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Current Rheumatology Reviews

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699499/effectiveness-of-argan-oil-on-knee-osteoarthritis-symptoms-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Jamila Essouiri, Taoufik Harzy, Nadia Benaicha, Mourad Errasfa, Abourazzak Fatima Ezzahra
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common chronic degenerative disorder. It causes joints pain, walking difficulties and a decline of general physical function. Many pain drugs and treatment modalities can be prescribed for KOA. Among traditional medicine in Morocco, Argan oil has been used in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis to reduce pain and improve physical activity, though there have been no medical-based evidence for such treatment. Argan oil is known to have anti-oxidant and lipid modulatory properties due to its content of many substances, such as tocopherols, phytosterols, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids...
July 10, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699498/is-the-addition-of-a-polyol-to-hyaluronic-acid-a-significant-advance-in-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis
#2
Thierry Conrozier
Viscosupplementation with intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid is recommended as a second line treatment for knee OA, after failure of non-pharmacological modalities and usual pain killers. Nevertheless there is still controversies regarding clinical relevance of its effects. Research is looking at the best means to improve the performance of viscosupplementation in order to obtain a faster, more sustainable and more marked effect. Antioxidants have been assessed in combination with hyaluronic acid because the injected hyaluronate is rapidly degraded by the reactive oxygen species present in large amounts in the OA synovial fluid, limiting its residence time into the joint...
July 10, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675998/cardiovascular-and-pulmonary-manifestations-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#3
M B Urowitz, Konstantinos Tselios
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by various clinical manifestations and immunologic abnormalities. Among clinical manifestations, cardiovascular and respiratory system involvement is increasingly recognized as critical for patients' prognosis. OBJECTIVE: Heart involvement, most commonly presents with pericarditis. However, valvular disease and less often myocarditis may be detected. METHOD: Accelerated atherosclerosis is currently considered as one of the most important co-morbidities of SLE with cardiovascular events being one of the leading causes of death at relatively young ages...
July 4, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641553/capillaroscopy-in-routine-diagnostics-potentials-and-limitations
#4
Francesca Ingegnoli, Vanessa Smith, Alberto Sulli, Maurizio Cutolo
Nailfold capillaroscopy is a safe and useful investigational tool that allows an early detection and a qualitative description of the microvascular abnormalities in patients with Raynaud's phenomenon secondary to scleroderma-spectrum disorders. Nowadays, the role of capillaroscopy in the diagnosis of systemic sclerosis is well known. Capillaroscopy has been included in the new 2013 classification criteria for systemic sclerosis and it is considered a key investigation in the very early phases of the disease...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641552/a-review-of-the-psychometric-properties-and-use-of-the-rheumatoid-arthritis-quality-of-life-questionnaire-raqol-in-clinical-research
#5
Alice Heaney, Jessica Stepanous, Matthew Rouse, Stephen P McKenna
BACKGROUND: Several patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) have been used in studies of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Most of these assess health-related quality of life (HRQL). The exception is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality of Life questionnaire (RAQoL). This scale measures the impact of RA and its treatment from the patient's perspective, making it suitable for determining the value patients gain from interventions. OBJECTIVE: This review collates literature reporting on the efficacy of the RAQoL as a measure of patient value in clinical studies...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641551/nailfold-capillaroscopy-within-and-beyond-the-scope-of-connective-tissue-diseases
#6
Sevdalina Lambova, Ulf Müller-Ladner
Nailfold capillaroscopy is a noninvasive instrumental method for morphological analysis of the nutritive capillaries in the nailfold area. In rheumatology, it is a method of choice among instrumental modalities for differentiation of primary and secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) in rheumatic diseases. RP is a common diagnostic problem in rheumatology. Defining the proper diagnosis is a prerequisite for administration of the appropriate treatment. Thus, nailfold capillaroscopic examination is of crucial importance for the every-day practice of the rheumatologists and is currently gaining increasing attention...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641550/bier-spots-report-of-two-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#7
Hristo Dobrev
Bier spots are asymptomatic white anemic macules with irregular shape located on the upper limbs and less often on the lower limbs and trunkus. They are observed predominantly in youg males and may be idiopathic or associated with other conditions. We report two cases with Bier spots in which videodermatoscopy and nailfold capillaroscopy were performed. Patient 1 was a 34-year-old otherwise healthy male who presented with white spots on his upper limbs for 10 years. Dermoscopy revealed marked narrowing of skin capillaries within the borders of white macules whereas capillaroscopy pattern was normal...
June 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606036/scleroderma-like-disorders
#8
Amit Sharma
Scleroderma is a term used to describe diseases that involve hardening and tightening of the skin and the underlying subcutaneous connective tissue. It could be localized to skin and subcutaneous tissue, or may involve the internal organs too in systemic sclerosis. There are disorders that can cause hardening and tightening of skin and mimic scleroderma but are rarely associated with Raynaud phenomenon, sclerodactyly, and autoantibodies in the serum, features specific to scleroderma/systemic sclerosis. These are termed as "scleroderma variants" or "scleroderma like disorders"...
June 11, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595537/capillaroscopic-findings-in-primary-fibromyalgia
#9
Sevdalina Lambova, Ulf Müller-Ladner
: Introduction: Although Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is observed in a significant proportion of patients with primary fibromyalgia, the available data on capillaroscopic findings in primary fibromyalgia are scarce. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the capillaroscopic pattern in patients with primary fibromyalgia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 26 patients with primary fibromyalgia (25 women and 1 man) were included in the study. Mean age was 55±10 years...
June 7, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523993/acquired-hemophilia-as-initial-presentation-in-a-patient-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#10
Zohre Khodamoradi, Mohammad Ali Nazarinia, Somaye Bazdar
BACKGROUND: Acquired hemophilia is a rare bleeding disease but may be associated with some autoimmune diseases. Acquired hemophilia may be the result of autoantibodies against factor VIII. CASE PRESENTATION: In this study, we describe a 55 year old patient who developed hematoma and hematuria due to acquired hemophilia secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE). Then, she developed arthritis and thrombosis after some evaluation. Laboratory data showed prolonged aPTT, normal PT and platelet, low FVIII, high FVIII inhibitor, ANA, anti-ds-DNA and anti-cardiolipin...
May 19, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521689/relationship-between-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-assessed-with-the-us7-score-and-quality-of-life-measured-with-questionnaires-haq-eq-5d-wpai
#11
Martina Skácelová, Skácelová Martina, Horák Pavel, Heřmanová Zuzana, Langová Kateřina
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease considerably affecting the quality of life of patients, their functional abilities and capability to work. In everyday clinical practice, the condition is commonly monitored by assessing the disease activity using a joint count and laboratory markers of inflammation with calculating the DAS28 or other systems for scoring the disease activity. OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed to evaluate the benefit of ultrasound examination with a standardized instrument and correlate its results with the quality of life of patients and their functional abilities as assessed by standardized questionnaire methods...
May 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521688/vasculitis-following-influenza-vaccination-a-review-of-the-literature
#12
Toru Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Influenza vaccine is safe and effective for the general population as well as for patients with autoimmune diseases. However, although rare, vasculitis has been reported as an adverse event following influenza vaccination. OBJECT: The aims of this literature review were to identify patients who developed vasculitis following influenza vaccination and to clarify the clinical manifestations of vasculitis in these patients. METHODS: Using the PubMed database and search engine, we performed a search of the English-language literature by combining the term influenza vaccination with each term for a specific form of vasculitis from January 1966 through April 2016...
May 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464770/work-ability-in-fibromyalgia-an-update-in-the-21st-century
#13
Annie Palstam, Kaisa Mannerkorpi
Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by persistent widespread pain, increased pain sensitivity and tenderness. People with FM also report activity limitations and impaired work ability.This article aims to compile the findings of recently published research on work ability in people with fibromyalgia, and to present how work ability is influenced by various aspects. A systematic search of the literature published from the year 2000 and onwards was conducted. Thirtyfour articles were included in the review. Symptom severity was found to influence work ability in people with FM...
May 2, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460627/synovial-fluid-and-serum-concentrations-of-inflammatory-markers-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-osteoarthitis-a-systematic-review
#14
Emma Altobelli, Paolo Matteo Angeletti, Domenico Piccolo, Rossella De Angelis
The aim of this review is to investigate systematically the presence of the most extensively studied synovial fluid (SF) and/or serum markers in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and osteoarthritis (OA) their associations and correlations with laboratory and clinical data, with a view to providing insights for future research. Papers were selected using the PRISMA flow-chart. Search of the electronic databases according to the above criteria found a total of 55 papers. Examination led to the exclusion of 39 papers...
April 27, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443513/the-gastrointestinal-dysmotility-and-infections-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-real-world-scenario
#15
Shefali Khanna Sharma, M B Adarsh, Saroj K Sinha, Anish Bhattacharya, Satyavati Rana, Surjit Singh, Varun Dhir
INTRODUCTION: Systemic Sclerosis is known to involve the gastrointestinal system and can lead to multitude of problems predominantly affecting the GI motility. METHODS: It was a prospective, observational, single centre study of fifty consecutive patients with SSc who presented to rheumatology clinic. Gut score was assessed using UCLA SCTC GIT 2.0 questionnaire. 35 patients underwent esophago- gastro duodenoscopy(UGIE), 31 underwent esophageal manometry, 37 underwent lactulose breath test to assess orocaecal transit time (OCTT) and glucose breath test for detecting small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and 36 underwent gastric emptying scintigraphy to measure gastric emptying time...
April 25, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443512/clinical-and-radiographic-features-of-knee-osteoarthritis-of-elderly-patients
#16
Hana Sahli, Aicha Ben Tekaya, Selim Daas, Ines Mahmoud, Rawdha Tekaya
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis is a common pathology, characterized by a prevalence that increases with age. Absence of anatomo-clinical correlation its management complex, particularly in a geriatric setting where it is not well studied. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to investigate the epidemio-clinical profile, functional impairment and radiographic features of knee osteoarthritis in the old patients versus younger patients (<65 years). METHODS: Cross-sectional study including patients who were monitored for 6 months at a rheumatology department for knee osteoarthritis...
April 25, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413989/anatomical-wrist-patterns-on-plain-radiographs
#17
Aviv Kramer, Raviv Allon, Alon Wolf, Tal Kalaiman, Idit Lavi, Ronit Wollstein
BACKGROUND: Interpreting the structure in the wrist is complicated by the existence of multiple joints as well as variability in bone shapes and anatomical patterns. Previous studies have evaluated lunate and capitate shape in an attempt to understand functional anatomical patterns. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe anatomical shapes and wrist patterns in normal wrist radiographs. We hypothesized that there is a significant relationship in the midcarpal joint with at least one consistent pattern of wrist anatomy...
April 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403797/is-the-treatment-with-biological-or-non-biological-dmards-a-modifier-of-periodontal-condition-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#18
Consuelo Romero-Sanchez, Constanza Rodríguez, Pedro Santos, Ana María Mesa, Gloria Inés Lafaurie, Sebastian Giraldo, Juliette De Avila, Diana Marcela Castilla, Michelle Durán, Philippe Chalem, Juan Manuel Bello, Rafael Valle
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Experimental models suggest the use of different therapy protocols in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as modulators on periodontal condition. This study evaluated the effects of conventional drug treatment and anti-TNF therapy in patients with RA on microbiological and periodontal condition, establishing the association of markers of periodontal infection with indexes of rheumatic activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred seventy nine individuals with RA were evaluated (62 with anti-TNF-α and 115 with only DMARDs)...
April 7, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393709/profile-of-patients-with-spondyloarthritis-in-morocco
#19
Jamila Essouiri, Abourazzak Fatima Ezzahra, Kona Irene, Khoussar Ikram, Harzy Taoufik
OBJECTIVES: to describe the characteristics of our population with spondyloarthritis: diagnostic time, clinical manifestations and laboratory investigations, activity, functional impairment, severity and therapeutic management. The authors were also interested to investigate factors associated with severe disease. METHODS: A retrospective observational study, conducted in the rheumatology department at university hospital center Hassan II of Fez, analyzing the records of patients diagnosed as spondylarthritis during the period extending from January 2009 to June 2014...
April 6, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356052/the-limitations-of-gram-stain-microscopy-of-synovial-fluid-in-concomitant-septic-and-crystal-arthritis
#20
Paul Stirling, Mohammed Tahir, Henry Dushan Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnosis of septic arthritis from Gram-stain microscopy is limited by an inherent false-negative rate of 25-78%. The presence of concomitant crystal arthritis in 5% of cases represents a particular diagnostic challenge. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the effects that a concomitant crystal arthropathy have on the ability of Gram-stain microscopy of synovial fluid to diagnose a septic arthritis. METHODS: This is a 12-year retrospective cohort study...
March 29, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
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