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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539973/are-ultrasound-features-at-the-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-associated-with-clinically-assessed-pain-and-function-a-study-of-people-with-gout-asymptomatic-hyperuricaemia-and-normouricaemia
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Sarah Stewart, Nicola Dalbeth, Alain C Vandal, Bruce Allen, Rhian Miranda, Keith Rome
BACKGROUND: The first metatatarsophalangeal joint (1st MTP joint) is a common location for sonographic evidence of urate deposition in people with gout and asymptomatic hyperuricaemia. However, it is unclear whether these are related to clinically-assessed pain and function. This study aimed to determine the association between ultrasound features and clinical characteristics of the 1st MTP joint in people with gout, asymptomatic hyperuricaemia and age- and sex-matched normouricaemic individuals...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521689/relationship-between-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-assessed-with-the-us7-score-and-quality-of-life-measured-with-questionnaires-haq-eq-5d-wpai
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Martina Skácelová, Skácelová Martina, Horák Pavel, Heřmanová Zuzana, Langová Kateřina
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease considerably affecting the quality of life of patients, their functional abilities and capability to work. In everyday clinical practice, the condition is commonly monitored by assessing the disease activity using a joint count and laboratory markers of inflammation with calculating the DAS28 or other systems for scoring the disease activity. OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed to evaluate the benefit of ultrasound examination with a standardized instrument and correlate its results with the quality of life of patients and their functional abilities as assessed by standardized questionnaire methods...
May 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521047/musculoskeletal-ultrasonography-for-psoriatic-arthritis-and-psoriasis-patients-a-systematic-literature-review
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Alen Zabotti, Francesca Bandinelli, Alberto Batticciotto, Carlo Alberto Scirè, Annamaria Iagnocco, Garifallia Sakellariou
Objective.: To systematically review the role of musculoskeletal US in patients suffering from PsA or psoriasis (Pso) in terms of prevalence, diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring and treatment. Methods.: A systematic literature review was conducted through medical databases (MEDLINE via PubMed, Embase) and the grey literature up to September 2015 to inform a new study of the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Study Group of the Italian Society for Rheumatology. All articles reporting data on musculoskeletal US in PsA or Pso were included and extracted according to the underlying clinical question...
May 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516887/tenosynovitis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-on-biologic-treatment-involvement-and-sensitivity-to-change-compared-to-joint-inflammation
#4
Hilde Berner Hammer, Tore K Kvien, Lene Terslev
OBJECTIVES: Extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) and tibialis posterior (TP) tendons are often involved in RA and the present aim was to examine by ultrasound (US) their frequency of inflammation and sensitivity to change in comparison to joint involvement as well as clinical examinations. METHODS: US, clinical and laboratory assessments were performed when starting biologic DMARD (bDMARD) and after 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12 months including bilateral grey-scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) semi-quantitatively (0-3) scoring of ECU and TP tendons and 18 joints...
May 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511227/tenosynovitis-evaluation-using-image-fusion-and-b-flow-a-pilot-study-on-new-imaging-techniques-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#5
Mads Ammitzbøll-Danielsen, Daniel Glinatsi, Søren Torp-Pedersen, Jacob M Møller, Esperanza Naredo, Mikkel Ostergaard, Lene Terslev
Aim The aim of this study was to compare the assessment of tenosynovitis by ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using the image fusion technique and to investigate whether US B-flow imaging (BFI) is an alternative to Doppler US when assessing tenosynovitis. Materials and Methods 15 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had US-verified tenosynovitis in the wrist/hand. An MRI was performed of the wrist/hand with subsequent repeated US and image fusion. Images were compared in three steps: 1...
May 16, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500898/the-fact-not-to-ignore-mean-blood-pressure-is-the-main-predictor-of-increased-arterial-stiffness-in-patients-with-systemic-rheumatic-diseases
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Alma Čypienė, Jolanta Dadonienė, Dalia Miltinienė, Egidija Rinkūnienė, Rita Rugienė, Sigita Stropuvienė, Jolita Badarienė, Aleksandras Laucevičius
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the association between carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV), augmentation index (AIx), and flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) of the brachial artery and factors potentially influencing them in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic sclerosis (SSc). MATERIAL AND METHODS: 316 patients diagnosed with RA (32%), SLE (20%), SSc (16%) and 156 controls (32%) were included in the study. Parameters of arterial stiffness AIx and PWV were obtained using applanation tonometry...
May 10, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490909/determining-early-referral-criteria-for-patients-with-suspected-inflammatory-arthritis-presenting-to-primary-care-physicians-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hani Almoallim, Nahid Janoudi, Suzan M Attar, Mohammed Garout, Shereen Algohary, Muhammad Irfanullah Siddiqui, Hanan Alosaimi, Ashraf Ibrahim, Amira Badokhon, Zaki Algasemi
OBJECTIVE: Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment for inflammatory arthritis can greatly improve patient outcome. We aimed to provide standardized and validated criteria for use by primary care physicians (PCPs) in the identification of individuals requiring referral to a rheumatologist. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the predictive value of a wide variety of demographic variables, patient-reported complaints, physical examination results, and biomarkers in order to identify the most useful factors for indicating a requirement for referral...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483683/the-use-of-dehydrated-human-amnion-chorion-membrane-allograft-injection-for-the-treatment-of-tendinopathy-or-arthritis-a-case-series-involving-40-patients
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Alfred C Gellhorn, Alex Han
BACKGROUND: Degenerative joint and tendon injuries remain difficult to treat, with few effective conservative treatment options available. Regenerative approaches aim to promote the inherent healing capacity of injured tissues. Micronized dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) injection is an emerging regenerative option with promising preclinical results. OBJECTIVE: To test the clinical effectiveness of dHACM injection in patients with chronic tendinopathy and arthropathy...
May 6, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483030/value-and-progress-of-ultrasound-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-hyperuricemia
#9
Zeyan Gao, Ke Lü
Uric acid is the final end-product of purine metabolism and 70% of it is excreted through the kidneys. Chronic hyperuricemia can easily cause gout and meanwhile may affect the kidneys and cardiovascular system. In recent years,the incidences of hyperuricemia and gout have gradually increased. This article summarizes the correlation of hyperuricemia with hyperuricemic nephropathy,gouty arthritis,non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,and carotid atherosclerosis and the role of color Doppler ultrasound in the diagnosis of these lesions...
April 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477219/reliability-of-ultrasound-grading-traditional-score-and-new-global-omeract-eular-score-system-gloess-results-from-an-inter-and-intra-reading-exercise-by-rheumatologists
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Lucio Ventura-Ríos, Cristina Hernández-Díaz, Diana Ferrusquia-Toríz, Esteban Cruz-Arenas, Pedro Rodríguez-Henríquez, Ana Laura Alvarez Del Castillo, Alfredo Campaña-Parra, Efrén Canul, Gerardo Guerrero Yeo, Juan Jorge Mendoza-Ruiz, Mario Pérez Cristóbal, Sandra Sicsik, Karina Silva Luna
This study aims to test the reliability of ultrasound to graduate synovitis in static and video images, evaluating separately grayscale and power Doppler (PD), and combined. Thirteen trained rheumatologist ultrasonographers participated in two separate rounds reading 42 images, 15 static and 27 videos, of the 7-joint count [wrist, 2nd and 3rd metacarpophalangeal (MCP), 2nd and 3rd interphalangeal (IPP), 2nd and 5th metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joints]. The images were from six patients with rheumatoid arthritis, performed by one ultrasonographer...
May 5, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473089/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-suspected-osteomyelitis-septic-arthritis-or-soft-tissue-infection-excluding-spine-and-diabetic-foot
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Francesca D Beaman, Paul F von Herrmann, Mark J Kransdorf, Ronald S Adler, Behrang Amini, Marc Appel, Erin Arnold, Stephanie A Bernard, Bennett S Greenspan, Kenneth S Lee, Michael J Tuite, Eric A Walker, Robert J Ward, Daniel E Wessell, Barbara N Weissman
Infection of the musculoskeletal system is a common clinical problem. Differentiating soft tissue from osseous infection often determines the appropriate clinical therapeutic course. Radiographs are the recommend initial imaging examination, and although often not diagnostic in acute osteomyelitis, can provide anatomic evaluation and alternative diagnoses influencing subsequent imaging selection and interpretation. MRI with contrast is the examination of choice for the evaluation of suspected osteomyelitis, and MRI, CT, and ultrasound can all be useful in the diagnosis of soft tissue infection...
May 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471034/ultrasonography-detected-subclinical-inflammation-in-patients-with-hand-osteoarthritis-and-established-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-comparison-between-two-different-pathologies-using-the-same-ultrasound-examination-protocol
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Sidra Hussain, Priyanka Sivakumaran, Anna Gill, Delfin Dhas, Coziana Ciurtin
OBJECTIVES: A recent review of ultrasound (US) studies in osteoarthritis (OA) showed very limited data about hand OA. Previous US studies in patients with OA described a degree of overlap between the US appearance of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and OA joints. The present study aimed to assess the US features of subclinical inflammation in RA and hand OA, using the same US examination protocol. METHODS: A retrospective, cohort study compared patients with established RA (n = 224) and hand OA (n = 73), with respect to several demographic, clinical, laboratory and US parameters...
May 4, 2017: Musculoskeletal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469936/ultrasound-detectable-grey-scale-synovitis-predicts-future-fulfilment-of-the-2010-acr-eular-ra-classification-criteria-in-patients-with-new-onset-undifferentiated-arthritis
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Sarah C Horton, Ai Lyn Tan, Richard J Wakefield, Jane E Freeston, Maya H Buch, Paul Emery
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical outcomes for patients with new-onset undifferentiated arthritis (UA), not fulfilling the 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) classification criteria, and the clinical and imaging predictors of disease progression in these patients. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in treatment-naïve UA patients. Baseline ultrasound involved semiquantitative assessment of grey scale (GS) synovitis and power Doppler activity (PD) at 26 joints...
2017: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461647/utility-of-power-doppler-ultrasound-detected-synovitis-for-the-prediction-of-short-term-flare-in-psoriatic-patients-with-arthritis-in-clinical-remission
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Santiago Ruta, Josefina Marin, Maria Laura Acosta Felquer, Leandro Ferreyra-Garrot, Javier Rosa, Ricardo García-Monaco, Enrique R Soriano
OBJECTIVE: Power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) has been shown to detect subclinical synovitis in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but its value is not yet fully understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate PDUS features at joint level in patients with PsA in clinical remission and to investigate its value for predicting short-term flares. METHODS: Consecutive patients with PsA in clinical remission according to the attending rheumatologist and who fulfill minimal disease activity criteria and/or 28-joint Disease Activity Score in remission criteria underwent PDUS examination of 18 joints...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461527/nail-enthesis-ultrasound-in-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-a-report-from-the-2016-grappa-annual-meeting
#15
Joanne Szczygiel Cunha, Abrar A Qureshi, Anthony M Reginato
Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is gaining favor in the evaluation of enthesitis in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Imaging modalities have shown that the enthesis of the distal interphalangeal joint has a close relationship to the nail itself. Studies have focused on the structure and morphology of nails to determine an association between psoriasis nail changes and the presence or severity of PsA. With the use of higher frequency probes, power Doppler (PD) can determine subclinical inflammation of the area under ultrasound examination...
May 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455826/subendocardial-viability-ratio-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-comparison-with-healthy-controls-and-identification-of-prognostic-factors
#16
Panagiota Anyfanti, Areti Triantafyllou, Eugenia Gkaliagkousi, Georgios Triantafyllou, Nikolaos Koletsos, Sophia Chatzimichailidou, Panagiotis Panagopoulos, Ioannis Botis, Spyros Aslanidis, Stella Douma
Cardiac involvement is common in rheumatoid arthritis. Subendocardial viability ratio (SEVR) is a non-invasive measure of microvascular coronary perfusion, yet it remains unclear whether it is affected in rheumatoid arthritis patients. We additionally sought predictors of SEVR in rheumatoid arthritis among a wide range of disease-related parameters, cardiac and hemodynamic factors, and markers of atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction. SEVR was estimated in rheumatoid arthritis patients and healthy controls by applanation tonometry, which was also used to evaluate arterial stiffness (pulse wave velocity and augmentation index)...
April 28, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442212/effects-of-underwater-ultrasound-therapy-on-pain-inflammation-hand-function-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Márta Király, Zsuzsanna Varga, Ferenc Szanyó, Rita Kiss, Katalin Hodosi, Tamás Bender
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of underwater ultrasound (US) therapy in 48 patients with moderately active rheumatoid arthritis (disease activity score in 28 joints [DAS28]>3.2 and<5.1). METHODS: Patients randomly assigned to the ultrasound group (n=25) received underwater continuous ultrasound therapy to both wrists and hands for 7min per session with an intensity of 0.7W/cm(2) for 10 sessions. The control group (n=23) received sham treatment under the same conditions...
April 13, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439423/rheumatoid-arthritis-what-do-mri-and-ultrasound-show
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EDITORIAL
Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Lennart Jans, James Teh
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory arthritis, affecting approximately 1% of the world's population. Its pathogenesis has not been completely understood. However, there is evidence that the disease may involve synovial joints, subchondral bone marrow as well as intra- and extraarticular fat tissue, and may lead to progressive joint destruction and disability. Over the last two decades, significant improvement in its prognosis has been achieved owing to new strategies for disease management, the emergence of new biologic therapies and better utilization of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs...
March 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438483/what-role-does-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-have-in-cardiovascular-risk
#19
Marco Aurelio Ramírez Huaranga, María Dolores Mínguez Sanchez, Miguel Ángel Zarca Diaz de la Espina, Pedro José Espinoza Pardos, Guillermo Romero Aguilera
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a 1.3 to 3-fold increase in mortality, being the major cause of death from cardiovascular complications (40%-50%). Therefore, the initial approach should include cardiovascular risk (CVR) assessment using algorithms adapted for this population. Although, SCOREM is an important advance, there are data indicating that subclinical atherosclerosis may be underdiagnosed. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the strength of association between carotid ultrasound and SCOREM in this population, as well as the implication of disease activity...
April 21, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413694/first-neonatal-demise-with-travel-associated-zika-virus-infection-in-the-united-states-of-america
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Nikolaos Zacharias, Janice Whitty, Sarah Noblin, Sophia Tsakiri, Jose Garcia, Michael Covinsky, Meenakshi Bhattacharjee, David Saulino, Nina Tatevian, Sean Blackwell
Zika virus is increasingly recognized as a fetal pathogen worldwide. We describe the first case of neonatal demise with travel-associated Zika virus infection in the United States of America, including a novel prenatal ultrasound finding. A young Latina presented to our health care system in Southeast Texas for prenatal care at 23 weeks of gestation. Fetal Dandy-Walker malformation, asymmetric cerebral ventriculomegaly, single umbilical artery, hypoechoic fetal knee, dorsal foot edema, and mild polyhydramnios were noted upon initial screening prenatal sonography at 26 weeks...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
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