Antithyroid drugs (ATDs) have been widely and effectively used for the treatment of pediatric and adult thyrotoxicosis for more than a half century. Since the very beginning of ATD use, reports of hepatic dysfunction related to propylthiouracil (PTU) therapy have been published. We describe a case of a 12-year-old girl, who, after 4 weeks of therapy for Graves disease (GD) with PTU (300 mg/day at 100 mg given three times a day), developed fatigue, fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. The initial diagnosis was "viral gastrointestinal infection". Few days after the initiation of her symptoms, the patient developed jaundice, hepatic tenderness, and dark urine. She was admitted to the hospital where, after an extensive investigation, it was found that serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) and serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) were elevated (2312 and 1435 IU/L, respectively), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was 171 IU/L and total bilirubin was 12.7 mg/dL, whereas direct bilirubin was 7.6 mg/dL and prothrombin time was 23.2 s (normal ratio, < 14.5 s). Serology for hepatitis A and B was negative. The diagnosis of PTU-induced hepatitis was established. PTU was discontinued, and a treatment with prednisone (50 mg/day) and vitamin K was initiated. Four weeks after admission, her hepatic tests returned to normal. We searched the English literature and we present details of all cases with PTU-related hepatic toxicity in children and adolescents published so far. Also, we provide information regarding the mechanisms and treatment of this appalling clinical entity. Finally, after recent recommendations from American Thyroid Association (ATA) and European Thyroid Association (ETA), PTU should be administered only in the first trimester of pregnancy and in cases of drug allergy to methimazole.
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This case illustrates that eosinophilic pneumonia may be a late sequela of bleomycin toxicity, and may respond dramatically to steroid treatment.
We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (Issue 3, 2011), MEDLINE and EMBASE to July 2011.
A 43-year-old man with antisynthetase syndrome was seen in our pulmonary clinic for worsening dyspnea. He was recently diagnosed with antisynthetase syndrome because he had nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis on a surgical lung biopsy and polymyositis associated with anti-Jo-1 and anti-SSA-52 autoantibodies. Along with his worsening dyspnea, he also had a dry cough, lower extremity edema, and abdominal distension. He had gained 11 kg over 1 month. He had been taking prednisone 40 mg daily 2 months prior, which had been recently weaned to 20 mg daily. He had also been on mycophenolate mofetil but had recently discontinued it on his own.
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NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type is an aggressive and uncommon malignancy. Disease that occurs outside of the aerodigestive tract exhibits an even more aggressive clinical behaviour and does not respond as well to conventional therapy compared to its nasal counterpart. We report such a case of NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type, that presented as an anterior chest wall mass, arising from the left pectoralis muscle. An interesting feature we wish to highlight is the associated eosinophilia that corresponded to disease activity, exhibiting fluctuations with surgical resection and chemotherapy. To the best of our knowledge this is the third reported case of NK/T cell lymphoma that is associated with peripheral eosinophilia. Our case highlights the role of certain NK cell subsets that play a major role in eosinophilic activation in NK/T lymphomas and calls for more research into further classification of this disease by virtue of its NK cell subsets.
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A promising role of RTX in an intensified protocol of induction therapy can be envisaged in patients for whom avoiding immunosuppressive maintenance therapy and sparing steroids are particularly appealing. Moreover, our data confirm in one of the longest follow-up available, the opportunity to reconsider the regimens of BL depletion in the treatment of the most severe or refractory forms of SLE despite the disappointing results of RCTs.
Five dogs diagnosed with idiopathic IMHA received prednisone, MMF, and low-dose aspirin, along with transfusions and supportive therapies as indicated. One dog was euthanized on day 20 for progressive IMHA. One dog was euthanized on day 115 for intolerable MMF-induced gastrointestinal (GI) toxicity. Three dogs survived >1 year beyond the initial diagnosis and are alive at the time of this writing. The median length of hospitalization was 48 hours. The median time to resolution of the spherocytosis and anemia was 13 days and 44 days, respectively. The overall median time to discontinuation of MMF was 165 days. Two dogs required the use of modified cyclosporine (one with MMF, one without MMF). All dogs had suspected MMF-induced GI toxicity, including vomiting, anorexia, or diarrhea; in 2 dogs, these side effects necessitated discontinuation of the MMF.
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Plasma concentrations of prednisone correlated inversely with IL-6 and TNF-alpha release (R2=0.45, p=0.04 and R2=0.69, p=0.005, respectively) and NF-kappaB activation from monocytes (R2=0.58, p=0.01). The reduction of TNF-alpha release and NF-kappaB activation were significantly related (R2=0.56, p=0.01). Prednisone patients showed a significantly larger reduction of cytokine release and NF-kappaB activation compared to non-treated patients, at 10 days and 30 days. LLL was lower in the prednisone group (0.44+/-0.35 mm versus 0.80+/-0.53 mm, p=0.02) and correlated with reduction of TNF-alpha (R2=0.41, p=0.01).
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CD56 positive B-cell lymphoma is very rare. We experienced a case of CD56 positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, occurred in a young child. A 5-year-old girl complained with snoring and open mouth breathing. No any abnormality in laboratory or physical examination was present, except enlarged both tonsils. Bilateral tonsillectomy was performed. Cut sections of right tonsil showed a 2 cm size, solid mass. On microscopically, large monomorphic lymphoid cells were diffusely proliferated and showed positivity for CD20 and CD56 and negative for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Monoclonality was observed on immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangement. This is a unique case with incidentally found and occurred in a young child.
We report the case of a 44-year-old female undergoing maintenance hemodialysis in whom early-phase rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was successfully treated by leukocytapheresis (LCAP). The effects of prednisone, tacrolimus, and etanercept were limited, but LCAP was highly effective and its efficacy continued even after cessation of LCAP. Moreover, remission was maintained for 2 years after discontinuation of medication. LCAP may be an important treatment option for RA patients with end-stage renal failure who are on hemodialysis.
There were nine patients with stage IE and five with stage IIE disease. The median largest tumor diameter was 4.5 cm, and five patients had bulky disease >5 cm. The complete response rate was 94%. However, the 5-year progression-free survival rate was 52% with a median follow-up of 5.2 years. Patients with bulky disease had an unfavorable prognosis. All five patients with bulky disease progressed or relapsed. Of the four patients that recurred in the central nervous system (CNS), three had bulky disease although some received rituximab. There were no CNS recurrences in the three patients who received CNS prophylaxis. All eight patients who responded to radiotherapy (RT) did not have recurrences in the ipsilateral breast, although one patient with bulky disease relapsed in the adjacent regional lymph nodes within the RT field despite immunochemotherapy.
To describe differences in phenotype and outcomes in North American Native (NAN) patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) followed prospectively and compared to white patients with RA.
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Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and interleukin (IL)-10 are key cytokines involved in lymphoma development. Their pretreatment plasma levels were reported to influence the clinical course of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In this study the impact of combined elevation of TNF-alpha and IL-10 on disease features and outcome of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) were investigated. Plasma TNF-alpha and IL-10 levels were determined at the time of diagnosis in a group of 106 DLBCL patients uniformly treated with anthracycline-based regimens. Three risk groups depending on the pretreatment levels of the cytokines were identified: low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups. In univariate analysis, the cytokine intermediate- and high-risk groups were associated with lower probability of achieving a complete remission (odds ratio [OR] = 0.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.06-0.6, p = 0.006 and OR = 0.05, 95% CI 0.01-0.2, p < 0.0001, respectively) and shorter progression-free survival (PFS) (OR = 4.4, 95% CI 1.9-10.2, p < 0.001 and OR = 9.7, 95% CI 4.1-23.0, p < 0.0001, respectively) and overall survival (OS) (OR = 4.2, 95% CI 1.7-10.1, p = 0.002 and OR = 11.2, 95% CI 4.4-28.4, p < 0.0001, respectively) in comparison with the cytokine low-risk group. In multivariate analysis, the cytokine intermediate- and high-risk groups also correlated with shorter PFS (relative risk [RR] = 4.5, 95% CI 1.9-10.9, p = 0.001 and RR = 5.8, 95% CI 2.2-15.3, p < 0.0001, respectively) and OS (RR = 4.6, 95% CI 1.8-12.0, p = 0.001 and RR = 7.5, 95% CI 2.7-20.9, p < 0.0001, respectively) regardless of the International Prognostic Index (IPI) scoring system. The TNF-alpha and IL-10 level-based index may work as an additional model to the IPI for predicting the survival of DLBCL patients. This model may help to identify patients in a given IPI risk group for whom more accurate and risk-adapted treatment could be advised.
Withdrawing overused medications, starting prevention, and motivating patients may have helped the high adherence rates and decreasing headache frequency. Additionally, real-world patient studies are scarce and may be useful to guide clinicians struggling to help their daily headache patients. Open studies do not allow definitive conclusions and controlled studies with this subset of patients are necessary.
Lymphoma of the central nervous system (CNS) parenchyma is known to present as a well-demarcated mass with strong and homogenous gadolinium enhancement in the periventricular and/or superficial region. We report a case of central nervous system lymphoma (CNSL) manifesting as multiple white matter lesions with non-tumorous patchy or ring-like enhancement and partial spontaneous resolution on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Such findings are unusual and could lead to misdiagnosis without pathological evaluation.
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Two-year event-free survival was 90.8% (95% CI, 84.7%-96.9%). For patients who did not require radiotherapy, it was 89.4% (95% CI, 80.8%-98.0%) compared with 92.5% (95% CI, 84.5%-100%) for those who did (P = .61). Most common acute adverse effects were neuropathic pain (2% of patients), nausea or vomiting (3% of patients), neutropenia (32% of cycles), and febrile neutropenia (2% of patients). Nine patients (10%) were hospitalized 11 times (3% of cycles) for febrile neutropenia or nonneutropenic infection. Long-term adverse effects after radiotherapy were asymptomatic compensated hypothyroidism in 9 patients (10%), osteonecrosis and moderate osteopenia in 2 patients each (2%), subclinical pulmonary dysfunction in 12 patients (14%), and asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction in 4 patients (5%). No second malignant neoplasms were observed.
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Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis (MRH) is an uncommon non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis of unknown etiology. It is a multisystem disorder characterised by a papulonodular skin eruption, mainly in the extensor surfaces, and destructive polyarthritis. Histologically, either cutaneous lesions or the synovium show a dense dermal infiltrate of histiocytes and multinucleated giant cells with an eosinophilic granular material in the cytoplasm. In the immunohistochemical analysis these cells stain positively with monocyte/macrophage markers (CD68 and CD45), as well as with certain cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin 1β and interleukin 6). Moreover, recent reports suggest an osteoclastic nature of the infiltrating cells, as they stain strongly with osteoclast tissue lytic markers including tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase and cathepsin K. We report a case of MRH presenting with clinical features of dermatomyositis. Furthermore, the patient showed elevated cytokine serum levels that lowered after therapy.
Twenty four patients with mHRPC received docetaxel 75 mg/m2 every 3 weeks plus prednisone 5 mg twice daily for up to six cycles. The primary endpoint was efficacy measured by a reduction in serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and measurable disease. Evaluation of toxicity, quality of life and reduction of pain were secondary endpoints.
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Thalidomide with melphalan/prednisone (MPT) was defined as standard treatment in elderly patients with multiple myeloma (MM) based on five randomized trials. In one of these trials, HOVON49, a prospective health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) study was initiated in order to assess the impact of thalidomide on QoL. Patients aged >65 years with newly diagnosed MM were randomized to receive melphalan plus prednisone (MP) or MPT, followed by thalidomide maintenance in the MPT arm. Two hundred eighty-four patients were included in this side study (MP, n=149; MPT n=135). HRQoL was assessed with the EORTC Core QoL Questionnaire (QLQ-C30) and the myeloma-specific module (QLQ-MY24) at baseline and at predetermined intervals during treatment. The QLQ-C30 subscales physical function (P=0.044) and constipation (P<0.001) showed an improvement during induction in favour of the MP arm. During thalidomide maintenance, the scores for the QLQ-MY24 paraesthesia became significantly higher in the MPT arm (P<0.001). The QLQ-C30 subscales pain (P=0.12), insomnia (P=0.068), appetite loss (P=0.074) and the QLQ-MY24 item sick (P=0.086) scored marginally better during thalidomide maintenance. The overall QoL-scale QLQ-C30-HRQoL showed a significant time trend towards more favourable mean values during protocol treatment without differences between MP and MPT. For the QLQ-C30 subscales emotional function and future perspectives, difference in favour of the MPT arm from the start of treatment was observed (P=0.018 and P=0.045, respectively) with no significant 'time × arm' interaction, indicating a persistent better patient perspective with MPT treatment. This study shows that the higher frequency of toxicity associated with MPT does not translate into a negative effect on HRQoL and that MPT holds a better patient perspective.