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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644744/add-on-iguratimod-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-achieve-remission-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-inadequately-responding-to-biological-dmards-a-retrospective-study
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Ayaka Yoshikawa, Shuzo Yoshida, Yuko Kimura, Nao Tokai, Yohei Fujiki, Takuya Kotani, Yoko Matsumura, Tohru Takeuchi, Shigeki Makino
OBJECTIVES: In this study, iguratimod (IGU) was added to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients inadequately responding to 24-week or longer treatment with biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARDs), its effectiveness was assessed, and factors contributing to remission were evaluated. METHODS: RA patients who fulfilled the following criteria were included: (i) ≥ 24-week of bDMARDs; (ii) 2.6 < disease activity score (DAS) 28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) < 5...
June 23, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639844/diagnostic-sensitivity-of-cutoff-values-of-igg4-positive-plasma-cell-number-and-igg4-positive-cd138-positive-cell-ratio-in-typical-multiple-lesions-of-patients-with-igg4-related-disease
#2
Ichiro Mizushima, Kazunori Yamada, Kenichi Harada, Shoko Matsui, Takako Saeki, Satoru Kondo, Masayuki Takahira, Yuko Waseda, Yasuhito Hamaguchi, Hiroshi Fujii, Masakazu Yamagishi, Mitsuhiro Kawano
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the diagnostic sensitivity of the cutoff values of IgG4-positive plasma cell (PC) number and IgG4-positive/CD138-positive cell ratio proposed by the International consensus statement (ICS) on the pathology of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) in typical multiple lesions of patients with IgG4-RD. METHODS: We evaluated IgG4-positive PC number and IgG4-positive/CD138-positive cell ratio in 39 samples from 18 IgG4-RD patients having more than two typical lesions of IgG4-RD...
June 22, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622048/a-randomized-double-blind-parallel-group-phase-iii-study-of-shortening-the-dosing-interval-of-subcutaneous-tocilizumab-monotherapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-an-inadequate-response-to-subcutaneous-tocilizumab-every-other-week-results-of-the-12
#3
Atsushi Ogata, Yoshiya Tanaka, Tomonori Ishii, Motohide Kaneko, Hiroko Miwa, Shino Ohsawa
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy and safety of subcutaneous tocilizumab (TCZ-SC) monotherapy every week (qw) versus every other week (q2w) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had an inadequate response to TCZ-SC q2w. METHODS: Adult patients in Japan with inadequate response to TCZ-SC q2w were randomized to either TCZ-SC 162 mg qw monotherapy or TCZ-SC 162 mg q2w monotherapy for 12 weeks (double-blind). The primary endpoint was the change from baseline in adjusted Disease Activity Score 28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR) at week 12...
June 16, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612674/difficulty-in-the-diagnosis-of-bone-and-joint-pain-associated-with-pediatric-acute-leukemia-comparison-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Takao Tsujioka, Minako Sugiyama, Masahiro Ueki, Yusuke Tozawa, Shunichiro Takezaki, Junjiro Ohshima, Yuko Cho, Masafumi Yamada, Akihiro Iguchi, Ichiro Kobayashi, Tadashi Ariga
OBJECTIVES: Acute leukemia often causes osteoarthralgia. The aim of this study is characterization of leukemia-associated osteoarthralgia in comparison with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical records of 31 patients with acute leukemia and 13 patients with articular JIA diagnosed between January 2008 and March 2013. Clinical and laboratory findings at the initial examination were compared among the three groups; 10 leukemia with and 21 leukemia without osteoarthralgia and 13 JIA groups...
June 14, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612640/do-exercise-habits-during-middle-age-affect-locomotive-syndrome-in-old-age
#5
Akinobu Nishimura, Naoya Ito, Kunihiro Asanuma, Koji Akeda, Toru Ogura, Akihiro Sudo
OBJECTIVES: Locomotive syndrome (LS) encompasses conditions that may lead to the need for nursing services. We aimed to quantify the association between exercise habits during youth or the middle-age years and both physical function and the presence of LS in Japanese elderly people. METHODS: We examined 460 participants of the eighth, ninth, and tenth iterations of the Miyagawa study. Participants were divided into an LS group and a no-LS group according to their scores on the 25-question Geriatric Locomotive Function Scale...
June 14, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585869/postmarketing-surveillance-evaluating-the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-golimumab-in-japanese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#6
Masayoshi Kanbori, Hiroshi Suzuka, Tsutomu Yajima, Emika Kishino, Ryuji Morishige, Shigeki Momohara, Atsushi Kawakami, Miyo Ota
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the real-world safety and effectiveness of golimumab (GLM) in Japanese patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: A postmarketing surveillance of 5154 patients was conducted with a follow-up duration of at least 24 weeks. Patients were divided into four groups based on the initial treatment: 50 mg or 100 mg of GLM with concomitant use of methotrexate (MTX) and 50 mg or 100 mg of GLM monotherapy. Patient characteristics at baseline, safety and effectiveness were assessed for each group...
June 6, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569568/performance-of-the-classification-criteria-in-patients-with-late-onset-axial-spondyloarthritis
#7
Louise T Bendahan, Natália P Machado, Jamille G Mendes, Thauana L Oliveira, Marcelo M Pinheiro
AIM: To evaluate the performance of four different classification criteria for spondyloarthritis (SpA) in patients with late-onset symptoms and to compare the clinical, laboratory and radiographic outcomes among the patients with symptoms before and after 45 years of age. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 329 patients with SpA were enrolled in this prospective cohort. Patients with psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, colitis associated arthritis and peripheral or undifferentiated SpA were excluded...
June 1, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548546/the-risk-of-herpes-zoster-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-analysis-of-the-korean-national-health-insurance-service-sample-cohort-database
#8
Doo-Ho Lim, Ye-Jee Kim, Seon Ok Kim, Seokchan Hong, Chang-Keun Lee, Bin Yoo, Yong-Gil Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aims of our study were to determine whether the use of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) or tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) inhibitors increase the risk of herpes zoster (HZ) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: We searched the South Korean National Health Insurance Service - National Sample Cohort Database for relevant patient records between 2002 and 2013. We evaluated the incidence of HZ by categorizing patients into in three treatment groups: disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) nonusers, cDMARD users and TNFα inhibitor users...
May 26, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490218/evaluation-of-clinical-prognostic-factors-for-interstitial-pneumonia-in-anti-mda5-antibody-positive-dermatomyositis-patients
#9
Youhei Fujiki, Takuya Kotani, Kentaro Isoda, Takaaki Ishida, Takeshi Shoda, Shuzo Yoshida, Tohru Takeuchi, Shigeki Makino
OBJECTIVES: We retrospectively investigated clinical prognostic factors for interstitial pneumonia (IP) in anti-melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (MDA5) antibody (Ab)-positive dermatomyositis (DM) patients. METHODS: Subjects comprised 18 patients with anti-MDA5 Ab-positive DM-IP (9 survivors; 9 deaths). RESULTS: Initial serum albumin levels, ferritin levels, and ground-glass opacity (GGO) scores in the right middle lobes were significantly higher in the death group than in the survivor group (p = ...
May 11, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486047/prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-from-northeastern-brazil-association-with-disease-activity
#10
Kirla Wagner Poti Gomes, Ana Joicy Pinheiro Luz, Marcos Rainier de Brito Felipe, Lara Amorim Beltrão, André Xenofonte Cartaxo Sampaio, Carlos Ewerton Maia Rodrigues
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and controls from Northeastern Brazil and to verify its association with specific RA parameters and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: The prevalence of MetS was assessed cross-sectionally in 338 RA patients from a single center and 84 age and gender-matched controls from the local community. MetS was defined according to NCEP/ATPIII guidelines. Disease activity was assessed with CDAI, SDAI and DAS28 scores...
May 9, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485997/prophylaxis-of-acute-flares-when-initiating-febuxostat-for-chronic-gouty-arthritis-in-a-real-world-clinical-setting
#11
Jinquan Yu, Qian Qiu, Liuqin Liang, Xiuyan Yang, Hanshi Xu
OBJECTIVE: Flare prophylaxis is recommended during urate-lowering therapy (ULT) despite lack of proven benefit especially when initiating febuxostat. We investigated if colchicine or steroids administration during initiation of febuxostat for chronic gouty arthritis reduces the frequency and/or severity of acute gout flares. METHODS: Patients with confirmed diagnosis of gout starting febuxostat were retrospectively studied. Frequency, severity, and length of flares were analyzed...
May 9, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463088/the-relationship-between-social-support-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-antiphospholipid-hughes-syndrome
#12
Sofia Georgopoulou, Sofia Efraimidou, Sara Jane MacLennan, Fowzia Ibrahim, Thomas Cox
OBJECTIVE: Antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome (APS) is recognised as a systemic autoimmune disease defined by recurrent thromboembolic events and/or pregnancy morbidity. Little is known about the psychological burden of this long-term condition. This study aims to explore the relationship between social support and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with APS. METHODS: A total of 270 patients with a clinical diagnosis of APS participated in a cross-sectional online questionnaire survey...
May 2, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463039/anti-ss-a-ro-antibody-positivity-as-a-risk-factor-for-relapse-in-patients-with-polymyositis-dermatomyositis
#13
Noriko Tatebe, Ken-Ei Sada, Yosuke Asano, Sonia Zeggar, Sumie Hiramatsu, Yoshia Miyawaki, Keiji Ohashi, Michiko Morishita, Takayuki Katsuyama, Eri Katsuyama, Haruki Watanabe, Mariko Narazaki, Katsue Watanabe, Tomoko Kawabata, Jun Wada
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to elucidate predictors of relapse in patients with polymyositis and dermatomyositis (PM/DM). METHODS: Fifty PM/DM patients who achieved disease stabilization at Okayama University Hospital in 2004-2014 were enrolled retrospectively. Candidate predictors such as demographic factors, clinical symptoms, laboratory data, and treatment status were compared. RESULTS: The mean age of enrolled patients was 58 years; 34 were female...
May 2, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463029/high-rate-of-improvement-in-serum-matrix-metalloproteinase-3-levels-at-4-weeks-predicts-remission-at-52-weeks-in-ra-patients-treated-with-adalimumab
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Yosuke Hattori, Toshihisa Kojima, Atsushi Kaneko, Daihei Kida, Yuji Hirano, Takayoshi Fujibayashi, Yuichiro Yabe, Takeshi Oguchi, Yasuhide Kanayama, Hiroyuki Miyake, Takefumi Kato, Hideki Takagi, Masatoshi Hayashi, Takayasu Ito, Tomone Shioura, Nobunori Takahashi, Hisato Ishikawa, Koji Funahashi, Naoki Ishiguro
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine whether serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) levels can predict remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with adalimumab (ADA). METHODS: Subjects were 114 RA patients continuously treated with ADA for 52 weeks. Predictive factors at baseline and 4 weeks after initiation of ADA therapy for the achievement of remission (28-point count Disease Activity Score-CRP (DAS28-CRP) < 2.3) at 52 weeks were evaluated by multivariate logistic regression analysis...
May 2, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448195/design-characteristics-of-the-corrona-japan-rheumatoid-arthritis-registry
#15
Hisashi Yamanaka, Mitsumasa Kishimoto, Dimitrios A Pappas, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Joel M Kremer, Yoshiya Tanaka
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective is to prospectively study the comparative safety and effectiveness of older and newer classes of nonbiologic DMARDs (Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), biologic DMARDs and targeted synthetic therapies approved for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a real-world patient population in Japan. METHODS: Prospective, multicenter, noninterventional, observational study across geographic distribution of both private and public institutions for patients with RA who are newly prescribed one of the following medications: (1) methotrexate; (2) anti-TNF biologic DMARDs; (3) non-TNF biologic DMARDs; and (4) approved JAK inhibitors at the time of enrollment into the registry...
April 27, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448193/safety-and-effectiveness-of-etanercept-for-treatment-of-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-results-from-a-postmarketing-surveillance
#16
Masaaki Mori, Naonobu Sugiyama, Yosuke Morishima, Noriko Sugiyama, Takeshi Kokubo, Syuji Takei, Shumpei Yokota
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this surveillance were to determine safety and effectiveness of etanercept in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). METHODS: In this postmarketing surveillance, patients aged 5-16 years with active polyarthritis JIA were treated with etanercept at the doses approved in the Japanese package insert. The occurrence and seriousness of adverse events (AEs) were assessed using the Japanese Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities version 15...
April 27, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440697/the-prevalence-of-calcification-around-odontoid-process-and-the-incidence-of-crowned-dens-syndrome-in-the-neurosurgical-ward-a-single-institution-s-analysis
#17
Masakazu Sano, Shinya Yamashita, Toyotaka Aiba
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence and natural history of odontoid calcification and to identify factors related to its progression to crowned dens syndrome (CDS). METHODS: We reviewed a consecutive series of patients who underwent head CT upon admission to the neurosurgical ward of Niigata Prefectural Shibata Hospital. We evaluated the relationship between the presence of odontoid calcification and the patient's age, sex, and primary disorder for admission...
April 25, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440680/efficacy-and-safety-of-baricitinib-in-japanese-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-52-week-randomized-single-blind-extension-study
#18
Yoshiya Tanaka, Taeko Ishii, Zhihong Cai, Douglas Schlichting, Terence Rooney, William Macias
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term (64 weeks; 52-week extension of a 12-week study) baricitinib treatment in Japanese patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) despite methotrexate therapy. METHODS: Patients (N = 145) with active RA were randomized to placebo, 1mg, 2mg, 4mg, or 8mg baricitinib for the first 12 weeks. During the 52-week extension period, patients on 4mg or 8mg baricitinib remained on the same dose and all other patients were re-randomized to 4mg or 8mg baricitinib...
April 25, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397581/comparison-of-the-effects-of-denosumab-with-either-active-vitamin-d-or-native-vitamin-d-on-bone-mineral-density-and-bone-turnover-markers-in-postmenopausal-osteoporosis
#19
Takako Suzuki, Yukio Nakamura, Mizue Tanaka, Mikio Kamimura, Shota Ikegami, Shigeharu Uchiyama, Hiroyuki Kato
Osteoporosis is a worldwide health concern. Although treatment with denosumab plus the active vitamin D alfacalcidol has been found to improve femoral neck (FN) and distal forearm bone mineral density (BMD), there have been no reports on the efficacy or adverse effects of denosumab plus eldecalcitol (ELD) in primary osteoporosis patients. Fifty-six treatment-naïve post-menopausal women with primary osteoporosis were recruited and divided into denosumab plus native vitamin D or denosumab plus ELD. Ultimately, 26 subjects in the native vitamin D group and 24 in the ELD group were analyzed...
April 11, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397554/sauv%C3%A3-kapandji-procedure-with-headless-compression-screw-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
Atsushi Maeda, Taku Suzuki, Masaki Hasegawa, Takashi Kuroiwa, Kanae Shizu, Katsuhiko Hayakawa, Takashi Tsuji, Katsuji Suzuki, Harumoto Yamada
OBJECTIVE: We examined the surgical outcomes of the Sauvé-Kapandji (S-K) procedure using a headless compression screw and a metal cancellous screw in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: This retrospective study included 41 RA patients who underwent the S-K procedure for distal radioulnar joint disorders with two screws: headless compression screws (HCS group, n = 20) and cannulated cancellous screws (CCS group, n = 21). Clinical and radiographic outcomes were assessed 1 year after surgery...
April 11, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
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