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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434436/treatment-options-for-gout
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Bettina Engel, Johannes Just, Markus Bleckwenn, Klaus Weckbecker
BACKGROUND: 1-2% of adults in Germany suffer from gout. Gout is one of the few rheumatological diseases that can be cured. It arises through the deposition of uric acid crystals in joints as a result of hyperuricemia. Painful redness and swelling of the affected joints are typical findings. Multiple pertinent guidelines and treatment recommendations have been published, but there is reason to believe that patients with gout are not always treated accordingly. METHODS: This review is based on relevant publications from the years 2000-2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in the Cochrane and PubMed databases...
March 31, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421273/-definition-classification-clinical-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-fibromyalgia-syndrome-updated-guidelines-2017-and-overview-of-systematic-review-articles
#2
W Eich, K-J Bär, M Bernateck, M Burgmer, C Dexl, F Petzke, C Sommer, A Winkelmann, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: The regular update of the guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome, AWMF number 145/004, was scheduled for April 2017. METHODS: The guidelines were developed by 13 scientific societies and 2 patient self-help organizations coordinated by the German Pain Society. Working groups (n =8) with a total of 42 members were formed balanced with respect to gender, medical expertise, position in the medical or scientific hierarchy and potential conflicts of interest...
April 18, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410044/tackling-comorbidity-associated-with-rheumatic-diseases-in-standard-practice
#3
Deborah Palmer, Yasser El Miedany
In spite of the dramatic improvement of the long-term prognosis of inflammatory arthritic conditions, patients living with arthritis remain more likely to have a shorter lifespan in contrast to the age-matched population without arthritis. This high incidence of morbidity-mortality has been attributed to an increased prevalence of comorbidities, particularly cardiovascular disease, infections, and the development of malignant space-occupying lesions. In spite of the published guidelines highlighting the importance of comorbidity assessment and management, implementing these recommendations in standard clinical practice remains a challenge for the treating rheumatologists and rheumatology nurse specialists...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407841/cardiovascular-comorbidity-in-inflammatory-rheumatological-conditions
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Jürgen Braun, Klaus Krüger, Bernhard Manger, Matthias Schneider, Christof Specker, Hans Joachim Trappe
BACKGROUND: Approximately 1.5 million adults in Germany suffer from an inflammatory rheumatological condition. The most common among these are rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis-above all axial spondyloarthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis (Bekhterev's disease) and psoriatic arthritis. These systemic inflammatory diseases often affect the heart as well. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent articles retrieved by a selective literature search, on current European guidelines, and on the authors' clinical experience...
March 24, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396860/aortic-valve-replacement-for-moderate-aortic-stenosis-with-severe-calcification-and-left-ventricualr-dysfunction-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Nikhil Narang, Roberto M Lang, Vladimir M Liarski, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Marion A Hofmann Bowman
A 55-year-old man with a history of erosive, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and interstitial lung disease presented with shortness of breath. Echocardiography showed new-onset severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction with an ejection fraction (EF) of 15% and moderately increased mean aortic valve gradient of 20 mmHg in a trileaflet aortic valve with severe sclero-calcific degeneration. Coronary angiography revealed no significant obstructive coronary disease. Invasive hemodynamic studies and dobutamine stress echocardiography were consistent with moderate aortic stenosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361332/managing-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-clinical-updates-and-three-strategic-approaches
#6
REVIEW
Ann M Chodara, Aimée Wattiaux, Christie M Bartels
ᅟ: The increase in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is well known; however, appropriate management of this elevated risk in rheumatology clinics is less clear. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: By critically reviewing literature published within the past 5 years, we aim to clarify current knowledge and gaps regarding CVD risk management in RA. RECENT FINDINGS: We examine recent guidelines, recommendations, and evidence and discuss three approaches: (1) RA-specific management including treat-to-target and medication management, (2) assessment of comprehensive individual risk, and (3) targeting traditional CVD risk factors (hypertension, smoking, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity, and physical inactivity) at a population level...
April 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341034/outcome-assessment-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-systematic-review-and-critical-appraisal
#7
REVIEW
Toni Lange, Elisabeth Rataj, Christian Kopkow, Jörg Lützner, Klaus-Peter Günther, Jochen Schmitt
BACKGROUND: The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) initiative developed a core outcome set (COS) of domains to assess effectiveness of interventions for knee osteoarthritis. These domains (pain, physical function, patient global assessment, imaging at 1 year) should be assessed in every trial to make research evidence meaningful and comparable. We systematically evaluated and critically appraised the use of measurement instruments and outcome domains in prospective studies evaluating patients with knee osteoarthritis undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and assessed their accordance with the OMERACT COS...
February 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282539/increasing-podiatry-referrals-for-patients-with-inflammatory-arthritis-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-singapore-a-quality-improvement-project
#8
K Carter, P P Cheung, K Rome, A Santosa, M Lahiri
BACKGROUND: Foot disease is highly prevalent in people with inflammatory arthritis and is often under-recognized. Podiatry intervention can significantly reduce foot pain and disability, with timely access being the key factor. The aim of this study was to plan and implement a quality improvement project to identify the barriers to, and improve, uptake of podiatry services among patients with inflammatory arthritis-related foot problems seen at a tertiary hospital in Singapore. METHOD: A 6-month quality improvement program was conducted by a team of key stakeholders using quality improvement tools to identify, implement and test several interventions designed to improve uptake of podiatry services...
December 28, 2016: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282061/hydroxychloroquine-retinopathy
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REVIEW
I H Yusuf, S Sharma, R Luqmani, S M Downes
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ; Plaquenil) is used increasingly in the management of a variety of autoimmune disorders, with well established roles in dermatology and rheumatology and emerging roles in oncology. Hydroxychloroquine has demonstrated a survival benefit in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus; some clinicians advocate its use in all such patients. However, Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (CQ) have been associated with irreversible visual loss due to retinal toxicity. Hydroxychloroquine retinal toxicity is far more common than previously considered; an overall prevalence of 7...
March 10, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271158/physicians-perspectives-on-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-periodic-fever-aphthous-stomatitis-pharyngitis-and-cervical-adenitis-pfapa-syndrome
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Kalpana Manthiram, Suzanne C Li, Jonathan S Hausmann, Gil Amarilyo, Karyl Barron, Hanna Kim, Simona Nativ, Geraldina Lionetti, Andrew Zeft, Donald Goldsmith, David Kimberlin, Kathryn Edwards, Fatma Dedeoglu, Sivia Lapidus
To assess the practice patterns of pediatric rheumatology and infectious diseases subspecialists in the diagnosis and treatment of periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome. An online survey assessing diagnostic and treatment approaches was sent to 424 members of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) and 980 members of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS). 277 physicians (123 from CARRA and 154 from PIDS representing 21% of the total membership) completed the survey...
March 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262590/the-implications-of-biologic-therapy-for-elective-foot-and-ankle-surgery-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Ross Diaper, Ernest Wong, Stuart A Metcalfe
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of a number of inflammatory arthropathies resulting in foot pain and deformity. Patients with this disease may require surgical intervention as part of their management. Many of these patients are now taking biologic agents which pose several risks to patients in the perioperative phase. The surgical team therefore need to be aware of these associated complications and how to manage these cases. AIM: This paper aims to review the current literature about perioperative needs (foot and ankle surgery) associated with patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving biologic therapy...
March 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260595/a-danish-nationwide-questionnaire-study-of-hepatitis-b-virus-screening-before-immunosuppressive-therapy
#12
Kristine Ifigenia Bunyoz, Henrik Krarup, Nina Weis
INTRODUCTION: Difficulty in identifying patients who are at risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation makes it import-ant to screen for HBV before initiating immunosuppressive therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate screening procedures for HBV infection before initiation of immunosuppressive therapy and to explore HBV treatment strategies. METHODS: All Danish units of haematology, oncology, dermatology, rheumatology and gastroenterology using immunosuppressive agents were invited to fill out a questionnaire for The Danish Database for Hepatitis B and C...
March 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228115/weight-loss-and-exercise-for-communities-with-arthritis-in-north-carolina-we-can-design-and-rationale-of-a-pragmatic-assessor-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Stephen P Messier, Leigh F Callahan, Daniel P Beavers, Kate Queen, Shannon L Mihalko, Gary D Miller, Elena Losina, Jeffrey N Katz, Richard F Loeser, Sara A Quandt, Paul DeVita, David J Hunter, Mary F Lyles, Jovita Newman, Betsy Hackney, Joanne M Jordan
BACKGROUND: Recently, we determined that in a rigorously monitored environment an intensive diet-induced weight loss of 10% combined with exercise was significantly more effective at reducing pain in men and women with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) than either intervention alone. Compared to previous long-term weight loss and exercise trials of knee OA, our intensive diet-induced weight loss and exercise intervention was twice as effective at reducing pain intensity. Whether these results can be generalized to less intensively monitored cohorts is unknown...
February 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223263/apps-for-people-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-to-monitor-their-disease-activity-a-review-of-apps-for-best-practice-and-quality
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Rebecca Grainger, Hermaleigh Townsley, Bonnie White, Tobias Langlotz, William J Taylor
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis requiring long-term treatment with regular monitoring by a rheumatologist to achieve good health outcomes. Since people with RA may wish to monitor their own disease activity with a smartphone app, it is important to understand the functions and quality of apps for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess the features and quality of apps to assist people to monitor their RA disease activity by (1) summarizing the available apps, particularly the instruments used for measurement of RA disease activity; (2) comparing the app features with American College of Rheumatology and European League against Rheumatism (ACR and EULAR) guidelines for monitoring of RA disease activity; and (3) rating app quality with the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS)...
February 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153440/adherence-to-hydroxychloroquine-dosing-guidelines-by-rheumatologists-an-electronic-medical-record-based-study-in-an-integrated-health-care-system
#15
Rebekah A Braslow, Mira Shiloach, Marian S Macsai
PURPOSE: To study the adherence of rheumatologists to the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) dosing guidelines established by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2011 and 2016. DESIGN: Retrospective review of electronic medical records (EMRs) in an integrated health care system. PARTICIPANTS: All rheumatology patients started on HCQ who were seen by a NorthShore ophthalmologist between the years 2009 and 2016. METHODS: Data on patient weights, height, gender, and HCQ dosage were extracted from the EMR...
May 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145658/frequency-and-clinical-characteristics-of-hydroxychloroquine-retinopathy-in-korean-patients-with-rheumatologic-diseases
#16
Doo Ri Eo, Min Gyu Lee, Don Il Ham, Se Woong Kang, Jaejoon Lee, Hoon Suk Cha, Eunmi Koh, Sang Jin Kim
This study aimed to evaluate the frequency and clinical characteristics of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) retinopathy in Korean patients with rheumatologic diseases. We retrospectively reviewed medical records of 310 patients taking HCQ. Ophthalmic examinations included spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), automated visual field test, and fundus autofluorescence. The severity of retinopathy was categorized as early, moderate, or severe, and the location was categorized as parafoveal, pericentral, or mixed pattern...
March 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138915/evaluation-of-internet-based-patient-education-materials-from-internal-medicine-subspecialty-organizations-will-patients-understand-them
#17
David R Hansberry, Nitin Agarwal, Elizabeth S John, Ann M John, Prateek Agarwal, James C Reynolds, Stephen R Baker
The majority of Americans use the Internet daily, if not more often, and many search online for health information to better understand a diagnosis they have been given or to research treatment options. The average American reads at an eighth-grade level. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the readability of online patient education materials on the websites of 14 professional organizations representing the major internal medicine subspecialties. We used ten well-established quantitative readability scales to assess written text from patient education materials published on the websites of the major professional organizations representing the following subspecialty groups: allergy and immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology, hospice and palliative care, infectious disease, nephrology, oncology, pulmonology and critical care, rheumatology, sleep medicine, and sports medicine...
January 30, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134086/the-spectrum-of-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-practice-across-the-globe-results-from-a-multinational-cross-sectional-survey
#18
Elena Nikiphorou, James Galloway, Piet van Riel, Yusuf Yazici, Glenn Haugeberg, Andrew Ostor, Feride Gogus, Markku Kauppi, Tuulikki Sokka
OBJECTIVES: To explore patterns of real-world early RA (ERA) care across countries. METHODS: An online survey was disseminated to practising rheumatologists across Europe and the US, also made accessible on social media between April and May 2015. Survey questions (n=38) assessed the structure and setting of ERA clinics, times to diagnosis and treatment, patient monitoring, guideline use and data recording. RESULTS: A total of 212 rheumatologists from 39 countries (76% European) completed the survey...
January 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134084/pneumocystis-jiroveci-pneumonia-in-rheumatic-disease-a-20-year-single-centre-experience
#19
Christopher A Mecoli, Deanna Saylor, Allan C Gelber, Lisa Christopher-Stine
OBJECTIVES: Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) is an opportunistic infection with high mortality among patients with underlying rheumatologic conditions. Given the paucity of prospective data to guide treatment, clinical guidelines to initiate PJP prophylaxis are based on expert opinion and identify patients on ≥20 mg daily prednisone for ≥4 weeks duration for treatment. Herein we describe the PJP experience in rheumatic disease over a 20-year period at a single academic medical centre to investigate this 20 mg threshold and risk associated with lymphocyte counts, co-existing lung disease and immunosuppressive medications...
January 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101833/gout-treatment-survey-of-brazilian-rheumatology-residents
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REVIEW
Rodrigo Balbino Chaves Amorim, Ana Beatriz Vargas-Santos, Leticia Rocha Pereira, Evandro Silva Freire Coutinho, Geraldo da Rocha Castelar-Pinheiro
To assess the current practices in gout management among Brazilian rheumatology residents. We performed a cross-sectional online survey among all the rheumatology residents and those rheumatologists who had just completed their training (post-residency (PR)) regarding their approach to gout management. Results were compared with the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) gout guidelines and with the responses of a previous survey with a representative sample of practicing Brazilian rheumatologists (RHE)...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
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