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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148421/a-validation-study-of-the-simple-psoriatic-arthritis-screening-sipas-questionnaire-to-screen-psoriasis-patients-for-psoriatic-arthritis
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Fausto Salaffi, Marco Di Carlo, Michele Maria Luchetti, Eleonora Di Donato, Anna Campanati, Devis Benfaremo, Massimiliano Nicolini, Marina Carotti, Alfredo Giacchetti, Giulia Ganzetti, Leonardo Bugatti, Armando Gabrielli, Anna Maria Offidani
OBJECTIVES: To validate in a multicentric cohort of patients a self-administered PsA screening tool, called Simple Psoriatic Arthritis Screening (SiPAS) questionnaire, to screen psoriasis patients for signs and symptoms of PsA. METHODS: The SiPAS questionnaire was validated in a multicentric Italian cohort of psoriasis patients referred to two rheumatological centres. RESULTS: A total of 202 psoriasis patients were screened with SiPAS in the validation study...
November 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148411/vitamin-d-status-in-spondyloarthritis-results-of-the-asas-comospa-international-study
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Sílvia Fernandes, Adrien Etcheto, Désirée van der Heijde, Robert Landewé, Filip van den Bosch, Maxime Dougados, Anna Moltó
OBJECTIVES: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) encompasses both bone production and bone loss, and the latter is particularly linked to inflammation. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with several inflammatory conditions (i.e. cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis), but it has been poorly evaluated in SpA patients. We aimed to a) describe the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in SpA patients worldwide; b) compare SpA patients with and without vitamin D deficiency in terms of disease phenotype, activity severity and comorbidities...
November 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148422/anti-adalimumab-antibodies-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-related-uveitis
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Sanna T Leinonen, Kristiina Aalto, Kaisu M Kotaniemi, Tero T Kivelä
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association of adalimumab trough levels and anti-adalimumab antibodies with activity of uveitis in juvenile idiopathic arthritis-related uveitis. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational case series in a clinical setting at the Department of Ophthalmology, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland in 2014-2016. Thirty-one paediatric patients with chronic anterior juvenile idiopathic arthritis-related uveitis in 58 eyes and who had been on adalimumab ≥6 months were eligible for the study...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148420/the-expression-of-mrna-for-peptidylarginine-deiminase-type-2-and-type-4-in-bone-marrow-cd34-cells-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Tatsuo Nagai, Yu Matsueda, Tetsuya Tomita, Hideki Yoshikawa, Shunsei Hirohata
OBJECTIVES: Antibodies directed to citrullinated proteins are highly specific for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Citrullination is catalyzed by peptidylarginine deiminase (PAD) enzymes. The current study examined the mRNA expression of PADI2 and PADI4 in bone marrow (BM) CD34+ cells from RA patients. METHODS: CD34+ cells were purified from BM samples obtained from 48 RA patients and from 30 osteoarthritis (OA) patients during joint operations via aspiration from the iliac crest...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148412/psychological-comorbidities-associated-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-greek-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-potential-contribution-of-sleep-impairment
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Theofanis Karageorgas, Dimitrios Ioakeimidis, Clio P Mavragani
OBJECTIVES: Impaired sleep and psychological disorders are increasingly recognised as prevalent comorbidities in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), as well as important contributors of atherosclerosis in the general population. In the current study we sought to explore a potential role of psychological comorbidities in the pronounced atherosclerotic risk of pSS patients. METHODS: Fifty-nine pSS patients fulfilling the ACR/EULAR criteria completed specific validated questionnaires assessing fatigue, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148408/effects-and-safety-of-99tc-mdp-in-patients-with-refractory-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-2-stage-30-week-follow-up-clinical-trial
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Yunyun Xu, Yi Zhong, Minjing Zhao, Liudan Tu, Meida Fan, Pingping Zhang, Qiujing Wei, Shuangyan Cao, Qiuxia Li, Zetao Liao, Zhiming Lin, Yunfeng Pan, Ou Jin, Jieruo Gu
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety in patients with refractory ankylosing spondylitis (AS) initiating 99Tc-MDP therapy and explore the mechanisms. METHODS: Refractory AS patients were enrolled in the clinical trial and received 99Tc-MDP treatments for 3 or 5 courses according to ASAS improvement. Efficacy and safety evaluations were conducted during the follow-up. 37 cytokines were quantified by Luminex at baseline and week 30. p-values<0...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148402/incidence-and-prevalence-of-axial-spondyloarthritis-methodologic-challenges-and-gaps-in-the-literature
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Rhonda Bohn, Maureen Cooney, Atul Deodhar, Jeffrey R Curtis, Amanda Golembesky
OBJECTIVES: The incidence and prevalence of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), including ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic (nr-)axSpA, have been investigated in multiple populations, though there is a paucity of population-level data. Here, we identify population-based studies in AS and nr-axSpA, and describe the methodologic challenges in conducting these, outlining potential reasons for disparate incidence and prevalence estimates. METHODS: PubMed and Embase were searched for population-based studies providing incidence and prevalence rates, published in English from 1 Jan 2000-30 Jun 2015...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148401/vitamin-d-and-systemic-lupus-erythematous-a-review-of-immunological-and-clinical-aspects
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Francesca Dall'Ara, Maurizio Cutolo, Laura Andreoli, Angela Tincani, Sabrina Paolino
OBJECTIVES: To review the relationships between vitamin D status and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) concerning immunological, clinical aspects and possible effects of supplementation in disease modulation. METHODS: The literature was reviewed up to January 2017 for studies regarding the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunological aspects, clinical implications and supplementation strategies. The focus was mainly on studies with implications on every day clinical practice...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148410/th17-gene-expression-in-psoriatic-arthritis-synovial-fluid-and-peripheral-blood-compared-to-osteoarthritis-and-cutaneous-psoriasis
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Fatima Abji, Remy A Pollock, Kun Liang, Vinod Chandran, Dafna D Gladman
OBJECTIVES: The IL-23/IL-17 axis is central to the pathogenesis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). We aimed to identify Th17 signalling genes that are dysregulated in synovial fluid of PsA compared to osteoarthritis (OA) patients and to determine if differences in peripheral blood can distinguish PsA from psoriasis patients and controls. METHODS: Synovial fluid cells (SFCs) from 14 PsA and 9 OA patients were obtained and stored in TRIzol reagent. RNA was isolated by phenol-chloroform extraction and purified with RNeasy miniprep kits...
November 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148406/high-3-year-golimumab-survival-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-real-world-data-from-328-patients
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Konstantinos Thomas, Irini Flouri, Argiro Repa, Kalliopi Fragiadaki, Petros P Sfikakis, Christos Koutsianas, Evripidis Kaltsonoudis, Paraskevi V Voulgari, Alexandros A Drosos, Evangelia Petrikkou, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos
OBJECTIVES: Our primary objective was to study the long-term survival on drug (SOD) of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) treated with golimumab (GLM) in real life settings. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study of all patients treated with GLM in 4 Academic Centres in Greece during a 4-year period (09/2010-06/2014). SOD was analysed using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, while Cox regression analysis estimating hazard ratios (HRs) for different baseline variables associated with drug discontinuation was performed for each disease...
November 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148417/recurrent-pleural-effusion-is-an-important-diagnostic-clue-to-distinguish-familial-mediterranean-fever-from-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Fumihiro Yamaguchi, Miku Tajika, Daisuke Inoue, Yusuke Shikama, Dai Kishida, Akinori Nakamura
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148419/pure-red-aplasia-induced-by-sodium-valproate-in-a-patient-with-beh%C3%A3-et-s-syndrome
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Pietro Leccese, Immacolata Attolico, Angela Padula, Agostino Diplomatico, Salvatore D'Angelo, Ignazio Olivieri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148404/other-autoinflammatory-disease-genes-in-an-fmf-prevalent-population-a-homozygous-mvk-mutation-and-a-novel-heterozygous-tnfrsf1a-mutation-in-two-different-turkish-families-with-clinical-fmf
#13
İlker Karacan, Serdal Uğurlu, Aslıhan Tolun, Eda Tahir Turanlı, Huri Özdoğan
OBJECTIVES: No MEFV mutations are detected in approximately 10% of the patients with clinical FMF in populations where the disease is highly prevalent. Causative mutations were searched in other genes in two such families with "MEFV negative clinical FMF". METHODS: Father and daughter of family A had attacks of fever, abdominal pain and AA amyloidosis. The two sibs of family B complained of febrile episodes with abdominal pain and arthritis. The patients were clinically investigated...
October 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148416/reply-to-dr-boers-letter
#14
Avi Livneh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148414/more-erronous-statements-about-the-use-of-frequentist-statistical-methods-in-medical-research
#15
Maarten Boers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148418/infliximab-for-uveitis-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-syndrome-a-trend-for-earlier-initiation
#16
Gul Guzelant, Didar Ucar, Sinem Nihal Esatoglu, Gulen Hatemi, Yilmaz Ozyazgan, Sebahattin Yurdakul, Emire Seyahi, Hasan Yazici, Vedat Hamuryudan
OBJECTIVES: The prognosis of uveitis in Behçet's syndrome (BS) has improved over decades. Whether this is related to the use of more aggressive management strategies is not known. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of BS patients who received infliximab (IFX) for refractory eye disease between 2003-2015. The patients were divided into two groups according to the date of onset of in IFX treatment as before and after 2013. We compared the two groups in terms of disease characteristics at the onset of IFX treatment and response to treatment...
October 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148415/exacerbation-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-syndrome-and-familial-mediterranean-fever-with-menstruation
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Gul Guzelant, Yesim Ozguler, Sinem Nihal Esatoglu, Guzin Karatemiz, Huri Ozdogan, Sebahattin Yurdakul, Hasan Yazici, Emire Seyahi
OBECTIVES: Menstruation triggers several conditions such as migraine, recurrent aphthous stomatitis and acne vulgaris in healthy individuals. There is evidence that Behçet's syndrome (BS) and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) may exacerbate during menstruation. The aim is to assess whether BS and FMF patients experience menstrual flares. METHODS: Females of reproductive age with BS and FMF seen consecutively at the outpatient clinic of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty at Istanbul, as well as apparently healthy hospital workers were studied using a standardised questionnaire...
October 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148413/variable-impacts-of-different-remission-states-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#18
Margaret H Y Ma, Fowzia Ibrahim, Gabrielle H Kingsley, Andrew Cope, David L Scott
OBJECTIVES: Targeting remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) improves health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and disability. However, the impacts of different remission criteria and durations and their frequencies are uncertain. Our observational study assessed these factors. METHODS: We recruited RA patients with disease durations <10 years, stable suppressive therapies and stable disease activity scores for 28 joints using ESR (DAS28-ESR) ≤3.2. Intermittent and sustained remisisons were classified using DAS28ESR, simple disease activity index (SDAI) and ACR/EULAR Boolean criteria...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148407/minor-salivary-gland-fibrosis-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-is-elevated-associated-with-focus-score-and-not-solely-a-consequence-of-aging
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Kerry M Leehan, Nathan P Pezant, Astrid Rasmussen, Kiely Grundahl, Jacen S Moore, Lida Radfar, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Christopher J Lessard, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, R Hal Scofield, Kathy L Sivils, Courtney Montgomery, A Darise Farris
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the presence of minor salivary gland (SG) fibrosis in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) as a function of disease pathology or a consequence of ageing. METHODS: Subjects with sicca symptoms attending a Sjögren's research clinic were classified by American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria as either pSS or non-SS (nSS). Discovery (n=34 pSS, n=28 nSS) and replication (n=35 pSS, n=31 nSS) datasets were evaluated. Minor SG cross-sections from haematoxylin and eosin stained slides were imaged, digitally reconstructed and analysed for percent area fibrosis...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148405/autophagy-inhibition-in-adult-onset-still-s-disease-still-more-space-for-hydroxychloroquine
#20
Charalampos Papagoras, Akrivi Chrysanthopoulou, Alexandros Mitsios, Athanasios Arampatzioglou, Konstantinos Ritis, Panagiotis Skendros
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
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