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International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

Shefali Khanna Sharma, Sanjay Jain
Chikungunya (CHIK), a viral infection, is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It is characterized by a phase of acute infection, which is sometimes followed by chronic rheumatisim in the form of arthralgia or myalgia that can last for months and even years. Several studies have been conducted to understand the mechanisms underlying inflammation associated with CHIK infection, persistence of viruses in monocytes-macrophages, and their relationship to the chronic symptoms. Chronic arthritis is one of the serious complications of CHIK infection, which is characterized by swelling and acute pain that poorly responds to treatment with analgesics...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Sajjan Shenoy, Smriti Chaurasia, Sukesh Edavalath, Abhishek Zanwar, Vinita Agrawal, Amita Aggarwal, Ramnath Misra
INTRODUCTION: T-helper 17 (Th17) cells and T-regulatory (Treg) cells have been suggested to play pathogenic roles in lupus nephritis. The in vivo effects of current therapies for lupus nephritis (LN) on these cells have not been adequately studied. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study among patients with active proliferative lupus nephritis (LN) who received Eurolupus induction therapy and assessed them as per the European League Against Rheumatism criteria for renal response...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Velu Nair, Vivek Vasdev, Abhishek Kumar, Subramanian Shankar, Vivek Nair, Ajay Sharma
AIM: To prospectively evaluate long term outcomes in a cohort of patients with Systemic sclerosis treated with Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). METHOD: This is a prospective observational study of four SSc patients who underwent HSCT at a tertiary care center in India between 2008-2012. The selection criteria included young individuals with rapidly progressive disease and at least one major organ involvement. We used granulocyte colony-stimulating factor for peripheral blood stem cell mobilization, pre-transplant conditioning with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin followed by re-infusion of autologous stem cells as per standard institute protocol...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Ho So, Ricky W-K Ip, Victor T-L Wong, Ronald M-L Yip
AIM: To compare the prevalence of the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 antibody (anti-MDA5 Ab) in Hong Kong Chinese patients with dermatomyositis (DM) and polymyositis (PM); in addition, to examine the association of anti-MDA5 Ab and the clinical characteristics of these patients. METHODS: Twenty consecutive existing patients with DM being followed up at the Rheumatology Clinic of Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong were recruited. Twenty patients with PM were recruited from the same clinic as the controls...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Hong-Wei Tam, Chyong-Mei Chen, Pui-Ying Leong, Chao-Hsi Chen, Yuan-Chao Li, Yu-Hsun Wang, Li-Chi Lin, Jeng-Yuan Chiou, James Cheng-Chung Wei
AIM: To investigate the effects of hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine and methotrexate on ischemic stroke in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: This population-based retrospective cohort study included 7904 RA patients and 15 808 non-RA patients between 2000 and 2010. All of the participants were sampled from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan. Using univariate analyses, these two groups of patients were compared to evaluate the differences in disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs usage and demographic variables...
January 25, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Kuang-Hui Yu, Der-Yuan Chen, Jiunn-Horng Chen, Shih-Yang Chen, Shyh-Ming Chen, Tien-Tsai Cheng, Song-Chou Hsieh, Tsu-Yi Hsieh, Pai-Feng Hsu, Chang-Fu Kuo, Mei-Chuan Kuo, Hing-Chung Lam, I-Te Lee, Toong-Hua Liang, Hsiao-Yi Lin, Shih-Chang Lin, Wen-Pin Tsai, Gregory J Tsay, James Cheng-Chung Wei, Chung-Han Yang, Wen-Chan Tsai
Gout is an inflammatory disease manifested by the deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in joints, cartilage, synovial bursa, tendons or soft tissues. Gout is not a new disease, which was first documented nearly 5,000 years ago. The prevalence of gout has increased globally in recent years, imposing great disease burden worldwide. Moreover, gout or hyperuricemia is clearly associated with a variety of comorbidities, including cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease, urolithiasis, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, thyroid dysfunction, and psoriasis...
January 24, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
March 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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