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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546762/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-clinical-implications-in-the-evaluation-of-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Genovefa Kolovou
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging is a recently developed noninvasive, nonradiating, operator-independent technique that has been successfully used for the evaluation of congenital heart disease, valvular and pericardial diseases, iron overload, cardiomyopathies, great and coronary vessel diseases, cardiac inflammation, stress-rest myocardial perfusion, and fibrosis. Rheumatoid arthritis and other spondyloarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory myopathies, mixed connective tissue diseases (CTDs), systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, and sarcoidosis are among CTDs with serious cardiovascular involvement; this is due to multiple causative factors such as myopericarditis, micro/macrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and finally heart failure...
2017: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544820/delays-to-care-in-pediatric-lupus-patients-from-the-childhood-arthritis-and-rheumatology-research-alliance-legacy-registry
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Tamar B Rubinstein, Wenzhu B Mowrey, Norman T Ilowite, Dawn M Wahezi
OBJECTIVES: Prompt treatment for lupus is important to prevent morbidity. A potential barrier to early treatment of pediatric lupus is delayed presentation to a pediatric rheumatologist. To better understand factors contributing to delayed presentation among pediatric lupus patients, we examined differences in demographic and clinical characteristics of lupus patients within the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Legacy Registry with regards to time between symptom onset and presentation to a pediatric rheumatologist...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544807/effects-of-teriparatide-on-joint-erosions-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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D H Solomon, J Kay, J Duryea, B Lu, M B Bolster, R A Yood, R Han, S Ball, C Coleman, E Lo, A Wohlfahrt, M Sury, M Yin, Z Yu, A Zak, E M Gravallese
BACKGROUND: Articular erosions correlate with disability in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Biologic treatments for RA reduce erosion progression, but erosion healing occurs infrequently. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the anabolic agent teriparatide on joint erosion volume in RA patients treated with a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi). METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial in 24 patients with erosive RA, osteopenia, and disease activity controlled on a TNFi for at least three months...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541484/residual-disease-activity-in-psoriatic-arthritis-discordance-between-the-rheumatologist-s-opinion-and-minimal-disease-activity-measurement
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Leonieke J J van Mens, Maureen C Turina, Marleen G H van de Sande, Mike T Nurmohamed, Arno W R van Kuijk, Dominique L P Baeten
Objective.: To assess how many PsA patients with an acceptable disease state according to the treating rheumatologist have quiescent disease defined as minimal disease activity (MDA). Methods.: This cross-sectional study included 250 PsA patients. To assess current clinical practice as closely as possible, acceptable disease state was not determined by predefined activity measures, but instead was defined by asking rheumatologists to refer those patients whom they considered sufficiently treated...
May 24, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540605/characteristics-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-undergoing-reverse-shoulder-arthroplasty
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Julio J Jauregui, J Paul Hovis, S Ashfaq Hasan
The risks and complication profile of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients has yet to be clearly defined as most studies have small cohorts. Using a large inpatient database, the purpose on our study was to determine the overall demographics, hospitalization characteristics, and early complication rates in rheumatoid patients and compared these to rotator-cuff arthropathy patients without RA undergoing RSA. Utilizing United States Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2010 to 2013, we evaluated a total of 919 RA RSA and compared them to 8097 patients without RA undergoing RSA...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538275/defining-quality-of-rheumatolgic-care-argentina
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Enrique R Soriano
Health care system in Argentina is highly fragmented and disconnected. Argentina's health system is divided into 3 major nonintegrated subsystems as follows: public subsystem, financed through taxes; the social security subsystem, financed through obligatory insurance schemes; and the private subsystem, financed through voluntary insurance. There are approximately 800 rheumatologists in Argentina, serving a population of approximately 40 million people, representing approximately 1.8 rheumatologists per 100...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536822/assessment-of-typical-spa-lesions-on-mri-of-the-spine-do-local-readers-and-central-readers-agree-in-the-desir-cohort-at-baseline
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Manouk de Hooge, Jean-Baptiste Pialat, Monique Reijnierse, Désirée van der Heijde, Pascal Claudepierre, Alain Saraux, Maxime Dougados, Antoine Feydy
Comparing local reading (LocR) with central reading (CentR) of typical spondyloarhritis lesions including bone marrow edema (BME) and structural lesions on magnetic resonance imaging of the spine (MRI-spine), in patients with inflammatory back pain (IBP; ≥3 months, <3 years). Baseline data of 667 patients, age 18-50 years, from the Devenir des Spondylarthopathies Indifferenciees Recentes (DESIR)-cohort were used. Two trained central readers scored anterior and posterior corner BME, fatty lesions, erosions and syndesmophytes on MRI-spine...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535892/are-the-women-with-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-satisfied-with-their-sexual-activity
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Hatice Isik, Metin Isik, Oner Aynioglu, Deniz Karcaaltincaba, Ahmet Sahbaz, Tugba Beyazcicek, Mehmet Ibrahim Harma, Nejat Demircan
OBJECTIVE: Females with Sjögren's Syndrome (SS) often experience vaginal dryness and dyspareunia, along with glandular and extraglandular symptoms. We aimed to evaluate sexual function and life quality in women with SS. METHODS: Forty-six premenopausal women with SS and 47 age-matched controls were studied. Age, duration of the disease, medications, and comorbid diseases were noted. Participants completed 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI)...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535545/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-methotrexate-in-rheumatic-diseases-2016-update
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Ana Catarina Duarte, Daniela Santos-Faria, Maria João Gonçalves, Alexandre Sepriano, Ana Filipa Mourão, Cátia Duarte, Joana Sousa Neves, Ana Filipa Águeda, Pedro Ávila Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Adriano Neto, Ana Cordeiro, Ana Rodrigues, Anabela Barcelos, Cândida Silva, Cristina Ponte, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Filipa Teixeira, Filipa Oliveira-Ramos, Filipe Araújo, Filipe Barcelos, Helena Canhão, Helena Santos, João Ramos, Joaquim Pereira, José Costa, José António Melo Gomes, Luís Cunha-Miranda, Lúcia Costa, Marcos Cerqueira, Margarida Cruz, Maria José Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Paula Oliveira, Pedro Abreu, Ricardo Figueira, Rita Barros, Sandra Falcão, Patrícia Pinto, Sofia Pimenta, Susana Capela, Vitor Teixeira, João Eurico Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is the first-line drug in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the most commonly prescribed disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug. Moreover, it is also used as an adjuvant drug in patients under biologic therapies, enhancing the efficacy of biologic agents. OBJECTIVES: To review the literature and update the Portuguese recommendations for the use of MTX in rheumatic diseases first published in 2009. METHODS: The first Portuguese guidelines for the use of MTX in rheumatic diseases were published in 2009 and were integrated in the multinational 3E Initiative (Evidence Expertise Exchange) project...
May 9, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535544/portuguese-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biological-therapies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-2016-update
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Catia Duarte, Joana Sousa-Neves, Ana Águeda, Pedro Ribeiro, Alexandra Daniel, Gisela Eugénio, Sofia Serra, Filipe Araújo, Anabela Barcelos, Barcelos Filipe, Miguel Bernardes, Helena Canhão, Marcos Cerqueira, Susana Capela, Ana Cordeiro, Flavio Costa, Lucia Costa, Margarida Cruz, Luis Cunha Miranda, Catarina Duarte, Sandra Falcão, Daniela Faria, Ricardo Figueira, João Pedro Freitas, Maria João Gonçalves, João Madruga Dias, José Melo Gomes, Ana Filipa Mourão, Adriano Neto, Filipa Oliveira Ramos, Sofia Pimenta, Patricia Pinto, Joaquim Polido Pereira, Cristina Ponte, João Ramos, Ana Rodrigues, Helena Santos, Maria José Santos, Alexandre Sepriano, Candida Silva, José Tavares Costa, Filipa Teixeira, Vitor Teixeira, Paula Valente, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Rita Barros, Pedro Abreu, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To update the recommendations for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with biological therapies, endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology (SPR). METHODS: These treatment recommendations were formulated by Portuguese rheumatologists based on literature evidence and consensus opinion. At a national meeting the 10 recommendations were discussed and updated. The document resulting from this meeting circulated to all Portuguese rheumatologists, who anonymously voted online on the level of agreement with the recommendations...
May 4, 2017: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534601/management-of-psoriatic-arthritis-psa-among-cutaneous-psoriasis-from-pathogenesis-to-therapy
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Pauline Hoelt, Cyrille Confavreux, Denis Jullien, Axel P Villani
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory rheumatism belonging to spondylarthritis family and which occurs in about 30% of patients with psoriasis. The pathogenesis entails a genetic predisposition, environmental and immunologic factors. Most of the time, cutaneous lesions precede apparition of articular manifestations and dermatologists who treat psoriatic patients have to regularly screen for early PsA, especially in patients with risk factors (notably nail psoriasis). Early detection greatly increases the chances for successful treatment and can prevent slow joint destruction...
May 23, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532395/factors-associated-with-hand-joint-destruction-in-chinese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Lijuan Zhang, Jing Wang, Qiuxiang Zhang, Ting Fu, Rulan Yin, Ze Wang, Liren Li, Xianhua Wu, Zhifeng Gu
BACKGROUND: There have been no previous report of hand joint destruction prevalence in Chinese rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and potential factors of hand joint destruction among RA patients from Nantong China. In addition, we wanted to examine the differences between functional capacity, psychological status, and quality of life in patients with hand joint destruction compared to those without hand joint destruction...
May 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529116/italian-consensus-guidelines-for-the-management-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infections-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Marco Sebastiani, Fabiola Atzeni, Laura Milazzo, Luca Quartuccio, Carlo Scirè, Giovanni Battista Gaeta, Giovanni Lapadula, Orlando Armignacco, Marcello Tavio, Ignazio Olivieri, Pierluigi Meroni, Laura Bazzichi, Walter Grassi, Alessandro Mathieu, Claudio Mastroianni, Evangelista Sagnelli, Teresa Santantonio, Caterina Uberti Foppa, Massimo Puoti, Loredana Sarmati, Paolo Airò, Oscar Massimiliano Epis, Rossana Scrivo, Miriam Gargiulo, Agostino Riva, Andreina Manfredi, Giovanni Ciancio, Gianguglielmo Zehender, Gloria Taliani, Luca Meroni, Salvatore Sollima, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Massimo Galli
OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis B (HBV) infection, which is prevalent worldwide, is also frequently seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The Italian Society of Rheumatology (SIR) and the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT) endorsed a national consensus process to review the available evidence on HBV management in RA patients and to produce practical, hospital-wide recommendations. METHODS: The consensus panel consisted of infectious disease consultants, rheumatologists and epidemiologists and used the criteria of the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine to assess the quality of the evidence and the strength of their recommendations...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522451/ada2-deficiency-dada2-as-an-unrecognised-cause-of-early-onset-polyarteritis-nodosa-and-stroke-a-multicentre-national-study
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Roberta Caorsi, Federica Penco, Alice Grossi, Antonella Insalaco, Alessia Omenetti, Maria Alessio, Giovanni Conti, Federico Marchetti, Paolo Picco, Alberto Tommasini, Silvana Martino, Clara Malattia, Romina Gallizi, Rosa Anna Podda, Annalisa Salis, Fernanda Falcini, Francesca Schena, Francesca Garbarino, Alessia Morreale, Manuela Pardeo, Claudia Ventrici, Chiara Passarelli, Qing Zhou, Mariasavina Severino, Carlo Gandolfo, Gianluca Damonte, Alberto Martini, Angelo Ravelli, Ivona Aksentijevich, Isabella Ceccherini, Marco Gattorno
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the prevalence of CECR1 mutations in patients diagnosed with early onset livedo reticularis and/or haemorrhagic/ischaemic strokes in the context of inflammation or polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). Forty-eight patients from 43 families were included in the study. METHODS: Direct sequencing of CECR1 was performed by Sanger analysis. Adenosine deaminase 2 (ADA2) enzymatic activity was analysed in monocyte isolated from patients and healthy controls incubated with adenosine and with or without an ADA1 inhibitor...
May 18, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521835/adult-autoimmune-enteropathy-presenting-initially-with-acquired-acrodermatitis-enteropathica-a-case-report
#15
Erina Lie, Sarah Sung, Steven Hoseong Yang
BACKGROUND: Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) is a rare dermatitis secondary to zinc deficiency most commonly seen as an inherited disease in infants. In the last decade, increased number of reports have been published on the acquired form that presents in adulthood. Unlike its inherited counterpart, acquired AE (AAE) is often secondary to underlying pathologic or iatrogenic etiologies that interfere with nutritional absorption, such as inflammatory bowel disease or alcoholism. Various gastrointestinal pathologies have been associated with AAE, but there is currently no report on its association with adult autoimmune enteropathy (AIE), a rare gastrointestinal disorder commonly seen in infants, with limited cases reported in adults...
May 18, 2017: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516881/exploring-the-remission-concept-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-patients-and-rheumatologists-time-for-a-new-approach
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Carlos Acebes, José Luis Andreu, Alejandro Balsa, Enrique Battle, Javier de Toro-Santos, Francisco García Llorente, María Victoria Hernández, Benjamín Fernández-Gutiérrez, Cristina Hidalgo-Calleja, Lucía Mayordomo, Esperanza Naredo, Francisco Javier Narváez, Ana M Ortiz, José Luis Pablos, Trinidad Pérez-Sandoval, Carlos Rodríguez-Lozano, Olga Sánchez-Pernaute, Jacqueline Usón, José B Negrón, Estibaliz Loza, Loreto Carmona, Susana Gómez Castro, María Montoro Alvarez
OBJECTIVES: To explore the remission concept in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to compare remission definitions and related concepts between rheumatologists and patients with the purpose of identifying similarities and disparities to comprehend the different perspectives of the disease. METHODS: This was a qualitative study of discourse and content analysis through focus groups, conducted from February to March 2016. Four focus groups were set up, each one with different interests: rheumatologists involved in basic research (BR), rheumatologists with high specialisation in imaging techniques (IR), clinical rheumatologists (CR), and patients (PA)...
May 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516435/management-considerations-in-cancer-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Richard J Zogala, Kristina Goutsouliak, Maria E Suarez-Almazor
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory disease that requires treatment with immunosuppressants to control symptoms and avoid joint destruction. Managing cancer in patients with concomitant rheumatoid arthritis poses special challenges that require close coordination of care between oncologists and rheumatologists. Potential clinical issues needing special consideration include: 1) perioperative management in patients undergoing cancer surgery, which often requires discontinuation of antirrheumatic therapy; 2) use of immunosuppressant therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, especially biologic agents that inhibit cytokine and immune pathways, which conceivably could affect immune-mediated antitumor responses (the issues are different in patients with active cancer vs those with a past history of cancer and no recurrences); 3) management in the palliative care setting; and 4) use of cancer immunotherapy, such as checkpoint inhibitor agents, in patients with pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis...
May 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511725/the-performance-of-different-classification-criteria-sets-for-spondyloarthritis-in-the-worldwide-asas-comospa-study
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Pauline Bakker, Anna Moltó, Adrien Etcheto, Filip Van den Bosch, Robert Landewé, Floris van Gaalen, Maxime Dougados, Désirée van der Heijde
BACKGROUND: In this study, we sought to compare the performance of spondyloarthritis (SpA) classification criteria sets in an international SpA cohort with patients included from five continents around the world. METHODS: Data from the (ASAS) COMOrbidities in SPondyloArthritis (ASAS-COMOSPA) study were used. ASAS-COMOSPA is a multinational, cross-sectional study with consecutive patients diagnosed with SpA by rheumatologists worldwide. Patients were classified according to the European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group (ESSG), modified European Spondyloarthropathy Study Group (mESSG), Amor, modified Amor, Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA), ASAS peripheral spondyloarthritis (pSpA) and ClASsification criteria for Psoriatic Arthritis (CASPAR) criteria...
May 16, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511689/harnessing-interactive-technologies-to-improve-health-outcomes-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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REVIEW
Andrea Coda, Dean Sculley, Derek Santos, Xavier Girones, Lucie Brosseau, Derek R Smith, Joshua Burns, Keith Rome, Jane Munro, Davinder Singh-Grewal
BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) typically have reduced physical activity level and impaired aerobic and anaerobic exercise capacity when compared to their non-JIA counterparts. Low intensity exercise regimens appear to be safe in children with JIA and may results in improvements in overall physical function. Poor adherence to paediatric rheumatology treatment may lead to negative clinical outcomes and possibly increased disease activity. This includes symptoms such as pain, fatigue, quality of life, longer term outcomes including joint damage, as well as increase of healthcare associated costs...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511684/access-to-pediatric-rheumatology-care-for-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-the-united-arab-emirates
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Khulood Khawaja, Mustafa Al-Maini
BACKGROUND: This study looks at access to care for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis through pediatric rheumatology in the UAE, as an example of multi-ethnic society. METHODS: Patients with a diagnosis of Juvenile idiopathic arthritis were identified through the hospital electronic medical records system from January 1st 2011 to December 31st 2014. All residents of the United Arab Emirates hold an Emirates identity card. We divided our patients into two groups: Emirati-Emirates, who are native Emirati children and hold the Emirati nationality, as stated on their Emirates identity card, and who therefore have full, comprehensive access to free medical care; and non-Emirati-Emirates, who represent other nationalities, as stated on their Emirates identity card...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
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