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pulmonary involvement rheumatoid arthritis

Felice Rivellese, Antonio Lobasso, Letizia Barbieri, Bianca Liccardo, Amato De Paulis, Francesca Wanda Rossi
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by synovial inflammation and hyperplasia, autoantibody production, cartilage and bone destruction and several systemic features. Cardiovascular, pulmonary, psychological, and muscle involvement are the main comorbidities of RA and are responsible for the severity of the disease and long-term prognosis. Pharmacological treatment of rheumatic diseases has evolved remarkably over the past years. In addition, the widespread adoption of treat to target and tight control strategies has led to a substantial improvement of outcomes, so that drug-free remission is nowadays a realistic goal in the treatment of RA...
February 9, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
O Syniachenko, O Khaniukov, Ye Yehudina, H Taktashov, K Gashynova
The purpose of the study - investigation the separate joint lesion in systemic vasculitis, their X-ray sonographic characteristics, the correlation of the articular syndrome severity with extra-articular manifestations of the diseases, as well as aspects of the arthritis pathogenesis in this category of patients. The study included 525 patients in the ratio of the examined with Henoch-Schonlen purpura, microscopic polyangiitis, cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, Takayasu's arteritis, Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis Churg-Strauss as a 7:4:3:1:1:1:1...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
Hayley Barnes, Anne E Holland, Glen P Westall, Nicole Sl Goh, Ian N Glaspole
BACKGROUND: Approximately one-third of individuals with interstitial lung disease (ILD) have associated connective tissue disease (CTD). The connective tissue disorders most commonly associated with ILD include scleroderma/systemic sclerosis (SSc), rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, and Sjögren's syndrome. Although many people with CTD-ILD do not develop progressive lung disease, a significant proportion do progress, leading to reduced physical function, decreased quality of life, and death...
January 3, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Katerina D Samara, Athina Trachalaki, Eliza Tsitoura, Anastasios V Koutsopoulos, Eleni D Lagoudaki, Ismini Lasithiotaki, George Margaritopoulos, Panagiotis Pantelidis, Eleni Bibaki, Nikolaos M Siafakas, Nikolaos Tzanakis, Athol U Wells, Katerina M Antoniou
BACKGROUND: Increased protein citrullination and peptidylarginine deiminases (PADIs), which catalyze the citrullination process, are central in Rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis and probably involved in the initial steps towards autoimmunity. Approximately, 10% of RA patients develop clinically significantly ILD. A possible shared role of protein citrullination in rheumatoid arthritis associated interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD), and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) pathogenesis remains unclear...
December 29, 2017: Respiratory Research
Alessia Alunno, Roberto Gerli, Roberto Giacomelli, Francesco Carubbi
Although by definition rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an articular disorder, it is a systemic disease, and 18-40% of patients experience extra-articular manifestations (EAMs). The involvement of the respiratory system occurs in about 30-40% of RA patients, and in about 10-20% of them it represents the first manifestation of RA. A wide range of pulmonary manifestations are detectable in RA patients, including pulmonary parenchymal disease, pleural involvement, and airway and pulmonary inflammation. The clinical, radiological, and histological spectra of respiratory manifestations in RA reflect chronic immune activation, increased susceptibility to infection (often related to immunosuppressive medications), or direct drug...
2017: BioMed Research International
Pulukool Sandhya, Gowri Mahasampath, Puneet Mashru, Joseph Dian Bondu, Victoria Job, Debashish Danda
Introduction: Vitamin D is a steroid hormone belonging to the class of secosteroids with myriad immune functions and has been implicated in aetiopathogenesis of various autoimmune diseases. Although, there have been various studies showing the association of vitamin D in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus in different populations, there have been limited studies on vitamin D and primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS). There are no studies on association of vitamin D and pSS from any tropical country including Indian subcontinent...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Guillaume Laustriat, Adeline Ruyssen-Witrand, Arnaud Constantin, Thomas Barnetche, Daniel Adoue, Alain Cantagrel, Yannick Degboé
OBJECTIVES: Diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is partially determined by the presence of specific autoantibodies often associated with specific clinical features. Recent studies report the presence of ACPA in SSc. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of ACPA in SSc and to assess their influence on clinical presentation of SSc. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed using PubMed and Cochrane databases' publications between 1999 and March 2017. Search terms were: "systemic sclerosis [MeSH] AND (ACPA OR anti-CCP OR rheumatoid factor OR cohort OR value diagnostic)"...
March 2018: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Omer S B Alamoudi, Suzan Mansour Attar
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pleuropulmonary (PP) involvement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, limited data are available regarding lung complications in the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia. The objectives of the current study were to determine the prevalence of PP manifestations and to identify the associated risk factors. METHODS: This was a retrospective study involving 419 patients diagnosed at a tertiary center over a 12...
October 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
Subham Das, Prasanta Padhan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune systemic disease characterized by long-standing inflammation and significant joint destruction. Despite significant research and success toward the treatment modalities, complete remission still remains a challenge. Even then a number of early and late extraarticular manifestations (EAMs) of the disease further complicate the disease progression. Various EAM encountered in RA can involve more than one organ or system in the body and their clinical features also show lot of variations, mostly involving cutaneous, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems...
July 2017: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
Francisco Paulin, Alejandra Babini, Marta Mamani, Juan Mercado, Fabián Caro
The prevalence of interstitial lung disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis varies from 10 to 42%. Rheumatoid arthritis patients with interstitial lung disease have three times the risk of death compared with those without the disease. Prognosis seems to be related to the high-resolution computed tomography pattern. Usual interstitial pneumonia pattern, resembling idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, carries a worse prognosis. Validated strategies to identify different phenotypes and assess the disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis interstitial lung disease are lacking...
September 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
Qiang Fu, Yu Bai, Yuan Liu, Junfei Zhou, Yi Zheng
Our previous experiments found that lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2) may be a useful preclinical serological marker for pulmonary fibrosis in the mouse model. The role of LOXL2 in rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD) is still unclear. We investigated whether serum LOXL2 levels are associated with RA-ILD patients. The levels of serum LOXL2 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 49 RA-ILD patients (21 patients with ILD disease duration < 3 months; 28 patients with ILD disease duration > 3 months), 43 RA patients without ILD and 20 normal healthy controls...
October 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
Laszlo Kovacs, Yunchao Su
The calcium-dependent cytosolic, neutral, thiol endopeptidases, calpains, perform limited cleavage of their substrates thereby irreversibly changing their functions. Calpains have been shown to be involved in several physiological processes such as cell motility, proliferation, cell cycle, signal transduction, and apoptosis. Overactivation of calpain or mutations in the calpain genes contribute to a number of pathological conditions including neurodegenerative disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and lung diseases...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Tomoharu Suzuki, Yasuharu Tokuda, Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Yellow nail syndrome (YNS) is characterized by yellowish nails, lymphedema, sinusitis, and pulmonary involvement and can be triggered by various underlying conditions, such as sinusitis or titanium exposure from an artificial joint or dental implant. Since YNS is potentially treatable, its timely diagnosis is important. The authors recently experienced a case of YNS in a patient who developed sinusitis, yellowish nails, bilateral edema of the extremities, and subclinical rheumatoid arthritis after the implantation of a cardiac pacemaker made from titanium...
October 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
Stefania L Magda, Raluca I Mincu, Maria Florescu, Andrea O Ciobanu, Gabriela F Udrea, Mircea Cinteza, Dragos Vinereanu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes frequently cardiovascular complications, probably determined by early atherosclerosis in connection to chronic systemic inflammation. Purpose of our study was to assess subclinical cardiac and vascular dysfunction, and to evaluate the mechanisms of ventriculo-arterial interaction, in patients with correctly treated RA vs. normal subjects. METHODS: We evaluated 46 subjects (55±10 years, 2 men): 29 patients with seropositive treated RA (mean duration of 11±9 years), without documented cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, and 17 control subjects, matched for age, sex, and distribution of conventional major risk factors...
December 2016: Mædica
Vasanthi Natarajan, Kevin John, David Jose, Pradeep Kalaiselvan, Ashok Kumar Das
Vascular thrombosis is one of the complications of tuberculosis. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary thrombosis have been reported with pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Splenic involvement in abdominal tuberculosis is among the rarest manifestations. Disseminated tuberculosis is predominantly reported in rheumatoid arthritis following ingestion of biological agents. Here, we report a case of disseminated tuberculosis in a rheumatoid arthritis patient who was on steroids and methotrexate for a long period, presenting with multiple splenic lesion and portal vein thrombosis, which was not reported earlier...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Carlota Rubio-Perez, Emre Guney, Daniel Aguilar, Janet Piñero, Javier Garcia-Garcia, Barbara Iadarola, Ferran Sanz, Narcís Fernandez-Fuentes, Laura I Furlong, Baldo Oliva
Understanding relationships between diseases, such as comorbidities, has important socio-economic implications, ranging from clinical study design to health care planning. Most studies characterize disease comorbidity using shared genetic origins, ignoring pathway-based commonalities between diseases. In this study, we define the disease pathways using an interactome-based extension of known disease-genes and introduce several measures of functional overlap. The analysis reveals 206 significant links among 94 diseases, giving rise to a highly clustered disease association network...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Andrew P Vreede, Heather M Johnson, Megan Piper, Daniel J Panyard, Joanna C Wong, Christie M Bartels
BACKGROUND: Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), smoking increases risk of severe RA and pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. Despite this, little is known about smoking cessation counseling by rheumatologists. OBJECTIVES: We examined predictors of tobacco counseling in RA patients who smoke including the effect of perceived RA control. We hypothesized that patients with controlled RA would receive more counseling according to the competing demands model, which explains that preventive care gaps occur as a result of competing provider, patient, and clinic factors...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Sapna Negi, Harpreet Singh, Anirban Mukhopadhyay
Recent evidences suggest that human gut microbiota with major component as bacteria can induce immunity. It is also known that gut lining depletes with ageing and that there is increased risk of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders with ageing. It is therefore likely that both may be correlated as depletion of gut lining exposes the gut bacterial antigens to host immune mechanisms, which may induce immunity to certain bacterial proteins, but at the same time such immunity may also be auto-immunogenic to host...
2017: PloS One
Afaf Osman, Panagis Galiatsatos, Sonali Bose, Sonye Danoff
Pulmonary vascular involvement due to rheumatoid arthritis, presenting as diffuse alveolar haemorrhage (DAH), is a rare phenomenon, especially if there are no signs of systemic vasculitides. Furthermore, how to proceed with the management of these patients is challenging, as in the case of our patient, who had recurrent DAH. We present a case of a patient with known rheumatoid arthritis who had recurrence of DAH that spanned over several years, often presenting with life-threatening respiratory failure. While her DAH presentation improved with high-dose glucocorticoids, to resolve her recurrence, we opted to initiate treatment with rituximab, with a short course of azathioprine...
June 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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
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