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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293454/can-rheumatoid-vasculitis-predate-a-diagnosis-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#1
Sarah Sacks, Alan Steuer
We report regarding a male patient who presented with a systemic vasculitis that was consistent with a diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa. At presentation, he had no features of inflammatory arthritis but had a high rheumatoid factor titer and low C4 level. Withdrawal of immunosuppression after 6 years resulted in the development of classical rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This case supports previous reports that revealed that vasculitis may predate the development or occur very early in the course of articular RA...
March 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285723/epigenetic-aspects-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-contribution-of-non-coding-rnas
#2
REVIEW
Bogdan Kolarz, Maria Majdan
Since microRNA was discovered in the late 1990s the role of non-coding RNAs in the regulation of cellular processes has been confirmed. Intensive researches have revealed a number of subtypes of non-coding RNA. It has been proved that these molecules can influence each step of the development of cells and tissues. Moreover, researchers have found their expression change during disease development. In this article, we gathered the current results on the contribution of microRNA and long non-coding RNA in rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis and their potential use in rheumatoid arthritis treatment...
January 20, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264816/eular-recommendations-for-the-management-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-synthetic-and-biological-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-2016-update
#3
Josef S Smolen, Robert Landewé, Johannes Bijlsma, Gerd Burmester, Katerina Chatzidionysiou, Maxime Dougados, Jackie Nam, Sofia Ramiro, Marieke Voshaar, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Daniel Aletaha, Martin Aringer, Maarten Boers, Chris D Buckley, Frank Buttgereit, Vivian Bykerk, Mario Cardiel, Bernard Combe, Maurizio Cutolo, Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings, Paul Emery, Axel Finckh, Cem Gabay, Juan Gomez-Reino, Laure Gossec, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg, Johanna M W Hazes, Tom Huizinga, Meghna Jani, Dmitry Karateev, Marios Kouloumas, Tore Kvien, Zhanguo Li, Xavier Mariette, Iain McInnes, Eduardo Mysler, Peter Nash, Karel Pavelka, Gyula Poór, Christophe Richez, Piet van Riel, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Kenneth Saag, Jose da Silva, Tanja Stamm, Tsutomu Takeuchi, René Westhovens, Maarten de Wit, Désirée van der Heijde
Recent insights in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) necessitated updating the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) RA management recommendations. A large international Task Force based decisions on evidence from 3 systematic literature reviews, developing 4 overarching principles and 12 recommendations (vs 3 and 14, respectively, in 2013). The recommendations address conventional synthetic (cs) disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) (methotrexate (MTX), leflunomide, sulfasalazine); glucocorticoids (GC); biological (b) DMARDs (tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-inhibitors (adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, golimumab, infliximab), abatacept, rituximab, tocilizumab, clazakizumab, sarilumab and sirukumab and biosimilar (bs) DMARDs) and targeted synthetic (ts) DMARDs (Janus kinase (Jak) inhibitors tofacitinib, baricitinib)...
March 6, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213564/seven-year-tolerability-profile-of-glucocorticoids-use-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-data-from-the-espoir-cohort
#4
Camille Roubille, Nathalie Rincheval, Maxime Dougados, René-Marc Flipo, Jean-Pierre Daurès, Bernard Combe
OBJECTIVE: To explore the 7-year tolerability profile of glucocorticoids (GC) for early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We examined data for 602 patients with RA from the early arthritis Etude et Suivi des POlyarthrites Indifférenciées Récentes (ESPOIR) cohort (<6 months disease duration) stratified into two groups: with or without GC treatment at least once during follow-up (median 7 years (IQR 0.038-7.65)). The main outcome was a composite of death, cardiovascular disease (including myocardial ischaemia, cerebrovascular accident and heart failure), severe infection and fracture...
February 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183987/in-vivo-hypoxia-pet-imaging-quantifies-the-severity-of-arthritic-joint-inflammation-in-line-with-overexpression-of-hif-and-enhanced-ros-generation
#5
Kerstin Fuchs, Anna Kuehn, Moritz Mahling, Philipp Guenthoer, Andreas Hector, Dominik Hartl, Stefan Laufer, Ursula Kohlhofer, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Gerald Reischl, Martin Röcken, Bernd J Pichler, Manfred Kneilling
Hypoxia is essential for the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is associated with the expression of reactive oxygen species (ROS), due to enhanced infiltration of immune cells. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of measuring hypoxia non-invasively in vivo in arthritic ankles with positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using the hypoxia tracers (18)F-fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) and (18)F-fluoroazomycinarabinoside (FAZA)...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159704/effects-of-targeted-therapies-on-the-bone-in-arthritides
#6
REVIEW
Ágnes Szentpétery, Ágnes Horváth, Katalin Gulyás, Zsófia Pethö, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Sándor Szántó, Gabriella Szücs, Oliver FitzGerald, Georg Schett, Zoltán Szekanecz
Inflammatory arthritides, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritides (SpA) have been associated with both localized bone resorption and/or formation, and generalized osteoporosis. Systemic inflammation may be the major driver for bone loss in arthritis. In RA and peripheral SpA the RANK-RANKL-OPG network is involved in bone resorption, while in axial SpA the Wnt-β-catenin axis and its inhibitors (DKK-1, sclerostin) are the most relevant. Targeted therapies including biologics and small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors may interfere with inflammatory bone metabolism...
January 31, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089976/disease-characteristics-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-development-in-patients-with-early-undifferentiated-arthritis-a-2-year-followup-study
#7
Gina H Brinkmann, Ellen S Norli, Tore K Kvien, Anne J Haugen, Lars Grøvle, Halvor Nygaard, Olav Bjørneboe, Cathrine Thunem, Maria D Mjaavatten, Elisabeth Lie
OBJECTIVE: To examine the 2-year disease course in patients with undifferentiated arthritis (UA) focusing on fulfillment of the 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism (ACR/EULAR) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) classification criteria. METHODS: Data were provided by the Norwegian Very Early Arthritis Clinic study, which included patients presenting with ≥ 1 swollen joint of ≤ 16 weeks' duration. UA was defined as patients not fulfilling the 2010 ACR/EULAR RA criteria and who did not have a clinical diagnosis other than RA at baseline...
February 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943044/anti-mcv-antibodies-predict-radiographic-progression-in-greek-patients-with-very-early-3%C3%A2-months-duration-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Georgia Barouta, Christina G Katsiari, Ioannis Alexiou, Christos Liaskos, Areti Varna, Dimitrios P Bogdanos, Anastasios E Germenis, Lazaros I Sakkas
This study aimed to assess the diagnostic and prognostic value of anti-mutated citrullinated vimentin (MCV) antibodies in very early rheumatoid arthritis (VERA) and in established rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Seventy-one patients with undifferentiated arthritis (UA) of <3 months duration, 141 with established RA, 53 with other rheumatic diseases, and 40 healthy individuals were included in the study. Anti-MCV, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibodies, and rheumatoid factor (RF) were determined and hand radiographs were recorded...
December 10, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910962/baricitinib-jak-inhibition-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
#9
REVIEW
J Gras
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease characterized by inflammation and joint destruction, is associated with pain, progressive disability, systemic comorbidities and early death. Conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological DMARDs (bDMARDs) have been able to achieve remission or a very low disease activity status for RA. Nevertheless, since many patients do not reach a sufficient response with DMARDs or present with unacceptable side effects, new therapies are needed...
October 2016: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856654/adverse-events-of-glucocorticoids-during-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-lessons-from-cohort-and-registry-studies
#10
REVIEW
Johannes W J Bijlsma, Frank Buttgereit
Glucocorticoids have now been used for >65 years in the treatment of RA. There is good evidence for their disease-modifying effect, especially in early RA. When used in a dosage of 7.5-10 mg/day, most adverse effects can be handled quite well, although monitoring for and awareness of infections are important. Adverse events may have been overreported, due to bias by indication, but pose an important drawback in the use of these very effective anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory drugs. Daily dosages >7...
December 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807638/hormone-metabolic-peptide-and-nutrient-levels-in-the-earliest-phases-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-contribution-of-free-fatty-acids-to-an-increased-cardiovascular-risk-during-very-early-disease
#11
Man Wai Tang, Frieda A Koopman, Jan P M Visscher, Maria J de Hair, Danielle M Gerlag, Paul Peter Tak
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease associated with changes in several hormones and metabolic peptides. Crosstalk between these factors and the immune system may be important for homeostasis during inflammation. Here, we studied the levels of hormones, metabolic peptides, and nutrients in individuals at risk for developing RA (at risk). In total, 18 hormones, metabolic peptides, and nutrients were measured in fasting serum samples from 45 autoantibody-positive individuals at risk, 22 RA patients, and 16 healthy subjects...
February 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805330/diagnostic-accuracy-of-ultrasonography-in-detection-of-destructive-changes-in-small-joints-of-hands-in-patients-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-comparison-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#12
Sonal Saran, Meenu Bagarhatta, Renu Saigal
BACKGROUND: Ultrasonography can be used in early Rheumatoid Arthritis to determine and to follow parameters of joint inflammation, such as effusion, synovitis, and marginal erosion that can be radiologically occult. We therefore planned a study to investigate whether Ultrasonography could provide information on signs of inflammation and destruction in Rheumatoid Arthritis affected finger joints that was not available with Radiography and compared it to the information provided by Magnetic resonance imaging...
November 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595032/olecranon-bursitis-caused-by-candida-parapsilosis-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#13
Carla F Gamarra-Hilburn, Grissel Rios, Luis M Vilá
Septic bursitis is usually caused by bacterial organisms. However, infectious bursitis caused by fungi is very rare. Herein, we present a 68-year-old woman with long-standing rheumatoid arthritis who developed pain, erythema, and swelling of the right olecranon bursa. Aspiration of the olecranon bursa showed a white blood cell count of 3.1 × 10(3)/μL (41% neutrophils, 30% lymphocytes, and 29% monocytes). Fluid culture was positive for Candida parapsilosis. She was treated with caspofungin 50 mg intravenously daily for 13 days followed by fluconazole 200 mg orally daily for one week...
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581208/best-cost-effectiveness-and-worker-productivity-with-initial-triple-dmard-therapy-compared-with-methotrexate-monotherapy-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-cost-utility-analysis-of-the-treach-trial
#14
Pascal H P de Jong, Johanna M Hazes, Leander R Buisman, Pieternella J Barendregt, Derkjen van Zeben, Peter A van der Lubbe, Andreas H Gerards, Mike H de Jager, Peter B J de Sonnaville, Bernard A Grillet, Jolanda J Luime, Angelique E A M Weel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate direct and indirect costs per quality adjusted life year (QALY) for different initial treatment strategies in very early RA. METHODS: The 1-year data of the treatment in the Rotterdam Early Arthritis Cohort trial were used. Patients with a high probability (>70%) according to their likelihood of progressing to persistent arthritis, based on the prediction model of Visser, were randomized into one of following initial treatment strategies: (A) initial triple DMARD therapy (iTDT) with glucocorticoids (GCs) intramuscular (n = 91); (B) iTDT with an oral GC tapering scheme (n = 93); and (C) initial MTX monotherapy (iMM) with GCs similar to B (n = 97)...
December 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27546493/self-limiting-arthritis-among-patients-fulfilling-the-2010-acr-eular-classification-criteria-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-a-very-early-arthritis-cohort
#15
Ellen Sauar Norli, Gina H Brinkmann, Tore K Kvien, Olav Bjørneboe, Anne J Haugen, Halvor Nygaard, Cathrine Thunem, Elisabeth Lie, Maria D Mjaavatten
OBJECTIVES: To study occurrence of and factors associated with self-limiting arthritis among patients fulfilling the 2010 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (2010 RA criteria) in patients with ≤16 weeks׳ duration of joint swelling. METHODS: We applied the 2010 RA criteria in 1118 patients included in a 2-year longitudinal cohort. In all, 256 patients fulfilled the 2010 RA criteria at baseline; outcome was defined as either "self-limiting arthritis" (no DMARD use during follow-up, no swollen joints at last assessment, and no final clinical diagnosis of RA) or "persistent disease...
December 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27425844/appearance-of-hindfoot-valgus-deformity-and-recurrence-of-hallux-valgus-in-the-very-early-period-after-hallux-valgus-surgery-in-a-poorly-controlled-rheumatoid-arthritis-case-a-case-report
#16
Makoto Hirao, Kosuke Ebina, Hideki Tsuboi, Takaaki Noguchi, Jun Hashimoto, Hideki Yoshikawa
Control of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity is an important factor related to the development of hallux valgus (HV) deformity. Furthermore, if valgus hindfoot remains and/or appears after HV surgery, the affected foot is at risk of recurrence of HV deformity. We experienced a case suggesting the possibility that hindfoot valgus deformity appeared after HV surgery because of poor control of RA disease activity, and the HV deformity recurred in the very early period after surgery.
July 18, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27383913/macrophage-heterogeneity-in-the-context-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
REVIEW
Irina A Udalova, Alberto Mantovani, Marc Feldmann
Macrophages are very important in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The increase in the number of sublining macrophages in the synovium is an early hallmark of active rheumatic disease, and high numbers of macrophages are a prominent feature of inflammatory lesions. The degree of synovial macrophage infiltration correlates with the degree of joint erosion, and depletion of these macrophages from inflamed tissue has a profound therapeutic benefit. Research has now uncovered an unexpectedly high level of heterogeneity in macrophage origin and function, and has emphasized the role of environmental factors in their functional specialization...
August 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27363504/a-proposed-serum-calprotectin-igg-cut-off-level-for-diagnosing-inflammatory-arthritis
#18
Valentina Grossi, Maria Infantino, Mariangela Manfredi, Francesca Meacci, Emanuele Bellio, Valerio Bellio, Francesca Li Gobbi, Simone Ugolini, Stefano Catani, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Fabiola Atzeni, Maurizio Benucci
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory arthritis (IA) is highly prevalent and so the discovery of new early diagnostic biomarkers is of particular interest. Calprotectin is a very sensitive and potentially a predictive biomarker of drug responsiveness. METHODS: Serum calprotectin levels were determined in 88 patients diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or spondyloarthritis (SA), and 73 healthy subjects. RESULTS: Logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses showed that serum calprotectin levels were diagnostically accurate in the IA population...
June 28, 2016: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27175292/efficacy-of-etanercept-in-combination-with-methotrexate-in-moderate-to-severe-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-not-dependent-on-methotrexate-dosage
#19
G Gallo, F Brock, U Kerkmann, B Kola, T W J Huizinga
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of methotrexate (MTX) dosage on clinical, functional and quality of life outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from two previous etanercept (ETN) trials after 24 months of treatment. METHODS: Patients with active RA in the ETN+MTX combination treatment arms of the Trial of Etanercept and Methotrexate with Radiographic Patient Outcomes (TEMPO) and COmbination of Methotrexate and ETanercept in Active Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (COMET) studies were pooled in this post hoc analysis and stratified by MTX dosage at 24 months, having MTX monotherapy groups as control: low dose, <10...
2016: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27169551/clinical-scenarios-in-chronic-kidney-disease-parenchymal-chronic-renal-diseases-part-2
#20
Ilaria Petrucci, Sara Samoni, Mario Meola
Secondary nephropathies can be associated with disreactive immunological disorders or with a non-inflammatory glomerular damage. In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis as in other connective tissue diseases, kidney volume and cortex echogenicity are the parameters that best correlate with clinical severity of the disease, even if the morphological aspect is generally non-specific. Doppler studies in SLE document the correlation between resistance indexes (RIs) values and renal function...
2016: Contributions to Nephrology
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