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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918489/yersinia-enterocolitica-biotype-1a-a-possible-new-trigger-of-reactive-arthritis
#1
Riitta Tuompo, Timo Hannu, Elisa Huovinen, Leila Sihvonen, Anja Siitonen, Marjatta Leirisalo-Repo
Yersinia enterocolitica (YE) biotype 1A is generally considered non-pathogenic, and the role of it in causing reactive musculoskeletal complications is unclear. We evaluated the capability of YE biotype 1A to induce reactive arthritis (ReA) and other reactive musculoskeletal symptoms. Analysis of self-reported musculoskeletal symptoms was supplemented with a telephone interview (with a permission to acquire copies of patient files from a local physician or hospital) and/or clinical examination of subjects with recent musculoskeletal symptoms after a positive stool culture for YE...
September 16, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918450/clinical-utility-of-the-asdas-index-in-comparison-with-basdai-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-axis-study
#2
Agustí Sellas I Fernandez, Xavier Juanola Roura, Alberto Alonso Ruiz, José Rosas, Julio Medina Luezas, Eduardo Collantes Estevez, Miguel Ángel Abad Hernández, Virginia Carrasco Benitez, Cesar Fisac
The objective of the study was to study the clinical utility of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) for the assessment of disease activity in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients, compared to the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Activity Index (BASDAI). This was a prospective longitudinal observational study in patients with AS (NY-modified criteria) from 23 Spanish centers. Physical and analytical data; global, lumbar, and nocturnal pain; ASDAS, BASDAI and minimally acceptable clinical status (PASS) were collected...
September 16, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905155/association-of-tlr4-gene-polymorphisms-with-childhood-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-in-a-chinese-population
#3
Hui Xu, Guizhen Jiang, Hongqiang Shen, Wei Li, Jianhua Mao, Yanxiang Pan
Recent studies demonstrated that aberrant activation of Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 was involved in the pathogenesis of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). In this study, we evaluated the association between TLR4 gene polymorphisms and the risk of childhood HSP in a Chinese population. A total of 175 HSP patients and 186 controls were recruited in this case-control study. Three single-nucleotide polymorphisms of the TLR4 gene (rs1927914, rs10759932 and rs1927907) were genotyped using the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and Sequenom MassARRAY system...
September 13, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905097/color-doppler-and-spectral-doppler-ultrasound-detection-of-active-sacroiliitis-in-spondyloarthritis-compared-to-physical-examination-as-gold-standard
#4
Concepción Castillo-Gallego, Eugenio De Miguel, Miriam García-Arias, Chamaida Plasencia, Leticia Lojo-Oliveira, Emilio Martín-Mola
Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) involvement is a distinctive feature of spondyloarthritis (SpA). The main objective of this study was to assess the validity of color Doppler ultrasound (CDUS) in SIJ. This was a cross-sectional, blinded, case-control study of 108 cases divided into three groups: (a) 53 SpA patients with inflammatory back pain (IBP); (b) 28 SpA patients with no IBP; and (c) 27 healthy mechanical lumbar pain subjects. Physical examinations of the SIJs were assessed as positive or negative in each SIJ and were used as the gold standard...
September 13, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894946/an-international-survey-on-non-invasive-techniques-to-assess-the-microcirculation-in-patients-with-raynaud-s-phenomenon-sunshine-survey
#5
Francesca Ingegnoli, Nicola Ughi, Graham Dinsdale, Annalisa Orenti, Patrizia Boracchi, Yannick Allanore, Ivan Foeldvari, Alberto Sulli, Maurizio Cutolo, Vanessa Smith, Ariane L Herrick
To canvas opinion concerning the role of non-invasive techniques in the assessment of patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (Rp) in clinical and research settings: four nailfold capillaroscopy methods [videocapillaroscopy (NVC), dermoscopy, stereomicroscopy, digital USB microscopy], four laser Doppler methods (laser Doppler flowmetry, imaging, anemometry/velocimetry, laser speckle contrast analysis), thermographic imaging, and upper limb arterial Doppler ultrasound. Emails with a link to the survey were sent to physicians from the European Scleroderma Trials and Research group (EUSTAR), the EULAR Study Group on Microcirculation in Rheumatic Diseases (SG_MC/RD) and members of the pediatric rheumatology Email board...
September 11, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887582/decline-of-rheumatologic-care-of-nursing-home-residents-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#6
EDITORIAL
Michael Schirmer, Vivienne Lion
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884335/association-between-objective-signs-and-subjective-symptoms-of-dry-eye-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#7
Aniko Rentka, Annamaria Nagy, Jolan Harsfalvi, Gabriella Szucs, Zoltan Szekanecz, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Peter Szodoray, Adam Kemeny-Beke
The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between clinical signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). This cross-sectional observational study included 19 SSc patients and 19 normal subjects with no ocular symptoms or ocular surface disorders. Clinical parameters included tear film break-up time (tBUT), Schirmer I, lissamine green (LG) dye, and tear film osmolarity tests, tear production, and tear secretion flow. For assessment of the dry eye symptoms, the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire was administered to all patients...
September 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884287/incidence-of-comprehensive-hospitalization-due-to-infection-cardiovascular-disease-fractures-and-malignancies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Naoki Sugimoto, Ayako Nakajima, Eisuke Inoue, Kumi Shidara, Hiroyuki Yamashita, Akio Mimori, Hitoshi Tokuda, Yohei Seto, Eiichi Tanaka, Shigeki Momohara, Atsuo Taniguchi, Hisashi Yamanaka
To comprehensively analyze the overall incidence of hospitalization for comorbidities in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We prospectively analyzed overall hospitalizations for comorbidities using the Institute of Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis (IORRA) cohort. The incidence of hospitalized comorbidity was calculated. Risk factors for the most frequent hospitalized comorbidities were determined by multivariate logistic regression analysis. Among 5519 RA patients contributing 5336.5 person-years of observation, 435 incidences of hospitalized comorbidity [8...
September 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879599/secular-trends-in-sickness-absence-among-swedish-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-psoriatic-arthritis
#9
Christel Nielsen, Ingemar F Petersson, Lennart T H Jacobsson, Anna Jöud
The aim was to investigate whether secular trends in sickness absence (SA) were present in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) receiving their diagnosis between 2002 and 2011. A repeated cross-sectional study design was used. Patients were identified in the Skåne Healthcare Register (SHR). A washout period of 18 months was applied. The general population seeking health care was used as a reference cohort. SA data from 2003 to 2012 were obtained from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and converted into net days of SA per year...
September 6, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875292/restless-farewell
#10
EDITORIAL
Loreto Carmona
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 5, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875224/the-influence-of-fibromyalgia-on-achieving-remission-in-patients-with-long-standing-rheumatoid-arthritis
#11
Fausto Salaffi, Maria Chiara Gerardi, Fabiola Atzeni, Alberto Batticciotto, Rossella Talotta, Antonella Draghessi, Marco Di Carlo, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
To investigate the influence of fibromyalgia (FM) on achieving remission defined on the basis of the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) remission criteria in patients with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This observational longitudinal cohort consisted of long-standing RA patients being treated with conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) or biological DMARDs (bDMARDs). After 6 months of follow-up, the patients fulfilling or not fulfilling the remission criteria were identified and compared with each other in terms of the presence of FM, neuropathic pain, and other comorbidities...
September 5, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871379/discrepancy-between-subjective-and-objective-measures-of-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#12
Bo Young Yoon, Joo-Hyun Lee, So Young Shin
This study explored the discrepancy between perceived cognitive dysfunction and computerized neuropsychological test performance in Korean patients with RA. Individuals with RA were recruited by their rheumatologists during follow-up visits at one hospital in Korea. After getting signed consents, a trained research nurse assessed participants with a range of physical, psychosocial, and biological metrics. Subjective cognitive dysfunction was assessed using the Perceived Deficits Questionnaire (PDQ; range 0-20)...
September 4, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866745/mortality-and-prognostic-factors-in-idiopathic-inflammatory-myositis-a-retrospective-analysis-of-a-large-multicenter-cohort-of-spain
#13
Laura Nuño-Nuño, Beatriz Esther Joven, Patricia E Carreira, Valentina Maldonado-Romero, Carmen Larena-Grijalba, Irene Llorente Cubas, Eva Gloria Tomero, María Carmen Barbadillo-Mateos, Paloma García De la Peña Lefebvre, Lucía Ruiz-Gutiérrez, Juan Carlos López-Robledillo, Henry Moruno-Cruz, Ana Pérez, Tatiana Cobo-Ibáñez, Raquel Almodóvar González, Leticia Lojo, María Jesús García De Yébenes, Francisco Javier López-Longo
The present study was undertaken to assess mortality, causes of death, and associated prognostic factors in a large cohort of patients diagnosed with idiopathic inflammatory myositis (IIM) from Spain. A retrospective longitudinal study was carried out in 467 consecutive patients with IIM, identified from 12 medical centers. Patients were classified as primary polymyositis, primary dermatomyositis (DM), overlap myositis, cancer-associated myositis (CAM), and juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. A total of 113 deaths occurred (24%) after a median follow-up time of 9...
September 2, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856463/the-variety-of-clinical-presentations-in-igg4-related-disease-in-rheumatology
#14
REVIEW
Agata Sebastian, Maciej Sebastian, Maria Misterska-Skóra, Piotr Donizy, Agnieszka Hałoń, Arkadiusz Chlebicki, Artur Lipiński, Piotr Wiland
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) belongs to the group of rare diseases in which the identification of the characteristic histology and immunohistochemistry provides with the gold standard in the diagnosis. The variable organ dysfunction reflects the clinical presentation. The examples of different IgG4-RD presentations in the Rheumatology Unit were discussed in this article. The spectrum of IgG4-RD is wide-ranging and manifested in one or more organs synchronously or metachronously. In the presented article, we described five different cases of IgG4-RD...
August 30, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852846/leveraging-the-electronic-health-record-to-improve-quality-and-safety-in-rheumatology
#15
REVIEW
Gabriela Schmajuk, Jinoos Yazdany
During the last two decades, improving the quality and safety of healthcare has become a focus in rheumatology. Widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) and the availability of digital data have the potential to drive quality improvement, improve patient outcomes, and prevent adverse events. In the coming years, developing and leveraging tools within the EHR will be the key to making the next big strides in improving the health of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including building EHR infrastructure to capture patient outcomes and developing automated methods to retrieve information from free text of clinical notes...
August 29, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852832/down-titration-of-biologics-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-literature-review
#16
Chak Sing Lau, Allan Gibofsky, Nemanja Damjanov, Sadiq Lula, Lisa Marshall, Heather Jones, Paul Emery
Biologic therapies have improved the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the treat-to-target approach has resulted in many patients achieving remission. In the current treatment landscape, clinicians have begun considering dose reduction/tapering for their patients. Rheumatology guidelines in Asia, Europe, and the United States include down-titration of biologics but admit that the level of evidence is moderate. We conducted a systematic literature review to assess the published studies that evaluate down-titration of biologics in RA...
August 29, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28849432/eq-5d-studies-in-musculoskeletal-and-connective-tissue-diseases-in-eight-central-and-eastern-european-countries-a-systematic-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
REVIEW
Zsombor Zrubka, Fanni Rencz, Jakub Závada, Dominik Golicki, Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Judit Simon, Valentin Brodszky, Petra Baji, Guenka Petrova, Alexandru Rotar, László Gulácsi, Márta Péntek
EQ-5D is becoming the preferred instrument to measure health-state utilities involved in health technology assessment. The objective of this study is to assess the state of EQ-5D research in musculoskeletal disorders in 8 Central and Eastern European countries and to provide a meta-analysis of EQ-5D index scores. Original research articles published in any language between Jan 2000 and Sept 2016 were included, if they reported any EQ-5D outcome from at least two musculoskeletal patients from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, or Slovenia...
August 28, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840379/a-comparison-of-the-effects-of-exercises-plus-connective-tissue-massage-to-exercises-alone-in-women-with-fibromyalgia-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Seyda Toprak Celenay, Bahar Anaforoglu Kulunkoglu, Mustafa Ertugrul Yasa, Cansu Sahbaz Pirincci, Necmiye Un Yildirim, Orhan Kucuksahin, Fatma Gulcin Ugurlu, Selami Akkus
This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of a 6-week combined exercise program with and without connective tissue massage (CTM) on pain, fatigue, sleep problem, health status, and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Patients were randomly allocated into Exercise (n = 20) and Exercise + CTM (n = 20) groups. The exercise program with and without CTM was carried out 2 days a week for 6 weeks. Pain, fatigue, sleep problem with Visual Analog Scales, health status with Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), and quality of life with Short Form-36 were evaluated...
August 24, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840348/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-correlates-of-disease-activity-among-veterans-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#19
Jean Liew, J Lucas Williams, Steven Dobscha, Jennifer L Barton
The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the prevalence of comorbid Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the association of PTSD with pain, disease activity, and medication use in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Veterans with one or more visit to an outpatient rheumatology clinic at a single Veterans Affairs site during a 2-year study period were identified by ICD codes for AS and included if there was documentation of AS diagnosis by a rheumatologist. Data were collected on PTSD diagnosis, demographics, pain scores, disease activity by the Bath AS Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), and medication use...
August 24, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840309/impact-of-hybrid-molecular-imaging-in-retroperitoneal-fibrosis-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Isidora T Grozdic Milojevic, Bogomir Milojevic, Dragana P Sobic-Saranovic, Vera M Artiko
The aim of this article was to critically assess the usefulness of hybrid molecular imaging (FDG PET/CT and FDG PET/MR) procedures in the evaluation of inflammatory activity in retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF). A systematic review of the literature was performed using PubMed without timeline restriction and using the following keywords: retroperitoneal fibrosis, disease activity, diagnostic techniques, PET/CT, PET/MR. We evaluated full text articles written in the English language. Case reports, review articles or editorials and articles not in the field of interest of this review were excluded...
August 24, 2017: Rheumatology International
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