Jean-Pierre Ducroix

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OBJECTIVES Altered angiogenesis is a characteristic feature in SSc and remains ill-understood. VEGF is believed to play a central role. Serum VEGF is elevated in SSc patients but questions remain concerning the source of circulating VEGF. Here we investigated platelet activation and the role of platelets as a source of VEGF and other angiogenic mediators in(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate to what extent interstitial lung disease (ILD) in common variable immunodeficiency disorder (CVID)-associated granulomatous disease (GD) is similar to pulmonary sarcoidosis 20 patients with CVID/GD were included in a retrospective study conducted by the Groupe Sarcoïdose Francophone. Medical records were(More)
BACKGROUND Current standard therapy for Wegener's granulomatosis and microscopic polyangiitis combines corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide to induce remission, followed by a less toxic immunosuppressant such as azathioprine or methotrexate for maintenance therapy. However, azathioprine and methotrexate have not been compared with regard to safety and(More)
BACKGROUND The occurrence of familial forms of sarcoidosis (OMIM 181100) suggests a genetic predisposition. The involvement of butyrophilin-like 2 (BTNL2) gene (rs2076530 variant) has to be investigated. RESULTS The study performed independent analyses of BTNL2 polymorphism, clinical phenotypes, and outcomes in familial vs. sporadic presentations in 256(More)
Lemierre syndrome is a rare disease, which was life-threatening before the antibiotics era. We report here two cases with favorable outcome. Clinical features are stereotypic: tonsillis, cervical pain revealing deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary septic metastasis. The most frequent causal germ on blood cultures is Fusobacterium necrophorum but other(More)
BACKGROUND Haematological manifestations in sarcoidosis are uncommon. The prevalence of thrombocytopenia in sarcoidosis is not well assessed. AIM To describe the main characteristics and outcome of sarcoidosis associated with thrombocytopenia. METHODS We described 2 personal cases and a complete record of all reports of thrombocytopenia in sarcoidosis(More)
The association of sarcoidosis and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) has rarely been investigated. The aim of the current retrospective study was to investigate the clinical and biological phenotypes and outcome of this association in a large series of recent patients. Twenty patients (50% men) were included. Median age at sarcoidosis and ITP diagnosis was 36(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence and clinical significance of small-vessel vasculitis (SVV) surrounding an uninflamed temporal artery (TA) in patients diagnosed as having giant cell (temporal) arteritis (GCA) and/or polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). METHODS Patients with GCA and/or PMR (n = 490) were included in this multicenter prospective study. Slides of(More)
We report a case of gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma with macroglobulinemia in a 59-year-old man who presented with melena. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed irregular thickening of the wall of the stomach, and endoscopic examination disclosed enlarged and inflammatory folds of the fundus. Histopathologic examination(More)
The etiology of giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica remains unknown, although the HLA-DR4 group and the pre-existence of a degenerative vascular disease are confirmed risk factors. The incidence may vary between countries, but the North-South gradient should be considered with caution because of potential detection and collection bias.(More)