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Epidemiology Episcleritis is the most common form of scleral inflammation. Lang, Ophthalmology 2000 Thieme Segmental episcleritis. Segmental episcleritis. Etiology Episcleritis is rarely attributable to one of the systemic underlying disorders listed in Table 6.1, and is only occasionally due to bacterial or viral inflammation. Often episcleritis will have no readily discernible cause. Symptoms Episcleritis can be unilateral or bilateral. It is usually associated with segmental reddening and slight tenderness to palpation. Findings The episcleral vessels lie within the fascial sheath of the eyeball (Tenon's capsule) and are arranged radially. In episcleritis, these vessels and the conjunctival vessels above them become hyperemic (Fig. 6.2). Tenon's capsule and the episclera are infiltrated with inflammatory cells, but the sclera itself is not swollen. The presence of small mobile nodules is typical of nodular episcleritis. H The conjunctival blood vessels are the most superficial the...
Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) is an autosomal recessive disorder that affects 1 40,000 to 1 100,000 individuals. It is characterized by cerebellar ataxia, oculocutaneous telangiectasias, immune defects, endocrine abnormalities, sensitivity to ionizing radiation, chromosome rearrangements, and a predisposition to malignancy. The thymus can be embryonic or hypoplastic in appearance. Defects in both humoral and cellular immunity are present and could be responsible for severe morbidity. Although prenatal growth retardation could occur, the usual onset of symptoms occurs in early childhood. Progressive ataxia is generally the first symptom, followed by choreiform movements (in approx 90 of patients) and conjunctival telangiectasias, which usually appear between 3 and 5 yr of age. AT results in a decreased life expectancy, with few patients reaching the age of 50. 6.1. GENETICS In the late 1970s, complementation studies demonstrated the existence of at least four AT complementation groups,...
Erythema multiforme is a mucocutaneous inflammatory disorder, but sometimes the mouth is the only site of involvement 1, 8 . It can be relatively mild or manifest with fever, malaise and extensive skin, mucosal and ocular lesions when it is sometimes called Stevens Johnson syndrome or erythema multiforme major. It is thought to be an immunologically mediated disorder, but in many cases no precipitating factor is found. Triggering agents that have been implicated include infections with Herpes simplex virus 7 and Mycoplasma pneumoniae 99 and a wide range of drugs including sulphonamides, anticonvulsants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics. Although patients may suffer a single episode, it is often recurrent. Erythema multiforme is usually seen in young adults (20-40 years) and is more common in males. Oral lesions may be the only feature of the disease or cutaneous involvement may follow several attacks of oral ulceration. The lips are the most frequently...
Haemorrhagic skin lesions are likely to be present in a patient with a serious problem and their distribution will often indicate the extent to which they are likely to be related to trauma. Senile purpura is almost invariably on the hands and forearms. True purpura is easily differentiated from erythema and telangiectasis by pressure. Petechiae are highly suggestive of a platelet or vascular disorder whilst palpable purpura is associated with anaphylactoid purpura. In addition there may be other physical findings which may indicate an underlying disorder e.g. splenomegaly or lym- phadenopathy in leukaemia, signs of hepatic failure, telangiectasia in Osler-Rendu-Weber syndrome or hyperextensible joints and paper-thin scars in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
In the structure-activity analysis of this series the anti-inflammatory activities were determined using the UV erythema assay in guinea pigs and the rat paw car-rageenan assay, while the analgesic activity was determined in the Randall-Selitto in rats and the phenylquinone writhing test in mice 12, 14-17 . Assays of prosta-glandin synthesis inhibition were later performed using the bovine seminal vesicle microsomal preparation in vitro 15 , which was a standard preparation employed at that stage (containing what is now known to be COX-1). Studies by Rufer and colleagues 18 discovered the basis of the oxy-radical scavenging effects of nime-sulide during prostaglandin endoperoxide metabolism were similar to those of the phenolic compound, MK-886, which had been previously shown by Kuehl and co-workers 19 to stimulate prostaglandin production in vitro as a result of scavenging the peroxy-radical formed during the oxygenation of the 15-carbon moiety
For example, in a child presenting with chorea, one would not consider HD as early-onset HD presents as akinetic-rigid syndrome. In this situation, metabolic or acquired disorders (e.g. Wilson's disease or Sydenham's chorea) are more likely. On the other hand, in a middle-aged person with insidious onset after age 30 and generalized distribution, HD is more likely and would need to be excluded. The HDL phenocopies would be considered next. Finally, acute onset in an elderly person suggests a vascular cause. Associated clinical features like eye movements can be helpful. Gaze abnormalities are most common in HD, whilst a vertical supranuclear palsy hints towards Nieman-Pick type C or a storage disorder. Similarly, apraxia is seen in ataxia telangiectasia, polyneu-ropathy in chorea-acanthocytosis or McLeod syndrome, and retinitis pigmentosa in PKAN. Clues like these help to narrow down the list of differential diagnoses, so that appropriate tests can be ordered and the correct diagnosis...
2.2.7 Ataxia Telangiectasia The wide range of clinical phenotypes in ataxia telangiectasia includes early-onset truncal ataxia, ocular motor apraxia, peripheral neuropathy, dysarthria and extrapyramidal features including facial hypomimia and dystonia. Chorea was present in the majority (68 of 70) of patients 140 .
Wegener's granulomatosis is a systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis of the upper and lower respiratory tract and kidney involvement. The orbit may be involved in 20 to 40 of cases including conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis, keratitis, uveitis, optic neuropathy, and orbital extension (e.g., proptosis, chemosis, ophthalmo-plegia) of sinus disease. Neurologic manifestations include peripheral and cranial neuropathy, seizure, cerebritis, and focal neurologic deficit.10
Acute otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis in children presenting with fever. Diagnosis in a screaming child requires diagnostic skill beyond mere assessment of tympanic membrane erythema. Drum appearance and membrane mobility are important signs. Conjunctival suffusion may be one of the diagnostic clues to Kawasaki disease. It is important to evaluate for pharyngitis (eg, group A streptococcus, EBV), peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal abscess, and rhinosi-nusitis (eg, upper respiratory allergic diathesis). Drooling may suggest upper airway obstruction, including retropharyngeal abscess.
Rosacea is a chronic acnelike skin disorder. The nose and cheek areas are abnormally reddish in color and may be covered with pimples. Large doses of the B vitamins has shown to be very effective in treating rosacea patients, who often have a deficiency. Hydrochloric acid tablets have been effective for those that show a deficiency. Patients who have a low secretion of the pancreatic enzyme lipase can benefit from supplementation.
Symptoms The incubation period is 7-18 days, after which severe pain occurs in the area supplied by the first branch of the trigeminal nerve (the ophthalmic nerve with its frontal, lacrimal, and nasociliary branches). Prodromal symptoms of erythema, swelling, photosensitivity, and lacrimation may occur before the characteristic clear watery vesicles appear. The vesicles burst and brownish scabs form, which are later shed. Blepharitis (see p.33) is also present in 50-70 of all cases. As herpes zoster usually affects immunocom-
Bronchoscopy is performed in all donors to detect the presence of occult aspiration as well as anatomical or pathological abnormalities that would preclude organ utilization. This may be performed by a pulmonologist, intensivist, or thoracic surgeon during the preliminary evaluation phase, but should always be repeated by the donor surgeon at the time of organ procurement. The finding of either endobronchial secretions that cannot be cleared by suctioning or diffuse erythema of the bronchial mucosa indicates aspiration, which usually precludes lung procurement.
Acquired inhibitors develop in the elderly, during pregnancy, in association with autoimmune and malignant disease, various skin disorders (psoriasis, pemphigus, erythema multiforme) infections, drug therapy (penicillin, aminoglycosides, phenothiazines, etc). Symptoms include bleeding (postoperatively this can cause major problems), easy bruising haemarthrosis is rare. The mortality is significant, as many as 25 patients with persisting VIII inhibitors will die from bleeding.
Warfarin-induced skin necrosis (WSN) is a rare thrombotic complication that occurs during initiation of oral anticoagulation therapy in patients with acute thromboembolic events. The presentation begins with intense skin pain quickly followed by erythema, hemorrhagic blisters, and, finally, full thickness skin necrosis, typically involving the breast, buttock, and thigh (64). The incidence of WSN was probably higher when it was customary to use warfarin loading doses of 15 -30 mg, to rapidly obtain a therapeutic prothrombin time, compared with the current standard practice of starting with 5-10 mg and adjusting subsequent doses based on daily INR results. A plausible mechanism for this rare adverse drug reaction is a rapid fall in protein C activity paralleling the decline in factor VII activity during the first 24 to 48 hours of warfarin therapy because both proteins have half-lives of approximately 6 hours and their synthesis is vitamin K-dependent (65). Although the prothrombin...
Today, with improved wound care and earlier surgical excision, sepsis originating in the burn wound has been replaced by pulmonary sepsis associated with smoke inhalation as the leading cause of death. However, burn wound sepsis is still a major source of morbidity, including prolonged hospitalization and skin graft loss with the need for regrafting. Infection arising in the burn wound during the first 72 h postinjury usually appears as cellulitis surrounding the margins of the burn. The offending organisms are routinely either streptococci or staphylococci. Such infections may initially be difficult to distinguish from adjacent areas of first-degree burn with erythema, heat, and pain. However, serial examinations, often over only a few hours, will demonstrate progression. Such infections occur in about 30 per cent of admitted burn patients. The use of prophylactic antibiotics for 48 to 72 h remains a disputed issue. The cellulitis usually responds promptly once it is recognized and...
Identification of systemic infection in most patients is based on the presence of fever, leukocytosis, erythema, and a hyperdynamic state. However, these signs are commonly present in burn patients in the absence of infection. Temperature elevations to 39 C are common in the early postburn period. Hypothermia or a change in an established temperature pattern is a better indication of infection than simply the presence of a temperature elevation. Tachycardia and tachypnea result from the metabolic demands imposed by the injury. The best indicators of early sepsis in the burned patient are changes in established patterns. The patient who has an unexplained alteration in mental status, new glucose intolerance, and recent onset of a new ileus is septic until proven otherwise.
The degree to which a sunscreen product protects against sunburn (erythema) is described by the sun protection factor (SPF). The SPF is the ratio of the minimal erythema dose (MED) on human skin protected by a sunscreen to the MED without a sunscreen present. In the SPF test prescribed by the FDA 9 , the MED is determined by administering a series of progressively increasing UV energy doses and evaluating the responses 22-24 later. The MED is the smallest dose of UV energy that produces erythema with distinct borders in the exposure site. For labeling purposes, the SPF of a sunscreen product is the next lowest whole number below the mean SPF, for a panel of at least 20 qualified human volunteer subjects, less the 95 confidence interval. Although the FDA Sunscreen Monograph 9 specifies an upper limit of 30 (or 30+) on labeled SPF, marketed sunscreen products currently have labeled SPF values ranging from 2 to at least 60. Vaughan et al. have recently shown that sun bathers may be...
The IPD test produces rapid results with low doses of UVA. However the response is highly variable and difficult to reproduce accurately. Its clinical significance is low because the action spectrum for IPD differs widely from action spectra for erythema and tanning 3,4,21 , nonmelanoma skin cancer 5 , and pho-toelastosis 6 . Further, the test is performed using human subjects with skin types III and IV, who are less sun sensitive than types I and II and are not the individuals who have the greatest need for sun protection. (The sun-reactive skin types were characterized by Fitzpatrick 22 .) In addition, the low UVA doses involved may conceal the effects of sunlight on the photostability of the product (see later).
The penetration of the cercariae into the skin produces a prickling, or itching sensation resembling that caused by the bites of small insects. This may continue for an hour or more but usually subsides earlier. During this time maculae, about 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter, appears at the site of the penetration of each cercaria. These maculae usually soon disappear, but in some cases they may persist for several hours, or until they are replaced by papules. Diffuse erythema may occur instead of the macular reaction, and in few cases, a local urticaria, may develop near the penetration site. Usually about 10 to 15 hours after penetration, discrete papules, 3 to 5 millimeters in diameter, replace the maculae. The development of the papules is accompanied by an intense itching. They are distinct, indurate and surrounded by a zone of erythema, the size of which depends usually on the amount of rubbing or scratching induced by the pruritus. The area surrounding them may be edematous...
Core temperature, BP, and volume status should be continuously monitored. Look for shivering as a mechanism of heat production. Hypothermic patients may be vasocon-stricted peripherally and have distal pulses that are difficult to palpate. Severely hypothermic patients will have paradoxical vasodilation and cutaneous erythema.
Human parvovirus B19 can demonstrate a high viral titer (1010 virions mL) during a brief viremic stage (157), and has been transmitted through blood transfusions. In fact, Barbara and Contreras (157) estimated that up to 90 of recipients of factor VIII are likely to be seropositive for parvovirus B19, the causative agent of erythema infectiosum, also known as fifth disease.
The cartilage of the pinna, is recurrently acutely inflamed and this leads eventually to a cobblestone appearance resembling boxer's ear. Inflammation of the nasal septum leads to a sinking of this structure, producing a saddle nose appearance. Involvement of la-ryngeal and tracheal cartilages may lead to respiratory difficulty. Rib cartilages may be swollen and tender. Episcleritis or scleritis, iritis, conjunctivitis or keratitis may also be found in relapsing polychondritis. Heart lesions are characteristically aortic, showing signs of regurgitation. The histology of this affliction is dealt with in Chap. 7.
The proportion of childhood leukemia due to inherited genetic mutations is quite small, with estimates ranging from 2 to 5 percent.73-75 Down syndrome is the most common genetic syndrome associated with childhood acute leukemia, with afflicted children experiencing nearly a 20-fold increased risk of developing either ALL or AML.76 Intriguingly, there are reports of as high as a 600-fold increased risk for one particular subtype of myeloid leukemia (AML-M7).77 It is unknown why children with Down syndrome are at such an increased risk. Several research groups are focusing attention on genes on chromosome 21, given that one of the most common acquired abnormalities present in the leukemia cells of children without Down syndrome is an extra copy of chromosome 21.78-80 Other syndromes associated with childhood leukemia include Bloom syndrome, ataxia telangiectasia, Shwachman syndrome, and neurofibromatosis 1.81-84
Friedrich3 characterized vulvar vestibulitis as a persistent syndrome lasting more than 6 months consisting of a triad of findings 1) severe pain with vestibular touch or attempted vaginal penetration, 2) tenderness in response to pressure within the vulvar vestibule, and 3) physical findings of erythema confined to the vestibule of varying degrees.
Assays have been done on functional end points in contrast to cell survival. Typical of such studies are the effects of X rays on skin reactions in the mouse (erythema, desquamation, and ulceration) with single and fractionated exposures. It is evident that fractionation permits a great deal of radiative repair in the skin. As shown later, this holds true for skin carcinogenesis as well.
A final possibility is that the chromatin acts as a thermosensor and is at the origin of the early HS signal. This hypothesis is suggested from the observation that ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) is activated during HS and that two probable targets of this kinase, the histone H2AX and p53 are rapidly phosphorylated in the course of HS (our unpublished observation).134 137 ATM is a member of the phosphoinositide-3-kinase-related protein kinase (PIKK) family considered as major players in the initiation of the genotoxic stress response and phosphorylation of H2AX is generally considered as a marker of DNA damage. It is unlikely that HS induces significant DNA damage.138 It appears more likely that, as shown for hyperosmotic stress, induction of H2AX and ATM occur as a response to HS-induced perturbations in the structure of chromatin.139 A large molecular organization such as the chromatin is in all likeliness a very sensitive sensor for small changes in temperature. This is...
To test the biological reactivity of BIONs, tests of acute toxicity, sensitization, and irritation were carried out in experimental animals. Acute toxicity was evaluated by injecting saline or cottonseed oil extracts from soaked devices into mice, then observing them over a 1-3 day period for evidence of toxicity compared to animals injected with control materials. Potential to produce irritation was evaluated by intracutaneous injection of saline and cottonseed oil extracts into rabbits. Injection sites of experimental and control extracts were examined daily for erythema and edema for 3 days. Sensitization was studied by injecting similar experimental and control extracts intradermally in guinea pigs. All device extracts produced reactions similar to negative controls.
As a tolerance mechanism, TCR revision appears to be a risky proposition. Reexpression of the recombinase machinery in mature peripheral T cells offers the potential for aberrant juxtaposition of cellular oncogenes and lymphocyte-specific promoters.27,28 Such genome instability can result in dysregulated cellular functions and transformation. It is not clear yet whether TCR revision increases the risk of oncogenesis. However a relationship between the increased frequency of TCRlowRAG+CD4+ peripheral T cells in ataxia telangiectasia and Nijmegen breakage syndrome patients and their frequent lymphoma-specific chromosomal translocations has been suggested.24 TCR revision may also serve to modulate T cell reactivity to superantigen-expressing bacterial or viral pathogens.26 Loss of superantigen reactivity could influence the outcome of an infection with such an organism.29-32 A further danger in TCR revision lies in the fact that by not eliminating the autoreactive cell outright, the...
Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by neurologic deterioration, telangiec-tasias, immunodeficiency states, and hypersensitivity to ionizing radiation. It is estimated that approximately 1 of the general population may be heterozygous carriers of the mutated gene, ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM), which has been localized to chromosome 11q22-23.67 The ATM gene encodes for a member of the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-like enzymes that are involved in cell-cycle control, meiotic recombination, telomere length monitoring, and DNA damage response pathways. AT cells are sensitive to ionizing radiation and radiomimetic drugs and lack cell-cycle regulatory properties after exposure to radiation.68 In vitro studies of AT carrier-derived lymphoblastoid cell lines have demonstrated defective control of apoptosis and mitotic spindle checkpoint control.69 Several epidemiologic studies have suggested a statistically increased risk of breast cancer among...
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare scrofulaceum mAiS complex). Typically chronic, with symptoms lasting weeks or months, although it may also present acutely. Infection with MAIS complex occurs in young school-aged children and produces a mildly tender, erythematous, rubbery mass. 2. Other causes of chronic lymphadenitis. These include Mycobacterium tuberculosis and cat-scratch disease. Cat-scratch disease typically produces tenderness, erythema, warmth, and induration history of contact with a cat or kitten is present in over 90 of cases.
Organisms usually Staph. epidermidis but can be other Staph spp. and even Gram -ve organisms. May be erythema exudate around entry or exit sites of line, tenderness erythema over subcutaneous tunnel or discomfort over line tract. Blood cultures must be taken from each lumen and peripherally and labelled individually. Add vancomycin 1g bd IV if not in standard protocol. Split dose between all lumens unless cultures known to be +ve in one lumen only. Lock and leave in line for 1h, then flush through. If no response or clinical deterioration, remove line immediately.
Phlebitis occurs in 1-70 of patients receiving IV infusion therapy. Symptoms, which occur as a result of inflammation of a cannulated vein, include localized pain, erythema, edema, and thrombus formation (superficial thrombophlebitis). To minimize phlebitis, evaluate catheter site daily by palpation through the dressing and by inspection if dressing is transparent. 1. Mechanical. Any substance placed in the lumen of a vein or that causes damage to the interior wall of the vein has the potential to activate the inflammatory cascade, causing erythema and edema. When using peripheral IV catheters, type of catheter, dwell time, size, location, and method of securement all are important factors. The safest catheter is one that has the smallest circumference for its intended purpose, is less rigid (eg, newer polyurethane catheters), in an appropriate location (not over a bony prominence), and adequately secured. B. Suppurative Thrombophlebitis. Suppurative...
Estimates of dose rates after skin contaminations with P-32 vary from 1.8 to 2.0Gy h per MBq cm2 (11). As the threshold erythema dose is estimated to be 10 Gy for P-32 (12), even small spills of the commercially provided injection solution or extravasations could presumably lead to local skin effects.
Inappropriate or accidental administration of chemotherapy into subcutaneous tissue rather than into the intravenous compartment causes pain, erythema and inflammation which may lead to sloughing of the skin and severe tissue necrosis. Appropriate early treatment can prevent the most serious consequences of extravasation. All chemotherapy units should have a protocol with which all staff administering chemotherapy are familiar and a regularly updated extravasation kit for the management of extravasation giving first aid instructions and further directions.
Furthermore, many inflammatory skin diseases can involve the periorbital region. Periorbital eczema may be an expression of a constitutional disease, an irritant or allergic dermatitis. Other inflammatory dermatoses that can involve the eyelids are seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and dermatomyositis. Other causes of inflammation of the eyelids include bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
ATAXIA TELANGIECTASIA (Louis-Bar Syndrome) This multisystem disorder is characterised by progressive cerebellar ataxia, ocular and cutaneous telangiectasia and immunodeficiency. The gene defect has been localised to chromosome 11. A progressive ataxia develops in infancy. Telangiectasia develops later, becoming more obvious after exposure to the sun. Prevalence similar to Freidrich's ataxia.
Ocular-mucocutaneous syndromes such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (erythema multiforme), Lyell's syndrome (toxic epidermal necrolysis), and ocular pemphigoid (progressive shrinkage of the conjunctiva) are clinical syndromes that involve multiple toxic and immunologic causative mechanisms. The clinical course of the disorder is severe, therapeutic options are limited, and the prognosis for eyesight is poor (Fig. 4.18). Stevens-Johnson syndrome (erythema multiforme). Stevens-Johnson syndrome (erythema multiforme). Stevens-Johnson Chronic syndrome (erythema multiforme) Conjunctival irritation symptoms can occur with Graves' orbitopathy, gout, rosacea, neurodermatitis, erythema multiforme, Sjogren's syndrome, and Reiter's syndrome (triad conjunctivitis or iridocyclitis, urethritis, and polyarthritis). Parinaud's oculoglandular syndrome describes a clinical syndrome of widely varied etiology. Granulomatous conjunctivitis always occurs unilaterally and in conjunction with swollen preauricular...
Over 95 of CLLs are of B-cell origin, so use of a B-cell mitogen is generally recommended. Although T-cell CLL is relatively uncommon, patients with the chromosome instability syndrome ataxia telangiectasia have an increased incidence of it. B-Cell CLL has a good prognosis, whereas T-cell CLL carries a poor prognosis. CLL can transform, becoming an acute leukemia, most often ALL.
Candida albicans is a ubiquitous agent of diaper dermatitis, which may be precipitated by moisture, occlusion, fecal contact and urinary pH. Its classical presentation is that of an erythema bordered by a collarette of scale with satellite papules and pustules. Concomitant dermatophytosis may occasionally be present. Treatment consists of the correction of physiological factors and topical antifungal treatment 28 .
Common cause of vaginitis in prepubertal girls. Presents with serous discharge, marked erythema and irritation of the vulvar area, and discomfort on walking and urination. 2. Candida. Can also cause vaginitis but typically causes intense pruritus. Labia may be pale or erythematous with satellite
Proliferative hemangiomas of infancy represent benign vascular hyperproliferations and have been found to respond, at least in part, to treatment with interferon-alpha 10 . Other vascular lesions that might respond to anti-angiogenic treatment include kaposiform hemangioendothe-liomas (Table I). Similarly, teleangiectasias, in particular in rosacea, appear to represent prime targets for antiangiogenic erythema multiforme rosacea therapy. Mutations of the vascular tie-2 receptor have been associated with vascular malformations, and mutations in the genes of the low-affinity TGF- receptor endoglin and of activin receptor-like kinase have been found to be associated with the autosomal dominant vascular malformations of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia type I and II. Angiogenesis and vascular activation also play a major role in mediating ultraviolet-B induced skin damage, indicating the potential use of angiogenesis inhibitors for chemopre-vention. The challenge and opportunity for...
Congenital retinal telangiectasia with vascular anomalies that nearly always presents unilaterally and can lead to exudation and eventually to exudative retinal detachment. Pathogenesis Telangiectasia and aneurysms lead to exudation and eventually to retinal detachment. changes of telangiectasia (arrow) accompanied by exudative retinal detachment with numerous lipid deposits (arrowheads). changes of telangiectasia (arrow) accompanied by exudative retinal detachment with numerous lipid deposits (arrowheads).
Anogenital exam should be done with child in multiple positions, including supine frog-leg, supine knee-chest, and prone knee-chest positions. Specific genital findings are uncommon. Erythema is a common nonspecific finding, often associated with hygiene problems. Warts, vesicular or ulcerative rashes, or purulent discharges raise concerns about STDs. Genital bruises, abrasions, and lacerations can be seen in sexual abuse or accidental injury. Hymenal lacerations or scars, or missing portions of the posterior hymeneal margin, are specific for penetrating trauma. 6. Anal exam. Specific anal findings are rare. Erythema is a common nonspecific finding, often associated with hygiene problems. Anal fissures, perianal abrasions, midline anal tags, and anal dilation are common nonspecific findings. Anal tears or scars that extend through the anal sphincter are diagnostic for anal penetration.
Nausea is the most common acute side effect. About 36 to 48 hours after therapy, erythema and blistering can occur, especially if the UVA dose is too high or if the patient is exposed to other sources of UVA (such as sunlight). Long-term toxicities include the following
Produces a minimal erythema or tanning response. A substantially higher energy dose is required to produce the erythema or tanning response to UVA than is required to produce an erythema or tanning response to UVB, with consequently longer exposure times. The response, evaluated 22-24 h after exposure, is stable, reproducible, and clinically significant in that the action spectra for erythema and tanning 3,4 are similar to those for skin cancer 5 and elastosis in mice 6 . Further, the test is performed on human subjects with skin types I, II, and III, the individuals who have the greatest need for sun protection. The UVA protection factor, PFA, is the ratio of the MRD for sunscreen-protected skin to that for unprotected skin.
Various diseases are also associated with Purkinje neuron pathology. Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) is an autosomal recessive disorder where progressive ataxia is accompanied by Purkinje neuron degeneration (Paula-Barbosa et at., 1983). In-activation of the ATM gene causes a large decrease in numbers of Purkinje neurons and granule neurons. Without the ATM protein, oxidative stress is increased markedly in Purkinje neurons, elevating superoxide levels (Quick and Dugan, 2001). Spinocerebellar ataxia types 1 and 6 (SCA1 and SCA6) are part of a family of disorders induced by polyglutamine repeats (Gomez et at., 1997 Cum-mings et at., 2001). SCA1 has been studied using a transgenic mouse model (Burright et at., 1995). SCA6 is an autosomal disorder that encodes the P Q type Ca2+ channel in the CNS, particularly in Purkinje neurons and granule neurons in the cerebellum (Piedras-Renteria et at., 2001). Synaptic alterations in the cerebellum have also been associated with Alzheimer's disease...
Prior to operative extraction of the lung block, a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopic examinaton of the trachea, lobar, and segmental bronchi is performed. The airways are inspected for evidence of gastroesophageal aspiration including gross purulence, mucosal erythema, blood, foreign bodies, or gastric contents. Minor purulent endobronchial secretions that clear easily with bronchial lavage and are not associated with mucosal inflammation are not considered a contraindication to transplantation. Careful inspection of the endobronchial tree is performed looking for tumors and extrinsic compression of the airways.
Dermatitis herpetiformis is an uncommon, intensely pruritic mucocutaneous disorder related to coeliac disease that only occasionally involves the mouth 126 . Oral lesions present as areas of erythema and clusters of small, friable vesicles or superficial, painful ulcers. The lesions can involve both keratinised and non-ke-ratinised mucosa and head and neck cutaneous lesions tend to affect the scalp and periorbital regions. Dermatitis herpetiformis is seen most frequently in teenagers and young adults, particularly males, and there is a predilection in people of Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian origin. There is a strong association between dermatitis herpetiformis and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. The Class I antigen HLA-B8 is found in the large majority of patients with both dermatitis herpetiformis and co-eliac disease, and HLA-DR3 is expressed in nearly 95 of patients. Clinically, oral dermatitis herpetiformis presents as patches of mucosal erythema, clusters of small vesicles,...
Early in S phase, cyclins D and E are targeted by ubiqui-tination for proteasome degradation. The production of cyclin A and the subsequent complex of cyclin A-CDK2 enables S-phase progression, with the production of other enzymes and proteins involved in DNA synthesis, including histones and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). Ionizing radiation can also induce an S-phase (or replication) checkpoint, which involves activation of ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) and ATM and Rad-3 related (ATR) kinases with subsequent activation of Chk1 and Chk2.25 The phosphorylation (activation) of Chk1 and Chk2 inhibits phorylation of Cdc2 and blocks progression into G2 and entry into mitosis (M phase).
Figure 2 All segments of the microcirculation contribute to the pathophysiology of chronic gut inflammation. A variety of inflammatory mediators (e.g., histamine, bradykinin, nitric oxide, prostaglandins) produced by the affected tissue relax the vascular smooth muscle surrounding arterioles. The consequent dilation of arterioles leads to an increased blood flow (hyperemia), thereby producing erythema. Another consequence of arteriolar dilation is an increased hydrostatic pressure in the downstream capillaries. The increased capillary hydrostatic pressure alters the balance of forces that govern fluid movement across intestinal capillaries to favor net fluid filtration. The increased capillary filtration rate contributes to the interstitial edema associated with gut inflammation. Proinflammatory cytokines (TNF, IFN-g, IL-12) released by activated mast cells, macrophages, and lymphocytes activate venular endothelial cells and increase expression of endothelial cell adhesion molecules...
Diagnostic considerations Ophthalmoscopic findings in AIDS-associated microangiopathy include hemorrhages, microaneurysms, telangiectasia, and cotton-wool spots. Direct involvement of vascular endothelial cells in HIV infection or immune-complex-mediated damage to endothelial cells and vascular structures is thought to play a role.
Genetic alterations that affect normal DNA repair mechanisms necessarily lead to an accelerated accumulation of DNA damage and mutation in affected cells. Numerous genes have been identified that encode proteins involved with DNA repair and are required for the maintenance of the stability of the genome. Mutation of any of these genes might lead to genetic instability and a mutation-prone phenotype, contributing to the multiplicity of mutations observed in human tumors (12,42). Evidence for this suggestion comes from studies of several rare genetic disorders identified in humans that involve dysfunctional DNA repair pathways. These disorders include xeroderma pigmentosum, Cockayne's syndrome, trichothiodystrophy, ataxia telangiectasia, Bloom's syndrome, and Fanconi's anemia. Of these disorders, xeroderma pigmentosum, ataxia telangiectasia, Bloom's syndrome, and Fanconi's anemia predispose affected individuals to the development of various malignancies when exposed to specific...
One of the more important signs of an intraocular tumor in children is leukocoria, or a white pupillary reflex (Fig. 8.1). There are many causes of leukocoria in children 33-35 . The more common ones include congenital cataract, retinal detachment due to retinopathy of prematurity, persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, and congenital retinal telangiectasia with exudation (Coats disease). Retinoblastoma is probably the most serious condition to cause leukocoria in children. Any child with leukoco-ria should be referred promptly to an ophthalmologist for further diagnostic evaluation.
Dose-limiting toxicities are related to myelosuppression and mucositis. Variable susceptibility to congestive car-diomyopathy is an associated complication from cumulative dose administration of anthracyclines. Emetogenic potential is considerable. Reversible alopecia is not unusual. They are also among the most potent vesicants available, and thus scrupulous attention should be given during the administration of these agents to prevent tissue extravasation. Photo-sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, and pigmentation of the nails and urine are common. Another interesting toxicity is the radiation recall phenomenon. As the term suggests, pain, erythema, and blistering or ulceration occur on previous radiation sites within 3 to 7 days of administration of the antitumor antibiotic. This phenomenon may be observed on any epithelial surface and may thus manifest as dermatitis, enteritis, pneumonitis, or stomatitis. The drugs most commonly implicated are the anthracyclines doxorubicin and...
2.2.2 Skin and Eye Irritation Corrosion The potential of a chemical to cause skin and eye irritation or corrosion is tested upon acute exposure, usually in rabbits. The agent is applied directly to the skin or the eye, and the degree of irritation from mild to corrosive is scored as specified in the test protocols. The Draize test (original or modified) is used to evaluate dermal irritation. The degree of skin irritation is scored for erythema, eschar, edema formation, and corrosive action. Sensitization tests are usually conducted in guinea pigs, a highly sensitive species. In general, a sensitization test protocol involves exposing the animals to multiple doses of the test substance during a period of two to four weeks. About two weeks after the last treatment, animals are challenged with a low dose of the test substance. Depending on the specific test, the animals are evaluated for an allergic response to the skin (e.g., erythema, or edema) or the respiratory tract (e.g.,
Lymphedema is the term used to describe pathological conditions in which there is excessive, regional interstitial accumulation of protein-rich fluid. It can be either primary or secondary (i.e., acquired). Genetic studies have identified mutations in at least three genes that are associated with primary lymphedema VEGFR-3, SOX18, and FOXC2. Inactivating mutations in the catalytic domain of VEGFR-3, a receptor tyrosine kinase for the lymphangiogenic factors VEGF-C and -D, are associated with Milroy's disease, an autosomal dominant form of early-onset lymphedema. SOX 18 is a transcription factor that has been implicated in dominant and recessive forms of Late-onset primary lym-
Burn wound depth is measured not in millimeters but in terms of which epidermal structures are destroyed. Thus a burn of depth 2 mm on the dorsum of an elderly hand is much 'deeper' than a burn of depth 2 mm on an adolescent's back. Traditionally, burn depth has been classified as first, second, or third degree. First-degree burns, similar to a sunburn, involve only the epidermis and are characterized by erythema and mild discomfort. Such injuries heal in a few days and produce essentially no systemic effects. The area involved in such epidermal burns should not be included in estimates of burn size since they do not contribute to fluid requirements or outcome determinations. Second-degree burns, more descriptively known as partial-thickness burns, represent destruction through the epidermis and to varying depths in the dermis. Such burns have the capacity to regenerate an epidermal layer from the epidermal cells lining skin appendages such as hair follicles and sweat glands which are...
Mutations or significant alterations in expression of mitotic spindle checkpoint genes in aneuploid cells suggests that additional genes and or mechanisms of checkpoint inactivation are operational in the majority of cancers that demonstrate chromosomal instability. Certain p53 mutations have been described that are associated with gain-of-function and relaxed spindle checkpoint function in response to mitotic inhibitors, suggesting that both mutational inactivation of p53 and dominant gain-of-function mutations in p53 can contribute to genomic instability and aberrant chromosome segregation (156). In addition, defective checkpoint function has been demonstrated in patients with ataxia telangiectasia who carry mutations of the ATM gene (157). These studies combine to suggest that a variety of genes might function in normal control of the mitotic spindle checkpoint, and when mutated or aberrantly expressed, they could contribute to chromosomal instability through inac-tivation of the...
The onset of action by the intravenous route is slower than that of the b-agonists because of the need to deliver it over 20 to 30 min. Side-effects include nausea and vomiting, central nervous system irritability and seizures, flushing, hypotension, and a variety of tachyarrhythmias including cardiac arrest. Seizures due to theophylline toxicity are often difficult to treat. The ethlyenediamine component of aminophylline can cause urticaria, erythema, and exfoliative dermatitis. Cautions include liver disease, epilepsy, cardiac disease, and pregnancy.
Figure 5 Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in woman with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Chest radiograph (not shown) showed a small solitary nodule in lingula. Computed tomography reveals an enlarged feeding artery (arrows) and an enlarged draining vein (arrowheads) as well as the nidus of the vascular malformation (*). Morphologic characteristics are diagnostic for arteriovenous malformation. Computed tomography also revealed a few smaller AVMs in both lungs (not shown). Figure 5 Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in woman with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Chest radiograph (not shown) showed a small solitary nodule in lingula. Computed tomography reveals an enlarged feeding artery (arrows) and an enlarged draining vein (arrowheads) as well as the nidus of the vascular malformation (*). Morphologic characteristics are diagnostic for arteriovenous malformation. Computed tomography also revealed a few smaller AVMs in both lungs (not shown).
The sulfonamides do cause hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., rashes, eosinophilia, and drug fever) in a small number of patients. Other rare allergic reactions include vasculitis, photosensitivity, agranulocytosis, and thrombocytopenia. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is also associated with sulfonamide use it is characterized by fever, malaise, erythema multiforme, and ulceration of the mucous membranes of the mouth and genitalia. Hemolytic anemia may develop in persons with a genetic deficiency of red blood cell glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD).
First-degree burns are superficial burns isolated to the epithelial cells and characterized by erythema and mild blistering. Second-degree burns involve a tissue depth into the dermis. A superficial partial-thickness burn is moist, red, and tender. It becomes pale, but dermal papillae can be visualized through the eschar within a few days. Third-degree burns extend through all layers of the skin and invade the hypodermic fat. Fourth-degree burns involve deep injury to bone, joint or muscle. (Rogers MC, et al. Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care, 3rd Edition pp. 1525-1526.)
Pemphigoid from several other common oral muco-sal inflammatory disorders. For example, lichen planus does not have linear immunoglobulin deposits, but has linear and shaggy deposits of fibrin in the BMZ, and erythema multiforme has no linear BMZ deposits. However, these deposits do not distinguish mucous membrane pemphigoid from bullous pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa aquista or linear IgA bullous dermatosis. Such distinctions should be made on the basis of clinical findings.
The inflammatory response is a highly complex process that involves a number of cell types of the reticuloen-dothelial system and a number of chemical mediators, including prostaglandins, leukotrienes, kinins, and bio-genic amines (See Chapter 36).The inhibitory effects of glucocorticoids on various aspects of the inflammatory and immunological responses constitute the basis for their therapeutic efficacy. All steps of the inflammatory process are blocked there is a diminution in heat, erythema, swelling, and tenderness. Both the early components (edema, fibrin deposition, neutrophil migration, and phagocytosis) and late components (collagen synthesis and deposition) may be retarded.
Necrobiotic xanthogranuloma is a rare chronic and often progressive disorder with a predilection for the periorbital skin. Other areas of the face, as well as the trunk and limbs, can also be involved. Lesions present as sharply demarcated violaceus, partly xanthomatous nodules and plaques. Ulceration may develop. Almost all patients with necrobiotic xanthogranuloma are diagnosed with a paraproteinaemia. Other, more rare associations are hyperlipidaemia and leukopenia. Scleri-tis, episcleritis and keratitis are common ophthalmic complications. The histological changes are present in the dermis and in the subcutis. Large zones of necrobiotic collagen with hyaline and sometimes mucinous changes are present in the deep dermis. These areas are surrounded by histiocytes, partly with a foamy cytoplasm. Sometimes the xanthomatous changes are only minor. Multinucleated giant cells are easily found they can be of the Touton type, but also of the foreign body type with bizarre nuclei. In...
Check tympanic membranes for erythema, fullness, and decreased mobility, suggesting otitis media. 7. Neck. Resistance to passive flexion of the neck suggests meningitis or subarachnoid bleeding. Positive Kernig and Brudzinski signs also indicate meningeal irritation but often are not present in neonates or young infants. Erythematous, tender neck mass indicates lymphadenitis or infected brachial cleft or thyroglossal duct cyst. 9. Abdomen. Distention, tenderness, or guarding suggests intraabdominal pathology. Erythematous, tender, nonreducible mass in inguinal region suggests incarcerated hernia.
There are three main clinical forms of the condition minor, major and herpetiform ulceration, although a minority of patients may show various combinations of these types. Minor aphthae are by far the most common manifestation ( 85 ) and are characterised by the formation of one or several superficial ulcers, usually 28 mm in diameter with a yellowish-grey, fibrinous floor and an erythematous halo. The ulcers tend to involve the non-keratinised mucosa such as the lips, buccal mucosa, ventrum of the tongue and floor of the mouth. They usually heal within 7-10 days by regeneration of the epithelium across the floor of the ulcer, and without scarring. The ulcers frequently recur at regular intervals, typically of 2-3 weeks. Some patients, however, are virtually never ulcer free, as new crops appear before pre-existing ones have healed. A minority of cases are menstruation-related and the ulcers appear monthly in the premenstrual week. Major aphthae are less common ( 10 ) and ulcers can...
One important feature for a DNA damage response is the slowing or arrest of the defective cell at specific DNA damage checkpoint (151,152). This serves to delay important cell cycle transitions until repair has occurred. In human cells, the ATR ATM signaling network, which can together detect a wide variety of DNA lesions through genomic surveillance during DNA replication, has a large role in this action. ATR disruption is lethal ATM defects are not, although they are responsible for ataxia telangiectasia, which causes hypersensitivity to agents causing DSBs and increases cancer risk (152) ATR, when necessary, is likely to be the initiator of a global DNA damage response by activating downstream proteins like CHK1, CHK2, and RAD53. This leads to cell-cycle arrest, chromatin modulation, and further upregulation of other repair pathway proteins (139).
On physical examination, liver disease in a patient with upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage is suggested by the presence of jaundice, cutaneous lesions such as palmar erythema, spider angiomas, hematomas, dilated abdominal veins, or asterixis. The presence of an enlarged liver or spleen, or ascites, increases the likelihood of portal hypertension and variceal bleeding. Leukopenia, hypoprothrombinemia, and elevations in the levels of aminotransferases and bilirubin also support the diagnosis of liver disease and, by inference, the presence of variceal hemorrhage.
Herpangina is also caused by a variety of group A cox-sackie viruses including A1 to 6, 8, 10, and 22. Other causes include coxsackie group B (strains 1-4), echovi-ruses, and other enteroviruses 161 . It is highly contagious and tends to affect young children in the summer and early autumn period. Like hand-foot-and-mouth disease, it rapidly spreads through close-knit communities, such as schools, and presents with acute pharyngitis, anorexia and dysphagia, with or without cervical lymphadenopathy. Typically, the lesions are restricted to the soft palate, uvula, anterior pillars of the fauces and palatine tonsils. They consist of multiple, small vesicles that rapidly rupture to form superficial ulcers, which may coalesce. In addition, there is often more generalised oropharyngeal erythema. The condition usually lasts 1-2 weeks and is treated symptomatically.
Pemphigus vegetans is considerably less common in the mouth than pemphigus vulgaris 15 . It usually presents clinically as serpiginous ulcers that are most frequent on the dorsum of the tongue and lips 187 . The lingual lesions closely resemble those of erythema migrans. The papillomatous, proliferative lesions that characterise cutaneous pemphigus vegetans can sometimes be seen at the angles of the mouth. As in pemphigus vulgaris, drugs, particularly ACE inhibitors, have been invoked as possible causative agents in some cases 12, 137 .
The external examination of the ocular adenexa and eyelids can provide important information about underlying neuro-ophthalmic or systemic disorders. Lacrimal gland enlargement may be seen in sarcoidosis or underlying malignancy. Lid erythema or edema should be noted. Significant lid swelling, infiltration, or superior orbital mass can produce mechanical ptosis. Any deformity in the eyelid configuration (e.g., S-shaped eyelid in plexiform neuro-fibroma) should be documented. The lid position should be recorded and any lid retraction (e.g., thyroid ophthalmopathy) or lid lag (lid retraction in downgaze) should be noted specifically.
The typical lesion is an ulcer, most commonly on the mid-dorsum of the tongue and gingiva, but other sites may be involved 122 . The ulcer usually has undermined edges, which may be stellate, and a pale granular floor. Occasionally it presents as a non-specific area of erythema or a chronic fissure 112 . It is painless in its early stages, but may become painful later. There is usually no regional lymph node involvement. The clinical features are often entirely non-specific and the diagnosis is initially suspected when the microscopy shows multiple epithelioid granulomas in the corium underlying an ulcer with undermined margins. The granulomas are usually non-caseating and it is unusual to demonstrate Mycobacteria, even using auramine and rhodamine staining. The organisms may be detected in the sputum (but rarely in the oral lesion) and chest radiographs typically show advanced disease. In patients who are immunosuppressed, the possibility of atypical my-cobacterial infection needs to...
In scleritis the B scan shows an echolucent area between the anterior and the posterior scleral wall. In most cases it is associated with a linear echolucent area in the retroscleral space representing edema in Tenon's space (T-sign). On A scan, the high scleral spikes are wider than normal and invariably show abnormal thickening. In episcleritis, the similar A- and B-scan characteristics can be seen but in the immediate retroscleral space with a distinct echolucent rim between the sclera and the rest of the orbital tissues a low reflective A-scan pattern indicates the edema-tous space that usually exists in this condition.
Midwestern areas of the United States. A history of tick bite, characteristic rash (erythema chronicum migrans), and constitutional symptoms in association with a painful polyradiculopathy, facial palsy, or menin-goencephalitis allow Lyme disease to be distinguished from MS in most cases. Optic neuritis has been described. More difficulty arises with so-called tertiary Lyme disease, in which a chronic progressive neurologic disorder may develop, such as a spastic para-paresis, in association with white matter lesions on brain MRI. The diagnosis is suggested by the appropriate early history and a marked CSF lymphocytosis. Confirmation is by detection of intrathecal antibody using immunoblot, and or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the antigen, where available. A prolonged course of antibiotics is advised.
Acute Erythema of palms, soles edema of hands, feet Subacute Periungual peeling of fingers, toes in weeks 2 and 3 Polymorphous exanthem Changes in lips and oral cavity Erythema, lips cracking, strawberry tongue, diffuse injection of oral and pharyngeal mucosae Cervical lymphadenopathy ( 1.5 cm diameter), usually unilateral Exclusion of other diseases with similar findings
Porphyria cutanea tarda is precipitated by alcohol and sex hormones, particularly oestrogen. Symptoms include skin vesicles and bullae, hyperpigmentation, and skin fragility when exposed to significant light. Prevention of attacks is the focal point of management. Patients should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, alcohol, and oestrogen. Erythropoietic porphyria also manifests skin-related signs and symptoms, including burning, oedema, itching, and erythema. Limitation of sun exposure is the primary form of prevention.
First described in the United States in 1975, this infection has also been reported in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. It is caused by the spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried and transmitted by the deer tick. The somatic symptomatology, in 60 to 80 per cent of the patients, features a characteristic skin lesion, erythema chronicum migrans, an expanding erythematous annular lesion which usually first appears 3 to 32 days after the initial transmission and may last for several weeks. In 15 per cent of the patients, the disease progresses to a secondary phase marked by neurological symptoms, for example meningoencephalitis, radiculitis, central and peripheral neuropathy, and myelitis.
Tinea capitis primarily affects school-aged children, appearing as one or more round patches of alopecia. Hair shafts broken off at the scalp may appear as black dots. Sometimes tinea capitis appears as non-specific dandruff, or gray patches of hair, or areas of scales, pustules and erythema. A localized, boggy, indurated granuloma called a kerion may develop.
Thalidomide is approved for use in the United States for the treatment of cutaneous manifestations of erythema nodosum leprosum, a potentially life-threatening systemic vasculitis that occurs in some patients with leprosy. Although not approved for other indications, thalidomide has also been shown to be very effective in the management of Beh et's disease, HIV-related mucosal ulceration (aphthosis), and select cases of lupus erythematosus.
The frequency of application of sunscreen is guided by the SPF (sun protection factor) of the preparation. This derived value is the ratio of the time of ultraviolet exposure that causes erythema with the sunscreen to the time that causes erythema without the sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the less frequent the needed application of sunscreen. SPFs of available preparations vary from 2 to 50.
Release of MMA monomer in the general circulation is a potential cause of adverse general reaction after cement injection. MMA monomer was constantly found in blood samples taken from the radial artery and the inferior vena cava during hip replacement (30). However, although a decrease in blood pressure was sometimes associated with the peak value of the monomer, no statistical relationship was found between the monomer concentration and the hypotensive event. Absence of systemic allergic manifestation such as hives, erythema or bronchodilatation makes an allergic reaction unlikely.
Patient presents with fever, sore throat, and tender cervical adenopathy. Headache, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain are common. Marked erythema of throat is present, with hyperemic, exudative tonsils and palatal petechi-ae. Nasal congestion and rhinorrhea is usually absent. More common in late winter and early spring.
D, C, E, B, A Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome is an X-linked recessive disorder manifested by eczema, thrombocytopenia, and recurrent infections with encapsulated bacteria. The disorder is related to an inability to produce antibody to polysaccharide capsule. Serum immunoglobulins show a decrease in IgM, with an increase in IgA and IgE. Ataxia-Telangiectasia is an autosomal recessive disorder involving 11q22-23. The disorder results from a defect in DNA recombination. Breakpoints involve genes that encode for T-cell receptors. Associated conditions include IgA deficiency and lymphosarcoma. Chronic granulomatous disease involves a defect in any one of the four components of the enzyme NADPH oxidase, essential for bacterial killing in the neutrophil. 65 are X-linked, and the remainder are autosomal recessive. Organisms that are catalase-positive (S. aureus) can produce chronic infection by preventing phagocytes from using microbial generated hydrogen peroxide. Chediak-Higashi Syn
Within 7 to 10 days after the initiation of hormonal treatment, a small number of patients (5 to 20 ) experience a phenomenon known as the hormonal flare reaction, with pain in osseous metastatic lesions, pain and erythema in soft tissue lesions, hypocalcemia, and apparent disease progression on bone scintigraphy.237
Particularly favoured sites are the skin between the fingers, the underside of the wrists, the elbows and knees, navel, breasts, shoulders, buttocks, scrotum, and penis. The face and scalp are not usually infested, except in children. The length of the ducts varies between a few millimetres to several centimetres. The number of ducts and adult females can sometimes exceed 100. The average number of ducts per infected person may be about 10-15. The itching, which is an immunological response to mites and their faeces, is particularly serious during night-time. In newly infested persons the itching begins not until about a month after the initial infestation. The itching will often indirectly cause secondary bacterial infections of the skin with purulent ulcers. Infested persons will develop an extensive rash with erythema and follicular papules that can cover areas where no mites can be found (Alexander 1984 Varma 1993). Scabies-infected individuals with...
Infection, but significant for pruritus in the perineum. Physical exam showed a well-appearing girl in no acute distress. There was no back pain and no abdominal tenderness. Significant erythema of the labia minora and vulva was noted. There was no appreciable discharge. Urinalysis was normal. Patient was diagnosed with contact dermatitis and started on lubricant ointment 4 times a day. Her symptoms resolved in 5 days.
Geographic tongue is a relatively common idiopathic condition typically characterised by migrating areas of depapillation on the dorsum of the tongue 6 . In many cases it is associated with fissuring. There is loss of filiform papillae often surrounded by a slightly raised yellowish-white and crenellated margin. These areas of depapillation tend to heal centrally and spread cen-trifugally. Occasionally, the ventrum is involved and in that site lesions consist of an area of erythema completely or partially surrounded by a circinate whitish halo. Identical lesions can occasionally be seen elsewhere in the mouth and have been called ectopic geographical tongue , although geographical stomatitis or benign migratory stomatitis would be more appropriate terms 81 . The majority of cases of geographical tongue are painless, but some patients complain bitterly of soreness and discomfort, which may or may not be associated with specific foods. Fig. 3.11. Geographical tongue (erythema migrans)...
Drug-induced dermatitis is characterized by skin lesions that can be a rash, urticaria, papules, vesicles or life-threatening skin eruptions such as erythema multiforme (red blisters over a large portion of the body) or Stevens-Johnson syndrome (large blisters in the oral and anogenital mucosa, pharynx, eyes, and viscera). As a result of having a hypersensitive reaction to a drug, the patient may form sensitizing lymphocytes. Other drug-induced dermatitis includes discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and exfoliative dermatitis. Hydralazine hydrochloride (Apresoline), isoniazid (INH), phenothiazines, anticonvulsants, and antidysrhythmics such as procainamide (Pronestyl) may cause lupus-like symptoms. If lupus-like symptoms occur, the drug should be discontinued. Certain antibacterials and anticonvulsants may cause exfoliative dermatitis, resulting in erythema of the skin, itching, scaling, and loss of body hair.
Tacrolimus is a macrolide lactone originally derived from Streptomyces tsukubaensis. Although structurally unrelated to cyclosporine, tacrolimus has a very similar mechanism of action that is, it blocks the production of proinflammatory cytokines by T lymphocytes by inhibiting calcineurin. Tacrolimus, however, appears to be 10 to 100 times as potent as an immunosuppressive. Oral tacrolimus (FK506) is used for prevention of organ rejection in recipients of renal and hepatic transplants. A topical formulation (Protopic) has recently been approved for treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in children and adults who have not responded to other therapies. Levels of systemic absorption are low even when applied to a relatively large body surface area. Local irritant reactions (burning, stinging, erythema) are a common side effect, but these usually resolve within the first few days of treatment. The major benefit of topical tacrolimus over topical corticosteroids is that...
This condition commonly presents in fair-skinned individuals and is characterized by papules, erythema, and telangiectasias. F. Erythema Multiforme 1. Erythema multiforme presents as dull red macules or papules on the back of hands, palms, wrists, feet, elbows and knees. The periphery is red and the center becomes blue or darker red, hence the characteristic target or iris lesion. 3. Erythema multiforme major or Steven's Johnson syndrome is diagnosed when mucous membrane or eye involvement is present. 5. For HSV-driven erythema multiforme, acyclovir may be helpful. Ophthalmologic consultation is obtained for ocular involvement.
Topical antibiotics are helpful in acne vulgaris and acne rosacea and probably in reducing the frequency of infections related to intravenous catheters. One drug, mupirocin (Bactroban), is effective in treating impetigo contagiosa. Mupirocin binds to bacterial isoleucyl-transfer RNA synthetase and prevents the incorporation of isoleucine into protein sequences. Mupirocin is most effective against gram-positive bacteria. Toxicity is uncommon. Another topical antibiotic, metronidazole, is effective in the treatment of acne rosacea. Metronidazole is a synthetic nitroimidazole derivative that reduces inflammation by an unknown mechanism. Other selected topical antibiotics are listed in Table 41.2.
Phototoxicity is histologically characterized by epidermal cell degeneration with necrotic keratino-cytes, oedema, sparse dermal lymphocytic infiltrate and vasodilatation. Phototoxicity is easily documented in vitro or in vivo. A photopatch test will be positive in all individuals and will therefore not be discriminant for a causality assessment. The minimal dose of UV (UVA more often than UVB) inducing an erythema will be decreased in all subjects during treatment. Photoallergic eruption is more chronic than phototoxicity and is mainly eczematous and pruri-tic. A lichen planus-like reaction has also been reported. It is usually more marked in exposed sites, but may often progress outside these areas. In the chronic phase, erythema, scaling and lichenification predominate. Photoallergic reactions are usually transient and resolve after a variable length of time when the offending agent has been removed. Rarely, an extreme sensitivity to sun may persist for months or years ( persistent...
Antibiotics are used in dermatology for both infectious and noninfectious skin eruptions. Noninfectious skin eruptions, such as acne vulgaris and acne rosacea, are often treated with systemic antibiotics. The mechanism of action is not clear, although tetracycline inhibits li-pases derived from resident flora in the sebaceous follicle (Staphylococcus epidermidis, Propionibacterium acnes). These lipases cleave irritating fatty acids from triglycerides in sebum, presumably contributing to cutaneous inflammation.
Tinea manuum is a fungal infection of the hands. Tinea manuum presents with erythema and mild scaling on the dorsal aspect of the hands or as a chronic, dry, scaly hyperkeratosis of the palms. When the palms are infected, the feet are also commonly infected. Treatment options are the same as for tinea pedis.
For the most part, products of the LOX pathway of AA metabolism contribute little to the changes in vascular tone. Moreover, the vascular effects that have been reported differ depending on the particular metabolite 8-10 . For instance, hydroperoxides of AA cause erythema in human skin and LTC4 and LTD4 are vasoconstrictors in guinea pig and rat, whereas LTB4 has no effect on blood flow in the rabbit or hamster cheek pouch model. However, it is possible that LTs influence vascular permeability, though this may be species dependent. LTC4 and LTD4 increase vascular permeability in human, guinea pig, and rat skin and are about 1,000 times more potent than histamine in inducing macromolecular
Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome (SRUS) is a condition described classically as a single ulceration of the rectal mucosa usually anteriorly between 5 and 12 cm from the anal verge.17,18 The name of the syndrome, however, can be misleading, because patients do not need to have ulceration to be diagnosed with this condition. Typically, patients present with symptoms of bleeding (56 ), passage of mucous, straining, or a sense of incomplete evacuation. Endoscopic findings range from mucosal ulcerations to mild erythema. It is thought that years of straining because of chronic constipation or birth-related injuries may weaken the pelvic floor with resultant pudendal nerve damage. Pudendal nerve damage leads to weakened sphincters and thus prolapse. Intussuscepted mucosa may lead to direct mucosal injury or ischemia, which leads to rectal mucosal injury or ulceration. Associated conditions include rectal prolapse, failure of puborectalis relaxation, increased anorectal angle, abnormal...
Clofazimine is given to treat sulfone-resistant leprosy or to patients who are intolerant to sulfones. It also exerts an antiinflammatory effect and prevents erythema nodosum leprosum, which can interrupt treatment with dapsone. This is a major advantage of clofaz-imine over other antileprosy drugs. Ulcerative lesions caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans respond well to clo-fazimine. It also has some activity against M. tuberculosis and can be used as last resort therapy for the treatment of MDR tuberculosis.
Under normal conditions, p53 is extremely unstable, but upon exposure to genotoxic stress, it is stabilized by phos-phorylation of serine residue 15 (Figure 16.3). Depending on the genotoxic stress, the kinase responsible for this phospho-rylation is either the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) kinase or the ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) kinase.3,9 Notably, inherited mutations in ATM result in cancer, although not all the ATM cancer-relevant functions involve p53. Phosphorylation of serine 15 interferes with p53 binding to the ubiquitin ligase Hdm2, blocking ubiquitina-tion of p53 and resulting in stabilization of p53. As noted earlier, stabilized p53 induces the expression of genes involved in arresting the cell cycle to allow for DNA repair but also induces proapoptotic genes if the cell cannot repair the damage. Transcriptional activation by p53 is dependent on binding to the transcriptional coactivators p300 CBP that activate p53 by acetylation of C-terminal...
How To Deal With Rosacea and Eczema
Rosacea and Eczema are two skin conditions that are fairly commonly found throughout the world. Each of them is characterized by different features, and can be both discomfiting as well as result in undesirable appearance features. In a nutshell, theyre problems that many would want to deal with.