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An open study was conducted to identify and investigate dermatomyositis patients who benefit from IVIG treatment, based on dermatological criteria, myositis-related symptoms and immune/inflammatory parameters. 19 patients (16 females and three males, ages 31-84) suffered from dermatomyositis, and 4/19 patients had paraneoplastic dermatomyositis. We(More)
Extracorporeal exposure of peripheral blood mononuclear cells to the photosensitizing compound 8-methoxypsoralen and ultraviolet A radiation has been shown to be effective in the treatment of several T-cell-mediated diseases, including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and rejection after organ transplantation. We present 21 patients (10 men and 11 women) with(More)
In 1995, a 40-year-old heterosexual man developed a perianal tumor that rapidly increased in size. Following a clinical and histologic diagnosis of a large condyloma acuminatum (CA), the tumor was partially resected in a primary care hospital. Subsequently, recurrent perianal fistulae and abscesses required several surgical interventions, and the patient(More)
Extracorporeal exposure of peripheral blood mononuclear cells to the photosensitizing agent 8-methoxypsoralen and UV-A radiation has been shown to be effective in the treatment of selected diseases mediated by T cells, rejection after solid organ transplantation, and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). We present 21 patients with a median age of 38(More)
Sera from 32 bone marrow allograft recipients were screened for the presence of autoantibodies 4-61 months post-graft. Sera from 12 of 19 patients with extensive chronic graft-versus-host disease (c-GVHD) stained the nucleolar region strongly in immunofluorescence, indicating the presence of specific antinucleolar antibodies. In contrast, none of three(More)
Advances in posttransplant immunosuppression have to the present not been able to prevent the development of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in patients given related or unrelated stem cell grafts for cure of hematologic diseases. Patients with GVHD not responding to first line therapy with corticosteroids remain at high risk of death due to severe(More)
In the present investigation, the benefit of physical training in patients with inflammatory myopathy was studied. In this prospective, randomized, controlled study, 14 patients with polymyositis (PM) or dermatomyositis (DM) were investigated. The training, consisting of bicycle exercise and step aerobics, took place over a 6 week period. Baseline and(More)
A 45-year-old female patient with CML underwent allogeneic BMT and developed two episodes of acute GVHD. The first episode of acute cutaneous GVHD grade II (day +17) responded well to systemic CsA and steroids. During the second episode (around day +60) the patient developed erythroderma (grade III), and subsequently signs of lichen-planus-like GVHD. The(More)
We have used oral psoralen photochemotherapy (PUVA) to treat four patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease of the skin, oral mucosa, and liver, who had responded only partially to long-term immunosuppressive therapy (prednisolone, cyclosporine, azathioprine). PUVA therapy was delivered to the entire skin but not to the oral mucosa, and(More)
As opposed to normal human skin where HLA-DR expression is restricted to the Langerhans cell (LC) population, HLA-DR, but not HLA-DS antigens can be readily detected on keratinocytes (KC) in certain disease states, i.e., cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL), graft-vs-host disease (GVHD), and lichen planus (LP). To clarify the cellular origin of KC-bound HLA-DR(More)