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C Löffler, H Sattler, U Löffler, B K Krämer, R Bergner
OBJECTIVE: In distinguishing urate arthritis (UA) from non-crystal-related arthritides, joint sonography including the detection of the double contour sign (DCS) and hypervascularization using power Doppler ultrasound (PDUS) is an important step in the diagnostic process. But are these sonographic features equally reliable in every accessible joint under real-life conditions? METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 362 patients with acute arthritis and evaluated the DCS and the degree of PDUS hypervascularization in patients with gout and in those with arthritis other than urate arthritis (non-UA)...
March 13, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Debbie M Boeters, Wouter P Nieuwenhuis, Hanna W van Steenbergen, Monique Reijnierse, Robert B M Landewé, Annette H M van der Helm-van Mil
OBJECTIVES: MRI is recommended in the diagnostic process of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to detect joint damage early. MRI-detected erosions are also present in symptom-free controls, especially at older age. It is unclear if RA-specific MRI-detected erosions can be distinguished from 'physiological' erosions in symptom-free individuals. This study compared MRI-detected erosions of patients with RA with healthy controls and with other arthritides. METHODS: 589 newly presenting patients with early arthritis (238 RA, 351 other arthritides) and 193 symptom-free controls underwent contrast-enhanced 1...
February 28, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Lydia Ntari, Maria Sakkou, Panagiotis Chouvardas, Iordanis Mourouzis, Alejandro Prados, Maria C Denis, Niki Karagianni, Constantinos Pantos, George Kollias
OBJECTIVES: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritisshow higher mortality rates, mainly caused by cardiac comorbidities. The TghuTNF (Tg197) arthritis model develops tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-driven and mesenchymalsynovial fibroblast (SF)-dependent polyarthritis. Here, we investigate whether this model develops, similarly to human patients, comorbid heart pathology and explore cellular and molecular mechanisms linking arthritis to cardiac comorbidities. METHODS: Histopathological analysis and echocardiographic evaluation of cardiac function were performed in the Tg197 model...
February 23, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Francesco Ursini, Emilio Russo, Piero Ruscitti, Roberto Giacomelli, Giovambattista De Sarro
Inflammatory arthritides are chronic diseases characterised by an increase in cardiovascular risk, largely attributable to the synergy between high-grade systemic inflammation and an elevated prevalence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Amongst the latter, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (T2D) play a key position. Previous studies demonstrated a potential insulin-sensiting effect of anti-TNF biologic medications. For converse, less is known about the role of newer biologics or small molecules...
February 13, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Anne Hinks, Miranda C Marion, Joanna Cobb, Mary E Comeau, Marc Sudman, Hannah C Ainsworth, John Bowes, Mara L Becker, John F Bohnsack, Johannes-Peter Haas, Daniel J Lovell, Elizabeth D Mellins, J Lee Nelson, Ellen Nordal, Marilynn Punaro, Ann M Reed, Carlos D Rose, Alan M Rosenberg, Marite Rygg, Samantha L Smith, Anne M Stevens, Vibeke Videm, Carol A Wallace, Lucy R Wedderburn, Annie Yarwood, Rae Sm Yeung, Carl D Langefeld, Susan D Thompson, Wendy Thomson, Sampath Prahalad
OBJECTIVE: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is comprised of seven heterogeneous categories of chronic childhood arthritides. About 5% of children with JIA have rheumatoid factor (RF) positive arthritis, which phenotypically resembles adult rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Our objective was to compare and contrast the genetics of RF-positive polyarticular JIA with RA, and selected other JIA categories, to more fully understand the pathophysiological relationships of inflammatory arthropathies...
February 9, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Yvonne Mödinger, Bettina Löffler, Markus Huber-Lang, Anita Ignatius
An integral part of innate immunity is the complement system, a defence system, consisting of fluid-phase and cell surface-bound proteins. Its role to ensure adequate responses to danger factors and thus promoting host defence against pathogens has been well described already for decades. Recently, numerous further reaching functions of complement have been discovered, among these are tissue homeostasis and regeneration, also with respect to the skeletal system. The influence of complement activation on bone was recognised first in pathological conditions of inflamed bone tissue and surrounding areas, observed, for example, in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis...
January 29, 2018: Seminars in Immunology
J Leipe, H Schulze-Koops
Malignancies can present as inflammatory rheumatic diseases. These rheumatic paraneoplastic syndromes are rare, but characteristic in their pattern. This article focuses on epidemiology, clinical and diagnostic features as well as treatment of paraneoplasic rheumatic diseases such as paraneoplastic arthritides, vasculitides, myositis and hypertrophic osteoarthropathy. The knowledge of their clinical patterns is of utmost importance for early diagnosis and prognosis of yet undiagnosed malignancies.
January 16, 2018: Der Internist
Konstantinos Thomas, Irini Flouri, Argiro Repa, Kalliopi Fragiadaki, Petros P Sfikakis, Christos Koutsianas, Evripidis Kaltsonoudis, Paraskevi V Voulgari, Alexandros A Drosos, Evangelia Petrikkou, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos
OBJECTIVES: Our primary objective was to study the long-term survival on drug (SOD) of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) treated with golimumab (GLM) in real life settings. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study of all patients treated with GLM in 4 Academic Centres in Greece during a 4-year period (09/2010-06/2014). SOD was analysed using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, while Cox regression analysis estimating hazard ratios (HRs) for different baseline variables associated with drug discontinuation was performed for each disease...
November 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Matthew L Stoll, James Aaron Grubbs, Timothy Beukelman, Melissa L Mannion, Traci W Jester, Randy Q Cron, Marilyn J Crain
BACKGROUND: Tumor Necrosis Factor inhibitors (TNFi) have dramatically improved the outlook for patients with inflammatory arthritides and bowel disease (IBD), but are associated with increased infection risks, including tuberculosis (TB). Pediatric inflammatory diseases are uncommon, and the risk of TB in children taking TNFi remains unclear. The objective of this study was to report the incidence of TB disease among TNFi recipients at a single pediatric medical center serving most of Alabama compared to that of the general population of Alabama children...
November 9, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
Natasha K J Campbell, Khalid Saadeldin, Mary A De Vera
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we synthesize current data on non-adherence across inflammatory arthritides and explore (1) the effects of economic factors on non-adherence and (2) the impacts of non-adherence on economic outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent evidence demonstrates medication non-adherence rates as high as 74% in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 90% in gout, 50% in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), 75% in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and 82% in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
September 18, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
Walter Hermann, Sevdalina Lambova, Ulf Müller-Ladner
Background: Osteoarthritis (ОА) is the most common joint disease and a leading cause for impaired function and disability with significant treatment costs and socio-economic burden. Despite recent achievements in the knowledge on disease pathogenesis, the treatment is still a challenge and contrary to inflammatory joint diseases, no disease-modifying drugs are currently available for OA. Objectives: Despite recent achievements in the knowledge on disease pathogenesis, the treatment is still a challenge and contrary to inflammatory joint diseases, no disease-modifying drugs are currently available for OA...
August 29, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
Rossella Talotta, Fabiola Atzeni, Maria Chiara Ditto, Maria Chiara Gerardi, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
OBJECTIVE: To provide a narrative review of the most recent data concerning the involvement of the microbiome in the pathogenesis of connective tissue diseases (CTDs) and vasculitides. METHODS: The PubMed database was searched for articles using combinations of words or terms that included systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, autoimmune myositis, Sjögren's syndrome, undifferentiated and mixed CTD, vasculitis, microbiota, microbiome, and dysbiosis. Papers from the reference lists of the articles and book chapters were reviewed, and relevant publications were identified...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
Francesco Paolo Cantatore, Nicola Maruotti, Addolorata Corrado, Domenico Ribatti
There is evidence that psoriatic arthritis is closely linked to angiogenesis. Morphological changes described in blood vessels of psoriatic arthritis joints suggest the presence of a dysregulated angiogenesis resulting in the formation of immature vessels. Even if the reason of this inefficient angiogenesis is still unclear, an imbalance between angiogenic and antiangiogenic factors is probably responsible for inducing a dysregulated angiogenesis in psoriatic arthritis, which seems to be involved in its pathogenesis and clinical features...
2017: BioMed Research International
A Kononoff, L Arstila, P Pussinen, H Kautiainen, P Elfving, E Savolainen, H Niinisalo, J Rutanen, O Marjoniemi, O Kaipiainen-Seppänen
The objective of the study was to assess the incidence of inflammatory joint diseases and possible environmental factors contributing to their occurrence in a defined population in Finland. All rheumatologists practising in the Northern Savo rheumatological outpatient departments collected data on their newly diagnosed patients with an inflammatory joint disease in 2010. Antibodies to Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) and Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) were determined from patients with various arthritides...
October 2017: Rheumatology International
Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Claudia Schueller-Weidekamm, Athena Plagou, James Teh
Ultrasound is currently performed in everyday rheumatologic practice. It is used for early diagnosis, to monitor treatment results, and to diagnose remission. The spectrum of pathologies seen in arthritis with ultrasound includes early inflammatory features and associated complications. This article discusses the spectrum of ultrasound features of arthritides seen in rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue diseases in adults, such as Sjögren syndrome, lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis...
September 2017: Radiologic Clinics of North America
Bernhard Manger, Georg Schett
Paraneoplastic syndromes are rare but can have enormous clinical impact on diagnosis and outcome of neoplastic diseases. The rheumatologist should be familiar with a few typical musculoskeletal manifestations of malignancies to be able to diagnose them early for a timely initiation of anti-tumour therapies. This review describes the characteristic features of various paraneoplastic arthritides and vasculitides, cancer-associated myositis, hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, and tumour-induced osteomalacia. In addition, the current knowledge about underlying pathomechanisms of these syndromes is discussed...
January 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Andrea Becciolini, Maria Gabriella Raimondo, Chiara Crotti, Elena Agape, Martina Biggioggero, Ennio Giulio Favalli
The introduction of biological agents drastically changed the treatment paradigm of inflammatory arthritides, ameliorating the natural history of the diseases but concomitantly increasing the drug costs due to the manufacturing process. On this concern, biosimilar drugs may represent a valid option for reducing this elevated cost and increasing the availability of these highly effective treatments. Recently, CT-P13, the first biosimilar of infliximab, has been approved with the same indications established for the reference product (RP), and its daily use is progressively increasing...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Carl Orr, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, David L Boyle, Maya H Buch, Christopher D Buckley, Juan D Cañete, Anca I Catrina, Ernest H S Choy, Paul Emery, Ursula Fearon, Andrew Filer, Danielle Gerlag, Frances Humby, John D Isaacs, Søren A Just, Bernard R Lauwerys, Benoit Le Goff, Antonio Manzo, Trudy McGarry, Iain B McInnes, Aurélie Najm, Constantino Pitzalis, Arthur Pratt, Malcolm Smith, Paul P Tak, Rogier Thurlings, João E Fonseca, Douglas J Veale
The synovium is the major target tissue of inflammatory arthritides such as rheumatoid arthritis. The study of synovial tissue has advanced considerably throughout the past few decades from arthroplasty and blind needle biopsy to the use of arthroscopic and ultrasonographic technologies that enable easier visualization and improve the reliability of synovial biopsies. Rapid progress has been made in using synovial tissue to study disease pathogenesis, to stratify patients, to discover biomarkers and novel targets, and to validate therapies, and this progress has been facilitated by increasingly diverse and sophisticated analytical and technological approaches...
August 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
A Viswanath, V Khanduja
Hip arthroscopy for joint preservation surgery has grown immensely over the last two decades. There is now an increasing trend to try and expand the role of hip arthroscopy to include patients of an older age or perhaps even with signs of arthritis, instead of the established patient group of young adults with mechanical symptoms or serious athletes. But how much of this growth is really justified? Once arthritis is apparent, the arthroscopic procedures needed to try and limit progression of the disease are likely to be different to those needed in young adult non-arthritic hips...
January 2017: Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery
Mikkel Østergaard, Iris Eshed, Christian E Althoff, Rene P Poggenborg, Torsten Diekhoff, Simon Krabbe, Sabine Weckbach, Robert G W Lambert, Susanne J Pedersen, Walter P Maksymowych, Charles G Peterfy, Jane Freeston, Paul Bird, Philip G Conaghan, Kay-Geert A Hermann
OBJECTIVE: Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) is a relatively new technique that can enable assessment of the overall inflammatory status of people with arthritis, but standards for image acquisition, definitions of key pathologies, and a quantification system are required. Our aim was to perform a systematic literature review (SLR) and to develop consensus definitions of key pathologies, anatomical locations for assessment, a set of MRI sequences and imaging planes for the different body regions, and a preliminary scoring system for WB-MRI in inflammatory arthritis...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
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