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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is characterized by degeneration of lower motor neurons caused by mutations of the survival motor neuron 1 gene (SMN1). SMN is involved in various processes including the formation of the spliceosome, pre-mRNA splicing and transcription. To know whether SMN has an essential role in all mammalian cell types or an as yet unknown… (More)
Hepatotoxicity, predominantly cholestatic, is a rare adverse effect of gold salt therapy, which usually completely resolves within a few months. We report the case of a female patient treated for rheumatoid arthritis, who had gold salt overdose, and in whom acute cholestatic hepatitis occurred three weeks after beginning of therapy. Evolution of gold… (More)
Pancreatic leiomyoma is rare. We report a new case in a 52-year old man. A tumor of the pancreatic head was diagnosed after a primary diabetic decompensation. No precise diagnosis was obtained with additional tests. Although the condition appeared to be benign, a diagnostic and therapeutic Whipple procedure was performed.
Hirsutism induced by hyperandrogenism can be associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, 21-hydroxylase (OH) deficiency or androgen-secreting tumors, including ovarian and adrenal tumors. Adrenal androgen-secreting tumors are frequently malignant. Adrenal oncocytomas represent rare causes of hyperandrogenism. The aim of the study was to investigate… (More)
A case of idiopathic portal hypertension associated with connective disease resembling systemic lupus erythematosus is described. The patient was a 50-year-old woman with splenomegaly, ascites, esophageal varices, and pancytopenia, but without extrahepatic portal obstruction or cirrhosis of the liver. Electron microscopy of the liver showed perisinusoidal… (More)