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Immune System Diseases - Top 30 Publications

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Effects of Sotagliflozin Added to Insulin in Type 1 Diabetes.

Effects of Sotagliflozin Added to Insulin in Type 1 Diabetes.

Effects of Sotagliflozin Added to Insulin in Type 1 Diabetes.

Effects of Sotagliflozin Added to Insulin in Type 1 Diabetes.

Ankylosing spondylitis associated with Still's disease: should it be considered a pathophysiologic link or a simple association?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatism; it is part of the group of spondyloarthrites. General signs such as fever and weight loss are of little importance. Adult Still's disease is a rare systemic condition, a diagnosis of exclusion commonly characterized by high hectic fever, rash, arthritis and various systemic manifestations. Few cases of ankylosing spondylitis associated with adult Still's disease have been described in the literature. We here report the case of a 31-year old patient followed up for ankylosing spondylitis presenting with fever which had lasted for a long time and clinico-biological signs compatible with adult Still's disease. A possible pathophysiologic link between the two diseases may be suggested, even if their simultaneous occurrence has been rarely reported in the literature.

Low humoral responses to human cytomegalovirus is associated with immunological treatment failure among HIV infected patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy.

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is one of the opportunistic infections associated with significant morbidity and mortality among HIV/AIDS patients especially before introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Little is known regarding the humoral immune response against HCMV in relation to CD4 counts among HIV infected individuals. A total of 90 achieved sera from HIV infected patients attending Bugando Medical centre care and treatment centre (CTC) aged 18 years and above were retrieved and analyzed. Sociodemographic data were collected using structured data collection tool. Detection of specific HCMV antibodies was done using Indirect Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Data were analyzed by using STATA version 11. A total of 90 HIV infected patients were enrolled in the study whereby 36(40%) had immunological treatment failure. The mean age of the study participants was 39±12.3 years. The Prevalence of specific HCMV IgG antibodies was 84(93.3%, 95% CI: 88-98.5) while the prevalence of specific HCMV IgM antibodies was 2(2.3% 95% CI: 0.8-5.4). The median CD4 counts at 6 months and 12 months on HAART were significantly high in treatment success group. At 12 months of HAART as CD4 counts increases the HCMV IgG index value was also found to increase significantly, p=0.04. Significant proportion of HIV infected individuals was infected with HCMV. Higher median HCMV IgG titers were observed among patients with immunological treatment success. There is a need to investigate humoral immune responses in HIV infected individuals in relation to CD4 counts against various infectious diseases in developing countries where most of these infections are endemic.

Estimation of seroprevalence of HIV, hepatitis B and C virus and syphilis among blood donors in the hospital of Aïoun, Mauritania.

To estimating the seroprevalence of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis among blood donors in the Aïoun hospital.

Bullous pemphigoid and Parkinson's disease: about a case.

Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an organ-specific autoimmune disease which can be associated with many pathologies including degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Studies have suggested the possibility of cross-immune responses through "epitope spreading". Bullous dermatosis has been reported to be secondary to neurological disease, at intervals ranging from a few months to a maximum of a few years. Then is it an unusual association or a causation? It has been suggested that drug consumption, decubitus lesions, traumatic events as well as reduced immunity can be triggers for BP in patients with neurological disease. We report the case of a 93-year old patient with a 10-year history of advanced Parkinson's disease, hospitalized for the treatment of a common bullous pemphigoid confirmed by histology and immunohistochemistry. The patient was treated with oral corticosteroids. After a week of treatment, the patient died due to septic shock. Neurological disorders represent a real risk factor for BP. BP could be considered as a marker for neurological disorder. These associations are of broad interest, because they can play a role in the etiopathogenesis of BP and contribute to a complete understanding of the causes of these neurodegenerative diseases.

Objective testing is cost effective.

Effects of Sotagliflozin Added to Insulin in Type 1 Diabetes.

Primary Sjögren's Syndrome.

Conflicting asthma guidelines reflect different motives.

The clinical manifestation, survival outcome and predictive prognostic factors of 137 patients with primary gastrointestinal lymphoma (PGIL): Strobe compliant.

This retrospective study aimed to investigate clinical characteristics and prognostic factors in patients with primary gastrointestinal lymphoma (PGIL) of Chinese population.From January 2001 to December 2015, 137 patients diagnosed with PGIL were recruited. The clinical features, treatment, and follow-up information were analysed.The median patient age was 62.3 years. With 18.47 months follow-up, the 2-year progress-free survival and overall survival rate was 74.9% and 75.5%, respectively. The overall response rate was 33.6%. Age≥60 years, advanced Lugano staging (≥stage IIE), elevated lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels, ≥2 extra-nodal involved sites, National Comprehensive Cancer Network International Prognostic Index (NCCN-IPI)≥4, Ki-67≥50% were associated with worse prognosis in univariate analysis (P < .05). By multivariate analyses, we determined that the involvement of extra-nodal involved sites was the only statistically significant poor prognostic factor in PGIL.Age, staging, LDH levels, NCCN-IPI, Ki-67 especially involvement of multiple extra-nodal sites were associated with poor overall survival of PGIL.

Nursing care of a boy seriously infected with Steven-Johnson syndrome after treatment with azithromycin: A case report and literature review.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is an acute blistering disease of the skin and mucous membranes. SJS in children is not common but potentially serious disease. But the epidemiology of SJS in China is not well defined.

Longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis with pulmonary tuberculosis: Two case reports.

Longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) is characterized by contiguous inflammatory lesions of spinal cord extending to ≥3 vertebral segments. The etiology of LETM is complicated, including various infection, autoimmune disease, and so on. Neuromyelitis optic spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is the most common cause of LETM. Several case reports have suggested the associations between NMOSD and pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB).

Severe malnutrition evaluated by patient-generated subjective global assessment results in poor outcome among adult patients with acute leukemia: A retrospective cohort study.

To evaluate nutritional status in adult patients with acute leukemia (AL) using patient-generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA) and to investigate the influence of nutritional status on prognosis.We observationally investigated 68 adult patients with newly diagnosed AL who received PG-SGA at the First Hospital of Jilin University between May 2013 and July 2015. Clinical features, chemotherapy regimens, biochemical indexes, body composition, complete remission (CR) rate, minimal residual disease (MRD), survival time, and side-effects of chemotherapy were compared between patients with and without severe malnutrition.Mean PG-SGA scores of the total patients were 6.1 ± 4.0, and 19 of 68 (27.9%) patients had severe malnutrition (PG-SGA score ≥9). Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) had higher scores than those with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL; P = .011) and high-risk patients had higher scores regardless of whether they had AML or ALL (AML, P = .012; ALL, P = .043). Univariate analysis showed that severe malnutrition was correlated with age (P = .041), transferrin (P = .042), Karnofsky Performance Status score (P = .006), and C-reactive protein (CRP) (P = .018). Multivariate analysis demonstrated that severe malnutrition was associated with CRP (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.020, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.002-1.039, P = .026). No difference was found in CR rate (P = .831) between patients with and without malnutrition, but those who were severely malnourished had higher MRD (P = .048 in AML patients, P = .036 in ALL patients) and more gastrointestinal side-effects (P = .014). Severe malnutrition was also associated with inferior overall survival (HR = 0.243, 95% CI: 0.063-0.945, P = .041) but not with event-free survival (HR = 0.808, 95% CI: 0.338-1.934, P = .663).Severe malnutrition defined by PG-SGA in adult patients with de novo AL may result in poor outcome.

Clinically suspected anaphylaxis induced by sugammadex in a patient with Weaver syndrome undergoing restrictive mammoplasty surgery: A case report with the literature review.

Sugammadex is a cylodextrin derivate that encapsulates steroidal neuromuscular blocker agents and is reported as a safe and well-tolerated drug. In this case report, we present a patient who developed grade 3 anaphylaxis just after sugammadex administration.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia arising after treatment of Ewing sarcoma was misdiagnosed as bone marrow metastasis of Ewing sarcoma: A case report.

Both acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and Ewing sarcoma (ES) are small round cell tumors, and it is difficult to differential diagnose them because of overlapping clinical, radiographic, histologic, and immunophenotypic features.

Isolated skeletal muscle recurrence of an originally nodal diffuse large B cell lymphoma: A case report and review of the literature.

Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a malignancy of the B cells with extranodal primary involvement being estimated at 30% to 40% of cases. Primary skeletal muscle presentation of DLBCL is extremely rare, with an estimated incidence of about 0.5% of extranodal lymphomas, presenting mostly in the lower extremities. The possible mechanisms of muscle involvement of DLBCL include primary extranodal disease, extension from adjacent organs (such as lymph nodes) or disseminated disease.

Extramedullary plasmacytoma of the trachea: A case report and review of the literature.

Extramedullary plasmacytomas (EMPs) are rare solitary soft tissue tumors characterized by monoclonal proliferation of plasma cells. Most lesions occur in the head and neck, but primary tracheal lesions are very rare.

Lupus erythematosus panniculitis in a 10-year-old female child with severe systemic lupus erythematosus: A case report.

Lupus erythematosus panniculitis (LEP) is a rare subset of lupus erythematosus. The incidence of LEP in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ranges from 2% to 5%. In the previous literature, most LEP patients were women aged from 20 to 60 years, while pediatric cases were rare, all of whom appeared on their own without SLE.A rare LEP in a 10-year-old female child with severe SLE is presented.

Herbal medicine (Bojungikki-tang) for allergic rhinitis: A protocol for a systematic review of controlled trials.

Bojungikki-tang, a herbal medicine for strengthening the digestive system, has been widely used in East Asian countries since the Yuan Dynasty in China. Moreover, Bojungikki-tang has reportedly exhibited anti-allergy effects in many clinical trials. This systematic review will assess the effectiveness and safety of Bojungikki-tang for allergic rhinitis (AR).

Synchronous Hodgkin lymphoma and gastric adenocarcinoma: A rare case report and literature review.

Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is a lymphoproliferative disease arising in the lymphoid tissue, which is characterized by Reed-Sternberg cells. Adenocarcinoma is the most frequent pathological type of stomach cancer. Improved survival in HL patients leads to the development of secondary malignancies. However, synchronous occurrence of these 2 malignancies is extremely rare. Here, we present a 45-year-old male complaining of a lymph node mass in the neck, without any abdominal symptoms, diagnosed as HL and gastric adenocarcinoma with hepatitis B carrier status. We treated the patient with 8 courses of pirarubicin bleomycin, vincristine, and dacarbazine (modified ABVD), and 4 courses of capecitabine therapy concurrently along with oral entecavir, as the patient survived longer than 20 months.The prognosis of multiple primary malignancies is poor because therapy is difficult, without a standard treatment. The frequency of multiple primary malignancies is increasing in recent years, and second malignancies in patients with cancer should be taken into consideration.

Escalating Inhaled Glucocorticoids to Prevent Asthma Exacerbations.

Quadrupling Inhaled Glucocorticoid Dose to Abort Asthma Exacerbations.

Asthma exacerbations are frightening for patients and are occasionally fatal. We tested the concept that a plan for patients to manage their asthma (self-management plan), which included a temporary quadrupling of the dose of inhaled glucocorticoids when asthma control started to deteriorate, would reduce the incidence of severe asthma exacerbations among adults and adolescents with asthma.

Quintupling Inhaled Glucocorticoids to Prevent Childhood Asthma Exacerbations.

Asthma exacerbations occur frequently despite the regular use of asthma-controller therapies, such as inhaled glucocorticoids. Clinicians commonly increase the doses of inhaled glucocorticoids at early signs of loss of asthma control. However, data on the safety and efficacy of this strategy in children are limited.

Outcome and prognosis of spinal myeloma surgery.