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OBJECTIVES To describe the biologic treatment regimens and report the efficacy and safety of biologic therapies in a multicentre series of children with primary systemic vasculitis (PSV). METHODS This was a retrospective descriptive case series of children with PSV treated with biologic therapy between February 2002 and November 2007. Primary(More)
BACKGROUND American trypanosomiasis, known as Chagas' disease (CD) is a major cause of cardiomyopathy in South America. Irreversible damage to the heart can appear 10 to 20 years after chagasic infection. The frequency of cerebrovascular complications in chronic CD is unknown. OBJECTIVES To describe a group of patients with chronic or latent CD affected(More)
INTRODUCTION American trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. Between 10% and 30% of infected persons develop the chronic form, with predominance of the cardiac and gastrointestinal forms. Chagas myocardiopathy leads to congestive heart failure, dysrhythmias and thromboembolic phenomena, and may cause strokes. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
INTRODUCTION As a chronic chagasic myocardiopathy, Chagas disease (CD) may give rise to cardiac insufficiency, arrhythmias, thromboembolism and stroke. Occlusive vascular disease of the rostral portion of the basilar artery or of its emergent branches may cause ischemia and necrosis in different areas of the midbrain, thalamic nuclei, cerebellum and(More)
INTRODUCTION Tropical spastic paraparesis due to HTLV-I virus is diagnosed at very advanced stages, when there is spinal atrophy present and so only symptomatic treatment can be given. Early diagnosis of HTLV-I infection in unusual syndromes and the use of corticosteroids may help to slow the development of the disease. CLINICAL CASES We describe two(More)
BACKGROUND When considering dental implant rehabilitation in atrophic posterior sectors, the maxillary sinuses must be evaluated in detail. Knowledge of the anatomical variations and of the potential lesions found in these structures conditions the outcome of sinus lift procedures and therefore of the dental implants. A systematic review is made to(More)
Devic's neuromyelitis optica is a clinical entity characterized by severe transverse myelitis, acute unilateral or bilateral optic neuropathy, no clinical involvement beyond the spinal cord or optic nerves and a monophasic or recurrent evolution. We report two cases, both female, affected by spinal cord and visual symptoms suggesting Devic's neuromyelitis.(More)