Publications by authors named "Ana Preda-Naumescu"

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Pediatric Lichen Planopilaris Treated With Pioglitazone: A Case Study and Literature Review.

J Drugs Dermatol 2021 Jul;20(7):779-782

Importance: Pediatric lichen planopilaris (LPP) is a clinical variant of lichen planus (LP) that can lead to scarring hair loss without prompt intervention. While various therapies exist, intralesional and topical corticosteroids remain the mainstay of treatment in pediatric LPP. Refractory cases may require systemic therapies, selection of which may prove challenging due to the lack of data regarding pediatric disease and effective treatment regimens. The objective of this case study is to present a new instance of pediatric LPP and identify all reported cases of pediatric LPP with an emphasis on treatment and response. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(7):779-782. doi:10.36849/JDD.5729.
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July 2021

Real-World Outcomes in Patients with Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion- (BRVO-) Related Macular Edema Treated with Anti-VEGF Injections Alone versus Anti-VEGF Injections Combined with Focal Laser.

J Ophthalmol 2021 19;2021:6641008. Epub 2021 May 19.

Retina Consultants of Alabama, The University of Alabama, Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA.

The purpose of this study was to assess outcomes in a real-world nonclinical trial setting of antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections alone vs. focal laser combined with anti-VEGF injections in patients with branch retinal vein occlusion- (BRVO-) related macular edema (ME). This study included 88 BRVO with ME patients who were treated over three years at both a tertiary referral center in the Birmingham metropolitan area and satellites in rural Alabama. One group received only anti-VEGF injections ( = 56); the other group received both anti-VEGF injections and focal laser ( = 32). The following outcome measures were evaluated: initial and final visual acuities (VA), initial central subfield thickness (CST) on OCT, number of injections, number of lasers, percentage of patients with a gain of 3 lines of VA, percentage of patients with VA better than or equal to 20/40, and percentage of patients with VA worse than or equal to 20/200. We found that there was no difference in initial VA (=0.913) or CST (=0.961) between the two groups. The injection only group required a median of 7 injections, while the combination group required a median of 4 injections, but this was not a statistically significant difference (=0.117). There was no difference in final VA (=0.414) or any of the other visual outcomes between the two groups. In conclusion, focal laser did not decrease the number of injections required or improve the VA in BRVO-related ME. Although visual outcomes were similar in both groups, focal laser does not appear to be of additional benefit in BRVO-related ME in the anti-VEGF era.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8159650PMC
May 2021

Common Cutaneous Infections: Patient Presentation, Clinical Course, and Treatment Options.

Med Clin North Am 2021 Jul;105(4):783-797

Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 510 20th Street South, FOT Suite 858, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA. Electronic address:

This evidence-based review highlights cutaneous infections of bacterial, viral, and fungal origin that are frequently encountered by clinicians in all fields of practice. With a focus on treatment options and management, the scope of this article is to serve as a reference for physicians, regardless of field of specialty, as they encounter these pathogens in clinical practice.
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July 2021

Hidradenitis suppurativa: pathogenesis, clinical presentation, epidemiology, and comorbid associations.

Int J Dermatol 2021 Apr 22. Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is clinically defined by lesions ranging from painful, deep seated nodules to abscesses, draining sinus tracts, and ultimately, irreversible fibrotic scars. While the etiology remains unclear, a number of mechanisms ranging from genetics to aberrations of the immune system have been proposed. In addition, HS has a number of associations and may occur in conjunction with several diseases that span a host of medical specialties. The estimated prevalence ranges are from 1% to 4%; however, a large degree of under-reporting and misdiagnosis of this condition likely underestimates its true clinical significance. The debilitating consequences of missed diagnoses or improper management leads to severe pain and irreversible cutaneous manifestations (i.e., fistulae, sinus tracts, disfiguring scarring). HS has been found to significantly impair patients' quality of life to a greater degree when compared with other skin conditions. Early recognition and treatment are critical for a favorable prognosis, and diagnostic delays may be related to variable presentations within numerous comorbidities. Here we provide an in-depth, clinical-based review of HS, highlighting the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, grading systems, epidemiology, and comorbidities, in hopes of shedding light on an often misunderstood disease and ultimately moving closer to a more conclusive understanding of its various presentations and association.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijd.15579DOI Listing
April 2021

Releasing the stuck intraocular lens haptic.

J Cataract Refract Surg 2021 06;47(6):818

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June 2021

Simplified technique for Malyugin ring extraction.

J Cataract Refract Surg 2016 10;42(10):1533-1534

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October 2016