Annet van Royen-Kerkhof

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BACKGROUND Accumulating evidence suggests a role for inflammation in the pathophysiology of epilepsy. METHODS We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that investigated inflammatory mediators in human epilepsy. Studies reporting on inflammatory mediators in serum, cerebrospinal fluid or brain tissue of epilepsy patients were included.(More)
BACKGROUND Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is a rare, often chronic, systemic autoimmune disease of childhood, characterized by inflammation of the microvasculature of the skeletal muscle and skin. Prominent clinical features include significant exercise intolerance, muscle weakness, and fatigue. Despite pharmacological improvements, these clinical features(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of the present study were to investigate whether the calcification inhibitor matrix Gla protein (MGP) is expressed in muscle biopsies of patients with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), and whether different forms of MGP are differentially expressed in JDM patients with and without subcutaneous calcifications. METHODS Muscle tissue from(More)
We report the clinical course of three patients with refractory juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) who were treated with tacrolimus. All three children had extensive skin disease and severe muscle weakness and were corticosteroid dependent. All three patients showed impressive improvement of mainly the cutaneous lesions. Furthermore, overall disease activity(More)
BACKGROUND In 2012, a European initiative called Single Hub and Access point for pediatric Rheumatology in Europe (SHARE) was launched to optimise and disseminate diagnostic and management regimens in Europe for children and young adults with rheumatic diseases. Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is a rare disease within the group of paediatric rheumatic(More)
Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease affecting the microvasculature of skin and muscle. CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are key regulators of immune homeostasis. A role for Tregs in JDM pathogenesis has not yet been established. Here, we explored Treg presence and function in peripheral blood and muscle of(More)
Objectives To study the impact of musculoskeletal and cardiorespira-tory impairment on the exercise capacity in children with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). Frequently reported clinical symptoms include arthritis, myositis, fatigue and cardiorespiratory impairment. However, the exercise capacity of patients with MCTD has not been studied(More)
Hashimoto encephalopathy is a rare condition, characterized by the association of encephalopathy with a variety of neurological symptoms and autoantibodies to the thyroid gland. Its etiology is unknown, and symptoms are usually treated with immune suppressive therapy, e.g., high doses of corticosteroids. METHODS AND RESULTS Here, we report the long-term(More)