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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317249/getting-back-to-the-dissecting-room-an-evaluation-of-an-innovative-course-in-musculoskeletal-anatomy-for-uk-based-rheumatology-training
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Tim Blake, Debbi Marais, Andrew B Hassell, Kay Stevenson, Zoe Paskins
BACKGROUND: The rheumatologist relies heavily on clinical skills to diagnose diverse conditions, something that is correlated with one's knowledge of clinical anatomy. More recently, rheumatology has offered further career flexibility with opportunities to develop skills such as joint injection and musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound, both of which require a sound understanding of anatomy. Currently, there are no formal strategies to support competency-based anatomy learning in rheumatology in the UK...
March 20, 2017: Musculoskeletal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298566/ultrasound-evaluation-of-the-entheses-in-daily-clinical-practice-during-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-blocking-therapy-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#2
Fréke Wink, George A Bruyn, Fiona Maas, Ed N Griep, Eveline van der Veer, Hendrika Bootsma, Elisabeth Brouwer, Suzanne Arends, Anneke Spoorenberg
OBJECTIVE: To assess structural and inflammatory ultrasound (US) lesions of entheses in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients with active disease and to evaluate inflammatory lesions after 6 months of tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) blocking therapy, in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AS were clinically evaluated and underwent US examination of 9 bilateral entheses before and after 6 months of TNF-α blocking therapy. US examination included the following as inflammatory lesions: bone erosions/cortical irregularities, enthesophytes, calcifications as structural lesions; adjacent bursitis, effusion, increased tendon hypoechogenicity or thickness; and positive power Doppler (PD) signal...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281462/ultrasound-sensitivity-to-changes-in-gout-a-longitudinal-study-after-two-years-of-treatment
#3
Diana Peiteado, Alejandro Villalba, Emilio Martín-Mola, Alejandro Balsa, Eugenio De Miguel
OBJECTIVES: The goals of our study are to evaluate the urate-lowering therapy (ULT) effect on gout ultrasound (US) lesions and to explore US sensitivity to change in gout patients. METHODS: Patients with chronic and symptomatic gout, confirmed by crystal identification, were prospectively included. Clinical and US assessments were performed at baseline and after 6, 12 and 24 months of ULT. The presence of double contour sign (DCS) and US- detectable tophi were assessed in the first metatarsophalangeals, the knees and patellar tendons...
March 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275814/value-of-ultrasonography-in-the-diagnosis-of-gout-in-patients-presenting-with-acute-arthritis
#4
Nuttaya Pattamapaspong, Withawat Vuthiwong, Thanat Kanthawang, Worawit Louthrenoo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the value of ultrasonographic features of crystal deposition for diagnosing gout in patients presenting with acute arthritis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ultrasound scanning of the most inflamed joint was performed on 89 consecutively enrolled patients with acute arthritis. Two radiologists independently reviewed the ultrasound images, and a consensus was achieved with a third radiologist when the interpretations of four key ultrasound features of gout differed...
March 8, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260220/is-there-any-role-for-thoracic-ultrasound-for-interstitial-lung-disease-underlying-rheumatologic-conditions
#5
Domenico Sambataro, Gianluca Sambataro, Ylenia Dal Bosco, Davide Campagna, Riccardo Polosa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 4, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250140/are-ultrasound-findings-similar-in-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-and-in-athlete-entheses
#6
Marie-Alix Lanfranchi, Olivier Leluc, Alice Tavano, Cécile Wormser, Sophie Morange, Christophe Chagnaud, Vincent Pradel, Pierre Lafforgue, Thao Pham
OBJECTIVE: Enthesitis is the spondyloarthritis (SpA) landmark, but can also be seen after entheses overuse, such as during intensive sport. METHODS: We aimed to compare entheses ultrasound (US) findings in a prospective cross-sectional study of 30 axial SpA cases, 30 athletes, and 29 controls. RESULTS: Mean (SD) MAdrid Sonographic Enthesis Index (MASEI) score was 26.3 (13), 12.2 (7), and 10.4 (6) in patients with SpA, athletes, and non-athlete control groups, respectively (p < 0...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250136/definition-and-reliability-assessment-of-elementary-ultrasonographic-findings-in-calcium-pyrophosphate-deposition-disease-a-study-by-the-omeract-calcium-pyrophosphate-deposition-disease-ultrasound-subtask-force
#7
Georgios Filippou, Carlo A Scirè, Nemanja Damjanov, Antonella Adinolfi, Greta Carrara, Valentina Picerno, Carmela Toscano, George A Bruyn, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino, Andrea Delle Sedie, Emilio Filippucci, Marwin Gutierrez, Mihaela Micu, Ingrid Möller, Esperanza Naredo, Carlos Pineda, Francesco Porta, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Lene Terslev, Violeta Vlad, Pascal Zufferey, Annamaria Iagnocco
OBJECTIVE: To define the ultrasonographic characteristics of calcium pyrophosphate crystal (CPP) deposits in joints and periarticular tissues and to evaluate the intra- and interobserver reliability of expert ultrasonographers in the assessment of CPP deposition disease (CPPD) according to the new definitions. METHODS: After a systematic literature review, a Delphi survey was circulated among a group of expert ultrasonographers, who were members of the CPPD Ultrasound (US) Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) subtask force, to obtain definitions of the US characteristics of CPPD at the level of fibrocartilage (FC), hyaline cartilage (HC), tendon, and synovial fluid (SF)...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244857/diagnostic-validity-of-doppler-ultrasound-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#8
I Concepción Aranda-Valera, Sara García Carazo, Irene Monjo Henry, Eugenio De Miguel Mendieta
OBJECTIVES: To assess the validity of Doppler ultrasound in the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA), using the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria and biopsy and using as gold standard the patient's definitive clinical diagnosis. METHODS: An observational, descriptive and analytical study of 451 consecutive patients with suspected GCA was conducted, and the clinical history and ultrasound findings of the patients were reviewed. The validity of ACR criteria, temporal arteritis biopsy (TAB) and Doppler ultrasound in the diagnosis of GCA was calculated using the final diagnosis of the doctor in charge as the gold standard...
February 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229810/ultrasound-of-the-osteoarthritic-joint
#9
REVIEW
Annamaria Iagnocco, Esperanza Naredo
Ultrasound (US) has acquired an increasing role in the assessment of joint and periarticular abnormalities in osteoarthritis (OA). It is able to image a large set of abnormalities in this disease which include both inflammatory and structural changes at different peripheral joint sites and it is helpful in guiding local procedures that can be easily and safely performed with optimal patient's tolerance. US is a feasible imaging modality that has become a bedside procedure in the rheumatology clinical practice, thus filling the gap between clinical and radiographic evaluations of patients with OA...
February 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181179/clinical-examination-ultrasound-and-mri-imaging-of-the-painful-elbow-in-psoriatic-arthritis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-which-is-better-ultrasound-or-mr-for-imaging-enthesitis
#10
Clare Groves, Muthusamy Chandramohan, Ne Siang Chew, Tariq Aslam, Philip S Helliwell
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the current study was to examine the painful elbow, and in particular enthesitis, in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using clinical examination, ultrasonography (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with elbow pain (11 with PsA and 9 with RA) were recruited. Clinical examination, US and MRI studies were performed on the same day. For enthesitis, the common extensor and flexor insertions and the triceps insertion were imaged (20 patients, giving a total of 60 sites with comparative data)...
February 8, 2017: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177278/does-spontaneous-remission-occur-in-polyarteritis-nodosa-%C3%A2
#11
Simon Beyaert, Menno Pruijm, Salah Dine Qanadli, Peter Vollenweider, Matthieu Halfon
BACKGROUND: Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a systemic vasculitis involving mainly medium-sized arteries and, rarely, small-sized arteries. The diagnosis is principally based on clinical exams, biopsy of an affected organ, and/or arteriography of renal or mesenteric arteries. Once diagnosed, immunosuppressive agents, such as glucocorticoids and cyclophosphamide, are generally introduced as soon as possible. Whether spontaneous remission of PAN occurs is therefore largely unknown. PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 51-year-old woman who presented with a 4-day-history of intense pain in her left flank, hypertension, fever, microscopic hematuria, and acute renal failure...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170430/efficient-decellularization-for-tissue-engineering-of-the-tendon-bone-interface-with-preservation-of-biomechanics
#12
Kai Xu, Lara A Kuntz, Peter Foehr, Katharina Kuempel, Alexandra Wagner, Jutta Tuebel, Constantin V Deimling, Rainer H Burgkart
Interfaces between tendon/ligament and bone ("entheses") are highly specialized tissues that allow for stress transfer between mechanically dissimilar materials. Entheses show very low regenerative capacity resulting in high incidences of failure after surgical repair. Tissue engineering is a promising approach to recover functionality of entheses. Here, we established a protocol to decellularize porcine entheses as scaffolds for enthesis tissue engineering. Chemical detergents as well as physical treatments were investigated with regard to their efficiency to decellularize 2 mm thick porcine Achilles tendon entheses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148700/the-omeract-ultrasound-group-a-report-from-the-omeract-2016-meeting-and-perspectives
#13
Lene Terslev, Annamaria Iagnocco, George A W Bruyn, Esperanza Naredo, Jelena Vojinovic, Paz Collado, Nemanja Damjanov, Andrew Filer, Georgios Filippou, Stephanie Finzel, Frederique Gandjbakhch, Kei Ikeda, Helen I Keen, Marion C Kortekaas, Silvia Magni-Manzoni, Sarah Ohrndorf, Carlos Pineda, Viviana Ravagnani, Bethan Richards, Ilfita Sahbudin, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Heidi J Siddle, Maria S Stoenoiu, Marcin Szkudlarek, Nikolay Tzaribachev, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update from the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Ultrasound Working Group on the progress for defining ultrasound (US) minimal disease activity threshold at joint level in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and for standardization of US application in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). METHODS: For minimal disease activity, healthy controls (HC) and patients with early arthritis (EA) who were naive to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs were recruited from 2 centers...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137404/relevant-aspects-of-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-gout
#14
Eloy De Avila Fernandes, Samuel Brighenti Bergamaschi, Tatiane Cantarelli Rodrigues, Gustavo Coelho Dias, Ralff Malmann, Germano Martins Ramos, Soraya Silveira Monteiro
Gout is an inflammatory arthritis characterized by the deposition of monosodium urate crystals in the synovial membrane, articular cartilage and periarticular tissues leading to inflammation. Men are more commonly affected, mainly after the 5th decade of life. Its incidence has been growing with the population aging. In the majority of the cases, the diagnosis is made by clinical criteria and synovial fluid analysis, in search for monosodium urate crystals. Nonetheless, gout may sometimes have atypical presentations, complicating the diagnosis...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104531/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-gouty-tophi-in-the-patellar-tendon-using-ultrasound-guided-needle-barbotage-a-case-presentation
#15
Ricardo E Colberg, Rachel B Geffen
A 73-year-old man presented with nontraumatic debilitating anterior left knee pain. Magnetic resonance imaging suggested a partial patellar tendon tear. However, ultrasound imaging revealed multiple small hyperechoic areas with posterior acoustic shadowing with intermixed hypoechoic fluid within the proximal patellar tendon, consistent with gouty tophi. The patient underwent ultrasound-guided needle barbotage of the tophi. Gout was confirmed by the presence of uric acid crystals in the aspirate. He had immediate pain relief...
January 16, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093417/cardiovascular-risk-of-patients-with-gout-seen-at-rheumatology-clinics-following-a-structured-assessment
#16
Mariano Andrés, José Antonio Bernal, Francisca Sivera, Neus Quilis, Loreto Carmona, Paloma Vela, Eliseo Pascual
OBJECTIVES: Gout-associated cardiovascular (CV) risk relates to comorbidities and crystal-led inflammation. The aim was to estimate the CV risk by prediction tools in new patients with gout and to assess whether ultrasonographic carotid changes are present in patients without high CV risk. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. Consecutive new patients with crystal-proven gout underwent a structured CV consultation, including CV events, risk factors and two risk prediction tools-the Systematic COronary Evaluation (SCORE) and the Framingham Heart Study (FHS)...
January 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089501/effectiveness-of-conventional-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-psoriatic-arthritis-a-systematic-review
#17
Jesús Maese, Petra Díaz Del Campo, Daniel Seoane-Mato, Mercedes Guerra, Juan D Cañete
BACKGROUND: Due to the clinical heterogeneity of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), recommendations have been developed by international groups to guide therapeutic decisions of the rheumatologist. The objective of the current systematic review (RS) was to evaluate the evidence of efficacy of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in PsA. METHODS: Literature search in Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, from 2008 to 2014. We included RS, randomized clinical trials and observational studies, in patients with PsA and an evaluation of efficiency of conventional DMARDs (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, leflunomide), according to the following outcomes: peripheral and axial symptoms; peripheral radiological damage; enthesitis according to power Doppler ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (enthesitis count before and after therapy); dactylitis; uveitis...
January 13, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045863/postoperative-hemorrhagic-occlusive-retinal-vasculitis-a-forme-fruste-variant
#18
Roger A Goldberg, Courtney Crawford, Jeffrey S Heier
PURPOSE: To present a forme fruste variant of hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis (HORV) after uncomplicated cataract surgery performed with vancomycin in the irrigating solution. METHODS: A report of a single patient who developed HORV; the clinical features and course are described and compared with previously reported cases. RESULTS: Ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography demonstrated an occlusive vasculitis in both eyes 1 week after uncomplicated cataract surgery in which vancomycin was added to the irrigating solution...
December 29, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042133/assessing-elementary-lesions-in-gout-by-ultrasound-results-of-an-omeract-patient-based-agreement-and-reliability-exercise
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January 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999501/axillary-block-induced-chemical-sympathectomy-in-the-setting-of-digital-ischemia
#20
José R Soberón, T Michael Truxillo, Christin C Gethers, Taylor A Smith, William E Davis
BACKGROUND: Digital ischemia is associated with several rheumatologic disorders and is often difficult to treat. Symptoms and sequelae can include pain, disability, need for amputation, and poor quality of life. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with digital ischemia were referred for an ultrasound-guided axillary nerve block using liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel, Pacira Pharmaceuticals). The primary outcome measure was radial and ulnar artery diameter preprocedure and postprocedure...
2016: Ochsner Journal
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