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Rheumatology International

D Russell, I C Álvarez Gallardo, I Wilson, C M Hughes, G W Davison, B Sañudo, J G McVeigh
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common and complex chronic pain condition. Exercise is recommended in the management of the FMS; however, people with FMS often find exercise exacerbates their condition and causes overwhelming fatigue. The objective of this study was to explore the perceptions of fatigue and sleep dysfunction, and exercise in people with FMS. Three, 60-90 min focus groups were conducted with people with FMS (n = 14). Participants were recruited from patient support groups who had experienced therapeutic exercise in the management of their condition...
January 16, 2018: Rheumatology International
Miguel Ormaza Sabando, Maira Arias Saavedra, Gabriel Sequeira, Eduardo Kerzberg
To analyse the level of consistency and updating of the information on pregnancy and lactation provided by patient information leaflets (PILs) of the antirheumatic drugs approved in Argentina. Inconsistencies between the 2016 EULAR Task Force recommendations on the use of anti-rheumatic drugs during pregnancy and lactation and the information provided by PILs of the same drugs approved in Argentina were analysed along with inconsistencies within the PILs of different registered trademarks of these drugs. Eighty-eight PILs of 32 drugs were analysed...
January 13, 2018: Rheumatology International
Mine Karagülle, Sinan Kardeş, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
Our previous crossover randomized trial suggested that spa therapy added to usual pharmacotherapy provides benefits that lasted 6 months over pharmacotherapy alone in rheumatoid arthritis patients. We now extend, and report the long-term results of that study. In the crossover trial, patients were randomized to spa therapy first group or control first group (first assignment, period 1, 6 months); after this period and washout phase (9 months), they crossed over to the other arm (second assignment, period 2, 6 months)...
January 11, 2018: Rheumatology International
Gizem Ayan, Sinem Nihal Esatoglu, Gulen Hatemi, Serdal Ugurlu, Emire Seyahi, Melike Melikoglu, Izzet Fresko, Huri Ozdogan, Sebahattin Yurdakul, Vedat Hamuryudan
Rituximab (RTX) is becoming a standard treatment for patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) but heterogeneity exists regarding its use. We present our uncontrolled experience with RTX in patients with refractory AAV and also the results of a systematic review of non-randomized studies on RTX in AAV patients. We retrospectively reviewed the records of AAV patients treated with RTX following an inadequate response to immunosuppressives between 2011 and 2015. The systematic review covered all English articles listed in PubMed until June 2017...
January 10, 2018: Rheumatology International
Sizheng Zhao, Daniel Thong, Stephen J Duffield, David Hughes, Nicola J Goodson
The objective of this study was to explore associations between alcohol consumption and disease activity in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). We conducted a cross-sectional study of axSpA participants meeting the ASAS criteria. Associations between self-reported current alcohol use and disease activity (BASDAI, spinal pain, ASDAS), functional impairment (BASFI), and quality of life were explored using multivariable linear models, adjusting for age, gender, symptom duration, use of TNF inhibition therapy, smoking, deprivation, and anxiety and depression (A&D)...
January 10, 2018: Rheumatology International
D Sánchez-Cano, N Ortego-Centeno, J L Callejas, V Fonollosa Plá, R Ríos-Fernández, C Tolosa-Vilella, G Espinosa-Garriga, D Colunga-Argüelles, M V Egurbide-Arberas, M Rubio-Rivas, M Freire, J J Ríos-Blanco, L Trapiella-Martínez, M Rodríguez-Carballeira, A Marín-Ballvé, X Pla-Salas, C P Simeón-Aznar
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) in the setting of a large cohort of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients, and to analyse the differences according to the SSc subtype (following the modification of classification criteria of the American College of Rheumatology for SSc proposed by LeRoy and Medsger), factors are associated with moderate-to-severe impairment of lung function, as well as mortality and causes of death. METHODS: A descriptive study was performed, using the available data from the Spanish Scleroderma Study Group...
January 10, 2018: Rheumatology International
Mary A Mahieu, Grace E Ahn, Joan S Chmiel, Dorothy D Dunlop, Irene B Helenowski, Pamela Semanik, Jing Song, Susan Yount, Rowland W Chang, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman
Physical activity ameliorates fatigue in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients by an unknown mechanism. Adipokines, which are influenced by adiposity and physical activity, may be associated with patient-reported fatigue. We describe cross-sectional associations between adipokines and fatigue, physical activity, and SLE disease activity. We measured adipokines, self-reported fatigue, and objective physical activity in 129 SLE patients. Fatigue was assessed with the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System® (PROMIS®) Fatigue score...
January 4, 2018: Rheumatology International
Soyoung Won, Soo-Kyung Cho, Dam Kim, Minkyung Han, Jiyoung Lee, Eun Jin Jang, Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Sang-Cheol Bae
The objectives of this study are to identify the prevalence and incidence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to investigate the patterns of medical care and drug utilization by RA patients in Korea. Korean National Health Insurance claims data were used for analysis. RA patients were defined as those having an RA code from 2009 to 2012 and using disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) within 1 year after the code. RA patients identified in 2010 with a disease-free period for 12 months before the index date, and those who received continuous treatment in 2011-2013 were defined as incident cases...
January 4, 2018: Rheumatology International
Ole Rintek Madsen
The study objective was to examine natural variation of the patient-reported outcome measures fatigue, pain, patient global assessment (PaGl) and the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) in patients with stable axial spondyloarthropathy (ax-SpA) defined on the basis of the Bath Spondylitis Ankylosing Disease Activity Index (BASDAI). 107 TNF-inhibitor treated stable ax-SpA patients were identified in the Danish rheumatology registry (DANBIO). According to the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) response criteria, stable disease was defined as a change in BASDAI < 20 between two consecutive visits...
January 3, 2018: Rheumatology International
Justyna Roszkiewicz, Elżbieta Smolewska
We herein describe a case of a 6-year-old girl diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) after a long diagnostic process demanding the cooperation of paediatric respiratory medicine specialists, rheumatologists, nephrologists and radiologist. First symptoms of MPA were observed after Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection and included persistent crepitations at the basis of both lungs and mild haematuria. CT imaging showed features of lung fibrosis, renal biopsy was indicative of mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis, in the skin biopsy features of microscopic polyangiitis were described...
January 2, 2018: Rheumatology International
Masahiro Tada, Kentaro Inui, Yuko Sugioka, Kenji Mamoto, Tadashi Okano, Tatsuya Koike
We investigated the influence of abatacept (ABT) on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone metabolic markers (BMMs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to other biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). This prospective, comparative, non-randomized study (the AIRTIGHT study; UMIN000005570) investigated the effects of ABT and other bDMARDs on bone metabolism. A total of 165 RA patients were divided into ABT (n = 50) and non-ABT (n = 115). We evaluated percentage changes in BMD (%ΔBMD) at the lumbar spine and femoral neck using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
January 2, 2018: Rheumatology International
P Kawalec, P Holko, P Moćko, A Pilc
To assess the comparative effectiveness and safety of novel biologic therapies in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and to establish the position of the non-anti-tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) biologic drugs in the treatment regimen of the disease. A systematic review and network meta-analysis (NMA) was conducted according to the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) requirements. Two investigators identified the studies, abstracted data, and assessed the risk of bias independently...
December 28, 2017: Rheumatology International
Durga Prasanna Misra
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December 27, 2017: Rheumatology International
Dan Xing, Qi Wang, Ziyi Yang, Yunfei Hou, Wei Zhang, Yaolong Chen, Jianhao Lin
Numerous systematic reviews investigating the effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in treating knee osteoarthritis (OA) have been published with controversial conclusion. The purpose of the overview was (1) to perform an overview of systematic reviews investigating MSCs for knee OA and (2) to synthesize evidence qualitatively to assess confidence in the review findings. A systematic search of systematic reviews published through Aug 2017 was conducted using the MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library. The methodological quality and risk of bias of included systematic reviews was assessed by AMSTAR instrument and ROBIS tool, respectively...
December 22, 2017: Rheumatology International
Milena A Gianfrancesco, Gabriela Schmajuk, Sarah Haserodt, Laura Trupin, Zara Izadi, Kashif Jafri, Stephen Shiboski, Marina Sirota, R Adams Dudley, Jinoos Yazdany
The given and family name of a co-author R. Adams Dudley was swapped in the published article. The correct given name is R. Adams and the family name is Dudley.
December 22, 2017: Rheumatology International
Lena F Schaefer, Timothy E McAlindon, Charles B Eaton, Mary B Roberts, Ida K Haugen, Stacy E Smith, Jeffrey Duryea, Jeffrey B Driban
The goal of our study was to evaluate the associations between various definitions of radiographic hand osteoarthritis (OA) and self-reported hand pain. We conducted a cross-sectional study with 3604 participants from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI). Posteroanterior radiographs of the dominant hand were read using a modified Kellgren-Lawrence (KL) scale. For our primary analysis, hand OA at person level was defined as two or more finger joints with KL grade 2 or higher. In addition, for the purpose of exploratory analyses, we explored more conservative definitions of hand OA as well as different sum scores and digit- and row-based scores...
December 22, 2017: Rheumatology International
Elena P Calandre, Fernando Rico-Villademoros, Mahmoud Slim
Chronic rheumatic disorders are characterized by inflammation and chronic pain, and both anxiety and depression have been frequently observed in these patients. Depression and chronic pain are recognized as risk factors for the development of suicidal behaviors. Accordingly, the objective of the present review is to provide a comprehensive review of suicidal behaviors associated with rheumatic diseases. Medline and EMBASE were searched for English language publications using key words related with rheumatic diseases, suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation...
December 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
Diana I Pérez-Román, Ana B Ortiz-Haro, Emmanuel Ruiz-Medrano, Irazú Contreras-Yáñez, Virginia Pascual-Ramos
To describe disease activity and disability during the first year of follow-up, from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who discontinue tofacitinib after they end participation in a clinical trial. From 2008 to 2016, 36 patients were enrolled in the "Long term follow-up study with tofacitinib (and methotrexate) for RA treatment". At the end of the study, tofacitinib was discontinued and patients were proposed to enter an observational study; 35 agree and had scheduled evaluations at baseline, at 15 and 30 days of follow-up, at month 2 and 3, and thereafter every 3 months...
December 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
Burhan Balta, Murat Erdogan, Murat Alisik, Aslihan Kiraz, Tayfun Akalin, Funda Bastug, Ozcan Erel
Many studies have shown that oxidative stress levels increase in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF). Thiols are a class of compounds that include a sulfhydryl group (-SH) and can react with free oxygen radicals to protect tissues. We aimed to investigate thiol-disulphide homeostatic status in FMF patients and examined the effect of different mutations in the MEFV gene on the thiol-disulphide balance. We investigated thiol-disulphide parameters in patients with FMF and healthy controls. To determine the differential effect of MEFV gene mutations on thiol-disulphide balance, subjects were divided into five groups based on homozygous or compound heterozygous exon 10 and nonexon 10 mutations...
December 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
Alba Ayala, Amaia Bilbao, Sonia Garcia-Perez, Antonio Escobar, Maria João Forjaz
The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) measures the quality of life of patients with osteoarthritis (OA), and there is a specific scale for the physical functioning dimension, the short version with seven items WOMAC-pf. This study describes the application of the Rasch model to explore scale invariance and response stability of the WOMAC-pf short version across affected joint and over time. A sample of 884 patients with OA, from 15 hospitals in Spain, completed the WOMAC-pf before surgery (baseline) and at 3, 6 and 12 months post-surgery of hip or knee...
December 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
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