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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399893/ultrasound-guided-steroid-tendon-sheath-injections-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-10-year-single-center-retrospective-study
#1
Shannon E Peters, Ronald M Laxer, Bairbre L Connolly, Dimitri A Parra
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to: (a) Identify tendon sheaths most commonly treated with steroid injections in a pediatric patient population with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA); (b) Describe technical aspects of the procedure; (c) Characterize sonographic appearance of tenosynovitis in JIA; (d) Assess agreement between clinical request and sites injected. METHODS: This was a 10 year single-center retrospective study (May 2006-April 2016) of patients with JIA referred by Rheumatology for ultrasound-guided tendon sheath injections...
April 11, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378489/subclinical-enthesitis-in-nail-psoriasis-patients-a-case-control-study
#2
Karlijn M G Klaassen, Marieke J M Ploegmakers, Peter C M van de Kerkhof, Willemijn M Klein, Marcel C Pasch
BACKGROUND: Patients with nail psoriasis have a higher prevalence of psoriatic arthritis; however, the pathogenetic relationship between these two disorders is as yet unclear. Entheses have been suggested as disease epicenter, which might explain the pathogenesis on an anatomical level. OBJECTIVE: To contribute to the elucidation of the hypothesis as regards the anatomical link between nail psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, with the extensor enthesis of the distal interphalangeal joint as the epicenter...
April 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375834/the-role-of-ultrasound-in-the-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-large-vessel-vasculitis-an-update
#3
Giuseppe Germanò, Sara Monti, Cristina Ponte, Niccolo' Possemato, Roberto Caporali, Carlo Salvarani, Pierluigi Macchioni, Nicolò Pipitone
Large-vessel vasculitides comprise giant cell arteritis and Takayasu's arteritis. In both conditions, early changes consist of transmural inflammation of the arterial wall, while later complications include lumen changes, such as stenoses or aneurysms. Colour-Doppler sonography has the ability to depict the arterial wall as well as the lumen, and is therefore ideally suited both to diagnose early vasculitis and to monitor patients over time. In this review article, we addressed the following issues: 1) the role of colour-Doppler sonography in the diagnosis of large-vessel vasculitis and its common pitfalls; 2) whether colour-Doppler sonography can increase the yield of temporal artery biopsy in giant cell arteritis; 3) the role of colour-Doppler sonography in monitoring patients with LVV over time; and 4) how colour-Doppler sonography performs compared to other imaging techniques...
March 29, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375833/clinical-assessment-in-takayasu-s-arteritis-major-challenges-and-controversies
#4
Haner Direskeneli
Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) is a rare, chronic, large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) that predominantly affects aorta, its major branches and the pulmonary arteries. Recent controversial issues in the diagnosis, disease assessment and prognosis in TAK are discussed in this review. In recent years, conventional angiography, the standard method for the initial diagnosis, seems to have been replaced by the new imaging modalities, such as MRI and 18F-FDG-PET. Less invasive techniques (CT/MRI) are now suggested first, compared to conventional angiography, and MRI is preferable to CT with less contrast load/radiation...
March 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352011/biopsy-of-small-kidneys-a-safe-and-a-useful-guide-to-potentially-treatable-kidney-disease
#5
Kamel El-Reshaid, Wael El-Reshaid, Dalal Al-Bader, Jozsef Varro, John Madda, Hosameldin Tawfik Sallam
Over the past four years, all patients with unexplained rapid progression of their renal disease were subjected to kidney biopsy, despite their small size (<9 cm), to define its etiology. Children, pregnant women, morbidly obese patients, and those with an unstable cardiovascular state, septicemia, bleeding diathesis as well as those kidney size with size <6 cm were excluded from the study. Doppler ultrasound was used to exclude renovascular/ischemic nephropathy. The procedure was performed by an interventional radiologist using a biopsy gun technique and under ultrasound guidance...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332442/ultrasound-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
#6
Michael Czihal, Christian Lottspeich, Ulrich Hoffmann
Nowadays noninvasive vascular imaging has an important role in the diagnostic work-up of the large vessel vasculitides (LVV), most importantly giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis. Among the imaging modalities available, ultrasound (US) has several important advantages, including low costs, rapid and repetitive availability without exposure to radiation, and high spatial resolution for assessment of large and medium-sized arteries. Therefore, US can be regarded the first line imaging method in suspected LVV...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330716/the-value-of-power-doppler-ultrasound-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-clinical-remission-reclassifying-disease-activity
#7
Facundo Vergara, Santiago Ruta, Javier Rosa, Josefina Marín, Ricardo García-Mónaco, Enrique R Soriano
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to describe the ultrasound (US) findings in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical remission, and to evaluate the ability of power Doppler (PD) US to reclassify disease activity in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included consecutive patients with RA according to 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism criteria, who were in clinical remission by the Disease Activity Score (DAS28<2...
March 18, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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