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Patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases often have an intrinsic and therapy associated increased susceptibility to infections which substantially contributes to morbidity and mortality of the patients. A large proportion of these infections are preventable by vaccination. For this reason in 2005 the standing vaccination committee (STIKO)(More)
In a search for serum markers with prognostic value and specificity for disease activity in Hodgkin's lymphoma, we evaluated the clinical significance of soluble suppressor/cytotoxic T-cell antigen (sCD8), soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sCD25) and soluble Hodgkin's associated antigen (sCD30) levels in the serum of 90 patients with untreated Hodgkin's(More)
Following the EULAR recommendations published in 2010 German guidelines for the medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis were developed based on an update of the systematic literature search and expert consensus. Methotrexate is the standard treatment option at the time of diagnosis, preferably in combination with low dose glucocorticoids. Combined(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) directed against proteinase 3 (PR3) are highly specific for Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). Evidence for a pivotal role of PR3-ANCA in the induction of vasculitis has been demonstrated. B cell clusters have been observed within endonasal biopsy specimens. OBJECTIVES To determine whether B cell(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of the chimeric monoclonal anti-tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) antibody infliximab in the induction of remission in six patients refractory to standard treatment with cyclophosphamide and corticosteroids. In four patients, other measures for treating refractory Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) that have been advocated(More)
Churg-Strauss-Syndrome (CSS) often takes a mild course and is in many cases treated successfully by glucocorticosteroids (GC) alone. However, there are also several reports demonstrating the necessity of more intensive treatment in life threatening courses with cyclophosphamide and in less severe cases with other immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory drugs(More)
The German Society of Rheumatology approved new German guidelines for the sequential medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations for the management of RA published in 2010. An update of the EULAR systematic literature research was performed in Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases.(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the safety and efficacy of methotrexate (MTX) plus low-dose prednisolone for induction of remission in non life- or organ-threatening courses and for remission maintenance in Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS). METHODS In an open-label study 11 patients were treated with MTXfor induction of remission at initial diagnosis and relapse.(More)
In a search for specific serum markers with prognostic impact, we evaluated the clinical significance of IL-4, IL-7, and IL-8 as well as TNF receptor levels and soluble p53 in the serum of patients with untreated Hodgkin's lymphoma (HD). No elevations were observed for IL-4, while IL-7 and IL-8 were elevated in 15/52 (29%) and 21/78 (27%) patients,(More)