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International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217973/unravelling-thyroid-dysfunction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-history-matters
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Joseph Anoop, Francis Geetha, Idiculla Jyothi, Pradeep Rekha, Vineeta Shobha
AIM: Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) frequently coexists with other systemic autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Due to the overlapping and nonspecific nature of symptoms, it is difficult to clinically uncover thyroidal illnesses in RA patients. This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction including the presence of anti-thyroid peroxidase (antiTPO) autoantibodies in patients with RA and to analyze symptomatology of thyroid dysfunction in patients diagnosed with RA...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217953/b7-h4-deficiency-in-salivary-gland-of-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-impairs-the-regulatory-effect-on-t-cells
#2
Xiaomei Li, Daliang Yu, Ning Yu, Ximei Wang, Xiangpei Li, David C H Harris, Yiping Wang
AIM: Our previous study confirmed the defect of B7-H4 expression in peripheral blood and salivary glands of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of the deficit expression of B7-H4 on CD4(+) T cells. METHODS: CD4(+) T cells were purified by magnetic-activated cell sorting MACS. The proliferation and cytokine production of CD4(+) T cells co-cultured with purified salivary gland epithelial cells (SGECs) from pSS or non-SS sicca syndrome were detected...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217942/hypertrophic-pachymeningitis-is-a-characteristic-manifestation-of-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-retrospective-study-of-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis
#3
Yasuhiro Shimojima, Dai Kishida, Akiyo Hineno, Masahide Yazaki, Yoshiki Sekijima, Shu-Ichi Ikeda
AIM: To elucidate the characteristics of patients with hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) in a population with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS: We retrospectively investigated the clinical records of 39 patients who were diagnosed with AAV. To determine the characteristics of HP in AAV, the epidemiological and clinical data from patients with HP were statistically compared with those from patients without HP. RESULTS: Of 39 patients with AAV, seven (17...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217916/effects-of-allogeneic-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-in-the-treatment-of-liver-cirrhosis-caused-by-autoimmune-diseases
#4
Jun Liang, Huayong Zhang, Cheng Zhao, Dandan Wang, Xiaolei Ma, Shengnan Zhao, Shiying Wang, Lingying Niu, Lingyun Sun
AIM: There has been great interest in recent years to take advantage of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to treat end-stage liver disease. This study is aimed to evaluate clinical therapeutic effects of allogeneic MSC transplantation in liver cirrhosis caused by autoimmune diseases. METHODS: The enrolled patients with liver cirrhosis were assigned to receive allogeneic MSC infusions through a peripheral vein. The primary objective of this study was to assess the safety and effectiveness of MSCT in patients with autoimmune diseases-induced cirrhosis...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217887/gastric-antral-vascular-ectasia-in-systemic-sclerosis-where-do-we-stand
#5
REVIEW
Hala El-Gendy, Kyrillus S Shohdy, Gehad G Maghraby, Kerolos Abadeer, Moustafa Mahmoud
Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) continues to be a challenge in both diagnosis and treatment. GAVE has a diverse group of associations and presumed causes, including cirrhosis, chronic renal failure and autoimmune connective tissue diseases. However, in most occasions, the management plan of GAVE itself is the same whatever the underlying disease by using Argon plasma coagulation (APC). Herein, we will discuss three cases of systemic sclerosis-associated GAVE presenting with either acute or chronic gastrointestinal bleeding showing variable responses to APC...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217867/effects-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-binding-protein-on-bone-mineral-density-and-disease-activity-in-malaysian-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#6
Tze Hao Wong, Esha Das Gupta, Ammu K Radhakrishnan, Suk Chyn Gun, Gandhi Chembalingam, Swan Sim Yeap
AIM: Vitamin D3 [25(OH)D] has been shown to be important in bone health and can influence rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity. Vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP) levels vary with race and may modulate 'bioavailable' levels of 25(OH)D. The aim of this study was to explore the relationships between 25(OH)D, VDBP and clinical factors on bone mineral density (BMD) in a group of multi-ethnic Malaysian RA patients and healthy controls. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 77 female RA patients and 29 controls was performed...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211254/egyptian-tale-from-india-application-of-whole-exome-sequencing-in-diagnosis-of-atypical-familial-mediterranean-fever
#7
Pulukool Sandhya, Shamsudheen Karuthedath Vellarikkal, Aswin Nair, Rowmika Ravi, John Mathew, Rijith Jayarajan, Anoop Kumar, Ankit Verma, Ambily Sivadas, Debashish Danda, Sridhar Sivasubbu, Vinod Scaria
Clinical diagnosis of autoinflammatory diseases requires a high degree of clinical suspicion and clinching molecular evidence to substantiate the diagnosis. This is more so in populations with low prevalence of these disorders. In this report, we describe the case of a young man from India with recurrent fever and persistent arthritis. The patient's forefathers were of Egyptian ancestry who practiced consanguinity. Molecular genetic analysis using whole-exome sequencing suggested the presence of variants c...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211251/burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-from-a-societal-perspective-a-prevalence-based-study-on-cost-of-illness-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-china
#8
Hao Hu, Luan Luan, Keqin Yang, Shu-Chuen Li
AIM: To provide a comprehensive estimation of the economic burden of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China, especially for patients from less developed areas, and to explore the cost transferability between regions to assist healthcare decision-making. METHODS: The study was conducted in south and north China from May 2013 to December 2013. The burden of RA was investigated by interviewing participants with a questionnaire battery containing socio-demographic, cost of illness (COI) and medical treatments...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205425/recent-advances-in-pediatric-rheumatology-july-2015-june-2016
#9
Avinash Sharma, Pandiarajan Vignesh, Ankur Kumar Jindal, Aman Gupta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205423/the-age-at-onset-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-increasing-in-japan-a-nationwide-database-study
#10
Eri Kato, Tetsuji Sawada, Koichiro Tahara, Haeru Hayashi, Mayu Tago, Hiroaki Mori, Jinju Nishino, Toshihiro Matsui, Shigeto Tohma
AIM: To determine whether the age at onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has increased in Japan using a nationwide database (National Database of Rheumatic Diseases by iR-net in Japan, NinJa). METHOD: We analyzed the data of RA patients who had been diagnosed with early RA (disease duration < 2 years) and newly registered in 2003, 2008 or 2013. RESULTS: The numbers of patients who developed RA in 2002-2003, 2007-2008, and 2012-2013 were 536, 812 and 1864, respectively...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205411/perceptions-of-doppler-ultrasound-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-assessment-and-education
#11
Fredrick Joshua, Christine Bailey, Mona Marabani, Evange Romas, Raymond White, Peter Wong
AIM: The aim of this qualitative study was to report the findings of the Defining rheumatoid arthritis progression using Doppler Ultrasound in Clinical practice (DEDUCE) Medical Practice Activity, which was developed to facilitate the utilization of Doppler ultrasound (DUS) by Australian rheumatologists in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHOD: Twenty-one rheumatologists recruited a total of 80 patients with RA in Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28) remission for DUS assessment and completed a pre- and post-activity questionnaire assessing their experience with DUS, as well as a 6-month follow-up questionnaire...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205395/pregnancy-outcomes-and-contraceptive-use-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-women-without-a-chronic-illness-a-comparative-study
#12
Priyadarshani Galappatthy, Jayan D D Jayasinghe, Sampath C Paththinige, Rezvi M H Sheriff, Lalith S Wijayaratne
OBJECTIVES: To compare the pregnancy outcomes and contraceptive practices in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and women with no chronic illness (WNCI) in a tertiary care referral center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. METHODS: Patients with SLE satisfying American College of Rheumatology criteria for diagnosis and history of pregnancies were recruited from university lupus clinic, National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL). Age-matched women with history of pregnancy and RA were recruited from the rheumatology clinic, NHSL and WNCI from a surgical clinic...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205390/circulating-adiponectin-and-visfatin-levels-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-their-correlation-with-disease-activity-a-meta-analysis
#13
Young Ho Lee, Sang-Cheol Bae
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between circulating adiponectin and visfatin levels and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to establish a correlation between serum adipokine levels and RA activity. METHODS: We conducted meta-analyses on serum/plasma adiponectin or visfatin levels in patients with RA and controls and correlation coefficients between circulating adiponectin and visfatin levels and Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28) in RA patients...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205383/association-between-leukocyte-telomere-length-and-angiogenic-cytokines-in-knee-osteoarthritis
#14
Thitiya Poonpet, Natthaphon Saetan, Aree Tanavalee, Vajara Wilairatana, Pongsak Yuktanandana, Sittisak Honsawek
AIM: The aims of this study were to compare leukocyte relative telomere length (RTL) in knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients and healthy controls and to investigate associations between plasma angiogenic cytokine concentrations and leukocyte RTL. METHOD: Eighty knee OA patients and 60 age-matched controls were enrolled. Leukocyte RTL was assessed using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Angiogenic cytokines were measured by a multiplex immunoassay...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205382/efficacy-of-combination-therapy-with-tacrolimus-and-mizoribine-for-cyclophosphamide-resistant-anca-associated-glomerulonephritis
#15
LETTER
Keiichi Sakurai, Kanae Kubo, Hiroko Kanda, Keishi Fujio, Kazuhiko Yamamoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205378/chronic-low-back-pain-and-its-association-with-lumbar-vertebrae-and-intervertebral-disc-changes-in-adults-a-case-control-study
#16
Aranjan L Karunanayake, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, Lalith S Wijayaratne
AIM: This study was done to determine the association between chronic low back pain and vertebral fractures, intervertebral disc space (IDS) narrowing, vertebral osteophytes and spondylolisthesis among adults. METHOD: This case control study was done in Sri Lanka. Cases were patients with low back pain and controls were without low back pain. Postero-anterior and lateral radiographs of lumbar sacral spine of both groups were studied. To detect vertebral fractures in fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, anterior and posterior heights of vertebrae were measured using a Vernier caliper and antero-posterior ratio (A/P) was calculated...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205373/pulmonary-hypertension-in-connective-tissue-diseases-an-update
#17
REVIEW
Ramya Aithala, Anoop G Alex, Debashish Danda
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a relatively commoner complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc) with estimated prevalence ranging between 8% and 12% as compared to much lower figures in other connective tissue diseases (CTD). It is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in CTDs. PH is classified into five major groups. CTD-associated PH belongs to group 1 PH, also known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Around 30% of scleroderma-related deaths are due to PAH. Underlying pathogenesis is related to pulmonary vasculopathy involving small vessels...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205336/achieving-serum-urate-targets-in-gout-an-audit-in-a-gout-oriented-rheumatology-practice
#18
Elizabeth J M Corbett, Peta Pentony, Neil W McGill
AIM: To assess the proportion of patients with gout who achieve target serum urate levels, the drug regime required and the reasons for failing to do so. METHODS: We reviewed the files of all patients with gout who presented to a gout-oriented rheumatology practice between January 2010 and September 2014. RESULTS: Two hundred and thirty patients agreed to commence urate lowering therapy (ULT); 73% achieved their urate target, including 74% with non-tophaceous gout (target ≤ 0...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205333/longitudinal-study-of-clinical-prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-predict-study
#19
Paul Bird, Dave Nicholls, Rina Barrett, Julien de Jager, Hedley Griffiths, Lynden Roberts, Kathleen Tymms, Philip McCloud, Geoffrey Littlejohn
AIM: To assess the association between baseline clinical prognostic factors and subsequent Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28) remission in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Data were collected using point of care clinical software from participating rheumatology centres. Patients aged 18 years or over whose date of clinical onset of RA was within the previous 12-24 months, who had at least 6 months of follow-up data and a DAS28-ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) score recorded between 12 and 24 months from first being seen for RA were included...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205331/new-insights-to-the-mechanisms-underlying-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
REVIEW
Mahdi Mahmoudi, Saeed Aslani, Reza Fadaei, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory circumstance, which has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although RA management has been promoted, mortality rate due to CVD remains remarkable. Approximately, 50% of premature death cases in RA are attributable to CVD. RA patients develop atherosclerosis in a greater amount than the general population. Moreover, atherosclerotic lesions develop rapidly in RA patients and might be more susceptible to rupture. The inflammatory condition of RA, such as cytokines, abnormally activated immune cells, play a role in the initiation, perpetuation and exacerbation of atherosclerosis...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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