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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349920/hyperuricemia-in-asian-psoriatic-arthritis-patients
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Tin Lok Lai, Cheuk Wan Yim, Pui Yan Wong, Man Chi Leung, Woon Leung Ng
AIM: It is generally accepted that hyperuricemia is commonly associated with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). However, variations in ethnicity, diet and habitat may contribute to differences in prevalence and risk factors for hyperuricemia in PsA patients. Moreover, Asian specific data is deficient. The primary objective of the present study was to determine the prevalence of hyperuricemia among PsA patients. The secondary objective was to explore its associated risk factors. METHODS: This was a multi-center, cross-sectional observational study of 160 PsA patients from local Rheumatology clinics...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349901/inflammatory-back-pain-and-associated-disease-conditions-among-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-in-bangladesh
#2
Sabrina Yesmin, Syed Jamil Abdal, Aminur Rahman, Md Nazrul Islam, Alamgir Mustak Ahammad, Shamim Ahmed, Md Abu Shahin, Minhaj Rahim Chowdhury, Syed Atiqul Haq
AIM: Inflammatory back pain (IBP) is the earliest symptom of axial and other forms of spondyloarthritis (SpA). However, there are no published data on prevalence of IBP among patients suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP) in Bangladesh. In this study, we estimated the prevalence of IBP and the subtypes of SpA in a tertiary hospital in Bangladesh. METHODS: This 1 year cross-sectional study was conducted among 240 CLBP patients in a rheumatology outpatient clinic...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345081/screening-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-era-of-biologics-and-targeted-synthetic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-india-a-high-burden-tb-country-the-importance-of-mantoux-and-quantiferon-tb-gold-tests
#3
Anand N Malaviya, Vishal K Aggarwal, Roopa Rawat, Sadhana Baghel, Ravita Thakran, Qamar Zaheer, Shriram Garg, Sanjiv Kapoor
AIM: To test the validity of an augmented tuberculosis skin test (a-TST) combined with Quantiferon TB-gold® (QFTG) test for the screening of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) being considered for treatment with biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or targeted synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. METHOD: Standard TST using 1 tuberculin unit (TU) of purified protein derivative (PPD, RT23 strain) was carried out...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341447/anti-transcription-intermediary-factor-1%C3%AE-antibody-titer-correlates-with-clinical-symptoms-in-a-patient-with-recurrent-dermatomyositis-associated-with-ovarian-cancer
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Mika Teraishi, Kimiko Nakajima, Tatsushi Ishimoto, Mayuko Yamamoto, Nagamasa Maeda, Yoshinao Muro, Shigetoshi Sano
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January 17, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316328/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-pirfenidone-by-interference-with-the-hedgehog-signalling-pathway-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#5
Hua Xiao, Guang-Feng Zhang, Xiang-Ping Liao, Xiao-Jie Li, Jian Zhang, Haobo Lin, Zhe Chen, Xiao Zhang
AIM: To determine whether pirfenidone attenuates lung fibrosis by interfering with the hedgehog (Hh) signalling pathway in patients with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). METHODS: Twenty-five SSc-ILD patients (20 first visit, five who underwent pirfenidone treatment for 6 months) and 10 healthy controls were recruited. Lung tissues were obtained by open-chest surgery, and primary lung fibroblasts were isolated, cultured and stimulated with pirfenidone...
January 7, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314776/chronicity-index-especially-glomerular-sclerosis-is-the-most-powerful-predictor-of-renal-response-following-immunosuppressive-treatment-in-patients-with-lupus-nephritis
#6
Dong-Jin Park, Sung-Eun Choi, Haimuzi Xu, Ji-Hyoun Kang, Kyung-Eun Lee, Ji Shin Lee, Yoo-Duk Choi, Shin-Seok Lee
AIM: Renal responses to immunosuppressive agents in patients with lupus nephritis (LN) differ depending on ethnicity, follow-up duration, disease severity and treatment. Thus, we evaluated predictors of complete remission during the first year following immunosuppressive treatment in patients with LN. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 79 patients who underwent kidney biopsy prior to the start of induction treatment and who were subsequently treated with immunosuppressive drugs for at least 6 months and followed-up for more than a year...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314762/opportunistic-infections-in-patients-with-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies
#7
Ada Redondo-Benito, Adrian Curran, Ana Villar-Gomez, Ernesto Trallero-Araguas, Andreu Fernández-Codina, Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Jose Ángel Rodrigo-Pendás, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
AIM: To describe the prevalence, clinical characteristics and risk factors of opportunistic infection (OI) in a cohort of patients with inflammatory myopathies, and compare mortality rates between those with and without OIs. METHODS: In total, 204 patients from our myositis cohort were reviewed to identify patients who had experienced an OI during the period 1986-2014. The patients' clinical characteristics, treatments received, and outcomes were systematically recorded...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314744/clinical-and-economic-implications-of-upper-gastrointestinal-adverse-events-in-asian-rheumatological-patients-on-long-term-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs
#8
Lydia Say Lee Pok, Fatiha Hana Shabaruddin, Maznah Dahlui, Sargunan Sockalingam, Mohd Shahrir Mohamed Said, Azmillah Rosman, Ing Soo Lau, Liza Mohd Isa, Heselynn Hussein, Chin Teck Ng, Sanjiv Mahadeva
AIM: To determine the incidence and direct costs of NSAID-induced upper GI adverse events in Malaysian rheumatology patients. METHODS: A retrospective, multi-centre, cohort study of rheumatology patients on long-term NSAIDs was conducted. Clinical data of patients treated between 2010 and 2013 were collected for a 24-month follow-up period. The costs of managing upper GI adverse events were based on patient level resource use data. RESULTS: Six hundred and thirty-four patients met the inclusion criteria: mean age 53...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314707/comparison-of-early-versus-late-onset-familial-mediterranean-fever
#9
Nazife Sule Yasar Bilge, Ismail Sari, Dilek Solmaz, Soner Senel, Hakan Emmungil, Levent Kilic, Sibel Yilmaz Oner, Fatih Yildiz, Sedat Yilmaz, Duygu Ersozlu Bozkirli, Muge Aydin Tufan, Sema Yilmaz, Veli Yazisiz, Yavuz Pehlivan, Cemal Bes, Gozde Yildirim Cetin, Sukran Erten, Emel Gonullu, Fezan Sahin, Servet Akar, Kenan Aksu, Umut Kalyoncu, Haner Direskeneli, Eren Erken, Mehmet Sayarlioglu, Muhammed Cınar, Timucin Kasifoglu
AIM: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common autoinflammatory disease. One of the common characteristics of this disease is its young age predominance. Nearly 90% of patients experience disease flares during early adult age periods. Currently there are limited data for the comparison of early versus late onset FMF and therefore the primary aim of this study was to investigate these two subsets with regard to their certain demographic, clinical and genetic differences. METHODS: Early (≤ 20 years, Group 1) and late (> 20 years, Group 2) onset FMF patients were identified from the national FMF registry that involves 2246 patients from 15 adult rheumatology clinics located in different geographical areas of Turkey...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314669/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-associated-with-tibial-bone-pain-and-tenderness-a-possible-contributive-role
#10
Mansour Babaei, Mehdi Esmaeili Jadidi, Behzad Heidari, Hemmat Gholinia
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteomalacia and a variety of musculoskeletal pain. This study aimed to determine the association of vitamin D deficiency with tibial bone pain and tenderness. METHODS: Patients with leg pain, defined as local pain and tenderness over tibial bones for ≥ 6 weeks were consecutively selected. Secondary causes of pain were excluded by appropriate clinical, radiological and laboratory examinations. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) was assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method and levels < 20 ng/mL were considered as deficiency...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314663/mefv-gene-testing-may-guide-physicians-for-early-diagnosis-of-familial-mediterranean-fever
#11
Mehmet E Tezcan, Mehmet Avci, Ridvan Mercan, Mehmet Aliustaoglu, Mehmet Sargin
INTRODUCTION: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is characterized by recurrent attacks of polyserositis. Even though clinical assessment is accepted to be the most important factor in the diagnosis of FMF, some diagnostic procedures may help the physician. In this study, we aimed to compare the number of diagnostic procedures performed and number of physician referrals in early diagnosed and late diagnosed cases. Furthermore, we assessed which diagnostic approaches would affect the decision-making of physicians in the early diagnosed patients...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314651/prevalence-and-predictors-of-asymptomatic-vertebral-fractures-in-inflammatory-myositis
#12
Latika Gupta, Able Lawrence, Sukesh Edavalath, Ramnath Misra
AIM: To assess the frequency and risk factors of asymptomatic vertebral fractures in inflammatory myositis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Dorsal and lumbar spine lateral radiographs were taken for adults with inflammatory myositis and scored using Genant's semi-quantitative technique. Demographic data, weight, height, postmenopausal status, duration of corticosteroid use, drug intake, co-morbidities and past history of fractures were recorded. Bone mineral density (BMD) was assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314768/medium-and-long-chain-acylcarnitines-are-associated-with-osteoarthritis-severity-and-arterial-stiffness-in-end-stage-osteoarthritis-patients-a-case-control-study
#13
Kaspar Tootsi, Jaak Kals, Mihkel Zilmer, Kaido Paapstel, Aigar Ottas, Aare Märtson
AIM: Arterial pathology has been suggested to be involved in osteoarthritis (OA). Metabolic profiling enables the determination of low-molecular-weight molecules, which might further explain the pathogenesis of OA and its relationship with cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The aim of this study was to compare the metabolic profile of lipid metabolism-related compounds and arterial stiffness in OA patients and in controls. METHOD: The serum of 70 end-stage OA patients prior to joint replacement surgery and 82 age-matched controls were analyzed by the AbsoluteIDQ™ p180 kit (BIOCRATES Life Sciences AG, Innsbruck, Austria) using the targeted metabolomic approach...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314753/functional-mannose-binding-lectin-levels-in-patients-with-pediatric-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-remission
#14
Siyaram Didel, Deepti Suri, Amit Rawat, Surjit Singh
BACKGROUND: Complement system plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Excessive activation of complement causes tissue injury and SLE occurrence is typically associated with congenital deficiencies of the early components of the classical complement pathway. Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is recognized as important causative factor in the etio-pathogenesis of SLE and MBL-2 gene has evolved as a candidate gene for SLE susceptibility. AIM: This study was done to assess the functional MBL (fMBL) level in SLE patients in remission and its co-relation with disease severity and outcome...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314738/long-term-efficacy-and-safety-of-add-on-tacrolimus-for-persistent-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-despite-treatment-with-methotrexate-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitors
#15
Taio Naniwa, Shiho Iwagaitsu, Mikiko Kajiura
AIM: To assess the long-term efficacy and safety of adding tacrolimus for patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) despite anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy with methotrexate. METHODS: Consecutive patients who were treated with adding tacrolimus onto anti-TNF therapy with methotrexate for active RA despite anti-TNF therapy with methotrexate, were retrospectively analyzed in terms of treatment response, achieving remission, subsequent treatment tapering and adverse events...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314645/tofacitinib-with-conventional-synthetic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-chinese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-patient-reported-outcomes-from-a-phase-3-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Zhanguo Li, Yuan An, Houheng Su, Xiangpei Li, Jianhua Xu, Yi Zheng, Guiye Li, Kenneth Kwok, Lisy Wang, Qizhe Wu
AIM: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We assess the effect of tofacitinib + conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) on patient-reported outcomes in Chinese patients with RA and inadequate response to DMARDs. METHODS: This analysis of data from the Phase 3 study ORAL Sync included Chinese patients randomized 4 : 4 : 1 : 1 to receive tofacitinib 5 mg twice daily, tofacitinib 10 mg twice daily, placebo→tofacitinib 5 mg twice daily, or placebo→tofacitinib 10 mg twice daily, with csDMARDs...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29271108/validation-of-screening-questionnaires-for-evaluation-of-knee-osteoarthritis-prevalence-in-the-general-population-of-singapore
#17
Ying-Ying Leung, Stefan Ma, Maria Noviani, Steven B-S Wong, Chee Min Lee, Irene A-L Soh, Julian Thumboo
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (KOA) in Singapore is unknown. We aimed to: (i) validate questionnaires to screen for symptomatic KOA; and (ii) estimate the prevalence of symptomatic KOA in Singapore using the validated algorithms. METHODS: Subjects aged ≥50 years were evaluated for symptomatic KOA based on American College of Rheumatology clinical and radiographic criteria in a rheumatology clinic, and completed three sets of adapted screening questionnaires...
December 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243407/rheumatic-diseases-are-associated-with-a-higher-risk-of-dementia-a-nation-wide-population-based-case-control-study
#18
Kuan-Ting Chen, Yen-Chung Chen, Yu-Hsi Fan, Wen-Xiu Lin, Wun-Cin Lin, Yu-Hsun Wang, Lichi Lin, Jeng-Yuan Chiou, James C-C Wei
AIM: Previous research demonstrated the possible relevance of dementia and rheumatic diseases. This population-based study aims to investigate the association of rheumatic diseases and dementia. METHODS: The data of this case-control study was extracted from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Diagnosis of dementia and rheumatic diseases mentioned in this study were retrieved by the International Classification of Diseases-9 code. We recruited cases (n = 10 180) with dementia and controls (n = 61 080) during 2000-2010, by matching on age, gender and index date with a match ratio 1 : 6...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239128/efficacy-of-anakinra-in-a-patient-with-systemic-amyloidosis-presented-with-amyloidoma
#19
Hulya Nalcacioglu, Ozan Ozkaya, Gurkan Genc, Suat Ayyildiz, Mehmet Kefeli, Murat Elli, Oguz Aydin, Meltem Ceyhan Bilgici
Amyloidosis is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by extracellular deposition of unique protein fibrils. The least common presentation of an amyloid deposition is as a discrete mass called amyloidoma or amyloid tumor. We report a case of a soft tissue amyloidoma in the abdomen of a 16-year-old girl who was diagnosed as having systemic amyloidosis. A girl aged 16 years was referred to our hospital with a pre-diagnosis of a retroperitoneal mass documented with abdominal ultrasonography and tomography...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230954/association-between-vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphisms-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-an-indian-cohort
#20
Harishankar Mahto, Rina Tripathy, Bidyut K Das, Aditya K Panda
AIM: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder with various clinical manifestations. Susceptibility to development of SLE has been linked to several factors, such as genetic, environmental and hormonal. Vitamin D appears to have a regulatory role on disease manifestation and activity. Vitamin D exerts its effect through vitamin D receptors (VDR). Several studies have demonstrated an association between VDR polymorphisms and susceptibility to SLE in different populations, although the results are still inconclusive...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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