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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814904/the-journey-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-review-of-reported-lag-times-from-the-onset-of-symptoms
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REVIEW
Alaa S Barhamain, Rami F Magliah, Mohammad H Shaheen, Shurooq F Munassar, Ayman M Falemban, Mohammed M Alshareef, Hani M Almoallim
BACKGROUND: Even after achieving tremendous advances in diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), many of the patients undergo delays in diagnosis and initiation of treatment, which leads to worsening of the condition and poor prognosis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to perform a literature review to quantify the lag times in diagnosis and treatment of RA and study the reported factors associated with it. METHODS: The authors searched literature published until September 2016 in electronic full-text and abstract databases and hand-searched the suitable articles...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790870/repository-corticotropin-injection-as-adjunctive-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-who-have-failed-previous-therapies-with-at-least-three-different-modes-of-action
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Theresa Gillis, Megan Crane, Carly Hinkle, Nathan Wei
OBJECTIVE: Many types of treatment are available for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), however, some patients fail to achieve remission. This report aims to determine the safety and efficacy of using repository corticotropin injection (RCI) as an adjunctive therapy in patients with RA refractory to at least three therapeutics with different mechanisms of action. METHOD: In this open-label, interventional, single-group study, patients received 80 U RCI twice weekly via subcutaneous injection over 12 weeks...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744167/muckle-wells-syndrome-clinical-perspectives
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REVIEW
Tu-Anh Tran
Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) is a rare autoinflammatory disorder. It is due to NLRP3 gene mutations, responsible for excessive caspase-1 activation and interleukin 1β processing. MWS is the intermediate phenotype of severity of cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome. Urticarial rash, conjunctivitis, recurrent fever, arthralgia, and fatigue are the main clinical manifestations of MWS. Yet, sensorineural hearing loss and renal amyloidosis can occur after long term evolution. Patients' quality of life has been drastically improved with the advent of IL-1 inhibitors...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652830/clinical-and-serological-characteristics-of-ecuadorian-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Carlos Ríos, Génessis Maldonado, Carlos Paredes, Christian Ferro, Mario Moreno, Claudia Vera, Sara Vargas, Wendy Calapaqui, Carlos Vallejo
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune inflammatory disease, wherein late diagnosis and treatment leads to deformities and disability. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess and describe the clinical and immunological characteristics, activity status of the disease, and functional capacity in a cohort of Ecuadorian patients with RA. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, descriptive study conducted on a population of patients with prediagnosed RA from public and private Ecuadorian rheumatology clinics...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615978/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-cancer-patients-with-post-chemotherapy-arthritis-a-retrospective-case-series-report
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Hani Almoallim, Sultana Abdulaziz, Eilaf Fallatah, Haya Alhazmi, Nuha Meraiani, Tuqa Bazuhair, Mohammed Mansour, Anan Tayeb, Omar Fathaldin
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this report was to describe the demographics, clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with cancer presenting with arthritis following chemotherapy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective case series report. We included any patient ≥18 years of age with an established diagnosis of cancer who had received standard therapeutic intervention and was subsequently diagnosed with arthritis after developing rheumatic symptoms either during or after treatment...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546775/psychological-well-being-among-us-adults-with-arthritis-and-the-unmet-need-for-mental-health-care
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Laura E Straub, Miriam G Cisternas
PURPOSE: Mental health conditions can increase the risk of disability among adults with arthritis. The objective of this analysis was to compare the prevalence of serious psychological distress (SPD), depression, and anxiety among US adults with arthritis vs. those without; characterize adults with arthritis with and without SPD; and determine correlates of seeing a mental health professional during the year for adults with arthritis and SPD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of adults in the 2011-2013 National Health Interview Survey...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503078/variations-in-the-clinical-practice-of-physicians-managing-takayasu-arteritis-a-nationwide-survey
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Lillian Barra, Patrick Liang, Susanne M Benseler, David A Cabral, Aurore Fifi-Mah, Yueyang Li, Nataliya Milman, Marinka Twilt, Elaine Yacyshyn, Christian Pagnoux
OBJECTIVE: Takayasu arteritis (TAK) is a large vessel vasculitis that predominately affects young women and can cause severe ischemic complications. Given the rarity of TAK, the management of this condition is challenging. We aim to describe current rheumatologist practices for the management of TAK and identify discrepancies and gaps in knowledge. METHODS: An online survey (developed by the Canadian Vasculitis Network and approved by the Canadian Rheumatology Association) containing 48 questions with regard to the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of TAK was distributed to 495 Canadian adult and pediatric rheu-matologists by email...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490909/determining-early-referral-criteria-for-patients-with-suspected-inflammatory-arthritis-presenting-to-primary-care-physicians-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hani Almoallim, Nahid Janoudi, Suzan M Attar, Mohammed Garout, Shereen Algohary, Muhammad Irfanullah Siddiqui, Hanan Alosaimi, Ashraf Ibrahim, Amira Badokhon, Zaki Algasemi
OBJECTIVE: Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment for inflammatory arthritis can greatly improve patient outcome. We aimed to provide standardized and validated criteria for use by primary care physicians (PCPs) in the identification of individuals requiring referral to a rheumatologist. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the predictive value of a wide variety of demographic variables, patient-reported complaints, physical examination results, and biomarkers in order to identify the most useful factors for indicating a requirement for referral...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435338/recommendations-for-optimizing-methotrexate-treatment-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Alfonso E Bello, Elizabeth L Perkins, Randy Jay, Petros Efthimiou
Methotrexate (MTX) remains the cornerstone therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with well-established safety and efficacy profiles and support in international guidelines. Clinical and radiologic results indicate benefits of MTX monotherapy and combination with other agents, yet patients may not receive optimal dosing, duration, or route of administration to maximize their response to this drug. This review highlights best practices for MTX use in RA patients. First, to improve the response to oral MTX, a high initial dose should be administered followed by rapid titration...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392718/single-arm-open-label-study-of-durolane-nasha-nonanimal-hyaluronic-acid-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis-of-the-thumb
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Eloisa Velasco, Mª Victoria Ribera, Joan Pi
INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis of the trapeziometacarpal (TMC) joint of the thumb - also known as rhizarthrosis - is painful and has a significant impact on quality of life. Intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid may potentially meet the need for effective, minimally invasive intervention in patients not responding adequately to initial treatment. We aimed to confirm the safety and effectiveness of viscosupplementation with Durolane (NASHA nonanimal hyaluronic acid) in rhizarthrosis...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352206/color-duplex-ultrasonography-findings-of-temporal-arteries-in-a-case-of-giant-cell-arteritis-role-in-diagnosis-and-follow-up
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Antonella Laria, Alfredo Lurati, Magda Scarpellini
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects medium- and large-sized arteries. The diagnostic gold standard is the temporal artery biopsy, but it has limited sensitivity and some difficulties in reproducibility. Color duplex ultrasonography is a noninvasive, reproducible, and inexpensive method for diagnosis of temporal arteries involvement (temporal arteritis [TA]) in GCA with high sensitivity and specificity. We present the ultrasound findings at baseline and during follow-up in a case of TA in a patient with GCA...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331377/management-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-during-pregnancy-challenges-and-solutions
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REVIEW
Caroline L Knight, Catherine Nelson-Piercy
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, multisystem autoimmune disease predominantly affecting women, particularly those of childbearing age. SLE provides challenges in the prepregnancy, antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods for these women, and for the medical, obstetric, and midwifery teams who provide their care. As with many medical conditions in pregnancy, the best maternal and fetal-neonatal outcomes are obtained with a planned pregnancy and a cohesive multidisciplinary approach. Effective prepregnancy risk assessment and counseling includes exploration of factors for poor pregnancy outcome, discussion of risks, and appropriate planning for pregnancy, with consideration of discussion of relative contraindications to pregnancy...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331376/long-term-safety-and-efficacy-of-biosimilar-infliximab-among-patients-with-inflammatory-arthritis-switched-from-reference-product
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Abuelmagd Abdalla, Niamh Byrne, Richard Conway, Thomas Walsh, Geraldine Mannion, Michael Hanly, Miriam O'Sullivan, Ann Maria Curran, John J Carey
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the biosimilar infliximab in adult patients with inflammatory arthritis switched from reference product in our center. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In April 2014, patients attending our rheumatology service for infliximab infusions were switched from reference product to the biosimilar infliximab following consent and hospital approval. RESULTS: Around 34 patients with inflammatory arthritis were switched from reference product to biosimilar infliximab in 2014: 50% female, mean age 55 years (standard deviation=12...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280401/review-of-the-treatment-of-psoriatic-arthritis-with-biological-agents-choice-of-drug-for-initial-therapy-and-switch-therapy-for-non-responders
#14
REVIEW
Salvatore D'Angelo, Giuseppina Tramontano, Michele Gilio, Pietro Leccese, Ignazio Olivieri
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a heterogeneous chronic inflammatory disease with a broad clinical spectrum and variable course. It can involve musculoskeletal structures as well as skin, nails, eyes, and gut. The management of PsA has changed tremendously in the last decade, thanks to an earlier diagnosis, an advancement in pharmacological therapies, and a wider application of a multidisciplinary approach. The commercialization of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, and infliximab) as well as interleukin (IL)-12/23 (ustekinumab) and IL-17 (secukinumab) inhibitors is representative of a revolution in the treatment of PsA...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280400/telemedicine-delivery-of-patient-education-in-remote-ontario-communities-feasibility-of-an-advanced-clinician-practitioner-in-arthritis-care-acpac-led-inflammatory-arthritis-education-program
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Kelly Warmington, Carol Flewelling, Carol A Kennedy, Rachel Shupak, Angelo Papachristos, Caroline Jones, Denise Linton, Dorcas E Beaton, Sydney Lineker
OBJECTIVE: Telemedicine-based approaches to health care service delivery improve access to care. It was recognized that adults with inflammatory arthritis (IA) living in remote areas had limited access to patient education and could benefit from the 1-day Prescription for Education (RxEd) program. The program was delivered by extended role practitioners with advanced training in arthritis care. Normally offered at one urban center, RxEd was adapted for videoconference delivery through two educator development workshops that addressed telemedicine and adult education best practices...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053559/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-links-risks-and-management-strategies
#16
REVIEW
Konstantinos Tselios, Dafna D Gladman, Murray B Urowitz
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by the second highest prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), after systemic sclerosis, among the connective tissue diseases. SLE-associated PAH is hemodynamically defined by increased mean pulmonary artery pressure at rest (≥25 mmHg) with normal pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (≤15 mmHg) and increased pulmonary vascular resistance. Estimated prevalence ranges from 0.5% to 17.5% depending on the diagnostic method used and the threshold of right ventricular systolic pressure in studies using transthoracic echocardiogram...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956846/repository-corticotropin-injection-in-patients-with-refractory-psoriatic-arthritis-a-case-series
#17
Alan N Brown
PURPOSE: Although numerous treatment options are available for patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a need for effective and tolerable treatments remains for patients with refractory disease who have failed previous therapies and continue to experience tender and/or swollen joints, pain, and disease activity. Repository corticotropin injection (RCI) is believed to produce steroidogenic, steroid-independent, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects in patients with rheumatic disorders, such as PsA...
2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920585/medical-expert-testimony-as-conflict-of-interest-regarding-the-onset-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-following-trauma
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COMMENT
David D Sherry
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2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895519/portal-hypertension-an-uncommon-clinical-manifestation-of-takayasu-arteritis-in-a-9-year-old-child
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Cristina N Herrera, Javier E Tomala-Haz
Takayasu arteritis (TA) is the third most common childhood vasculitis and its clinical manifestations depend on the arteries involved. We report a case of a 9-year-old boy with multiple aneurysms in carotid and iliac arteries, subclavian and coronary arteries, and abdominal aorta. At the age of 7 years, he presented with recurrent fever and hepatosplenomegaly. An angio-computed tomography scan showed aneurysms in the left subclavian artery, abdominal aorta, and both proximal iliac arteries. He was diagnosed with TA and was treated with corticosteroids, aspirin, and enalapril...
2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843376/anxiety-and-depression-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis-impact-and-management-challenges
#20
Anirudh Sharma, Prtha Kudesia, Qian Shi, Rajiv Gandhi
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression are common psychological comorbidities that impact the quality of life (QoL) of patients. In this systematic review, we 1) determined the impact of anxiety and depression on outcomes in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and 2) summarized unique challenges these comorbidities present to current OA management. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed using the OVID Medline and EMBASE databases until April 2016...
2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
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