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We measured bone mineral density (BMD) in girls with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) considering multiple factors in order to determine if it could be used as a predictor of reduction in bone mass. A cross-sectional study of lumbar spine BMD (L2-L4) was conducted on 10 girls aged 7-16 years with JDM. A group of 20 age-matched healthy girls was used as(More)
OBJECTIVES Our aim was to demonstrate the benefit of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WBMRI) as a diagnostic modality in the detection of muscle activity in juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM)/polymyositis (JPM) patients and to correlate these findings with clinical evaluation, laboratory examinations, nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC), and muscle biopsy. (More)
Giardia lamblia is the causative agent of giardiasis, a common parasitic infection of the human and animal digestive tract. Although several drugs have been available to treat this infection, they present unpleasant side effects or cytotoxicity. In order to find a more natural treatment for the disease, we analyzed the effects of the methanolic extract and(More)
We evaluated spine bone mineral density (BMD) in Brazilian children with juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) in order to detect potential predictors of reduction in bone mass. A cross-sectional study of BMD at the lumbar spine level (L2-L4) was conducted on 16 female JSLE patients aged 6-17 years. Thirty-two age-matched healthy girls were used as(More)
BACKGROUND As novel treatments carry substantial price tags and are mostly cost-prohibitive in low- and middle-income countries, there is an urgent need to develop alternatives, such as off-patent drugs. Megestrol acetate (MA) has a longstanding history in the treatment of breast cancer, but recently it is being used less often due to the advent of newer(More)
Osteonecrosis is a well-recognized complication of corticosteroid use resulting in significant morbidity, often requiring surgical intervention. Whole-body MRI is a promising method that allows imaging of the whole patient in a reasonable time without the use of ionizing radiation. This technique has the potential for evaluating nonmalignant multifocal(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of osteonecrosis (ON) in juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients using joint-specific and whole-body MRI; to explore risk factors that are associated with the development of ON; and to evaluate prospectively patients 1 year after initial imaging. METHOD Within a 2 year period, we studied(More)
<lb>Methods: The Agilent SureDesign tool was used to design an NGS<lb>panel targeting 113 genes, grouped into 9 broad clinical pheno-<lb>types: autoinflammatory disease; monogenic vasculitis/vasculopa-<lb>thy; complement defects; monogenic lupus; HLH; early-onset<lb>inflammatory bowel disease; autoimmune lymphoproliferative<lb>syndromes; monogenic stroke;(More)
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