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Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism

Luke P Dawson, Jessica L Fairley, Michelle C Papandony, Sultana Monira Hussain, Flavia M Cicuttini, Anita E Wluka
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes (DM) and osteoarthritis (OA) are two common co-existing chronic conditions. However, whether this is due to shared risk factors or may differ between joints is unclear. We performed a systematic review to determine whether abnormal glucose metabolism is a risk factor for knee, hip and hand OA, separately, independent of age and obesity. METHODS: A systematic search of Ovid Medline and EMBASE was performed from inception until October 2016 to identify studies relating glucose metabolism to osteoarthritis-related outcomes...
February 21, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
G Boleto, J Avouac, J Wipff, M Forien, M Dougados, C Roux, A Kahan, P Dieude, Y Allanore
OBJECTIVE: Rituximab (RTX) is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that selectively depletes B-cell population. Thus, it presents a potential risk for the development of hypogammaglobulinemia and related infectious events. Our aim was to identify predictors of hypogammaglobulinemia in RA patients long-term treated with RTX. METHODS: Multicenter observational usual care study of patients with RA on RTX maintenance therapy (minimal exposition of 30 months). Serum protein electrophoresis was performed before each RTX infusion...
February 21, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Durga Prasanna Misra, Aman Sharma, Vikas Agarwal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Eli M Miloslavsky, John L Niles, Zachary S Wallace, Frank B Cortazar, Ana Fernandes, Karen Laliberte, John H Stone
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic advances in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) have improved patient survival, but mortality rates remain higher than the general population. Glucocorticoids contribute to AAV morbidity and mortality. We examined whether an 8-week glucocorticoid course in combination with rituximab (RTX) would induce disease remission in patients with AAV. METHODS: Patients with active AAV received an 8-week prednisone taper and RTX 375mg/m2 weekly for 4 weeks...
February 3, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Jennifer L Medlin, Karen E Hansen, Sara S McCoy, Christie M Bartels
OBJECTIVES: Phenotypes differ between late- and early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Prior studies suggested that there may be more pulmonary disease among late-onset patients. Our objective was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the differences in pulmonary manifestations in late- versus early-onset SLE. METHODS: We searched the literature using PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE. We excluded studies that did not include American College of Rheumatology SLE classification criteria, an early-onset SLE comparison group, or those that defined late-onset SLE as <50 years of age...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Roy Altman, Josh Hackel, Faizan Niazi, Peter Shaw, Mathew Nicholls
INTRODUCTION: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a commonly prescribed intra-articular (IA) therapy for knee osteoarthritis (OA). While a single series of IA-HA has been well studied, the efficacy and safety of repeated courses of IA-HA injection therapy in knee OA patients have not been evaluated as frequently. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed databases. The primary outcome measure was knee pain reduction after each treatment course and/or last reported follow-up visit...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Nathalia Costa, Manuela L Ferreira, Marita Cross, Joanna Makovey, Paul W Hodges
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the definitions for "flare" in musculoskeletal conditions, the derivation processes, and validation of definitions for the 12 most burdensome musculoskeletal conditions. METHODS: A literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, AMED, PsycInfo and Lilacs to identify studies that investigated derivation or validation of a flare definition, which we considered as a phrase or group of domains. RESULTS: Reports of derivation of flare definitions were identified for 9/12 musculoskeletal conditions...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Grace H Lo, Erika Schneider, Jeffrey B Driban, Lori Lyn Price, David J Hunter, Charles B Eaton, Marc C Hochberg, Rebecca D Jackson, C Kent Kwoh, Michael C Nevitt, John A Lynch, Timothy E McAlindon
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease with a substantial public health burden. Quantitative assessments of periarticular bone may be a biomarker capable of monitoring early disease progression. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether measures of periarticular bone associate with longitudinal structural progression. METHODS: We conducted a 12-18 months longitudinal study using the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI). Participants received knee dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), trabecular magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and x-rays...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Joan Gomez-Junyent, Oscar Murillo, Imma Grau, Eva Benavent, Alba Ribera, Xavier Cabo, Fe Tubau, Javier Ariza, Roman Pallares
OBJECTIVES: The mortality of patients with bacteremic osteoarticular infections (B-OAIs) is poorly understood. Whether certain types of OAIs carry higher mortality or interventions like surgical debridement can improve prognosis, are unclarified questions. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of a prospective cohort of patients with B-OAIs treated at a teaching hospital in Barcelona (1985-2014), analyzing mortality (30-day case-fatality rate). B-OAIs were categorized as peripheral septic arthritis or other OAIs...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
M C Micu, M Ostensen, P M Villiger, R Micu, R Ionescu
Reproduction capacity and long-term preserved hormonal function are important aspects with big impacts on patients' quality of life. Updated information on the interaction between drug therapy and reproductive function is essential when discussing family planning with patients. Currently, limited data is published regarding paternal exposure to different medications. Thus, it may be a challenge for the practitioner to choose the right therapy for a young male patient. Therefore we reviewed the literature, for effects of antirheumatic drugs on male gonadal function with a focus on spermatogenesis and offspring...
January 11, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Yarden Yavne, Daniela Amital, Abdulla Watad, Shmuel Tiosano, Howard Amital
The role of physical and psychological trauma precipitating fibromyalgia is often encountered by physicians, yet a proper systematical review of this association is lacking. Literature searches identified 51 studies which examined the association of fibromyalgia with a preceding traumatic event of physical or emotional nature. The overall quality of evidence of studies included, as assessed by the GRADE criteria, was low, however the majority of studies described a significant association between prior physically traumatic events and the onset of chronic widespread pain or fibromyalgia...
January 10, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Parvaneh Heidari, Wendy Cross, Kimberley Crawford
INTRODUCTION: For individuals with a chronic condition, long-term management of their medication can be difficult and as a result non-adherence is common among this cohort. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the introduction of biologic agents was a revolutionary treatment but the high costs of this medication might limit their utilisation. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aimed to determine whether out-of-pocket (OOP) costs affect adherence to RA medications in adults with a diagnosis of RA...
January 8, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Candace H Feldman, Jamie Collins, Zhi Zhang, S V Subramanian, Daniel H Solomon, Ichiro Kawachi, Karen H Costenbader
BACKGROUND: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is the standard of care medication for most SLE patients, however nonadherence is common. We investigated longitudinal patterns and predictors of nonadherence to HCQ in a U.S. SLE cohort of HCQ initiators. METHODS: We used Medicaid data from 28 states to identify adults 18-65 years with prevalent SLE. We included HCQ initiators following ≥6 months without use, and required ≥1 year of follow-up after first dispensing (index date)...
January 8, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Alvise Berti, Divi Cornec, Jose R Medina Inojosa, Eric L Matteson, M Hassan Murad
BACKGROUND: To better communicate the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of giant cell arteritis (GCA), we propose the use of the fragility index (FI), which is an intuitive measure defined as the minimum number of subjects whose status would have to change (e.g., from having the outcome to not) to render a statistically significant result nonsignificant, or vice-versa. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and random-effects meta-analysis of RCTs of glucocorticoid (GC) sparing strategies for relapse-free maintenance in GCA, and used the FI to simplify the presentation of results...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Gurjit S Kaeley, Lihi Eder, Sibel Z Aydin, Marwin Gutierrez, Catherine Bakewell
OBJECTIVE: To describe the growing importance of enthesitis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of clinical and imaging methods currently used to assess enthesitis. METHODS: PubMed literature searches were conducted using the terms psoriatic arthritis, entheses, enthesitis, pathology, imaging, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, clinical, and indices. Articles were deemed relevant if they provided insight into the pathology, monitoring, and/or diagnosis of enthesitis in PsA, or if they discussed clinical or imaging indices used to assess enthesitis...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Shereen Oon, Molla Huq, Timothy Godfrey, Mandana Nikpour
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review, and conduct a meta-analysis of steroid-sparing effect in, phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled trials of biologic therapies for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Studies were identified by searching Medline (via Pubmed), EMBASE, CINAHL and SCOPUS databases, the Cochrane library, and Adult human studies published in English in the last ten years (until 18/04/2017) were included. A random-effects meta-analysis comparing a common corticosteroid-reduction endpoint in the trials of rituximab, belimumab, tabalumab and epratuzumab in SLE, was conducted...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Carlos Fernández-Díaz, Javier Loricera, Santos Castañeda, Raquel López-Mejías, Clara Ojeda-García, Alejandro Olivé, Samantha Rodríguez-Muguruza, Patricia E Carreira, Trinidad Pérez-Sandoval, Miriam Retuerto, Evelin C Cervantes-Pérez, Bryan J Flores-Robles, Blanca Hernández-Cruz, Ana Urruticoechea, Olga Maíz-Alonso, Luis Arboleya, Gema Bonilla, Íñigo Hernández-Rodríguez, Desirée Palma, Concepción Delgado, Rosa Expósito-Molinero, Ana Ruibal-Escribano, Belén Álvarez-Rodríguez, Juan Blanco-Madrigal, José A Bernal, Paloma Vela-Casasempere, Manuel Rodríguez-Gómez, Concepción Fito, Francisco Ortiz-Sanjuán, Javier Narváez, Manuel Moreno, Mireia López-Corbeto, Natalia Mena-Vázquez, Clara Aguilera-Cros, Susana Romero-Yuste, Sergi Ordóñez, Ignacio Villa-Blanco, M Carmen Gonzélez-Vela, Víctor Mora-Cuesta, Natalia Palmou-Fontana, José L Hernández, Miguel A González-Gay, Ricardo Blanco
OBJECTIVE: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is one of the most serious complications of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In the present study, we aimed to assess the efficacy of abatacept (ABA) in patients with ILD associated to RA. METHODS: National multicenter, non-controlled, open-label registry study of RA patients with ILD treated with ABA. RESULTS: 63 patients (36 women) with RA-associated ILD undergoing ABA therapy were studied. The mean ± standard deviation age at the time of the study was 63...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Marco Filetti, Elisabetta Anselmi, Serena Macrini, Francesco Rizzo, Daniela Iacono, Raffaele Giusti, Paolo Marchetti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lorenza Scotti, Matteo Franchi, Antonio Marchesoni, Giovanni Corrao
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a specific form of inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis affecting in the same measure men and women but with a consistent geographic variability. Since the burden of PsA frequency has important implications in the definition of the healthcare policies, it is important to measure the frequency of disease in the general population. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the global health burden of PsA summarizing the data provided by the population-based available studies investigating prevalence and incidence of the disease...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
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