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International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627096/high-titer-of-anti-citrullinated-peptide-antibody-is-a-risk-factor-for-severe-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-tomorrow-study
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Tadashi Okano, Kentaro Inui, Yuko Sugioka, Kenichi Sugioka, Yoshiki Matsumura, Shinji Takahashi, Masahiro Tada, Kenji Mamoto, Shigeyuki Wakitani, Tatsuya Koike, Hiroaki Nakamura
AIM: Cardiovascular disease is one of the complications of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We researched the morbidity and severity of existing carotid atherosclerosis plaque and associated risk factors in patients with RA. METHOD: This study included 413 participants, including 208 patients with RA and 205 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Carotid ultrasound, clinical data collection and assessment of cardiovascular risk factors were performed. Atherosclerotic plaque was defined as an intima-media thickness ≥ 1...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627044/adherence-to-treatment-in-patients-with-behcet-s-disease
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Alireza Khabbazi, Farid Karkon Shayan, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Hadise Kavandi, Mehrzad Hajialiloo, Kamal Esalat Manesh, Sousan Kolahi
AIM: Behcet's disease (BD) is a chronic, inflammatory disease with multisystem involvement. Adherence to treatment is low in chronic diseases as well as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. This study assessed factors associated with non-adherence to treatment in patients with BD. METHODS: All the patients with BD who visited in the outpatient clinic of Connective Tissue Diseases Research Center in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences were included in the study...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627005/serum-interleukin-37-a-new-player-in-lupus-nephritis
#3
Marwa G Tawfik, Samah I Nasef, Hanan H Omar, Mona S Ghaly
INTRODUCTION: Interleukin-37 (IL-37) has been proved to be a fundamental natural suppressor of innate immunity and inflammatory responses in autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). The purpose of this study was to assess serum IL-37 level in SLE patients and its correlation with disease activity and clinical and laboratory manifestations of SLE patients. PATIENTS/METHODS: The serum level of IL-37 was assessed and analyzed in 100 SLE patients and 50 healthy controls by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626961/comparing-polyarteritis-nodosa-in-children-and-adults-a-single-center-study
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Abdulsamet Erden, Ezgi D Batu, Hafize E Sönmez, Alper Sarı, Berkan Armagan, Zehra S Arıcı, Emre Bilgin, Umut Kalyoncu, Ömer Karadağ, Yelda Bilginer, Ali Ihsan Ertenli, Seza Özen
OBJECTIVE: Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a necrotizing vasculitis of medium/small arteries. We aimed to examine the characteristics of adult- and childhood-onset PAN. METHODS: Fifteen pediatric (˂ 18 years) and 22 adult PAN patients who fulfilled the Ankara 2008 and American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria, respectively, were included in the study. RESULTS: Five children had cutaneous and all the rest of the patients had systemic PAN...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612459/detection-of-dermatological-abnormalities-in-the-rheumatology-clinic-using-a-standardized-screening-exam
#5
Newton Wai Kwan Wong, Tanveer Ezad Towheed, Wilma Hopman, Mark Gajda Kirchhof
AIM: To develop a standardized practical screening tool for rheumatologists to assess for underlying dermatological manifestations of rheumatic conditions. METHODS: A relevant screening tool was developed by consensus between dermatology and rheumatology authors. Patients visiting the general rheumatology clinic for routine care were systematically assessed based on the standardized screening tool. RESULTS: One hundred patients were recruited with 76 being female...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612349/role-of-hydrotherapy-in-the-amelioration-of-oxidant-antioxidant-status-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#6
Somaiya Mateen, Shagufta Moin, Abdul Q Khan, Atif Zafar, Naureen Fatima, Sumayya Shahzad
AIM: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are involved in the pathophysiology of RA. Moderate intensity exercises have been reported to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of hydrotherapy on oxidant-antioxidant status in RA patients. METHODS: Forty RA patients and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were included in this study. RA patients were subdivided into two groups: the first group (n = 20) received treatment with conventional RA drugs, while the second group (n = 20) received hydrotherapy along with the conventional drugs for a period of 12 weeks...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608505/the-association-between-vitamin-d-level-and-behcet-s-disease-a-meta-analysis
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LETTER
Siwadon Pitukweerakul, Pavel Sinyagovskiy, Sittichoke Prachuapthunyachart
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608433/performances-of-clinical-disease-activity-index-cdai-and%C3%A2-simplified-disease-activity-index-sdai-appear-to-be-better-than-the-gold-standard-disease-assessment-score-das-28-crp-to-assess-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#8
Pooja Dhaon, Siddharth K Das, Ragini Srivastava, Urmila Dhakad
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To compare the performance of Disease Assessment Score of 28 joints - C-reactive protein (DAS-28-CRP), Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) composite measures to assess status of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on methotrexate, versus DAS-28 CRP as the gold standard. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five patients with RA as per the 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism criteria were included in the prospective study...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593703/effect-of-ethnicity-on-clinical-presentation-and-risk-of-antiphospholipid-syndrome-in-roma-and-caucasian-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
#9
Victoria Manzano-Gamero, Alfredo J Pardo-Cabello, José A Vargas-Hitos, Mónica Zamora-Pasadas, Nuria Navarrete-Navarrete, José M Sabio, Laura Jáimez-Gámiz, Raquel Ríos-Fernandez, Norberto Ortego-Centeno, M Mar Ayala-Gutierrez, Enrique de Ramón, Agustín Colodro-Ruíz, Luisa Micó-Giner, María J Castillo-Palma, Ángel Robles-Marhuenda, Juan de Dios Luna-Del Castillo, Juan Jiménez-Alonso
AIM: To determine if there are ethnic differences in the prevalence of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), clinical presentation and autoantibody profile between Roma and Caucasian patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted including data from Roma and Caucasian SLE patients consecutively attending six hospitals in Spain. Socio-demographic characteristics, prevalence of APS, clinical and analytical features of SLE and APS were compared between ethnic groups...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593696/synergistic-analgesic-anti-pyretic-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-extra-virgin-olive-oil-and-ibuprofen-in-different-experimental-models-in-albino-mice
#10
Walla'a A Osman, Dina A Labib, Mona O Abdelhalim, Elsayed M Elrokh
AIM: Olive oil was used in the past as a remedy for many diseases due to its unlimited benefits in health. This study was carried out to assess the analgesic, anti-pyretic and anti-inflammatory activities of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) at a dose of 8 mL/kg body weight and to compare it with ibuprofen (IBU) as an individual drug therapy and in combination with two different doses of IBU (therapeutic dose 100 mg/kg and low dose 40 mg/kg), on different animal models in albino mice. METHOD: A total of 132 adult healthy male Swiss albino mice were used in this study...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589668/strongly-positive-anti-ccp-antibodies-in-patients-with-sacroiliitis-or-reactive-arthritis-post-e-%C3%A2-coli-infection-a-mini-case-series-based-review
#11
Miljyot Singh Sangha, Matthew Liam Wright, Coziana Ciurtin
We report here on four cases of patients with strongly positive anti-citrullinated cyclic peptides (anti-CCP) antibodies and clinical features of seronegative spondyloarthritis (SpA) and reactive arthritis. The four patients had various clinical presentations: one had an initial diagnosis of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with involvement of the sacroiliac joints (similar to previous reports of the association of two diseases); one had a clinical picture of reactive arthritis following an episode of an Escherichia coli positive urinary tract infection; and two had asymmetrical sacroiliitis (SII), but no evidence of peripheral joint involvement (never reported before)...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585370/gout-an-asia-pacific-update
#12
REVIEW
Binoy J Paul, Reeta James
Even though, Hippocrates recognized gout as an affection of older men and a product of high living long back in 5th century BC, this painful condition promises to accompany humanity to the 21st century. The incidence is progressively rising and females are also affected in the modern era. There are also regional and ethnic variations in the incidence, the genetics of which is being studied. The recommended best therapy for the acute attacks and long term prophylaxis has improved remarkably in the recent years...
June 5, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580766/pharmacological-stress-rest-perfusion-and-delayed-enhancement-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-identifies-a-very-early-cardiac-involvement-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-of-recent-onset
#13
Roberto Giacomelli, Ernesto Di Cesare, Paola Cipriani, Piero Ruscitti, Alessandra Di Sibio, Vasiliki Liakouli, Antonio Gennarelli, Francesco Carubbi, Alessandra Splendiani, Onorina Berardicurti, Paola Di Benedetto, Francesco Ciccia, Giuliana Guggino, Ganna Radchenko, Giovanni Triolo, Carlo Masciocchi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate occult cardiac involvement in asymptomatic systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients by pharmacological stress, rest perfusion and delayed enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), for a very early identification of patients at higher risk of cardiac-related mortality. METHODS: Sixteen consecutive patients with definite SSc, fulfilling the American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism 2013 classification criteria in less than 1 year from the onset of Raynaud's phenomenon, underwent pharmacological stress, rest perfusion and delayed enhancement CMR...
June 4, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580698/spontaneous-pneumomediastinum-in-a-dermatomyositis-patient-with-anti-melanoma-differentiation-associated-gene-5-antibody-and-interstitial-lung-disease-despite-an-initial-response-to-immunosuppressant
#14
Chiu Wai Shirley Chan, Ho Yin Chung, Chak Sing Lau, Helen H L Tsang
We report a 24-year-old man with anti-melanoma differentiation-associated gene-5 (MDA5) antibody-positive dermatomyositis (DM) and interstitial lung disease (ILD) who developed spontaneous pneumomediastinum. By comparing serial thoracic high-resolution computed tomography scans, we demonstrated the distinct time course showing a paradoxical occurrence of pneumomediastinum despite a radiological improvement of ILD. Our case shows that pneumomediastinum in DM can occur regardless of associated ILD and it is a serious complication that should be considered in DM patients presenting with pulmonary manifestations...
June 4, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580628/mortality-in-the-waikato-hospital-systemic-sclerosis-cohort
#15
Clement Ooi, Kamal Solanki, Chunhuan Lao, Chris Frampton, Douglas White
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the causes of mortality and standardised mortality ratio in a cohort of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: A cohort of 132 patients enrolled at the Waikato Systemic Sclerosis Clinic was prospectively followed from 2005 to 2016. Patient demographics, diagnoses and laboratory reports were used to assess risk of mortality and generate standardised mortality ratios (SMR). Survival was analyzed using Kaplan-Meier methods. RESULTS: Of the cohort of 132 patients, 20 (15%) were deceased by the end of the study period...
June 4, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560764/incidence-of-sleep-disturbances-in-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-and-the-relation-of-sleep-quality-with-disease-activity
#16
Orhan Kucuksahin, Ahmet Omma, Ali Erhan Ozdemirel, Duygu Tecer, Sümeyye Ulutas, Yüksel Maras, Ayşe Balkarlı, Şükran Erten
AIM: To evaluate the sleep quality and the relation of sleep quality with depression, anxiety, fatigue and disease activity in adult patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). METHOD: One hundred and seventy-four FMF patients and 84 age-sex matched healthy individuals were included in this study. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue (MAF) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Index (HADS) were used to assess sleep quality, fatigue, depression and anxiety, respectively...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556584/efficacy-between-high-and-medium-doses-of-glucocorticoid-therapy-in-remission-induction-of-igg4-related-diseases-a-preliminary-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Qingjun Wu, Jie Chang, Hua Chen, Yu Chen, Hongxian Yang, Yunyun Fei, Panpan Zhang, Xiaofeng Zeng, Fengchun Zhang, Wen Zhang
AIM: In order to evaluate the efficacy and safety of high versus medium doses of glucocorticoid therapy in remission induction of immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD), we set up a randomized controlled study. METHOD: Newly diagnosed IgG4-RD patients were randomly assigned to two groups: high doses of prednisone (0.8-1.0 mg/kg/day) and medium doses (0.5-0.6 mg/kg/day). Patients were assessed at weeks 0, 4, 12 and 24. The primary outcome was the remission rate at week 24...
May 29, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556500/evaluation-of-sleep-quality-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-efficacy-of-anti-tnf-%C3%AE-therapy-on-sleep-problems-a-polisomnographic-study
#18
Gulsah Karatas, Ajda Bal, Melike Yuceege, Hikmet Firat, Eda Gurcay, Sadik Ardic, Fatma Aytul Cakci
INTRODUCTION: This study was conducted to investigate the relationship between sleep quality (SQ) and disease activity (DA) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to evaluate the response to anti-tumor necrosis factor α (anti-TNF-α) therapy on sleep disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 34 patients who met the modified New York classification criteria for AS were included in this prospective study. Patients were divided into two groups as follows: Group I (n = 15) with high DA and receiving anti-TNF-α therapy, and Group II (n = 19) in remission...
May 29, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544687/effects-of-quadriceps-functional-exercise-with-isometric-contraction-in-the-treatment-of-knee-osteoarthritis
#19
Lanfeng Huang, Bin Guo, Feixiang Xu, Jinsong Zhao
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the effects of a quadriceps isometric contraction exercise method in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: A total of 250 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of knee OA were enrolled. The patients were randomly divided into an exercise treatment test group (128 patients) and a traditional treatment control group (122 patients). Quadriceps isometric contraction exercise was used in the test group, and local physiotherapy and oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were used in the control group...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544533/efficacy-and-safety-of-secukinumab-in-asian-patients-with-active-ankylosing-spondylitis-52-week-pooled-results-from-two-phase-3-studies
#20
James C-C Wei, Dominique Baeten, Joachim Sieper, Atul Deodhar, Vaishali Bhosekar, Ruvie Martin, Brian Porter
AIM: To evaluate efficacy and safety of secukinumab in Asian patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) via a pooled subgroup analysis from two phase 3 studies, MEASURE 1 (NCT01358175) and MEASURE 2 (NCT01649375). METHODS: In MEASURE 1, patients were randomized to intravenous secukinumab 10 mg/kg or placebo at baseline, Weeks 2 and 4, followed by subcutaneous (s.c.) secukinumab 150 mg, 75 mg or placebo every 4 weeks (q4w) at Week 8. In MEASURE 2, patients were randomized to s...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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