[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nails are considered epidermal appendages, and as such, are commonly affected in patients with psoriasis, 80% of whom are likely to develop nail psoriasis as a result of their condition. Two patterns of nail disorders have been shown to be caused by psoriasis. Nail matrix involvement can result in features such as leukonychia, pitting (punctures or cupuliform depressions), red spots in the lunula and crumbling. Nail bed involvement, on the other hand, can cause onycholysis, salmon or oil-drop patches, subungual hyperkeratosis and splinter hemorrhages. Nail disease causes aesthetic and functional impairment, and is indicative of more severe forms of psoriasis as well as of joint involvement. The treatment for nail psoriasis involves behavioral interventions, topical medications, or systemic therapy in case of extensive skin or joint involvement. This article presents a review of the main features of nail psoriasis, its clinical presentation, diagnostic and assessment methods, clinical repercussions, and of its available treatment options.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aim:
To evaluate the influence of age of onset and duration of diabetes on the positivity of glutamic acid decarboxylase antibody (GADA) in South-Brazilian type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients.
GADA was evaluated in 92 patients with type 1 diabetes, in 147 gestational DM patients, and in 59 subjects with normal glucose tolerance.
Type 1 patients with positive GADA (N = 44, 48%) were older at the onset of diabetes (22 ± 9 versus 18 ± 10 y, P = 0.043) and had a shorter DM duration (12 ± 8 versus 19 ± 9 y, P < 0.001), as compared with negative GADA patients. A logistic regression with antibody positivity as the dependent variable and diabetes duration as the independent variable, showed that the shorter diabetes duration was related to the presence of the antibody with an odds ratio (OR) = 5.6; (CI 95% = 2.1-14.6); P < 0.001. Another model, with age at diagnosis as the independent variable, did not show any association with antibody positivity. However, analysing only men, a shorter DM duration (OR = 6.5; CI = 1.7-24.0; P = 0.006), and also a higher age at diagnosis (OR = 5.5; CI = 1.5-21.0; P = 0.01) were significantly related to the antibody positivity. The performance of GADA was similar in up to 15 y of duration of DM (P = 0.78), but significantly diminished with higher duration (P = 0.001).
GADA testing is a helpful tool in the diagnosis of type 1 DM starting in young adults and older individuals. Even though the positivity rate declines along the course of disease, it still provides useful information up to 15 y after the diabetes diagnosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The right classification for diabetes mellitus (DM) allows a more adequate treatment and comprises four categories: type 1 DM, type 2 DM, other types, and gestational diabetes. In some cases, there might be a superposition of situations, especially with regard to the DM that initiates in the young adult or is initially presented with diabetic ketoacidosis intermediately to type 1 and 2 DM. Thus, additions to the classic classification system have been proposed as assessing the presence of autoimmunity (antibody) and b cell function (C-peptide) to precisely define the subtypes. The aim of this literature review was to analyze these diagnostic indexes` performance in the DM classification and to describe subtypes with details. The antibodies against pancreas confirm autoimmunity, and the antibody against insulin is more accurate before 5 years old, while the anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase is more accurate after 20 years old, a test which remains positive for a longer period. The measurement of C-peptide evaluates the pancreatic insulin reserve, and the most largely used methods of stimulation are the measurement after meals or after intravenous glucagon. C-peptide values < 1.5 ng/ml define a patient with absent pancreatic function and, above this value, patients with preserved function. When the presence of antibodies (A+) directed to the pancreas is combined to its insulin secretion capability (β+), it is possible to subdivide DM`s classification in type 1A (A+β-) and 1B (A+β-); and type 2A (A+β+) and 2B (A-β+), which allows a more precise classification and treatment besides opening horizons for the understanding of DM pathogenesis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) is a monogenic form of diabetes mellitus characterized by autosomal dominant inheritance, early age of onset, and pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. Heterozygous mutations in at least seven genes can cause MODY. In the present study we investigated the relative prevalence of GCK (glucokinase) and HNF1alpha (hepatocyte nuclear factor 1alpha) mutations, the more frequent causes of MODY, in 13 South-Brazilian families with multiple cases of diabetes consistent with MODY. Heterozygous variants in GCK and HNF1alpha genes were observed respectively in one (7.7%), and six (46.2%) families. The six HNF1alpha variants are likely to cause diabetes in the families where they were observed. However, we could not ascertain whether the GCK Gly117Ser variant found in one family is a causal mutation. In conclusion, we have confirmed in a South-Brazilian population that HNF1alpha mutations are a common cause of monogenic diabetes in adults selected with strict clinical diagnostic criteria.
Arquivos brasileiros de endocrinologia e metabologia 12/2008; 52(8):1326-31. · 0.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) is a monogenic form of diabe- tes mellitus characterized by autosomal dominant inheritance, early age of onset, and pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. Heterozygous mutations in at least seven genes can cause MODY. In the present study we investigated the relative prevalence of GCK (glucokinase) and HNF1α (hepatocyte nuclear fac- tor 1α) mutations, the more frequent causes of MODY, in 13 South-Brazilian families with multiple cases of diabetes consistent with MODY. Heterozygous variants in GCK and HNF1α genes were observed respectively in one (7.7%), and six (46.2%) families. The six HNF1α variants are likely to cause diabetes in the families where they were observed. However, we could not ascertain whether the GCK Gly117Ser variant found in one family is a causal mutation. In conclusion, we have confi rmed in a South-Brazilian population that HNF1α mutations are a common cause of monogenic diabetes in adults selected with strict clinical diagnostic criteria. (Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab 2008; 52/8: 1326-1331)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Due to the unfavorable prognosis of advanced stages of diabetic nephropathy (DN), the ideal approach is to identify renal involvement as early as possible. It is recommended to measure urinary albumin excretion (UAE) annually, in random urine samples, in order to detect the stages of DN [microalbuminuria (UAE 17-174 mg/l or 30-300 mg albumin/g of creatinine) and macroalbuminuria (> 174 mg/l or > 300 mg/g)]. However, it has been suggested that UAE levels below the threshold of consensus could already signal the risk for DN progression and increased mortality, indicating the need to revise cutoff values. As a substantial amount of UAE (the immunounreactive fraction), is not detected by conventional methods, HPLC would be more sensitive to identify the presence of damage by measuring total UAE (immunoreactive + immunounreactive). Another recent observation is that diminished glomerular filtration rates (GFR) occurs in the presence of normoalbuminuria. Therefore, besides evaluating UAE, it is recommended to estimate GFR with equations employing creatinine; such as the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) study, available at www.mdrd.com. Owing to the known limitations of creatinine, alternative endogenous markers are being studied, and cystatin-C is a promising marker under investigation. Finally, new strategies that could detect DN even earlier, include biomarkers such as proteomics, defining a profile of urinary protein excretion able to identify the subsequent risk of renal disease.
Arquivos brasileiros de endocrinologia e metabologia 04/2008; 52(3):442-51. · 0.84 Impact Factor