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Filipa Oliveira-Ramos, Mónica Eusébio, Fernando M Martins, Ana Filipa Mourão, Carolina Furtado, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Inês Cordeiro, Joana Ferreira, Marcos Cerqueira, Ricardo Figueira, Iva Brito, Helena Canhão, Maria José Santos, José A Melo-Gomes, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVES: To determine how adult juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients fulfil classification criteria for adult rheumatic diseases, evaluate their outcomes and determine clinical predictors of inactive disease, functional status and damage. METHODS: Patients with JIA registered on the Rheumatic Diseases Portuguese Register ( older than 18 years and with more than 5 years of disease duration were included. Data regarding sociodemographic features, fulfilment of adult classification criteria, Health Assessment Questionnaire, Juvenile Arthritis Damage Index-articular (JADI-A) and Juvenile Arthritis Damage Index-extra-articular (JADI-E) damage index and disease activity were analysed...
2016: RMD Open
Valentina Ferri, Benedetto Ielpo, Hipolito Duran, Eduardo Diaz, Isabel Fabra, Riccardo Caruso, Luisi Malave, Carlos Plaza, Silvia Rodriguez, Lina Garcia, Virginia Perez, Yolanda Quijano, Emilio Vicente
INTRODUCTION: Pancreatic disease can be complicated by extrabdominal manifestations such as panniculitis and polyarthritis. The symptomatic triad comprising pancreatic disease, panniculitis and polyarthritis is also known as PPP syndrome and is characterized by severe chronic sequels and high mortality rate. We describe a case of PPP syndrome successfully treated with spleen preserving total pancreatectomy; in addition we performed a literature review. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 67 years old male presented panniculitis and polyarthritis without clinical abdominal symptoms...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Carsten Paul Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Michael Koziolek, Gerhard Anton Müller
In patients with rheumatic diseases, reliable markers for determining disease activity are scarce. One potential parameter is the level of immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs), which is known to be elevated in the blood of patients with certain rheumatic diseases. Few studies have quantified FLCs in urine, a convenient source of test sample, in patients with different rheumatic diseases. We carried out a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the University hospital of Goettingen, Germany...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Roos Y Arends, Christina Bode, Erik Taal, Mart A F J Van de Laar
Process evaluations of newly developed interventions are necessary to identify effective and less effective intervention components. First aim of this study was to identify key components of a psychosocial goal management intervention from the perspective of participants, and second aim was to evaluate the intervention's fidelity. A mixed-methods approach was applied to 24 interviews with participants post-intervention and 16 audio recordings of random training sessions. Participants experienced three key components: 1) the content, in which specific exercises helped to raise awareness and (intention to) change goal management behaviour, 2) person-focused approach, specifically, the nurse as trainer and personal fit of the approach, and 3) social mechanisms, including facilitating group processes and interpersonal processes...
September 23, 2016: Psychology & Health
Jiang Lijiao, L U Meiping, Guo Li, W U Jianqiang, Zou Lixia, X U Yiping
Objective: To investigate the serum levels of Th1/Th2 cytokines in children with non-systemic juvenile onset idiopathic arthritis (non-SOJIA). Methods: Clinical data of 41 children with non-SOJIA, including 11 cases of polyarthritis, 10 cases of oligoarthritis and 20 cases of enthesitis related JIA (ERA), admitted in Children's Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine during November 2012 and May 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Serum levels of Th1/Th2 cytokines including IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-α and IFN-γ were measured by flow cytometry in patients with non-SOJIA, and compared with those in patients with SOJIA (SOJIA group, n=85) and healthy children (control group, n=202); their correlations with erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C reactive protein and CRP were analyzed...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
Sheila L Arvikar, Jameson T Crowley, Katherine B Sulka, Allen C Steere
OBJECTIVE: To describe systemic autoimmune joint diseases following Lyme disease and to compare their clinical features with Lyme arthritis. METHODS: Records of all adult patients referred to our Lyme arthritis clinic over a 13-year period in whom we diagnosed a systemic autoimmune joint disease following Lyme disease were reviewed. For comparison, records of patients enrolled in our Lyme arthritis (LA) cohort over the most recent 2-year period were analyzed. IgG antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi and to 3 Lyme disease-associated autoantigens were measured...
September 16, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Ana Paula Sakamoto, Clovis Artur Silva, Mariana Paes Leme Ferriani, Rosa Maria Rodrigues Pereira, Eloisa Bonfá, Claudia Saad-Magalhães, Eunice Okuda, Simone Appenzeller, Francisco Hugo Gomes, Ana Luiza Garcia Cunha, Mirna Henriques Tomich Salume, Daniela Petry Piotto, Maria Teresa Terreri
Chronic arthritis (CA) is an unusual condition in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) and data in children is very limited. The aim of the study is to assess CA in a large population of cSLE patients, in a multicenter cross-sectional study including 852 cSLE patients followed in ten Pediatric Rheumatology referral services in state of São Paulo, Brazil. CA was observed in 32/852 (3.7 %) cSLE patients mostly in hands and ankles. Chronic monoarthritis was diagnosed in four cSLE patients, oligoarthritis in nine and polyarthritis in 19...
September 14, 2016: Rheumatology International
J Alungal, M C Abdulla, R Narayan
A 25 year-old woman presented with a painful mass in the left breast, polyarthritis and erythema nodosum. Fine needle aspiration cytology led to a diagnosis of granulomatous mastitis. Oral prednisolone rapidly improved the arthritis and the erythema nodosum. Granulomatous mastitis is a very rare, chronic inflammatory disease and only ten patients with granulomatous mastitis with erythema nodosum and polyarthitis have been described.
2016: Reumatismo
Isidoro González-Álvaro, Isabel Castrejón, Ana M Ortiz, Esther Toledano, Santos Castañeda, Alberto García-Vadillo, Loreto Carmona
OBJECTIVE: To estimate cut-off points and to establish response criteria for the Hospital Universitario La Princesa Index (HUPI) in patients with chronic polyarthritis. METHODS: Two cohorts, one of early arthritis (Princesa Early Arthritis Register Longitudinal [PEARL] study) and other of long-term rheumatoid arthritis (Estudio de la Morbilidad y Expresión Clínica de la Artritis Reumatoide [EMECAR]) including altogether 1200 patients were used to determine cut-off values for remission, and for low, moderate and high activity through receiver operating curve (ROC) analysis...
2016: PloS One
Shiow-Fern Ng, Leong-Seng Tan, Fhataheya Buang
Previous studies have shown that hydroxytyrosol (HT) can be a potential alternative therapeutic agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, HT is extensively metabolized following oral administration, which leads to formulating HT in a topical vehicle to prolong drug action as well as to provide a localized effect. Hidrox-6 is a freeze-dried powder derived from fresh olives and contains a high amount of HT (∼3%) and other polyphenols. Alginate bilayer films containing 5% and 10% Hidrox-6 were formulated...
September 2, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Yoshiya Tanaka
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic and progressive inflammatory arthritis that is common among patients with psoriasis, often resulting in permanent damage of joints and spines. Recent report indicates that the prevalence of PsA among Japanese patients with psoriasis is 14.3%, which is similar or slightly less than that of PsA in Caucasian, 6-42%. Skin disorders precede arthritis in 60-80% of Japanese patients with PsA and oligoarthritis or polyarthritis is the dominant pattern of them. The genotypic backgrounds appear different among Japanese and Caucasians...
July 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Shuichi Asano, Shige Mizuno, Shotaro Okachi, Hiromichi Aso, Keiko Wakahara, Naozumi Hashimoto, Satoru Ito, Yohei Kozaki, Takayuki Katsuno, Shoichi Maruyama, Yoshinori Hasegawa
A 73-year-old woman was diagnosed with pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection and received no treatment. Disease progression was evident one year later with the development of myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) titers and systemic symptoms of a fever, polyarthritis, purpura, and rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. Her symptoms did not improve with antibiotic treatment. A renal biopsy revealed crescentic glomerulonephritis with immunodeposition. According to these findings, she was diagnosed with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) superimposed on infection-related glomerulonephritis (IRGN)...
2016: Internal Medicine
T R Spraker, P A White
A previously unrecognized condition is described in wild free-ranging Pribilof arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus pribilofensis) from the Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA. This condition is called shaggy lame fox syndrome (SLFS) denoting the primary clinical signs first observed. Criteria used to suspect SLFS on gross examination included emaciation, failure to shed winter pelage and moderate to severe polyarthritis. Criteria used to confirm SLFS histologically included polyarthritis (characterized by lymphoplasmacytic synovitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, periosteal bony proliferation, and periarticular lymphoplasmacytic vasculitis) and systemic leukocytoclastic vasculitis...
August 19, 2016: Veterinary Pathology
Himanshu Pathak, Tarnya Marshall
A 35-year-old man presented with polyarthritis and constitutional symptoms, and a recent history of multiple tick bites and skin rash on trekking holiday. He did not respond to oral doxycycline and cephalexine for presumed Lyme's disease. Further investigation confirmed strongly positive streptococcal serology. There was absence of clinical or echocardiography evidence of heart involvement and immunological screening for inflammatory arthritis was negative. In the absence of other major Jones criteria for acute rheumatic fever, besides polyarthritis and the serological evidence of a recent streptococcal infection, a diagnosis of post-streptococcal reactive arthritis (PSRA) was also made...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Shunsuke Sugimoto, Jiro Terada, Akira Naito, Rintaro Nishimura, Kenji Tsushima, Koichiro Tatsumi
Idiopathic pulmonary haemosiderosis (IPH) is a rare cause of diffuse alveolar haemorrhage during childhood, and its precise pathophysiology and long-term clinical course remain unclear. A 31-year-old man was diagnosed with IPH at four years of age and had recurrent episodes of haemoptysis. The patient's symptoms responded well to steroids. However, pulmonary fibrosis and the cystic region in the lung progressively worsened. At age 27, the patient developed polyarthritis with positive anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies...
September 2016: Respirology Case Reports
Sukesh Edavalath, Abhra C Chowdhury, Sanat Phatak, Durga P Misra, Ritu Verma, Able Lawrence
Multiple myeloma can rarely mimic seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We report a 55-year-old woman who presented with longstanding deforming polyarthritis with extensive subcutaneous nodules, tenosynovitis, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide positivity and mononeuritis multiplex. Even though the clinical picture was consistent with seropositive RA, the absence of bone erosion or joint space narrowing on hand and knee radiographs led us to question the diagnosis of RA. Further investigation revealed a diagnosis of multiple myeloma with cutaneous amyloid deposits, based on serum immunofixation, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy of a subcutaneous nodule...
August 12, 2016: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Sophie Lancelot, Francesco Giammarile, Agnes Tescaru
A 23-year-old man, with no relevant medical history, presented with inflammatory peripheral and axial polyarthritis, wrist pain, and persistent low-grade fever for the past 4 months. A bone scintigraphy showed intense periosteal early and delayed uptake in long bones, with normal uptake in the spine, pelvis, and rib cage, and no clear focus of hypermetabolism. CT scan revealed a mediastinal mass. A biopsy of the mass demonstrated Hodgkin lymphoma with bulky disease. This paraneoplastic syndrome as the first sign of intrathoracic Hodgkin's disease is rare...
November 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Ajay Jaryal, Vivek Kumar, Vishal Sharma
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) can result in hepatic diseases which may include an asymptomatic non-replicative carrier state, immunotolerant phase characterized by high DNA levels without significant hepatic injury, immune-reactive phase characterized by occurrence of chronic hepatitis and fibrosis in the liver, or complications like cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. Extrahepatic manifestations may also accompany HBV infection. These may include serum sickness syndrome, polyarthralgia, polyarthritis, dermatologic manifestations like pitted keratolysis, urticaria, purpura, oral lichen planus or Gianotti-Crosti syndrome-a childhood papular eruption...
October 2015: Tropical Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Digestive Diseases Foundation
E Papadavid, P Katsimbri, I Kapniari, D Koumaki, A Karamparpa, M Dalamaga, K Tzannis, D Βoumpas, D Rigopoulos
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence and its clinical characteristics of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in a specialized psoriasis clinic of a University Hospital. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 278 patients with psoriasis were evaluated between 2011 and 2013. RESULTS: The study included 278 patients with psoriasis: 144 (52%) were male and 134 (48%) female. Their median age was 51.41 with median psoriasis presenting age of 34.52 years...
August 10, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Xavier Puéchal
Whipple's disease is a chronic systemic infection that is due to the bacterial agent Tropheryma whipplei and can be cured by appropriate antibiotic therapy. The typical patient is a middle-aged man. Rheumatologists are in a prime position to handle Whipple's disease. The classical presentation combines weight loss and diarrhea, preceded in three-quarters of patients by a distinctive pattern of joint manifestations that run an intermittent course, at least initially. The mean time from joint symptom onset to the diagnosis of Whipple's disease is 6 years...
August 5, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
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