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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151129/one-novel-and-two-uncommon-mefv-mutations-in-japanese-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-a-clinicogenetic-study
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Dai Kishida, Masahide Yazaki, Akinori Nakamura, Fumio Nomura, Takeshi Kondo, Takanori Uehara, Masatomi Ikusaka, Akira Ohya, Norihiko Watanabe, Ryuta Endo, Satoshi Kawaai, Yasuhiro Shimojima, Yoshiki Sekijima
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations in the MEFV gene and characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and polyserositis. To date, over 317 MEFV mutations have been reported, only nine of which account for almost all Japanese patients with FMF. Therefore, the prevalence of rare MEFV variants and their clinical characteristics remains unclear. This study identified MEFV mutations previously unreported in the Japanese population and described their clinical features...
November 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151128/physical-activity-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#2
S I E Liem, J M T A Meessen, R Wolterbeek, N Ajmone Marsan, M K Ninaber, T P M Vliet Vlieland, J K de Vries-Bouwstra
OBJECTIVES: To compare self-reported levels of physical activity (PA) of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with the general population. To evaluate in SSc patients factors associated with PA levels and needs and preferences regarding PA. METHODS: Fifty nine SSc patients completed the Short QUestionnaire to ASsess Health-Enhancing PA. The proportion of patients meeting the Dutch Recommendation for PA (= moderate PA for 30 min on ≥ 5 days/week) and total minutes of PA per week were calculated and compared with similar data from the Dutch population...
November 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147763/frailty-in-end-stage-hip-or-knee-osteoarthritis-validation-of-the-groningen-frailty-indicator-gfi-questionnaire
#3
Jennifer M T A Meessen, Claudia S Leichtenberg, Claire Tilbury, Bart L Kaptein, Lennard A Koster, P Eline Slagboom, Suzan H M Verdegaal, Ron Onstenk, Henrike M J van der Linden-van der Zwaag, Herman Kaptijn, Stephan B W Vehmeijer, Willem-Jan C Marijnissen, Pieter-Jan Damen, Rob G H H Nelissen, Thea P M Vliet Vlieland
Frailty is highly prevalent in the elderly, increasing the risk of poor health outcomes. The Groningen Frailty Indicator (GFI) is a 15-item validated questionnaire for the elderly. Its value in patients with end-stage hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) has not yet been determined. This study assesses the validity of the GFI in this patient group. End-stage hip or knee OA patients completed the GFI (range 0-15, ≥ 4 = frail) before arthroplasty surgery. Convergent validity was determined by Spearman-rank correlation between the SF-12 physical (PCS) and mental (MCS) component scores and the physical and mental GFI-domains, respectively...
November 17, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147758/a-systematic-review-assessing-non-pharmacological-conservative-treatment-studies-for-people-with-non-inflammatory-multi-joint-pain-clinical-outcomes-and-research-design-considerations
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REVIEW
C Comer, T O Smith, B Drew, R Raja, S R Kingsbury, Philip G Conaghan
To systematically review the evidence to determine the clinical outcomes and the important methodological quality features of interventional studies on adults with non-inflammatory multi-joint pain (MJP). Systematic search of published and unpublished literature using the databases: AMED, CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, psycINFO, SPORTDiscus, PEDro, OpenGrey, the EU Clinical Trials Register, World Health Organization International Clinical Trial Registry Platform, ClinicalTrials.gov and the ISRCTN registry (search: inception to 19th October 2017)...
November 16, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143933/long-term-effectiveness-of-tocilizumab-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-stratified-by-number-of-previous-treatment-failures-with-biologic-agents-results-from-the-german-rabbit-cohort
#5
Lisa Baganz, Adrian Richter, Jörn Kekow, Arnold Bussmann, Andreas Krause, Carsten Stille, Joachim Listing, Angela Zink, Anja Strangfeld
In Germany, Tocilizumab (TCZ) is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis both in biologic-naïve patients and those with previous failures of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). The long-term effectiveness and retention rates of TCZ in patients with different numbers of prior bDMARD failures has rarely been investigated. We included 885 RA patients in the analyses, enrolled with the start of TCZ between 2009 and 2015 in the German biologics register RABBIT. Patients were stratified according to prior bDMARD failures: no prior bDMARD or 1, 2 or ≥ 3 bDMARD failures...
November 16, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143127/decreased-serum-vitamin-b12-and-vitamin-d-levels-affect-sleep-quality-in-children-with-familial-mediterranean-fever
#6
Rabia Miray Kisla Ekinci, Sibel Balci, Mahir Serbes, Dilek Dogruel, Derya Ufuk Altintas, Mustafa Yilmaz
Familial Mediterranean fever is an autoinflammatory disorder characterized by recurrent fever and serositis. We aimed to describe serum vitamin B12 and vitamin D levels and their correlation with self-reported sleep quality of pediatric FMF patients. Sixty-three children with FMF were enrolled to the study. Information on sleep quality was obtained using self-administration of Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The patients were divided into subgroups depending on vitamin D serum concentrations: ≥ 20 and < 20 ng/ml...
November 15, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138905/fatigue-in-familial-mediterranean-fever-and-its-relations-with-other-clinical-parameters
#7
Mehmet Tuncay Duruoz, Cagri Unal, Duygu Karali Bingul, Firat Ulutatar
Fatigue is a common problem in patients with rheumatic disease. It may cause disability and poor quality of life. The aim of this study is to investigate fatigue in FMF patients as a disabling symptom and its associations with clinical and demographic variables. FMF patients were recruited into the study according to FMF Tel Hashomer criteria. Control group is composed of healthy individuals. Demographic and clinical features of the patients including PRAS scores were noted. Visual analogue score of pain (VAS-pain) and VAS-fatigue were used as clinical parameters...
November 14, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134260/more-than-black-and-white-of-scientific-publishing
#8
LETTER
Aamir Raoof Memon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127574/biologic-treatment-for-chronic-recurrent-multifocal-osteomyelitis-report-of-four-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
REVIEW
Elena Tronconi, Angela Miniaci, Michelangelo Baldazzi, Laura Greco, Andrea Pession
Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) is a rare non-infectious inflammatory disorder with unpredictable clinical course, characterized by acute exacerbations and spontaneous remissions. There are no randomized-controlled trials about treatment options. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are the first-line treatment option; glucocorticoids seem to be effective; positive outcomes have been obtained with bisphosphonates. In the last few years successful use of biologic agents like anti-TNF agents has been reported...
November 11, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127573/eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-complicated-by-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-and-coronary-vasculitis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
REVIEW
Shogo Matsuda, Shuzo Yoshida, Youhei Fujiki, Hidetoshi Satomi, Tohru Takeuchi, Yoshinobu Hirose, Shigeki Makino, Shigeki Arawaka
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is characterized by necrotizing vasculitis of small-sized vessels with extravascular granulomas and eosinophilic infiltration. The case of a 48-year-old Japanese woman with EGPA, who presented concurrently with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and coronary vasculitis, is reported. She initially presented with bronchial asthma, and then 8 months later she developed various symptoms caused by systemic eosinophilic vasculitis and was admitted to our hospital. Three days after admission, she started oral corticosteroid therapy, and her 2009 Five-Factor Score (FFS) was 0...
November 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124399/length-of-exposure-to-antiphospholipid-antibodies-rather-than-age-is-a-risk-factor-for-thrombosis-a-retrospective-single-centre-observational-study
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Iñigo Les, Naiara Parraza, Pilar Anaut, Saioa Eguiluz, Cristina Sánchez, María Enriqueta Preciado, Jesús Ángel Loza, Ander Andía
To investigate the association of age and other factors with thrombosis risk in antiphospholipid antibody (aPL) carriers, a retrospective observational study was conducted in a cohort of patients with medium-high aPL titres recruited in a tertiary care hospital. Assuming an age difference of 9.8 years between patients with and without thrombosis, we estimated that a sample size of 70 participants was required. Several variables besides age including gender, vascular risk factors, inherited thrombophilias, non-thrombotic clinical manifestations, laboratory parameters, aPL profile, length of aPL exposure, antithrombotic drugs and partial aPL score were assessed by univariate analysis followed by multivariate logistic regression...
November 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124398/patient-perceptions-of-glucocorticoids-in-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis
#12
Joanna C Robson, Jill Dawson, Peter F Cronholm, Susan Ashdown, Ebony Easley, Katherine S Kellom, Don Gebhart, Georgia Lanier, Nataliya Milman, Jacqueline Peck, Raashid A Luqmani, Judy A Shea, Gunnar Tomasson, Peter A Merkel
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) are multisystem diseases of small blood vessels, collectively known as the anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV). This study explores the patient's perspective on the use of glucocorticoids, which are still a mainstay of treatment in AAV. Patients with AAV from the UK, USA, and Canada were interviewed, using purposive sampling to include a range of disease manifestations and demographics...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124397/long-term-glucocorticoid-treatment-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-giant-cell-arteritis-or-both-diseases-results-from-a-national-rheumatology-database
#13
Katinka Albrecht, Dörte Huscher, Frank Buttgereit, Martin Aringer, Guido Hoese, Wolfgang Ochs, Katja Thiele, Angela Zink
The objective of this study was to evaluate glucocorticoid (GC) use in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), giant cell arteritis (GCA) or both diseases (PMR + GCA) under rheumatological care. Data from patients with PMR (n = 1420), GCA (n = 177) or PMR + GCA (n = 261) from the National Database of the German Collaborative Arthritis Centers were analyzed regarding GCs and related comorbidities (osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease), stratified by disease duration (DD). Longitudinal data were analyzed for all patients with a DD ≤ 2 years at database entry (n = 1397)...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124396/infections-and-the-risk-of-psoriatic-arthritis-among-psoriasis-patients-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Telma Thrastardottir, Thorvardur Jon Love
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are related inflammatory diseases with some shared genetic and environmental risk factors. It has been suggested that environmental factors, including infections, can trigger the development of PsA among psoriasis patients. The aim of this review was to systematically examine available data evaluating the effect of infections on the risk of developing PsA. A systematic search of the Cochrane Library, PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science was conducted on March 16 2017, in accordance with the PRISMA statement...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119304/is-thrombocytosis-always-an-indicator-of-autosplenectomy-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
Döndü Üsküdar Cansu, Hava Üsküdar Teke, Ahmet Musmul, Cengiz Korkmaz
In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the most commonly encountered finding related to platelets is thrombocytopenia whereas thrombocytosis is rarely reported. Our aim here was to reveal the type and the frequency of thrombocytosis in SLE patients along with its causes. Data of patients were evaluated retrospectively. Patients who had a platelet count of > 450,000/mm(3) (> 450 × 10(9)/L) in at least two subsequent counts and lasting more than 6 months during the follow-up were considered to have "persistent thrombocytosis"...
November 8, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116441/validation-of-the-toronto-psoriatic-arthritis-screen-ii-topas-ii-questionnaire-in-a-turkish-population
#16
Mehmet Tuncay Duruöz, Canan Şanal Toprak, Fırat Ulutatar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the TOPAS II questionnaire validation in a Turkish population. METHODS: The Turkish translation of ToPAS II was sent to us by the developer authors of the original index. Subjects were recruited from dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and rheumatology outpatient clinics. All patients' demographic parameters and ToPAS II questionnaire results were recorded. After patients completed the questionnaire they were assessed by a rheumatologist according to a standard protocol which includes a complete history, detailed physical examination, laboratory tests and CASPAR criteria...
November 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116440/parenchymal-neuro-beh%C3%A3-et-disease-with-erectile-dysfunction-and-micturition-disturbances-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
REVIEW
Ali Taylan, Merih Birlik
Parenchymal neuro-Behçet disease (NBD) is a serious clinic condition with a sub-acute or chronic disease course that results in incapability through pyramidal tract involvement. Though well-known consequences can deter a patient's life, both urinary symptoms and sexual dysfunction are underestimated complications of NBD and closely related in timing. Here, we report the case of a young male patient with parenchymal NBD who developed urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction in addition to widespread pyramidal tract signs and symptoms...
November 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116439/determinants-of-mortality-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-focused-review
#18
REVIEW
Dilli Ram Poudel, Divya Jayakumar, Abhijeet Danve, Shiv Tej Sehra, Chris T Derk
Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) is an autoimmune rheumatic disorder that is characterized by fibrosis, vascular dysfunction, and autoantibody production that involves most visceral organs. It is characterized by a high morbidity and mortality rate, mainly due to disease-related complications. Epidemiological data describing mortality and survival in this population have been based on both population and observational studies. Multiple clinical and non-clinical factors have been found to predict higher likelihood of death among thepatients...
November 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103073/the-efficacy-of-tai-chi-and-yoga-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-spondyloarthropathies-a-narrative-biomedical-review
#19
REVIEW
Gulseren Akyuz, Ozge Kenis-Coskun
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthropathies (SpA) are among the most common inflammatory rheumatic diseases, which might induce chronic pain for their sufferers. Mind-body interventions like Tai Chi and yoga are among the many alternative therapies for combatting chronic pain. This review aims to overview the articles about their effectiveness in RA and SpA. We searched PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, and Web of Science for English-language sources from their inception through September 2017. Case-control studies, interventional studies, and case series that included more than three cases and randomized crossover studies were included...
November 4, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098370/biomarkers-of-hand-osteoarthritis
#20
REVIEW
Tereza Lennerová, Karel Pavelka, Ladislav Šenolt
Hand osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint disorder leading to substantial pain and disability. The most severe subtype is erosive hand OA characterized by an abrupt onset, local inflammation, subchondral erosions and worse outcomes than non-erosive disease. Biomarkers of hand OA could help to diagnose the disease earlier, to distinguish patients with erosive and non-erosive forms, to assess disease severity or to predict its future progression. The objective of this review was to summarize the role of potential biomarkers of hand OA...
November 2, 2017: Rheumatology International
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