. Results Before the first treatment, the MCP-1, VEGF, and TNF-α levels in Group A were significantly higher than those in Group C (P < 0.05), and the MCP-1 and VEGF levels in Group A were significantly higher than those in Group B (P < 0.05). Significantly higher MCP-1 and VEGF levels were seen in Group B compared to Group C (P < 0.05). Before the final treatment, the MCP-1, VEGF, and TNF-α concentrations in Group A were significantly higher than those in Group B (P < 0.05) and Group C (P < 0.05). IL-2 levels were significantly lower in Group A compared to Group B (P < 0.05) and Group C (P < 0.05). Conclusion Inflammatory cytokines such as MCP-1, VEGF, and TNF-α may be associated with the pathogenesis of both stable and refractory PCV. PMID:26799405

  17. The post-thrombotic syndrome: a 2012 therapeutic update.

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    Galanaud, Jean-Philippe; Kahn, Susan R

    2013-04-01

    Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) refers to chronic manifestations of venous insufficiency following a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). It is a frequent, chronic, burdensome and costly disease for which therapeutic options are limited. Above all, the optimal management of PTS consists of preventing its occurrence: first, by preventing DVT, and second, by preventing development of PTS after a DVT. Prevention of DVT is challenging, particularly in the case of nonsurgical hospital inpatients, where physician's adherence to recommended thromboprophylaxis is often low. In our opinion, this adherence should be improved by generalizing the use of multi-component approaches, including that of automatic reminders. For prevention of PTS after an acute DVT, our recommendations are as follows. After a proximal (popliteal and above) DVT we recommend early ambulation with daily use of 30-40 mmHg graduated elastic compression stockings (ECS) for two years, in addition to careful monitoring of anticoagulant therapy. Below-knee ECS are preferred to thigh-length ECS, as they have similar efficacy in preventing PTS and are better tolerated. To improve compliance with ECS, patient education is important, and use of lighter strengths of compression in patients not tolerating traditional strengths should be considered. Catheter-directed thrombolysis of acute DVT was recently shown to be effective in preventing PTS, but we believe that confirmatory studies are needed before recommending its general use. The cornerstone of management of established PTS relies on patient education and use of compression therapy. We encourage ambulation, use of ECS to manage symptoms, and participation in an exercise training program, which has the potential to improve patients' quality of life (QOL) and PTS scores. In the absence of symptom relief, ECS that provide a higher strength (40-50 mmHg) should be tried. In case of moderate to severe PTS, intermittent compressive devices can be used to improve PTS

  18. Enzymatic lipid oxidation by eosinophils propagates coagulation, hemostasis, and thrombotic disease

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    Uderhardt, Stefan; Ackermann, Jochen A.; Fillep, Tobias; Hammond, Victoria J.; Willeit, Johann; Stark, Konstantin; Rossaint, Jan; Schubert, Irene; Mielenz, Dirk; Dietel, Barbara; Raaz-Schrauder, Dorette; Ay, Cihan; Thaler, Johannes; Heim, Christian; Collins, Peter W.; Schabbauer, Gernot; Mackman, Nigel; Voehringer, David; Nadler, Jerry L.; Lee, James J.; Massberg, Steffen; Rauh, Manfred; O’Donnell, Valerie B.

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    Blood coagulation is essential for physiological hemostasis but simultaneously contributes to thrombotic disease. However, molecular and cellular events controlling initiation and propagation of coagulation are still incompletely understood. In this study, we demonstrate an unexpected role of eosinophils during plasmatic coagulation, hemostasis, and thrombosis. Using a large-scale epidemiological approach, we identified eosinophil cationic protein as an independent and predictive risk factor for thrombotic events in humans. Concurrent experiments showed that eosinophils contributed to intravascular thrombosis by exhibiting a strong endogenous thrombin-generation capacity that relied on the enzymatic generation and active provision of a procoagulant phospholipid surface enriched in 12/15-lipoxygenase–derived hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid–phosphatidylethanolamines. Our findings reveal a previously unrecognized role of eosinophils and enzymatic lipid oxidation as regulatory elements that facilitate both hemostasis and thrombosis in response to vascular injury, thus identifying promising new targets for the treatment of thrombotic disease. PMID:28566277

  19. Coat's like vasculopathy in leber congenital amaurosis secondary to homozygous mutations in CRB1: a case report and discussion of the management options.

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    Hasan, Somar M; Azmeh, Arwa; Mostafa, Osama; Megarbane, Andre

    2016-02-13

    Mutations in the CRB1 gene are associated with variable phenotypes of severe retinal dystrophies, and retinal dystrophies resulting from CRB1 mutations may be accompanied by specific fundus features such as coat's like vasculopathy in retinitis pigmentosa patients. This is the first report of the occurrence of coat's like vasculopathy in a patient diagnosed with Leber congenital amaurosis caused by a CRB1 mutation. An 18-year old Syrian female patient presented with bilateral gradual loss of vision since early childhood, with recent deterioration in her left eye. She appeared to have an asymmetric bilateral coat's like vasculopathy which was more severe in the left eye. The diagnosis of Leber congenital amaurosis was suggested, and a genetic CRB1 sequencing for the patient and her two younger siblings, who also had severe vision loss, was done, upon which the diagnosis of Leber congenital amaurosis associated with exudative retinal detachment due to coat's like vasculopathy was made. Treatment with panretinal photocoagulation was attempted in the worse left eye, but with no improvement. As the disease suddenly progressed in both eyes, pars plana vitrectomy with endolaser and silicone oil tamponade was performed in the better right eye which led to anatomical stabilization of the case without improvement in the visual acuity. Leber congenital amaurosis is reported to be associated with multiple systemic and ocular findings, none of which is coat's like vasculopathy. CRB1 gene mutations are associated with remarkable retinal findings in patients with retinitis pigmentosa and other fundus dystrophies. In this unique case we are reporting the incidence of coat's like vasculopathy in a patient diagnosed with Leber congenital amaurosis caused by CRB1 gene mutation, and its management. CRB1 mutant patients should be followed up closely as sudden progression can have permanent poor outcomes and as early management is vital in such cases.

  20. Subcutaneous epinephrine vs nebulized salbutamol in asthma.

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    Sharma, A; Madan, A

    2001-12-01

    This study was conducted to compare the efficacy of the subcutaneous epinephrine with nebulized salbutamol. Fifty asthmatic children in the age range of 6-14 years were divided into two equal groups. Group I children were given subcutaneous epinephrine and Group II were nebulized with salbutamol. Patients were observed at 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180 and 240 minute intervals. Both the groups had comparable mean increase in peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR %) (Group I 27.7 +/- 0.7; Group II 28.8 +/- 0.06, p >0.05). In Group I there was significant increase in systolic blood pressure, 30 minutes after the start of treatment, however it settled on its own by 60 minutes. Both the groups had satisfactory improvement in clinical parameters which continued upto 4 hours after start of treatment. Subcutaneous epinephrine can be safely used if nebulizers are not available.

  1. Hypertrophic Obesity and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Dysfunction

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    Anna Meiliana

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Over the past 50 years, scientists have recognized that not all adipose tissue is alike, and that health risk is associated with the location as well as the amount of body fat. Different depots are sufficiently distinct with respect to fatty-acid storage and release as to probably play unique roles in human physiology. Whether fat redistribution causes metabolic disease or whether it is a marker of underlying processes that are primarily responsible is an open question. CONTENT: The limited expandability of the subcutaneous adipose tissue leads to inappropriate adipose cell expansion (hypertrophic obesity with local inflammation and a dysregulated and insulin-resistant adipose tissue. The inability to store excess fat in the subcutaneous adipose tissue is a likely key mechanism for promoting ectopic fat accumulation in tissues and areas where fat can be stored, including the intra-abdominal and visceral areas, in the liver, epi/pericardial area, around vessels, in the myocardium, and in the skeletal muscles. Many studies have implicated ectopic fat accumulation and the associated lipotoxicity as the major determinant of the metabolic complications of obesity driving systemic insulin resistance, inflammation, hepatic glucose production, and dyslipidemia. SUMMARY: In summary, hypertrophic obesity is due to an impaired ability to recruit and differentiate available adipose precursor cells in the subcutaneous adipose tissue. Thus, the subcutaneous adipose tissue may be particular in its limited ability in certain individuals to undergo adipogenesis during weight increase. Inability to promote subcutaneous adipogenesis under periods of affluence would favor lipid overlow and ectopic fat accumulation with negative metabolic consequences. KEYWORDS: obesity, adipogenesis, subcutaneous adipose tissue, visceral adipose tissue, adipocyte dysfunction.

  2. Combined subcutaneous, intrathoracic and abdominal splenosis.

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    Javadrashid, Reza; Paak, Neda; Salehi, Ahad

    2010-09-01

    We report a case of combined subcutaneous, intrathoracic, and abdominal splenosis who presented with attacks of flushing, tachycardia and vague abdominal pain. The patient's past medical history included a splenectomy due to abdominal trauma and years later, a lung lobectomy due to recurrent pneumonia. An enhancing solid mass adjacent to the upper pole of the left kidney and nodular pleural based lesions in the left hemi-thorax along with nodular lesions in subcutaneous tissue of the left chest wall suggested possible adrenal malignancy with multiple metastases. Histopathologic examination demonstrated benign lesions of ectopic splenic tissue.

  3. Trichinella nativa outbreak with rare thrombotic complications associated with meat from a black bear hunted in Northern Ontario

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    Although trichinellosis is known to cause thrombotic disease, serious thrombotic events are rare and have previously not been shown to be associated with Trichinella nativa. Patient interviews and medical chart reviews were conducted on ten men who became ill following consumption of a common source...

  4. Transmissible Venereal Tumor with Subcutaneous and Bone ...

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    A five year old entire mixed breed dog was admitted to the University of Nairobi's small animal clinic with a 5-months history of subcutaneous masses. Physical examination revealed firm and mobile masses in the subcuticular tissues, on the mandible and the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae. Visual inspection ...

  5. Radiological case: subcutaneous and mediastinal enfisema

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    Nascimento, J.; Gomes, M.; Moreira, C.; Macedo, F.

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    ABSTRACT We present the case of a 5 year old asmathic girl admitted to the hospital for acute non traumatic edema and crepitus of the face, neck and upper thorax. Thoracic x-ray (not shown) and thoracic and neck CT were performed, showing extensive subcutaneous and mediastinal enfisema. These are rare complications of asthma. The imaging features are described.

  6. Case Report Pneumomediastinum and Subcutaneous Emphysema ...

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    wheezing and neck pain. He was diagnosed asthmatic at the age of eleven and had been admitted on a few occasions for acute exacerbations in the prior ten years. He had salbutamol tablets regularly. At this index presentation, he was noted to have subcutaneous swelling and crepitus over the neck and upper anterior ...

  7. Thoracic duct lymphography by subcutaneous contrast agent ...

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    A 4-year-old male Japanese Shiba Inu presented with recurrent chylothorax. The thoracic duct was successfully imaged using computed tomography after the injection of an iodine contrast agent into the subcutaneous tissue surrounding the anus. The thoracic duct was successfully ligated and pericardectomy performed via ...

  8. Anthropometrical Profile, Skinfold Tickness and Subcutaneous Fat ...

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    Background: The threatening health problems resulting from excess subcutaneous fat depositions have been reported by the world Health Organization. Also noteworthy is that childhood obesity is a pointer to adult obesity. This necessitated a study on the anthropometrical profiles of adolescents of Southeast Nigeria using ...

  9. Case Report: Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical ...

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    The occurrence of pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous cervical emphysema as complications of childhood pneumonia is very unusual. They results most often from respiratory manoeuvres that produce high intrathoracic pressure. Although they are largely benign, pneumomediastinum can cause compression of major ...

  10. Early inflammatory markers are independent predictors of cardiac allograft vasculopathy in heart-transplant recipients.

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    Labarrere, Carlos A; Woods, John R; Hardin, James W; Jaeger, Beate R; Zembala, Marian; Deng, Mario C; Kassab, Ghassan S

    2014-01-01

    Identification of risk is essential to prevent cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) and graft failure due to CAV (GFDCAV) in heart transplant patients, which account for 30% of all deaths. Early CAV detection involves invasive, risky, and expensive monitoring approaches. We determined whether prediction of CAV and GFDCAV improves by adding inflammatory markers to a previously validated atherothrombotic (AT) model. AT and inflammatory markers interleukin-6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in heart biopsies and sera of 172 patients followed prospectively for 8.9±5.0 years. Models were estimated for 5- and 10-year risk using (1) the first post-transplant biopsy only, or (2) all biopsies obtained within 3 months. Multivariate models were adjusted for other covariates and cross-validated by bootstrapping. After adding IL-6 and CRP to the AT models, we evaluated the significance of odds ratios (ORs) associated with the additional inflammatory variables and the degree of improvement in the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC). When inflammatory markers were tested alone in prediction models, CRP (not IL-6) was a significant predictor of CAV and GFDCAV at 5 (CAV: p<0.0001; GFDCAV: p = 0.005) and 10 years (CAV: p<0.0001; GFDCAV: p = 0.003). Adding CRP (not IL-6) to the best AT models improved discriminatory power to identify patients destined to develop CAV (using 1st biopsy: p<0.001 and p = 0.001; using all 3-month biopsies: p<0.04 and p = 0.008 at 5- and 10-years, respectively) and GFDCAV (using 1st biopsy: 0.92 vs. 0.95 and 0.86 vs. 0.89; using all 3-month biopsies: 0.94 vs. 0.96 and 0.88 vs. 0.89 at 5- and 10-years, respectively), as indicated by an increase in AUROC. Early inflammatory status, measured by a patient's CRP level (a non-invasive, safe and inexpensive test), independently predicts CAV and GFDCAV. Adding CRP to a previously established AT model improves its predictive power.

  11. Early inflammatory markers are independent predictors of cardiac allograft vasculopathy in heart-transplant recipients.

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    Carlos A Labarrere

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Identification of risk is essential to prevent cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV and graft failure due to CAV (GFDCAV in heart transplant patients, which account for 30% of all deaths. Early CAV detection involves invasive, risky, and expensive monitoring approaches. We determined whether prediction of CAV and GFDCAV improves by adding inflammatory markers to a previously validated atherothrombotic (AT model. METHODS AND FINDINGS: AT and inflammatory markers interleukin-6 (IL-6 and C-reactive protein (CRP were measured in heart biopsies and sera of 172 patients followed prospectively for 8.9±5.0 years. Models were estimated for 5- and 10-year risk using (1 the first post-transplant biopsy only, or (2 all biopsies obtained within 3 months. Multivariate models were adjusted for other covariates and cross-validated by bootstrapping. After adding IL-6 and CRP to the AT models, we evaluated the significance of odds ratios (ORs associated with the additional inflammatory variables and the degree of improvement in the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC. When inflammatory markers were tested alone in prediction models, CRP (not IL-6 was a significant predictor of CAV and GFDCAV at 5 (CAV: p<0.0001; GFDCAV: p = 0.005 and 10 years (CAV: p<0.0001; GFDCAV: p = 0.003. Adding CRP (not IL-6 to the best AT models improved discriminatory power to identify patients destined to develop CAV (using 1st biopsy: p<0.001 and p = 0.001; using all 3-month biopsies: p<0.04 and p = 0.008 at 5- and 10-years, respectively and GFDCAV (using 1st biopsy: 0.92 vs. 0.95 and 0.86 vs. 0.89; using all 3-month biopsies: 0.94 vs. 0.96 and 0.88 vs. 0.89 at 5- and 10-years, respectively, as indicated by an increase in AUROC. CONCLUSIONS: Early inflammatory status, measured by a patient's CRP level (a non-invasive, safe and inexpensive test, independently predicts CAV and GFDCAV. Adding CRP to a previously established AT model

  12. Erectile dysfunction, penile atherosclerosis, and coronary artery vasculopathy in heart transplant recipients.

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    Caretta, Nicola; Feltrin, Giuseppe; Tarantini, Giuseppe; D'Agostino, Chiara; Tona, Francesco; Schipilliti, Mirko; Selice, Riccardo; Minicuci, Nadia; Gerosa, Gino; Foresta, Carlo

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    Vascular erectile dysfunction (ED) is the expression of a systemic vascular disease and in particular of endothelial dysfunction. Dysfunctional endothelium plays also a significant role in the onset and progression of coronary artery vasculopathy (CAV). This pilot study was designed to evaluate the prevalence and pathogenesis of ED and its correlation with CAV in heart transplanted male. A total of 77 male heart transplanted patients (HTx) evaluated in our center (mean age 61.6 + 10.6 years) were enrolled in the study. All subjects underwent accurate medical history collection, including lifestyle (cigarette smoking, dietary and sedentary habits, drug intake, and erectile function before cardiac transplantation), physical examination (body mass index and arterial pressure), biochemical blood tests (fasting glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides), and hormones (prolactin, luteinizing hormone and total testosterone). Furthermore, they were studied with penile, carotid, femoral echo-color Doppler ultrasonography and coronary angiogram. Incidence of ED was 24% before HTx and increased up to 65% after. Postischemic cardiomiopathy was an indication to HTx in ED group more frequently than in patients without ED (No-ED group) (45.1% vs. 20%). ED patients showed a lower peak systolic velocity, a higher cavernosal intima-media thickness (IMT), a higher prevalence of cavernosal plaques (26.7% vs. 5.2%, P < 0.05), peripheral vascular disease (60.87% vs. 26.1%, P < 0.05) and CAV (45.8% vs. 25.8%, P < 0.05) with respect to No-ED patients. Coronary flow reserve was significantly reduced in ED vs. No-ED patients (2.43 + 0.7 vs. 2.9 + 0.8, P < 0.04). Finally, cavernous plaque and testosterone plasma levels were statistically associated with CAV. We showed that ED is a frequent disease in HTx patients, more common when the original pathology is postischemic cardiomiopathy and associated with higher prevalence

  13. Thrombotic microangiopathy associated with bortezomib treatment in a patient with relapsed multiple myeloma

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    Urpu Salmenniemi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP and hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS describe microvascular occlusive disorders characterized by thrombocytopenia due to increased platelet aggregation and fragmentation hemolysis. We report here what to our knowledge is the second case of TTP/HUS associated with bortezomib treatment.

  14. Doppler sonography of extracranial and intracranial vessels in patients with thrombotic stroke

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    Farhad Iranmanesh

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The results of intracranial and extracranial vessel color Doppler sonography, which is now an inseparable part of patient evaluation, vary in different studies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the pattern of vascular involvement in thrombotic stroke and its relationship with risk factors of stroke. METHODS: One-hundred patients (45 males and 55 females with thrombotic stroke underwent transcranial sonography and color Doppler sonography of extracranial vessels. The pattern of vascular involvement was analyzed. The risk factors of stroke were also evaluated. RESULTS: Forty-seven percent of the studied individuals had some variations in their color Doppler sonography of extracranial vessels, 27% had changes in the intracranial vessels and 26% showed changes in both. The most frequently involved vessels among the intracranial and extracranial vessels were the middle cerebral artery and the internal carotid artery, respectively. The pattern of vascular involvement was unrelated to hypertension, cigarette smoking, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia or history of ischemic heart disease. Extracranial involvement in patients with positive history of MI was more prevalent than in those without such history. CONCLUSIONS: Extracranial vessel involvement in thrombotic stroke was found to be more prevalent than intracranial vessel involvement in the city of Rafsanjan; however, intracranial vessel involvement was more prevalent than in western countries. KEY WORDS: Thrombotic stroke, color Doppler sonography, intracranial vessels, extracranial, cerebrovascular risk factors

  15. [Embolic stroke by thrombotic non bacterial endocarditis in an Antiphospholipid Syndrome patient].

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    Graña, D; Ponce, C; Goñi, M; Danza, A

    2016-01-01

    The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired thrombophilia, considered a systemic autoimmune disorder. We report a patient with APS who presented multiple cerebral infarcts (stroke) as a complication of a thrombotic non bacterial endocarditis. We review the literature focused on the physiological mechanism that produce this disease and its complications. Clinical features and their prognostic value and the different therapeutic options were also studied.

  16. Analysis of risk factors for the development of thrombotic complications in antiphospholipid antibody positive lupus patients.

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    Tarr, T; Lakos, G; Bhattoa, H P; Shoenfeld, Y; Szegedi, G; Kiss, E

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize risk factors for thrombotic events in lupus patients. A total of 272 lupus patients were followed up for five years during which the presence of aPL antibodies [anticardiolipin (aCL), anti-beta2-glycoprotein I (abeta2GPI) and lupus anticoagulant (LAC)] were determined, and all thrombotic incidents and antithrombotic therapy-related data were collected. At baseline, three groups were constituted, an aPL- group with 107 aPL negative patients, an aPL+ group with 81 aPL positive patients without clinical thrombosis and a secondary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) group with 84 aPL+ patients who met the Sapporo criteria. LAC was more common in the APS than the aPL+ group (32.1% versus 9.9%, P anticoagulant therapy, thrombotic events reoccurred in 8.3% of the APS group. These findings indicate that LAC, constant and cumulative presence of aPL and previous thrombosis are positive predictors for the development of thrombotic complication in lupus patients.

  17. Valsartan Decreases Platelet Activity and Arterial Thrombotic Events in Elderly Patients with Hypertension

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    Fang Wu

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: AT 1 R antagonist valsartan decreases platelet activity by attenuating COX-2/TXA 2 expression through p38MAPK and NF-kB pathways and reduces the occurrence of cardio-cerebral thrombotic events in elderly patients with hypertension.

  18. A positive family history for premature cardiovascular disease identifies patients prone to recurrent arterial thrombotic events

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    Mulders, Ties A.; Maurissen, Lisbeth Fa; Meyer, Zainna; Hameeteman, Marijn; van der Donk, Christel; Kroon, Abraham A.; Ferreira, Isabel; Stehouwer, Coen DA; Hackeng, Tilman M.; Pinto-Sietsma, Sara-Joan

    2012-01-01

    Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is characterized by slow progressive atherosclerosis and arterial thrombotic events, leading to occlusions. Whether either of these presentations is more likely in patients with a genetic predisposition for CVD is still unknown. We suggest that a genetic

  19. Postoperative thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in an infant: case report and literature review.

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    Schiller, Ofer; Ash, Shifra; Schonfeld, Tommy; Kadmon, Gili; Nahum, Elhanan; Yacobovich, Joanne; Tamary, Hannah; Davidovits, Miriam

    2011-04-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is caused by an imbalance of von Willebrand factor and its cleaving protease, which leads to the formation of microthrombi in end-organs. It rarely occurs in the pediatric population. Plasma exchange can significantly reduce mortality and morbidity. We present a 14-month-old infant in whom clinical and laboratory abnormalities compatible with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura were noted several days after resection of a large pelvic tumor. Treatment with double volume plasma exchange on postoperative day 5 led to complete resolution of the renal failure, thrombocytopenia, anemia, and neurological manifestations. ADAMTS13 inhibitors were negative and no mutations were found in factor H, factor I, membrane cofactor protein, and thrombomodulin to account for genetic predisposition to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura or atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Postoperative anemia, thrombocytopenia, fever, and neurological deficits in children should raise the suspicion of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Early diagnosis is important because the disorder is readily and efficiently treated with plasma exchange. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. G6PD deficiency and absence of α-thalassemia increase the risk for cerebral vasculopathy in children with sickle cell anemia.

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    Joly, Philippe; Garnier, Nathalie; Kebaili, Kamila; Renoux, Céline; Dony, Arthur; Cheikh, Nathalie; Renard, Cécile; Ceraulo, Antony; Cuzzubbo, Daniela; Pondarré, Corinne; Martin, Cyril; Pialoux, Vincent; Francina, Alain; Bertrand, Yves; Connes, Philippe

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study was to test the association between hematological/genetic factors and cerebral vasculopathy in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA). A group with cerebral vasculopathy (VASC) was composed of children who had stroke (n = 6), silent infarct (n = 11), or an abnormal transcranial Doppler (n = 5). Eighty-four patients had neither positive history of stroke or silent infarct, nor abnormal transcranial Doppler (NORM group). An intermediate group (COND; n = 15) was composed of SCA children with a conditional transcranial Doppler. Biological analyses were performed on samples obtained at steady state and before the beginning of any chronic treatment. The comparisons of the three groups demonstrated a protective effect of α-thalassemia against cerebral vasculopathy through its effects on hemoglobin and reticulocyte levels. Moreover, we observed higher frequency of G6PD deficiency in the VASC group compared with the other groups. Our study confirms the key role of α-thalassemia and G6PD status in the pathophysiology of cerebral vasculopathy in SCA children. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Subcutaneous implantable defibrillator: State-of-the art 2013

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    Akerström, Finn; Arias, Miguel A; Pachón, Marta; Puchol, Alberto; Jiménez-López, Jesús

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    The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) has recently been approved for commercial use in Europe, New Zealand and the United States. It is comprised of a pulse generator, placed subcutaneously in a left lateral position, and a parasternal subcutaneous lead-electrode with two sensing electrodes separated by a shocking coil. Being an entirely subcutaneous system it avoids important periprocedural and long-term complications associated with transvenous implantable cardiove...

  2. Subcutaneous filariasis: An unusual case report

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    Valand Arvindbhai

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Wuchereria bancrofti presented in subcutaneous nodule is a very rare presentation. Wuchereria bancrofti first reported by Bancrofti in Brisbane in 1876 and the name filaria Bancrofti was given in 1877 and the generic name was given in 1878. A 15-year-old male patient′s known case of pulmonary Koch′s with incidentally detected subcutaneous nodule on right arm pit, cytology from the nodule shows many sheathed microfilaria along with segment of an adult female worm. Wet mount peripheral blood smear shows nocturnal motile microfilaria. The Wuchereria bancrofti is known to be associated with pulmonary Koch′s. Nocturnal motility and cytomorphological features differentiate Wuchereria bancrofti from Wuchereria loa loa . After giving diethyl carbamazine (DEC 6 mg/kg for 21 days without disturbing anti Koch′s treatment schedule and microfilaria disappeared from peripheral blood.

  3. Primary Sonographic Diagnosis of Subcutaneous Cysticercosis

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    M E Shivu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the case of a 40-year-old woman with a small diffuse swelling on the left side of her face. She was diagnosed with intramuscular cysticercosis in the masseter muscle (case of disseminated cysticercosis involving the muscular system and subcutaneous tissues with surrounding phlegmon on high-resolution ultrasound and managed conservatively. To our knowledge, the imaging findings of disseminated muscular cysUcercosis have been reported before only a few numbers of times. In this case, the correct diagnosis was made on the basis of high-resolution sonography of the subcutaneous tissue and muscles. It showed multiple oval to circular, predominantly anechoic lesions, which were around 1 cm in diameter. Most of these cystic lesions showed a hyperechoic focus within suggestive of a scolex. There was no increased vascularity surrounding the lesions. Thus, sonography can primarily make the correct diagnosis of disseminated muscular cysticercosis if such lesions are seen. In endemic areas, cysticercosis should be considered one of the differential diagnosis of the subcutaneous swellings.

  4. Management of Thrombotic Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemias with Therapeutic Plasma Exchange: When It Works and When It Does Not.

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    Mehmood, Tahir; Taylor, Michelle; Winters, Jeffrey L

    2016-06-01

    Thrombotic microangiopathies are a heterogeneous group of inherited and acquired disorders sharing a common clinical presentation of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and organ damage. These disorders have been treated with plasma exchange (TPE) based on randomized controlled trials, which found this therapy to be effective in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). For the remaining disorders, low- to very low-quality evidence exists for the use of TPE. When TPE is applied, the treatment regimen used for TTP is usually applied. There is a need for further evaluation of the role of TPE in the treatment of thrombotic microangiopathies other than TTP. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy masquerading as choroidal tumors: one year follow-up of a peripheral lesion

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    Rony Carlos Preti

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This case report describes peripheral idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (IPCV with a collection of small aneurysmal dilations that masqueraded as choroidal tumors in an elderly patient. A 68-year-old African American woman was referred to us with a suspected diagnosis of asymptomatic vascular choroidal tumor and choroidal capillary hemangioma, affecting the temporal peripheral fundus. Upon examination, optical coherence tomography (OCT revealed two large hemorrhagic pigment epithelium detachments (PED, and indocyanine green angiography (ICG confirmed the diagnosis of IPCV. One year later, there was reduction in the hemorrhagic pigment epithelium detachments and the lesion took on a different appearance, resembling a choroidal osteoma. No treatment was necessary despite the presence of multiple polyps. IPCV is a rare condition that can resemble other choroidal diseases depending on the stage of presentation. OCT is the best tool to determine the characteristics of the lesions, and indocyanine green angiography should be used to confirm the diagnosis. Not all cases require treatment.

  6. Combined photodynamic therapy and intravitreal bevacizumab for idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: one-year follow-up

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    Mario R Romano

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Mario R Romano1, Ugo Cipollone2, Francesco Semeraro3, Michele Rinaldi4, Ciro Costagliola11Dipartimento di Scienze per la Salute, Università degli Studi del Molise, Campobasso; 2Dipartimento di Oftalmologia, Ospedale G Vietri, Larino, Campobasso; 3Clinica Oculistica, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia; 4Clinica Oculistica, II Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli, ItalyObjective: To report the efficacy and safety of combined photodynamic therapy (PDT and intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB injection in the treatment of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (IPCV.Material and methods: A prospective case series of 10 eyes of 10 consecutive patients affected by IPCV with subfoveal involvement. PDT plus IVB (1.25 mg/0.05 mL injection two weeks later was performed in all patients. Two adjunctive injections of bevacizumab were scheduled at four and eight weeks after the initial treatment. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiographies, and optical coherence tomography were obtained at baseline, and at one, three, six, nine, and 12 months.Results: The combined treatment led to an improvement of both neurosensory detachment and pigmented epithelial detachment in all eyes, with a decrease of exudation and regression of macular thickness, which remained stable to the end of follow-up. However, BCVA remained stable over the 12 months of follow-up.Conclusion: These findings demonstrate that PDT/IVB combined therapy is able to achieve morphologic stabilization of the IPCV lesion, through a rapid decrease of macular thickness and regression of the size of polypoidal vascular lesion.Keywords: combined treatment, idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, age-related macular degeneration, intravitreal bevacizumab, photodynamic therapy

  7. Methotrexate associated to lipid core nanoparticles improves cardiac allograft vasculopathy and the inflammatory profile in a rabbit heart graft model

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    A.I. Fiorelli

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Coronary allograft vasculopathy is an inflammatory-proliferative process that compromises the long-term success of heart transplantation and has no effective treatment. A lipid nanoemulsion (LDE can carry chemotherapeutic agents in the circulation and concentrates them in the heart graft. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of methotrexate (MTX associated to LDE. Rabbits fed a 0.5% cholesterol diet and submitted to heterotopic heart transplantation were treated with cyclosporine A (10 mg·kg–1·day–1 orally and allocated to treatment with intravenous LDE-MTX (4 mg/kg, weekly, n=10 or with weekly intravenous saline solution (control group, n=10, beginning on the day of surgery. Animals were euthanized 6 weeks later. Compared to controls, grafts of LDE-MTX treated rabbits showed 20% reduction of coronary stenosis, with a four-fold increase in vessel lumen and 80% reduction of macrophage staining in grafts. Necrosis was attenuated by LDE-MTX. Native hearts of both LDE-MTX and Control groups were apparently normal. Gene expression of lipoprotein receptors was significantly greater in grafts compared to native hearts. In LDE-MTX group, gene expression of the pro-inflammatory factors tumor necrosis factor-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, interleukin-18, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, and matrix metalloproteinase-12 was strongly diminished whereas expression of anti-inflammatory interleukin-10 increased. LDE-MTX promoted improvement of the cardiac allograft vasculopathy and diminished inflammation in heart grafts.

  8. Sonographic Appearance of Dermal and Subcutaneous Sarcoidosis: A Case Report

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    Jang, Ja Yoon; Bae, Young A; Hong, Hyeok Jin; Kwon, Kye Won [Dept. of Radiology, Bundang Jesaeng General Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease of unknown origin that mainly involves lung and skin, but rarely involves subcutaneous tissue. While some studies have reported on CT or MR imaging findings of subcutaneous sarcoidosis, there is only one report on sonographic findings of subcutaneous sarcoidosis, recently published in the US. Familiarity with ultrasonographic findings of subcutaneous sarcoidosis might be helpful for the early diagnosis in patient with palpable nodules and image follow-up for subcutaneous sarcoidosis. Here we report on the sonographic appearance of subcutaneous sarcoidosis involving dermal and subcutaneous tissue over axilla and sole, a case diagnosed as sarcoidosis and improved by steroid treatment, along with a review of the relevant literature.

  9. "STA-MCA bypass with encephalo-duro-myo-synangiosis combined with bifrontal encephalo-duro-periosteal-synangiosis" as a one-staged revascularization strategy for pediatric moyamoya vasculopathy

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    Esposito, G.; Kronenburg, A.; Fierstra, J.; Braun, K.P.; Klijn, C.J.M.; Zwan, A. van der; Regli, L.

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    PURPOSE: Moyamoya vasculopathy progressively compromises cerebral blood flow resulting in chronic hypoperfusion. The middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory and the bifrontal areas are the regions most frequently affected. Although most techniques aim to only revascularize the MCA territory,

  10. "STA-MCA bypass with encephalo-duro-myo-synangiosis combined with bifrontal encephalo-duro-periosteal-synangiosis" as a one-staged revascularization strategy for pediatric moyamoya vasculopathy

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    Esposito, Giuseppe; Kronenburg, Annick; Fierstra, Jorn; Braun, Kees P. J.; Klijn, Catharina J. M.; van der Zwan, Albert; Regli, Luca

    Moyamoya vasculopathy progressively compromises cerebral blood flow resulting in chronic hypoperfusion. The middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory and the bifrontal areas are the regions most frequently affected. Although most techniques aim to only revascularize the MCA territory, augmentation of

  11. Dengue Fever-induced Thrombotic Microangiopathy: An Unusual Cause of Renal Failure.

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    Bhargava, V; Gupta, P; Kauntia, R; Bajpai, G

    2017-01-01

    Dengue fever is a tropical infection, which is mosquito-borne disease, caused by dengue virus and spread by Aedes mosquitoes. The incidence of dengue fever has risen rapidly over the past few years. About half of dengue infections are asymptomatic, and a great majority present with fever and body ache. However, the occurrence of complications is well known, including acute kidney injury (AKI). AKI in dengue is usually attributable to a pre-renal cause. Thrombotic microangiopathy is an extremely rare complication of dengue fever, with only a few published case reports in medical literature. This case intends to highlight the importance of recognizing dengue fever-induced thrombotic microangiopathy by physicians and pathologists, enabling better diagnosis and management of this life-threatening condition.

  12. Unusual presentation of pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy with no detectable primary tumor

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    Seppala N

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy (PTTM is a rare condition characterized by the presence of diffuse thrombotic microthrombi and fibrocellular intimal proliferation in the pulmonary vasculature. Its development is linked to the presence of pulmonary tumor microemboli (PTM and should be suspected in patients with unexplained dyspnea, especially in the presence of adenocarcinoma. PTTM presents in a similar fashion to respiratory disease such as pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension or pneumonia and is usually only diagnosed post-mortem. We report a case of PTTM identified ante-mortem by bronchial biopsy in an 82-year-old woman presenting with a clinical picture of atypical pneumonia. Autopsy confirmed PTTM, from an unknown primary neoplasm.

  13. Arterial thrombotic occlusions following percutaneous catheterization in infants and children: local thrombolytic therapy with urokinase

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    Kim, Yong Joo [Kyungpook National University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    1992-11-15

    Six cases of right external iliac and common femoral arterial thrombotic occlusions following transfemoral cardiac catheterization were found among the 117 infants and children with congenital heart disease. Physical findings of arterial thrombosis were lower extremity coldness and absence of femoral pulse, which appeared just after cardiac catheterization. Transcatheter local intrathrombotic infusion of Urokinase were done with 50000 IU bolus doses and 40000-50000 IU/h running doses. All 6 cases showed complete thrombolysis and re-establishment of femoral circulation. Three cases developed bleeding from arterial puncture sites, and were subsequently controlled properly by compression. No other complication was found. Our results suggest that local thrombolytic therapy with Urokinase is effective treatment method without significant complication for the infants and children with fresh thrombotic occlusions following cardiac catheterization and angiography.

  14. A case report: Cavitary infarction caused by pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy in a patient with pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm

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    Bae, Kyoung Kyg; Kwon, Woon Jung; Choi, Seong Hoon; Lee, Jong Hwa; Cha, Hee Jeong [Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan School of Medicine, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    Pulmonary tumor embolism is commonly discovered at autopsy, but is rarely suspected ante-mortem. Microangiopathy is an uncommon and distinct form of simple tumor pulmonary embolism. Here, we present a 52-year-old male with tumor thrombotic microangiopathy and pulmonary infarction, which might have originated from intraductal papillary mucinous tumor of the pancreas. Multiple wedge-shaped consolidations were found initially and aggravated with cavitation. These CT features of pulmonary infarction were pathologically confirmed to result from pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy.

  15. An autopsy case of myocardial infarction due to idiopathic thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Tasaki, Takashi; Yamada, Sohsuke; Nabeshima, Atsunori; Noguchi, Hirotsugu; Nawata, Aya; Hisaoka, Masanori; Sasaguri, Yasuyuki; Nakayama, Toshiyuki

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    Abstract Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening disorder characterized by systemic platelet-von Willebrand factor aggregation, organ ischemia and profound thrombocytopenia. In this report, we describe an autopsy case of a 77-year-old Japanese man diagnosed with idiopathic TTP. He had no history of cardiovascular disease symptoms, such as chest pain, ST segment elevation, and elevation of cardiac enzyme levels, except arrhythmia. The patient suddenly died despite recei...

  16. Lipoprotein (a and other lipid profile in patients with thrombotic stroke: Is it a reliable marker?

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    Shashidhar K Nagaraj

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cerebrovascular disease (CVD and coronary heart disease (CHD cause 40%-50% of deaths in developed countries with CVD causing 10%-12% of deaths. Though increased Lipoprotein (a is a risk factor in developing CHD, its role is poorly defined in etiopathogenesis of CVD. Aims: To find the association of lipoprotein (a and lipid profile in thrombotic stroke patients after acute phase. Settings and Design: The study was conducted at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Twenty one cases of thrombotic stroke and 18 cases of age and sex matched controls were taken for the study. Informed consent was taken from both case and control. Materials and Methods: Overnight fasting sample was collected from both case and control. Serum was separated and parameters such as total cholesterol, triglycerides, high density lipoproteins-C, low density lipoprotein-C, lipoprotein (a, fasting blood sugars were estimated. Statistical analysis: Data were analyzed by SPSS software, Student′s t-test, standard deviation (SD, and standard error of mean (SEM, P-value <0.05 is considered to be significant. Results: In this study, we found no statistical significant differences in serum lipid and lipoprotein (a profile between controls and thrombotic stroke patients. Conclusions: Highest frequency (38% of stroke was found in the age group of 7080 years. There were other associated risk factors such as diabetes in five cases (24%, hypertension in nine cases (43%, and family history of stroke in four cases. However, further studies are required to evaluate the importance of serum Lp(a estimation in the assessment as a risk factor for thrombotic stroke.

  17. Surgical management of subcutaneous Colletotrichum gloeosporioides

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    Allton, David R; Parvez, Najma; Ranganath, Sangeetha; Jinadatha, Chetan

    2015-01-01

    A 52-year-old male patient with a history of sarcoidosis and over 10 years of chronic low-dose glucocorticoid use, cirrhosis and type 2 diabetes mellitus presented with two painful, enlarging subcutaneous nodules ultimately identified as Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Two attempts at needle aspiration of the larger nodule resulted in rapid reaccumulation. Complete surgical excision of both nodules resulted in complete resolution without the use of any concomitant antifungals. Patient had no recurrence at 2 years of follow-up. PMID:25737220

  18. Subcutaneous myiasis caused by Dermatobia hominis.

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    Logar, J; Beović, B; Triller, C; Rakovec, S

    2001-01-01

    A case of subcutaneous myiasis caused by the larvae of the Dermatobia hominis fly is described, involving the ankle region of a 25-y-old man who had returned from Peru. After removal of 4 larvae from the affected sites, the lesions healed in 2 weeks without further treatment. Because of the increasing number of people travelling to tropical America, physicians in Slovenia will have to consider Dermatobia myiasis in the differential diagnosis of furuncular lesions in patients with a relevant travel history.

  19. Switching between intravenous and subcutaneous trastuzumab

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    Gligorov, Joseph; Curigliano, Giuseppe; Müller, Volkmar

    2017-01-01

    AIM: To assess the safety and tolerability of switching between subcutaneous (SC) and intravenous (IV) trastuzumab in the PrefHer study (NCT01401166). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer completed (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy and were randomised to receive four....... Rates of clinically important events, including grade ≥3 AEs, serious AEs, AEs leading to study drug discontinuation and cardiac AEs, were low and similar between treatment arms (safety signals for trastuzumab were observed. CONCLUSIONS: PrefHer revealed...... that switching from IV to SC trastuzumab (hand-held syringe or SID) or vice versa did not impact the known safety profile of trastuzumab....

  20. 'Rules of thumb' or reflective practice? Understanding senior physicians' decision-making about anti-thrombotic usage in atrial fibrillation.

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    Anderson, N; Fuller, R; Dudley, N

    2007-05-01

    The recently published Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) highlight the importance of assessing stroke risk and using appropriate anti-thrombotic therapy. To improve understanding of physicians' behaviour and attitudes in respect to decision-making in AF and the use of anti-thrombotics. Semi-qualitative, questionnaire- and interview-based study. Five clinical vignettes relating to treatment choices for AF and stroke prevention illustrating a range of risk and benefit were examined by 14 senior physicians (consultants or specialist registrars) in Cardiology, General Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, who then recommended anti-thrombotic treatment. A semi-structured interview explored their decision-making and prescribing in AF, with qualitative analysis of interview transcripts using grounded theory. There was marked variation in the choice of anti-thrombotic treatment. Respondents were more likely to prescribe warfarin to patients with a previous intracerebral haemorrhage than to a patient with a history of falls. A key theme on qualitative analysis revealed that decision-making in AF is often associated with uncertainty and concerns about knowledge of risk and benefit. In this study, doctors rarely agreed on the choice of anti-thrombotics in AF, and their perceptions of stroke and bleeding risk showed considerable variation. Uncertainty, doubt, concerns about knowledge and varied approach to the role of patients in decision-making are all significant themes in the considerable variability in anti-thrombotic prescribing.

  1. The modified pulse-spray method using Urokinase in subacute and chronic thrombotic arterial occlusion

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    Kim, Youn Kil; Hahn, Seong Tae; Baek, Jee Hee; Kim, Choon Yul; Shinn, Kyung Sub [The Catholic Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-01-01

    To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the modified pulse-spray method using Urokinase(UK) in subacute and chronic thrombotic arterial occlusion. Modified pulse-spray methods using UK were performed in seven patients with subacute (1 week-1month) to chronic (1month-5years) occlusive symptoms such as limb pain, claudication and impotence. Angiographic examination revealed thrombotic occlusion of the aorta, common iliac arteries, brachial arterio-venous hemodialysis graft and femoro-popliteal bypass graft. The patients underwent thrombolysis using modified pulse-spray and additional constant infusion of UK. In the presence of underlying stenosis or organized clots, balloon angioplasty or stent placement was performed. Complete lysis was obtained in five of seven patients. For initial lysis, the mean dose of UK was 420,000 units, and the mean modified pulse-spray time was 50 minutes. Mean total dose of UK and mean total time for complete lysis were 800,000 units and 161 minutes, respectively. Thrombolysis of the femoro-popliteal bypass graft failed due to severe occlusion of the distal anastomosis. Partial lysis was achieved in one patient with aorto-illac occlusion, but further thrombolysis was stopped due to bleeding at the puncture site. The modified pulse-spray method using UK is effective in treating subacute and chronic arterial thrombotic occlusion. It augments the speed, safety and efficacy of thrombolysis. When underlying stenosis or organized clots remain after thrombolysis, ballon angioplasty or stent placement would be helpful.

  2. Thrombin generation - a potentially useful biomarker of thrombotic risk in Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms.

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    Mihaila, Romeo-Gabriel

    2017-03-01

    The diagnosis of essential thrombocythemia and polycythemia vera is often made during a thrombotic event which can be serious. Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasia patients have an increased thrombotic risk. This is assessed using various scoring systems but these are far from ideal and individual risk. The currend trend to personalised medicine requires finding the most useful thrombotic risk biomarker in these patients. Routine tests for coagulation do not take account of both pro- and anti-coagulant factors which is why these tests are not useful in patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms. Thrombin generation reflects more accurately the balance between pro- and anti-coagulant factors. Some parameters of thrombin generation such as the endogenous thrombin potential are higher in Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm patients, especially in JAK2 V617F carriers than in healthy controls. They are even higher in those with reactive thrombocytosis. The JAK2 V617F allele burden correlates more with a higher thrombin generation potential in patients who are not treated with hydroxycarbamidum. Instead, JAK2 V617F-positive patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms were the most sensitive to hydroxycarbamidum, as was reflected in lower values of platelet thrombin generation potential. The use of thrombin generation examination in these patients would enable detection of imminent thrombosis and personalised prophylactic management.

  3. Antiphospholipid antibodies and non-thrombotic manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    İlgen, U; Yayla, M E; Ateş, A; Okatan, İ E; Yurteri, E U; Torgutalp, M; Keleşoğlu, A B D; Turgay, T M; Kınıklı, G

    2017-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the association between antiphospholipid antibodies and non-thrombotic and non-gestational manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus. Methods Systemic lupus erythematosus patients with persistently positive antiphospholipid antibodies or lupus anticoagulant were identified and grouped as systemic lupus erythematosus with antiphospholipid syndrome (SLE-APS), systemic lupus erythematosus with positive antiphospholipid antibodies/lupus anticoagulant without antiphospholipid syndrome (SLE-aPL), and systemic lupus erythematosus with negative aPLs (SLE-No aPL). Groups were compared in terms of non-thrombotic systemic lupus erythematosus manifestations and laboratory features retrospectively. Results A total of 150 systemic lupus erythematosus patients, 26 with SLE-APS, 25 with SLE-aPL, and 99 with SLE-No aPL, were identified. Livedo reticularis, neurologic involvement, and thrombocytopenia were more common in antiphospholipid antibody positive systemic lupus erythematosus cases. Malar rash, arthritis, and pleuritis were more common in the SLE-No aPL, SLE-APS, and SLE-aPL groups, respectively. Positivity rates and titers of specific antiphospholipid antibodies did not differ between the SLE-APS and SLE-aPL groups. Conclusions Presence of antiphospholipid syndrome or persistent antiphospholipid antibodies may be related to non-thrombotic and non-gestational systemic lupus erythematosus manifestations. Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus plus antiphospholipid syndrome and persistent antiphospholipid antibodies without antiphospholipid syndrome also differ in terms of systemic lupus erythematosus manifestations.

  4. [ANSYS simulation of subcutaneous pustule electrical characteristics].

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    Liu, Baohua; Wang, Xuan; Zhu, Honglian; Wang, Guoyong

    2011-12-01

    With the growing number of clinical surgery, post-operative surgical wound infection has become a very difficult clinical problem. In the treatments of it, non-invasive test of wound infection and healing status has a significance in clinical medicine practice. In this paper, beginning with the electrical properties of skin tissue structure and on the basis of the electromagnetism and the human anatomy, using the finite element analysis software, we applied safe voltage on the 3D skin model, performed the subcutaneous pustule simulation study and gained the relational curve between depth and radius of the pustule model. The simulation results suggested that the method we put forward could be feasible, and it could provide basis for non-invasive detection of wound healing and wound infection status.

  5. Occurrence of sectoral choroidal occlusive vasculopathy and retinal arteriolar embolization after superselective ophthalmic artery chemotherapy for advanced intraocular retinoblastoma.

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    Munier, Francis L; Beck-Popovic, Maja; Balmer, Aubin; Gaillard, Marie-Claire; Bovey, Etienne; Binaghi, Stefano

    2011-03-01

    Superselective ophthalmic artery chemotherapy (SOAC) has recently been proposed as an alternative to intravenous chemoreduction for advanced intraocular retinoblastoma. Preliminary results appear promising in terms of tumor control and eye conservation, but little is known regarding ocular toxicity and visual prognosis. In this study, we report on the vascular adverse effects observed in our initial cohort of 13 patients. The charts of 13 consecutive patients with retinoblastoma who received a total of 30 injections (up to 3 injections of a single agent per patient at 3-week interval) of melphalan (0.35 mg/kg) in the ophthalmic artery between November 2008 and June 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. RetCam fundus photography and fluorescein angiography were performed at presentation and before each injection. Vision was assessed at the latest visit. Enucleation and external beam radiotherapy could be avoided in all cases but one, with a mean follow-up of 7 months. Sectoral choroidal occlusive vasculopathy leading to chorioretinal atrophy was observed temporally in 2 eyes (15%) 3 weeks to 6 weeks after the beginning of SOAC and retinal arteriolar emboli in 1 eye 2 weeks after injection. There was no stroke or other clinically significant systemic side effects except a perioperative transient spasm of the internal carotid artery in one patient. Vision ranged between 20/1600 and 20/32 depending on the status of the macula. Superselective ophthalmic artery chemotherapy was effective in all patients with no stroke or other systemic vascular complications. Unlike intravenous chemoreduction, SOAC is associated with potentially sight-threatening adverse effects, such as severe chorioretinal atrophy secondary to subacute choroidal occlusive vasculopathy or central retinal artery embolism, not to mention the risk of ophthalmic artery obstruction, which was not observed in this series. Further analysis of the risks and benefits of SOAC will define its role within the

  6. TSP1-CD47 signaling is upregulated in clinical pulmonary hypertension and contributes to pulmonary arterial vasculopathy and dysfunction.

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    Rogers, Natasha M; Sharifi-Sanjani, Maryam; Yao, Mingyi; Ghimire, Kedar; Bienes-Martinez, Raquel; Mutchler, Stephanie M; Knupp, Heather E; Baust, Jeffrey; Novelli, Enrico M; Ross, Mark; St Croix, Claudette; Kutten, Johannes C; Czajka, Caitlin A; Sembrat, John C; Rojas, Mauricio; Labrousse-Arias, David; Bachman, Timothy N; Vanderpool, Rebecca R; Zuckerbraun, Brian S; Champion, Hunter C; Mora, Ana L; Straub, Adam C; Bilonick, Richard A; Calzada, Maria J; Isenberg, Jeffrey S

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    Thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) is a ligand for CD47 and TSP1-/- mice are protected from pulmonary hypertension (PH). We hypothesized the TSP1-CD47 axis is upregulated in human PH and promotes pulmonary arterial vasculopathy. We analyzed the molecular signature and functional response of lung tissue and distal pulmonary arteries (PAs) from individuals with (n = 23) and without (n = 16) PH. Compared with controls, lungs and distal PAs from PH patients showed induction of TSP1-CD47 and endothelin-1/endothelin A receptor (ET-1/ETA) protein and mRNA. In control PAs, treatment with exogenous TSP1 inhibited vasodilation and potentiated vasoconstriction to ET-1. Treatment of diseased PAs from PH patients with a CD47 blocking antibody improved sensitivity to vasodilators. Hypoxic wild type (WT) mice developed PH and displayed upregulation of pulmonary TSP1, CD47, and ET-1/ETA concurrent with down regulation of the transcription factor cell homolog of the v-myc oncogene (cMyc). In contrast, PH was attenuated in hypoxic CD47-/- mice while pulmonary TSP1 and ET-1/ETA were unchanged and cMyc was overexpressed. In CD47-/- pulmonary endothelial cells cMyc was increased and ET-1 decreased. In CD47+/+ cells, forced induction of cMyc suppressed ET-1 transcript, whereas suppression of cMyc increased ET-1 signaling. Furthermore, disrupting TSP1-CD47 signaling in pulmonary smooth muscle cells abrogated ET-1-stimulated hypertrophy. Finally, a CD47 antibody given 2 weeks after monocrotaline challenge in rats upregulated pulmonary cMyc and improved aberrations in PH-associated cardiopulmonary parameters. In pre-clinical models of PH CD47 targets cMyc to increase ET-1 signaling. In clinical PH TSP1-CD47 is upregulated, and in both, contributes to pulmonary arterial vasculopathy and dysfunction. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  7. Diagnosis and management of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) in Australia: findings from the first 5 years of the Australian TTP/thrombotic microangiopathy registry.

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    Blombery, P; Kivivali, L; Pepperell, D; McQuilten, Z; Engelbrecht, S; Polizzotto, M N; Phillips, L E; Wood, E; Cohney, S

    2016-01-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare, life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). In 2009, the Australian TTP/TMA registry was established to collect data on patients presenting with TTP/TMA throughout Australia. To summarise information on the diagnosis and management of patients with TTP collected in the first 5 years (2009-2014) of the Australian TTP registry. Registry data from June 2009 to October 2014 were reviewed. Fifty-seven patients were identified with TTP (defined as ADAMTS13 activity <10%), accounting for 72 clinical episodes. ADAMTS13 inhibitor testing was performed in nine out of 57 patients (16%), reflecting the limited availability of accredited testing facilities. Sixty-seven out of 72 episodes were treated with therapeutic plasma exchange (PEx) using cryodepleted plasma (40% of episodes), fresh frozen plasma (36%) or a mixture (22%). Median exposure to plasma products was 55.9 L. PEx was commenced ≥2 days from stated diagnosis in 15% of episodes. Adverse reactions to PEx were common with documented allergic reactions (including life threatening) in 21% of episodes. Adjunctive immunosuppression was documented in 76% of episodes (corticosteroid 71% and rituximab 39%). Platelet transfusion was administered in 15% of episodes. Data from the Australian TTP/TMA registry suggest a heterogenous approach to the diagnosis and management of TTP in Australia over the assessed period. These observations highlight areas for improvement and standardisation of practice, including comprehensive diagnostic testing, more immediate access to PEx and a more uniform approach to adjunctive immunosuppression and supportive care. © 2015 Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

  8. Hyaluronidase facilitated subcutaneous immunoglobulin in primary immunodeficiency

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    Jolles S

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Stephen Jolles Department of Immunology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK Abstract: Immunoglobulin (Ig-replacement therapy represents the mainstay of treatment for patients with primary antibody deficiency and is administered either intravenously (IVIg or subcutaneously (SCIg. While hyaluronidase has been used in clinical practice for over 50 years, the development of a high-purity recombinant form of this enzyme (recombinant human hyaluronidase PH20 has recently enabled the study of repeated and more prolonged use of hyaluronidase in facilitating the delivery of SC medicines. It has been used in a wide range of clinical settings to give antibiotics, local anesthetics, insulin, morphine, fluid replacement, and larger molecules, such as antibodies. Hyaluronidase has been used to help overcome the limitations on the maximum volume that can be delivered into the SC space by enabling dispersion of SCIg and its absorption into lymphatics. The rate of facilitated SCIg (fSCIg infusion is equivalent to that of IVIg, and the volume administered at a single site can be greater than 700 mL, a huge increase over conventional SCIg, at 20–40 mL. The use of fSCIg avoids the higher incidence of systemic side effects of IVIg, and it has higher bioavailability than SCIg. Data on the long-term safety of this approach are currently lacking, as fSCIg has only recently become available. fSCIg may help several areas of patient management in primary antibody deficiency, and the extent to which it may be used in future will depend on long-term safety data and cost–benefit analysis. Keywords: enzyme facilitated IgG infusion, recombinant human hyaluronidase PH20, subcutaneous immunoglobulin, intravenous immunoglobulin, primary immunodeficiency disease

  9. Clinical significance of determining plasma homocysteine: case-control study on arterial and venous thrombotic patients

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    Vučković, Biljana A.; Čabarkapa, Velibor S.; Ilić, Tatjana A.; Salatić, Iva R.; Lozanov-Crvenković, Zagorka S.; Mitić, Gorana P.

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    Aim To determine the differences in plasma homocysteine levels between three MTHFR 677 genotype subgroups in patients with thrombosis and in controls, as well as between patients with thrombosis and controls with the same MTHFR 677 genotype. Methods This case-control study was conducted in Clinical Center of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, from June to December 2011. We included 65 patients with either arterial or venous thrombosis (mean age, 40.97 ± 11.38 years) and 65 controls with no history or clinical evidence of any thrombotic event (mean age, 41.23 ± 11.12 years). Patients and controls were age- and sex-matched. Results In comparison with controls, thrombotic patients had significantly higher homocysteine levels (12.81 ± 4.94 µmol/L vs 9.82 ± 3.68 µmol/L; P < 0.001) and significantly higher incidence of hyperhomocysteinemia (55% vs 22%; P < 0.001; odds ratio [OR] = 4.521). There were no significant differences in homocysteine levels between homozygous carriers, heterozygous carriers, and non-carriers of the MTHFR 677 mutation in either thrombotic patients (12.97 ± 5.40 µmol/L vs 12.55 ± 5.71 µmol/L vs 13.27 ± 1.71 µmol/L; P = 0.100) or controls (10.07 ± 2.50 µmol/L vs 10.25 ± 4.84 µmol/L vs 9.20 ± 2.44 µmol/L; P = 0.651). However, in comparison with controls, homozygous carriers in thrombotic patient group did not have significantly higher levels of homocysteine (12.97 ± 5.40 µmol/L vs 10.07 ± 2.50 µmol/L; P = 0.072), but heterozygous carriers (12.55 ± 5.71 µmol/L vs 10.25 ± 4.84 µmol/L; P = 0.020) and non-carriers (13.27 ± 1.71 µmol/L vs 9.20 ± 2.44 µmol/L; P < 0.001) did. There was no significant difference in homocysteine levels between patients with arterial and venous thrombosis (12.76 ± 3.60 µmol/L vs 12.86 ± 5.51 µmol/L; P = 0.990) and between patients with one thrombotic event and those with recurrent thrombotic events

  10. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy in type 1 diabetes ...

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    Jan 14, 2013 ... Guidelines: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion pump therapy in type 1 diabetes. 15. 2013 Volume 18 No 1. JEMDSA. Introduction. The first external insulin pump device to deliver continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII or “insulin pump”) therapy was used more than 30 years ago.

  11. The comparison of the intestinal adaptation effects of subcutaneous ...

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    Aim: Insulin has been reported to have positive effects on intestinal adaptation after short bowel syndrome when applicated oral or subcutaneously. The purpose of this study is to compare the intestinal adaptation effects of subcutaneous and oral routes of insulin in rats with short bowel syndrome. Materials and Methods: ...

  12. Cost-minimization of mabthera intravenous versus subcutaneous administration

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    Bax, P.; Postma, M.J.

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    Objectives: To identify and compare all costs related to preparing and administrating MabThera for the intravenous and subcutaneous formulations in Dutch hematological patients. The a priori notion is that the costs of subcutaneous MabThera injections are lower compared to intravenous infusion due

  13. Hypercalcemia in Association With Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of ...

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    The case of a four weeks-old girl with subcutaneous fat necrosis and associated hypercalcemia is presented. Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of the New born (SCFN) is an uncommon disorder which is rarely complicated with life threatening hypercalcemia. Though it is reported from many parts of the world this is the first case ...

  14. Long-Term Follow-Up of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy Secondary to Angioid Streaks Treated by Intravitreal Aflibercept and Ranibizumab

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    James G. Wong

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    Full Text Available Purpose: Angioid streaks (AS are dehiscences in Bruch’s membrane that may be idiopathic or associated with numerous systemic illnesses. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV is an underdiagnosed exudative chorioretinopathy often characterised by serosanguineous detachments of the pigmented epithelium. The use of the anti-VEGF agents ranibizumab and aflibercept in the management of PCV secondary to AS has not been previously documented. We report 3 patients with active PCV secondary to AS, 1 of which had a family history of PCV secondary to AS, not previously reported in the literature. All patients were symptomatic and treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy with and without combination photodynamic therapy (PDT. Methods: This is a long-term retrospective case review of 3 eyes of 3 patients with AS and clinical features of PCV. The patients were examined using fundoscopy, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography, and indocyanine green angiography. All patients were managed with intravitreal anti-VEGF using a treat-and-extend protocol according to specific retreatment criteria. One patient had 1 session of PDT in combination with anti-VEGF injections. Results: The mean follow-up time in all patients was 4 years. In all 3 cases, the treatment resulted in improved visual acuity and regression of active PCV lesions with a longer duration between injections. Conclusion: The treat-and-extend protocol with intravitreal aflibercept or ranibizumab with or without PDT is effective and safe for PCV secondary to AS.

  15. Retransplant and Medical Therapy for Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry Analysis.

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    Goldraich, L A; Stehlik, J; Kucheryavaya, A Y; Edwards, L B; Ross, H J

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    Cardiac retransplantation for heart transplant recipients with advanced cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains controversial. The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry was used to examine survival in adult heart recipients with CAV who were retransplanted (ReTx) or managed medically (MM). Recipients transplanted between 1995 and 2010 who developed CAV and were either retransplanted within 2 years of CAV diagnosis (ReTx) or alive at ≥2 years after CAV diagnosis, managed medically (MM), without retransplant, constituted the study groups. Donor, recipient, transplant characteristics and long-term survival were compared. The population included 65 patients in ReTx and 4530 in MM. During a median follow-up of 4 years, there were 24 deaths in ReTx, and 1466 in MM. Survival was comparable at 9 years (55% in ReTx and 51% in MM; p = 0.88). Subgroup comparison suggested survival benefit for retransplant versus MM in patients who developed systolic graft dysfunction. Adjusted predictors for 2-year mortality were diagnosis of CAV in the early era and longer time since CAV diagnosis following primary transplant. Retransplant was not an independent predictor in the model. Challenges associated with retransplantation as well as improved CAV treatment options support the current consensus recommendation limiting retransplant to highly selected patients with CAV. © Copyright 2015 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  16. T-cell differentiation and CD56+ levels in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy and neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

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    Subhi, Yousif; Nielsen, Marie Krogh; Molbech, Christopher Rue; Oishi, Akio; Singh, Amardeep; Nissen, Mogens Holst; Sørensen, Torben Lykke

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    Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) and neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are prevalent age-related diseases characterized by exudative changes in the macula. Although they share anatomical and clinical similarities, they are also distinctly characterized by their own features, e.g. vascular abnormalities in PCV and drusen-mediated progression in neovascular AMD. PCV remains etiologically uncharacterized, and ongoing discussion is whether PCV and neovascular AMD share the same etiology or constitute two substantially different diseases. In this study, we investigated T-cell differentiation and aging profile in human patients with PCV, patients with neovascular AMD, and age-matched healthy control individuals. Fresh venous blood was prepared for flow cytometry to investigate CD4 + and CD8 + T-cell differentiation (naïve, central memory, effector memory, effector memory CD45ra + ), loss of differentiation markers CD27 and CD28, and expression of aging marker CD56. Patients with PCV were similar to the healthy controls in all aspects. In patients with neovascular AMD we found significantly accelerated T-cell differentiation (more CD28 - CD27 - cells) and aging (more CD56 + cells) in the CD8 + T-cell compartment. These findings suggest that PCV and neovascular AMD are etiologically different in terms of T cell immunity, and that neovascular AMD is associated with T-cell immunosenescence.

  17. HIV-associated large-vessel vasculopathy: a review of the current and emerging clinicopathological spectrum in vascular surgical practice.

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    Pillay, Balasoobramanien; Ramdial, Pratistadevi K; Naidoo, Datshana P

    2015-01-01

    An established relationship exists between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the vascular system, which is characterised by clinical expressions of aneurysmal and occlusive disease that emanate from a common pathological process. The exact pathogenesis is currently unknown; attempts to implicate opportunistic pathogens have been futile. Theories converge on leucocytoclastic vasculitis with the vaso vasora as the vasculopathic epicentre. It is thought that the virus itself or viral proteins trigger the release of inflammatory mediators that cause endothelial dysfunction and smooth muscle proliferation leading to vascular injury and thrombosis. The beneficial effects of highly active anti-retroviral therapy alter the natural history of the disease profile and promote longevity but are negated by cardiovascular complications. Atherosclerosis is an emerging challenge. Presently patients are managed by standard surgical protocols because of non-existent universal surgical interventional guidelines. Clinical response to treatment is variable and often compounded by complications of graft occlusion, sepsis and poor wound healing. The clinical, imaging and pathological observations position HIV-associated large-vessel vasculopathy as a unique entity. This review highlights the spectrum of HIV-associated large-vessel aneurysmal, occlusive and atherosclerotic disease in vascular surgical practice.

  18. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy by intravascular ultrasound in heart transplant patients: substudy from the Everolimus versus mycophenolate mofetil randomized, multicenter trial.

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    Kobashigawa, Jon A; Pauly, Daniel F; Starling, Randall C; Eisen, Howard; Ross, Heather; Wang, Shoei-Shen; Cantin, Bernard; Hill, James A; Lopez, Patricia; Dong, Gaohong; Nicholls, Stephen J

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    A pre-planned substudy of a larger multicenter randomized trial was undertaken to compare the efficacy of everolimus with reduced-dose cyclosporine in the prevention of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) after heart transplantation to that of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) with standard-dose cyclosporine. CAV is a major cause of long-term mortality following heart transplantation. Everolimus has been shown to reduce the severity and incidence of CAV as measured by first year intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). MMF, in combination with cyclosporine, has also been shown to have a beneficial effect in slowing the progression of CAV. Study patients were a pre-specified subgroup of the 553-patient Everolimus versus mycophenolate mofetil in heart transplantation: a randomized, multicenter trial who underwent heart transplantation and were randomized to everolimus 1.5 mg or MMF 3 g/day. IVUS was performed at baseline and at 12 months. Evaluable IVUS data were available in 189 patients (34.6%). Increase in average maximal intimal thickness (MIT) from baseline to month 12 was significantly smaller in the everolimus 1.5 mg group compared with the MMF group (0.03 mm vs. 0.07 mm, p transplant recipients after 1 year, a finding, which was maintained in a range of patient subpopulations. CV surgery: transplantation, ventricular assistance, cardiomyopathy. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Kidney-limited thrombotic microangiopathy in patients with SLE treated with romiplostim.

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    Tomov, S; Lazarchick, J; Self, S E; Bruner, E T; Budisavljevic, M N

    2013-04-01

    We present the case of a 19 year-old Caucasian female with history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and normal baseline kidney function who developed severe acute renal failure following treatment of thrombocytopenia with the thrombopoietic agent romiplostim. Percutaneous kidney biopsy revealed thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) without immune complex lupus glomerulonephritis. We discuss pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of TMA in patients with SLE and raise concerns regarding the use of thrombopoietic agents in such patients. Based on favorable long-term outcome in our case aggressive treatment and in particular prolonged use of plasma exchange in these patients are advocated.

  20. Antiphospholipid syndrome without antiphospholipid antibodies at the time of the thrombotic event: transient 'seronegative' antiphospholipid syndrome?

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    Miret, C; Cervera, R; Reverter, J C; García-Carrasco, M; Ramos, M; Mollà, M; Font, J; Ingelmo, M

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    The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of venous and arterial thrombosis, recurrent fetal losses and thrombocytopenia, associated with the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). This syndrome may be "primary" or may be associated with other diseases, mainly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, some patients present the clinical picture of this syndrome but without evidence of aPL in their serum. The term "seronegative" APS has been proposed to categorize these patients. Here with we present two patients with seronegativity for aPL at the time of a thrombotic event, but in whom these antibodies were detected 2 and 7 months later.

  1. Acute Simultaneous Thrombotic Occlusion of Multiple Coronary Arteries in Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Case Report

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    Mohammad Mahdi Daei

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    Full Text Available Introduction Simultaneous multiple coronary artery thrombosis is a rare finding in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI, and has a high mortality rate. Case Presentation We report a case of myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock, left bundle branch block, and multiple ST segment elevation on the electrocardiogram and thrombotic occlusion of the left circumflex, optus marginal, and left anterior descending arteries on emergency coronary angiography. Thrombus aspiration was performed at left circumflex, optus marginal, and left anterior descending arteries. Conclusions In patients with STEMI, multiple coronary thrombosis is unusual and associated with high patient mortality.

  2. Valsartan decreases platelet activity and arterial thrombotic events in elderly patients with hypertension.

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    Wu, Fang; Wang, Hong-Yan; Cai, Fan; Wang, Ling-Jie; Zhang, Feng-Ru; Chen, Xiao-Nan; Yang, Qian; Jiang, Meng-Hui; Wang, Xue-Feng; Shen, Wei-Feng

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    Angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT 1 R) antagonists are extensively used for blood pressure control in elderly patients with hypertension. This study aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects of AT 1 R antagonist valsartan on platelet aggregation and the occurrence of cardio-cerebral thrombotic events in elderly patients with hypertension. Two-hundred and ten patients with hypertension and aged > 60 years were randomized to valsartan (n = 140) or amlodipine (n = 70) on admission. The primary endpoint was platelet aggregation rate (PAR) induced by arachidonic acid at discharge, and the secondary endpoint was the rate of thrombotic events including brain infarction and myocardial infarction during follow-up. Human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) were stimulated by angiotensin II (Ang II, 100 nmol/L) with or without pretreatment of valsartan (100 nmol/L), and relative expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and thromboxane B 2 (TXB 2 ) and both p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) and nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) activities were assessed. Statistical analyses were performed by GraphPad Prism 5.0 software (GraphPad Software, Inc., California, USA). PAR was lower after treatment with valsartan (11.49 ± 0.69% vs. 18.71 ± 2.47%, P < 0.001), associated with more reduced plasma levels of COX-2 (76.94 ± 7.07 U/L vs. 116.4 ± 15.89 U/L, P < 0.001) and TXB 2 (1667 ± 56.50 pg/ml vs. 2207 ± 180.20 pg/ml) (all P < 0.001). Plasma COX-2 and TXB 2 levels correlated significantly with PAR in overall patients (r = 0.109, P < 0.001). During follow-up (median, 18 months), there was a significantly lower thrombotic event rate in patients treated with valsartan (14.3% vs. 32.8%, P = 0.002). Relative expression of COX-2 and secretion of TXB 2 with concordant phosphorylation of p38MAPK and NF-kB were increased in HAECs when stimulated by Ang II (100 nmol/L) but were significantly decreased by valsartan pretreatment (100 nmol/L). AT 1 R antagonist valsartan decreases platelet

  3. Acute Thrombotic Coronary Occlusion in a Patient with Coronary Artery Anomaly

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    Beganu Elena

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    Full Text Available Patients with coronary artery anomalies are more susceptible to develop acute thrombotic coronary occlusions due to the abnormal anatomy of these arteries and the disturbance of the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to an accelerated atherosclerosis development. The following article presents the case of a 64-year-old female patient diagnosed with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The patient underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention, which revealed the absence of the right coronary artery and separated origins of the left anterior descending artery and the left circumflex artery from the aorta.

  4. BK virus encephalitis with thrombotic microangiopathy in an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient.

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    Lopes da Silva, R; Ferreira, I; Teixeira, G; Cordeiro, D; Mafra, M; Costa, I; Bravo Marques, J M; Abecasis, M

    2011-04-01

    BK virus (BKV) infection occurs most often in immunocompromised hosts, in the setting of renal or bone marrow transplantation. Hemorrhagic cystitis is the commonest manifestation but in recent years infections in other organ systems have been reported. We report an unusual case of biopsy-proven BKV encephalitis in a hematopoietic stem cell transplant patient who subsequently developed thrombotic microangiopathy. As far as we know, this is the first report of such an association in a transplant patient. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  5. Risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events after surgical castration versus gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists in Chinese men with prostate cancer

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    Jeremy YC Teoh

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the cardiovascular thrombotic risk after surgical castration (SC versus gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa in Chinese men with prostate cancer. All Chinese prostate cancer patients who were treated with SC or GnRHa from year 2000 to 2009 were reviewed and compared. The primary outcome was any new-onset of cardiovascular thrombotic events after SC or GnRHa, which was defined as any event of acute myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. The risk of new-onset cardiovascular thrombotic event was compared between the SC group and the GnRHa group using Kaplan-Meier method. Multivariate Cox regression analysis was performed to adjust for other potential confounding factors. A total of 684 Chinese patients was included in our study, including 387 patients in the SC group and 297 patients in the GnRHa group. The mean age in the SC group (75.3 ± 7.5 years was significantly higher than the GnRHa group (71.8 ± 8.3 years (P < 0.001. There was increased risk of new cardiovascular thrombotic events in the SC group when compared to the GnRHa group upon Kaplan-Meier analysis (P = 0.014. Upon multivariate Cox regression analysis, age (hazard ratio [HR] 1.072, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.04-1.11, P< 0.001, hyperlipidemia (HR 2.455, 95% CI 1.53-3.93, P< 0.001, and SC (HR 1.648, 95% CI 1.05-2.59, P= 0.031 were significant risk factors of cardiovascular thrombotic events. In conclusion, SC was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events when compared to GnRHa. This is an important aspect to consider while deciding on the method of androgen deprivation therapy, especially in elderly men with known history of hyperlipidemia.

  6. [Evaluation of the antithrombotic strategy in low thrombotic risk patients who underwent aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthesis].

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    Aceves-Velázquez, Eduardo; Vieyra-Herrera, Gerardo; Rodríguez-Chávez, Laura; Herrera-Alarcón, Valentín

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    According to current guidelines, in patients without additional risk factors who have undergone aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthesis, anticoagulation in the first 3 months after surgery is still a matter of debate. According to current evidence, aspirin in low doses is a reasonable alternative to vitamin K antagonists (VKA). A comparison is made between the incidence of thrombotic and haemorrhagic complications in patients with low thrombotic risk who underwent aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthesis in the National Institute of Cardiology of Ignacio Chávez of Mexico. The hypothesis: aspirin as monotherapy has a beneficial effect compared to VKA. The studied patients were the low thrombotic risk patients who underwent aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthesis in the National Institute of Cardiology of Ignacio Chávez of Mexico from 2011 to 2015. The groups studied were: aspirin only, VKA only, and the combination of VKA plus aspirin. The patients were retrospectively followed-up for 12 months, and the thrombotic and haemorrhagic complications were documented. Of the 231 patients included in the study, only one patient in the VKA only group presented with a haemorrhagic complication. No thrombotic complications were observed. In the present study no thrombotic complications were observed in patients who did not receive anticoagulation in the first 3 months after an aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthesis after a follow up period of 12 months. This suggests that the use of aspirin only is safe during this period. Copyright © 2017 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  7. Safety of subcutaneous microinjections (mesotherapy) in musicians.

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    Navarte, Danik Arana; Rosset-Llobet, Jaume

    2011-06-01

    Determine the safety and tolerance of mesotherapy as a technique for the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints in musicians. 67 patients (55.2% women) were subjected to a total of 267 mesotherapy sessions. A mesotherapy needle or normal needle was used randomly. The drugs employed were thiocolchicoside and diazepam as muscular relaxants, pentoxifylline or buflomedil as vasodilators, and piroxicam as an anti-inflammatory, as directed. A visual analogue scale was used to quantify the pain produced by the microinjections as well as the degree of immediate and midterm side effects as reported on a standard questionnaire. A mean of 155.5 microinjections were performed per session, of which 45.6% were perceived as painful by the patient with a mean severity of 4.3 out of 10. The pain reduced to 0.5 out of 10 after 24 hours. The most sensitive areas were the levator scapulae and splenius muscles. Systemic symptoms were reported by 5.99% of the musicians after the mesotherapy sessions (muscular weakness 1.5%, rash 1.5%, drowsiness 1.1% and itching 1.1%, being the most frequent). The mean severity of these symptoms was 2.77 out of 10. In all cases the symptoms had completely disappeared after 24 hours. No patient referred to signs of local or systemic infection. The application of drugs by means of subcutaneous injections (mesotherapy) in musicians is a technique that is safe, well tolerated, and without any severe complications.

  8. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion: practical issues

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    Banshi D Saboo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The growing number of individuals with diabetes mellitus has prompted new way of treating these patients, continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII or insulin pump therapy is an increasingly form of intensive insulin therapy. An increasing number of individuals with diabetes mellitus individuals of all ages have started using insulin pump therapy. Not everyone is a good candidate for insulin pump therapy, and the clinician needs to be able to determine which patients are able to master the techniques required and to watch for the adverse reactions that may develop. Insulin pump increases quality of life of patient with diabetes mellitus with increasing satisfaction with treatment and decrease impact of diabetes mellitus. Manual errors by insulin pump users may lead to hypo or hyperglycemia, resulting into diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA sometimes. Some of practical aspect is associated with insulin pump therapy such as selection of candidates, handling of pump and selection of site, and pump setting, henceforth this review is prepared to explore and solve the practical problems or issues associated with pump therapy.

  9. Thrombotic risk assessment in the antiphospholipid syndrome requires more than the quantification of lupus anticoagulants.

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    Devreese, Katrien; Peerlinck, Kathelijne; Hoylaerts, Marc F

    2010-01-28

    Lupus anticoagulants (LACs) are associated with thromboembolic complications (TECs). LACs can be detected by their anticoagulant properties in thrombin generation assays, by the peak height (PH) and lag time (LT). To assess the thrombotic risk in LAC-positive patients, we have expressed the LAC activity quantitatively by PH/LT calibration curves, constructed for mixtures of monoclonal antibodies against beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2GPI) and prothrombin, spiked in normal plasma. PH/LT was determined in LAC patients, with (n = 38) and without (n = 21) TECs and converted into arbitrary LAC units. LAC titers ranged from 0 to 200 AU/mL, with 5 of 59 patients being negative. In the positive LAC titer population (54 of 59), LAC and anti-beta2GPI immunoglobulin G (IgG) titers correlated with TECs, with odds ratios of 3.54 (95% CI, 1.0-1.7) and 10.0 (95% CI, 1.98-50.6), respectively. In patients with single or combined low titers, useful predictions on thrombosis could be made only after additional measurements of soluble P-selectin and factor VII. This layered strategy yielded positive and negative predictive values, sensitivity, and specificity values approximately 90% in this subgroup. Hence, LAC and anti-beta2GPI IgG titers, when combined with selected markers of the hypercoagulable state, allow a relevant thrombotic risk assessment in nearly all patients with LACs.

  10. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP or Moschowitz syndrome: a true hematologic emergency

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    Deborah Melis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a thrombotic microangiopathy caused by congenital or inherited disorders involving the processing of the ultra-large forms of von Willebrand factor. As a result, platelet-rich microthrombi form in the small arterial vessels of various organs, particularly those of the brain, heart, and kidneys. The idiopathic autoimmune form of TTP is the most common. There are various subgroups of acquired TTP associated with HIV infection, sepsis, pregnancy, autoimmune disease, various disseminated malignancies, and drugs. If not promptly treated, TTP is associated with high mortality, making it a true medical emergency. Materials and methods: The article is based on a review of the literature published between January and October of 2009. Its aim is to clarify the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of TTP. Results: Diagnostic criteria include the presence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia associated with thrombocytopenia in the absence of other obvious causes. Assays of ADAMTS13 activity and titration of acquired antibodies against this enzyme are indicated in the follow-up of disease and as prognostic indicators. Treatment centers around daily plasma exchange associated with immunosuppressant drug therapy, particularly steroids and more recently the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab. Discussion: Despite improved treatment, TTP is still associated with significant mortality (10—20%, particularly when plasma exchange is initiated late. Relapse also occurs in a substantial proportion of patients (10—40% although the frequency of this outcome may be reduced by rituximab therapy.

  11. Transluminal Attenuation Gradient for Thrombotic Risk Assessment in Kawasaki Disease Patients with Coronary Artery Aneurysms

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    Grande Gutierrez, Noelia; Kahn, Andrew; Burns, Jane; Marsden, Alison

    2014-11-01

    Kawasaki Disease (KD) can result in coronary aneurysms in up to 25% of patients if not treated early putting patients at risk of thrombus formation, myocardial infarction and sudden death. Clinical guidelines for administering anti-coagulation therapy currently rely on anatomy alone. Previous studies including patient specific modeling and computer simulations in KD patients have suggested that hemodynamic data can predict regions susceptible to thrombus formation. In particular, high Particle Residence Time gradient (PRTg) regions have shown to correlate with regions of thrombus formation. Transluminal Attenuation Gradient (TAG) is determined from the change in radiological attenuation per vessel length. TAG has been used for characterizing coronary artery stenoses, however this approach has not yet been used in aneurysmal vessels. The aim of this study is to analyze the correlation between TAG and PRTg in KD patients with aneurysms and evaluate the use of TAG as an index to quantify thrombotic risk. Patient specific anatomic models for fluids simulations were constructed from CT angiographic image data from 3 KD aneurysm patients and one normal control. TAG values for the aneurysm patients were markedly lower than for the non-aneurysmal patient (mean -18.38 vs. -2). In addition, TAG values were compared to PRTg obtained for each patient. Thrombotic risk stratification for KD aneurysms may be improved by incorporating TAG and should be evaluated in future prospective studies.

  12. Renal thrombotic microangiopathy revisited: When a lesion is not a clinical finding

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    De Serres Sacha

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite advances in the field of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA and associated syndromes such as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS, they still leave several issues unresolved. For instance, actual diagnostic criteria on which therapeutic decisions rely are relatively narrow and focused on TTP-HUS, with the consequence that non-idiopathic and atypically-presenting TMA are overlooked. In addition, nosologic classifi-cations of TMA disorders have varied substantially over the years, but are still devised from historical rather than mechanistic data. As such, it is perhaps not surprising that even today TMA is erroneously used as an interchangeable term with TTP-HUS, and missed or inappropriately diagnosed on various occasions. Yet, recognizing TMA is of crucial importance given that this lesion often manifests with potentially reversible renal failure. In this editorial, which is presented from a Nephrologist′s perspective, we propose that TMA disorders need to be reclassified to include most types of presentations and confirmed or excluded through more elaborate diagnostic approaches.

  13. Shape optimization of pulsatile ventricular assist devices using FSI to minimize thrombotic risk

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    Long, C. C.; Marsden, A. L.; Bazilevs, Y.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we perform shape optimization of a pediatric pulsatile ventricular assist device (PVAD). The device simulation is carried out using fluid-structure interaction (FSI) modeling techniques within a computational framework that combines FEM for fluid mechanics and isogeometric analysis for structural mechanics modeling. The PVAD FSI simulations are performed under realistic conditions (i.e., flow speeds, pressure levels, boundary conditions, etc.), and account for the interaction of air, blood, and a thin structural membrane separating the two fluid subdomains. The shape optimization study is designed to reduce thrombotic risk, a major clinical problem in PVADs. Thrombotic risk is quantified in terms of particle residence time in the device blood chamber. Methods to compute particle residence time in the context of moving spatial domains are presented in a companion paper published in the same issue (Comput Mech, doi: 10.1007/s00466-013-0931-y, 2013). The surrogate management framework, a derivative-free pattern search optimization method that relies on surrogates for increased efficiency, is employed in this work. For the optimization study shown here, particle residence time is used to define a suitable cost or objective function, while four adjustable design optimization parameters are used to define the device geometry. The FSI-based optimization framework is implemented in a parallel computing environment, and deployed with minimal user intervention. Using five SEARCH/ POLL steps the optimization scheme identifies a PVAD design with significantly better throughput efficiency than the original device.

  14. An insidious presentation of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: A case report and brief literature review

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    Shafeek Kiblawi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a rare thrombotic microangiopathy with an estimated incidence of 11 cases/million population per year. Early treatment is essential and is curative in this disease where lack of treatment results in 90% mortality. We describe an atypical case of a patient with TTP who presented to the Emergency Department for headache, and was found to have thrombocytopenia but only mild anemia that was explained by another disease process. Case: A 44-year-old female presented to the Emergency Department for worsening headache and weakness over the last week. She had no fever and no focal neurological deficits but was pale and complained of severe headache. A blood test showed her to be anemic and thrombocytopenic. She explained that she had been having prolonged heavy menses over the last year. She was treated with blood and platelet transfusions, and seen by the Gynecology service who treated her for uterine fibroids after which she was discharged. She returned 1 week later with the same complaint, and was found to have a stable hemoglobin level but recurrence of thrombocytopenia. A TTP diagnosis was entertained and the workup confirmed it. The patient was treated with plasmapheresis and discharged home with no sequalae. Conclusion: Emergency physicians should keep TTP in mind when approaching cases of thrombocytopenia with mild anemia, even if an alternative diagnosis exists.

  15. Renal thrombotic microangiopathy caused by interferon beta-1a treatment for multiple sclerosis

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    Full Text Available Julien Mahe,1 Aurélie Meurette,2 Anne Moreau,3 Caroline Vercel,2 Pascale Jolliet1,4 1Clinical Pharmacology Department, Institute of Biology, University Hospital, Nantes, France; 2Clinical Nephrology and Immunology Department, University Hospital, Nantes, France; 3Laboratory of Pathology, University Hospital, Nantes, France; 4EA 4275 Biostatistics, Pharmacoepidemiology and Subjective Measures in Health Sciences, University of Nantes, Nantes, France Abstract: Interferon beta-1a is available as an immunomodulating agent for relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Common side effects include flu-like symptoms, asthenia, anorexia, and administration site reaction. Kidney disorders are rarely reported. In this study we describe the case of a woman who has been undergoing treatment with interferon beta-1a for multiple sclerosis for 5 years. She developed a hemolytic-uremic syndrome with intravascular hemolysis in a context of severe hypertension. A kidney biopsy showed a thrombotic microangiopathy. This observation highlights an uncommon side effect of long-term interferon beta-1a therapy. Pathophysiological mechanisms leading to this complication might be explained by the antiangiogenic activity of interferon. Keywords: thrombotic microangiopathy, interferon beta, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, antiangiogenic activity

  16. [Testing system design and analysis for the execution units of anti-thrombotic device].

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    Li, Zhelong; Cui, Haipo; Shang, Kun; Liao, Yuehua; Zhou, Xun

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    In an anti-thrombotic pressure circulatory device, relays and solenoid valves serve as core execution units. Thus the therapeutic efficacy and patient safety of the device will directly depend on their performance. A new type of testing system for relays and solenoid valves used in the anti-thrombotic device has been developed, which can test action response time and fatigue performance of relay and solenoid valve. PC, data acquisition card and test platform are used in this testing system based on human-computer interaction testing modules. The testing objectives are realized by using the virtual instrument technology, the high-speed data acquisition technology and reasonable software design. The two sets of the system made by relay and solenoid valve are tested. The results proved the universality and reliability of the testing system so that these relays and solenoid valves could be accurately used in the antithrombotic pressure circulatory equipment. The newly-developed testing system has a bright future in the aspects of promotion and application prospect.

  17. Pregnancy complications predict thrombotic events in young women with essential thrombocythemia.

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    Randi, Maria Luigia; Bertozzi, Irene; Rumi, Elisa; Elena, Chiara; Finazzi, Guido; Vianelli, Nicola; Polverelli, Nicola; Ruggeri, Marco; Vannucchi, Alessandro Maria; Antonioli, Elisabetta; Lussana, Federico; Tieghi, Alessia; Iurlo, Alessandra; Elli, Elena; Ruella, Marco; Fabris, Fabrizio; Cazzola, Mario; Barbui, Tiziano

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    Although Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) occur typically in middle to advanced age, any age group may be affected, posing a challenge for their management during pregnancy when they occur in young females. There is a high incidence of thromboembolic events and pregnancy complications in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms, and a possible relationship between these complications is a matter of concern. The aim of this article was to correlate thrombosis and pregnancy outcome in 158 females with ET experiencing 237 pregnancies. Seven patients had a thrombotic event before their first pregnancy, one of them ended (14.3%) in a miscarriage. Among the 151 patients with no history of thrombosis before they became pregnant, 40 (26.5%) had a miscarriage (P = NS). Eighteen patients (11.4%) developed major thrombotic complications (12 splanchnic vein, 1 cerebral vein, 2 coronary syndromes, and 3 strokes) after at least one pregnancy (4 uneventful and 14 complicated). The occurrence of thrombosis was significantly more frequent (P pregnancy complications (28%) than in those experiencing a normal pregnancy and delivery (3.7%). Pregnancy complications in women with ET are associated with a higher risk of subsequent thromboses, so pregnant women with this neoplasm who miscarry need to be carefully monitored. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Presenting as Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura: How Close Is Close Enough?

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    Cesar A. Perez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is an uncommon life-threatening disease characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, commonly associated with infections, malignancy, drugs, and autoimmune diseases. We report a case of 19-year-old previously healthy female that presents with anemia and thrombocytopenia diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura that was treated successfully with plasmapheresis and corticosteroids. Laboratory findings also revealed antinuclear antibodies and antibodies to double-stranded DNA. Two weeks after presentation developed inflammatory arthritis, fulfilling diagnostic criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. Prompt diagnosis and treatment with plasma exchange and corticosteroids should be instituted as soon as the diagnosis of TTP is suspected, even if other diagnoses, including lupus, are possible. When present, the coexistence of these two etiologies can have a higher mortality than either disease alone. An underlying diagnosis of SLE should be considered in all patients presenting TTP and the study of this association may provide a better understanding of their immune-mediated pathophysiology.

  19. CFD-based Thrombotic Risk Assessment in Kawasaki Disease Patients with Coronary Artery Aneurysms

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    Sengupta, Dibyendu; Kung, Ethan; Kahn, Andrew; Burns, Jane; Marsden, Alison

    2012-11-01

    Coronary aneurysms occur in 25% of untreated Kawasaki Disease (KD) patients and put patients at increased risk for myocardial infarction and sudden death. Clinical guidelines recommend using aneurysm diameter >8 mm as the arbitrary criterion for treating with anti-coagulation therapy. This study uses patient-specific modeling to non-invasively determine hemodynamic parameters and quantify thrombotic risk. Anatomic models were constructed from CT angiographic image data from 5 KD aneurysm patients and one normal control. CFD simulations were performed to obtain hemodynamic data including WSS and particle residence times (PRT). Thrombosis was clinically observed in 4/9 aneurysmal coronaries. Thrombosed vessels required twice as many cardiac cycles (mean 8.2 vs. 4.2) for particles to exit, and had lower mean WSS (1.3 compared to 2.8 dynes/cm2) compared to vessels with non-thrombosed aneurysms of similar max diameter. 1 KD patient in the cohort with acute thrombosis had diameter < 8 mm. Regions of low WSS and high PRT predicted by simulations correlated with regions of subsequent thrombus formation. Thrombotic risk stratification for KD aneurysms may be improved by incorporating both hemodynamic and geometric quantities. Current clinical guidelines to assess patient risk based only on aneurysm diameter may be misleading. Further prospective study is warranted to evaluate the utility of patient-specific modeling in risk stratifying KD patients with coronary aneurysms. NIH R21.

  20. [Risk assessment of thrombotic events after the use of activated factor VII].

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    Martínez López, M C; Alcaraz Romero, A J; Martínez López, A B; Fernández-Llamazares, C M; Ramos Navarro, C

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    The objective of this study was to analyze the incidence of thrombotic complications related to recombinant human factor viia (rFVIIa) therapy for severe postoperative bleeding in cardiac surgery. A retrospective matched case-control study was conducted over two years, including 72 children admitted to intensive care unit and treated with rFVIIa because of a severe bleeding during or after cardiac surgery. A control group of 63 patients was chosen, who were statistically comparable in sex, weight, diagnosis, surgical risk according RASCH-1 score, and surgical characteristics, was chosen. There were no significant differences between cases and controls either in the rate of thrombosis (20% vs 28%, P=.540), or in the mortality rate (16% vs 9.5%, P=.208). In our study, the rFVIIa therapy was shown to be useful in controlling severe operative bleeding in pediatric cardiac surgery, but does not seem to increase the risk of thrombotic complications or mortality rate in the postoperative period. Copyright © 2012 Asociación Española de Pediatría. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  1. Clinical features in a series of 258 Japanese pediatric patients with thrombotic microangiopathy.

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    Ashida, Akira; Matsumura, Hideki; Sawai, Toshihiro; Fujimaru, Rika; Fujii, Yuko; Shirasu, Akihiko; Nakakura, Hyogo; Iijima, Kazumoto

    2018-01-19

    Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) includes hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). This study examined the epidemiological characteristics of pediatric patients with TMA classified according to etiology. The survey evaluated 258 Japanese pediatric patients diagnosed with TMA between 2012 and 2015. The primary diseases responsible for TMA were categorized as TTP (15 cases), Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli-associated HUS (STEC-HUS) (166 cases), atypical HUS (aHUS) (40 cases), and secondary TMA (27 cases). The remaining 10 cases were unable to be classified to one of the four categories of the primary disease. Renal replacement therapy was required in the acute phase in 103 patients with TMA, including 65 with STEC-HUS, 22 with aHUS, two with TTP, 10 with secondary TMA, and four unclassified cases. The last observational findings were normal renal function in 95 patients and chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 1 in 62. For 31 patients, chronic renal insufficiency (CKD stage 2-5) persisted, including four patients with end-stage kidney disease (CKD stage 5). Seventeen patients suffered recurrence of TMA, and eight patients died. This study clarified differences in the relative proportions of primary diseases between patients from Japan and North America and Europe. The difference may be attributable to the lower estimated incidence of STEC-HUS in Japan.

  2. Comparative classification of thrombotic formations on bileaflet mechanical heart valves by phonographic analysis.

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    Romata, Clemens; Susin, Francesca Maria; Cambi, Andrea; Tarzia, Vincenzo; Pengo, Vittorio; Gerosa, Gino; Bagno, Andrea

    2011-06-01

    Haemodynamic performance of bileaflet mechanical heart valves can be severely affected by the formation of thrombotic deposits. Hence, early detection of thrombi is fundamental for a prompt diagnosis and adequate therapy. This article aims at designing a novel diagnostic and prognostic tool able to detect valvular thrombosis at early stages of formation, i.e., before the appearance of critical symptoms in patients who can be effectively treated by pharmacological therapy, preventing re-operation. This approach relies on the acquisition of the acoustic signals produced by mechanical heart valves in the closing phase; the corresponding power spectra are then analysed by means of artificial neural networks trained to identify the presence of thrombi and classify their occurrence. Five commercial bileaflet mechanical heart valves were investigated in vitro in a Sheffield Pulse Duplicator; for each valve six functional conditions were considered, each corresponding to a risk class for patients (one normofunctioning and five thrombosed): they have been simulated by placing artificial deposits of increasing weight and different shape on the valve leaflet and on the annular housing; the case of one completely blocked leaflet was also investigated. These six functional conditions represent risk classes: they were examined under various hydrodynamic regimes. The acoustic signals produced by the valves were acquired by means of a phonocardiographic apparatus, then analysed and classified. The ability to detect and classify thrombotic formations on mechanical valve leaflet would allow ranking patients by assigning them to one of the six risk classes, helping clinicians in establish adequate therapeutic approaches.

  3. Opportunities for improvement in anti-thrombotic therapy and other strategies for the management of acute coronary syndromes

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    Bueno, Héctor; Sinnaeve, Peter; Annemans, Lieven

    2016-01-01

    In acute CORonary syndrome patients), an international, cohort study, which enrolled 10,568 consecutive ACS survivors from 555 hospitals in 20 countries across Europe and Latin America (September 2010 to March 2011), prospectively registered detailed information on pre- and in-hospital management. Globally....... CONCLUSION: This large international study shows room for improvement in use of anti-thrombotic drugs and other strategies for optimal management of ACS, including pre-hospital ECG and anti-thrombotic therapy. Regional practice differences not based on evidence or conditioned by economic constraints should...

  4. [Haemolytic uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: classification based on molecular etiology and review of recent developments in diagnostics].

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    Prohászka, Zoltán

    2008-07-06

    Haemolytic uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura are overlapping clinical entities based on historical classification. Recent developments in the unfolding of the pathomechanisms of these diseases resulted in the creation of a molecular etiology-based classification. Understanding of some causative relationships yielded detailed diagnostic approaches, novel therapeutic options and thorough prognostic assortment of the patients. Although haemolytic uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura are rare diseases with poor prognosis, the precise molecular etiology-based diagnosis might properly direct the therapy of the affected patients. The current review focuses on the theoretical background and detailed description of the available diagnostic possibilities, and some practical information necessary for the interpretation of their results.

  5. Anti-jugular vein thrombotic effect of Morinda citrifolia L. [noni] in male SD rats

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    Mian-Ying Wang

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Venous thromboembolism (VTE is a common and serious medical condition, which is estimably responsible for more than 300,000 hospital admissions annually in the USA. Pulmonary embolism (PE is a major complication of VTE, which contributes to 12% death of hospitalized patients. Heparin is the most common anti-coagulant, but severe allergic reactions, bleeding, and thrombocytopenia limit its use. Thus, seeking a botanical, nontoxic antithrombotic alternative is an interesting area. Morinda citrifolia L. [noni] is a medicinal plant used in folk remedies by Polynesians for over 2,000 years. It has been reported to have a broad range of therapeutic and preventive effects. The bioactivities of NJ have been continuously discovered with antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and immune modifying activities. Our novel hypothesis is whether NJ has an anti-venous thrombotic effect in rodents. To examine our hypothesis, this study was designed to examine the anti-thrombotic effect of NJ on the jugular vein thrombosis model induced by ferric chloride in SD rats.Material and Methods: NJ and placebo used in this study were donated by Morinda Holding Inc. NJ was formulated with grape juice and blue berry juice. Placebo was prepared by using the same procedure of NJ preparation, but without NJ in it. Thirty-six male SD rats were divided into six groups. Anti-venous thrombotic activities of 5% NJ, 10% NJ, heparin, and 10% NJ plus heparin were examined and compared with the positive and blank controls. Thrombosis was induced by application of a filter paper soaked in 50% ferric chloride on the right jugular vein. AFunctional Foods in Health and Disease 2011; 9:297-3092-cm fragment of the occluded vein (thrombus was removed and weighed after 1-hour maturation. Blood samples were collected for platelet count, aPTT, and PT tests.Results: The weight of a 2-cm fragment of normal jugular vein was 9.9 ± 2.1 mg, while the weight of the occluded vein in

  6. A Nodular Type of Subcutaneous Sarcoidosis: A Case Report

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    Choi, Kyu Ho; Choi, Yun Sun; Kim, Byoung Suck; Joo, Jong Eun; Jung, Yoon Young; Cho, Young Kwon; An, Jin Kyung; Kim, Hyun Sook; Woo, Jung Joo [Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous multisystemic disorder that rarely involves subcutaneous tissue. We describe the MR imaging findings of a subcutaneous sarcoidosis in a patient that presented with a nontender, palpable soft tissue mass on the left buttock, which was confirmed after surgical excision. The MR images showed the presence of a subcutaneous mass that breached the adjacent fascia with an irregular outline and homogeneous, slightly higher signal intensity than the surrounding muscle as seen on a T2-weighted image and with homogeneous enhancement after contrast injection. The lesion could not be differentiated from a sarcoma or a malignancy.

  7. Iatrogenic subcutaneous cervicofacial emphysema with pneumomediastinum after class V restoration.

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    Lee, Sang-Woon; Huh, Yoon-Hyuk; Cha, Min-Sang

    2017-02-01

    Subcutaneous facial emphysema after dental treatment is an uncommon complication caused by the invasion of high-pressure air; in severe cases, it can spread to the neck, mediastinum, and thorax, resulting in cervical emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumothorax. The present case showed subcutaneous cervicofacial emphysema with pneumomediastinum after class V restoration. The patient was fully recovered after eight days of conservative treatment. The cause of this case was the penetration of high-pressure air through the gingival sulcus, which had a weakened gingival attachment. This case indicated that dentists should be careful to prevent subcutaneous emphysema during common dental treatments using a high-speed hand piece and gingival retraction cord.

  8. Metastatic breast cancer 42 years after bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies.

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    Jameson, M B; Roberts, E; Nixon, J; Probert, J C; Braatvedt, G D

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    Subcutaneous mastectomy has a possible role as prophylaxis in patients at high risk of developing breast cancer. A case history is presented of a woman who developed metastatic breast carcinoma 42 years after bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies for non-malignant disease. This case is presented to draw attention to the persistent risk of developing breast cancer even decades after subcutaneous mastectomy and to point out that the role of such surgery in preventing breast cancer has still not been clarified. The appropriateness of prophylactic mastectomy for an individual is better assessed on the absolute risk of breast cancer developing over a defined period rather than the relative risk.

  9. Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator: Initial experience.

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    Galvão, Pedro; Cavaco, Diogo; Adragão, Pedro; Costa, Francisco; Carmo, Pedro; Morgado, Francisco; Bernardo, Ricardo; Nunes, Manuela; Abecasis, Miguel; Neves, José; Mendes, Miguel

    2014-09-01

    Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are important tools in the prevention of sudden death, but implantation requires transvenous access, which is associated with complications. Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (S-ICDs) may prevent some of these complications. To evaluate the therapeutics and complications associated with S-ICD systems. S-ICD implantation was planned in 23 patients, for whom the indications were vascular access problems, increased risk of infection or young patients with long predicted follow-up. The population consisted of four patients with ischemic heart disease, three of them on hemodialysis (two with subclavian vein thrombosis), five with left ventricular noncompaction, four with Brugada syndrome, three with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, one with transposition of the great vessels, two with dilated cardiomyopathy and four with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. S-ICDs were implanted in 21 patients, two having failed to fulfil the initial screening criteria. Mean implantation time was 77 minutes, with no complications. Defibrillation tests were performed, and in one patient the generator had to be repositioned to obtain an acceptable threshold. In a mean follow-up of 14 months, 10 patients had S-ICD shocks, which were appropriate in half of them; one developed infection, one needed early replacement due to loss of telemetry and one patient died of noncardiac cause. S-ICD implantation can be performed by cardiologists with a high success rate. Initial experience appears favorable, but further studies are needed with longer follow-up times to assess the safety and efficacy of this strategy compared to conventional devices. Copyright © 2013 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  10. Vasculopathy related to manic/hypomanic symptom burden and first-generation antipsychotics in a sub-sample from the collaborative depression study.

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    Fiedorowicz, Jess G; Coryell, William H; Rice, John P; Warren, Lois L; Haynes, William G

    2012-01-01

    Mood disorders substantially increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, though the mechanisms are unclear. We assessed for a dose-dependent relationship between course of illness or treatment with vasculopathy in a well-characterized cohort. Participants with mood disorders were recruited for the National Institute of Mental Health Collaborative Depression Study (CDS) and followed prospectively. A cross-sectional metabolic and vascular function evaluation was performed on a sub-sample near completion after a mean follow-up of 27 years. A total of 35 participants from the University of Iowa (33) and Washington University (2) sites of the CDS consented to a metabolic and vascular function assessment at the Iowa site. In multivariate linear regression, controlling for age, gender, and smoking, manic/hypomanic, but not depressive, symptom burden was associated with lower flow-mediated dilation. Cumulative exposure to antipsychotics and mood stabilizers was associated with elevated augmentation pressure and mean aortic systolic blood pressure. This appeared specifically related to first-generation antipsychotic exposure and mediated by increases in brachial systolic pressure. Although second-generation antipsychotics were associated with dyslipidemia and insulin resistance, they were not associated with vasculopathy. These results provide evidence that chronicity of mood symptoms contribute to vasculopathy in a dose-dependent fashion. Patients with more manic/hypomanic symptoms had poorer endothelial function. First-generation antipsychotic exposure was associated with arterial stiffness, evidenced by higher augmentation pressure, perhaps secondary to elevated blood pressure. Vascular phenotyping methods may provide a promising means of elucidating the mechanisms linking mood disorders to vascular disease. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  11. TREX1 C-terminal frameshift mutations in the systemic variant of retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy.

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    DiFrancesco, Jacopo C; Novara, Francesca; Zuffardi, Orsetta; Forlino, Antonella; Gioia, Roberta; Cossu, Federica; Bolognesi, Martino; Andreoni, Simona; Saracchi, Enrico; Frigeni, Barbara; Stellato, Tiziana; Tolnay, Markus; Winkler, David T; Remida, Paolo; Isimbaldi, Giuseppe; Ferrarese, Carlo

    2015-02-01

    Retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy (RVCL) is an adult-onset disorder caused by C-terminal heterozygous frameshift (fs) mutations in the human 3'-5' DNA exonuclease TREX1. Hereditary systemic angiopathy (HSA) is considered a variant of RVCL with systemic involvement of unknown genetic cause, described in a unique family so far. Here we describe the second case of RVCL with systemic involvement, characterized by cerebral calcifications and pseudotumoral lesions, retinopathy, osteonecrosis, renal and hepatic failure. The genetic screening of TREX1 in this patient revealed the novel heterozygous T270fs mutation on the C-terminal region. On the same gene, we found the V235fs mutation, formerly shown in RVCL, in one patient previously reported with HSA. These mutations lead to important alterations of the C-terminal of the protein, with the loss of the transmembrane helix (T270fs) and the insertion of a premature stop codon, resulting in a truncated protein (V235fs). Functional analysis of T270fs-mutated fibroblasts showed a prevalent localization of the protein in the cytosol, rather than in the perinuclear region. RVCL with systemic involvement is an extremely rare condition, whose diagnosis is complex due to multiorgan manifestations, unusual radiological and histopathological findings, not easily attributable to a single disease. It should be suspected in young adults with systemic microangiopathy involving retina, liver, kidney, bones and brain. Here we confirm the causative role played by TREX1 autosomal dominant fs mutations disrupting the C-terminal of the protein, providing a model for the study of stroke in young adults.

  12. Reduced-fluence photodynamic therapy and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in an Indian population

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    Parveen Sen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: The aim was to study the efficacy of combined therapy with reduced-fluence photodynamic therapy (RFPDT and intravitreal bevacizumab/ranibizumab from the Indian subcontinent. Settings and Design: This was a single-center, retrospective interventional study. Methods: Thirty-five eyes of 34 patients diagnosed with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy were included. All the patients underwent RFPDT, followed by intravitreal bevacizumab/ranibizumab. Statistical Analysis Used: SPSS software, version 17.0 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA was used to compare the logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution visual acuity at presentation and final follow-up. P< 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Regression of polyps after a single session of RFPDT was seen in five eyes; multiple sessions of treatment were required in thirty eyes. An average number of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF injections given were 4 ± 1.9 and average number of PDT sessions were 1.2 ± 0.5. Visual acuity improvement was seen in 21 (60% eyes (P < 0.001, decrease in visual acuity was seen in 7 (20% eyes (P = 0.016, and in 7 eyes (20%, vision remained stable. Regression of polypoidal lesions was seen in 80% of cases. No complications of massive subretinal hemorrhage or breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage were noted in our patients. The mean follow-up period was 18 months (range, 12–24 months. Conclusions: RFPDT with anti-VEGF is safe and effective treatment with polyp regression and vision improvement in 80% of cases, without any complication of subretinal hemorrhage/vitreous hemorrhage.

  13. The noninvasive retro-mode imaging modality of confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: a preliminary application.

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    Renpan Zeng

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the validity of the novel and noninvasive retro-mode imaging modality of confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (cSLO for detecting the morphological features of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. DESIGN: Prospective, observational, consecutive case series. METHODS: Twenty-six patients (29 eyes with PCV were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent comprehensive ophthalmologic examinations and imaging studies, including retro-mode imaging, fundus autofluorescence (FAF, fundus photography, fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA, indocyanine green angiography (ICGA and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT. We investigated the retro-mode images and compared the results with those of SD-OCT, FFA and ICGA. RESULTS: In the 29 PCV eyes, the retro-mode images clearly revealed polypoidal lesions in 27 (93.1% eyes as well as branching vascular networks in 16 (55.2% eyes. Others findings, including pigment epithelial detachment (PED in 20 (69.0% eyes, neuroretinal detachment (NRD in 3 (10.3% eyes, cystoid macular edema (CME in 3 (10.3% eyes, drusen in 4 (13.8% eyes and minute granular changes of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE in 12 (41.3% eyes, were also clearly visualized. When we compared the results with those of SD-OCT, FFA and ICGA, there was no significant difference between ICGA and retro-mode imaging for finding polypoidal lesions and (or branching choroidal vascular networks (P>0.05. However, the rate of PED detection was significantly better with retro-mode imaging than with the ICGA (P0.05. The differences were not statistically significant between FFA and retro-mode imaging for detecting PED, NRD, CME (P>0.05. CONCLUSIONS: The novel and noninvasive retro-mode imaging by cSLO is able to clearly visualize the morphological features of PCV.

  14. Vasculopatia livedoide: uma doença cutânea intrigante Livedoid vasculopathy: an intringuing cutaneous disease

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    Paulo Ricardo Criado

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    Full Text Available A vasculopatia livedoide é uma afecção cutânea oclusiva dos vasos sanguíneos da derme, de caráter pauci-inflamatório ou não-inflamatório. Caracteriza-se pela presença de lesões maculosas ou papulosas, eritêmato-purpúricas, nas pernas, especialmente nos tornozelos e pés, as quais produzem ulcerações intensamente dolorosas, que originam cicatrizes atróficas esbranquiçadas, denominadas "atrofia branca". Nesta revisão, abordamos os estudos e relatos de caso da literatura médica referentes às associações etiopatogênicas da doença, particularmente as que se referem aos estados de trombofilia, seus achados histopatológicos e abordagens terapêuticas empregadas na difícil condução clínica destes casos.Livedoid vasculopathy is a skin disease that occludes the blood vessels of the dermis. It has a pauciinflammatory or non-inflammatory nature. It is characterized by the presence of macular or papular, erythematous-purpuric lesions affecting the legs, especially the ankles and feet, and producing intensely painful ulcerations, which cause white atrophic scars called "atrophie blanche". This review includes studies and case reports found in the medical literature regarding the etiopathogenic associations of the disease, particularly those related to thrombophilia, their histopathological findings and the therapeutic approaches used in the difficult clinical management of these cases.

  15. Retinal angiomatous proliferation and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy – phenotypes of neovascularisation in age-related macular degeneration

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    Tomislav Šarenac

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Age-related macular degeneration (AMD is the leading cause of loss of visual acuity in developed countries. Antagonists of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (anti-VEGF have been successfully used intravitreally in treating the neovascular form of this disease (nAMD and limiting vision loss. With the latest developments in multimodal imaging we can discern multiple types of neovascularization, some of which have an unusual course, despite treatment with anti-VEGF. Indocianine green angiography (ICGA and optical coherence tomography (OCT have been used to distinguish two special forms of nARMD, i.e., retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. RAP appears in 10–15 % of newly discovered nARMD, usually in older patients and is also known as type 3 neovascularisation, which starts intraretinally. It responds well to anti-VEGF. However, it requires closer monitoring, since in 75 % of patients it requires repeated treatment. In contrast, PCV evolves in the choroid and typically causes hemorrhagic exudative maculopathy, which is relatively unresponsive to anti-VEGF. It appears in 4–14 % of nAMD, and in somewhat younger patients. It requires a specifc approach to treatment, combining anti-VEGF with laser therapy, and close monitoring.Although PCV and RAP are less common forms of nARMD, we should use and properly interpret FA, ICGA and OCT in order to initiate recommended treatments and follow-up. Herewith we can lessen the adverse impact on the visual acuity and increase the quality of life of our patients.

  16. Genetic and functional dissection of ARMS2 in age-related macular degeneration and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

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    Yong Cheng

    Full Text Available Age-related maculopathy susceptibility 2(ARMS2 was suggested to be associated with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV in multiple genetic studies in Caucasians and Japanese. To date, no biological properties have been attributed to the putative protein in nAMD and PCV. The complete genes of ARMS2 and HTRA1 including all exons and the promoter region were assessed using direct sequencing technology in 284 unrelated mainland northern Chinese individuals: 96 nAMD patients, 92 PCV patients and 96 controls. Significant associations with both nAMD and PCV were observed in 2 polymorphisms of ARMS2 and HTRA1 rs11200638, with different genotypic distributions between nAMD and PCV (p<0.001. After adjusting for rs11200638, ARMS2 rs10490924 remained significantly associated with nAMD and PCV (p<0.001. Then we overexpressed wild-type ARMS2 and ARMS2 A69S mutation (rs10490924 in RF/6A cells and RPE cells as in vitro study model. Cell proliferation, attachment, migration and tube formation were analyzed for the first time. Compare with wild-type ARMS2, A69S mutation resulted in a significant increase in proliferation and attachment but inhibited cell migration. Moreover, neither wild-type ARMS2 nor A69S mutation affected tube formation of RF/6A cells. There is a strong and consistent association of the ARMS2/HTRA1 locus with both nAMD and PCV, suggesting the two disorders share, at least partially, similar molecular mechanisms. Neither wild-type ARMS2 nor A69S mutation had direct association with neovascularisation in the pathogenesis of AMD.

  17. Comparison of the effect of ranibizumab and verteporfin for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: 12-month LAPTOP study results.

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    Oishi, Akio; Kojima, Hiroshi; Mandai, Michiko; Honda, Shigeru; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Oh, Hideyasu; Kita, Mihori; Nagai, Tomoko; Fujihara, Masashi; Bessho, Nobuhiro; Uenishi, Mamoru; Kurimoto, Yasuo; Negi, Akira

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    To compare the effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) and intravitreal ranibizumab in patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Randomized clinical trial. Multicenter. Total of 93 patients with treatment-naïve PCV. Patients were randomized to 2 arms. Patients in the PDT arm underwent a single session of PDT with verteporfin, and patients in the ranibizumab arm received 3 monthly ranibizumab injections at baseline. Additional treatment was performed as needed in each arm. Primary outcome measurement was the proportion of patients gaining or losing more than 0.2 logarithm of minimal angle of resolution (logMAR) units from baseline. Mean change of logMAR and central retinal thickness (CRT) were also evaluated. In the PDT arm (n = 47), 17.0% achieved visual acuity gain, 55.3% had no change, and 27.7% experienced visual acuity loss. The results were 30.4%, 60.9%, and 8.7%, respectively, in the ranibizumab arm (n = 46), significantly better than the PDT arm (P = .039). In the PDT arm, mean CRT improved (366.8 ± 113.6 μm to 289.1 ± 202.3 μm, P < .001), but logMAR was unchanged (0.57 ± 0.31 to 0.62 ± 0.40). The ranibizumab arm demonstrated improvement in both CRT (418.9 ± 168.6 μm to 311.2 ± 146.9 μm, P < .001) and logMAR (0.48 ± 0.27 to 0.39 ± 0.26, P = .003). Mean change of logMAR was also greater in the ranibizumab arm (P = .011). Intravitreal injection of ranibizumab is more effective than PDT for treatment-naïve PCV. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Echocardiography may help detect pulmonary vasculopathy in the early stages of pulmonary artery hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis.

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    Serra, Walter; Chetta, Alfredo; Santilli, Daniele; Mozzani, Flavio; Dall'Aglio, Pier Paolo; Olivieri, Dario; Cattabiani, Maria Alberta; Ardissino, Diego; Gherli, Tiziano

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    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in patients with systemic sclerosis is associated with a poor prognosis, but this can be improved by early disease detection. Abnormal pulmonary and cardiac function can be detected early by means of echocardiography, whereas right heart catheterization is usually performed later. The purpose of this prospective study was to detect early the presence of pulmonary artery vasculopathy in patients with verified systemic sclerosis without significant pulmonary fibrosis, normal lung volumes and a mildly reduced lung diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide (DLCO). Nineteen consecutive female NYHA class I-II patients with scleroderma and a PAPs of 0.05 was considered significant. Right heart catheterization detected PAH in 15/19 patients; mean PAP was 30.5 mm/Hg and RVP 3.6 UW. Coronary angiography of the patients aged more than 55 years showed some evidence of significant coronary artery disease. Echocardiography showed high systolic PAP values (46 +/- 8 mmHg), whereas right ventricular function was normal (TAPSE 23 +/- 3 mm), and in line with the NYHA class. ACTpo was reduced in the patients with a systolic PAP of 0.001) and positively correlated with DLCO (p > 0.001) and the hemodynamic data.There was a good correlation between ACTpo and PVR (hemodynamic data) (r = -0615; p > 0.01). Although they need to be confirmed by studies of larger series of patients, our findings suggest that, in comparison with hemodynamic data, non-invasive echocardiographic measurements are an excellent means of identifying early-stage PAH.

  19. [The age-related macular degeneration as a vascular disease/part of systemic vasculopathy: contributions to its pathogenesis].

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    Fischer, Tamás

    2015-03-01

    The wall of blood vessels including those in choroids may be harmed by several repeated and/or prolonged mechanical, physical, chemical, microbiological, immunologic, and genetic impacts (risk factors), which may trigger a protracted response, the so-called host defense response. As a consequence, pathological changes resulting in vascular injury (e. g. atherosclerosis, age-related macular degeneration) may be evolved. Risk factors can also act directly on the endothelium through an increased production of reactive oxygen species promoting an endothelial activation, which leads to endothelial dysfunction, the onset of vascular disease. Thus, endothelial dysfunction is a link between the harmful stimulus and vascular injury; any kind of harmful stimuli may trigger the defensive chain that results in inflammation that may lead to vascular injury. It has been shown that even early age-related macular degeneration is associated with the presence of diffuse arterial disease and patients with early age-related macular degeneration demonstrate signs of systemic and retinal vascular alterations. Chronic inflammation, a feature of AMD, is tightly linked to diseases associated with ED: AMD is accompanied by a general inflammatory response, in the form of complement system activation, similar to that observed in degenerative vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. All these facts indicate that age-related macular degeneration may be a vascular disease (or part of a systemic vasculopathy). This recognition could have therapeutic implications because restoration of endothelial dysfunction may prevent the development or improve vascular disease resulting in prevention or improvement of age-related macular degeneration as well.

  20. Retinal Ganglion Cell Loss and Mild Vasculopathy in Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase (Mthfr)-Deficient Mice: A Model of Mild Hyperhomocysteinemia.

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    Markand, Shanu; Saul, Alan; Roon, Penny; Prasad, Puttur; Martin, Pamela; Rozen, Rima; Ganapathy, Vadivel; Smith, Sylvia B

    2015-04-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (Mthfr) is a key enzyme in homocysteine-methionine metabolism. We investigated Mthfr expression in retina and asked whether mild hyperhomocysteinemia, due to Mthfr deficiency, alters retinal neurovascular structure and function. Expression of Mthfr was investigated at the gene and protein level using quantitative (q) RT-PCR, in situ hybridization, immunoblotting, and immunohistochemistry (IHC). The Mthfr+/+ and Mthfr+/- mice were subjected to comprehensive evaluation using ERG, funduscopy, fluorescein angiography (FA), spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), HPLC, and morphometric and IHC analysis of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) at 8 to 24 weeks. Gene and protein analyses disclosed widespread retinal expression of Mthfr. Electroretinography (ERG) revealed a significant decrease in positive scotopic threshold response in retinas of Mthfr+/- mice at 24 weeks. Fundus examination in mice from both groups was normal; FA revealed areas of focal vascular leakage in 20% of Mthfr+/- mice at 12 to 16 weeks and 60% by 24 weeks. The SD-OCT revealed a significant decrease in nerve fiber layer (NFL) thickness at 24 weeks in Mthfr+/- compared to Mthfr+/+ mice. There was a 2-fold elevation in retinal hcy at 24 weeks in Mthfr+/- mice by HPLC and IHC. Morphometric analysis revealed an approximately 20% reduction in cells in the ganglion cell layer of Mthfr+/- mice at 24 weeks. The IHC indicated significantly increased GFAP labeling suggestive of Müller cell activation. Mildly hyperhomocysteinemic Mthfr+/- mice demonstrate reduced ganglion cell function, thinner NFL, and mild vasculopathy by 24 weeks. The retinal phenotype is similar to that of hyperhomocysteinemic mice with deficiency of cystathionine-β-synthase (Cbs) reported earlier. The data support the hypothesis that hyperhomocysteinemia may be causative in certain retinal neurovasculopathies.

  1. Thrombotic genetic risk factors and warfarin pharmacogenetic variants in São Miguel's healthy population (Azores

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    Pacheco Paula R

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Summary Background The Azorean population presents the highest standardized mortality rate for cardiovascular diseases (CVD when compared to mainland Portugal and other populations. Since thrombosis is a common cause of CVD, we assessed four polymorphisms in three thrombotic risk genes – F5 (G1691A, F2 (G20210A and MTHFR (C677T, A1298C, in 469 healthy blood donors from São Miguel Island (Azores. We also analysed the CYP2C9 (C430T, A1075C and VKORC1 (G1639A variants in fifty-eight individuals with predisposition to thrombosis (possessing at least one variation in F5 or F2 genes and one in MTHFR to evaluate their warfarin drug response genetic profiles. Results Among the 469 individuals, the data showed that thrombotic risk allele frequencies – 1691A (4.9%, 20210A (1.8%, 677T (41.7% and 1298C (24.8% – were similar to other Caucasians, but significantly different from mainland Portuguese (χ2, p F5, F2, MTHFR C677T and A1298C. Complete homozygosity for all wild-type alleles (GG GG CC AA was present in 11.7%, being GG GG CT AA (22.4% the most frequent profile. The results also demonstrated that 12.4% (58 out of 469 of São Miguel islanders have increased genetic predisposition to thrombosis. Subsequently, we evaluated these individuals for their warfarin response genetic profiles. The data showed that seven out of fifty-eight individuals are poor metabolizers (two with CYP2C9*2/*2 and five with CYP2C9*2/*3 genotypes. VKORC1 polymorphism analysis identified twelve individuals (20.7% with AA genotype, who probably will require lower doses of warfarin. The joint analysis of CYP2C9 and VKORC1 revealed that 79.3% (46 out of 58 of the individuals carry at least one polymorphism in these genes. Within these, twenty-five individuals (43.1% need intermediate and/or low doses of warfarin, if treatment is started. Conclusion The present study demonstrated, for the first time, that São Miguel, and possibly the Azores population, shows significant

  2. The impact of a male or female thrombotic family history on contraceptive counseling: a cohort study.

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    van Vlijmen, E F W; Veeger, N J G M; Middeldorp, S; Hamulyák, K; Prins, M H; Kluin-Nelemans, H C; Meijer, K

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    Essentials It is unknown if a male or female thrombotic family history influences risk in female relatives. We assessed thrombotic risk in female relatives of male and female patients with thrombosis. A hormonally related female thrombotic family history further increases risk in female relatives. This information could be important in counseling women on contraceptive options. Click to hear Prof. Rosendaal's perspective on venous thrombosis: etiology, pathogenesis, and prognosis Background Women from thrombophilic families have increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which increases further during oral contraceptive (COC) use and pregnancy-postpartum. Whether this additional risk differs between relatives of male and female patients, or is different when that female patient had a hormonally related VTE (during COC use/pregnancy), is unknown. Methods One thousand five female relatives of consecutive patients with VTE from a family-based cohort were retrospectively followed for incident VTE from ages 15 to 50, first VTE, or study inclusion. Absolute and relative VTE risks adjusted for factors of patients (sex, age) and relatives (thrombophilia, COC use, pregnancy) were estimated in relatives of female and male patients and in relatives of female patients with and without hormonally related VTE. Results Absolute risk in relatives of female (0.32 [95% confidence interval [CI] 0.23-0.43]) vs. male patients (0.39 [95% CI 0.28-0.53]) was comparable. However, the heterogeneity analysis of risk estimates suggested that in relatives of female vs. male patients, the contribution of pregnancy-postpartum (hazard ratio [HR] 11.6 [95% CI 6.3-21.3] vs. HR6.6 [95% CI 2.8-15.2]) and, to a lesser extent, COC use (HR3.6 [95% CI 1.8-7.1] vs. HR2.7 [95% CI 1.5-5.0]) to the VTE risk differs. Absolute risk was significantly higher in relatives of female patients with hormonally related VTE (0.43 [95% CI 0.3-0.6]) vs. relatives of female patients without hormonally related VTE (0

  3. Prevention of post thrombotic syndrome with Pycnogenol® in a twelve month study.

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    Errichi, B M; Belcaro, G; Hosoi, M; Cesarone, M R; Dugall, M; Feragalli, B; Bavera, P; Hosoi, M; Zulli, C; Corsi, M; Ledda, A; Luzzi, R; Ricci, A

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    Post-thrombotic syndrome is a common complication following deep vein thrombosis. The aim of this twelve month registry study was to compare the efficacy of compression stockings and per oral administration of Pycnogenol® standardized pine bark extract on the severity and incidence of post thrombotic syndrome signs and symptoms. One hundred fifty-six patients with a single, major episode of proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) were assigned to one of three groups receiving treatment with either compression stockings (group 1), Pycnogenol® (group 2) or the combination of both (group 3) over an investigational period of one year. The study evaluated treatment on edema using a scoring system, the ankle circumference, and the limb volume as ratio to the healthy contralateral limb. Two new incidents of DVT occurred in the group of 55 patients wearing compression stockings between the third and sixth months, whereas no DVT cases occurred in the two other groups which took Pycnogenol®. The edema symptom score was gradually decreased in all three groups during the one year treatment period. Pycnogenol® was significantly more effective from six months onwards than compression stockings for relieving edema symptoms (PPycnogenol® and compression stockings than with the individual regimen alone (PPycnogenol® plus stockings than with compression stockings alone after six months. Ambulatory venous pressure progressively decreased in all three groups after twelve months treatment as compared to baseline. Compression stockings and Pycnogenol® were of comparable efficacy, there were no significant differences of ambulatory venous pressure between groups following twelve months treatment. Laser Doppler flowmetry at the dorsum of feet showed improved micro-circulation which was further demonstrated by increased pO2 and decreased pCO2. Importantly, none of the patients developed ulcerations during the observational period. This study suggests that Pycnogenol® may have

  4. Subcutaneous blood flow during insulin-induced hypoglycaemia

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    Hilsted, J; Madsbad, S; Sestoft, L

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    Subcutaneous blood flow was measured preceding insulin-induced hypoglycaemia, at the onset of hypoglycaemic symptoms and 2 h later in juvenile diabetics with and without autonomic neuropathy and in normal males. In all groups subcutaneous blood flow decreased at the onset of hypoglycaemic symptoms...... compared with pre-hypoglycaemic flow. Two hours after onset of hypoglycaemic symptoms, subcutaneous blood flow was still significantly decreased compared with pre-hypoglycaemic flow. In normal subjects local nerve blockade had no effect on blood flow changes during hypoglycaemia, whereas local alpha......-receptor blockade abolished the vasoconstrictor response. We suggest that circulating catecholamines stimulating vascular alpha-receptors are probably responsible for flow reduction in the subcutaneous tissue during hypoglycaemia....

  5. ANTIPLATELET THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH HIGH RISK OF THROMBOTIC EVENTS: THE PROBLEM OF EFFICIENCY, SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE

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    S. Yu. Martsevich

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    Full Text Available Evidence based medicine data on ability of antiplatelet, including dual antiplatelet, therapy to improve the life expectancy of patients with high risk of thrombotic complications, especially patients with acute myocardial infarction is presented in brief. The problem of choosing a drug and resistance was overcoming. Modern clinical guidelines on safe antiplatelet therapy are presented.

  6. Adhesion of thrombotic components to the surface of a clinically used oxygenator is not affected by Trillium coating

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    van den Goor, J.M.; van Oeveren, W.; Rutten, P.M.; Tijssen, J.G.; Eijsman, L.

    2006-01-01

    The Trillium (R) coating is designed to minimize adsorption of protein and the attachment of cells and other particles. The present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of surface coating on the adhesion of thrombotic components (activated platelets, white blood cells and fibrin) to the

  7. A case of progressive hypertension preceding gemcitabine-associated thrombotic microangiopathy complicated by acute kidney injury and stroke.

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    Phelan, Paul J

    2009-01-01

    Gemcitabine-associated thrombotic microangiopathy is being increasingly recognized as a serious complication of treatment. We report a normotensive patient who developed progressive hypertension after commencing gemcitabine therapy. She also developed subtle changes in her platelet count and serum creatinine months before her emergent presentation. Clinicians should be aware of new onset or worsening hypertension and \\'mild\\' biochemical changes in gemcitabine-treated patients.

  8. Pharmaceutical amyloidosis associated with subcutaneous insulin and enfuvirtide administration

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    D’Souza, Anita; Theis, Jason D.; Vrana, Julie A; Dogan, Ahmet

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    Protein and peptide drugs administered subcutaneously, such as insulin can be amyloidogenic and result in localized amyloid deposits at the sites of medication injections. These iatrogenic amyloidoses typically present as a localized subcutaneous nodule or skin reaction at the site of administration, and often pose diagnostic challenges. We have analyzed the amyloid proteome in 52 cases of insulin and enfuvirtide associated amyloidosis using laser microdissection/tandem mass spectrometry. We ...

  9. Clinical thrombotic manifestations in SLE patients with and without antiphospholipid antibodies: a 5-year follow-up.

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    Tarr, Tunde; Lakos, Gabriella; Bhattoa, Harjit Pal; Soltesz, Pal; Shoenfeld, Yehuda; Szegedi, Gyula; Kiss, Emese

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    To analyze the association of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) with the development of clinical thrombotic manifestations and to characterize the efficacy of anti-thrombotic therapies used. 272 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients participated in the study. Patient files and a cumulative database were used to collect patients' medical histories. Anti-cardiolipin (aCL), anti-beta2-glycoprotein I (abeta2GPI) antibodies, and lupus anticoagulant (LAC) were measured according to international recommendations. New thrombotic events were registered during follow-up. The patients were prospectively studied for 5 years, of whom 107 were aPL negative (aPL- group). Criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) were fulfilled by 84 of 165 aPL-positive patients (APS+ group) indicating that SLE patients with aPL have around 50% risk to develop thrombotic complications. The aPL+ group (n = 81) consisted of aPL+ but APS- patients. LAC was the most common aPL (n = 27, 32.1%) in patients with APS. The cumulative presence of aPL further increased the prevalence of thrombotic events. During the follow-up period, aPL developed in 8 of 107 patients (7.5%) from the aPL- group, of whom 3 (2.8%) presented with thrombotic complications. Other types of aPL developed in 7 of 165 (4.2%) aPL+ patients within 5 years. New thrombotic events occurred in 3.7% of aPL+ (n = 3) and 8.3% (n = 7) of the APS group. During follow-up, 52 of 81 aPL+ patients received primary prophylaxis, and 1 (1.9%) had transient ischemic attack (TIA). In the non-treatment group, 2 (6.9%) had stroke. Seventy-nine of 84 of the APS patients received secondary prophylaxis, and myocardial infarction occurred in 2 patients (on cumarine therapy maintaining an international normalized ratio around 2.5-3.0), and 5 suffered a stroke/TIA (1 on aspirin and 4 on aspirin + cumarine). The findings emphasize the importance of determining both aCL and abeta2GPI antibodies and LAC in SLE patients and the need for adequate

  10. Diurnal variations in subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy reactions.

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    Bavishi, Aakash A; Grammer, Leslie C; Pongracic, Jacqueline; Rychlik, Karen; Kumar, Rajesh; Zee, Phyllis; Greenberger, Paul A; Fishbein, Anna B

    2017-01-01

    Circadian rhythms underlie many immune responses and allergic diseases. Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) can result in adverse reactions; however, it is unclear whether such reactions have a diurnal pattern. To assess whether the timing of SCIT affects the rate of adverse reactions. This study was a retrospective medical record review of adult patients (n = 289) who received SCIT at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, during a 10-year period (2004-2014). Injections were given in the outpatient setting. There were a total of 17,457 injections with 574 reactions. Covariates included age, sex, median income, asthma status, vial contents, number of injections, and previous immunotherapy reactions. Logistical regression was used to calculate the odds of having a reaction with time of SCIT administration as the primary determinate. Immunotherapy reactions occurred more frequently after afternoon or evening (pm) injections (328/8721 = 3.8%) vs morning (am) injections (246/8736 = 2.8%), (χ2 = 12.26, P < .01). Systemic reactions, defined as World Allergy Organization grade 1 or higher, did not have diurnal variation (59/8721 = 0.67% for pm vs am 56/8736 = 0.64% for morning; χ2 = 0.08; P = .77). pm injections resulted in higher odds of reaction compared with am injection in a fully adjusted logistic regression model (odds ratio = 1.43; 95% confidence interval, 1.20-1.70; P < .01). When considering time as 4 categories, the highest odds of reaction were noted for the period from 15:01 to 17:30 (odds ratio, 1.55; 95% confidence interval, 1.21-2.00; P < .01). pm injections of SCIT are associated with increased cutaneous reaction rates when compared with am injections. In patients experiencing bothersome local reactions, it may be beneficial to administer SCIT in the morning. Copyright © 2016 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Subcutaneous autologous serum therapy in chronic spontaneous urticaria

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    Kiran Vasant Godse

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    Full Text Available Background: There is a felt need for trying newer therapeutic modalities in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria, especially in the subset of patients classified as non-responders to antihistamines. Autologous serum therapy is an upcoming modality of treatment, and we decided to study its efficacy by subcutaneous route. Aims: To evaluate the effectiveness of subcutaneous autologous serum therapy (AST in CSU. Methods: This was a single blind, placebo-controlled parallel group, randomized, controlled study. Twenty-four patients with CSU (11M: 13 F were given subcutaneous AST and seventeen patients (7 M: 10F patients were given subcutaneous injection normal saline (placebo, along with levocetirizine in an on-demand basis in both groups. Results: Urticaria activity score (UAS came down from 35.74 to 7 at the end of 9 weeks and the patients' requirement of antihistamines also reduced remarkably from 5.8 to 1.7 per week in the serum group. Sub-cutaneous saline group did not show statistically significant fall in UAS. Saline group showed UAS 32.8 at zero week to 22.1 at the end of 9 weeks. DLQI showed significant fall in serum group, from 14.26 to 4 at the end of 9 weeks. Conclusion: Subcutaneous autoserum therapy is effective in treatment of CSU.

  12. Venous giant post-thrombotic chronic ulcer: successful treatment with Bosentan.

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    Solís, J V; Portero, J L; Ribé, L

    2011-06-01

    To report a case of a refractory post-thrombotic chronic venous ulcer managed with an off-label treatment. We present the case of an 82-year-old woman with a previous medical history of severe hypertension and a deep vein thrombosis three years before. A refractory giant chronic venous ulcer in her left leg was treated with Bosentan. The appearance of the ulcer improved in the first 45 days, worsened after an unintended stop of the treatment and was almost resolved after 90 days of treatment. Ulcer-associated pain improved very quickly and so, in only one week, opioid treatment was stopped. Bosentan treatment was well tolerated, with only mild and manageable side effects. Treatment with Bosentan has been successful in the treatment of this case of refractory chronic venous ulcer.

  13. The genetic fingerprint of susceptibility for transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy.

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    Jodele, Sonata; Zhang, Kejian; Zou, Fanggeng; Laskin, Benjamin; Dandoy, Christopher E; Myers, Kasiani C; Lane, Adam; Meller, Jaroslav; Medvedovic, Mario; Chen, Jenny; Davies, Stella M

    2016-02-25

    Transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) occurs frequently after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. There are no data addressing individual susceptibility to TA-TMA. We performed a hypothesis-driven analysis of 17 candidate genes known to play a role in complement activation as part of a prospective study of TMA in HSCT recipients. We examined the functional significance of gene variants by using gene expression profiling. Among 77 patients undergoing genetic testing, 34 had TMA. Sixty-five percent of patients with TMA had genetic variants in at least one gene compared with 9% of patients without TMA (P racial disparities previously reported in transplant recipients and may guide treatment strategies to improve outcomes. © 2016 by The American Society of Hematology.

  14. Excellent long-term results with iliac stenting in local anesthesia for post-thrombotic syndrome

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    Klitfod, Lotte; Just, Sven; Foegh, Pia

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Only 20% of iliac veins will recanalize on anticoagulation (AC) treatment alone and may, therefore, develop venous obstruction after iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (DVT). A considerable number of these patients will suffer from post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) leading to impaired...... quality of life in more than 50%. Endovascular treatment for iliac vein obstruction using stents is known to alleviate PTS symptoms in selected patients. PURPOSE: To report the Danish long-term results of endovascular treatment with iliac stenting. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From 2000 to 2013 consecutive...... at 6 weeks, 3 months, and annually thereafter. RESULTS: Nineteen patients, all women, all with left-sided iliac vein obstruction, and all with severe PTS symptoms were included. The median follow-up time was 81 months (range, 1-146 months; mean, 69 months). Primary patency rate of the inserted iliac...

  15. Gender Differences in Associations Between Intraprocedural Thrombotic Events During Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Adverse Outcomes

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    Schoos, Mikkel; Mehran, Roxana; Dangas, George D

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    associated with IPTE was similar among women and men. There was no significant interaction between IPTE and gender for 1-year MACE or 30-day bleeding. IPTE predicted major bleeding only in women. In conclusion, in acute coronary syndromes, women have increased risk of adverse outcome at 1 year. IPTEs......Women are frequently reported to have increased morbidity after presentation with acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction; however, whether a greater thrombotic tendency contributes to gender differences in clinical outcomes of urgent percutaneous coronary intervention is unknown...... quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) analysis, from the ACUITY and HORIZONS-AMI trials. We compared major adverse cardiac events (MACE) at in-hospital, 30-day, and 1-year follow-up and major bleeding at 30 days according to gender and the presence or absence of IPTE. IPTE was identified in 507 patients (7...

  16. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura -induced posterior leukoencephalopathy in a patient without significant renal or hypertensive complications

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    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available A 40-year-old male with recent-onset idiopathic thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP developed focal transient neurological findings lasting for several hours, remitting, then recurring in a different pattern. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI was consistent with a posterior leukoencephalopathy and electroencephalography demonstrated lateralized slowing during an episode. No acute ischemic changes were found on diffusion-weighted imaging. Close monitoring in an intensive care setting revealed no significant hypertensive episodes. The patient's condition resolved with plasmapheresis and immunoglobulin therapy. The relation of TTP to reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndromes is discussed. Clinical features of this case suggest a mechanism for TTP-induced leukoencephalopathy independent of hypertension and renal failure.

  17. Response to rituximab in a refractory case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura associated with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Niaz Faraz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a serious disorder with a significant morbidity and mortality. Majority of cases of TTP are idiopathic, but some cases may be secon-dary to connective tissue diseases. TTP has been rarely associated with systemic lupus erythe-matosus (SLE and may be refractory to treatment with plasma exchange, requiring immuno-suppressive therapy. We describe a patient with TTP and SLE who was refractory to plasma exchange and corticosteroids but responded to anti-CD20 antibody rituximab with continued re-mission after eight months of follow-up. Rituximab appears to be an effective treatment in re-fractory cases of TTP associated with SLE.

  18. Approach to Management of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura at University of Cincinnati

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    Full Text Available Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP is a rare hematologic emergency, congenital or acquired, characterized by ischemic damage of various organs because of platelet aggregation. It is the common name for adults with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, with or without neurologic or renal abnormalities, and without another etiology; children without renal failure are also described as TTP. Plasma exchange (PE is the main stay of treatment in combination with steroids and immunosuppressive therapies. The monoclonal antibody against CD20 Rituximab decreases the production of antibodies from B lymphocytes and it is used for antibodies-mediated diseases including TTP. We present our data on retrospective analysis of rituximab in treatment of TTP at University of Cincinnati in a series of 22 patients from 1997 to 2009. Our results showed that PE with immunosuppressive therapy resulted in decreased duration of PE, relapse rate, and increased duration of remission in patients with TTP.

  19. Depression Following Thrombotic Cardiovascular Events in Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries: Risk of Morbidity and Mortality

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    Christopher M. Blanchette

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Depression and antidepressant use may independently increase the risk of acute myocardial infarction and mortality in adults. However, no studies have looked at the effect of depression on a broader thrombotic event outcome, assessed antidepressant use, or evaluated elderly adults. Methods. A cohort of 7,051 community-dwelling elderly beneficiaries who experienced a thrombotic cardiovascular event (TCE were pooled from the 1997 to 2002 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and followed for 12 months. Baseline characteristics, antidepressant utilization, and death were ascertained from the survey, while indexed TCE, recurrent TCE, and depression (within 6 months of indexed TCE were taken from ICD-9 codes on Medicare claims. Time to death and first recurrent TCE were assessed using descriptive and multivariate statistics. Results. Of the elders with a depression claim, 71.6% had a recurrent TCE and 4.7% died within 12 months of their indexed TCE, compared to 67.6% and 3.9% of those elders without a depression claim. Of the antidepressant users, 72.6% experienced a recurrent TCE and 3.9% died, compared to 73.7% and 4.6% in the subset of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI users. Depression was associated with a shorter time to death (P=.008 in the unadjusted analysis. However, all adjusted comparisons revealed no effect by depression, antidepressant use, or SSRI use. Conclusions. Depression was not associated with time to death or recurrent TCEs in this study. Antidepressant use, including measures of any antidepressant use and SSRI use, was not associated with shorter time to death or recurrent TCE.

  20. Clinical features and outcomes in patients with thrombotic microangiopathy not associated with severe ADAMTS13 deficiency.

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    Li, Ang; Bendapudi, Pavan K; Uhl, Lynne; Hamdan, Ayad; Kaufman, Richard M; Makar, Robert S

    2017-09-01

    The a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type 1 motifs, member 13 (ADAMTS13) activity assay has become important in distinguishing autoimmune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura from other forms of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Although the significance of severe deficiency in ADAMTS13 (activity levels 10% or less) has been well defined, little data are available on the clinical importance of mild to moderate deficiency (activity levels 11%-70%) among patients with TMA. We conducted a retrospective study using the Harvard TMA Research Collaborative Registry. Among 254 patients who met the inclusion criteria for TMA, 186 patients with ADAMTS13 activity levels greater than 10% were divided into moderate-deficiency (11%-40%), mild-deficiency (41%-70%), and no-deficiency (greater than 70%). Compared with mild or no deficiency, moderate ADAMTS13 deficiency correlated with older age; higher bilirubin and international normalized ratio; and increased frequency of sepsis, shock, or multiorgan failure. Platelet counts, lactate dehydrogenase levels, and the presence of renal or neurologic dysfunction did not vary across the three patient cohorts. While moderate ADAMTS13 deficiency was associated with increased 90-day mortality in univariate analysis, this association was no longer significant in multivariate analysis. Variables that independetly predicted 90-day mortality in this cohort of patients included Charlson comorbidity index, alanine aminotransferase level, platelet count, creatinine, and the presence of sepsis, shock, or multiorgan failure. Moderately deficient ADAMTS13 activity identifies a cohort of patients with TMA who are at increased risk for 90-day mortality. The ADAMTS13 activity level in this group is not an independent predictor of poor outcomes but instead appears to be a marker of disease acuity. © 2017 AABB.

  1. Autoimmune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Two Rare Cases Associated with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis

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    Despoina Dimopoulou

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Secondary thrombotic microangiopathies are associated with several underlying conditions, with most of them being resolved after the treatment of background disease. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a rare microangiopathy presenting with anemia, thrombocytopenia, and neurological deficits, occurring most often in various autoimmune diseases due to inhibition of ADAMTS13 by autoantibodies, as well as in pregnant women with or without an autoimmune substrate. In this article, we report two newly diagnosed TTP cases, who have not been published so far. The first is a 27-year-old woman with a history of polyarticular rheumatoid factor negative juvenile idiopathic arthritis, who presented with thrombocytopenia, anemia, schistocytes on blood smear, headache, and active arthritis. Originally she was treated successfully with plasma exchange, intravenous prednisone, and vincristine, and a few months after the TTP episode, she was commenced on rituximab, resulting in remission of primary disease and no relapse of TTP. The second case refers to a 29-year-old pregnant woman complaining of dizziness and fatigue with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. She was treated with plasma exchanges, intravenous prednisolone, and INN human normal immunoglobulin with full remission of the TTP episode. Six and half years later, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was commenced on interferon beta-1 alpha, with no recurrent episode of TTP. These cases broaden the spectrum of autoimmune disorders manifested or complicated clinically by TTP. Furthermore, biological agents such as rituximab appear to be an effective treatment option for refractory cases of TTP related to systemic rheumatic disease, indicating an alternative therapeutic solution in persistent cases of this disorder.

  2. Anti-thrombotic and pro-fibrinolytic effects of levosimendan in human endothelial cells in vitro.

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    Krychtiuk, Konstantin A; Kaun, Christoph; Hohensinner, Philipp J; Stojkovic, Stefan; Seigner, Jacqueline; Kastl, Stefan P; Zuckermann, Andreas; Eppel, Wolfgang; Rauscher, Sabine; de Martin, Rainer; Maurer, Gerald; Huber, Kurt; Wojta, Johann; Speidl, Walter S

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    Levosimendan is an inodilator for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure (HF). Data from clinical studies suggest that levosimendan is particularly effective in HF due to myocardial infarction. After acute revascularization, no reflow-phenomenon is a common complication that may lead to pump failure and cardiogenic shock. Our aim was to examine whether levosimendan interferes with the pro-thrombotic phenotype of activated endothelial cells in vitro. Human heart microvascular endothelial cells (HHMEC) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were treated with interleukin-1β (IL-1β) (200U/mL) or thrombin (5U/mL) and co-treated with or without levosimendan (0.1-10μM) for 2-24h. In addition, flow experiments were performed. Effects on plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) and tissue factor (TF) expression and activity were measured by rt-PCR, specific ELISA and flow cytometry. Treatment with IL-1β or thrombin significantly increased the expression of PAI-1 and TF in endothelial cells. Co-treatment with levosimendan strongly attenuated the effects of IL-1β and thrombin on PAI-1 and TF mRNA by up to 50% and 45%, in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Similar results were obtained under flow conditions. Furthermore, co-treatment with levosimendan dampened the antigen production of PAI-1 and the surface expression of TF by 35% and 45%, respectively. Additionally, levosimendan diminished both TF and PAI-1 activity. Levosimendan down-regulates the expression of the pro-thrombotic and anti-fibrinolytic biomolecules TF and PAI-1 in activated human endothelial cells. Our findings may, at least in part, explain some of the beneficial effects of levosimendan after myocardial reperfusion. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Hereditary Thrombophilia and thrombotic events in pregnancy: single-center experience.

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    Coriu, L; Ungureanu, R; Talmaci, R; Uscatescu, V; Cirstoiu, M; Coriu, D; Copaciu, E

    2014-01-01

    Pregnancy is a normal physiological state that predisposes to thrombosis, determined by hormonal changes in the body. These changes occur in the blood flow (venous stasis), changes in the vascular wall (hypotonia, endothelial lesion) and changes in the coagulation factors (increased levels of factor VII, factor VIII, factor X, von Willebrand factor) and decreased activity levels of natural anticoagulants (protein C, protein S). In this study, we tried to determine a possible association between thrombosis and inherited thrombophilia in pregnant women. This is a retrospective study of 151 pregnant women with a history of complicated pregnancy: maternal thrombosis and placental vascular pathology (intrauterine growth restriction, preeclampsia, recurrent pregnancy loss), who were admitted in our hospital during the period January 2010 to July 2014. We performed genetic analyses to detect the factor V Leiden mutation, the G20210A mutation in the prothrombin gene, the C677T mutation and the A1298C mutation in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. The risk of thrombosis in patients with factor V Leiden is 2.66 times higher than the patients negative for this mutation (OR 2.66 95% CI 0.96-7.37 P=0.059). We did not find any statistical association with mutations in the MTHFR gene. Pregnant women with a family history of thrombosis present a 2.18-fold higher risk of thrombosis (OR 2.18 CI 0.9-5.26 P=0.085). Of 151 pregnant women, thrombotic events occurred in 24 patients: deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and ischemic stroke. The occurrence of thrombotic events was identified in the last trimester of pregnancy, but especially postpartum. Thrombosis in pregnancy is a redoubtable complication requiring an excellent cooperation between the obstetrician and anesthesiologist.

  4. Autoimmune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Two Rare Cases Associated with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis

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    Dimopoulou, Despoina; Dimosiari, Athina; Mandala, Eudokia; Dimitroulas, Theodoros; Garyfallos, Alaxandros

    2017-01-01

    Secondary thrombotic microangiopathies are associated with several underlying conditions, with most of them being resolved after the treatment of background disease. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare microangiopathy presenting with anemia, thrombocytopenia, and neurological deficits, occurring most often in various autoimmune diseases due to inhibition of ADAMTS13 by autoantibodies, as well as in pregnant women with or without an autoimmune substrate. In this article, we report two newly diagnosed TTP cases, who have not been published so far. The first is a 27-year-old woman with a history of polyarticular rheumatoid factor negative juvenile idiopathic arthritis, who presented with thrombocytopenia, anemia, schistocytes on blood smear, headache, and active arthritis. Originally she was treated successfully with plasma exchange, intravenous prednisone, and vincristine, and a few months after the TTP episode, she was commenced on rituximab, resulting in remission of primary disease and no relapse of TTP. The second case refers to a 29-year-old pregnant woman complaining of dizziness and fatigue with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. She was treated with plasma exchanges, intravenous prednisolone, and INN human normal immunoglobulin with full remission of the TTP episode. Six and half years later, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was commenced on interferon beta-1 alpha, with no recurrent episode of TTP. These cases broaden the spectrum of autoimmune disorders manifested or complicated clinically by TTP. Furthermore, biological agents such as rituximab appear to be an effective treatment option for refractory cases of TTP related to systemic rheumatic disease, indicating an alternative therapeutic solution in persistent cases of this disorder. PMID:28791286

  5. Activation of Blood Coagulation in Two Prototypic Autoimmune Skin Diseases: A Possible Link with Thrombotic Risk.

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    Massimo Cugno

    Full Text Available Coagulation activation has been demonstrated in two prototypic autoimmune skin diseases, chronic autoimmune urticaria and bullous pemphigoid, but only the latter is associated with increased thrombotic risk. Two markers of coagulation activation (prothrombin fragment F1+2 and fibrin fragment D-dimer were measured by immunoenzymatic methods in plasma samples from 30 patients with active chronic autoimmune urticaria, positive for autologous serum skin test, 30 patients with active bullous pemphigoid and 30 healthy subjects. In skin biopsies, tissue factor expression was evaluated by both immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. F1+2 and D-dimer levels were higher in active chronic autoimmune urticaria (276.5±89.8 pmol/L and 5.56±4.40 nmol/L, respectively than in controls (145.2±38.0 pmol/L and 1.06±0.25 nmol/L; P=0.029 and P=0.011 and were much higher in active bullous pemphigoid (691.7±318.7 pmol/L and 15.24±9.09 nmol/L, respectively (P<0.0001. Tissue factor positivity was evident in skin biopsies of both disorders with higher intensity in bullous pemphigoid. F1+2 and D-dimer, during remission, were markedly reduced in both disorders. These findings support the involvement of coagulation activation in the pathophysiology of both diseases. The strong systemic activation of coagulation in bullous pemphigoid may contribute to increase the thrombotic risk and provides the rationale for clinical trials on anticoagulant treatments in this disease.

  6. Vorapaxar: A Protease-Activated Receptor Antagonist for the Prevention of Thrombotic Events.

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    Lam, Sum; Tran, Tran

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    Antiplatelet therapy reduces the risks for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with atherosclerotic disease, and it is also beneficial in managing peripheral arterial disease (PAD). These agents work through various therapeutic pathways to achieve antithrombotic effects. Although single- or two-drug regimens have been deployed to prevent vascular events, approximately 10% of the patients with acute coronary syndrome remain at risk for recurrent thrombotic events and may need a more aggressive preventative strategy. Vorapaxar offers a unique mechanism for platelet inhibition via the antagonism of protease-activated receptor-1. It is approved for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events in patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) or PAD. This new drug approval was mainly based on the results from subgroup analyses from a large landmark trial (Thrombin Receptor Antagonist in Secondary Prevention of Atherothrombotic Ischemic Events-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 50), which found that vorapaxar reduces the rate of the combined end point of cardiovascular death, MI, stroke, and urgent coronary revascularization when used in addition to aspirin and/or clopidogrel in patients without a history of stroke. In this study, vorapaxar was discontinued in patients with a history of stroke due to excessive risk for intracranial hemorrhage after 2 years of therapy. As an adjunctive therapy to standard regimens, vorapaxar provides a greater net clinical benefit in MI patients who are at a lower risk for bleeding. In patients with PAD, it reduces the rates of recurrent acute limb ischemia with rehospitalization or peripheral revascularization. The most concerning adverse effect is bleeding. Vorapaxar should not be used in patients with a history of stroke, transient ischemic attack, intracranial hemorrhage, or active pathological bleeding. The risks and benefits of adding vorapaxar to intensify antiplatelet regimens should be assessed in

  7. Indicators of acute and persistent renal damage in adult thrombotic microangiopathy.

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    Dierkes, Firuseh; Andriopoulos, Nikolaos; Sucker, Christoph; Kuhr, Kathrin; Hollenbeck, Markus; Hetzel, Gerd R; Burst, Volker; Teschner, Sven; Rump, Lars C; Benzing, Thomas; Grabensee, Bernd; Kurschat, Christine E

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    Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) in adults such as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) are life-threatening disorders if untreated. Clinical presentation is highly variable and prognostic factors for clinical course and outcome are not well established. We performed a retrospective observational study of 62 patients with TMA, 22 males and 40 females aged 16 to 76 years, treated with plasma exchange at one center to identify clinical risk factors for the development of renal insufficiency. On admission, 39 of 62 patients (63%) had acute renal failure (ARF) with 32 patients (52%) requiring dialysis treatment. High systolic arterial pressure (SAP, p = 0.009) or mean arterial pressure (MAP, p = 0.027) on admission was associated with acute renal failure. Patients with SAP>140 mmHg on admission had a sevenfold increased risk of severe kidney disease (OR 7.464, CI 2.097-26.565). MAP>100 mmHg indicated a fourfold increased risk for acute renal failure (OR 4.261, CI 1.400-12.972). High SAP, diastolic arterial pressure (DAP), and MAP on admission were also independent risk factors for persistent renal insufficiency with the strongest correlation for high MAP. Moreover, a high C-reactive protein (CRP) level on admission correlated with renal failure in the course of the disease (p = 0.003). At discharge, renal function in 11 of 39 patients (28%) had fully recovered, 14 patients (23%) remained on dialysis, and 14 patients (23%) had non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease. Seven patients (11%) died. We identified an older age as risk factor for death. High blood pressure as well as high CRP serum levels on admission are associated with renal insufficiency in TMA. High blood pressure on admission is also a strong predictor of sustained renal insufficiency. Thus, adult TMA patients with high blood pressure may require special attention to prevent persistent renal failure.

  8. Clinical performance of antibodies to prothrombin and thrombin in Chinese patients with antiphospholipid syndrome: potential interest in discriminating patients with thrombotic events and non-thrombotic events.

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    Zhang, Shulan; Wu, Ziyan; Li, Jing; Li, Ping; Chen, Si; Wen, Xiaoting; Li, Liubing; Zhang, Wen; Zhao, Jiuliang; Zhang, Fengchun; Li, Yongzhe

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    A hallmark feature of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the presence of a wide spectrum of antiphospholipid antibodies. In this study, we evaluated the clinical relevance of antibodies to prothrombin (PT) (aPT) and thrombin (aThr) in Chinese patients with APS. A total of 229 subjects were tested, including 86 patients with APS [35 patients with primary APS (PAPS), 51 patients with APS associated with other diseases (APSAOD)], 104 patients with non-APS diseases (disease controls), and 39 healthy controls. Serum IgG/IgM/IgA aPT and aThr were determined by ELISA. The levels of both IgG/IgM/IgA aPT and IgG/IgM/IgA aThr were significantly increased in patients with PAPS and APSAOD compared with patients with non-APS thrombosis and non-APS PRM, and HC. Both IgG aPT and IgG aThr exhibited promising diagnostic potentials for APS with sensitivities and specificities of 16.3 and 95.8% (IgG aPT), and 19.8 and 99.3% (IgG aThr), respectively. Importantly, both IgG aPT (OR 4.06; 95% CI 1.49-11.05) and IgG aThr (OR 4.49; 95% CI 1.62-12.45) were significantly correlated with arterial, but not venous, thrombotic events. Our findings highlighted that IgG aPT and IgG aThr could serve as promising biomarkers to identify patients at risk of arterial thrombosis in China.

  9. Expression of NO Synthase Under Medication with Cyclosporine A, Mycophenolate Mofetil, and Tacrolimus during Development of Transplant Vasculopathy on Rat Cardiac Allograft.

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    Bogossian, Harilaos; Frommeyer, Gerrit; Ninios, Ilias; Bandorski, Dirk; Seyfarth, Melchior; Matzaroglou, Charalampos; Lemke, Bernd; Eckardt, Lars; Zarse, Markus; Kafchitsas, Konstantinos

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    The transplant vasculopathy as a sign of chronic graft rejection affects both the epicardial and the intramyocardial arteries of the graft. This is at least partially mediated by NO synthases. The aim of this study was to assess possible protective effects of cyclosporine A (CsA), tacrolimus (FK506), and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) on the expression of NO synthases in an experimental transplant rat model. Heart transplantation was performed in 322 rats. These were randomly assigned to four equal groups (control, CsA, FK506, MMF). Recipients were monitored up to 60 days after transplantation, while transplanted hearts were recovered at certain time points for analysis. Expression and staining intensity for endothelial nitric oxide synthases (e-nos) and inducible nitric oxide synthases (i-nos) were analyzed in epicardial and intramyocardial vessels in each group. All employed drugs led to a significant reduction of expression or staining intensity of i-nos and e-nos. MMF was most effective in reduction in expression of both NO synthases. These results imply that all described drugs prevent endothelial impairment induced by toxicity of NO and thereby prevent transplant vasculopathy. MMF seems to be the most effective drug. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Glutamine supplementation alleviates vasculopathy and corrects metabolic profile in an in vivo model of endothelial cell dysfunction.

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    of improving vascular function. Metabolomic analyses reveal elevation of hippuric acid, which may further exacerbate vasculopathy even before the development of uremia.

  11. Incidence, outcomes, and risk factors for hemorrhagic complications in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy following photodynamic therapy in Indian subjects.

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    Rishi, Pukhraj; Rishi, Ekta; Sharma, Minal; Maitray, Aditya; Bhende, Muna; Gopal, Lingam; Sharma, Tarun; Ratra, Dhanashree; Sen, Parveen; Bhende, Pramod; Rao, Chetan; Susvar, Pradeep

    2017-08-01

    To evaluate the incidence, outcomes, and risk factors for hemorrhagic complications in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) following photodynamic therapy (PDT). Medical records of 94 eyes of 86 consecutive patients with PCV who underwent PDT between January 2007 and December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. The diagnosis of PCV was based on clinical features and indocyanine green angiography. Eyes were treated with PDT monotherapy or a combination of PDT plus anti-vascular endothelial growth factor. PDT was performed at (standard [SFPDT] or reduced fluence RFPDT). Ninety-four eyes had 119 PDT treatment sessions (mean: 1.3 sessions). Mean presenting vision was 0.46 ± 0.44 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR). Following PDT, ten eyes (11%) of nine patients had hemorrhagic complications such as subretinal hemorrhage (SRH; n = 5), subretinal pigment epithelium (RPE) hemorrhage (n = 1), breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage (BVH; n = 3), and SRH with sub-RPE hemorrhage and BVH (n = 1). Median interval to hemorrhage following PDT was 2 months. Age (P = 0.842), duration of symptoms (P = 0.352), number of laser spots (P = 0.219), and laser spot size (LSS) (P = 0.096) were not significantly associated with increased risk of hemorrhagic complications. Female gender was associated with reduced risk of hemorrhage (P = 0.045). SFPDT was significantly associated with increased risk of hemorrhage (P = 0.026). The probability of developing hemorrhagic complications in SFPDT group was 0.24 compared to 0.07 in RFPDT group (P = 0.039). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed SFPDT as the only significant risk factor for hemorrhage following PDT (odds ratio 5.3, 95% confidence interval 1.1-24.8, P = 0.03). Mean final vision was 0.61 ± 0.53 logMAR at mean follow-up of 33 months (median = 22 months; range = 2-157 months). Age, LSS, number of laser spots, preexisting hemorrhages, or use of anticoagulants were not associated with increased risk of

  12. Incidence, outcomes, and risk factors for hemorrhagic complications in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy following photodynamic therapy in Indian subjects

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    Pukhraj Rishi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the incidence, outcomes, and risk factors for hemorrhagic complications in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV following photodynamic therapy (PDT. Methods: Medical records of 94 eyes of 86 consecutive patients with PCV who underwent PDT between January 2007 and December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. The diagnosis of PCV was based on clinical features and indocyanine green angiography. Eyes were treated with PDT monotherapy or a combination of PDT plus anti-vascular endothelial growth factor. PDT was performed at (standard [SFPDT] or reduced fluence RFPDT. Results: Ninety-four eyes had 119 PDT treatment sessions (mean: 1.3 sessions. Mean presenting vision was 0.46 ± 0.44 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR. Following PDT, ten eyes (11% of nine patients had hemorrhagic complications such as subretinal hemorrhage (SRH; n = 5, subretinal pigment epithelium (RPE hemorrhage (n = 1, breakthrough vitreous hemorrhage (BVH; n = 3, and SRH with sub-RPE hemorrhage and BVH (n = 1. Median interval to hemorrhage following PDT was 2 months. Age (P = 0.842, duration of symptoms (P = 0.352, number of laser spots (P = 0.219, and laser spot size (LSS (P = 0.096 were not significantly associated with increased risk of hemorrhagic complications. Female gender was associated with reduced risk of hemorrhage (P = 0.045. SFPDT was significantly associated with increased risk of hemorrhage (P = 0.026. The probability of developing hemorrhagic complications in SFPDT group was 0.24 compared to 0.07 in RFPDT group (P = 0.039. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed SFPDT as the only significant risk factor for hemorrhage following PDT (odds ratio 5.3, 95% confidence interval 1.1–24.8, P = 0.03. Mean final vision was 0.61 ± 0.53 logMAR at mean follow-up of 33 months (median = 22 months; range = 2–157 months. Conclusion: Age, LSS, number of laser spots, preexisting hemorrhages, or use of anticoagulants

  13. Major single nucleotide polymorphisms in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: a comparative analysis between Thai and other Asian populations

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    Chantaren P

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Patchima Chantaren1, Paisan Ruamviboonsuk1, Mathurose Ponglikitmongkol2, Montip Tiensuwan3, Somying Promso41Department of Ophthalmology, Rajavithi Hospital, Bangkok, 2Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 3Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 4Virology and Molecular Microbiology Unit, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, ThailandPurpose: To investigate the association in a Thai population between the major age-related macular degeneration (AMD susceptibility loci, Y402H and I62V in the complement factor H (CFH and A69S in the age-related maculopathy susceptibility 2 (ARMS2 genes, and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV.Methods: A case-control study included 97 PCV cases and 102 age- and gender-matched controls without any retinopathy. The genotypic profiles of the three polymorphisms were obtained using a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay. The allelic and genotypic association between the polymorphisms and PCV were compared with those from the compiled data of other Asian populations reported previously.Results: Strong associations between the Y402H, I62V, and A69S polymorphisms and PCV were observed in the present study (P = 0.002, 0.003, and 0.0008 respectively and in the compiled data (P < 0.0001 for all three polymorphisms. The risk allele frequencies of the polymorphisms in PCVs and in controls from the present study (15.0% and 5.4% for Y402H, 71.7% and 57.4% for I62V, and 54.1% and 37.3% for A69S respectively were also comparable with the frequencies from the compiled data (10.3% and 6.4% for Y402H, 75.2% and 58.3% for I62V, and 56.8% and 36.8% for A69S respectively. The genotype distribution for each polymorphism was also comparable in both datasets.Conclusion: The findings of this study support a significant genetic association between the major AMD susceptibility genes and PCV across Asian

  14. Noninvasive PET quantitative myocardial blood flow with regadenoson for assessing cardiac allograft vasculopathy in orthotopic heart transplantation patients.

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    Pampaloni, Miguel Hernandez; Shrestha, Uttam M; Sciammarella, Maria; Seo, Youngho; Gullberg, Grant T; Botvinick, Elias H

    2017-08-01

    Risk stratification and early detection of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is essential in orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) patients. This study assesses the changes in myocardial blood flow (MBF) noninvasively in OHT patients using quantitative cardiac PET with regadenoson. Twelve patients (Group 1) (8 males, 4 females, mean age 55 ± 7 years) with no history of post OHT myocardial ischemia were enrolled 5.4 ± 2.0 years after OHT. Fifteen patients (Group 2) (9 males, 6 females, mean age 71 ± 9 years) with intermediate pretest probability but not documented evidence for coronary artery disease (CAD) were also included to serve as control. Global and regional MBFs were assessed using dynamic 13 N-NH 3 PET at rest and during regadenoson-induced hyperemia. The coronary flow reserve (CFR) was also calculated as the ratio of hyperemic to resting MBF. Mean regadenoson-induced rate-pressure products were similar in both groups, while there was an increase in resting rate-pressure product in Group 1 patients. Both mean and median values of resting MBF were higher in Group 1 than Group 2 patients (1.33 ± 0.31 and 1.01 ± 0.21 mL/min/g for Groups 1 and 2, respectively, P < .001), while mean hyperemic MBF values were similar in both Groups (2.68 ± 0.84 and 2.64 ± 0.94 mL/min/g, P = NS) but median hyperemic MBF values were lower in Group 1 than Group 2 patients (2.0 vs. 2.60 mL/min/g, P = .018). Both mean and median CFR values demonstrated a significant reduction for Group 1 compared to Group 2 patients (2.07 ± 0.74 vs 2.63 ± 0.48, P = .025). This study suggests that the MBF in OHT patients may be abnormal at resting state with diminished CFR. This hints that the epicardial and microvascular coronary subsystem may be exacerbated after OHT leading to the gradual progression of CAV.

  15. Echocardiography may help detect pulmonary vasculopathy in the early stages of pulmonary artery hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis

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    Serra Walter

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH in patients with systemic sclerosis is associated with a poor prognosis, but this can be improved by early disease detection. Abnormal pulmonary and cardiac function can be detected early by means of echocardiography, whereas right heart catheterization is usually performed later. Objectives The purpose of this prospective study was to detect early the presence of pulmonary artery vasculopathy in patients with verified systemic sclerosis without significant pulmonary fibrosis, normal lung volumes and a mildly reduced lung diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide (DLCO. Methods Nineteen consecutive female NYHA class I-II patients with scleroderma and a PAPs of 2. They all underwent complete Doppler echocardiography, CPET, a pulmonary ventilation test (carbon monoxide lung diffusion, DLCO, HRCT. To investigate PAH by means of complete resting Doppler echocardiography estimates of systolic pulmonary artery pressure (PAPs derived from tr icuspid regurgitation, mean PAP derived from pulmonary regurgitation, pulmonary vessel resistance (PVR derived from the acceleration time of the pulmonary outflow tract (ACTpo, and right ventricular function derived from tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE. Right heart catheterisation was conducted only, if pulmonary hypertension was suggested by echocardiography and an abnormal ventilator test. The data are given as mean values ± SD, unless otherwise stated. The correlations between the variables were analysed using Pearson's r coefficient, and the predictive value of the variables was calculated using linear regression analysis. A p value of > 0.05 was considered significant. Results Right heart catheterization detected PAH in 15/19 patients; mean PAP was 30.5 mm/Hg and RVP 3.6 UW. Coronary angiography of the patients aged more than 55 years showed some evidence of significant coronary artery disease. Echocardiography showed high systolic PAP

  16. Thicker carotid intima-media thickness and increased plasma VEGF levels suffered by post-acute thrombotic stroke patients

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    Yueniwati Y

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Yuyun Yueniwati,1 Ni Komang Darmiastini,1 Eko Arisetijono2 1Radiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia; 2Neurology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia Background and objectives: Atherosclerosis causes reduction of the oxygen supply to structures in the far arterial wall, provoking the release of factors that drive angiogenesis of vasa vasorum, including VEGF. Other studies have revealed the inflammatory response in atherosclerosis and the role of platelet factor 4 (PF4 as an anti-angiogenic chemokine through the inhibition of VEGF. This cross-sectional study aims at measuring the effect of atherosclerosis assessed through carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT against plasma VEGF levels in patients with post-acute thrombotic stroke. Materials and methods: CIMT was assessed sonographically using GE Logiq S6 with 13 MHz frequency linear probe. VEGF-A plasma levels were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA method. Differences among variables were compared statistically. The data were analyzed using Pearson correlation. Results: A total of 25 patients with post-acute thrombotic stroke were identified in days 7 to 90. CIMT thickening was indicated in 88% of patients (1.202 ± 0.312 mm, while an increase in plasma VEGF was identified in all patients (178.28 ± 93.96 ng/mL. There was no significant correlation between CIMT and plasma VEGF levels in patients with post-acute thrombotic stroke (p=0.741. A significant correlation was recognized between CIMT and total cholesterol (p=0.029 and low-density lipoprotein (p=0.018. Conclusion: There were no significant correlations between CIMT and plasma VEGF levels in patients with post-acute thrombotic stroke. However, plasma VEGF increased in patients with thrombotic stroke. CIMT measurement is a promising noninvasive modality to assess the vascular condition of patients with stroke and diabetes, while plasma VEGF

  17. Subcutaneous mercury injection by a child: A histopathology case report

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    Deepti Sukheeja

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Intentional subcutaneous injection of mercury by mentally healthy children is rare. Usually, it is seen as a part of suicidal attempt in severely depressed patients or by athletes to enhance their performance. We report a case of a 15-year-old child, inspired by a movie, who deliberately self-injected mercury subcutaneously into his forearm that led to the formation of a non-healing ulcer. Histopathology of the biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. A surgical procedure was thereby performed to treat the ulcer and reduce the blood and urinary levels of mercury. However, the patient did not develop clinical signs of chronic poisoning, proving that subcutaneous mercury injection has a low risk of systemic toxicity, and that histopathology plays an important role in diagnosis.

  18. Subcutaneous steroid injection as treatment for chalazion: prospective case series.

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    Ho, S Y; Lai, J S M

    2002-02-01

    To study the efficacy of subcutaneous steroid injection in the treatment of chalazion. Prospective consecutive case series. University teaching hospital, Hong Kong. Patients with chalazion presenting to the out-patient clinic of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Prince of Wales Hospital from January to June 1998. Size of the chalazion after steroid injection treatment. Forty-eight consecutive patients with chalazion were treated with injection of triamcinolone into the subcutaneous tissue around the lesion. In 43 (89.6%) patients, the lesion subsided completely. Twenty-six (54.2%) patients had lesions that subsided with one injection. The size and duration of the chalazion at presentation did not significantly affect the outcome of the treatment. Two patients developed depigmentation of the skin at the site of injection. No other major complications were encountered. Subcutaneous injection of the steroid triamcinolone acetonide appears to be a simple and effective treatment for chalazion. Further comparative clinical trials are indicated.

  19. Munchausen syndrome revealed by subcutaneous limb emphysema: a case report.

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    Koufagued, Kaldadak; Chafry, Bouchaib; Benyass, Youssef; Abissegue, Yves; Benchebba, Driss; Bouabid, Salim; Belkacem, Chagar

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    Limb subcutaneous emphysema secondary to a Munchausen syndrome represents a rare and severe entity because it involves the functional prognosis of the limb and vital prognosis of the patient. We report the case of an 18-year-old Moroccan woman patient who presented to our hospital with a subcutaneous emphysema of the shoulder girdle and the right arm, caused by our patient. Treatment was aggressive, with a wide surgical debridement, parenteral antibiotic therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The results have been favorable. The correlation of anamnestic data and clinical and para-clinical exams were essential for the diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome in this case. In this regard, we report a rare case of subcutaneous limb emphysema secondary to Munchausen syndrome.

  20. Dermatomyositis associated with generalized subcutaneous edema and Evans syndrome.

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    Jung, Kyu Dong; Kim, Pyoung Su; Park, Hae Young; Kim, Cho Rok; Byun, Ji Yeon; Lee, Dong Youn; Lee, Joo Heung; Yang, Jun-Mo; Lee, Eil-Soo

    2012-01-01

    Although periorbital edema is a common manifestation of dermatomyositis (DM), generalized subcutaneous edema associated with DM is extremely rare. Evans syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which an individual's antibodies attack one's own red blood cells and platelets. Evans syndrome is rarely a presenting feature of DM. DM has been rarely reported to be associated with either generalized edema or Evans syndrome. We report the case of a 52-year-old Korean woman who presented with generalized subcutaneous edema, an erythematous rash, dysphagia, and proximal muscle weakness, and subsequently developed features of Evans syndrome. Treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids and an immunosuppressive agent controlled the DM, the generalized subcutaneous edema, and the Evans syndrome. Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Supramicrosurgical lymphatic-venous anastomosis for postsurgical subcutaneous lymphocele treatment.

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    Gentileschi, Stefano; Servillo, Maria; Salgarello, Marzia

    2015-10-01

    Postsurgical subcutaneous lymphocele is caused by accidental lesion of a lymphatic vessel that keeps on flowing lymph under the scar. Traditional treatments include aspiration and compression, with probable recurrence, and sclerotherapy which destroys both lymphatic cyst and vessel, creating risk of lymphedema. We describe the case of a postsurgical subcutaneous lymphocele of the left leg that was treated by supramicrosurgical lympatic-venous anastomosis. A single anastomosis was performed end-to-end, between one lymphatic vessel, individuated through indocyanine green lymphography, and one subcutaneous vein, distally to the lymphocele, under sedation and local anesthesia. Postoperative course was uneventful; the lymphocele completely resolved and never recurred during the nine months followup. This technique may heal the lymphocele with no impairing of lymph drainage function. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Skin temperature and subcutaneous adipose blood flow in man

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    Astrup, A; Bülow, J; Madsen, J

    1980-01-01

    The abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue blood flow (ATBF) was measured bilaterally by the 133Xe washout method. At one side of the skin (epicutaneous) temperature was varied with a temperature blanket, the other side served as control. There was a significant (P less than 0.001) positive...... correlation between skin temperature and ATBF. In the range from 25 to 37 degrees CATBF increased 9% of the control flow on average per centigrade increase in skin temperature. ATBF at the control side was uninfluenced by the contralateral variations in skin temperature. Although no better correlation could...... be demonstrated between ATBF and subcutaneous temperature than between ATBF and skin temperature, arguments are presented in favour of the hypothesis that ATBF is influenced by the subcutaneous temperature rather than via reflexes from the skin. Infiltration of the 133Xe depots with 20 microgram histamine...

  3. Microangiopatia trombótica en adultos Thrombotic microangiopathy in adults

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    Gonzalo J. Barrientos

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Las microangiopatías trombóticas (MAT incluyen la púrpura trombótica trombocitopénica (PTT, el síndrome urémico hemolítico (SUH y las microangiopatías del embarazo. Se describen ocho pacientes adultos con cuadros de microangiopatía trombótica, que fueron atendidos en el Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires entre 2003 y 2004. El promedio de edad fue de 40 años, con igual proporción de hombres y mujeres. En cuatro de los ocho pacientes descriptos el diagnóstico se realizó al ingreso. Cuatro pacientes evolucionaron con características de SUH, tres como PTT y uno como MAT del embarazo. Todos los pacientes presentaron trombocitopenia y anemia hemolítica microangiopática. La insuficiencia renal fue la tercera característica más frecuente. Aquellos con diagnóstico de PTT presentaron los cuadros de mayor gravedad. Todos los pacientes fueron tratados con plasmaféresis. El tratamiento inmunosupresor también fue utilizado. Cuatro pacientes se recuperaron completamente, 2 fallecieron, 1 permanece con insuficiencia renal crónica con requerimiento de hemodiálisis y 1 fue colectomizado. Las MAT son desórdenes oclusivos de la microcirculación, con repercusión sistémica y/o renal. Existe superposición de los cuadros de PTT/SUH, y éstos pueden ser idiopáticos o secundarios. La importancia de un diagnóstico y tratamiento precoz radica en su elevada morbimortalidad. Entre los diagnósticos diferenciales figuran la sepsis, las enfermedades oncológicas, las vasculitis sistémicas, la eclampsia y otros. La infusión del plasma y principalmente la plasmaféresis son los tratamientos fundamentales. Aún se requiere mejorar el manejo y la evolución de estos síndromes, dada la elevada morbimortalidad que conllevan.Thrombotic microangiopathic hemolytic anemias include thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS and pregnancy associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA. Eight adult patients (four males and four

  4. Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Metastases From Atypical Laryngeal Carcinoids

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    Wang, Kui-Rong; Jia, Yuan-Jing; Zhou, Shui-Hong; Wang, Qin-Ying; Bao, Yang-Yang; Feng, Zhi-Ying; Yao, Hong-Tian; Fan, Jun

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    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

  5. [Clinical efficacy of electric stimulation of crural muscles in comprehensive treatment of post-thrombotic disease].

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    Ryzhkin, V V; Lobastov, K V; Vorontsova, A V; Schastlivtsev, I V; Barinov, V E; Naumov, E K; Laberko, L A

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate clinical efficacy of electromyostimulation (EMS) of the crural muscles as part of comprehensive therapy for post-thrombotic disease in patients with residual venous obstruction in the femoropopliteal segment. We carried out a prospective comparative clinical study enrolling patients having endured a fist episode of clinically unprovoked venous thrombosis of the femoropopliteal segment and completed the standard 6-month course of anticoagulant therapy and presenting with ultrasonographic signs of complete recanalization of the proximal venous segments (stenosis of 20% and more from the vessel's initial diameter), as well as scoring 5 points and more by the Villalta scale. The study included a total of 60 patients (38 men and 22 women, mean age 58.5±11.4 years) subdivided into two groups consisting of 30 patients each. Patients of both the Study and Control Groups underwent comprehensive therapy including wearing a compression knee sock (23-32 mmHg), a course phlebotrophic drugs, and dosed walking (not less than 5,000 steps a day). The Study Group patients were additionally subjected to daily electrical stimulation of the crural muscles with the "Veinoplus VI" unit (three 30-minute sessions a day). The duration of the follow up amounted to 12 months. The criteria for assessing therapeutic efficacy were as follows: severity of the disease by the VCSS and Villalta scales, quality of life as assessed by the CIVIQ-20 questionnaire, and lack of relapses of the venous thrombus. Clinical and instrumental assessment of the patients' condition was carried out monthly, with the disease's severity and quality of life assesses each 6 months. Relapses of venous thrombosis were registered in 7 (23.3%) patients from the Control Group and were not observed in patients undergoing EMS (p=0.011). In 5 cases, thrombosis was asymptomatic and in 4 cases it was presented by reocclusion of the involved venous segments. Patients of the Study Group

  6. High prevalence of hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in central Norway: from clinical observation to evidence.

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    von Krogh, A S; Quist-Paulsen, P; Waage, A; Langseth, Ø O; Thorstensen, K; Brudevold, R; Tjønnfjord, G E; Largiadèr, C R; Lämmle, B; Kremer Hovinga, J A

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    Essentials The population prevalence of hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is unknown. We studied the prevalence of hereditary TTP and population frequencies of two ADAMTS-13 mutations. A high frequency of hereditary TTP related to ADAMTS-13 mutation c.4143_4144dupA was found. Vicinity of ABO blood group and ADAMTS-13 loci may facilitate screening of ADAMTS-13 mutations. Background Hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) caused by ADAMTS-13 mutations is a rare, but serious condition. The prevalence is unknown, but it seems to be high in Norway. Objectives To identify all patients with hereditary TTP in central Norway and to investigate the prevalence of hereditary TTP and the population frequencies of two common ADAMTS-13 mutations. Patients/Methods Patients were identified in a cross-sectional study within the Central Norway Health Region by means of three different search strategies. Frequencies of ADAMTS-13 mutations, c.4143_4144dupA and c.3178 C>T (p.R1060W), were investigated in a population-based cohort (500 alleles) and in healthy blood donors (2104 alleles) by taking advantage of the close neighborhood of the ADAMTS-13 and ABO blood group gene loci. The observed prevalence of hereditary TTP was compared with the rates of ADAMTS-13 mutation carriers in different geographical regions. Results We identified 11 families with hereditary TTP in central Norway during the 10-year study period. The prevalence of hereditary TTP in central Norway was 16.7 × 10(-6) persons. The most prevalent mutation was c.4143_4144dupA, accounting for two-thirds of disease causing alleles among patients and having an allelic frequency of 0.33% in the central, 0.10% in the western, and 0.04% in the southeastern Norwegian population. The allelic frequency of c.3178 C>T (p.R1060W) in the population was even higher (0.3-1%), but this mutation was infrequent among patients, with no homozygous cases. Conclusions We found a high prevalence of hereditary

  7. Potential influences of complement factor H in autoimmune inflammatory and thrombotic disorders.

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    Ferluga, Janez; Kouser, Lubna; Murugaiah, Valarmathy; Sim, Robert B; Kishore, Uday

    2017-04-01

    Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part. These include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, anti-phospholipid syndrome and age-related macular degeneration. Such diseases are generally complex - multigenic and heterogeneous in their symptoms and predisposition/susceptibility. They usually need to be triggered by vascular trauma, drugs or infection and non-complement genetic factors also play a part. Underlying events seem to include decline in peripheral regulatory T cells, dendritic cell, and B cell tolerance, associated with alterations in lymphoid organ microenvironment. Factor H is an abundant protein, synthesised in many cell types, and its reported binding to many different ligands, even if not of high affinity, may influence a large number of molecular interactions, together with the accepted role of Factor H within the complement system. Factor H is involved in mesenchymal stem cell mediated tolerance and also contributes to self-tolerance by augmenting iC3b production and opsonisation of apoptotic cells for their silent dendritic cell engulfment via complement receptor CR3, which mediates anti-inflammatory-tolerogenic effects in the apoptotic cell context. There may be co-operation with other phagocytic receptors, such as complement C1q receptors, and the Tim glycoprotein family, which specifically bind phosphatidylserine expressed on the apoptotic cell surface. Factor H is able to discriminate between self and

  8. Curcuma oil ameliorates insulin resistance & associated thrombotic complications in hamster & rat

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    Vishal Singh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background & objectives: Curcuma oil (C. oil isolated from turmeric (Curcuma longa L. has been shown to have neuro-protective, anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-hyperlipidaemic effects in experimental animal models. However, its effect in insulin resistant animals remains unclear. The present study was carried out to investigate the disease modifying potential and underlying mechanisms of the C. oil in animal models of diet induced insulin resistance and associated thrombotic complications. Methods: Male Golden Syrian hamsters on high fructose diet (HFr for 12 wk were treated orally with vehicle, fenofibrate (30 mg/kg or C. oil (300 mg/kg in the last four weeks. Wistar rats fed HFr for 12 wk were treated orally with C. oil (300 mg/kg in the last two weeks. To examine the protective effect of C. oil, blood glucose, serum insulin, platelet aggregation, thrombosis and inflammatory markers were assessed in these animals. Results: Animals fed with HFr diet for 12 wk demonstrated hyperlipidaemia, hyperglycaemia, hyperinsulinaemia, alteration in insulin sensitivity indices, increased lipid peroxidation, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, platelet free radical generation, tyrosine phosphorylation, aggregation, adhesion and intravascular thrombosis. Curcuma oil treatment for the last four weeks in hamsters ameliorated HFr-induced hyperlipidaemia, hyperglycaemia, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, platelet activation, and thrombosis. In HFr fed hamsters, the effect of C. oil at 300 mg/kg [ ] was comparable with the standard drug fenofibrate. Curcuma oil treatment in the last two weeks in rats ameliorated HFr-induced hyperglycaemia and hyperinsulinaemia by modulating hepatic expression of sterol regulatory element binding protein 1c (SREBP-1c, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma co-activator 1 (PGC-1α and PGC-1β genes known to be involved in lipid and glucose metabolism. Interpretation

  9. Curcuma oil ameliorates insulin resistance & associated thrombotic complications in hamster & rat.

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    Singh, Vishal; Jain, Manish; Misra, Ankita; Khanna, Vivek; Prakash, Prem; Malasoni, Richa; Dwivedi, Anil Kumar; Dikshit, Madhu; Barthwal, Manoj Kumar

    2015-06-01

    Curcuma oil (C. oil) isolated from turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) has been shown to have neuro-protective, anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-hyperlipidaemic effects in experimental animal models. However, its effect in insulin resistant animals remains unclear. The present study was carried out to investigate the disease modifying potential and underlying mechanisms of the C. oil in animal models of diet induced insulin resistance and associated thrombotic complications. Male Golden Syrian hamsters on high fructose diet (HFr) for 12 wk were treated orally with vehicle, fenofibrate (30 mg/kg) or C. oil (300 mg/kg) in the last four weeks. Wistar rats fed HFr for 12 wk were treated orally with C. oil (300 mg/kg) in the last two weeks. To examine the protective effect of C. oil, blood glucose, serum insulin, platelet aggregation, thrombosis and inflammatory markers were assessed in these animals. Animals fed with HFr diet for 12 wk demonstrated hyperlipidaemia, hyperglycaemia, hyperinsulinaemia, alteration in insulin sensitivity indices, increased lipid peroxidation, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, platelet free radical generation, tyrosine phosphorylation, aggregation, adhesion and intravascular thrombosis. Curcuma oil treatment for the last four weeks in hamsters ameliorated HFr-induced hyperlipidaemia, hyperglycaemia, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, platelet activation, and thrombosis. In HFr fed hamsters, the effect of C. oil at 300 mg/kg [ ] was comparable with the standard drug fenofibrate. Curcuma oil treatment in the last two weeks in rats ameliorated HFr-induced hyperglycaemia and hyperinsulinaemia by modulating hepatic expression of sterol regulatory element binding protein 1c (SREBP-1c), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma co-activator 1 (PGC-1)α and PGC-1β genes known to be involved in lipid and glucose metabolism. High fructose feeding to rats and hamsters led to the development of insulin

  10. Indicators of acute and persistent renal damage in adult thrombotic microangiopathy.

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    Firuseh Dierkes

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA in adults such as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS are life-threatening disorders if untreated. Clinical presentation is highly variable and prognostic factors for clinical course and outcome are not well established. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study of 62 patients with TMA, 22 males and 40 females aged 16 to 76 years, treated with plasma exchange at one center to identify clinical risk factors for the development of renal insufficiency. RESULTS: On admission, 39 of 62 patients (63% had acute renal failure (ARF with 32 patients (52% requiring dialysis treatment. High systolic arterial pressure (SAP, p = 0.009 or mean arterial pressure (MAP, p = 0.027 on admission was associated with acute renal failure. Patients with SAP>140 mmHg on admission had a sevenfold increased risk of severe kidney disease (OR 7.464, CI 2.097-26.565. MAP>100 mmHg indicated a fourfold increased risk for acute renal failure (OR 4.261, CI 1.400-12.972. High SAP, diastolic arterial pressure (DAP, and MAP on admission were also independent risk factors for persistent renal insufficiency with the strongest correlation for high MAP. Moreover, a high C-reactive protein (CRP level on admission correlated with renal failure in the course of the disease (p = 0.003. At discharge, renal function in 11 of 39 patients (28% had fully recovered, 14 patients (23% remained on dialysis, and 14 patients (23% had non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease. Seven patients (11% died. We identified an older age as risk factor for death. CONCLUSIONS: High blood pressure as well as high CRP serum levels on admission are associated with renal insufficiency in TMA. High blood pressure on admission is also a strong predictor of sustained renal insufficiency. Thus, adult TMA patients with high blood pressure may require special attention to prevent persistent renal failure.

  11. Subcutaneous Implants of Buprenorphine-Cholesterol-Triglyceride Powder in Mice

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    L. DeTolla; R. Sanchez; E. Khan; B. Tyler; M. Guarnieri

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    Subcutaneous drug implants are convenient systems for the long-term delivery of drugs in animals. Lipid carriers are logical tools because they generally allow for higher doses and low toxicity. The present study used an US Food and Drug Administration Target Animal Safety test system to evaluate the safety of a subcutaneous implant of a cholesterol-triglyceride-buprenorphine powder in 120 BALB/c mice. Mice were evaluated in 4- and 12-day trials with 1- and 5-fold doses of the intended 3 mg/k...

  12. A Case of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura Associated with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Diagnostic Utility of ADAMTS-13 Activity

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    Risa Yamada

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura (TTP caused by a deficiency in ADAMTS-13 activity is considered to involve a subset of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA. Although concept of TTP is included under the umbrella of TMA, discrimination of TTP from TMA is occasionally difficult in an autoimmune disorder. Herein, we report a case with TTP associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. In this case, it was difficult to discriminate TTP from TMA and the measurement of ADAMTS-13 activity was useful for obtaining an accurate diagnosis. SLE patients having thrombocytopenia in complication with anemia should be considered a monitoring of ADAMTS-13 activity even though the patients lacked symptoms of TTP related to the microvascular coagulation.

  13. Genistein, an isoflavone included in soy, inhibits thrombotic vessel occlusion in the mouse femoral artery and in vitro platelet aggregation.

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    Kondo, Kazunao; Suzuki, Yasuhiro; Ikeda, Yasuhiko; Umemura, Kazuo

    2002-11-22

    Diet can be the most important factor that influences risks for cardiovascular diseases. Genistein included in soy is one candidate that may benefit the cardiovascular system. Here, we investigated the inhibitory effects of genistein on thrombotic vessel occlusion in the mouse femoral artery using a photochemical reaction, and in vitro platelet aggregation in whole blood measured by single platelet counting. Genistein (10 mg/kg), intravenously administered 10 min before the rose bengal injection, significantly prolonged the thrombotic occlusion time from 6.1+/-0.4 to 8.4+/-0.8 min (PGenistein at doses higher than 30 microM significantly (Pgenistein was intravenously administered, ex vivo platelet aggregation induced by collagen (1 and 3 microg/ml) was significantly suppressed (Pgenistein prevented in vivo thrombogenesis and suppressed in vitro platelet aggregation. These results suggest that dietary supplementation of soy may prevent the progression of thrombosis and atherosclerosis.

  14. [Characteristic of fatal thrombotic complications based on the materials from the Thanatology Department of Forensic Medicine Bureau of the Rostov region, for 2004-2007].

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    Berezovskiĭ, D P; Kolkutin, V V; Kovtunov, V V; Kornienko, I V

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    The authors report statistical data on the spectrum and frequency of fatal thrombotic complications based on the analysis of materials available from the regional bureau of forensic medical examination collected in the period from 2004 to 2007. All lethal cases are categorized in terms of the patients' age, gender, time and clinical characteristics of the injury, time of surgical intervention. Results of the analysis indicate the necessity of examination of fatal cases of thrombotic complications following a standardized protocol.

  15. Anti-Coagulant and Anti-Thrombotic Properties of Blacklip Abalone (Haliotis rubra): In Vitro and Animal Studies.

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    Suleria, Hafiz Ansar Rasul; Masci, Paul P; Zhao, Kong-Nan; Addepalli, Rama; Chen, Wei; Osborne, Simone A; Gobe, Glenda C

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    Sulphated polysaccharides with anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant activities have been found in various marine biota. In this study, a previously characterised anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant extract from blacklip abalone was fractionated by anion exchange chromatography (AEC), pooled (on a sulphated polysaccharide basis) and administered to Wistar rats via oral gavage (N = 8) for assessment as an oral therapeutic. To ensure that the preparation had anti-coagulant activity prior to oral administration, it was assessed in rat blood by thromboelastography (TEG) significantly increasing reaction (R) time (or time until clot formation). Following in vitro confirmation of anti-coagulant activity, 40 mg of the preparation was orally administered to rats with blood samples collected at 2, 4, and 6 h post-gavage. Assessment of all blood samples by TEG showed some prolongation of R time from 355 to 380 s after 4 h. Dosing of the post-gavage blood samples with the abalone preparation to confirm anti-thrombotic activity in vitro revealed residual anti-coagulant activity, further suggesting that oral administration did increase anti-coagulant potential in the collected blood but that bioavailability was low. Assessment of tissues and haematological parameters showed no obvious harmful effects of the abalone preparation in animals. In summary, even though oral administration of fractionated and pooled blacklip abalone extract to rats delayed clotting after 4 h, bioavailability of the preparation appeared to be low and may be more appropriate for intravenous administration as an anti-thrombotic or anti-coagulant therapeutic.

  16. Routine use of clinical exome-based next-generation sequencing for evaluation of patients with thrombotic microangiopathies.

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    Gaut, Joseph P; Jain, Sanjay; Pfeifer, John D; Vigh-Conrad, Katinka A; Corliss, Meagan; Sharma, Mukesh K; Heusel, Jonathan W; Cottrell, Catherine E

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    Next-generation sequencing is increasingly used for clinical evaluation of patients presenting with thrombotic microangiopathies because it allows for simultaneous interrogation of multiple complement and coagulation pathway genes known to be associated with disease. However, the diagnostic yield is undefined in routine clinical practice. Historic studies relied on case-control cohorts, did not apply current guidelines for variant pathogenicity assessment, and used targeted gene enrichment combined with next-generation sequencing. A clinically enhanced exome, targeting ~54 Mb, was sequenced for 73 patients. Variant analysis and interpretation were performed on genes with biological relevance in thrombotic microangiopathy (C3,CD46, CFB, CFH, CFI, DGKE, and THBD). CFHR3-CFHR1 deletion status was also assessed using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification. Variants were classified using American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics guidelines. We identified 5 unique novel and 14 unique rare variants in 25% (18/73) of patients, including a total of 5 pathogenic, 4 likely pathogenic, and 15 variants of uncertain clinical significance. Nine patients had homozygous deletions in CFHR3-CFHR1. The diagnostic yield, defined as the presence of a pathogenic variant, likely pathogenic variant or homozygous deletion of CFHR3-CFHR1, was 25% for all patients tested. Variants of uncertain clinical significance were identified in 21% (15/73) of patients.These results illustrate the expected diagnositic yield in the setting of thrombotic microangiopathies through the application of standardized variant interpretation, and highlight the utility of such an approach. Sequencing a clinically enhanced exome to enable targeted, disease-specific variant analysis is a viable approach. The moderate rate of variants of uncertain clinical significance highlights the paucity of data surrounding the variants in our cohort and illustrates the need for expanded variant curation

  17. HIV-associated vasculopathy

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    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease was first described in 1981 in the USA in young homosexual men presenting with opportunistic infections associated with severe immune deficiency.1. The virus itself was identified 2 years later2 and the link between. HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was.

  18. Chronic thrombotic microangiopathy secondary to chemotherapy for urothelial carcinoma in a patient with a history of Wegener granulomatosis.

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    Thomas, Jacob G; Sethi, Sanjeev; Norby, Suzanne M

    2011-05-01

    We present the case of a 62-year-old man with a history of Wegener granulomatosis who developed chronic thrombotic microangiopathy attributed to gemcitabine chemotherapy. Wegener granulomatosis had been diagnosed 15 years earlier, and the patient was treated using cyclophosphamide and prednisone, then maintained on mycophenolate mofetil and prednisone. Four years previously, he had been treated with mitomycin C for urothelial carcinoma and at the time of presentation had developed significant anemia and thrombocytopenia after a course of gemcitabine and carboplatin due to metastasis of the carcinoma. He was managed using red blood cell and platelet transfusions but then developed acute kidney injury, along with progressive dyspnea and pulmonary infiltrates. Imaging studies showed bilateral ureteral obstruction requiring placement of nephrostomy tubes. Because of concern about a flare of Wegener granulomatosis after withdrawing maintenance immunosuppression in the context of the malignancy, a kidney biopsy was performed that showed chronic thrombotic microangiopathy, likely secondary to gemcitabine chemotherapy. Clinical, laboratory, and pathologic findings of this case are discussed to illustrate the natural history of thrombotic microangiopathy associated with gemcitabine chemotherapy. Copyright © 2011 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Left atrial strain: a new predictor of thrombotic risk and successful electrical cardioversion

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    Cátia Costa

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    Full Text Available Background: Left atrial deformation (LAD parameters are new markers of atrial structural remodelling that seem to be affected in atrial fibrillation (AF and atrial flutter (AFL. This study aimed to determine whether LAD can identify patients with a higher risk of thrombosis and unsuccessful electrical cardioversion (ECV. Methods: Retrospective study including 56 patients with AF or AFL undergoing ECV, with previous transthoracic (TTE and transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE studies. Echocardiographic parameters analysed were as follows: left ventricle function, left atrium (LA dimensions, LAD parameters (positive and negative strain peaks, left atrial appendage (LAA filling and emptying velocities and the presence of thrombi. Strain values were analysed according to thrombotic risk and success of ECV. Results: Lower mean values of peak-positive strain (PPS in patients with prothrombotic velocities (<25 cm/s and a higher incidence of thrombi in LAA were observed compared with those with normal velocities. Multivariate analysis revealed PPS normalised by LA maximum volume indexed by body surface area (BSA to be associated with prothrombotic risk (odds ratio 0.000 (95% CI: 0.000–0.243, P 0.017, regardless of CHADs2VASC score. Peak-negative strain normalised by LA volumes indexed by BSA were associated with unsuccessful ECV. Conclusions: Atrial deformation parameters identify AF and AFL patients with a high risk of thrombosis and unsuccessful ECV. Therefore, these new parameters should be included in anticoagulation management and rhythm vs rate control strategies.

  20. An autopsy case of myocardial infarction due to idiopathic thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Tasaki, Takashi; Yamada, Sohsuke; Nabeshima, Atsunori; Noguchi, Hirotsugu; Nawata, Aya; Hisaoka, Masanori; Sasaguri, Yasuyuki; Nakayama, Toshiyuki

    2015-05-29

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening disorder characterized by systemic platelet-von Willebrand factor aggregation, organ ischemia and profound thrombocytopenia. In this report, we describe an autopsy case of a 77-year-old Japanese man diagnosed with idiopathic TTP. He had no history of cardiovascular disease symptoms, such as chest pain, ST segment elevation, and elevation of cardiac enzyme levels, except arrhythmia. The patient suddenly died despite receiving many treatments. On autopsy, macroscopically and microscopically, acute and chronic myocardial infarction manifested as petechiae and fibrotic foci and covered a wide area in the myocardium, including the area near the atrioventricular node. The microthrombi in the small arterioles and capillaries were platelet thrombi, which showed positive results for periodic acid-Schiff stain and factor VIII on immunohistochemical staining. The cause of the sudden death was suspected to be myocardial infarction, including a cardiac conduction system disorder due to multiple platelet microthrombi. Asymptomatic myocardial infarction is an important cause of death in TTP. Therefore, the heart tissue, including the sinus-atrial node and the atrioventricular node, should be microscopically examined more closely in autopsy cases of patients with TTP who experienced sudden death of TTP. This report is a critical teaching case considering that its cause of sudden death may be arrhythmia due to a myocardial infarction including cardiac conduction system disorder by platelet microthrombi. The virtual slide(s) for this article can be found here: http://www.diagnosticpathology.diagnomx.eu/vs/2113354005156739.

  1. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura in Black People: Impact of Ethnicity on Survival and Genetic Risk Factors.

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    Martino, Suella; Jamme, Mathieu; Deligny, Christophe; Busson, Marc; Loiseau, Pascale; Azoulay, Elie; Galicier, Lionel; Pène, Frédéric; Provôt, François; Dossier, Antoine; Saheb, Samir; Veyradier, Agnès; Coppo, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Black people are at increased risk of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Whether clinical presentation of TTP in Black patients has specific features is unknown. We assessed here differences in TTP presentation and outcome between Black and White patients. Clinical presentation was comparable between both ethnic groups. However, prognosis differed with a lower death rate in Black patients than in White patients (2.7% versus 11.6%, respectively, P = .04). Ethnicity, increasing age and neurologic involvement were retained as risk factors for death in a multivariable model (P Black patients had a better survival than White patients (P = .03). Salvage therapies were similarly performed between both groups, suggesting that disease severity was comparable. The comparison of HLA-DRB1*11, -DRB1*04 and -DQB1*03 allele frequencies between Black patients and healthy Black individuals revealed no significant difference. However, the protective allele against TTP, HLA-DRB1*04, was dramatically decreased in Black individuals in comparison with White individuals. Black people with TTP may have a better survival than White patients despite a comparable disease severity. A low natural frequency of HLA-DRB1*04 in Black ethnicity may account for the greater risk of TTP in this population.

  2. A Case Report of Successful Treatment of HELLP Syndrome and Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura by Plasmapheresis

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    Vafaeemanesh J.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: HELLP syndrome was described in 1982 by Weinstein as a triad of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and thrombocytopenia. This syndrome develops antepartum in 70% and postpartum in 30% of cases. HELLP syndrome occurs in 0.5 to 0.9% of all pregnancies and is accompanied by disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC in 38% of patients. Maternal mortality rate is reported to be 1.1%. Although thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is rare, it is one of the most important differential diagnoses for HELLP syndrome, which may be lethal without appropriate treatment. Plasmapheresis is one of the recommended treatments in complicated and/or resistant to treatment cases. Case Report: In this article we introduce a 22 years old primiparous woman with a term pregnancy that developed HELLP syndrome and DIC after delivery. Due to the lack of improvement, an accompany of TTP was diagnosed. So, she underwent plasmapheresis treatment and was discharged with full recovery after 22 sessions of treatments.

  3. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Associated with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease: A Case Report

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    João Tadeu Damian Souto Filho

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    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a multisystemic disorder characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, which may be accompanied by fever, renal, or neurologic abnormalities. Cases are divided into acute idiopathic TTP and secondary TTP. Autoimmune diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, in association with TTP have been described so far in many patients. In contrast, TTP occurring in a patient with mixed connected tissue disease (MCTD is extremely rare and has only been described in nine patients. We describe the case of a 42-year-old female with MCTD who developed thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, fever, and neurological symptoms. The patient had a good clinical evolution with infusion of high volume of fresh frozen plasma, steroid therapy, and support in an intensive care unit. Although the occurrence of TTP is rare in MCTD patients, it is important to recognize TTP as a cause of thrombocytopenia and hemolytic anemia in any patient with autoimmune diseases. Prompt institution of treatment remains the cornerstone of treatment of TTP even if plasma exchange is not available like what frequently happens in developing countries.

  4. An increase in epicardial fat in women is associated with thrombotic risk.

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    Basurto Acevedo, Lourdes; Barrera Hernández, Susana; Fernández Muñoz, María de Jesús; Saucedo García, Renata Patricia; Rodríguez Luna, Ana Karen; Martínez Murillo, Carlos

    2018-01-29

    A decrease in fibrinolytic activity and an increase in the thickness of the epicardial adipose tissue have been observed in patients with coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to determine the association between epicardial adipose tissue and fibrinolytic activity by measuring the concentration of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1). A cross-sectional study was conducted on 56 apparently healthy women aged 45 to 60 years. Anthropometric measurements and biochemical determinations were performed on all participants. The fibrinolytic activity was determined by measuring PAI-1 by ELISA. Epicardial thickness was assessed by transthoracic echocardiography. The concentration of PAI-1 was directly associated with the thickness of the epicardial adipose tissue (r=0.475, P=.001), body mass index (BMI), visceral adipose tissue, insulin resistance, glucose, and HDL-cholesterol. The multivariate regression analysis indicated that epicardial fat independently predicts the concentrations of PAI-1. Women with thicker epicardial adipose tissue have reduced fibrinolytic activity, and consequently greater thrombotic risk. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. Non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis in the right atrium caused by pectus excavatum.

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    Sugimoto, Ai; Shiraishi, Shuichi; Watanabe, Maya; Moon, Jiyong; Ohashi, Riuko; Takahashi, Masashi; Tsuchida, Masanori

    2016-12-01

    Non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE) is an uncommon pathological situation, which involves the presence of bland, fibrin-platelet thrombi. It usually occurs at the endocardium of cardiac valves, in association with endothelial injury and a hypercoagulative state. However, NBTE on the endocardium at the right atrial free wall in a patient without any apparent hypercoagulative background is rarely reported. A girl aged 4 years with severe pectus excavatum was referred to our hospital for treatment of a recurrent right atrial tumor. The tumor was removed concomitant with pectus excavatum repair. The tumor was revealed as recurrent thrombus. Pathological findings showed that NBTE caused by an operative scar on the endocardium of the right atrium and sustained rheological stress in the right atrium due to compression from pectus excavatum lead to recurrent thrombus formation. Three years after the discontinuation of anticoagulation therapy, no sign of thrombus formation was found. To our knowledge, this is the first report of NBTE related to an interaction between sustained rheological stress from cardiac compression and endocardial injury. In such patients, we recommend concomitant chest wall repair when the operative scar is present at the site of the rheological force.

  6. A Case of Recurrent Breast Cancer Identified by Pulmonary Tumor Thrombotic Microangiopathy

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    Tomomi Abe

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    Full Text Available Pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy (PTTM is a rare, cancer-related, pulmonary complication that causes hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension. We report on a 42-year-old woman who was diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer that was detected due to the presence of PTTM. Eleven months after surgery for heterochronous bilateral cancer of the left breast, she developed progressive dyspnea but computerized tomography showed no pulmonary thromboembolism, and a transthoracic echocardiography revealed mild pulmonary hypertension. She was diagnosed with PTTM by cytology from pulmonary artery catheterization and perfusion lung scintigraphy. Also, the patients complained of back pain after admission, bone scintigraphy showed multiple bone metastases. Despite the early diagnosis of PTTM, her platelet count decreased, her performance status rapidly deteriorated, and her dyspnea worsened. Thus, we could not treat her with chemotherapy. She died due to respiratory failure 19 days after admission. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of recurrent breast cancer identified by the manifestation of PTTM. Although PTTM is a rare phenomenon, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute dyspnea or pulmonary hypertension in patients with breast cancer. Furthermore, upon diagnosis, the patient should be referred to a cardiologist as soon as possible.

  7. Cardiovascular and Thrombotic Complications of Novel Multiple Myeloma Therapies: A Review.

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    Li, Weijuan; Garcia, David; Cornell, R Frank; Gailani, David; Laubach, Jacob; Maglio, Michelle E; Richardson, Paul G; Moslehi, Javid

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    Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common hematological malignant abnormality. The introduction of immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs) has greatly improved the overall survival of patients with MM. Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and thrombotic issues associated with novel MM therapies have emerged as important aspects of supportive care in patients with MM. We searched PubMed and the Cochrance database for studies published from March 2001 to January 2016. Emerging evidence suggests that both IMiDs and PIs can have cardiovascular (CV) sequelae, which include thromboembolic complications, cardiac, and vascular toxic effects. These complications occur against the backdrop of a high prevalence of CV disease in the MM population as well as the adverse cardiac and vascular effects of MM itself. This review provides an overview of the incidences, clinical presentations, and mechanisms of CV complications in the MM population. We conclude that more research is needed for better screening and preventive strategies to abrogate these toxic effects and improve patient care.

  8. Acute renal failure and severe rhabdomyolysis in a patient with resistant thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Full Text Available Saad Al Qahtani Intensive Care Department, Critical Care Response Team, King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC, National Guard Health Affairs; King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abstract: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a rare, life-threatening disorder. This paper describes the case of a 39-year-old Sudanese male who presented to the emergency room with fever, jaundice, decreased level of consciousness, and worsening kidney function for 7 days, a high lactate dehydrogenase level (1947, severe thrombocytopenia (platelets 8, and numerous schistocytes in the peripheral blood smear. The patient was admitted with a diagnosis of TTP for plasma exchange. Fourteen days later, his creatinine kinase (CK level rose to >50,000 IU; rhabdomyolysis was suggested. Continuous venovenous hemodialysis (CVVHD was started. The patient's CK level remained high, despite CVVHD, until the 6th day, after which this parameter gradually started to decrease. This report highlights a resistant case of TTP that presented with concomitant severe rhabdomyolysis, which demanded aggressive, continuous intervention. Keywords: TTP, CVVHD, continuous venovenous hemodialysis

  9. Endocardial Endothelial Dysfunction Progressively Disrupts Initially Anti then Pro-Thrombotic Pathways in Heart Failure Mice.

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    Amanda Schoner

    Full Text Available An experimental model of endocardial thrombosis has not been developed and endocardial endothelial dysfunction in heart failure (HF is understudied. We sought to determine whether disruption of the endothelial anti-coagulant activated protein C (APC pathway in CREBA133 HF mice promotes endocardial thrombosis in the acute decompensated phase of the disease, and whether alterations in von Willebrand factor (vWF secretion from HF endocardium reduces thrombus formation as HF stabilizes.Echocardiography was used to follow HF development and to detect endocardial thrombi in CREBA133 mice. Endocardial thrombi incidence was confirmed with immunohistochemistry and histology. In early and acute decompensated phases of HF, CREBA133 mice had the highest incidence of endocardial thrombi and these mice also had a shorter tail-bleeding index consistent with a pro-thrombotic milieu. Both APC generation, and expression of receptors that promote APC function (thrombomodulin, endothelial protein C receptor, protein S, were suppressed in the endocardium of acute decompensated HF mice. However, in stable compensated HF mice, an attenuation occurred for vWF protein content and secretion from endocardial endothelial cells, vWF-dependent platelet agglutination (by ristocetin, and thrombin generation on the endocardial surface.CREBA133 mice develop HF and endocardial endothelial dysfunction. Attenuation of the anti-coagulant APC pathway promotes endocardial thrombosis in early and acute decompensated phases of HF. However, in stable compensated HF mice, disruptions in endothelial vWF expression and extrusion may actually reduce the incidence of endocardial thrombosis.

  10. [Successful treatment with rituximab of a patient with coincident acquired hemophilia A and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura].

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    Yamamoto, Kazuhiko; Sandou, Yasuhisa; Niiya, Masami; Osada, Yuuki; Ikeuchi, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Yoshikazu; Shiote, Yasuhiro; Makita, Masanori; Imajo, Kenji

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    A 66-year-old man was admitted for oral hemorrhage, purpura, and APTT prolongation. Factor VIII (FVIII) activity was decreased, due to the presence of FVIII inhibitor. He was diagnosed with acquired hemophilia A (AHA) and treated with prednisolone. Eight months later, the FVIII inhibitor titer again increased. Upon readmission, thrombocytopenia and autoimmune hemolytic anemia were found. We suspected Evans syndrome accompanied by AHA, and we treated the patient with IVIG. However, his platelet count did not increase. Speech disturbance and delirium were observed from the 12th day of hospitalization. He was subsequently diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) because ADAMTS13 inhibitor was detected, causing a decrease in ADAMTS13 activity. We initiated plasma exchange (PE) and steroid-pulse therapy. After PE for 3 days, laboratory test results and psychiatric symptoms showed dramatic improvement. However, after a 2-day period without PE, the patient's platelet count decreased markedly. Therefore, we administered rituximab to eliminate these inhibitors. His platelet count recovered rapidly, and we were able to gradually wean the patient from PE. After two additional administrations of rituximab, neither inhibitor was detected. To date, the patient has remained in complete remission for approximately 3 years.

  11. Severe neonatal CMV infection complicated with thrombotic microangiopathy successfully treated with ganciclovir.

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    Mitsuiki, Noriko; Tamanuki, Keita; Sei, Kenshi; Ito, Jun; Kishi, Aiko; Kobayashi, Kenji; Hatai, Yoshiho; Nagasawa, Masayuki

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    We report a neonate of severe cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection who presented vomiting, severe thrombocytopenia and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). He showed occasional vomiting at 3 weeks of age and visited us with systemic petechiae at 29 days old. Platelet was markedly decreased to 18,000/μL and fragmented red blood cells were increased in the peripheral blood. Intravenous ganciclovir (GCV) administration was started at 35 days old after detection of CMV in the peripheral blood. His normal values of T-cell receptor excision circles (TREC) and signal joint kappa-deleting recombination excision circles (sjKREC) excluded the possibility of severe immunodeficiency. Congenital CMV infection was denied later, when CMV of the dried blood spot obtained for neonatal mass-screening at 4 days old was proved negative. We provided 6-week treatment with no side effect such as myelosuppression. The left hearing abnormality found at first was improved along with other symptoms. GCV seems to be effective and safe for severe neonatal CMV infection. Copyright © 2016 Japanese Society of Chemotherapy and The Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Histophilus somni-induced thrombotic meningoencephalitis in cattle from northern Paraná, Brazil

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    Selwyn A. Headley

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    Full Text Available Thrombotic meningoencephalitis (TME is a fatal neurological disease of cattle, predominantly from North America, that is caused by Histophilus somni with sporadic descriptions from other countries. This manuscript describes the occurrence of spontaneous TME in cattle from northern Paraná, Brazil. Most cattle had acute neurological manifestations characteristic of brain dysfunction. Hematological and cerebrospinal fluid analyses were not suggestive of bacterial infections of the brain. Histopathology revealed meningoencephalitis with vasculitis and thrombosis of small vessels that contained discrete neutrophilic and/or lymphocytic infiltrates admixed with fibrin at the brainstem, cerebral cortex, and trigeminal nerve ganglion of all animals. All tissues from the central nervous system used during this study were previously characterized as negative for rabies virus by the direct immunofluorescence assay. PCR and RT-PCR assays investigated the participation of infectious agents associated with bovine neurological disease by targeting specific genes of H. somni, Listeria monocytogenes, bovine herpesvirus -1 and -5, bovine viral diarrhea virus, and ovine herpesvirus-2. PCR and subsequent sequencing resulted in partial fragments of the 16S rRNA gene of H. somni from brain sections of all animals with histopathological diagnosis of TME; all other PCR/RT-PCR assays were negative. These findings confirmed the participation of H. somni in the neuropathological disease observed in these animals, extend the geographical distribution of this disease, and support previous findings of H. somni from Brazil.

  13. Pernicious Anemia Associated Cobalamin Deficiency and Thrombotic Microangiopathy: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Full Text Available A 43-year-old Hispanic male without significant previous medical history was brought to emergency department for syncope following a blood draw to investigate a 40 lbs weight loss during the past 6 months associated with decreased appetite and progressive fatigue. The patient also reported a 1-month history of jaundice. On examination, he was hemodynamically stable and afebrile with pallor and diffuse jaundice but without skin rash or palpable purpura. Normal sensations and power in all extremities were evident on neurological exam. Presence of hemolytic anemia, schistocytosis, thrombocytopenia, and elevated lactate dehydrogenase (LDH was suggestive of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP. However, presence of leukopenia, macrocytes, and an inadequate reticulocyte response to the degree of anemia served as initial clues to an alternative diagnosis. Two and one units of packed red blood cells were transfused on day 1 and day 3, respectively. In addition, one unit of platelets was transfused on day 2. Daily therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE was initiated and continued until ADAMTS-13 result ruled out TTP. A low cobalamin (vitamin B12 level was evident at initial laboratory work-up and subsequent testing revealed positive intrinsic factor-blocking antibodies supporting a diagnosis of pernicious anemia with severe cobalamin deficiency. Hematological improvement was observed following vitamin B12 supplementation. The patient was discharged and markedly improved on day 9 with outpatient follow-up for cobalamin supplementation.

  14. Local experience with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura from the western part of Turkey.

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    Vural, Filiz; Donmez, Ayhan; Cagirgan, Seçkin; Tombuloglu, Murat

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    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a fatal disorder if left untreated. Therapeutic plasma exchange (PE) has resulted in excellent remission and survival rates in these patients but there is a need for alternative immuno-modulatory treatments in unresponsive patients. We present a descriptive, retrospective study of 25 (14 female, 11 male) adult patients admitted to our hematology unit with TTP. The patients' median age was 32 years. The patients were treated with immediate PE and a standard dose of corticosteroid therapy. Twenty percent of the patients obtained a complete response after the addition of Intravenous immuno-globulin (IVIg). Improvement of clinical status, platelet counts and serum LDH levels were seen after a median 13, 14 and 3.5 PE sessions, respectively. The mortality rate was 12%. One patient has a chronic relapsing form of TTP and two patients have relapsed. All the other patients are still in complete remission after a median of 7 years of follow-up. Although PE therapy is life-saving and the application of early corticosteroid treatment could obtain early and durable responses, addition of other immuno-modulatory treatments are needed in unresponsive patients. The use of IVIg could result in a dramatic response.

  15. Acute pancreatitis-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura with recurrent acute pancreatitis.

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    Fujino, Yasuhisa; Inoue, Yoshihiro; Onodera, Makoto; Kikuchi, Satoshi; Sato, Masayuki; Kojika, Masahiro; Sato, Hisaho; Suzuki, Keijiro; Matsumoto, Masanori

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    Recent successive reports on acute pancreatitis-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) have revealed that TTP-related microvascular damage is an aggravating factor of acute pancreatitis. Here, we report the case of a 26-year-old man diagnosed with acute pancreatitis due to high alcohol consumption. The patient was unconscious as he had taken an overdose of medication, and presented with fever and renal failure due to acute pancreatitis on admission. Although the pancreatitis subsequently improved, the symptoms were still observed; on the next day, he exhibited hemoglobinuria, anemia, and thrombocytopenia. Moreover, general blood examinations indicated the presence of schistocytes and reduced activity of ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin-like metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 motif 13) to 47 %. Thus, the patient was diagnosed with TTP, and plasma exchange was performed. After the development of TTP, the acute pancreatitis recurred, but a severe pathogenesis was prevented by plasma exchange. Thus, ADAMTS13 activity may be useful for predicting a severe pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis. In ADAMTS13-deficient cases, plasma exchange may be an effective technique for preventing aggravation of acute pancreatitis.

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    Background: Gynecomastia is one of the common benign male breast diseases, surgical treatment of which remains a controversial issue. Here, we describe successful combined use of liposuction and subcutaneous mastectomy in the treatment of gynecomastia. Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of the liposuction ...

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  18. Fatty acid composition of subcutaneous and kidney fat depots of ...

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    Fat remains an important quality determinant of meat. Although ... Nutritional influences on the fatty acid composition and the associated effect on flavour have been found in beef (Westerling &. Hedrick, 1979; Brown, Melton, .... Effect of maize meal in diet on fatty acid composition of subcutaneous fat (SCF)and kidney fat (KF).

  19. Subcutaneous Phaeohyphomycosis Caused by Wallemia sebi in an Immunocompetent Host▿

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    Guarro, Josep; Gugnani, Harish C.; Sood, Neelam; Batra, Rashmi; Mayayo, Emilio; Gené, Josepa; Kakkar, Shalini

    2008-01-01

    We report a case of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis due to Wallemia sebi in a 43-year-old-female, the first case reported since 1950. The lesion presented as a nonhealing ulcer on the dorsum of the left foot. Diagnosis was based on histological demonstration of the fungus and its recovery in culture. PMID:18174296

  20. Interleukin-6 production in human subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue

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    Lyngsø, Dorthe; Simonsen, Lene; Bülow, Jens

    2002-01-01

    The interleukin-6 (IL-6) output from subcutaneous, abdominal adipose tissue was studied in nine healthy subjects before, during and for 3 h after 1 h two-legged bicycle exercise at 60 % maximal oxygen consumption. Seven subjects were studied in control experiments without exercise. The adipose...

  1. Late hematogenous infection of subcutaneous implants in rats

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    Gottenbos, B; Klatter, F; Van Der Mei, HC; Busscher, HJ; Nieuwenhuis, P

    Late biomaterial-centered infection is a major complication associated with the use of biomaterial implants. In this study biomaterials that had been implanted subcutaneously in rats were hematogenously challenged with bacteria 4 weeks after implantation. Bacteria were spread either by intravenous

  2. Inappropriate shocks in the subcutaneous ICD: Incidence, predictors and management

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    Olde Nordkamp, Louise R. A.; Brouwer, Tom F.; Barr, Craig; Theuns, Dominic A. M. J.; Boersma, Lucas V. A.; Johansen, Jens B.; Neuzil, Petr; Wilde, Arthur A. M.; Carter, Nathan; Husby, Michael; Lambiase, Pier D.; Knops, Reinoud E.

    2015-01-01

    The entirely subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) eliminates the need for transvenous leads, and therefore has the potential to improve lead-longevity and reduce lead-related complications. The S-ICD has a morphology-based sensing algorithm of which inappropriate shocks have

  3. Spatial distribution of soluble insulin in pig subcutaneous tissue

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    Thomsen, Maria; Rasmussen, Christian Hove; Refsgaard, Hanne H F

    2015-01-01

    injections. Increasing the injected volume from 0.1ml to 1ml did not increase the intramuscular volume fraction, but gave a significantly higher volume fraction placed in the fascia separating the deep and superficial subcutaneous fat layers. Varying the injection speed from 25l/s up to 300l/s gave...

  4. Early clinical experience with subcutaneous GR43175 in acute migraine

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    Tfelt-Hansen, P; Brand, J; Dano, P

    1989-01-01

    In six European clinics 111 migraine patients were treated in a series of open dose-ranging studies with subcutaneous injections of 1 to 4 mg GR43175, a novel 5-HT 1-like receptor agonist. Response rates after 20-30 min were dose related and rose from 33% with 1 mg to 96% with 4 mg GR43175. Side ...

  5. Reversible Crystallization of Argatroban after Subcutaneous Application in Pigs

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    Mercedes Lopez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Argatroban is a thrombin inhibitor used as anticoagulant in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. It is usually administered as an intravenous bolus followed by infusion. Nevertheless, its pharmacokinetics after subcutaneous administration is unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the pharmacokinetics of two different formulations of argatroban in pigs after subcutaneous administration. Antithrombotic activity in plasma was determined by ecarin chromogenic assay. To visualize the formation of crystals, argatroban was administered to rats into the subcutaneous tissue exposed after removing the skin, and the injection site was photographed at different times. After subcutaneous administration of a sorbitol/ethanol formulation of argatroban in pigs was observed a slow absorption phase was followed by long-lasting levels of this inhibitor. Cmax and AUC(0-24 showed dose-dependent increases, while elimination half-life and tmax value did not change significantly with dose. In contrast, saline-dissolved argatroban showed a faster absorption phase followed by a shorter elimination half-life. Argatroban dissolved in sorbitol/ethanol leads to long-lasting plasma levels due to the formation and permanent dissolution of a crystalline depot at the injection place. This represents a simple way to deliver argatroban continuously over an extended period which can be beneficial for prophylaxis or treatment of chronic coagulations disorders.

  6. Subcutaneous Sarcoidosis in a Nigerian female | Yakubu | Annals of ...

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    There has not been any report of isolated cutaneous sarcoidosis from our center. We present a patient who was reviewed with an isolated ganglion-like subcutaneous swelling on the ankle region. Excision biopsy revealed a non caseating granulomatous lesion. Systemic evaluation was not remarkable and the lesion was ...

  7. Worldwide experience with a totally subcutaneous implantable defibrillator

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    Lambiase, Pier D; Barr, Craig; Theuns, Dominic A M J

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: The totally subcutaneous implantable-defibrillator (S-ICD) is a new alternative to the conventional transvenous ICD system to minimize intravascular lead complications. There are limited data describing the long-term performance of the S-ICD. This paper presents the first large international...

  8. COL8A1 rs13095226 polymorphism shows no association with neovascular age-related macular degeneration or polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Chinese subjects.

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    Yu, Yang; Huang, Lvzhen; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Chunfang; Bai, Yujing; Li, Xiaoxin

    2015-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the main cause of visual impairment and legal blindness in older individuals. COL8A1 rs13095226 variants have recently been implicated associated with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV) in American studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between the COL8A1 rs13095226 Polymorphism and neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) in Chinese people. 900 Chinese subjects-300 cases with nAMD, 300 cases with PCV and 300 controls, were enrolled in a cross-sectional observational study. The diagnoses of nAMD and PCV were confirmed by Fundus photography, Fluorescence Fundus Angiography (FFA) and Indocyanine Green Angiography (ICGA). Genomic DNA was extracted from venous blood leukocytes and genotypes of rs13095226 were determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Differences in allele distribution between cases and controls were tested by chi-square tests, with age and gender adjusted by logistic regression analysis. The COL8A1 rs13095226 polymorphism was not statistically significantly different from the nAMD or PCV to the normal controls (P>0.05) in Chinese Population. The association remained insignificant after adjustment for age and gender differences (P>0.05). This case-control study indicated that the COL8A1 rs13095226 polymorphism is not associated with nAMD or PCV, which suggesting this gene maybe not a susceptibility gene locus for nAMD or PCV in Chinese subjects.

  9. Coexistence of anti-β2-glycoprotein I domain I and anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies suggests strong thrombotic risk.

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    Lee, Jee-Soo; Gu, JaYoon; Park, Hee Sue; Yoo, Hyun Ju; Kim, Hyun Kyung

    2017-05-01

    Highly specific assays for measuring antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) are required for accurate assessment of thrombotic risk. aPLs against β2-glycoprotein I domain I (anti-β2GPIdI) and against prothrombin complexed with phosphatidylserine (anti-PS/PT) have been recently identified as being associated with a hypercoagulable state. This study evaluated the synergism between anti-β2GPIdI and anti-PS/PT for predicting thrombotic events. A total of 180 patients with clinical suspicion of hypercoagulability were evaluated. The plasma levels of lupus anticoagulant (LA) and antibodies against anticardiolipin (anti-CL) (IgG and IgM), β2GPI (IgG and IgM), PS/PT (IgG and IgM), and β2GPI dI (IgG) were measured. IgG anti-β2GPIdI and LA were highly associated with thrombosis. Mean values and positivity rates of IgG anti-β2GPI dI and IgG anti-PS/PT were significantly higher in the triple-positive group (LA+, IgG anti-CL+, IgG anti-β2GPI+) than in the other groups. Interestingly, the thrombotic risk [odds ratio (OR) 24.400, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.976-63.273, p<0.001] of the newly defined triple positive group (LA+, IgG anti-CL+, IgG anti-β2GPIdI+; OR 11.182, 95% CI 1.976-63.273, p=0.006) was more than twice that of the triple-positive group (LA+, IgG anti-CL+, IgG anti-β2GPI+). Double positivity for IgG anti-PS/PT and IgG anti-β2GPI also indicated significant thrombotic risk (OR 7.467, 95% CI 2.350-23.729, p=0.001). Furthermore, the thrombotic risk associated with double positivity for IgG anti-PS/PT and IgG anti-β2GPIdI was markedly elevated (OR 33.654, 95% CI 6.322-179.141, p<0.001). Our data suggest that simultaneous measurement of IgG anti-β2GPIdI and IgG anti-PS/PT may improve clinical decision-making for aPL-positive patients.

  10. Subcutaneous Fascial Bands—A Qualitative and Morphometric Analysis

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    Li, Weihui; Ahn, Andrew C.

    2011-01-01

    Background Although fascial bands within the subcutaneous (SQ) layer are commonly seen in ultrasound images, little is known about their functional role, much less their structural characteristics. This study's objective is to describe the morphological features of SQ fascial bands and to systematically evaluate the bands using image analyses tools and morphometric measures. Methods In 28 healthy volunteers, ultrasound images were obtained at three body locations: the lateral aspect of the upper arm, medial aspect of the thigh and posterior aspect of lower leg. Using image analytical techniques, the total SQ band area, fascial band number, fascial band thickness, and SQ zone (layer) thickness were determined. In addition, the SQ spatial coherence was calculated based on the eigenvalues associated with the largest and smallest eigenvectors of the images. Results Fascial bands at these sites were contiguous with the dermis and the epimysium forming an interconnected network within the subcutaneous tissue. Subcutaneous blood vessels were also frequently encased by these fascial bands. The total SQ fascial band area was greater at the thigh and calf compared to the arm and was unrelated to SQ layer (zone) thickness. The thigh was associated with highest average number of fascial bands while calf was associated with the greatest average fascial band thickness. Across body regions, greater SQ zone thickness was associated with thinner fascial bands. SQ coherence was significantly associated with SQ zone thickness and body location (calf with statistically greater coherence compared to arm). Conclusion Fascial bands are structural bridges that mechanically link the skin, subcutaneous layer, and deeper muscle layers. This cohesive network also encases subcutaneous vessels and may indirectly mediate blood flow. The quantity and morphological characteristics of the SQ fascial band may reflect the composite mechanical forces experienced by the body part. PMID:21931632

  11. Subcutaneous fascial bands--a qualitative and morphometric analysis.

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    Li, Weihui; Ahn, Andrew C

    2011-01-01

    Although fascial bands within the subcutaneous (SQ) layer are commonly seen in ultrasound images, little is known about their functional role, much less their structural characteristics. This study's objective is to describe the morphological features of SQ fascial bands and to systematically evaluate the bands using image analyses tools and morphometric measures. In 28 healthy volunteers, ultrasound images were obtained at three body locations: the lateral aspect of the upper arm, medial aspect of the thigh and posterior aspect of lower leg. Using image analytical techniques, the total SQ band area, fascial band number, fascial band thickness, and SQ zone (layer) thickness were determined. In addition, the SQ spatial coherence was calculated based on the eigenvalues associated with the largest and smallest eigenvectors of the images. Fascial bands at these sites were contiguous with the dermis and the epimysium forming an interconnected network within the subcutaneous tissue. Subcutaneous blood vessels were also frequently encased by these fascial bands. The total SQ fascial band area was greater at the thigh and calf compared to the arm and was unrelated to SQ layer (zone) thickness. The thigh was associated with highest average number of fascial bands while calf was associated with the greatest average fascial band thickness. Across body regions, greater SQ zone thickness was associated with thinner fascial bands. SQ coherence was significantly associated with SQ zone thickness and body location (calf with statistically greater coherence compared to arm). Fascial bands are structural bridges that mechanically link the skin, subcutaneous layer, and deeper muscle layers. This cohesive network also encases subcutaneous vessels and may indirectly mediate blood flow. The quantity and morphological characteristics of the SQ fascial band may reflect the composite mechanical forces experienced by the body part.

  12. Subcutaneous fascial bands--a qualitative and morphometric analysis.

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    Weihui Li

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Although fascial bands within the subcutaneous (SQ layer are commonly seen in ultrasound images, little is known about their functional role, much less their structural characteristics. This study's objective is to describe the morphological features of SQ fascial bands and to systematically evaluate the bands using image analyses tools and morphometric measures. METHODS: In 28 healthy volunteers, ultrasound images were obtained at three body locations: the lateral aspect of the upper arm, medial aspect of the thigh and posterior aspect of lower leg. Using image analytical techniques, the total SQ band area, fascial band number, fascial band thickness, and SQ zone (layer thickness were determined. In addition, the SQ spatial coherence was calculated based on the eigenvalues associated with the largest and smallest eigenvectors of the images. RESULTS: Fascial bands at these sites were contiguous with the dermis and the epimysium forming an interconnected network within the subcutaneous tissue. Subcutaneous blood vessels were also frequently encased by these fascial bands. The total SQ fascial band area was greater at the thigh and calf compared to the arm and was unrelated to SQ layer (zone thickness. The thigh was associated with highest average number of fascial bands while calf was associated with the greatest average fascial band thickness. Across body regions, greater SQ zone thickness was associated with thinner fascial bands. SQ coherence was significantly associated with SQ zone thickness and body location (calf with statistically greater coherence compared to arm. CONCLUSION: Fascial bands are structural bridges that mechanically link the skin, subcutaneous layer, and deeper muscle layers. This cohesive network also encases subcutaneous vessels and may indirectly mediate blood flow. The quantity and morphological characteristics of the SQ fascial band may reflect the composite mechanical forces experienced by the body part.

  13. Enumeration of feline platelets in ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid anticoagulated blood with the ADVIA 2120 system and two manual methods: Leucoplate and Thrombo-TIC.

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    Tvedten, Harold W; Ljusner, Jessika; Lilliehöök, Inger E

    2013-07-01

    A manual method (Thrombo-TIC; Bioanalytic GmbH, Umkirch/Freiburg, Germany) was advertised to disaggregate platelet clumps and to make human platelets spherical to improve platelet enumeration. The current study's hypothesis was that this method would perform better than current methods for feline blood anticoagulated with ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), which often contains platelet aggregates. Platelet concentrations (PLTs) were determined in 21 feline blood samples by 3 methods. Thrombo-TIC was compared to the manual method (Leucoplate; Sobioda, Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, France) currently used in the authors' laboratory along with an ADVIA 2120 (Siemens AG, Eschborn, Germany) optical platelet concentration. Feline blood samples often contained platelet aggregates. ADVIA flagged for platelet aggregates in 11 of the 21 feline blood samples, and examination of blood smear revealed platelet aggregates in 14 of the 21 samples. The hemocytometers displayed more platelet aggregates with the Thrombo-TIC method than with Leucoplate. The method giving the greatest PLT was considered most accurate. The Leucoplate median PLT (238 × 10(9)/1) was greater than Thrombo-TIC (202 × 10(9)/1) or ADVIA (157 × 10(9)/1). Intra-assay precision was determined for the 3 methods using the 21 feline blood samples. Median Thrombo-TIC and Leucoplate precision (7.4% and 7.3% coefficient of variation [CV], respectively) were similar and not much worse than ADVIA (5.9% CV). The Thrombo-TIC method did not appear to perform better than the current manual method (Leucoplate). Leucoplate appeared least affected by platelet aggregation in feline blood. The ADVIA automated PLT appeared to be most negatively affected by platelet aggregation. The Thrombo-TIC method did not appear to prevent platelet aggregation in feline EDTA blood samples and, thus, is not recommended for such use.

  14. A Case of Fibrillary Glomerulonephritis Associated with Thrombotic Microangiopathy and Anti-Glomerular Basement Membrane Antibody

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    Akishi Momose

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available We present the first report of a case of fibrillary glomerulonephritis (FGN associated with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA and anti-glomerular basement membrane antibody (anti-GBM antibody. A 54-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for high fever and anuria. On the first hospital day, we initiated hemodialysis for renal dysfunction. Laboratory data revealed normocytic-normochromic anemia with schistocytes in the peripheral smear, thrombocytopenia, increased serum lactate dehydrogenase, decreased serum haptoglobin, and negative results for both direct and indirect Coombs tests. Based on these results, we diagnosed TMA. Assays conducted several days later indicated a disintegrin-like and metalloprotease with a thrombospondin motif 13 (ADAMTS13 activity of 31.6%, and ADAMTS13 inhibitors were negative. We started plasma exchange using fresh frozen plasma and steroid pulse therapy. Anti-GBM antibody was found to be positive. Renal biopsy showed FGN. Blood pressure rose on the 46th hospital day, and mild convulsions developed. Based on magnetic resonance imaging of the head, the patient was diagnosed with reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Hypertension persisted despite administration of multiple antihypertensive agents, and the patient experienced a sudden generalized seizure. Computed tomography of the head showed multiple cerebral hemorrhages. However, his blood pressure subsequently decreased and the platelet count increased. TMA remitted following 36 plasma exchange sessions, but renal function was not restored, and maintenance hemodialysis was continued. The patient was discharged on the 119th day of hospitalization. In conclusion, it was shown that TMA, FGN and anti-GBM antibody were closely related.

  15. Post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in survivors of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Chaturvedi, Shruti; Oluwole, Olalekan; Cataland, Spero; McCrae, Keith R

    2017-03-01

    Survivors of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) have high rates of chronic morbidities including neurocognitive complications and depression. There is limited information regarding the psychological consequences of TTP. We conducted this cross sectional study to estimate the prevalence of symptoms of PTSD and depression in survivors of TTP. An online survey tool comprising demographic and clinical information and two validated self-administered questionnaires, the PTSD checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) and Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), was distributed to individuals with TTP. Multivariable regression was used to identify clinical and demographic associations of depression and PTSD. A total of 236 individuals completed either the BDI II or PCL-5 and were included in the analysis. Median age was 44years and 87.3% were female. Median time from diagnosis was 80months. BDI-II scores >13 indicating at least mild depressive symptoms were present in 80.8% individuals (15.8%, 28.2%, and 36.8% with mild, moderate and severe symptoms, respectively) and 35.1% had a positive screen for PTSD (PCL-5 score≥38). A previous diagnosis of depression [OR 3.65 (95% CI 1.26-10.57); p=0.017] and unemployment attributed to TTP [OR 5.86 (95% CI 1.26-27.09); p=0.024] were associated with depression. Younger age (p=0.017), a pre-existing anxiety disorder [OR 3.57 (95% CI 1.76-7.25), punemployment attributable to TTP [OR 6.42 (95% CI 2.75-415.00), pconsequences. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Prothrombotic gene mutations in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss and cardiovascular thrombotic disease.

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    Capaccio, Pasquale; Cuccarini, Valeria; Ottaviani, Francesco; Fracchiolla, Nicola Stefano; Bossi, Anna; Pignataro, Lorenzo

    2009-03-01

    Impaired cochlear perfusion seems to be an important event in sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Prothrombotic gene mutations have been related to vascular disorders and sudden hearing loss. We assessed the prothrombotic risk in 10 patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss who had previously experienced cardiovascular events to support its vascular pathogenesis. Ten patients underwent hematologic tests (MTHFR C677T/A1298C, prothrombin G20210A, platelet GlyIIIaA1/A2, and V Leiden G1691A genotyping; fibrinogenemia; cholesterolemia: homocysteinemia; folatemia). The results were compared with those of 100 previously investigated patients with sudden hearing loss alone and those of 200 healthy controls. DNA was isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes, and the gene mutations were investigated by polymerase chain reaction and a LightCycler DNA analyzer. Two patients had 2 mutant alleles, 6 had 3, and 2 had 4. The mean homocysteine, cholesterol, and fibrinogen levels were above the upper limit of normal; the mean folate levels were slightly above the lower limit of normal. Multiple mutations were more frequent in the patient group than in the previously analyzed patients and healthy controls. The association between inherited and acquired prothrombotic factors in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss and thrombotic diseases in other sites suggests that a multifactorial mechanism may underlie microvascular cochlear impairment. Hematologic investigation, including MTHFR, prothrombin, platelet, and V Leiden genotyping, may help to detect patients at potential risk of recurrent hearing loss and multiple microvascular diseases, and could be usefully performed in otherwise idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

  17. Thrombotic microangiopathy caused by methionine synthase deficiency: diagnosis and treatment pitfalls.

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    Vaisbich, Maria Helena; Braga, Andressa; Gabrielle, Maria; Bueno, Clarissa; Piazzon, Flávia; Kok, Fernando

    2017-06-01

    Inborn errors of cobalamin (Cbl) metabolism form a large group of rare diseases. One of these, Cbl deficiency type C (CblC), is a well-known cause of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), especially in infants. However, there has only been a single published case of TMA associated to Cbl deficiency type G (CblG), also known as methionine synthase deficiency (MSD). A 21-month-old boy presented with pallor and oral ulcers during episodes of upper respiratory infection (URI). Further examination revealed signs of TMA, and the patient progressed to acute renal failure (ARF). Renal biopsy showed TMA. Evaluation for infection and autoantibodies were negative. The C3 and C4 complement fractions were normal. Analysis of the bone marrow aspirate suggested megaloblastic anemia and signs of hematopoiesis activation (secondary to peripheral hemolysis). Although the serum vitamin B12 level was normal, the patient was treated with cyanocobalamin, with no improvement. The ARF and hematologic parameters improved with conservative treatment. A severe relapse occurred during the follow-up, with normal ADAMTS13 activity. The presumed diagnosis was atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, and the patient was started on eculizumab, but his response was poor, even when the dosage was increased. At this point it was also recognized that his developmental speech was delayed. Based on these findings, whole exome sequencing was performed, leading to the detection of two novel deleterious variants in the gene coding for methionine synthase, confirming the diagnosis of MSD. Subsequent treatment consisted of elevating the patient's serum homocysteine level and starting him on hydroxicobalamin, with normalization of all hematologic parameters although the microalbuminuria remained. Methionine synthase deficiency is very rare and characterized by megaloblastic anemia and neurological symptoms. We report the second case of MSD associated to TMA previously diagnosed as aHUS in which the patient had a poor

  18. Ribosomal and immune transcripts associate with relapse in acquired ADAMTS13-deficient thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Full Text Available Approximately 40% of patients who survive acute episodes of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP associated with severe acquired ADAMTS13 deficiency experience one or more relapses. Risk factors for relapse other than severe ADAMTS13 deficiency and ADAMTS13 autoantibodies are unknown. ADAMTS13 autoantibodies, TTP episodes following infection or type I interferon treatment and reported ensuing systemic lupus erythematosus in some patients suggest immune dysregulation. This cross-sectional study asked whether autoantibodies against RNA-binding proteins or peripheral blood gene expression profiles measured during remission are associated with history of prior relapse in acquired ADAMTS13-deficient TTP. Peripheral blood from 38 well-characterized patients with autoimmune ADAMTS13-deficient TTP in remission was examined for autoantibodies and global gene expression. A subset of TTP patients (9 patients, 24% exhibited a peripheral blood gene signature composed of elevated ribosomal transcripts that associated with prior relapse. A non-overlapping subset of TTP patients (9 patients, 24% displayed a peripheral blood type I interferon gene signature that associated with autoantibodies to RNA-binding proteins but not with history of relapse. Patients who had relapsed bimodally expressed higher HLA transcript levels independently of ribosomal transcripts. Presence of any one potential risk factor (ribosomal gene signature, elevated HLA-DRB1, elevated HLA-DRB5 associated with relapse (OR = 38.4; p = 0.0002 more closely than any factor alone or all factors together. Levels of immune transcripts typical of natural killer (NK and T lymphocytes positively correlated with ribosomal gene expression and number of prior episodes but not with time since the most recent episode. Flow cytometry confirmed elevated expression of cell surface markers encoded by these transcripts on T and/or NK cell subsets of patients who had relapsed. These data associate elevated

  19. Successful retransplantation of a kidney allograft affected by thrombotic microangiopathy into a second transplant recipient.

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    Kamar, Nassim; Rischmann, Pascal; Guilbeau-Frugier, Céline; Sallusto, Federico; Khedis, Mehdi; Delisle, Marie-Bernadette; Noury, Didier; Fort, Marylise; Rostaing, Lionel

    2008-09-01

    The donor organ shortage has compelled transplant centers to use organs from nontraditional sources. One example is the reuse of a previously transplanted organ, such as a kidney or liver retrieved from a brain-dead allograft recipient. For the first time, we reused a previously transplanted kidney that experienced intractable recurrent thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) from a living allograft recipient. Within a few weeks posttransplantation, a deceased kidney allograft recipient developed intractable severe recurrent idiopathic TMA in the allograft despite intensive plasma exchanges and steroid and rituximab therapy. This required nephrectomy to cure TMA. The index recipient was believed to have a well-functioning allograft despite TMA (serum creatinine, 1.36 mg/dL [120 micromol/L]) and microalbuminuria with albumin of 1.2 g/dL [12 g/L]), and it appeared mildly damaged on biopsy examination. After donor and recipient informed consents were obtained and after approval of the French Agency of Biomedicine, the TMA allograft was reused and transplanted into a recipient whose original kidney disease was polycystic kidney disease. The retransplantation was uneventful, and at 6 months posttransplantation, the ultimate recipient's serum creatinine level was 1.06 mg/L (97 micromol/L) and albuminuria was 0.5 g/dL (5 g/L). A routine kidney biopsy showed mild glomerular lesions. After allograft nephrectomy, the donor's hematologic TMA symptoms dissipated within 10 days. We conclude that a kidney allograft with TMA recurrence can be successfully retransplanted into another recipient with excellent kidney function while still curing the first recipient of recurrent TMA. This might increase the number of kidney allografts from extended criteria donors.

  20. Platelet CD40L mediates thrombotic and inflammatory processes in atherosclerosis

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    Lievens, Dirk; Zernecke, Alma; Seijkens, Tom; Soehnlein, Oliver; Beckers, Linda; Munnix, Imke C. A.; Wijnands, Erwin; Goossens, Pieter; van Kruchten, Roger; Thevissen, Larissa; Boon, Louis; Flavell, Richard A.; Noelle, Randolph J.; Gerdes, Norbert; Biessen, Erik A.; Daemen, Mat J. A. P.; Heemskerk, Johan W. M.; Weber, Christian

    2010-01-01

    CD40 ligand (CD40L), identified as a costimulatory molecule expressed on T cells, is also expressed and functional on platelets. We investigated the thrombotic and inflammatory contributions of platelet CD40L in atherosclerosis. Although CD40L-deficient (Cd40l−/−) platelets exhibited impaired platelet aggregation and thrombus stability, the effects of platelet CD40L on inflammatory processes in atherosclerosis were more remarkable. Repeated injections of activated Cd40l−/− platelets into Apoe−/− mice strongly decreased both platelet and leukocyte adhesion to the endothelium and decreased plasma CCL2 levels compared with wild-type platelets. Moreover, Cd40l−/− platelets failed to form proinflammatory platelet-leukocyte aggregates. Expression of CD40L on platelets was required for platelet-induced atherosclerosis as injection of Cd40l−/− platelets in contrast to Cd40l+/+ platelets did not promote lesion formation. Remarkably, injection of Cd40l+/+, but not Cd40l−/−, platelets transiently decreased the amount of regulatory T cells (Tregs) in blood and spleen. Depletion of Tregs in mice injected with activated Cd40l−/− platelets abrogated the athero-protective effect, indicating that CD40L on platelets mediates the reduction of Tregs leading to accelerated atherosclerosis. We conclude that platelet CD40L plays a pivotal role in atherosclerosis, not only by affecting platelet-platelet interactions but especially by activating leukocytes, thereby increasing platelet-leukocyte and leukocyte-endothelium interactions. PMID:20705757

  1. Subcutaneous versus intravenous immunoglobulin in multifocal motor neuropathy

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    Harbo, T; Andersen, Henning; Hess, A

    2009-01-01

    strength of affected muscles and (ii) the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. Results: The two treatments were equally effective, the mean change in muscle strength after SCIG being 3.6% (95% CI -3.6% to 10.9%) vs. 4.3% (-1.3% to 10.0%) after IVIG (P = 0.86). One patient had sustained erythema and oedema......Background and purpose: For treatment of multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN), we hypothesized that (i) infusion of equivalent dosages of subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIG) is as effective as intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and that (ii) subcutaneous infusion at home is associated with a better...... quality of life. Methods: In a randomized single-blinded cross-over study, nine IVIG responsive patients were allocated to receive either SCIG or IVIG for a period equivalent to three IVIG treatment intervals and, subsequently, crossed over to the other treatment. Primary end-points were (i) dynamometric...

  2. Subcutaneous administration of carrier erythrocytes: slow release of entrapped agent

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    DeLoach, J.R.; Corrier, D.E.

    1988-08-01

    Carrier erythrocytes administered subcutaneously in mice release encapsulated molecules at the injection site and through cells that escape the injection site. One day postinjection, the efflux of encapsulated (/sup 14/C)sucrose, (/sup 3/H)inulin, and /sup 51/Cr-hemoglobin from the injection site was 45, 55, and 65%, respectively. Intact carrier erythrocytes escaped the injection site and entered the blood circulation carrying with them the encapsulated molecules. Most of the encapsulated (/sup 3/H)inulin that reached whole blood circulated within erythrocytes. Small but measurable numbers of encapsulated molecules were trapped within lymph nodes. Subcutaneous injection of carrier erythrocytes may allow for limited extravascular tissue targeting of drugs.

  3. Localized Subcutaneous Acute Febrile Neutrophilic Dermatosis in a Dog

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    Karolin Schoellhorn

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A two-year-old spayed female mixed-breed dog was presented with a five-day history of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis and fever. On physical examination, the dog was lethargic and clinically dehydrated. The skin of the entire ventral abdomen extending to both flanks was erythematous, swollen and painful on palpation. Histopathological examination of skin biopsies revealed a severe diffuse neutrophilic dermatitis and panniculitis, resembling the subcutaneous form of Sweet’s syndrome in humans. A large part of the skin lesion developed full-thickness necrosis. After intensive care, three surgical wound debridements and wound adaptations, the wound healed by secondary intention within ten weeks. In the absence of infection of the skin or neoplasia, a diagnosis of neutrophilic dermatosis and panniculitis, resembling the subcutaneous form of acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis, was made.

  4. Late Hematogenous Infection of Subcutaneous Implants in Rats

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    Gottenbos, B.; Klatter, F.; Van Der Mei, H. C.; Busscher, H. J.; Nieuwenhuis, P.

    2001-01-01

    Late biomaterial-centered infection is a major complication associated with the use of biomaterial implants. In this study biomaterials that had been implanted subcutaneously in rats were hematogenously challenged with bacteria 4 weeks after implantation. Bacteria were spread either by intravenous injection or by stimulation of bacterial translocation. It was found that none of the biomaterials was infected by hematogenous spread, whereas 5% of the implants were infected by perioperative contamination. We conclude that late hematogenous infection of subcutaneous biomaterials does not occur in the rat. For humans as well, there are growing doubts whether implants actually become infected through hematogenous routes; it is thought that late infections may be caused by delayed appearance of perioperatively introduced bacteria. PMID:11527814

  5. Increased sympathetic tone in forearm subcutaneous tissue in primary hypothyroidism

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    Vagn Nielsen, H; Hasselström, K; Feldt-Rasmussen, U

    1987-01-01

    Sympathetic reflex regulation of subcutaneous blood flow (SBF) in the forearm was studied in eight patients with primary hypothyroidism. Diastolic arterial pressure was greater than or equal to 95 mmHg in five patients. SBF was determined by local clearance of Na99mTcO4. Sympathetic vasoconstrict......Sympathetic reflex regulation of subcutaneous blood flow (SBF) in the forearm was studied in eight patients with primary hypothyroidism. Diastolic arterial pressure was greater than or equal to 95 mmHg in five patients. SBF was determined by local clearance of Na99mTcO4. Sympathetic.......02)). In conclusion sympathetic vasoconstrictor activity in adipose tissue is markedly increased in primary hypothyroidism. Sympathetic tone and arterial pressure are reduced during treatment....

  6. Conductivities of epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue at intermediate frequencies

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    Wake, K.; Sasaki, K.; Watanabe, S.

    2016-06-01

    Novel data for the conductivities of the tissues composing the skin, which are the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue, were obtained at intermediate frequencies by in vitro measurement. The conductivity of the epidermis was determined from those of the dermis and bulk skin. The conductivities of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue were almost constant from 10 kHz to 1 MHz. On the other hand, a frequency dependence was observed for the epidermis; the conductivity decreases with decreasing frequency. It was found that the conductivity of bulk skin is not determined by that of the dermis but by that of the epidermis. The presented data are expected to contribute to the assessment of safety and to the research and development of medical applications.

  7. Protein 53 expression in a mixed Labrador subcutaneous lymphoma

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    Annahita Rezaie

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available An 11 year – old mixed female Labrador was presented with two masses in trunk and neck. The tumoral masses were excised and sent for histopathological and immunohistochemical analyses. Histopathological examination of masses revealed diffuse infiltration of small sized lymphoid cells in subcutaneous tissue which were intense around the blood vessels. More than 10% lymphoid cells were CD3 positive in the immunohistochemical staining and most of them were accumulated around vessels. Protein 53 (p53 expression was detected by brown nuclei in immunohistochemical staining. Subcutaneous lymphoma was diagnosed according to histopathological results. After 6 months the case was referred with multicentric lymphoma and based on the owner request euthanasia was performed. These findings emphasize on poor prognosis for tumors with p53 mutation.

  8. Predictors for the development of post-thrombotic syndrome in patients with primary lower limb deep venous thrombosis: A case-control study.

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    Siddiqui, Nadeem A; Sophie, Ziad; Zafar, Farhan; Soares, Delvene; Naz, Iram

    2017-02-01

    Introduction Post-thrombotic syndrome is a common and debilitating sequelae of lower limb deep venous thrombosis. Very little awareness is present about the risk factors and about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of this condition. Objective The objective of this study is to identify the predictors of post-thrombotic syndrome after lower limb deep venous thrombosis. Materials and methods A case-control study was conducted on all adult patients who were admitted with lower limb deep venous thrombosis at our institution from January 2005 to June 2012. These patients were scheduled for a research clinic visit, which included informed consent, data collection, and physical examination. Patients found to have post-thrombotic syndrome served as cases and those without post-thrombotic syndrome served as controls. Villalta scoring system was used to diagnose the post-thrombotic syndrome and then to assess the severity of the condition in both the groups. Cox regression risk factor analysis was performed to identify the predictors of post-thrombotic syndrome. Results Out of the 125 patients examined, 49 were found to have post-thrombotic syndrome. Risk factors found to be significant were body mass index of more than 35 kg/m 2 ( n = 13, p = 0.003), history of immobilization ( n = 19, p = 0.003), one or more hypercoagable disorders ( n = 32, p = 0.02), iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis ( n = 18, p = 0.001), complete obstruction on ultrasound ( n = 26, p = 0.016), unstable range of international normalized ratio ( n = 23, p = 0.041) and non-compliance for the use of compressions stockings ( n = 14, p = 0.001). On multivariate analysis, one or more hypercoagable disorder, iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis, and non-compliance to the use of compression stockings were found to be independent risk factors for the development of post-thrombotic syndrome. Conclusion One or more hypercoagable disorders, iliofemoral

  9. A case of severe subcutaneous emphysema in the post-operative period following cleft lip surgery

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    Full Text Available Subcutaneous emphysema is not an unknown complication following cleft lip surgery. We describe a case of severe subcutaneous emphysema that developed six hours after surgery. The laryngoscopic intubation was smooth. Following subcutaneous emphysema the patient was treated conservatively with mask oxygen and spontaneous resolution occurred within 48 hours.

  10. 21 CFR 880.5965 - Subcutaneous, implanted, intravascular infusion port and catheter.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Subcutaneous, implanted, intravascular infusion... Hospital and Personal Use Therapeutic Devices § 880.5965 Subcutaneous, implanted, intravascular infusion port and catheter. (a) Identification. A subcutaneous, implanted, intravascular infusion port and...

  11. The effect of breed on fatty acid composition of subcutaneous ...

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    A study was conducted to evaluate the fatty acid (FA) profile of subcutaneous adipose tissue and tailfat of two fat-tailed sheep breeds under identical feeding conditions. Twelve male lambs from two breeds, Sanjabi (n = 6), weighing 23.3 ± 0.48 kg, and Mehraban (n = 6), weighing 26.1 ± 2.14 kg, were used in this ...

  12. Optimizing the Bioavailability of Subcutaneously Administered Biotherapeutics Through Mechanochemical Drivers

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    Collins, D. S.; Kourtis, L. C.; Thyagarajapuram, N. R.; Sirkar, R.; Kapur, S.; Harrison, M W; Bryan, D. J.; Jones, G B; Wright, J M

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    The subcutaneous route offers myriad benefits for the administration of biotherapeutics in both acute and chronic diseases, including convenience, cost effectiveness and the potential for automation through closed-loop systems. Recent advances in parenteral administration devices and the use of additives which enhance drug dispersion have generated substantial additional interest in IV to SQ switching studies. Designing pre-clinical and clinical studies using SQ mediated delivery however requ...

  13. combined with either subcutaneous or intravenous administration of ...

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    The effect of whole and halved intravaginal sponges combined with either subcutaneous or intravenous administration of PMSG on synchronization of the estrous cycle of Karakul ewes. A.S. Faure, D.A. Boshoff and F.J.L. Burger. K a r a k u l R e s e a r c h S t a t i o n , U p i n g t o n. The estrous cycles of Karakul ewes were ...

  14. Pneumomediastinum, bilateral pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema complicating acute silicosis

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    Full Text Available A case of acute silicosis complicating as spontaneous pneumomediastinum, bilateral pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema is described in a 35-year-old male engaged in stone crusher unit. Diagnosis was established on clinical and radiological assessment and supported by occupational history of the patient. This case is unique one as all these 3 complications at the same time are very uncommon in acute silicosis.

  15. Effect of microgravity on forearm subcutaneous vascular resistance in humans

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    Gabrielsen, A; Norsk, P; Videbæk, R

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    To test the hypothesis that the subcutaneous vascular constrictor response to an orthostatic stress in humans is augmented after exposure to microgravity, the following experiment was performed. Four male astronauts underwent a standardized stepwise lower body negative pressure (LBNP) profile 5 m...... after 1-2 days after exposure to 10 days of microgravity and could act as a defense mechanism to alleviate decreased orthostatic tolerance...

  16. Immunoglobulin response to bluetongue virus soluble antigen in subcutaneous chambers.

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    Hajer, I; Jochim, M M; Lauerman, L H

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    Group-specific antibodies were produced by inoculation of bluetongue virus soluble antigen into polyethylene chambers implanted subcutaneously in 8 rabbits and 2 sheep. For comparison, 5 rabbits and 1 sheep were inoculated intramuscularly with the soluble antigen in Freund's complete adjuvant. Antibodies present in the serum and chamber fluids were detected by the agar gel precipitin or serum-neutralization tests, qualitatively examined by immunoelectrophoresis and immunofluorescence, and quantitated by electroimmunodiffusion.

  17. Severe vernal keratoconjunctivitis successfully treated with subcutaneous omalizumab.

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    de Klerk, Timothy A; Sharma, Vibha; Arkwright, Peter D; Biswas, Susmito

    2013-06-01

    A 12-year-old boy with severe mixed limbal and palpebral vernal keratoconjunctivitis experienced persistent ocular symptoms despite treatment with topical corticosteroids or cyclosporine. Signs and symptoms resolved completely with monthly subcutaneous omalizumab, an immunomodulating biologic agent. To our knowledge, this is the first report of its use as a monotherapy agent to treat vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Copyright © 2013 American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Subcutaneous bupivacaine for treatment of spasticity: a case report.

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    Goodman, B S; Jann, B B; Haddox, J D; Denson, D

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    In a previous report, we described heretofore undiscovered possibilities that neuropathic pain and spasticity may share some common pathophysiological mechanisms. Currently, systemically delivered local anesthetics are being used for the evaluation and treatment of neuropathic pain. We present a case describing the treatment of spasticity of spinal origin with continuous subcutaneous infusion of 0.75% bupivacaine in a patient who did not respond to traditional treatments and has become tolerant to intrathecal baclofen.

  19. Subcutaneous pedicle propeller flap: An old technique revisited and modified!

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    Full Text Available Background: Post-burn axillary and elbow scar contracture is a challenging problem to the reconstructive surgeon owing to the wide range of abduction and extension that should be achieved, respectively, while treating either of the joint. The aim of this paper is to highlight the use of subcutaneous pedicle propeller flap for the management of post-burn axillary and elbow contractures. Methodology: This is a prospective case study of axillary and elbow contractures managed at a tertiary care hospital using propeller flap based on subcutaneous pedicle from 2009 to 2014. Surgical treatment comprised of subcutaneous-based pedicle propeller flap from the normal tissue within the contracture based on central axis pedicle. The flap was rotated axially to break the contracture. The technique further encompassed a modification, a Zig-Zag incision of the flap, which was seen to prevent hypertrophy along the incision line. There was a mean period of 12 months of follow-up. Results: Thirty-eight patients consisting of 22 males and 16 females were included in this study among which 23 patients had Type II axillary contractures and 15 had moderate flexion contractures at elbow joint. The post-operative abduction achieved at shoulder joint had a mean of 168° whereas extension achieved at elbow had a mean of 175°. The functional and aesthetic results were satisfactory. Conclusion: The choice of surgical procedure for reconstruction of post-burn upper extremity contractures should be made according to the pattern of scar contracture and the state of surrounding skin. The choice of subcutaneous pedicle propeller flap should be emphasised because of the superior functional results of flap as well as ease to learn it. Moreover, the modification of propeller flap described achieves better results in terms of scar healing. There is an inter-positioning of healthy skin in between the graft, so it prevents scar band formation all around the flap.

  20. Nursing knowledge and practices regarding subcutaneous fluid administration

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    Gomes, Nathália Silva; Silva, Andrea Mara Bernardes da; Zago, Luana Barbosa; Silva, Érica Carneiro de Lima e; Barichello, Elizabeth

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    ABSTRACT Objective: To describe the evidence in the literature regarding the knowledge and practices of the nursing team about subcutaneous administration of drugs and fluids in adults. Method: Integrative review of the literature using the descriptors “nursing”, “hypodermoclysis”, “drug administration routes”, “adult health,” and “knowledge,” in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with no publication deadline. Of the 569 articles found, eight made up the sample. Results: A predominance of i...

  1. Diffuse-type giant cell tumor of the subcutaneous thigh

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    Sanghvi, D.A. [KEM Hospital, Department of Radiology, Parel, Mumbai (India); Purandare, N.C. [Tata Memorial Hospital, Bio Imaging Unit, Parel, Mumbai (India); Jambhekar, N.A.; Agarwal, A. [Tata Memorial Hospital, Department of Pathology, Parel, Mumbai (India); Agarwal, M.G. [Tata Memorial Hospital, Bone and Soft Tissue Unit, Parel, Mumbai (India)

    2007-04-15

    Diffuse-type giant cell tumor is an extra-articular form of pigmented villonodular synovitis. The localized form of this lesion (tenosynovial giant cell tumor) is frequent, representing the most common subset arising from the synovium of a joint, bursa or tendon sheath, with 85% of cases occurring in the fingers. The less frequent diffuse-type giant cell tumors are commonly located in the periarticular soft tissues, but on rare occasions these lesions can be purely intramuscular or subcutaneous We report the case of a 26-year-old female with diffuse-type giant cell tumor of the subcutaneous thigh, remote from a joint, bursa or tendon sheath. A review of the literature did not reveal any similar description of a diffuse-type giant cell tumor completely within the subcutaneous thigh, remote from a joint, bursa or tendon sheath. These lesions were initially regarded as inflammatory or reactive processes, but since the identification of clonal abnormalities in these patients, and in view of their capacity for autonomous growth, they are now widely considered to represent benign neoplasms. (orig.)

  2. Subcutaneous Emphysema, Pneumomediastinum, and Pneumorrhachis after Cocaine Inhalation

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    Tuğba Atmaca Temrel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The most prominent complications of cocaine use are adverse effects in the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Free air in the mediastinum and subcutaneous tissue may be observed less frequently, whereas free air in the spinal canal (pneumorrhachis is a very rare complication of cocaine abuse. In this report we present a case of pneumorrhachis that developed after cocaine use. Case. A 28-year-old male patient was admitted to the emergency department with shortness of breath, chest pain, and swelling in the neck and face which started four hours after he had sniffed cocaine. On physical examination, subcutaneous crepitations were felt with palpation of the jaw, neck, and upper chest area. Diffuse subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumorrhachis were detected in the computed tomography imaging. The patient was treated conservatively and discharged uneventfully. Discussion. Complications such as pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, and pneumoperitoneum that are associated with cocaine use may be seen due to increased intrathoracic pressure. The air then may flow into the spinal canal resulting in pneumorrhachis. Emergency physicians should know the possible complications of cocaine use and be prepared for rare complications such as pneumorrhachis.

  3. Vasculopathie artérielle dans la sclérodermie systémique. Caractéristiques micro- et macrovasculaire de l’angioscanner des artères des membres supérieurs

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    Emad, Y.; Al-Sherbeni, H.; Ragab, Y.; Abo-El-Youn, I.; El Shaarawy, Nashwa; Nassar, D.Y.; Fathy, Ahmed; Al-Hanafi, H.; Rasker, Hans J.

    2015-01-01

    Objectifs Décrire les résultats de l’angioscanner de la vasculopathie artérielle des gros vaisseaux ainsi que des petits et moyens vaisseaux de l’ensemble de l’arbre vasculaire des membres supérieurs chez les patients porteurs d’une sclérodermie systémique (ScS) avec ou sans ulcération digitale.

  4. Vasculopatia livedóide: relato de caso com possível evidência de etiopatogenia neurovascular Livedoid vasculopathy: report of a case with evidence for a possible neurovascular etiopathogenesis

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    Neide Kalil-Gaspar

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    Full Text Available A etiopatogênese da vasculopatia livedóide ainda hoje permanece indeterminada e, apesar de algumas etiologias aventadas, com freqüência elas não apresentam associação com a vasculopatia em seu curso. Os tratamentos descritos na literatura não apresentam resultados reproduzíveis. Relata-se caso de paciente de 42 anos, com vasculopatia livedóide e boa resposta ao tratamento pioneiro com a carbamazepina. A droga foi instituída diante das discretas evidências de inflamação, da inconstância dos achados relacionados às teorias sugeridas, da forte sintomatologia dolorosa e dos recentes relatos da participação neural na coagulação, que levaram os autores a considerar a possibilidade de associação vasculoneural na patogênese dessa vasculopatia.Etiopathogenesis of livedoid vasculopathy remains elusive, and this condition is still frequently designated as idiopathic or secondary to various disorders. While several etiologies have been proposed, neither are they always associated with the disease, nor do they necessarily include livedoid vasculopathy in their course. Moreover, treatments described in the literature do not present reproducible results. We present the case of a 42-year-old man with livedoid vasculopathy who presented a good response to treatment with carbamazepine, a previously unattempted approach. In view of the very scarce evidence for vascular inflammation, discrepancies in the proposed etiologies of this pathological state and the intense pain that is the hallmark symptom; and considering recent reports on the neural participation in coagulation processes, the authors here address the question of a potential association between the vascular and nervous systems in the etiology of this vasculopathy.

  5. PO-22 - Thrombodynamics test for analysis of hemostasis in patients with malignant tumors and predicting thrombotic complications.

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    Vasilenko, I; Vlasova, E; Metelin, V; Balkanov, A; Bichenkov, O

    2016-04-01

    Close correlation between oncologic diseases and blood coagulation disturbances dictates a necessity of prognosis of the main disease course and contemporary prevention of the thrombotic complications revealed. For this purpose, the global test for the hemostasis system assessment was used to reveal bleeding and thrombogenesis risks - "Thrombodynamics" (TD) allowing analysis in the real time of the thrombogenesis parameters in conditions the most resembling the natural functioning of the blood coagulation system. Parameters of TD test which enable differentiation between hyper-, normo- and hypocoagulation include the speed of the blood clot growth (the time of growth delay, initial and stationary blood clot growth) as well as the physical features of the clot (size and density). The aim of the present study was to access the capability of global hemostasis test Thrombodynamics in the evaluation of risk thrombotic complications in patients with cancer. Prospective investigation of hemostasis parameters was carried out in 23 patients with malignant tumors of the oral cavity, 25 patients with oropharynx cancer of I-II and III-IV stage, 23 patients - with brain metastasis, 21 patients - with glioblastoma aged 42-75 years (mean age 63.8±7.0). Standard coagulation test (activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), thrombin time (TT), prothrombin (by Quick), international normalized ratio (INR), and fibrinogen concentration are used to estimate hemostasis. The spatial growth of the fibrin clot was estimated in all patients using "Thrombodynamics T-2 Registrator." It was established that TD allowed registration of all types of plasma hypercoagulation manifestations: acceleration of the main clot growth, formation of the spontaneous clots and their different combinations. Sensitivity of international normalized ratio (INR) and thrombodynamics test, while revealing patient group with higher fibrin level, was 43% and 86%, accordingly. Reliable dynamic changes were found for

  6. Impact of optimal anticoagulation therapy on chronic venous ulcer healing in thrombophilic patients with post-thrombotic syndrome.

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    Hinojosa, C A; Olivares-Cruz, S; Laparra-Escareno, H; Sanchez-Castro, S; Tamayo-Garcia, B; Anaya-Ayala, J E

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    Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is the long-term sequelae of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). PTS clinical manifestations include chronic leg pain, oedema, lipodermatosclerosis and ulcers. The objective of this study is to determine in patients with documented history of thrombophilias and DVT whether the number of previous thrombotic events and optimal anticoagulation therapy are associated with the time to venous ulcer healing following the start of compression therapy. Retrospective analysis performed in thrombophilic patients under the age of 50 years old with chronic venous ulcers secondary to DVT at the wound clinic in the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition 'Salvador Zubirán ' in Mexico City. Variables such as the number or episodes of thrombotic events, type of hypercoagulable disorder, optimal anticoagulation therapy with Warfarin monitored by therapeutic International Normalised Ratio (INR) (2-3) and compliance to compression therapy were examined. Patients that underwent superficial or perforator vein interruption or endovascular recanalisation of deep veins were excluded from the study. From a database of 29 patients with chronic venous ulcers followed in our clinic from January 1992 to September 2012, only 13 patients (61% female) met the inclusion criteria. Mean age±standard deviation (SD) was 32±12 years old. Of these, seven (54%) patients with suboptimal INR presented with an average of two previous thrombotic events and the remaining six (46%) patients with optimal INR only one event (p=0.28), the mean time to the clinical manifestation of a venous ulcer after the first episode of DVT was 39 months (range: 12-72) for patients with suboptimal INR and 82 months (range: 12-216) for those with optimal anticoagulation therapy (p=0.11). During the mean follow-up period of 52 months, all patients in optimal anticoagulation healed their ulcer; their mean time for wound healing was 44 months (range: 4-102). In the suboptimal INR group, only

  7. Successful Outcome in a Rare Condition in Pregnancy - Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura-Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura-Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (TTP-HUS is a rare occurrence in pregnancy. It is similar in its clinical profile to other more common pregnancy related conditions like preeclampsia, eclampsia, and Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes, Low Platelets (HELLP syndrome. This makes diagnosis a challenge thus hampering maternal and fetal outcome if the disease is not diagnosed in time and managed appropriately in the early course of the disease. Here, we report a case of successful management of this rare and potentially hazardous disorder during pregnancy in due course of time and thereby achieving a healthy mother and a healthy baby.

  8. Immunochip analysis identifies novel susceptibility loci in the human leukocyte antigen region for acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Mancini, I; Ricaño-Ponce, I; Pappalardo, E; Cairo, A; Gorski, M M; Casoli, G; Ferrari, B; Alberti, M; Mikovic, D; Noris, M; Wijmenga, C; Peyvandi, F

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    Essentials Genetic predisposition to acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP) is mainly unknown. Genetic risk factors for aTTP were studied by Immunochip analysis and replication study. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) variant rs6903608 conferred a 2.5-fold higher risk of developing aTTP. rs6903608 and HLA-DQB1*05:03 may explain most of the HLA association signal in aTTP. Click to hear Dr Cataland's presentation on acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura SUMMARY: Background Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare, life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathy associated with the development of autoantibodies against the von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease ADAMTS-13. Similarly to what has been found for other autoimmune disorders, there is evidence of a genetic contribution, including the association of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II complex with disease risk. Objective To identify novel genetic risk factors in acquired TTP. Patients/Methods We undertook a case-control genetic association study in 190 European-origin TTP patients and 1255 Italian healthy controls by using the Illumina Immunochip. Replication analysis in 88 Italian cases and 456 controls was performed with single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) TaqMan assays. Results and conclusion We identified one common variant (rs6903608) located within the HLA class II locus that was independently associated with acquired TTP at genome-wide significance and conferred a 2.6-fold increased risk of developing a TTP episode (95% confidence interval [CI] 2.02-3.27, P = 1.64 × 10(-14) ). We also found five non-HLA variants mapping to chromosomes 2, 6, 8 and X that were suggestively associated with the disease: rs9490550, rs115265285, rs5927472, rs7823314, and rs1334768 (nominal P-values ranging from 1.59 × 10(-5) to 7.60 × 10(-5) ). Replication analysis confirmed the association of HLA variant rs6903608 with acquired TTP (pooled P = 3.95 × 10(-19) ). Imputation of

  9. Treatment of frozen shoulder with subcutaneous TNF-alpha blockade compared with local glucocorticoid injection

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    Schydlowsky, Pierre; Szkudlarek, Marcin; Madsen, Ole Rintek

    2012-01-01

    We compared the effect of subcutaneous adalimumab injections with intraarticular glucocorticoid injections on frozen shoulder of 18 patients with unilateral joint involvement. Ten patients were randomised to subcutaneous injections with adalimumab and eight to intraarticular glucocorticoid inject...... injections administered every other week for a total of three administrations. The evaluation included validated scores. No effect of subcutaneous injections of adalimumab on frozen shoulder symptoms was demonstrated.......We compared the effect of subcutaneous adalimumab injections with intraarticular glucocorticoid injections on frozen shoulder of 18 patients with unilateral joint involvement. Ten patients were randomised to subcutaneous injections with adalimumab and eight to intraarticular glucocorticoid...

  10. Thrombotic microangiopathy and poor renal outcome in lupus patients with or without antiphospholipid syndrome.

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    Hernandez-Molina, Gabriela; García-Trejo, Liana P; Uribe, Norma; Cabral, Antonio R

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    To assess the presence of acute thrombotic microangiopathy (aTMA) and chronic vascular lesions (cTMA) in lupus nephropathy, and to evaluate their association with extrarrenal lupus features, aPL positivity, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and renal survival. We studied lupus patients with renal biopsy, ≥1 year of post-biopsy follow-up and at least two aCL (IgG-IgM), anti-β2GP-I (IgG-IgM) and/or lupus anticoagulant (LAC) determinations. A blinded nephropathologist evaluated all biopsies. We retrospectively collected clinical, serological, treatment and renal survival data. We plotted survival curves and used Cox regression analysis. A total of 90 biopsies were included with a median disease duration 5.9 years and median follow-up 2.4 years. Eleven patients (12.2%) had cTMA and 3 (3%) aTMA. There was no difference in age, lupus duration, hypertension, drugs, APS, non-renal lupus features, low C3 or C4 aCL IgG, anti-β2GP1-IgG or IgM and LAC between cTMA and non-cTMA groups. The cTMA group had aCL-IgM less frequently (27% vs. 66%, p=0.02), more class IV nephropathy (100% vs. 40%, p=0.01), higher activity index scores (7.5 vs. 2, p=0.03) and a tendency to need chronic dialysis (54.5% vs. 24% p=0.06). At four years of follow-up, 28% of the cTMA group and 62% of the non-cTMA group were free of dialysis (log rank p=0.03). cTMA was associated with chronic dialysis (RR 2.9, CI 95% 1.1-8.1, p=0.03). cTMA conferred a poor renal outcome. We found a low frequency of TMA that was not associated with with APL positivity or APS, suggesting that other factors hitherto not studied are involved in its pathogenesis.

  11. [A case of thrombotic microangiopathy with glomerular subendothelial IgA deposition due to bevacizumab].

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    Tomita, Mayumi; Ochiai, Miyuki; Shu, Seika; Yamauchi, Yoshiko; Shihara, Hiromi; Ogata, Ai; Fujisawa, Nao; Yanai, Yuko; Kamata, Tadashi; Iehara, Noriyuki

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    Bevacizumab, an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor, is approved for the treatment of various cancers, but the incidence of proteinuria as a side effect has been reported to be 2-64%. We report a case of renal impairment due to thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) accompanied with glomerular subendothelial deposition of IgA resulting from bevacizumab administration. A 57-year-old female with advanced breast cancer, to whom bevacizumab had been administered from October 2012, developed proteinuria and epithelial casts in her urine about a month later. Serum creatinine remained at 0.7-0.8 mg/dL until June 2013, but gradually increased to 1.3 mg/dL in September. She was referred to our hospital because her renal function had not improved despite termination of bevacizumab, and a renal biopsy was performed in October. At that time, the levels of proteinuria, serum creatinine and serum IgA were high at 1.3 g/g x Cr, 1.6 mg/dL and 430 mg/dL, respectively. Histological examinations showed prominent IgA deposits in the subendothelial area and glomerular infiltration of CD68 positive cells in addition to features of TMA, such as narrowed glomerular capillary lumina and double contours of the basement membranes. In consideration of her clinical history, a diagnosis of bevacizumab-induced TMA was made. Through follow-up care without readministration of bevacizumab, epithelial casts in her urine disappeared, and proteinuria decreased to 0.62 g/g x Cr in November. Serum creatinine remains high at around 1.3 mg/dL, but has not elevated further. Serum IgA gradually decreased and reached 289 mg/dL in April 2014. TMA due to bevacizumab described in several other reports was also accompanied by glomerular IgA deposition, thus a differential diagnosis of IgA nephropathy is required. TMA was recently added to a section of "significant adverse effects" in the package insert of bevacizumab. Nephrologists should be fully aware of this drug-induced nephropathy.

  12. Atherosclerotic and thrombotic genetic and environmental determinants in Egyptian coronary artery disease patients: a pilot study.

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    Fawzy, Manal S; Toraih, Eman A; Aly, Nagwa M; Fakhr-Eldeen, Abeer; Badran, Dahlia I; Hussein, Mohammad H

    2017-01-13

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Multiple genetic variants in combination with various environmental risk factors have been implicated. This study aimed to investigate the association of twelve thrombotic and atherosclerotic gene variants in combination with other environmental risk factors with CAD risk in a preliminary sample of Egyptian CAD patients. Twenty three consecutive CAD patients undergoing diagnostic coronary angiography and 34 unrelated controls, have been enrolled in the study. Genotyping was based on polymerase chain reaction and reverse multiplex hybridization. Five genetic association models were tested. Data distribution and variance homogeneity have been checked by Shapiro-Wilk test and Levene test, respectively; then the appropriate comparison test was applied. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used for correlation analysis and logistic regression has been performed to adjust for significant risk factors. Clustering the study participants according to gene-gene and gene-environment interaction has been done by Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DCA). The univariate analysis indicated that the five variants; rs1800595 (FVR2; factor 5), rs1801133 (MTHFR; 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase), rs5918 (HPA-1; human platelet antigen 1), rs1799752 (ACE; angiotensin-converting enzyme), and rs7412 and rs429358 (ApoE; apolipoprotein E) were significantly associated with CAD susceptibility under different genetic models. Multivariate analysis revealed clustering of the study population into three patient groups (P) and one control group. FVR2 was the most variant associated with CAD patients, combined with the factor V Leiden (FVL) variant in P1 cluster and with both ACE and MTHFR 667C > T in P2. Whereas, P3 was mostly affected by both MTHFR 667C > T and FXIII (factor 13) V89L mutations. When combined with traditional risk factors, P1 was mostly affected by dyslipidemia, smoking

  13. Activation of Inflammatory and Pro-Thrombotic Pathways in Acute Stress Cardiomyopathy.

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    Fitzgibbons, Timothy P; Edwards, Yvonne J K; Shaw, Peter; Iskandar, Aline; Ahmed, Mohamed; Bote, Josiah; Shah, Tejen; Sinha, Sumita; Gerszten, Robert E; Keaney, John F; Zile, Michael R; Aurigemma, Gerard P

    2017-01-01

    Stress cardiomyopathy (SCM) is a unique cardiac disorder that more often occurs in women. SCM presents in a similar fashion as acute myocardial infarction (AMI), with chest pain, ECG changes, and congestive heart failure. The primary distinguishing feature is the absence of thrombotic coronary occlusion in SCM. How this reduction in cardiac function occurs in the absence of coronary occlusion remains unknown. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that a targeted proteomic comparison of patients with acute SCM and AMI might identify relevant mechanistic differences. Blood was drawn in normal controls (n = 6), women with AMI (n = 12), or women with acute SCM (n = 15). Two-week follow-up samples were available in AMI (n = 4) and SCM patients (n = 11). Relative concentrations of 1,310 serum proteins were measured in each of the 48 samples using the SOMAscan assay. Women with AMI had greater myocyte necrosis, as reflected by a higher peak troponin I concentration (AMI 32.03 ± 29.46 vs. SCM 2.68 ± 2.6 ng/ml, p SCM patients had equivalent reductions in left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF (%) 39 ± 12 vs. 37 ± 12, p = 0.479]. In follow-up, women with SCM had a greater improvement in cardiac function [LVEF (%) 60 ± 7 vs. 45 ± 13, p 1; q SCM in the acute or recovery phase. However, when we compared normal controls to patients with AMI, there was differential expression of 35 proteins. When we compared normal controls to patients with SCM, 45 proteins were differentially expressed. In comparison to normal controls, biological processes such as complement, coagulation, and inflammation were activated in both AMI and SCM. There were four proteins that showed a non-significant trend to be increased in acute SCM vs. AMI (netrin-1, follistatin-like 3, kallikrein 7, kynureninase). Despite a lesser degree of myocardial necrosis than AMI, SCM is characterized by a similar activation of inflammatory, complement, and

  14. Essential thrombocythemia in young adults: major thrombotic complications and complications during pregnancy--a follow-up study in 68 patients.

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    Randi, M L; Rossi, C; Fabris, F; Girolami, A

    2000-01-01

    Although essential thrombocythemia (ET) is usually primarily considered a disorder of middle age, it has been observed in children and young adults. However, the real risk for thrombosis in these patients has not been clearly established. Prospective analysis of consecutive patients younger than 40 at the time of the diagnosis of ET and followed in our department between 1980 and 1998. Sixty-eight patients (28 males and 40 females, median follow-up 99.14 months) affected by ET diagnosed in agreement with the Polycythemia Vera Study Group criteria. Asymptomatic ET patients were not treated. In contrast, patients with associated atherosclerotic risk factors, microvascular disturbances, or a previous major arterial thrombosis were given acetyl salicylic acid (ASA 100 mg/day). Only patients with major thrombotic complications and a platelet count > 1,000 x 10(9)/L received cytoreductive therapy. (1) to evaluate thrombotic complications in young patients with ET, (2) to relate thrombotic risk to the presence of general atherosclerotic risk factors, and (3) to adopt treatment, and (4) to report the outcome of the pregnancies monitored in our population. Fifteen patients had major thrombosis, 11 of which were the presenting features of ET. No rethrombosis has been observed. Only one patient with thrombotic complications was under efficient treatment. Atherosclerotic risk factors are more common in patients with major arterial thrombosis than in asymptomatic subjects. Thirteen normal babies were delivered out of 16 pregnancies, 6 of the pregnant women were on ASA therapy. Most thrombosis in young ET patients occurred at the time of the diagnosis, and venous thrombotic events represent one-third of total thrombosis. Cardiovascular risk factors seem to be concurrent stimuli for arterial thrombosis in ET. The thrombotic complication rate was 2.6/100 patients/year ASA reduces microvascular disturbances, thrombosis, and rethrombosis and possibly reduces obstetric complications

  15. Recurrent Thrombotic Events after Discontinuation of Vitamin K Antagonist Treatment for Splanchnic Vein Thrombosis: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available It is generally recommended that patients with splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT should receive a minimum of 3 months of anticoagulant treatment. However, little information is available on the long-term risk of recurrent thrombotic events. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of venous and arterial thrombosis after discontinuation of vitamin K antagonist (VKA in SVT patients. Retrospective information from a cohort of SVT patients treated with VKA and followed by 37 Italian Anticoagulation Clinics, up to June 2013, was collected. Only patients who discontinued VKA and did not receive any other anticoagulant drug were enrolled in this study. Thrombotic events during follow-up were centrally adjudicated. Ninety patients were included: 33 unprovoked SVT, 27 SVT secondary to transient risk factors, and 30 with permanent risk factors. During a median follow-up of 1.6 years, 6 venous and 1 arterial thrombosis were documented, for an incidence of 3.3/100 patient-years (pt-y. The recurrence rate was highest in the first year after VKA discontinuation (8.2/100’pt-y and in patients with permanent risk factors (10.2/100’pt-y. Liver cirrhosis significantly increased the risk of recurrence. In conclusion, the rate of recurrent vascular complications after SVT is not negligible, at least in some patient subgroups.

  16. In vitro anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant properties of blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra) viscera hydrolysate.

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    Suleria, Hafiz Ansar Rasul; Masci, Paul P; Addepalli, Rama; Chen, Wei; Gobe, Glenda C; Osborne, Simone A

    2017-07-01

    Abalone viscera contain sulphated polysaccharides with anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant activities. In this study, a hydrolysate was prepared from blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra) viscera using papain and bromelain and fractionated using ion exchange and size exclusion chromatography. Hydrolysates and fractions were investigated for in vitro thrombin inhibition mediated through heparin cofactor II (HCII) as well as anti-coagulant activity in plasma and whole blood. On the basis of sulphated polysaccharide concentration, the hydrolysate inhibited thrombin through HCII with an inhibitor concentration at 50% (IC50) of 16.5 μg/mL compared with 2.1 μg/mL for standard heparin. Fractionation concentrated HCII-mediated thrombin inhibition down to an IC50 of 1.8 μg/mL and improved anti-coagulant activities by significantly delaying clotting time. This study confirmed the presence of anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant molecules in blacklip abalone viscera and demonstrated that these activities can be enriched with a simple chromatography regime. Blacklip abalone viscera warrant further investigation as a source of nutraceutical or functional food ingredients. Graphical abstract Schematic showing preparation of bioactive extracts and fractions from blacklip abalone.

  17. ABO Group as a Thrombotic Risk Factor in Children With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Retrospective Study of 523 Patients.

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    Mizrahi, Terry; Leclerc, Jean-Marie; David, Michèle; Ducruet, Thierry; Robitaille, Nancy

    2015-07-01

    Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at high risk of thrombotic complications, resulting from multiple risk factors (malignancy, chemotherapy, central venous access devices, and inherent host characteristics). Non-O blood groups have been associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults, with a compounding effect in the presence of thrombophilia or cancer. We hypothesized that among children with ALL receiving a standardized protocol, there would be an increased risk of thrombotic events in non-O compared with O blood group patients. In a retrospective study of 523 children with ALL from June 1995 to April 2013, there were 56 (10.7%) thromboembolic events. Patients with VTE were compared with the whole cohort, based on blood group, age, sex, leukemia phenotype, and clinical risk category. Among children with VTE, 42 (75%) had non-O and 14 (25%) had O blood group, compared with 302 (57.7%) non-O and 221 (42.3%) O blood groups in the cohort. Non-O blood group was confirmed as an independent risk factor for VTE in multivariate analysis. This is the first study to report a significant association between non-O blood groups and VTE in children with cancer.

  18. Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Improves the Symptomatology of Allergic Rhinitis

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    Lourenço, Edmir Américo

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction The relevance of allergic rhinitis is unquestionable. This condition affects people's quality of life and its incidence has increased over the last years. Objective Thus, this study aims to analyze the effectiveness of subcutaneous injectable immunotherapy in cases of nasal itching, sneeze, rhinorrhea and nasal congestion in allergic rhinitis patients. Methods In the present study, the same researcher analyzed the records of 281 patients. Furthermore, the researchers identified allergens through puncture cutaneous tests using standardized extracts containing acari, fungi, pet hair, flower pollen, and feathers. Then, the patients underwent treatment with subcutaneous specific immunotherapy, using four vaccine vials for desensitization, associated with environmental hygiene. The authors analyzed conditions of nasal itching, sneeze, rhinorrhea, and nasal congestion throughout the treatment, and assigned them with a score ranging from zero (0, meaning absence of these symptoms to three (3, for severe cases. The symptoms were statistically compared in the beginning, during, and after treatment. Results In this study, authors analyzed the cases distribution according to age and the evolution of symptomatology according to the scores, comparing all phases of treatment. The average score for the entire population studied was 2.08 before treatment and 0.44 at the end. These results represent an overall improvement of ∼79% in symptomatology of allergic rhinitis in the studied population. Conclusion The subcutaneous immunotherapy as treatment of allergic rhinitis led to a reduction in all symptoms studied, improving the quality of life of patients, proving itself as an important therapeutic tool for these pathological conditions.

  19. Subcutaneous epidermal inclusion cysts: Ultrasound (US) and MR imaging findings

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    Kim, Hee Kyung [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Kim, Sung Moon [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); University of Michigan Hospitals, Department of Radiology, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Lee, Sang Hoon; Shin, Myung Jin [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Racadio, Judy M. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2011-11-15

    To describe the characteristic US and MR findings of subcutaneous epidermal inclusion cysts. Seventy-nine patients with subcutaneous epidermal inclusion cysts underwent US (n = 70), MR (n = 7), or both (n = 2). On US, the margin, shape, echogenicity, through-transmission, wall, internal debris and vascularity were evaluated. On MR, the shape, wall, signal intensity, internal debris, and enhancement pattern were evaluated. On US, characteristic findings were well circumscribed (n = 69, 96%), ovoid-shaped (n = 56, 78%), heterogeneously and mildly echogenic (n = 66, 92%), increased through-transmission (n = 66, 92%) and low echoic rim (n = 48, 67%). Internal debris was seen in 31 cases (43%) and often contained linear echogenic reflections (n = 12, 17%), dark clefts (n = 13, 18%), or a mixture (n = 5, 7%). Most masses showed no Doppler flow (n = 70, 97%). On MR, all cases demonstrated a well-demarcated oval-shaped mass with a surrounding rim. On T1-weighted image (WI), the mass showed slightly high T1 signal in 4/9 (44%) and iso-signal in 5/9 (56%). On T2WI, the mass showed high signal in 6/9 (67%), intermediate in 2/9 (22%), and a target appearance in 1/9 (11%). Internal linear dark T2 signal debris was observed in 4/9 (44%). All lesions showed peripheral rim enhancement without central enhancement. On US, subcutaneous epidermal inclusion cysts are usually well-circumscribed, oval-shaped, mildly echogenic masses with occasional linear anechoic and/or echogenic reflections, increased through-transmission, hypoechoic rim and no Doppler flow. On MR, an intermediate to high T2 signal mass with occasional low signal debris and no central enhancement can strengthen the diagnosis. (orig.)

  20. The use of subcutaneous infusion in medication administration.

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    Gabriel, Janice

    The subcutaneous administration of medications is an area that receives little attention compared with other types of parenteral therapy. Parenteral administration is used by many thousands of patients who self-administer their medication on a daily basis-for example, those using insulin to manage diabetes, recipients of some types of hormone therapy and so on. It is also an effective route for the continuous administration of medication(s) in individuals who are terminally ill. Patients approaching the end of their life may be unable to tolerate the administration of oral medication to control their symptoms and make them more comfortable. This paper will discuss how subcutaneous infusion can be used to deliver these medications, but at the same time how important the selection of the most appropriate subcutaneous infusion device is to the overall comfort of the patient, and to reduce the potential for sharps-related injuries to healthcare workers. Appropriate device selection, together with its management, is an important contributing factor to patient safety and comfort. It will diminish the potential for premature device loss, which can lead to repeated insertion procedures for the patient, as well as delaying their medication. There is also a resource implication for the NHS, as the replacement of any device involves the use of additional equipment and staff time. Additionally, the use of any infusion device poses a risk to healthcare workers of acquiring a bloodborne infection should they experience a percutaneous injury. Knowledge of what equipment is available will reduce the potential risk to these staff.

  1. Fetal subcutaneous cells have potential for autologous tissue engineering.

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    Ekblad, Åsa; Westgren, Magnus; Fossum, Magdalena; Götherström, Cecilia

    2018-01-11

    Major congenital malformations affect up to 3% of newborns. Infants with prenatally diagnosed soft tissue defects should benefit from having autologous tissue readily available for surgical implantation in the perinatal period. In this study, we investigate fetal subcutaneous cells (fSC) as cellular source for tissue engineering. Fetal subcutaneous biopsies were collected from elective terminations at gestational week 20-21. Cells were isolated, expanded and characterized in vitro. To determine cell coverage, localization, viability and proliferation in different constructs, the cells were seeded onto a matrix (small intestine submucosa (SIS)) or in collagen gel with or without poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) mesh and were kept in culture for up to 8 weeks before analysis. Angiogenesis was analyzed through a tube-forming assay. fSC could be expanded until 43±3 population doublings, expressed mesenchymal markers and readily differentiate into adipogenic and osteogenic lineages. The cells showed low adherence to SIS and did not migrate deep into the matrix. However, in collagen gels the cells migrated into the gel and proliferated with sustained viability for up to 8 weeks. The cells in the matrices expressed Ki67, CD73 and α-smooth muscle actin but not cytokeratin or CD31. Fetal cells derived from subcutaneous tissue demonstrated favorable characteristics for preparation of autologous tissue transplants before birth. Our study supports the theory that cells could be obtained from the fetus during pregnancy for tissue engineering purposes after birth. In a future clinical situation, autologous transplants could be used for reconstructive surgery in severe congenital malformations. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  2. Microwave non-contact imaging of subcutaneous human body tissues

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    Chernokalov, Alexander; Khripkov, Alexander; Cho, Jaegeol; Druchinin, Sergey

    2015-01-01

    A small-size microwave sensor is developed for non-contact imaging of a human body structure in 2D, enabling fitness and health monitoring using mobile devices. A method for human body tissue structure imaging is developed and experimentally validated. Subcutaneous fat tissue reconstruction depth of up to 70 mm and maximum fat thickness measurement error below 2 mm are demonstrated by measurements with a human body phantom and human subjects. Electrically small antennas are developed for integration of the microwave sensor into a mobile device. Usability of the developed microwave sensor for fitness applications, healthcare, and body weight management is demonstrated. PMID:26609415

  3. Microwave non-contact imaging of subcutaneous human body tissues.

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    Kletsov, Andrey; Chernokalov, Alexander; Khripkov, Alexander; Cho, Jaegeol; Druchinin, Sergey

    2015-10-01

    A small-size microwave sensor is developed for non-contact imaging of a human body structure in 2D, enabling fitness and health monitoring using mobile devices. A method for human body tissue structure imaging is developed and experimentally validated. Subcutaneous fat tissue reconstruction depth of up to 70 mm and maximum fat thickness measurement error below 2 mm are demonstrated by measurements with a human body phantom and human subjects. Electrically small antennas are developed for integration of the microwave sensor into a mobile device. Usability of the developed microwave sensor for fitness applications, healthcare, and body weight management is demonstrated.

  4. Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia associated with symmetric subcutaneous lipomatosis

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    Noha Mohammed Dawoud

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is an autosomal dominant disorder of lipid metabolism, characterized by reduced clearance of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and a high risk of rapid development of cardiovascular diseases. Its incidence is relatively rare and estimated to be one in one million in general populations. Here, we report homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia in two Egyptian young siblings, presented with cutaneous, tendinous xanthomas, and corneal arcus. One of them has symmetric subcutaneous lipomatosis, which has not been reported before in association with familial hypercholesterolemia.

  5. Orthorexia nervosa with hyponatremia, subcutaneous emphysema, pneumomediastimum, pneumothorax, and pancytopenia.

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    Park, Sang Won; Kim, Jeong Yup; Go, Gang Ji; Jeon, Eun Sil; Pyo, Heui Jung; Kwon, Young Joo

    2011-06-01

    30-year-old male was admitted with general weakness and drowsy mental status. He had eaten only 3-4 spoons of brown rice and fresh vegetable without salt for 3 months to treat his tic disorder, and he had been in bed-ridden state. He has had weight loss of 14 kg in the last 3 months. We report a patient with orthorexia nervosa who developed hyponatremia, metabolic acidosis, subcutaneous emphysema, mediastinal emphysema, pneumothorax, and pancytopenia and we will review the literature. Also, we mention to prevent refeeding syndrome, and to start and maintain feeding in malnourished patients.

  6. Pneumomediastinum, bilateral pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema complicating acute silicosis.

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    Dixit, Ramakant; Meena, Manoj; Patil, Chetan B

    2015-01-01

    A case of acute silicosis complicating as spontaneous pneumomediastinum, bilateral pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema is described in a 35-year-old male engaged in stone crusher unit. Diagnosis was established on clinical and radiological assessment and supported by occupational history of the patient. This case is unique one as all these 3 complications at the same time are very uncommon in acute silicosis. This work is available in Open Access model and licensed under a CC BY-NC 3.0 PL license.

  7. [Subcutaneous medication administration: agreement or controverse for nursing?].

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    Reichembach, Mitsy Tânnia; Meier, Marineli Joaquim; Aschidamini, lone Maria

    2005-01-01

    The correct and safe medication administration, independently of the form, is under the responsibility of the nursing team. To this team it is necessary specific knowledge and abilities, as well as continuous update of the processes that involve such care. This article has as objective to make some considerations about this subject, adjusting them to the common nursing practice. For this, we present a literature review that approaches the main application methods used for subcutaneous medication. After that, we argue some aspects for professional improvement, so that the medication administration be satisfactory and safe in the caring process.

  8. Vertebral artery dissection after iatrogenic cervical subcutaneous emphysema.

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    Rabkin, David G; Benharash, Peyman; Shemin, Richard J

    2011-01-01

    We report a case of spontaneous vertebral artery dissection (VAD) in a patient who developed extensive subcutaneous emphysema following the removal of a chest tube after a cardiac transplant. The pathophysiology and management of this uncommon complication are reviewed. Although vertebral and carotid artery dissections are unusual events occurring in 2.5 to 3 per 100,000 people, they are increasingly acknowledged to be important causes of stroke in the young and middle-aged adult population accounting for up to 25% of such cases. VADs are associated with a variety of minor traumatic mechanisms including painting a ceiling, yoga, chiropractic manipulation of the spine, and driving. These events cause injury to the vessel wall either by shearing forces secondary to rotational injuries or direct trauma to the vessel wall on bony prominences, especially the transverse processes of the cervical vertebrae. We present a case of a patient with documented previously normal vertebral arterial anatomy who developed a VAD after mediastinal tube removal resulted in subcutaneous emphysema tracking through fascial planes into his neck. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Cervicofacial subcutaneous emphysema associated with dental laser treatment.

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    Mitsunaga, S; Iwai, T; Kitajima, H; Yajima, Y; Ohya, T; Hirota, M; Mitsudo, K; Aoki, N; Yamashita, Y; Omura, S; Tohnai, I

    2013-12-01

    Cervicofacial subcutaneous emphysema is a rare complication of dental procedures. Although most cases of emphysema occur incidentally with the use of a high-speed air turbine handpiece, there have been some reports over the past decade of cases caused by dental laser treatment. Emphysema as a complication caused by the air cooling spray of a dental laser is not well known, even though dental lasers utilize compressed air just as air turbines and syringes do. In this study, we comprehensively reviewed cases of emphysema attributed to dental laser treatment that appeared in the literature between January 2001 and September 2012, and we included three such cases referred to us. Among 13 cases identified in total, nine had cervicofacial subcutaneous and mediastinal emphysema. Compared with past reviews, the incidence of mediastinal emphysema caused by dental laser treatment was higher than emphysema caused by dental procedure without dental laser use. Eight patients underwent CO2 laser treatment and two underwent Er:YAG laser treatment. Nine patients had emphysema following laser irradiation for soft tissue incision. Dentists and oral surgeons should be cognizant of the potential risk for iatrogenic emphysema caused by the air cooling spray during dental laser treatment and ensure proper usage of lasers. © 2013 Australian Dental Association.

  10. Augmented reality based real-time subcutaneous vein imaging system.

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    Ai, Danni; Yang, Jian; Fan, Jingfan; Zhao, Yitian; Song, Xianzheng; Shen, Jianbing; Shao, Ling; Wang, Yongtian

    2016-07-01

    A novel 3D reconstruction and fast imaging system for subcutaneous veins by augmented reality is presented. The study was performed to reduce the failure rate and time required in intravenous injection by providing augmented vein structures that back-project superimposed veins on the skin surface of the hand. Images of the subcutaneous vein are captured by two industrial cameras with extra reflective near-infrared lights. The veins are then segmented by a multiple-feature clustering method. Vein structures captured by the two cameras are matched and reconstructed based on the epipolar constraint and homographic property. The skin surface is reconstructed by active structured light with spatial encoding values and fusion displayed with the reconstructed vein. The vein and skin surface are both reconstructed in the 3D space. Results show that the structures can be precisely back-projected to the back of the hand for further augmented display and visualization. The overall system performance is evaluated in terms of vein segmentation, accuracy of vein matching, feature points distance error, duration times, accuracy of skin reconstruction, and augmented display. All experiments are validated with sets of real vein data. The imaging and augmented system produces good imaging and augmented reality results with high speed.

  11. Pneumomediastinum, pneumothorax and subcutaneous emphysema complicating MIS herniorrhaphy.

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    Browne, J

    2012-02-03

    PURPOSE: Videoscopic herniorrhaphy is being performed more frequently with advantages claimed over the conventional open approach. This clinical report describes a pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema occurring at the end of an extraperitoneal videoscopic herniorrhaphy. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 25 yr old ASA I man presented for elective extraperitoneal videoscopic hernia repair. Following intravenous induction with fentanyl, midazolam and propofol a balanced anesthetic technique using enflurane in N2O and O2 was used. Apart from a prolonged operating time (195 min), the procedure and anesthetic was uneventful. At the conclusion of the operation, prior to reversal of neuromuscular blockade extensive subcutaneous emphysema was noted on removal of the surgical drapes. Chest radiography revealed a pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax. A 25 FG intercostal tube was inserted and connected to an underwater seal drain. Sedation and positive pressure ventilation was maintained overnight to permit resolution and avoid airway compromise. The clinical and radiological features had resolved by the next morning and the patient\\'s trachea was extubated. His subsequent recovery was uneventful. CONCLUSION: Pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum are well recognised complications of laparoscopic techniques but have not been described following extraperitoneal herniorrhaphy. In this report we postulate possible mechanisms which may have contributed to their development, including inadvertent breach of the peritoneum and leakage of gas around the diaphragmatic herniae or tracking of gas retroperitoneally. The case alerts us to the possibility of this complication occurring in patients undergoing videoscopic herniorrhaphy.

  12. Ataxia and cranial neuropathies from subcutaneously injected elemental mercury.

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    Malkani, Roneil; Weinstein, Jill M; Kumar, Neeraj; Victor, Thomas A; Bernstein, Lawrence

    2011-04-01

    CONTEXT. Although neurological toxicity from elemental mercury vapor and organic mercury exposure has been commonly reported in the literature, it is rarely reported from soft tissue injection of elemental mercury. We present a case of neurological dysfunction from subcutaneous injection of elemental mercury. CASE DETAILS. A 35-year-old Latin American man subacutely developed gait ataxia, diplopia, and vomiting 1 year after subcutaneous injection of elemental mercury, a practice common in Afro-Caribbean and Latin-American cultures. Physical examination showed an indurated plaque on his right shoulder at the injection site, left third nerve and bilateral sixth nerve palsies, nystagmus, dysarthria, and gait and limb ataxia. The patient's serum and 24-h urine mercury levels were significantly elevated; he underwent excision of the mercury reservoir and chelation with dimercaptosuccinic acid but experienced only mild improvement after 1 year. DISCUSSION. Neurological sequelae from elemental mercury, specifically cognitive dysfunction, tremor, cortical myoclonus, and peripheral neuropathy, have been reported but cranial neuropathies, ataxia, cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis, and the presence of anti-Purkinje cell type-Tr antibody have not. Treatment involves removal of any existing mercury reservoir and chelation; however, improvement in neurological dysfunction after treatment has rarely been reported in the literature.

  13. Subcutaneous Implants of Buprenorphine-Cholesterol-Triglyceride Powder in Mice

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    L. DeTolla

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Subcutaneous drug implants are convenient systems for the long-term delivery of drugs in animals. Lipid carriers are logical tools because they generally allow for higher doses and low toxicity. The present study used an US Food and Drug Administration Target Animal Safety test system to evaluate the safety of a subcutaneous implant of a cholesterol-triglyceride-buprenorphine powder in 120 BALB/c mice. Mice were evaluated in 4- and 12-day trials with 1- and 5-fold doses of the intended 3 mg/kg dose of drug. One male mouse treated with three 3 mg/kg doses and surgery on days 0, 4, and 8 died on day 9. The cause of death was not determined. In the surviving 119 mice there was no evidence of skin reaction at the site of the implant. Compared to control animals treated with saline, weight measurements, clinical pathology, histopathology, and clinical observations were unremarkable. These results demonstrate that the lipid carrier is substantially safe. Cholesterol-triglyceride-drug powders may provide a valuable research tool for studies of analgesic and inflammatory drug implants in veterinary medicine.

  14. Subcutaneous epinephrine vs. nebulized metaproterenol in acute asthma.

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    Elenbaas, R M; Frost, G L; Robinson, W A; Collier, R E; McNabney, W K; Ryan, J L; Singsank, M J

    1985-01-01

    The efficacy and side effects of subcutaneous epinephrine (E) and aerosolized metaproterenol (M) were compared in acute asthma. Adults randomly received E 0.3 mg sub-Q q20min (max 0.9 mg; n = 20) or M 15 mg in 3.0 ml NaCl 0.9% nebulized over 10 minutes (n = 20) in a double-blind fashion. Vital signs and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) were measured every ten minutes for one hour. The two groups were comparable in age, weight, baseline theophylline concentration, PEFR, heart rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. PEFR improved in both groups within ten minutes (p less than 0.01; analysis of variance). There was no difference in PEFR between the groups over the one-hour observation period following treatment. Heart rate decreased following treatment in M patients (p less than 0.05), but remained unchanged in E patients. Systolic blood pressure rose slightly in E patients (p less than 0.01), but remained unchanged in M patients. Subcutaneous E and nebulized M are equally effective as initial therapy in acute asthma.

  15. Orbital, subconjunctival, and subcutaneous emphysema after an orbital floor fracture

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    Ababneh OH

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Osama H Ababneh Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Jordan and Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan Abstract: A 16-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with the complaint of a sudden, painful left eye and proptosis after an episode of sneezing. A few hours earlier, he had sustained a blunt trauma to the left orbit as the result of a fistfight. The initial examination showed subcutaneous and subconjunctival emphysema. Visual acuity in the left eye was 20/30 (0.67, the pupils were reactive with no relative afferent pupillary defect, and there were mild limitations in levoduction and supraduction. A slit-lamp examination showed normal anterior and posterior segments with an intraocular pressure of 26 mmHg. An orbital computed tomography scan showed orbital, subconjunctival, and subcutaneous emphysema associated with a small fracture of the orbital floor. Following conservative management with broad-spectrum oral antibiotics, a topical antiglaucoma drug, and lubricating eye drops, the patient improved dramatically within one week. Keywords: emphysema, orbital fracture, trauma

  16. Post-thrombotic syndrome patient education based on the health belief model: self-reported intention to comply with recommendations.

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    2011-01-01

    This study was designed to evaluate patient responses to a patient education handout on post-thrombotic syndrome prevention based on the Health Belief Model. This quasi-experimental pilot study involved a patient survey to be completed after reviewing a patient education handout. A convenience sample of 25 patients with deep vein thrombosis confirmed by venous Doppler assessment with a lower extremity deep vein thrombosis admitted to a Midwestern community hospital was identified. Seven patients were excluded and 5 declined participation; 13 completed the survey patients. Subjects were older than 18 years and able to read and understand English. Patients with hospice or palliative care service or life expectancy less than 6 months were excluded. Subjects were provided with the post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), patient education handout, and the PTS patient education survey. The PTS patient education handout consisted of a 1-page informational sheet based on PTS and Health Belief Model literature. The 24-item PTS Patient Education Survey required approximately 15 minutes to complete; items included demographic information, questions regarding previous deep vein thrombosis and Likert scale opinion statements regarding PTS based on Health Belief Model components. Patients meeting inclusion criteria were approached by the investigator, invited to participate in the study, and offered the option of having the investigator collect the survey or return in an addressed, stamped envelope. Respondents tended to agree that PTS was a serious condition and that it would negatively affect their life, primarily in relation to comfort and the ability to engage in leisure activities. Ten participants (76.9%) acknowledged that they were susceptible to PTS, and that elastic graduated compression stockings were effective. The most commonly cited barrier to wearing the stockings was difficulty with application. Five patients (38.5%) agreed that they had the ability to prevent PTS and 9

  17. [Thrombotic and haemorrhagic complications in patients with cerebral aneurysms treated by endovascular approach and their association with the use of antiplatelet agents: Descriptive evaluation].

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    Puentes, Juan Carlos; Quintero, Silvia Tatiana; Uriza, Luís Felipe; Rueda, Maria Alejandra; Piedrahita, Adriana; Contreras, Victor

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    The protocol for optimal antiplatelet therapy to prevent thrombotic complications following brain aneurysm embolisation is not clear. Our objective is to describe the characteristics of patients presenting with thrombotic or haemorrhagic complications secondary to endovascular treatment. A cross sectional descriptive study was performed, which included all patients that required endovascular treatment for brain aneurysm at San Ignacio University Hospital from November 2007 to January 2016. Thrombotic and haemorrhagic complications over six months of follow-up were assessed, considering the premedication regimen with antiplatelet agents, location, size of the aneurysm and embolisation technique performed. 122 patients were evaluated, on whom 130 procedures were performed for endovascular treatment of brain aneurysms. Thrombotic complications were more frequent in patients who did not receive premedication (25%) compared to those who did receive an antiplatelet treatment regimen (standard dose 3.87% or loading dose 8.70%), and this difference was statistically significant (P=.043). Thromboembolic events are the most common complication of brain aneurysm embolisation. Both our study and the literature suggest that the use of dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel lowers the rate of symptomatic thromboembolic complications, regardless of the administration protocol. Copyright © 2017. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U.

  18. The venous thrombotic risk of oral contraceptives, effects of oestrogen dose and progestogen type: results of the MEGA case-control study

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    van Hylckama Vlieg, A.; Helmerhorst, F.M.; Vandenbroucke, J.P.; Doggen, Catharina Jacoba Maria; Rosendaal, F.R.

    2009-01-01

    Objective To assess the thrombotic risk associated with oral contraceptive use with a focus on dose of oestrogen and type of progestogen of oral contraceptives available in the Netherlands. Design Population based case-control study. Setting Six participating anticoagulation clinics in the

  19. The clinical expression of hereditary protein C and protein S deficiency: : a relation to clinical thrombotic risk-factors and to levels of protein C and protein S

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    Henkens, C. M. A.; van der Meer, J.; Hillege, J. L.; Bom, V. J. J.; Halie, M. R.; van der Schaaf, W.

    We investigated 103 first-degree relatives of 13 unrelated protein C or protein S deficient patients to assess the role of additional thrombotic risk factors and of protein C and protein S levels in the clinical expression of hereditary protein C and protein S deficiency. Fifty-seven relatives were

  20. Subcutaneous and Scrotal Emphysema Following Suprapubic Cystostomy in a Patient With Colovesical Fistula

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Subcutaneous and scrotal emphysema are rare complications of suprapubic cystostomy. We present here a rare case of an 81-year-old man with colovesical fistula who had severe subcutaneous and scrotal emphysema after percutaneous suprapubic cystostomy was performed. We inserted a new Foley catheter via the urethra, removed the suprapubic cystostomy and incised his scrotal emphysema for open drainage. The patient's subcutaneous emphysema slowly healed.

  1. Subcutaneous emphysema of periorbital region after stainless steel crown preparation in a young child.

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    Khandelwal, Vishal; Agrawal, Piyush; Agrawal, Deepak; Nayak, Prathibha Anand

    2013-05-22

    Subcutaneous emphysema occurs when air is forced beneath the tissue, leading to swelling, crepitus on palpation and has the potential to spread along the fascial planes. This report describes the youngest case of subcutaneous emphysema related to dental treatment that has been documented to date. In addition to the patient's age, the case is of interest because periorbital subcutaneous emphysema is a rarest complication of stainless steel crown procedure.

  2. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TPP) successfully rescued by plasma exchange in the ICU: A report of two cases.

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    Zou, Xiuli; Wu, Tiejun; Zhang, Xihong; Qu, Aijun; Tian, Suochen

    2016-07-01

    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare, life-threatening disorder, which is characterized by thrombus formation in small blood vessels. The present study retrospectively analyzed the clinical data from two patients with severe TTP, who were treated successfully in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Liaocheng People's Hospital in 2013. Comprehensive therapies were administered to the patients, including plasma exchange (PE), mechanical ventilation (case 1 only), steroid therapy, blood transfusion and anti-inflammatory treatment (case 2 only). The two patients returned to a stable state and were transferred back to the hematology department following PE. The positive outcome achieved for these patients suggests that early intervention involving bedside PE in the ICU may reduce the mortality rate of patients with severe TTP who have concurrent respiratory or circulatory failure and cannot be treated in the dialysis unit.

  3. Oral contraceptives, pregnancy and the risk of cerebral thromboembolism: the influence of diabetes, hypertension, migraine and previous thrombotic disease

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    1995-01-01

    -matched, randomly selected controls. RESPONSE: Of the 692 case and 1584 control questionnaires sent out, 590 (85.1%) and 1396 (88.1%), respectively, were returned. Of the 590 cases, nine had had cerebral thrombosis before 1980, 15 refused to participate, 44 had a revised diagnosis (primarily multiple sclerosis......) and 25 had an unreliable diagnosis, leaving 497 with a reliable cerebral thromboembolic diagnosis. Among the 1396 controls, 26 either refused to participate, were mentally handicapped, lived abroad or returned an uncompleted questionnaire, leaving 1370 controls included in the study. RESULTS: After...... thromboembolism whereas diabetes, hypertension, migraine and past thromboembolic events increased the risk of cerebral thromboembolism significantly. Women with these increased thrombotic risks should use oestrogen-containing oral contraceptives only after careful considerations of the risks, if at all....

  4. Management of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura with Autoantibodies to ADAMTS-13 and Concurrent Preeclampsia in Pregnancy: Multidisciplinary Team Approach

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    Tiffany Patrick

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Background - Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP can present with many laboratory features of preeclampsia, which can make an accurate diagnosis difficult in late pregnancy. Because the treatments of TTP and preeclampsia are different and the clinical sequelae of delayed therapy potentially lethal, a rapid and accurate diagnosis is important. Case Report - We present a case of an acute episode of TTP secondary to acquired autoantibodies complicated by severe preeclampsia with headache and treated with corticosteroids, plasma exchange therapy, magnesium sulfate, and delivery. The postpartum course was complicated and resulted in a prolonged hospital stay. A multidisciplinary team was recruited as consultants. Conclusion - Concurrent TTP and severe preeclampsia can result in life-threatening complications. To ensure the best possible clinical outcome, an awareness of the medical systems' resources is required.

  5. Opportunities for improvement in anti-thrombotic therapy and other strategies for the management of acute coronary syndromes: Insights from EPICOR, an international study of current practice patterns.

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    Bueno, Héctor; Sinnaeve, Peter; Annemans, Lieven; Danchin, Nicolas; Licour, Muriel; Medina, Jesús; Pocock, Stuart; Sánchez-Covisa, Joaquín; Storey, Robert F; Jukema, J Wouter; Zeymer, Uwe; Van de Werf, Frans

    2016-02-01

    To describe international patterns and opportunities for improvement of pre- and in-hospital care of patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndromes (ACS), with special focus on anti-thrombotic therapy. EPICOR (long-tErm follow-uP of anti-thrombotic management patterns In acute CORonary syndrome patients), an international, cohort study, which enrolled 10,568 consecutive ACS survivors from 555 hospitals in 20 countries across Europe and Latin America (September 2010 to March 2011), prospectively registered detailed information on pre- and in-hospital management. Globally, 4738 (44.8%) were attended before hospitalization, 4241 (40.1%) had an ECG, 2119 (20%) received anti-platelet therapy and 101 STEMI patients (2%) fibrinolysis. In-hospital, 7944 patients (75.2%) received dual anti-platelet therapy, most often with clopidogrel (69.7%), and less with prasugrel (5.4%); 1705 (16.1%) had triple anti-platelet therapy, and 849 (8%) single anti-platelet therapy. STEMI patients more often received pre-hospital anti-thrombotics, and prasugrel, GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors and UFH in-hospital (all p managed. A significant decreasing gradient was found between Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe and Latin America in use of more potent patterns of anti-platelet therapy, reperfusion therapy and invasive strategy. This large international study shows room for improvement in use of anti-thrombotic drugs and other strategies for optimal management of ACS, including pre-hospital ECG and anti-thrombotic therapy. Regional practice differences not based on evidence or conditioned by economic constraints should be reduced. © The European Society of Cardiology 2015.

  6. The Relation between Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat to Bone Mass among Egyptian Children and Adolescents

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    Sahar A. El-Masry

    2014-12-01

    CONCLUSIONS: Visceral and subcutaneous fat had significant positive association with bone mass in children; males and females respectively. On the contrary such association disappeared during adolescence.

  7. Widespread subcutaneous emphysema and barotrauma resulting from high pressure gas injection

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    Smith, Barnaby; Brown, Troy

    2012-01-01

    Widespread subcutaneous emphysema is an unusual emergency presentation. We present a case of accidental high pressure insufflation, the pathophysiology and subsequent medical management in the acute setting...

  8. The D173G mutation in ADAMTS-13 causes a severe form of congenital thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Lancellotti, S.

    2015-08-13

    Congenital thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare form of thrombotic microangiopathy, inherited with autosomal recessive mode as a dysfunction or severe deficiency of ADAMTS-13 (A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease with ThromboSpondin 1 repeats Nr. 13), caused by mutations in the ADAMTS-13 gene. About 100 mutations of the ADAMTS-13 gene were identified so far, although only a few characterised by in vitro expression studies. A new Asp to Gly homozygous mutation at position 173 of ADAMTS-13 sequence was identified in a family of Romanian origin, with some members affected by clinical signs of TTP. In two male sons, this mutation caused a severe (< 3 %) deficiency of ADAMTS-13 activity and antigen level, associated with periodic thrombocytopenia, haemolytic anaemia and mild mental confusion. Both parents, who are cousins, showed the same mutation in heterozygous form. Expression studies of the mutant ADAMTS-13, performed in HEK293 cells, showed a severe decrease of the enzyme’s activity and secretion, although the protease was detected inside the cells. Molecular dynamics found that in the D173G mutant the interface area between the metalloprotease domain and the disintegrin-like domain significantly decreases during the simulations, while the proline-rich 20 residues linker region (LR, 285–304) between them undergoes extensive conformational changes. Inter-domain contacts are also significantly less conserved in the mutant compared to the wild-type. Both a decrease of the inter-domain contacts along with a substantial conformational rearrangement of LR interfere with the proper maturation and folding of the mutant ADAMTS-13, thus impairing its secretion.

  9. Complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathy secondary to sepsis-induced disseminated intravascular coagulation successfully treated with eculizumab: A case report.

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    Abe, Tomohiro; Sasaki, Akira; Ueda, Taichiro; Miyakawa, Yoshitaka; Ochiai, Hidenobu

    2017-02-01

    Secondary thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) are induced by several underlying conditions; most are resolved by treating background disease. Eculizumab is a human monoclonal antibody that blocks the final stage of the complement system and effectively treats atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). In this report, we present a patient with TMA secondary to sepsis- induced coagulopathy, who was successfully treated with eculizumab.A 44-year-old woman, who had no special medical history or familial history of TMAs, was admitted on suspicion of septic shock. Physical examination revealed gangrene on her soles. Blood tests revealed a decreased platelet count, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), renal dysfunction, hemolysis, and infection. Although the coagulation disorder improved with intensive care, the low platelet count, elevated lactate dehydrogenase levels, and renal dysfunction persisted. Our investigations subsequently excluded thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli-induced HUS. Plasma exchange only improved lactate dehydrogenase levels. We clinically diagnosed this case as atypical HUS and started eculizumab treatment. The patient's platelet count increased, her renal dysfunction improved, and the gangrene on her feet was ameliorated. The patient was discharged without maintenance dialysis therapy after approximately 3 months. Subsequent tests revealed elevated serum levels of soluble C5b-9, and genetic testing revealed compound heterozygous c.184G > A (Val62Ile) and c.1204T > C (Tyr402His) single-nucleotide polymorphisms in complement factor H.We encountered a case of complement-mediated TMA accompanied by DIC, which was successfully treated with eculizumab. Further studies are necessary to support the optimal use of eculizumab for TMA with background diseases.

  10. Statins but not aspirin reduce thrombotic risk assessed by thrombin generation in diabetic patients without cardiovascular events: the RATIONAL trial.

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    Alejandro Macchia

    Full Text Available The systematic use of aspirin and statins in patients with diabetes and no previous cardiovascular events is controversial. We sought to assess the effects of aspirin and statins on the thrombotic risk assessed by thrombin generation (TG among patients with type II diabetes mellitus and no previous cardiovascular events.Prospective, randomized, open, blinded to events evaluation, controlled, 2×2 factorial clinical trial including 30 patients randomly allocated to aspirin 100 mg/d, atorvastatin 40 mg/d, both or none. Outcome measurements included changes in TG levels after treatment (8 to 10 weeks, assessed by a calibrated automated thrombogram. At baseline all groups had similar clinical and biochemical profiles, including TG levels. There was no interaction between aspirin and atorvastatin. Atorvastatin significantly reduced TG measured as peak TG with saline (85.09±55.34 nmol vs 153.26±75.55 nmol for atorvastatin and control groups, respectively; p = 0.018. On the other hand, aspirin had no effect on TG (121.51±81.83 nmol vs 116.85±67.66 nmol, for aspirin and control groups, respectively; p = 0.716. The effects of treatments on measurements of TG using other agonists were consistent.While waiting for data from ongoing large clinical randomized trials to definitively outline the role of aspirin in primary prevention, our study shows that among diabetic patients without previous vascular events, statins but not aspirin reduce thrombotic risk assessed by TG.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00793754.

  11. Effective anti-thrombotic therapy without stenting: intravascular optical coherence tomography-based management in plaque erosion (the EROSION study).

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    Jia, Haibo; Dai, Jiannan; Hou, Jingbo; Xing, Lei; Ma, Lijia; Liu, Huimin; Xu, Maoen; Yao, Yuan; Hu, Sining; Yamamoto, Erika; Lee, Hang; Zhang, Shaosong; Yu, Bo; Jang, Ik-Kyung

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    Plaque erosion, compared with plaque rupture, has distinctly different underlying pathology and therefore may merit tailored therapy. In this study, we aimed to assess whether patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) caused by plaque erosion might be stabilized by anti-thrombotic therapy without stent implantation. This was a single-centre, uncontrolled, prospective, proof-of concept study. Patients with ACS including ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction were prospectively enrolled. If needed, aspiration thrombectomy was performed. Patients diagnosed with plaque erosion by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and residual diameter stenosis 50% reduction of thrombus volume at 1 month compared with baseline. The secondary endpoint was a composite of cardiac death, recurrent ischaemia requiring revascularization, stroke, and major bleeding. Among 405 ACS patients with analysable OCT images, plaque erosion was identified in 103 (25.4%) patients. Sixty patients enrolled and 55 patients completed the 1-month follow-up. Forty-seven patients (47/60, 78.3%; 95% confidence interval: 65.8-87.9%) met the primary endpoint, and 22 patients had no visible thrombus at 1 month. Thrombus volume decreased from 3.7 (1.3, 10.9) mm3 to 0.2 (0.0, 2.0) mm3. Minimal flow area increased from 1.7 (1.4, 2.4) mm2 to 2.1 (1.5, 3.8) mm2. One patient died of gastrointestinal bleeding, and another patient required repeat percutaneous coronary intervention. The rest of the patients remained asymptomatic. For patients with ACS caused by plaque erosion, conservative treatment with anti-thrombotic therapy without stenting may be an option.

  12. Targeting factor VIII expression to platelets for hemophilia A gene therapy does not induce an apparent thrombotic risk in mice.

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    Baumgartner, C K; Mattson, J G; Weiler, H; Shi, Q; Montgomery, R R

    2017-01-01

    Essentials Platelet-Factor (F) VIII gene therapy is a promising treatment in hemophilia A. This study aims to evaluate if platelet-FVIII expression would increase the risk for thrombosis. Targeting FVIII expression to platelets does not induce or elevate thrombosis risk. Platelets expressing FVIII are neither hyper-activated nor hyper-responsive. Background Targeting factor (F) VIII expression to platelets is a promising gene therapy approach for hemophilia A, and is successful even in the presence of inhibitors. It is well known that platelets play important roles not only in hemostasis, but also in thrombosis and inflammation. Objective To evaluate whether platelet-FVIII expression might increase thrombotic risk and thereby compromise the safety of this approach. Methods In this study, platelet-FVIII-expressing transgenic mice were examined either in steady-state conditions or under prothrombotic conditions induced by inflammation or the FV Leiden mutation. Native whole blood thrombin generation assay, rotational thromboelastometry analysis and ferric chloride-induced vessel injury were used to evaluate the hemostatic properties. Various parameters associated with thrombosis risk, including D-dimer, thrombin-antithrombin complexes, fibrinogen, tissue fibrin deposition, platelet activation status and activatability, and platelet-leukocyte aggregates, were assessed. Results We generated a new line of transgenic mice that expressed 30-fold higher levels of platelet-expressed FVIII than are therapeutically required to restore hemostasis in hemophilic mice. Under both steady-state conditions and prothrombotic conditions induced by lipopolysaccharide-mediated inflammation or the FV Leiden mutation, supratherapeutic levels of platelet-expressed FVIII did not appear to be thrombogenic. Furthermore, FVIII-expressing platelets were neither hyperactivated nor hyperactivatable upon agonist activation. Conclusion We conclude that, in mice, more than 30-fold higher levels of

  13. Neutrophil Protease Cleavage of Von Willebrand Factor in Glomeruli - An Anti-thrombotic Mechanism in the Kidney.

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    Tati, Ramesh; Kristoffersson, Ann-Charlotte; Manea Hedström, Minola; Mörgelin, Matthias; Wieslander, Jörgen; van Kooten, Cees; Karpman, Diana

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    Adequate cleavage of von Willebrand factor (VWF) prevents formation of thrombi. ADAMTS13 is the main VWF-cleaving protease and its deficiency results in development of thrombotic microangiopathy. Besides ADAMTS13 other proteases may also possess VWF-cleaving activity, but their physiological importance in preventing thrombus formation is unknown. This study investigated if, and which, proteases could cleave VWF in the glomerulus. The content of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) was studied as a reflection of processes occurring in the subendothelial glomerular space. VWF was incubated with human GBMs and VWF cleavage was assessed by multimer structure analysis, immunoblotting and mass spectrometry. VWF was cleaved into the smallest multimers by the GBM, which contained ADAMTS13 as well as neutrophil proteases, elastase, proteinase 3 (PR3), cathepsin-G and matrix-metalloproteinase 9. The most potent components of the GBM capable of VWF cleavage were in the serine protease or metalloprotease category, but not ADAMTS13. Neutralization of neutrophil serine proteases inhibited GBM-mediated VWF-cleaving activity, demonstrating a marked contribution of elastase and/or PR3. VWF-platelet strings formed on the surface of primary glomerular endothelial cells, in a perfusion system, were cleaved by both elastase and the GBM, a process blocked by elastase inhibitor. Ultramorphological studies of the human kidney demonstrated neutrophils releasing elastase into the GBM. Neutrophil proteases may contribute to VWF cleavage within the subendothelium, adjacent to the GBM, and thus regulate thrombus size. This anti-thrombotic mechanism would protect the normal kidney during inflammation and could also explain why most patients with ADAMTS13 deficiency do not develop severe kidney failure. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Tacrolimus (FK506) suppresses rt-PA-induced hemorrhagic transformation in a rat thrombotic ischemia stroke model.

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    Maeda, Masashi; Furuichi, Yasuhisa; Noto, Takahisa; Matsuoka, Nobuya; Mutoh, Seitaro; Yoneda, Yukio

    2009-02-13

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of tacrolimus on recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rt-PA)-induced hemorrhagic transformation, and to characterize its suppressive action for hemorrhage. Thrombotic occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) was induced by photochemical reaction in spontaneously hypertensive rats, and hemorrhagic scores and brain damage were measured 24 h after MCA occlusion. Administration of rt-PA 3 h after MCA occlusion significantly worsened spontaneous hemorrhagic changes and tended to aggravate brain damage. Hematoma was observed in 7 of 15 rats treated with rt-PA, and 0 of 15 rats in the control group. Tacrolimus alone administered intravenously 3 h after MCA occlusion did not produce any hemorrhagic changes. The combined treatment of tacrolimus followed by rt-PA significantly decreased the incidence of hematoma and brain damage in comparison with that of the rt-PA treated group. Permeability of the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) detected by extravasations of Evans blue was investigated 6 h after MCA occlusion, as was the integrity of microvascular endothelial cells as determined by immunohistochemical assessment of the prevalence of platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1/CD31). Combined treatment of rt-PA with tacrolimus reduced the rt-PA-induced extravasation of Evans blue and preserved CD31-positive cells in the ischemic hemisphere. Thus, tacrolimus was able to reduce the rt-PA-induced hemorrhagic transformation, which might be due to the protective effects on cerebral microvascular endothelial cells after thrombotic cerebral ischemia during the acute phase of cerebral ischemia. In conclusion, the combination of rt-PA with tacrolimus may be useful for decreasing the risk of thrombolytic therapy.

  15. Subcutaneous Injection Volume of Biopharmaceuticals-Pushing the Boundaries.

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    Mathaes, Roman; Koulov, Atanas; Joerg, Susanne; Mahler, Hanns-Christian

    2016-08-01

    Administration into the subcutaneous (SC) tissue is a typical route of delivery for therapeutic proteins, especially for frequent treatments, long-term regimens, or self-administration. It is currently believed that the maximum volume for SC injections is approximately 1.5 mL. Larger SC injection volumes are considered to be associated with injection pain and adverse events at the injection site. However, no controlled clinical studies and actual evidence exist to support this assumption. In this review, we discuss current and publically available data related to SC administration volumes. We conclude that injection volumes higher than 3.5 mL are worth exploring if required for the development of efficacious drug treatments. Studying tissue back pressure, injection site leakage, local tolerability, and injection-related adverse events, such as injection pain, should be considered for the development of higher SC injection volumes. Copyright © 2016 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Subcutaneous blood flow in early male pattern baldness

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    Klemp, P.; Peters, K.; Hansted, B.

    1989-05-01

    The subcutaneous blood flow (SBF) was measured by the /sup 133/Xe washout method in the scalp of 14 patients with early male pattern baldness. Control experiments were performed in 14 normal haired men matched for age. The SBF in the scalp of the normal individuals was about 10 times higher than previously reported SBF values in other anatomical regions. In patients with early male pattern baldness, SBF was 2.6 times lower than the values found in the normal individuals (13.7 +/- 9.6 vs 35.7 +/- 10.5 ml/100 g/min-1). This difference was statistically significant (p much less than 0.001). A reduced nutritive blood flow to the hair follicles might be a significant event in the pathogenesis of early male pattern baldness.

  17. Testosterone therapy decreases subcutaneous fat and adiponectin in aging men

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    Frederiksen, L.; Højlund, K.; Hougaard, D. M.

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Testosterone therapy increases lean body mass and decreases total fat mass in aging men with low normal testosterone levels. The major challenge is, however, to determine whether the metabolic consequences of testosterone therapy are overall positive. We have previously reported that 6......-month testosterone therapy did not improve insulin sensitivity. We investigated the effect of testosterone therapy on regional body fat distribution and on the levels of the insulin-sensitizing adipokine, adiponectin, in aging men with low normal bioavailable testosterone levels. DESIGN: A randomized......, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study on 6-month testosterone treatment (gel) in 38 men, aged 60–78 years, with bioavailable testosterone 94 cm. METHODS: Central fat mass (CFM) and lower extremity fat mass (LEFM) were measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry. Subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (SAT...

  18. Subcutaneous and Sublingual Immunotherapy in Allergic Asthma in Children

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    Full Text Available This review presents up-to-date understanding of immunotherapy in the treatment of children with allergic asthma. The principal types of allergen immunotherapy (AIT are subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT. Both of them are indicated for patients with allergic rhinitis and/or asthma, who have evidence of clinically relevant allergen-specific IgE, and significant symptoms despite reasonable avoidance measures and/or maximal medical therapy. Studies have shown a significant decrease in asthma symptom scores and in the use of rescue medication, and a preventive effect on asthma onset. Although the safety profile of SLIT appears to be better than SCIT, the results of some studies and meta-analyses suggest that the efficacy of SCIT is better and that SCIT has an earlier onset than SLIT in children with allergic asthma. Severe, not controlled asthma, and medical error were the most frequent causes of SCIT-induced adverse events.

  19. Medical image of the week: subcutaneous calcification in dermatomyositis

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A 36-year old woman was referred to our Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD clinic for evaluation of dyspnea. A high-resolution CT scan of the chest showed perivascular reticular and ground glass opacities with air trapping, consistent with non-specific interstitial pneumonitis (Figure 1. She was diagnosed with connective tissue associated ILD. On review of previous images extensive subcutaneous calcifications were seen (Figure 2. Calcinosis is an uncommon manifestation of dermatomyositis in adults (1. It is usually seen around areas of frequent trauma like the hands and elbows. In her case, a pelvic inflammatory disease may have been a trigger for this calcinosis. Calcinosis is a difficult complication to treat with some success seen with diltiazem, aluminum hydroxide, and even alendronate in children. Surgical excision may be required in some cases.

  20. Optoacoustic imaging of subcutaneous microvasculature with a class one laser.

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    Bost, Wolfgang; Lemor, Robert; Fournelle, Marc

    2014-09-01

    We developed a combined imaging platform allowing optoacoustic and ultrasound imaging based on a low energy laser and a handheld probe. The device is based on a sensitive single element 35-MHz focused transducer, a 2-D piezoscanner and a dual-wavelength switchable Nd:YAG laser. Acoustical detection and optical illumination are confocal for optimization of optoacoustic signal-to-noise ratio. The system allows to scan over a range up to 12 mm ×12 mm in xy-direction with an isotropic lateral resolution of about 90 μm. Although the device is a class 1 laser product having pulse energies in the range, in vivo images of subcutaneous microvasculature could be obtained from human skin with signal-to-noise levels as good as 20 dB.

  1. Subcutaneous mucor zygomycosis with potential life-threatening visceral complication

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    Angeline

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    Full Text Available A mass in right supraclavicular fossa in a diabetic patient mimicking tuberculosis (TB adenitis that ultimately proved to be subcutaneous zygomycosis. A high degree of clinical suspicion is needed for diagnosis especially when these lesions occur at typical sites for the more common indolent infections like TB. This case is being presented not only because of its rarity, but to emphasize the role of early diagnosis and appropriate treatment to prevent serious complications due to proximity to major structures. Fluconazole was used despite not being the ideal drug, solely due to cost constraints. Our patient responded well. However, we do emphasize that response to fluconazole is the exception rather than the rule.

  2. Subcutaneous immunoglobulin preserves muscle strength in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

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    Markvardsen, L H; Harbo, T; Sindrup, S H

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIG) is superior to placebo treatment for maintenance of muscle strength during 12 weeks in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). The present study evaluated whether SCIG preserves muscle strength for 1 year...... evaluated after 3, 6 and 12 months. Primary end-points were changes in muscle strength evaluated by isokinetic dynamometry in four affected muscle groups and a composite score of muscle performance and function tests, including Medical Research Council (MRC) score, grip strength, 40-m walking test (40-MWT...... remained unchanged. CONCLUSION: SCIG preserves muscle strength and functional ability in patients with CIDP who previously responded to IVIG. SCIG should be considered as an alternative in long-term treatment of CIDP patients....

  3. [Value of aspiration biopsy of subcutaneous fat in amyloidosis].

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    Ponce, P; Carvalho, F; Coelho, A

    1986-01-01

    Fine-needle aspiration of subcutaneous fat (FNAF) was performed in 24 patients, 12 with previously diagnosed amyloidosis presenting with proteinuria or nephrotic syndrome, and 12 presenting a nephrotic syndrome without amyloidosis on renal biopsy. FNAF was positive in 10 of 12 patients with amyloidosis (sensitivity: 83%) and negative in 12 of 12 patients with non-amyloid nephrotic syndrome (specificity: 100%). Considering a 2.5 to 10% prevalence of amyloidosis in adult patients with proteinuria or nephrotic syndrome, a positive FNAF is diagnostic of amyloidosis, and a negative FNAF rules out the diagnosis with a probability of 98 to 99%. FNAF is a simple and safe method which can be useful in patients who cannot undergo a renal biopsy.

  4. Subcutaneous Fluid Administration: A Potentially Useful Tool in Prehospital Care

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    Annette O. Arthur

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mass casualty incidents (MCIs and disaster medical situations are ideal settings in which there is need for a novel approach to infusing fluids and medications into a patient’s intravascular space. An attractive new approach would avoid the potentially time-consuming needlestick and venous cannulation requiring a trained practitioner. In multiple-patient situations, trained practitioners are not always available in sufficient numbers to enable timely placement of intravenous catheters. The novel approach for intravascular space infusion, described in this paper involves the preadministration of the enzyme, human recombinant hyaluronidase (HRH, into the subcutaneous (SC space, via an indwelling catheter. The enzyme “loosens” the SC space effectively enhancing the absorption of fluids and medication.

  5. En-face optical coherence tomography in the diagnosis and management of age-related macular degeneration and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy

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    Tiffany Lau

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Optical coherence tomography (OCT is a noninvasive imaging modality providing high-resolution images of the central retina that has completely transformed the field of ophthalmology. While traditional OCT has produced longitudinal cross-sectional images, advancements in data processing have led to the development of en-face OCT, which produces transverse images of retinal and choroidal layers at any specified depth. This offers additional benefit on top of longitudinal cross-sections because it provides an extensive overview of pathological structures in a single image. The aim of this review was to discuss the utility of en-face OCT in the diagnosis and management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. En-face imaging of the inner segment/outer segment junction of retinal photoreceptors has been shown to be a useful indicator of visual acuity and a predictor of the extent of progression of geographic atrophy. En-face OCT has also enabled high-resolution analysis and quantification of pathological structures such as reticular pseudodrusen (RPD and choroidal neovascularization, which have the potential to become useful markers for disease monitoring. En-face Doppler OCT enables subtle changes in the choroidal vasculature to be detected in eyes with RPD and AMD, which has significantly advanced our understanding of their pathogenesis. En-face Doppler OCT has also been shown to be useful for detecting the polypoid lesions and branching vascular networks diagnostic of PCV. It may therefore serve as a noninvasive alternative to fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography for the diagnosis of PCV and other forms of the exudative macular disease.

  6. The Effect of Everolimus Initiation and Calcineurin Inhibitor Elimination on Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in De Novo Recipients: One-Year Results of a Scandinavian Randomized Trial.

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    Arora, S; Andreassen, A K; Andersson, B; Gustafsson, F; Eiskjaer, H; Bøtker, H E; Rådegran, G; Gude, E; Ioanes, D; Solbu, D; Sigurdardottir, V; Dellgren, G; Erikstad, I; Solberg, O G; Ueland, T; Aukrust, P; Gullestad, L

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    Early initiation of everolimus with calcineurin inhibitor therapy has been shown to reduce the progression of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in de novo heart transplant recipients. The effect of de novo everolimus therapy and early total elimination of calcineurin inhibitor therapy has, however, not been investigated and is relevant given the morbidity and lack of efficacy of current protocols in preventing CAV. This 12-month multicenter Scandinavian trial randomized 115 de novo heart transplant recipients to everolimus with complete calcineurin inhibitor elimination 7-11 weeks after HTx or standard cyclosporine immunosuppression. Ninety-five (83%) patients had matched intravascular ultrasound examinations at baseline and 12 months. Mean (± SD) recipient age was 49.9 ± 13.1 years. The everolimus group (n = 47) demonstrated significantly reduced CAV progression as compared to the calcineurin inhibitor group (n = 48) (ΔMaximal Intimal Thickness 0.03 ± 0.06 and 0.08 ± 0.12 mm, ΔPercent Atheroma Volume 1.3 ± 2.3 and 4.2 ± 5.0%, ΔTotal Atheroma Volume 1.1 ± 19.2 mm(3) and 13.8 ± 28.0 mm(3) [all p-values ≤ 0.01]). Everolimus patients also had a significantly greater decline in levels of soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor-1 as compared to the calcineurin inhibitor group (p = 0.02). These preliminary results suggest that an everolimus-based CNI-free can potentially be considered in suitable de novo HTx recipients. © Copyright 2015 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  7. Preliminary results of a prospective randomized study of cyclosporine versus tacrolimus in the development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy at 1 year after heart transplantation.

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    Sánchez-Lázaro, I J; Almenar-Bonet, L; Martínez-Dolz, L; Buendía-Fuentes, F; Navarro-Manchón, J; Raso-Raso, R; Agüero, J; Salvador-Sanz, A

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    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is the leading cause of death after the first year post-heart transplantation (HT). Numerous factors have been implicated in the development of CAV. The aim of this prospective randomized study was to assess the impact of cyclosporine (CsA) and tacrolimus (Tac) on the development of CAV. From November 2006 to October 2008, 49 HT patients in our center were randomized to receive CsA or Tac. The additional treatment for all patients consisted of daclizumab induction and maintenance treatment with mycophenolate mofetil (1 g/12 hours) and steroids (withdrawal was not attempted). Thirteen patients died before coronary arteriography plus intravascular ultrasound of the left anterior descending artery was performed at 1 year after HT. Hence, the final number of patients included was 36 (18 per group). We considered significant CAV to be the presence of intimal proliferation>1 mm and/or>0.5 mm in 180°. The statistical methods were Student t and chi-square tests. There were no differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. Nor were there significant differences in maximum intimal proliferation between the groups (CsA 0.65±0.29 vs Tac 0.82±0.51 mm; P=.292) or in the development of significant CAV when both criteria were combined (CsA 31.6% vs Tac 38.9%; P=.642). One year after HT, no differences were detected in the development of significant CAV according to the type of calcineurin inhibitor used when combined with daclizumab induction and maintenance treatment with mycophenolate mofetil and steroids. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Tolerance of subcutaneously administered antibiotics: a French national prospective study.

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    Roubaud-Baudron, Claire; Forestier, Emmanuel; Fraisse, Thibaut; Gaillat, Jacques; de Wazières, Benoit; Pagani, Leonardo; Ingrand, Isabelle; Bernard, Louis; Gavazzi, Gaëtan; Paccalin, Marc

    2017-01-08

    Although poorly documented, subcutaneous (SC) administration of antibiotics is common practice in France especially in Geriatrics Departments. The aim of this study was to determine the tolerance of such a practice. Prospective observational multicentre study. Sixty-six physicians accepted to participate from 50 French Infectious Diseases and Geriatrics Departments. From May to September 2014, patients treated at least one day with SC antibiotics could be included. Modalities of subcutaneous administration, occurrence of local and systemic adverse effects (AE) and clinical course were collected until the end of the treatment. Two hundred-nineteen patients (83.0 [19–104] yo) were included. Ceftriaxone (n = 163, 74.4%), and ertapenem (n = 30, 13.7%) were the most often prescribed antibiotics. The SC route was mainly used because of poor venous access (65.3%) and/or palliative care (32.4%). Fifty patients (22.8%) experienced at least one local AE that led to an increased hospital stay for two patients (4.0%) and a discontinuation of the SC infusion in six patients (12.0%). A binary logistic regression for multivariate analysis identified the class of antibiotic (p = 0.002) especially teicoplanin and the use of rigid catheter (p = 0.009) as factors independently associated with AE. In over 80% of cases, SC antibiotics were well tolerated and associated with clinical recovery. SC administration of antibiotics leads to frequent but local and mild AE. Use of non-rigid catheter appears to be protective against AE. As it appears to be a safe alternative to the intravenous route, more studies are needed regarding efficacy and pharmacokinetics.

  9. The influence of Lidocaine temperature on pain during subcutaneous injection.

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    Lundbom, Janne S; Tangen, Lena F; Wågø, Kathrine J; Skarsvåg, Trine I; Ballo, Solveig; Hjelseng, Tonje; Foss, Olav A; Finsen, Vilhjalmur

    2017-04-01

    Injection of local anaesthetics is an uncomfortable procedure. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of lidocaine temperature on pain during subcutaneous injection. A randomised, double blind trial with 36 healthy volunteers was performed. Each subject received three injections of 4.5 ml 1% lidocaine subcutaneously on the abdomen; refrigerated (8 °C), at room temperature (21 °C), and warmed to body temperature (37 °C). By giving every subject injections of all three temperatures they served as their own controls. The participants were asked to evaluate the pain felt during the injection by placing a pencil mark on a 100 mm Visual Analogue Scale without intermediate markings immediately after every injection. They were told that the scale ranged from no pain to worst imaginable pain (0 = best; 100 = worst). Retrospectively the participants did a verbal assessment of the most and least painful injection. The median VAS score for the heated lidocaine was 16 (range =11-28), lidocaine at room temperature 25 (13-40) and for the cold 24 (11-35). The VAS scores for the heated lidocaine was significantly lower than for lidocaine at room temperature (p = 0.004). Also, the verbal assessment of heated lidocaine being less painful than the injection at room temperature was statistically significant (p = 0.015). Injection with lidocaine heated to around body temperature was less painful than injection with lidocaine at room temperature. There was no statistically significant difference in verbal assessment or VAS scores between the cold lidocaine and that at room temperature.

  10. Treatment with subcutaneous and transdermal fentanyl: Results from a population pharmacokinetic study in cancer patients

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    A.W. Oosten (Astrid); J.A. Abrantes (João A.); S. Jönsson (Siv); P. de Bruijn (Peter); E.J.M. Kuip (Evelien); A. Falcão (Amílcar); C.C.D. van der Rijt (Carin); A.H.J. Mathijssen (Ron)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractPurpose: Transdermal fentanyl is effective for the treatment of moderate to severe cancer-related pain but is unsuitable for fast titration. In this setting, continuous subcutaneous fentanyl may be used. As data on the pharmacokinetics of continuous subcutaneous fentanyl are lacking, we

  11. Treatment with subcutaneous and transdermal fentanyl: results from a population pharmacokinetic study in cancer patients

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    Oosten, A.W.; Abrantes, J.A.; Jonsson, S.; Bruijn, P. de; Kuip, E.J.M.; Falcao, A.; Rijt, C.C. van der; Mathijssen, R.H.

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: Transdermal fentanyl is effective for the treatment of moderate to severe cancer-related pain but is unsuitable for fast titration. In this setting, continuous subcutaneous fentanyl may be used. As data on the pharmacokinetics of continuous subcutaneous fentanyl are lacking, we studied the

  12. [Solitary subcutaneous hydatid cyst of gluteal area: an unusual localisation. A case report].

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    Daoudi, A; Loudiyi, W-D; Elibrahimi, A; Elmrini, A; Chakour, K; Boutayeb, F

    2008-10-01

    Subcutaneous localization of hydatid cyst is uncommon even in endemic zone. Symptoms are often discrete. Diagnosis is confirmed by imaging: ultrasonography and/or magnetic resonance imaging, thus avoiding any untimely gesture. The treatment is surgery. Authors report a case of unusual subcutaneous localization of solitary hydatid cystis in the gluteal area.

  13. Paragonimiasis in the Abdominal Cavity and Subcutaneous Tissue: Report of 3 Cases

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    Lee, Chang Ho; Kim, Jong Hun; Moon, Woo Sung; Lee, Min Ro

    2012-01-01

    Paragonimiasis is a parasitic disease caused by the lung fluke, Paragonimus spp. Lung flukes may be found in various organs, such as the brain, peritoneum, subcutaneous tissues, and retroperitoneum, other than the lungs. Abdominal paragonimiasis raises a considerable diagnostic challenge to clinicians, because it is uncommon and may be confused with other abdominopelvic inflammatory diseases, particularly peritoneal tuberculosis, and peritoneal carcinomatosis. Also, subcutaneous paragonimiasi...

  14. Clinical efficacy of sublingual and subcutaneous birch pollen allergen-specific immunotherapy

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    Khinchi, M S; Poulsen, Lars K.; Carat, F

    2004-01-01

    Both sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy (SLIT) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) have a documented clinical efficacy, but only few comparative studies have been performed.......Both sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy (SLIT) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) have a documented clinical efficacy, but only few comparative studies have been performed....

  15. Extended analysis of AL-amyloid protein from abdominal wall subcutaneous fat biopsy

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    Olsen, K E; Sletten, K; Westermark, Per

    1998-01-01

    a subcutaneous fat tissue biopsy and submitted to extended protein separation, typing and amino acid sequence analyses. The AL-protein belonged to the rare immunoglobulin light chain kappa, subtype kappa IV and contained unique amino acid substitutions, mostly in the highly preserved framework regions. The study...... shows that subcutaneous fat biopsies are useful sources of amyloid material for biochemical studies....

  16. Migrerende subcutane zwellingen door dirofilariasis na een bezoek aan Zuid-Frankrijk

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    de Vries, P. J.; Visser, L. G.; Vetter, H. C. M.; Muller, H. P.; Polderman, A. M.

    2003-01-01

    In two women, aged 59 and 31 years, who suffered from an itching cutaneous nodule, subcutaneous dirofilariasis was diagnosed. The disease is characterised by recurrent migrating subcutaneous nodules and swellings. Both patients recently visited the South of France. Laboratory examination revealed a

  17. Case report: Subcutaneous fat necrosis: report of a case and a ...

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    Subcutaneous fat necrosis (SCFN) occurs in term newborn with history of difficult delivery. Apart from the soft tissue lesions, the infants may suffer from life threatening hypercalcemia as a complication of disease requiring various medications. A case of subcutaneous fat necrosis with history of birth asphyxia is presented ...

  18. Changes in the relative thickness of individual subcutaneous adipose tissue layers in growing pigs

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    McEvoy, Fintan; Strathe, Anders Bjerring; Madsen, Mads T.

    2007-01-01

    in thickness per unit change in body weight was greatest for L2, followed by L1 and L3. Conclusion: These results demonstrate that subcutaneous adipose layers grow at different rates These results demonstrate that subcutaneous adipose layers grow at different rates relative to each other and to change in body...... weight and indicate that ultrasound can be used to track these differences....

  19. Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis on the scrotum caused by Exophiala jeanselmei: case report.

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    Rossetto, André Luiz; Dellatorre, Gerson; Pérsio, Renan André; Romeiro, José Ceciliano de Menezes; Cruz, Rosana Cé Bella

    2010-01-01

    Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis is a disease caused by dematiaceous fungi that develops mainly in immunocompromised patients. Lesions are generally located on the lower limbs. The present report describes a case of phaeohyphomycosis in an immunocompetent patient in whom a subcutaneous abscess was located in an unusual site, on the left hemiscrotum. The abscess was treated successfully with oral fluconazole associated with surgical excision.

  20. Relationship between subcutaneous blood flow and absorption of lente type insulin

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    Hildebrant, P; Mehlsen, J; Birch, K

    1987-01-01

    To study the relationship between the absorption of intermediate acting insulin and the local subcutaneous blood flow (SBF) 8 diabetic patients were given subcutaneous injections of 125I labeled human lente type insulin and 133Xenon in the abdominal wall. External measurements of the tracer...

  1. Iatrogenic Lower Extremity Subcutaneous Emphysema after Prolonged Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy

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    Monica Hagan Vetter

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Subcutaneous emphysema is a known complication of carbon dioxide insufflation, an essential component of laparoscopy. The literature contains reports of hypercarbia, pneumothorax, or pneumomediastinum. However, isolated lower extremity subcutaneous emphysema remains a seldom-reported complication. We report a case of unilateral lower extremity subcutaneous emphysema following robotic-assisted hysterectomy, bilateral salpingooophorectomy, staging, and anterior/posterior colporrhaphy for carcinosarcoma and vaginal prolapse. On postoperative day 1, the patient developed tender crepitus and bruising of her right ankle. Radiography confirmed presence of subcutaneous air. Vital signs and laboratory findings were unremarkable. Her symptoms spontaneously improved over time, and she was discharged in good condition on day 2. In stable patients with postoperative extremity swelling or pain with crepitus on exam, the diagnosis of iatrogenic subcutaneous emphysema must be considered.

  2. Subcutaneous Emphysema, Pneumomediastinum, Pneumoretroperitoneum, and Pneumoscrotum: Unusual Complications of Acute Perforated Diverticulitis

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    S. Fosi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema usually result from spontaneous alveolar wall rupture and, far less commonly, from disruption of the upper airways or gastrointestinal tract. Subcutaneous neck emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and retropneumoperitoneum caused by nontraumatic perforations of the colon have been infrequently reported. The main symptoms of spontaneous subcutaneous emphysema are swelling and crepitus over the involved site; further clinical findings in case of subcutaneous cervical and mediastinal emphysema can be neck and chest pain and dyspnea. Radiological imaging plays an important role to achieve the correct diagnosis and extension of the disease. We present a quite rare case of spontaneous subcutaneous cervical emphysema, pneumomediastinum, and pneumoretroperitoneum due to perforation of an occult sigmoid diverticulum. Abdomen ultrasound, chest X-rays, and computer tomography (CT were performed to evaluate the free gas extension and to identify potential sources of extravasating gas. Radiological diagnosis was confirmed by the subsequent surgical exploration.

  3. Subcutaneous Emphysema in Non-Necrotizing Soft Tissue Injury

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    Full Text Available History of present illness: 63-year-old male with a history of diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis who was sent to the emergency department by his primary care provider for further evaluation of left upper extremity crepitus. The patient fell onto his left elbow two days prior to presentation resulting in immediate swelling and a small laceration. He complained of minimal pain and denied fevers or chills. His medications included metformin, tocilizumab, methotrexate and prednisone. In the ED, the patient was well-appearing, afebrile, with a normal heart rate and in no acute distress. Examination of the left upper extremity revealed no tenderness to palpation but marked crepitus with a scabbed laceration over his olecranon process and was neurovascularly intact. White blood cell count (WBC, sodium, glucose, inflammatory markers and lactate were all within normal limits. Significant findings: X-Rays of the elbow revealed diffuse striated lucencies throughout the soft tissue, consistent with extensive subcutaneous air throughout the superficial and deep tissues. There was no evidence of a fracture. Discussion: The initiating mechanism for necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTIs is a disruption of the fascial planes, most commonly by trauma. The inoculated bacteria rapidly spread and surgical debridement is necessary.1-3 Early recognition and disposition to the operating room in 51 are correlated with increased morbidity and mortality.5 Additionally, it has been found that immunocompromised patients exhibit atypical presentations of NSTIs.6 The Laboratory Risk Indicator for Necrotizing Fasciitis (LRINEC score is often used to risk stratify patients when there is suspicion for an NSTI.7 The patient discussed here had a LRINEC score of 0. However, the physical exam finding of crepitus, coupled with his history of immunocompromised status and subcutaneous air on X-ray made the diagnosis of NSTI seem likely. However, upon surgical exploration

  4. Subcutaneous methotrexate for symptomatic control of severe recalcitrant psoriasis: safety, efficacy, and patient acceptability.

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    Manalo, Iviensan F; Gilbert, Kathleen E; Wu, Jashin J

    2015-01-01

    Although oral methotrexate is an effective first-line traditional systemic therapy for psoriasis, the use of the subcutaneous form of methotrexate for the treatment of psoriasis has not been fully established. This study is a literature review of the research related to the safety, efficacy, and patient acceptability of subcutaneous methotrexate for its application in the treatment of severe recalcitrant psoriasis. Systematic literature searches were conducted of the PubMed, Ovid, and ClinicalTrials.gov databases. Only three relevant sources of literature were found studying subcutaneous methotrexate specifically in the context of psoriasis. Of these, only one clinical trial was found to directly study the use of subcutaneous methotrexate in psoriasis patients; however, results of this study have not been published. The other two literature sources involved a cost-effectiveness analysis and a literature review for subcutaneous methotrexate. Otrexup™ and Rasuvo™ are two particular single-use auto-injector modalities of subcutaneous methotrexate that are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The equivalents of Rasuvo available in countries outside of the USA are advertised as Metoject® or Metex®. Much more research has been conducted on the use of subcutaneous methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis patients. There is a lack of original evidence-based studies evaluating the use of subcutaneous methotrexate specifically for the treatment of psoriasis. Based on the more extensively researched data on the safety, efficacy, and patient acceptability of subcutaneous methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis patients, its application for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis is promising. More evidence-based studies on psoriasis subjects are needed to explore the practical application of subcutaneous methotrexate as a treatment option for severe recalcitrant psoriasis.

  5. High negative pressure subcutaneous suction drain for managing debilitating subcutaneous emphysema secondary to tube thoracostomy for an iatrogenic post computed tomography guided transthoracic needle biopsy pneumothorax: Case report and review of literature

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    Zeeshan Ahmed

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    Conclusion: Debilitating subcutaneous emphysema which causes distress, anxiety, palpebral closure, dyspnoea or dysphagia requires intervention. High negative pressure subcutaneous suction drain provides immediate and sustained relief in extensive and debilitating SE.

  6. Subcutaneous tissue reaction to synthetic auditory ossicle (Apaceram) in rats.

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    Cui, P C; Ohsaki, K; It, K; Tenshin, S; Kawata, T

    1995-01-01

    A study was carried out in order to obtain further information about the soft tissue response to thin Apaceram discs of dense hydroxyapatite (HA) implanted in rats for various periods of time between one day and 10 months. The Apaceram discs were implanted subcutaneously into the interscapular region of 33 rats. A sham operation was performed on eight rats used as controls. Decalcified histological sections stained with haematoxylin and eosin and Mallory's azan were examined and the different cell types found around the implants were counted. It was found that an acute inflammatory reaction occurred after one day and disappeared at about two weeks after implantation. In the test groups, macrophages and lymphocytes disappeared about one week later, and no inflammatory reaction was observed from one to three months. However, a tissue reaction occurred at six months with the appearance of macrophages and lymphocytes, and decreased gradually at 10 months. Meanwhile, a few foreign body giant cells at the Apaceram-tissue interface and a thick layer of fibrous connective tissue around the Apaceram disc were observed at 10 months. No osteogenesis was observed in any specimen. The results obtained so far suggest that Apaceram is still a useful material for reconstructive surgery, despite the possible appearance of a slight macrophage reaction at six months.

  7. Challenges and recent advances in the subcutaneous delivery of insulin.

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    Guo, Xiaohui; Wang, Wei

    2017-06-01

    The morbidity of diabetes mellitus is increasing, and subcutaneous injection of exogenous insulin is well established as an effective therapeutic strategy for reducing complications associated with the disease. However, the pain that accompanies repeated injections is an important drawback, and can detrimentally affect the adherence to therapy. Recently, there have been great improvements in injection devices and techniques, including the development of microneedle systems and quantitative injection technologies, which have increased the accuracy of injection, decreased leakage of insulin to the skin surface, and reduced pain. Areas covered: This review highlights some limitations of current techniques for the injection of insulin and its analogs, and describes new methodologies and strategies that have been developed in an attempt to overcome these limitations. Furthermore, novel technologies currently under development that are potential future prospects for insulin delivery are discussed. Expert opinion: New technologies have provided easier and well-tolerated treatment regimens for diabetes patients. However, to further improve patients' satisfaction, self-regulated insulin delivery, automatic adjustment of needle length, memory function to the injection device, use of novel materials could be introduced into insulin injection. Intelligent control of insulin delivery and soluble microneedle arrays may be important areas of future research.

  8. Selection of patients for sublingual versus subcutaneous immunotherapy.

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    Larenas Linnemann, Désirée E S; Blaiss, Michael S

    2014-01-01

    Allergen immunotherapy is the sole treatment for IgE-mediated allergic diseases directed at the underlying mechanism. The two widely accepted administration routes are sublingual (SLIT) and subcutaneous (SCIT). We reviewed how patients should best be selected for immunotherapy and how the optimal administration route can be defined. Before deciding SCIT or SLIT, appropriate selection of patients for allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is mandatory. To be eligible for AIT, subjects must have a clear medical history of allergic disease, with exacerbation of symptoms on exposure to one or more allergens and a corresponding positive skin or in vitro test. Then the route of administration should be based on: published evidence of clinical and immunologic efficacy (which varies per allergic disease and per allergen); mono- or multi-allergen immunotherapy, for SLIT multi-allergen immunotherapy was not effective; safety: adverse events with SLIT are more frequent, but less severe; and, costs and patient preferences, closely related to adherence issues. All these are discussed in the article.

  9. Retained medullary cord extending to a sacral subcutaneous meningocele.

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    Murakami, Nobuya; Morioka, Takato; Shimogawa, Takafumi; Hashiguchi, Kimiaki; Mukae, Nobutaka; Uchihashi, Kazuyoshi; Suzuki, Satoshi O; Iihara, Koji

    2017-11-03

    A retained medullary cord (RMC) is a rare closed spinal dysraphism with a robust elongated neural structure continuous from the conus and extending to the dural cul-de-sac. One case extending down to the base of a subcutaneous meningocele at the sacral level has been reported. We report on three cases of closed spinal dysraphism, in which a spinal cord-like tethering structure extended out from the dural cul-de-sac and terminated at a skin-covered meningocele sac in the sacrococcygeal region, which was well delineated in curvilinear coronal reconstructed images of 3D-heavily T2-weighted images (3D-hT2WI). Intraoperative neurophysiology revealed the spinal cord-like tethering structure was nonfunctional, and histopathology showed that it consisted of central nervous system tissue, consistent with RMC. The tethering structure histologically contained a glioneuronal core with an ependymal-like lumen and smooth muscle, which may indicate developmental failure during secondary neurulation. When the RMC extending to a meningocele is demonstrated with the detailed magnet resonance imaging including 3D-hT2WI, decision to cut the cord-like structure for untethering of the nervous tissue should be made under careful intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.

  10. Bilateral uveal metastasis of a subcutaneous fibrosarcoma in a cat.

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    Mowat, Freya M; Langohr, Ingeborg M; Bilyk, Olenka; Koterbay, Amy; Pierce, Kenneth E; Petersen-Jones, Simon M

    2012-11-01

    A 6-year-old neutered male domestic short-haired cat was presented to the Comparative Ophthalmology service at Michigan State University with a 3-week history of decreased appetite and redness of the left eye. The left forelimb had been removed 15 months previously because of the presence of a subcutaneous fibrosarcoma. In the left globe, a large iridal mass was associated with increased intraocular pressure and retinal detachment. A smaller mass involving the right iris was also present. Imaging revealed a 2-cm mass in the left caudodorsal lung lobe, and abdominal ultrasound showed multifocal bilateral renal masses. Aspirates of these masses were nondiagnostic. The left globe was removed for palliative reasons, and histopathology showed that fibrosarcoma was infiltrating the iris, choroid, and optic nerve. Despite systemic chemotherapy with doxorubicin, the animal died 4 months after initial presentation. Histopathology confirmed highly angioinvasive metastatic fibrosarcoma also in the right uveal tract, the lungs, and both kidneys. © 2012 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  11. Biocompatibility evaluation of biodentine in subcutaneous tissue of rats.

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    Mori, Graziela Garrido; Teixeira, Ligia Moraes; de Oliveira, Danilo Louzada; Jacomini, Larissa Menegucci; da Silva, Sindinéia Rodrigues

    2014-09-01

    Biodentine (Septodont, St-Maur-des-Fossés, France) is a new material suitable for various clinical situations in endodontics, such as perforation repair, retrograde filling, pulp capping, and others. Because it is a new material, its properties should be analyzed before routine clinical use. Thus, this study evaluated the biocompatibility of Biodentine in the subcutaneous tissue of rats. This study was conducted on 15 male rats. Two incisions were made on the dorsal region of each animal for the introduction of 4 tubes. One tube was empty, 1 was filled with zinc oxide-eugenol cement, 1 was filled with mineral trioxide aggregate, and the last tube was filled with Biodentine. After 7, 14, and 30 days, the animals were sacrificed, and the specimens were submitted to histotechnical preparation. The histologic sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and analyzed using light microscopy. Scores were established according to the inflammatory process and were statistically compared using the Kruskal-Wallis test (P Biodentine; however, at 14 and 30 days, the inflammatory process was mild or nonsignificant. Biodentine was biocompatible with tissue after the 14th day. Copyright © 2014 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Psychopathology and Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion in Type 1 Diabetes

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    Francesco Rotella

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII is used as an option in patients with diabetes failing to multiple daily injections (MDI. Psychological factors may play a relevant role in the failure to attain therapeutic goals in patients on MDI. This could lead to an overrepresentation of psychopathology in patients treated with CSII. Methods. A consecutive series of 100 patients with type 1 diabetes was studied, collecting main clinical parameters and assessing psychopathology with the self-reported questionnaire Symptom Checklist 90-revised. Patients on CSII were then compared with those on MDI. Results. Of the 100 enrolled patients, 44 and 56 were on CSII and MDI, respectively. Among men, those on CSII were younger than those on MDI; conversely, no difference in age was observed in women. Women on CSII showed higher scores on most Symptom Checklist 90 subscales than those on MDI, whereas no differences were observed in men. Conclusion. Women with type 1 diabetes treated with CSII display higher levels of psychopathology than those on MDI. This is probably the consequence of the fact that patients selected for CSII are those failing to MDI. Higher levels of psychopathology could represent a limit for the attainment and maintenance of therapeutic goals with CSII.

  13. Evolution of subcutaneous adipose tissue fibrosis after bariatric surgery.

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    Chabot, K; Gauthier, M-S; Garneau, P Y; Rabasa-Lhoret, R

    2017-04-01

    Obesity is associated with the development of metabolic complications such as insulin resistance (IR). The mechanisms leading to IR remain unclear. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between adipose tissue fibrosis and IR in obese patients before and after bariatric surgery. Thirty-five obese patients awaiting bariatric surgery (12 with type 2 diabetes) were included in the study. Non-diabetic patients were classified as either insulin-sensitive (n=11) or insulin-resistant (n=12), based on the Matsuda insulin sensitivity index (ISI Matsuda ). Homoeostasis model assessment (HOMA-IR) was used for longitudinal evaluation of insulin resistance. Fibrosis was quantified by Masson's trichrome staining on microscopy, and mRNA levels of fibrosis-related genes were examined in subcutaneous (SAT) and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) biopsies collected during and 6 months after bariatric surgery (SAT only). Despite their similar age, body mass index and fat mass, SAT fibrosis was significantly higher in diabetic vs insulin-sensitive patients (Psurgery and significant weight loss, fibrosis levels remained unchanged in SAT, although IR was significantly reduced in all groups (Psurgery. Overall, these results show a significant but, most likely, transient association between SAT fibrosis and IR in obese humans. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Preference for subcutaneous or intravenous administration of trastuzumab in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer (PrefHer)

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    Pivot, Xavier; Gligorov, Joseph; Müller, Volkmar

    2013-01-01

    Subcutaneous trastuzumab has shown non-inferior efficacy and a similar pharmacokinetic and safety profile when compared with intravenous trastuzumab in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer. We assessed patient preference for either subcutaneous or intravenous trastuzumab...

  15. A prospective study of treatment patterns and 1-year outcome of Asian age-related macular degeneration and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

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    Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study the treatment patterns and visual outcome over one year in Asian patients with choroidal neovascular membrane secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD-CNV and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV. DESIGN: Prospective cohort, non-interventional study. METHODS: 132 treatment-naïve patients who received treatment for AMD-CNV and PCV were included. All patients underwent standardized examination procedures including retinal imaging at baseline and follow-up. AMD-CNV and PCV were defined on fundus fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography at baseline. Patients were treated according to standard of care.We report the visual acuity (VA and optical coherence tomography (OCT measurements at baseline, month 3 and month 12 The factors influencing month 12 outcomes were analyzed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Type of treatment, number of Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF treatments, visual outcome over one year. RESULTS: Anti-VEGF monotherapy was the initial treatment in 89.1% of AMD-CNV, but only 15.1% of PCV. The mean number of anti-VEGF injections up to month 12 was 3.97 (4.51 AMD-CNV, 3.43 PCV, p = 0.021. Baseline OCT, month 3 OCT and month 3 VA were significant in determining continuation of treatment after month 3. At month 12, mean VA improved from 0.82 (∼20/132 at baseline to 0.68 (∼20/96 at month 12 (mean gain 6.5 ETDRS letters, p = 0.002. 34.2% of eyes (38/113 eyes gained ≥15 ETDRS letters and 14.4% (16/113 eyes lost ≥15 ETDRS letters. There were no significant differences in visual outcome between AMD-CNV and PCV (p = 0.51. Factors predictive of month 12 visual outcome were baseline VA, baseline OCT central macular thickness, month 3 VA and age. CONCLUSIONS: There is significant variation in treatment patterns in Asian eyes with exudative maculopathy. There is significant visual improvement in all treatment groups at one year. These data highlight the need for high quality

  16. The impact of typical neovascular age-related macular degeneration and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy on vision-related quality of life in Asian patients.

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    Fenwick, Eva K; Cheung, Chui Ming Gemmy; Ong, Peng Guan; Tan, Gavin; Lee, Shu Yen; Yeo, Ian; Cheng, Ching Yu; Wong, Tien Y; Lamoureux, Ecosse L

    2017-05-01

    To determine the impact of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) on vision-related quality of life (VRQoL) in an Asian population. In this cross-sectional study, 162 subjects with nAMD from the Asian AMD Phenotyping Study and 105 randomly sampled age-matched and gender-matched controls from the population-based Singapore Chinese Eye Study were recruited. nAMD was categorised as either polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) or 'typical' AMD (tAMD). The reading, mobility and emotional well-being subscales of the impact of vision impairment (IVI) scale were validated using Rasch analysis and used as the main outcome measures and collectively referred to as VRQoL. Multivariate linear regression analyses were performed to assess the impact of nAMD overall, and PCV and tAMD subtypes, on the three IVI domains. Of the 162 with nAMD, 103 (63.6%) had PCV and 59 (36.4%) had tAMD. In multivariate models, nAMD overall was independently associated with a 21% reduction in reading (β=-1.08; CI -1.58 to -0.57); 16% reduction in mobility (β=-0.74; -1.14 to -0.33) and 44% reduction in emotional well-being (β=-2.15; -2.83 to -1.47) compared with controls. There were significant VRQoL deficits (p0.05). Neovascular AMD, including both PCV and tAMD subtypes, has a detrimental impact on VRQoL in Asian subjects independent of level of vision impairment. Interventions to increase reading capacity, enhance mobility and independence and improve mental health outcomes for subjects with neovascular AMD further address the impact of the condition on VRQoL in addition to pharmacological therapies. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  17. Acute Thrombotic Occlusion of the Popliteal Artery following Knee Dislocation: A Case Report of Management, Local Unit Practice, and a Review of the Literature

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    Hindi, Fadi; Ettles, Callum; Pemberton, Mark

    2017-01-01

    Arterial complications following traumatic knee injury are relatively rare but mandate timely recognition and treatment to avoid significant comorbidity and medicolegal ramifications. In this report we describe a case of acute thrombotic occlusion of the popliteal artery occurring after knee dislocation, successfully repaired by intimal fixation and a limited venous patch reconstruction. We present a review of local practice in screening vascular injuries following knee dislocation, aligned with a review of the literature and considerations for practice. PMID:28246569

  18. Impact of hormone-associated resistance to activated protein C on the thrombotic potential of oral contraceptives: a prospective observational study.

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    Heiko Rühl

    Full Text Available The increased thrombotic risk of oral contraceptives (OC has been attributed to various alterations of the hemostatic system, including acquired resistance to activated protein C (APC. To evaluate to what extent OC-associated APC resistance induces a prothrombotic state we monitored plasma levels of thrombin and molecular markers specific for thrombin formation in women starting OC use. Elevated plasma levels of thrombin have been reported to characterize situations of high thrombotic risk such as trauma-induced hypercoagulability, but have not yet been studied during OC use.Blood samples were collected prospectively from healthy women (n = 21 before and during three menstruation cycles after start of OC. APC resistance was evaluated using a thrombin generation-based assay. Plasma levels of thrombin and APC were directly measured using highly sensitive oligonucleotide-based enzyme capture assay (OECA technology. Thrombin generation markers and other hemostasis parameters were measured additionally.All women developed APC resistance as indicated by an increased APC sensitivity ratio compared with baseline after start of OC (p = 0.0003. Simultaneously, plasma levels of thrombin, prothrombin fragment 1+2, and of thrombin-antithrombin complexes did not change, ruling out increased thrombin formation. APC plasma levels were also not influenced by OC use, giving further evidence that increased thrombin formation did not occur.In the majority of OC users no enhanced thrombin formation occurs despite the development of APC resistance. It cannot be ruled out, however, that thrombin formation might occur to a greater extent in the presence of additional risk factors. If this were the case, endogenous thrombin levels might be a potential biomarker candidate to identify women at high thrombotic risk during OC treatment. Large-scale studies are required to assess the value of plasma levels of thrombin as predictors of OC-associated thrombotic risk.

  19. Myocardial contrast defect associated with thrombotic coronary occlusion: Pre-autopsy diagnosis of a cardiac death with post-mortem CT angiography

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    Lee, Heon; Cha, Jang Gyu [Dept. of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hye Jin; Lee, Soo Kyoung; Yang, Kyung Moo [Dept. of Forensic Medicine, National Forensic Service, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    We report the case of a female who died of suspected acute myocardial infarction. Post-mortem CT angiography (PMCTA) was performed with intravascular contrast infusion before the standard autopsy, and it successfully demonstrated the complete thrombotic occlusion of a coronary artery and also a corresponding perfusion defect on myocardium. We herein describe the PMCTA findings of a cardiac death with special emphasis on the potential benefits of this novel CT technique in forensic practice.

  20. Myocardial Contrast Defect Associated with Thrombotic Coronary Occlusion: Pre-Autopsy Diagnosis of a Cardiac Death with Post-Mortem CT Angiography

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    Park, Hyejin; Cha, Jang Gyu; Lee, Sookyoung; Yang, Kyungmoo

    2015-01-01

    We report the case of a female who died of suspected acute myocardial infarction. Post-mortem CT angiography (PMCTA) was performed with intravascular contrast infusion before the standard autopsy, and it successfully demonstrated the complete thrombotic occlusion of a coronary artery and also a corresponding perfusion defect on myocardium. We herein describe the PMCTA findings of a cardiac death with special emphasis on the potential benefits of this novel CT technique in forensic practice. PMID:26357496