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Ultrasound + Vasculitis OR Gout OR enthesitis OR rheumatology

Dario Graceffa, Claudio Bonifati, Viviana Lora, Pier Luigi Saraceni, Catia De Felice, Maria Sole Chimenti, Roberto Perricone, Aldo Morrone
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory involvement of the enthesis in the course of psoriasis is accompanied by structural abnormalities detectable by ultrasound. The most common of these abnormalities is the thickening of the tendon at the insertion site. AIMS: The aim of the present study was to compare the thickness of entheses of patients with psoriatic arthritis, only skin psoriasis, and healthy controls. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a cohort of patients affected with either only skin psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis as well as in a control group...
March 16, 2018: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Nobutaka Noto, Akiko Komori, Mamoru Ayusawa, Shori Takahashi
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a systemic vasculitis with a predilection for damage to the coronary arteries. In the acute phase, clinical decision making for KD relies on the measurements of the coronary z-score obtained by 2-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). In the convalescent phase, KD patients with coronary artery abnormalities (CAAs) eventually show arteriosclerotic vascular remodeling characterized by marked intimal proliferation and neoangiogenesis after KD vasculitis, which often induces myocardial ischemia...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
C Löffler, H Sattler, U Löffler, B K Krämer, R Bergner
OBJECTIVE: In distinguishing urate arthritis (UA) from non-crystal-related arthritides, joint sonography including the detection of the double contour sign (DCS) and hypervascularization using power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) is an important step in the diagnostic process. But are these sonographic features equally reliable in every accessible joint under real-life conditions? METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 362 patients with acute arthritis and evaluated the DCS and the degree of PDUS hypervascularization in patients with gout and in those with arthritis other than urate arthritis (non-UA)...
March 13, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Ilaria Tinazzi, Dennis McGonagle, Alen Zabotti, Donatella Chessa, Antonio Marchetta, Pierluigi Macchioni
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a detailed sonographic evaluation of the hand flexor tendon compartment could help differentiate between psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Thirty-seven patients with PsA, 47 with RA and 10 healthy controls (HC) had flexor tendon (FT) compartment imaging of the dominant hand 2nd to 4th tendons using grey scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) ultrasound (US) with evaluation for tenosynovitis, peri-tendinous lesions, soft tissue oedema and bony changes at FT insertions...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Christina Duftner, Christian Dejaco, Alexandre Sepriano, Louise Falzon, Wolfgang Andreas Schmidt, Sofia Ramiro
Objectives: To perform a systematic literature review on imaging techniques for diagnosis, outcome prediction and disease monitoring in large vessel vasculitis (LVV) informing the European League Against Rheumatism recommendations for imaging in LVV. Methods: Systematic literature review (until 10 March 2017) of diagnostic and prognostic studies enrolling >20 patients and investigating ultrasound, MRI, CT or positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with suspected and/or established primary LVV...
2018: RMD Open
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
Mads Ammitzbøll Danielsen
Rheumatod arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease, characterized by inflammation in joints and tendon sheaths, which frequently leads to permanent and serious disability due to joint destruction, but also tendon and ligament ruptures. Clinical management of rheumatoid arthritis has traditionally been supported by biochemical and radiographic findings. However, imaging modalities like ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have improved the possibility for better management of rheumatoid arthritis patients, due to higher sensitivity and specificity for detecting ongoing inflammation, this thesis is focusing on tenosynovitis as recent studies have shown that inflammation in tendon sheaths, i...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Paul Emery, Gerd R Burmester, Esperanza Naredo, Yijie Zhou, Maja Hojnik, Philip G Conaghan
INTRODUCTION: The current American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism treatment recommendations advise tapering biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARD) therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who achieve stable clinical remission while receiving bDMARDs. However, not all patients maintain remission or low disease activity after tapering or discontinuation of bDMARDs. The aim of the Im P act of R esidual Inflammation Detected via Imaging T E chniques, D rug Levels and Patient Characteristics on the Outcome of Dose Taper I ng of Adalimumab in C linical Remission Rheumatoid Ar T hritis ( RA ) study, or PREDICTRA, is to generate data on patient and disease characteristics that may predict the clinical course of a fixed dose-tapering regimen with the bDMARD adalimumab...
February 28, 2018: BMJ Open
Paul Harkey, Richard Duszak, Soterios Gyftopoulos, Andrew B Rosenkrantz
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to identify the specialty characteristics of providers referring musculoskeletal (MSK) extremity imaging examinations to radiologists, so as to better understand the drivers of MSK imaging utilization and potentially improve the appropriateness of such imaging examinations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data on provider referral for MSK extremity imaging services were extracted from the 2014 Medicare Referring Provider Utilization for Procedures public use file, which aggregates data on diagnostic procedures according to referring provider identities and service codes...
February 28, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Helen I Keen, Wendy A Davis, Erin Latkovic, Jocelyn J Drinkwater, Johannes Nossent, Timothy M E Davis
AIMS: The prevalence and consequences (articular and extra-articular) of hyperuricemia in type 2 diabetes, especially when asymptomatic (ASH), are incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to use ultrasonography to assess pathology associated with monosodium urate deposition in the joints of well-characterized hyperuricemic patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A subset of 101 participants (mean age 70.4 years, 59.8% males, median diabetes duration 14...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Yoshihiro Aoki, Katsuhiko Kitazawa, Hironobu Kobayashi
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is rare in children and is characterised as necrotising vasculitis predominantly affecting small and medium-sized vessels. Propylthiouracil (PTU), an antithyroid drug, has been implicated in drug-induced AAV. In contrast, Kawasaki disease (KD) is a common systemic vasculitis, typically observed in children, which affects the medium-sized vessels, including the coronary arteries. An 11-year-old girl who developed AAV while receiving PTU therapy for Graves' disease is described...
February 19, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Irving O Estevez-Garcia, Selma Gallegos-Nava, Erika Vera-Pérez, Luis H Silveira, Lucio Ventura-Ríos, Gonzalo Vancini, Cristina Hernández-Díaz, Fausto Sánchez-Muñoz, Martha A Ballinas-Verdugo, Marwin Gutierrez, Carlos Pineda, Pedro Rodriguez-Henriquez, Diana Castillo-Martínez, Luis M Amezcua-Guerra
OBJECTIVE: To assess potential associations among serum cytokines and microRNA (miR) levels with ultrasound (US) findings suggestive of urate deposits in chronic asymptomatic hyperuricemia and gout. METHODS: All participants underwent musculoskeletal US and measurements of serum IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, IFN-γ, TNF, MCP-1, and ENA-78, as well as miR-146a, miR-155, and miR-223 levels. RESULTS: Thirty individuals with asymptomatic hyperuricemia, 31 normouricemic controls, and 30 gouty patients were included...
February 18, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Svetlana Krasnokutsky, Aaron Garza Romero, Daisy Bang, Virginia C Pike, Binita Shah, Talia F Igel, Irina Dektiarev, Yu Guo, Judy Zhong, Stuart D Katz, Michael H Pillinger
To determine whether arterial responsiveness is impaired among patients with gout, and whether arterial responsiveness inversely correlates with serum urate and inflammatory measures. This is a cross-sectional study of untreated gout subjects (n = 34) and non-gout healthy controls (n = 64). High-resolution dynamic ultrasound-measured flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and nitroglycerin-mediated dilation (NMD) assessed endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent arterial responsiveness respectively. Serum urate (sUA) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) were measured in the gout group, and correlated with FMD and NMD responses...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Yuan Yuan, Chang Liu, Xi Xiang, Tong-Ling Yuan, Li Qiu, Yi Liu, Yu-Bin Luo, Y Zhao, Martin Herrmann
OBJECTIVE: The present study was performed to localize the articular deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystal in joints. We compare the detection efficiencies of dual-energy CT (DECT) and ultrasound scans. METHODS: Analyses by DECT and ultrasound were performed with 184 bilateral joints of the lower limbs of 54 consecutive gout patients. All joints were categorized into (1) knee, (2) ankle, (3) MTP1, and (4) MTP2, and sorted into those with and those without detectable MSU deposition...
February 13, 2018: Rheumatology International
Orazio De Lucia, Viviana Ravagnani, Francesca Pregnolato, Arvena Hila, Irene Pontikaki, Maurizio Gattinara, Micol Romano, Valeria Gerloni, Sara Pieropan, Antonella Murgo, Maurizio Rossini, Rolando Cimaz, Pier Luigi Meroni
OBJECTIVES: To define the correlation between joint ultrasonography and clinical examination in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and to assess whether synovitis detected by ultrasonography in clinically inactive patients predicts arthritis flares. METHODS: 88 consecutive patients with JIA-46 (52%) with persistent oligoarthritis, 15 (17%) with extended oligoarthritis, 15 (17%) with rheumatoid factor-negative polyarthritis and 12 (14%) with other forms of JIA, all clinically inactive for a minimum of 3 months-underwent ultrasound (US) assessment of 44 joints...
February 6, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Gurjit S Kaeley, Lihi Eder, Sibel Z Aydin, Marwin Gutierrez, Catherine Bakewell
OBJECTIVE: To describe the growing importance of enthesitis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of clinical and imaging methods currently used to assess enthesitis. METHODS: PubMed literature searches were conducted using the terms psoriatic arthritis, entheses, enthesitis, pathology, imaging, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, clinical, and indices. Articles were deemed relevant if they provided insight into the pathology, monitoring, and/or diagnosis of enthesitis in PsA, or if they discussed clinical or imaging indices used to assess enthesitis...
January 6, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Bozho Todorich, Lisa J Faia, Aristomenis Thanos, Mitual Amin, Robert Folberg, Jeremy D Wolfe, Krista M Todorich, Efthemios Raphtis, Alan J Ruby, George A Williams, Tarek S Hassan
PURPOSE: To derive novel insights into the pathophysiology of vancomycin-related hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculopathy (HORV) through a careful clinicopathologic correlation. METHODS: and study design: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical and pathologic course of two consecutive patients who developed HORV. The clinical history, multimodal imaging, ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM), intraoperative and histological findings are reported. RESULTS: Both patients presented with decreased vision and eye pain within 1 week following otherwise uncomplicated cataract extraction and were diagnosed with HORV after endophthalmitis was ruled out...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Frances Humby, Vasco Romão, Antonio Manzo, Andrew Filer, Serena Bugatti, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Stephen Kelly, Mihir Wechalekar, Manzoor Ahmed, Vidalba Rocher, Rebecca Hands, Carlomaurizio Montecucco, Joao Fonseca, Costantino Pitzalis
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate whether choice of synovial biopsy technique (arthroscopic, blind needle (BN), ultrasound (US)-portal and forceps (P&F) and US-needle biopsy (NB) translates to significant variation in synovial tissue quality and quantity with the aim of informing recommendations for choice of synovial sampling technique within clinical trials. METHODS: 159 procedures were evaluated from 5 academic rheumatology centres. H&E stained paraffin embedded synovial sections were assessed in order to determine the proportion of graded synovial fragments, total area of tissue and synovitis score per procedure...
February 6, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Plamen Todorov Todorov, Rodina Nestorova, Anastas Batalov
Patients with low back pain (LBP) frequently undergo various imaging studies in the pursuit of a more precise diagnosis. Ultrasound (US) has the advantage of being a widely available, multiplanar, fast and radiation-free diagnostic tool. Moreover, compared to most of the other imaging modalities, it is particularly efficient in the visualization and assessment of soft tissues. Consequently, the question about the possible diagnostic application of US in such a common pathology as LBP is very relevant to the clinical practice...
February 4, 2018: Medical Ultrasonography
Rositsa Karalilova, Maria Kazakova, Anastas Batalov, Victoria Sarafian
The aim of our study was to analyze the level of the glycoprotein YKL-40 in patients with active knee osteoarthritis (OA) and to search possible correlations with local inflammation and ultrasound (US) findings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective study with fifty consecutive patients with active knee OA (diagnosed based on the American College of Rheumatology criteria for OA with radiographic confirmation) was performed. Concentrations of YKL-40 in serum and synovial fluid were measured by ELISA...
February 4, 2018: Medical Ultrasonography
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