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Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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PubMed | Tri Service General Hospital, Tzu Chi University, Armed Forces Taichung General Hospital, Taipei Medical University Hospital and Armed Forces Zuoying General Hospital
Type: | Journal: BioMed research international | Year: 2015

Fever in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be caused by infection or flare-up of the disease. This study aimed to determine whether the ratio of the level of erythrocyte-bound C4d to that of complement receptor 1 (C4d/CR1) can serve as a useful biomarker in the differentiation between infection and flare-up in febrile SLE patients.We enrolled febrile SLE patients and determined the ratio on the day of admission. The patients were divided into 2 groups according to the subsequent clinical course.Among the febrile SLE patients, those with flare-up had higher ratios and lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels than those with infection. Cut-off values of <1.2447 and >4.67 for C4d/CR1 ratio and CRP, respectively, were 40.91% sensitive and 100.0% specific for the presence of infection in febrile SLE patients; similarly, cut-off values of >1.2447 and <2.2, respectively, were 80% sensitive and 100% specific for the absence of infection in febrile SLE patients.The C4d/CR1 ratio is a simple and quickly determinable biomarker that enables the differentiation between infection and flare-up in febrile SLE patients at initial evaluation. Further, when combined with the CRP level, it is useful to evaluate disease activity in SLE patients with infection.


Lin C.-C.,Tri Service General Hospital | Lin C.-C.,Armed Forces Zuoying General Hospital | Chian C.-F.,Tri Service General Hospital | Perng W.-C.,Tri Service General Hospital | Cheng M.-F.,Tri Service General Hospital
Annals of Saudi Medicine | Year: 2010

Differences in the histological manifestation of synchronous lung cancers are rare. Synchronous multiple primary lung cancers (SMPLC) are associated with long-term tobacco use, which could independently lead to mutations in the p53 and K-ras genes. We present the case of an 82-year-old man who smoked 30 cigarettes daily for the past 60 years. CT of the chest showed a right upper lobe mass. Bronchoscopy revealed an intra-lumen nodular lesion in the right lower lobe bronchus. The diagnoses of small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) of the right upper lobe and non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) of the right lower lobe were confirmed by the morphologic features and the detected immunoreactivity. Immunohistochemical analyses showed a strong positive reaction for p53 in samples of the SCLC and NSCLC. The cancers had a different phenotype, but similar genetic abnormalities may have developed due to the carcinogens in the cigarettes.


Chen C.-H.,Taipei Medical University | Chen C.-H.,Tzu Chi University | Chen C.-H.,Tri Service General Hospital | Tai S.-B.,Armed Forces Zuoying General Hospital | And 4 more authors.
BioMed Research International | Year: 2015

Objective. Fever in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be caused by infection or flare-up of the disease. This study aimed to determine whether the ratio of the level of erythrocyte-bound C4d to that of complement receptor 1 (C4d/CR1) can serve as a useful biomarker in the differentiation between infection and flare-up in febrile SLE patients. Methods. We enrolled febrile SLE patients and determined the ratio on the day of admission. The patients were divided into 2 groups according to the subsequent clinical course. Results. Among the febrile SLE patients, those with flare-up had higher ratios and lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels than those with infection. Cut-off values of <1.2447 and >4.67 for C4d/CR1 ratio and CRP, respectively, were 40.91% sensitive and 100.0% specific for the presence of infection in febrile SLE patients; similarly, cut-off values of >1.2447 and <2.2, respectively, were 80% sensitive and 100% specific for the absence of infection in febrile SLE patients. Conclusion. The C4d/CR1 ratio is a simple and quickly determinable biomarker that enables the differentiation between infection and flare-up in febrile SLE patients at initial evaluation. Further, when combined with the CRP level, it is useful to evaluate disease activity in SLE patients with infection. © 2015 Chen-Hung Chen et al.

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