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Boone E.,Heilig Hart Ziekenhuis | Verhaaf B.,Erasmus Medical Center | Langerak A.W.,Erasmus Medical Center
Methods in Molecular Biology | Year: 2013

The assessment of the presence of clonal lymphoproliferations via polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based analysis of rearranged immunoglobulin (Ig) or T-cell receptor (TCR) genes is a valuable technique in the diagnosis of suspect lymphoproliferative disorders. Furthermore this technique is more and more used to evaluate dissemination of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and/or the presence of (minimal) residual disease. In this chapter we describe an integrated approach to assess clonality via analysis of Ig heavy chain (IGH), Ig kappa (IGK), TCR beta (TCRB), and TCR gamma (TCRG) gene rearrangements. The described PCR protocol is based on the standardized multiplex PCRs as developed by the European BIOMED-2 collaborative study (Concerted Action BMH4-CT98-3936). Furthermore it also includes the pre-analytical DNA isolation step from various tissues (formalin fixed paraf fin-embedded tissue, fresh tissues, body fl uids, peripheral blood and bone marrow), GeneScan analysis of labeled PCR products on a genetic analyzer, heteroduplex analysis of unlabeled PCR products, and post-analytical guidelines for the interpretation of the obtained "molecular morphology" patterns. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013. Source

Brusselle G.G.,Ghent University | VanderStichele C.,Ghent University | Jordens P.,OLV Ziekenhuis | Deman R.,AZ Groeninge | And 14 more authors.
Thorax | Year: 2013

Background: Patients with severe asthma are at increased risk of exacerbations and lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI). Severe asthma is heterogeneous, encompassing eosinophilic and non-eosinophilic (mainly neutrophilic) phenotypes. Patients with neutropilic airway diseases may benefit from macrolides. Methods: We performed a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial in subjects with exacerbationprone severe asthma. Subjects received low-dose azithromycin (n=55) or placebo (n=54) as add-on treatment to combination therapy of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2 agonists for 6 months. The primary outcome was the rate of severe exacerbations and LRTI requiring treatment with antibiotics during the 26-week treatment phase. Secondary efficacy outcomes included lung function and scores on the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) and Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ). Results: The rate of primary endpoints (PEPs) during 6 months was not significantly different between the two treatment groups: 0.75 PEPs (95% CI 0.55 to 1.01) per subject in the azithromycin group versus 0.81 PEPs (95% CI 0.61 to 1.09) in the placebo group (p=0.682). In a predefined subgroup analysis according to the inflammatory phenotype, azithromycin was associated with a significantly lower PEP rate than placebo in subjects with noneosinophilic severe asthma (blood eosinophilia ≤200/ml): 0.44 PEPs (95% CI 0.25 to 0.78) versus 1.03 PEPs (95% CI 0.72 to 1.48) (p=0.013). Azithromycin significantly improved the AQLQ score but there were no significant between-group differences in the ACQ score or lung function. Azithromycin was well tolerated, but was associated with increased oropharyngeal carriage of macrolide-resistant streptococci. Conclusions Azithromycin did not reduce the rate of severe exacerbations and LRTI in patients with severe asthma. However, the significant reduction in the PEP rate in azithromycin-treated patients with non-eosinophilic severe asthma warrants further study. ClinicalTrials.gov number NCT00760838. Source

Merckx M.,Universitair Medisch Centrum St Pieter | Donders G.G.,Heilig Hart Ziekenhuis | Donders G.G.,Universitair ziekenhuis Leuven | Grandjean P.,Center Hospitalier Regional Of Mons | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care | Year: 2011

Objective: To assess the effect of structured counselling on women's contraceptive decisions and to evaluate gynaecologists' perceptions of comprehensive contraceptive counselling. Methods: Belgian women (1840 years old) who were considering using a combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) were counselled by their gynaecologists about available CHCs (combined oral contraceptive [COC], transdermal patch, vaginal ring), using a comprehensive leaflet. Patients and gynaecologists completed questionnaires that gathered information on the woman's pre- and post-counselling contraceptive choice, her perceptions, and the reasons behind her post-counselling decision. Results: The gynaecologists (N = 121) enrolled 1801 eligible women. Nearly all women (94%) were able to choose a method after counselling (53%, 5%, and 27% chose the COC, the patch, and the ring, respectively). Counselling made many women (39%) select a different method: patch use increased from 3% to 5% (p < 0.0001); ring use tripled (from 9% to 27%, p < 0.0001). Women who were undecided before counselling most often opted for the method their gynaecologist recommended, irrespective of counselling. Conclusion: Counselling allows most women to select a contraceptive method; a sizeable proportion of them decide on a method different from the one they initially had in mind. Gynaecologists' preferences influenced the contraceptive choices of women who were initially undecided regarding the method to use. © 2011 The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. Source

Weckhuysen S.,University of Antwerp | Weckhuysen S.,Epilepsy Center Kempenhaeghe | Mandelstam S.,Florey Neurosciences Institutes | Mandelstam S.,Royal Melbourne Hospital | And 25 more authors.
Annals of Neurology | Year: 2012

Objective: KCNQ2 and KCNQ3 mutations are known to be responsible for benign familial neonatal seizures (BFNS). A few reports on patients with a KCNQ2 mutation with a more severe outcome exist, but a definite relationship has not been established. In this study we investigated whether KCNQ2/3 mutations are a frequent cause of epileptic encephalopathies with an early onset and whether a recognizable phenotype exists. Methods: We analyzed 80 patients with unexplained neonatal or early-infantile seizures and associated psychomotor retardation for KCNQ2 and KCNQ3 mutations. Clinical and imaging data were reviewed in detail. Results: We found 7 different heterozygous KCNQ2 mutations in 8 patients (8/80; 10%); 6 mutations arose de novo. One parent with a milder phenotype was mosaic for the mutation. No KCNQ3 mutations were found. The 8 patients had onset of intractable seizures in the first week of life with a prominent tonic component. Seizures generally resolved by age 3 years but the children had profound, or less frequently severe, intellectual disability with motor impairment. Electroencephalography (EEG) at onset showed a burst-suppression pattern or multifocal epileptiform activity. Early magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed characteristic hyperintensities in the basal ganglia and thalamus that later resolved. Interpretation: KCNQ2 mutations are found in a substantial proportion of patients with a neonatal epileptic encephalopathy with a potentially recognizable electroclinical and radiological phenotype. This suggests that KCNQ2 screening should be included in the diagnostic workup of refractory neonatal seizures of unknown origin. Copyright © 2011 American Neurological Association. Source

Tournoy K.G.,Ghent University | Bolly A.,Clinique Sainte Elisabeth | Aerts J.G.,Amphia Ziekenhuis | Pierard P.,Center Hospitalier University | And 11 more authors.
European Respiratory Journal | Year: 2010

A clinicoradiological presentation of thoracic sarcoidosis requires histopathology in order to establish the diagnosis. Flexible bronchoscopy has a reasonable diagnostic yield and is the procedure of first choice for diagnosis. Endoscopic ultrasound (endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration/endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration) can help in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis. An implementation strategy of endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis of sarcoidosis following negative flexible bronchoscopy results was examined prospectively in 15 clinics. A total of 137 patients (92 males; median age 43 yrs) were included, and sarcoidosis was found in 115 (84%). Alternative diagnoses were tuberculosis, lymphangitis carcinomatosa, pneumoconiosis and alveolitis. All patients were sent for flexible bronchoscopy, which was performed in 121 (88%), resulting in a definite diagnosis in 57 (42%). A total of 80 patients were sent for endoscopic ultrasound, which could be performed in 72 (90%), yielding a definite diagnosis in 47 (59%). Endoscopic ultrasound following negative flexible bronchoscopy avoided a surgical procedure in 47 out of 80 patients. The sensitivity of flexible bronchoscopy for sarcoidosis was 45% (95% confidence interval 35-54%), but 62% (50-72%) if biopsy specimens were taken. The sensitivity of endoscopic ultrasound following negative flexible bronchoscopy results was 71% (58-82%). With this strategy, 97 out of 115 (84% (76-90%)) of proven sarcoidosis was diagnosed using endoscopy. This large prospective implementation study (trial number NCT00888212; ClinicalTrials.gov) shows that endoscopic ultrasound is valuable for diagnosing sarcoidosis after negative flexible bronchoscopy results. Copyright©ERS 2010. Source

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