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International Journal of Rheumatology

C Singgih Wahono, Cameleia Diah Setyorini, Handono Kalim, Nurdiana Nurdiana, Kusworini Handono
Background: Curcumin contained in Curcuma xanthorrhiza is an immunomodulator that has similar biological effect as vitamin D. Combination of curcumin and vitamin D 3 is expected to work synergistically. Objective: To determine the effect of Curcuma xanthorrhiza supplementation on vitamin D 3 administration to SLEDAI, IL-6, and TGF- β 1 serum in SLE patients with hypovitamin D. Methods: This was a double-blind RCT conducted in Saiful Anwar Hospital, Malang, in January 2016-March 2017...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Lebogang Mokotedi, Sulé Gunter, Chanel Robinson, Gavin R Norton, Angela J Woodiwiss, Linda Tsang, Patrick H Dessein, Aletta M E Millen
This study compared the estimated prevalence and potential determinants of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction upon applying different classification criteria in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). LV diastolic function was assessed echocardiographically by pulsed Doppler (E/A), tissue Doppler (E/e', lateral and septal e'), and left atrial volume index in 176 RA patients. Relationships of traditional cardiovascular risk factors and RA characteristics with LV diastolic function and dysfunction according to previous and current criteria were determined in multivariate regression models...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
William F C Rigby, Kathy Lampl, Jason M Low, Daniel E Furst
Safety concerns associated with many drugs indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be attenuated by the early identification of toxicity through routine laboratory monitoring; however, a comprehensive review of the recommended monitoring guidelines for the different available RA therapies is currently unavailable. The aim of this review is to summarize the current guidelines for laboratory monitoring in patients with RA and to provide an overview of the laboratory abnormality profiles associated with each drug indicated for RA...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
C Romero-Sánchez, W Bautista-Molano, V Parra, J De Avila, J C Rueda, J M Bello-Gualtero, J Londoño, R Valle-Oñate
Background: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is a group of articular inflammatory rheumatic diseases that their gastrointestinal manifestations are around 10% of their extra-articular symptoms, supporting that the inflammatory response of the intestinal mucosa could be associated with the clinical status. Objectives: To investigate the association between gastrointestinal symptoms and autoantibodies and disease activity between SpA patients, healthy subjects (HS), and patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Mahamed Ateef, Sivachidambaram Kulandaivelan, Mazen Alqahtani
Purpose: The primary aim of this study was to translate a self-reported questionnaire (KOOS) from English to Urdu and then to see its internal consistency, agreement, test-retest reliability, and validity among primary OA knee patients. Methodology: First, KOOS questionnaire was translated from English language to Urdu through standardized cross-cultural protocol. This translated version of KOOS was administered to 111 radiographically diagnosed primary OA knee patients at two times with 48-hour interval in-between...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Atsushi Hashimoto, Shiori Suto, Kouichiro Horie, Hidefumi Fukuda, Shinichi Nogi, Kanako Iwata, Hirotaka Tsuno, Hideki Ogihara, Misato Kawakami, Akiko Komiya, Hiroshi Furukawa, Toshihiro Matsui, Shigeto Tohma
Objective: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be complicated by different infections, but risk factors for these are not fully elucidated. Here, we assessed the incidence of and risk factors for infections requiring hospitalization (IRH) including pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in patients with RA. Methods: We retrospectively surveyed all RA patients treated at our hospital from 2009 to 2013, for whom data were available on demographic features, medications, comorbidities, and severity of RA...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Fahd Adeeb, Austin G Stack, Alexander D Fraser
Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic relapsing vasculitis that affects vessels of all types and sizes with a broad spectrum of phenotypic heterogeneity and complex immunopathogenesis. Efforts by the scientific community to resolve the unmet needs of BD and gaps in our knowledge have been hampered by considerable challenges that primarily relate to the rare nature of the disease in many parts of the world and its heterogeneity. Controversies remain in many aspects of the disease including the diagnostic criteria, immunopathogenesis and biomarker discovery, geographical variation, and therapeutic considerations...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Victoria K Shanmugam, Nadia Meher Zaman, Sean McNish, Faye N Hant
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory disease of apocrine gland-bearing skin which affects approximately 1-4% of the population. The disease is more common in women and patients of African American descent and approximately one-third of patients report a family history. Obesity and smoking are known risk factors, but associations with other immune disorders, especially inflammatory bowel disease, are also recognized. The pathogenesis of HS is poorly understood and host innate or adaptive immune response, defective keratinocyte function, and the microbial environment in the hair follicle and apocrine gland have all been postulated to play a role in disease activity...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Alexander Tsoukas, Sasha Bernatsky, Lawrence Joseph, David L Buckeridge, Patrick Bélisle, Christian A Pineau
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incidence rate of clinically apparent arterial thrombotic events and associated comorbidities in patients with primary systemic vasculitis. METHODS: Using large cohort administrative data from Quebec, Canada, we identified patients with vasculitis, including polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Incident acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs) and cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) after the diagnosis of vasculitis were ascertained in the PAN and GPA group via billing and hospitalization data...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni, Nada Mawani, Fadoua Allali, Hanan Rkain, Kenza Hassouni, Ihsane Hmamouchi, Maxime Dougados
The aims of this study are to evaluate vitamin D status in 1413 RA patients of COMORA study from 15 countries and to analyze relationship between patients' RA characteristics and low levels of vitamin D. All demographic, clinical, and biological data and RA comorbidities were completed. The results showed that the average of vitamin D serum dosage was 27.3 ng/mL ± 15.1 [0.1-151]. Status of vitamin D was insufficient in 54.6% and deficient in 8.5% of patients. 43% of RA patients were supplemented with vitamin D and absence of supplementation on vitamin D was related to higher prevalence of vitamin D deficiency ( p < 0...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Lynden Roberts, Kathleen Tymms, Julien de Jager, Geoffrey Littlejohn, Hedley Griffiths, Dave Nicholls, Paul Bird, Jennifer Young, Julie Hill, Jane Zochling
OBJECTIVES: To observe the choices of conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) and biologic DMARDs (bDMARDs) in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Australian routine clinical practice, to assess treatment survival and determine the effect of cDMARDs/bDMARDs on disease activity. METHODS: Routinely collected, deidentified clinical data was sourced from 20 Australian rheumatology practices. RA patients aged ≥18 years, who had received cDMARDs/bDMARDs and a recorded subsequent visit, were included...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Anand N Malaviya, Roopa Rawat, Neha Agrawal, Nilesh S Patil
Since 1984 the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has been based upon the modified New York (mNY) criteria with mandatory presence of radiographic sacroiliitis, without which the diagnosis is not tenable. However, it may take years or decades for radiographic sacroiliitis to develop delaying the diagnosis for long periods. It did not matter in the past because no effective treatment was available. However, with the availability of a highly effective treatment, namely, tumour necrosis factor- α inhibitors (TNFi), the issue of early diagnosis of AS acquired an urgency...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Evelien Bergrath, Robert A Gerber, David Gruben, Tatjana Lukic, Charles Makin, Gene Wallenstein
Objective. To compare the efficacy and tolerability of tofacitinib, an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as monotherapy and combined with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) versus biological DMARDs (bDMARDs) and other novel DMARDs for second-line moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients by means of a systematic literature review (SLR) and network meta-analysis (NMA). Methods. MEDLINE®, EMBASE®, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched to identify randomized clinical trials (RCTs) published between 1990 and March 2015...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Juan C Rueda, Sofia Arias-Correal, Andres Y Vasquez, Enrique Calvo, Paola Peña, Marlon Porras, Jose-Ignacio Angarita, Eugenia-Lucia Saldarriaga, Ana M Santos, John Londono
Background. Clinical, laboratory, and radiologic parameters are used for diagnosis and classification of spondyloarthritis (SpA). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of sacroiliac (SI) joints is being increasingly used to detect early sacroiliitis. We decided to evaluate the interobserver agreement in MRI findings of SI joints of SpA patients between a local radiologist, a rheumatologist, and an expert radiologist in musculoskeletal diseases. Methods. 66 MRI images of the SI joints of patients with established diagnosis of SpA were evaluated...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Emil Sundstrup, Lars Louis Andersen
While musculoskeletal pain is common in the population, less is known about its labor market consequences in relation to physical activity at work. This study investigates whether hard physical work aggravates the consequences of back disorder. Using Cox regression analyses, we estimated the joint association of physical activity at work and physician-diagnosed back disorder in 2010 with the risk of register-based long-term sickness absence (LTSA) of at least 6 consecutive weeks during 2011-2012 among 9,544 employees from the general working population (Danish Work Environment Cohort Study)...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Ana Alonso-Larruga, Sagrario Bustabad, José Antonio Navarro-Gonzálvez, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Andrés Franco, Yvelise Barrios
The term undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is used to describe undiagnosed patients that do not fulfill classification criteria for definite connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren Syndrome, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis). It is important to find serological markers as predictors of the evolution or severity of these diseases. The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate if there was a milder subgroup of UCTD with a special clinical profile consisting only in the presence of anti-Ro52 autoantibodies...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
Yongdong Zhao, Fatma Dedeoglu, Polly J Ferguson, Sivia K Lapidus, Ronald M Laxer, Miranda C Bradford, Suzanne C Li
Background/Purpose. Understanding the practices of pediatric rheumatologists in diagnosing and treating chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis (CNO) can provide important information to guide the development of consensus treatment plans. The objectives of this study were to determine physicians' approaches to (1) diagnosing and monitoring CNO, (2) ordering a bone biopsy, and (3) making treatment decisions. Methods. A survey was distributed among members of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance using a web-based questionnaire...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
M Mushfiqur Rahman, Jacek A Kopec, Charlie H Goldsmith, Aslam H Anis, Jolanda Cibere
Objectives. The validity of administrative osteoarthritis (OA) diagnosis in British Columbia, Canada, was examined against X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), self-report, and the American College of Rheumatology criteria. Methods. During 2002-2005, 171 randomly selected subjects with knee pain aged 40-79 years underwent clinical assessment for OA in the knee, hip, and hands. Their administrative health records were linked during 1991-2004, in which OA was defined in two ways: (AOA1) at least one physician's diagnosis or hospital admission and (AOA2) at least two physician's diagnoses in two years or one hospital admission...
2016: International Journal of Rheumatology
Mohammad Saeed Mosleh-Shirazi, Mazin Ibrahim, Philip Pastides, Wasim Khan, Habib Rahman, Leila Jahangiri
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2016: International Journal of Rheumatology
Jirun Apinun, Panjana Sengprasert, Pongsak Yuktanandana, Srihatach Ngarmukos, Aree Tanavalee, Rangsima Reantragoon
Osteoarthritis is a condition of joint failure characterized by many pathologic changes of joint-surrounding tissues. Many evidences suggest the role of both innate and adaptive immunity that interplay, resulting either in initiation or in progression of osteoarthritis. Adaptive immune cells, in particular T cells, have been demonstrated to play a role in the development of OA in animal models. However, the underlying mechanism is yet unclear. Our aim was to correlate the frequency and phenotype of tissue-infiltrating T cells in the synovial tissue and infrapatellar fat pad with radiographic grading...
2016: International Journal of Rheumatology
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