Learn More
Clinical and laboratory manifestations and outcome of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may vary in different populations. A prospective multinational inception cohort should prove useful in identifying the influence of ethnicity on the clinical characteristics of SLE. We therefore analyzed clinical, laboratory, and prognostic variables in Latin American(More)
To evaluate disease characteristics of childhood onset SLE in Latin America and to compare this information with an adult population in the same cohort of GLADEL. A protocol was designed as a multicenter, multinational, inception cohort of lupus patients to evaluate demographic, clinical, laboratory and serological variables, as well as classification(More)
Nonfractionated peripheral blood lymphocytes from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) showed enhanced proliferative responses when stimulated via the CD3 pathway. In contrast, proliferative responses induced by phytohemagglutinin were diminished in SLE patients. Levels of CD3-induced interleukin-2 production and interleukin-2 receptor(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this paper is to assess the predictors of time-to-lupus renal disease in Latin American patients. METHODS Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients (n = 1480) from Grupo Latino Americano De Estudio de Lupus (GLADEL's) longitudinal inception cohort were studied. Endpoint was ACR renal criterion development after SLE diagnosis(More)
Peripheral blood B lymphocytes from patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome showed significantly higher spontaneous synthesis of IgG, IgM, and IgM rheumatoid factor in vitro, compared with B lymphocytes from healthy controls. Lymphocytes from patients also showed higher IgM rheumatoid factor production after mitogen stimulation. Patients had competent(More)
Extensive bilateral cerebral cortical calcifications were demonstrated in a young patient with a history of convulsions since the age of 4 years. Initial metabolic workup showed normal serum calcium levels, hyperphosphatemia, normal renal function, low urinary calcium excretion, and normal serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone levels. The intravenous(More)
In the present study we have examined the effect of human large granular lymphocytes (LGL) from healthy donors on Ig synthesis by autologous B lymphocytes. The results showed that this cell population has a consistent helper activity in pokeweed mitogen-activated cultures even when added at very low numbers. LGL can mediate their effect by secreting soluble(More)
HLA-A and -B antigens incidence were investigated in 100 cases of Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies and in 303 control individuals of a Venezuelan Mestizo population. Significative increased incidence of B27 was found among 69% of patients with ankylosing spondylitis and 68% with Reiter syndrome being the incidence in the control group of 2.9%. The B27(More)
A 17-year-old female patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) developed chronic tophaceous gout, chondrocalcinosis and articular capsule calcification in several joints. Analysis of synovial fluid and tophi revealed the coexistence of monosodium urate, calcium pyrophosphate, hydroxyapatite, and cholesterol crystals.
The need for comprehensive published epidemiologic and clinical data from Latin American systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients motivated the late Dr Alarcón-Segovia and other Latin American professionals taking care of these patients to spearhead the creation of the G: rupo L: atino A: mericano D: e E: studio del L: upus (GLADEL) cohort in 1997. This(More)