Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques

Barcelona, Spain

Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques

Barcelona, Spain
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Gomez-Martin I.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | Moreno S.,Hospital Del Mar Parc Of Salut Mar | Andrades-Lopez E.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | Hernandez-Munoz I.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | And 5 more authors.
JAMA Dermatology | Year: 2017

IMPORTANCE Pigmented facial macules on photodamaged skin are a clinical, dermoscopic, and histopathologic challenge. OBJECTIVES To clinically and dermoscopically characterize, by means of reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), ambiguous pigmented facial macules and establish a correlation between RCM, histopathologic, and immunohistochemical findings. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS A prospective study of ambiguous pigmented facial macules on photodamaged skin was conducted in a tertiary referral center for dermatology between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2015. Sixty-one patients with 63 ambiguous pigmented facial macules and 12 control photodamaged facial areas were included in the study. Melanocyte density in 1-mm basal layers was determined in skin biopsy specimens from all lesions stained with hematoxylin-eosin and immunohistochemical markers (melan-A, microphthalmia-associated transcription factor, and SRY-related HMG-box gene 10). Dermoscopic, RCM images, and histopathologic preparations were systematically evaluated for the presence of lentigo maligna (LM) criteria. Confocal evaluation was blinded to clinical and dermoscopic diagnosis. Sensitivity and specificity of RCM for LMdiagnosis and κ value to establish correlations between dermoscopy, RCM, and histopathology were performed. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Sensitivity and specificity of RCM for LMdiagnosis. RESULTS Of the 61 patients included in the study, 31 (51%) were women; mean (SD) age was 71.8 (13.1) years. Twenty-four of the 63 (38%) lesions were diagnosed as LM or LM melanoma (LMM) and 39 (62%) as benign pigmented lesions. Reflectance confocal microscopy enhanced the diagnosis of pigmented facial macules with 91.7%sensitivity and 86.8% specificity. Multivariate analysis showed 2 dermoscopic and 2 confocal features associated with LM or LMM: (1) asymmetric follicular pigmentation and targetlike structures, and (2) round, large pagetoid cells and follicular localization of atypical cells, respectively. Continuous proliferation of atypical melanocytes was found in 21 (88%) LM or LMM and in 3 (77%) benign lesions. Asymmetric pigmented follicular openings by dermoscopy correlated with follicular localization of pagetoid cells by RCM (κ = 0.499, P < .001). The presence of 3 or more atypical cells at the dermal-epidermal junction (DEJ) by RCM correlated with hyperplasia of melanocytes in hematoxylin-eosin sections (κ = 0.422, P < .001). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Reflectance confocal microscopy improves LMdiagnosis in photodamaged skin with good histopathologic correlation although false-positive and false-negative cases exist. False-positives obtained with RCM in photodamaged skin are due to the presence of basal melanocyte hyperplasia and intraepidermal Langerhans cells. Histopathologic features of these lesions sometimes are not enough for a definite diagnosis and immunohistochemical studiesmay be required. © 2017 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.


Perez-Saez M.J.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Perez-Saez M.J.,Institute Mar Dinvestigacions Mediques | Perez-Saez M.J.,Charles III University of Madrid | Herrera S.,Institute Mar Dinvestigacions Mediques | And 30 more authors.
Osteoporosis International | Year: 2017

Summary: Bone health is assessed by bone mineral density (BMD). Other techniques such as trabecular bone score and microindentation could improve the risk of fracture’s estimation. Our chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients presented worse bone health (density, microarchitecture, mechanical properties) than controls. More than BMD should be done to evaluate patients at risk of fracture. Introduction: BMD measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is used to assess bone health in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. Recently, trabecular bone score (TBS) and microindentation that can measure microarchitectural and mechanical properties of bone have demonstrated better correlation with fractures than DXA in different populations. We aimed to characterize bone health (BMD, TBS, and strength) and calcium/phosphate metabolism in a cohort of 53 ESRD patients undergoing kidney transplantation (KT) and 94 controls with normal renal function. Methods: Laboratory workout, lumbar spine/hip BMD measurements (using DXA), lumbar spine TBS, and bone strength were carried out. The latter was assessed with an impact microindentation device, standardized as percentage of a reference value, and expressed as bone material strength index (BMSi) units. Multivariable linear regression was used to study differences between cases and controls adjusted by age, gender, and body mass index. Results: Among cases, serum calcium was 9.6 ± 0.7 mg/dl, phosphorus 4.4 ± 1.2 mg/dl, and intact parathyroid hormone 214 pg/ml [102–390]. Fourteen patients (26.4%) had prevalent asymptomatic fractures in spinal X-ray. BMD was significantly lower among ESRD patients compared to controls: lumbar 0.966 ± 0.15 vs 0.982 ± 0.15 (adjusted p = 0.037), total hip 0.852 ± 0.15 vs 0.902 ± 0.13 (adjusted p < 0.001), and femoral neck 0.733 ± 0.15 vs 0.775 ± 0.12 (adjusted p < 0.001), as were TBS (1.20 [1.11–1.30] vs 1.31 [1.19–1.43] (adjusted p < 0.001)) and BMSi (79 [71.8–84.2] vs 82. [77.5–88.9] (adjusted p = 0.005)). Conclusions: ESRD patients undergoing transplant surgery have damaged bone health parameters (density, microarchitecture, and mechanical properties) despite acceptably controlled hyperparathyroidism. Detecting these abnormalities may assist in identifying patients at high risk of post-transplantation fractures. © 2017 International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation


Montero N.,Hospital Universitari Bellvitge | Pascual J.,Hospital del Mar | Pascual J.,Red Of Investigacion Renal Redinren Instituto Carlos Iii | Pascual J.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques
Current Diabetes Reviews | Year: 2015

Background: Post-transplant diabetes mellitus is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease in solid organ transplantation. The main underlying pathophysiological mechanism of PTDM is pancreatic beta cell dysfunction in the context of insulin resistance, but the relative importance of each of these important components of glycemic metabolism is under intense debate. Methods: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials to January 15, 2015. We selected systematic reviews and meta-analyses and randomized clinical trials. When no such reports were found for a given topic or drug, observational studies were included in the assessment. Results: There are agents with known diabetogenic effects: corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors including tacrolimus and cyclosporine, as well as the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors (sirolimus and everolimus). The association between the use of induction agents and PTDM is very scarce. No diabetogenic effects have been found with the use of azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil and its derivatives. Conclusion: Immunosuppression is the major modifiable risk factor for development of PTDM but risk versus benefit analysis is required to balance risk of developing PTDM versus rejection. Caution is advisable in immunosuppressant adjustments in the event that PTDM develops based on current evidence. Physicians should choose and use immunosuppression regimens shown to have the best outcome for patient and graft survival, irrespective of PTDM risk. © 2015, Bentham Science Publishers.


Rodriguez E.,Hospital del Mar | Rodriguez E.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | Soler M.J.,Hospital del Mar | Soler M.J.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | And 6 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Background: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a life-threatening complication of severe rhabdomyolysis. This study was conducted to assess risk factors for AKI and to develop a risk score for early prediction. Methods: Retrospective observational cohort study with a 9-year follow-up, carried out in an acute-care teaching-affiliated hospital. A total of 126 patients with severe rhabdomyolysis defined as serum creatine kinase (CK) . 5,000 IU/L fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Univariate and logistic regression analyses were performed to determine risk factors for AKI. Based on the values obtained for each variable, a risk score and prognostic probabilities were estimated to establish the risk for developing AKI. Results: The incidence of AKI was 58%. Death during hospitalization was significantly higher among patients with AKI, compared to patients without AKI (19.2% vs 3.6%, p = 0.008). The following variables were independently associated with AKI: peak CK (odds ratio [OR] 4.9, 95%CI 1.4-16.8), hypoalbuminemia (< 33 mg/dL, [OR 5.1, 95%CI 1.4-17-7]), metabolic acidosis (OR 5.3, 95%CI 1.4-20.3), and decreased prothrombin time (OR 4.4, 95% CI 1.3-14.5). A risk score for AKI was calculated for each patient, with an OR of 1.72 (95%CI 1.45-2.04). The discrimination value of the predictive model was established by means of a ROC curve, with the area under the curve of 0.871 (p,0.001). Conclusions: The identification of independent factors associated with AKI and a risk score for early prediction of this complication in patients with severe rhabdomyolysis may be useful in clinical practice, particularly to implement early preventive measures. © 2013 Rodríguez et al.


Rodriguez E.,Hospital Del Mar | Rodriguez E.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | Riera M.,Hospital Del Mar | Riera M.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | And 4 more authors.
BioMed Research International | Year: 2014

The aim of this study was to determine if complement pathway is activated in AKI; for this purpose, we measured, through ELISA sandwich, the terminal lytic fraction of the complement system, called membrane attack complex (C5b-C9), in AKI patients compared with patients with similar clinical conditions but normal renal function. Our data showed that complement system is activated in AKI. Plasmatic MAC concentrations were significantly higher in AKI patients than in those with normal renal function; this difference is maintained independently of the AKI etiology and is proportional to the severity of AKI, measured by ADQI classification. In addition, we found that plasmatic MAC concentrations were significantly higher in patients who did not recover renal function at time of hospitalization discharge, in patients who died during the acute process, and in patients who need renal replacement therapy during hospitalization, but in this last group, the differences did not reach statistical significance. In conclusion, plasmatic MAC concentration seems valuable as a marker of AKI severity. © 2014 Eva Rodríguez et al.


Perez-Saez M.J.,Hospital del Mar | Perez-Saez M.J.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | Arcos E.,Organitzacio Catalana de Trasplantaments | Comas J.,Organitzacio Catalana de Trasplantaments | And 5 more authors.
American Journal of Transplantation | Year: 2016

Patients with end-stage renal disease have longer survival after kidney transplantation than they would by remaining on dialysis; however, outcome with kidneys from donors aged ≥75 years and the survival of recipients of these organs compared with their dialysis counterparts with the same probability of obtaining an organ is unknown. In a longitudinal mortality study, 2040 patients on dialysis were placed on a waiting list, and 389 of them received a first transplant from a deceased donor aged ≥75 years. The adjusted risk of death and survival were calculated by non–proportional hazards analysis with being transplanted as a time-dependent effect. Projected years of life since placement on the waiting list was almost twofold higher for transplanted patients. Nonproportional adjusted risk of death after transplantation was 0.44 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.61–0.32; p < 0.001) in comparison with those that remained on dialysis. Stratifying by age, adjusted hazard ratios for death were 0.17 (95% CI 0.47–0.06; p = 0.001) for those aged <65 years, 0.56 (95% CI 0.92–0.34; p = 0.022) for those aged 65–69 years and 0.82 (95% CI 1.28–0.52; p = 0.389) for those aged ≥70 years. Although kidney transplantation from elderly deceased donors is associated with reduced graft survival, transplanted patients have lower mortality than those remaining on dialysis. © Copyright 2016 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons


Perez-Saez M.J.,Hospital del Mar | Prieto-Alhambra D.,Institute Mar dInvestigacions Mediques | Prieto-Alhambra D.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Prieto-Alhambra D.,University of Oxford | And 8 more authors.
Bone | Year: 2015

Background: Many studies have shown a correlation between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and fracture. However, increased mortality in CKD patients is a competing risk scenario not accounted for in previous studies. Our aim was to investigate the true impact of CKD on hip fracture after accounting for a competing risk with death. Methods: We conducted a population-based cohort study to determine the impact of CKD on hip fractures in individuals aged ≥50years old registered in the SIDIAPQ database (representative of 1.9 million people in Catalonia, Spain). Cox regression was used to estimate hazard ratio (HR) for death and hip fracture according to CKD status. A competing risk (Fine and Gray) model was fitted to estimate sub-HR for hip fracture in CKD or CKD-free patients accounting for differential mortality. Results: A total of 873,073 (32,934 (3.8%) CKD) patients were observed for 3. years. During follow-up, 4,823 (14.6%) CKD and 36,328 (4.3%) CKD-free participants died (HR, 1.83 [95% CI, 1.78-1.89]), whilst 522 (1.59%) and 6,292 (0.75%) sustained hip fractures, respectively. Adjusted Cox models showed a significantly increased risk of hip fractures for the CKD group (HR, 1.16 [1.06-1.27]), but this association was attenuated in competing risk models accounting for mortality (SHR, 1.14 [1.03-1.27]). Conclusions: Both death and hip fracture rates are increased (by 83% and 16%, respectively) in CKD patients. However, the association between CKD and hip fractures is attenuated when an excess of mortality is taken into account. A competing risk with death must be considered in future analyses of association between CKD and any health outcomes. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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