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Interstitial lung disease in polymyositis and dermatomyositis: clinical course and response to treatment.
TLDR
The prevalence of ILD in patients with PM/DM was 32%; this emphasizes the need for pulmonary screening in all PM/ DM patients and the need to stratify patients accordingly according to the rate of clinical progression.
Treatment of anti‐neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)‐associated systemic vasculitis with high‐dose intravenous immunoglobulin
TLDR
Neither clinical characteristics nor the inhibitory effect of the IVIG preparation on serum anti‐PR3 activity in vitro predicted clinical response to this treatment modality.
Bronchoalveolar lavage cell profile in methotrexate induced pneumonitis.
TLDR
Methotrexate pneumonitis was associated with lymphocytic alveolitis with a preferential increase in CD4+ cells and this pattern differs from that in interstitial lung disease due to rheumatoid arthritis and may therefore assist in making an early diagnosis of methotrexateneumonitis.
Excretion of low molecular weight heparin in human milk.
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It appears highly unlikely that puerperal thromboprophylaxis with LMWH has any clinically relevant effect on the nursing infant.
MRI of the nasal cavity, the paranasal sinuses and orbits in Wegener's granulomatosis
TLDR
Wegener's granulomatosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients with low-signal-intensity lesions on T1- and T2-weighted SE sequences of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses and orbits, according to diagnostic MRI criteria.
Subclinical alveolar bleeding in pulmonary vasculitides: correlation with indices of disease activity.
TLDR
Subclinical alveolar bleeding was, indeed, a common finding in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis, which distinguished these disorders from lung disease due to collagen vascular diseases or rheumatoid arthritis.
Erythropoiesis in the postpartum period
TLDR
For the reticulocytes and the subpopulations, a definite erythropoietic stimulation was evident even before delivery, as was an increase in the erythroietic activity in the early puerperium, and the hematological parameters followed a characteristic course in the puer perium.
Treatment of Wegener's granulomatosis with intravenous immunoglobulin.
TLDR
Treatment of eight patients with Wegener's granulomatosis and one patient with systemic pANCA-associated vasculitis with a single course of high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) resulted in significant clinical improvement, in two patients a decrease of the ANCA-titre was seen.
Recombinant human erythropoietin and parenteral iron in the treatment of pregnancy anemia: a pilot study
TLDR
The combination of rhEPO and parenteral iron is effective in stimulating erythropoiesis and in treating certain pregnancy anemias and could be an alternative for patients refusing blood transfusions or who are resistant to iron alone.
rhEPO treatment of postpartum anemia
TLDR
It is concluded that rhEPO enhances endogenous erythropoiesis, but so far the effect was only slight (ca 1 g/dl within 14 days); all treated patients developed overt iron deficiency in terms of low ferritin levels despite oral and i.v. iron supplementation; no major side-effects were seen.
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