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EDITORIAL
Anders Vahlquist A1
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Page: 241
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Microsatellite Instability in Malignant Melanomas
Maximilian M. Kroiss A1, Thomas M. M. Vogt A1, Jürgen Schlegel A2, Michael Landthaler A1, Wilhelm Stolz A1
Microsatellite instability (MSI) is caused by deficient DNA mismatch repair, and results in a ''mutator'' phenotype. Recent studies have produced contradictory results about the frequency and significance of MSI in malignant melanomas. In this study, we therefore determined the time of onset and relative frequency of MSI during the progression of melanocytic tumours, including benign melanocytic ...
Pages: 242-245
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Can Autofluorescence Demarcate Basal Cell Carcinoma from Normal Skin? A Comparison with Protoporphyrin IX Fluorescence
Fluorescence detection may help to demarcate skin cancer from normal skin, thus to reduce the potential of incomplete treatment resulting from unawareness of tumour extension in surrounding skin. In this study we evaluated the difference between autofluorescence of basal cell carcinomas (n = 21) and the normalappearing skin surrounding them. Referring to the difference found, a point-by-po ...
Pages: 246-249
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Scratch Induction in the Rat by Intradermal Serotonin: a Model for Pruritus
Eight substances (histamine, compound 48/80, kallikrein, trypsin, papain, substance P, serotonin and platelet activating factor) were injected intradermally (volume 50 w l) into the rostral back (neck) of rats in order to establish an animal model for peripherally elicited pruritus. While serotonin induced excessive scratching at the site of injection, the other su ...
Pages: 250-254
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Cytokine Profile of Patients with Mycosis Fungoides and the Immunomodulatory Effect of AS101
Cytokines are known to play a major role in the pathogenesis of mycosis fungoides, a cutaneous malignant neoplasm of CD 4 T cells. In the present study, we investigated the effect of AS101, a tellurium-based compound with immunomodulating properties, on the pattern of lymphokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with mycosis fungoides. PBMCs were isolated from ...
Pages: 255-257
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Stereological Quantification of Lymphocytes in Skin Biopsies from Atopic Dermatitis Patients
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is histologically characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the skin and quantitative assessment is required. This study introduces stereological techniques to quantify the number of lymphocytes in skin biopsies. Fourmillimetre punch biopsies were taken from skin with active eczema in 8 adults with AD and from clinically normal skin from 4 of the patients. Five persons w ...
Pages: 258-262
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Expression and Function of CD43 and CDw60 on T Cells from Patients with Atopic Dermatitis
Signalling via the CD43 and CDw60 epitopes has been reported as providing two novel pathways of T-lymphocyte activation. In Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, which has atopic eczema-like skin symptoms, there is a defective expression of CD43, while CDw60 is strongly expressed on T cells from rheumatoid arthritis synovial fluid and from psoriatic skin lesions, and on blood mononuclear cells from patients ...
Pages: 263-267
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Increasing Incidence Rates of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin in Sweden
The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is increasing world-wide, and in Sweden this tumour is one of the most rapidly increasing malignancies. The aim of this study was to investigate incidence trends of squamous cell carcinoma in Sweden. For the 39,805 tumours registered in the Swedish Cancer Registry 1961-1995, incidence rates were calculated according to gender, age, anatomical s ...
Pages: 268-272
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Clinical Scoring of Cutaneous Mastocytosis
There are still many controversies in defining and evaluating mastocytosis. One of the aspects that is missing is a system for clinical evaluation of mastocytosis of the skin. A calculation based on a semi-quantitative analysis of three aspects of mastocytosis was designed. The method is called the scoring index of mastocytosis (SCORMA). The clinical use of SCORMA is advocated.
Pages: 273-276
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Development and Validation of a Questionnaire for Diagnosing Atopic Dermatitis
In this paper we describe the development and validation of a questionnaire for atopic dermatitis used in population surveys in Denmark. The Danish questionnaire was developed from the UK Working Party's questionnaire for atopic dermatitis and includes a severity score. The study included 61 children aged 3 to 14 years recruited from our Department of Dermatology, two kindergartens and a primary ...
Pages: 277-281
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sugar is Not an Aggravating Factor in Atopic Dermatitis
Patients with atopic dermatitis frequently blame food for worsening their eczema. Recently, a sugar-free diet has become very popular among German patients. In order to investigate whether sucrose is an aggravating factor in atopic dermatitis, we conducted a prospective study in 30 patients. Double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges with sugar were performed during a sugar-free diet period ...
Pages: 282-284
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Cervical, Urine and Vaginal Specimens for Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis by Ligase Chain Reaction in Women: A Comparison
Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis in women is generally done using only one specimen from each patient in order to minimize costs. In this study the aim was to compare the performances of vaginal, cervical and urinary specimens in a population of young women with sparse symptoms. During 1998, specimens from 1,001 women at the Departments of Venereology and Youth Health Care at the Univer ...
Pages: 285-288
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CLINICAL REPORT
Human Herpesvirus 6 and 7 DNA in Peripheral Blood Leucocytes and Plasma in Patients with Pityriasis Rosea by Polymerase Chain Reaction: A Prospective Case Control Study
An association between pityriasis rosea and human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7) has been reported but remains controversial. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the association between HHV-6 and HHV-7 with pityriasis rosea. Fifteen patients aged 6-54 years with a diagnosis of pityriasis rosea and 15 age-matched controls were recruited. None of the patients had HHV-6 or HHV-7 DNA detected ...
Pages: 289-290
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CLINICAL REPORT
Cutaneous Infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum after Localized Microinjections (Mesotherapy) Treated Successfully with a Triple Drug Regimen
Mesotherapy is a treatment method devised for controlling pain syndromes or diseases by subcutaneous microinjections given at or around the involved areas at short intervals of time. Different adverse effects have been described due to this modality of treatment. This report describes 3 patients with cutaneous infection caused by Mycobacterium fortuitum after mesotherapy. Three women, aged ...
Pages: 291-293
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CLINICAL REPORT
Systemic Sclerosis-related Raynaud's Phenomenon: Effects of Iloprost Infusion Therapy on Serum Cytokine, Growth Factor and Soluble Adhesion Molecule Levels
Microvascular damage occurs in systemic sclerosis and is associated with increased serum levels of endothelial adhesion molecules and endothelium-associated cytokines, including vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), E-selectin, endothelin-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Iloprost, a prostacyclin analogue, induces clinical benefit i ...
Pages: 294-297
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CLINICAL REPORT
Angiooedema Due to Acquired Deficiency of C1-Esterase Inhibitor Associated with Leucocytoclastic Vasculitis
A hereditary and an acquired type of C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency have been described. Manifestations characteristic of both forms include recurrent subcutaneous and submucosal angiooedema. Acquired C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency has been observed in association with lymphoproliferative disorders, malignancy, autoimmune diseases and infections. We report on a case with the acquired form of ...
Pages: 298-300
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EDITORIAL COMMENT
Topical Imiquimod Treatment of Human Papillomavirus in a Patient with Human Immunodeficiency Virus
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Pages: 301-302
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Ketoprofen-induced Pemphigus-like Dermatosis: Localized Contact Pemphigus?
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Pages: 304-305
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Malignant Granular Cell Tumour with Generalized Metastases and Polymyositis
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Pages: 307-308
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A Patient with a Mucocutaneous Eruption and Intestinal Giardiasis
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Pages: 310-311
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Intravenous Pyogenic Granuloma of the Hand
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Pages: 313-314
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Treatment of Lichenified Atopic Eczema with Tacrolimus Ointment
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Pages: 314-315
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Inflammation of Seborrheic Keratoses due to Docetaxel Treatment
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Pages: 316-317
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INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
Increased Serum Level of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Crow-Fukase Syndrome
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Pages: 317-318
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus in a Patient Receiving Cyclosporine for Liver Transplantation
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Page: 319
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