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Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 10, 2009

[Resistant hypertension - differential diagnosis and therapy]


[Hypertension is considered resistant to therapy if the target blood pressure is not achieved despite treatment with three different types of antihypertensive drugs, including a diuretic. Causes of therapy resistance may be grouped into three broad categories: Pseudoresistance can be the result of inadequate blood pressure measurement technique, the “white-coat” effect or the patients’ noncompliance with pharmacological and nonpharmacological medical advices. Evaluation of the measurement technique - including the size of the cuff used - and blood pressure monitoring at home can help identify the causes of pseudoresistance. Secondary resistance comprises drug interactions and concomitant medical conditions that elevate blood pressure or antagonize antihypertensive therapy. In addition, secondary resistance can result from disorders associated with secondary hypertension, among which appropriate screening for hyperaldosteronism as well as for renoparenchymal and renovascular hypertension need special emphasis. Suboptimal therapy is frequently related to subclinical volume overload and the use of inappropriate type or dosing of diuretics. Furthermore, when choosing the optimal drug combination, care should be taken to inhibit the various systems that regulate blood pressure as much as possible. In addition to combining the most frequently used antihypertensive drugs, the use of aldosterone antagonists, vasodilators, nitrates or drugs affecting the central nervous system might help to optimise treatment.]

Hungarian Immunology

MARCH 20, 2007

[First experience with rituximab treatment in rheumatoid artritis: a case report of a multiresistant patient]


[INTRODUCTION - Here we describe the case of the first Hungarian rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient treated with RTX. CASE REPORT - This multiresistant patient had received numerous immunosuppressive drugs and all three anti-TNF agents had been tried. These biologicals had to be stopped due to inefficacy or side effects. RTX treatment resulted in some subjective clinical improvement, as well as a decrease in rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP production. Clinical activity assessed by DAS28 fell after 18 weeks. B cells disappeared from the circulation, however, the percentage of activated T cells increased. We observed initial B cell recovery after 18 weeks. CONCLUSION - Clinical studies suggest that RTX is more effective right after the failure of the first TNF inhibitor. Efficacy of RTX in this patient suggests that this drug may also be effective in a multiresistant patient, who had tried numerous TNF blockers.]

Clinical Neuroscience

OCTOBER 10, 2005

[Regulation of water transport in brain oedema]

DÓCZI Tamás, SCHWARCZ Attila, GALLYAS Ferenc, BOGNER Péter, PÁL József, SULYOK Endre, GÖMÖRI Éva, VAJDA Zsolt

[The study gives an overview on the regulation of cerebral water content and of brain volume. The molecular mechanisms of the development and resolution of various oedema forms are discussed in detail. The physiological and pathophysiological role of the recently discovered molecular water channel proteins aquaporin-1 (AQP1) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) as well as the importance of central neuroendocrine regulation by vasopressin and atriopeptin are reviewed based on the relevant literature and personal studies. Quantitative water maps based on the combination of multicompartment- T2, diffusion weighted MRI and T1 studies have proven to be powerful tools for studying new drugs against brain oedema brought about by various neuropathological conditions and for testing their efficacy both in animal experimental and clinical conditions. Non-peptide vasopressin antagonists, atriopeptin agonists and drugs targeting AQP4 are potential new families of oedema-decreasing drugs.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 10, 2001

[Anti-atherosclerotic effects of Ca-antagonists in the light of new clinical data]


[Based on in vitro and animal research, it has been found that calcium antagonist drugs are capable of inhibiting directly the atherosclerotic process. In spite of their advantegous antiatherosclerotic effect, the fast-release, first-generation dihydropyridines had an unfortunate effect on the number of newly developed myocardial infarctions and on cardiovascular mortality. New, controlled clinical studies have found long acting calcium antagonists to decrease significantly the progression of the atherosclerosis in the carotid artery - verified with B-mode ultrasound scans - and the appearance of cardiovascular clinical events, when either proven coronary sclerosis (PREVENT, CAPARES studies) or hypertension (INSIGHT, ELSA, VHAS) was present. If further clinical trials (CAMELOT, NORMALISE - now under way) justify these promising clinical data, then long-acting calcium channel blockers may become new and significant tools in the prevention of the progression and clinical complications of atherosclerotic disease.]

Hungarian Immunology

JANUARY 22, 2008

[The role of endothelium, cell migration, chemokines and angiogenesis in inflammatory rheumatic diseases]


[Endothelial cells, leukocyte-endothelial interactions and angiogenesis are highly involved in the pathogenesis of inflammation and thus in that of inflammatory rheumatic diseases. As this research area is very progressive, one needs to review novel molecular mechanisms and new therapeutic approaches in this respect. Authors review the most important functions of endothelial cells, the process of leukocyte extravasation, tissue infiltration and their cellular and molecular basis. Endothelial cells themselves produce a number of inflammatory mediators including interleukin-1 (IL-1), IL-6, IL-8, chemokines and others. Among cell adhesion molecules, β1 and β3 integrins, as well as E-, L- and P-selectins and their respective ligands have been implicated in leukocyte-endothelial adhesion. In recent years, numerous inflammatory mediators, cytokines, chemokines and proteases have been implicated in angiogenesis and angiostasis. Hypoxia, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-angiopoietin system and mechanisms driven by β3 integrins are of major importance during angiogenesis. Significant amount of data have become available of the regulation of cell adhesion, migration and neovascularisation. Adhesion, chemokine and angiogenesis research has important clinical, practical aspects for antirheumatic and anti-cancer therapy. VEGF antagonists, anti-integrin antibodies, chemokine and chemokine receptor inhibitors, as well as thalidomide are currently in the first line of development.]

Hungarian Immunology

JUNE 20, 2006

[Malignancies in systemic autoimmune diseases and due to immunosuppressive therapy]


[There is an increased risk for secondary tumor development in some, mostly systemic, rheumatic diseases. Among immunosuppressive agents used in antirheumatic therapy, there is enough data available to support that cyclophosphamide and azathioprine are oncogenic. However, the role of methotrexate, cyclosporine A and anti-TNF agents in tumorigenesis is rather controversial. Authors describe those systemic diseases and immunosuppressive drugs, which may increase the development of malignancies.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 20, 2002

[The effect of angiotensin receptor antagonists in diabetic nephropathy]

BÍBOK György

[Influencing the renin-angiotensin system through receptor blockade has become a new therapeutic approach toward the treatment of several morbidities, i.e. hypertension, cardiac failure and diabetic nephropathy. The current paper reviews the importance of diabetic nephropathy, the physiology of the renin-angiotensin system and specific effects of receptor blockade on different organs based on 3 new studies (published last year) using angiotensin-II receptor blockers. The paper gives a summary of the IRMA, IDNT and RENAAL studies, including their clinical and therapeutic significance in general practice as well as in specialized diabetes care. The new therapeutic approach (with an excellent safety profile, and infrequent side effects) could delay the progression or might even prevent the manifestation of diabetic nephropathy not only with lowering blood pressure but with its direct effects on target tissues as well. The angiotensin-II receptor blocking agents might be useful for the treatment of cardiac failure in hypertensive patients.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 19, 2007



[The histamine-2 receptor antagonists and the proton pump inhibitors are part of current therapeutic protocols for most diseases of the pancreas. Acid suppression is definitely recommended to improve the effect of enzyme supplements in chronic pancreatitis and in maldigestion that develop after certain gastric and pancreatic surgeries. For this purpose proton pump inhibitors should be used since they are effective and provide lasting inhibition. In cystic fibrosis, their use is indicated already in the sub-clinical stage and they are also part of the basic protocol for the treatment of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Acid suppressants are not routinely used in the therapeutic protocols of acute pancreatitis. Their use is well-grounded in necrotizing pancreatitis in the stage of multiple organ failure to prevent the development of stress ulcer. During enteral tube feeding, their use is indicated to protect the permanently empty stomach and because of the frequent reflux symptoms. The risk of bacterial overgrowth, which is often considered a contraindication, is insignificant if jejunal tube feeding is applied and antibiotic treatment is frequently administered.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 28, 2011

[The effect of antihypertensive drugs on central blood pressure]


[It is well known, that there is a difference between peripheral and central systolic and pulse pressure. As the pressure wave travels distally from the heart, there is a significant increase, which is called pressure amplification. Central blood pressure can be measured easily and non-invasively, and the result shows a positive correlation with cardiovascular end-points. Several antihypertensive drugs can differently decrease central and peripheral blood pressure. The effect of diuretics on central systolic and pulse pressure is neutral or negative. While traditional β-blockers (e.g. atenolol) have a definitive negative effect, nebivolol shows a positive one. The calcium antagonists tend to have a favorable effect, while the clear beneficial effect of the angiotensin converting enzime inhibitors is well documented. There are only few data on angiotensin receptor blockers, however, the results seem to be promising.]