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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819792/validation-of-the-acr-eular-classification-criteria-for-systemic-sclerosis-in-patients-with-early-scleroderma
#1
Farley Carvalho Araújo, Cíntia Zumstein Camargo, Cristiane Kayser
The aim of this study was to validate the 2013 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for systemic sclerosis (SSc) in patients with SSc, including patients with early SSc. Fifty-six consecutive patients with early SSc (2001 LeRoy and Medsger criteria), 122 patients with established SSc (1980 ACR classification criteria), and 141 patients with SSc-like disorders were included in this cross-sectional study. The diagnostic performance of the 2013 ACR/EULAR criteria was compared with the 1980 ACR criteria in several subsets of patients...
August 17, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801814/serum-amyloid-a-as-a-marker-of-disease-activity-and-treatment-response-in-takayasu-arteritis
#2
Aswin M Nair, Ruchika Goel, M Hindhumati, K Jayakanthan, J Visalakshi, George Joseph, Sumita Danda, Debashish Danda
Assessment of disease activity in Takayasu arteritis (TA) is challenging. We aimed to study utility of serum amyloid A (SAA) to assess disease activity and its association with SAA gene polymorphisms, if any, in our TA patients. Serum of 99 consecutive adult TA patients and 40 healthy controls were assayed for SAA. Depending on the ITAS2010 and ITAS-CRP score, patients were designated as having active disease if ITAS2010 ≥ 2 or ITAS-CRP ≥ 3 and stable disease if ITAS2010 = 0 or ITAS-CRP is ≤1. Clinical ITAS of 0 with raised inflammatory markers scoring a ITAS-CRP of 2 was considered as indeterminate for disease activity assessment...
August 11, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799100/associations-between-ccl21-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-meta-analysis
#3
REVIEW
Guomin Li, Jie Zhao, Bing Li, Jianxiong Ma, Qiubo Zhao, Xiaoquan Wang, Zhen Lv, Kuan Li, Zhongchao Du, Xinlong Ma, Jun Liu
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic disorder characterized by the development through angiogenesis, which is dependent on endothelial cell activation, migration and proliferation and CCL21 plays an important role in this pathology. Currently, CCL21 gene polymorphism studies on rheumatoid arthritis are scarce and the results are diverse. This meta-analysis was performed to determine if CCL21 gene polymorphisms correlate with the risk of developing RA. Association reports for the relationship between CCL21 polymorphisms and RA were identified from PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase, SCIELO, CNKI and Wanfang databases on March 22, 2017...
August 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791449/incidence-of-inflammatory-joint-diseases-in-finland-results-from-a-population-based-epidemiological-study
#4
A Kononoff, L Arstila, P Pussinen, H Kautiainen, P Elfving, E Savolainen, H Niinisalo, J Rutanen, O Marjoniemi, O Kaipiainen-Seppänen
The objective of the study was to assess the incidence of inflammatory joint diseases and possible environmental factors contributing to their occurrence in a defined population in Finland. All rheumatologists practising in the Northern Savo rheumatological outpatient departments collected data on their newly diagnosed patients with an inflammatory joint disease in 2010. Antibodies to Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) and Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) were determined from patients with various arthritides...
August 8, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766055/non-synonymous-wnt16-polymorphisms-alleles-are-associated-with-different-osteoarthritis-phenotypes
#5
Carmen García-Ibarbia, Sara Neila, Carlos Garcés, Maria A Alonso, María T Zarrabeitia, Carmen Valero, Fernando Ortiz, José A Riancho
Hereditary factors have a strong influence on osteoarthritis (OA). The Wnt pathway is involved in bone and cartilage homeostasis. Hence, we hypothesized that allelic variations of WNT16 could influence the OA phenotype. We studied 509 Caucasian patients undergoing joint replacement due to severe primary OA. Radiographs were used to classify the OA as atrophic or hypertrophic. Two nonsynonymous polymorphisms of WNT16 (rs2707466 and rs2908004) were analyzed. The association between the genotypes and the OA phenotype was analyzed by logistic regression and adjusted for age and body mass index...
August 1, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752230/biological-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-related-uveitis-beyond-tnf-alpha-blockade-a-narrative-review
#6
REVIEW
Jurgen Sota, Donato Rigante, Giuseppe Lopalco, Bruno Frediani, Rossella Franceschini, Mauro Galeazzi, Florenzo Iannone, Gian Marco Tosi, Claudia Fabiani, Luca Cantarini
Intraocular inflammation is one of the more relevant complications of Behçet's disease (BD), which tends to respond poorly to different medications. The ocular histopathologic changes are basically identical to those occurring in other organs and consist in a necrotizing leukocytoclastic obliterative vasculitis, which is probably immune complex-mediated and affects both arteries and veins of all sizes. There are growing evidences showing the potential role of biologic agents other than anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α agents in the management of ocular-BD, which have been collected in this review, including interleukin-1 and interleukin-6 blockade, secukinumab, ustekinumab, daclizumab, rituximab, and alemtuzumab...
July 27, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748426/quality-of-care-in-gout-a-clinical-audit-on-treating-to-the-target-with-urate-lowering-therapy-in-real-world-gout-patients
#7
Carly A Janssen, Tim L Th A Jansen, Martijn A H Oude Voshaar, Harald E Vonkeman, Mart A F J van de Laar
The current paper aimed to describe the quality of care for gout patients by showing the clinical outcomes achieved in two patient cohorts in which differing targeted urate lowering therapy (ULT) treatment approaches were employed, both aiming to reach the European League Against Rheumatism recommended serum urate (sUA) targets. A retrospective medical chart review study was conducted. Data from the medical records of gout patients from two clinical centers in The Netherlands, both applying targeted ULT treatments (albeit using different approaches), were reviewed...
July 26, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748425/hydroxychloroquine-dosing-in-immune-mediated-diseases-implications-for-patient-safety
#8
Milena A Gianfrancesco, Gabriela Schmajuk, Sarah Haserodt, Laura Trupin, Zara Izadi, Kashif Jafri, Stephen Shiboski, Marina Sirota, R Adams Dudley, Jinoos Yazdany
Evidence suggests that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) retinal toxicity is more common than previously thought. Adhering to careful weight-based dosing can significantly reduce the risk of this adverse event and is recommended in recent guidelines. We used electronic health record data from a large health system to examine HCQ dosing over a 5-year period and identify risk factors associated with higher dosage of HCQ. We constructed a longitudinal, retrospective cohort of patients with HCQ prescriptions (1681 patients with 3490 prescribing events) between 2012 and 2016...
July 26, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748424/association-of-adam-12-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-knee-osteoarthritis-meta-analysis-of-5048-cases-and-6848-controls
#9
Xuerong Hu, Guoli Sun, Weidong Wang
Several studies have suggested the association between ADAM 12 polymorphisms and the risk of osteoarthritis (OA), but the results remained controversial. Therefore, we designed a meta-analysis to systematically evaluate the association on this issue. A literature search for eligible studies was conducted in PubMed, Web of Science and Google Scholar databases. The association between ADAM 12 polymorphisms and knee OA risk was calculated by odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Study heterogeneity, sensitivity and publication bias analyses were also conducted...
July 26, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748423/impact-of-interstitial-lung-disease-on-mortality-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#10
Dam Kim, Soo-Kyung Cho, Chan-Bum Choi, Jung-Yoon Choe, Won Tae Chung, Seung-Jae Hong, Jae-Bum Jun, Young Ok Jung, Tae-Hwan Kim, Tae-Jong Kim, Hye-Soon Lee, Joo-Hyun Lee, Jisoo Lee, Shin-Seok Lee, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Bo Young Yoon, Jin Woo Song, Sang-Cheol Bae, Yoon-Kyoung Sung
To identify the prevalence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in Korean patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and assess its effect on mortality. A total of 3555 patients with RA, with chest X-ray or chest computed tomography (CT) data at enrollment were extracted from the KORean Observational study Network for Arthritis cohort, a nationwide prospective cohort for patients with RA in Korea. The patients were classified into two groups: (1) an ILD group by chest X-ray or chest CT scan, and (2) a non-ILD group by these modalities...
July 26, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726020/patterns-of-circulatory-and-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cytokines-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#11
Fawaz Y Azizieh, Khaled Al Jarallah, Diaa Shehab, Renu Gupta, Kamaludin Dingle, Raj Raghupathy
An imbalance in pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines is suggested to contribute to tissue damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This study was aimed at investigating profiles of cytokines in circulation and cytokines produced by mitogen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in RA patients and healthy controls, and to explore correlations of cytokines with disease activity. Our aim was to identify patterns of cytokine expression as possible indicators of disease activity. Levels of plasma cytokines and PBMC-secreted cytokines were estimated in 26 female RA patients and 28 controls...
July 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726019/arabic-translation-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-study-of-knee-outcome-survey-activities-of-daily-living-scale-kos-adls
#12
Abdulrahman D Algarni, Hamza M Alrabai, Abdulaziz Al-Ahaideb, Shaji John Kachanathu, Sulaiman A AlShammari
Knee complaints and their accompanying functional impairments are frequent problems encountered by healthcare practitioners worldwide. Plenty of functional scoring systems were developed and validated to give a relative estimation about the knee function. Despite the wide geographic distribution of Arabic language in the Middle East and North Africa, it is rare to find a validated knee function scale in Arabic. The present study is aimed to translate, validate, and culturally adjust the Knee Outcome Survey: Activities of Daily Living Scale (KOS-ADLS) into Arabic language for future use among Arabic-speaking patients...
July 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707035/cerebellar-ataxia-and-obstructive-hydrocephalus-rare-neurologic-presentations-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#13
REVIEW
Hamdy Mohamed Abdelaziz Ahmed, Rasmia El-Gohary, Fatema Fayed, Hala El-Gendy
The first cases of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with effects on the nervous system were reported more than 100 years ago. Cerebellar involvement and obstructive hydrocephalus are rarely encountered in patients with SLE. We report two patients with SLE who developed cerebellar ataxia. The first patient presented with significant headache at time of SLE diagnosis and negative brain imaging studies on initial evaluation. The headache recurred with findings of cerebellar ataxia and obstructive hydrocephalus...
July 13, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698947/the-effect-of-cryotherapy-on-total-antioxidative-capacity-in-patients-with-active-seropositive-rheumatoid-arthritis
#14
H Hirvonen, H Kautiainen, E Moilanen, M Mikkelsson, M Leirisalo-Repo
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased oxidative stress, decreased antioxidant levels, and impaired antioxidant capacity. Cold treatments are used to relieve joint inflammation and pain. Therefore, we measured the effect of cold treatments on the antioxidative capacity of RA patients with active disease. Sixty patients were randomized to (1) whole body cryotherapy at -110 °C, (2) whole body cryotherapy at -60 °C, or (3) local cryotherapy. Each treatment was given three times daily for 7 consecutive days in addition to the conventional rehabilitation...
July 11, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695274/real-world-clinical-experience-of-biological-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-malaysia-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#15
Bee Eng Tan, Ai Lee Lim, Sow Lai Kan, Chong Hong Lim, Esther Ee Ling Tsang, Shereen Suyin Ch'ng, Nadiah Mohd Noor, Nurulraziquin Mohd Jamid, Cheng Lay Teh, Rachel Joshua Thundyil, Yet Lin Loh, Hwee Cheng Chong, Swee Gaik Ong, Asmahan Mohamed Ismail, Yvonne Y L Lee, Suk Chyn Gun
The effect of biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in real-world clinical practice remains unknown in Southeast Asia. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of bDMARDs among Malaysian RA patients treated in routine clinical practice. A retrospective medical chart review of RA patients from 11 government hospitals were conducted from January 2003 to January 2014. A standardized questionnaire was used to abstract patient's demographic, clinical and treatment data...
July 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695273/in-reply-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-morphological-evaluation-of-median-nerve-why-ultrasound
#16
LETTER
Alhusain Nagm, Ahmed A Negm
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689220/morphological-evaluation-of-median-nerve-why-ultrasound
#17
LETTER
Daniele Coraci, Silvia Giovannini, Carmen Erra, Valter Santilli, Luca Padua
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 8, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685324/phenotypic-characteristics-and-outcome-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-in-arab-children
#18
Sulaiman M Al-Mayouf, Nora AlMutiari, Mohammed Muzaffer, Rawiah Shehata, Adel Al-Wahadneh, Reem Abdwani, Safia Al-Abrawi, Mohammed Abu-Shukair, Zeyad El-Habahbeh, Abdullah Alsonbul
This study describes the disease characteristics and outcome of Arab children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and compares the findings with other ethnicities. We retrospectively reviewed the hospital registries of the participating hospitals for children with JDM seen between 1990 and 2016 in three Arab countries. All patients fulfilled Bohan and Peter criteria for JDM, diagnosed before 14 years of age and were of Arab ethnicity. Clinical and laboratory features as well as the long-term outcomes including accrual disease damage were collected at the last follow-up visit...
July 6, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681251/igg4-related-disease-a-complex-under-diagnosed-clinical-entity
#19
REVIEW
Sujani Yadlapati, Elijah Verheyen, Petros Efthimiou
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) encompasses a spectrum of complex fibro-inflammatory disorders which are often under diagnosed due to unfamiliarity by clinicians. A challenging multitude of clinical manifestations makes the diagnosis cumbersome. The primary clinical feature in IgG4-RD entails a tumor-like presentation coupled with tissue-destructive lesions. Histopathological findings include lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, storiform fibrosis, and obliterative phlebitis. These findings, in combination with elevated serum immunoglobulin G4 levels, are diagnostic in the setting of single- or multi-organ involvement...
July 5, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681250/prevalence-of-comorbidities-in-mexican-mestizo-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
Dionicio A Galarza-Delgado, Jose R Azpiri-Lopez, Iris J Colunga-Pedraza, Jesus A Cárdenas-de la Garza, Raymundo Vera-Pineda, Martín Wah-Suárez, Rosa I Arvizu-Rivera, Adrian Martínez-Moreno, Ray E Ramos-Cázares, Francisco J Torres-Quintanilla, Aldo Valdovinos-Bañuelos, Jorge Antonio Esquivel-Valerio, Mario A Garza-Elizondo
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a high risk for comorbid conditions which increase mortality, hospital admissions, costs of care and inability. To evaluate the prevalence of comorbidities in Mexican mestizo patients with RA and determine the associated risk factors. Cross-sectional study in which RA patients admitted to our outpatient clinic were consecutively enrolled. We collected data regarding demographics, disease characteristics and comorbidities at the time of the patient's visit to the clinic...
July 5, 2017: Rheumatology International
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