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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599946/a-58-year-old-man-with-fatigue-weight%C3%A2-loss-and-diffuse-miliary-pulmonary%C3%A2-opacities
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Udit Chaddha, Rebekah English, Jessica Daniels, Rajat Walia, Atul C Mehta, Tanmay S Panchabhai
A 58-year-old man presented with a 6-month history of profound fatigue and a weight loss of 35 to 40 pounds. He reported occasional night sweats and mildly painful knees and elbows without swelling or redness. He denied respiratory symptoms, rashes, or fevers. He had no respiratory symptoms. The patient's history was significant for rheumatoid arthritis (with arthralgias and joint involvement), paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and hypothyroidism. His medications included digoxin and metoprolol. He had been taking methotrexate and low-dose prednisone (5 mg) for approximately 10 years but discontinued taking these medications 2 years prior to current presentation...
June 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589321/latent-tuberculosis-infection-and-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases-treated-with-anti-tumor-necrosis-factor-agents
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Giovana Garziera, André Luis Bittencourt Morsch, Felipe Otesbelgue, Fernanda Luiza Staub, Penélope Esther Palominos, Claiton Viegas Brenol, Denise Rossato Silva
The introduction of biological agents, especially the tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (anti-TNF), for the treatment of rheumatic diseases increased the risk of developing tuberculosis (TB). Screening for latent TB infection (LTBI) is strongly recommended before starting therapy with anti-TNF agents. The objective of this study was to identify the prevalence of LTBI and TB among patients with rheumatic diseases on anti-TNF agents. This is a cross-sectional study. The electronic medical records of all adult patients (≥18 years old) undergoing anti-TNF treatment were reviewed...
June 6, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570568/the-risk-of-tuberculosis-disease-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-on-biologics-and-targeted-therapy-a-15-year-real-world-experience-in-taiwan
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Chong Hong Lim, Hsin-Hua Chen, Yi-Hsing Chen, Der-Yuan Chen, Wen-Nan Huang, Jaw-Ji Tsai, Tsu-Yi Hsieh, Chia-Wei Hsieh, Wei-Ting Hung, Ching-Tsai Lin, Kuo-Lung Lai, Kuo-Tung Tang, Chih-Wei Tseng, Yi-Ming Chen
The objective of this study is to determine the risk of tuberculosis (TB) disease in biologics users among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in Taiwan from 2000 to 2015. This retrospective cohort study enrolled adult RA patients initiated on first biologics at Taichung Veterans General Hospital. TB risks were determined as hazard ratio (HR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) using cox regression. A total of 951 patients were recruited; etanercept (n = 443), adalimumab (n = 332), abatacept (n = 74), golimumab (n = 60), tocilizumab (n = 31) and tofacitinib (n = 11)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539862/risk-of-tuberculosis-reactivation-with-rituximab-therapy
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Amjad Alkadi, Najla Alduaiji, Ali Alrehaily
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's deadliest diseases, and one-third of the world's population is infected with it. The link between antitumor necrosis factor therapy and reactivation of latent TB is well recognized. However, only limited studies have evaluated the risk of TB with rituximab, a B-cell-targeting therapeutic agent used recently for rheumatological diseases, primarily rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, no studies have assessed this risk in TB endemic regions with a high incidence and prevalence of TB (e...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
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/28524434/unaffected-reaction-level-in-tuberculin-skin-test-by-long-term-therapy-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Shotaro Yamamoto, Katsuya Nagatani, Takeo Sato, Masahiro Iwamoto, Shino Takatori, Seiji Minota
AIM: The tuberculin skin test (TST) is used to diagnose tuberculosis; however, the influence of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors on the test is unclear. This study investigated whether therapy with TNF inhibitors suppresses the TST reaction due to immunosuppression or whether the TST reaction increases due to reactivation of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. METHOD: Ninety-one patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving TNF inhibitors (40 using infliximab and 51 using etanercept) were studied...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507894/re-administration-of-abatacept-for-the-control-of-articular-symptoms-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-during-anti-tuberculous-therapy
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Hironori Kawamoto, Jin Takasaki, Satoru Ishii, Manabu Suzuki, Eriko Morino, Go Naka, Motoyasu Iikura, Shinyu Izumi, Yuichiro Takeda, Haruhito Sugiyama
This case report describes the re-administration of abatacept to successfully reduce the articularsymptoms of a patient with rheumatoid arthritisduring the intensive phase of anti-tuberculous therapy. A 75-year-old man developed active pulmonary tuberculosis during the administration of abatacept for rheumatoid arthritis. The patient experienced a paradoxical reaction and exacerbation of rheumatoid arthritis that caused us to discontinue the abatacept. Later re-administration of abatacept along with anti-tuberculosis treatment led to well-controlled rheumatoid arthritis without exacerbation of the tuberculosis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494030/antibody-nanoparticle-conjugates-to-enhance-the-sensitivity-of-elisa-based-detection-methods
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Margaret M Billingsley, Rachel S Riley, Emily S Day
Accurate antigen detection is imperative for clinicians to diagnose disease, assess treatment success, and predict patient prognosis. The most common technique used for the detection of disease-associated biomarkers is the enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). In an ELISA, primary antibodies are incubated with biological samples containing the biomarker of interest. Then, detectible secondary antibodies conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) bind the primary antibodies. Upon addition of a color-changing substrate, the samples provide a colorimetric signal that directly correlates to the targeted biomarker concentration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486537/association-between-a-history-of-mycobacterial-infection-and-the-risk-of-newly-diagnosed-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-nationwide-population-based-case-control-study
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Wen-Cheng Chao, Ching-Heng Lin, Tsai-Ling Liao, Yi-Ming Chen, Der-Yuan Chen, Hsin-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVE: To address the association between a history of tuberculosis (TB) or nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection and the risk of newly diagnosed Sjögren's syndrome (SS). METHODS: Using a nationwide, population-based, claims dataset, and after excluding those who had rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, we identified 5,751 newly diagnosed SS cases during 2007-2012, and compared them to 86,265 non-SS controls matched (1:15) for age, sex, and the year of first SS diagnosis date...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423031/comorbidities-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-from-the-korean-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey
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Hyemin Jeong, Sun Young Baek, Seon Woo Kim, Yeong Hee Eun, In Young Kim, Hyungjin Kim, Jaejoon Lee, Eun-Mi Koh, Hoon-Suk Cha
This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of comorbidities in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared with the non-RA population. The 2010-2012 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES), which assesses the general health status of populations in South Korea using interviews and basic health assessment, was analyzed retrospectively. Weighted prevalence and odds ratio (OR) of comorbidities were analyzed in patients with RA compared with the non-RA population. The overall weighted (n = 37,453,158) prevalence of RA was 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422773/infections-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Fabiola Atzeni, Ignazio Francesco Masala, Manuela di Franco, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an update concerning recent advances in the evidence- based study of serious infections in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with biological drugs or conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), concentrating on studies published in the last 18 months. RECENT FINDINGS: New studies have further strengthened existing evidence relating the use of biological drugs to serious infections...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359231/gold-old-drug-with-new-potentials
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Gavino Faa, Clara Gerosa, Daniela Fanni, Joanna I Lachowicz, Valeria M Nurchi
Research into gold-based drugs for a range of human diseases has seen a revival in recent years. This article reviews the most important applications of gold products in the different fields of human pathology. Au(I) and Au(III) compounds have been re-introduced in clinical practice for targeting the cellular components involved in the onset and progression of viral and parasitic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. This review, after some brief historical notes, takes into account the applications of gold compounds against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and also in tuberculosis and in rheumatoid arthritis treatment...
March 29, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353087/erratum-to-the-conversion-rate-of-tuberculosis-screening-tests-during-biological-therapies-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Giovanna Cuomo, Virginia D'Abrosca, Daniela Iacono, Ilenia Pantano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336735/risk-of-tuberculosis-in-patients-treated-with-tnf-%C3%AE-antagonists-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Zheng Zhang, Wei Fan, Gui Yang, Zhigao Xu, June Wang, Qingyuan Cheng, Mingxia Yu
OBJECTIVES: An increased risk of tuberculosis (TB) has been reported in patients treated with TNF-α antagonists, an issue that has been highlighted in a WHO black box warning. This review aimed to assess the risk of TB in patients undergoing TNF-α antagonists treatment. METHODS: A systematic literature search for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) was performed in MEDLINE, Embase and Cochrane library and studies selected for inclusion according to predefined criteria...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318613/latent-tuberculosis-infection-screening-prior-to-biological-treatment-in-tunisian-patients
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Marwa Slouma, Ines Mahmoud, Olfa Saidane, Selma Bouden, Leila Abdelmoula
OBJECTIVES: The screening of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is necessary to prevent infection in patients with chronic inflammatory disease (CID) undergoing biological treatment. We aimed to assess the efficacy of LTBI screening prior to biological treatment in Tunisia, considered as a high-incidence area of active TB disease. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study over a period of 8 years [2007-2014] including patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatism receiving biologic agents since at least 6 months...
February 24, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303384/spinopelvic-parameter-changes-and-low-back-pain-improvement-due-to-femoral-neck-anteversion-in-patients-with-severe-unilateral-primary-hip-osteoarthritis-undergoing-total-hip-replacement
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Andrea Piazzolla, Giuseppe Solarino, Davide Bizzoca, Viola Montemurro, Pedro Berjano, Claudio Lamartina, Carlotta Martini, Biagio Moretti
PURPOSE: The study of the interrelation between hip and spine disorders is gaining increasing importance in the last years, but the link between Hip Osteoarthritis (HOA) and Low Back Pain (LBP) remains still unclear. Aim of the study is to assess the relationship between Femoral Neck Anteversion (FNA), LBP, and spinopelvic parameters in patients undergoing Total Hip Replacement (THR) for unilateral severe primary HOA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 91 patients were recruited...
March 16, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298374/safety-of-synthetic-and-biological-dmards-a-systematic-literature-review-informing-the-2016-update-of-the-eular-recommendations-for-management-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Sofia Ramiro, Alexandre Sepriano, Katerina Chatzidionysiou, Jackie L Nam, Josef S Smolen, Désirée van der Heijde, Maxime Dougados, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Johannes W Bijlsma, Gerd R Burmester, Marieke Scholte-Voshaar, Louise Falzon, Robert B M Landewé
OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety of synthetic (s) and biological (b) disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to inform the European League Against Rheumatism recommendations for the management of RA. METHODS: Systematic literature review (SLR) of observational studies comparing any DMARD with another intervention for the management of patients with RA. All safety outcomes were included. A comparator group was required for the study to be included...
June 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288508/isoniazid-treatment-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-is-tolerable-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-receiving-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-therapy
#18
Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Soo-Kyung Cho, Dam Kim, Soyoung Won, Chan-Bum Choi, Tae-Hwan Kim, Jae-Bum Jun, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Sang-Cheol Bae
Background/Aims: To evaluate the impact of isoniazid (INH) treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) on the development of liver function test (LFT) abnormality and the persistence of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Methods: We retrospectively enrolled patients with RA who were treated with TNF inhibitors at a university hospital between December 2000 and November 2011. After dividing the patients into two groups based on the occurrence of LFT abnormality during follow-up, we compared demographic and clinical features between the two groups...
March 13, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270933/no-impact-of-concomitant-methotrexate-use-on-serious-adverse-event-and-serious-infection-risk-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-treated-with-bdmards-a-systematic-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
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Claire Baradat, Yannick Degboé, Arnaud Constantin, Alain Cantagrel, Adeline Ruyssen-Witrand
OBJECTIVES: To compare the risk of serious adverse events, serious infections and death caused by methotrexate and biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARD) combination therapy versus a bDMARD prescribed as monotherapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted until February 2016 in PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library databases by selecting randomised controlled trials comparing methotrexate and bDMARD combination therapy to bDMARD monotherapy in RA...
2017: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255643/use-of-etanercept-to-treat-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-an-hiv-positive-patient-a-case-based-review
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REVIEW
Shen-Ju Liang, Quan-You Zheng, Yan-Long Yang, Yi Yang, Chong-Yang Liu
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a relatively common autoimmune disease that is associated with progressive disability and systemic complications, with a relatively high socioeconomic burden. The treatment of RA has been revolutionized by the use of biological drugs, such as anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents. A wide spectrum of RA disease severity has been reported among patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Yet, only a few cases using anti-TNF therapy have been described in this clinical population...
July 2017: Rheumatology International
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