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Kafkas Nikolaos - - 2012
Background. Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease and the acute clinical manifestations represent acute on chronic inflammation. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is found in the granules of human neutrophils, with many diverse functions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the hypothesis that levels NGAL in blood may reflect ...
Kurz K - - 2012
Septicaemia is a frequent complication in patients with haematological malignancies. In this study we analysed markers of inflammation/immune activation (C- reactive protein, interleukin-6, neopterin), tryptophan metabolites and mannose binding lectin (MBL) levels consecutively in 36 septic patients with haematological malignancies (HM) and non-haematological diseases [intensive care unit (ICU) patients]. During ...
Smeekens Sanne P - - 2011
Patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) cannot produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) due to a genetic defect in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase system. Dysregulation of the l-tryptophan metabolism in mice with defects in NADPH oxidase, resulting in overproduction of interleukin (IL)-17, has been proposed to link ROS ...
Changsirivathanathamrong Dechaboon - - 2011
To determine whether tryptophan metabolism to kynurenine contributes to the direct regulation of vascular tone in human septic shock. Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 is an inducible enzyme that converts tryptophan to kynurenine and shares functional similarities with inducible nitric oxide synthase. Recently, kynurenine has been identified as an endothelium-derived relaxing factor ...
Lumsden K R - - 2011
A clear-cut need exists for safe and effective alternatives to the use of isotretinoin in severe acne. Lack of data regarding the specifics of isotretinoin's mechanism of action has hampered progress in this area. Recently, the protein neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) has been identified as a mediator of the apoptotic ...
Nishikawa Toshio - - 2011
Background:  Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart muscle disease with cardiac dysfunction and a heterogenous disorder. This disease may show various histopathological aspects of the myocardium, but little is known about these in children. Methods:  Histopathological findings of endomyocardial biopsy from 20 pediatric patients with DCM were analyzed and compared ...
Dańczak-Pazdrowska Aleksandra - - 2011
Background: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, relapsing skin disorder which is strictly determined by the epidermal barrier function. In previous studies, there is conclusive evidence that normal-looking, nonlesional skin presents meaningful barrier function defect and a sub-clinical eczematous skin reaction. Aim: The authors intended to visualize nonlesional AD skin ...
Bali Deeksha S DS Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, 801 Capitola Drive, Suite 6, Durham, North Carolina 27713, USA. - - 2011
Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease type II, acid maltase deficiency) is caused by deficiency of lysosomal acid α-glucosidase (GAA). A few late-onset patients have been reported with skin fibroblast GAA activity levels of <2%. We measured GAA activity in skin fibroblasts from 101 patients with late-onset Pompe disease. Whenever possible, ...
Chillemi C - - 2011
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the histopathological changes that occur in the tendon and subacromial bursal tissue in patients with rotator cuff tear trying to correlate these changes to their healing capability. METHODS: Eighty-four patients were clinically evaluated with the Constant Scale. Radiographs and MRI were ...
Masui Y - - 2011
Backgrounds  Adiponectin has been demonstrated to be one of anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic factors, suggesting the potential of this cytokine to be involved in the developmental process of systemic sclerosis (SSc). Objective  The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of serum adiponectin levels in patients with SSc. ...
Buonocore Michelangelo - - 2011
Most Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) patients suffer from tactile allodynia (pain evoked by lightly touching the skin) and it is frequently the dominant clinical manifestation. The pathophysiology of tactile allodynia in PHN patients is poorly understood and this is one of the major limits to the development of appropriate therapies. Epidermal ...
Portugal-Cohen Meital - - 2011
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cutaneous manifestations are common in hemodialysis (HD) patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). Associated with uremia, pruritus is a frequently observed symptom in CRF patients and increases with deteriorating renal function. Skin hydrophilic biomarkers (SHB) may be altered in CRF compared to healthy controls. METHODS: A noninvasive skin wash ...
Okumura Yasuo - - 2011
MMP-2 Predicts the Outcome of AF Ablation. Introduction: Although catheter ablation can effectively eliminate atrial fibrillation (AF), the progression of atrial remodeling increases the risk of recurrence. AF is associated with inflammation and subsequent myocardial fibrosis. We therefore examined the possibility of determining the postablation prognosis of patients with AF using ...
Kretz Rita - - 2011
Pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1 (PYCR1) catalyzes the last step in proline synthesis. Deficiency of PYCR1, caused by a defect in PYCR1, was recently described in patients with cutis laxa, intrauterine growth retardation, developmental dysplasia of the hips and mental retardation. In this paper, we describe additional six patients (ages ranging from ...
Marzano A V - - 2011
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a skin disease caused by autoantibodies to hemidesmosomal proteins BP180 and BP230, with eosinophils participating in blister formation. Tissue factor (TF), the initiator of coagulation, is embodied within the eosinophil granules and exposed upon activation. We evaluated the coagulation activation in patients with BP (63), chronic ...
Veiga Daniela Francescato - - 2011
BACKGROUND: The number of post-bariatric patients had a significant increase over the last years, and a better understanding of the consequences of massive weight loss on skin is imperative. Despite weight-loss-related changes in collagen and elastin have been reported, less is known about changes in another of the matrix components ...
Idorn L W - - 2011
Background:  Previous studies on ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure before and after a diagnosis of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) have been based primarily on questionnaires. Objective measures are needed. Objectives:  To assess changes in UVR exposure in CMM patients using objective surrogate parameters in a descriptive study. Methods:  Ten patients recently ...
Sanyal Soma - - 2011
BACKGROUND: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a systemic disorder of patients with severe renal insufficiency who have received gadolinium (Gd)-based magnetic resonance contrast agents (GBCAs). The causative association with Gd exposure was strengthened by the demonstration of Gd in various tissues of NSF patients, predominantly at the bulk chemical level. ...
Longhi Barbara S - - 2011
Koebner phenomenon is defined as a nonspecific skin stimulus eliciting a disease skin reaction. The nature of the skin trauma varies greatly and includes areas of thermal injury, excoriations, surgical incisions, and scars. We report a patient with recent onset of systemic lupus erythematosus who developed Herpes zoster on immunosuppressant ...
Dalgic Buket - - 2011
Presentation of cystic fibrosis (CF) with an acrodermatitis enteropathica-like skin rash, anemia, and hypoproteinemia without pulmonary disease is rarely reported before. We describe an 11-month-old boy with rash and edema as the presenting signs of cystic fibrosis. The interesting additional finding in our patient was the graying hair after 3 months ...
Shirasaka Takuma - - 2011
Emtricitabine (FTC) has been reported to cause skin pigmentation (SP), and the incidence of SP associated with FTC varied with ethnicity, with a higher rate in African-American patients (8%). We assessed the incidence of SP in Japanese HIV-1-infected patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) with FTC for a period of ...
Harth Yoram - - 2011
The thermal effects of monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency (RF) have been proven to be beneficial in skin tightening. Nevertheless, these effects were frequently partial or unpredictable because of the uncontrolled nature of monopolar or unipolar RF and the superficial nature of energy flow for bipolar or tripolar configurations. One of ...
Ideguchi Haruko - - 2011
Clinical phenotypes of Behçet disease (BD) vary among ethnic groups. We chronologically analyzed the clinical manifestations of BD in 412 patients meeting the Japanese criteria for BD seen at 2 Yokohama City University hospitals from July 1991 to December 2007. We examined the onset of individual symptoms in each patient.A ...
Van Praet Jens T - - 2011
Objectives. To determine how sensitively SSc-associated ANAs are detected by a standard identification algorithm compared with an extensive panel of ANA identification assays, and to assess the distribution of SSc-associated ANAs and SSc organ system involvement in patients without skin involvement (limited SSc). Methods. Serum samples from 145 consecutive monocentric ...
Inzelberg R - - 2011
The risk of melanoma is higher in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) than in the general population. Whether the association is disease related or treatment related is unclear. The objective of this study was to assess melanoma prevalence in PD patients in Israel using active dermatologic screening. Consecutive patients with ...
Perić Sanja - - 2011
Chemical peeling implies the application of a chemical agent to the skin, which causes controlled destruction of a part or the entire epidermis, with or without the dermis, leading to exfoliation and removal of superficial lesions, followed by regeneration of new epidermal and dermal tissues. The present study was directed ...
Chao Chi-Chao - - 2011
To investigate the skin innervation and its clinical significance in late-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD). Case series. National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Patients  Forty consecutive nondiabetic patients with late-stage CKD (14 female and 26 male; mean [SD] age, 60.7 [12.3] years), including 2 cases with stage 3 CKD, 6 ...
Park Jin Mo - - 2011
Background  Hypomelanosis of Ito (HI), a neurocutaneous disorder characterized by hypopigmented skin lesions along Blaschko's line with multiple accompanying diseases, may occasionally present with sexual precocity. Methods  We reviewed cases of HI with sexual precocity reported in the literature and focused on collecting information on other associated organ abnormalities, chromosomal ...
Bakare Muideen O - - 2011
Abnormal hemoglobin distribution on global map, of which hemoglobin S (Hb.S) accounted for about 80% of the disorders resulting from them are more prevalent in the tropics and sub-tropics. Homozygous sickle cell disease (Hb.SS) is the most common and most severe form of sickle cell disease (SCD) in phenotypic expression. ...
Wang Kun-Yi - - 2011
The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is the most commonly used test to screen for autoimmune diseases. However, only a limited numbers of studies have addressed the characteristics of patients positive for ANA. In this study, we aimed to clarify the relationship between initial presentations, ANA titer, and final diagnoses. Patients ...
Yanaba Koichi - - 2011
To determine serum interleukin-33 (IL-33) levels and their associations with clinical parameters in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Serum IL-33 levels were examined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 69 patients with SSc and 30 healthy individuals. In a retrospective longitudinal study, sera from 14 patients with SSc were analyzed (follow-up, ...
Galarraga B - - 2011
Objectives: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by progressive fibrosis of various organs, and causes hard, tethered, and inelastic skin. The modified Rodnan score is used to quantify skin involvement, but this method is subjective and user dependent. The aim of this study was to test the ability of a new ...
Chang Wei-Kuo - - 2011
Patients with a long-term PEG may suffer from complications and received physical and endoscopic examinations. However, these examinations do not provide information between skin and stomach. We present the findings of computed tomography (CT) for patients with long-term percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). After 1 year PEG (183 patients), 57 patients had ...
Zhou Tie - - 2011
Abstract Background and Purpose: Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) still plays a significant role in decompressing the renal collecting system. Percutaneous nephrostomy tubes (PNTs), however, which are flexible and may not be protected well by patients, are vulnerable to mechanical drag, although they are carefully fixed to the skin with silk suture. ...
Rosato Edoardo - - 2011
Digital ulcers (DUs) and gangrene are common skin manifestations of connective tissue diseases, especially systemic sclerosis. Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is an almost universal manifestation of systemic sclerosis, with 95% of all patients being affected, and resulting in DUs in approximately 30% of the patients each year. Although RP may be ...
Basaran Yelda - - 2011
Background: Myocardial scar causes heterogeneous ventricular activation, which results in fragmentation of QRS complexes on ECG. Myocardial fibrosis in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NDCM) can be identified as late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) areas on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) studies. We investigated the association of fragmented QRS (fQRS) complexes with systolic ...
Acampa Maurizio - - 2011
Acampa M, Lazzerini PE, Guideri F, Rechichi S, Capecchi PL, Maccherini M, Laghi-Pasini F. Homocysteine and P wave dispersion in patients with heart transplantation. Clin Transplant 2011: 25: 119-125. © 2009 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Abstract: Background:  Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy), a putative independent risk factor for the development of atherotrombosis in ...
Salomon Joanna - - 2011
A case is presented of a female Caucasian patient with chronic peripheral blood eosinophilia and unusual skin manifestations. Within a couple of years, the patient developed multiple hyperkeratotic and hyperpigmented papules and plaques all over the body, palmoplantar keratoderma, pachydermia of acral parts of the body, and generalized pruritus. Generalized ...
Van Praet Jens T - - 2011
The aims of the present study were to identify histopathological parameters which are linked to local clinical skin disease at two distinct anatomical sites in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with skin involvement (limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (lcSSc) or diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc)) and to determine the sensitivity of SSc ...
Sjöwall Johanna - - 2011
Despite the good prognosis of erythema migrans (EM), some patients have persisting symptoms of various character and duration post-treatment. Several factors may affect the clinical outcome of EM, e.g. the early interaction between Borrelia (B.) burgdorferi and the host immune response, the B. burgdorferi genotype, antibiotic treatment as well as ...
Mahmoodi Nesheli Hassan - - 2011
Background: The Pelger-Huet anomaly dominantly is a rare and benign inherited defect of terminal neutrophil differentiation. Although neutrophil migration may be minimally impaired, granulocytes function is otherwise normal association abnormalities such as ocular, musculoskeletal are reported very rare. Case Presentation : An eight year-old boy with good consciousness but severe ...
Kumaresan M - - 2010
Background.  The direct immunofluorescence (DIF) pattern of the outer root sheath (ORS) of the hair follicle in patients with pemphigus resembles that of perilesional skin. We performed DIF on anagen and telogen hair ORS from patients with pemphigus and compared the findings with those of perilesional skin. Aim.  To assess ...
Roman S - - 2010
Esophageal involvement occurs in about 80% of patients with systemic sclerosis, with a marked diminution of peristaltic pressures in the distal two-thirds of the esophagus. Our aims were to more fully characterize esophageal motility disorders in systemic sclerosis using high-resolution manometry (HRM) and to determine predictive factors of esophageal involvement. ...
Le Fourn E - - 2010
Background  Secondary lymphoedema is characterized by lymphatic stasis that is often the result of a lymph node lesion. At advanced stages it may cause trophic changes in the skin. However, the presence of changes in the nail unit has not been reported to date. Objectives  The aim of this study ...
Meert Agna - - 2010
We present the case report of a 57-year-old woman with severe monointoxication with dosulepine (Prothiaden) who developed a Brugada-like electrocardiographic pattern. In tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) poisoning the Brugada-like pattern on electrocardiogram is a characteristic albeit rare manifestation of the frequently occurring conduction abnormalities in the myocardium and its recognition is ...
Koschke Mandy - - 2010
Increased mortality in anorexia nervosa is associated with autonomic dysfunction and prolongation of the QT interval. In this study, we examined the relative importance of repolarization abnormalities and vagal modulation of heart rate. In particular, we hypothesized that patients with anorexia nervosa show increased QT interval variability, particularly since this ...
Ledoux Monica - - 2011
Marfan syndrome (MS) (OMIM 154700) has been associated with various skin manifestations. We sought to clarify the value of skin signs in patients with MS. This was a case-control study. A total of 61 consecutive patients (median age: 34 years) seen in the French Reference Centre for MS and Related Disorders ...
Klein S - - 2011
To determine the frequency and suppressive capacity of regulatory T cells (T(reg)) and their association with clinical parameters in patients with systemic scleroderma (SSc). Peripheral blood from 25 patients with SSc, 15 patients with localised scleroderma (LS) and 29 healthy controls (HC) was studied. Analysis of CD4(+) forkhead box P3 ...
Kalgaard Ole Magne - - 2011
To report on the histopathologic findings of affected skin in consecutively collected biopsy specimens from 49 patients with erythromelalgia (EM). Skin biopsy specimens were obtained from the foot arch and analyzed by light microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy, and electron microscopy. Oslo University Hospital-Gaustad, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Thirty-one patients had ...
Hurmeric Volkan - - 2010
The authors report in vivo morphology of opaque bubble layers with ultrahigh-resolution anterior-segment optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT) in 3 patients. Two patients were operated on with a 30-kHz IntraLase femtosecond laser (Abbott Medical Optics, Abbott Park, IL) and one patient was operated on with a 500-kHz VisuMax femtosecond laser (Carl ...
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