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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634696/prominent-midfoot-involvement-in-children-with-enthesitis-related-arthritis-category-of-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Sanat Phatak, Namita Mohindra, Abhishek Zanwar, Amita Aggarwal
Foot involvement is common in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) but is often unrecognized and difficult to treat. This study was done to assess clinical and radiological involvement of the feet and its impact on function in Indian children with enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA). We enrolled consecutive children with ERA with disease duration of less than 5 years. All patients underwent clinical examination of the feet and filled the juvenile arthritis foot index (JAFI) questionnaire. Ultrasound (US) of foot joints and entheses and extremity magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of one foot were done...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631607/one-year-in-review-2017-ultrasound-in-crystal-arthritis
#2
Esperanza Naredo, Annamaria Iagnocco
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) has become a relevant part of rheumatology practice and research. This imaging modality substantially allows us to optimise the management of inflammatory, degenerative and crystal-related musculoskeletal diseases. MSUS is a valuable point-of-care tool to accurately assess intra-articular and periarticular abnormalities involved in rheumatic diseases. Furthermore, MSUS is a bedside aid for guiding accurate and safe musculoskeletal diagnostic aspirations and therapeutic injections...
May 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629689/advanced-power-doppler-technique-increases-synovial-vascularity-detection-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#3
Davide Orlandi, Salvatore Gitto, Silvia Perugin Bernardi, Angelo Corazza, Luca De Flaviis, Enzo Silvestri, Marco Amedeo Cimmino, Luca Maria Sconfienza
We compared the diagnostic performance of an advanced power Doppler technique (superb microvascular imaging [SMI]) with that of power Doppler Imaging (PDI) and B-mode ultrasound (US) in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and RA under treatment with rituximab. Thirty patients (21 women aged 45 ± 11 y) affected by RA with remission to moderate disease activity were examined. Both hand joints were evaluated using US, PDI and SMI. Two radiologists reviewed all video clips and evaluated synovial vascularity intensity using a semi-quantitative scoring system...
June 16, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628470/vascularity-of-nail-bed-by-ultrasound-to-discriminate-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-healthy-controls
#4
Sibel Zehra Aydin, Concepción Castillo-Gallego, Zoe R Ash, Helena Marzo-Ortega, Richard Wakefield, Dennis McGonagle
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June 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628469/six-joint-ultrasound-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-feasible-approach-for-implementing-ultrasound-in-remission
#5
Sibel Zehra Aydin, Esen Kasapoglu Gunal, Merve Ozata, Havva Keskin, Ayse Bilge Ozturk, Paul Emery, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino
OBJECTIVES: Subclinical disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) detected by imaging methods is predictive for flares and damage. Lack of time is the major limitation for not screening for subclinical disease in routine practice. We aimed to determine the most feasible protocol to screen patients with no clinical disease activity by ultrasound (US). METHODS: A hundred consecutive RA patients with no clinical activity according to the physician had an US scan for 38 joints...
June 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627096/high-titer-of-anti-citrullinated-peptide-antibody-is-a-risk-factor-for-severe-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-tomorrow-study
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Tadashi Okano, Kentaro Inui, Yuko Sugioka, Kenichi Sugioka, Yoshiki Matsumura, Shinji Takahashi, Masahiro Tada, Kenji Mamoto, Shigeyuki Wakitani, Tatsuya Koike, Hiroaki Nakamura
AIM: Cardiovascular disease is one of the complications of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We researched the morbidity and severity of existing carotid atherosclerosis plaque and associated risk factors in patients with RA. METHOD: This study included 413 participants, including 208 patients with RA and 205 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Carotid ultrasound, clinical data collection and assessment of cardiovascular risk factors were performed. Atherosclerotic plaque was defined as an intima-media thickness ≥ 1...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573823/the-effect-of-smartphone-addiction-on-hand-joints-in-psoriatic-patients-an-ultrasound-based-study
#7
Matteo Megna, Pietro Gisonni, Maddalena Napolitano, Giuseppina Dell'Aversano Orabona, Cataldo Patruno, Fabio Ayala, Nicola Balato
BACKGROUND: Distal interphalangeal (DIP) arthritis is a frequent form of psoriatic arthritis being often linked to nail psoriasis. Modern society is characterized by over-use of smartphones. Indeed, literature has recently focalized on research into smartphone addiction and health related problems. OBJECTIVES: Since smartphone addiction is able to determine over-use and repeated movements of DIP joints and nails, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of smartphone use on hand joints of young psoriatic patients...
June 2, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549731/clinical-and-sonographic-biomarkers-of-structural-damage-progression-in-ra-patients-in-clinical-remission-a-prospective-study-with-12-months-follow-up
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Julio Ramírez, José Antonio Narváez, Virginia Ruiz-Esquide, Javier Hernández-Gañán, Andrea Cuervo, José Inciarte-Mundo, Maria Victoria Hernández, Miguel Sampayo-Cordero, José Luis Pablos, Raimon Sanmartí, Juan D Cañete
OBJECTIVE: To determine clinical and sonographic biomarkers predicting structural damage progression at 12 months of follow-up as measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in clinical remission. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included patients with RA in clinical remission, defined as 28-joint disease activity score (DAS28)-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) <2.6 for >6 months. Ultrasound scans of both hands and knees and MRI of the dominant hand were performed at baseline and at 12 months...
May 1, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547208/pulse-wave-velocity-and-augmentation-index-are-not-independently-associated-with-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#9
M Robustillo-Villarino, J J Alegre-Sancho, E Rodilla-Sala, A Corrales, J Llorca, M A Gonzalez-Gay, P H Dessein
Arterial stiffness can enhance cardiovascular risk by increasing atherogenesis or adverse hemodynamic effects. We examined whether the arterial stiffness markers of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and the augmentation index (AIx) are independently associated with carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). PWV and AIx were determined by brachial oscillometry using the Mobil-O-Graph® system and carotid IMT and plaque by ultrasound in 194 consecutive RA patients without established cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes at disease onset...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545509/ultrasound-detected-bone-erosion-is-a-relapse-risk-factor-after-discontinuation-of-biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-whose-ultrasound-power-doppler-synovitis-activity-and-clinical-disease-activity-are-well
#10
Shin-Ya Kawashiri, Keita Fujikawa, Ayako Nishino, Akitomo Okada, Toshiyuki Aramaki, Toshimasa Shimizu, Masataka Umeda, Shoichi Fukui, Takahisa Suzuki, Tomohiro Koga, Naoki Iwamoto, Kunihiro Ichinose, Mami Tamai, Akinari Mizokami, Hideki Nakamura, Tomoki Origuchi, Yukitaka Ueki, Kiyoshi Aoyagi, Takahiro Maeda, Atsushi Kawakami
BACKGROUND: In the present study, we explored the risk factors for relapse after discontinuation of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARD) therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) whose ultrasound power Doppler (PD) synovitis activity and clinical disease activity were well controlled. METHODS: In this observational study in clinical practice, the inclusion criteria were based on ultrasound disease activity and clinical disease activity, set as low or remission (Disease Activity Score in 28 joints based on erythrocyte sedimentation rate <3...
May 25, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545441/association-between-antibodies-to-carbamylated-proteins-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Francesca Romana Spinelli, Arbi Pecani, Francesco Ciciarello, Tania Colasanti, Manuela Di Franco, Francesca Miranda, Fabrizio Conti, Guido Valesini, Cristiano Alessandri
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients carry a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The excess of cardiovascular disease cannot be entirely explained by traditional risk factors and the immune system contributes to the development of atherosclerosis. Moreover, post-translational modifications such as citrullination and carbamylation have been linked to inflammation and atherosclerosis. Anti-carbamylated proteins antibodies (anti-CarP) are a new subset of autoantibodies identified in RA patients...
May 25, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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
#15
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
#16
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...
June 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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