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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937415/biomarkers-in-vasculitis
#1
Gulen Hatemi, Sinem N Esatoglu, Yusuf Yazici
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Biomarkers are considered to be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring, predicting treatment response, and prognosis in clinical practice and as outcomes in clinical trials. In this article, we review the recent literature on new biomarkers and the expanding use of older ones in vasculitic conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: In antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis patients antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody type may be useful as a predictor of relapse and response to rituximab...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937078/acute-kidney-injury-with-granulomatous-interstitial-nephritis-and-vasculitis-revealing-sarcoidosis
#2
Amel Harzallah, Hayet Kaaroud, Karima Boubaker, Samia Barbouch, Rim Goucha, Fethi Ben Hamida, Taieb Ben Abdallah
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects mostly the lungs and lymph glands. Renal involvement is rare and especially vasculitis. We report a case who presented an acute kidney failure and had sarcoidosis with vasculitis and nodular splenic involvement. A 35-year-old woman presenting a Lofgren syndrome was hospitalized for acute renal failure with cervical lymphadenopathy without other clinical findings. Laboratory data disclosed elevated angiotensin converting enzyme serum level. Abdominal ultrasound showed a multinodular spleen...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919914/agreement-of-clinical-examination-and-ultrasound-methods-for-detection-of-joints-involvements-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#3
Hadi Karimzadeh, Ramin Rafiei, Zahra Sayedbonakdar, Mehdi Karami
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by synovial tissue inflammation and destruction of articular components which if not controlled properly, can cause disability in patients. For this reason, evaluation of disease activity and its control is very important. In recent years using sonography is promising for the evaluation of disease activity. This study aimed to compare "clinical examination" and "ultrasonography" methods in the detection of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900518/nail-unit-ultrasound-a-complete-guide-of-the-nail-diseases
#4
REVIEW
Felipe Aluja Jaramillo, Diana Carolina Quiasúa Mejía, Hector Mauricio Martínez Ordúz, Cesar González Ardila
INTRODUCTION: The nails have a functional and esthetic importance for patients. Almost always, the nail disorders are diagnosed on the basis of clinical findings, but imaging methods may be required for a better assessment. These imaging methods, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance, may help to establish an accurate diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is not widely available and sometimes may be very expensive; that is why, ultrasound is an excellent imaging modality. Our objective is to expose the nail unit anatomy, the nail unit anatomy in ultrasound, and some of the frequent pathologies found in our daily practice...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894946/an-international-survey-on-non-invasive-techniques-to-assess-the-microcirculation-in-patients-with-raynaud-s-phenomenon-sunshine-survey
#5
Francesca Ingegnoli, Nicola Ughi, Graham Dinsdale, Annalisa Orenti, Patrizia Boracchi, Yannick Allanore, Ivan Foeldvari, Alberto Sulli, Maurizio Cutolo, Vanessa Smith, Ariane L Herrick
To canvas opinion concerning the role of non-invasive techniques in the assessment of patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (Rp) in clinical and research settings: four nailfold capillaroscopy methods [videocapillaroscopy (NVC), dermoscopy, stereomicroscopy, digital USB microscopy], four laser Doppler methods (laser Doppler flowmetry, imaging, anemometry/velocimetry, laser speckle contrast analysis), thermographic imaging, and upper limb arterial Doppler ultrasound. Emails with a link to the survey were sent to physicians from the European Scleroderma Trials and Research group (EUSTAR), the EULAR Study Group on Microcirculation in Rheumatic Diseases (SG_MC/RD) and members of the pediatric rheumatology Email board...
September 11, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879054/achilles-enthesitis-defined-by-ultrasound-is-not-associated-with-clinical-enthesitis-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
#6
Brigitte Michelsen, Andreas P Diamantopoulos, Dag Magnar Soldal, Hilde Berner Hammer, Arthur Kavanaugh, Glenn Haugeberg
OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical and ultrasonographic (US) evaluation of Achilles enthesitis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: The Achilles insertion of outpatients with PsA was examined by clinical assessment of tenderness and US evaluation of (1) inflammatory activity (defined as the presence of power Doppler signal, tendon thickening and/or hypoechogenicity) and (2) structural damage (defined as the presence of erosions, calcifications and/or enthesophytes)...
2017: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870177/will-chinese-external-therapy-with-compound-tripterygium-wilfordii-hook-f-gel-safely-control-disease-activity-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-design-of-a-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
#7
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Quan Jiang, Xiao-Po Tang, Xian-Chun Chen, Hong Xiao, Ping Liu, Juan Jiao
BACKGROUND: Chinese external therapy (CET) is a topical application with mainly Chinese herb medicine therapy with thousands of years of historical implications and is a clinical routine that is commonly used for relieving joint-related symptoms in patients with arthritis in Chinese hospitals. However, there is a paucity of modern medical evidence to support its effectiveness and safety. Thus, we propose to implement a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using, as the experimental intervention, topical application of a hospital-compounded gel preparation of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF)...
September 5, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814431/calprotectin-as-a-marker-of-inflammation-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Maria Karolina Jonsson, Nina Paulshus Sundlisæter, Hilde Haugedal Nordal, Hilde Berner Hammer, Anna-Birgitte Aga, Inge Christoffer Olsen, Karl Albert Brokstad, Désirée van der Heijde, Tore K Kvien, Bjørg-Tilde Svanes Fevang, Siri Lillegraven, Espen A Haavardsholm
OBJECTIVES: Calprotectin is an inflammatory marker of interest in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We evaluated whether the level of calprotectin was associated with disease activity, and if it was predictive of treatment response and radiographic progression in patients with early RA. METHODS: Plasma from disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-naïve patients with RA fulfilling 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism classification criteria with symptom duration <2 years was analysed for calprotectin at baseline, and after 1, 3 and 12 months...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814430/the-2017-eular-standardised-procedures-for-ultrasound-imaging-in-rheumatology
#9
Ingrid Möller, Iustina Janta, Marina Backhaus, Sarah Ohrndorf, David A Bong, Carlo Martinoli, Emilio Filippucci, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Lene Terslev, Nemanja Damjanov, Hilde Berner Hammer, Iwona Sudol-Szopinska, Walter Grassi, Peter Balint, George A W Bruyn, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino, Diana Hollander, Heidi J Siddle, Gabriela Supp, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Annamaria Iagnocco, Juhani Koski, David Kane, Daniela Fodor, Alessandra Bruns, Peter Mandl, Gurjit S Kaeley, Mihaela Micu, Carmen Ho, Violeta Vlad, Mario Chávez-López, Georgios Filippou, Carmen Elena Cerón, Rodina Nestorova, Maritza Quintero, Richard Wakefield, Loreto Carmona, Esperanza Naredo
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the European League Against Rheumatism developed and disseminated the first guidelines for musculoskeletal (MS) ultrasound (US) in rheumatology. Fifteen years later, the dramatic expansion of new data on MSUS in the literature coupled with technological developments in US imaging has necessitated an update of these guidelines. OBJECTIVES: To update the existing MSUS guidelines in rheumatology as well as to extend their scope to other anatomic structures relevant for rheumatology...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808198/ultrasonographic-evaluation-of-enthesitis-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#10
Huayong Zhang, Jun Liang, Junlan Qiu, Fan Wang, Lingyun Sun
The aim of this study was to assess sensitivity and responsiveness of power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) in detecting enthesitis for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients compared to clinical examinations. Twenty AS patients initiating etanerceptunderwent clinical and PDUS examinations of six bilateral entheseal sites at baseline and after 1, 2 and 3 months of treatment. Clinical and PDUS examinations identified at least one entheseal lesion in nine (45%) and 19 (95%) patients, respectively. Furthermore, of 240 entheseal sites examined in these 20 patients, PDUS detected 123 entheseal lesions (51...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777891/musculoskeletal-ultrasound-instruction-in-adult-rheumatology-fellowship-programs
#11
Karina D Torralba, Amy C Cannella, Eugene Y Kissin, Marcy B Bolster, Lorena M Salto, Jay Higgs, Jonathan Samuels, Midori Jane Nishio, Gurjit S Kaeley, Amy Evangelisto, Paul De Marco, Minna J Kohler
OBJECTIVES: Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) in rheumatology in the United States has advanced through promotion of certification, standards of use, and core fellowship curriculum inclusion requiring exposure. In order to inform endeavors for curricular integration, the study objectives are to assess current program needs for curricular incorporation, and teaching methods being employed. METHODS: A needs assessment survey (S1) was sent to 113 rheumatology fellowship program directors...
August 4, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774458/ultrasound-in-arthritis
#12
REVIEW
Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Claudia Schueller-Weidekamm, Athena Plagou, James Teh
Ultrasound is currently performed in everyday rheumatologic practice. It is used for early diagnosis, to monitor treatment results, and to diagnose remission. The spectrum of pathologies seen in arthritis with ultrasound includes early inflammatory features and associated complications. This article discusses the spectrum of ultrasound features of arthritides seen in rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue diseases in adults, such as Sjögren syndrome, lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis...
September 2017: Radiologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765249/ultrasound-characteristics-of-the-achilles-tendon-in-tophaceous-gout-a-comparison-with-age-and-sex-matched-controls
#13
Matthew Carroll, Nicola Dalbeth, Bruce Allen, Sarah Stewart, Tony House, Mark Boocock, Christopher Frampton, Keith Rome
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency and distribution of characteristics of the Achilles tendon (AT) in people with tophaceous gout using musculoskeletal ultrasound (US). METHODS: Twenty-four participants with tophaceous gout and 24 age- and sex-matched controls without gout or other arthritis were recruited. All participants underwent a greyscale and power Doppler US examination. The AT was divided into 3 anatomical zones (insertion, pre-insertional, and proximal to the mid-section)...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758585/from-a-formal-training-program-in-musculoskeletal-ultrasound-msus-to-a-high-reproducibility-for-doppler-ultrasound-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#14
Orlando Villota, Mario Diaz, Carmen Ceron, Ingrid Moller, Esperanza Naredo, Diego Luis Saaibi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the intra- and inter-observer reliability of ultrasound (US) in scoring B-mode, Doppler synovitis and combined B-mode and Doppler synovitis scores in different peripheral joints of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: Four rheumatologists with a formal training in musculoskeletal US (MSKUS) particularly focus on definitions and scoring synovitis on B-mode and Doppler mode participated in a patient-based reliability exercise on 16 active RA patients...
July 28, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754802/ultrasonography-of-major-salivary-glands-compared-with-parotid-and-labial-gland-biopsy-and-classification-criteria-in-patients-with-clinically-suspected-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
#15
Esther Mossel, Konstantina Delli, Jolien F van Nimwegen, Alja J Stel, Frans G M Kroese, Fred K L Spijkervet, Arjan Vissink, Suzanne Arends, Hendrika Bootsma
OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity of ultrasound of major salivary glands (sUS) compared with parotid and labial gland biopsies, sialometry, anti-SSA/Ro antibody status and classification criteria in patients clinically suspected with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: 103 consecutive outpatients with clinically suspected pSS underwent sUS. Parenchymal echogenicity, homogeneity, hypoechogenic areas, hyperechogenic reflections and clearness of salivary gland border were scored according to the Hocevar scoring system...
July 28, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752980/-ultrasonic-features-of-enthesitis-a-comparison-between-patients-with-psoriasis-vulgaris-and-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis
#16
Yuan-Jiao Tang, Xi Xiang, Yu-Jia Yang, Li-Yun Wang, Ying He, Li Qiu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the ultrasonic features of enthesitis between psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis vulgaris. METHODS: A total of 39 patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA group), 60 with psoriasis vulgaris (non-PsA group) and 60 healthy people (control group) participated in this study. They were examined by two-dimensional and color Doppler ultrasound on the entheses of bilateral femoral quadriceps tendons, patella tendons, Achilles tendons, plantar fasciae, common flexor tendons and common extensor tendons...
July 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732547/crescentic-glomerular-nephritis-associated-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-case-report
#17
K Balendran, L D S U Senarathne, R D Lanerolle
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disorder where clinically significant renal involvement is relatively common. However, crescentic glomerular nephritis is a rarely described entity among the rheumatoid nephropathies. We report a case of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis presenting with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-negative crescentic glomerular nephritis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 54-year-old Sri Lankan woman who had recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis was being treated with methotrexate 10 mg weekly and infrequent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728567/settings-and-artefacts-relevant-for-doppler-ultrasound-in-large-vessel-vasculitis
#18
REVIEW
L Terslev, A P Diamantopoulos, U Møller Døhn, W A Schmidt, S Torp-Pedersen
Ultrasound is used increasingly for diagnosing large vessel vasculitis (LVV). The application of Doppler in LVV is very different from in arthritic conditions. This paper aims to explain the most important Doppler parameters, including spectral Doppler, and how the settings differ from those used in arthritic conditions and provide recommendations for optimal adjustments. This is addressed through relevant Doppler physics, focusing, for example, on the Doppler shift equation and how angle correction ensures correctly displayed blood velocity...
July 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727616/iterative-reconstruction-may-improve-diagnosis-of-gout-an-ex-vivo-bio-phantom-dual-energy-computed-tomography-study
#19
Torsten Diekhoff, Maximilian Kotlyarov, Jürgen Mews, Bernd Hamm, Kay-Geert Armin Hermann
OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that, compared with filtered back projection (FBP), iterative reconstruction (IR) increases the detected volume of uric acid, which serves as a measure of the sensitivity of the method, and therefore allows examinations with lower radiation exposure. Thus, the aim of our study was to evaluate the role of IR in dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) for gout assessment and volumetry in an ex vivo gout model using an epoxy phantom and a biophantom. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prepared specimens with different concentrations of monosodium uric acid in ultrasound gel (30%-50%) and inserted them into an epoxy-based phantom and a porcine foreleg...
July 19, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718441/is-intra-articular-steroid-injection-to-the-temporomandibular-joint-for-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-more-effective-and-efficient-when-performed-with-image-guidance
#20
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Cory M Resnick, Pouya M Vakilian, Leonard B Kaban, Zachary S Peacock
PURPOSE: To compare short-term outcomes and procedure times for intra-articular steroid injection (IASI) to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) with and without the use of intraoperative image guidance for patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective study of children with JIA who underwent TMJ IASI at Boston Children's Hospital (Boston, MA). Patients were divided into groups according to IASI technique: 1) "landmark" group if performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon using an anatomic landmark technique with no intraoperative image guidance or 2) "image-guided" group if performed by an interventional radiologist using intraoperative ultrasound and computed tomography...
April 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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