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Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248797/metachronous-involvement-diagnostic-imprecision-of-serum-immunoglobulin-g4-levels-and-discordance-between-clinical-and-radiological-findings-in-immunoglobulin-g4-related-pachymeningitis-a-longitudinal-case-report
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Waqar Waheed, Philip Michael Skidd, Neil M Borden, Pamela C Gibson, Mohamed Ali Babi, Rup Tandan
Immunoglobulin G4-related disease is an increasingly recognized, idiopathic systemic disorder that might be associated with elevated serum IgG4 level and tissue infiltration by IgG4-positive plasma cells. We describe the clinical features and biopsy findings in a patient who presented with features suggestive of pachymeningitis and multiple cranial neuropathies. Meningeal biopsy and other laboratory studies established the diagnosis of IgG4-related hypertrophic pachymeningitis. Despite treatment with corticosteroids and mycophenolate mofetil, the patient exhibited a fluctuating progressive course, which stabilized with rituximab, although the radiological findings persisted over 2½ years of follow-up...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221313/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-interventions-for-depression-and-anxiety-in-persons-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#2
Kirsten M Fiest, Carol A Hitchon, Charles N Bernstein, Christine A Peschken, John R Walker, Lesley A Graff, Ryan Zarychanski, Ahmed Abou-Setta, Scott B Patten, Jitender Sareen, James Bolton, Ruth Ann Marrie
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression and anxiety, are very common in persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and can lead to adverse outcomes. By appropriately treating these comorbidities, disease-specific outcomes and quality of life may be improved. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature from controlled trials of treatments for depression and anxiety in persons with RA. METHODS: We searched multiple online databases from inception until March 25, 2015, without restrictions on language, date, or location of publication...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145906/safety-of-tofacitinib-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-latin-america-compared-with-the-rest-of-the-world-population
#3
Oswaldo M Castañeda, Felix J Romero, Ariel Salinas, Gustavo Citera, Eduardo Mysler, Oscar Rillo, Sebastiao C Radominski, Mario H Cardiel, Juan J Jaller, Carlos Alvarez-Moreno, Dario Ponce de Leon, Graciela Castelli, Erika G García, Kenneth Kwok, Ricardo Rojo
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, autoimmune disease characterized by joint destruction. Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of RA. This post hoc analysis assessed the safety of tofacitinib in Latin American (LA) patients with RA versus the Rest of World (RoW) population. METHODS: Data were pooled from 14 clinical studies of tofacitinib: six Phase 2, six Phase 3 and two long-term extension studies. Incidence rates (IRs; patients with events/100 patient-years of treatment exposure) were calculated for safety events of special interest combined across tofacitinib doses...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333874/successful-treatment-of-autoimmune-disease-associated-pyoderma-gangrenosum-with-the-il-1-receptor-antagonist-anakinra-a-case-series-of-3-patients
#4
Celia Beynon, Mei Fong Chin, Prasad Hunasehally, Krishnan Bhagwandas, Martin Bevan, Marisa Taylor, Thomas Lawson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333873/knitting-as-a-promising-pain-self-management-strategy-for-older-women-with-osteoarthritis-of-the-hand
#5
Lucie Brosseau, Guillaume Léonard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333872/calcium-pyrophosphate-dihydrate-deposition-in-a-pseudarthrosis-a-new-location-for-an-old-disease
#6
Alice Morais Castro, Fernando Saraiva, Joaquim Polido Pereira, José Bravo Pimentão, José Carlos Romeu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333871/successful-treatment-of-refractory-juvenile-dermatomyositis-with-adalimumab
#7
Chrong-Reen Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333870/seeing-sprue
#8
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April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333869/macra-a-new-age-for-physician-payments
#9
Kent Kwasind Huston
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 introduced a new system of physician payments in the United States. This legislation and the complex rules written to enact the law intend to force a shift away from volume-based payments and into so called value-based payments. Physicians and other clinicians will be graded via quality and cost metrics and payments will be adjusted based on performance. Robust use of certified electronic health records is required under MACRA. Physicians will follow one of two payment reform tracks known as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Model (APM) pathways...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277348/groove-sign-of-eosinophilic-fasciitis
#10
Renee Fruchter, Daniel R Mazori, Alisa N Femia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277347/respiratory-failure-due-to-intestinal-pseudo-obstruction-in-systemic-sclerosis
#11
Yasuyuki Kamata, Seiji Minota
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277346/a-rare-cause-of-weight-loss-in-an-80y-old-ankylosing-spondylitis-patient
#12
Ine Westhovens, Inge Thielens, Kurt De Vlam, René Westhovens, Toon Delva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277345/a-treat-to-target-strategy-preserves-work-capacity-in-a-rheumatoid-arthritis-inception-cohort-treated-with-combination-conventional-dmard-therapy
#13
Mihir D Wechalekar, Stephen Quinn, Susan Lester, Robert G Metcalf, Ella Shanahan, Jennifer G Walker, Malcolm D Smith, Catherine L Hill, E Michael Shanahan, Susanna M Proudman
OBJECTIVES: Quantification of work disability in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving conventional DMARDs according to a treat-to-target strategy. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort analysis of RA patients who received combination conventional DMARDs, escalated to achieve DAS28(ESR) remission and completed an annual work and arthritis questionnaire. Random effect mixed modeling was used to assess associations between average hours worked per week (HWPW), and baseline prognostic factors...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277344/use-of-hydroxychloroquine-is-associated-with-improved-lipid-profile-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#14
Jose Felix Restrepo, Inmaculada Del Rincon, Emily Molina, Daniel F Battafarano, Agustin Escalante
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: We examined the association between hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and plasma lipid and glucose levels in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cohort. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort analysis of 1261 RA patients comparing fasting lipid profiles and plasma glucose between patients who were and were not taking HCQ. We divided patients into 3 groups based on HCQ exposure during follow-up: those who had never taken HCQ, those who took it intermittently, and those who took it continuously...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277343/statin-associated-autoimmune-myopathy-a-systematic-review-of-100-cases
#15
Salik Nazir, Saroj Lohani, Niranjan Tachamo, Dilliram Poudel, Anthony Donato
BACKGROUND: Statins are a group of drugs that reduce the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in blood by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme involved in rate limiting step in cholesterol synthesis. About 2-20% patients on statins develop toxic myopathies, which usually resolve on discontinuation of statin. More recently, an immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy has been found to be associated with statin use which in most cases requires treatment with immunosuppressants. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review on published case reports and case series of statin-associated autoimmune myopathy...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248800/mixed-connective-tissue-disease-and-epitope-spreading-an-historical-cohort-study
#16
Laura Escolà-Vergé, Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Andreu Fernandez-Codina, Eduardo L Callejas-Moraga, Juan Espinosa, Ana Marin, Moises Labrador-Horrillo, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
OBJECTIVES: Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is characterized by the presence of anti-U1-snRNP autoantibodies and a variable set of associated clinical features. Some MCTD patients test positive over time to autoantibodies against Sm, proteins spatially related with U1-snRNP. This situation has been attributed to expanding of the autoimmune response by a phenomenon known as epitope spreading. Our aim was to study the frequency of this phenomenon in MCTD patients and the specific clinical features of those with epitope spreading...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248799/the-effectiveness-of-structured-group-education-on-ankylosing-spondylitis-patients
#17
Meliha Kasapoglu Aksoy, Murat Birtane, Nurettin Taştekin, Galip Ekuklu
BACKGROUND: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common inflammatory rheumatic disease that affects the axial skeleton which can lead to structural and functional impairments. It has a negative impact on the person's daily life activities. Early diagnosis, exercise and patient education are factors playing a major role on prognosis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to compare the structured theoretical and exercise educational program with routine clinic educational efforts on the parameters of the disorder over a 3 month follow up...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248798/evaluation-of-the-relationship-between-serum-uric-acid-levels-and-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-gout-a-retrospective-analysis-using-electronic-medical-record-data
#18
Margaret Noyes Essex, Markay Hopps, E Jay Bienen, Margarita Udall, Jack Mardekian, Geoffrey T Makinson
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate relationships between serum uric acid (SUA) and newly emergent acute myocardial infarction (AMI), congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease (CAD), composite cardiovascular (CV) events (AMI, CHF, CAD), hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and renal disease in gout patients. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of electronic medical records from Humedica identified adults (≥18 years) with 2 or more International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes for gout 30 days or more apart (first diagnosis = index event) having 1 or more SUA assessment on or after the index date, and at least 6 months preindex and at least 12 months postindex enrollment...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225518/refractory-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-could-abatacept-be-the-answer
#19
Weiyu Ye, Maeve C Fifield, Andrew J K Östör
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225517/longitudinal-extensive-transverse-myelitis-and-central-diabetes-insipidus-a-severe-flare-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#20
Letícia Miranda Alle Deveza, Emily Figueiredo Vieira Neves, Luciana Parente Costa Seguro, Samira Luisa Dos Apóstolos Pereira, Eloisa Bonfá, Sandra Gofinet Pasoto
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March 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
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