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Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 01, 2020

[Persisting Hashimoto’s thyroiditis converting to Graves’ disease]

TÓTH Géza

[Graves’disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are the two most important types of autoimmune thyroid dis­eases. Autoimmune hyperthyroidism commonly leads later on to hypothyroidism. The conversion from persisting Hashimoto-thyroiditis to hyperthyroidism is rare in the literature. The author presents the cases of two patients, whose Hashimoto’s thyroiditis treated with thyroxin for years, changed into Graves’ hyperthyroidism sponta­neously. CASE REPORT – The patients had been diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism since several years. The clinical symp­­toms, the low peripheral hormone le­vels, the high level of antithyroid antibo­dies and the ultrasound imaging confirmed the hypertrophic form of Hashimoto’s thy­roiditis. After several years of high dose le­vothyroxin treatment, clinical symptoms of hyperthyroidism have appeared. After omit­ting the substitution, the thyroid hormone levelled off at high values and the level of anti-TSH receptor antibodies raised too. The diffuse, obviously increased blood flow of the thyroid glands, and in one of the patients the thyroid scan, confirmed the Graves’ disease. During the thyreostatic treatment, the symptoms of the patients disappeared, they became euthyreoid and the antibody levels decreased as well. The Graves’ disease and the Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have many common features. These immunological, ge­netic and other common features enable the mutual transition of these two diseases.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 14, 2007

[THE SAFETY OF TREATMENT WITH PEGYLATED INTERFERON-ALPHA-2A AND RIBAVIRIN IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEPATITIS C INFECTION, BASED ON HUNGARIAN EXPERIENCE]

WERLING Klára, DALMI Lajos, GERVAIN Judit, HORVÁTH Gábor, NAGY István, NEMESÁNSZKY Elemér, RIBICZEY Pál, TELEGDY László, VARGA Márta, TORNAI István, TULASSAY Zsolt

[INTRODUCTION - Adverse effects of treatment for chronic C virus hepatitis present an important problem both for the patient and the clinician. The reduction of drug doses or the suspension of therapy lessen the likelihood of recovery. PATIENTS, METHODS - Between 2001 and 2004, 66 patients with chronic hepatitis C received 180 μg pegylated interferon-alpha-2a per week and 800-1200 mg ribavirin per day, 6 of whom for 24 weeks and 60 patients for 48 weeks. During treatment, patients were closely followed in order to recognize any adverse effects early. RESULTS - Of the patients treated for 48 weeks, 48.3% developed adverse effects, with changes in the differential in 41.7%, and anaemia, low platelet count, neutropenia in similar rates. Further side effects included cardiac complications, skin symptoms, persisting high fever, autoimmune thyroiditis and liver failure, altogether in 9 cases. Dose reduction or temporary suspension of pegylated interferon-alpha-2a was necessary in 21 cases (31.7%), while complete cessation of this treatment was decided in 7 cases, most of them because of blood count changes. The 1000 to 1200 mg per day ribavirin had to be reduced in 30.8% of patients, while treatment was stopped in 3 cases. Long-term virological remission occurred in 48% of patients who received treatment for 48 weeks, whereas no such result was observed among any of those treated for 24 weeks. CONCLUSION - Adverse effects of variable severity developed in nearly half of the patients with chronic hepatitis C infection who received antiviral treatment for 48 weeks, but treatment had to be stopped in only a small proportion of this group. Early treatment of adverse effects can prevent the need to cease therapy and may improve its efficiency.]

Hungarian Immunology

MARCH 20, 2006

[The role of nerve growth (NGF) factor in the immune and inflammatory events and in autoimmune thyroid diseases]

MOLNÁR Ildikó

[Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a neurotroph cytokine, and beside its effect on the central and peripheral nervous systems NGF plays an important role in the inflammatory and autoimmune processes. There are two types of NGF receptors, the high-affinity (TrkA) and the low-affinity (p75), which activations via signal transduction could lead to the inhibition or induction of apoptosis. Suppression of apoptosis could be induced by cytokines, hormones, antioxidans and increased intracellular Ca2+-levels. In the pathogenesis of many autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, 1-type diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis) could detect elevated serum levels of NGF associated with the disease activity. Our study demonstrated increased levels of NGF in autoimmune thyroid diseases (Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) in comparison with the controls. Decreased serum levels of NGF were found in Graves’ ophthalmopathy suggesting the role of apoptosis in the development of the eye symptoms. Orbital tissues are characterized with the high expression of TrkA receptors. NGF plays an important role in the pathomechanisms of neuro-immuno-hormonal diseases and its knowledge may be helpful in the diagnosis and therapy.]

Hungarian Immunology

JUNE 20, 2002

[Autoimmun thyroiditis presence in patient with Hodgkin’s disease in remission]

BÍRÓ Edit, BAKÓ Gyula, SZEGEDI Gyula, ILLÉS Árpád

[INTRODUCTION - It is known that the incidence of hypothyroidism is higher in long term survivor patients with Hodgkin's disease, and it is supposed to be the result of treatment, such as neck radiotherapy. The author believe that other etiologic factors may also play a role in the development of hypothyroidism. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Looking for the possible causes of hypothyroidism, the thyroid function of 151 patients treated for Hodgkin's disease since 1970 were examined. These patients with Hodgkin's disease in complete remission for at least one year and their data on thyroid autoantibody positivity [antithyroid peroxidase antibody (aTPO), antihuman thyroglobulin antibody (aHTG), TSH antireceptor antibody (TRAK)] were analysed. RESULTS - Among the patients with antibody positive 26 received ultrasound scanning and fine needle aspiration cytology of the thyroid, which confirmed autoimmun thyroiditis. There were no significant differences between the mean age, histologic subtypes and stage of the disease between the patients with antibody positive those with antibody negative. A significantly greater number of women in the group of antibody positive patients was found and thyroid dysfunction (two cases of hyper, and 13 cases of hyperthyroidism) was revealed in 53.6% of the patients. Though antibody positivity was more frequent in patients having been treated by neck irradiation, but no significant relationship was found between the form of Hodgkin’s disease treatment and the development of thyroiditis. Thus the authors cannot confirm the assumption according to which the autoantigens released from the thyroid gland damaged by neck irradiation for Hodgkin's disease would provoke the development of thyroiditis. Since - independently of the type of treatment received - the incidence of thyroiditis is higher in patients with Hodgkin's disease, it is probable that immune regulation disorders may also play a role in its development and thus hypothyroidism is the result of a multi-factor process. DISCUSSION - These results underline the importance of a regular control of thyroid hormones and thyroid autoantibodies in follow up Hodgkin’s disease patients. Levothyroxine administered as an isohormone treatment may inhibit the development of hypothyroidism in patients with thyroiditis may improve the quality of their life.]