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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933388/digital-tomosynthesis-as-a-new-diagnostic-tool-for-evaluation-of-spine-damage-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#1
Young Bin Joo, Tae-Hwan Kim, Jina Park, Kyung Bin Joo, Yoonah Song, Seunghun Lee
We aimed to compare digital tomosynthesis (DTS) with radiographs for the assessment of spinal bone damage in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The study comprised 68 patients with AS who underwent both DTS and radiographs of the cervical and lumbar spine on the same day. Spinal bone damage was assessed using the modified Stoke Ankylosing Spondylitis Spinal Score (mSASSS) and the presence of facet joint damage. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test and McNemar's test were used to compare spinal bone damage between the two modalities...
December 8, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928593/osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-associated-with-pigmented-villonodular-synovitis
#2
REVIEW
Shoji Baba, Goro Motomura, Junichi Fukushi, Satoshi Ikemura, Kazuhiko Sonoda, Yusuke Kubo, Takeshi Utsunomiya, Hiroyuki Hatanaka, Yasuharu Nakashima
A 23-year-old Japanese woman with no history of corticosteroid intake or alcohol abuse presented with a 10-month history of left hip pain without any antecedent trauma. An anteroposterior radiograph performed 10 months after the onset of pain showed slight joint space narrowing and bone erosions surrounded by sclerotic lesions in both the acetabular roof and femoral neck. Magnetic resonance images of the left hip showed a feature of osteonecrosis of the femoral head and a mass with villus proliferation extending from the posterior intertrochanteric area to the anteromedial aspect of the femoral neck...
December 7, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921150/bone-mineral-density-is-decreased-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
Sikarin Upala, Wai Chung Yong, Anawin Sanguankeo
Previous studies have shown that fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is associated with low level of physical activity and exercise, which may lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis. However, studies of bone mineral density (BMD) in fibromyalgia have shown conflicting results. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to better characterize the association between FMS and BMD. A comprehensive search of the databases MEDLINE and EMBASE was performed from inception through May 2016. The inclusion criterion was the observational studies' assessment of the association between fibromyalgia and bone mineral density in adult subjects...
December 5, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921149/a-case-of-urticarial-vasculitis-in-a-female-patient-with-lupus-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection-or-lupus-reactivation
#4
Mario Diplomatico, Maria Francesca Gicchino, Orsola Ametrano, Pierluigi Marzuillo, Alma Nunzia Olivieri
A 17-year-old female patient affected by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (who had been taking 300 mg/die of hydroxychloroquine for 3 years), Graves' disease (treated with 10 mg/die of tapazole), and celiac disease came to our attention for urticarial vasculitis. She had been taking prednisone (25 mg/die) for 3 days, and her blood tests showed high levels of Mycoplasma pneumoniae IgM and IgG antibodies. The association between urticaria and M. pneumoniae infections can be present in up to 7% of the cases and, to the best of our knowledge, only two reports of urticarial vasculitis and M...
December 5, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913870/managing-knee-osteoarthritis-with-yoga-or-aerobic-strengthening-exercise-programs-in-older-adults-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
#5
Corjena Cheung, Jean F Wyman, Ulf Bronas, Teresa McCarthy, Kyle Rudser, Michelle A Mathiason
Although exercise is often recommended for managing osteoarthritis (OA), limited evidence-based exercise options are available for older adults with OA. This study compared the effects of Hatha yoga (HY) and aerobic/strengthening exercises (ASE) on knee OA. Randomized controlled trial with three arms design was used: HY, ASE, and education control. Both HY and ASE groups involved 8 weekly 45-min group classes with 2-4 days/week home practice sessions. Control group received OA education brochures and weekly phone calls from study staff...
December 2, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904949/association-of-arthritis-and-vitamin-d-insufficiency-with-physical-disability-in-mexican-older-adults-findings-from-the-mexican-health-and-aging-study
#6
Luis M Valderrama-Hinds, Soham Al Snih, Martin A Rodriguez, Rebeca Wong
Arthritis and vitamin D insufficiency are prevalent in older adults and are risk factors for disability. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of co-occurring arthritis and vitamin D deficiency on upper-lower extremity functional limitations and disability in older adults. We examined 1533 participants aged ≥50 years from a subsample of the Mexican Health and Aging Study. Measures included sociodemographics, body mass index, comorbid conditions, falls, physical activity, physical function tests, functional limitations, activities of daily living (ADL), and vitamin D...
November 30, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904948/evaluation-of-the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-persian-version-of-patient-rated-elbow-evaluation-questionnaire
#7
Mohammad Reza Farazdaghi, Ali Mansoori, Omid Vosoughi, Amin Kordi Yoosefinejad
Elbow joint pathologies are highly prevalent in Persian-speaking countries. A reliable low-cost method like an appropriate questionnaire is mandatory for the early diagnosis of elbow joint disorders. Among designed questionnaires, Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation (PREE) is an accepted commonly used scale evaluating pain and dysfunction of the patients. The aims of the study were to cross-culturally adapt and also to identify the psychometric properties of the Persian PREE. The original version of the PREE was translated and cross-culturally adapted to Persian according to the guidelines by Beaton et al...
November 30, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896420/level-of-agreement-between-three-dimensional-volumetric-ultrasound-and-real-time-conventional-ultrasound-in-the-assessment-of-synovitis-tenosynovitis-and-erosions-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#8
Carlos Acebes, Neil McKay, Anna Ciechomska, Nicola Alcorn, John P Harvie, Barbara Robson, Nico Groenendijk, Moira McDonald, Alison Wilson, Jesus Garrido
The aim of the study was to assess agreement between three-dimensional volumetric ultrasound (3D US) performed by inexperienced staff and real-time conventional ultrasound (2D US) performed by experienced rheumatologists in detecting and scoring rheumatoid arthritis (RA) lesions. Thirty-one RA patients underwent examination of seven joints by 2D and 3D US for synovitis and tenosynovitis in B and PD modes and erosions in B mode. A global score for synovitis and global counts for synovitis, tenosynovitis and erosions were also calculated for every patient...
November 28, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889826/cardiovascular-risk-profiles-in-a-hospital-based-population-of-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Christoffer B Nissen, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Jette Primdahl
The objective of the study was to investigate the frequency of traditional risk factors for the cardiovascular (CV) disease, to calculate the Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) for CV-related mortality in Danish patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and to compare with results from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from the same settlement. All PsA and AS patients aged 18-85 years from one outpatient clinic were invited. A rheumatology nurse conducted 30-min screening consultation, preceded by a lipid and glucose profile...
November 26, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889825/a-critical-review-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-among-people-with-arthritis-a-focus-upon-prevalence-cost-user-profiles-motivation-decision-making-perceived-benefits-and-communication
#10
REVIEW
Lu Yang, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams
A critical review of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among people with arthritis was conducted focusing upon prevalence and profile of CAM users as well as their motivation, decision-making, perceived benefits and communication with healthcare providers. A comprehensive search of peer-reviewed literature published from 2008 to 2015 was undertaken via CINAHL, Medline and AMED databases. The initial search identified 4331 articles, of which 49 articles met selection criteria. The review shows a high prevalence of CAM use (often multiple types and concurrent to conventional medical care) among those with arthritis which is not restricted to any particular geographic or social-economic status...
November 26, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888320/cardiac-mechanics-and-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-the-association-that-we-should-not-miss
#11
Maja Zlatanovic, Marijana Tadic, Vera Celic, Branislava Ivanovic, Ana Stevanovic, Nemanja Damjanov
We aimed to determine left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) structure, function and mechanics, as well as heart rate variability (HRV), and their relationship, in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The study included 41 SSc patients and 30 age-matched healthy volunteers. All the patients underwent clinical examination, serological tests, pulmonary function testing, 24-h Holter monitoring and complete two-dimensional echocardiography including strain analysis. The parameters of LV structure (interventricular septum thickness and LV mass index) and RV structure (RV wall thickness) were significantly higher in SSc patients...
November 25, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888319/subacute-cutaneous-lupus-erythematosus-inducing-unilateral-sensorimotor-neuropathy
#12
REVIEW
Savvas Psarelis, Fanourios Georgiades, Antreas Ioannou, Eleni Xenophontos, Georgios Georgiou, Eleni Papanicolaou
We describe the case of a 32-year-old male with previous history of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE) who presented with arthritis followed by a unilateral lower-limb sensorimotor impairment, without biochemical or immunological marker abnormalities. Our patient currently satisfies only three of the systemic lupus international collaborating clinics criteria. Management of such patients is challenging due to lack of examples in the literature, with this case being the first described where a seronegative patient with SCLE demonstrated neurological involvement...
November 25, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885376/high-prevalence-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-psoriatic-arthritis-patients-a-study-based-on-carotid-ultrasound
#13
Rosario Ibáñez-Bosch, Juliana Restrepo-Velez, Miguel Medina-Malone, Laura Garrido-Courel, Inmaculada Paniagua-Zudaire, Eduardo Loza-Cortina
Analyse the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis in psoriatic arthritis patients (PsA). A cross-sectional study of 53 patients with PsA and 53 controls matched for age and sex was designed. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and the presence of carotid plaques (CP) were assessed with carotid ultrasound. Data on cardiovascular (CV) risk factors were collected. Patients with PsA had a higher prevalence rate of obesity and tobacco smoking. CP were detected more frequently in patients with PsA than in controls with an OR of 4...
November 24, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885375/chylothorax-in-dermatomyositis-complicated-with-interstitial-pneumonia
#14
LETTER
Kentaro Isoda, Takao Kiboshi, Takeshi Shoda
Chylothorax is a disease in which chyle leaks and accumulates in the thoracic cavity. Interstitial pneumonia and pneumomediastinum are common thoracic manifestations of dermatomyositis, but chylothorax complicated with dermatomyositis is not reported. We report a case of dermatomyositis with interstitial pneumonia complicated by chylothorax. A 77-year-old woman was diagnosed as dermatomyositis with Gottron's papules, skin ulcers, anti-MDA5 antibody and rapid progressive interstitial pneumonia. Treatment with betamethasone, tacrolimus and intravenous high-dose cyclophosphamide was initiated, and her skin symptoms and interstitial pneumonia improved once...
November 24, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885374/cardiovascular-risk-and-inflammation-in-rheumatic-diseases
#15
EDITORIAL
Armen Yuri Gasparyan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 24, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882428/progression-of-noncalcified-and-calcified-coronary-plaque-by-ct-angiography-in-sle
#16
Aisha Khan, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Adnan N Kiani, Laurence S Magder, Michelle Petri
Premature coronary artery disease remains the major cause of late death in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Coronary artery calcium (CAC) represents an advanced stage of atherosclerosis, whereas noncalcified coronary atherosclerotic plaque (NCP) typically is more prone to trigger acute coronary events. The aim of this study was to assess the stability of NCP over time and identify factors associated with changes in NCP in patients with SLE. CT coronary angiography and calcium scanning were performed at baseline and follow-up in thirty-six SLE patients...
November 23, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878622/effects-of-febuxostat-on-insulin-resistance-and-expression-of-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-in-patients-with-primary-gout
#17
Juan Meng, Yanchun Li, Xiaoxu Yuan, Yuewu Lu
We aimed to investigate the effects of febuxostat on IR and the expression of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in patients with primary gout. Forty-two cases of primary gout patients without uric acid-lowering therapy were included in this study. After a physical examination, 20 age- and sex-matched patients were included as normal controls. The levels of fasting insulin (INS), fasting blood glucose (FBG), and hs-CRP were determined. IR was assessed using the Homeostasis Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR)...
November 23, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878345/low-vaccination-rates-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-a-german-outpatient-clinic
#18
Marco Krasselt, Jean-Philipp Ivanov, Christoph Baerwald, Olga Seifert
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at an increased risk of acquiring infections due to two reasons: the disease itself and the immunosuppressive therapy. Vaccinations against preventable diseases are therefore of utmost importance for these group of patients. To estimate vaccination frequencies among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, we studied patients in a survey and calculated vaccination rates based on their vaccination documents. Patients have been recruited from our outpatient clinic during one of their routine visits...
November 22, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878344/comparison-of-soluble-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-receptor-soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1-procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-in-distinguishing-concurrent-bacterial-infection-from-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathy
#19
Yizhi Xiao, Hui Luo, Bin Zhou, Xiaodan Dai, Jing Huang, Liping Duan, Yunhui You, Weiru Zhang, Hongjun Zhao, Yanli Xie, Yaou Zhou, Wangbin Ning, Tong Li, Sijia Liu, Honglin Zhu, Xiaoyun Xie, Ying Jiang, Shiyao Wu, Weijia He, Yisha Li
The aim of the study was to measure the diagnostic values of biomarkers of bacterial infection in idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) patients. The serum and clinical data of 82 IIM patients with/without bacterial infection were collected. Concentrations of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (sTREM-1), procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in IIM patients and healthy controls. There were no significant differences in serum suPAR and sTREM-1 levels between healthy controls and non-infection IIM patients...
November 22, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873008/arterial-stiffness-and-peripheral-arterial-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#20
Konstantinos Tziomalos, Ioannis Gkougkourelas, Alexandros Sarantopoulos, Eleni Bekiari, Evangelia Makri, Nikolaos Raptis, Konstantinos Tselios, Marianna Pantoura, Apostolos I Hatzitolios, Panagiota Boura
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. We aimed to evaluate arterial stiffness and the ankle brachial index (ABI), two markers of subclinical cardiovascular disease, in SLE. We studied 55 patients with SLE (12.7% males, age 53.3 ± 15.3 years) and 61 age- and gender-matched controls. Arterial stiffness was evaluated by measuring pulse wave velocity (PWV), augmentation index (AIx) and central systolic, diastolic, pulse and mean blood pressure (BP). Peripheral arterial disease was defined as ABI ≤ 0...
November 21, 2016: Rheumatology International
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