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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631068/autoinflammatory-diseases-with-periodic-fevers
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Erdal Sag, Yelda Bilginer, Seza Ozen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: One purpose of this review was to raise awareness for the new autoinflammatory syndromes. These diseases are increasingly recognized and are in the differential diagnosis of many disease states. We also aimed to review the latest recommendations for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of these patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS), tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic fever syndrome (TRAPS), and hyperimmunoglobulinemia D and periodic fever syndrome/mevalonate kinase deficiency (HIDS/MVKD) are the more common autoinflammatory diseases that are characterized by periodic fevers and attacks of inflammation...
July 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631067/antibodies-against-complement-components-relevance-for-the-antiphospholipid-syndrome-biomarkers-of-the-disease-and-biopharmaceuticals
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Mirjana Bećarević
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Laboratory criterion for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL Abs). Complement system has a role in mediating aPL Abs-induced thrombosis in animal models. The importance of antibodies against complement components (potential biomarkers of APS) and the importance of antibodies with beneficial anti-complement effects in APS (as biopharmaceuticals) are reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Antibodies against complement components described in APS patients, so far, are anti-C1q and anti-factor H Abs, although anti-factor B Abs and anti-C5a Abs were described in animal models of APS...
July 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631066/rheumatoid-vasculitis-a-diminishing-yet-devastating-menace
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Shweta Kishore, Lisa Maher, Vikas Majithia
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rheumatoid vasculitis (RV) is an unusual complication of long-standing rheumatoid arthritis, which is characterized by the development of necrotizing or leukocytoclastic vasculitis involving small or medium-sized vessels. In this review, we aim to provide an update on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, and management of this challenging extra-articular manifestation. RECENT FINDINGS: RV is heterogenous in its clinical presentation depending on the organ and size of blood vessels involved...
July 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631065/framework-for-advancing-the-reporting-of-patient-engagement-in-rheumatology-research-projects
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Clayon B Hamilton, Jenny C Leese, Alison M Hoens, Linda C Li
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The term "patient engagement in research" refers to patients and their surrogates undertaking roles in the research process beyond those of study participants. This paper proposes a new framework for describing patient engagement in research, based on analysis of 30 publications related to patient engagement. RECENT FINDINGS: Over the past 15 years, patients' perspectives have been instrumental in broadening the scope of rheumatology research and outcome measurement, such as evaluating fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis...
July 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623625/switching-between-reference-biologics-and-biosimilars-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatology-gastroenterology-and-dermatology-inflammatory-conditions-considerations-for-the-clinician
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Robert Moots, Valderilio Azevedo, Javier L Coindreau, Thomas Dörner, Ehab Mahgoub, Eduardo Mysler, Morton Scheinberg, Lisa Marshall
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Biosimilars of the reference biologic therapeutics infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, and rituximab are entering the market. Clinical and real-world data on the effects of reference → biosimilar switching are limited. This review was carried out to assess the current body of switching data. RECENT FINDINGS: Fifty-three switching studies were identified. Infliximab publications covered CT-P13 (25 studies), SB2 (1), infliximab NK (1), and unspecified infliximab biosimilars (2)...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612332/cocaine-levamisole-induced-vasculitis-vasculopathy-syndrome
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Javier Marquez, Lina Aguirre, Carolina Muñoz, Andres Echeverri, Mauricio Restrepo, Luis F Pinto
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To understand the clinical spectrum of cocaine-levamisole-induced vasculitis. Worldwide recreational drug consumption is high among the adult population from various social strata. The use of cocaine with levamisole, a frequently added antiparasitic diluent, favors the manifestations of vasculitic lesions, especially in the skin. RECENT FINDINGS: New insights into immunological mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. There are still many unknown aspects in the pathogenesis of this disease, such as the immune system interaction with p-ANCAs and the release of inflammatory NETs (neutrophil extracellular traps), which are the origin of auto-antigens and tissue damage, manifesting as vasculitic purpura on the skin...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488228/pneumocystis-pneumonia-and-the-rheumatologist-which-patients-are-at-risk-and-how-can-pcp-be-prevented
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Rachel M Wolfe, James E Peacock
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Immunosuppressive therapy for connective tissue diseases (CTDs) is steadily becoming more intense. The resultant impairment in cell-mediated immunity has been accompanied by an increasing risk for opportunistic infection (OI). Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) has been recognized as an OI in patients with CTDs, but specific risk factors and precise indications for PCP prophylaxis remain poorly defined. This review was undertaken to update information on the risk of PCP in patients with CTDs and to examine current guidelines for PCP prophylaxis in this population...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484944/prolotherapy-for-osteoarthritis-and-tendinopathy-a-descriptive-review
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David Rabago, Bobby Nourani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Osteoarthritis and overuse tendinopathy are common chronic conditions of high societal and patient burden. The precise etiology of pain and disability in both conditions is multifactorial and not well understood. Patients are often refractory to conservative therapy. The development of new therapeutic options in both conditions is a public health priority. Prolotherapy is an injection-based outpatient regenerative therapy for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis and tendinopathy...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470479/epigenetic-variability-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-what-we-learned-from-genome-wide-dna-methylation-studies
#9
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Maria Teruel, Amr H Sawalha
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: DNA methylation has emerged as an important contributing factor in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here, we describe the DNA methylation patterns identified in SLE and how these epigenetic changes can influence disease susceptibility, clinical heterogeneity, and disease flares. RECENT FINDINGS: Several genome-wide DNA methylation studies have been recently completed in SLE. Important observations include robust demethylation of interferon-regulated genes, which is consistent across all cell types studied to date, and is independent of disease activity...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470478/does-aps-impact-women-s-fertility
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Cecilia Beatrice Chighizola, Maria Gabriella Raimondo, Pier Luigi Meroni
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review focuses on the relationship between anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL) and female infertility by addressing three key questions: (i) how can aPL induce women's infertility?; (ii) are aPL more prevalent among infertile than fertile women?; (iii) do aPL-positive women display reduced fertility? RECENT FINDINGS: According to experimental data, aPL impair female fertility interfering with endometrial decidualization thus with implantation...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466383/photopheresis-advances-and-use-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Xiaolong Alan Zhou, Jaehyuk Choi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Extracorporeal photochemotherapy (photopheresis, ECP) is a cell-based immunomodulatory treatment that separates leukocytes from peripheral blood, exposes them to a photosensitizing agent followed by ultraviolet A light, and then reinfuses them back into the patient. ECP has been found to be effective for graft versus host disease, transplant rejection, and various autoimmune diseases. The mechanism is not well understood but studies have shown clinical benefit in the treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc)...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456906/the-epigenomic-landscape-in-osteoarthritis
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Tommie C Simon, Matlock A Jeffries
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epigenomics has emerged as a key player in our rapidly evolving understanding of osteoarthritis. Historical studies implicated epigenetic alterations, particularly DNA methylation, in OA pathogenesis; however, recent technological advances have resulted in numerous epigenome-wide studies examining in detail epigenetic modifications in OA. The purpose of this article is to introduce basic concepts in epigenetics and their recent applications to the study of osteoarthritis development and progression...
June 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401384/bone-involvement-in-rosai-dorfman-disease-rdd-a-case-report-and-systematic-literature-review
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Birgit A Mosheimer, Bastian Oppl, Shahin Zandieh, Michael Fillitz, Felix Keil, Klaus Klaushofer, Günter Weiss, Jochen Zwerina
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) is a rare histiocytic disorder typically presenting as painless cervical lymphadenopathy. Extranodal involvement is common and may also affect bones. Here, we present a patient with typical nodal disease and multifocal bone manifestations. Further, a systematic literature review was performed to better understand the phenotype, clinical course and treatment options of such patients. RECENT FINDINGS: RDD is a nonmalignant, classically sporadic histiocytosis...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397126/protein-tyrosine-phosphatases-in-systemic-sclerosis-potential-pathogenic-players-and-therapeutic-targets
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Cristiano Sacchetti, Nunzio Bottini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis depends on a complex interplay between autoimmunity, vasculopathy, and fibrosis. Reversible phosphorylation on tyrosine residues, in response to growth factors and other stimuli, critically regulates each one of these three key pathogenic processes. Protein tyrosine kinases, the enzymes that catalyze addition of phosphate to tyrosine residues, are known players in systemic sclerosis, and tyrosine kinase inhibitors are undergoing clinical trials for treatment of this disease...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397125/diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-in-autoimmune-diseases
#15
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Marco Ulises Martínez-Martínez, David Alejandro Herrera-van Oostdam, Carlos Abud-Mendoza
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present paper establishes a narrative and analytical review of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) in ANCA-associated vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and antiphospholipid syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies found a frequent association between DAH and infections and systemic lupus erythematosus and its associated factors. Biological therapies like rituximab have demonstrated benefit mainly in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386763/ankylosing-spondylitis-hla-b-27-positive-versus-hla-b-27-negative-disease
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Nurullah Akkoç, Handan Yarkan, Gökçe Kenar, Muhammad A Khan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review our current knowledge about the clinical features of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who possess HLA-B*27 versus those who lack this gene. RECENT FINDINGS: ERAP1 association is present only in HLA-B*27+ patients, but other genetic associations are similar between the two groups. A genetic study supports the existence of an HLA-B27-independent common link between gut inflammation and AS. It is unusual to observe familial occurrence of primary AS among families of northern European extraction that show no segregation of HLA-B*27, psoriasis, or IBD...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386762/fatigue-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Patricia Katz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to review the current information on fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RECENT FINDINGS: Severe fatigue is common among individuals with RA and has a significant impact on quality of life (QOL). RA-related factors (e.g., inflammation, pain) are associated with greater fatigue, but other factors, such as obesity, physical inactivity, sleep disturbance, and depression, explain the majority of variation in fatigue...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386761/platelet-rich-plasma-for-the-management-of-hip-and-knee-osteoarthritis
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Kim L Bennell, David J Hunter, Kade L Paterson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) are major public health problems worldwide causing pain, disability and impaired quality of life. This narrative paper discusses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a treatment for hip and knee OA, with a focus on evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs). RECENT FINDINGS: Since the first RCT of PRP in 2012, there has been 15 RCTs in knee OA and three in hip OA, mostly comparing PRP to another intra-articular injection therapy, hyaluronic acid...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386760/lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Rupal J Shah, Francesco Boin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to highlight recent findings on evaluation for lung transplantation and outcomes after transplantation in patients with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). RECENT FINDINGS: The recognition that extra-pulmonary disease manifestations can seriously compromise post-transplant outcomes has changed the way patients are screened for lung transplant candidacy. Reluctance to transplant subjects affected by scleroderma has been driven by the complexity and multisystem nature of this disease...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386759/treat-to-target-in-axial-spondyloarthritis-what-are-the-issues
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Abhijeet Danve, Atul Deodhar
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Treat to Target (T2T) strategy has been widely used in the management of chronic medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, and hypothyroidism, as well as rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The purpose of this review is to discuss the importance, feasibility, and challenges in adopting the T2T strategy for the management of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). RECENT FINDINGS: In 2014, a panel of international experts published recommendations for T2T in axSpA...
May 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
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