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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352388/cutaneous-granulomatosis-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Carlo Mainetti, Marie-Astrid Peeters, Emmanuel Laffitte
Cutaneous granulomatosis is a heterogeneous group of diseases, characterized by a skin inflammatory reaction triggered by a wide variety of stimuli, including infections, foreign bodies, malignancy, metabolites, and chemicals. From a pathogenic point of view, they are divided into non-infectious and infectious granulomas. Pathophysiological mechanisms are still poorly understood. Non-infectious granulomatous skin diseases include granuloma annulare, necrobiosis lipoidica, rheumatic nodules, foreign body granulomas, cutaneous sarcoidosis, and interstitial granulomatous dermatitis...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351278/analysis-of-the-tonsillar-microbiome-in-young-adults-with-sore-throat-reveals-a-high-relative-abundance-of-fusobacterium-necrophorum-with-low-diversity
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T Prescott Atkinson, Robert M Centor, Li Xiao, Fuchenchu Wang, Xiangqin Cui, William Van Der Pol, Casey D Morrow, Amy E Ratliff, Donna M Crabb, Arthur H Totten, Carlos A Estrada, Michael B Faircloth, Ken B Waites
Fusobacterium necrophorum (Fn), a gram-negative anaerobe, is increasingly implicated as an etiologic agent in older adolescents and young adults with sore throat. Inadequately treated Fn pharyngitis may result in suppurative complications such as peritonsillar abscess and Lemierre's syndrome. Data from the literature suggest that the incidence of life-threating complications in these age groups from Fn pharyngitis (Lemierre's syndrome) in the United States exceeds those associated with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis (acute rheumatic fever)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350121/-a-boy-with-involuntary-movements
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G M Kalisvaart, Y Koopman-Keemink
A 12-year-old Dutch boy came to the paediatrician with involuntary movements of the right half of his body. He was diagnosed with Sydenham chorea as a consequence of acute rheumatic fever. Acute rheumatic fever is a rare disease in Western countries and should be recognised in time. Antibiotic prophylaxis is indicated in patients who have had acute rheumatic fever, at least until the age of 40.
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347849/joint-pain-within-adult-middle-aged-women-attending-a-community-clinic-in-a-peri-urban-area-in-south-africa-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Roline Barnes, Jennifer Jelsma, Romy Parker
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of joint pain in women between the ages of 40 and 64 years who attended a community clinic in the Free State to provide micro-information for health care planners. METHODS: A sample of convenience was utilized in the cross-sectional survey. Health care workers were recruited to conduct the survey. Outcome measures included the Community-Oriented-Programme-For-The-Control-Of-Rheumatic-Disease questionnaire and European Quality of Life - 5 Dimensions health related quality of life measure...
January 19, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345081/screening-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-era-of-biologics-and-targeted-synthetic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-india-a-high-burden-tb-country-the-importance-of-mantoux-and-quantiferon-tb-gold-tests
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Anand N Malaviya, Vishal K Aggarwal, Roopa Rawat, Sadhana Baghel, Ravita Thakran, Qamar Zaheer, Shriram Garg, Sanjiv Kapoor
AIM: To test the validity of an augmented tuberculosis skin test (a-TST) combined with Quantiferon TB-gold® (QFTG) test for the screening of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) being considered for treatment with biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or targeted synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. METHOD: Standard TST using 1 tuberculin unit (TU) of purified protein derivative (PPD, RT23 strain) was carried out...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344526/the-effects-of-team-based-learning-on-learning-outcomes-in-a-course-of-rheumatology
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Seyedeh Tahereh Faezi, Kamran Moradi, Ali Ghafar Rahimi Amin, Massoomeh Akhlaghi, Fatemeh Keshmiri
Introduction: We evaluated the effects of implementing Team-Based Learning (TBL) on student engagement, accountability, satisfaction, and preference for lecture or team-based learning. Moreover, we assessed the effect of TBL on knowledge retention and application over time through short answer questions based on clinical scenarios addressing history taking and diagnosis skills in medical students. Methods: The study was conducted in a quasi-experimental design. The study population were all of the third-year medical students (n = 84) participating in a course of rheumatology in Shariati Hospital, which is a teaching hospital affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences...
January 2018: Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342473/effectiveness-of-early-adalimumab-therapy-in-psoriatic-arthritis-patients-from-reuma-pt-early-psa
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Helena Santos, Mónica Eusébio, Joana Borges, Diana Gonçalves, Pedro Ávila-Ribeiro, Daniela Santos Faria, Carina Lopes, João Rovisco, Ana Águeda, Patrícia Nero, Paula Valente, Ana Rita Cravo, Maria José Santos
Objective To compare outcomes in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients initiating adalimumab (ADA), with short- and long-term disease duration and to evaluate the potential effect of concomitant conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARD) or glucocorticoids. Methods Analyses included adult PsA patients registered in the Rheumatic Diseases Portuguese Register (Reuma.pt) between June 2008-June 2016 who received ADA for ≥3 months. Psoriatic Arthritis Response Criteria (PsARC) response, tender and swollen joint count, inflammatory parameters, patient (PtGA) and physician global assessment (PhGA), Disease Activity Score-28 joints (DAS28), and Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI) were compared between patients with <5 years of disease (early PsA) and those with ≥5 years of disease duration (late PsA)...
October 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341936/rheumatic-manifestations-among-cancer-patients-treated-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Merav Lidar, Eitan Giat, Daniela Garelick, Yuval Horowitz, Howard Amital, Yael Steinberg-Silman, Jacob Shachter, Ronnie Shapira-Frommer, Gal Markel
BACKGROUND: The use of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) has grown incessantly since they were first approved in 2014. These monoclonal antibodies inhibit T cell activation, yielding a dramatic tumor response with improved survival. However, immunotherapy is frequently hampered by immune adverse events (iAE) such as hypophysitis, colitis, hepatitis, pneumonitis and rash. Until recently, rheumatic side effects were only infrequently reported. Aim To describe the rheumatic manifestations encountered among patients treated with ICIs in a large tertiary cancer center in Israel METHODS: The cancer center's patient registry was screened for patients who had ever been treated with ipilimumab, pembrolizumab and/or nivolumab with relevant data gathered from clinical charts...
January 13, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340740/-paraneoplastic-syndromes-in-rheumatology
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REVIEW
J Leipe, H Schulze-Koops
Malignancies can present as inflammatory rheumatic diseases. These rheumatic paraneoplastic syndromes are rare, but characteristic in their pattern. This article focuses on epidemiology, clinical and diagnostic features as well as treatment of paraneoplasic rheumatic diseases such as paraneoplastic arthritides, vasculitides, myositis and hypertrophic osteoarthropathy. The knowledge of their clinical patterns is of utmost importance for early diagnosis and prognosis of yet undiagnosed malignancies.
January 16, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338912/-surgical-outcomes-of-traumatic-cervical-fractures-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Alberto Isla Guerrero, Beatriz Mansilla Fernández, Borja Hernández Garcia, Álvaro Gómez de la Riva, María Luisa Gandía González, Elena Isla Paredes
OBJECTIVE: Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory rheumatic disease mainly affecting the axial skeleton. The rigid spine may secondarily develop osteoporosis, further increasing the risk of spinal fracture. In this study, we reviewed fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis that had been clinically diagnosed to better define the mechanism of injury, associated neurological deficit, predisposing factors, and management strategies. METHODS: Between January 2004 and December 2014, 6 patients with ankylosing spondylitis and neurological complications after injuries were treated...
January 12, 2018: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338450/how-can-primary-care-physicians-enhance-the-early-diagnosis-of-rheumatic-diseases
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Christian D Mallen, Toby Helliwell, Ian C Scott
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January 17, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337886/mechanical-activation-of-adipose-tissue-and-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-novel-anti-inflammatory-properties
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Stephana Carelli, Mattia Colli, Valeriano Vinci, Fabio Caviggioli, Marco Klinger, Alfredo Gorio
The adipose tissue is a source of inflammatory proteins, such as TNF, IL-6, and CXCL8. Most of their production occurs in macrophages that act as scavengers of dying adipocytes. The application of an orbital mechanical force for 6-10 min at 97 g to the adipose tissue, lipoaspirated and treated according to Coleman procedures, abolishes the expression of TNF-α and stimulates the expression of the anti-inflammatory protein TNF-stimulated gene-6 (TSG-6). This protein had protective and anti-inflammatory effects when applied to animal models of rheumatic diseases...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337460/-rheumatology-checkpoint-induced-autoimmunity-birth-of-a-new-disease
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Diana Dan, Ludovic Tapparel, Thomas Hügle
Tumor cells express checkpoint proteins in order to prevent an immune reaction by T-cells. Checkpoint inhibitors are successfully used in oncology to unleash a cytotoxic immune response. Unfortunately this treatment increasingly leads to immune-related adverse events which resemble various primary autoimmune disorders known in rheumatology. Potentially, checkpoint dysfunction also underlies rheumatic diseases which would open the way for new treatment options to restore immune tolerance.
January 10, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336618/rheumatoid-arthritis-a-single-center-egyptian-experience
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B R Sakr, M M Elfishawi, M H ElArousy, A K Hatw, A N AbdulKarim, A B Tammam, A N Kotp, M E Hamed, I E Genedy, E D El Desouky, Z O Nawito
OBJECTIVE: Demonstration of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) characteristics in a large cohort of Egyptian patients. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data of 3219 RA patients attending the Rheumatology outpatient clinic, Kasr Alainy Hospital, Cairo University; from January 1995 till December 2015. RESULTS: Mean age at disease onset was 36.1 ±13.4 years; 2774 (84%) were females and mean disease duration was 12.9 ±7.9 years. Regarding number of joint affected at disease onset; polyarticular pattern was found in 77...
January 16, 2018: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336400/successful-resolution-with-apixaban-of-a-massive-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-due-to-nonrheumatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-case-report-and-review
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Bader Abu Ghalyoun, Matthew Lempel, Hamid Shaaban, Fayez Shamoon
A 32-year-old woman with a past medical history of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, long QT syndrome, and implantation of an automatic iimplantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) following cardiac arrest presented with disabling symptoms of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation due to recurrent AICD shocks. Before curative ablation, transesophageal echocardiography was performed to assess for existing thrombi. This is a rare case of successful resolution with apixaban of a massive left atrial appendage thrombus due to non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation that was successfully treated with apixaban...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336187/efficacy-and-safety-of-sirukumab-in-japanese-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-rheumatoid-arthritis-inadequately-controlled-by-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-subgroup-analysis-of-a-phase-3-study
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Tsutomu Takeuchi, Yoshiya Tanaka, Hisashi Yamanaka, Masayoshi Harigai, Toshikazu Nakano, Koshiro Akagi, Yoshifumi Ukyo, Benjamin Hsu
Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of sirukumab in Japanese patients with active rheumatoid arthritis uncontrolled by disease modifying antirheumatic drugs. Methods This subgroup analysis based on a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 52-week phase 3 study (SIRROUND-D) assessed American College of Rheumatology (ACR)20 response at week 16 and van der Heijde-modified Sharp score (vdH-S) at week 52 (coprimary endpoints). Results A total of 168 (Japanese)/1670 patients received sirukumab 50 mg/4 weeks (q4w, n = 58), 100 mg/every 2 weeks (q2w, n = 54), or placebo (n = 56) subcutaneously...
January 16, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334721/efficacy-and-safety-of-tocilizumab-in-korean-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Han Joo Baek, Mie Jin Lim, Won Park, Sung Hwan Park, Seung-Cheol Shim, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Hyun Ah Kim, Soo Kon Lee, Yun Jong Lee, Young Eun Park, Hoon-Suk Cha, Yeong-Wook Song
Background/Aims: To investigate the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ) humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody, in Korean patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) refractory to conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) including methotrexate (MTX). Methods: The main study was a 24-week, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial that was followed by a 48-week, open-labeled, extension phase. TCZ (8 mg/kg) or placebo was intravenously administered every 4 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333701/the-childhood-arthritis-rheumatology-research-alliance-consensus-treatment-plans-towards-comparative-effectiveness-in-the-pediatric-rheumatic-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Sarah Ringold, Peter A Nigrovic, Brian M Feldman, George A Tomlinson, Emily von Scheven, Carol A Wallace, Adam M Huber, Laura E Schanberg, Suzanne C Li, Pamela F Weiss, Robert C Fuhlbrigge, Esi M Morgan, Yukiko Kimura
The pediatric rheumatic diseases are a heterogeneous group of rare diseases, posing a number of challenges for the use of traditional clinical and translational research approaches. Innovative comparative effectiveness approaches are needed to efficiently study treatment approaches and disease outcomes. The Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) developed the consensus treatment plan (CTP) approach as a comparative effectiveness tool for research in pediatric rheumatology. CTPs are treatment strategies, developed by consensus methods among CARRA members, intended to reduce variation in treatment approaches, standardize outcome measurements, and allow for comparison of the effectiveness of different approaches with the goal of improving disease outcomes...
January 15, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332573/torsades-de-pointes-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Pietro Enea Lazzerini, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Maurizio Acampa, Rosella Fulceri, Franco Laghi-Pasini, Pier Leopoldo Capecchi
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) represents the most common inflammatory rheumatic disease of the elderly. It is characterized by synovitis of proximal joints and extra-articular synovial structures, along with chronic high-grade systemic inflammation. PMR is closely related to giant cell arteritis (GCA), a large-vessel vasculitis that involves the major branches of the aorta, particularly the extracranial branches of carotid artery including temporal arteries. It is currently believed that PMR and GCA may represent different manifestations of the same disease process...
January 10, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332266/association-between-the-interferon-gamma-874-t-a-polymorphism-and-the-severity-of-valvular-damage-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Erhan Teker, A Basak Akadam-Teker, Oguz Ozturk, Allison Pinar Eronat, Kivanc Yalin, S Ebru Golcuk, Zehra Bugra
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays an important role in modulating almost all phases of the immune response and may be responsible for the increased valvular fibrosis and calcification in the pathogenesis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between the IFN-γ +874 T/A polymorphism and the severity of valvular damage in the Turkish population. The IFN-γ genotypes were determined in 152 RHD patients and 151 healthy controls by ARMS-PCR...
January 13, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
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