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March 19, 2018: Rheumatology
Leticia Leon, Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Maria Dolores Aguilar, Juan Ángel Jover, Cristina Vadillo, Marta Redondo, Lydia Abasolo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the reliability and validity of the Spanish version of the Rosser classification system for disease states in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. METHODS: Our study was based on a questionnaire validation design. Patients were attended at an outpatient rheumatology clinic at Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain. The Rosser classification system was completed by the physician from the research team (PMQ) and by the patient (HMQ)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Massoud Saghafi, Mandana Khodashahi, Nayyereh Saadati, Azita Azarian, Zahra Rezaieyazdi, Maryam Salehi, Maryam Sahebari
Background: Serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a non-collagen glycoprotein produced by the cartilage, synovium, tendon, and meniscus. Recent studies showed that COMP is a reliable factor for monitoring cartilage damage. Objective: To determine the relationship between serum COMP concentration and the severity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: This cross-sectional study lasted from 2013 to 2015 at the Rheumatology Clinic of Ghaem Hospital, Mashhad, Iran...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Ilknur Erdem, Fatih Saritas, Ritvan Karaali, Enes Ardic, Gaye Kubra Emeksiz, Sonat Pinar Kara, R Merve Yaniker, Oguzhan Bol
Background: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disease characterized by recurrent fever attacks and serositis. Nonspecific manifestations of the FMF can mimic many common acquired disorders such as infections and acute abdomen. This can delay recognition for many years and lead to comprehensive assessments and even unnecessary surgeries. Untreated FMF may lead to serious complications such as end-stage renal disease and malabsorption due to amyloid deposits in the kidneys and the digestive system...
2018: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Qiong Wang, Yi-Ru Wang, Qing-Yun Jia, Li Liu, Chong-Qing Xu, Xiao-Yun Wang, Min Yao, Xue-Jun Cui, Qi Shi, Yong-Jun Wang, Qian-Qian Liang
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by swelling and painful joints, eventually leading to joint destruction. There is still a lack of effective therapy to treat RA. The Juanbi pill is a Chinese medicine that has been widely used to treat active RA in China for hundreds of years, relieving pain and protecting the affected joints from malformation. However, there is no solid evidence to show the effect of the Juanbi pill on the management of active RA...
March 20, 2018: Trials
Olga Kostrzewa, Paweł Kołodziej, Maria Majdan, Robert Zwolak, Anna Górak, Krzysztof Bar
In this article we have presented a case of 31-year-old male with thickening of the skin and tender cord of superficial veins of the penis and laboratory findings of the high titer of PM/Scl-100 antibodies in the serum. The patient was referred to the Rheumatology Department due to suspected systemic sclerosis. The HRCT scan of his lungs revealed fibrous degeneration and ground-glass opacity in the lower lobes. Capillaroscopy showed abnormalities, which were not typical for systemic sclerosis. In Doppler ultrasound examination of penis, superficial dorsal and circumflex veins thrombosis and inflammatory infiltration were observed...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Radosław Jeleniewicz, Dorota Suszek, Maria Majdan
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Musculoskeletal symptoms are not characteristic for granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) patients. However, they could be present in two-thirds of patients at the onset of the disease and may provoke diagnostic difficulties. The aim: To assess retrospectively musculoskeletal manifestations in a group of GPA patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Material and methods: The analyzed group consisted of 44 patients with GPA (27M, 17F) aged 46.7 years (16-75) and treated at the Department of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases in Lublin between 2010-2016...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Francesco Carubbi, Alessia Alunno, Paola Cipriani, Onelia Bistoni, Rosa Scipioni, Vasiliki Liakouli, Piero Ruscitti, Onorina Berardicurti, Salvatore Di Bartolomeo, Roberto Gerli, Roberto Giacomelli
Current patient care in rheumatology relies primarily on a combination of traditional clinical assessment and standard laboratory tests. Investigators seek to discover new biomarkers and novel technologies such as the 'omics' boosted the research in this field. Mechanistic biomarkers such as cytokines, cell types, antibodies, signaling molecules, are rooted in the mechanism underlying the disease and can guide the clinical management of the disease. Conversely, descriptive biomarkers are byproducts of the disease process, depict the state of a disease but are not involved in its pathogenesis...
March 19, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reviews
Jessica A Walsh, Oluwakayode Adejoro, Benjamin Chastek, Jacqueline B Palmer, Peter Hur
BACKGROUND: In patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), limited data exist regarding patterns of biologic therapy use. OBJECTIVE: To examine treatment patterns and therapy modifications in U.S. patients with PsA receiving a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) or an anti-interleukin (IL)-12/23 inhibitor. METHODS: Adults with PsA who newly initiated a biologic therapy (index biologic) between January 1, 2013, and January 31, 2015, were included from the Optum Research Database...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Mónica Fernandez Castro, Carlos Sánchez-Piedra, Jose Luis Andreu, Víctor Martínez Taboada, Alejandro Olivé, Jose Rosas
INTRODUCTION: Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is an autoimmune disease, characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of exocrine glands and other organs, resulting in dry eye, dry mouth and extraglandular systemic findings. OBJECTIVE: To explore the association of severe or very severe dry eye with extraocular involvement in patients diagnosed with primary Sjögren's syndrome. METHODS: SJOGRENSER registry is a multicenter cross-sectional study of pSS patients...
March 20, 2018: Rheumatology International
Manar Hamed Arafa, Hebatallah Husseini Atteia
Our objective was to figure out whether CYP2D6 gene polymorphisms may account for long term tramadol-induced oxidative stress and hepatotoxicity in 60 patients receiving chronic tramadol treatment in Neurology and Rheumatology Outpatients Clinic, Zagazig University Hospitals, Egypt. As expected, CYP2D6*1 allele (wild type) frequency was significantly greater than CYP2D6*DUP, CYP2D6*4 and CYP2D6*10 alleles in both chronically tramadol-treated and control groups. CYP2D6*DUP allele carriers followed by those carrying CYP2D6*1, displayed higher levels of urinary tramadol major active metabolite O-desmethyltramadol (M1) and serum lipid peroxidation along with lower levels of total antioxidants than those carrying other impaired function alleles (CYP2D6*4&*10) in tramadol-treated patients, suggesting oxidative stress...
March 16, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
J A McDougall, C G Helmick, S S Lim, J M Johnston, J R Gaddy, C Gordon, E D Ferucci
Objectives The objective of this study is to investigate differences in the diagnosis and management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by primary care and specialist physicians in a population-based registry. Methods This study includes individuals from the 2009 Indian Health Service lupus registry population with a diagnosis of SLE documented by either a primary care provider or specialist. SLE classification criteria, laboratory testing, and medication use at any time during the course of disease were determined by medical record abstraction...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
B Sanader, R Grohmann, P Grötsch, T Schumann, S Toto, P Fernando, S Stübner
Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) is an infrequent, but severe, adverse drug-induced reaction which occurs due to massive T-cell stimulation resulting in cytotoxicity and eosinophil activation and recruitment. The incidence is 0.4 cases per 100, 0000 in the general population; the mortality rate is up to 10%. Therefore, we believe that recognizing this syndrome is of particular importance. The problem we notice is that DRESS is often seen and described in patients receiving rheumatologic or anticonvulsant drugs, but very rarely in psychiatric hospitals, where Clozapine is frequently used, and that is the importance of this paper...
March 19, 2018: Pharmacopsychiatry
Alexander Karl-Georg Schuster, Markus Wettstein, Andreas Gerhardt, Wolfgang Eich, Christiane Bieber, Jonas Tesarz
Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine visual function and eye symptoms in fibromyalgia patients, with a particular focus on dry eye syndrome and eye pain. Methods: A tertiary care center-based cross-sectional study was carried out in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Chronic musculoskeletal pain patients without fibromyalgia were enrolled as a comparison group. Self-reported eye pain was investigated with the McGill pain questionnaire and the numeric rating scale...
March 15, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Milena Bastos Brito, Juliana Socorro Casqueiro, Fernanda Scoppetta Sampaio Alves, Jade Braga Lopes, Renata Dantas Monteiro Santana Alves, Mittermayer Santiago
This was a cross-sectional study of women of reproductive age with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) being treated at Bahiana School Rheumatology Service in Brazil. The study aimed to assess the prevalence of contraceptive counselling and use. An interview was performed, and the results were analysed before and after the SLE diagnosis. Eighty-five women were included; the mean age of the group was 32.98 ± 8.39 years. Before SLE diagnosis, most of the patients had used some contraceptive method; mainly oral contraceptives (54%) or hormone injections (21%)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Zhi-Wei Lai, Ryan Kelly, Thomas Winans, Ivan Marchena, Ashwini Shadakshari, Julie Yu, Maha Dawood, Ricardo Garcia, Hajra Tily, Lisa Francis, Stephen V Faraone, Paul E Phillips, Andras Perl
BACKGROUND: Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have T-cell dysfunction that has been attributed to the activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Rapamycin inhibits antigen-induced T-cell proliferation and has been developed as a medication under the generic designation of sirolimus. We assessed safety, tolerance, and efficacy of sirolimus in a prospective, biomarker-driven, open-label clinical trial. METHODS: We did a single-arm, open-label, phase 1/2 trial of sirolimus in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus disease unresponsive to, or intolerant of, conventional medications at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY, USA)...
March 15, 2018: Lancet
Jill Hall, K Julia Kaal, Junho Lee, Ross Duncan, Nicole Tsao, Mark Harrison
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: A number of novel models of care utilizing allied healthcare professionals, including nurses and pharmacists, have emerged as an alternate to rheumatologist specialist care to achieve disease outcomes in patients with inflammatory arthritis. We conducted a review of the literature for studies from the past 5 years that reported on measures of patient satisfaction and/or any health economic outcome in a model of care where the care providers had substantial, but not completely independent, responsibility...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Valérie Leclair, Ingrid E Lundberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) classification criteria have been a subject of debate for many decades. Despite several limitations, the Bohan and Peter criteria are still widely used. The aim of this review is to discuss the evolution of IIM classification criteria. RECENT FINDINGS: New IIM classification criteria are periodically proposed. The discovery of myositis-specific and myositis-associated autoantibodies led to the development of clinico-serological criteria, while in-depth description of IIM morphological features improved histopathology-based criteria...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Philip Mease, Désirée van der Heijde, Robert Landewé, Shephard Mpofu, Proton Rahman, Hasan Tahir, Atul Singhal, Elke Boettcher, Sandra Navarra, Karin Meiser, Aimee Readie, Luminita Pricop, Ken Abrams
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of subcutaneous (s.c.) secukinumab, an interleukin-17A inhibitor, on clinical signs and symptoms and radiographic progression in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: Adults (n=996) with active PsA were randomised 2:2:2:3 to s.c. secukinumab 300 mg or 150 mg with loading dose (LD), 150 mg without LD or placebo. All groups received secukinumab or placebo at baseline, weeks 1, 2 and 3 and then every 4 weeks from week 4...
March 17, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Jennifer L Medlin, Karen E Hansen, Sara S McCoy, Christie M Bartels
OBJECTIVES: Phenotypes differ between late- and early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Prior studies suggested that there may be more pulmonary disease among late-onset patients. Our objective was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the differences in pulmonary manifestations in late- versus early-onset SLE. METHODS: We searched the literature using PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE. We excluded studies that did not include American College of Rheumatology SLE classification criteria, an early-onset SLE comparison group, or those that defined late-onset SLE as <50 years of age...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
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