New concepts in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis.

New concepts in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis. Expert Rev Respir Med. 2019 Aug 15;: Authors: Bennett D, Bargagli E, Refini RM, Rottoli P Abstract Introduction: The pathogenesis of sarcoidosis is not yet completely understood, although in recent years our knowledge has made considerable progress. Areas covered: This review aims to highlight the latest findings, identified from PubMed, EMBASE and Web of Science, on the pathogenetic mechanisms of sarcoidosis, considering the studies on potential environmental antigens, genetic background and host immune responses. Particular emphasis has been on recent studies on antigens, as it now seems clear that it is not a single, but various antigens of microbial and non-microbial origin that share the ability to induce the series of immune-inflammatory events that lead to granuloma formation, activating host genetically influenced immune responses that involve innate and even more adaptive immunity. The dysregulation of Th17, Th17.1 cells and Tregs, and their role in the resolution and maintenance of granulomatous inflammation has been reported. Expert opinion: The considerable amount of data that has been accumulated on sarcoidosis pathogenesis will have to be carefully interpreted, particularly to discover which pathways lead to severe forms with organ damage. There is an urgent need for a panel of biomarkers indicating the involvement of the various pathways, to be used for better characterizing patient phenotype...
Source: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Expert Rev Respir Med Source Type: research

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We present two identical twin sarcoidosis patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. A number of factors may cause carpal tunnel syndrome like wrist anatomy, occupation, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy and renal failure. Although the above factors do not directly cause carpal tunnel syndrome, they may increase your chances of developing or aggravate median nerve damage as it is in sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis relevant neuropathy and granulomas may be the primary mechanism of sarcoidosis associated carpal tunnel syndrome. Although rare, carpal tunnel syndrome may be a feature of sarcoidosis that may lead to irreversib...
Source: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Monaldi Arch Chest Dis Source Type: research
Authors: Brito-Zerón P, Kostov B, Superville D, Baughman RP, Ramos-Casals M, Autoimmune Big Data Study Group Abstract In sarcoidosis, a rare multiorgan disease of unknown aetiology characterised by non-caseating epitheloid cell granulomas, three geoepidemiological factors are major aetiopathogenic factors: geolocation, ethnicity, and personal environment. Geographically, sarcoidosis is mainly reported in the Northern Hemisphere, with the highest incidence rates uniformly reported in countries located at the highest latitudes. The main geoepidemiological-driven differences across the world are of greater fema...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research
Authors: Cadieux D, Gupta R PMID: 31501183 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: CMAJ Source Type: research
A 43-year-old woman, with previous history of renal lithiasis, was admitted on an emergency for severe hypercalcemia fortuitously discovered in a context of rapidly progressive kidney failure. An 18F-FDG PET/CT performed to rule out underlying malignancy revealed an intense diffuse and isolated muscular FDG uptake with fascia infiltration on the CT finding. A muscular biopsy was performed and demonstrated a non-necrosing granuloma with multinucleated giant cells consistent with muscular sarcoidosis. A corticotherapy was started with a rapid normalization of serum calcium level. The follow-up 18F-FDG PET/CT 4 months later s...
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Interesting Images Source Type: research
ConclusionMMF as an alternative drug in systemic sarcoidosis, proved safe and effective, permitting the reduction of the dose of oral CS and leading to clinical, functional and radiological improvement.
Source: Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
[Under the skin-A special manifestation of a systemic granulomatous disease]. Z Rheumatol. 2019 Sep 10;: Authors: Ruffer N, Becker V, Kötter I Abstract Based on the case of a 33-year-old female patient with Löfgren's syndrome and skin changes in the region of a tattoo, this article describes tattoo sarcoidosis as a special manifestation of cutaneous sarcoidosis. Papulonodular changes that are strictly confined to a tattoo are highly suspicious for tattoo sarcoidosis. Interestingly, tattoo sarcoidosis is commonly associated with the involvement of other organs. ...
Source: Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Z Rheumatol Source Type: research
Natalia Kubicki, Stephen Kavic, Hugo JR BonattiJournal of Minimal Access Surgery 2019 15(4):342-344Splenectomy together with colectomy is most commonly performed as a result of iatrogenic injury and not as an additional elective procedure. A 50-year-old African American female presented with recurrent episodes of diverticulitis. She had mediastinal, and porta hepatis lymphadenopathy and subcutaneous nodules, but multiple biopsies were unable to establish the diagnosis. On computed tomography scan, innumerable hypodense splenic lesions were noted. The patient underwent combined laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy and splenectomy...
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Conclusions: AS-OCT images showed characteristic and specific morphological patterns. AS-OCT examination is a noninvasive and repeatable method for the diagnosis of uveitis by evaluating the morphologies of KPs and treatment effectiveness.
Source: Cornea - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) has published a set of recommendations...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Imaging groups oppose cuts in myocardial PET rates ASNC names Beanlands as president ASNC releases new guidelines for SPECT MPI SNMMI, ASNC offer guidelines for myocardial perfusion imaging with PET ASNC, SNMMI advise on cardiac sarcoidosis
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Sarcoidosis progresses to end stage fibrotic lung disease in 10% of patients and may necessitate lung transplantation. Organ allocation is currently determined by the Lung Allocation Score (LAS), but its performance in a sarcoidosis population has not been evaluated.
Source: Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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