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Rheumatology review

Francesco Carubbi, Alessia Alunno, Paola Cipriani, Onelia Bistoni, Rosa Scipioni, Vasiliki Liakouli, Piero Ruscitti, Onorina Berardicurti, Salvatore Di Bartolomeo, Roberto Gerli, Roberto Giacomelli
Current patient care in rheumatology relies primarily on a combination of traditional clinical assessment and standard laboratory tests. Investigators seek to discover new biomarkers and novel technologies such as the 'omics' boosted the research in this field. Mechanistic biomarkers such as cytokines, cell types, antibodies, signaling molecules, are rooted in the mechanism underlying the disease and can guide the clinical management of the disease. Conversely, descriptive biomarkers are byproducts of the disease process, depict the state of a disease but are not involved in its pathogenesis...
March 19, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reviews
Jill Hall, K Julia Kaal, Junho Lee, Ross Duncan, Nicole Tsao, Mark Harrison
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: A number of novel models of care utilizing allied healthcare professionals, including nurses and pharmacists, have emerged as an alternate to rheumatologist specialist care to achieve disease outcomes in patients with inflammatory arthritis. We conducted a review of the literature for studies from the past 5 years that reported on measures of patient satisfaction and/or any health economic outcome in a model of care where the care providers had substantial, but not completely independent, responsibility...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Valérie Leclair, Ingrid E Lundberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) classification criteria have been a subject of debate for many decades. Despite several limitations, the Bohan and Peter criteria are still widely used. The aim of this review is to discuss the evolution of IIM classification criteria. RECENT FINDINGS: New IIM classification criteria are periodically proposed. The discovery of myositis-specific and myositis-associated autoantibodies led to the development of clinico-serological criteria, while in-depth description of IIM morphological features improved histopathology-based criteria...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Jennifer L Medlin, Karen E Hansen, Sara S McCoy, Christie M Bartels
OBJECTIVES: Phenotypes differ between late- and early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Prior studies suggested that there may be more pulmonary disease among late-onset patients. Our objective was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the differences in pulmonary manifestations in late- versus early-onset SLE. METHODS: We searched the literature using PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE. We excluded studies that did not include American College of Rheumatology SLE classification criteria, an early-onset SLE comparison group, or those that defined late-onset SLE as <50 years of age...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Tristan Pascart, Frédéric Lioté
This review article summarizes the relevant English literature on gout from 2010 through April 2017. It emphasizes that the current epidemiology of gout indicates a rising prevalence worldwide, not only in Western countries but also in Southeast Asia, in close relationship with the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics. New pathogenic mechanisms of chronic hyperuricaemia focus on the gut (microbiota, ABCG2 expression) after the kidney. Cardiovascular and renal comorbidities are the key points to consider in terms of management...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology
L B Amsden, P T Davidson, H B Fevrier, R Goldfien, L J Herrinton
Purpose To better understand diagnostic delay and doctor-patient communication during the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematous in patients without malar rash, we conducted a qualitative study of primary care providers' perceptions. Methods We conducted in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of eight primary care physicians in Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Telephone interviews were recorded, transcribed, reviewed, and coded for domains and themes. Results We identified five domains related to diagnosis: initial assessment and tests, initial diagnosis and empiric treatment, timeliness of diagnosis, communicating with the patient, and opportunities for improvement...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Sujith Subesinghe, Katie Bechman, Andrew I Rutherford, David Goldblatt, James B Galloway
OBJECTIVE: Vaccination is a key strategy to reduce infection risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is advocated in internationally recognized rheumatology society guidelines. The aim was to evaluate to the effect of antirheumatic drugs on influenza and pneumococcal vaccine immunogenicity. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature review and metaanalysis comparing the humoral response to influenza (pandemic and seasonal trivalent subunit vaccines) and pneumococcal (23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, 7- and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugated vaccines) vaccination in adult patients with RA treated with antirheumatic drugs...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Alexandra Okihiro, Rachana Hasija, Lillia Fung, Bonnie Cameron, Brian M Feldman, Ronald Laxer, Rayfel Schneider, Earl Silverman, Lynn Spiegel, Rae S M Yeung, Shirley M L Tse
BACKGROUND: Anti-TNF (Tumor necrosis factor) therapy is effective in treating pediatric patients with refractory rheumatic disease. There is however a concern that anti-TNF usage may increase the risk of malignancy. Reports on specific types of malignancy in this patient population have been emerging over the past decade, but there is a need for additional malignancy reports, as these events are rare. Therefore, a retrospective chart review was performed on the biologic database of pediatric rheumatology patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) from 1997 to 2013 for neoplasms, patient demographic information and rheumatologic treatment course...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
Désirée van der Heijde, David I Daikh, Neil Betteridge, Gerd R Burmester, Afton L Hassett, Eric L Matteson, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Sharad Lakhanpal
A European League Against Rheumatism-American College of Rheumatology working group consisting of practicing and academic rheumatologists, a rheumatology researcher, and a patient representative created a succinct general statement describing rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) in adults and children in language that can be used in conversations with the lay public, media, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders. Based on the literature review, several elements were deemed important for inclusion in the description of RMDs...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
S D Sprengel, B Klaan, L Kintzele
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory changes of the foot are comparatively rare and can be a challenge for radiologists with respect to the differential diagnosis, especially in cases with pre-existing degenerative changes of the foot skeleton. Comprehensive anamnesis and the use of contrast-enhanced MRI diagnostics are therefore often essential for diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: This review provides a cursory overview of the morphological characteristics of inflammatory changes of the foot and their differential diagnoses with a focus on osteomyelitis, joint infections, rheumatological diseases and tenosynovitis...
March 12, 2018: Der Radiologe
Javier Rodríguez-Carrio, Polina Putrik, Alexandre Sepriano, Anna Moltó, Elena Nikiphorou, Laure Gossec, Tore K Kvien, Sofia Ramiro
Although peer review plays a central role in the maintenance of high standards in scientific research, training of reviewing skills is not included in the common education programmes. The Emerging EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) Network (EMEUNET) developed a programme to address this unmet need. The EMEUNET Peer Review Mentoring Program for Rheumatology Journals promotes a systematic training of reviewing skills by engaging mentees in a 'real world' peer review experience supervised by experienced mentors with support from rheumatology journals...
2018: RMD Open
Désirée van der Heijde, David I Daikh, Neil Betteridge, Gerd R Burmester, Afton L Hassett, Eric L Matteson, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Sharad Lakhanpal
A European League Against Rheumatism-American College of Rheumatology working group consisting of practising and academic rheumatologists, a rheumatology researcher and a patient representative created a succinct general statement describing rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) in adults and children in language that can be used in conversations with the lay public, media, healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Based on the literature review, several elements were deemed important for inclusion in the description of RMDs...
March 10, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Surabhi S Vinod, Annelle B Reed, Jamelle Maxwell, Randy Q Cron, Matthew L Stoll
BACKGROUND: Children with chronic rheumatic disease often require intravenous (IV) therapy. Our center has instituted standardized protocols for use of IV medications in rheumatology patients. Herein, we introduce the therapeutic protocols and report on their short-term safety. METHODS: This was an institutional review board (IRB) approved retrospective chart review of all patients who had received IV infusions between the years 2012 and 2015 at a single center, prescribed by a pediatric rheumatologist...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
R F van Vollenhoven, M L'ami, G Wolbink
BACKGROUND: An important goal in medicine is to provide patients with individualised and personalised treatment. Personalised medicine is making an important contribution. AIM: To summarise developments in the field of personalised medicine in rheumatology. METHOD: We review the results so far and discuss what developments we can expect in the future. RESULTS: In rheumatology there have been advances in three main areas: 1...
2018: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
Aileen Y Chang, Liliana Encinales, Jeffrey M Bethony, Gary L Simon
Supported by the Rheumatology Research Foundation and the NIH (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grants UL1-TR-001876 and KL2-TR-001877). We would like to thank Mogami et. al., for sharing their experience with chikungunya virus in the Brazilian context, especially highlighting the possible utility of ultrasound during the sub-acute phase to identify severe or evolving cases of arthritis. Indeed, Doppler ultrasound may be an effective approach to identify patients that might benefit from treatment with disease modifying agents such as methotrexate during the sub-acute phase...
March 7, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Sezen Karakus, Alan N Baer, Devika Agrawal, Merve Gurakar, Robert W Massof, Esen K Akpek
PURPOSE: To investigate the value of 3 novel autoantibodies [salivary protein 1 (SP1), carbonic anhydrase 6 (CA6), and parotid secretory protein (PSP)] in differentiating Sjögren's syndrome (SS)-related dry eye from non-SS dry eye. METHODS: Forty-six dry eye patients with SS (SS dry eye), 14 dry eye patients without SS (non-SS dry eye), and 25 controls were included. The 2012 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria were used for the diagnosis of SS...
April 2018: Cornea
Fawad Aslam, Nasim Ahmed Khan
Introduction: Comorbidities influence the prognosis, clinical outcomes, disease activity, and treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA patients have a high-comorbidity burden necessitating their study. Comorbidity indices are used to measure comorbidities and to study their impacts on different outcomes. A large number of such indices are used in clinical research. Some indices have been specifically developed in RA patients. Aim: This review aims to provide an overview of generic and specific comorbidity indices commonly used in RA research...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Mohammed D Saleem
Rosacea is one of the most common and misunderstood dermatologic conditions. Currently, rosacea criteria are based on expert opinion; the definition of rosacea is primarily a reflection of opinion that is prone to bias. It has been more than a decade since the initial criteria were created by the National Rosacea Society. Revisiting the criteria and incorporating evidence-based techniques used by rheumatology and psychiatry can improve the validity and reliability of rosacea criteria. Literature from other specialties is reviewed and a method proposed for developing valid criteria...
April 2018: Dermatologic Clinics
Alvise Berti, Divi Cornec, Jose R Medina Inojosa, Eric L Matteson, M Hassan Murad
BACKGROUND: To better communicate the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of giant cell arteritis (GCA), we propose the use of the fragility index (FI), which is an intuitive measure defined as the minimum number of subjects whose status would have to change (e.g., from having the outcome to not) to render a statistically significant result nonsignificant, or vice-versa. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and random-effects meta-analysis of RCTs of glucocorticoid (GC) sparing strategies for relapse-free maintenance in GCA, and used the FI to simplify the presentation of results...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Asma Javed, Zaraq Khan, Siobhan T Pittock, Jani R Jensen
Fertility preservation therapies can conserve future reproductive potential for persons facing serious medical diagnoses. With cure rates for childhood cancer reaching almost 80%, quality-of-life concerns for long-term survivors, including future parenting, are becoming more pertinent. Late effects of childhood cancer can be divided into physical, social, psychological, and spiritual domains. Potential loss of fertility threatens the well-being of these children in all these domains. Providers often hesitate to discuss fertility preservation with the patients...
March 2018: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
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