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Rheumatology review

Sun-Kyeong Park, Seung-Hoo Park, Min-Young Lee, Ji-Hyun Park, Jae-Hong Jeong, Eui-Kyung Lee
PURPOSE: In south Korea, the price of biologics has been decreasing owing to patent expiration and the availability of biosimilars. This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of a treatment strategy initiated with etanercept (ETN) compared with leflunomide (LFN) after a 30% reduction in the medication cost of ETN in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with an inadequate response to methotrexate (MTX-IR). METHODS: A cohort-based Markov model was designed to evaluate the lifetime cost-effectiveness of treatment sequence initiated with ETN (A) compared with 2 sequences initiated with LFN: LFN-ETN sequence (B) and LFN sequence (C)...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
James Esposito, Zoe Brown, Wendy Stevens, Joanne Sahhar, Candice Rabusa, Jane Zochling, Janet Roddy, Jennifer Walker, Susanna M Proudman, Mandana Nikpour
BACKGROUND: In some rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), low serum complement ('hypocomplementaemia') is a feature of active disease. However, the role of hypocomplementaemia in systemic sclerosis (SSc) is unknown. We sought to determine the frequency, clinical associations and relationship to disease activity of hypocomplementaemia in SSc. METHODS: The study included 1140 patients fulfilling the 2013 American College of Rheumatology criteria for SSc...
October 22, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Robert Battat, Marc Jhonson, Lorne Wiseblatt, Cruff Renard, Laura Habib, Manouchka Normil, Brian Remillard, Timothy F Brewer, Galit Sacajiu
BACKGROUND: Recent calls for reform in healthcare training emphasize using competency-based curricula and information technology-empowered learning. Continuing Medical Education programs are essential in maintaining physician accreditation. Haitian physicians have expressed a lack access to these activities. The Haiti Medical Education Project works in alliance with Haitian medical leadership, faculty and students to support the Country's medical education system. We present the creation, delivery and evaluation of a competency-based continuing medical education curriculum for physicians in rural Haiti...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Education
Mohammad Adawi, Bishara Bisharat, Abdalla Bowirrat
BACKGROUND: Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is an uncommon aggressive, multisystem form of non-Langerhans' cell histocytosis, which was firstly reported by Jakob Erdheim and William chester in 1930. The disease pathological features encompass an aberrant multiplication, overproduction and accumulation of white blood cells called histiocytes within multiple tissues and organs. Herein, we present a case of ECD owing to the rarity of this disease (roughly 550 cases have been described in the literature to date)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jordi Gratacos-Masmitja, Jesus Luelmo-Aguilar, Pedro Zarco-Montejo, Rafael Botella-Estrada, Ana Maria Carrizosa-Esquivel, Maria Luz Garcia-Vivar, Silvia Perez-Barrio, Jose Antonio Roman-Ivorra, Maria Dolores Ruiz-Montesino, Jose Luis Lopez-Estebaranz
INTRODUCTION: In numerous clinical practice guidelines, emphasis is placed on the need for coordinated care of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) between rheumatologists and the objective was to develop experience-based points to consider facilitating the implementation of multidisciplinary units (Dermatology/Rheumatology) for the management of patients with PsA. METHODS: A scientific committee of rheumatology and dermatology experts in the management of PsA, and with experience in joint care, discussed the critical aspects of multidisciplinary PsA Units...
October 18, 2016: Advances in Therapy
Mei Jiang, Feifeng Ren, Yaning Zheng, Ruyu Yan, Wenhan Huang, Ning Xia, Lei Luo, Jun Zhou, Lin Tang
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of down-titration (dose reduction/tapering) strategies compared with continuation of biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieved and maintained low disease activity or remission. METHODS: We searched the following electronic database up to March 2016: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and conference proceedings of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League against Rheumatism (EULAR)...
September 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Maddalena Napolitano, Nicola Balato, Francesco Caso, Luisa Costa, Matteo Megna, Teresa Cirillo, Anna Balato, Raffaele Scarpa
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the incidence of new cases of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in patients with plaque psoriasis receiving biologic drugs. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 434 psoriatic patients under biologic treatment, attending the Psoriasis Care Centre of Dermatology at the University Federico II of Naples from January 2011 to November 2015. As part of the routine clinical practice, assessment of disease activity was made at baseline, and every 3 months...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Philip Mease, Iain B McInnes
INTRODUCTION: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an immune-mediated chronic inflammatory arthropathy associated with impaired physical function and reduced quality of life. Biologic therapies that target tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) have significantly improved clinical outcomes. Partial, non- and transient responses remain common comprising significant unmet clinical need. New therapies with novel modes of action are urgently required. OBJECTIVES: The interleukin (IL)-17 pathway has recently been attributed a critical role in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritides...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Louise Klokker, Peter Tugwell, Daniel E Furst, Dan Devoe, Paula Williamson, Caroline B Terwee, Maria E Suarez-Almazor, Vibeke Strand, Thasia Woodworth, Amye L Leong, Niti Goel, Maarten Boers, Peter M Brooks, Lee S Simon, Robin Christensen
OBJECTIVE: Failure to report harmful outcomes in clinical research can introduce bias favoring a potentially harmful intervention. While core outcome sets (COS) are available for benefits in randomized controlled trials in many rheumatic conditions, less attention has been paid to safety in such COS. The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Filter 2.0 emphasizes the importance of measuring harms. The Safety Working Group was reestablished at the OMERACT 2016 with the objective to develop a COS for assessing safety components in trials across rheumatologic conditions...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Beatriz Rocha, Francisco J Blanco, Cristina Ruiz-Romero
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is a technique used to visualize the spatial distribution of biomolecules such as peptides, proteins, lipids or other organic compounds by their molecular masses. Among the different MSI strategies, MALDI-MSI provides a sensitive and label-free approach for imaging of a wide variety of protein or peptide biomarkers from the surface of tissue sections, being currently used in an increasing number of biomedical applications such as biomarker discovery and tissue classification...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Wais Afzal, Talal Arab, Tofura Ullah, Katerina Teller, Kaushik J Doshi
Lymphadenopathy could represent a vast spectrum of etiologies including infectious and non-infectious diseases. Besides proper history taking, physical examination, and laboratory investigations, a tissue diagnosis is often necessary to unmask the cause of generalized lymphadenopathy. Here we present a 23-year-old woman who was admitted for diffuse generalized lymphadenopathy, fatigue, malaise, weight loss, nausea, and bilateral lower extremity edema. She reported a history of seizures as well as stroke 2 years prior with no other medical conditions present...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Soumya M Reddy, Sheila Crean, Amber L Martin, Meghan D Burns, Jacqueline B Palmer
Anti-tumor necrosis factors (Anti-TNFs) are a class of biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Refractory patients are commonly managed by switching from one anti-TNF to another. To assess the evidence on the effectiveness of anti-TNF cycling in PsA patients, a systematic review of the literature was conducted. MEDLINE- and Embase-indexed English-language publications were systematically searched from 1995 to 2015 for studies assessing real-world effectiveness outcomes of anti-TNF cycling in PsA patients...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Jae Hyun Jung, Gwan Gyu Song, Jong Dae Ji, Young Ho Lee, Jae-Hoon Kim, Young Ho Seo, Sung Jae Choi
Background/Aims: We performed this study to investigate associations between metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and gout. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of 151 patients with gout at the Department of Rheumatology in Korea University Ansan Hospital. The following measures were examined: waist circumference, blood pressure, alcohol consumption, and levels of triglyceride, high density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting serum glucose, serum uric acid (SUA), creatinine, insulin, and C-peptide...
October 12, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Gabrielle Brown, Eva Wang, Argentina Leon, Monica Huynh, Mackenzie Wehner, Rebecca Matro, Eleni Linos, Wilson Liao, Anna Haemel
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) inhibitors have been reported to induce new-onset psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: To better define the demographic, clinical features, and treatment approach of TNF-α inhibitor-induced psoriasis. METHODS: Systematic review of published cases of TNF-α inhibitor-induced psoriasis. RESULTS: We identified 88 articles with 216 cases of new-onset TNF-α inhibitor-induced psoriasis. The mean age at psoriasis onset was 38...
October 5, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Mine Durusu Tanrıöver, Servet Akar, Nuran Türkçapar, Ömer Karadağ, İhsan Ertenli, Sedat Kiraz
Infectious diseases in any age group can be successfully prevented through immunization. Protection provided through immunization in childhood decreases over the years. Immunization in adulthood is important because of the growing elderly population, chronic diseases, and globalization. Recommendations on this subject are being constantly updated through scientific guidelines. Immunization in adulthood is also important in rheumatology. There is an increased risk not only of infection in rheumatic diseases but also of infections being more severe...
March 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Maarten de Wit, John R Kirwan, Peter Tugwell, Dorcas Beaton, Maarten Boers, Peter Brooks, Sarah Collins, Philip G Conaghan, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino, Cathie Hofstetter, Rod Hughes, Amye Leong, Ann Lyddiatt, Lyn March, James May, Pamela Montie, Pamela Richards, Lee S Simon, Jasvinder A Singh, Vibeke Strand, Marieke Voshaar, Clifton O Bingham, Laure Gossec
There is increasing interest in making patient participation an integral component of medical research. However, practical guidance on optimizing this engagement in healthcare is scarce. Since 2002, patient involvement has been one of the key features of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) international consensus effort. Based on a review of cumulative data from qualitative studies and internal surveys among OMERACT participants, we explored the potential benefits and challenges of involving patient research partners in conferences and working group activities...
October 5, 2016: Patient
Yingkang Jin, Li Huang, Huifeng Fan, Gen Lu, Yi Xu, Zhiyuan Wu
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a life-threatening immune disorder that may be inherited or secondary to infection, malignancy or rheumatological disease. The aim of the present study was to highlight the clinical features of scrub typhus-associated HLH in children. A retrospective study was performed on 6 pediatric patients with scrub typhus-associated HLH. For each patient, medical records were reviewed and analyzed, and demographic, clinical and laboratory data and outcomes were collected. The duration of fever prior to admission ranged between 4 and 12 days...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Joanna M Ledingham, Neil Snowden, Ali Rivett, James Galloway, Zoe Ide, Jill Firth, Elizabeth MacPhie, Ngianga Kandala, Elaine M Dennison, Ian Rowe
OBJECTIVES: A national audit was performed assessing the early management of suspected inflammatory arthritis by English and Welsh rheumatology units. The aim of this audit was to measure the performance of rheumatology services against National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards (QSs) for the management of early inflammatory arthritis benchmarked to regional and national comparators for the first time in the UK. METHODS: All individuals >16 years of age presenting to rheumatology services in England and Wales with suspected new-onset inflammatory arthritis were included in the audit...
October 1, 2016: Rheumatology
Franceso Zulian, Marta Balzarin, Carolina Birolo
Juvenile Systemic Sclerosis (JSSc) is one of the most severe multi-systemic connective tissue conditions encountered in pediatric rheumatology. Due to its high morbidity and mortality rate, early diagnosis, proper assessment and effective treatment are crucial. Areas covered: In this review, we will focus on the recent advances on the classification and general management of JSSc based on the literature search and on the Authors' experience. Expert Commentary: Classification criteria for the pediatric forms of systemic sclerosis, the new proposed assessment tools, such as the juvenile systemic sclerosis severity score, named J4S, and new techniques for the internal organs assessment, will facilitate both daily practice and research projects...
October 3, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Claudia Fabiani, Antonio Vitale, Giuseppe Lopalco, Florenzo Iannone, Bruno Frediani, Luca Cantarini
The purpose of the present review was to provide a comprehensive picture of the efficacy of the different tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibiting agents in the treatment of acute anterior uveitis (AAU), the most common extra-articular manifestation of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). AS related, AAU may lead to severe visual impairment, due to frequent flare recurrences, anterior, and posterior segment complications and traditional treatment side effects. Considerably higher levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) have been assessed in the aqueous humor and inflamed joints of patients with AS...
November 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
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