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1. Risk factors for lung cancer in patients with scleroderma: A nested case-control study.
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OBJECTIVE: To study potential risk factors for the development of lung cancer in scleroderma patients and explore the chronological relationship between onset of scleroderma symptoms and subtypes of lung cancer. METHOD: Linkage of two population based registers to identify lung cancer cases and gender-matched controls with scleroderma, followed by retrospective case note review for clinical details. RESULTS: Patients with scleroderma who smoke are 7 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non- smokers (p=0.008). Scleroderma smokers with cancer smoke more than scleroderma smokers without ... Read More »
» Published in Ann Rheum Dis. 2006 Sep 19;

2. ATX-S10(Na)-PDT shows more potent effect on collagen metabolism of human normal and scleroderma dermal fibroblasts than ALA-PDT.
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Recent study revealed that photodynamic therapy (PDT) with a novel photosensitizer (ATX-S10(Na)) shows more potent effects for various skin diseases than ALA-PDT. The effect of ATX-S10(Na)-PDT on dermal fibroblasts is still unknown. Using dermal fibroblasts derived from normal and scleroderma patients, and mouse skin in vivo, we compared the effects of ATX-S10(Na)-PDT and ALA-PDT. Fibroblasts from normal, scleroderma patients or mice skin were treated with ATX-S10(Na)-PDT or ALA-PDT. After the PDT treatments, the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) Tissue inhibitors of ... Read More »
» Published in Arch Dermatol Res. 2006 Nov;298(6):257-63. Epub 2006 Sep 15.

3. Does cyclically iloprost infusion prevent severe isolated pulmonary hypertension in systemic sclerosis? Preliminary results.
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The objective of this study was to present our clinical experience about scleroderma-related pulmonary hypertension in the patients treated with intermittent iloprost infusions. Eighty-one patients affected by systemic sclerosis (12 men, 69 women; 30 with diffuse pattern and 51 with limited pattern; mean age 55.1 years; mean duration of disease 105.3 months) have been treated with cyclic iloprost infusions for at least 15 months (range 15-126 months). During the last 4 months all patients underwent Doppler echocardiography in order to estimate the value of systolic pulmonary artery pressure. ... Read More »
» Published in Rheumatol Int. 2006 Dec;27(2):203-5. Epub 2006 Sep 28.

4. Successful treatment of patients with severe secondary Raynaud's phenomenon with the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan.
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Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and other collagen vascular diseases is a serious manifestation of microvascular damage that may precede the onset of visceral and/or cutaneous sclerosis for years. Recent studies have demonstrated that the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan prevents the development of new digital ulcers in SSc. We investigated the potential benefits of bosentan in patients with secondary RP associated with pre-scleroderma and with SSc, independent of digital ulcers. Three patients with secondary RP received bosentan 62.5 mg ... Read More »
» Published in Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Oct;45 Suppl 3:iii45-iii48.

5. Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and scleroderma associated pulmonary hypertension.
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OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) is a rare cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH). We describe a series of 4 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), concomitant PH, and biopsy-proven/presumed PVOD. We review the literature describing the association of PVOD and SSc and discuss diagnostic features and treatment implications. In our case series, treatment with an endothelin receptor antagonist did not confer a beneficial treatment effect. Publication Types: Case Reports, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, ... Read More »
» Published in J Rheumatol. 2006 Nov;33(11):2347-50. Epub 2006 Sep 15.

6. Mechanical Tension and Integrin alpha2beta1 Regulate Fibroblast Functions.
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The extracellular matrix (ECM) environment in connective tissues provides fibroblasts with a structural scaffold and modulates cell shape, but it also profoundly influences the fibroblast phenotype. Here we studied fibroblasts cultured in a three-dimensional network of native collagen, which was either mechanically stressed or relaxed. Mechanical load induces fibroblasts that synthesize abundant ECM and a characteristic array of cytokines/chemokines. This phenotype is reminiscent of late granulation tissue or scleroderma fibroblasts. By contrast, relaxed fibroblasts are characterized by ... Read More »
» Published in J Invest Dermatol. 2006 Sep;126 Suppl:66-72.

7. Association between calciphylaxis and inflammation in two patients on chronic dialysis.
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The pathogenesis of calciphylaxis, which has a rising incidence in the chronic dialysis population and a high mortality rate, is poorly understood. Abnormalities in the calcium-phosphorus-parathyroid axis are clinically related to calciphylaxis, but alone, they cannot explain this condition. Here, we present two patients who had chronic inflammatory conditions and hyperparathyroidism and who developed calciphylaxis. A 41-year-old white woman on hemodialysis following scleroderma, hepatitis C, liver transplant, and failed kidney transplant, developed progressive ulcerative lower extremity ... Read More »
» Published in Adv Perit Dial. 2006;22:171-4.

8. Nailfold capillaroscopy is useful for the diagnosis and follow-up of autoimmune rheumatic diseases. A future tool for the analysis of microvascular heart involvement?
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Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) represents the most frequent clinical aspect of cardio/microvascular involvement and is a key feature of several autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Moreover, RP is associated in a statistically significant manner with many coronary diseases. In normal conditions or in primary RP (excluding during the cold-exposure test), the normal nailfold capillaroscopic pattern shows a regular disposition of the capillary loops along with the nailbed. On the contrary, in subjects suffering from secondary RP, one or more alterations of the capillaroscopic findings should alert the ... Read More »
» Published in Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Oct;45 Suppl 4:iv43-iv46.

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