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Axial SpA

Uta Kiltz, Annelies Boonen, Juergen Braun, Jutta G Richter
The dynamic clinical course of rheumatic conditions indicates a need for regular collection of information on health status to monitor disease activity and functional status. Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) are playing a key role in the evaluation of symptoms and functioning and health, and are crucial in the initiation of treatment in those patients. In recent years, electronic assessments of PROMs (so called ePROMs) have been introduced. This report summarises some of the rationale, opportunities, and results using ePROMs in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA)...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
U Kiltz, D van der Heijde, A Boonen, W Bautista-Molano, R Burgos-Vargas, P Chiowchanwisawakit, T Duruoz, B El-Zorkany, I Essers, I Gaydukova, P Géher, L Gossec, S Grazio, J Gu, M A Khan, T J Kim, W P Maksymowych, H Marzo-Ortega, V Navarro-Compán, I Olivieri, D Patrikos, F M Pimentel-Santos, M Schirmer, F van den Bosch, U Weber, J Zochling, J Braun
INTRODUCTION: The Assessments of SpondyloArthritis international society Health Index (ASAS HI) measures functioning and health in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) across 17 aspects of health and 9 environmental factors (EF). The objective was to translate and adapt the original English version of the ASAS HI, including the EF Item Set, cross-culturally into 15 languages. METHODS: Translation and cross-cultural adaptation has been carried out following the forward-backward procedure...
2016: RMD Open
Gothic P Thomas, Dana Willner, Philip C Robinson, Adrian Cortes, Ran Duan, Martin Rudwaleit, Nurullah Akkoc, Jurgen Braun, Chung-Tei Chou, Walter P Maksymowych, Salih Ozgocmen, Euthalia Roussou, Joachim Sieper, Rafael Valle-Oñate, Desiree van der Heijde, James Wei, Paul Leo, Matthew A Brown
OBJECTIVES: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is often diagnosed late in the course of the disease and improved methods for early diagnosis are required. We have tested the ability of genetic profiling to diagnose axial SpA (axSpA) as a whole group, or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) alone, in a cohort of chronic back pain patients. METHODS: 282 patients were recruited from centres in the United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, Columbia and Turkey as part of the ASAS classification criteria for axSpA study (ASAS cohort)...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Alice Ashouri Christiansen, Oliver Hendricks, Dorota Kuettel, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Anne Grethe Jurik, Steen Nielsen, Kaspar Rufibach, Anne Gitte Loft, Susanne Juhl Pedersen, Louise Thuesen Hermansen, Mikkel Østergaard, Bodil Arnbak, Claus Manniche, Ulrich Weber
OBJECTIVE: To determine the reproducibility of evaluation of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) radiographs among readers with varying levels of experience, and to identify potential drivers of disagreement in classification among 5 predefined radiographic lesion types. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 104 consecutive patients aged 18-40 with low back pain ≥ 3 months of duration who met the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) definition for a positive SIJ magnetic resonance imaging, or were HLA-B27-positive and had ≥ 1 spondyloarthritis (SpA)-related clinical/laboratory feature according to the ASAS classification criteria for axial SpA...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Chaoqun Yang, Peipei Ding, Qingkai Wang, Long Zhang, Xin Zhang, Jianquan Zhao, Enjie Xu, Na Wang, Jianfeng Chen, Guang Yang, Weiguo Hu, Xuhui Zhou
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) resulting in back pain and progressive spinal ankyloses. Currently, there are no effective therapeutics targeting AS largely due to elusive pathogenesis mechanisms, even as potential candidates such as HLA-B27 autoantigen have been identified. Herein, we employed a proteoglycan (PG)-induced AS mouse model together with clinical specimens, and found that the complement system was substantially activated in the spinal bone marrow, accompanied by a remarkable proportion alteration of neutrophils and macrophage in bone marrow and spleen, and by the significant increase of TGF-β1 in serum...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
U Kiltz, X Baraliakos, J Braun
The term spondyloarthritis (SpA) is now increasingly used to classify and diagnose patients who are characterized by inflammation in the axial skeleton and peripheral manifestations (arthritis and enthesitis). The management of SpA should be tailored according to the current manifestations of the disease, the disease activity and functional impairment. The current article focuses on diagnosis and therapy in patients with axial SpA. Diagnostic procedures are discussed in light of diagnostic utility and feasibility in daily routine care...
September 28, 2016: Der Internist
Augusta Ortolan, Paolo Lazzarin, Mariagrazia Lorenzin, Lucia Rampin, Roberta Ramonda
Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is usually characterized by early inflammatory involvement of the sacroiliac joints (SI), which constitutes one of the most important classification criteria according to the SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS). These criteria do not include inflammatory spine lesions which can be detected on MRI, although spine involvement is very common in axial SpA. This is because spine MRI lesion often retrieved in SpA are not very specific, and can be found in many other diseases such as malignancy and osteoarthritis...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Sylke Schneider-Burrus, Ellen Witte-Haendel, Demetrios Christou, Benedetta Rigoni, Robert Sabat, Gerd Diederichs
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory disease, causing fistulating sinuses in the intertriginous skin of axillary, genitofemoral and perianal sites. OBJECTIVE: As other chronic inflammatory diseases, e.g. psoriasis, are frequently associated with spondyloarthropathies (SpA), the goal of this study was to quantify the prevalence of back pain and SpA in HS patients. METHODS: A prospective questionnaire survey in 100 HS patients and a retrospective evaluation of pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in 46 HS patients were conducted...
September 21, 2016: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
Oliwia Rysnik, Kirsty McHugh, Leonie van Duivenvoorde, Melissa van Tok, Joel Taurog, Simon Kollnberger, Dominique Baeten, Paul Bowness
Data is presented showing expression of non-conventional (NC) heavy chain forms of B27 in synovial tissues from SpA patients. Data is presented showing the expression patterns of NC-B27 in joint, gastrointestinal and lymphoid tissues from B27 transgenic (TG(1)) rats with M. tuberculosis-induced SpA. Expression of NC-B27 was determined by immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry using HC10 and HD6 antibodies. These data are the extension of the data presented and discussed in "Non-conventional forms of HLA-B27 are expressed in Spondyloarthritis joints and gut tissue" (O...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Sheila L Arvikar, Jameson T Crowley, Katherine B Sulka, Allen C Steere
OBJECTIVE: To describe systemic autoimmune joint diseases following Lyme disease and to compare their clinical features with Lyme arthritis. METHODS: Records of all adult patients referred to our Lyme arthritis clinic over a 13-year period in whom we diagnosed a systemic autoimmune joint disease following Lyme disease were reviewed. For comparison, records of patients enrolled in our Lyme arthritis (LA) cohort over the most recent 2-year period were analyzed. IgG antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi and to 3 Lyme disease-associated autoantigens were measured...
September 16, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Jean Wach, Marie-Claude Letroublon, Fabienne Coury, Jacques Guy Tebib
OBJECTIVE: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is the second most frequent inflammatory rheumatic disease, characterized by spinal involvement, peripheral arthritis, or enthesitis with marked pain, stiffness, and fatigue. Fibromyalgia (FM) may be associated with SpA, and shares some common symptoms. We aimed to determine how FM influences assessment of SpA disease activity, which is mainly dependent on patient-based outcome measures such as the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) or the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS)...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
M Lorenzin, A Ortolan, P Frallonardo, S Vio, C Lacognata, F Oliviero, L Punzi, R Ramonda
Our aim was to determine the prevalence of spine and sacroiliac joint (SIJ) lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with early axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and their correlation with disease activity indices. Sixty patients with low back pain (LBP) (≥3 months, ≤2 years, onset ≤45 years), attending the SpA-clinic of the Unità Operativa Complessa Reumatologia of Padova [SpondyloArthritis-Caught-Early (SPACE) study], were studied following a protocol including physical examination, questionnaires, laboratory tests, X-rays and spine and SIJ MRI...
2016: Reumatismo
L T Hermansen, A G Loft, A A Christiansen, H L Munk, L Gilbert, A G Jurik, B Arnbak, C Manniche, U Weber, M Østergaard, S J Pedersen, T Barington, P Junker, K Hørslev-Petersen, O Hendricks
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether antibody response patterns against Klebsiella pneumoniae capsular serotypes can discriminate patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) from patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP). METHOD: Immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgA antibodies against K. pneumoniae capsular serotypes K2, K26, K36, and K50 were measured, and antibody seropositivity compared between groups and analysed for patient correlation in five different groups: (a) 96 patients fulfilling the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) classification criteria for axSpA; (b) 38 patients with either a positive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan as defined by ASAS or a positive human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-B27 status plus one clinical SpA feature, characterized as 'non-axSpA'; (c) 82 non-specific LBP patients; (d) 40 healthy blood donors and (e) 43 patients with diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis (AS) served as the negative and positive control groups...
September 7, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
L Paul, E H Coulter, S Cameron, M T McDonald, M Brandon, D Cook, A McConnachie, S Siebert
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests people with axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) should exercise up to five times per week but lack of time, symptoms, cost and distance are barriers to regular exercise in axial SpA. Personalised exercise programmes delivered via the internet might support people with axial SpA to reach these exercise targets. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of, and adherence to, a 12 month personalised web-based physiotherapy programme for people with axial SpA...
2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Pauline A C Bakker, Rosaline van den Berg, Gregory Lenczner, Fabrice Thévenin, Monique Reijnierse, Pascal Claudepierre, Daniel Wendling, Maxime Dougados, Désirée van der Heijde
OBJECTIVES: Investigating the utility of adding structural lesions seen on MRI of the sacroiliac joints to the imaging criterion of the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis (ASAS) axial SpondyloArthritis (axSpA) criteria and the utility of replacement of radiographic sacroiliitis by structural lesions on MRI. METHODS: Two well-calibrated readers scored MRI STIR (inflammation, MRI-SI), MRI T1-w images (structural lesions, MRI-SI-s) and radiographs of the sacroiliac joints (X-SI) of patients in the DEvenir des Spondyloarthrites Indifférenciées Récentes cohort (inflammatory back pain: ≥3 months, <3 years, age <50)...
August 4, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
U Kiltz, J Sieper, M Backhaus, B Buss, E Gromnica-Ihle, H Haíbel, L Hammel, K Karberg, S Rehart, M Rudwaleit, F Schuch, P Steffens-Korbanka, J Braun
The management of patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) has experienced a paradigm shift in recent years. This is true for the treatment of axial as well as peripheral manifestations. International treat to target (T2T) recommendations for SpA based on the T2T strategy have now also been published, which contain 5 higher level principles (A-E) in addition to the 15 recommendations. In order to make the recommendations known and to promote national distribution, German experts have now issued a translation of the T2T recommendations for SpA into German...
August 3, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Isabel Castrejón, Theodore Pincus, Daniel Wendling, Maxime Dougados
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the responsiveness of a simple routine assessment of patient index data (RAPID3)-like index that includes only 3 patient self-report measures (physical function, pain and patient global estimate) compared to that of traditional composite indices to assess change in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (Ax-SpA). METHODS: Devenir des Spondylarthropathies Indifférenciées Récentes (DESIR) is a prospective cohort of patients with inflammatory back pain suggestive of Ax-SpA...
2016: RMD Open
Vanina Masson Behar, Maxime Dougados, Adrien Etcheto, Sarah Kreis, Stéphanie Fabre, Christophe Hudry, Sabrina Dadoun, Christopher Rein, Edouard Pertuiset, Bruno Fautrel, Laure Gossec
OBJECTIVES: The diagnostic delay of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is usually reported to be more than seven years but may have decreased recently. The objective was to quantify the diagnostic delay in patients with axSpA in France and to explore its associated factors. METHODS: Two cross-sectional observational studies included consecutively patients with axSpA (according to both ASAS criteria and rheumatologist expert opinion). Diagnostic delay was defined as the time interval from the date of first symptoms to the date of diagnosis...
July 20, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Laura Wildberger, Vladimira Boyadzhieva, Didier Hans, Nikolay Stoilov, Rasho Rashkov, Bérengère Aubry-Rozier
INTRODUCTION: Patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) have an elevated incidence of osteoporosis and are at increased risk of pathological vertebral fracture. Evaluation of bone density by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) has its limits in fracture prediction, already known in this population. One hypothesis is that the presence of lumbar syndesmophyte could overestimate the spine bone mineral density (BMD). Trabecular bone score (TBS) is a new texture measurement correlated with bone microarchitecture...
July 20, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Daniel Wendling, Xavier Guillot, Laure Gossec, Clément Prati, Alain Saraux, Maxime Dougados
INTRODUCTION: No evaluation of factors associated with remission has been performed in early SpA. The aim of the study was to evaluate percentage of patients in remission using and comparing different definitions of remission, and to evaluate factors associated with remission at inclusion in the prospective DESIR cohort, and after 24 months. METHODS: Performance of three definitions (ASAS partial remission [PR], ASDAS-CRP less than 1.3 [ASDAS-R], BASDAI less than 3...
July 20, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
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