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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
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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
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412700/takayasu-arteritis-and-spondyloarthritis-coincidence-or-association-a-study-of-14-cases
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Elodie Rivière, Laurent Arnaud, Mikael Ebbo, Yannick Allanore, Pascal Claudepierre, Emmanuelle Dernis, Jean-Marc Ziza, Corinne Miceli-Richard, Peggy Philippe, Christophe Richez, Martin Soubrier, Rakiba Belkhir, Raphaèle Seror, Xavier Mariette, Stephan Pavy
OBJECTIVE: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) and Takayasu arteritis (TA) are 2 chronic inflammatory diseases; their coexistence in a single patient is uncommon. The aims of our study were to describe clinical features of patients having SpA associated with TA and to identify some characteristics of the types of patients with SpA associated with TA. We also analyzed treatments used in this context. METHODS: This French multicenter retrospective survey called for observations on behalf of the Club Rhumatismes et Inflammations, with a standardized questionnaire established by the investigators...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407127/no-clear-association-between-ultrasound-remission-and-health-status-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-in-clinical-remission
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Myrthe van der Ven, T Martijn Kuijper, Andreas H Gerards, Ilja Tchetverikov, Angelique E Weel, Jendé van Zeben, Johanna M Hazes, Jolanda J Luime
Objectives.: Although RA patients achieve clinical remission, risk of flare still exists. Given the association between US synovitis and increased risk of flare, it is of clinical interest whether these patients report a different health status. Therefore, our aim was to evaluate the frequency of US remission in RA patients in clinical remission and to compare the health status of RA patients in clinical remission with those who were also in US remission. Methods: ...
April 11, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400572/imaging-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-evidence-for-increased-prevalence-altered-phenotype-and-a-link-between-systemic-and-localised-plaque-inflammation
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S Skeoch, P L Hubbard Cristinacce, H Williams, P Pemberton, D Xu, J Sun, J James, C Yuan, T Hatsukami, P D Hockings, M Y Alexander, J C Waterton, I N Bruce
In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), chronic inflammation is thought to drive increased cardiovascular risk through accelerated atherosclerosis. It may also lead to a more high-risk plaque phenotype. We sought to investigate carotid plaque phenotype in RA patients using Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) and Fludeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography(FDG-PET). In this pilot study, RA patients and age/sex-matched controls were evaluated for cardiovascular risk factors and carotid plaque on ultrasound. Subjects with plaque >2 mm thick underwent DCE-MRI, and a subgroup of patients had FDG-PET...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399893/ultrasound-guided-steroid-tendon-sheath-injections-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-10-year-single-center-retrospective-study
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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/28392862/role-of-lncrna-af085935-il-10-and-il-17-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#9
Dina Sabry, Azza Elamir, Rania Hosny Mahmoud, Ahmed Ali Abdelaziz, Wael Fathy
BACKGROUND: The current study aimed at testing the effect of corticosteroid therapy on serum levels of interleukin-10 (IL-10) and IL-17 as well as lncRNA-AF085935 in patients of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and evaluating the usefulness of using these parameters to predict the therapeutic efficacy of steroids in these patients. METHODS: Thirty healthy control subjects and 65 chronic HCV patients with RA were included in our study...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389854/a-reduced-12-joint-ultrasound-examination-predicts-lack-of-x-ray-progression-better-than-clinical-remission-criteria-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Eugenio de Miguel, Angela Pecondón-Español, Manuel Castaño-Sánchez, Alfonso Corrales, Ricardo Gutierrez-Polo, Manuel Rodriguez-Gomez, Jose A Pinto-Tasende, Jose L Rivas, José Ivorra-Cortés
To study the predictive value of clinical remission definitions and ultrasound (US) examination on X-ray progression in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This was an observational prospective multicenter 1-year follow-up cohort of RA patients with moderate disease activity (3.2 < DAS28 ≤ 5.1) who started anti-TNF therapy. DAS28ESR, DAS28CRP, SDAI, CDAI, and ACR/EULAR remission criteria were applied and reduced 12-joint US examination was performed at baseline and at 6 and 12 months. At baseline and month 12, radiographs of hands and feet were obtained in a subset of patients...
April 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378489/subclinical-enthesitis-in-nail-psoriasis-patients-a-case-control-study
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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/28357106/persistent-arthralgia-vomiting-and-hypercalcemia-as-the-initial-manifestations-of-hyperthyroidism-a-case-report
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Jingfang Liu, Xulei Tang, Jianguo Cheng, Xiaomei Yang, Yan Wang
A 53-year-old woman presented with persistent edema and pain of the metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal joints and the wrist, knee and ankle joints, with more recent intermittent nausea and vomiting. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis was ineffective. No clinical manifestations typical of hyperthyroidism were observed. The results of the thyroid function tests were as follows: Thyroid-stimulating hormone, 0.003 µIU/ml; triiodothyronine (T3), 4.44 ng/ml;, thyroxine (T4) >30 µg/dl; free T3, 14...
February 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343011/ultrasound-characterization-of-ankle-involvement-in-l%C3%A3-fgren-syndrome
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Claire Goussault, Jean-David Albert, Guillaume Coiffier, François Lamer, Raphaël Guillin, Benoit Le Goff, Béatrice Bouvard, Emmanuelle Dernis, Marine Ferreyra, Grégoire Cormier, Pascal Guggenbuhl, Aleth Perdriger
BACKGROUND: Bilateral ankle arthritis is a classic diagnostic criterion for Löfgren syndrome. The objective of this study was to use ultrasonography to characterize the articular and peri-articular involvement of the ankles in patients with Löfgren syndrome. METHODS: Single-center descriptive cohort study of patients with Löfgren syndrome who underwent ultrasonography of the ankles. We collected clinical data, imaging study findings, blood test results, and joint fluid properties in patients who underwent joint aspiration...
March 22, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340066/diagnostic-test-accuracy-of-ultrasound-for-synovitis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kaoru Takase-Minegishi, Nobuyuki Horita, Kouji Kobayashi, Ryusuke Yoshimi, Yohei Kirino, Shigeru Ohno, Takeshi Kaneko, Hideaki Nakajima, Richard J Wakefield, Paul Emery
Objective.: To evaluate diagnostic test accuracy of US compared with MRI for the detection of synovitis in RA patients. Methods.: A systematic literature search was performed in the PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and Web of Science Core Collection databases. Studies evaluating the diagnostic test accuracy of US for synovitis detected by MRI as the reference standard for wrist, MCP, PIP and knee joints were included. To assess the overall accuracy, we calculated the diagnostic odds ratio using a DerSimonian-Laird random effects model and the area under the curve (AUC) for the hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristics using Holling's proportional hazards models...
March 3, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339366/jaccoud-s-arthropathy-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-clinical-laboratory-and-ultrasonographic-features
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Fulvia Ceccarelli, Laura Massaro, Carlo Perricone, Monica Pendolino, Enrica Cipriano, Simona Truglia, Francesca Miranda, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Cristiano Alessandri, Guido Valesini, Fabrizio Conti
OBJECTIVES: Jaccoud's arthropathy (JA) is a deforming, non-erosive arthritis, occurring in 2-35% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. We aimed to evaluate JA patients in a wide monocentric SLE cohort in terms of clinical, serological and ultrasonographic features. METHODS: Consecutive SLE patients (ACR criteria 1997) were evaluated. The JA index was applied for patients with reducible deformities. Patients with a JA index ≥5 underwent physical examination, blood testing and ultrasound (US) assessment...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331074/osteopontin-inhibits-osteoblast-responsiveness-through-the-downregulation-of-focal-adhesion-kinase-mediated-by-the-induction-of-low-molecular-weight-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase
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Joji Kusuyama, Kenjiro Bandow, Tomokazu Ohnishi, Mitsuhiro Hisadome, Kaori Shima, Ichiro Semba, Tetsuya Matsuguchi
Osteopontin (OPN) is an osteogenic marker protein. Osteoblast functions are affected by inflammatory cytokines and pathological conditions. OPN is highly expressed in bone legions such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, local regulatory effects of OPN on osteoblasts remain ambiguous. Here, we examined how OPN influences osteoblast responses to mechanical stress and growth factors. Expression of NO synthase 1 (Nos1) and Nos2 was increased by low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in MC3T3-E1 cells and primary osteoblasts...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330716/the-value-of-power-doppler-ultrasound-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-clinical-remission-reclassifying-disease-activity
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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/28302406/docosahexaenoic-acid-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-a%C3%A2-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-cross-over-study-with-microalgae-vs-sunflower-oil
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C Dawczynski, M Dittrich, T Neumann, K Goetze, A Welzel, P Oelzner, S Völker, A M Schaible, F Troisi, L Thomas, S Pace, A Koeberle, O Werz, P Schlattmann, S Lorkowski, G Jahreis
The potential of fish or fish oil as supplier for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5n3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6n3) for reducing cardiovascular risk factors and supporting therapy of chronic inflammatory diseases, has been investigated intensively, but our knowledge about the physiological effects of the individual compounds EPA and DHA are limited. STUDY DESIGN: In this double-blind pilot study, thirty-eight patients with defined RA were allocated to consume foods enriched with microalgae oil from Schizochytrium sp...
March 6, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293635/semiquantitative-evaluation-of-extrasynovial-soft-tissue-inflammation-in-the-shoulders-of-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-and-elderly-onset-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-power-doppler-ultrasound
#19
Takeshi Suzuki, Ryochi Yoshida, Akiko Okamoto, Yu Seri
Objectives. To develop a scoring system for evaluating the extrasynovial soft tissue inflammation of the shoulders in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and elderly-onset rheumatoid arthritis with PMR-like onset (pm-EORA) using ultrasound. Methods. We analyzed stored power Doppler (PD) images obtained by the pretreatment examination of 15 PMR patients and 15 pm-EORA patients. A semiquantitative scoring system for evaluating the severity of PD signals adjacent to the anterior aspect of the subscapularis tendon was designed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292254/impact-of-joint-involvement-on-patients-reported-outcomes-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Chiara Tani, Linda Carli, Andrea Delle Sedie, Lucrezia Riente, Sabrina Vagnani, Rosaria Talarico, Alessandra Della Rossa, Chiara Baldini, Stefano Bombardieri, Marta Mosca
OBJECTIVE: Joint involvement is common among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Aim of this work was to evaluate the correlation between the presence of joint involvement and patient-reported pain, perception of disease activity, general health and quality of life. METHODS: Fifty consecutive SLE patients were enrolled in the study. All patients underwent a complete clinical evaluation including a 44 joint count, in addition an ultrasound evaluation of joint involvement of hands and wrists was performed...
March 14, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
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