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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298568/comparison-of-disease-characteristics-organ-damage-and-survival-in-patients-with-juvenile-onset-and-adult-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-a-combined-cohort-from-2-tertiary-centers-in-turkey
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Bahar Artim-Esen, Sezgin Şahin, Erhan Çene, Yasemin Şahinkaya, Kenan Barut, Amra Adrovic, Yasemin Özlük, Işın Kılıçaslan, Ahmet Omma, Ahmet Gül, Lale Öcal, Özgür Kasapçopur, Murat İnanç
OBJECTIVE: Age at onset has been shown to affect the clinical course and outcome of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Herein, we aimed to define the differences in clinical characteristics, organ damage, and survival between patients with juvenile-onset (jSLE) and adult-onset SLE (aSLE). METHODS: For the study, 719 patients (76.9%) with aSLE and 216 (23.1%) with jSLE were examined. Comparisons between the groups were made for demographic characteristics, clinical features, autoantibody profiles, damage, and survival rates...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298567/omeract-quality-adjusted-life-years-qaly-working-group-do-current-qaly-measures-capture-what-matters-to-patients
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Logan Trenaman, Annelies Boonen, Francis Guillemin, Mickael Hiligsmann, Alison Hoens, Carlo Marra, Will Taylor, Jennifer Barton, Peter Tugwell, George Wells, Nick Bansback
OBJECTIVE: To understand the limitations with current patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) used to generate quality-adjusted life-years (QALY) in rheumatology, and set a research agenda. METHODS: Two activities were undertaken. The first was a scoping review of published studies that have used PROM to generate QALY in rheumatology between 2011 and 2016. The second was an interactive "eyeball test" exercise at Outcome Measures in Rheumatology 13 that compared subdomains of widely used generic PROM, as identified through the scoping review, to subdomains of the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis Health Index (ASAS-HI) condition-specific PROM for ankylosing spondylitis...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298566/ultrasound-evaluation-of-the-entheses-in-daily-clinical-practice-during-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-blocking-therapy-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Fréke Wink, George A Bruyn, Fiona Maas, Ed N Griep, Eveline van der Veer, Hendrika Bootsma, Elisabeth Brouwer, Suzanne Arends, Anneke Spoorenberg
OBJECTIVE: To assess structural and inflammatory ultrasound (US) lesions of entheses in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients with active disease and to evaluate inflammatory lesions after 6 months of tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) blocking therapy, in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AS were clinically evaluated and underwent US examination of 9 bilateral entheses before and after 6 months of TNF-α blocking therapy. US examination included the following as inflammatory lesions: bone erosions/cortical irregularities, enthesophytes, calcifications as structural lesions; adjacent bursitis, effusion, increased tendon hypoechogenicity or thickness; and positive power Doppler (PD) signal...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298565/longterm-effectiveness-of-herpes-zoster-vaccine-among-patients-with-autoimmune-and-inflammatory-diseases
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Huifeng Yun, Fenglong Xie, John W Baddley, Kevin Winthrop, Kenneth G Saag, Jeffrey R Curtis
OBJECTIVE: The protection duration of herpes zoster (HZ) vaccination is unclear among patients with autoimmune (AI) diseases. METHODS: Using 2006-2013 Medicare data, HZ vaccinated patients with AI were matched 1:2 to unvaccinated HZ. Incidence rates (IR) and adjusted risk ratios over time were calculated using Poisson regression. RESULTS: Of 59,627 vaccinated patients, crude IR increased from 0.75/100 person-years during the first year post-vaccination to 1...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298564/proteomic-analysis-of-sera-from-individuals-with-diffuse-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-reveals-a-multianalyte-signature-associated-with-clinical-improvement-during-imatinib-mesylate-treatment
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D James Haddon, Hannah E Wand, Justin A Jarrell, Robert F Spiera, Paul J Utz, Jessica K Gordon, Lorinda S Chung
OBJECTIVE: Imatinib has been investigated for the treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc) because of its ability to inhibit the platelet-derived growth factor receptor and transforming growth factor-β signaling pathways, which have been implicated in SSc pathogenesis. In a 12-month open-label clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of imatinib in the treatment of diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc), significant improvements in skin thickening were observed. Here, we report our analysis of sera collected during the clinical trial...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298563/utility-of-dose-frequency-adjustment-in-tocilizumab-administration-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
#6
Shuntaro Saito, Yuko Kaneko, Keisuke Izumi, Tsutomu Takeuchi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of dose frequency adjustment of tocilizumab (TCZ) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Patients who received TCZ at 3-week (n = 24) or 5-week (n = 61) interval were evaluated. RESULTS: Disease Activity Score at 28 joints based on erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the 3-week group significantly improved after 3 administrations at 3-week intervals (from 4.2 to 2.7, p = 0.001). Forty-five of the patients in the 5-week group (74%) successfully continued 5-week interval administration without disease exacerbation...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298562/deaths-associated-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-france-from-1969-to-2009
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Clément Prati, Marc Puyraveau, Xavier Guillot, Franck Verhoeven, Daniel Wendling
OBJECTIVE: To describe deaths for which ankylosing spondylitis (AS) was on death certificates in France. METHODS: Death certificates in which AS was indicated were evaluated. Standard mortality ratio (SMR) was assessed. RESULTS: AS appeared in 2940 death certificates. The mortality rate of AS seemed stable. The most frequent initial causes were diseases of the circulatory system [28.3% in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th ed (ICD-10)]...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298561/charlson-comorbidity-index-is-related-to-organ-damage-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-data-from-korean-lupus-network-kornet-registry
#8
Seong-Kyu Kim, Jung-Yoon Choe, Shin-Seok Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify whether comorbidity status is associated with organ damage in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: A total of 502 patients with SLE enrolled in the KORean lupus Network were consecutively recruited. Data included demographics, age-adjusted Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCIa), disease activity indexes, the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (SDI), the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 health survey (SF-36) score, and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298560/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tender-and-swollen-joint-counts-and-the-modified-rodnan-skin-score-in-early-diffuse-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-analysis-from-the-prospective-registry-of-early-systemic-sclerosis-cohort
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Jessica K Gordon, Gandikota Girish, Veronica J Berrocal, Meng Zhang, Christopher Hatzis, Shervin Assassi, Elana J Bernstein, Robyn T Domsic, Faye N Hant, Monique Hinchcliff, Elena Schiopu, Virginia D Steen, Tracy M Frech, Dinesh Khanna
OBJECTIVE: To determine the inter/intraobserver reliability of the tender and swollen joint counts (TJC, SJC) and the modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS) in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc) and to assess content validity of the TJC/SJC. METHODS: Ten rheumatologists completed the SJC, TJC, and mRSS on 7 patients. Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) was performed. RESULTS: Interobserver and intraobserver reliability for the TJC was 0...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298559/the-risk-of-deep-venous-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-a-general-population-based-study
#10
J Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, Michael Jansz, Eric C Sayre, Hyon K Choi
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the future risk and time trends of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in individuals with newly diagnosed primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS) in the general population. METHODS: Using a population database that includes all residents of British Columbia, Canada, we created a study cohort of all patients with incident SS and up to 10 controls from the general population matched for age, sex, and entry time. We compared incidence rates (IR) of pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and VTE between the 2 groups according to SS disease duration...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298558/performance-of-3-enthesitis-indices-in-patients-with-peripheral-spondyloarthritis-during-treatment-with-adalimumab
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Philip J Mease, Filip Van den Bosch, Joachim Sieper, Yinglin Xia, Aileen L Pangan, In-Ho Song
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of enthesitis indices in patients with peripheral spondyloarthritis (pSpA). METHODS: The ABILITY-2 study evaluated the efficacy of adalimumab (ADA) versus placebo (PBO) in patients with active pSpA over 12 weeks. Patients received open-label ADA for an additional 144 weeks. Twenty-nine enthesitis sites used in 3 enthesitis scoring systems [Leeds Enthesitis Index (LEI), Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) Enthesitis Index, Maastricht Ankylosing Spondylitis Enthesitis Score (MASES)] were assessed; discriminatory capacity and treatment response at Week 12 were calculated by standardized mean difference (SMD) and Guyatt's effect size (ES)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250145/development-and-reliability-of-the-omeract-thumb-base-osteoarthritis-magnetic-resonance-imaging-scoring-system
#12
Féline P B Kroon, Philip G Conaghan, Violaine Foltz, Frédérique Gandjbakhch, Charles Peterfy, Iris Eshed, Harry K Genant, Mikkel Østergaard, Margreet Kloppenburg, Ida K Haugen
OBJECTIVE: To develop the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) thumb base osteoarthritis (OA) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scoring system (TOMS) for the assessment of inflammatory and structural abnormalities in this hand OA subset, and test its cross-sectional reliability. METHODS: Included features and their scaling were agreed upon by members of the OMERACT MRI Task Force using the Hand OA MRI scoring system as a template. A reliability exercise was performed in which 3 readers participated, using a preliminary atlas with examples to facilitate reading...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250144/whole-spine-computed-tomography-findings-in-sapho-syndrome
#13
Wenrui Xu, Chen Li, Xue Zhao, Jie Lu, Li Li, Nan Wu, Yuzhi Zuo, Hongli Jing, Zhenhua Dong, Wen Zhang, Weihong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the whole-spine computed tomography (CT) findings in patients with synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis, and osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome to improve our understanding of this rare disease. METHODS: Whole-spine CT images obtained in 69 patients with SAPHO were reviewed. For each individual, a total of 25 vertebrae were evaluated for the distribution of affected vertebrae, CT manifestations of vertebral lesions, symmetry and location of distribution of the lesions on vertebrae, involvement pattern, and narrowing of adjacent intervertebral disc space...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250143/the-effect-of-widespread-pain-on-knee-pain-worsening-incident-knee-osteoarthritis-oa-and-incident-knee-pain-the-multicenter-oa-most-study
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Lisa C Carlesso, Jingbo Niu, Neil A Segal, Laura A Frey-Law, Cora E Lewis, Michael C Nevitt, Tuhina Neogi
OBJECTIVE: Whether widespread pain (WSP) affects the risk of developing knee pain or knee osteoarthritis (OA) is unknown and could enhance understanding of pain mechanisms in OA. METHODS: Subjects from the Multicenter OA (MOST) study, a US National Institutes of Health-funded prospective cohort of older adults with or at risk of knee OA, were characterized regarding WSP, defined as pain above and below the waist on both sides of the body and axially using a standard homunculus, excluding knee pain at 60 months (baseline)...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250142/safety-of-biologic-and-nonbiologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drug-therapy-in-veterans-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#15
Mary Jane Burton, Jeffrey R Curtis, Shuo Yang, Lang Chen, Jasvinder A Singh, Ted R Mikuls, Kevin L Winthrop, John W Baddley
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy on hepatotoxicity among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. METHODS: We identified biologic and nonbiologic treatment episodes of patients with RA using the 1997-2011 national data from the US Veterans Health Administration. Eligible episodes had HCV infection (defined by detectable HCV RNA) and subsequently initiated a new biologic or nonbiologic DMARD...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250141/the-effect-of-aging-and-mechanical-loading-on-the-metabolism-of-articular-cartilage
#16
Adam El Mongy Jørgensen, Michael Kjær, Katja Maria Heinemeier
OBJECTIVE: The morphology of articular cartilage (AC) enables painless movement. Aging and mechanical loading are believed to influence development of osteoarthritis (OA), yet the connection remains unclear. METHODS: This narrative review describes the current knowledge regarding this area, with the literature search made on PubMed using appropriate keywords regarding AC, age, and mechanical loading. RESULTS: Following skeletal maturation, chondrocyte numbers decline while increasing senescence occurs...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250140/are-ultrasound-findings-similar-in-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-and-in-athlete-entheses
#17
Marie-Alix Lanfranchi, Olivier Leluc, Alice Tavano, Cécile Wormser, Sophie Morange, Christophe Chagnaud, Vincent Pradel, Pierre Lafforgue, Thao Pham
OBJECTIVE: Enthesitis is the spondyloarthritis (SpA) landmark, but can also be seen after entheses overuse, such as during intensive sport. METHODS: We aimed to compare entheses ultrasound (US) findings in a prospective cross-sectional study of 30 axial SpA cases, 30 athletes, and 29 controls. RESULTS: Mean (SD) MAdrid Sonographic Enthesis Index (MASEI) score was 26.3 (13), 12.2 (7), and 10.4 (6) in patients with SpA, athletes, and non-athlete control groups, respectively (p < 0...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250139/healthcare-and-research-priorities-of-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-mixed-methods-study
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David J Tunnicliffe, Davinder Singh-Grewal, Jonathan C Craig, Martin Howell, Peter Tugwell, Fiona Mackie, Ming-Wei Lin, Sean G O'Neill, Angelique F Ralph, Allison Tong
OBJECTIVE: Managing juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is particularly challenging. The disease may be severe, adolescent patients have complex medical and psychosocial needs, and patients must navigate the transition to adult services. To inform patient-centered care, we aimed to identify the healthcare and research priorities of young patients with SLE and describe the reasons underpinning their priorities. METHODS: Face-to-face, semistructured interviews and focus groups were conducted with patients with SLE, aged from 14 to 26 years, from 5 centers in Australia...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250138/primary-prevention-of-myocardial-infarction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-using-aspirin-a-case-crossover-study-and-a-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study
#19
Josefina Durán, Christine Peloquin, Yuqing Zhang, David T Felson
OBJECTIVE: Subjects with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which is their leading cause of death. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the efficacy of aspirin (ASA) as primary prevention. We evaluated whether a protective association exists between ASA and myocardial infarction (MI) in RA subjects. METHODS: In the United Kingdom, persons age ≥ 60 years receive free ASA by prescription and 75% of use is by prescription...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250137/mortality-from-musculoskeletal-disorders-including-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-southern-sweden-a-multiple-cause-of-death-analysis-1998-2014
#20
Aliasghar A Kiadaliri, Aleksandra Turkiewicz, Martin Englund
OBJECTIVE: To assess mortality related to musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), specifically, among adults (aged ≥ 20 yrs) in southern Sweden using the multiple-cause-of-death approach. METHODS: All death certificates (DC; n = 201,488) from 1998 to 2014 for adults in the region of Skåne were analyzed when mortality from MSK disorders and RA was listed as the underlying and nonunderlying cause of death (UCD/NUCD). Trends in age-standardized mortality rates (ASMR) were evaluated using joinpoint regression, and associated causes were identified by age- and sex-adjusted observed/expected ratios...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
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