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BACKGROUND Uncertainty exists about the efficacy and toxicity of bolus therapy with methylprednisolone or of the combination of methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide in the treatment of lupus nephritis. OBJECTIVE To determine 1) whether intensive bolus therapy with methylprednisolone is an adequate substitute for bolus therapy with cyclophosphamide and(More)
A 35-year-old man presented at the age of 8 years with recurrent pruritic papulovesicular lesions on his face and body appearing within minutes of light exposure. A recent positive finding of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DR4 with the rare DRB1*0407 subtype confirmed a diagnosis of actinic prurigo. Thalidomide (100 mg/day) was commenced at the age of 11(More)
Fifty-nine patients with systemic lupus erythematosus were evaluated by questionnaires, histories, physical examinations and routine laboratory studies in order to better understand their fatigue. The fatigue severity scale (scored from 1 to 7) was used to measure fatigue and yielded a mean score +/- SD of 4.6 +/- 1.5. Fifty-three percent of the patients(More)
BACKGROUND Recent guidelines have enabled doctors to establish accident and emergency department management strategies for acute asthma on the basis of severity of exacerbations at presentation. However, there is no available information on acute asthma patients classified according to severity of disease. Our aim was to describe the severity of such(More)
A 60-year-old man with common variable immunodeficiency presented with a 7-year history of violaceous plaques and papules on the thighs, arms and trunk. In the preceding 2 years he had developed new lesions on both hands. He had been previously diagnosed with sarcoidosis on the basis of skin and visceral histology, but subsequent opinion was that these were(More)
A retrospective study of 813 histological specimens reported as seborrhoeic keratoses included 43 (5.3%) associated with non-melanoma skin cancer. Intraepidermal carcinoma (squamous cell carcinoma in situ) was the most common of these (36). There were five basal cell carcinomas (one with intraepidermal carcinoma also) and two invasive squamous cell(More)
A 60-year-old woman with multiple psychosocial issues presented with a history of spontaneous painful bruising on her left upper arm. Extensive investigations did not reveal any abnormality apart from an elevated activated partial thromboplastin time as a result of factor XII deficiency. An autoerythrocyte sensitization test reproduced the tender bruises on(More)
Two cases of scurvy diagnosed following presentation with a purpuric rash are presented. A 44-year-old man developed scurvy as a result of poor dietary intake of vitamin C. This occurred because of a number of factors. including poor dentition, diarrhoea, depression and benzodiazepine/narcotic dependence. A 69-year-old man with acute myeloid leukaemic(More)